Fred Hill, "Ethnic Cleansing In
Mindanao, Philippines," April 17, 1996
Eric Margolis, "Philippines, Next Target of
Bush's War," The Wisdom Fund, January 26, 2002
Amir Butler, "An Enduring Freedom
for the Moros," The Wisdom Fund, February 15, 2002
[The conflict has strong roots in the question of control over natural
resources, especially land but also mining, timber, oil, gas, and fishing
resources. The heightening of friction between Muslims and the government
was accelerated by a resettlement program that increased the ratio of
Christians to Muslims on Mindanao, and by the fact that Muslim areas remain
comparatively underdeveloped--Alyson Slack, "Separatism in Mindanao, Philippines,"
ICE Case Studies, Number 118, May 2003]
["America is proud of its part in the great story of the Filipino
people," said President Bush to a joint session of the Congress of
the Philippines last week. "Together our soldiers liberated the
Philippines from colonial rule."
Unfortunately, we then killed more than 200,000 Filipinos. Almost
all of the dead were civilians, killed in the two years after we
liberated them from the Spanish in 1898. . . .
A second important lesson is this: The occupied always prevail in
the end, because they are there forever and the occupier one day
will go home. It may take 50 years, which is how long we stayed in
the Philippines, but that is not much time in history.--Richard
Reeves, "The Uses and Abuses of
History," Universal Press Syndicate, October 23, 2003]
[Michael Meiring is a man at the center of a mystery, a fugitive from
justice, a man who may be closer than you think. And it began in 2002 in
Spring and half a world a way in the Philippines where Davao City was
fighting its own war with terrorism and losing.
First there was an explosion at the local airport, then another bomb at the
city's wharf. In all, 37 people died and 170 were injured. . . .
Officials laid the blame with the Islamic rebel groups that often terrorize
the southern Philippines.--Mark Greenblatt, "Is a bombing suspect living in Houston?," KHOU.com, December 2, 2004]
Criselda Yabes, "'Nat'l
Psyche is not for Muslim empowerment'," ABS-CBN News, March 4, 2008