Friday, December 14, 2012

MNLF: Philippines-Bangsamoro War in Mindanao: Origin and Aftermath

From the MNLF Website (Dec 13): Philippines-Bangsamoro War in Mindanao: Origin and Aftermath

[The following are the concluding paragraphs from the "analysis" posted to the MNLF Website]
Thirty years ago today, after Philippine colonialism under President/Dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos signed the highly media-hyped historical breakthrough Tripoli Peace Agreement in 1976, the Jeddah Peace Accord in 1987 under President Corazon C. Aquino, and the Jakarta MNLF-OIC-GRP Final Peace Agreements in 1996 under President Fidel V. Ramos, thePhilippines--Bangsamoro war in Mindanaohas still remained without permanent closure. Apparently, Philippine colonialism needs only to buy time in delaying the peace process. It is deliberately not at all interested to implement any peace agreement forged with the colonised Bangsamoro people in order to remain enforce the "legalised land-grabbing" 1935 Quirino-Recto Colonisation Act.

Thus, it is really quite strange that with the signing of the three agreements in the past by Philippine colonialism and the Bangsamoro people represented by MNLF being the pillar of the Bangsamoro people's freedom struggle, the present Aquino II regime has unilaterally decided to forge another peace agreement with the MILF, disregarding totally the peace agreements signed by his predecessors with the MNLF.

Creating another euphoria of hope for peace in the Bangsamoro homeland similar to the atmosphere and situation in 1976, 1987 and 1996, Philippine colonialism under the Aquino II government has this time conspired with Malaysian colonialism under Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak in signing the November 15, 2012 Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro (FAB) based on the justification of replacing the existing 5-province Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) because the political entity is a failed experiment.

For point of emphasis, the ARMM was unilaterally manufactured by Philippine Congress under the Aquino I regime to give a semblance that Philippine colonialism has implemented the 1976 TripoliPeace Agreement and the 1987 Jeddah Peace Accord. It was from the beginning a failed experiment because it was meant only to deceive the Bangsamoro people and the global peaceful community of nations.Thus, it would be not quite surprising if the present course of political action taken by the Aquino II regime in tandem with the Malaysian Razak regime is again to mesmerize only the Bangsamoro people and the peaceful humanity that peace, not war, is the end goal of both Filipino and Malaysian colonisers today.

What of the Philippines--Bangsamoro war in Mindanao? Is the comprehensive peaceful settlement of the Filipino-Moro hostilities in Mindanao within the ambit of the establishment of the planned Bangsamoro government called for by the 2012 FAB as conceived by the MILF, Aquino II dispensation and Malaysian government? Will the final, just and lasting peace in Mindanao be surely established if both the 1996 MNLF-OIC-GRP FPA and the 2012 MILF-GPH FAB be linked and harmonised as called for by the OIC and other stakeholder sectors to finally end the Philippines--Bangsamoro war in Mindanao?

On the other hypothetical note, although both the 1996 FPA and the 2012 FAB would be linked, harmonised and adopted to become the substantial road map to ultimately solve the Filipino-Moro conflict in Mindanao to guarantee permanent peace in war-torn Mindanao, is this achievable while still the active freedom fighters of the Moro Islamic Freedom Movement (MIFM) under Al-Ustaj Umra Amiril Kato are continuously waging the freedom struggle against Philippine colonialism to prove the moral point that the only substantial solution to the nagging Philippines--Bangsamoro war in Mindanao is the freedom of the Filipino-colonised Bangsamoro people and the independence of the Filipino-occupied Bangsamoro homeland of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan?

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