The costs of wars in Mindanao

CHEERS TO News5 for reminding war-mongering politicians of the human and economic costs of the Mindanao wars in the past four decades.

“Between 1970 and 2001, the total economic toll was estimated at P640 billion in terms of damaged infrastructure, homes and other property and business losses – that’s about P20 billion a year,” News5 reported.

“Then, there’s the combat expense: a total of P73 billion between 1970 until 1996, when the Ramos government forged a peace agreement with Nur Misuari’s Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).”

The human toll during the period? Some 120,000 dead, according to the report.

“Between 2001 and 2012, a total of 481 soldiers and policemen were killed; 1,267 MILF members and 841 civilians,” according to the Feb. 12 video. (“All-out war sounds easy, until you count the cost of 40 years of combat”)

The wars also displaced millions of civilians: 982,000 civilians were evacuated during the Estrada administration’s all-out-war against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in 2000. About 600,000 people were displaced in the clashes between the MILF and government forces after the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) was aborted.