Muslims cry for representation


Without much fanfare amidst public outrage over the Liberal Party “sex dance orgy,” Camarines Sur Rep. Leny Robredo joined the melee for the May 2016 elections.

In what Noynoy Aquino admitted will be a traditionally dirty campaigning, Robredo I’m sure won’t be twerking on stage as running mate of standard bearer Mar Roxas.

The widow of the late DILG secretary Jesse Robredo is meant to help Roxas appeal to the masses.

A neophyte lawmaker herself who had criticized Senator Grace Poe for prematurely aspiring for the presidency, she will be up against political heavyweights Sen. Chiz Escudero, Sen. Bongbong Marcos and Sen. Alan Cayetano, among others.

Vice President Jojo Binay has yet to find his running mate, just over a week before the filing of candidacy.

As I have said earlier, I hope we will be treated to a no-nonsense debate and argumentation on national issues, such as widespread hunger, homelessness, starvation wage rates, exorbitant college tuition, rampant crimes, proliferation of illegal drugs, poor public health services, and unabated corruption.

Of course, an enduring issue is the search for a solution to the Mindanao conflict.

The status quo on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) should not be an end in itself but a crucible for a genuinely inclusive measure that will represent the interests and aspirations of Christians and Muslims in Mindanao, said Sultan Shariff Ibrahim Albani, chairman of the Movement for National Reconciliation.

It was the “lack of consultation and representation” that doomed what would have been an “ideal” BBL that the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) crafted, Sultan Albani pointed out.

Davao City Mayor Rody Duterte’s advocacy of establishing a federal form of government may be a viable solution to the Mindanao problem, Sultan Albani went on to say.

Who does not desire lasting peace?
Well, let us see in the coming days if Duterte accedes to the nation’s call to duty, as Cong. Robredo said is what she did.

Let us also see if the presidential bets will listen to the Filipino Muslims’ cry for representation, as Sultan Albani voiced out.

Dilg, doe must step into arson case
We are calling the attention of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Energy (DOE) on the apparent foot-dragging in the filing of appropriate charges against the owner of the illegal fuel depot razed by fire in Valenzuela City two weeks ago, killing one worker.

DILG Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento and DOE officer-in-charge Zenaida Monsada must look into the possible cover-up of another arson case in Valenzuela City.

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has failed to live up to its motto, “To save lives and protect property,” as evidenced by many cases, including the Kentex factory fire in May also in Valenzuela City where at least 72 workers were trapped and burned to death.

In this recent case of the Royal Family Industrial Corp., owned by Margarito “Gary” So, the warehouse intended to store recyclable used oil was instead used as a “mini-depot” of bio-fuel ethanol and gasoline, allegedly supplied by “paihi” gangs.

The BFP, as well as the Valenzuela City authorities, appear to be covering up for this culprit So, so DILG and DOE must step in.

With the help of a corrupt retired police general, this Chinese businessman has evaded investigation by incompetent BFP authorities. So has reportedly built another colorum fuel depot in Marilao, Bulacan.

Our efforts to get in touch with Sarmiento and Monsada have failed so far. Busy with the Liberal Party election campaign already?

I hope these two are not just serving as mascots during the remaining months of this inutile slipshod administration.

Maybe they’re waiting for another Kentex-like tragedy to hit Valenzuela City.


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