“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” –Jesus of Nazareth
“Shall I not inform you of a better act than fasting, alms, and prayers? Making peace between one another: enmity and malice tear up heavenly rewards by the roots.” –Prophet Mohammad
“Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.” –Dalai Lama
“We should really love each other in peace and harmony, instead we’re fussing and fighting like we ain’t supposed to be.” –Bob Marley
This is the last article from a 3-part series recounting my experiences, observations and reflections when I visited Sulu last April 13-15 2012 during my 100 Days Journey around the Philippines.
The following words are mostly questions and reflections I had when I went back into our inn after an unbelievable day in Jolo and Patikul, Sulu. Hope you would investigate and dig deeper and by doing so understand the real situation in Mindanao.
>>I went back to our inn, still processing what just transpired the whole day. Its not that tiring but the heat somehow drained my energy. I would not say that fear was gone, in fact there is this constant thought of being kidnapped or something. But that fear is baseless, instilled by most if not all media who don’t have any news about Sulu (or Mindanao) except for kidnapping, bombing, war and political unrest. Now I wonder why the most if not all of traditional media can’t get good news out of Mindanao or Jolo? But come to think of it, who benefits from all these bad publicity?
Do you think the people of Jolo wants unrest? Would the Tausug tribe revel in war and blatant killings? Who among the Filipinos in his sound mind want to inflict terror among his kins and hometown? Is this the making of those in power to ask for more funding? To ask for more bullets and intelligence funds? Do you think the poorest of the poor can mastermind bigtime kidnapping business?
Is it safe in Sulu? For me it is, what’s dangerous is to judge a place because of what others say.
Looking back, when I was just planning to go here, everyone was telling me not to proceed, because its dangerous. Then I would ask them, if they have been here. Guess what? Haven’t been! Damn one, two, three!
Oh and by the way, do you know where news from Jolo comes from? I don’t know but I’m sure not from big news companies as the closest they can get to is Zamboanga City even their anchors are afraid of going here. Are we hearing one-side news after all?
Games of the General?
This is a very dangerous topic. But I’m writing what was told to me. Some officials have ‘organized groups’ whose job is to promote fear and terror like “staged firefights” or “kidnapping”. Why? So they can request more budget? Do you know that the Philippines receives a lot of aids, grants and funding to fight terrorism? These can’t be used if there is peace down south.
BIG question: Where does ASG get ammunition and guns?
2nd BIG question: Is AFP too small and weak to tumble down these groups?
How many millions are wasted? How many innocent lives are killed?
Don’t be a fool.
WAR = MONEY. The more WAR, the more MONEY. No wonder Peace cannot be bought. Even if you have all the money in the world, you cannot buy PEACE.
Don’t just believe what I have written, most are reflections from the past researches, investigate for yourself. Start seeing Sulu from your own personal perspective. If you don’t want then don’t add to the foolishness you always hear, see and read in the mass media.
>> A lot of people are asking me if its safe in Mindanao or Tawi-Tawi or Sulu. I always say, the most dangerous place in the Philippines is Manila (yes, you can quote me on that). The things that are happening in Mindanao are so sensationalized.
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This is part 3 of a 3-part series recounting my experiences, observations and reflections when I visited Sulu last April 13-15 2012 (Days 73-75) during my 100 Days Journey around the Philippines.
#ISANGDAAN is a personal journey and challenge to backpack around the Philippines the cheapest way possible for 100 days. The book “ISANGDAAN” will be out soon!
If you want to follow my steps, I have an interactive map- ISANGDAAN Journey map.