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1.The Crux of the Moro Problem*

It is clear why the Philippine government is not about to give up Mindanao or even only the acknowledged Moro ancestral domains to the Moro people. All talk about national sovereignty and the indivisibility of Philippine territory is just a convenient cover for the real reasons: ownership of land by big non-Moro landowners, including multinationals such as Dole and Del Monte, and access to the still untapped natural resources in Mindanao, including gold, copper and natural gas.

Streetwise / Business World
Posted by Bulatlat
Vol. VII, No. 28, August 19-25, 2007


2. Dangerously beautiful

I was in Sulu last week, part of a contingent from Gawad Kalinga visiting our first GK village in Patikul and preparing for our second in Panglima Estino. While media plays up the drama of an unresolved kidnapping and a most fluid situation which, in the end, can only end up with more lives lost, a miracle quietly unfolds where landless and homeless Tausug families in a “barangay” [village] in Patikul discover that life is not all that hopeless. A generous landowner and just as generous a corporation produced land and homes for the poor. From a very successful first initiative where the provincial government, Marines, civil society personalities, a municipal bureaucracy, and poor residents of a barangay converged in a Gawad Kalinga program, a template for replication is emerging and exciting those who have been traditionally frustrated at how things simply do not work in a conflict-torn area.

By Jose Ma. Montelibano
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:27:00 04/03/2009


3. An Enduring Freedom for the Moros

The struggle of the Moro people for freedom and self-determination is one of the longest, if not the longest, struggles in the history of mankind. Their struggle began with the “discovery” of the Philippines by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521, who claimed the island for Spain. The Moros rejected his claim, and Lapu Lapu subsequently killed him, a Moro Muslim leader. From then on, the Moros were in a fight for their independence and freedom.

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4.Is Sulu a Philippine Province?

Take note that there is no mention of Sulu. Again this is ignorance of history because Sulu is not a part of Mindanao. We don?t know if the Muslims in the Sulu Sultanate will appreciate the addition of another ray to the sun in the Philippine flag because they also have their own flag that symbolizes and embodies the ideals and traditions of their own country and heroes. We hope the National Historical Institute will oppose this proposed law for historical accuracy.

By Randy David
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:32:00 06/21/2008


5. Sulu and our Tausug brothers

We cannot keep crying over spilt milk, but we have no greater power than those who rule today and have not felt the compunction to correct the wrongs of yesterday. What is left in us is a dream that cannot die, that must not die. While we are not sure how justice can be attained in peace, we cannot foster conflict, death and destruction, either. What is clear, however, is that Muslims and Christians are brothers, that Muslims and Christians are victims, and that Muslims and Christians must seek friendship and cooperation. That is the only way for a future full of hope.

By Jose Ma. Montelibano
First Posted 01:34:00 06/20/2008


6. Martial Law and the Tausug

Everyone who has ever fought against the Tausug – Spanish, Americans, Filipinos – has noted their military prowess and intense bravery under fire. The apparent paradox is that the Tausug do not value bellicosity as an end in itself – children, for example, are not encouraged to express conflict directly – but rather view conflict as an inevitable part of the fatefulness of the world – “a man does rightly and leaves the outcome to God.” Men do not look for trouble, it is said, but rather “find” it; all violence is seen as counter-violence. Of course, not all men enjoy fighting – some do and some no doubt do not – but for the young fighting is the supreme adventure in a culture which quite radically separates the ethics of the young from the ethics of the old. The young are supposed to be – and most are – hot blooded, violent, adventuresome, and – within the contest of an ideal Islamic morality – “bad,” while the old are supposed to be peaceful, religiously inclined, and “good.” This is not a conflict of generations caused by rapid change, but a theme of Tausug culture which – judging from epic poetry – was equally prevalent in the past.

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6. Who are the Sama?

Ma. Bernadette L. Abrera

Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 22:59:00 06/06/2009

7. HIstorical Significance of July 4, 1946 to the Moros, 03:20 AM June 12th, 2015

Jabidah and Merdeka: The inside story-Marites Dañguilan Vitug and Glenda M. Gloria.Published in Rappler, 7:12 AM, March 18, 2013

The Sulu Equation- by Apple Santiago Oreta. The author is the convener of the ADMU Political Science Department-Working Group on Security Sector Reform (WG-SSR), a group of faculty, staff, and students involved in research and projects on SSR.




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