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EDITORIAL

11 October 2012

BANGSAMORO HISTORICAL NOTES

THEN SEPTEMBER 2, 1996 MNLF-GRP PEACE AGREEMENT,
NOW OCTOBER 15, 2012 MILF-GPH 'FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT',
IS IT A SOLUTION OR ANOTHER DECEPTION?

BANGSAMORO WITHOUT FREEDOM UNDER PHILIPPINE COLONIALISM

 

In recalling the colonial annexation of the historical independent Moro Nation (Bangsamoro), from the beginning since the time President Manuel L. Quezon of the Philippine Commonwealth in 1935 declared the 'colonization' and 'occupation' of the Bangsamoro homeland of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan (MINSUPALA), it also proclaimed ominously the forthcoming bloody Filipino-Moro war in the colonized territory. Clearly, it was pure and simple land-grabbing strategy.

 

Motivated by political and economic greed to presumably 'legalize' the colonial policy, the early Filipino politicians under the American-installed Commonwealth government contrived to enact a draconian 'law' in the National Assembly codified as 'Legislative Act No. 4197' otherwise known as 'Quirino-Recto Colonization Act'.

 

Learning the ugliness of authoritative and oppressive art of colonialism or imperialism from the past Spanish, American and Japanese invaders, the Commonwealth Quezon regime wanted to divide, conquer and rule the freedom-loving Bangsamoro people under Philippine colonialism like 'hell' side by side with the Igorots of Cordillera region ('Mountain Province') and the poverty-stricken Filipino masses.

 

In later years, both the colonized Bangsamoro and Igorot peoples chose not to be permanently ruled like 'hell' under Philippine colonialism by staging their own kind of freedom struggle, enabling them to gain a deceptive autonomy. Likewise, the reform-conscious Filipino masses also waged their own revolutionary people's struggle against the central Manila government launched and spearheaded by the progressive National Democratic Front (NDF).

 

The colonization of the Bangsamoro homeland and colonial slavery of the Muslim and Highlander natives of Mindanao simultaneous  with the Igorots of Cordillera were forcibly imposed with the establishment of the 'Republic of the Philippines' on July 4, 1946 supported and abated by the U.S. government. Putting 'Filipinism' touch to the foundation of the 'Philippine Republic', the later Filipino colonizers adopted June 12, 1898 as 'Independence Day', relegating merely July 4, 1946 as 'Philippines-America Friendship Day'.

 

Unmindful of the ugly and blood-letting consequences of the colonization process of the historically-sovereign Moro Nation and Cordillera Region, Philippine colonialism deemed it wise and rewarding to filipinize the whole historic-cultural and civilization heritage of the colonized Bangsamoro and Igorot natives. Callously driven by colonial greed for political and economic power, the proud Luzon-born Filipino colonizers attempted to suppress absolutely the legitimate sentiments and grievances of the native inhabitants of Bangsamoro and Cordillera to regain freedom and national self-determination except only to follow, evolve and determine their own uncertain destiny and posterity under Philippine colonialism. The arrogantly-brand 'Imperial Manila' hegemony only treated the armed and diplomatic struggle for freedom of the colonized natives as domestic 'insurgency problem' that needed 'military solution' or 'all-out war' strategy, according to one rabid Filipino colonizer, 'convicted plunderer' ex-President Joseph E. Estrada.


 

However, the colonial strategy of ethnic cleansing and offensive war in countering legitimate armed struggle has not helped Philippine colonialism, but only led to pervasive corruption in both civilian and military government services, massive poverty and escalating hunger of the Filipino and Bangsamoro masses, moral bankruptcy in the judiciary, patronage and warlord politics, economic stagnancy and all forms of societal awkwardness, compelling the beleaguered Filipino leadership to stage-manage peace talks with the opposing revolutionary camps.

 

The Manila government has engaged the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the NDF/NPA in peace negotiations since the 1970s and similarly with the Cordillera people. While the Philippine government has forged the December 22, 1976 Tripoli Peace Agreement and the September 2, 1996 Peace Accord with the MNLF freedom fighters, there is no positive indication that the signed peace agreements are to be implemented for the benefit of both the negotiating parties except for the unilateral implementation of the bogus Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), deceiving only the Bangsamoro people and the global peaceful humanity. From its inception, the ARMM was rejected by the MNLF and the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) as a fake autonomy.

 

On the part of the peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the reform-conscious National Democratic Front, the series of off-and-on peace talks have failed to come up with a comprehensive agreement to finally end the continuing AFP-NDF/NPA war.

 

BANGSAMORO IN THE OFFING IN 'FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT'

 

Presently, after conducting continued peace dialogues in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Philippine colonialism under President Benigno S. Aquino III has struck a 'framework agreement' with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), agreeing to establish 'Bangsamoro' as an autonomy concept to replace the Philippine Congress-manufactured farcical ARMM. The agreement is speculated to be signed in Malacanang Palace on October 15, 2012 with the presence of the Malaysian Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak.

 

Nonetheless, much like the ARMM, the contemplated Bangsamoro political entity under Philippine colonialism has elicited mixed reaction from various sectors. While some foreign countries, like America, Australia, Japan and member states of European Union (EU), including peace advocates of the United Nations (UN), have expressed positive development in achieving peace in war-ravaged Mindanao, there are some within the circle of the Filipino colonizers and the colonized Bangsamoro people showing skepticism toward the GHP-MILF framework agreement.

 

As expected, some of the hawkish Filipino colonizers have now expressed anxiety and fear that the contemplation of the establishment of Bangsamoro as a form of government in Mindanao is contrary to the preservation of Philippine colonialism in the war-torn region, signifying that the historical identity connotative of freedom and heroism is now a phenomenal idea whose time has come. They cannot just accept the reality that the Filipino-Moro war in Mindanao can be resolved by historical truth.

 

On one hand, there are some within the  colonized Bangsamoro people, who are deeply conscious of the heroic struggle of their forebears against the Spanish, American and Japanese colonizers. Truth to tell, they are always proud of the Bangsamoro race and consider it entirely different from the Spanish-inspired Filipino identity that is synonymous to the Christian Catholic children of Spanish soldiers and the Christianized Indios of Luzon and Visayas, showcasing in Philippine history as simply colonial slaves of Spain for more than three centuries. Thus, considering now that Bangsamoro has surfaced and even accepted as a solution by the Philippine government is indeed a welcome event.

 

Hence, for the sake of 'just and lasting' peace in Filipino-occupied Mindanao, can the two extreme opinions be reconciled and give hope to both the Filipino colonizers and the colonized Bangsamoro people that there are no victors or winners in perpetual war?

 

Simply put, how can peace agreements, signed and still to be signed, become a solution, not just a deception, in achieving permanent and durable peace to finally end wars in Mindanao and throughout the Philippine archipelago among the Filipino and Bangsamoro peoples? -osm\mnlfnet.com

 

 

 

 

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