A Coalition Government in the Offing. Again?

By Erick San Juan

Luis Jalandoni, Ara Mina, Jose Ma. Sison, and Janno

Out of the blue, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has secretly offered President Benigno S. Aquino III, a “coalition government” that would allegedly lead to an instant ceasefire and a peace deal, with talks on political and economic reforms to follow later, said chief rebel negotiator, Luis Jalandoni (AFP-Sunday Bulletin, Sept. 4, 2011). Agence France Presse confirmed that a special Aquino envoy is pursuing “special track” talks with the rebels, suggesting it could proceed side by side with his group’s formal talks with chief government negotiator, Alexander Padilla, Jalandoni added.

The reported proposal would have the rebels joining a “Council of National Unity” to advice Aquino on ‘reforms’ and put up 20 projects to make the country self-sufficient in food, steel and pharmaceuticals. Anyone who has read the said proposal will possibly be enticed and lured by the suggestion and the ‘good’ intention.

The AFP report added that Padilla reiterated that the Philippines had rejected a deal along these similar lines in 2005, but added, he could not comment on the new one. The CPP explained that the stalled talks with the government could resume with Norway’s help, and suggested a limited deal that the communist party would swiftly end the decades long insurgency.

Why is this former Jesuit priest, Luis Jalandoni, seems so sure that this time the coalition government will prosper? The talk-talk-talk with the so called leaders of the insurgents has been for decades and had been a “talk-fight” for more than 20 years. With whom is the government dealing now, with the National Democratic Front or with the Communist Party?

It reminded me of my previous talks with some of the progressive leaders and nationalists in the past as to how did the Communist Party of the Philiipines and the New People’s Army became part of the umbrella organization of the Jesuit inspired, National Democratic Front. A top honcho of the party was shocked to my query and told me that due to haste during that time of transition, there was really no approval from the Politburo in recognizing the NDF. It is like magic that the NDF was rapidly known worldwide. Is there a falling out between Jalandoni and Joma Sison this time? He has been so quiet for a long time. Or, is the NDF already burn out that it’s funding is not really coming from the Philippine insurgents but from a religious order vying for the world control through liberation theology?

To internationalize the issue, the Norway government was requested to be a mediator. Norway is a credibly rich nation where socialism is considered a perfect model of society but we’re not Norway and we’re so divided. The government and the CPP meeting was allegedly brokered by Norway in February and Jalandoni floated that this peace talk could be a breakthrough where both sides ‘agreed’ to speed up the peace process.

Jalandoni with his wife, Coni, a former liberation theologist nun, upon arrival from abroad met with the progressive leaders at the National Council of Churches of the Philippines in Quezon city and talked about the ‘good news’ regarding the resumption of the peace talks and want to pressure the PNoy government to release the 13 NDFP consultants under Jasig.

Today and tomorrow, Jalandoni will reportedly meet with Padilla with the special envoy from Norway, dispatched to Manila to allegedly solve the obstacles. Jalandoni believes that the peace accord will be sealed on or before June, 2012.

Here we go again! Have we forgotten the mistakes of the late President Corazon Aquino? The said “coalition” government was hatched during her watch. During that period, Filipinos were basically divided into two colors. The RED, represented by the Marcos camp and the YELLOW by the Cory regime. During that time, the Armed Forces (AFP) was destroyed by the progressives in the media, exposing the graft and corruptions in the service, human rights violation, etc. The same issues can be found in our dailies today, exposing the graft and corruption within the AFP and the PNP like the Rabusa expose’s, the helicopter deal, etc. where both institutions are being destroyed and weakened. Thus, the morality of our soldiers and law enforcers were affected. Politicians and former AFP and police officers turned politicians became witting and unwitting tool to expose their former comrades and enemies.

After the failed coup of then Col. Gringo Honasan in August, 1987, the NDF and the Cory government almost coalesced but was aborted by our patriots within the media and the armed forces. God forbid, that the evil-genius clique from the said religious congregation and it’s agenda will not fly. Will it be a September to Remember or the August Moon of the Chinese calendar? PNoy should really be careful. Scary indeed!


4 Responses. Have your say.

  1. Mac Flores, Jr. says:

    MAINTAIN THE STATUS QUO IN DEALING WITH THE LEFT AND THE SECESSIONIST WHILE COMBATING GRAFT AND CORRUPTION

    The party lists (where LEFT is presumed identified) is actively involved in Legislative branch, and eventually some of them may soon be active in executive branch or in the judiciary,

    The Autonomous Region (where the SECESSIONIST should be participating) is ongoing and need further strengthening.

    All that is needed is to neutralize Graft & Corruption practice by both the elected officials (some) and the Civil Service System of the National and Local governments (some).

  2. Roy says:

    Let the NDF be politacally welcome to the fold to have peace.

  3. perry says:

    Thanks for sharing Perry,

    Luis Jalandoni, was a high school classmate of my younger brother Carlos
    at De La Salle College in Taft Avenue, Manila.

    I met him at the University of New South Wales in Sydney Australia at a
    meeting organized by Professor’s Al McCoy and Perterria.
    With Jose Maria Sison, founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines
    and its armed struggle – ‘New Peoples Army’ founded by Jose Maria Sison.

    Fr. Luis Jalandoni came from one of the landed families of Negros, which
    had shown a social concern for the poor. He then joined the seminary after
    finishing accountancy at De La Salle College.

    Fr. Luis had high intellectual ability, and after studying at the Agelicum in
    Rome, he was sent on a post graduate course at Munich, Germany under
    Karl Raner and upon return to the Philippines was the leader of priests of
    the diocese.

    You might like to read ‘Island of Tears – Island of Hope’ – (Living the Gospel
    in a Revolutionary Situation) by Fr. Niall O’Brien – Columban which I wrote
    of in part below.

    The new Bishop Fortich, asked him to head the Social Action Center and
    appointed him the director. He helped the Bishop set up a sugar, rice and
    corn cooperative and mill in the mountains of Tabugon. this involved huge
    bank loans and buying an old sugar mill and moving the whole plant and
    equipment to the mountains. Bishop Fortich felt proud of implementing the
    words of Pope Paul VI; “Development is the new name for peace.”

    Fr. Luis helped set up a large farm community called, Kaisahan in the
    mountains of Candoni at a place called Kantomanyog. He helped get
    loans from the Greman bishops for the tractors and equipment. Luis
    also set up a free legal aid office for the poor, that first led to trouble.
    Fr. Jalandoni helped the poor peasants, as their land was being grabbed
    by the rich landowners.

    Fr. Jalandoni took the cases to court and proceeded to lose, case after
    case, about four hundred of them, inspite of having, a good, honest lawyer.
    He and his family relations used their land titles as surety of the peasants
    out on bail. The reticent priest became articulate.

    In 1971 trouble broke out on thee plantations of Victorias Millin Company.
    The laborers joined the Federation of Free Farmers, but were blocked by
    the company management.

    In August Bishop Fortich intervened and went to the management, asking
    them that no pressure be exerted with the workers and a free atmosphere
    be allowed to prevail (on the election in which laborers choose what union
    they want) would decide the matter.

    However, the strike broke out and the picket started on August 13. This
    strike became a symbol for plantation workers throughout the island. Many
    priest and sisters appeared on the picket lines and a Mass was scheduled
    for September 11. On that date a telegram fom Bishop Fortich arrived.
    Fr. Jalandoni opened it, it read, “I do not authorize saying of the Mass on
    the picket line. (The Bishop felt his role as mediator was compromised.)
    Fr. Luis countered by saying: I have good reasons for disagreeing with
    the Bishop, but there is no time to go into it. “The workers are all waiting.”
    They decide to say the Mass.

    Fr. Jalandoni began to ask, was there any purpose in the legal system
    beyond helping the rich to take from the poor? Did the government labor
    court, set up to fix disputes between landowners, ever act in favor of the
    laborers? He delve into the history of it all, going back to the Revolution
    in 1898, when Negros elite had refused to join General Aguinaldo in his
    insurrection against Spain. It was clear to Fr. Jalandoni that Negros was
    organized by sugar barons; its institutions not to give justice but to keep
    the system in place.

    What broke Fr. Luis was when he was visiting a large hacienda in Negros
    Oriental were the laborers had gone on strike, he witnessed the terrible
    sight of hired g by landlord fired directly at the laborers while town police
    stood by. Fr. Jalandoni leaped for the ditch with others. As the bullets
    ripped over thir head, the awful realization hit him. there is no legal way
    to fight this evil.

    The last straw for Fr. Jalandoni was the declaration of Martial Law, in
    September 21, 1972. From that moment it was clear that no legal attempt
    would be allowed and President John Kennedy’s saying: “Those who make
    reform impossible make revolution inevitable.”

    It is only sad to see that he joined Jose Maria Sison and the armed struggle
    of Jose Maria Sison’s New Peoples Army.

    I only hope that Fr, Jalandoni’s plan for peace will not include, giving in to
    Joe Mas – NPA.

    Sincerely,

    Jaime L.Calero
    Lt. Colonel
    (Reserve) AFP

    (Sent by email)

  4. Allow the LEFT to stand and recognize their own party and participate in the election then that’s the time the world would eye the Philippines a democratic country.

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