THREE STRIKES

STRIKE 1: After saying that the Abu Sayyaf threat has diminished with the demise of its leaders, the military is now resurrecting these ghost in its assault in Sulu on April 13. No Abu has been caught or killed, instead 50,000 residents from eight municipalities have been displaced.

Scores of victims: Abu = 0. Civilians = 50,000. Loser = Peace

read Patricio Diaz’ comment on Sulu conflict

STRIKEĀ  2: The military launched an air attack on a village in Davao del Norte in an effort to track New People’s Army that staged a daring raid of a prison armory during Easter Sunday.

Score: NPA dead = 0. Livestock and bananas = many.

read story here

STRIKE 3: The military reported the death of nine-year old Grecil Buya in an encounter in New Bataan, Compostela Valley. The military initially claimed this girl was an NPA who engaged them in a firefight.

Now they are singing a different tune, saying the girl is actually a student, and that the father is an NPA.

No apologies have been issued to the family of the girl.

A girl is dead. Her family is aggrieved. But the victims are now the accused.

Grecil

Propaganda = a lot. Justice= 0

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The peacemaker?

The AFP is putting a peacemaker to head its division in the volatile Maguindanao area.

The man is Maj. Gen. Raymundo Ferrer, former chief of the 1st Infantry Division or Tabak Division in Western Mindanao, who will now trade places with Maj. Gen. Nehemias Parajito on the helm of the 6th Infantry Division.

Reports of his conflict management skills will be put to the test, as he arrives at a time where clashes between the armed forces and the MILF in Midsayap, North Cotabato have led to the evacuation of 4,000 families. The situation has been much tense and harrowing for the Moro people there as noted by this report.

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