Mindanao and its people must be respected by imperialist leaders PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 December 2015 14:41

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

 

To my FB friends, Table Talk is a daily column in one of Mindanao’s oldest (if not the oldest) community daily newspapers, Daily Zamboanga Times. Table Talk has been in print for almost 30 years, first published in the defunct The Morning Times in the middle eighties, owned and edited by the late E.Rene. R. Fernandez (ERRF) and co-owners accountant Gin Guanzon and printing businessman (Printex) Francis Ebol. My Editor today Roy Ramos was a colleague in The Morning Times, me as a correspondent paid by the column inch per write-up while editor Roy was a regular staff member paid monthly on a starvation wage, since The Morning Times was still an infant but grew up number one in the city and the region. Columnist Bob Jaldon, Jimmy Cabato and the late Nonoy Coscolluela, who every time we met says “did you read my column today?” were the regular columnists those time, on topics mostly local politics, smuggling, barter trade and the daily shootings in the city. Illegal drug stories were not yet big, unlike today. (sorry for the original correspondents and writers i forgot to mentioned, age is catching up.) To my FB friend who asked me “what is Table Talk?”, this is my answer, my dear FB friend.

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Now back to serious business. Some of our national leaders, who are acting more imperialist than our conquerors in the past, should learn to respect Mindanao and its people and not treat the country’s largest island —  source of natural and marine resources, home to the country’s largest contingent of dollar earning OFWs, second source of food and granary, to name a few assets of Mindanao — like an island of “guinea pigs” specimen for test in a laboratory, where all sorts of political, legislation and economic garbages are dumped to test its viability and ram them pm the throats of innocent and law abiding Mindanaoans.  This is absurd and preposterous and it should be stopped before it becomes a monster for Mindanao. After all Mindanao and its people are part of the country’s history and beginning.

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From the very beginning of the country’s development, Mindanao was dubbed as the “Land of Promise”, dumping migrants to this southern island, to disperse the population in Luzon and the Visayas where economic opportunity was a stiff competition. Mindanao,  “the promise land” was indeed improved. New agricultural methods were introduced by migrants but at a staggering cost. The Indigenous People in Mindanao’s vast lowlands were left landless and homeless and became laborers and farmhands in their own properties that were taken by force or deceit by enterprising migrants. The “land of promise” remains today still a promise for progress because it has been lagging and underdeveloped all these years. Mindanao is restless and many are already “rattling their sabers” in disgust.

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Many of our national leaders and even some of those coming from Mindanao are hypocrites. Blinded by ambition and opportunity, they can even swallow a “bitter pill” just to stay in place and appease their benefactor. Meantime, the cry for equality and equal opportunity in Mindanao as guaranteed by the Philippine Constitution is just a “voice in the wilderness”.

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Scoop:”Walang corrupt, walang mahirap” was the triumphant statement of the President during his first SONA. Today it is “maraming corrupt, maraming mahirap”. Corruption is the oldest crime in the world, it is an ancient crime and the first recorded corruption case was when Judas accepted a bribe of 30 pieces of silver from the Jewish priest to identify the Messiah. Agree or disagree.