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EDITORIAL
01 November 2011

BANGSAMORO HISTORICAL NOTES

 WHY DID QUEZON COMMONWEALTH REGIME DESIGN ECLIPSING BANGSAMORO SULTANATE?

INTRODUCING INJUSTICE AGAINST THE BANGSAMORO PEOPLE 

     "The time has come when we should systematically proceed and bring about the colonization and economic development of Mindanao. A vast and rich territory with its untapped natural resources is a temptation of enterprising nations that are looking for their excess population...if, therefore, we are resolved to conserve Mindanao for ourselves and posterity, we must bend all our efforts to occupy and develop it and guard it against avarice and greed. Its colonization  and development will mean increased national wealth and greater national security...their provinces and Luzon and Visayas that are already populated..." (Peter G. Gowing, 1979)
    

Thus, proclaimed shamelessly by President Manuel L. Quezon of the Philippine Commonwealth regime to the National Assembly in 1935. Out of megalomaniac, political and economic greed, he planted the thorny seeds of restiveness and turmoil leading to the beginning of the colonization and occupation of the Bangsamoro homeland of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan (MINSUPALA). The colonial declaration was callously translated into draconian law on February 12, 1935 when the Commonwealth government enacted Legislative Act No. 4197 otherwise known as the Quirino-Recto Colonization Act. In conspiracy with the American colonizers, who established the Philippine Commonwealth government to train their colonial Christian Filipino protegees in the art of governance, the 'formal' colonization and occupation of MINSUPALA was enacted in July 4, 1946 with the fabrication of the 'Philippine Republic'. The newly-installed republic arbitrarily incorporated the Bangsamoro homeland of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan, and also Mountain Province (Igorot Cordillera Region) without any slightest democratic protocol in terms of public consultation, referendum or plebiscite.

Thus, seven decades later, conscious of the gross injustice committed by the Quezon Commonwealth regime, the great grandson, Manuel L. Quezon III, writing in Philippine Daily Inquirer issue of March 3, 2005, commented: 
    "Hence, the conviction of the leaders in the 1930s that the Muslims had to be dealt with firmly, if the interests of the nation they were building were to prevail. This was, at best, a confrontational attitude - "us" against "them". The Muslims were viewed as half-savage children who needed firm disciplining and tutelage - concepts which were used to irritate Filipino leaders when they had begun to agitate for autonomy."

"The end result can all the more be seen as internal colonialism. Flooding Mindanao with Christian settlers - the way Americans flooded the Midwest in the United States - became one of the most effective ways of ensuring the island would remain in the republic."

 In contemporary period, the colossal injustice perpetrated by the American and Filipino colonizers resulted now to the decades-long Filipino-Moro war in Mindanao that already registered more than 200,000 precious human and countless materials losses. Worse, until now, the human and material count is continuously growing because the rabid Filipino colonizers have to justify the perpetuation of the draconian law established in the 1930s. Philippine colonialism considers it more justified prolonging the Mindanao war to kill more Muslim freedom fighters than to end the hostilities for the sake of just and total peace in the war-torn region.

In contemporary period, the colossal injustice perpetrated by the American and Filipino colonizers resulted now to the decades-long Filipino-Moro war in Mindanao that already registered more than 200,000 precious human and countless materials losses.

Worse, until now, the human and material count is continuously growing because the rabid Filipino colonizers have to justify the perpetuation of the draconian law established in the 1930s. Philippine colonialism considers it

DECLARATION OF PHILIPPINE COLONIALISM OVER BANGSAMORO HOMELAND IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY: President Manuel L. Quezon of the Philippine Commonwealth regime proclaimed the colonization and occupation of the Bangsamoro homeland of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan (MINSUPALA) to the Christian Filipino members of the National Assembly  in June 16, 1935. The declaration of Philippine colonialism over Bangsamoro homeland MINSUPALA gave justification to the government enacted Legislative Act No. 4197 in February 12, 1935 otherwise known as the Quirino-Recto Colonization Act. The draconian law that planted the seeds of colonialism in Mindanao and satellite islands led to the catastrophic Filipino-Moro war in contemporary history.


Sultan Jamal ul-Azam of the Sulu Sultanate interviewing French Visitors in the late 1800s when the Bangsamoros were free and sovereign.
-- J. Montano, Voyage aux Philippines et en Malaisie (Paris, 1886)


SULTAN OF SULU AND NORTH BORNEO ONBOARD SHIP TO VISIT NEW YORK, USA: (L-R 3rd) Sultan Jamalul Kiram II of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo (SSNB) visited New York, United States of America, in October, 1910. He was accompanied by five prominent members of the Sultanate Ruma Bitshara (House of Parliament) and an American friend-interpreter. The SSNB Sultan and his entourage also took the occasion to visit other American cities to discuss the affairs of the Sulu Sultanate with different US government officials and other American close friends and associates.


more justified prolonging the Mindanao war to kill more Muslim freedom fighters than to end the hostilities for the sake of just and total peace in the war-torn region.

On this sad note, the words of a conscious brilliant Filipino, Prof. Randy David, come to mind:
     "The arrogant voices that call for total war are typically the ones who do not know that the Philippines state has never effectively established itself in Muslim Mindanao. They remain ignorant of historic injustices that have been committed against the Moro people. They see only death of Filipino soldiers, not the pain of people who have been stripped of  their lands." 

INJUSTICE AGAINST THE MINDANAO SULTANATE

     After colonizing and occupying the Bangsamoro homeland in 1935, the Quezon Commonwealth regime pursued its colonial injustice against the Muslims of Bangsamoro (Moro Nation). Injecting bogus legitimacy to the Philippine Commonwealth government in administering MINSUPALA starting in the 1930s, President Quezon shrewdly designed to eclipse the sovereignty and independence of the existing Sultanate government of Mindanao and Sulu, which initially was established way back around 1450. This was the Sultanate of Sulu, which was formed and governed by Sayid Abu Bakar, who was distinctly known in global history as "Paduka Mahasari Maulana Sultan Shariful Hashim." The first organized government Sultanate of Sulu was expanded to Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo (SSNB) in 1704, comprising the territory now known as 'Sabah' gifted by the Sultanate of Brunei to the Sulu Sultanate. In the 16th century, the Sultanate of Maquindanao under Sharif Mohammad Kabungsuwan, Sultanate of Buayan under the Rajahs and the apat na pangampong under the Ranao (Lanao) Datus were established in mainland Mindanao. 

     Significantly, altogether the Islamic Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo, Sultanate of Maguindanao, Sultanate of Buayan and Lanao apat na pangampong district rule in Mindanao functioned vibrantly as a sovereign powerful government in Asia. 

     By forcibly implanting the Philippine Commonwealth government through colonization, President Quezon and gang schemed to abolish the Bangsamoro Sultanate Government by declaring null and void the authority, power and influence of the governing Sultanate Rulers of Mindanao, utilizing the sinister twin colonial strategy of 'divide-conquer-rule' and 'cooptation and accommodation.' While undermining the Mindanao Sultanate sovereignty, the Commonwealth regime selectively invited the prominent advisers and officials of the respected leaders of the Sultanate government to be become "senators" and other official functionaries beholden to the ruling Filipino colonizers in Manila, erasing the power, authority and influence in subtle manner the known prestigious ethnic title "Sultan", "Datu", "Panglimah", and others.

     On this end, the colonial strategy of the Philippine Commonwealth regime was to duplicate the Spanish colonizers' policy of "Christianization" with it's own policy of "Filipinization" to win over and to integrate or assimilate the Muslim and non-Muslim native inhabitants of Mindanao into the fold of Philippine colonialism. This was coupled with the imposition of "Filipino" identity upon the Bangsamoro people, demanding the promotion of "one nation, one flag and one race" ideology, so to speak. Unconscious of historical truth, the Filipino colonizers may have forgotten that the Muslims or Moros of Mindanao have always been conscious enough to know that the so-called Filipinos are the Christian Catholic children of the Spanish colonizers born in Luzon. And the Christianized native Indios, who adopted to be called "Filipinos" in 1872 during the mutiny period of the Indio priests, Fathers Gomez, Burgos and Zamora, were subjects of the immoral King Philip II of Spain and colonial slaves of the Spanish colonizers. Whereas, the Bangsamoro people of Mindanao always held their Islamic identity sacred and never surrendered to the Catholic Spanish invaders, but fought them to the very end of their colonization campaigns in Mindanao.

     Subsequently, the Bangsamoro people again fought and never surrendered to the colonial American and Japanese invaders. Similar to the current situation, although seemingly colonized by the Filipinos, the Moros again have to continue their struggle for freedom and emancipation from the scourge of Philippine colonialism.

     Until today, thus, no matter how hard Philippine colonialism push forward its filipinization program, introducing different agencies, like Commission on National Integration (CNI),Office of Muslim Affairs (OMA),  Southern Philippines Development Authority (SPDA), Commission of Muslim Filipinos (CMF), Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), etc., the Bangsamoro people would always discern the superficiality and awkwardness of these colonial crumbs. 

     Undeniably, the historical passing turbulent events have only shown that the Bangsamoro people look at Philippine colonialism similar to the Spanish, American and Japanese colonizers whose greed for economic wealth, political power and false grandeur have only brought violence and turmoil to their ancestral homeland Mindanao. Like their colonial predecessors, the Filipino colonizers today in the eyes of the colonized Bangsamoro people can never be trusted to help shape their definite destiny embodying the true Islamic character of their martyred forebears in valiant defense of religion, homeland and freedom. 

     In the final analysis, there is nothing that Philippine colonialism can offer the Bangsamoro people to convince them not to form their own free Islamic governance, including the rehabilitation of the Mindanao Sultanate government that the Philippine Commonwealth regime immorally intended to extinct, but now proving in vain. -  osm/mnlfnet.com    

   

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