Stop calling MNLF as rebels PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 January 2016 15:11

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

 

The report on 100 active Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) members who were given safe conduct pass, with military and police escorts, to pass Zamboanga city going to  the local wharf from Zamboanga Sibugay and Del Sur on their way to Sulu for their general assembly meeting is actually a sign that the MNLF is accepted as an ordinary organization and not a belligerent armed group anymore. So the government should stop calling them “rebels”. It is confusing to understand that active members of a group that is waging war against the government for decades and have not given up until now, has been given a privilege free passage and access to a public wharf facility, so that they may be able to attend an assembly meeting whose agenda is not even known by the government. The question is: What if they will be planning another bloody confrontation in their assembly meeting? History gave us a lesson of the Trojan Horse, the king of Troy, ordered his soldiers to open the gates of his well fortified city so a wooden horse filled with 300 enemy soldiers, can come in. Since they cannot over power the might of Troy in an open battle. The 300 enemy soldiesr hidden inside the wooden horse, once inside the city of Troy, were the first wave of invaders that led to the defeat of the once mighty city of Troy.

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Reportedly, the ISIS or ISIL is allegedly using the thousands of refugees for their terrorists to gain entry into many European countries. Europe is now paying a heavy burden for being charitable to the wrong people. But some real good refugees are also rewarded with good accommodations and probably a temporary job.

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What is a disturbing coincidence, is, why ? The MNLF organization coincided their assembly meeting when the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which the MNLF does not approve nor agree, is about to be debated in Congress and PNoy is doing everything so that the  BBL will be approved? Perhaps our authorities, the military and police and Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar know the reasons. This is why they aided the MNLF with a safe passage to their organizational assembly in Sulu. We hope everything will be alright, with the assurance from the City Mayor herself that “the authorities, military and police are on top of the situation.”

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The BBL will be a hot campaign issue this coming national and local elections. It will make or break candidates on their political aspirations. The MNLF siege in Zamboanga City last 2013, made or broke some local barangay officials. Some barangay officials lost  during the local elections while new leaders emerged as new local “knights in shining armore” and rewarded with a victory in the barangay polls. This will happen again in the 2016 national and local elections.

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Scoop: If the local government, military and police consider the MNLF a friendly and legal organization as what they have afforded with last week when they went to attend their assembly meeting in Sulu, then by all means let us stop branding them as “rebels”, consider them like the group of the late Palestinian strongman Yassir Arafat’s Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). This is a better way to peace. Agree or disagree.