THE column “Malaysia’s role should be explained” by Yen Makabenta elicited both angry less-than-knowledgeable responses as well as educated opinions. We want to share some of these with you readers.
Reader hector wrote:
“I predict that the Bangsamoro territory will become an expanded MILF terror-camp and a training hub for Asia. The rule of law will become one of fear. Human rights violations will escalate. The chief minister will be omnipotent – thanks to a carefully crafted BBL. Corruption and a money frenzy will mean little improvement for the lives of the majority. Impunity and inequality will give rise to oppression and abuses. The minority will control [the general population]with guns and goons, under a legalized dictatorship. Filipino Christians, etc. will be pushed away or driven out.
“The Philippine government will stay well clear of the fallout and turn a blind eye.
“The BBL itself will be a meaningless and toothless document once the ‘Rubicon has been crossed.’
“CDO [Cagayan de Oro] will be renamed ‘Terrortown.’
“It is all a bit like putting a fox in charge of the chicken coop.
“Legitimizing an Islamic state and enabling it to arm itself will only lead to more violence. It is in the MILF people’s DNA, as stupidity is in PNoy Aquino’s. He is also being played like a fool by the Chinese. The village idiot from Tarlac simply doesn’t understand a world beyond game consoles and the shooting range.”
Another reader writes:
“Never for a single moment did we talk about [the Sabah claim]. With Malaysia as facilitator, it is only practical for us not to bring that up or include Sabah in our proposed homeland. We are silent on the issue. We never said it belongs to the Bangsamoro people, just as we never said it does not belong to us. It is a nonissue for us at this point,” Mohagher Iqbal [said].
“Before he sold out, Manolo Quezon [who now works in Malacañang]said that MILF see their territory extending to all Mindanao, Palawan, and the Spratly Islands and that secession is the obvious and inevitable conclusion, with Malaysia and MILF being natural partners. Now that he is paid by Aquino he keeps quiet.
“Malaysia will have achieved its goal of a geo-political arc of influence stretching from Thailand to Davao, and captured Sabah into the bargain.
“The legal scorpions in the BBL trojan horse include the 10% provision which can readily be utilized to rapidly expand the territory with a ready made commercial center, banking hub, port, airport in CDO– no doubt their new state capital.
“The BBL will be the thin end of an ever expanding geographic wedge in the Philippines.
“The losers are the Americans who are happy with the current status, and post-BBL will be kicked out of the area by MILF/Malaysia, unless something unfortunate happens to derail the process!
“Malaysia has played a long game, and is now on the final stretch. The next 2 months will be make or break. The heavy guns will be brought into play for the final push.”
Still another reader, Eddie de Leon, wrote: “Despite this legacy of death and failure, Sir Yen Makabenta, BS Aquino’s and his KKK and Liberal Party cohorts will still be in power after the 2016 elections. This is because they have a weapon: the Comelec-approved (and Aquino encouraged and protected) Smartmatic Automated Election System (Smartmatic AES) which uses the PCOS machines with all the safeguards required by the Automated Election Law against fraud and manipulation DISABLED. This was what happened in the 2010 and 2013 elections, which were absolutely UNTRANSPARENT. This will again happen in 2016–if People Power does not force the junking of the Smartmatic AES and its horrible PCOS machines.”
Scores of thousands of Filipinos feel like these Times readers. But the authorities act as if they do not exist.
What kind of nation, country, Republic have we become under the Aquino regime?