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We hope that the surrender and capture of Moro National Liberation Front’s Zamboanga “raiders” will write finis to the MNLF-Misuari faction’s violent frenzies not only in Zamboanga City but everywhere. These men, who are loyal to Nur Misuari and Habier Malik, have found it in their hearts to answer for the injury and damage they caused Zamboangueños by their senseless act.
Former ARMM (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) governor Nur Misuari and his lieutenant Habier Malik have been charged with rebellion for their deadly Zamboanga “enterprise.” Rebellion charges may not be enough to compensate for the harm they caused this peaceful city of ours. Now, our city is in a shambles and it will take some time before we can recover from Misuari and company’s senseless action.
Nur Misuari has been down this road before. In November 2001, his followers exploded into a violent rampage that led to weeks of fighting and scores of civilian deaths and displacement. It wasn’t because of some lofty fight for independence or self-assertion. Misuari was simply piqued that he was about to lose his position as governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, which, despite the billions of pesos poured into it by the government, had remained an economic backwater under his watch.
By Artemio V. Panganiban
“When guns speak, laws are silent,” so it has been said. This is true in wars among sovereign nations. It is also true with civil strife within states, like in France, the United States, China, Vietnam and Serbia. Or more recently, in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Syria. Human casualties, injuries, hunger, atrocities and deprivations have been the sad consequences of these bloody conflicts.
By Ambeth R. Ocampo
“Fear history,” declared Andres Bonifacio, “for it respects no secrets.” Ferdinand Marcos feared history, which explains why he left diaries to confound historians. A keen student of history, he used the lessons of the past to hold on to power longer than any Philippine president before or after him…
By Ambeth R. Ocampo
Nur Misuari’s mayhem in Zamboanga City resulted in some commentary about his place in Philippine history, as well as the ups and downs of his own story. Longevity is often a liability in history especially for those who start out right and end badly like Emilio Aguinaldo. Another example is Juan Ponce Enrile who entered history as martial law administrator. He redeemed himself during the Edsa 1986 People Power revolution, but fell from favor and history during the administration of Corazon Aquino. Elected to the Senate on the catchy slogan “gusto ko happy ka!” Enrile’s last high point was presiding over the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona. Today he is charged with plunder. Life, according to a Filipino saying, is like a wheel—sometimes you are up, sometimes you are down. The problem is that when you are down, the wheel stops spinning.
By Ramon Farolan
We join the nation in mourning the death of our soldiers, policemen and civilians in the continuing conflict in Zamboanga City. Notwithstanding official announcements of “mission accomplished,” let me say, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”
By Noralyn Mustafa
The latest reports from Zamboanga City indicate that its all over.
By Ben Dolorfino
Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatulahhi wa barakatuh!
Tragedies, natural or manmade, take their toll on many lives. In Zamboanga, where MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front) forces continue to fight, soldiers, policemen, and MNLF members have died. The number of casualties is still rising.
Nur Misuari seems to relish being in the limelight of the terror and violence in Zamboanga. And even if he had said that the Zamboanga “invasion” was not his own doing, the MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front) troops would not have moved the way they did without his command. Now, he and his followers are causing too much damage in terms of property loss and shattered lives on the part of the victims of this war he started. The more than 100,000 displaced families should move his conscience. What will happen to them and their future?
I wonder why former ARMM (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) governor Nur Misuari is insisting on being the legitimate leader of the Muslims. He misused funds intended for Mindanao progress and development and spent P20 million for his travels.