Leftist vs. Rightist — nobody wins PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 August 2016 14:52

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

(Before Table Talk delves in today’s column, apology is sought from two respected citizens of the city who also serve their best honestly as City Mayor, which Table Talk forgot to include in the other day’s  column entitled “Corruption in Zambo City of officials is negligible”. My friend Erico “Erbie” Apolinario Fabian, who was also a city mayor by succession, after the passing away of Mayor Ma’am Caling Lobregat and my mentor in Zambo politics during those times, when Table Talk was still a college student leader, shortly before the declaration of Martial Law, respected civic leader, Jose “Vinnie” Atilano. My sincerest apologies to these two honorable gentlemen.)

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President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat of lifting the ceasefire with the New People’s Army (NPA), military arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) under the command of Jose Maria “Joma” Sison, who is on a political asylum in Neitherlands and founding chairman of the Philippines Communist movement, has taken the threat of the President with a “cold shoulder”. The President released the statement when alleged NPA members ambushed soldiers and militiamen of the government, after declaring a unilateral ceasefire heard nationally during the President’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) recently. The government’s threat of lifting the ceasefire has been perceived by Joma Sison as a challenge and accepted it.  Sison’s acceptance just came short by saying to the Government, “go ahead, and do what you want”. Although Joma Sison again released another statement in Facebook, “that peace talks and dialogue with the Philippine government is not yet impossible”.

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Ideologues like Joma Sison and the NPA cadres are meticulous in all agreement and deeply believe in their cause and ready to defend with their lives. On the other hand, President Duterte, whose deep political will to defend the country and her people, has been seen to be happening, and should not be taken as a “grain of salt” by the NPAs but rather an objective by a “people’s champ” President.

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Clearly, it is a clash of ideologies.One for a change in the Philippines decaying general situation because of worsening corruption in government and declining morals and the growing criminality of her people because of dangerous drug use. On the other side of the coin, Joma’s group is for a change in the system of the establishment through armed confrontation. The clash has a deep wedge after years of armed confrontation and peace might be elusive. It needs the intervention of God to settle things, like Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s solution to radical terrorists in Russia, who were arrested for committing crimes against Russians and ordered these terrorists terminated with a warning by saying “Let God forgive them and I will send them to God”.

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President Duterte recently promised government soldiers during his rounds in  the country’s military campas of an increase in their take home pay. This is a morale boost for soldiers to fight for the country like professional soldiers and on the other hand the President is pursuing peace for the country through dialogues and peace talks with the lawless elements. All the President wants is a reciprocation of his peaceful objectives. Perhaps it is best for local government officials who are cuddling lawless elements to help the President achieve peace by leading the way for lawless elements to sit in the conference table for peace. The President’s pronouncement for peace is just like asking local government officials “are you with us or are you on the other side”.

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Scoop:Time for local government officials to sincerely help the government achieve peace. In Zamboanga Del Sur, Governor Tony Cerilles and the army’s 1st Tabak Division adopted the “CLIP” system, an integration program for lawless elements who go back to the folds of the law. Lawless elements who surrender to the government are assisted with livelihood projects to integrate them to the mainstream of society and the program is working asmany lawless elements have returned to the folds of the law peacefully.    Agree or disagree.