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Speculations

Who did it? Some people in Ozamiz have arrived at their own conclusion and took the law into their own hands, killing two Maranaos and shot at the mosque at Tinago; the circumstantial details are not very clear yet. Some people in Iligan have lauded them for their deed. Already in the last few days, there has been some movement of the Maranao population from Ozamiz to Marawi. Other people have made the connection with the MILF, citing the case of the extortion/revolutionary tax story which ended with the disappearance of an MILF commander who went to Super 5 to collect.

The bombing is allegedly in retaliation for the disappearance of the commander. This angle is based on the reported testimony of a top MILF leader who does not want to be identified. I am not about to swallow this yet.

The event at DXMS is tied to the MILF solely on the basis, so far, of Ampatuan's testimony that the MILF whom he has antagonized with his attacks on them through his radio program are after his head.

Were the perpetrators aware of the Muslim-Christian dynamics characterized by conditioned reflexes and deep-seated biases in many parts of Mindanao, specifically in Cotabato provinces, the Lanao provinces and the Zamboanga provinces, including Basilan? Were they aware that a bomb like the one in Ozamiz could easily draw Muslims and Christians against each other?

Notes From the Not So Distant Past

Still fresh are the events of the early 70s, the fight between the Ilaga and Blackshirts in Cotabato, between the Ilaga and Barracuda in Lanao del Norte, the kind that embroiled not only politicians and law enforcement personnel but also the common people, the kind that enabled the likes of Manero to rise to prominence. Also, the Davao Cathedral bombing, the Easter Sunday bombing in Iligan.

Logic based on the not so distant past will tell us that one likely motive is to sow division between Muslims and Christians.

There are those who are inclined to view the series of bombing as part of the scenario building in preparation for, say, a coup or another round of martial law? Maybe yes, maybe no, this is all speculation, no direct evidence to stand on, so far. Maybe it is good to do some research first. If we already have notes of past events, so much the better; the task of piecing together evidence is easier.

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