• Mayor blasts secret Aquino program to build MILF sites in Zamboanga City

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    GOOGLE “Sajahatra” and the first website you’re led to is that of the Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. You find an attractively designed page, with the headline “Swords to Plowshares: THE SAJAHATRA BANGSAMORO PROGRAM.” There’s a logo and two disembodied hands shaking.

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    The copy reads: “Sajahatra n.–An Arabic-Behasa-Melayu derivative denoting blessings, prosperity, and peace.” And below that is the paragraph: “The Sajahatra Bangsamoro Program is a joint undertaking of the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that aims to uplift and develop the health, education, and livelihood conditions of the Bangsamoro communities.”

    Under that paragraph are illustrated summaries of the claimed accomplishments of the program in the health, education and livelihood spheres.

    You are told that you should visit the website of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process if you want more information.

    We think it’s a commendable program. But we have some reservations about the government agreeing to calling communities of Muslim Filipinos “Bangsamoro.”

    Concerns of the mayor of Zambo City
    We find ourselves sharing the concerns of the lady head of Zamboanga City, Mayor Maria Isabelle Salazar, over the secret implementation of this program in her territory. The city is not a part of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) because both the Christian and Muslims there voted against inclusion in the ARMM. They have also manifested their rejection of being made part of any future substate controlled by the MILF.

    According to our Zamboanga Correspondent Al Jacinto the local government of Zamboanga has strongly criticized “the secretive programs” being implemented by President BS Aquino’s Peace Process Adviser Teresita Deles for MILF rebels and their supporters in the city.

    Mayor Salazar says Deles, without informing the local government, has since 2013 implemented the so-called “Sajahatra Bangsamoro Program for MILF communities,” raising fears that the separatist rebels and their supporters have now formed a base in the city.

    Mayor Salazar insists that there are no native MILF communities in Zamboanga and that local residents and village leaders oppose the inclusion of their city in the MILF-proposed Bangsamoro autonomous government or substate.

    The mayor told Al Jacinto that village officials learned of the Sajahatra program through the residents themselves. “Barangay officials have been tasked to strictly monitor their areas of responsibility for possible uncoordinated activities such as those implemented purportedly for communities that are not recognized by the local government,” Salazar said, adding that, “There may be individuals who are sympathetic to the MILF, but we would like to emphasize that there is no MILF community here nor do we recognize one in the city.”

    Mayor Salazar also said that Senen Bacani, a member of the government peace panel, admitted that Deles started the Sajahatra Bangsamoro Program in 2013 in Zamboanga City without informing the the city government.

    This is a serious attack on the efforts of the city government to forge unity, good governance and peace and order. The mayor said, “Barangay officials have a very important role to play to ensure that all activities happening in their areas of responsibility are sanctioned by the local government.”

    She asked barangay officials to report to her office “any and all activities similar to this being implemented in your area. The city is not part of the ARMM nor shall the city be part of the Bangsamoro.”

    Some groups in Zamboanga have asked Mayor Salazar to declare Deles “persona non grata” for secretly initiating the Sajahatra MILF program here.

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    1. These things are being manipulated by an unseen hand, perhaps the members of the GRP panel are being bribe by the rebels that is why they are very eager to push through with the BBL. Why don’t they try live in any of the community under the ARMM region. The truth is that they don’t give a damn of it’s outcome because they live very far from these communities. There are even rumors that some of the congressman are being bribe purposely to approve the BBL.

    2. (1) PNoy are surrounded with people who are pro Malaysia and pro US that his policy has been trying to please the malaysian & muslim in mindanao, as well as to protect the US interest and alienated the country from the economic development of the Asean region.

      (2) Its has been a strategy of the separatists in Mindanao to take little steps at a time until it become strong enough & wait for the right moment to strike. Only traitors of this country will allow this to happen.

      (3) PNoy’s daan matuwid program is an excellent govrnment cleaning movement. The exposure & charges on those corrupted gov’t officials are supported with strong evidences & probabal cause but at times it avoids himself to prosecute his own political allies and friends.

    3. Putting Deles and Ferrer on this Peace Process makes people in Mindanao scared of the word “PEACE” and I salute Pnoy’s stupidity for not realizing it. These people have no idea how peaceful the Mindanao is with Muslims and Christians living together, yet just bugged by this rebels claiming they own some lands, and want it back thru BBL to hold power.

    4. This is another treacherous act by Penoy government.Deceiving the people of their selfish motives..

    5. alex s lagas on

      i was puzzled by the moved of aquino administration including those who composed the government peace negotiators like deles, ferrer……they have no love for mindanao. their move is really a treason….Pnoy, deles, ferrer, and other pnoy’s tutas do you want that this country will lost mindanao? mindanao contributes more than a half of the GDP then you want to lost it?pls hear the voice of the majority!

    6. walatayo magawa ang inaasahan nating magtatanggol sa pilipinas ay natutulog sa pansitan 120,000 AFP members ay tulog bakit kaya di sila kumikilos somthing fishy diba kaya magdasal tau baka may hinihintay lamang

    7. CUIDADO MGA KAPATID FILIPINO!
      Get to know your president better.THere is treason in his blood Study what his grandfather and father did to the Filipinos on their time of power .Underminig the Filipinos is in his DNA Selling the FILIPINOS down the Rio Grande de Mindanao is what he is doing to you all in plain daylight! .If the Philippine gov’t will continue to give concessions and fund the ARRM and Bangsamoro, then she should also recognize and fund the other Ethnic republics that arose in our short history. The Ilocano republic of Diego and Gabreila Silang, The Ilongo republic of Gen Delgao of Panay, The Cebuano republic and the Negriensi republic in Negros. All these predates this corrupt, inept and murderous Bangsa Moro.
      If Noynoy truly loves the Philippines, he should insist that there is only one constitution. This is not negotiable. Stop using this Malaysian official. The Bangsa Moro is not a sovereign state! It is a brigand of outlaws.Enough!
      This Noynoy is the Filipino equivalent of the US Obama.CUIDADO

    8. Traitor is Deles’ middle name. Wasn’t she ne of the Hyatt 10 that stabbed GMA in the back?

    9. what more do the national government wants in mindanao , to have another local governance . what is the function of ARMM . why not upgrade the system of ARMM . those who live in zamboanga city want a peaceful life and to does who want tranquility you may stay in zamboanga peninsula were people here are peace loving people.

    10. It is the responsibility of the will-be Bangsomoro Government to serve the Bangsamoro People WHEREVER THEY ARE…and this include the Bangsamoro People residing in Zamboanga City and anywhere else.

      • Jaime Bantolo on

        dangerous assumption..it means that it aims to extend itself all over any areas in the country where Muslims live? …including Manila? That is politically explosive!

      • it’s like counting the chicks before the eggs hatches. for your information, there is no so-called “Bangsamoro Goverment”. There is only the Philippine Goverment, nothing more, nothing less…. Until the BBL passes through the senate and congress, plebiscite, and the supreme court, your so-called Bangsamoro Goverment is a fiction of your imagination…

    11. jeanfranco espina on

      until when do we keep on giving the other cheek to this people… mabuhay po kayo Mayor

    12. francisco santos jr on

      “Democracy” does not mean “Laissez-faire”, doing things as he/she pleases. Pinoy is a subtle leader with undercover direction. NO COORDINATION = DISASTER [SAF44]

      • You are talking of democracy for your own interests and what fits you as majority. Mayor Climaco should if she knows what is democracy should allow the voices of the Sama, Tausug, Yakan, Badjao and other indigenous tribes voices to be heard in the city of Zamboanga instead lumping all of them to what she wants them to be. That is dictatorship and curtailing the rights of Non- Chavacanos and non-Christians in the city.

    13. Matt Tarmoros on

      Well, now we know what the P500 billion in the BBL is REALLY going to be used for.
      Job well done, Manila Times. :)
      Thank you for showing us what the BBL is all about.

    14. I have known the Mayor since her Councilwoman days. She stands for competence, integrity and trust. One cannot say the same with Secretary Kirat Deles. Pailalim pag gumalaw ang taong yan. Pare-parehas sila – Deles, Soliman at De Lima. Mediocre personalities just like their principal who responds by the nickname, Abnoy.

    15. Gloria M. Kuizon on

      What on earth is on the mind of OPAPP Sec. Teresita Deles and her pack of pro-Malaysia, pro-MILF assistants?

      • Willie Enriquez on

        Maybe there’s money with it. Organizing a satellite MILF community or people to avail such program of Ms.Deles. We hope it won’t be like Lady Janet of the Lamitan. Who managed to sucked Government fundings. Perhaps, the reasons the Dilis don’t want to share those funds with the MNLF. Something fishy is going on ????

    16. Alejo Rosete on

      Mayor – I salute you for your stand.
      Please, do not allow a portion of Zamboanga
      a part of Bangsamoro.

      The President maybe is contemplating to build his
      own “Hacienda Luisita” in Zamboanga for his safety
      from being arrested after his term.

      Zamboanga is Christian not a Muslim Territory.

      • I am a Zamboangeña and a Christian, but Zamboanga is Philippine territory, not owned by any certain religion or group.

    17. kilan ba ma impeach tong presidenteng ito halatang halata na ang kabobohan na ginagawa?

    18. The building of secret MILF Sajahatra sites in Zamboanga City is another proof that Aquino, Ferrer and Deles are traitors who work for the interest of the terror group MILF.

      As some commentators have said, MILF is armed and backed by Malaysia. MILF, instead of submitting its inquiry report on Mamasapano fight to the Philippines submitted it to Malaysia instead. This is clearly a slap on the face of Aquino and the people of the Philippines, but Aquino, like a gutless puppy, still sucks up to MILF and supports BBL.

      We have lost North Borneo, now called Sabah, to Malaysia. Let us NOT lose Mindanao this time to Malaysia, through its puppet MILF! Scrap BBL!

      • Cesar Climaco on

        Having secret sites for MILF in Zambo. is like having sleeper cells of ISIS in the city. All with Deles, Ferrer, Noynoy approval.