The popular support that Philippine President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III has desperately clung to over the last five years is fast slippng through his fingers. The only argument his apologists could field as an argument against his critics revolves around giving the man a break — that he is “just a man” and that he is entitled to his own personal way of grieving.
But President BS Aquino is not “just a man”. He is Aragorn as Conrado ‘Noynoy is Aragorn’ de Quiros once insisted. That is how he presented himself to his future “boss” when he campaigned for the presidency in the 2009-2010 presidential race — a special man who will be a different president. As such, he is not entitled to a “personal” way of doing things. Filipinos expect him to act like a president. Unfortunately for the nation he has failed to step up to that expectation. And so the “god” who could do no wrong and, thus, got himself elected to be the Philippines’ leader on that basis now appeals for a return to his humanity.
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A simple thing as addressing a horrified nation hours after news broke of the massacre of 44 of the Philippine police’s finest elite troops is something President BS Aquino couldn’t trouble himself with. Instead, he waited almost four days to face the cameras. And when he did, he was an utter disappointment. He focused on making excuses and distancing himself from any accountability over the incident. Not only that, he also tried to excuse the behaviour of the terrorist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for the abject barbarity of their actions. Perhaps the “president” was merely laying the groundwork for the eventual pardoning of these monsters — as is seemingly stipulated in the small print of his pet project, the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
It is one thing to massacre 44 troopers under the idiotic argument that they entered a “territory” they were supposedly unauthorised to enter. There is no such “territory” in the Philippines — only battle lines drawn by bandits who have for so long terrorised Mindanao. The medieval barbarity, however, is something that should be noted here. Merlyn Gamutan told of the lack of humanity of the people who killed her husband Insp. Joey Gamutan…
Merlyn said her husband suffered mutilation. “He was not only hit by bullets. His body had hack wounds. His head almost fell off,” she said.
These were terrorists President BS Aquino negotiated with. Even as his apologists busy themselves making much of the amount of time he is now spending “honouring” the fallen SAF 44, it escapes them that BS Aquino had consciously dishonoured tens of thousands of soldiers and police officers who fell fighting these animals over the last several decades. Does the Philippine government negotiate with terrorists? President BS Aquino believes so. For that matter, that the “draft” BBL document got as far up the Congressional food chain as it did — onto the desk of Senator Bongbong Marocs himself — also says something about what the Philippines’ legislators believe.
The trouble with negotiating with a group like the MILF is that it is but one head of a big multi-headed hydra. One or a couple of its heads may be visible, even appearing to be calling the shots at any one time. But the minute you domesticate that one or couple of talking heads, another more rabid one that does not speak human nor refuses to learn how shows up with sharper teeth and a fouler breath. And another. And another.
The fact is, Islamic militants will never be happy with a compromise with the infidel. Perhaps some in their cadre will cosy up, even get into bed with this or any subsequent administration. The question is, however, will the head of said group (or the next one, or the one after that) be the final authority on where our Muslim “brothers” in Mindanao think they should be headed as an overall community?
Abangan ang susunod na kabanata.
[Photo courtesy @PIA_Cordillera on Twitter.]
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.