BANGSAMORO YOUTH CORNER
09 November 2012
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
THREAT OF FILIPINIZATION OR
CHRISTIANIZATION UNDER PHILIPPINE
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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.