Commemorating the 29th anniversary of the first People Power revolution, President Benigno Aquino 3rd vowed to sustain the fight for peace amid calls to junk the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
In his speech, Aquino took a dig at forces he claimed were against peace for their own selfish reasons, and who would now use the outrage over the Mamasapano massacre to call for the derailment of the peace process and to wage an “all-out war” again.
He said these people do nott want peace because they benefit from violence and chaos andare just out to push their vested agenda.
“Sa mga nagsasabi na ihinto na ang peace process, at ang pagpapasa ng Bangsamoro Basic Law, ang tanong natin: Paano nila masisigurado na magkakaroon ulit ng ganitong oportunidad? [To those who are calling for a stop to the peace process, and to the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, we ask: How can they guarantee that such an opportunity will present itself once more?]” he said.
“Maganda po sana kung bukod sa pambabatikos, ay may nailalatag silang alternatibong solusyon. Di tuloy natin maiwasang isipin: Ayaw nilang magkaroon ng kapayapaan, dahil sila mismo ang nakikinabang sa gulo at karahasan [ It would be ideal if they were able to propose alternative solutions, instead of hurling criticism after criticism. Thus, we cannot help but think: They do not want peace, because they themselves benefit from chaos and violence],” Aquino added.
But the President said he will not allow them to succeed, adding that the failure of the peace talks will only worsen violence in Mindanao.
“Kung magpapatalo tayo sa mga kontra-kapayapaan, parang hinayaan na rin nating lumala ang kaguluhan sa Mindanao. Kung isusuko natin ang pagtataguyod ng Bangsamoro, parang hinayaan na rin nating armas ang muli nilang ipamana sa susunod na henerasyon ng mga kapwa natin Pilipino [If we allow ourselves to be defeated by those who oppose peace, it would be tantamount to allowing the chaos in Mindanao to worsen. If we were to surrender the pursuit of the Bangsamoro, it would be tantamount to allowing them to bequeath arms to the next generations of our fellow Filipinos],” Aquino noted.
What happened in Mamasapano, Maguindanao is “truly painful,” the President said, reminding people once again that the PNP’s Special Action Force (SAF) went there to ensure lasting peace by apprehending Malaysian terrorist Marwan and Filipino bomb maker Abdul Basit Usman.
It is “not reasonable that their offering for peace should become the trigger for war and bloodshed,” were the government to heed the calls to scuttle the BBL to punish the Moro rebels who killed the elite policemen, Aquino added.