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Estrada ignores fatwa by Muslim elders

Agence France-Presse
First Posted 13:01:00 03/21/2010

MANILA, Philippines—Former president Joseph Estrada on Sunday ignored a “fatwa” by Muslim elders branding him an enemy of Islam and warned separatist rebels of an "all out war" if he wins re-election to the post.

Estrada said he was confident the religious edict issued last week by the Bangsamoro Supreme Council, a grouping of Islamic scholars and elders in the south, would not be supported by the region's five million Muslims.

He also warned the 12,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which has been waging a bloody rebellion since 1978, to disarm or risk being crushed by the army under his command if he won in the May polls.

"I am a friend of Islam, and I respect Islam," Estrada told AFP in Manila shortly after arriving from a weekend campaign in Mindanao, where over 150,000 people have been killed in the long-running insurgency.

"However, I will not tolerate any organization regardless of religion if they violate the law," he said.

He said the MILF must put down their weapons if they want to negotiate peace with any future Estrada government.

"I want them to disarm, and if they don't, then I will go on an all-out war against them again. We have already exhausted all peaceful remedies against them, and enough is enough," he said.

"A president's duty is to protect the territorial integrity of the country at all cost," he stressed.

Shortly after winning the presidency by a landslide in 1998, the former movie action star Estrada launched a massive military assault against the MILF and dislodged the rebels from their fortified main base in Mindanao.

During one victory celebration, the MILF said Estrada trucked in a roasted pig and beer for his men who had camped near a ruined mosque.

The MILF meanwhile on Sunday distanced itself from the Council which issued the fatwa, saying it was not sanctioned by the rebel leadership. However, it it agreed that Estrada was "the most un-Islamic of all previous presidents."

"In just a brief period of time as a president, Estrada caused major destruction in the Muslim south," MILF spokesman Eid Kabalu told AFP.

Estrada was ousted by a military-backed revolt in 2001 amid allegations of corruption.

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Most Western societies are based on Secular Democracy, which itself is based on the concept that the open marketplace of ideas leads to the optimum government. Whilst that model has been very successful, it has defects. The 4 Freedoms address 4 of the principal vulnerabilities, and gives corrections to them. 

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These 4 freedoms are designed to close 4 vulnerabilities in Secular Democracy, by making them SP or Self-Protecting (see Hobbes's first law of nature). But Democracy also requires - in addition to the standard divisions of Executive, Legislature & Judiciary - a fourth body, Protector of the Open Society (POS), to monitor all its vulnerabilities (see also Popper). 
1. SP Freedom of Speech
Any speech is allowed - except that advocating the end of these freedoms
2. SP Freedom of Election
Any party is allowed - except one advocating the end of these freedoms
3. SP Freedom from Voter Importation
Immigration is allowed - except where that changes the political demography (this is electoral fraud)
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An additional Freedom from Religion is deducible if the law is applied equally to everyone:

  • Religious and cultural activities are exempt from legal oversight except where they intrude into the public sphere (Res Publica)"

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