The Bangsamoro has been existing as an indigenous nation in the far-east having the elements of a nation: people, sovereign territory, resources and government prior to the coming of the foreign colonizers and before the establishment of the Philippine republic in 1946.
The Bangsamoro forefathers signed the Zamboanga Declaration of 1924 and the Dansalan Declaration of 1935 to protest the inclusion of the Moro Ancestral Domain as part of the territory ceded to the US through the Treaty of Paris.
Pushed against the wall, the Bangsamoro was forced to defend themselves and their ancestral homeland.
The struggle for freedom and self-determination was born.
The stipulated control, and/or regulatory powers of the SPCPD was not provided.
SPCPD not deputized to participate in the conduct of the 1998. general elections and the 2000 local elections and plebiscite, violating the agreement that the SPCPD would be deputized by the COMELEC in the conduct of any electoral activity in the SZOPAD.
Resources for SZOPAD during transitory period were under absolute control of the appropriate NGAs and not the SPCPD.
RA 9054 (Amending RA 6734) was an arbitrary and unilateral act of GRP and vehemently objected by the MNLF.
The plebiscite was conducted without social preparation or information campaign about RA 9054.
Clusters of municipalities in Lanao del Norte, North Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat that voted for inclusion in the ARMM were left out since their situation was not in the contemplation of RA 9054. – subsuming Paragraph 2 (b) of the FPA (clusters of contiguous Muslim dominated municipalities voting in favor of autonomy be merged and constituted into new provinces which shall become part of the new Autonomous Region)
MNLF integrees were not organized into separate units within the transition period – they are still under SouthCom/WESTMINCOM.
The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) kept the Bangsamoro struggle for independence and RSD alive
After the Bangsamoro people and the MILF seasoned a countless wars in their homeland, the peace panels of the government and the MILF wrapped up their work with MOA-AD slated to be signed in Malaysia on August 5, 2008 but was aborted by the Supreme Court’s TRO.
It is a product of GRP and MILF’s years-old peace negotiation
It is a result of the 4 years planning, data gathering, and analysis, exploratory talks and negotiations, public consultations, advocacy with stakeholders, study and review by the negotiating panels, and a legal review by a committee of law experts tapped by the president to review the document and assist the GRP panel.
Explicitly defines the Bangsamoro people’s identity and acknowledging their roots as a self-governing society in pre-colonial period.
At the heart of the concept of ancestral domain is respect and acknowledgement not only of the Bangsamoro rights and freedom but also vested property rights, religious and cultural liberties of other peoples.
The strand of territories defines the area of composition of the Bangsamoro Juridical Entity, the core of which is the present is the present ARMM, including areas composed of 721 barangays adjacent to ARMM and found in the agreed provinces and those barangays in agreed cities accession to ARMM after a plebiscite including those already voted in the previous plebiscite.
There are areas that have also identified for intensive development assistance. Arrangement over fluvial and maritime domain consist of internal and territorial waters of BJE.
The unbroken chain of the Moro struggle to restore their freedom and independence is an indubitable fact.
Their history is a record of this unwavering heroism of which every chapter is written with the blood of our martyred forefathers our mujahidin brethrens who continue to write with their blood the closing chapters of the Moro continuing struggle for freedom.
THE DAKAR SUMMIT MADE THE COUNCIL OF 15 FELT HAVING BEEN MARGINALIZED THUS THE PAGADIAN DECLARATION;
REMAINING QUESTION: IS THE NEW MNLF GROUP A THREAT OR VALUE ADDED TO THE REVIEW AND THE UNIFICATION EFFORTS?
The Best Scenario for the MNLF The release of Nur Misuari from jail* Tri-partite succeeds RA 9054 and 1996 FPA merged GMA anoints MNLF now or later ARMM “managed” by the MNLF MNLF showcases genuine development as envisioned by the revolution Solidarity of the Bangsamoro Note: the MNLF, however, cannot effectively monitor the implementation of the “MERGED” 1996 agreement if they remain out of power
The Bangsamoro is not begging anything from the government.
The real issue is NOT what the government can give to the Bangsamoro
but it is WHAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD RETURN TO THE BANGSAMORO.
Sukran. “ I am growing old and soon I will pass but I am happy to go because I have successfully planted the seed of jihad in the hearts and minds of the Bangsamoro.” -- the late Amerol Mujahideen Salamat Hashim