MILF to Zambo city officials: Let the Moros decide their destiny PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 September 2011 15:29

“Why are you so afraid; let the Moros decide their destiny. If they want to dissociate themselves from their fellow Moros, it is fine. But it is not for you to determine and suppress.”

Khaled Musa, deputy chairman of the MILF Committee on Information, was responding to the recent resolution of the Zamboanga City Council which strongly called on the GPH peace panel not to include Zamboanga City in whole or in part under the proposed Moro state of the MILF.

Musa described the plebiscites conducted during previous administrations as examples of tyranny of the majority over the minority, saying those were based on provinces and cities, not towns, villages or geographical areas as the Organic Law intended.

Except for the provinces of Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Maguindanao, Basilan, and Lanao del Sur and the cities of Marawi, Isabela, and Cotabato.
“We do not want the veto power of Filipinos over the Moros,” Musa protested, adding that only Moros, in this particular instance, have the right to self-determination.
Musa reminded the officials that Zamboanga particularly Zamboanga City was part of the Moro Province; in fact, he added, at one time its capital, and it is only proper that the Moros there would be asked to determine their choice.

The resolution, authored by journalist turned politician Rogelio Valesco, was addressed to GPH chair Marvic Leonen and Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles, who are scheduled to meet with their MILF counterparts on Monday, August 22, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

“As representative and voice of the people of Zamboanga City at the City Council, I stand for my people and for my city. And I enjoin the city officials, particularly my fellow councilors for us to be united and be one in defending the sentiments of our people and the future of our city,” Valesco said.

He said that while it is important that the panel hear the sentiments of the MILF, it should also listen to the voice of the city. — www.Luwaran.com