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Malaysian government joins American hegemony to dominate and control  the Liguasang marsh on their planned oil and gas explorations, are among  the hidden agenda of these two countries in the southern parts of the country, to include Palawan.

Their conspiracy  are manifested in the lobbying for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law in which  Malaysia plays her role as a “peace broker” to hide the American hand in the peace process, while America was already  secured earlier the controversial Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement [EDCA], sans congressional approval.

Early on, the crafting of the Framework Agreement on Bangamoro was secretly forged inside Camp Darapanan  and was fined-tuned in Tokyo between Benigno Simeon C. Aquino and Al Haj Murad Ebrahim.

In this deal, the Philippine government has frantically released PhP5 million to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front [MILF], using people’s money, although it is still premature to embark on  such preferential presidential intervention, described as advanced dole-out.

The check was turned-over by government chief negotiator Marvic Leonen to MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the exploratory talks there in August 22, 2011.

Aquino said that MILF will account the money. I called his decision, MADNESS!

He recklessly subverted fiscal accountability, over his personal Nobel Prize fantasy.

The glaring vision of American hegemony in Southeast Asia is lamentable as American troops, including  the Central Intelligence Agency  presence, who are roaming free all over Mindanao under the mantle of protection and immunity  clause enshrined in the unconstitutional EDCA.

The regrettable colonial mentality within the Aquino administration  fans the flames of the interests of American imperialism in South East Asia – to control the oil, trade and sea lanes. This is a classic example of betrayal and subversion of public trust and national interests in giving in to foreign interests to dominate.

With the MILF sitting in the negotiating table with the GRP,  is a great misrepresentation  since the crafting of the Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro was made exclusive because MILF  who is a minority in sitting in the peace process, has still to achieve a status of belligerency.

This flawed representation is showing the vital signs of hastily crafted  “peace deal” in favor of a minority armed group that will never provide answers and solutions to the aspirations of peace and peaceful co-existence of the greater majority – who are also a legitimate stakeholders of development in Mindanao.

The brokered deal sponsored by Malaysia is endangering the legendary Liguasang marsh and the entire Cotabato basin, in terms of bio-diversity, in a particular sense.  GRP and MILF are both opening the flood gates that  will be unleash the  great mortal environmental danger on the marsh land, aside from the political catastrophe it may bring.

As the rising numbers of fake claimants including some Malaysians to the vast marsh land, the ancestral domains of  some 112,000 native marginalize Maguindanaon families will be displaced. This are just and legitimate and real threats in the area, as the corporate interest to include local politicians and war lords are seeping in.

Their primary means of livelihood will be siphoned to pave the way for the so called “development” in  the area that are being pursued by outsiders, particularly in areas where the oil and natural gas will be drilled in the near future.

Conflicts will continue to escalate as the presence of influential land grabbers are already in place.

The area is a vast complex of river channels, small freshwater lakes and ponds, extensive marches and arable land subject to seasonal flooding in the basin of the Mindanao River.

Most of the area is under water during periods of heavy rainfall, but some 140,000 hectares dry out during the dry periods and are cultivated.

Some portions in the marsh are state-owned, but the surrounding areas are privately owned. In 1979, 30,000 hectares of the area were declared a Game Refuge and Bird Sanctuary.

Study has said that the marsh supports a great variety of aquatic wildlife, including 20 species of fish, three species of reptiles, and over 20 species of waterfowl, herons, egrets and ducks. The marsh is also one of the last strongholds of the Philippine Crocodile and the Estuarine Crocodile.

The issues on sustainability and land use are two important issues to be address in the implementation of whatever planned developmental initiatives will be implemented in the area.


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