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3 March 2015



To: President Barack Hussein Obama

From: Mindanao Tri-People (Muslim, Animist Lumad and Christian)


In all humility and candidness, the Tri-People of Mindanao (Muslim, Animist Lumad and Christian) have taken today the boldest step yet to call on President Barack Hussein Obama of the United States of America (USA). The colonized victims wish him to answer the years-long lingering puzzlement gripping the hearts and minds of the oppressed Bangsamoro people of Mindanao.  

Why is the U.S. government patronizing injustice and “war of genocide” in the Filipino-colonized Bangsamoro homeland of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan (MINSUPALA)?

Why is today the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize recipient American President so insensitive and silent to help bring peace to Mindanao under Philippine colonialism caused directly in the past by the U.S. government?

Since the time when America-established Philippine Commonwealth government under President Manuel L. Quezon continued the colonization of Moroland with the enactment of the unjust National Assembly Legislative Act No. 4197 of February 12, 1935 otherwise known the Quirino-Recto Colonization Act, the suffering and misery of the native inhabitants of the occupied territory had not only dwindled. It had more worsened. The land-grabbing law has the more tremendously led to the miserable and chronic condition of the colonized victims. Alas, it has continued to this very day. Mindanao has become sort of a Calvary and “killing fields” after Cambodia because the Filipino-Moro war is now the longest blood-letting tragedy in contemporary global history.

The role of U.S. government in planting the seed of Mindanao war and until now tolerating the ugly consequences cannot just be discounted. It cannot just be easily ignored by the gung-ho statement ‘let’s move forward’ without any moral accountability and humane amendment.  The socio-economic

political injustice inflicted on the Indigenous Peoples of Mindanao was clearly described by the Bangsamoro educator Dr. Macapado A. Muslim, who cited:

“The primary greed in the U.S. occupation of the Philippines, including Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan, is crystal clear in the remarks of Senator Albert Beveridge in a speech to a Bostonian audience.”

        "We must obey our blood and occupy new markets, and if necessary, new lands…To exploit the riches of Mindanao and Sulu would acquire the effective incorporation of Moroland into the orbit of U.S. control. Hence, acquisition of them by virtue of the Treaty of Paris must be made real. And since the desired economic exploitation of Moroland would have to be at the expense of the Moros and other indigenous inhabitants of Mindanao, and expecting that the Moros would most likely give a fight as they did the Spaniards, then the United States had to use its military might. The Moros had to be forced to pave the way for the realization of the economic interests of Uncle Sam in their homeland. And some excuse had to be made to legitimize the whole scale use of force against the Moros whose only interest was survival and freedom.”

Thus with brutish force and “military might” the U.S. government passionately embraced injustice and war conquest in curtailing the basic freedom of the native inhabitants of Mindanao. America has until today supported the Christian Filipino colonizers of Luzon in trampling the inalienable rights of the Tri-People of Mindanao to their God-given freedom, peace, development and bright future.

The continued unfreedom and colonial slavery of the Mindanao Tri-People was even bewailed in 1975 by Chairman Reuben R. Canoy of the Mindanao Independence Movement (MIM). He emphasized:

 “With the inauguration of the Commonwealth in 1935 and the attainment of full Philippine independence in 1946, It was assumed that the Mindanao policies instituted by past colonial regimes would be scrapped…To the dismay of the Mindanaoans, the Manila government turned out to be a worse colonizer.”   

     “…To be sure, the Mindanaoans hate war. They have seen too much of it under the Spanish, American, Japanese and Filipino colonizers…The Manila government would be committing a serious blunder if it smugly dismisses the mounting unrest in Mindanao as a child’s tantrum that can be assuaged only by a few sticks of candy, such as the promise of more funds in the next budget, a portfolio or two in the cabinet, or the semblance of autonomy for a few provinces. These occasional sops will no longer do, for the Mindanaoans have come of age…For both Muslims and Christian settlers, ultimate justice is regaining lost independence and self-determination, the basic human rights to decide their own future, whether together or separately.”

It is recalled that the gruesome injustice inflicted on the colonized victims by America continued with the immoral annexation of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan into the so-called Philippine Republic created by the U.S. government on July 4, 1946. This was only to continue the full scale plunder and exploitation of the natural wealth of Mindanao. And to prolong the crime against humanity designed by the U.S. government to erase into extinction the Moros “whose only interest was survival and freedom.”

Approximately only five years after the gross injustice done by America in aiding the unscrupulous Filipino politicians to illegally incorporate Moroland

into the Philippine Republic, the Filipino-Moro war in Mindanao erupted. This started with the revolt of the Moro masses in Lanao led by Datu Abdulmajid Panoniongan and Datu Tawantawan as well as in Jolo Island spearheaded by Maas Kamlon. The armed struggle in Sulu led by Maas Kamlon and assisted by both Alibbun and Biting wiped out the Korea war veteran Philippine military “Nenita unit” troops dispatched to Jolo to fight the Moro warriors. The 5-year revolt only ended when the native freedom fighter was tricked by the Philippine government in conspiracy with a local beholden leader. He was ensnared by empty promises to peacefully surrender, but was treacherously jailed. He was later pardoned out of old age by President/Dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos.

In 1961, Sultan Ombra Amilbangsa, a member of the Philippine legislature and, himself, a descendant of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo (SSNB, introduced House Bill No. 5682 which called for the reestablishment of Sulu Archipelago as an independent sovereign nation. The bill was outright rejected by the overwhelming Christian majority Filipino Congress. This was diabolically to continue the colonization of the occupied territory.

However, the Bangsamoro people’s armed revolution for freedom and self-determination continued in the 1960s under the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) headed by Chairman Prof. Nur Misuari and Foreign Minister Ustaj Salamat Hashim. The MNLF-launched freedom struggle has continued to this day under the leadership of Misuari-led mainstream MNLF and other splintered groups, like the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM) under Ustaj Umra Amiril Katu and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) under then martyred Ustaj Salamat Hashim.

Indeed the Bangsamoro people have only to continue their freedom struggle against the Spanish, American, Japanese and Filipino colonizers, who have only demonstrated greed and inhumanity to patronize injustice and war against the native inhabitants of Mindanao.

On the “U.S. government adventurism in Mindanao,” the American historian Peter G. Gowing in 1981 commented:

“The U.S. government adventurism even led a conscious American official J. Ralston Hayden, in commenting, ‘the humanism of the American administrators, to which the Moros had responded, was curiously absent when this sorry betrayal of trust was declared upon.’

            “J. Ralston Hayden reported in 1928 that the condition in Moroland was ‘unsatisfactory’ after 1920 because several Moros had been killed by combined American and Filipino soldiers. He cited: Yet unrest, intrigue and frequent armed clashes occurred in Moroland after 1920.”

            “…Since 1921, several hundred Moros had been killed in guerilla warfare with the authorities. The Philippine Constabulary, wrote Hayden, sometimes acted like a hostile occupation army.”

            “…Hayden believed that one chief cause of this retrogression in the character of the Moro-Christian relation was the actual abuse of power by individual Christian Filipino officials in Moroland. Serious abuses against the persons and property of the Moros were committed by some officials, constabulary troops and school teachers. School girls have been violated; datus have been beaten and robbed; Moros have been ‘done’ out of land which they considered incontestably theirs; official positions have been used to punish enemies and reward friends. The abuses of a minority of Christian Filipino officials outraged the Moros and had a baneful effect on Moro-Christian Filipino relations.”

            “…It is difficult to dispute Hayden’s 1928 conclusion that “although their country urgently needs the wealth which could be produced in Mindanao and Sulu, (the Christian Filipinos) are not yet ready to handle the Moros alone.”

On the actual American-Moro war in Mindanao, the Asian researcher W. K. Che Man in 1990 chronicled the events. He wrote:

“The transfer of sovereignty over Moroland from Spain to the United States did not render the Moros less vigorous in their resistance to colonialism. Thousands of them fought and died resisting the American policy of incorporating their homeland into the Philippine state.”

He chronicled the accounts of war in the different areas of Moroland from 1901 up to 1941. He cited the battles between the Tausug freedom fighters, like Panglima Hassan, Datu Usap, Datu Pala, Datu Sahipa, Naqib Amil and Datu Tahil, against the American invaders in Sulu.

He also chronicled the American-Moro war events in mainland Mindanao, including the May 1902 “Battle of Bayan” in Lanao led by the Maranao Sultan of Bayan, Sultan of Pandapatan and Datu of Binadayan. The initial battle of resistance against American colonialism led to other revolts led by Datu Tungul and the Sultan of both Ganduli and Tanagan. The Moros of Lanao fought also the Filipino invaders from 1935 up to 1941 in the series of “cota war” until the arrival of the Japanese colonizers.

He further cited the American-Moro war in Cotabato led by Datu Ambang in Kidapawan starting in 1917 that led to other resistance in other places in Cotabato.

 In summation, W.K. Che Man described the liberation struggle of the Bangsamoro people against the American colonizers clearly in his own words:

“In sum, the armed resistance movements that occurred during the American regime, ranging from full-scale battles to minor incidents, were motivated by the presence of the American and Filipino Christians who were considered a threat to the position of Islam and the interests of the Muslims."

 It is noted in history that the two most brutal war events recorded during the American colonization of Moroland were the Bud Daho and Bud Bagsak battles in Jolo Island.

According to independent source, the Bud Daho battle was literally a “massacre.” It only showed the brutality of the American soldiers in repeating the home- grown cliché that “a good Indian is a dead Indian.” In the colonial reign of American and Filipino occupation of Moroland, this earned the local version that “a good Moro is a dead Moro.”

Indeed, the 1906 Bud Daho battle explicitly described the brutal campaigns of the U.S. government against the Muslim natives of Sulu. The clearest violation of human rights and deprivation of the basic freedom of the Moros was even protested by a conscious American writer in 1910. He consciously came out with a personal journal thesis that read:

 "Reflection on the ‘Battle of Bud Daho,’ Jolo, Sulu, March 1906, Mark Twain in Protest 07 (1910).”

 "A tribe of Moros, dark skinned savages, had fortified themselves in the bowl of an extinct crater not many miles from Jolo, and they were hostile and bitter against us because we have been trying for eight years to take their liberties away from them…General Wood’s order had been to kill or capture those savages…The enemy numbered six hundred – including women and children – and we abolished them utterly, leaving not even a baby alive to

cry for his dead mother. –Mark Twain, Grief and Mourning for the Night."

Backdrop by this dark pages in history brought about by injustice and war of conquest exhibited by the U.S. government to bring chaos and catastrophe to Moroland, how can President Barack Hussein Obama help to right the wrong committed against the colonized victims?

Truth to tell, it cannot be denied that America has committed “two monumental crimes” in global history.  The despicable atrocities included the series of massacres against the American natives (aboriginal Indians) in land-grabbing their ancestral homeland and the slavery of the African Americans. The slavery of the Africans ended only in America with the providential advent of the presidency of Abraham Lincoln.

By divine will, the U.S. government has given justice to right the grievous injustice done against the American natives and African Africans. Today, they may be at peace with themselves and the U.S. government which is even led by one of the brightest and dynamic sons of African Americans. But, sad to say, the U.S. government has still to right the wrong committed against the Filipino-colonized Tri-People of Mindanao.

Thus, on the tragic case of the Bangsamoro Question that even the 57-nation of Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) is trying hard to find a comprehensive solution, how can then President Obama help to solve the decades-long Filipino-Moro war in Mindanao caused inadvertently by the U.S. government?

Since the forging of the GRP-OIC-MNLF Tripoli Peace Agreement in 1976, the Jeddah Accord in 1987 and the 1996 MNLF-OIC-GRP Jakarta Peace Agreements, the Philippine government has had betrayed Mindanao peace thrice. The Filipino colonizers have only resulted to unilaterally implement the peace agreements instead of comprehensively implementing in letter and spirit the binding international agreements.

The Filipino colonialist leaders have had premised the unilateral implementation based on “rule of law” and “Philippine sovereignty” to legalize and justify the immoral land-grabbing of Moroland. The Filipino colonizers today proudly proclaim the usage of “plebiscite” or “referendum” in the creation of Philippine version autonomy in Mindanao. Yet, there was never any elementary courtesy of consultation (“plebiscite” or “referendum”) in the illegal incorporation of the Bangsamoro ancestral domain into America-created Philippine Commonwealth government and Philippine Republic. The so-called “rule of law” used by the shameless Filipino colonialist lawmakers was only based on the “law of the jungle” that “might is right.”   

Today, after declaring the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) a “failed experiment,” the Aquino government has embarked on establishing another version autonomy called “Bangsamoro.” But the new concept autonomous government based on the Basic Bangsamoro Law (BBL) has still to be decided by the pork barrel-conscious lawmakers of both Houses of Philippine Congress.

 Nonetheless, both the Corazon Aquino government-created ARMM and the present “Bangsamoro” designed by President Benigno S. Aquino III have been rejected by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Moro National Liberation Front. The ARMM and the present “Bangsamoro” have been rejected because the superficial political formula will not surely end the Filipino-Moro conflict in Mindanao. Both the Filipino version autonomous governments in Mindanao have only instead divided the Bangsamoro people and freedom fighters to unmask the colonial strategy of the Manila government.

Since 2005 up to date, Cardinal Orlando B. Quevedo, the Archbishop of Cotabato, has already cited the root cause of the Mindanao war in helping the Philippine government to see the light of truth and justice. In the international gathering of the Knights of Columbus in Orlando, Florida, USA, sometime August, 2014, Cardinal Quevedo reiterated his “conviction” to inform America and the global humanity. He emphasized:

“The root cause of the conflict is injustice, and after studying Moro history I began to believe they have lost their own sovereignty, their own identity as a distinct group and because of that the government has neglected them in terms of development.”

In a paper delivered at the 27th General Assembly of the Bishops-Business Conference in Taguig, Metro Manila on July 8, as incumbent President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Cardinal Orlando B. Quevedo cited Injustice as the root of the conflict with the Moro. He illustrated:

      “Injustice to the Moro identity, Injustice to political sovereignty and Injustice to the Moro integral development.”

While recently in Bergamao, Italy on January 27, 2015, Cardinal Quevedo was interviewed on the Mindanao conflict, particularly on the Mamasapano invasion incident. He stressed:

“I said justice has to be done because there is no peace without justice…Many massacres of Muslim civilians have also taken place. We can hurdle the challenges to peace. Peace is not acquired overnight. There are ups and downs and this Mamasapano tragedy may be the worst of the downs. But if any heart can lift itself out of the pieces of a broken peace, it would be the heart of a sincere peace advocate, with no hidden agenda but peace

The spirit of peace is the Holy Spirit of God. It can soar over ashes and shattered houses and give hope when seemingly there is none.”     

The MNLF international spokesman and legal counsel, Atty. Ely Velez Pamatong, had submitted the Bangsamoro people’s petition for independence and self-determination to the UN Decolonization Committee in New York on December 10, 2001. This was after the overwhelming consensus of the 4th Bangsamoro People’s National Congress in assembly at the Cabatangan Complex in Zamboanga City on April 29, 2001.

The lady representative of the Mindanao Indigenous Peoples, Mucha-Shim Quiling-Arquiza, had appealed for Bangsamoro freedom to the 4th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council Forum on Minority Issues in Geneva Assembly in 29-30 November 2011.

 Specifically, as ethnic and religious minority representative, she declared the soul-searching appeal:

“My last plea is a concrete call to action. I am addressing the Governments of Spain and the United States of America specifically to appeal for them to examine their conscience and once and for all end the colonization of the Bangsamoro minority nationality within the Philippine Republic. Be it within or outside the ambit of the UN. I urge the Spanish government and the United States government to immediately undertake necessary and urgent geo-political administrative complemented with international legal measures, specifically to unwrite the consequences of the Treaty of Paris it signed in August 21, 1898 that unilaterally and illegally ceded the Bangsamoro homeland to the Philippine Republic and unjustly trampling on the sovereignty of the Sultanates of Sulu and Maguindanao and undermined traditional governance in indigenous Moro and Lumad principalities in the rest of Mindanao. A decisive step towards this will once and for all DECOLONIZE our minds and imagination. And wake us up from the nightmare – we, national minorities, perennial nationalists dreaming of its own nation-state and self-determination at a time when, as late Arab leader Muammar Khadafy once said: ‘A time no longer for nations, but for peoples.’ Thank you and peace be upon us all…”

On the light of the peaceful legal steps undertaken by the oppressed Bangsamoro people to free themselves from colonial bondage under Philippine colonialism, the MNLF leadership established the United Federated States of Bangsamoro Republik (UFSBR) on July, 2013. This was after the Philippine Aquino government declared to abrogate the “peace process” with the MNLF by terminating the peaceful task of the OIC-created ministerial tri-partite committee to review the non-implementation of the 1996 GRP-OIC-MNLF Jakarta Peace Agreements.

Consequently, the political course of action taken by the Aquino government coupled with the banning of the MNLF peace rally in Zamboanga City in support of the UFSBR independence declaration led to the September, 2014 war between the Filipino occupation soldiers and MNLF freedom fighters.

 Indeed, this has lent credence to the wisdom of President John F. Kennedy, who proclaimed:

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable.”

The 19-day September 2014 AFP-MNLF battle inside Zamboanga City caused catastrophic devastation in terms of human and material losses. The UN, OIC, European Union and Indonesia had to directly intervene to address the massive humanitarian disaster and to end the bloody war. Yet, the AFP-MNLF blood-letting could have been avoided had the MNLF members and supporters were not barred from conducting a peaceful assembly as they have conducted in other areas in Mindanao, specifically in Jolo, Basilan, Dadiangas and Davao City. And the Aquino government had only shown respect for the complete and correct implementation of the 1996 GRP-OIC-MNLF peace agreement signed under President Fidel V. Ramos.

In highlighting the establishment of the United Federated States of Bangsamoro Republik that identified Davao City as central capital, the revolutionary government Constitution was formulated. The Preamble read:

“We, the united people, Lumads, Muslims and Christians of Bangsamoro, exercising our inherent sovereignty, do hereby establish this constitution.

We manifest our common wish to live together in peace and harmony, to preserve the heritage of the past, and to cherish and sustain the promise of the future.

We uphold the diversity of our religions, cultures and traditions. Our indifferences enrich us. The seas bring us together, they do not separate us. Our islands sustain us, our aspirations and dreams as a nation enlarge us and make us stronger.

Our ancestors, who made their homes on these islands, displaced no other people. Having known war, we hope for peace. Having been divided, we wish unity and seek freedom.

We extend to all nations what we seek from each: peace, friendship, cooperation, and love in our common humanity.

With this Constitution we humbly implore the aid of our Maker and do ordain this constitution.”

With 19 Articles, the UFSBR revolutionary government Constitution was read all over the MNLF camps and gathering of freedom fighters and supporters in Mindanao on July 28, 2013.

In the past American colonization of Moroland, not all within the U.S. government was a party to the stark injustice committed against the Bangsamoro people. New York Congressman Robert L. Bacon filed a bill in the U.S. Congress on May 1926 and another one, House Resolution No. 12772, on June 11, 1926, which sought to separate the Bangsamoro people of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan from Philippine Islands (Luzon and Visayas). He appended the 1924 Declaration of Rights and Purposes in supporting his argument on the need to create a separate State for the Moros.

In his speech titled, “The Moro Problem in the Philippine Islands,” delivered at the First Session of the 6th U.S. Congress, New York Representative Robert L. Bacon declared:

“The Philippine Islands are divided into two very distinct areas – the Christian provinces (Luzon and Visayas Islands), and the Mohammedan (Muslim) territory (Mindanao, Basilan, Palawan and the Sulu Archipelago). These two regions belong to different and opposed civilizations – the Christian world and Islam.

 …The Moros, in fact, constitute an altogether distinct people from the Christian Filipinos – this is not only in language and religion but in physical type and mental outlook.

While the Filipino people in their lobby for independence may claim the right of self-determination for themselves, they have no right and therefore, they cannot pretend to claim that right for or over the Moro people. Only the Moro people themselves are entitled to claim their (own) right of self-determination, freedom and sovereignty.

 The Christian Filipinos have no right…to determine the government of the Moro people not to shape the solution of the Moro problem according to their particular interests. This right was not given them by the Treaty of Paris, is in violation of the conditions whereby the Moro leaders gave...obedience to American authority, and should never have been conceded by the Congress of the United States. If a reversionary right to these southern islands…exist in anyone, it is the Moro and not the…Filipino who is entitled thereto.”

The Bacon bill was reintroduced by Congressman King on December 10, 1926 as House Resolution No. 15479 during the 6TH US Congress with minor additions. This was after President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the March 24, 1934 Philippine Commonwealth and Independence Law (Tydings-McDuffie Law or Public Act No. 127 accepted by the Philippine Legislature unanimously on May 1, 1924).

It was only tragic that the moral steps undertaken by the conscious American lawmakers were ignored completely by the U.S. government. The dark consequence has led today to the longest Filipino-Moro war in global history generating only massive destruction and manslaughter. The Mindanao conflict has already registered more than 200,000 human deaths and countless material losses. And the mortality rate is increasing rather than decreasing, especially now with America’s introduction of the deadly drone war against the colonized victims.

It is observed that America-introduced drones have been used during the September 2014 AFP-MNLF war in Zamboanga City and lately during the February 2015 Mamasapano (Maguindao) invasion by Filipino PNP SAF members on BIFM/MILF liberated areas in Mindanao. Although assisted by American soldiers to presumably capture dead or alive the “Malaysian terrorist” Zulkifli bin Hir (aka Marwan), the controversial invasion resulted in the killing of 44 and wounding of 12 Filipino invaders. While the MILF fighters registered 18 deaths, it further reported other civilian casualties caught in the crossfire, including American soldiers actively engaged in the highly secretive invasion. It was reported that the dead “occidental-looking” troops were immediately airlifted from the battle scene to hide any trace of active involvement.

The startling revelation consciously moved Congresswoman Luz Ilagan to call for repulsing the U.S. Visiting Forces Agreement and an end to U.S. military intervention in national affairs. Under the highlighted news caption, “US Drone War Reaches Philippines,” in the social network media, John Glaser further reported:

“Iligan is right to be concerned, but in recent years U.S. support and military involvement to the Philippines has been used by the Filipino government against its own citizens. Numerous embassy cables released by WikiLeaks acknowledge extrajudicial killings, abductions and false arrests perpetrated by the U.S-trained and funded security forces.”       

It is observed that the introduction of drones by the U.S. government into the Filipino-Moro war in Mindanao has only created a dangerous situation. The observation also of Prof. Akbar Ahmed, the chair of Ibn Khaldun Islamic Studies of America University in Washington D.C. and former Pakistan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, cannot lightly be dismissed. In the social network AntiWar.com under the highlighted caption, “Deadly Drones Come to the Muslims of the Philippines,” he commented:

“By unleashing the drones, the US has pushed the conflict between centre and periphery in the Philippines in a dangerous direction. If there is one lesson we can learn from half a millennium of history it is this: weapons destroy flesh and blood, but cannot break the spirit of a people motivated by ideas of honour and justice.

Instead, the US and Manila should work with the Muslims of the Philippines to ensure full rights of identity, development, dignity, human rights and self-determination. Only then will the security situation improve and the Moro permitted to live the prosperous and secure lives they have been denied for so long; and only then will the Philippines be able to become the Asian tiger it aspires to be.”

On this note, the Muslim and Animist Lumad natives and Christian settlers of war-ravaged Mindanao appeal to President Barack Hussein Obama to discern the light of justice, freedom and democracy entitled to the long-oppressed people. This is to help finally put to end the agony and pain of the colonized victims deprived of liberty and freedom for too long now due to injustice and inhumanity of both American and Filipino colonizers.

The 1984 Nobel Peace Prize and 2009 Presidential Medal of Honor awardee Bishop Desmond Tutu once said:

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

Just as the famous human rights advocate and peace-loving African American hero, Martin Luther King, Jr., taught humanity to always remember:

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Hence, the oppressed colonized victims of injustice and imposed war can only call upon the U.S. government today under President Barack Hussein Obama to help rebuild their shattered lives through just and lasting peace in Mindanao?

The great value of peace is given justice and solemnity by the thoughts of Pope John Paul II, who once illuminated:

“Do not be afraid to take a chance on peace, to teach people to live peace...Peace will be the last word in history.”

In positing for peace, justice, gender equality and quality education for all deprived children in the midst of abject poverty and endless war, the youngest 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner 16-year old Malala Yousafzai called on the global leaders and humanity. She simply said and asked:

“As far as I know I am just a committed and stubborn person who wants to see every child getting quality education, who wants to see women having equal rights and who  wants peace in every corner of the world…Today in half of the world we see rapid progress and development. However, there are many countries where millions still suffer from the very old problems of war, poverty and injustice…Why is it that countries which we call strong are so powerful in creating wars but are so weak in bringing peace.”

In the final analysis, what kind of peace is sought by the colonized victims of Mindanao?

On this end, the Lumad, Christian and Muslim people of war-torn Mindanao can only be honest to themselves and humanity, particularly to the American leaders today under President Barack Hussein Obama. They firmly believe on the plea and prayer of the MNLF Peace Panel Spokesman Reverend Absalom Cerveza. In appealing to the whole humanity, he said:

 “Mindanao Peace is Bangsamoro Freedom, not Injustice of Philippine Colonialism.”

The strong appeal of the MNLF Peace Panel Spokesman has only complemented the words of peace, justice and freedom of Chairman Nur Misuari, who said:

“In the interest of peace and development in Mindanao and its component islands of Palawan, Tawi-Tawi, Sulu, Basilan and Camiguin, I call on all government, military and civilian authorities to faithfully respect and upheld the GRP-OIC-MNLF Peace Agreements in letter and spirit. These peace agreements are of supreme importance to our people and the future. Let no

one, therefore, denigrate the sublime memory and sacrifice of those valiant men and women, Mujahideen and Mujahidat alike, who have perished in pursuit of peace, justice and freedom as a key to social harmony and sustainable economic development for all of us and posterity.”

Consciously and unconsciously, both Reverend Cerveza and Chairman Misuari only echoed the wise teaching of the African American civil rights and freedom activist Malcom X, who said:

“You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.”

Truth to tell, any global peacemaker and freedom fighter can only glorify the simplest but symbolic thoughts expressed by the 44th and current American Commander-in-Chief whose words cannot be forgotten in history. In two auspicious occasions in Norway and Chicago, he emphasized:

 "I receive this honor with deep gratitude and great humility. It is an award that speaks to our highest aspirations – that for all the cruelty and hardship of our world, we are not mere prisoners of fate. Our actions matter and can bend history in the direction of justice…In today’s wars, many more civilians are killed than soldiers; seeds of future conflict are sown, economies are wrecked, civil societies torn asunder, refugees amassed, children scarred…But war itself is never glorious, and we must never trumpet it as such…Only a just peace based on the inherent rights and dignity of every individual can truly be lasting…Pent-up grievances fester, and the suppression of tribal and religious identity can lead to violence. We also know that the opposite is true. Only when Europe became free did it finally find peace.”

“…A just peace includes not only civil and political rights – it must encompass economic security and opportunity. For true peace is not just freedom from fear, but freedom from want...We can acknowledge that oppression will always be with us, and still strive for justice. We can admit the intractability of depravation, still strive for dignity. Clear-eyed, we can understand that there will be war, and still strive for peace. ”

 “Peace built on freedom and dignity of people.”

Surely, this is the true meaning of Mindanao peace to the freedom-loving colonized people of Filipino-occupied territory today. –osm, mnlfnet.com






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