Thursday, April 2, 2015

Pnoy and BBL

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 believed to be a misencounter between the elements of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on January 25. 

Members of the SAF were on a mission to get Marwan and Basit Usman who were tipped to be hiding in the area controlled by MILF. Although MILF leaders denied having information of the two terrorists, some quarters doubted the claim of the group. 

The incident occurred at a time when the government and MILF were in the process of working for a long and lasting peace for Mindanao through the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law or BBL. Sadly, the "miscounter" which also claimed lives of some MILF members and civilians in the area plunged the nation into a hated debate on the BBL as a supposed roadmap to peace for Mindanao, long-battered with ill-effects of armed conflict with the moro rebels. 

Many quarters 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.