Two more news reports pertaining to Mindanao.
First, Cotabato folk now arming themselves (Sun.Star) for fear of their inclusion in the Bangsamoro Juridical Entity under the MILF. According to the report, the move is felt by many to be an appeasement strategy of the Arroyo administration. Mindanews, on the other hand, has a councilor calling for sobriety. But what's really worrying -- and annoying -- is that the word "Kosovo" keeps popping up.
Second, "Muslim Warriors" threaten Bishop Martin Jumoad of Isabela, Basilan if he does not convert or pay Islamic taxes (EWTN).
I don't quite know what to make of these reports. As with everything from media these days, I take it with a grain of salt, hoping they're not as bad as they're made out to be. But...I really don't know.
As part of the Mindanao Blog Conference last year, we all committed to put the best face forward for this region (does anyone remember that?) and I hope we've done so in a manner that transcends inanity. However, when things like this pop up, it makes me wonder.