But as long as there are well-armed men roving Mindanao beyond the writ of law, we can never have peace.
Location(s): Abidjan (Cote D’Ivoire); Accra (Ghana); Bolotnoe (Russia); Chernogorsk (Russia); Ibadan (Nigeria); Ile Ife (Nigeria); Irkutsk (Russia); Kazan (Russia); Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Kumasi (Ghana); Lagos (Nigeria); Moscow (Russia); Nizhniy Novgorod (Russia); Osun (Nigeria); Sharipovo (Russia); Tayshet (Russia); Tema (Ghana) Aka: Denso Maame Ray Paker, Veronica Edwards, Amira, Jasmine Smine, Faustina Fosuah, Michelle Comley, Samera Saeed, Vanessa Akins, Sarah Bessan, Vera, Mary Robinson, Tonya Hansen, Babatunde Martins, Rosemary, Anita Anda, Olga Malysheva, Marina Kubareva, Nadezhda, Comfort Owiredu, Comfort Nyarkoa, Pascaline Love, Diana Quaye, Alena Petrova, Tatyana Shamsulina, Comfort Owusuaa Anita, Leslie Wouters, Tinaa Thomson, Angela Peters Okogie, Esther Kissiawaa Appiah, Cadwell Casey, Britney Miller, Elizaveta, Daria Trukhina, Nana Yaddy, Daria Troyhina, Ernestina Lopez Agyekum, Daria Sapiechewa, Rabiatu Saaed, Richeal Seglah, Kate Mensah, Adjei, Lacoste, Annabel Craig, Pamela Ansah, Pamela Asamoah, Audra Dupond, Juliana, Mitla, Nicole, Aziza Lalas, Amina Moro, Rita Brown, Saminu Adams, Rubi Nortey, Evelyn Coliman, Diana Allotey, Helen Arthar, Joyce Tandoh, Shorine Amissah, Debbie Thompson, Kate Kessewah, Catherine Walter, Salis Adamu Oscar, Alberta Quarcoo, Suzanne Cole, Tracy Hamilton, Ayisha Jaffaiusi, Pricilla Handful, Beatrice Konadu, Akos Osa, Bernice, Britney Thomas, Cynthia Moore, Mary Sowah, Mary Zagba, Rebecca Opare, Gladys Dumanyo Maybell, Jennifer Hilary, Rashida Salifu, Rabiatu Yahaya, Nancy Keelson, Diana Mills, Erica Pokuua, Eva Brown, Jane David, Alicia Thomson, Christiana Bonzie, Helina Brown, Margret Asiedu, Erica J.
In the 1924 Declaration of Moro Datus, asserting their independence they referred to themselves as a nation of Moros.
In the early 1970s the word Bangsamoro was first used because of the MNLF.
The MNLF was the Bangsamoro army during those perilous times. Alonto came down from the hills in 1976 in the spirit of the Tripoli Agreement. Misuari and Salamat Hashim (from the Top 90 men who trained) may have started out together in the top echelons of the MNLF but by mid-1976 Salamat was already angrily complaining about the Misuari-led Tausog dominance in the MNLF’s Central Committee.
He wrote the blue print of the first autonomous government with Marcos and other Muslim leaders. 1628 on March 25, 1977 creating an Autonomous Region in Southern Philippines. Added to this was the lack of representations of Maranaos and Maguindanaoans in the MNLF’s Finance Committee – where large amounts of money were being dispersed at the whim of Misuari and his loyalists.
The Philippines has a long history of Moro insurgency movements dating back to the Spanish time.
The Muslim population of southwestern Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago strongly resisted colonization.
As a result, we have the Zambo siege and other incidents of such kind in the past that disrupted the peace in the area.
I asked my friend Ayesha Merdeka, a former graduate of OB Montessori Center who has been researching on the Bangsamoro Cause and the MNLF for more than 22 years, who the leader is of the Bangsamoros?
But he succumbed to graft and corruption and ended a failure. Will there be a sustainable solution to the Bangsamoro plight by 2016?
For so many years now, we have been hoping and praying for peace.
The Muslim struggle was carried over to the American period when the Moros fiercely fought the US troops.