Pres. Benigno C. Aquino III or Pnoy for short is performing badly in social surveys since the Mamasapano debacle where 44 members of Special Action Force (SAF) were killed in what was beleived as misencounter between the elements of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) last January 25. SAF was on a mission to get Marwan and Basit Usman who were tipped to have been hiding in the area controlled by MILF. Although MILF leaders denied having information about the two wanted terrorists, some quarters doubted the claim of the group.
The incident occurred at a time where the government and MILF were in the process of working for a long and lasting peace for Mindanao through the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law or BBL. Sadly, the "miscounter" which also claimed lives of members of the MILF and some civilians in the area plunged the nation into a hated debate in view of the BBL as a roadmap to peace for Mindanao, long-battered with ill-effects of armed conflict with the moro rebels. Many quarters have questioned the integrity of the MILF on claims that they hid the high-profile terrorists - Marwan who got killed by SAF members. Usman was able to escape.
Social surveys claimed that Pnoy's popularity significantly nose-dived which could be translated as waning support from the public. Politically, these issues will have negative impact on Pnoy who is on his last lap of his term as the nation will hold another presidential election in May 2016. With the remaining time, we don't know how BBL will fare with the critical issues faced by the president who is pressured to get peace work done. So the second editorial cartoon I drew depicts how Pnoy deals with the question on how to address peace problem in Mindanao.
The third editorial cartoon depicts the issue on maternal deaths in Davao Region.