By Junex Doronio
July 19, 2022
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — Reiterating its stance on the impracticality and futility of armed struggle to topple down the democratically-installed government, the socialist-humanist Maharlika Solidarity (MASO) on Tuesday expressed strong support for Senator Robinhood “Robin” Padilla’s proposal to hold local peace talks.
Founded by a descendant of Lapu-Lapu on July 7 this year coinciding with the 130th foundation of the Katipunan, MASO agreed with Padilla that the armed struggle being waged by the Communist Party of the Philippines, with its armed wing the New People’s Army (CPP-NPA), is a local issue, not an international one.
“It’s really high time to give peace a chance. If the masses truly believe in our principles that we are fighting for their welfare, then they will support us on the electoral battlefield since armed rebellion is already obsolete,” MASO convenor Khalid Mundo said.
In the blog “Celebrating Lapu-Lapu’s Genealogy” (www.filipinogenealogy.com), it was written: “The Pagobo and Baring families of Mactan and the Mundo family of Borbon, both in Cebu province, claim that they are modern-day blood relatives of the hero of Mactan.”
MASO is pushing for a shift to a parliamentary system of government and what it calls socialist humanism that abhors violence and terrorism.
Last July 13, MASO hailed the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) for finally taking the peaceful route to progress as some 7,145 of their former guerilla fighters have passed the National Police Commission’s (NAPOLCOM) Special Qualifying Eligibility Examination (NSQE).
For his part, Padilla — who is also known as Abdul Aziz as a Balik Islam or Muslim revert — cited his previous involvement in the dialogue, which he claimed proven negative.
“Sa usapang pupunta pa ang GPH (government of the Philippines) sa ibang bansa at doon tayo mag-peace talks, nagawa na po namin ‘yan at walang nangyari,” Padilla bared in an interview on Monday, July 18.
The reputed Prince of Philippine Action Movies who emerged number one in the recently-concluded senatorial race said what will work in the government’s conflict with the communist rebels is “localized peace talks,” with negotiators going straight to the people.”
“Para sa akin hindi na dapat ito. Pwede siguro ang localized peace talks kasi nagawa na natin at successful. Nagawa natin ang international may pumupunta at may namamagitan. Pero gastos lang po ‘yan, wag na po ‘yan,” Padilla quipped.(ai/mtvn)