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EDITORIAL
12 September 2013

BANGSAMORO HISTORICAL NOTES

AQUINO GOVERNMENT HAVE NO RESPECT FOR SEPTEMBER 2, 1996
GRP-OIC-MNLF JAKARTA PEACE AGREEMENTS

 

CAUSES OF THE SUDDEN ERUPTION OF FILIPINO-MORO WAR IN ZAMBOANGA CITY

The Filipino-Moro war raging now in Zamboanga City between the colonial Philippine occupation soldiers and the Bangsamoro freedom fighters of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) could not have occurred if the present Aquino government respected only the September 2, 1996 MNLF-OIC-GRP Jakarta Peace Agreements.

Showing total disrespect to the 1996 Peace Agreement forged during the Ramos administration, Predsident Benigno S. Aquino III disregarded the advise of former President Fidel V. Ramos to engage in peace dialogue Chairman Nur Misuari of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) regarding the complete implementation of the peace accord. He also altogether sidelined the 58-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in conspiring with Malaysia to implement per se the 2013 framework agreement on Bangsamoro with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The Aquino administration wanted people to believe that the existing Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is a "failed experiment" that has to be replaced by a new concept autonomy embodying the future "Bangsamoro". 

Consciously or unconsciously, President Aquino might have forgotten the fact that the original ARMM was the creation of his mother's government and that it was completely rejected by both the MNLF and the OIC.

 Thus, once the MNLF leadership was informed by the OIC of the tactical move of the Aquino regime to terminate the peace process with the Moro National Liberation Front, the MNLF Chairman in consultation with the various MNLF leaders decided to prepare a revolutionary government constitution towards the establishment of the United Federated States of Bangsamoro Republik (UFSBR) during last week of July, 2013.

 BANGSAMORO CONSTITUTION AND BANGSAMORO REPUBLIK

The declaration of the Bangsamoro Constitution and proclamation of an independent Bangsamoro Republik with Davao City as its capital gained the approval and support of prominent leaders of the (Animist) Lumads, Muslims and Christians of Mindanao, including Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

In Talipao, Sulu on the first week of August, 2013, MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari formally declared the freedom, liberty and independence of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan (MINSUPALA), including North Borneo ('Sabah'). In history, North Borneo is always included in the sovereign domain of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo (SSBN), comprising specifically of Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Basilan, Zamboanga Peninsula, Palawan and North Borneo.

JOLO PEACE ASSEMBLY CALLING FOR BANGSAMORO FREEDOM AND UNITY

After the declaration of independence of the Federated States of Bangsamoro Republik involving the original SSNB sovereignty, the MNLF political, military and religious leaders as well as gaos-baogbog (mass supporters) staged a public peace rally inside the town of Jolo during the third week of August, this year.    

DAVAO CITY PEACE RALLY IN SUPPORT OF MINDANAO INDEPENDENCE

In a massive show of support for independence declaration by the MNLF and the subsequent establishment of the United Federated States of Bangsamoro Republik, the Muslim, Lumad and Christian leaders, members and mass of supporters of the MNLF held a peace rally in Davao City on September 2, 2013.

 After the successful peace demonstrations in the town of Jolo and in Davao City, the MNLF leaders decided to continue the momentum of peace rally in Zamboanga City. This is again to demonstrate the peaceful campaign of the MNLF to regain independence and national self-determination for the Bangsamoro people of Mindanao under Philippine colonial hegemony..

HARASSMENT AND ARREST OF MNLF MEMBERS IN ZAMBOANGA CITY 

Clearly, it is noted that another factor that led to the Filipino-Moro war now raging in Zamboanga City is the unwarranted harassment and arrest of MNLF harmless members and supporters entering the city. The present AFP-MNLF war in Zamboanga City could have been averted without the tactical design of the colonial city government under Mayor Beng Climaco to block the peaceful rally of the MNLF members and mass supporters. Worst, the harmless MNLF members and supporters were harassed and some were arrested and jailed for committing no crime at all, except only to witness and to participate in a peaceful assembly.

 The alarming turn of events just dismayed the MNLF freedom fighters in Zamboanga peninsula, Basilan and Sulu. Thus, they decided to come to the aid and rescue of the persecuted MNLF civilian members, who have come to Zamboanga City from all over Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan.

Demonstrating to the Philippine colonial government that the Bangsamoro people have the legitimate and historical right to proclaim their independence and national self-determination by any possible peaceful means, the MNLF freedom fighters entered the four areas of Rio Hondo, Sta. Catalina, Talon-Talon and Sta. Barbara to press their claim to a peaceful rally and raising publicly the MNLF-Bangsamoro national flag.

However, the colonial Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) occupation soldiers used, as usual, force and  firepower to drive them out of Zamboanga City. But the MNLF freedom fighters stood their ground engaging the Philippine military troops equipped  with tank reinforcements and helicopter gunships beginning on September 9, 2013.

 On September 10, it is reported that six (6) soldiers have been killed and twenty four (24) have sustained injuries, including some innocent civilians caught in the crossfire.

 In the continuing 2-day firefight between Filipino and Bangsamoro combatants, five (5) civilian houses in Sta. Barbara have been razed to the ground. Using the  Zamboanga City Medical Center a military command post, the AFP soldiers have evacuated all the medical patients and posted heavily-armed troops in the building to stop the movements of MNLF forces into the main town area.

 On one hand, the entire city of Zamboanga has been transformed into a ghost town. Big commercial shopping malls and both public and private offices have been closed. All sea port vessels and air port planes have ceased operations and the city government have imposed a 8:00 PM to 5:00 AM curfew for all residents as a great number of thousand evacuees and refugees is increasing.

 On this tragic event though, the people of Zamboanga City have expressed both anxiety and hope that peace should be the priority of the Manila government and MNLF to achieve. -osm/10.09.2013

 

   

   

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BANGSAMORO CONSTITUTION: ROAD MAP TO INDEPENDENCE AND NATIONAL SELF-DETERMINATION

CALL FOR BANGSAMORO UNITY AND THE CALL FOR BANGSAMORO MARTYRDOM

WHO IS AFRAID OF MINDANAO INDEPENDENCE? - PROLOGUE

WHY DID AMERICA CONDEMN FILIPINOS AND MOROS TO THE MINDANAO WAR?
Part IV -
ILL-EFFECTS OF AMERICAN COLONIAL POLICY UNDER AMERICA-CREATED PHILIPPINE COLONIALISM 

WHY DID AMERICA CONDEMN FILIPINOS AND MOROS TO THE MINDANAO WAR?
Part III - DARK ROAD TO AMERICA-DESIGNED PHILIPPINE COLONIALISM 

WHY DID AMERICA CONDEMN FILIPINOS AND MOROS TO THE MINDANAO WAR?
Part II - COST OF AMERICAN-FILIPINO WAR IN MINDANAO

WHY DID AMERICA CONDEMN FILIPINOS AND MOROS TO THE MINDANAO WAR?
Part I -
BRIEF HISTORY OF AMERICAN GREED FOR POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC POWER

PHILIPPINE STATE TERRORISM VIS-A-VIS BANGSAMORO FREEDOM STRUGGLE

PRESS STATEMENT OF THE SULTANATE OF SULU AND NORTH BORNEO (SSNB)

3/1 KAMPUNG TANDOU MASSACRE: DEFINING TRAGIC SAGA OF THE SULTANATE OF SULU AND NORTH BORNEO (SSNB)

The Sulu Sultanate

The Coming of Islam to Sulu

How Islam Came to Mindanao

The Maguindanao Sultanate

WHY BANGSAMORO, NOT FILIPINO?

 

 

 

   

 

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