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EDITORIAL

11 August 2012

BANGSAMORO HISTORICAL NOTES

IMPACT OF POSSIBLE CHINA-PHILIPPINES WAR
WITHIN FILIPINO-MORO WAR IN MINDANAO

SHORT PROLOGUE

What is the possibility of Philippine colonialism going to war with powerful China while still waging a genocidal war against the colonized Bangsamoro people of Mindanao?

     

Can Philippines afford to battle with both the colonized people of Mindanao and the emerging global superpower China whose historical rights, respectively, on Sulu Sea and South China Sea are being usurped and challenged by a "corrupt" and "fabricated Philippine State" from inception?

 

PART I - WHAT AILS THE FILIPINO NATION?

History cannot erase the fact that the "Philippine Republic" was only formed in July 4, 1946 by both American and Filipino conspirators, who totally ignored the vehement series of protestation of the Bangsamoro people of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan (MINSUPALA) to be part and parcel of the Christian Catholic Filipino nation. The compelling reason was that the Muslims or Moros were sovereign and independent, and distinctly different in religion, culture and historical heritage from the Spanish descent Catholic Filipinos and Christianized Indios. Clearly, the Philippine Republic was manufactured by unscrupulous American and Filipino politicians to extinct the Bangsamoro and Igorot peoples and treacherously to land-grab their ancestral lands akin to the Indian Nations of North America. Thus, the eventual ugly consequence is the decades-long blood-letting between the Bangsamoro freedom fighters and the colonial Filipino military occupation forces in Mindanao today.

 

Conscious of the duplicity and wickedness displayed in the 1930s by the power-hungry Filipino politicians spearheaded by Manuel L. Quezon and political ilks, the Muslim leaders in the Bangsamoro homeland of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan strongly demanded for their fundamental human rights to freedom and independence, determining even to remain within the political ambit of the United States of America (USA). But never under Philippine colonial rule. However, their appeal for national self-determination was completely ignored by the U.S. government, yielding to the duplicitous political lobby of the of the megalomaniac Filipino plotters bent to colonize and to occupy the Moro Nation and the Mountain Province (Cordillera Region).

 

Thus, the joint American and Filipino political conspiracy was consummated by the immoral and illegal inclusion of MINSUPALA and Cordillera Region into the so-called Republic of the Philippines in 1946.

 

In the exact words of Joseph E. Fallon, "the Republic of the Philippines is an arbitrary amalgamation of a multitude of diverse islands and peoples."

 

The tragic truth was that the protesting Muslim and Highlander natives of Mindanao, and too the native Igorots of Mountain Province were only forced to become "third-class citizens" of the "accursed" Philippine Republic for they were never consulted or subjected to any form of democratic process based on people's referendum or plebiscite.

 

Thus, it is further emphasized by Joseph E. Fallon that the American-created "political entity is not a nation-state; neither it is a voluntary multinational association. Rather, it constitutes a new, post World War II, colonial order centered in Manila, and dedicated to the political and economic hegemony of the local Christian-Europhile community over the entire territory of the former American colony." As he also observed' "although distinct Chinese, Cambodia,

Japanese, Korean, Tibetan and Thai countries had emerged by the time of the onslaught of American imperialism in Asia during the 19th century, there never existed a Filipino nation."

 

"While other heterogeneous Asian countries can seek to legitimate the existence of their states by declaring a continuity -however dubious- with indigenous kingdoms or empires that flourished in their lands before European domination, Filipino nationalists cannot."

 

"No single political entity ever ruled the entire archipelago, and those states which did arise to govern significant portions of these islands, including the area around Manila, were Muslim. Unlike other Asian nationalisms, for Filipinos history is an enemy, not an ally."

 

PART II- WHY IS HISTORY AN ENEMY OF FILIPINOS, NOT AN ALLY? WHAT FAULTS PHILIPPINE HISTORY?

In the case of the present dispute between China and the Philippines over the islands in South China Sea (Manila government recently changed to "West Philippine Sea"), the Philippine claim from the beginning over the islands within Mindanao Sea ("Bohol Sea" as renamed by the Filipino colonizers), Sulu Sea and South China Sea has no historical moral ground. This is simply because the "fabricated Philippine State" can't proudly live up with its illegal annexation of the ancestral homelands of both the Bangsamoro and the Igorot peoples, more so, with its present preposterous claim of owning the whole of Spratly islands that China claims to own by historical rights.

 

Thus, how can the Philippines continue deceiving humanity with its historical deformity and falsehood predicated only in plain land-grabbing colonial scheme? But the saddest fact is that Philippine colonialism has no qualms pursuing in fooling humanity of this criminal historical conspiracy and duplicity.

 

Now, that the ill-conceived Philippine Republic has to face possible war with China while still engaging the Bangsamoro people in the decades-long Mindanao war, it has only unmasked the Filipino colonizers' own game of "duplicity, intimidation and falsehood" to legitimize their self-defeating claim to the islands in South China Sea and Mindanao Sea.

 

As currently reported in both Philippine and foreign media, the word war between the contending nations over the disputed islands located in South China Sea is causing high tension in both countries.

 

Inside the Philippines, which have to peacefully end the Filipino-Moro war in Mindanao and the AFP-NDF/NPA war affecting the entire Filipino nation, there are irresponsible Filipino leaders talking of open confrontation with China. Worse, the Philippine leadership is showing a desperate move of inviting America to help the Philippines conduct military surveillance on South China Sea. Surely on this end, the provocative incursion would henceforth challenge China to retaliate with all its military power, notwithstanding the illegal military intervention or participation of America. 

 

In blocking the military incursion of foreign element in a bid to trample its historical right to the islands of South China Sea, China had once "punished" Vietnam on March 14, 1988 in a naval skirmish by sinking one vessel and heavily damaging another one that had to retreat hurriedly back to home base.

 

Thus, given the same possible scenario, China can anytime crush any attempt by Philippines to undertake any provocative offensive either militarily or diplomatically because the latter country has no moral ground to prove valid its historical right over the contested islands in South China Sea except relying on the modern day-conceived United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLS) that China has no moral historical obligation to recognize.

 

In the recent conference of the foreign ministers of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Phnom Penh, the Philippines miserably failed in its diplomatic attempt to gain support for its weak claim on the South China Sea issue. The ASEAN meeting simply considered the Panatag Shoal (Huangyan Island to China) dispute not a regional issue or merely a non-issue, following China's historical viewpoint that "Huangyan Island has always been part of the Chinese territory and not a disputed island."

 

In reality, the dismal failure of the Philippines to deceive the other ASEAN member states has only proven that it does not have the diplomatic and military influence to match its high-pitched verbal provocations. Nonetheless, it is interesting to note that in the ASEAN meeting, Philippine's Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario denounced Chinese "duplicity" and "intimidation" in the South China Sea alluding to the continuous presence of Chinese fishermen in the area. 

 

Referring to the Huangyan Island (Panatag Shoal) standoff of both Chinese and Filipino vessels, he stressed the expected face-saving comment, "if Philippine sovereignty and jurisdiction can be denigrated by a powerful country through pressure, duplicity, intimidation and the threat of the use of force, the international community should be concerned abotu the behavior."

 

On this historical purview, the Philippine government has only to blame itself for the humility and failure to deceive further the conscious humanity because for too long now it has had used every "pressure, duplicity, intimidation and the threat of the use of force" (or "military solution") against the oppressed and colonized Bangsamoro and Igorot peoples to keep them further in colonial bondage. The Luzon-based Filipino colonizers never have the political will to end the more than forty (40) years Mindanao war because they want to prolong the killing of more Muslim and Highlander natives in order to perpetuate Philippine colonialism in the war-torn region.

 

Thus, perhaps it is all providential that the China-Philippines disagreement on the historical rights of the Spratly islands in South China Sea has indeed happened. It is only showing the historical weakness and fallacy of Philippine colonialism to impose its empty claims on the Bangsamoro and Igorot peoples, including imposing its "cursed" Filipino identity and highly questionable sovereignty over the Bangsamoro homeland MINSUPALA and the Cordillera Region.

 

By this historical awkwardness, if in the event the Philippine government foolishly provoke China into a face-saving war, however minor or small scale, the colonized Bangsamoro people certainly cannot take the gambit of joining the war against the peace-loving Chinese people. As the "greatest" heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali, while refusing draft into the U.S. military, said: "We ain't got no quarrel with the Vietcong."

 

In truth, for centuries now, the Bangsamoro people of Mindanao have been fighting the Spanish, American, Japanese and Filipino colonizers to maintain their complete freedom and independence. And China was never an enemy, but always remained a peaceful neighbor to the Moro Nation, particularly to the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo. Formally proclaimed in 1450 and recognized by China and other foreign countries, the Sultanate of Sulu was the first established Bangsamoro Sultanate government in Mindanao followed by the Sultanate of Maguindanao and Sultanate Buayan in Cotabato, and the Apat na Pangampong Sultanate district in Lanao region.

 

Thus, when will Philippine colonialism learn well the historical moral lesson that it does not at all pay to use "pressure, duplicity, intimidation and the threat of the use of force" to solve the nagging Filipino-Moro war in Mindanao, if only to ensure permanent peaceful co-existence of the different multi-cultural and religious peoples of the region?

 

On this end, is it not possible for the Filipino colonizers to have peace with the freedom-loving Bangsamoro and Igorot peoples and continued peaceful co-existence with around 1.5 billion Chinese people all over the world?

 

Why is it too painful for the Filipino colonizers to accept the reality that Filipinization or similarly Christianization of the Muslim and Lumad natives of Mindanao and the Igorots of Mountain Province is never a sound solution, but just an ugly face of ethnic cleansing leading to more massacres in a continued colonial war?

 

Thus, again, the striking words of wisdom of Joseph E. Fallon come to mind, "after so many decades of abuse and betrayal, for the Moros and the Igorots to trust Manila and to remain within the Philippines would not only be naive, it would be suicidal."

 

Hence, it is about time that the peaceful community of nations worldwide should be wary of the political and diplomatic antics of the American-fabricated Philippine State. The international community should play active role to appeal to the Catholic Filipino nation to abandon the ugliness of colonialism so as to guarantee permanent and durable peace in war-ravaged Mindanao and restive Cordillera Region for the betterment, prosperity and brighter future of the Filipino, Bangsamoro and Igorot peoples of Southeast Asia. -osm/mnlfnet.com

 

  

 

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