The Bangsamoro Basic Law, as it is now (I’ve read the files), has so many loopholes that could create more chaos a few years from now, if (or when) an aggressive, ruthless extremist like ISIS takes over the MILF leadership (as it has done over Abu Sayyaf, and other Muslim extremist factions). Some might scoff at the idea now, but look at what’s happening in Syria, Lebanon and other ME countries, and even France, where even their own governments were caught unawares and were helpless to stop the actions of terrorists/ruthless men. I am sure that there are more Filipino Muslims who can adhere to our current Constitution, which is fair enough for all faiths, so why push for a different Law that has the potential to encourage honor killings and pedophilia?
My prayer is that leaders on all sides will stop their pissing contests, and do what is right — lay down arms and return lands that need to be returned. Righteousness and justice go hand in hand before peace can really be attained. Who are those in power who tried to grab lands that were not theirs in the first place? Bring them to justice, no matter how rich or influential they may be now. Bring to justice those who killed 57 people, including unarmed journalists and women in Maguindanao, and see if people in the area will put their trust and support for a national government once again.
While I do not agree with all of President Noy’s policies or actions, I am grateful that at least he made the difficult decision to capture the Bin Laden of Southeast Asia, at the cost of the lives of 44 good men — and he knows he will have to live with this for the rest of his life. But their deaths were not in vain. Because of them, I can sleep better at night knowing that a violent man who plotted the bombing of so many innocent people has been silenced. I just wish our troops had more training against terrorists who do not care at all for the sanctity of life, and who kill in the name of God (Marwan was already recruiting for jihadist volunteers to join the Islamic State). I can only hope that from now on, more experts will come to train our troops to handle these situations better in the future.
Sometimes I look at our AFP and PNP, and smile with pride mixed with a little trepidation. We look so small and cute, like Hobbits compared to raging middle earth warriors. It makes me think that perhaps, we live in a sort of Shire. More Filipinos — whether Christian, Muslim or pagan — value “food and cheer and song above hoarded gold.” As a hospitable and resilient people, we could be too forgiving and naive, sometimes.
This leads me to pray that the Almighty God and Creator, Whose aid we implore in our Constitution, will defend and protect us from greedy and violent men (or women) who threaten to destroy the very fabric of our society founded on freedom and equality, which our heroes fought and died for. May we remain loving without compromising the principles we need for a just and humane society. May we remain hospitable, while being careful of who we let into our shores. May we remain faithful, in a world where faith is considered a crutch or object of scorn.