1st-Apluma!: String of bad news PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 October 2011 14:36

BY Ismael Amigo, Sr.

First, the hot topics:
On the legislative side Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago is accordingly going to continue will her campaign for a seat in the International Criminal Court (ICC) during a visit to the United Nations headquarters in New York. She left for New York yesterday for the second leg of her campaign tour and is scheduled to personally meet with the ambassadors based in New York to campaign for one of six seats available in the ICC. That’s good news specially if Sen. Santiago, who hails from Iloilo, nets one of the seats available in that select circle.

Meantime, President Noy has reiterated that he won’t order an all-out war against the MILF despite a growing clamor from the public to do so. Well, that’s the price of being the President of the land. One is un-relentlessly exposed to pressure. Moro rebels are accordingly determined to continue killing government troops if the latter will again go “astray“ into their lair and not of that of the Abus.

President Noy, however, vowed that his administration would intensify military operations, specifically targeting personalities in the MILF who are behind the series of attacks, particularly in Al-Barka, Basilan and in Zamboanga Sibugay.

But the thing is, more than that of the public’s opinion, P-Noy needs to quell the purported growing outrage by military ranks owing to his “indecision and weakness in handling the latest outbreak of violence in Mindanao” the Tribune said.

Justice is a word too necessary for the 19 soldiers massacred last week in Basilan ditto with the peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
It’s slated to begin in Malaysia next month.

The sad things, however, is this. P-Noy could only playing “soft” against the military’s perceived enemies as the pounding on Minda land has begun with air and ground assault on suspected position of a breakaway faction of the MILF.

Well, it could only be for starters and the next is, before they knew it, an all-out-war is already in their midst.
What’s this that we heard? But this could be some kind of a demolition job.

It is reported that drug trafficking, kidnap-for-ransom and other criminal activities remain as MILF’s main sources of funds in carrying out its armed operations, a senior military intelligence official, who requested anonymity, said. That’s really disturbing.

Just imagine what will happen then to their constituents once they get to succeed in their cause and finally be the rulers on their turf?
That could be the reign of terror of narco-politics!

On the electoral fraud issue, a joint team of elections and justice officials tasked to conduct preliminary investigation into the alleged cheating in the 2007 polls has allegedly summoned Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, retired elections chief Benjamin Abalos Sr. and several others to personally appear before the joint panel to explain their side. Their first appearance has been scheduled Thursday, Nov. 3.
Will the case prosper? Let’s wait and see.

Meanwhile, former Senator and Mr. Expose Ernesto Maceda listed a series of bad news for P-Noy in the last two months.
Here they are:

1. The widespread floods hit Central Luzon, Cagayan Valley, Northern Luzon, Metro Manila and most of Mindanao, causing 100 casualties and P13 billion damage;
2. NPAs occupied three mines in Surigao del Norte for nine hours burning buildings and more than 100 pieces of equipment including 20 bulldozers;
3. The Al Barka, Basilan massacre where 19 soldiers including four officers were killed and 12 wounded by MILF forces. No retaliation mounted;
4. Italian priest Fr. Fausto Tentorio is shot dead in his church compound in Arakan, North Cotabato;
5. MILF attacked Alicia and Kabasalan towns in Zamboanga Sibugay killing four soldiers and three policemen. They also occupied two elementary schools in Talusan town and destroyed property;
6. NAIA 1 rated No. 1 worst airport in the world;
7. The Philippines dropped to 136th place out of 183 countries surveyed by the World Bank on the ease of doing business in the countries surveyed. — Mobile 0915-5517486

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