President Benigno Aquino admitted in front of religious leaders during a Prayer Gathering in Malacañang that he was fooled on the Janauary 25 Special Action Force Mamasapano operation or the Oplan Exodus. The President added that relieved PNP-SAF chief Police Director Getulio Napeñas has plenty of ‘wishful thinking’ as opposed to reality. However, he said he will never be fooled again. “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”
Now that the President accepted he was once fooled, can it be possible that the members of government peace panel handling the negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front or the members of MILF peace panel fooled President Aquino on the Bangsamoro Basic Law?
Several lawmakers from the House of Representatives and Senate have already expressed doubts over the loyalty of the government peace panel. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, who is a known ally of Aquino said the president should fire Peace Adviser Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles and government peace panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer for they have switched allegiance to MILF.
“My fear is that they (MILF) negotiate with the government but they still embrace terrorism. And then they will use BBL to go after other areas in Mindanao,” Cayetano expressed.
House Ad hoc Committee on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law already scrapped provisions it deemed unconstitutional in the said basic law. “In the proposed law, there’s no more Bangsamoro COA, Comelec, Civil Service, Ombudsman, Human Rights, and police,” head of the ad hoc committee Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez said.
The MILF stands that a diluted medicine will not heal a disease. “If the BBL is watered down, you will not be solving the problem,” MILF’s Mohagher Iqbal said.
However, President Aquino remains confident on the capacity and integrity of Deles and Ferrer. “President Aquino remains firm on his bid to push for the continuation of the peace process since this is of national interest,” Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a briefing.