The act of treason in the so-called “peace” agreement” on ancestral domain initialed in Kuala Lumpur by emissaries of Gloria Arroyo did not happen overnight.
It was the culmination of over two decades of build-up of treasonous acts by the ruling class that runs the power structure of Philippine society today, which ran unfettered with the triumph of Edsa I. That turnover of power from the fledgling independent Marcos regime to the plutocracy of the “traitor class” of pro-US elite doomed the country to economic rape, and now, the blatant Balkanization of its resource-rich Mindanao.
When Cory Aquino took power, one of her first deeds with Butz Aquino, Nene Pimentel and Norberto Gonzales was the return of the vanquished Nur Misuari from exile and the restoration of the MNLF. This, despite the fact that thousands of Filipino soldiers died to stop the MNLF from dismembering the Republic during Marcos’ time. Then, in a matter of months, it gets rehabilitated, thereby reviving the conflict in Mindanao.
Aquino then proceeded to remove all the projects and programs aimed at economic independence, e.g., the scuttling of energy projects like the BNPP and hydroelectric plants, the downgrading of irrigation and agricultural productivity programs, and the privatization of public utilities, which Fidel V. Ramos accelerated while helping the Carlyle group broker many privatization schemes.
The one moment in the past 22 years since Edsa I that there was an unambiguous re-assertion of the country’s sovereignty was the victory of the “one country, one flag” principle over the insurgents and secessionist movements that have plagued this nation. This was when former President Estrada led the Armed Forces of the Philippines to crush the MILF and took over its headquarters, Camp Abubakar, and raised the Philippine flag with its sun and three stars, including the one for Mindanao, and colors that included red for valor, there in July 2000.
But when Edsa II deposed President...