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Tuesday, 12 April 2016 14:47

BEHIND  THE  LINES

BY BOB JALDON

 

San Jose, CA. — Writer William Home wrote: “Misunderstandings are best prevented by pen and ink.”

That’s exactly what the peace accords with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) were meant to be. But not permanent, unless both secessionist groups seeking self rule and separate states lay down their lethal guns, flow into the democratic realm and pick up chores like the rest of the Filipinos. They cannot be inert, always waiting for the “gracia de gloria” to fall on their laps as if the government owes it to them to provide the comforts in life without them laboring for it.

This holds true with the Reds - the leaders and members of the Communist Party of the Philippines and its military arm, the New People’s Army, whose tried and tested (borrowed from the Reds), fearless, highly-charged intellectual partisans blanket Mendiola whenever reprehensible issues unfold such as wages, higher taxes and establishment of U.S. military bases in the country. They do not wish for a separate state. They want it all and convert the country into a communist state.

The government - Yellow, Red, Blue, decolores - should appease them all, for there shall never be peace even if a diabolical government is put in place.

The point is, no administration can conquer all devilish acts. Our leaders should exercise absolution instead of annihilation. Vows to vanquish these vinal violators of the law is not justice as society understands it to be, but a vendetta of sorts.

Zamboanga must always remember the blood of September — the bullets, explosives and the plot of treason and rebellion that behooved by a vilifying group of ruthless desperados wanting to prove a point.

Davaoweno Rodrigo Duterte, for all that he is, must have a blacklist of all the evil-doers, the offenders, the killers and their bosses to make a swift deadly pass at all of them in just six months. Unfortunately, not all in his blacklist wear civilian clothes. These people, if used in a well-coordinated effort, can plunge the country into chaos.

Digong has imposed a tall order upon himself, if elected president. A kilometer away from Malacanang Palace, passing through J.P. Laurel and San Sebastián College, is one of the most notorious places in Manila - Quiapo. This is the hub of drug dealers, drug traffickers, prostitution, you name it. Alfredo “Dirty Harry” Lim and ERAP couldn’t clean up the place. Nobody, not even Marcos’s dreaded secret marshals could wipe the place of gangsters.

Can Digong do it — clean up Quiapo first and then go on a vicious crusade to wipe out the country of drug lords, gambling lords, smugglers, human traffickers, wanted persons like Nur Misuari and his band, the thugs of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, the Abu Sayyaf, the gun-bearing warlords and armed clans in Sulu and Maguindanao, the syndicates cradling assassins and kidnappers, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. All in six months?

Yes. My grandfather and grand uncles used violence in the 50s for good measure. Grandpa was once chief of police of Davao. Two of his trusted deputies were Alarico Bustamante and Jesus Perano. Digong intends to do what the old men did — eliminate the bad. He calls it justice.

What about the stomach, mayor, of millions of impoverished Filipinos dying for food, employment and recognition? What about traffic, the erratic LRT and MRT? What about your foreign policy? Do we bomb the reclamation area that China built? What about trade with other ASEAN countries and reviving the BIMP-EAGA economic growth area conceived by one of your sponsors, former President Fidel V. Ramos? How will you deal with Mindanao’s power problem and shortage of water? How will you deal with guns illegally in the hands of clans from the farthest north to the remotest south?

You’ll need unlimited years to accomplish your plan to make the country free of sinners. The almighty architect has been trying to do that for more than 2,000 years.