Posted by: mensab | May 22, 2008

Militarization of the Peace Process

As a graduate student of peace studies, I could not pass the appointment of former chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, General Hermogenes Esperon, as the adviser on the peace process without reacting. Recently retired from the military service, Esperon was made as the adviser on the peace process by his boss, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA).

What made Esperon fit the job? He is a trusted soldier of GMA. He does what GMA says.

As a former soldier and chief of the armed forces, what is the process that Esperon knows to achieve peace? Eliminating the enemies and other perceived enemies (activists). Deploying marines in the urban poor areas and cities.

The peace process should be insulated from the military influence. There is a contradiction obviously.

Of the 84 million, are there no other Filipinos capable of the position? GMA sees no one except her small circle which includes Esperon. GMA’s circle is even getting smaller and smaller. I dread the day when her husband becomes a commissioner of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC). Then, I will have another entry here on that. Or is it worth it?



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