Thank You, Sakur Tan

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By Maria Clara de Hesus

Thank you, Abdusakur Tan for turning Sulu as the kidnapping capital of the world. Thank you for exposing your people to the horrors and trauma of day to day violence and insecurities. Since you have catapulted your family dynasty into power more than five years ago, there has never been a day in this province when we had no kidnap victim. Unlike the previous years when the targets of kidnappings were only rich businessmen, tourists and journalists, you have succeeded in turning kidnapping as a cottage industry in the entire province of Sulu. Now, the kidnappings have become so widespread and indiscriminate even kindergarten students, nurses, vendors, mothers, toddlers and drivers have become easy targets of kidnappings. Even your own Provincial Treasurer has not been spared of this catastrophic malady.

Magsukul tuud, Governor Tan, for protecting and harboring the Abu Sayyaf kidnappers. Thank you for providing legal assistance to kidnappers like MUHAMMAD SALI SAID GANIH whom you have caused to be released from detention at Camp Bagong Diwa. Sali Said truly deserves your help because he proudly admitted that he was the one who kidnapped Ces Drilon and Octavio Dinampo. For that single kidnapping mission, MUHAMMAD SALI SAID GANIH and his cohorts easily earned Twenty Million Pesos from ABS-CBN. As Governor of the Province, I commend you for extending legal assistance to the Abu Sayyaf Group. That is why these terrorists could never be crippled despite the highly sophisticated counterterrorism efforts of the military and police because there are local chief executives like you who help them.

Aside from your own battery of lawyers from Zamboanga City and Makati, I can’t thank you enough for successfully prostituting and bastardizing the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos by using its legal aid program to facilitate the release of the Abu Sayyaf kidnappers. Thanks to the former Chair of the NCMF and the lawyer-Commissioner who heads the Legal Department, they have served you and the Abu Sayyaf very well by tampering court records and government files in order to free MUHAMMAD SALI SAID GANIH and his cohorts at all cost. It’s a pity that these Tausug NCMF officials are now implicated in the pork barrel scam to the tune of 515 million pesos. The double talk of these officials are so glaring, such that one hand talks about halal certification while the other hand is involved in piggery projects for the pork barrel of corrupt congressmen.

Thanks to your former election lawyer who now heads the Department of Justice, you have managed to use much needed government resources under the Witness Protection Program to protect and provide shelter and financial assistance to the Abu Sayyaf. It is only in Sulu where terrorists and self-confessed kidnappers get this kind of privileges while ordinary Tausugs live in constant fear that a child, wife, sister, brother, husband, student and girls could be the next kidnap or rape victim?

Thank you, Governor Tan, for being the most consistent spoiler of the peace process among all living and non-living Moro politicians. You are really true to your kind. For how can you allow the status quo to be changed when you are the biggest beneficiary of this highly violent and dangerous society? What will happen to your private armies if you allow change to happen? What will happen to the kidnapping industry if you allow peace to flourish? What will happen to the Internal Revenue Allotment funds that come steadily and regularly every month even if the Province does not spend for education and basic services for its people? How can you support change for good governance when you have already perfected corruption and oppression?

Thank you for using all known tricks to secure the much-coveted exemption from the “matuwid na daan” policy and the much ballyhooed reform in the ARMM. I am very sure you will also move heaven and earth in order to defeat the Bangsamoro in the plebiscite vote for the Basic Law. You have effectively rendered President Noynoy Aquino and his self-appointed ARMM governor as inutile in your sheer power and limitless influence and resources. And you will succeed in shaming the President in what he has committed in the peace agreement because Sulu is definitely untouchable under your reign.

Thank you Sakur Tan for putting behind bars Cocoy Tulawie. With his incarceration, human rights is dead in Sulu. No one will dare investigate, document and report human rights violations anymore. Sulu is now a free country for murderers, rapists, kidnappers, marauders, terrorists and looters who are enjoying your protection with complete impunity. Nobody will dare complain, nobody will dare stand for justice, nobody will speak for truth.

Thank you very much for generously paying 3 top-law firms in Makati, Manila and Zamboanga City to ensure that human rights defenders like Cocoy Tulawie will rot in jail. Thank you for spending millions to pay off witnesses and bribe police and fiscals to make sure Cocoy Tulawie will stay in prison at all cost.

But thank you too for creating an emerging Nelson Mandela for Lupah Sug. Thank you for bringing his case as a major concern of the international human rights community. With every manipulation, bribery and harassment that you inflict on Cocoy Tulawie and his family, you have helped him obtain the sympathy of the civilized and humane world that does exist outside Sulu.

Above all, thank you for boldly showing up in court last April 4, 2014 in the trial of Cocoy Tulawie and for swearing before the Holy Qur’an that you will only tell the truth. The cold transcript of stenographic notes of your testimony are living proof at how you lied to your teeth. Thank you for going to the extent of trading your own soul in exchange of your temporal and short-term political interests. Thank you for demonstrating before the public what kind of a Muslim you are. You can only be assured of God’s curse with what you have done. Thank heavens divine justice cannot be bought. Thank you for committing the biggest blunder of using the Qur’an to show to the world what a pathological liar you are. What a show of desperation. What a perfect example of intoxication of power. Indeed for “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?”

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