[In the Web] PEACETALK: Grounding the Substate Differently

GPH panel chair Marvic Leonen (l) and MILF panel chair Mohagher Iqbal at the signing Thursday afternoon of the Joint Statement on their two-day talks. Witnessing the signing is the new Malaysian facilitator (center). MindaNews photo by Carolyn O. Arguillas. Photo from mindanews.com

By Michael O. Mastura
Filed under Mindaviews

A couple of days after the national dailies unloaded the Aquino-Murad Tokyo episode that began on the front page, the newspaper readership in general has not lost interest in it as an event in foreign policy. Websites uploaded it with a global reach and meanwhile the lead story about the MILF proposal coded “substate” jumped inside to the commenting community. Obviously, what make op-ed pages are the differences of opinion. Now it is a question of molding public opinion that in a hybrid structure agreed on the broadest concept of “pact” you have a basic tension.

If you doubt this typology anyway you will not find the substate word itself in the text of the comprehensive compact MILF draft. But what is startling to me is that journalistic pathology (if not faulty character) gets almost everything Muslim on the wrong side. By having failed to do justice to whatever exhaustion of Moro “rights remedy only” is denial of conflict. Much of this stuff of op-ed pieces stir more memories of antagonism that is a catalogue of specifics affixed with label currently cast as “beast” (Doronila, PDI), “mayhem” (Paredes, Malaya), “sob state” (Villanueva, PhilStar). Still, an explanation that fails to provide the specificity has no explanatory power. I love newspapers but ours are becoming subset of the electronics media, if they are not already subset in content. Never mind the ultra-imaginative flair for fearsome “Micha” subalterns (Bondoc, PhilStar); it is polemical to the point of stereotype and media hype. That’s bad news for the bigot-provoking heated commentary blinded by the Micha (a surrogate for fundamentalist far right Catholicism and Protestantism) alliance of establishmentarians footing the bills for the roguish negative ads during the MOA-AD litigation.

You may read the full article at http://www.mindanews.com/mindaviews/2011/09/05/peacetalk-grounding-the-substate-differently/


MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. PeaceTalk is open to anyone who wants to share his/her views on the peace process. Michael O. Mastura is a senior member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace panel


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