The generals have spoken
PRESIDENT Benigno Noynoy Simeon Aquino is fortunate that he is on his last eight months in office in which prudence dictates that he be allowed to finish his term.
Had the Manifesto of Retired Officers been issued at the height of the Mamasapano massacre and military fiasco, the implications and fate of President Noynoy Aquino may have turned out for the worse.
Coincidentally, the release of the Manifesto came out at about the same time as the abrupt and unexplained resignation of Trade Sec. Greg Domingo (who has been prevailed to stay on until after APEC in November), and the equally sudden resignation of former Senator Kiko Pangilinan as parallel secretary of cabinet rank for agricultural modernization which has been a frustrating and ineffectual office since Agriculture Sec. Proceso Alcala remains in place.
The resignation of two cabinet men of sterling character and reputation, coincidentally with the categorical and forthright message of the Manifesto of Retired Officers, are symptomatic of the unraveling of P Noy’s bizarre style of governance, ambivalence, and insensitivity to social issues and people’s sentiments.
Indeed, while redressing injustices against the Muslim minorities and seeking lasting peace in Mindanao may be noble in intentions, but the motives and course taken by P Noy and his peace advisers are the wrong reasons for the right deeds.
To quote the Manifesto, “Our unsullied support for and re-affirmation of the Philconsa petition to the Supreme Court to declare the FAB and the CAB unconstitutional and void and to prevent their implementation as well as to related actions of various entities and individuals being taken against the FAB, CAB, and BBL (in its original form) or any move or measure that would prevent these three instruments from materializing.”
Moreover, for peace to be durable and lasting, all stakeholders must be involved, and not just the MILF.
To add insult to injury to the Fallen 44, MILF and Palace spin masters are trying to put a new twist to the Mamasapano gunfight and the killing of Marwan.
Whichever way it is viewed, Marwan was not a state priority or emergency.
The raid on Marwan was a Noynoy initiative and masterminded by suspended PNP Chief Alan Purisima.
The misadventure and disastrous mission was not even a collective effort which makes President Noynoy Aquino solely responsible and culpable for the death of the 44 SAF commandos whose stigma President Benigno Aquino will carry for the rest of his life.
When all is said and done, the unraveling of the Aquino administration has begun, and there will be more resignations as the administration winds down.
As the economy slackens and the OFWs are unhappy over their balikbayan boxes, and as unemployment rises, the bright spot in the horizon is the APEC Leaders’ Summit in November, provided US Pres. Barack Obama (US elections in November), Pres. XI Jinping of China, Putin of Russia, and Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe will attend.
You be the judge.
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