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    Whatever law Congress would pass as its version of the BBL, it must drop the term “Bangsamoro.”

    Senator Ferdinand Marcos is absolutely correct: Just amend, to incorporate the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s legitimate demands, the law on the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

    That’s what President Ramos did in the case of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), which was largely successful. Some 6,000 MNLF fighters were gradually integrated into the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces. Many of them even fought and were killed in fighting the Abu Sayyaf and other Islamic jihadist groups.

    There is, after all, no such “Bangsamoro” (“BM”) in our Constitution, only “autonomous regions in Muslim Mindanao and the Cordilleras.” That is, in fact, the sole mention of “Muslim” in the entire Constitution. For very good reasons: There are really no Christians, Muslims, pagans, atheists as a sub-classification of Filipinos in this Republic: There are only Filipinos.

    Who the hell gave President Aquino and Congress the right to create a new nation BM and for a people in Mindanao to be called BM?

    I have written about it before, (There is no ‘Bangsamoro,’ never was)  and I will write about it again and again to the equivalent of my voice getting hoarse in shouting about it:

    “Bangsamoro” is essentially hogwash.

    It is an artificial term invented by MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari in the 1970s, of the same invented genre as the Philippine Communist Party’s “National Democracy,” and later adopted by the breakaway group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

    For this Administration to have accepted the MILF’s idea of it without question, to enact a law with the term, and then call a region BM is utter stupidity, and utter capitulation to the insurgent’s ideology. To even use the term in a watered-down version of the BBL is to help the MILF create in the future its own insurgent nation.

    Using girls for the sales pitch: Who’s paying for these expensive newspaper ads endorsing BBL passage? Right inset: Same ad genre of a pretty girl asking you to buy something.

    Using girls for the sales pitch: Who’s paying for these expensive newspaper ads endorsing BBL passage? Right inset: Same ad genre of a pretty girl asking you to buy something.

    Why not, for chrissakes, ask the National Historical Commission or our academic communities to tell Congress first whether BM is a word that represents a real entity, or if the term is legitimate and not some made-up slogan.

    Yet, even without this clarification, Congress is in a rush to adopt a law that says that the BM are “those who at the time of conquest and colonization were considered natives or original inhabitants of Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago and its adjacent islands, including Palawan and their descendants…”

    How crazy, or lazy in ascertaining facts have our legislators become?

    Or perhaps they are just smart, if allegations are true that they have been promised hundreds of millions of their pork-barrel funds (renamed now as “Bottom Up Budgeting” projects), and even in cold cash raised through funds of a Chinese drug lord Wang Bo, who was suddenly deported to whatever country he wanted last week?

    “Moro” had been a pejorative term for Muslims in Mindanao since Spanish times, just as “nigger” is for Black Americans. In our school decades ago, the bullies would get someone to yell to a Muslim politician’s son “Hoy, Moro!” to enrage him to a fistfight for their entertainment. Call your DVD peddler “Moro” and you might not get out of the market alive.

    Misuari adopted it as his form of protest, even as Muslim leaders were aghast at it and even demanded that it be dropped.

    “Bangsa” is a Malaysian term which Misuari and his comrades, who were in that country in the late 1960s for military training by Malaysians, copied in an utterly juvenile fashion. This was because of the popularity of proposals in Malaysia at that time to use the term “Bangsa Malaysia” to emphasize the unity of the more than 20 ethno linguistic groups forming the Federation.

    From National to Islamic
    The MNLF’s prestige, though, rose – and, therefore, the term “Moro” – when Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi backed the insurgent organization and threatened Marcos with an oil embargo if he didn’t agree to a peace settlement with the insurgents. When then MNLF vice-chairman Hashim Salamat broke away with half of the organization in 1976, he continued to use the term “Moro,” but replaced “National” with “Islamic” to emphasize that his force seeks to establish an Islamic state.

    The term had never gained acceptance though in mainstream Muslim society, and much much less – even abhorred – by the 19 non-Muslim indigenous communities in Mindanao.

    A Tausug calls himself “Tausug;” a Maranao, “Maranao;” a Maguindanaon, “Maguindanaon”, and so on, with the rest of the ethno-linguistic groups in Mindanao. Never “Moro.”

    Despite the strong bargaining position in 1976 of the MNLF, because of Libya’s backing, they didn’t dare push for the term “BM” in the Tripoli Agreement. The 1996 final agreement that was implemented didn’t contain any term “BM.” The first agreement with the MILF in 1997 didn’t contain any word “BM.” None of the less significant pacts contained “BM.”

    “BM” first appeared in an agreement signed by government officials and MILF negotiators in the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain of 2008. But as government lawyers had argued in the Supreme Court, President Macapagal-Arroyo later actually rejected it – an episode of that era which requires much research to be clarified.

    At any rate, the Supreme Court ruled the agreement unconstitutional. Combine that ruling with Arroyo’s categorical statement that she rejected it, and it means that BM had never been adopted by any administration.

    Except this one, which has even embraced and hugged it.

    The website of the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao claims ARMM is the “home of the BM, while the National Commission on Arts and Culture contains a lengthy essay on the BM.

    Why did this Administration suddenly – without even doing research on it – embrace the artificial term BM, which is at the core of the MILF’s ideology? Could it be sheer stupidity?

    Maybe so.

    But a more believable explanation is that Aquino thought he would win the Nobel Peace Prize – so he could have something he could claim exceeds his mother’s achievements – by having a peace settlement with the MILF within his term. But the MILF demanded that the term be adopted, and its dozens of other demands – such as having its own parliament and armed forces, accepted even if these violate our Constitution.

    That’s how depraved, or deluded this President is.

    A P300 million ad campaign?
    Most journalists and PR practitioners would have no doubt — as I don’t, having been in this industry for so long — that there has been a tremendous amount of money released for the media campaign to support the BBL.

    Very professional press releases are being churned out almost daily from the Office of the Peace Adviser, media forums from Zamboanga to Quezon City had been undertaken, some two dozen organizations and associations have been coming out in support of the BBL.

    Professionally made color-ads in newspapers — which cost P200,000 each — for the BBL have been coming out regularly. (An example, in the accompanying photo uses the same old trick of having pretty girls endorsing a product.)

    Such media campaign blitz is expensive, and one veteran estimated it would cost some P300 million. Who’s paying for this?

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    27 Comments

    1. Giving Bansamoro self rule is only the first step they will claim independent in the future .

    2. Yung “Bangsa” is the Malaysian word for “country”. Now, kung matuloy man iyong creation ng Bangsamoro kahit illegal, ano puwede itawag sa mga citizens nila? Eto po ang sagot: “BANGSAMORON”. Payag ba sila sa citizenship na ito?

    3. P-noy said he is the exact opposite of Arroyo. So he embraced the term that Arroyo rejected – BM. This person is really not in his right frame of mind. For many know he that he is totally a BS….

      • P-noy said he is the exact opposite of Arroyo. yeah exactly .. See how smart GMA is

    4. As expected from the Yellow-tarded newspaper Inquirer to release such a treacherous advertisement. Binayaran na naman ito ng Malacanang para ipakain sa Filipino ang kalokohang BBL nila.

    5. OMG. Did you really waste your time writing this? I’m not sure if I’m reading a troll article. Also, these girls are not just pretty girls asked to be put up in those ads, they are student leaders, advocates. Shame on you tanda tanda mo na, ganyan ka magisip.

      • Not a waste of time but informative…yes they are pretty, whether they are models, advovates, leaders…just respect one’s opinion….please show gentleness….ganyan ka ba pinalaki ng magulang mo

    6. “ANG MAMATAY NG DAHIL SA IYO.” Maraming buhay ang buong tapang na binuwis para mabuo ang isang bansa – Ang PILIPINAS! Labanan ang mga taksil na nagsusulong ng bangsa moro na wawasak sa pagkakaisa ng bansa Pilipinas. Alalahanin ang kabayanihan ng SAF 44! Mabuhay ang kasarinlan ng bansa!

    7. Lord Chimera on

      Know what is most idiotic aspect about this whole BBL nonsense? The BBL is BSA’s personal whims transformed into state policy. Imagine, we are volunteering to Balkanize ourselves just for the sake of a personal whim of one unstable person…

    8. genesisbughaw on

      Greetings Of Peace!

      The glamorization and romanticism over played in mainstream media by Iqbal, Pnoy, Deles and Ferrer really a quizzling million dollar question.

      The young marcos in his democratic approach in the proposed draft bill as i see it is the right thing do and for now, I’m sure he really had the gut feel of the real situation and condition of our fellow Filipinos in Mindanao but as well as the real sorry state of our Nation.

      I’m full in full agreement with upgraded and much improved ARMM LAW that will give more wider latitude of Autonomy with transparency and accountability.

      No “hokus pokus” diluting our Constitution.

      The real looser of resting the draft BBL in their rightful place…RIP are the vested shadow interests.

      Di po puede ang “this is for you and this for me” masyadong divisive po yan.

      Kaya po correct si Sen. Bong Marcos at least he showed his patriotism and stood up against the powerful interest.

      It’s a 24karat gold ika nga.

      Unity in Diversity. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

      • agree with “Unity in Diversity” well said…”Accountability and Transparency” thsi is what needed especially when taxes from Luzon and Visayas will be shared to them….Please review IRA for all these provinces before giving them huge slice of RP’s budget

    9. Filimon francisco on

      This President by introducing BBL is causing more damage to the country. His mother president was instrumental in kicking out the US base without considering the AFP capacity to protect our country.and depriving businesses and livelihood. This BBL will caused more damage. We habve lost territories to China and our neighbors are intruding in our country…Aquino and his team can be charged as traitors to the nation.

    10. ceferino paredes, Jr. on

      BBL is”OPLAN JABIDAH” in reverse. Instead of us getting SABAH, Malaysia, by funding and arming the MNLF, will instead get Mindanao. The MILF still aspire to get SABAH back. Malaysia hates so much the MILF for this aspiration. No wonder they don’t want the MILF in the BBL

      • Sir Paredes, I think it’s the MILF that is funded by Malaysia to get Mindanao. MNLF supports the Sultanate of Sulu in reclaiming Sabah. Please get your facts straight. I’m not an MNLF supporter, just a christian living in Mindanao.

      • esensi I agree with you….why is Malaysia meddling with Philippines internal affairs? We already lost Sabah to them, and wouldn’t give it back to the rightful owner Sultanate of Sulu….now they are supporting MILF in the guise of economic investments, for all I know they want Mindanao not only Sabah??? Juan dela Cruz, wake up!!!!

    11. Odnalor Obirt on

      It is very high time that COA Audit the expenses of OPAPP regarding the creation of the Fake Peace Process and its ongoing advertisement to fool more supporters.. We now knew that those in Malacanang are blinded by millions or perhaps billion of pesos and they can get out of our country anytime soon. My personal prayers and hope is that somebody in the AFP have a good conscience and courage to stop all these traitors butchering our Republic of the Philippines.

    12. This is absolutely correct. The BBL should be dropped and the word Bangsamoro should never be used.

    13. The destruction done by this animal president to the republic is beyond repair. Hopefully the resistance to BBL by the people will prevent the country from falling apart. We just make sure that this president will be in jail after his term to answer for the crimes he committed.

    14. In May 29, 2015, MNLF published the proposed Moro Administrative Region Law (For reference, you may Google search “MNLF’s MAR LAW vs MILF’s BBL” or find it in the notes section of OneMNLF page in Facebook), which is a counter proposal to the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) of the MILF. The proposed MAR Law is designed as an upgrade of the ARMM Organic Act, aimed towards full integration of the Moro People into the Philippine System. The vital features of the proposed MAR Law include (1) creation of the Moro Administrative Region Development Council, (2) establishment of the Official Registry of the Moro People which requires the member to express an oath of allegiance to the Republic of the Philippines, (3) establishment of Moro Administrative Region Non-Stock Savings and Loan Association, and (4) appropriation and performance measurement of the MAR, among others. Compared to the P70Billion being asked by MILF’s BBL, the MAR Law only requires P5Billion initial outlay to construct the MAR Headquarters and around P300Million per annum budget for the MARDC. MAR Law’s requirement for private sector participation provides a leash to armed groups (MNLF, MILF, Sultanates) that sanctions their privilege of preferential employment to economic development projects if they make trouble with peace and order. It also allows the people of Sabah to voluntarily register their own selves in the Official Registry of the Moro People (ORMP).

      • I think the MAR Laws is better than BBL it insures that Mindanao will never be separated from the Philippines and lower initial budget and yearly budget…The MNLF already signed an agreement with the gov’t so that should implement the 2nd, 3rd trench of the said agreement maybe this is it….I hope BBMarcos will look on this if this is acceptable and can be implemented according to our existing laws and be contitutional to be legally implemented in the near future…BBM is the Man for this job hope the Almighty God will give him the wisdom and better judgement to all these for the future of new generations of Filipinos whatever there religious affiliation maybe……