KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Economic plans for ARMM, Part II PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 June 2011 13:58

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty…” (Psalm 91:1, the Holy Bible).
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MORE GROUPS TO QUESTION LEGALITY OF ARMM POLL POSTPONEMENT: It is not only the Partido Demokratikong Pilipino (PDP) that will question before the Supreme Court the constitutionality of the law postponing the August 2011 elections at the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) once President Aquino signs it.

Former President Arroyo’s party, Lakas-Kampi, and LABAN (or Lakas ng Bayan, the party of former Sen. Benigno S. Aquino Jr. in the 1984 Batasang Pambansa elections), are also poised to file separate petitions before the high tribunal to have the postponement law nullified.

Then, there are individual politicians who are also itching to test the legality of the law. I have been told that the Catholic Church and other big groups allied with it will also file cases against the legal measure. It would seem everyone wants to “kill” the law, as it were.
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ECONOMIC PLANS FOR ARMM, PART II: Many people are convinced the postponement law must have to be “killed”, really, because postponing the August 2011 elections for ARMM will mean greater harm for the region and its people, in terms of economic plans and projects that would have to be shelved if new regional leaders are not chosen by the people themselves.
de from the plan to convert lands in ARMM as long grain rice fields where long grain rice---the staple food in Muslim countries worldwide---could be grown and harvested and later bartered and exchanged for oil, there is also a plan, envisioned by the Pex Mangudadatu-Tingting Cojuangco tandem, for first class rubber trees to be grown, cultured and developed in Basilan Province and then similarly bartered worldwide.

ording to a plan by former Tarlac Rep. Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr., rubber from Basilan rubber trees could fetch a handsome price, and the entire industry could in fact put an end to the debilitating poverty of people in the ARMM, which could in turn lead to a conversion of the members of the Abu Sayaf and other separatist groups as responsible and peace-loving citizens of the Republic.
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BOOM FOR SEAWEEDS AND SUGAR INDUSTRIES EYED: There is also the plan being pursued by Cong. Peping to fully develop the seaweeds industry in Tawi-tawi by the establishment of factories that would process seaweeds in the province so that it could be sold as a finished product around the world later.
Cong. Peping plans to duplicate efforts in Tarlac which made sugar a prime dollar earner for the province, through the development of thousand of hectares of land in the ARMM region which have

remained idle and unproductive for quite some time now, for sugar cane planting.
People close to the former lawmaker and his wife Tingting could only hope and pray that the couple will continue being interested in the full development of Mindanao and ARMM, despite the efforts of discredited politicians to control the region for themselves, evidently in preparation for future political forays. --Atty. BATAS MAURICIO