Tribes reject MILF pact, gird for war

February 1, 2014 10:46 pm

Indigenous groups in Mindanao are ready to take up arms against the government if it pursues the signing of a final peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), according to a leader of a non-government organization (NGO) based in the South.

Deo Palma, national coordinator of the Ang Katipunan ng mga Samahang Maharlika (Ang KaSaMa Inc.), said many tribes do not want the MILF to lead the proposed Bangsamoro entity that will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Palma said indigenous tribes such as the B’laans, T’bolis, Bagobos, Mandayas and Tirurays have warned that they will not hesitate to wage war if the MILF takes over areas that comprise the ARMM.

The warning was issued when the Panaghugpong Mindanao, an affiliate organization of Ang KaSaMa Inc., conducted community consultations in various provinces in Mindanao to sound out the tribes on the government’s negotiations with the MILF. In these consultations, Panaghugpong Mindanao gathered that a majority of the tribal groups is opposed to the peace agreement with the MILF, and that many clans expressed readiness to go to war if the proposed Bangsamoro entity supplants the ARMM.

The ARMM, located in the southern part of Mindanao, was created by virtue of Republic Act 6734 signed by the late president Corazon Aquino. It is composed of the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and Basilan.

Palma said the tribes opposed the Bangsamoro peace agreement because they regard the MILF their “mortal enemy.” He said many clans lost members of their families to the violence that erupted in the region in 2003.

Members of the indigenous tribes also believe that the peace deal with the MILF will create more bigger between the indigenous peoples and the Muslim rebels, he added.

“We have been informed that 60 percent of members of the indigenous groups are willing to go to war if ever the MILF will take over the leadership in the ARMM. This is what the Christian communities is worried about because the war is not only against the government but also between the MILF and the indigenous peoples tribes in Mindanao,” Palma said.

He said his group, which has the support of several NGOs, is preparing a manifesto urging President Benigno Aquino 3rd to withdraw from the peace agreement with the MILF.

Palma warned that a wider war will erupt in Mindanao if the government insists on implementing its agreement because it will force the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) to also take up arms.

Palma said they have information that MNLF groups in northern Mindanao are ready to launch a “big war” if Aquino will not take steps to assure the group that government will fulfill the provisions of the peace pact signed by the MNLF and the government on September 2, 1996.

“President Aquino is offering a deal to the MILF without knowing the pulse of the people. If he will personally dip his finger in Mindanao, maybe he will truly know what is really happening here,” he said.

He lamented that the government failed to consult majority of the people in Mindanao before negotiating with the MILF, which many Mindanaons consider a terrorist group.

“There would have been no problem if Aquino consulted the people to get the consensus of the majority. Aquino must consider giving priority to the peace agreement with the MNLF para naman hindi maipit ang tao sa dalawang nag-uumpugang bato. If war breaks out, what will happen to the people in Mindanao, will President Aquino be held accountable?” Palma asked.

He said fear has gripped the people in Mindanao because of the threat of the MNLF to go to war once the government gives priority to the peace deal with the MILF.

He noted that the destruction that followed after 200 MNLF fighters occupied several barangays in Zamboanga City late last year would be replicated on a massive scale if the group’s purported 70,000 armed followers decide to wage war against the government and the MILF.

Palma described Aquino as another “dictator” because he wants to impose his own peace agreement with the MILF without considering how it will affect other groups in the region.

“The lives of people in Mindanao are at stake. The people of Mindanao will be the ones affected if another cruel war breaks out. President Aquino should be blamed for the consequences,” he said.

25 Responses to Tribes reject MILF pact, gird for war

  1. Timuay Inged says:

    Unang una, gusto kong ipaalam sa lahat ng mapagmahal sa kapayapaan na walang tribung “TIRURAY” sa ARMM, “TEDURAY” lang ang meron na kung saan ang tribung ito ay likas na mapagmahal sa kapayaan.

    Ikalawa, wala kaming kilalang Deo Palma nagpakilalang National Coordinator ng “Ang Katipunan ng Samahang Maharlika, Inc. (Ang KaSaMa, Inc.) at kailan man ay hindi nakasalamuha ng mga Teduray ang nasabing samahan. Marahil ito ang samahang tunay na “spoiler” at ayaw ng tunay na kapayapaan sa Mindanao upang makamtan ang kanilang pansariling interest.

    Pangatlo, Kailanman ay hindi tutol ang Teduray sa usapang pangkapayapaan sapagkat matagal na nilang inasam-asam ang tunay na kapayapaan sa Mindanao dahil sila ay “collateral damaged” sa mga kaguluhang hindi naman sa kanila sapagkat ginagamit ang kanilang lupaing inuno (ancestral domain) bilang “unwilling host” ng giyera sa pagitan ng GPH-AFP at MILF-BIAF sa nakalipas na mahigit 40 taon ng labanan hanggang sa dineklara ng MILF na Kampo ng nila ang sagradong teritoryo ng mga Teduray sa Firis Complex.

    Ang tanging gusto lang ng mga Teduray ay kilalanin ang kanilang IDENTITY at LUPAING NINUNO at mailagay sa Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). Nananawagan ang sila na huwag sanang gamitin ang kanilang isyu upang maisulong ng mga grupo ang kanilang pansariling layunin.

  2. Alisin alhat yan. walang MNLF . walng MILF, walang BIFF , walang abu sayyaf,
    at lalong walang VIP. Filiino laht ng nakatira dyan. kong ayaw mo sa gobryeno
    umalis kayo dyan…. doon kayo sa Iran . Iraq . sa magulo para maranasan nyo kung paaano mamuhay ng palagii sumabog na bomba. Lahat kasi gusto maghari
    para makakuha ng pera sa kaban ng bayan, Mag sama sama kayo dyan sa mindanao. Kakarampot na lugar pinag awayan pa….mga sakim….olol.

  3. Mars says:

    this news is fabricated by the frustrated MNLF faction. MILF – GPH are ready to fight for the benefits of many.

  4. kotchero says:

    Ito ang tunay na plano ng mga Malaysiano na magkagulo tayo tulad noong unang gyera sa 70’s. Financier sila ng gyera laban sa ating gobyerno. Ngayon, ito na naman Tatawatawa sila kung babagsak ang ating ekonomya dahil sa gulo. Pinagsamatalahan nila tayo dahil sa kabulokan ng ating gobyerno na hanggang ngayun umiiral pa ang Constitution na hindi na bagay sa panahon at ginawang dahilan sa kurapsyon ng mga Taga Luzon.

  5. kotchero says:

    Sana hindi magpatumpit-tumpit pa itong presedente ng Pinas. At wala na sya sa 2016, para mapatunayan niya ang matuwid na daan, linisin na nya ang gobyerno sa pamagitan ng Martial Law. TIYAK, lalayas na itong mga kaguluhan, demolish the branches of the government at magkaroon ng panibagong konstitusyon. Kung hindi ito nya matutupad, then, magiging IRAQ ang Pinas.

  6. So the Government shall deployed a military leaders like Gen. Custer of US to fight against these said warriors.

  7. Romeo says:

    the government cannot satisfy all vested interest in mindanao..if you listen to all of them no peace deal will ever be accomplished in perpetuity…go ahead with the peace deal and those who will declare war..then war it is..the strong will survive to implement peace..

  8. billy vidal says:

    walang halong pulitika ito pero history ito na napakaraming tao na ginawa ng alien sa inyong planeta,,, yung creator ng universo at yung kanyang tauhang rebelde na kapag tapos na ang oras ng kasunduaan sila na ang mag-aalis sa mga kanilang ginawa,. yung video doon sa asuwang sa cebu,,,, hindi asuwang yon, yan yung mga terminator ng alien,,, yan ang pinakamaraming ginawang klase ng tao ,, hanganng south and north america, sa europe ,sa asia china, at yung mga bnabubuhay sa isla at kagubatang hindi naabot pa ng tao,, ,,,, hindi pa kakain ng tao yan ngayon,, dahil ang ginagawa niyan ay bacteria,, at ang target ng mga yan ay yung pagano at muslim,, hidi lang sa pilipinas in whole world,, kaya hindi na ninyo kailangang mag-patayan,, dahil may papatay na sa inyo,, kahit sa bibble nakasulat yang mga yan,, at nandiyan na sa inyo, !!,, hidi yan basta namatay kung baril lang at itak ang pamuksa mo,,, dahil ang gene ng mga yan ay halos sampung beses kumilos kung ihahambing mo sa gene ng tao,,, kaya kapag nagkasugat isang segundo lamang bahaw na ang sugat,,, sa russia meron din niyan pero iba yon dahil nakatindig kung kumilos yon , yung nasa cebu,,, parang hayop,,,,,,, kaya yung nakasulat doon sa bibble ng cristiyano,,, na mahalin mo ang kaaway ,,dahil mga mangmang,, papatayin ng kanilang creator ng hindi alam ?,,, kaya yung bala na gagamitin ninyo sa tao , dian na ninyo gamitin baka tatalab,, this is true , warning ito sa inyo upang kayo ay maka-survive dito sa tinatawag na doomsday,,,, ngayon na ito nag-uumpisang maganap,,,, kung sa inaakala ninyo na istorya lang ito,, mas mabuti dahil bibilis ang pag-babawas ng tao,, diyan sa pilipinas walang may alam nitong mga buhay na ito na galing sa ibang planeta at kung bakit narito,, ang pilipinas ay huling huli sa kaalaman, kaya kahit kaunting babala magamit naman ninyo,,, napakaraming viruses at bacteria ang ginagawa niyan sa gubat pamuksa sa tao sa halaman at sa dagat,,

  9. If i were those who want peace in Mindanao like pres Aquino but faced with antagonism like this, why not allow first the war between tribes and the bangsamoro? Whoever wins gets the crown for themselves and do their agenda rather than naming others like “greedy for power”, “beheading” etc. It is in this way we will see who really disliked war by leaving their place. The requested consultation reminds me of the government was so vociferous about this but then this may actually be a request for lesson looking for pain on themselves while without trust to the government doing for the greater good of all.

  10. jun aparece says:

    I am from the Mindanao Peoples Caucus (MPC), we have conducted several consultations with Tribal People communities in Mindanao. They are open to supporting the Bangsamoro (output of the government and MILF peace negotiation). What they are raising, like the case of the Teduray Tribe, is security for their ancestral domain claim inside the Bangsamoro political entity territory.

    Other Tribal Peoples in Mindanao recognize their kinship with the Moro or Islamized Indigenous Peoples. We have undertaken several Moro and Lumad Kinship ceremony to highlight that they are blood brothers and that in the past they have entered into peace pact to acknowledge common bounderies and sacred grounds. This re-affirmation of kinship is tantamount to saying- what is good for our brothers is good for us.

    It is a weird idea that these Tribal Peoples this story are naming are out to declare war against the government and the MILF because of the Bangsamoro.

  11. justin says:

    BLAST THE BIFF. BLAST THE MNLF. LET THE MILF HOLD TO THEIR GUNS. THIS IS THE FORMULA FOR PEACE IN MINDANAO. GOD BLESS YOU.

  12. Rosauro Feliciano says:

    What, are the Indigenous groups in Mindanao are ready to take up arms against the government if it pursues the signing of a final peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)? Really? Is this a factual truth that it is according to a leader of a non-government organization (NGO) based in the South? THIS IS BALLONY wishful garbage thinking. In war when the enemy is losing, it will do its best fabricate stories in order to find time to consolidate its forces for counter attacks.

  13. Samuel Santos says:

    Thanks to PNoy’s misdoing.

  14. Ramon says:

    Hahaha, patay kang Pnoy ka…sa MILF…kapag hindi mo natupad mga ipinangako mo sa kanila…pugot ulo mo, itaas at ibaba! Dito ka na tuluyang MABABALIW….

    Hindi talaga pupuwede na isa lang kinausap mo…ngayon, labu-labo na, lalong nagkakagulo at magkakagiyera, not militarily or economically or politically, but a RELIGIOUS WAR, the worst kind of war…kasi walang katapusan yan!

    Muslim ka yata Pnoy? kaya pala lahat ng gusto ng simbahang Katoliko inaayawan at kinokontra mo…

    Failure ang Ina, failure din ang anak….Galunggong ay P150/kilo na! Bigas P54/kilo!

  15. Ramon says:

    Naku, dito na talaga MABABALIW si Pnoy….hindi pa nagsisimula ang pangarap niyang PEACE ay heto nagsusulputan na ang mga ayaw, at mga taga-doon sila ha…ang mga supporters lang naman ni Pnoy sa deal niyang ito ay puro mga taga-Manila, na walang alam at walang PAKIALAM kung anong hirap ang dadanasin ng mga maapektuhan doon..

    Mabuhay ang mga tribal groups! Mabuhay ang mga indigenous groups! mabuhay ang mga Christians…! Wag tayong papayag na magkaroon ng Islamic state diyan..

    Kung gusto nila ng Sharia, eh di punta sila sa alinmang 56 Islamic countries, at doon sila magpakaligaya sa Sharia….bakit ayaw naman nila? Maganda doon sa Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Morocco, Algiers, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, etc…

    Sana mga tribal leaders, pamunuan ninyo kami dito sa manila para mapatalsik ang walang kwentang Pnoy na ito, bago pa maisakatuparan ang Bangsamoro…we will support you in this effort to preserve our country…

    • BANGSAMORO says:

      since the time of spaniards who resist become cristians.. we the bangsa moro around the mindanao sulu palawan fight for our country.. we never ever surender to envader as the other tribe did.. the shame story is you surender your religion and your lang in the name of salfish safety not to be hang or firing squad by terrorist spaniards… they spaniards terroris our home land.. from luzon to visiyas and some.small part of mindanao.. we the bangsamo survive for.century of fightning for our homeland ang our right side by side with non muslim.brother and sister that you call a indegious tribes.. they are our brother and sisters for century not a decade..

      so think about it.. which one as right to self govern our home land.. there is now manila or even cebu.. the main capital of our country is in the mindanao not in manila..

      what i want is.give a chance to this peace effort of the.pNoy admine.. bcoz we dont want another war.. bcoz civilian is always in the meddle.. so dont you help to build peace in your place… if u relyy want peace support the peace talk.. bcoz war is not the.answer… only our people and our economy will damage..

      always remember mindanao problem is for peace only not war.. no one will win on war.. from the time of terrorist spaniards. and terrorist american.. and dictetor marcos who once brcame a tiger of the asia then followed by erap para lalng humirap the weting king.. and last on the list is the hello garci the mrs macapagal aroyo..

      so from that time.. whoss losser ofcoz both side..

      no one win.. but still we stand together for our homeland..

      peace is the last resort..

  16. Tom Robles says:

    this peace deal is I think the final prospect, besides the MILF shows sincerety kind off at least better than the MNLF, the MILF have gave up their goal of independence which is a victory for the government besides the MILF knows they cannot win this struggle as the majority christians will not or never allow the dismemberment of the nation. this peace initiative should be given a chance. those minority tribes including the MNLF oppose it due to their selfish agenda. I would go for it for this peace deal with the MILF. its going to be take it or leave it. as for the saboteurs like the BIFF and MNLF, they can be contained and wipe out. Mindanao is the most underdevoloped and improverished region in the country inspite of its rich natural resources. shall we continue to waste and delay this or move on. this will show our inept or intelligent decision to make. before prosperity, peace is the first requirement.

  17. Wanatai Ayu Ani says:

    Indigenous groups in Mindanao saan ba kayo nagtatago? Naku bakit ngayon lang kayo nagsilabasan? Sabihin nyo nang ayaw ninyo talagang matapos ang giyera sa Mindanao.

  18. David says:

    A flawed peace, without the participation of all the stakeholders, is doomed. Aquino will be blamed for the loss of lives and property resulting to a railroaded treaty. Again, Abnoy has miscalculated.

  19. Rogelio Lim says:

    Hindi maasaahan si Noynoy na kunin ang consensus ng mga taga Mindanao. Hindi style ng leadership niya ito. Ni hindi siya tumatawag ng cabinet meeting para kunin ang consensus ng mga sariling tao niya yung ibang tao pa kaya.

  20. jun midsayap says:

    History repeats itself, eventhough how many peace deals the government impose in mindanao, peace will not be attained unless the phil governent wage war and let this milf,mnlf,biff,abusayaff surrender or lay their arms. Because we have only one government, and if theres bangsamoro they have also there own, so to us as a Christians living around bangsamoro areas will wage war also because muslims in mindanao are mostly greedy of power and money.. the people who signed this agreement are not even staying in bangsamoro areas, so we,as the Christians around bangsamoro are often the victims, sometimes beheading our relatives. Im sure mr aquino is not aware of this, he may want the nobel prize for peace but how many lives may lost and still counting. And this malaysian who backing up this deal has their own dark secret, they want to control the area because as of now thousands of hectars of rubber trees and palm oils already planted, and the rich natural gas in liguasan marsh and very rich of oils in moro gulf.. people in manila may care less the mindanao for they dont even know the place, but during election period they give importance, its all because of politics and money and a presedent who always daydreaming who only care his self and hus bunch of retarded adviser, they flocks together, hope one they the biff will wage their war in manila and may you will be the first victims..

    • julito ferrater says:

      i agree with you mr jun midsayap i hope pinoy can read your comments and may reconsider his stand! your comment is very relevant and truly discuss in details of what is the true sentiments of the majority in mindanao!

    • jpen0523 says:

      The Government has no power to annihilate those Arm Forces. Marcos is far brighter and braver than Pnoy, in fact they are incomparable, but till he went down from his thrown has not succeeded to suppress the rebels. Only the dreamer like you can possibly subject those people to bend and kiss the earth. No less than the former AFP Chief of Staff and now Congressman of Taguig is trembling of what might happen if the peace agreement with the MILF will not succeed. Any plan to oppose and provoke a civil war with the rebel forces will only result in the separation of Mindanao faster than anyone can imagine. Without PEACE will cause the MILF, MNLF, BIFF, TRIBESMEN and SOME CHRISTIAN SUPPORTERS unite together to fight for the independence Mindanao. Not all Christians are opposed to PEACE with the MILF as you are.

    • What a wish, it will come only from an E.M.P. (May god forgive you)

  21. nito says:

    Even as it is too late now to go back in history, relative to the impeding implementation of the MILF/GPH peace agreement. It is the duty of the MNLF or the Government to explain to those who are not savvy on why the MNLF AGREEMENT with GPH was not signed and implemented? Also if the MILF/GPH agreement is embracing the same area, core value, and the aspirations of all the Mindanaoans. as was agreed upon in the former peace deal, why make too much fuzz about it? Pride and ego should be set aside, humility and a force of goodness for all is needed to have peace in the land of promise. People are tired of war, have mercy on all concerned.

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