Gov’t looks weak in Sulu conflict


In an effort to stay neutral in the shooting war pitting the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) against the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu province, the government looks like a weakling.

Malacañang said it did not sanction the attack by the MNLF on the lair of the Abu Sayyaf in Patikul town.

“There was no sanction, there was no clearance. They didn’t tell us that they were going to attack the Abu Sayyaf,” President Aquino said in a news conference.

It’s the government’s duty to enforce the law and it should stop the carnage in Sulu.

No matter which group the government is favoring—in this case, the MNLF—it should prevent further bloodshed by sending a peacekeeping force to Patikul.

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Clearly, the MNLF is doing what the government is supposed to have done a long time ago: Raid the lair of the Abu Sayyaf to secure the release of foreign and Filipino hostages.

It’s ridiculous for the MNLF to have arrogated unto itself the job of the government.

If it can’t keep the peace in Sulu, the government should withdraw all military and police forces in the province and just make the MNLF the sole enforcer of laws in the province.

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Of course, the fighting between the MNLF and the Abu Sayyaf kidnappers favors the government and the rest of the citizenry.

Lives of government troops were spared in the bloodbath where Moros  fight fellow Moros.

Nonparticipants in the conflict are in favor of letting the MNLF and the Abu Sayyaf annihilate each other, saying they are former allies anyway.

They were allegedly in cahoots in the abduction of foreigners and their Christian compatriots.

Let the better equipped and stronger group prevail over the weaker one (Matira ang matibay), they add.

And then the government would deal later with the victor.

That’s what the government did during the time of my father, then lst Lt. Ramon S. Tulfo, in Sulu.

The Philippine Constabulary would arm “friendly outlaws,” those who were on good terms with the government, to fight “enemy outlaws,” to make the job easier for the PC in keeping the peace.

That was in the post-World War II era when the government was still rebuilding from the ashes of war.

But times have changed since then, and the government is supposed to be stable now.

The government should uphold the majesty of the law even in “no man’s land” like the provinces of Sulu, Basilan, Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur.

Otherwise, there’s no reason for the government to exist.

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Graft charges and falsification charges have been filed against Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala in the Office of the Ombudsman.

A certain Ramon Talaga Jr., who filed the case, said Alcala, then a congressman, misused P3.5 million of his Priority Development Assistance Fund by faking the signatures of beneficiaries of a project that provided livelihood to poor farmers in Quezon.

The case reeks of politics.

Talaga is a former mayor of Lucena City who was defeated by Roderick Alcala, a nephew of the agriculture secretary.

Why was the case filed only now when Alcala is about to make the country a rice exporter, which didn’t happen during the time of his predecessors at the Department of Agriculture.

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  • stealth ice

    nothing will please this writer. if the government interfere in the fight between ASG and the MNLF, this writer will lambast the government for stopping the fight. Now government let these two groups fight to the end he will also lambast.

    one thing for sure you are a sore loser to claudine et at.

  • Noel

    Among the secret arrangements between the government and MNLF could be to solve the ASG problem.  MNLF appears to be acting as military enforcers for the government in Mindanao.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Kita nyo na, bida na naman ang tatay nya!

    • archerfan

      hahaha parang si kris aquino, dati “sabi ni mommyyyy” tapos nung namatay “sabi nila atehhh”  para lang makakuha ng simpatya.  pero kay kris lusot, dito kay tulfing medyo bading dating

  • hinayupaknasexy

    kasawa nang pakinggan ang tatay mo tulping!  pwede ba nanay naman!

    • ikulong


      • tulfotumbong

        sumulpot na lang iyan mula sa echas ng kalabaw

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7TPARCYJFCSA3PBQAM3MVZO3E kurakut


  • boypalaban

    inaarmasan pala ang mga outlaw…kaya pala ang yayaman ng mga heneral…congrats!

  • ikulong


  • JK1000

    Kapag ikaw ang naging PRESIDENTE gawin mo ang gusto mo. Lagi kang galit sa mga AQUINO.

  • tulfotumbong

    talagang itong si tulfo nasa butas ng puwet niya ang utak ! noong ginawa ng tatay niya tama ang paraan. pag ginaya ng  iba ang ginawa ng tatay niya mali!

  • Rovingmoron

    These charges are meant to destroy the DA secretary. In the first place, how come only one person (Talaga) filed the cases against Alcala? Why not the aggrieved parties, instead? Isn’t it strange and funny?

  • Rovingmoron

    I can sense that the MNLF was already fed up with the ASG in the area. Hence, they made a move to fight it out as a means to drive them away.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VUFRGRCCA5JXOLKEVCJQ3FBW3Y Concerned Citizen

    We have to support the MNLF on this because only Tausugs can get the cooperation of Tausug communities in putting a stop to the business of kidnappings.  Let’s give the MNLF the benefit of the doubt that they really want to put a stop to such activities. The Tausugs also want to experience progress and development and they know they have to make their place more conducive to investments especially with the bright future seen on the ASEAN integration.  The military is doing the right thing of helping relocate the families of MNLF fighters and cordoning off the area.  The AFP will get  more support from the people this way and  I think something good will come out as a result of this.

  • eirons1043

    Outside the city limits of any Province especially  Mindanao area government does not exist. In the meantime kelangan makita ang bangkay nuong mga sinasabing ASG na napatay kc baka scripted lang yong labanan.

  • elgeepee

    Dapat di mo na bangitin tatay mo Mr. Tulfo nasa history books ba tatay mo? ipagawa mo ng libro para sumikat. C Raymart lang di mo nga kaya.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DLHLDIPILYZ6FW5ZG7KSZ45NLU Nida

    Tufol ur father was never assigned in Sulu, according to old records in Camp Crame, ur father was an office boy, he was never assigned in the field, and when he was assigned in highway patrol, according to an old incident report, ur father was a subject of several mulcting complain from bus company, according to the old report, yun tatay mo ang lakas mangotong sa mga bus company, kaya naman pala, d apple does not fall far from the tree, kung ano yun puno, yun din ang bunga. Tulof kaya pala ang lakas mong mangotong, mana ka pala sa tatay mong mangongtong…..

    • ryepim

      o baka Hearsay lang ito Nida…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JJRIJKTKJ7DD4UEK3CMXVYRP4A KandieSweetie2k2


    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JJRIJKTKJ7DD4UEK3CMXVYRP4A KandieSweetie2k2

      Para kang si JPE, nangbibintang sa taong patay na. Siguro malaki galit mo sa mga Tulfo. Bakit, tinamaan ka? At una, anong kinalaman ng argumento sa punto ni Tulfo? TAMA SIYA, lumalabas na nagsakripisyo pa ang MNLF sa gawaing DAPAT ang Gobyerno natin ang gumagawa. DAPAT nga nakikialam si PNOY eh! Hindi yung–okay hayaan natin sila maglaban-laban! Nakakahiya. At sa’yo NIDA–Pwe!

    • 444mangyan888

      di naman kapanipaniwala statements mo..kahit pa totoo eh…sana quote mo mga references ng “old records” sources mo…
      hehe buking ka naman agad..!!

  • kmario

    Tatay mo??? Wow! Pero wala ka sa Lolo!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JJRIJKTKJ7DD4UEK3CMXVYRP4A KandieSweetie2k2

    Mukhang galit na galit kayo sa mga Tulfo na yung pagkatao na mismo ang tinitira niyo, hindi yung isyu o bigat ng sinasabi niya. Mga walang pinag-aralan yata ‘tong mga ere. Sawa na daw, eh ba’t ka pa nagbabasa?! Para may masabi lang?! And FYI, I am not anti-Aquino, I admire him on other things that he’s doing–but this time—the Government is INDEED a WEAKLING.

    • Leo Lopez

      Tama pre’

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002207384387 Andrei Mendoza

    the difference between MNLF soldiers and the government?

    MNLF are willing to die for what they believes in, while government soldiers are NOT especially the top brass, sayang kaya ang retirement benefits kung mamatay lang sila noh!

    you cannot defeat an enemy who’s willing to die, and that is well proven maski sa U.S forces, a well equipped american soldiers can’t defeat terrorists who blow themselves up.

    • tomcatters

      difference between gov and terrorist?
      government actions are bound with laws,doctrines and bla bla bla
      terrorist? they will fight unconventionaly and when outgunned theyll hide in holes like rats..in our country the thick forest.looks like you dont know something..

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002207384387 Andrei Mendoza

        understand the statement and its **context** before spewing your stupidity.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza


  • Platypus09

    This could be true.

    The govenment forces be in control but does not look like.

    Calling the President or Congress to investigate by calling the military generals in charge of Mindanao command, please ASAP to answer lingering questions on what happened there.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EA7TIY7PYXEU5UOXG2K5CY5F64 Eric

    The MNLF, most probably, has been keeping valuable information from the govt, like location of the ASG? Rescuing the hostages may be a BS story….for all we know babae ang dahilan ng away na to and the MNLF never intended to help release those kidnapped.


    there are relatives/families on both sides. maybe the fight has nothing to do with law enforcement or annihilating the villains. it could be personal grudges, one double crossing the other.  it is wiser to let them settle their scores with each other. if the gov’t troops mix in the fray, they will again form a common front against the gov’t. let them be fragmented and then deal with the ASG later, at their weakest. this is an opportunity for intelligence gathering (where the fightings took place). it is important to note those locations as it will establish the locations where those bandits are roaming and hiding. the nearby communities are their mass base. the generals should know about this.

  • Nutting Moore

    FYI, Ramon Talaga Jr is the husband of the recently-ousted mayor of Lucena City, Ruby.  She was removed due to substitution of candidacy during the last local election (Ramon was the one who filed the candidacy but substituted her wife at the last minute as Ramon is not eligible anymore, having completed his 3 terms as mayor.)  She was replaced by Roderick Alcala, a cousin of Proceso.  Just a case of sourgraping, politically-motivated revenge.

  • ninerkiddo

    and MonTulfo is very strong with his fight against Raymart Santiago et al…

    Now, isn’t this HILARIOUS?

  • virgo57

    Mr. Ramon Tulfo is making an anecdote of these 2 terrirorists Moros groups.In real sense, the clashed is not about rescuing the hostages but a failed “partehan” which the ASG won’t budged of what the MNLF has demanded. Mga tamad at social climber na tribo na walang alam hanapbuhay kundi kidnapping at extortion at ang masaklap me basbas ng local politicians at military officials kaya hindi matapostapos ang lokohan na ito.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KGP2T32B4FOALC5YW7CDCWLB6A Gelo L

    as long as Mon Tulfo’s topic concerns Minadanao, he always mention his late father…

    • exhail

      You’re ingit dahil wala kang tatay na PC, e alanganin naman ang tatay mo a mention ni Tulfo,

  • tiburara74

    Tahimik at Nauumid yata ang mga dila ng mga heneral/admiral natin jan sa Mindanao ah at wala sa Headline na nag bibida. Matamlay yata sila kasi baka walang delihensiya sa ransom sa hostages tulad ng kinagagawian nila noon. Sabagay, iba na kasi ngayon – tuwid na daan.  Sana sila naman ang susunod na dukutin ng ASG at mapugutan para mabawasan ang mga kurakot at pakanin ng bayan. “Bato bato sa langit, ang tamaan huwag pong magalit”.

  • etomacq

    AFP inutil! Mga wala ng silbi.. 

    Disarmahan na yan at pagtanimin na lang ng camote… 

    Commander in Chief ng AFP walang kwenta. Ginagawang baldado ang AFP.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GTVNMZR22PGMS55WQPIJTYB4IY Jaime

    Send those AFP generals to the school that the MNLF goes to.  Abolish PMA, it produces nothing but boy scouts.

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