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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Zamboanga Under Siege; A Sham to Drown the Pork Barrel Tsunami?
In August, I wrote about the almost ineluctable after-event,
diversionary tactic, every time a furor of pork’s
magnitude breaks out. Could yesterday’s Zamboanga invasion by Moro National
Liberation Front (MNLF) contingents loyal to former ARMM Governor and MNLF
Chairman Nur Misuari have been staged to deflect the public’s fixation over the
Pork Barrel Scam?
Since I was waiting for an event loud enough to get
the public’s attention, no matter how momentarily, I thought so right away the
moment I have learned of the MNLF adventure. And look at the motivation that
compelled them to undertake such a dangerous excursion: they wanted to hoist
their flag over at the city hall. Really!?
Before we make our judgment, let’s look at some
antecedents for MNLF relating to the issue. The government has struck a Malaysia-brokered
peace deal with the MILF, which to date continues to iron out details, and in
fact is scheduled to resume in October. MNLF opposes such deal and insists,
instead, on the implementation of the 1996 MNLF peace accord with the
government, which it claims the latter abrogated.
Nur Misuari went on to declare Bangsamoro Republik Independence
in August, and installed himself as the Chief of the Bangsamoro Armed Forces.
Now we can see that the premise has been laid, which could justify the event. But
what has Nur Misuari’s MNLF, splintered, in its arsenal to carry out such
undertaking? With Sema’s group dissociating itself from that of Misuari’s, MNLF
has not much to fuel this kind of endeavor. But we can see that they have a
The question is funding.
Somewhere in the archipelago, men (and women) awash
with funds are desperate for some kind of “national interest” events that could
throw off public attention from them. Let me break it down: one who has the motivation
meets another who has the means (hoping to benefit from the logical effect) equals
OPPORTUNITY. And the first shot was fired.
They could not have done it in Metro Manila, or they
would have been all over the mess. Mindanao is a convenient excuse for this
kind of event. It is a stage for local armed conflict, staged or for real.