Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Dark clouds loom at the OIC meet in Philippines

There is danger facing the Filipino Nation in the first few weeks of January. Let's start with the first one.

On January 9, the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) will be having its RTD (Roundtable Discussion or Conference) here in the Philippines. According to the Council of Moderate Muslims, this event will be attended by various members of Arab states. It's turning out to be one of the largest and the most significant events ever to be held here.

Of course, this event will probably be exploited by various groups, including the MILF, the MNLF, ASG, JI, AFP and even anti-Gloria groups. For the Bangsamoro armed militants, this is a good way to highlight what the Philippine government is doing against them. Surely, armed confrontations will escalate between the MILF and the AFP, since the Bangsamoro struggle is the centerpiece of OIC discussions here.

Will there be a humiliating incident that is sure to occur? The probability is high, since this is an international event. All eyes will be on the Philippines, especially those leaders in the Middle East. I shudder at the thought of a terrorist attack since this incident will surely get global attention if some militant group exploit it.

What am I saying here? Philippine and regional state security agencies should place themselves on the highest alert. With what is happening at tha Gaza strip right now, the statement by the OIC could trigger a regional war or an outbreak of more serious hostilities between Bangsamoro groups and the AFP. We should prepare for any possible terrorist attack in Manila.