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The MILF ‘Tail’ Wags The GRP ‘Dog’

December 24, 2008

The secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front is displaying keen awareness that the Arroyo regime is approaching lameduck status with the constitutionally-mandated elections in 2010 just 17 months away and counting.

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Just as Malacanang brought to four the number of newly-appointed members of its negotiating panel, the MILF is setting a new condition for restarting the talks: that the GRP panel be chaired by a secretary with full caniet rank.

The tail wagging the dog.

This is apparently the MILF’s way of saying it will not be hoodwinked again into talking to a panel led by a panel composed of men without full presidential powers delegated to them.

This is exactly the sleight of hand Malacanang played the last time around with Messrs. Rodolfo Garcia (a retired police general) and Hermogenes Esperon (retired AFP xhief or staff recycled as peace adviser) negotiated that botched Bangsamoro Juridical Entity MoA.

That MoA-AD fully unraveled just one month after it was announcrd, touted as “breakthrough” initialed for signing but then abandoned for when it was exposed as a ploy to dismember the Republic and rightly declared unconstitutional.

‘ Never Again’, the MILF seems to be saying.

In truth apart from trying to posture as ‘reasonable’ it’s now the turn of the MILF to treat the Arroyo regime as a patsy.

Given the approaching expiration ot GMA’s tenure, the Moro rbels know they will be better off waiting for the election of a new president whose legitimacy is unassailed and with new political capital untarnished by corruption.

So for now the MILF ‘tail’ is content at wagging the GRP ‘dog’.

(Cross-posted in FilipinoVoices.com)

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