Tuesday, August 12, 2008

More on the MOA

Trouble is in the offing in North Cotabato. But really, what did they expect? All it needed was a bit of prudence and transparency, but these are words not in the vocabulary of the administration.

And that's the whole point, really. The Mindanao Insider, courtesy of Debbie Uy's Writings (Peace Process Bigger than GMA), offers this back story:

On the lack of consultation to people about the MOA, [Rudy] Rodil said it was the fault of the panels that they “kept things very quiet. But we agreed upon that. Had we been transparent, the majority will shoot down every issue of the minority,” he said. “(There is) so much prejudice in the population that happens to be anti-Muslim in character.”

This statement shows to me two things: first, an utter lack of respect and understanding of the democratic process; and second, presumption on the majority's unwillingness to negotiate. Isn't that also prejudicial thinking?

But just who is Rudy Rodil? Other than the news reports, I found this less-than-flattering description in PreMEDitated's entry, Disgraced:

Currently, however, Iliganons who know about his part in the negotiations for the formation of the Bangsamoro Juridical Entity are smoldering in anger against him. They feel betrayed that a fellow Iliganon was instrumental in the would-be-giving away of 8 barangays, constituting 82% of the city’s area, to the MILF rebels; and that that Iliganon kept the deal secret from his fellow citizens.

[H]e hasn’t returned to the city yet since his incursion to Malaysia when the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was nipped. Much blood is still boiling in the city, and the sight of him might aggravate the already tense situation.

From Mon Casiple's blog: Needed: A Cautious Civil Society

...The MOA-AD has basically gone beyond the concept of ancestral domain and strayed into the realm of Moro statehood. No amount of calling it “ancestral domain” will change its substantive treatment, particularly when framed within the “human right of self-determination of peoples.” The statement should have made this clear at the start to avoid useless debate on the concept and thereby tackle the more substantive right to self-determination.

In insisting on the fiction of “ancestral domain” for the Moro people, the statement made an awkward point (as the MOA-AD itself): It cited the agreement’s provision that “the freedom of choice of indigenous peoples shall be respected.” There are two points here. First, it recognized that the Lumad are not part of the Bangsamoro, and their claim to ancestral domain is inferior to that of the Moro claim. Second, choice is not the same as recognition or respecting their claim. This is the reason why a Lumad conference held recently denounced the MOA-AD. The statement should not have glossed over this basic weakness of the agreement.

Mon Casiple makes several other points well worth noting, including consensus agreement, the framework of federalism, and the charter change Trojan horse.

Speaking of Charter Change, Dean Jorge Bocobo looks at the real motives behind the agreement that was planned to fail in The Other Shoe Comes Off.

The Mount Balatucan Monitor is a bit more explicit: GMA should resign for the Moro Peace Pact to be signed.

1 comment:

  1. Dom,

    Now that the true colors of our beloved President has come out, let us continue to be vigilant and oppose any attempts in any Charter Change or any move to extend her term.

    Daghan Salamat,