Duterte’s BBL fans the flames of the Moro people’s struggles
Duterte’s Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is set to further reinforce their national oppression. It subsumes any so-called “Moro authority” to be exercised in the BBL under the 1987 Philippine constitution and the powers of the central government.
Most critically, it reserves the central government’s exclusive right to operate an armed forces within the Bangsamoro area, and puts local police operations under the Philippine National Police. Duterte’s BBL aims to disempower the Moro people by disarming and demobilizing their armies, thus disabling them from defending their rights and exercising political authority.
Furthermore, Duterte’s BBL denies the Moro people the exclusive right to determine the use of their natural resources. The Moro people will forever suffer the loss of the Liguasan Marsh and the Lanao Lake and its rich resources long coveted by foreign big capitalists. Duterte’s BBL is set to transform Bangsamoro land into a haven for plunderous mining companies, and destructive rubber and oil palm plantations, and make the broad masses of the Moro people suffer widespread displacement from their lands.
Duterte’s BBL is an insidious measure which pretends to serve the Moro people but in fact aims to oppress them further. The broad spectrum of Moro groups are disenchanted, to say the least. To many, Duterte’s BBL further insults and assaults the Moro people who just recently suffered gravely from the war of destruction against Marawi City perpetrated by Duterte, the AFP and the US military.
Duterte and the whole anti-Moro chauvinists in the reactionary state are making the same mistake of deceiving the Moro people. The enactment of Duterte’s BBL in its present mangled form will surely rouse the Moro people, especially the broad masses of peasants, workers and semiproletariat, as well as petty-bourgeois intellectuals, to continue waging revolutionary resistance.
Various armed Moro revolutionary groups are bound to intensify their armed struggle as Duterte’s BBL makes it crystal clear that they have no other recourse. The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and all revolutionary forces reiterate full support to the Moro people’s continuing struggle for their right to self-determination.
The CPP enjoins the broad masses of the Moro people to rise up with the Filipino people against the Duterte government which has made them suffer through wars and attacks against their human rights. The Filipino people and the Moro people are strongly connected by their struggles for national liberation and social justice against common enemies. Their history of symbiotic resistance continues.
[Ang Bayan is the official news organ of the Communist Party of the