Posted by: Mer Pints | August 23, 2008

Malaysia may be the vital link in reviving peace talk; will this cover the surrender of two most wanted MILF commanders?

Now that the government forces resumed their offensive against the MILF rebels who went berserk after the failed signing of the MOA-AD, the MILF chief is already seeking the assistance of Malaysia to revive peace talks. It will be interesting to note how Malaysia shall bring both camps again to the negotiating table minus the MOA-AD deal; but the Philippine government has always expressed interest to resume peace talks with the MILF.

Even if the MILF has threatened the government with large scale rebellion if peace talks be discontinued, President Arroyo assured the public that the government shall never go on a wide scale war against the secessionist group. At least people in most part of Mindanao can relax and enjoy some peace for now; the MILF high command has already restrained their commanders from attacking unarmed civilians.

But military operations in the south continue as the police and military vowed to capture commander Bravo and commander Kato. It is a selective operation though as other MILF units are spared, only the forces of these two wanted commanders are being targeted in the offensive.

Earlier the MILF higher command rejects disarming as they are told too by the President. They also refuse to surrender their two field commanders, Kato and Bravo. Murad said the two commanders are too important in their peace negotiation with the government.

But the Philippine government keeps on applying pressure to the MILF to surrender their two commanders wanted for the massacre of civilians and the burning of houses. Secretary Gilbert Teodoro told the MILF that it would do no good to them to coddle these two commanders. On his part Malacanang spokesperson Anthony Golez reminded the MILF that they can not use peace talk to shield their criminal acts.

It appears that the MILF is poised for a wide scale war. Despite the call for peace for both the government and the MILF warn they can go anytime on large-scale rebellion if the peace process shall collapse. War is their only option, and it’s a part of their struggle.

However to go to war with the MILF is costly according to former president Fidel V. Ramos. With its hard up economy the Philippines cannot afford to wage a protracted struggle against the MILF. The Philippine Army is already hard up contending the arm struggle of some 6,000 NPA forces (according to the military estimate) all over the country; how much more if they will face again a full scale war with 12,000 fully armed MILF force? But the military is always quick to say they are in control and can face any group seeking to overthrow the government.

But peace talk is indispensable. Peace advocates always prod the government and the rebels to negotiate for peaceful settlements of all the grievances and demands of the rebels. Unfortunately not all the demands for peaceful solutions of armed conflicts are acceptable to the government. For sure the government is not willing to lose a portion of its national territory for the sake of peace.

But who is against peaceful settlements and end rebellion in the country? Why waste lives of people and government resources to wage war when a truthful peace talk could do it. With MILF seeking help from Malaysia for the resumption of peace talk, this is a very good start in brokering an enduring peace for the war thorn southern Mindanao. Granting that Malaysia accedes to the request of the MILF to be the mediator, will the rebel group oblige when they are asked by the Malaysian peace negotiators to surrender commander Bravo and commander Kato to the Philippine government?            

 


Responses

  1. Good Question.
    Answer is NO.
    Flashback. 2006. A negotiation were held. prompted to nego in South.
    Venue Singapore.

    Based on economic presence, honestly

    I suggest, MILF withdraw.

    Don’t repeat the same mistake like what Malaysian are having now.

    I suggest, MILF should be clever enough to review their strength.

    more? please write email.

    MILF, you have the economic options within.

    Manila, you have the best solutions, review your stands.

    USA and Malaysia current-negotiator, I proposed, review your real mission to look into the poverty materials.

    Don’t repeat mistakes.

    MILF, have you meet Makrifatullah?

    KYB
    +9

  2. Message to Bravo/MILF
    Review your stand on greed-issues.
    You are being used.
    You aware, many part have left.
    What do you want to continue?

    Malaysia itu negara Pelarian.
    Jangan dipergunakan untuk jentera manusia
    yang sebenar nya,
    mahu kan anda memburu
    sesuatu yang tidak akan tercapai.

    Anda masih boleh Negosiasi cara lain.
    Bukan kerana agama.
    Bukan kerana arahan manusia yang rakus.

    Melain kan masih ada satan yang melalaikan.

    Hukum alam, anda perlu dalami lebih lagi, kerana
    walau pun sudah terbangun wilayah,
    hukum alam tetap ada,
    dan akan di ulangi sejarah nya.

    Keterlambatan MILF tersadar dari kesilapan
    akan lebih melambatkan
    proses kebangkitan ekonomi
    yang sebenarnya itulah
    lebih dimahukan.

    AWAS, kita telah lama di racuni.
    masih ada penggerak cara lain
    untuk selesaikan masalah.

  3. MILF should realize
    the biggest attack is not from Manila anymore
    the further than this they forward
    the disaster is throughout the region.

    MILF, open up !
    THINK, you are clever.

    KL present negotiator IS NOT your solution.
    Malaysia is changing.

    We now info you, don’t repeat mistakes.

    +9

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    KYB
    +4
    Tokyo.

  6. To the Malaysian bloggers, thanks very much for giving us some input. We certainly would like to know from your side on the raging issues that is the case of the MILF against the Philippine government in the matter of the ancestral domain. We are aware that the Malaysian government has been very helpful tin mediating to be able to come up with a peaceful resolution to the old age conflict in Mindanao.

    Bloggers here have but one common desire, peace in our land.

  7. Tito Joe,
    Salamat at nakapasok kayo, I hope you can help a lot in providing vital inputs here in the discussions of related ASEAN issues with the Malaysian bloggers. I am encouraging also our CD friends to help in discussing interrelationship of issues in Asia as it affects Philippine interests.

    Mas malawak po ang inyong karanasan kay sa akin sa mga ASEAN topics. Salamat po.

  8. To Malaysian bloggers,
    Peace in Mindanao is a yearly circulation,a good business for news tabloid. Muslims want a right to Self Determination. I am not certain what that means. What if they decide that they want to seceed from the Philippines and start their own country?

    No one knows for sure,what is the real score on these on going MILF and military conflict in Mindanao,for me this is a Trojan horse designed to keep Arroyo in power beyond 2010.

    The MOA agreement could only be implemented if the Constitution was amended and the form of national government changed from the present centralized system into a federal one.Such amendments, introducing a proposal to shift to a parliamentary form of government in which Arroyo could be elected prime minister or to abolish the constitutional provision that bans a president from standing for re-election after a single six-year term.

    Arroyo’s plan backfires and created a big fire in Mindanao.

    Peace and Unity among Muslims and Christians in Mindanao will never happen; and while this outlook may be pessimistic, it is more realistic than believing that everyone will one day get along. People will always be different. There will always be conflict.

    There will always be superiority complexes which prevent them from placing equal values and the lives of citizens. Hunger and poverty are symptoms of the problem, and they are too often mistaken for the actual problem. However, the main difficulty hindering from reaching peace is power hungry, egotistical leaders who seem way to eager to risk ridiculous numbers of human lives in order to ‘prove a point’.

  9. The MOA-AD Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain has brought Mindanao to the brink of war. The Arroyo government intentionally offered the MILF something which it cannot deliver, in order to provoke either Charter change or military conflict. This was a devilish deception, playing with the lives of thousands of people for selfish ends.

    I have nothing against the muslim people but these MILF rebels have long contributed sufferings and terrors. No matter how many peace talks have been rendered, they continue to terrorize. They think that they are powerful when they are feared.

    Peace among Muslims and Christians in Mindanao. Something that hasn’t yet been accomplished, and probably won’t be for many years to come. Although it would be a great goal like any other goal, there are obstacles in the way. There are many obstacles that we need to overcome. One of the biggest problems I can think of is greed. The greed for money, for land, for power, or even for resources. In order for peace to be accomplished,Christians and Muslims in Mindanao must feel they have equal power; equal land, Although it may not sound possible, I believe it will be accomplished in the years to come if we have a new compassionate president sitting their stinky ass in Malacanang.

  10. Ay salamat mga Tito sa mga comments niyo, sana naliwanagan itong mga bisita nating Malaysian bloggers sa mga issues na kinahaharap ngayon ng ating bansa.

    To our Malaysian blogger friends, joeseg and Cocoy’s delight are among the best and top Filipino bloggers. Their knowlege and exposure to political, social, and economic issues are no doubt superior and excellent. You can visit them in their sites. Thank you.

  11. Sabi ni Pareng Cocoy kumusta raw itong mga bisita nating Malaysian bloggers.
    Mukhang masama pa rin ang loob ng mga kaibigan nating MILF sa pagkabigo ng Kasunduang MOA-AD. Asahan mo ang pagpapaptuloy ng bakbakan ngayon na seryoso na ang gobierno na hulihin ang dalawang MILF commander.

  12. It is due to lack of transparency that led to this problem. Had the government told the people about it earlier, they could have outlined better and more acceptable deal in giving greater autonomy for the bangsamoro to self-rule within the context of the Philippine constitution.

    Right now it is quite difficult to discard the thought that the deal was only done to give way for a charter change. Now the MILF are fuming mad of their frustrations, thinking they have been had by the government.

  13. Hindi na yata nagbalik ang mga Malaysian na bisita ninyo ni Kapitan Kidlat.Sayang gusto ko pa naman na makipag miting de abante sa kanila.Hehehe!

  14. Kapitan,Hindi ako makapasok sa bagong post mo.Alam ko nakapasok si Pareng Joeseg at Chi pero sa akin laging blanko ang screen.Ano na ang ginawa mo? Ayaw mo na yata akong papasukin sa loob.Hehehe!

  15. Pareng Cocoy.
    Sorry, tinignan na namin sa Admin, wala ka namang under moderation na comment doon. Nakakatakot, may multo na namang gumagala, may milagro na namang nangyayari. Pasensiya na pareng Cocoy talagang inaabangang ka lagi doon ng mga tanod at gustong marinig ang iyong mga comments iyon nga lamang baka nasundan ka na naman ng mga ninja, hahahaha.

  16. Pinuntahan ko ang site nitong bisita nating Malaysians, matindi, pang intellectuals. Pero dito na ako sa ating porma ng mga usapan. Madaling maka-relate at akma lang sa level ng ating mga kaalaman. Yong topic nila ang tipong hindi kinakagat ng mga taga barangay na katulad natin.

  17. Pareng Cocoy

    Wala akong problemang pumasok dito. Siguro, wala kang dalang pasalubong sa mga taga Kidlatan. Inaasahan kasi nila na yaman din lamang na birthday mo at kandidato pa, kapag may pulong pulong sa kaunlaran, mayroon ding tagayan. Mas gusto yata nila ay lambanog. Kapag beer, madaling makalasing.


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