ON the opposite page, we print in full an immensely important statement of the Philippine Council on Foreign Relations about the statement made by ambassadors of “at least 18 countries” (as our story on it on page 2 of yesterday’s Times says) that we believe deserve the highest condemnation of every Filipino who values our Republic’s dignity, the rule of law, and the principle of foreign non- interference in our internal affairs.
The Department of Foreign Affairs should have loudly spoken out to protest the “ambassadors’ statement” — or if it wished to be discrete–should have written a note verbale to each of the embassies.
But the DFA did not. And this does not surprise us. For the Aquino Administration has been depending on foreign moral support and actual funding from foreign governments, not for the usual monetary needs to combat poverty and deliver better services to our people, but to cover up of its misdeeds and to dampen the anger of our people against its evil works and policies. These works and policies cause hardships for our people and pose threats to the very existence of our democracy and our Republic.
The statement expresses the ambassadors’ support for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which the more thoughtful, knowledgeable, educated and good-hearted Filipinos have found to be in serious need of redrafting because it will not bring peace to Mindanao but will instead plunge it into greater conflicts.
To begin with, the BBL version favored by the Aquino Administration and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front is based on two grossly anti-Philippine Republic, anti-Filipino people, illegal documents or in fact treaties that the BS Aquino negotiators signed with their MILF counterparts. These are the Framework Agreement and the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro, which the Supreme Court has found unconstitutional. Both contain provisions that contradict existing Philippines laws, apart from the Philippine Constitution itself. Both will subject Christian Filipinos and Lumad Filipinos, as well as Muslim Filipinos, unwilling to be under MILF control to a manner of living they do not prefer.
If only because the Framework Agreement, the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro and the BBL are facing legal suits from many sectors of Philippine society, suits that are still pending at the Supreme Court and are the subject of a process of amendment in our Congress, these ambassadors should have had the wisdom and decency to refrain from disrespecting our laws and dishonoring our High Court.
The ambassadors who have instigated this unhealthy demonstration of support for the BBL show they are not true friends of the Philippines and the Filipinos. Some of them are also supporters of the biggest political crime ever committed against our Republic, the murder of our election process by the Smartmatic-TIM conglomerate and their PCOS machines.
They are acting to promote their vested interests and the prospect of profiting from Mindanao in a way that they are now unable to do. And they are showing their support for a rebel group, the MILF, against the interests of all Filipinos.