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Jolo, Sulu, Mindanao
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September 3, 2014
 

“When Will Filipino Colonialist Land-grabbers Stop War Crime
Against Humanity in Mindanao for Peace?”
– Reverend Absalom Cerveza

 

BMNews – MNLF Peace Panel spokesman Reverend Absalom Cerveza repeatedly tweeted recently in Twitter: “When will Filipino colonialist land-grabbers stop war crime against humanity in Mindanao for peace?”

This was in reaction to the oppressive action of Philippine colonialism under President Benigno S. Aquino III to arrest Chairman Nur Misuari of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). The MNLF Christian leader of Filipino-colonized Mindanao also said that any attempt of the Philippine military forces to arrest Chairman Misuari could be considered “act of war” after his declaration of independence for the Bangsamoro Republik now pending before the United Nations (UN). He further explained that the MNLF petition for complete independence and national self-determination of the Muslim and Animist Lumad natives as well as conscious Christians of Mindanao was already submitted to the UN Committee on Decolonization. Thus he concluded that the petition in the United Nations would render any criminal case filed by the Philippine colonial government against the MNLF chairman and other MNLF leaders as “war crimes” under the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

It is also recalled that the October 30-November 3, 1980 Antwerp, Belgium Permanent People’s Tribunal, headed by the American Nobel Prize winner Dr. George Wald, acknowledged in its judgment that the Bangsamoro people are entitled to the right of national self-determination. It strongly condemned what it called the “programme of displacement and physical extinction” that was waged by the Philippine Marcos government against the oppressed Bangsamoro people. It said that such program had already deprived the Indigenous peoples (Muslim and Lumad natives) of Filipino-occupied Mindanao of much of their ancestral land and made roughly half of their number refugees and exiles. The Belgium Tribunal concluded that the cumulative effect of this program has been its commission of the “crime of genocide” against the Bangsamoro people.

IMPACT OF AUGUST 12 1ST ANNIVERSARY DECLARATION
OF BANGSAMORO REPUBLIK ON PHILIPPINE COLONIALISM 

The 1st Anniversary celebration of the declaration of independence of the United Federated States of Bangsamoro Republik (UFSBR) by MNLF Central

Committee Chairman Nur Misuari in Cloud 9, Mindanao Island, on August 12, 2014 was highlighted by both foreign and local media last week of August. After being blogged by mnlfnet.com, it tremendously alarmed Philippine colonialism under President Benigno S. Aquino III that did not expect the Bangsamoro living legendary leader to surface from the newfound land sanctuary.  

On his routine tour to the visitation of the MNLF Jabal Nur and MQ (for Muammar al-Qadaffi) military camps in Mindanao peninsula, the MNLF chairman was occasioned to celebrate the 1st Anniversary independence declaration of the Bangsamoro Republik in the MNLF Cloud 9 island camp last August 12, 2014. In the celebration gathering, he exhorted the MNLF Mujahidin and Mujahidat as well as the gaosbaogbog mass supporters to militantly pursue the freedom struggle by any means possible. He underscored the developmental reality that it has now become possible for the Bangsamoro people and freedom fighters because Philippine colonialism cannot be trusted to implement international peace agreements. And the present Aquino government has shown no respect for the MNLF-OIC-GRP Jakarta Peace Agreements of September 2, 1996.

In full battle gear, the Commander-in-Chief of the MNLF-Bangsamoro Armed Forces (BAF) addressed the assembly of close to 3,000 freedom fighters and mass supporters. He was accompanied by the MNLF Secretary General Ustaj Murshi Ibrahim, Bangsamoro National People’s Congress Chairman Ustaj Sharif Zain Jali, MNLF Foreign Affairs Secretary General Ustaj Abdulbaki Abubakar and other military, political and religious leaders in commemorating the significance of the August 12, 2013 proclamation of the complete independence of the United Federated States of Bangsamoro Republik. The UFSBR Highlander, Christian and Muslim officialdom have considered Davao City the central capital.

The MNLF chairman recalled the historical significance of the first public declaration of independence of the Bangsamoro Republik on April 28, 1974 immediately after the 1st Bangsamoro People’s National Congress in Mindanao peninsula. He pointed out though that this was not actively pursued due to the wish of then Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) for the MNLF to accept instead full autonomy for the sake of Mindanao peace. The OIC facilitated the peace talks in Libya that forged the historical December 23, 1976 Tripoli Agreement. He elucidated that the primacy of Mindanao peace overwhelmed the militancy of the MNLF-launched freedom struggle in regaining complete independence and national self-determination for the colonized and oppressed Muslim and Animist Lumad natives of Mindanao, including the conscious Christians.

BETRAYAL OF MINDANAO PEACE BY
PHILIPPINE COLONIALISM

He lamented the sad fact that Mindanao peace was betrayed by Philippine colonialism under President Ferdinand E. Marcos that reneged in implementing the letter and spirit of the Tripoli Peace Agreement. Instead it unilaterally established a two-fold autonomous government in Mindanao that was rejected by the OIC and MNLF. Thus the betrayal of Mindanao peace by the Philippine Marcos government led to the resumption of the worsening Filipino-Moro war that even resulted in the killing of the 1st Tabak Division Commander Brig. Gen. Teofisto Bautista, Sr. and several AFP national officers in Danag, Patikul in 1977.

He also emphasized that the active MNLF freedom struggle was again stymied in 1986 by the peace negotiations called by Philippine colonialism under President Corazon C. Aquino, who even strategized to meet face-to-face the MNLF chairman in Jolo sometime in December 1986. Although the peace talks resulted in the signing of the Jeddah Peace Accord of January 3, 1987, it was not correctly implemented by the Philippine Aquino government. But, similar to the Marcos government, the Aquino administration unilaterally established its own autonomy version characterized by the 4-province Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). This was again rejected by the OIC and MNLF. The betrayal of Mindanao peace by the Philippine Aquino government led to more blood-letting in war-torn Mindanao.

He further mentioned the political events in 1992 when the MNLF again was invited by Philippine colonialism under President Fidel V. Ramos to give Mindanao peace maximum chance. This led again the MNLF in abandoning militant free-

dom struggle to engage the Philippine Ramos government in more than three years peace talks, forging the September 2, 1996 MNLF-OIC-GRP Jakarta Peace Agreements. Departing from the deceptive political strategy of both the Marcos and Aquino government, the Ramos administration decreed the implementation of the 1996 peace agreement by establishing the 13-province and 9-city Southern Philippines Council for Peace and Development (SPCPD) with the 4-province ARMM as component political empowerment, so to speak. It invited the MNLF chieftain to become SPCPD chairman and ARMM governor. Closer to implementing the letter and spirit of the Tripoli peace agreement contained in the 1996 Jakarta Peace Agreements, the political formula of the Philippine Ramos government could have finally solved the Filipino-Moro war, giving way to Mindanao peace. But the succeeding Filipino colonialist rulers, President Joseph E. Estrada and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who both later figured in plunder case arrest and imprisonment, had different ideas in betraying Mindanao peace.

Bereft of political will on improving the peace solution prescribed by the Philippine Ramos government but literally abandoning it, the short-lived Philippine Estrada government prided with its “all-out war” policy. It embarked in crushing the MNLF-splintered group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) forces and capturing the Abubakar as-Siddique camp in Maguindanao. But the continued genocide war resulted in appalling humanitarian disaster situation, causing the dislocation of half million Muslim, Highlander and Christian refugees. The Estrada administration opted to betray Mindanao peace again by planning to unilaterally establish its own version ARMM. But this was overtaken by political events when it was toppled down from existence by another so-called Edsa people power.

However, the exact betrayal of Mindanao peace again for the third time was accomplished by Philippine colonialism under President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Duplicating the colonial strategy of the Marcos and Aquino government, it unilaterally implemented the 1996 Jakarta Peace Agreements aided by the pork barrel-conscious Philippine Congress in establishing the present 5-province ARMM. Ridiculed as nothing more than a farcical political regional political entity, the current ARMM has only become the “cheating capital” of Philippine elections.

The MNLF chairman finally expressed dismay on the events leading to the betrayal of Mindanao peace by the leading Filipino colonizers. The stark betrayal compelled him to abandon altogether the ARMM governorship in year end 2001 under the Arroyo government. The crucial event led to the submission of the MNLF petition to freedom and independence from Philippine colonialism to the UN on December 10, 2001. And it also led to the resumption of Filipino-Moro war in Mindanao triggered by the provoked AFP-MNLF battle in Jolo Island on December 2001.   

  In his closing remarks, he cited the conspiracy of the Mahathir and Arroyo regime to silence him and to possibly end the MNLF-launched Bangsamoro people’s freedom struggle by contriving to imprison him for a trumped up charge of rebellion. He pointed out that despite his incarceration for almost five years under the Arroyo prison cell this did not end the Mindanao conflict. Instead it heightened during the 20-day September 2013 battle between the colonial Philippine occupation forces and MNLF freedom fighters in Zamboanga City.

The AFP-MNLF war resulted when MNLF members and mass supporters from all over Mindanao were barred from holding a peaceful rally in the city. Worse, some members were even harassed, arrested and tortured by Philippine military soldiers. Just like the February 1974 AFP-MNLF war in Jolo that witnessed the burning of almost the entire town by AFP land, sea and air bombardments, the September 2013 Zamboanga City AFP-MNLF war registered the burning of around 10,160 civilian houses and mosques by Filipino military soldiers. This also caused unparalleled humanitarian disaster condition that until now remains completely without solution because thousands of dislocated fire victims are still languishing in tents in the city grandstand with hundred children dying.

OPENING THE DOOR TO PEACEFUL SOLUTION

On the other hand, the Davao City-based MNLF Spokesman and Legal Counsel Atty. Emmanuel Fontanilla admitted the holding of the August 12, 2014 1st Anniversary Bangsamoro Republik independence declaration in Mindanao Island with the presence of the MNLF chairman, including the other celebration activities in other areas in Mindanao.

He expressed the hope though that with the first public appearance of the MNLF chairman in Mindanao, this would impress upon the Philippine government to follow the wish of the OIC to address peacefully the Mindanao war. It should be emphasized that the OIC has rejected the GPH-MILF Basic Bangsamoro Law (BBL) project of the Aquino government as contrary to the letter and spirit of the 1996 Jakarta Peace Agreements.

 “We have already abdicated the use of violence and we want to resolve this peacefully,” Atty. Fontanilla said. BMNews Correspondent, UFSBR

 

 

 

   

   

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