I am glad that my friend Dondon Clamor has finally put up a blog on federalism. Federal Philippines is one of the proposals which should be considered in the discussion on what to do with the peace and development concern facing
One of my cartoons in 2001 depicted my previous position on the issue (the hand of federalism picks up one star from the country (flag of the Republic of the Philippines) to drop it to the plate of politics).But I am giving it a chance now - promise! - as another
avenue that would possibly resolve
The twist now is that MILF wants bigger scope extending the current ARMM areas as maybe proposed under the controversial Bangsa Moro Juridical Entity (BMJE) – claiming some regions or parts in the country as ancestral land as contained in the recent Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD). This has stirred debates and complaints on the ground saying the peace panel never consulted the people and that the agreement is a "mockery to our sovereignty."
The problem is that in the first place, the MILF does not care about the so-called legislative processes. But the government will have to deal with a large number of Mindanaoans who would not want BMJE to mess up their lives. Simply put, the government cannot just push BMJE or similar proposals without consulting the people. There are local government units which strongly disagreed with the BMJE concept by lodging a complaint to get temporary restraining order (TRO) at the proper court. It is impossible to do it - as if you it is giving away a piece of cake at its whim. We are in a democratic country after all and so win-win solution is the best option at all time and sincerity in doing so is what we want to rule rather than to use BMJE to engage the MILF in a merry-go-round exercise which won’t get us anywhere even near our common benefits.
There is no point of pushing a proposal that will only aggravate the current situation in
(Small photos -Mindanao map and surfing Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo- were grabs from http://kaypoh.com.)