By Bernie Lopez firstname.lastname@example.org Permission is granted to re-publish with credits and notification. Disclaimer – the views in this article are those of the author’s alone.
ISIS is not just a powerful ragtag cross-border army in the Middle East. It has grown spiritually planet-wide to become a potential Islamic Treaty Organization (ITO), a Islamic version of NATO. Everywhere, it is gaining ground rapidly through Western media coverages. In the blink of an eye, there are silent ISIS loyalists (not necessarily fighters) in every nook of the Earth – Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Africa, and other developing nations. It has become ‘the enemy within” in the US, EU, UK, Canada, Australia, and other developed nations.
It is the rallying point for Muslims, oppressed, disenchanted, or relatives of the massacred. ISIS lives in the hearts of millions of Muslims today. ISIS represents the total radicalization of Muslims on a global scale, who are departing from their non-violent, conservative, or sectarian form. It is a wildfire that promises to scorch the Earth. ISIS is the precursor of Armageddon, the Apocalyptic foreshadowing of the four horsemen. In the Old Testament, God has allowed the Israelites to be overwhelmed by its enemies, such as in the Babylonian exiles. He can easily do it again against Christians and Jews.
In the ISIS view, evident from beheadings of non-Muslims, and execution of those who refuse to convert to Islam, it is a religious war against Christians and Jews put together. This perspective is what makes it scary. It is the revival of the ancient war between Saracens and the Crusaders, only a hundred times bigger. For the Muslims, there are two kinds of realms, Dar Ul Haq (territories at war), which is widening rapidly, and Dar Ul Islam (territories in peace), which is receding rapidly.
ISIS does not necessarily represent all Islamic communities. ISIS is Sunni-based and is opposed by the weaker, less united, less coordinated Shiites. The Shiites are the majority, but the Sunnis are richer and more powerful. Iran is the game changer, the formidable Persian Shiites who are not scattered, who are well-armed, who have plenty of oil and gas that the West drools over. The US-UK-Israel triumvirate is using ISIS to defeat Shiite Iran via Turkey (Source – Inquirer Article). With China and Russia behind Iran, this almost impossible feat is perhaps possible only through a nuclear war. To the West, Iran has to be toppled down. To the East, Iran can never be surrendered to the West.
The birth of ISIS is an American doing. The mutilation of Iraq and Afghanistan have catalyzed ISIS. All the accumulated anger over massacres of both civilians and soldiers is now manifested in ISIS. And remember the Muslims know Iraq was a war over oil, not WMDs, and Afghanistan a retaliation against the mastermind of 9/11.
Many small Islamic nations are too sectarian to join an Islamic version of NATO. But we are getting there. If America finally invades and conquers Iran, not only will the terror incidents in the US, NSA or no NSA, increase ten-fold, but many Islamic nations may polarize towards ITO (Islam Treaty Organization). The enemy within will triple in size. Terror threats will destroy the very fabric of American society all the way to the grassroots, even if terror attempts fail. The very fear of terror will consume the American homeland. For every victory abroad, there will be a hundred tears in the homeland. email@example.com
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The foreshadowing of the new age
From the pastoral constitution on the Church in the modern world of the Second Vatican Council
let the heavens be glad and let the earth rejoice break forth, o mountains into singing, for the Lord will come abundant blessings of peace and justice in his days shall thrive and he will have compassion on his afflicted
We do not know the time when earth and humanity will reach their completion, nor do we know the way in which the universe will be transformed. The world as we see it, disfigured by sin, is passing away. But we are sure that God is preparing a new dwelling place and a new earth. In this new earth righteousness is to make its home, and happiness will satisfy, and more than satisfy, all the yearnings for peace that arise in human hearts. On that day, when death is conquered, the sons of God will be raised up in Christ; what was sown as something weak and perishable will be clothed in incorruption. Love and the fruits of love will remain, and the whole of creation, made by God for man, will be set free from the frustration that enslaves it.
We are warned indeed that a man gains nothing if he wins the whole world at the cost of himself. Yet our hope in a new earth should not weaken, but rather stimulate our concern for developing this earth, for on it there is growing up the body of a new human family, a body even now able to provide some foreshadowing of the new age. Hence, though earthly progress is to be carefully distinguished from the growth of Christ’s kingdom, yet in so far as it can help toward the better ordering of human society it is of great importance to the kingdom of God.
The blessings of human dignity, brotherly communion and freedom – all the good fruits on earth of man’s co-operation with nature in the Spirit of the Lord and according to his command – will be found again in the world to come, but purified of all stain, resplendent and transfigured, when Christ hands over to the Father an eternal and everlasting kingdom: “a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love and peace.” On this earth the kingdom is already present in sign; when the Lord comes it will reach its completion.
By Bernie Lopez Columnist, Philippine Daily Inquirer firstname.lastname@example.org Permission is granted to re-publish with credits and notification. Disclaimer – the views in this article are those of the author alone.
BREAKING NEWS – LUMAD KILLINGS MAKE BANGSAMORO LAW ABSURD Lumad Leader Assassinated BBL will induce land conflict rather than peace In a recent Inquirer article, the Lumad Mindanaw Peoples Federation predicted that the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will dislocated about 123,000 Lumads within the ARMM. http://www.sisterraquel.com/2014/11/filipinos-in-japan
It seems it is now happening even before the BBL is promulgated, with the assassination of a Teduray leader. Kagawad Melencio Ramugon of Sitio Bahar, Barangay Ufi, Timanan, Maguindanao was shot in the head and died instantly Friday, November14, near the Episcopal Church-School in Dalican, Maguindanao. Alim Bandara, former Supreme Timuay (chieftain) of the Teduray and the Lambangian, said that they are gathering more information on the cause of the shooting. BANDARA SAYS THERE HAVE BEEN FIVE RECENT INCIDENTS OF SHOOTING/KILLING RELATED TO LAND CONFLICTS BETWEEN THE TEDURAYS AND BANGSAMORO IN SITIO BAHAR. THE TEDURAYS SAY THE MOROS ARE TAKING OVER THEIR ANCESTRAL LANDS. THIS ESCALATING CONFLICT MAKES THE BBL QUESTIONABLE. THE FUTURE BANGSAMORO POLICE CAN EASILY USE THEIR POWER AND GOVERNMENT-ISSUED FIREARMS TO SPEED UP THE DISLOCATION OF LUMADS IN ARMM. A PEACE-KEEPING FORCE MUST BE NEUTRAL, OTHERWISE IT IS A CATALYST FOR WAR RATHER THAN PEACE. THIS MAKES THE BBL ABSURD. IT MUST NOT BECOME A LAW. CALLING ON THE GOVERNMENT, THE CHR, UNCHR, AND AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL TO CONDUCT A FACT-FINDING MISSION TO INVESTIGATE THIS RAPIDLY ESCALATING CONFLICT. As reported by the Lumad Mindanaw Peoples Federation, largest Lumad organization, with eight million members Mindanao-wide. email@example.com
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> BAN-BELUGA-IMPORTS CAMPAIGN In violation of Republic Act 9147 Moving arctic whales into tropical waters is like cooking them in a broth. Of the ten belugas imported by a Taiwan aquarium in 2002, only two survive today. The Manila Ocean Park, owned by the Chinese Oceanis Philippines Inc., a subsidiary of China Oceanis Inc. in Singapore, has an aquarium behind the Luneta Grandstand. The Earth Island Institute Philippines reports that they have received information from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) that the park plans to import two Beluga arctic whales, an endangered species, captured in the Sakhalin Bay-Amur River area in east Russia, and now awaiting shipment from a marine park in South Korea.
The import of Belugas is a violation of RA 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of the Philippines, where Section 6 requires the approval of the DA Secretary, and bans the import of endangered species. The DA Secretary is being petitioned by a Ban-Beluga-Imports campaign to reject the Manila Ocean Park application.
For this reason, the US National Marine Fisheries Service denied Beluga imports into the US. Imports would also encourage more poaching of Belugas. This critical situation is confirmed by studies by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the US Marine Mammal Experts from the Humane Society. The Philippines is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which requires that trade must not result in the depletion or extinction of species. firstname.lastname@example.org JOIN THE PETITION – https://www.change.org/p/manila-ocean-park-stop-the-importation-of-beluga-whales-into-the-philippines?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=179591&alert_id=BTqMzLmkXN_3S4drJQOTCfz0E6idWdzXN297EAB8iOOfperR3N7tiE%3D
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psalm 40:2-4 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I send My justice like soft rain from the sky to quench the parched earth and bring salvation to all
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FILIPINOS IN JAPAN True Stories – inquirerThree heart-rending true stories of Filipinos in Japan. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/114033/filipinos-in-japan-true-stories/
****************************************** BBL WILL DISPLACE 123,000 LUMADs IN ARMM In an exclusive interview, Jimid Mansayagan, Chair of the Lumad Mindanaw Peoples Federation (LMPF), which has about 8-million members Mindanao-wide, expresses concern that the Bangsamo Basic Law (BBL) would result in the displacement of 3 Lumad groups numbering 123,000* within the ARMM. (* according to the Institute for Autonomy and Governance or IAG.)
The LMPF plea is for the BBL to respect the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) and to recognize the inalienable rights of Lumads. The BBL has no such provisions. The fear of the LMPF is – once the ARMM becomes a ‘territory’ of the Bangsamoro Government, what happens to the ancestral domain of three largest Lumad groups in ARMM – the Tendurays, Lambangians, and Dulangan Manobos, consisting of13 ethnic groups in 80 barangays of 12 municipalities, identified as the ‘ARMM Core Territory’.
The ARMM has a population of 3.9 million as of 2014 (NCSO projection, actual is 3.2 million as of 2010). Its complex demographics, a mix of many ethnic groups, is elusive because NCSO has no ethnic breakdown of Muslims, Christians, and Lumads. The number of Lumads is estimated at 500,000 by the IP DEV Project, which constitute a sizable 12.8%, needing recognition by the BBL as a key player.
In spite of many dialogues between the LMPF and Peace Panel Chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, no action is being taken. Both sides of the Panel, the government and the MILF, are ignoring the Lumad pleas. The verbal assurances from MILF Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim that the Bangsamoro Government and the MILF will not oppress the Lumads, are useless. (Minda News Aug. 8, 2014) It must be put into the law to be effective. LMPF wrote President Aquino, but no audience, no reply.
In the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro of January 13, 2013, the LMPF Governing Council asserts, “It is unthinkable that by averring the inherent, inalienable and collective rights to territory and governance as distinct peoples is perceived as against those that should be given to the Bangsamoro, or demanding it from the Bangsamoro. People to people relationship shall depend on tradition and the principle of mutual respect and co-existence. We are neither requesting special treatment nor seeking attention, but only reminding all parties concerned of rights already granted by law.” The Lumads are not envious of the tons of goodies the Government will heap upon Bangsamoro. They just want their inalienable rights respected.
PEACE IS BASED ON CO-EXISTENCE, NOT SEPARATISM
The basic flaw in the concept of autonomy is it induces separatism, and discourages co-existence. Communities are separate and distinct, instead of integrated and whole. The Christian majority, if discouraged to enter Muslim ‘territory’, can actually induce wars. There must be free movement of people.
The motive of government to grant autonomy is to discourage rebellion, which is not good for its image. Ironically, autonomy, if it induces conflicts, will make the government image worse. Autonomy induces special treatment and jealousy.
NOYNOY’S MOTIVES TO FAST-TRACK AUTONOMY
President Aquino has been fast-tracking the peace process because he wants that under his legacy before he steps down, the image motive. Unfortunately, fast-tracking will make the BBL a useless, inadequate, irrelevant, and dangerous law, a blunder that may actually induce war. The present BBL is a knee-jerk papogi (PR) move of Malacanang, whose effects are dangerously unknown.
IS BBL UNCONSTITUTIONAL?
Former Associate Justice Vicente Mendoza says the BBL is inherently unconstitutional. LMPF says the BBL contradicts the IPRA, and IPRA itself is a peace agreement. Last October 14, 2008, the Supreme Court rendered as unconstitutional the deal between the Government and the MILF. Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales ruled that the Peace Panel Chair ‘committed grave abuse of discretion’ by failing to conduct consultation as mandated by EO 3, RA 7160, and RA 8371. The ‘furtive process’ was branded as ‘whimsical, capricious, oppressive, arbitrary, and despotic’. (Wikipedia). The BBL may have the same fate when brought to the Supreme Court.
HOW PEACE TALKS BRING WAR
The Lumads have reason to fear dislocation from ancestral lands. A Norwegian Refugee Council Report says when the Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that a peace agreement giving the MILF control over 700 areas in Southern Mindanao was unconstitutional, fighting broke out which displaced 700,000 Christians, Lumads, and Muslims. This is how peace talks bring war.
BBL LACKS DUE PROCESS Can BBL funds and arms end up with terror groups?
The BBL should pass through three critical processes. First is an updated population survey in proposed BBL areas complete with ethnic delineations. The BBL has added a lot of new areas. Second is a referendum to see if the people, even the Muslims, really want BBL governance. Will the minority Christians and Lumads accept BBL governance? If they don’t and the BBL is forced down their throat, will there be a resurrection of the Ilagas?
Third is an in-depth study by a commission on the complex ramifications of the BBL. Todate, there is no such study. In August 6, 2008, Senators accused Malacanang of failing to make MILF cut ties with terror networks such as Jemaah Islamiyah and Abu Sayyaf (now also ISIS). Will Bangsamoro funds and arms end up in the hands of terror groups.
LUMADs AN ENDANGERED SPECIES
Lumad ancestral lands have been shrinking rapidly in the last decade, under extreme pressures from powerful forces, agribusiness and mining multinationals in partnership with locals, which bring in the military to protect themselves from the NPA. Big-time farming and mining attract wars. Pro-AFP Lumads end up fighting pro-NPA Lumads. They are the pawns who are massacred. The massacres of Lumads is appalling, especially in Caraga, Region XIII, Agusan Norte/Sur, Surigao Norte/Sur, Davao Norte, and Compostella Valley. The Lumads have nowhere to go. They are the dying pure ethnic Filipinos who may become extinct soon.
By Bernie Lopez, Columnist, Philippine Daily Inquirer firstname.lastname@example.org See Inquirer version of this article – http://opinion.inquirer.net/80019/fate-of-lumad-uncertain-under-bangsamoro
********************* the more you take the less you have the poorer you are the more you give the more you have the richer you are
********************* peace is not inherent to our spirit it has to be acquired we must work hard for it
eastwind from the book – wings and wanderlust
********************* life is an opportunity, benefit from it