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18 December 2011


By R. Rayhan R.

 The tragic demise of the late Senator Benigno 'Ninoy' Aquino, Jr., thanks and no thanks to the dreadful Marcos Dictatorship, was shared by both the Filipino and Bangsamoro masses as a great loss. While the notorious President/Dictator Ferdinand Marcos figured in the brutal suppression of the fundamental human rights of the battered Filipinos and the genocidal extermination of the Muslims of the Bangsamoro homeland of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan (MINSUPALA), Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. symbolized a democratic icon to the Filipino society. He also batted for the self-determination of the oppressed and colonized Bangsamoro people based on justice, peace and freedom.


 Challenging the injustice rule of Dictator Marcos over the Bangsamoro people of Mindanao, Ninoy Aquino countered with a clear vision to bring justice, peace and full development to war-torn Mindanao. Undeniably, the catastrophic turmoil in Mindanao was brought about by Marcosian megalomaniac greed for wealth, power and false pride. History glaringly informed the peaceful humanity worldwide that the Mindanao war, starting in the 1960s, was introduced, stirred and inflamed by the Marcos regime to preserve itself in power, including the perpetuation of Philippine colonialism in the Bangsamoro homeland MINSUPALA through genocidal extermination war. Clearly, unmasked by the Jabidah massacre, this also involved the invasion and annexation of Sabah (North Borneo) by the Marcos regime, justifying the disputed territory as a historical demographic part of the sovereignty of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo (SSNB) under the Sultan of Sulu. It is recorded in history that the Sulu Sultanate sovereignty was usurped arbitrarily by the Quezon Commonwealth regime in 1936, declaring forcibly null and void the power and influence of the ruling Sultan and Datus in Bangsamoro homeland MINSUPALA.


Subsequently later in 1946, the callous Filipino politicians, headed by Manuel Quezon, Sergio Osmena, Sr., Manuel Roxas, Claro Recto and others, conspired with the American colonizers to land-grab the Bangsamoro homeland of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan and the Mountain Province (Igorot-Cordillera Region) to be incorporated to the newly-established 'Philippine Republic'. Originally, the so-called Philippine Republic  was composed only of Luzon and Visayan islands under President General Emilio Aguinaldo.


Thus, conscious of the historical antecedents regarding the colonized Bangsamoro people, Ninoy Aquino wanted to right the wrong related to the injustice done by both the American and Filipino colonizers, who implanted the ugly seeds that later caused the devastating Mindanao war introduced by Dictator Marcos.

Philippine National Hero & former Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr.: His gentle heart was opened to the national self-determination of the Bangsamoro people and their ancestral homeland.

Philippine Pres. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III: Can he realize the vision and legacy of Mindanao peace that his father wanted to enshrine for the sake of total justice and harmony? 




What could be the legacy of Ninoy Aquino to guarantee peace and prosperity for now war-ravaged Mindanao? How did the peace vision evolve during his pre-martyrdom days? 


Similarly, like former Vice-President Emmanuel Pelaez, who was assassinated nearly to death by hired henchmen of Marcos Dictatorship in the 1970s, and some Supreme Court Associate Justices voting 'yes' in declaring the initialed GRP-MILF Peace Agreement (MOA-Comprehensive Compact) 'unconstitutional' last year, thus, forestalling total Mindanao peace according to some learned conscious analysts, the foremost Philippine national hero Ninoy Aquino was all heart for the comprehensive solution to the centuries-long Mindanao conflict.


While living in exile in the United States, he tirelessly labored to seek dialogue with Bangsamoro leaders based in the Middle East. He traveled to Damascus, Syria, to meet personally MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari and other leaders to bridge the gap of finding a positive solution to the raging Filipino-Moro war in Mindanao. Further, he journeyed to Saudi Arabia to arrange the reconciliation of Bangsamoro revolutionary leaders in order to forge a united front against Philippine colonialism under the Marcos regime. 


Cognizant of the value of freedom, Ninoy Aquino delivered a lecture at the Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah on March 12, 1981, stating:

"I have come all the way from Boston precisely to urge our brothers especially the Moro National Liberation Front under Chairman Nur Misuari and the Bangsamoro Liberation Organization most probably to start their unify effort so that one Muslim nation they will be able to present a more formidable force with any negotiation with the present government. This evening, I would like to announce to you that the MNLF under Chairman Nur Misuari and BMLO under Sultan Haroun Al-Rashid Lucman have finally joined forces and together they will continue the struggle for freedom of our Muslim brothers in the Southern Philippines."


In the same lecture, Ninoy Aquino also recommended possible solutions to solve the Mindanao war in order that the Bangsamoro people can live in peace and harmony among themselves and with their neighbors. Truly conscious of Filipino and Bangsamoro history, his gentle heart was opened to the national self-determination of the Bangsamoro people and their ancestral homeland . This is stated in his aide-memoire given to the MNLF Chairman and the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) in the Middle East.


Aptly said, the vision of a lasting and durable Mindanao peace could have been realized as a legacy of Ninoy Aquino to both the Filipinos and Moros had he succeeded with his mission in coming back to the Philippines to heal the wounds of political hatred, vengeance and war perpetrated by Marcos Dictatorship. But one assassin bullet ended it all in the airport tarmac, thus, prolonging until now the Filipino-Moro war in Mindanao.


Today, his son, Benigno 'Nonoy' Aquino III or simply P-Noy, is given the opportunity to realize the vision and legacy of Mindanao peace that his father wanted to enshrine for the sake of total justice and harmony. Given now the occasion to rectify the injustice done by the elder Filipino politicians against the colonised Bangsamoro people that his mother - former President Corazon Aquino - failed to accomplish for unknown reason, how can P-Noy translate to reality the vision and legacy of his legendary heroic father  to ensure permanent peace in Mindanao.


Does P-Noy have his father's heart to put closure to the Filipino-Moro war in Mindanao? Does P-Noy share the vision and legacy of his great father in visualizing permanent peace and harmony for the Muslim and Highlander natives as well as the Christian settlers of Mindanao?


What is the true color of his initial cry for "all-out peace" that has transformed into "all-out justice"? What can the stakeholders to Mindanao peace expect from the present Aquino government? Is it true vision of peace as characterized by the national hero Ninoy Aquino? Is it a legacy of continued war being the trademark of Spanish, American, Japanese and Filipino colonialism that only brought untold suffering to the oppressed Bangsamoro people of Mindanao?


On this note, the Bangsamoro youth can only wait and pray for peace and freedom as they closely watch the unfolding events revolving around the three revolutionary fronts - MNLF, MILF and BIFM - spearheading the struggle for national self-determination of the colonised Bangsamoro people! -rrr,bfs





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