Being located in the crossroads between Mindanao and the Visayas unto to the world via north, east and west, here in Dumaguete , there is always that dangerous possibility of spillovers of the violence that is creeping the southern Mindanao borders.
While we believe in the big picture of the Bangsamoro Organic Law, that of appeasing violent middle east expansionist countries , from creeping into the Philippines, there is also that hard bullet to bite in facing the consequences of the BOL such as these bombings now.
We abhor a “huez de kutsilyo” scenario of the infamous Suharto cleansing in Indonesia which might ensue with Duterte’s anger due to massive murders God forbid. (Well, who started it anyway?)
First, the centuries-old tribal war in Mindanao will surely be rekindled especially if certain tribes become displaced and become minorities. They will always exert to show and make their presence felt like those bombings here and there.
Second, non-Muslim banditries and drug cartels will always take advantage by simulating sporadic bombings as if to exacerbate the situation, especially by those who hate the man like Duterte.
Admittedly though, only a Duterte can quell this kind of modern day rebellion in the Philippines today. With his term ending, we still need his kind to handle this with enough political will and knowledge. We don’t need an arm-chair ivory tower president now. We cannot afford it.
For many, they are looking at future leaders like the kinds of non-tradpols as Ping Lacson or Gringo Honasan (who are also battle tested and refine military generals) so long as they so decide and have enough political will. Otherwise, this country is in the verge of perdition to the left, the violent, and the crooks. Those ambitious swivel –chair senators who want to be president will not suffice enough today as presidentiables. We need a strongman. The present leadership has not caused all these, he simply unearthed what has been buried deep down there for decades, oozing to explode as it has already exploded before our very faces.