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Agreement on BJE with MILF Unconstitutional and Other Philippine News

The Supreme Court of the Philippines voted 8-7 against the constitutionality of the memorandum of agreement for the expansion of the ancestral domain of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) or the Bangsamoro Judirical Entity (BJE). So this means the peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) panel experienced another fall-out. Therefore, the war will still prevail.

“In sum, the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process committed grave abuse of discretion when he failed to carry out the pertinent consultation process mandated by the law,” the Supreme Court said in a 90-page ruling, copies of which were distributed to media Tuesday.

Actually, just yesterday, reports have it that 9 MILF members killed and 8 government soldiers badly wounded in the latest encounter in Central Mindanao. The government troops justify the killed saying those who died were lawless, it was an operation for the manhunt of the MILF breakaway group commanders.

The BJE is unconstitutional we already know it even before the signing of that agreement was questioned. President Arroyo knows it too but she just wants war and confusion to prevail so she can stay in power for as long as she wants.

In connection with this, the oppositions, led by son of former House Speaker Jose De Venecia, filed another case for impeachement against the president. It was funny last Saturday their group was so stupid holding a press conference telling people that they were not able to file the complaint because there was no one to receive the complaint at the Lower House. Which is pure idiocy again since we all know that it was in fact a SATURDAY! and no government offices works on Saturdays! They are mocking their own intelligence that is why President Arroyo, despite being so small is so tall and proud because she is in fact very smart and witty to be able to go around all this law impediments against the legality of her presidency and all other corruption issues thrown at her and her family.

Now the question is, will this 4th impeachment complaint against Mrs. Arroyo prosper? I don’t think so! Why? Well the opposition is opposing each other which shows they are all greedy with power. Second, it’s just 18 months before the next presidential election, the people are already tired of the impeachment game, if Mrs Arroyo will be fair and let go of her position in 2010 let the people decide who will be the country’s next leader. I hope he/she is someone who has a heart and really deserving. God save the Philippines!

Meanwhile, it was sad to know that one of the executives of ill-fated MV Princess of the Stars Sulpicio Lines Inc. suffered stroke yesterday just a day before all the cases they filed against the Philippine weather beaureau (PAG-ASA) was dismissed adn the case they filed agains the Bureau of Marine Inquiry was junked Friday. I think it’s not just the ship that suffered ill-faith but the entire company as well. They are doing all effort to compensate the victims and remove the vessel from the sea and prevent toxic contamination. They have been successful in the removal of the toxic cargo and the Bayer chemicals out of the capsized ship and the bunker fuel was successfully removed. The fishing ban in the area was lifted after the removal of all the chemicals. Next step is the much sensitive part the recovery of more than 500 cadavers trapped inside the ship. This will be I think the most emotional part of the retrieval operations. Kudos to SLI, Titan Salvage and Harbor Star.

Regarding the latest milk scare, everyone is advised not to drink any milk products from China, this also includes breast milk from Chinese women. (Sorry a poor joke I got from a text message!)

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