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04 May 2012



After the recent Kuala Lumpur peace talks in April, this year, between Philippine colonialism and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), a document was signed embracing "ten (10) decision points on principles", serving as "general directions of the substantive negotiations" in order to formulate a political settlement to the more than four decades Filipino-Moro war in Mindanao. The MILF-GPH peace talks are separate political overtures vis-a-vis the MNLF-GRP peace negotiations undertaken by Philippine colonialism to end the Mindanao war that started in the 1960s under Dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos. In 1968, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) under Chairman Prof. Nur Misuari launched the freedom struggle of the Bangsamoro people against the murderous Marcos regime. In 1974, Dictator Marcos was compelled to seek the mediation of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) for peaceful negotiations with the MNLF to end the escalating genocidal war in Mindanao, leading to the forging of the December 2, 1976 Tripoli Peace Agreement.


Among the salient features of the signed Kuala Lumpur document, the GPH and MILF peace panels agreed to to create "a new autonomous political entity in place of the ARMM" on the premise that "the status quo is unacceptable." The political entity being envisaged to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) shall be known "Bangsamoro State Government (or BMSG)". This is to cover the present ARMM provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, and more areas where there are many Bangsamoro people, according to MILF source


It is recalled that the ARMM was rejected by both the MNLF and the OIC from the beginning as the mere administrative set-up was created by Philippine Congress to deceive the Bangsamoro people and humanity that Philippine colonialism was implementing the December 2, 1976 MNLF-OIC-GRP Peace Agreement signed in Tripoli, Libya.


In comparison with MILF-Bangsamoro State Government, the MNLF-proposed Bangsamoro Autonomous Government (BAG) include 13 provinces and 9 cities in Mindanao, following the letter and spirit of the forged Tripoli Peace Agreement. But until now, the Philippine government have refused to implement the political compromise except to subject it further to unilateral "constitutional process."


Just like the BAG, the BMSG is envisioned to be under the Republic of the Philippines. The MILF wanted the new government to be "a state within a state where the national government's role would be supervisory." It is further explained that "there will be a sharing of power and resources, that the Bangsamoro would have the priority to chart their destiny under the system of self-rule."


In a capsule, the positive goal of the MILF is to have a peaceful solution to the Mindanao problem. It is anchored on the belief that it is only possible through the establishment of a Bangsamoro government under the supervision of Philippine colonialism.


Be that as it may, is the present Philippine Aquino government serious enough to implement any peace agreement with the Bangsamoro people under MILF terms, but not with MNLF and OIC?


The oppressed and colonized Bangsamoro people of Mindanao can only watch the unfolding events and remain hopeful that their next preparation is geared not to continuous war, but towards "just and lasting" peace promised by the present Aquino II government. -osm/mnlfnet.com




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