August 21, 2008
Sultan Macasalong Sarip
Suara Bangsamoro-Northern Mindanao Region
We hold Mrs. Arroyo accountable for fouling up the peace process, handing over catastrophe to Lanao del Norte and arousing anti-Moro hysteria
Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is a grand hazard to peace in the Moroland.
For messing up with the peace process and making a hash of the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domains (MOA-AD) for her own power programme, she has instigated a series of armed offensives from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and handed over deadly pandemonium to the Moro and non-Moro populace of Lanao del Norte.
While we denounce in the strongest manner the terroristic actions that took place in this part of the country these past few days that claimed lives of innocent civilians, we urge concerned agencies to do fact-finding missions and unearth the truth behind these chaos. We express doubts with the government’s monopoly of airwaves and non-stop blaming of the atrocities committed by the MILF, while the latter is insisting that they did are not behind the bombings in Iligan and the killing of the civilians in Lanao del Norte. We fear that interest groups who will benefit from this war situation have a hand to this violence. And surely, Mrs. Arroyo as a patron of anti-Moro hysteria since 2001 earns ground for her another round of all-out war against the Bangsamoro.
We condemn Mrs. Arroyo and Malacanang’s war propaganda and combative stance. We warn the US-Arroyo regime not to exploit this situation of unpeace to justify militarization, and the eventual entry of US troops which, time and again, were driven out by the people of Lanao.
We are tired of endless wars, the bombing of our farmlands, terrorizing of our communities and the destroying of our mosques in the name of the “war-on-terror.” Let us remember that the huge bulk of Maranaos who joined the call for the ouster of Joseph Estrada because of his all-out war policy in 1999-2000 contributed much to his political demise. Lest Arroyo forget to realize the lessons learned the tragic way by Joseph Estrada (who now suffers historical amnesia), she would surely suffer the same ugly fate.
In the face of Mrs. Arroyo’s insincerity to the peace process, we enjoin the Bangsamoro to continuously assert its legitimate struggle for the right to self-determination. Genuine freedom is unachievable in talking to a fake, puppet, corrupt and fascist regime who owns an Olympic record of using the Moro people, especially the Maranaos, to make possible her everlasting reign. ###
The date posted here is due to our website rebuild, it does not reflect the original date this article was posted. This article was originally posted in Yonip on August 26th 2008