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PIA Press Release
2009/02/20

Commentary: A quiet upheaval

by Rina de Jesus

General Santos City (20 February) -- Fatigue is showing among Mindanaoans who had been waiting for the peace process between the government and the MILF to reach fruition. The government had long served its formal notice to Kuala Lumpur for its readiness to resume talks but with the saber rattling and posturing still preoccupying the secessionist front, there is no telling when the negotiation will begin again.

A symptom of weariness has if felt of late, when former archenemies Norberto Manero, aka Kumander Bukay, with his group of intrepid militia and Moro National Liberation Front Chieftain Nur Misuari embraced each other and vowed to follow the path to peace.

We thought that it is only Manero's group that had a peace pact with the MNLF. We discovered that a silent movement for reconciliation has been taking place involving the MNLF and unheralded groups of Christians and Muslims who felt they have to move on for the sake of future generations of Mindanaoans. In fact, they do not use religious and factional distinctions anymore but merely call themselves Mindanaoans.

If the quiet upheaval continues to gain ground it will not be for long that the MILF will be isolated.

Let us face it. The MNLF has a peace pact with the government and the present Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao which is comprised of a large swath of territories in Central and Western Mindanao was practically theirs to govern. Something had gone wrong, but given the time and the hedging of the MILF to conclude a truce with the government, the errors and shortcomings committed can be corrected. It seemly is an easier process than talking peace with the MILF.

The armed elements of the MILF can go on with their belligerence and acts of atrocities but it will not be for long that they will earn the ire of the Mindanaoans.

There is always a limit to human patience regardless of race and religious faith. When it runs out, it will simply look for the easier alternative. (PIA SarGen) [top]

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