Jump-Starting the Mindanao Economy
(By Benjamin“Benjie”Estuche -IlonggoNationMovement)
“This article is reposted from “Ang Pungsod Ilonggo” the IlonggoNationMovement (INM) eNewsletter (Vol. I, Issue No. 11-Dec. 16, 2007)” –dinggol.d~~~
It is interesting how well-meaning Christians see that “the greatest asset we have in Mindanao is the Bangsa Moro, etcetera.”
Of course, Filipino politicians see that long ago with the idea of an autonomous region in order to hide the fact that there is, in reality, buried under the ocean bed of the Mindanao Deep, the #2 energy source of the future, Deuterium.
The #1 energy source is the inspiration behind Dan Brown’s book overshadowed by the best-seller the Da Vinci Code, about Angels and Demons. In the book, Brown wrote about a clandestine laboratory, CERN, experimenting on producing energy through the synthesis of matter and anti-matter.
A few pages down this INM website is a posting about this water-based mineral called Deuterium, the exploration of which had been suggested by a group of OFWs experienced in oil exploration and drilling.
It is more interesting than the Dan Brown’s best-seller to realize that the Philippine Government never entertained the idea seriously and well-meaning Christians are now involved in placating the sensibilities of our Muslim Brothers of the Bangsa Moro Nations in presenting overtures of economic development spurred by the “exclusive trade to the Muslim Economy” using our backdoor in importing cheap OPEC oil and exporting agricultural products.
Five (5) decades ago, the great Filipino (and Ilonggo) Nationalist and Economists, Dr. Salvador Z. Araneta wrote about Economic Nationalism based on the theory that economic development of a Third-World country such as ours could not rest mainly on agri-based trade but in the development of capital products which is, simply put INDUSTRIALIZATION. Capital products are those that are used to produce other economic products. Dr. Araneta wrote this in-spite of the fact that he owned and ran an agricultural school by that time.
The Philippines is a consumer economy. Most of the people’s expenditures are spent on consumer goods and they are, therefore, called, end-users. In other words, the money spent by end-users are called “patay nga parada'” because the buck that ends in Juan’s pocket left him and the buck does not intend to return there but in the bank accounts of the middle-men and the mall-owners, three of which are not even real Filipinos (refer to 2006 1000 richest men of the world in Fortune magazine).
Durian, mangosteen, pineapples, bananas, etc. that are produced in Mindanao, are all exported abroad including sea and marine products and the poor end-users who have earned their purchasing peso by working abroad could wet their taste buds only with these Agri products when they are outside of our country. And who gains in this scenario? Who owns the agri-corporations anyway? Who does the exportation? Of course, not our Muslim brothers of the Bangsa Moro nations! Which of our Muslim brothers own a share in Dole and Del Monte? Does the family of the Sultanate of Sulu own substantial investment in these agri-based multi-national corporations?
An agri-based and consumer economy will always remain a third-world economy. Free enterprise or free trade between a third-world country and a highly developed one will always be detrimental to the former. Dr. Araneta saw this 50 years ago.
Who says we can produce cheap energy by expanding our geothermal facilities? Aren’t those who have interests in selling capital goods such as types of machinery that will make these geothermal facilities ran? Ran-down machinery and plants that are decades old from the Americas and Europe? Remember the Bataan Nuclear Plant? In Iloilo, they are ramming coal-fired plants into the throats of the people there!
Scroll down on the mineral DEUTERIUM posted a few months ago and have the vision of Dr. Salvador Araneta and we can see that we can bake our economic cake and eat it too!
A group of OFWs says they have the technology to do the exploration. What prevents them from doing so? It is because of the wild-card rantings of people who have pretensions for economic greatness from their swivel chairs perched on their ivory towers?
We wish that the article on Deuterium be posted again and let us start planning on a liquidation squad to kill (joke lang!) all those power-hungry politicians who have enriched themselves and their families through the years since Magellan set foot on Cebu in 1521.
IlonggoNationMovement (INM) Co-Founder Benjamin “Benjie” Estuche y Evicner -a Political Commentator, was the former Editor/Publisher of the Iloilo’s Truth Forum and fearless Radio Broadcaster of DYRI Radio Agong in Iloilo City.
He was also a member of the Panay Peace Monitoring Council right after EDSA-I to oversee the truce between GRP and NDF armed components; the AFP and the NPA respectively. ~~~