Peace is coming for the country PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 August 2016 15:02

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

President Rodrigo Duterte’s firm move against the drug menace and lawlessness in the country has high hopes of bringing peace, prosperity and swift changes. This move although sometimes perceived as controversial locally by the Commission on Human Rights, political opponents and erring government officials, will one day vindicate President Duterte as viewed by world leaders who believe that changes will only happen with discipline. A Singaporean leader came into the defense of President Duterte”s war against drug lords and pushers, believing that it is the right path and solution that the President has chosen. The recent flak from the United Nations’ negative comments on the death toll in the country as an offshoot to fighting illegal drugs, has been receiving cool receptions from countries of the world who are experiencing menace of illegal drugs and terrorism. Indeed follow a blacksmith motto of “Hit while the iron is hot”, because, criminals only respect determined crime busters not promises of politicians.

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On the communist movement which started in 1968, or almost five decades of restlessness in the countryside, leaders of the National Democratic Front (NDF), the political wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) is now sitting down for a peace talks and agreement with representatives of the government of President Duterte in Oslo, Norway whose socialist government is host to Joma Sison’s exile. Reports released to the public that initially the NDF and Government Peace Panel agreed for a unilateral indefinite period of ceasefire, until all agreements will be completed. One good thing about this pronounced agreement is if it will be sincerely followed by the NDF’s armed group — the New Peoples Army (NPA), we foresee the start of peace and prosperity for the country. In the North of the country and the Visayas and some parts in Northern Mindanao, where the NPA operates, many believe that industries and agriculture ventures will flourish without any hitch from the communist movement  Many multi-national companies with billion pesos of investment in agriculture ventures in Mindanao have ceased operations and transferred to other  ASEAN neighbors, because of communist atrocities.

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In Southern Philippines,  where Muslim secessionist movement is operating also for many decades, President Duterte has offered his hands in peace and talked to the leaders of the two groups, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). One of these days, the country will be having a peace dialogue with these two Moro secessionist groups for lasting peace in Mindanao and the country. These are indeed positive moves for peace throughout the country by indulging in peace talks with all fronts in from North and South.

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Recently, President Duterte ordered the Armed Forces and the Police to finish the job of eliminating the dreaded now considered bandit  group, Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG). The President ordered the total elimination of ASG in the South using all availabel military hardware and AFP might of the country. The ASG has shamed the country many times from nations whose citizens came to visit as tourists to enjoy our sights but were instead kidnapped and only freed after millions of dollars were paid in ransom. Worst, those who were not able to come across the ransom demand were mercilessly and cruelly beheaded. Lately a Filipino youth, a local from Jolo, was beheaded for not paying a ransom demand of P1 million whose parents and relatives are not capable to raise the amount for the ransom. This recent cruel incident triggered the all-out-war order of the President against the ASG. We hope in a few days time positive results will be achieved for the country’s total peace and road to prosperity.

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Scoop: A Tausug friend now making Zamboanga City his home also against the existence of ASG in Jolo, confided to Table Talk that the government’s war against the ASG has more things thant meet the eyes. ASG works like an organized crime syndicate and has many members and contacts in the country. He said he hopes the military and police  units operating in Jolo right now, know what is happening and who they are fighting against, or else it will be an exercise in futility. Agree or disagree.