BANGSAMORO HISTORICAL NOTES
What is really the objective of Philippine
colonialism under a Part II Aquino government? Why is President
Benigno S. Aquino III duplicating the presidential odyssey of
her mother, former President Corazon C. Aquino, who in 1986 met
Chairman Prof. Nur Misuari of the Moro National Liberation Front
(MNLF) in Jolo in showcasing her seriousness to end the
Filipino-Moro war in Mindanao, but nonetheless failed. Thus,
sacrificing Mindanao peace by opting again to prolong the
genocidal Mindanao war.
now the significance of the meeting of President Benigno S.
Aquino III and Hj. Murad Ebrahim, Chairman of the Moro Islamic
Liberation (MILF), in Tokyo, Japan, last August 4, this year.
Does this augur well for the oppressed Bangsamoro people, who
have been suffering agony and misery for more than six decades
now under Philippine colonial rule? Worse, the more than four
decades have been marked by continuing Filipino-Moro in
Bangsamoro homeland of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan (MINSUPALA).
If indeed the intention of the
present Philippine Chief Executive in meeting the MILF Chairman
is only to repeat the presidential strategy of her mother,
meeting the MNLF Chairman before the holding of the Jeddah peace
talks in 1987, is only to placate the restive Bangsamoro people
then Philippine colonialism has only again unmasked its sinister
design to prolong the Mindanao war. It never has the sincerity
to enshrine permanent peace in war-torn Mindanao.
It is sad to note that the Manila
government has always insisted to solve the Mindanao problem
through constitutional process. But it never has the political
will to amend a "draconian law" - Legislative Act no. 4197
otherwise known as Quirino-Recto Colonization Act - used by the
past Quezon Commonwealth regime in colonizing and occupying the
Bangsamoro homeland Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan (MINSUPALA).
Lacking political will to put closure to the Filipino-Moro war
in Mindanao, the Philippine government, starting from President
Ferdinand E. Marcos, Corazon C. Aquino, Fidel V. Ramos, Joseph
E. Estrada to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, have only resulted to
peace negotiations and more peace talks, but never finding the
correct solution to the raging problem. Instead, Philippine
colonialism has only come up with repeated superficial and
cosmetic solutions, such as the fabrication of farcical
Marcosian autonomous entity and the Cory Aquino-manufactured
Autonomous Region n Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), which has been
converted by Malacanang into the "cheating capital of Philippine
Back again to the Japan Aquino-Murad
meeting, will it again be an encore to the Mindanao Aquino-Misuari
meeting that only frustrated the high hopes of the Bangsamoro
people and other stakeholders in achieving lasting peace in
Mindanao? Thus, proving right the steadfast Moro freedom
fighters, like Al-Ustaj Khabir Malik of Sulu, Al-Ustaj Amiril
Umbra Katu of Cotabato and Commander Bravo of Lanao, that
Philippine colonialism is never interested in Mindanao peace,
but only in protracted war of genocide against the
freedom-loving Bangsamoro people.
On this another twist development,
both the Bangsamoro stakeholders and the Filipino civilians can
only watch and wait for any future positive result.