I can’t believe that there are some people in social media suggesting that the government should wage a war against the BIFF after the Mamasapano ambush. I’m throwing these questions to them:
1. Do you guys think that the Philippines is in an economically viable position to wage war against a smaller, non-state actor?
2. What about civilians that will be entrapped? Do we already have evacuation and emergency plans in place?
3. Do we have conflict resolution and rehabilitation mechanisms in place?
4. The clincher: Isn’t the Philippines a charter member of the United Nations, whose charter renounces war as a first option for conflict resolution?
While the conflict in Mindanao is a complex web of social issues, war is a simplistic but destructive solution to an otherwise complicated issue.