The blood of six Zamboangueno killed and those that will still be killed lie in the hands of President Aquino, his inept military generals and local government officials led by Mayor Beng Climaco.
How Zamboanguenos have come to be taken hostage not once but twice – the first one in 2001 – speaks volumes how the national government has failed to do its job in letting history repeat itself.
Do our officials not read the works of German philosopher and thinker Karl Marx? You don’t have to be a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy to be exposed to Marx’s admonition: "History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce."
The Moro National Liberation Front already took people hostage on November 21, 2001 in Cabatangan; it is therefore a clear warning that they will again do it again. And to think that MNLF already gave the Aquino Government, the military and civilian officials a fair warning when he declared independence middle of last month.
Anyare? (Short for anong nanyari?)
Now the military seeks to insult our intelligence even more by saying that they knew about the attack three days before it happened. What? That makes it worse! Where did they learn about military strategy? What a shame!
If they knew about the attack, why did they not fortify all the entrance points to the city?
It would have been better had they admitted that they were taken by surprise; that would have only made them look incompetent. But to say they knew about it, this makes them look like imbeciles and careless about the lost of human – Zamboangueno – lives.
They are just rubbing salt to injury. They are taking all Zamboanguenos for fools. First they abandoned their duties to protect us, now they insult our collective intelligence that they knew about the attack yet failed to alarm people in the area or do something to protect our relatives there.
Did they tell it to Mayor Climaco? If they did, what had Climaco done about it?
First the MNLF attacked our lives. Now the military is attacking our supposedly stupid brains! Kawawa naman tayo. Pobre man kita de Zamboanga.
I call on Zamboanguenos to come together to express our collective rage against the military incompetence in our area. We have raged against the pork barrel funds and blackouts, this time we must unite to rage against military and police incompetence to stop all kinds of criminalities there ranging from unsolved murders, kidnappings, terrorism and now rebellion.
The same blame should go to our local officials who collectively have billions of pork barrel funds, yet they failed to use these towards resolving our biggest problem there – peace and order.
We must all collectively ask our national and local officials: Anyare?