A Serious Misstep By President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
As we reported on this blog two days ago, the Arroyo government had tentatively agreed with the MILF to give them a part of Mindanao as their own country. Well, today, reaction has started to appear in other media.
The Daily Journal has reaction from Zamboanga Mayor Celso Lobregat. Lobregat says that the entire region will be gobbled up once the first part is sliced up and given away, as is currently planned. Lobregat further says that Gloria Arroyo has a new policy of "Peace at all costs."
Hmmmm. Well until now GMA has been a very crafty and tough political fighter. Many of the elected officials of Minanao support PGMA and have threatened Manila with secession if PGMA is ousted. Well, here we have PGMA cutting loose that support. Why should the officials from Mindanao support her now?
So if the leaders of Mindanao elect to stay in the Republic PGMA may just give them away to the MILF which Bob says is 80% Christian and those 80% are not going to sit still while the Sharia is imposed on them. In additon "other governments" (wink-wink) might be concnerned a tropical Afghanistan is being set up.
The alternative is to secede on their own terms.
Of course, this all could be disinformation being sown by those trying to bring PGMA down, but it does fit a pattern.