Wednesday, April 8, 2015

MILF chief negotiator Iqbal refuses to reveal true name--is it mocking Congress?

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chairman Mohaqher Iqbal refuses to reveal his true name before the duly elected representatives of the people investigating the Mamasapano incident. Iqbal says, he uses so many names since it is a practice in revolutionary organisations. Only the government knows his real name.

Iqbal also confirmed that he used his nom de guerre when he signed the peace agreement with the government.

That explains why the MILF is treating the Mamasapano incident very lightly because those who signed the peace agreement from the MILF ranks used fake names henceforth, the document which establishes peace has ghosts who signed it.

Curiously, even being tagged as Chairman of the Bangsamoro Transitional Council, Iqbal used his nom d guerre. So now, are we saying that we are allowing such an individual like Iqbal to use his nom de guerre as a formal name in lieu of his name in his Philippine birth certificate?

Justice secretary Leila de Lima thinks this is just a "minor thing", and does not affect the validity of the agreement. True, because an agreement does not depend on the very act of signing the legal document--it depends on the way each party treats the document. If the party honors the agreement, then, it is enforced.

So, are we saying that if I, Patricio Mangubat, uses my nom de guerre (this is my nom de guerre, every one knows my real name) in a government transaction, Justice secretary De Lima will not be charging me with falsification of public documents or usurpation of authority if I sign a document with Patricio Mangubat, with an append, say Atty. or Dr or General?

The public, which is the real power behind this Republic deserves a more acceptable explanation. Fact is, we, the Filipino deserves to know who are we really talking to because since Iqbal used only a nom de guerre, he can very well deny possibly in the future that he signed such a peace agreement or the one who signed the peace pact is simply his "self during time of peace", and not his "war" self?

Kalokohan.

We, the people, deserve nothing more than respect. Respect in the form of our contracting parties entering the negotiating table with clean hands. Respect us by revealing your true identity so that we know who to run to when this issue goes boinkers.