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EDITORIAL
13 August 2011


BANGSAMORO HISTORICAL NOTES

THE AQUINO-MURAD MEETING

     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.  

     What is 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 elections."

     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.

- O.S.Miharbi 

   

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