MILF combatants received farm tools and farm animals from the Office of the Presidential Peace Adviser on the Peace Process or Opapp in Camp Darapanan, MILF base. Jacob Palao, 56, is not a typical guerrilla. He fights with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front or MILF and farms for the rest of the week. Their lives changed when he and other 126 MILF combatants received not just farming aids from the government but also livelihood assistance. This is an improved method ever since the amnesty given to the rebels during the Marcos era.
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[VIDEO]: Historical video: 1980 A short video clip of Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos. Filipino rebels filed into Malacanang palace in Manila in response to the “Amnesty arranged and will be given by Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos”
Life in Combat
Palao spent many years of his life in combat until the Aquino government and MILF struck a peace deal in 2014. It gave him hope to end the war while still alive. The farming assistance would help MILF combatants to nurture productive lives away from danger, said Palao. “I can now live peacefully with my family,” he added. “It’s unlike in the past when I could not tell whether I would come home alive or not,” he explains in tears.
Marcos’ Amnesty for the Rebels
The Marcos government at one time gave amnesty to 84 members of the communist New People’s Army. They surrendered in a formal ceremony in Negros Occidental province, 300 miles south of Manila. Then Brig. Gen. Alfredo Olano, the area military commander at that time said; the rebels ranging from 14 to 70 years operated in three mountain villages on sugar fields in Negros. Those who surrendered are required to take an oath of allegiance at a ceremony witnessed by military and local government officials. After that, they are free to mix with the locals and can avail of the land reform and livelihood programs.
Aquino’s Livelihood Provision
During the Aquino administration, each of the 14 rebel returnees got a P50,000 check intended for livelihood. This is for them to formally start with their own project proposals in the form of Business and Individual Reintegration Plan they submitted to the Provincial Social Welfare and development Office or PSWDO. There are no more reports after that on how they progress.
Agriculture Undersecretary Ranibai Dilangalen said the new initiative is part of the President’s commitment to the peace process with Moro rebels. They had agreed to an expanded autonomous region. Santiago explained that the program is different from previous livelihood programs offered to rebels before. “We are looking at changes and these are not just giving and receiving. This is about making a social change – not only with the decommissioned combatants but also their communities,” Santiago clarified.
South China Morning Post correspondent and “Marcos Martial Law: Never Again” author Raissa Robles speaks at a forum at the University of the Philippines School of Economics. She said that the son of the late president Ferdinand Marcos is likely choice of President Du30 for Prime Minister once the constitution is changed to Federalism. The president, she said is a Marcos loyalist and admirer of the strongman. She really tries to make it look bad – but her comparing PDu30 and Macoy is actually what made the president popular. His merging with Bongbong Marcos is actually the hope for many Filipinos for the nation’s progress.
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[VIDEO]: At the forum on EDSA People Power’s relevance, investigative journalist Raissa Robles says the President “cherrypicks from history to pursue his political agenda.”
Constitutional Authoritarian Rule?
The Marcos patriarch drafts the proposed charter changes referred to as constitutional authoritarian rule when there is no functioning legislature. IIt happens during Martial Law when presidential decrees are deemed at par with legislative enactments. Those decrees still exist at the moment. No president after Marcos ever changes those. Robles highlights that what makes Marcos a dictator is the fact that he operates without check and balance. He criticizes Du30’s quest to bring back various aspects of the Marcos rule. That is allegedly in the parliamentary-federal model that Congress leaders present recently.
Ramos, Hero of EDSA?
Robles, calls FVR. the former Deputy Chief of Staff under the martial law a hero. It is definitely a misinformation drive. He is responsible for the Philippine Constabulary accused of various human rights abuses. If there is a hero in the military during the EDSA mutiny referred by biased journalists as a revolution, it is Senator Gregorio Honasan. Senator Juan Ponce Enrile who is the key player for calling Marcos to step down and initiates the military operation with Honasan’s armed men said that Ramos only joins later on. Ramos also backs the installation of unlikely leaders particularly Cory Aquino against their will.
Human Wrongs and Federal Democracy
The veteran journalist narrates accounts of tortures from well-known sources that are politically against Marcos. She can dig deeper again and get information from normal NPAs at that time. It is a big question why despite the around 7000 insurgents, there are more than 100,000 martial law compensation claimants? There seem to be plenty of human wrongs here. .However, the president campaigns for federal democracy which is a political system in which citizens have equal participation in government. The government is divided into two sovereign levels, such as a national government and state governments. The President is directly elected by the people for a five-year term and can run fo another five-year term. The Prime Minister who is a member of Parliament who serves as head of government. The members of Parliament elects him to run the day-to-day operations of government. Why is Robles afraid of Bongbong Marcos?
Robles cannot bear to imitate Marcos during the vice presidential debate when he discloses Du30’s promise that if the problem of crime is not solved in three to six months, he will give the presidency to Bongbong Marcos. Not his running mate, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano. Marcos’ electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo is still ongoing. At the sound of Robles’ slide presentation, her attacks against the president are actually directed to prevent Bongbong Marcos from the executive office. Very Liberal Party-like indeed.
By: Elena Grace Flores
The President’s supporters from all over the country will gather at Rizal Park on February 25. This is for a vigil and rock concert in support of the war on drugs campaign and anti-corruption efforts of the administration. The Department of the Interior and Local Government or DILG confirms this event. This is just after Cabinet Secretary Ismael Sueno concedes to Bongbong Marcos should the rumor is true that Marcos is replacing him. The recent survey by the Social Weather Stations or SWS coincides with the event. Since Filipinos remain optimistic about the economy as well as their quality of life at the moment, a big crowd is likely to appear for the said activity.
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[VIDEO]: The latest Pulse Asia survey shows President Rodrigo Duterte continues to gain the approval and trust of majority of Filipinos. According to the survey conducted from December 6 to 11 last year, 83% of the 1,200…
Many are Positive with Future Economy
The optimism of Filipinos is on the economy that it improves in the next months. The SWS survey shows 51 percent of those poll participants believe that the economy gets better in the next 12 months. Only eight percent say that it can go worse. People from Mindanao are the most positive ones followed by the Visayans. It is not a surprise that this early, Muslim communities in Manila now start to accommodate guests. They are here to take part of the event.
Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park in Luneta Focus
DILG Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing said that the Quirino Grandstand gathering focuses on other events aside from commemorating the 31st anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution. Pro-admin groups nationwide expect to join a vigil and rock concert on February 25 officially at 5:00 pm. This is just one big gathering that can start from the Quirino Grandstand but ends up occupying the whole Rizal Park or beyond in Luneta.
Visayas and Mindanao Attendees
Unlike the previous People Power revolution, Filipinos from the Visayas and Mindanao are keen in joining the crowd to support the President’s policies. The influx of domestic travelers from those regions is noted as early as 3 days before the event. Various small gatherings are also seen in places like Baclaran, Taguig, and where Muslim communities reside.
The president already has a big crowd during the election campaign. However, this time, his crowd is not only solid Digong groups. The Bihomadu alliance organizes their own initiatives to add to the volume of people needed to see how much support the president gets from ordinary people. Bihomadu stands for Binay, Honasan, Marcos and Du30 groups. All anti-Liberal Party must join hands to stop the destabilization intention of the yellow soldiers. Overseas sources also confirm to mirror this auspicious occasion in Thailand, Saudi Arabia, and the rest of the OFW countries.