SABOTEURS BEHIND PRE-POLL SURVEYS
War drums are being banged as supporters of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte denounce results of poll surveys consistently showing the Mindanaoan presidential candidate behind the other contenders.
The frustration is loudest in Mindanao bordering on warnings of rebellion.
Taking to social media to warn of island-wide revolution against the saboteurs and the Manila government, Duterte supporters flooding Facebook with comments said the pre-poll surveys were manipulated to favor other candidates in the May 2016 elections.
The warning is not new.
In a show of force, Mindanao political leaders earlier warned a split with the central government is inevitable if Duterte is cheated and does not win the May 2016 elections.
But will a Mindanao revolution have enough punch to shock Manila?
The firepower could just be sitting in the corner awaiting marching orders. Mindanaoans – Christians, Muslims and lumads – would love to see their umbilical cord cut from Manila.
The administration of President Benigno Aquino will be leaving in June with a legacy bereft of concern for peace in Mindanao.
The proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), seen as a solution to the Moro problem, has been thrown to the backburner.
Malacanang has closed the door to talks with the leftist National Democratic Front Philippines (NDFP), whose armed wing New People’s Army (NPA) has a heavy presence in many areas of Mindanao.
The Moro problem and the communist insurgency in Mindanao are monkeys riding on the back of the Philippine government for decades.
No President has solved the chaos and violence that have killed thousands of lives, displaced millions and hindered the growth of the southern island.
Duterte has emerged to be the knight in shining armor who could help realize the Mindanaoans’ hope for peace and progress considered inconsequential concerns, through their incompetence and simple lack of heart for the people of Mindanao, by those in power in Malacanang and Congress.
Duterte, a leading figure in the search for peace in troubled Mindanao, has the support of the Moro rebel groups Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the communist rebels. Christian settlers and lumads have also rallied behind the Duterte presidency.
Duterte has also gained wide adherents to his advocacy for a shift from the present presidential to a federal-type of government.
Federalism would provide regional governments with greater powers including bigger share from taxes and revenue from natural resources.
Mindanao and other provinces, for years at the bottom of the priority list of the centrist Manila government, have shown support to Duterte’s advocacy for federalism that he said he would pursue if elected President.
Federalism, as espoused by Duterte, could be the answer to the Moro and the communist insurgency problems in Mindanao.
Mindanaoans are edgy over suspicion the Duterte presidency would be sabotaged because their future is at stake in the coming election.
Today Mindanaoans love federalism as they hate the dreadful prospect of not seeing Duterte not winning the presidency.
In a political forum recently, Duterte urging support for his presidential bid said he is the ‘last card’ of the Filipinos to save the country from perdition.
Amid widespread suspicion that Duterte’s impending presidency is being derailed by saboteurs including operators of pre-poll surveys, will revolution be the Mindanaoans’ last card to save Mindanao?
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