#Bangsamoro ‘homeland’ dream just a land-grab strategy built upon a guilt-trip myth

Let’s straighten out some things in response to this renewed drive for secession, ill-disguised as BangsaMoro from those who threaten war if they don’t get what they want. And these are supposed to be coming from our peace panel, peace partner and peace broker. The Philippines is everyone’s homeland. No one “owns” the Philippines. It […]

Looking into the Bigger Picture behind the Mamasapano Incident and the BBL

It is not surprising that pundits, political analysts/scientists, opinion writers as well as government officials and a whole heap of politicians are quick to make commentaries and “analyses” on the Mamasapano encounter soon after it was brought to public attention. Expectedly, policians’ and government officials viewed the unfortunate event based on their limited political interests […]

The web of lies surrounding the SAF 44 Mamasapano crisis all originates from President Noynoy Aquino!

What exactly does the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) seek to provide Filipino Muslims that the current system of government and the way the Philippines is organised into political units does not provide? This, is the question that seems to have gone unanswered over the course of this national crisis. Perhaps, as most Filipinos now suspect, […]

All-out war Philippines: Kill ’em all and let God sort them out

So, we are told, there’s three groups to consider: the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), and the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG). Three different acronyms, yes. But are they really three different groups of people? We seem to have fixated on the acronyms but not really thought through and understood what […]

Crisis of accountability: Murad Ebrahim and BS Aquino hide behind the Lack-of-Control clause

Apologists are increasingly painting themselves into a corner. They plead “good intentions” on behalf of the people they are apologising for rather than focus on good old-fashioned accountability. 44 officers of the Philippine police’s Special Action Force (SAF) are dead, the victims of a massacre they suffered under the hands of Islamic terrorists in Mindanao […]

BBL: An agreement with just one Muslim rebel group will not bring peace to Mindanao

Philippine President Benigno Simeon (BS) Aquino would like us all to believe that the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law will bring peace to Mindanao. This is probably what some people around him like Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Teresita Deles and Miriam Coronel-Ferrer head of Government Peace Panel (for peace talks with the Moro […]

Sleeping with terrorists: Why we should abandon any further work on the Bangsamoro Basic Law

We can wax poetic about the history behind how the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) came to be and analyse to death every letter of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). But the answer to whether or not any further work and public resources should be invested in progressing the BBL does not lie in […]

Why Negotiating With Terrorists Can Do More Harm Than Good

In the olden days, people were almost never safe. I remember writing in a previous article that during the times of Ancient Greece, people considered themselves safe when they weren’t in any immediate danger. In those days, barbarism was all too often a common occurrence (and probably one of the major causes of death) and […]