first published on Blogwatch.ph
It may seem that President Benigno Aquino III is once again showcasing his knack for crisis situation mishandling amid his sloppy response to the ongoing Sabah crisis, which has already claimed the lives of 52 Filipinos. To many, the President’s indifference to the slaughter of his compatriots seems startling amid the United Nations call for anend to violence in the volatile town of Lahad Datu.
It should not be dismissed though that this is just the President’s love for massacres and incompetence working on the situation. Actually, the President is working real hard right now – not to achieve a peaceful solution to the crisis but to discredit the Sulu sultanate’s claim even at the cost of more Filipinos’ lives.
Many pundits have diligently made their historical treatises on who really has the rightful claim over Sabah. It would be ill-timed though to dwell on such topic at length and yet disregard the serious humanitarian question at hand. The Sabah issue isn’t just about territorial claim, for it has already acquired a human rights dimension amid the massacre of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III’s followers, the illegal arrests of Filipinos in Sabah, and the possible deportation of hundreds of thousands of Filipino migrant workers working there.
Which brings us to mind-boggling questions: Why is the Aquino administration tolerating, even endorsing, the grave human rights abuses against Filipinos in Sabah? Why is the US embassy, which usually reacts to the slightest of diplomatic tensions, mum on the escalating crisis in Sabah?