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Monday, 23 July 2018 14:00

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BY BOB JALDON

Thank you, Mr. Celso L. Lobregat, for enlightening your constituents on the cause and effect of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that is expected to be endorsed today by El Presidente before he delivers his State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA). People took delight and pleasure in you as you made them understand in several fora, the last one last Saturday, on the exclusion of the soon-to-be independent, highly-urbanized federal city of Zamboanga. You have ventured into an unusual field of discipline to become one of the well-researched luminaries in Congress on the BBL. All these years that you have delved on the subject matter on Muslim autonomy, you have become a master at it with few peers in the art of politics.

And, so, today Mindanao will witness a PARTIAL, SELECTIVE redemption from the jaws of years of violence and war, thanks to the “freedom fighters” of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) who fought against the Philippine government to gain recognition and self-rule. But they were not alone in their fight. The MILF was a breakaway group of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). The BBL is not a complete victory for the Muslim Nation without the involvement of the MNLF, for it was the MNLF’s recognized chieftain, Nuruladji Misuari, who fought for four decades for Muslim independence and fiscal autonomy. To omit Misuari and his well-armed group is like omitting the names of the original giant cast that surrounded him and whose men raided communities and military camps in their struggle for independence and separation from the republic of Filipinos now mocked as a province of China.

While the BBL will appease a faction of the seekers of Moro Independencia, it will ignite the flames of injustice that has been done to Misuari, his followers and sympathizers, and the two other MNLF factions because they have been left out in the cold. This, ladies and gentlemen, is what the proponents of the BBL miserably failed to address: another bloody war instigated by the disgruntled MNLF. And Zamboanga will be smack right in the middle of it. That is my worry, as should be Mr. Lobregat’s and the government’s.

At the Batasan complex today, El Presidente will sign the BBL document. In the northeast of Mindanao, the people of the MILF are preparing to celebrate their “liberation” as part of a Muslim Nation created for them with an enormous, colossal budget of 70 BILLION PESOS. The Catholic Church is still in anxiety over the “stupid God” remarks of El Presidente, a de Gaullean man whom the priests aren’t able to control. Communist leader Joma Sison  is reportedly very sick and the peace talks between the government and the communists are dead in the mud. But not Misuari and the MNLF.

Did they not attack our beloved city to show their disgust over how the government was treating them as against the red carpet treatment that the MILF was getting? In anger, Misuari launched a hundred bancas against Zamboanga because of the alleged “injustice” that the BBL presented to the Tausog Nation.

We cannot foretell the future, not even Baburia (if he were alive), the philosopher of despair. Ferdinand E. Marcos, the dictator that he was, believed in the principles and the rule of law, in the fundamental freedoms, the most outstanding of which was civility and order, two elements that are absent in the BBL.

What will Mindanao be after the BBL? This is a question of wide concern by everybody who saw the economic and political devastation of Muslim Mindanao because of cultural separation.