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Volume 3, Number 7 March 16 - 22, 2003 Quezon City, Philippines
Bush, Arroyo Concealing CIA-Abu Sayyaf Link in Davao Bombing?
There's more than meets the eye in the March 4 Davao blast that killed more than 20 persons. Police have hastily accused Moro rebels of masterminding it but investigation should not rule out the possible role of the CIA.
March 14, the biggest rally in Davao in seventeen years---that was the time of
EDSA 1---kept the city streets alive with rousing condemnation of the March 4
bombing at the Davao International Airport.
by 50,000 Davaoeños from all walks of life, rallyists came from all sorts of
persuasions, as members of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, Bayan Muna, and the
Moro National Liberation Front linked arms with Muslim clerics, tourism
stakeholders, government officials, and leading figures of the Catholic Church
to reject terrorism and push for a long-elusive peace.
President Corazon Aquino also attended the rally. Hearing mass at the San Pedro
Cathedral after the rally, Mrs. Aquino served notice that there is a “danger
of losing our own humanity” in the determination to “apprehensd heartless and
couldn’t agree more. And this dangling danger of drifting to heartlessness and
inhumaneness in responding to Davao’s own 9/11 begins in the stubborn refusal
by powerful quarters to provide Davaoeños and Filipinos at large with the whole
scenario that made possible the heinous May 4 bombing.
get specific: The fierce concealment by those in power of a hideous CIA-Abu
Sayyaf terrorist network undisrupted and actually in place in the Philippines
gives the lie to the dogmatic insistence of the Macapagal-Arroyo regime to blame
the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) based on contrived evidence.
off, allow us to say that to claim that the MILF did March 4 on the basis of
evidence thus presented is to highly insult the intelligence of Filipinos.
there’s the upfront admission of Hamsiraji Sali that his Abu Sayyaf group did
it. Military authorities led by Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes find this
untenable on the sole premise that the Abu Sayyaf has not been known to have
operations in Davao City.
this military claim is a blatant lie. Because there is at least one outstanding
case of a terrorist with possible ties to the Abu Sayyaf that tried to bomb Davao in the
past---May last year, in fact. And this terrorist is Michael Terrence Meiring of
Mayor Rodrigo Duterte should know him. Agents from the Unisted States National
Security Council (NSC) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) spat on his
face and subverted his authority when they whisked Meiring out of a Davao
hospital---freshly injured from an inadvertent blast of explosives in his
possession---straight to a helicopter provided by the US embassy to deny the
feisty mayor the biggest bust of his career.
that didn’t stop Davao City authorities from proceeding with the criminal
inquiry. And in a clear statement of independence and high regard for public
safety, Davao City Prosecutor Raul Bendico announced last September 2002 the
city’s findings that Meiring was indeed a terrorist.
until now, Meiring remains unaccountable. And his non-prosecution has left, and
still leaves, undisrupted the CIA-Abu Sayyaf terrorist network he kept here in
the Philippines, all the way up to the March 4 bombing.
wasn’t lost on independent political animals like EDSA 2 leader Teddy Casiño
and Basilan Rep. Gerry Salappudin. In the days following Davao’s 9/11, both
expressed the need to seriously consider likely CIA-Abu Sayyaf involvement in
the March 4 bombing. Even Ka Roger, spokesman of the Communist Party of the
Philippines, chimed in, claiming in turns that the Davao blast was a
Pentagon-CIA/DND-AFP, Rumsfeld-Reyes, Bush-Arroyo scheme.
CAIS’ part, we have exposed Meiring’s fiasco in previous articles, and most
recently wrote of this in an article that came out just days before the Davao
all these conscience-stricken concerns have been suppressed of wide
dissemination. Not a single major local media entity---on TV, newspaper, or
radio---loudly broached this possibility. Time Magazine studiously avoided
recalling Meiring’s injuries in its coverage of the Davao 9/11. Even Ka
Roger’s statement, who is usually given coverage considering the impact of his
organization’s pronouncements, was given short media shrift. Most interesting
of all, Mayor Duterte had instant amnesia on the Meiring affair as he swallowed
the official “MILF did it” spin hook, line, and sinker.
But, as the saying goes, those who play a rigged game get stupid. And as the unraveling began with Meiring’s twist of fate, soon enough, more than 50,000 Davaoeños will get reacquainted with the whole truth. Filipinos had unmasked the state terrorism of Marcos and the fascist deceits that attended succeeding US-backed administrations. This time around, they will be joined by millions of world citizens rebuffing Bush’s contrived war on terror in democratic condemnation of those truly heartless and inhumane terrorists lurking from the shadowy corridors of naked, they-thought-they’re-unaccountable power. Bulatlat.com