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EDITORIAL

19 September 2012

BANGSAMORO HISTORICAL NOTES

DOWN UNDER PHILIPPINE COLONIALISM:
WHY BANGSAMORO PEOPLE SUFFER MISERY OF WAR,
POVERTY, HUNGER, CORRUPTION, ETC.?

PHASE I - WHY THE MALPRACTICE OF COLONIALISM BY THE CHRISTIAN PHILIPPINE REPUBLIC?

PHASE II - WHY DO BANGSAMORO PEOPLE SUFFER THE MISERY OF WAR, POVERTY, HUNGER, CORRUPTION, PROSTITUTION AND OTHER SOCIAL ILLS UNDER PHILIPPINE COLONIALISM?

PHASE II - WHY DO BANGSAMORO PEOPLE HAVE TO SUFFER THE MISERY OF WAR,
POVERTY, HUNGER, CORRUPTION, PROSTITUTION, ALCOHOLISM AND OTHER ILLS
UNDER PHILIPPINE COLONIALISM?


 Since the formal imposition of Philippine colonialism in the Bangsamoro homeland Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan in 1946, the miserable lives of the peace-loving Muslim and Indigenous Peoples have become unbearable and appalling. They are not only exposed to the pangs of genocidal war executed by the colonial Filipino military occupation forces all out to terrorize, kill, worst, massacre them in cold blood in their own ancestral homeland, but they are also made to suffer the misery of pervasive corruption, mass poverty, rising hunger, alcoholism/gambling, prostitution and other human inequities and deprivations under the Philippine government.

Thus, it is highly unthinkable why Spain, America and Japan, which consider themselves today highly civilized with strong advocacy for basic freedom, human rights and democracy, can only watch and involve themselves in superficial humanitarian disaster dole-outs wrought about by the unending catastrophic Filipino-Moro in Mindanao. Particularly, America has helped finance building of cemented roads and airports in the war zone region for obvious reason, but this is never solving permanently the chaotic and disastrous colonial war the foreign invaders helped create. If only for the sake of true justice and lasting peace, why can't the concerned foreign colonizers play a positive and constructive role in history to help formulate a comprehensive solution to the centuries-long Mindanao conflict?

In reality, the fate of the 'fabricated Philippine State' becoming today one of the most corrupt nations in the world, if not the 'most corrupt country in Asia,' (according to Senator Merriam Defensor-Santiagao), is long ago foretold because of the morally bankrupt kind of leaders it produced. Philippine leadership is anchored on the Quezonian belief that the 'Christian Philippine Republic' is better run like 'hell' by Filipinos rather than like 'heaven' by foreigners.

Thus, it is not surprising why the American-manufactured Philippine Republic has only produced in political history leaders labelled as 'mastermind criminal', 'immoral maniac', 'Japanese collaborator', 'U.S. puppets and errand-dogs', 'tyrant dictator', plunderer, gambler and womanizer', 'electoral thief', and simply, 'political looters'.

Furthermore, it is not also surprising why the Internet U-Tube is showcasing that among the ten most corrupt global presidents in history, there are three Filipinos topping the list, notoriously, former Presidents Ferdinand E. Marcos, Joseph E. Estrada and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Simply put, the Philippine leadership from inception has had no Christian human heart to help the Muslim and Indigenous Peoples of Mindanao except to cunningly and forcibly convert them into colonial slaves, imposing in the process the 'cursed' Filipino identity upon them, and worse, depriving them of their precious agricultural, mineral and residential lands through deceptively the establishment of colonial settlements legalized by colonizer-made laws embodied in the so-called Philippine Constitution.

This is aptly described by Manuel 'Pocholo' Quezon III, great grandson of President Manuel L. Quezon, in his commentary published by Philippine Daily Inquirer, March 3, 2005: "Hence, the conviction of the leaders in the 1930s that the Muslims had to be dealt with firmly, if the interests of the nation they were building were to prevail. This was, at best, a confrontational attitude - "us" against "them'. The Muslims were viewed as half-savage children who needed firm disciplining and tutelage - concepts which used to irritate Filipino leaders when they had begun to agitate for autonomy. The end result can all the more be seen as internal colonialism. Flooding Mindanao with Christian settlers - the way Americans flooded the Midwest in the United States - became one of the most effective ways of ensuring that the island would remain in the republic."

With regards to their own kind, it is also observed that the Filipino leaders have had only taken advantage over the plight of the poor and needy Filipino masses in the islands of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, disregarding seriously solving poverty and hunger problem except only through short-term dole-out basis. On the other hand, they are only serving their own personal interests and the vested-interests of their cronies, the elitist local and multi-national groups, which usually bankroll their political candidature. 

Today thus, in the Philippines, the two war fronts engaging the Manila government against the Bangsamoro freedom fighters and the AFP-NDF/NPA war are not given concrete solution except resulting to peace talks and signing peace protocol agreements without implementation because the colonial strategy is only in delaying the whole process on the fragile basis of 'no war, no peace' scenario.

Furthermore, within the Filipino nation today, the problem of endemic corruption is becoming pervasive and rampant, massive poverty and escalating hunger are only given lip-service solution. With similar attitude, other social ills, like patronage politics and political warlordism that encourage mass killing of civilian volunteers and mass media personnel like the Maguindanao massacre; criminal activities, such as kidnapping, rape,  bank robbery, car-napping and other vehicle high-jacking; alcohol-related crimes like incest and kindred blood killing; other social degradation like prostitution, gambling, women and child trafficking; and other heinous criminal vices have only become strangely a part of the Philippine socio-economic and political system.

While the rest of the Asian countries, like Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea and Vietnam have fully developed  and grown progressive and dynamic addressing the major social problems affection their citizenry, the Philippines has only become a nation of 'more fun', attracting only the smallest percentage of global tourists compared to other peaceful and prosperous Asian countries.

Thus, when will Philippine leadership learn a moral lesson from Indonesia that the curse of colonial war is a devastating outbreak of tumultuous peace and order meltdown affecting the socio-economic political and religious framework of any nation?

Apparently, after abandoning the scourge and evil of colonialism in the case of the freedom struggle of the Timorese people, Indonesia today is cruising the peaceful journey in attaining full development and respect worldwide as a center of peace and socio-economic and political advancement.

Thus, when will the Philippines become war-free and not anymore a Catholic nation of war-freaks and war-mongers, transforming even its military component -the AFP- from Armed Forces of the Philippines into the 'Armed Forces of Pabaon' to describe the Filipino soldier generals, who have made a killing of enriching themselves and families due to the Mindanao war and the AFP-NDF/NPA war? And also, when will the Philippines cease to become 'sick man of Asia'?

Indeed, when will the misery and suffering of the Bangsamoro people of Mindanao finally end under Philippine colonialism that is oblivious in solving social dilemma, like corruption, poverty, hunger, patronage/dynastic politics and political warlordism and as well as other societal problems, like human abduction, drug addiction and drug peddling menace, prostitution, women/child trafficking, public gambling and other sickening social eye-sores and impediments? 

Lastly, why do the Muslim and Indigenous Peoples of Mindanao have to suffer the misery of Filipino-made problems insidiously introduced, tolerated and encouraged by past power-hungry Filipino leaders, who never have the genuine compassion and love for their country to gain perpetual peace and full development at par with the neighboring Asian nations? Is the Philippine leadership only capable to rule and to govern on the wickedness of 'military solution' in perpetuating Philippine colonialism in Mindanao and to combat the media-hyped 'insurgency', 'recalcitrant' and 'terrorism' against the Philippine Republic?

Finally, why can't the Philippine government cure of its own sickness for blood-letting war by addressing the root cause of the nagging Filipino-Moro war in Mindanao and eventually the AFP-NDF/NPA carnage to guarantee 'just and lasting' peace and harmonious co-existence between the freedom-loving Filipino and Bangsamoro peoples of Asia?

In the ultimate final analysis, the Bangsamoro people of Mindanao deserve no less their much coveted freedom like the once colonized struggling people of East Timore and South Sudan for the sake of durable and developmental peace. -osm/mnlfnet.com

 

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PHILIPPINES-BANGSAMORO WAR IN MINDANAO:
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