MILF, lawmakers urged to ‘cool down’

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University professors on Friday called on leaders and supporters of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and lawmakers from both houses of Congress to cool down because high emotions are not conducive for crafting the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

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“They should stop the exchanges of unpalatable words and put a break to their offensives,” said Dr. Ricardo Trota Jose, a University of the Philippines (Diliman) professor who delivered his paper on ‘Muslim Filipinos and the Making of a Nation’ at a forum held on Friday at the National Historical Commission building on Kalaw Avenue, Manila in line with the first anniversary of the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

Professor Ma. Bernadette Abrera, also of UP Diliman, said there is hope for the passage of the BBL if the opposing parties will stop bickering. She read a paper on ‘Early Muslim Filipinos and the Onset of Colonization.’

Their views were seconded by Prof. Renato Oliveros of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, who delved on his paper: ‘Muslim Filipinos in Modern Times.’

Marawi State University (Iligan Institute of Technology) Prof. Cecilia Tangian, who shared her scholarly views on ‘Muslim Filipinos’ Reaction to Spanish Colonization’ said much efforts have been exerted in crafting the proposed BBL, including seven forums attended by Muslim tribes like the three major groups, namely, the Tausogs, Maranaos and Maguindanaos.

The professors believe that the MILF, lawmakers and government peace panel members should return to the discussion of the proposed Bangsamoro law.

Actor Robin Padilla, a Muslim convert, who also attended the forum, accused some lawmakers of being ignorant about the history of Muslim people who never gave in to foreign invasion, including the Spanish and American invaders.

“I am very happy because my eyes were opened by insightful information from the academe. They are not biased and they are not Muslims. Some of our lawmakers should reread the history books. Let us cure this ignorance with knowledge and understanding. Listen to our historians,” Padilla said.

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  1. Mr Padilla, pls don’t underestimate the intelligence of many Filipinos. Your only one voice, who cannot represent the concern of many, the majority (meaning the 100 million or so , voice of Filipinos) be they Muslim, Christians and others. History alone , will not only be the considerable factor to approve BBL ,it embodies multiple complex serious decision that will affect all of us the rest of our lives.