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EDITORIAL

BANGSAMORO YOUTH CORNER
09 November 2012

WHY BANGSAMORO, NOT FILIPINO?

By RRayhanR
 
 

Rajah Kulafu (Lapu-Lapu) who was sent by the Sultanate of Sulu to collect the tributes in Sugbu (Cebu) killed Magellan, the foreign invader from Spain who aimed to colonize what is now Philippines and Christianize the inhabitants. Up to now, the Christians remain the majority in the Philippines although many Christian Filipinos are now steadily reverting back to their original religion Islam. (Photo: taugamma.info)


THREAT OF FILIPINIZATION OR CHRISTIANIZATION UNDER PHILIPPINE COLONIALISM

 

Why is the Christian Philippine government imposing the sinister policy of Filipinization as a subterfuge for Christianization over the colonized Muslim and Animist native inhabitants of the Bangsamoro homeland of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan (MINSUPALA)?

 

Is the threat of Filipinization or Christianization under Philippine colonialism really endangering the mental and physical well-being of the Muslim and Indigenous peoples of Mindanao?

 

What is the morality of the Catholic Filipino nation in perpetuating Philippine colonialism in Mindanao that is causing the bloody Philippines-Bangsamoro war to linger on now for more than forty years, resulting in continuous destruction and humanitarian disaster devastation for the colonized Bangsamoro people?

Why are the Christian Filipino colonizers totally blind to the saddest truth that the Bangsamoro people of Mindanao can never be identified or considered a 'cursed' Filipino and never can become 'Pinoy' or 'Pinay' befitting a Catholic Spanish-born Filipino and a Christianized Indio-transformed-Filipino identity?

     Why can't the Catholic Filipino colonizers simply understand that the Bangsamoro people cannot tolerate living or surviving under pervasive contagious corruption, massive poverty, escalating hunger, dirty patronage and warlord politics, pork-barrel system, immoral night-life intensified by alcoholism, gambling centers and prostitution, and other social ills and societal vices introduced, encouraged and tolerated by the secular Philippine government?

 

Furthermore, can the Christian Filipino colonizers have the heart to adopt the alternative policy of peaceful decolonization or the 'two-nation theory', a truly tried peace formula, to finally end once and for all the destructive nagging Mindanao war? Why can't the Luzon-born Filipino colonizers instead institute lasting and durable peace in the war-torn colonized territory for the sake of the freedom and peace-loving Muslim and Animist natives and as well the Mindanaoan Christian settlers and offspring?

 

Moreover, why is the usual deceptive language of the colonial Filipino leaders and lawmakers, like 'dismemberment of the Filipino nation', 'rule of law' and 'respect for the Philippine constitution', have to become the unsound basis for solution to the  four decades-long Philippines-Bangsamoro war in Mindanao, negating or ignoring totally the historical truth that the colonized Bangsamoro people and Filipino-occupied Moro Nation never consented becoming a part or 'member' of the American-fabricated Philippine Republic on July 4, 1946, much less, the Aguinaldo-proclaimed 'Philippine Republic' in Cavite on June 12, 1898, thus, proving that this illogical line of reasoning rests on absolute falsity? 

 

Indeed, in clearly understanding the root cause of the Mindanao war, the above-mentioned startling inquiries, among others, need now to be candidly answered in order to envisage a comprehensive and substantial remedial formula to finally end the more than forty years human conflict in the colonized territory, answering also the question why the Bangsamoro people cannot be considered and identified as Filipinos.

 

 Primarily, what prompted the past Philippine Commonwealth regime Catholic leaders, like Manuel L. Quezon, Claro M. Recto, Elpidio Quirino and others, to have ill-conceived and shamelessly enacted the draconian 'Legislative Act No. 4197' otherwise known as the 'Quirino-Recto Colonization' to endanger the physical existence and mental balance of the Muslim and Animist natives of Mindanao? Is the ugly colonial scheme anchored on leading possibly to their ethnic cleansing or extinction right in their own land of birth?

Is the immoral imposition of Philippine colonialism in the Bangsamoro homeland of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan being sustained up to date by the oppressive policy of Filipinization or Christianization acceptable then and now to the native inhabitants of the Filipino-colonized territory?

 

HISTORICAL ASCENDANCY OF 'FILIPINOS', 'INDIOS' AND 'MOROS'

 

Historically, Philippine colonialism took ugly roots in Mindanao from the beginning of the Spanish invaders in 1521, using the castilian blade and doctrine of Christian Catholicism in forcing and deceiving the native inhabitants of Visayas and gradually Luzon and Mindanao, to abandon their freedom and indigenous religion, thus, serving solely the colonial interests of the foreign invaders.

 

Nonetheless, the Spanish conquerors, headed by Ferdinand Magellan, encountered stiff resistance from the Visayan natives under Rajah Kulafu ('Lapu-Lapu), who coincidentally was sent to Mactan by the Mindanao-based Sultan of Sulu in securing the tributary tax from the native Visayans being protectorate of the Sultanate of Sulu ('Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo later in 1798'). In the epic battle of Mactan, Rajah Lapu-Lapu killed Magellan, leading the Spanish marauders to hurriedly retreat back to Spain.

 

From 1540 to 1560, the second and third wave Spanish invaders pursued their colonial evangelical conquests, naming the occupied islands of Visayas (later to include Luzon) 'Islas del Felipe' ('Filipinas') in honour of the immoral and racial bigot King Philip II of Spain. The aggressive Spanish colonizers further succeeded in Christianizing the Animist natives in Luzon called 'Indios', who adopted in 1872 to be addressed 'Filipinos'. Originally, the so-called Filipinos were the Luzon-born sons and daughters of the Spanish soldiers and friars, who together with the Christianized native Indios consented to become subjects of King Philip II and simply colonial slaves of Spain for about three centuries.

 

Thus, on this context, the original Muslim settlers of Manila and their co-religionist Muslims in Mindanao can never be identified or considered 'Filipinos' similar to the Catholic Spanish children and Christianized Indios in Luzon and Visayas. It is initially recalled that the Spanish invaders found the big group of native settlers  under Rajah Matanda and Rajah Sulayman of Manila and Rajah Lakandula of Tondo to practice the same religion and culture similar to the 'Moors' or 'Maurus' of Mauretania of Iberian peninsula that conquered with Arab support and ruled Spain for 781 from July 19, 711 up to January 2, 1493. 

 

After more than three centuries of colonial campaigns by the Manila-based Spanish invaders, who also utilized the Christianized Indios-converted-Filipinos as servant foot-soldiers, and continued series war resistance by the Moro freedom fighters in Mindanao, it is quite surprising why the Spanish colonizers were able to deceive the American invaders in 1898 to purchase to the tune of $20,000,000 the unconquered Bangsamoro (Moro Nation) domain together with Cuba highlighted in history by the so-called Treaty of Paris. Be that as it may, the injustice most profound was perpetrated against the oppressed Bangsamoro people by foreign powers relying only in the 'law of the jungle' that 'might is right', thus, merely justifying the ugliness of piratical land-grabbing and colonial slavery.   

 

CONTINUITY OF BANGSAMORO FREEDOM STRUGGLE

 

However, under the imposed American colonial hegemony for forty five years, the Bangsamoro people of Mindanao continued their freedom struggle, registering in history the infamous Bud Dajo and Mount Bagsak massacres in Jolo island, including mercilessly killing in cold-blood women and children by American soldiers. The freedom struggle against American colonialism cum imperialism was also clearly noted in Lanao region with the series of 'cota wars' between the combined American-Filipino invaders and the courageous Muslim defenders.

 

Likewise, the Bangsamoro people also actively fought for their freedom against the short-lived five years conquest campaigns waged by the Japanese invaders in the 1940s. The imperial Japanese soldiers even registered their highest death mortality rate in Mindanao against the Moro freedom fighters, while the Filipinos surrendered easily in Luzon and Visayas, marking the infamous 'Fall of Bataan' and 'Fall of Corrigidor'. Yet, strangely today Filipinos celebrate this day of surrender as 'heroes day.'

 

After the end of World War II, the American government and the unscrupulous power-greedy Filipino politicians conspired in further colonizing and occupying Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan together with the Igorot homeland Cordillera  Region ('Mountain Province') under the manufactured 'Republic of the Philippines' ('Philippine Republic') on July 4, 1946.

 

However, the cruel conspiracy of naked injustice committed by the ugly American and Filipino politicians with the arbitrary and illegal incorporation of Mindanao into the 'fabricated Philippine State' has predictably led today to the disastrous genocidal Philippines-Bangsamoro war in Mindanao. Tragically, the Mindanao conflict has been dragging on for more than forty years now and, worse, it is certainly showcasing more killings and humanitarian disaster operations in the passing years and possibly in the coming years if not given concrete comprehensive solution.

 

Also tragically, it is observed that under the Philippine colonial rule, the leading Filipino colonizers, like Presidents Manuel L. Quezon, Sotero Laurel, Sergio Osmena, Sr., Manuel Roxas, Elpidio Qurino, Ramon Magsaysay, Carlos P. Garcia, Diosdado Macapagal, Ferdinand E. Marcos, Corazon C. Aquino, Fidel V. Ramos, Joseph Estrada and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who are proud being Christian adherents, have had always embraced and unleashed the ethnic cleansing policy of the total integration of the Muslim and Highlander natives of Filipino-occupied Mindanao into the Spanish-inspired and American-crafted Philippine socio-economic political and cultural system.

 

Thus, the colonial strategem is premised on the blind acceptance by the exploited Bangsamoro people of being called 'Filipinos' or any 'Pinoy-Pinoy' like 'kenkoy' label and presumably to sleep, think and act like them, following the Filipino psyche, 'look Asian, think Spanish and act American', which is truly outlandish and a prostituted cultural belief.

 

However, truth to tell, in the discerning eyes of the oppressed Bangsamoro people, the Philippine's bullish and oppressive integration initiative against them, exemplified by the defunct Commission on National Integration (CNI) and the 'pork-barrel-conscious' Philippine Congress-crafted National Commission of Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), a substitute of the employment agency model for 'Filipinism' beholden 'Muslims' that was the so-called Office of Muslims Affairs (OMA), is no different from the sinister but subtle process of filipinisation or Christianization colonial strategy. This is similarly patterned after the Spanish and American dirty land-grabbing tactic of the historical Moro Nation by shrewdly pushing for the extinction of the Bangsamoro people through assimilating them into the Christian Catholic Filipino nation to accepting, alas, hook, line and sinker the slavish Christian Filipino identity that is 'cursed from inception', according to Atty. Ely Velez Pamatong.

 

Nevertheless, it is now a foregone conclusion that how hard Philippine colonialism has undertaken its diabolical policy of Filipinizing or Christianizing the Muslim and Animist natives of Mindanao, it has to pay a dear price of executing a colonial war of extermination and genocide against the ethnic inhabitants of the colonized territory.

 

On the other hand, the continued freedom struggle of the Bangsamoro people against Philippine colonialism would only prove that they cannot accept being Filipinized or Christianized like the native Indios of Luzon in the past. The simple reason is that they have their own unique religion and distinct rich historic-civilization and cultural heritage, having established their own independent and sovereign nation since 1450 far advance ahead for more than 400 years from the fabrication of the Christian Philippine Republic only in 1946 courtesy of American-Filipino conspiracy.

 

Thus, within a Catholic Filipino nation, is genocidal war as typified by the Spanish, American and Japanese invasion of peaceful communities in the past the only lasting legacy that the Philippine leadership can proudly offer the next Filipino and Bangsamoro generations and also towards any objective historical research and study in the future?

 

Why can't a Christian Philippine Republic altogether abandon the ugliness and destruction of war disasters and mass suffering of the colonised freedom-conscious people to finally bring 'just and lasting peace' to the Muslim and Indigenous Peoples as well as the Christian settlers and descendants of war-ravaged Mindanao?

 

Hence, on the moral side of history, is it possible today for the Catholic Filipino colonizers, particularly the 'straight-path' conscious Philippine leadership under President Benigno S. Aquino III to pursue not anymore the exploitative policy of Christianization disguised as Filipinization or integration, but instead adopt the morally sound policy of peaceful 'two-state formula' or decolonization to finally put closure to the Philippines-Bangsamoro war in Mindanao so as to guarantee permanent harmonious co-existence amongst the Christians, Muslims and Animists of the distinctly and historically separated islands of Mindanao, Visayas and Luzon?

 

Clearly now, does President Nonoy Aquino, the son of the foremost Filipino national hero and martyr, Senator Benigno 'Ninoy' Aquino, Jr., who openly recognized the national self-determination of the colonized Bangsamoro people of Mindanao, have the true Christian heart to right the historical wrong committed by the Filipino politicians in the past for ill-envisioning the tragic Mindanao war today due to colonial arrogance for economic greed and political power?

 

If truly possessive of a pure Catholic heart, is it possible for P-Noy to amend the gross injustice done against the freedom-loving Muslim and Animist native inhabitants of Filipino-colonized Mindanao?

 

Finally, as said by the well-known Indian scholar and thinker, Sayyid Abul A'la Maududi, who helped in conceiving the 'two-nation theory' leading to the peaceful solution of the civil war between the Hindus and Muslims of India: 

 

"A leadership which rests in sin and transgression, in arrogance and trickery, can never win the hearts of people, the most it can do is to take them into outward obedience."

 

Such indeed is the tragic case today of the Luzon-based Filipino colonizers and the colonized Bangsamoro people of Mindanao. But, in the final analysis, both the colonizers and colonized need permanent peace to achieve full development and bountiful prosperity, like the rest of the Asian nations, not continued war being fueled by rabid Philippine colonialism. -rrr/bfs

 

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