Monday, February 09, 2015

How do you solve a problem like Mamasapano?

I set a goal to write an article about law everyday from Monday to Saturday. My topics will be the eight bar subjects. My goal is to write at least 100 words per article and ramp it up to 300 to 500 words per article.

The first article is on political law, namely about the Mamasapano killings. I am writing with no internet and just from my memory so that I can post this by midnight.

How do you solve a problem like Mamasapano?

The Filipino people experienced a crisis when 44 Special Action Force (SAF) police officers were killed at Mamasapano, Maguindanao. The police went there to serve warrants of arrest against international terrorists Marwan and Usman.

Instead of arresting these terrorists, the police were caught in a firefight with members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Federation Front (BIFF), a splinter group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). No immediate help came from higher command of the Philippine National Police (PNP) or from the Armed Forces of Philippines (AFP). Both sides fell back with 44 police officers slain and many injured.

At first, there was great anger and uproar over the fact that the President was not present at the arrival honors for the fallen 44 SAF police officers. He eventually visited the dead and their families. The President also gave two televised speeches over the encounter and finally claimed responsibility for the police 

The MILF is undergoing a peace process with the government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP). There is a ceasefire in the area. The Congress is also deliberating the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which would give greater autonomy and freedom to the Muslim people in Mindanao.

My solutions are basic. First, find the truth. Second, correct the wrongs. Third, work towards peace.

I will continue this article tomorrow with the solutions.

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