Of Talking Tough And Getting Priorities Right: Will True Action Follow?
The government of the day is saying yet again that it’s going to tough it against both the secessionist MILF and the Abu Sayyaf.
But rather than talk about it, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo should just do it.
It takes two to tango, and it certainly takes much more: political will to unsheathe the sword while protecting the non-combatantS.
For the record, aid officials say the number internal refugees from the incessant fighting in Mindanao is in the hundreds of thousands.
The tragic fact that two dozen soldiers were slaughtered in Basilan last week because they did not have air support (and even artillery as revealed by Sen. Rodolfo Biazon) is itself a slap to Malacanang’s avowed determination to win the war down South.
The war against terror must be pursued. The annihilation of the Abu Sayyaf must be done.” Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), who joined in the slaughter of the soldiers, will be hunted down despite a ceasefire with the rebel group.
Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro:
Those who were involved in the attacks will also be included among those to be neutralised and arrested. There are cases we have already filed against them and we have filed protests” with the international group monitoring the government’s ceasefire with the MILF.
Let’s mark these new avowals as we track how they are matched with action.
Yesterday, the President showed a measure of responsiveness by junking her plan to by an executive jet.