PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday slammed certain individuals or groups for using the tragic Mamasapano, Maguindanao incident to sow disunity among Filipinos in order to “further their personal agenda”.
Aquino hurled the barb in his speech during the 29th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution at the Shrine of Mary wherein he couldn’t help but mention the “hurtful” event that was Mamasapano.
“Sana, magarantiya ko po sa inyong walang magsasamantala sa insidenteng ito. Sinisikap po nating manatili ang kaayusan. Ngunit, alam din nating habang palapit tayo nang palapit sa katuparan ng ating mithiin, lalong nagiging desperado ang mga kontra dito,” the President told his audience of 300 headed by members of the EDSA People Power Commission (EPPC).
(I would’ve wanted to guarantee before you that no one will take advantage of this incident. We’re trying to maintain order. But we also know that as we inch closer to our goal, those against it become even more desperate.)
“Di tuloy natin maiwasang isipin: Ayaw nilang magkaroon ng kapayapaan, dahil sila mismo ang nakikinabang sa gulo at karahasan. Ang gusto nila: muling magkanya-kanya ang mga Pilipino, at mawala ang tiwala natin sa isa’t isa upang isulong ang kanilang pansariling agenda,” Aquino said.
(That’s why we can’t help but think that they oppose peace because they benefit from disorder and violence. What they want is for Filipinos to be divided, to lose their trust in each other so they may further their personal agenda.)
According to the Chief Executive, criticisms would have been welcome had these been presented with “alternative solutions” to the debacle.
The brutal deaths of some 44 elite police operatives at the hands of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels during the “botched” Mamasapano mission has turned into the most serious Aquino administration crisis yet, with various sectors calling for the President’s resignation over his alleged culpability.
Reports said there is also a brewing coup d’état against Aquino less than 18 months before he finishes his six-year term in Malacañang.
The deadly Mamasapano clash has practically derailed the peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the MILF. The secessionist group has been demanding for greater autonomy in the Muslim south. (Randy K. Ortega)