I've interviewed some of the relatives of the SAF44 and they think that this administration is defending the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) instead of totally condemning them for violating the ceasefire and asking them to turn over those responsible for the gruesome massacre of 44 SAF troopers.
Look at what's happening to us--in these three days of hearing, our officials are fighting over technicalities when the issue is very simple---WHY DID THE MILF KILL MORE THAN TWENTY DEFENCELESS SAF MEMBERS, ALL BORE CLOSE RANGE BULLET WOUNDS MOSTLY IN THE HEAD AND MOST OF THE CORPSES OF THESE TROOPERS WERE EXTREMELY VIOLATED AND DEPRIVED OF THEIR DIGNITIES??
I am so disappointed with the way Prof. Sheila Coronel and Peace adviser Teresita Deles defended the rebels. It is as if, they already forgot that they are supposed to be protecting and defending the government, especially those troopers who were killed and summarily executed?
Coronel is questioning the legality of the mission of the SAF. What? Is she the spokesperson of the rebel group? Legal or not, the fact remains that there were people killed, most in a defenceless way, and here you are questioning the very reason why there were there?
Government is trying to protect the peace talks, and I understand. However, government must recognise that it should not be at the expense of the SAF 44--the very people who sacrificed their lives for the sake of peace.
There must be truth, and peace with justice.
Government, especially the Office of the Peace Adviser, is acting like prostitutes--they have prostituted themselves and are in worship of the MILF. Why? Is it because the MILF helped Aquino win in Mindanao? Is it because ARMM governor Mujiv Hataman, a close friend of President Aquino, a close associate of the MILF leadership?
Akbayan, the party-list of the yellow army, has a tactical and strategic alliance with the MILF. So, is that the reason why this administration is overly protective of the rebels?
A source told me that it was Hataman who advised the MILF to term the massacre as an "mis-encounter" purposely to lessen the impact this incident would create in the minds of the public. The only thing going against what Hataman tried to do was his "term"was not really reflective of what had happened.
All Filipinos love peace and who doesn't? Except that there should be a recognition that peace should be completed thru a state of equality. Meaning, both government and the rebels should be negotiating with an understanding that they both pursue the most common interests and that is, the cessation of hostilities.