Operation Merdeka

Two weeks ago, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III went to Corregidor, the island that lies at the mouth of Manila Bay, and led the commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the “Jabidah Massacre.”

At the memorial, Aquino said: “On March 28, 1968, my father delivered a speech in the Senate about the events that history would come to know as the Jabidah Massacre. He revealed the Marcos regime’s plan to claim Sabah; it was called Operation Merdeka.”

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The War on Poverty

Jesus Christ — Nabi Isa to Muslims — is quoted in the Bible (Al Kitab) as saying: “The poor you will always have with you…” That out-of-context quote has been used to justify the neglect of the poor, and to argue that the fight against poverty is a lost cause. Thus a holy book has been badly used by those who take a dim view of humankind.

But the fight against poverty is by no means a lost cause. Not if progress in the pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals means anything.

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