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Thursday, 21 August 2008 08:28


The clipping says, "Although she was among the foreign dignitaries invited to witness the signing of the MOA in Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia, last August 5, Ambassador Kenney said it did not mean that the US government has any direct interest in the issue."


What Ambassador Kenney said is horsesh_t.


The United Sates will continue to assist Mindanao, because it is for its own best interests. The US will even continue to support Mindanao, even if Mindanao secedes from the Philippines. In fact, the American presence in Mindanao is sending a message to the rest of the Philippines to go fly a kite.


Why? First, because of oil and its other rich mineral resources.


Second, because of forward deployment. The US is now in Georgia and Poland for the same reasons.


The American presence in Mindanao achieves three things security-wise and geopolitically - 1) neutralizing the ambitions of Australia that was precipitated by the death of many Australians in the bombing of Bali, Indonesia and the East Timor conflict, 2) establishing a listening post to the Muslim countries south of the Philippines as an offshoot of 9/11, and 3) re-positioning Mindanao as floating aircraft carrier centered in the city of General Santos, where they built world-class runway facilities as far back as 1988 to replace the former Clark Air Force Base (in Pampanga) and a deep seaport preparations replacing its former naval base in Subic (Zambales), to counterpoise the influence of China and Vietnam in the Spratlys and the Far East. 


This $25-million assistance, or even 100 times that, is a puny tax to the United States, to what it greedily ambitions as a future bounty waiting for its hungry mouth to devour. Oh, we are so naive! Let us instead unrobe ourselves of our colonial mentality and call a spade a spade.


If our sad history with the Americans has not taught you yet, then the recent resignation of Pakistan’s Musharraf ought to remind you that there are no permanent relations or endearments, especially in world politics, only vested interests. After the Americans used Musharraf as their flag boy against Al-Qaeda after 9/11, they abandoned him, not for Pakistan's sake, but for America's best interests. Now this development has thrown the entire Asian region into deeper uncertainties.


The wrong signals that Ambassador Keeney has given to the Moros and the Philippine armed forces, in fact, ought to send us to her condemnation and call for an immediate recall to Washington, DC. Likewise, her honeymoon with Gloria Arroyo is neither helping our national interest in removing this illegitimate President.


Ambassador Kenney is even a visual disservice to the Philippine terno every time she wears it.


Cast this in stone – the United States is in Mindanao for its own selfish sake.


Never, never never even think that they love the Filipinos or the Moros. General Pershing did not at the turn of the 20th century, and neither does Ambassador Kenney today.


It is best that she is recalled to Washington, DC.


Editor’s Note: Here is the clipping that Mr. Paglinawan referred to in the lead paragraph of this article:

http://www.philstar .com/index. php?Headlines&p=49&type=2&sec=24&aid=20080819192

By Pia Lee-Brago


US Ambassador Kristie Kenney yesterday stressed that the US government will not withdraw its $25 million development assistance to Mindanao despite the current clashes and the aborted signing of the ancestral domain agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).


Washington, Kenney said, will not abandon the Philippines because of negative developments in the area.


The US ambassador said she remains hopeful that the government and the MILF would be able to return to the negotiating table and settle the 30-year-old dispute.

She also urged the Philippine government to find a “right” framework to bring lasting peace to Mindanao after the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) on ancestral domain was aborted because it was deemed unacceptable to different sectors and local governments that protested the possible inclusion of several villages in the so-called Bangsamoro homeland to be supervised by the Bangsamoro Juridical Entity (BJE) under the MILF.


“We’re going to continue working with the people of Mindanao. I think we’ve seen over these last several difficult days the importance of continuing to work to inspire the people to education, to livelihood training, and we’re friends for life. We’re not gonna walk away just because there have been few bad days,” she said.


“That an important thing for the Philippines is to find the right framework for lasting peace in Mindanao and I’m hopeful that will be the focus and the violence that is currently destroying lives and properties and taking away the prospect of peace and prosperity will go away and all will continue to focus on the importance of peace,” Kenney told reporters at the symbolic signing of the covenant against human trafficking at the Sofitel Hotel.


Ambassador Kenney also said the US government will not support or recognize a separate and independent Mindanao and Washington will not intervene in the ongoing conflict between the government and the MILF over the proposal for a Bangsamoro homeland in Mindanao.

The US government, she said, would leave the issue of the Bangsamoro homeland for the Philippine government to resolve since it is an internal issue.


Kenney had belied reports that Washington gave her instructions to influence the peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the MILF, particularly on the MOA on ancestral domain that was stopped by the Supreme Court due to constitutional questions.


Although she was among the foreign dignitaries invited to witness the signing of the MOA in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last Aug. 5, (Ambassador) Kenney said it did not mean that the US government has any direct interest in the issue. # # #

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