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25 September 2011


By R. Rayhan R.


It is quite strange that the Philippine media, advocating for freedom of speech and boasting of objectivity in gathering news data , have failed to live up to its projected image when it comes to the Bangsamoro issue. This is even given credence by the words of a noted Muslim lawyer, who in the past had served in the Philippine government service for all its worth. A former Commissioner of the Commission on Election (COMELEC), Atty. Mehol K. Sadain, sadly commented:

"Sad to say, save for some who have immersed themselves in Mindanao, Philippine media is myopic when it comes to Moro issues. It has not transcended the limitations of the colonial perspective; nor has it recognized the historical rectifications necessary for social pluralism. Some of our national leaders do not fare better."

Simply said, the Philippine media have only been reduced into a colonial mouthpiece of the Manila government since the time the Philippine Republic was manufactured in 1946 through the collusion of the Filipino and American colonizers. Since then until now, the Philippine media have always pride itself being a parrot of the rabid Filipino colonizers, who are hell-bent continuing the colonization and occupation of the Bangsamoro homeland of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan (MINSUPALA) even at the expense of the decades-long Filipino-Moro war in Mindanao.

Thus, on this strange political development, the colonized Bangsamoro people and surely the peaceful global humanity are tempted to ask: "Why is the Philippine media all out for Mindanao war, not for Mindanao peace? Since the time the Bangsamoro people's liberation struggle broke out in the 1960s under the murderous Marcos regime, the Philippine media had been willingly used by the political animals in Malacanang to belittle the Bangsamoro freedom fighters and discredit the liberation struggle of the colonized natives of Mindanao. At a crucial time when there was hope for Mindanao peace to be established courtesy of the historical 1976 Tripoli Agreement, the Philippine media conspired with Dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos to denigrate the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). Yet, the MNLF already abandoned independence for autonomy for the sake of Mindanao peace. As vividly recalled, the non-implementation of the historical Tripoli Peace Agreement resulted in the resumption of the Filipino-Moro war in Mindanao, resulting in more untold killings and  countless material losses. Clearly, this was through the presidential foolishness of Dictator Marcos encouraged by the Philippine media, leading eventually to the political collapse of the Martial Law regime.

Today, Philippine colonialism is still adamant to put closure to the Filipino-Moro war in Mindanao for the simple reason it is deceived by its colonial illusion that it can end the social crisis by fooling the Bangsamoro people and global humanity to accept its prescribed redundant failed formula in achieving Mindanao peace. This is based on military solution and repeated superficial development projects that always end in stark failure. Also on this end, the Philippine media is now trumpeting the colonial design of the Manila government, including criticizing the US government for actively participating in the peace process for showing positive role to achieving just and lasting peace in Mindanao.

Recently, when some rabid Filipino colonizers in government lambasted the role of America for showing concern to end the Filipino-Moro war in Mindanao as "interfering in Philippine internal affairs", the Philippine media lost no time highlighting the reason as only promoting America's strategic interest in Moroland and harping on other anti-American sentiments, reasoning out that the US government have no business to help end the Mindanao war. In simple analysis, does this mean therefore that the Philippine media similarly with the Manila government do not want to end peacefully the decades-long Mindanao war? Is it the interest of Philippine media conspiring with the Filipino colonizers in government to prolong the Mindanao war to kill or, alas, to wipe out the native Muslims just to perpetuate Philippine colonialism in Mindanao?

Although it cannot be denied in Philippine and Bangsamoro history that the U.S. government helped establish Philippine colonialism in the Bangsamoro homeland MINSUPALA, but surely the American government now cannot be faulted if it has shown positive sign in rectifying the injustice done to the colonized native inhabitants of war-torn Mindanao. Why? Is it now a blunder for America to amend the historical injustice inflicted against the oppressed Bangsamoro people by projecting a positive peaceful attitude to put closure to the Filipino-Moro in war-ravaged Mindanao?

In Dakar, Senegal, June 17, 1998, Chairman Nur Misuari of the Moro National Liberation Front amidst the presence of the Senegal President and prominent officials of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESC)) praised the strategic role of all recipients of the "Felix Houphout-Boigny Peace Prize" awarded by UNESCO to the global peacemakers, including former US President Jimmy Carter, President Fidel V. Ramos, King Carlos of Spain and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat. A recipient of the prestigious peace prize award himself, the MNLF Chairman glowingly showed appreciation to the UN and U.S. government in their collaborative efforts to Mindanao peace. In like manner, the martyred Chairman Ustaj Salamat Hashim of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) should have been credited for showing visionary wisdom for personally writing President George W. Bush to help solve the Filipino-Moro war in Mindanao. Today, the Moro youth of Mindanao under the banner of the Bangsamoro Freedom Solidarity (BFS) have taken the liberty of writing twice President Barack Hussein Obama to help end the Mindanao war.

On this far-reaching development surrounding the Bangsamoro Question, it is expected that both Philippine colonialism and Philippine media should brace themselves to the objective reawakening that they don't have the monopoly of moral truth. As much as both want to prolong the Filipino-Moro war in Mindanao to give the excuse and leverage to kill more Muslims or to wipe out the Bangsamoro freedom fighters in order to perpetuate Philippine colonialism in Mindanao, this genocidal extermination policy is not helping the Manila government because peace now is more precious and acceptable by the peaceful humanity than the scourge of war. 

Thus, the observation of the MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari on the Philippine media should give the Filipino practitioners a clear food for thought by pondering well on the following words:

"For what we often come across in the Philippine media is the thoughtless and rather myopic proposition to re-divide and fragment the Bangsamoro homeland and sow the seeds of more colonial campaigns and wars of repression and mass extermination and genocide, as happened with the lawful usurpation on July 4, 1946 of our free, sovereign and independent national homeland of Mindanao and Sulu and their historic and integrated territories and islands to the newly freed and independent Philippines."

In the last final analysis, is the Philippine media capable to teach Philippine colonialism not to practice hatred and war, but instead peace and harmony for the people of war-torn Mindanao?  - mnlfnet.com     



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