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EDITORIAL

22 June 2012

BANGSAMORO HISTORICAL NOTES

THE FIRST MNLF-MILF CONVERGENCE DIALOGUE ON UNITY

FROM OIC GHQ TO DAVAO CITY


The Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) called for the unity of the Bangsamoro people to enable both the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to come to terms with the stark reality that the oppressed Muslim and Highlander natives of Mindanao must solidify their freedom struggle as a single and formidable representative of social change for peace and development. This too may include the Christian settlers who have considered the Bangsamoro homeland of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan (MINSUPALA) their home. Thus, peaceful co-existence is of paramount importance for all Mindanao stakeholders, including the Filipino colonizers in Luzon.

 

Challenged by this Islamic clamor for unity and cooperation, MNLF Chairman Prof. Nur Misuari and then MILF Chairman Al-

Ustaj Salamat Hashim conducted peace dialogues to strengthen the leverage of the Bangsamoro struggle to regain national self-determination from Philippine colonialism. The search for Bangsamoro unity did not end with the martyrdom of the most respected and revered MILF leader, but is still pursued by both MNLF and MILF leadership under Chairman Alhaj Murad Ebrahim .

 

MNLF AND MILF DAVAO DIALOGUE


In conformity to the peace initiatives undertaken by the MNLF and MILF Central Committee in the OIC level, holding unity and cooperation talks in the Jeddah OIC headquarters, and in other OIC-member countries, the conscious peace stakeholders of the Bangsamoro people belonging to the MNLF and MILF in the ground level have decided to converge together to discuss unification of ideas and opinions related to helping the peace process succeed between the Filipino colonizers and the Moro freedom fighters. 
 

The first formal convergence dialogue of the unity-conscious Bangsamoro colleagues-in-struggle was held in Davao City, May 18-20, 2012. Attended by MNLF leaders, among others, like Reverend Absalom Cerveza and Dr. Abdurahman U. Amin, and MILF stalwarts Mohagdir Iqbal and Atty. Michael Mastura, the Davao dialogue produced productive results that surely would help the MNLF and MILF overcome lapses in their continued peace negotiations with the Manila government. 
 

It is noted that until now the Philippine government has not totally implemented the MNLF-OIC-GRP Peace Agreements of September 2, 1996 notwithstanding the series of Ministerial Tri-Partite meetings in OIC-member state countries that ended in dismal failure due to the negativity of Philippine colonialism to sincerely comply with the internationally-recognized peace accord. On the other hand, the MILF-GRP peace negotiations as mediated by Malaysia and monitored by the European Union (EU) countries, Japan, United States, etc., are still on-going in order to forge a peace agreement based on the 10-principles stipulating the establishment of a Bangsamoro State Government to replace the existing farcical Autonomous Government in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). It is recalled that the ARMM was created by the Philippine Congress to address conveniently the Filipino-Moro war in Mindanao. But this was from the beginning rejected by the MNLF and OIC.

 

With the success of the Davao convergence dialogue to bridge unity and cooperation of the Bangsamoro people belonging to the MNLF and MILF, there is now a demand to pursue further the meeting of minds and hearts of the unity-conscious colleagues-in-freedom struggle. On this positive note, all eyes now are cast on the Islamic City of Marawi. Who knows, this convergence dialogue of peace and unity may be transformed into one single  Bangsamoro Support Group for Peace Process in accord with the Islamic tradition of ensuring the unity and harmony of the Muslim community (Dar-al Islam)? -osm, mnlfnet.com    

 

 

 

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