PHL and Filipinos sold twice to foreign nations PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 January 2016 14:23

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

 

An interesting topic with my nightly social drinking group in my neighborhood barbecue and beer joint, composed of young professionals, college instructors, active NGO volunteers and small-time businessmen was the campaign advertisements of national candidates, especially presidentiables. We were all critics to those campaign ads, some say that some ads are black propaganda while some say that “more lies than the truth” in those ads. It was a mixture of comment, but very lively discussion and enlightening. The topic that went up to the last bottle of “for the road” was the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) scheduled for debate again in Congress anytime next week and which the head of the Office of the  Presidential Assistant on Peace Process (OPAPP), Teresita Quintos Deles, hopes to be approved after the debate. Again since all of us are residents of Zamboanga City and a pure Mindanaoan, our sympathies are with the majority.

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Majority wanted the BBL disapproved  for the simple reason that it cannot totally bring peace to Mindanao as what we have seen these past few years. One college instructor said, as an example, when the Philippine government made peace with the first secessionist movement in the country, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) through the intercession of Libya, then a strongman Muammar Khadaffy, who was killed and overthrown by his own people, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was born, led by MNLF separatist Hashim Salamat who continued the Moro struggle for a homeland that again disturbed the peace. All their grievances are similar if not the same and the past governments tried to address those concerns to no avail, because the MILF continued their struggle violently. When the PNoy government offered peace to the warring MILF, the Bangsa Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) was born, led by an MILF renegade field commander Ombra Kato, who first sowed terror and atrocities in Lanao Norte. Today we hear of different “lost command” groups who may one day group themselves to continue the struggle for a Moro homeland and the government brands them as “bandits and lawless elements” the same name they gave to commander Kamlon of Jolo, who was actually the first Moro who struggled for a Moro homeland violently, in the early fifties.

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One very, very serious and hot topic that the group discussed that night was the alleged sell-out of Mindanao to the Malaysian government. This allegation, fantastic and cruel if true, was gleaned from some campaign propaganda in some television broadcast. Table Talk  finds it hard to believe until he learned that the people of Malaysia disliked the alleged “close door deal” that their Prime Minister went into with our Philippine Government. This was known when their Prime Minister was investigated with alleged corruption and the whereabouts of missing millions of Malaysian Ringgits under his administration. Part of that missing Ringgits, the prime Minister admitted, during investigation, was, he spent several hundred millions  to defray the cost of a property he bought in Mindanao, Philippines for Malaysia.This is outrageous and horrible if true. but since it coincides with the Malaysian government offering and assisting the first phase of the peace talks between the PHL Government and MILF hierarchy in Malaysia until a peace agreement was signed and witnessed by their Malaysian Prime Minister,  it opened the door of suspicion that indeed and maybe, the allegation of a sell-out was true.

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After the discussion, a flash back of Philippine history came into my mind, that the Philippines was sold twice to foreign nations if the latest allegation about Malaysia is true. In 1896 when the Spanish government ceded the Philippines they had occupied for over 300 years or 3 centuries of Spanish colonial occupation to another colonial government, the United States of America. In the Treaty of Paris, the Americans paid the Spanish government over 30 million Pesetas in gold ( by several billion Philippine pesos if the costing is today). The Philippine Island and Filipinos were sold twice. We are indeed a hot commodity and I feel proud to be a Filipino and no one should decapitate the Philippines. We should continue to be under, One Flag, One Nation and One Government, so nobody would entertain the idea of renouncing their Philippine Citizenship and allow foreigners to decide and run our government.

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Scoop: A concerned citizen’s view is the meat of government, likewise, without concerned citizens, the government will continue to be ruled by tyrants and infidels. In the Elementary grades, we were told, in our text books, the story of William Tell who challenged a cruel tyrant Geizzler to free his community from cruelty. You may agree or disagree, my personal opinion.

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