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Sunday, 15 May 2016 14:50

BEHIND  THE  LINES

BY BOB JALDON

We always say that after every presidential election. When Ferdinand E. Marcos fell in 1986, we knelt and crowded the churches to give thanks to God for liberating us from the clutches of a dictator who, like Stalin, was one of the most feared man of the 20th century. When a police general succeeded the queen of modern-day democracy in 1992, the Filipinos welcomed him as the bearer of economic prosperity. He was one of the major players in the Filipinos’ quest for democracy and freedom, having sided with Juan Ponce Enrile, Gringo Honasan and Jaime Cardinal Sin during the EDSA uprising.

In 1998, Vice President Joseph Estrada ascended into power with a convincing victory over Speaker Jose de Venecia. He was “Jupiter Rising”, a phenomenon as was Beethoven among musicians, a personality that perhaps Plato nor Socrates wouldn’t be able to theorize.

In his inaugural, he said that he would make the “greatest performance of my life.” Mortal as we are, he committed an irreconcilable blunder that led to his disgraceful downfall. He was “juetenged” out of Malacanang by his own friends.

In the midst of his power, he ordered the bombing of the main camp of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), turning Camp Abubakar into a rebel graveyard. Yes, he sold to Zamboanga for pittance the CDCP abandoned reclaimed area in Pettit Barracks which is now one of Mr. Celso L. Lobregat’s great showcases to the visitors.

Enter diminutive Mrs. Gloria M. Arroyo whose reign of 10 years gave us the economic momentum that her successor savored at. But for all the economic successes she accomplished, she was doomed to fail, politically. The allegations that she made a ton of money in different denominations landed her in jail, or at the Veterans’ Memorial Hospital, her temporary holding facility. The charge of plunder against her before the Sandiganbayan has not been adjudicated.

Then, in 2010, we voted into office a Jesuit-educated liberal whose mother had just passed away. Because his mother was well-loved, Benigno C. Aquino III beguiled the majority that he would turn the country around with his “Daang Matuwid” program and get rid of widespread corruption and smuggling. Yes, he did send some of his foes to jail, the perceived corrupt, i.e. Mrs. Arroyo, Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla, and some Comelec officials, but never his collaborators in the DAP. Alas, Chief Justice Renato Corona is dead. May his soul be in peace. PNoy used the senate to destroy the dignity of the man.

Our national budget is hobbled by red tape, a hindrance to economic growth. What is, for example, our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the first quarter of 2016? In one of the world’s diverse nations in terms of faiths and dialects, we have two Filipino-Muslim groups killing to have their own Bangsamoro political states and communists with their military arm, the New People’s Army, threatening to overthrow our government, President Rody (as he prefers to be addressed) should be able to reconcile all socio-political differences and armed conflicts.

Marcos,Mrs. Aquino and General Ramos dealt only with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). Meanwhile, the Abu Sayyaf and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters remain to be brutal and bloodthirsty forces that have yet to be erased.

President Rody should form a unity government before the two Filipino-Muslim armed factions can form their own unity regime in Mindanao. Take a close look at the Middle East: the Fatah and the Palestinian militant group, Hamas, have joined forces. That fruition left Hamas in control of the Gaza Strip, while Fatah holds on to the West Bank.

Yes, the MILF in Central Mindanao and the MNLF in Southern Mindanao, including the cities of Davao, Cagayan de Oro and Zamboanga. The MNLF is now demanding that the “Marcos Theory of Separation” should be reviewed by the peace panels and Congress. The Tausugs and Maguindanaoans can’t co-exist in one nest.

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