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LUPAH SUG DECLARATION
OF THE FIFTH SESSION OF THE
BANGSAMORO PEOPLE’S NATIONAL CONGRESS


The Fifth Session of the Bangsamoro People’s National Congress held in Silangkan, Parang, Lupah Sug on 3-4 November 2001 (17-18 Sha’ban 1422H). 

Recalling the malevolent Treaty of Paris of 10 December 1898 forged between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Spain which illegally and immorally annexed the great Bangsamoro people and their national homeland into what is now known as the “Republic of the Philippines;”  

Recalling further the 4 July 1946 proclamation of Philippine independence by the United States’ Government which unjustly transferred the colonial administration of the oppressed Bangsamoro people into the hands of the newly proclaimed Philippine government; 

Conscious of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted and proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 217 A (III) on 10 December 1948 which enshrined peaceful and friendly relations based on respect for the principles of equal rights and self-determination of all peoples, and of universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion;  

Convinced that the United Nations Resolution on the Granting of Independence to Colonized Countries and Peoples (UN Resolution 1514(XV) 947th plenary meeting, 14 December 1960) was, and still is, not implemented by the Philippine government with respect to the legitimate and noble struggle of the oppressed Bangsamoro people for self-determination. This constitutes as viewed from world legal perspective a gross violation of the Resolution and deliberate disregard of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in which the Philippines is a major signatory; 

Bearing in mind the United Nations Resolution 1654 (XVI) on the situation with regard to the implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonized Countries and Peoples (10066th plenary meeting, 27 November 1961) which called upon States concerned to take action without further delay with a view to the faithful application and implementation of the Declaration but which the Philippines did not comply with as to the inalienable right for self-determination of the colonized Bangsamoro people; 

Mindful of the stern refusal of the Philippine colonial government in not implementing the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2200 A (XXI) of 16 December 1966 (International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights) which provides: “All peoples have the right to self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely can determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development,” which is a denial of this universal right and principle of self-determination;  

Invoking the peace agreements signed between the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), the Government of the Republic of the Philippines, and the Organization of Islamic Conference such as, the 1976 Tripoli Agreement, the 1987 Jeddah Accord and the 1996 Final Peace Agreement, as gradual fulfillments of self-determination but which were continuously violated in letter and spirit by the Manila regime; 

Invoking further the Cotabato Declaration of the Extraordinary Session of the Bangsamoro People’s National Congress held in Cotabato City on June 18, 2001, which resolved among others, to reaffirm the commitment and entrust the people’s mandate to the MNLF Central Committee leadership under H.E. Prof. Dr. Nur Misuari with the view to struggle for peace, freedom, justice and self-determination of our people and homeland; and  

Invoking furthermore the Resolution on the impending implementation of the Peace Agreement and other issues affecting South Philippines adopted by the Central Committee Leadership of the MNLF on July 10-11, 2001 at Kabatangan Complex, Zamboanga City, and that of the Resolution of the Fourth Session of the Bangsamoro People’s National Congress held also at Kabatangan Complex in Zamboanga City on April 29-30, 2001, which, among others, called on the OIC member-states through the Office of the Secretary General and the Ministerial Committee of the Eight to “individually and collectively extend political and economic pressures to the GRP to respect the letter and spirit of the Peace Agreements and to fastidiously implement all the provisions of the Manila Implementing Agreement,” and the decision to “revert back to the struggle for national political independence of the Bangsamoro homeland once the GRP abandons its commitment to the Peace Agreements.”  

1. RENEWS our all out support and loyalty to the leadership of H.E. Prof. Nur Misuari as Chairman of the Central Committee of the Moro National Liberation Front. 

2. REAFFIRMS the Cotabato Declaration of the Extraordinary Session of the Bangsamoro People’s National Congress held in Cotabato City on June 18, 2001, and the Resolution on the impending implementation of the Peace Agreement and other issues affecting South Philippines adopted by the Central Committee Leadership of the MNLF on July 10-11, 2001, and the Resolution as well of the Fourth Session of the Bangsamoro People’s National Congress held in Zamboanga City on April 29-30, 2001.

3. STRONGLY URGES the Organization of Islamic Conference to admit as FULL MEMBER the Moro National Liberation Front in equal footing with the similarly oppressed but independence-seeking Palestine Liberation Organization in order to advance our interests as a nation. 

4. PAYS TRIBUTE to the Organization of Islamic Conference, to the OIC Ministerial Committee of the Eight and to H.E. Secretary General Dr. Abdelouahed Belkeziz for their continued moral, humanitarian, and political support to the struggle of the MNLF and the Bangsamoro people.  

5. STRONGLY URGES the OIC and its 56 member states to seriously address once and for all the centuries-old question of the Muslims or the Bangsamoro people in Mindanao.  

6. STRONGLY URGES the United Nations’ Special Committee of 24 on Decolonization to call upon the Philippine government to immediately terminate its presence and wrap up its unintelligently consented authority in the Bangsamoro national Homeland and pave the way for the conduct of UN-supervised REFERENDUM in fulfillment of our fundamental rights to freedom and self-determination. 

7. HAILS the October 21, 2001 unity agreement between the MNLF headed by H.E. Prof. Nur Misuari and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) headed by brother Ustaz Salamat Hashim that would strengthen the resolve of the Bangsamoro people in struggling for self-determination, decolonization, peace and development. 

8. REITERATES OUR CONDEMNATION of the spiteful acts of the so-called Executive Council of 15 and their benefactors, collaborators and handlers for the failed coup attempt against the Central Committee Leadership of Brother Prof. Nur Misuari and for sowing dissension and disunity within the rank and file of our soldiers. 

9. REITERATE OUR CALL to the GRP not to conspire with and cuddle the renegade members of the MNLF or the so-called Executive Council of15 who are out to divide the unity of the Bangsamoro people and undermine their struggle for self-determination..  

10. STRONGLY CONDEMNS the latest treacherous assault perpetrated by elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) against the MNLF soldiers of peace in Camps Barat Daya and Jabal Uhud, all in Talipao, Sulu, resulting in the martyrdom of 11 MNLF Mujahedin, as well as in all other Joint Monitoring Committee-visited areas of the Front.  

11. REITERATE OUR CALL for the Tripartite parties to the peace agreement, the MNLF, OIC and GRP, to immediately convene the long-stalled tripartite meeting so as to salvage the peace process and to preserve the gains of the accord.  

12. URGES the foreign diplomatic missions in Manila to strictly adhere to the universally accepted norms of diplomatic ethics and etiquettes and to caution their envoys not to engage in acts unbecoming of being ambassadors by recklessly meddling and in hoodwinking the MNLF Leadership. 

13. APPEALS to the United Nations to justly implement its December 14, 1960 Resolution, vis-à-vis, the Bangsamoro people, being victims of Western colonialism which reduce them to what they are today, a non-self governing nation. This is to expeditiously enrich universal freedom and international peace and to rectify historical injustices done against the Bangsamoro people in the light of their legitimate struggle to national self-determination. 

14. REITERATES THE CALL for the establishment of a provisional government in the event of the failure of the Peace Agreement. 

15. DECIDES to revert back to our original objective of struggling, peacefully and democratically, for our fundamental right to self-determination, decolonization and independence of the Bangsamoro Republik of Mindanao once the GRP will officially abandon its internationally binding commitment to the September 2, 1996 Peace Agreement it signed with the MNLF under H.E. Chairman Nur Misuari, with the active participation of the 56-member countries of the Organization of Islamic Conference. 

16. EARNESTLY appeals to the conscience of mankind for their kind understanding and support should the Bangsamoro people finally decide to take the last option left to them in order to achieve their aspiration for total peace, justice, development and freedom pursuant to their inalienable right as a people being guaranteed by the Charter of the United Nations. 

ADOPTED at Silangkan, Parang, Lupah Sug (Sulu), Mindanao, this 4th Day of November 2001.  

 

CERTIFIED TRUE AND CORRECT:

(SGD.) USTADZ HABIB ZAIN JALI

Chairman, Bangsamoro Congress 

 

 

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