MILF, OPAPP – and Aquino – haven’t even condemned ISIS

ISIS’ rise and terror should tell us to junk and bury BBL now


First of Two Parts

It is quite astonishing.  The civilized world has been aghast over the jihadist carnage in Paris since it occurred two weeks ago.  In just a few years, what was once merely a rag-tag army called the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) has grown strong to challenge the US and the West, and even Russia, vowing to destroy their cities.

Yet, Senate President Franklin Drilon is apparently unaware of all these developments, and instead of joining the world in condemning the ISIS atrocities, instead, boasts that Congress will pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which critics have been warning could eventually lead to an Islamic state in our country.

SIS, what ISIS?  Websites of the MILF (above) and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (below), accessed yesterday, show no mention of the ISIS’ atrocities in Paris.

SIS, what ISIS?  Websites of the MILF (above) and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (below), accessed yesterday, show no mention of the ISIS’ atrocities in Paris.

ISIS’ big difference from its predecessor, Al-Qaeda (“The Base”), which had really fuzzy ideas about its ultimate goal after it had destroyed the US (“The Great Satan”), is that it vows to establish a global Caliphate, an Islamic state. This is emphasized in its name, which in Arabic is transliterated as “Dawlat-al Islamiya Iraq Sham,” with Dawlat meaning “state.”  The ISIS’ success in taking over major cities in Iraq and Syria has, therefore, fired up militant Muslims worldwide, that at last, they could help in the establishment of a worldwide Caliphate.

And how does “Bangsamoro” translate? It is the Moro Nation-State, with Moro, of course, being the former pejorative name for Muslims in Mindanao, which the Islamic insurgents have in defiance embraced.

The MILF, and sadly even this gullible (or bought?) Administration, has been claiming that what will be established is merely an “autonomous region,” which will still be part of the Philippines.

This is all clearly hogwash, which President Aquino and his naïve, yet egoistic negotiators would easily see as such if their minds were not obsessed that they could win the Nobel Peace.

Read the BBL and it says it will establish all the three essential attributes of a nation-state for Muslims in Mindanao:  a clearly-defined territory and people, a state which will even be a parliamentary one in violation of the Constitution, and even its own army, disguised as the Bangsamoro Police.

There has been no such “autonomous” Muslim entity anywhere in the world because of one major reason:  It is an article of Islamic faith for its faithful to seek to establish an Islamic state. After all, one of the main accomplishments of its founder was to establish the first Islamic state, and Islam had been a martial religion in its growth, expanding ITS caliphates throughout the world.


In contrast, there is no such article of faith for establishing a theocracy among non-Muslim religions and minorities as the mountain tribes in our case, or even the Basques or Catalans in Spain, or the French in Quebec, which makes autonomous regions for them feasible and without risking dismemberment of the nations they are part of.

Except for the Philippines, countries with substantial Muslim populations have, therefore, veered away from establishing “autonomous Muslim regions” as that would only open the way for the eventual secession of such territories.  Strongmen like Indonesia’s Suharto and Malaysia’s Tunku Abdul Rahman fiercely – and with violence – made sure that no Islamic group could advocate an Islamic state in their countries which are predominantly Muslim.

Marcos was arm-twisted with the threat of an oil embargo in 1976 by the Libyan strongman Gaddafi to agree to an autonomous region for Southern Philippines as a means to end the MNLF insurgency. Since the insurgents also fought Marcos, Corazon Aquino thought to reward them by prodding the Constitutional Commission to require the establishment of an Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

The framers of the 1987 Constitution, however, were clever enough not to give room to Muslim insurgents to control the autonomous region and develop it to acquire the resources to demand secession. But thanks to Filipino corruption – whatever their religion – the ARMM has never developed the unity and strength to become a prototype for an Islamic state.

That Islamic ideal had been bludgeoned to near extinction after the fall of the last Islamic empire of the Ottomans and the colonization by Western powers of most Muslim-dominated countries and areas.

That ideal was revived, though, with the help of Muslim Middle Eastern countries’ newfound wealth when they wrested control of their oil from the West. That was given expression by what is called Wahhabism, after an 18th-century preacher and scholar, Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, who propagated teachings that are now labeled as jihadist thinking. Ironically, it’s the rich Arab nations, especially Saudi Arabia, which have been funding Wahhabist religious missions all over the world, which explains why such teachings have spread so fast in just two decades.

The founder of the MILF, Hashim Salamat, fell under the spell of Wahhabist thinking when he studied to be a Muslim cleric at the Al-Azhzar University in Cairo. In an interview, he said he drew inspiration from Syed Qutb – a famous teacher of Wahhabism that was al-Qaeda’s spiritual teacher.

Same worldview  as ISIS

That the MILF still shares the same worldview as the ISIS is the reason why it can’t condemn that barbaric organization even after the Paris massacres.

Yes, there have been some news reports headlined, “MILF condemns Paris attacks.”  But the actual MILF statement of just four paragraphs has no reference at all to the ISIS. IT even reminds readers that such atrocities have been undertaken against Muslims in “in Palestine, in Myanmar, and elsewhere in the world.”

“We are deeply saddened by today’s tragic events in Paris, France. These blind, indiscriminate acts of violence deserve nothing but condemnation.

This is unacceptable. The MILF rejects such acts of terror against humanity and all peace-loving peoples.

Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. May we all find our way through these troubled times and emerge with a stronger resolve to pursue peace for all peoples in all parts of the world.

We take this opportunity also to condemn in same strong terms the violence against civilians in Palestine, in Myanmar, and elsewhere in the world.”

I couldn’t even find that statement in MILF’s official webpage, as if it was sent only to media to be forgotten and not to be included in its archives.

What I found equally shocking is that Presidential Peace Adviser Teresita Deles-Quintos and her factotum with the MILF, Miriam Coronel – who routinely issues press releases almost every day, and who has been telling us day in and day out not to be worried about Islamic jihadism – didn’t even bother to issue a statement on what is, next to the Twin Towers 9/11 carnage, the most horrible act of Muslim holy war in this century.

Even more astonishing is that the President himself seems to be afraid of mentioning the word “ISIS.”  Was he told by the MILF not to?

Here is Aquino’s statement on the Paris attack, nearly as short as the MILF’s:
Terror and brutality have plunged the City of Light, Paris, into the darkness of horror and grief. The Philippines and its people stand in solidarity with the people of Paris and all of France, in this time of deepest sorrow and the gravest outrage against the perpetrators of these crimes.

The deaths of over a hundred in the attack on the Bataclan Concert Hall, the vicinity of the Stade de France, and on restaurants in the city center, were atrocities that demand a united voice from the world in condemnation and grief. In our time of need, France and her people stood shoulder to shoulder with the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. We stand with France now, in the firm belief that the light must never dim in Paris.

For our part, we reassure our fellow citizens that we are taking all necessary precautions. The PNP is on alert and our security forces are assessing the situation, including the continuing evaluation of our security procedures. There is no credible threat registered at this time but let us all be cooperative and vigilant. The Department of Foreign Affairs will be issuing updates on the situation in Paris and has been directed to render all necessary assistance to our countrymen in France.

We’re still lucky. If not for the Mamasapano massacre, in which 44 of our elite policemen were massacred by Muslim insurgents, including MILF guerillas, and if not for Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., who put in his best effort to prevent Aquino from ramming the BBL down the throats of legislators in Congress, a plot to establish an Islamic State in Mindanao and Sulu had been stopped dead in its tracks.

Aquino said that P70 billion would be raised to fund the Bangsamoro nation-state when the BBL is approved.  Why not devote that much money, instead, to the existing ARMM, through better infrastructure, public utilities, and education, without having to give insurgents the political power they could later use to establish an Islamic state?
On Monday: Does the MILF have links with ISIS?


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  1. C’mon peace loving Mindanaoans, we should never vote to power those allied to yellow ribbons. They are dangerous for they are real ISIS advocates to overlord us. We should let Bongbong Marcos win come election. He saves us from the passage of unrevised BBL.

  2. justice to SAF 44. when Noynoy is no longer president, let’s drag him to Mamasapano and leave him there, so that he would feel what the SAF 44 felt when they were abandoned by Noynoy and he asked the AFP soldiers not to rescue the SAF 44.

  3. What I am very curious about is the extent of involvement of The United States with BBL. I am aware of back then when then-US President Bill Clinton asked our former President Estrada to RETRACT his orders upon announcing an all-out war against the Abu Sayaff. President Estrada of course still went ahead with the war, and wiped out the bases of the Abu Sayaff. However, a year later, President Estrada went to face the Impeachment trial. Is there a connection between our President getting impeached, and his refusal to be dictated by a US President? Mr. Tiglao, get us in ‘in the know’!


    Gov. Blanco’s campaign against Cavite failed miserably due to the well prepared trenches of the of Noveleta and Binacayan. There was also the lack of sufficient numbers of troops and supplies.
    Attacking units ran out of ammunition and even stretchers (camillas) which were donated by Casino Español were not enough to carry the wounded. At that time it was estimated that there were 30,000 rebels in Cavite with 8,000 men armed with rifles.
    The failure to attain the objective of the operation demonstrated to everyone the impotency of Blanco and the colonial government to stop the revolution and therefore emboldened the revolutionaries to fight. It was rumored that the casualties of the Spaniards reached 400.
    Thus the important question has to be: Why was Blanco and the Spanish Military apparatus seemingly helpless from August to December 1896?
    The seven months before the massive Polavieja campaign which began on 14 February 1897 and which completely recaptured Cavite, would allow the Katipunan to evolve from a secret society into a revolutionary government in Tejeros. It was definitely more than enough time for the message of the revolution to spread further throughout the archipelago establishing a reliable network and for the Filipinos to improve their organization unmolested inside the province of Cavite.It was definitely enough time for the revolution to gather strength and momentum so as to endure all the way in spite of the Truce of Biyak-na-Bato.
    There can only be one reason and that is the Spanish Colonial Government under Governor General Blanco had bled itself white in terms of men and materiel in trying to take control of Marawi.
    The sheer size of the army that came to part of the campaign is indicative of the cost of the effort . It was during this campaign that Iligan suddenly grew in size and population as a garrison town.
    At the height of the campaign in 1895 the total number of Spanish military personnel in Lanao the bulk of which were coming from six infantry regiments along with other branches of services (artillery,cavalry, and sanitary services) would total to 5,358 officers and men. After the campaign a string of eight forts was deemed necessary to keep the lines of communication and supply between Marawi and Iligan . This would not include the troops assigned in Maguindanao and the stretch of road in the “trocha” of Tukuran from Illana Bay to Panguil Bay which were part of the broader operation and acted as blocking forces. During the period when the total manpower of the Spanish military and supports services was reckoned to be 17, 659 the forces in Lanao alone therefore was more than a quarter of all the deployable units. When the Katipunan was discovered by the Spanish authorities on August 1896 no less than five out of seven Spanish regiments were in Mindanao and Sulu.Blanco could only pull out a single regiment (regiment no. 70) from Northern Luzon to insure the defense of Manila.
    The massive force of the Spaniards however did not in any way deter the Maranaos from opposing the Spanish advance in a surprisingly organized manner with ambushes and prepared cottas which did end with eventual bloody battle to capture the three cottas in Marawi but all the way until the Spaniards withdrew with the coming of the Americans .
    The combined hardship in the manual road building in an inhospitable terrain and the terror of sudden moro attacks with their razor sharp blades would eventually prove too much for Disciplinarios, the army units who were composed of military convicts , who were used as live baits by the Spanish command. As the revolution started in Manila on August 1896 they mutinied in one of the forts in Calaganan,killed their Spanish officer and combining with the other convicts who had been used in the road building marched to the direction of Cagayan de Oro,the capital of the Provincia de Misamis, burning and terrorizing towns along the way.
    This would be and additional worry to Blanco as with the exception of the heavy artillery and the light mountain artillery force in the rest of the units there were more Filipinos than Spaniards. Of the total number of the officers and men of 17, 659 there were only 3,005 Spaniards and 14,654 Filipino junior officers and men.
    Further indication of the massive military expenditure on Mindanao was the record of deficit spending by the Politico-Military (PM) Government of Mindanao which had amounted to P 439,920.03 in 1884. At the insular level the deficit came to be P1,846,718.01 in the years before 1896 which was an astronomical sum during this period. From 1895-1896 the insular war department got the lion’s share of the national budget totaling the staggering amount of P 4,045.061.34.

    • What would stop them to join ISIS even if BBL is passed? I think, it would likely if BBL is passed.

  5. Would you know of a family that appears to have been cursed? Its members are suffering from delusions of grandeur? Despite their wealth, they have to buy out people to become friends, but only if they would be subservient to their whims? One that is so domineering and imposing as if righteously benign, making it appear “a know it all fellow/lady?” May tama ka?!!! Ka loka. “Tuwid na daan,” my foot! Patrons of discord, divide and rule. A rabble rouser but, in truth, communist coddler and whose lineage extends to collaborating with the japanese occupying forces! No wonder they are of a unique curse.

  6. To Leitz, you are certainly correct…..well said! So with Mr. Tiglao, good observations! Even Middle Eastern, abhor this kind of actuations!

  7. Senator Drilon wants to make another convention center building in Mindanao for the next APEC.

  8. The milf is a terrorist group, they murdered SAF 44 and got away with it! This gobyerno has in the works to gift this savage barbarians with our own tax payers money to the tune of PhP 70 Bn, just think about it this gobyerno cannot or will not even consider to grant our working class with a tax reduction and here giving away our hard earned money! How ironic, it really sucks!

  9. Senate President Franklin Drilon is apparently unaware of all these developments

    Only thing Drilon is aware of are Donuts.

  10. I will never forget what the late columnist Max Soliven wrote about when Pres. Cory and Butz Aquino invited Nur Misuari/MNLF to a peace process: “Parang kumuha ng martilyo at pinukpok ni Cory sa ulo niya ang martilyo.”

    Also when Kit Tatad revealed that Cory Aquino was somewhat abashed, when Cory said to Nur Misuari: “Now, we will have peace in Mindanao” and Misuari replied to Cory, “Thanks to Marcos, and we had peace long time ago.” And Cory just sheepishly replied, “Then we’ll continue peace.”

    Watch the youtube, wherein Cory’s husband Ninoy Aquino said during an interview with preacher Pat Robertson, that Ninoy went to Middle East to talk and convince our Muslim brothers (probably Nur Misuari) to come to the Philippines for a so-called peace. It looks like Ninoy wanted to convince Misuari to come back to the Philippines and fight the Marcos government.

    Now, the son Noynoy is committing the same mistakes that his mother and father did. Like father and mother, like son.