The Mindanao problem is ultimately a POWER problem – the power of one group over another. It is a problem of colonization. The fact that there was a law called the Legislative Act 4197 or Quirino-Recto Colonization of Mindanao Act, which was enacted on 12 February 1935 is very telling. The Commonwealth considered the Act… Read More Changing Narratives: Federalism for All
On March 1, 2013, Friday 2 pm, the Malaysian and Philippine governments announced that the Lahad Datu Standoff had ended with the surrender of 10 men of the ragtag “Royal Sulu Forces”. Two days later, the Rajah Muda (Crown Prince) and his 200 or so men are still in Lahad Datu while the Philippine President… Read More When will the Sabah Standoff end?
All these news on TV, newspapers and online about Sabah and the Sultanate of Sulu’s claim made me organize my thoughts on Sabah. The first time I heard about Sabah, I was about 8 or 9 years old. I have two sisters and one brother who were born in Jolo. The older sister was named Alnahar… Read More Sabah and the Bangsa Moro
I rarely attend conferences on peace talks because I have very little confidence in them. Third parties could hardly influence negotiations between the two contending parties. For some reasons, I attended the National Solidarity Conference on Mindanao on Aug. 13-14 at the University Hotel in UP Diliman. Mohager Iqbal, the MILF peace panel chair, was… Read More MILF Says Philippine Republic is already dismembered
A few years ago, I was quite shocked to hear a Moro UP professor say that Misuari’s legacy was to give the name Bangsa Moro to the Moros. I simply could not conceive of Misuari doing something that original. Besides, I was already aware of the Bangsa Moro movement in the early 1970s, and he… Read More Jun Abbas and the Bangsa Moro
War is again afoot in Moroland. Ustadz Habir Malik of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) has just declared Jihad or Holy War against the Philippine Armed Forces. There are again thousands of people fleeing their villages. And to add to the tension between the MNLF and AFP, the non-Islamist and non-Islamic Abu Sayyaf Group… Read More War in Moroland — MNLF commander calls for Jihad (Holy War)