Saturday, January 31, 2015

Do We Really Have An Insensitive President or Not?

 By Alon Calinao Dy: A couple of days ago, President Noynoy Aquino faced a huge challenge when 44 anti-terror police commandos were killed in Mamasapano town,  Maguindanao. 

After the incident, two Philippine senators, Alan Cayetano and JV Ejercito, withdrew their support for a new Bansang Moro Law to fulfill the peace deal. They questioned the dedication of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to have a lasting and genuine peace in the region as they could not control their own forces.

At the height of deep sorrow in the Philippine National Police,  President Aquino did not arrive on January 28 to present honor of 44 slain SAF members at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City. He was spotted in the inauguration of a Mitsubishi Motors Corporation Plant in Laguna. 

Many Filipinos became angry about this, and labeled Mr. President as "insensitive" person. In fact, the hashtag #NasaanAngPangulo? quickly went viral in just a couple of hours in different social media networks.  

As a commander-in-chief, he should be present in that important event at all costs, just as US President Barack Obama did when his soldiers lost their lives in the service of the country. He should have cancelled his other appointments in honor of 44 fallen heroes. In this way, he should at least comfort the sad feelings and pain of the affected families.

As much as I wanted peace and order in Mindanao, I understand that President Noynoy Aquino wanted to go after a new government peace deal called Bansang Moro Law. But the problem is, MILF, BIFF, Abu Sayaff, NPA, and MNLF are not connected to one another. They have different thoughts and understanding about the new law. 

In other words, even if we have a peace treaty, the question: is it momentarily peace or everlasting peace in Mindanao? I think we should really focus on that question first before having a commitment to the rebel Muslim groups. 

But I hope and pray, the whole region of Mindanao can attain forever peace and order so that our beloved nation can move forward to greater heights.