Advocacy Mindanow: Only in da Pilipins! PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2014 13:06

BY Jess Dureza

 

REFORMS— Pope Francis made drastic reforms in the finance sector  of the Catholic Church in Rome  by firing the  long-staying cardinal who had long controlled the Church funds.  In the Philippines,  President P-Noy refused  to  fire Budget Sec. Butch Abad even if the Supreme Court caught him red handed violating the Constitution. “Only in da Pilipins” !

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POLITICS —Too early for the political season to start boiling at this time. This shows we Filipinos enjoy politics. It is one way of numbing our hardships. At the end of the day, those popular and moneyed still win — never mind if they are incompetent or corrupt. Unless we all wake up!

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MAR ROXAS  — When Sec. Mar Roxas publicly proposed that President Aquino should get another 6-year term to continue the so-called reforms of the “daang matuwid”,   it can be interpreted as his (Roxas) admission that  that he cannot win if he himself runs for president. For a while,  I thought it was a big joke.   However, after a few days, some quarters started giving  serious thought and supporting a  6-year term extension for P-noy  although our Constitution does not allow it. Hellooow!

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NO AGREEMENT STILL — The 10-day “workshop” between the government and MILF panels at the Davao Waterfront Insular Hotel to resolve issues ended last weekend without any consensus draft for submission to Congress.  They will resume more work this week. Let’s all patiently wait. The task is not easy. In the meantime, rogue BIFF  forces are  escalating attacks in Maguindanao area displacing thousands of civilians.

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MNLF PACT — A few weeks from now, the 1996 peace agreement with the  Moro National Liberation Front ( MNLF)  of Nur Misuari will be 18 years old on September 2. Lately, Nur declared he’s back to his original aspiration:  independence.  Now, we are trying to  finish another, separate  peace pact with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), originally only a break-away group of the MNLF. I think we are missing out on something important  here. We do not see consolidation and stock-taking. As if there are two divides amongst our Muslim population.  We must give the same attention to the 1996 peace pact even  as we forge a new one. Otherwise, we will go nowhere! No amount of peace pacts will bring peace.

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IN TURMOIL — We are monitoring the turmoil now going on in Iraq in the Middle East. The islamic ISIS is slaughtering Christians forcing the US to save and rescue them by launching bomb attacks. Nearby, Israel and Gaza are bombing each other. In Libya, fighting is also raging. Meanwhile, Russia madecounter-moves to also ban products of the US and Europe in response to an embargo due to the Ukrainian incident. Disturbing times!