What?

I can’t delay this. Perhaps there is no other time.

I have due respect for the competent people at Reuters, but I have to raise this one.

Reading the news below have disturbed me as a resident in Mindanao and as a citizen relating to many decent Muslims everyday.

There is clearly bias here and stereotype —working to anticipate a public notion.

If its the hideout that is suspected to be of the terrorists, where is the connection to “Islamic militants?” as presented in the first paragraph? Is terrorism = Islamic militants? Are we sure the government has learned to distinguish between an Islamic militant and a law-abiding citizen?

I couldn’t speak for even a Muslim (a believer of Islam), but I can sense the discomfort it will cause in our charged and diverse communities.

You have to look at the last paragraph to see where’s the catch.

“The Philippines, a largely Catholic country, is battling Muslim rebels in its southern region. The last time Muslim militant group the Abu Sayyaf targeted the capital was on Valentine’s Day 2005 when six people were killed in a bomb attack.”

The use of protagonist-antagonist (Catholic-Muslim) has been arranged in such as a way that it would look like we have a religious war going on and that its the entire Philippines vs. the Muslim rebels.

And yet we wish we could have peace in Mindanao?

It feels like its feeding more fire to the furnace — an unlikely road farther from peace.

FULL TEXT

“MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine police seized a cache of explosive materials during a raid at a suspected hideout of Islamic militants in an agricultural town south of the capital, officials said on Wednesday.

The national police chief said officers searching for a suspected Islamic militant hiding in the province of Laguna, around 60 km south of Manila, discovered hundreds of blasting caps and other bomb-making materials.

“These materials could be used for future bomb attacks in the capital,” Avelino Razon told a news conference, displaying an unspecified amount of chemical compounds, detonating cords, time fuses and blasting caps.

The suspected militant fled the hideout minutes before the raid, Razon said.

The Philippines, a largely Catholic country, is battling Muslim rebels in its southern region. The last time Muslim militant group the Abu Sayyaf targeted the capital was on Valentine’s Day 2005 when six people were killed in a bomb attack.”

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