Bangsamoro deal: Were Filipino Muslims in Mindanao screwed by the Philippine and Malaysian governments?

With the Bangsamoro “framework agreement” set to be “signed” this month, the Philippines is supposedly on its way towards achieving a future of peace and harmony with and amongst its Muslim minority peoples. It is, supposedly, a political win for Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III and Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, […]

August 13, 1996 Ph Daily Inquirer headlines MNLF violence in Zamboanga and pork barrel thievery

Further proof that Filipinos have a very flat learning curve. Congressional pork barrel thievery is nothing new. It’s been going on since its re-introduction into Philippine governance back in the late 1980s by former President Corazon Aquino, mother of current President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III. Even back in 1996, the Inquirer had already published […]

MNLF head Nur Misuari is the Janet Lim Napoles of the Zamboanga crisis

The root issue in the on-going trouble down under in Mindanao is the way the Philippine government has traditionally cozied up to even the meanest and baddest terrorist and rebel groups “for the sake of peace”. Currently, it is the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) that is being painted as the bad guy, and rightly […]

Zamboanga crisis: MNLF leader Nur Misuari not only lost his cause, he also lost the plot

The current clashes between Philippine government troops and members of a Muslim rebel group in Zamboanga City of Mindanao despite the 2012 Framework Agreement should be a lesson to all especially President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino that one should never negotiate with terrorists. Obviously, the most recent peace agreement cooked up by the government with […]

Déjà vu: The Royal Army of the Sultanate of Sulu is to the MILF today as the MILF was to the MNLF in 1977

The real victims of the Sabah “standoff” crisis are ordinary Mindanaoans as Mindanao continues to be ruled by Manila as if it were a mere backwater colony, where Mindanaoans’ rights to “self-determination” is paid mere lip service. Manila is obviously of no use to Mindanao today. Throughout the crisis, the only clear words fielded to […]