Sunday, July 19, 2009

Terrorism in Mindanao

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By John Unson / 01-12-09

Basilan gov declares all-out war vs Abu Sayyaf 07/01/2009 11:33 AM

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Sulu govt urges war on SayyafBy Arlyn dela Cruz Philippine Daily Inquirer / 07-12-09

Abu Sayyaf to be beaten by year-end: AFP spokesmanAgence France-Presse / 07-13-09

I desired to talk about the history of terrorism in some parts of Mindanao. But I am definitely not equipped with too much information about the issue. One thing I am sure of is that stories about seemingly endless violence in several provinces and cities of Mindanao is a mainstay in various broadsheets and tabloids, tv and radio programs and news online for so many years. It’s everyday news.

When I was in elementary, my Sibika and Kultura teachers taught us the different types of natural resources, the rich history and culture of the Philippines, and all other amazing things about our country. Even the wars during the Spanish era, the Japanese invasion and American advent didn’t matter too much. There was victory in the end. Ultimately, the wonderful pictures of the Philippines have greater impact in my memory. Of course that includes the marvels of Mindanao.

Today, the battle is no longer between Filipinos and foreign invaders. It’s Filipinos versus Filipinos in some parts of our country.

It is so devastating that as I grow up the pleasant image of Mindanao that I saw in the past is starting to fade. War hurts not only our economy but it also paralyzes the freedom of the native residents to live in peace and for the tourists to explore the beauties of the Philippine islands in the South.

I don’t know how the terrible situation will end. I just hope it will - very soon. I hope the next generation will appreciate Mindanao the way I saw it way back.

8 Speak:

bluedreamer27 said...

i felt so sad about this... espcially those innocent...
hope that everything will be alright so soon...
Prayers is the most powerful that we could have right at this moment

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Rej said...

sure. :)

jei said...

Yes, that's true. Even Davao City is always on full alert these past few weeks. We may never know diba? Ayaw na naming mabombahan na naman gaya yung nangyari sa airport at sa wharf namin years back. Who would want want to anyway?

Rej said...

Sayang no! marami akong nakikita sa tv na magagandang lugar sa mindanao kaso hindi na maexplore ng mga tao because of the scare na dala ng terrorism sa bansa. hayyysssttt!!!

Rej said...

and yes nakataya ang buhay ng mga inosente! :(

bluedreamer27 said...

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Rej said...

thanks bluedreamer for the visit. hope ok na ok ka na :D

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