Recently, in Basilan, Mindanao another tragic clash between the AFP and the MNLF occurred. What was decried as unexpected, unnecessary violence turned out to be the dead bodies of 19 soldiers and no reported MNLF soldiers. I want you to read that line over and over again until you find the hidden surprise. Have you found it? If not, I did not describe MNLF as insurgents, infidels, or terrorists. Why? Well, for starters that's not journalism, it's propaganda. There's enough propaganda waging the war against the MILF/MNLF as it is, I don't see a need for more. But I digress.
The point of this article is this: The ongoing struggle in Mindanao is a repetitive headline churner for one reason only. That reason is the result of a trait which many have, but Filipinos have perfected. From infrastructure to personal otangs (loans), Filipinos have been shirking personal responsibility and starting arguments which they can't finish for quite some time. Everybody wants to get the last word in, but nobody wants to reason out a solution. Once again, 'substance loses to appearance' in who is the more brash fighter, the loudest, most argumentative screamer, the best at accruing support even though they may have a strawman argument.
The Aquino Administration loves to take the spotlight and shine itself as the hero pursuing a peaceful resolution, but if this were a fact, the war would be well towards a finish. Looking at the events of Basilan, need I say any more?