PHILIPPINE – BANGSAMORO CONFLICT
By O. S. Miharbi
Afraid of Mindanao Independence?
to the cyber age – www.mnlf.net!
timely birth is a significant contribution of the Bangsamoro
people of Mindanaw to the cyber global village. Quite
expectedly, your ‘coming’ is awaited by the rest of the
Islamic Ummah, and the world community.
doesn’t want to know the truth about the MNLF-launched
Bangsamoro people’s struggle to regain liberty and freedom
from the real genuine actors and players, who have yet to
re-write their own true history?
Now, what did the
remaining days of year 2001 bring vividly to the consciousness
of the Muslim, Christian and Highlander Mindanawans that will
again trigger the resumption of a fullscale Filipino-Moro war in
the region for the coming year of horse 2002?
it cannot be anything else, but a fervent prayer for a lifetime
legacy of a peaceful Mindanao… for now and, possibly, forever!
is conflict-free Mindanaw possible under the present
circumstances? Or is Mindanaw condemned forever to more wars and
hostilities between the oppressed ethnic nationalities and their
time immemorial, the historical past of Mindanaw had always been
embedded in tragic wars. Clearly, the tragedy had been always an
imposed one. The series of tragic strife were never the making
of the native inhabitants – the warrior Moros and the other
ethnic communities – but brought upon their doorsteps by the
western pirates, who crossed the thousand-mile sea journey to
bring chaos and turmoil into the Mindanaw heartland to satisfy
their megalomaniac economic and political greed.
the more than three centuries Spanish-Moro wars, and the almost
half century American-Moro war in Mindanao only proved that the
western piratical colonizers were mighty proud to promote the
law of the jungle: That might is right! But isn’t this the
doctrine of the barbarians and the savages?
equip with superior ‘weapons of mass destruction’, the
Spanish and American pirates used their might to bully the
Mindanaw natives into surrender and submission to attain one
sublime goal – to land-grab the indigenous lands and to
plunder the inherent mineral and aquatic riches of the ethnic
nationalities of Moroland.
Yet, the western
piratical invaders never did permanently succeed because the
native Mindanawans fought back and hard and merely exposed them
for what they really were – piratical conspirators, who merely
brought upon Mindanaw the continued plague of war up to the
the ugliness of the whole piratical episode, both the Spanish
and American invaders camouflaged their crusade based on the
following flimsy grounds: (a) “civilizing the savages”, (b)
“Christianizing the native believers from their untrue
religion,” and (c) “teaching the unlearned natives with the
rudiments of democracy and the sublime ‘benevolent
shame and concern for the fundamental human rights, religion and
culture of the Mindanaw ethnic communities, the western pirates,
who had established a war base in Manila and utilized to the
full extent their Indio slaves from Luzon and nearby Visayas,
invaded repeatedly and ransacked the Bangsamoro homeland to
accomplish the ugly goals mentioned above.
how successful were the Spanish and American colonizers to
hoodwink the native Mindanawans and to land-grab their precious
may be viewed now in modern history, the piratical Spanish and
American expeditions have only brought continued war in
Mindanao. Worst, the western conspirators had deliberately
contributed to Mindanaw becoming a milking colony to the
inheritors of Spanish-American colonialism on July 4, 1946.
the war for Mindanaw independence has had to be fought time and
again by the Bangsamoro people against the new homegrown
Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) started actively the
liberation struggle in the late 1960s. However, this was cut
short to accepting “autonomy under the sovereignty of the
Republic of the Philippines” through the strong pressure by
the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC).
the MNLF and the Philippine government with the active
participation of then OIC Ministerial Committee of Six,
composing of Indonesia, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Senegal
and Somalia, had forged the Peace Agreement of September 2,
1996, but still the autonomy formula for 14 provinces and ten
cities in war-torn Mindanao has to take off the ground.
the time framework allotted to its implementation has passed the
deadline. The MNLF thus accused the Philippine government of
mistrust, violating the letter and spirit of the GRP-OIC-MNLF
Peace Agreements of September 2, 1996.
the other hand, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the
mysterious Abu Sayyaf group continued to wage a war for Mindanaw
active Bangsamoro freedom fighters were inspired by the
unfolding event in East Timor, whose people voted in a
referendum for total independence from Indonesian rule.
support to the ground Mujahideen, Bangsamoro masses by tens of
thousands staged demonstrations and rallies in Davao City and
Marawi City, demanding for the complete independence of Mindanaw.
This milestone event happened on the same day the MILF and the
Philippine government started their peace talks sometime
truth, similar to Kazakstan, Bosnia, India, Pakistan, and East
Timor, Mindanaw was always a peaceful free nation until the
western piratical war-mongers preyed upon its tranquility. And
gradually, the same western piratical powers dumped Mindanaw
into its present lowly colonial status.
the idea of Mindanaw independence is only bidding its time.
Similar to East Timor, an independent Mindanaw is the only ideal
and logical formula to avert a continued genocidal blood-bath
war in the region that will eventually end with both the
oppressed and the oppressors the biggest losers.
who’s afraid of Mindanaw independence?
they, the past and present oppressors, who have come to believe
that the perpetuation of colonialism is a shining badge of “might
it as it may, it’s about time too the present conscious
Spaniards and Americans have to apologize to the people they had
wronged and bastardized in the past.
their barbaric ancestors cannot be far better off than the
Japanese tyrants, who had once ephemerally brought terror, chaos
and havoc into Mindanaw, Philippines and Korea, but nonetheless
developed the courage today to ask for forgiveness in public.
justice dictates no less.
can the civilized children of the past buccaneers muster enough
courage to do this? Or, are they today as their forebears in the
past, “mighty and righteous beholders of injustice”?
the truth set the oppressed free!
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