Monday, October 26, 2015

Musbarap, Bangsa Moro Party head: ‘No’ to BBL

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SULTAN of Lanao Lawyer Firdausi I. Y. Abbas
CAGAYAN de Oro City (BEN BALCE/Golden Journal) - THE president of the Muslim Bar Association of the Philippines, who is also the chairman of the Bangsa Moro Party (BMP), is a “no” to the passage of the Bangsa Moro Basic Law (BBL).

Firdausi I.Y. Abbas, who holds a doctorate degree from University of the Philippines, and who is the Sultan of Lanao even urged various Moro groups to articulate their sentiments and their positions on the BBL.

“We of the Bangsa Moro Party (BMP) are in full agreement. Certainly these factors should be together with honesty and competence,” said Abbas.

According to Abbas, BBL is the product of the agreement between the MILF and the Executive Branch of the Philippines (PG).

Abbas said Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Marvic Leonen, who is the former chair of the Philippine panel negotiating with the MILF declared that for the proposed agreement to succeed, there must be sincerity and trust.

The MNLF earlier accused Aquino of insincerity after he accepted the MILF with the proposed BBL.

“The President betrayed the ongoing negotiations between the MNLF and the PG,” said Abbas adding that the negotiations were under the supports of the OIC.

“The past events have made the militant Moro groups skeptical of the government’s sincerity and trustworthiness,” he stressed.

In 1976, the Tripoli Agreement was signed between the MNLF and the PG according to Abbas.

He said even former President Ferdinand Marcos declared that there shall be real autonomy in the south for the Bangsa Moro and proceeded to unilaterally implement it.

He explained that sincerity and trustworthiness as well as honesty were questionable with the past presidents mentioned vis-a-vis their policies toward the Bangsa Moro.

“The Bangsa Moro (Moro People) must once more decide, this time whether or not to support the MILF and to trust the President (Benigno Aquino III),” said Abbas.

‘The MILF must also overcome the position of the Muslim Bar and the BMP that we cannot accept the proposed law as Moros and as Muslims, for this law distorts Bangsa Moro history and is pernicious to Islam,” Abbas pointed out.

“This law is no better than R.A. 9054 which is the enactment of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) which contains provisions which are culturally erroneous and blasphemous,” he said.

BBL is grossly erroneous

“The word Bangsamoro is erroneous because Bangsamoro Is not a single word but a phrase - Bangsa Moro which means Moro people.

Abbas said he opposes BBL as it is confusing principally Article VI, Sec.4.The Central Government shall ensure the protection of the rights of the Bangsamoro people residing outside the territory of the Bangsamoro.

“Are the Bangsamoro not Filipino citizens protected by the Bill of Rights of the Philippine Constitution even outside of the Bangsamoro political entity?,” Abbas asked.

Abbas also questioned a fundamental definition of Bangsamoro people as spelled out in BBL’s Article II, Section 1.

The provision provides Bangsamoro people shall be those who at the time of conquest and colonization were considered natives or original inhabitants of Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago and its adjacent islands including Palawan and their descendants, whether of mixed or of full blood, shall have the right to identify themselves as Bangsamoro…”

“The question is conquest and colonization of who and of what? Of the people of the north called Indios by the Spaniards? Of Luzon and the Visayas? But this has no relevance in the determination of Moro identity,” Abbas said.

“If it refers to the Bangsa Moro and their homeland then it is a gross historical distortion. History records that the Bangsa Moro was never conquered and has the distinction that among all the Malay peoples only they humbled the foreign invaders.

This is our heritage, the Bangsa Moro identity which we began to assert in the 1960s, and the right to self determination which the U.N. advocates is the preservation and development of a people’s cultural identity” Abbas said.

Abbas said they likewise reject Article IX Section 5 of the BBL which defines indigenous people’s rights.

“This provision suggests that Moros are not indigenous which is utterly preposterous. There were no other peoples before them in the Bangsa Moro homeland,” Abbas argued.

“The cited provision perpetuate the scheme of President Marcos to downgrade the patrimonial claim of the Bangsa Moro by equating them with the so-called indigenous peoples, he added.

The Bangsa Moro which is a collective people of Moro nations, of the Tausug, Maranao and Maguindanao peoples number by the millions and whose civilization and culture were recognized by other nations of the world long before the great global powers emerged, he said. (BEN BALCE)

Armed men forcibly take over titled lands in 2 brgys

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On Maramag, Don Carlos, Bukidnon massive land invasions:

Solidarity of Landowners for Justice (SLJ). LANDOWNERS 
from Barangays of Camp 1 and Sinunggayan in Maramag 
and Don Carlos, Bukidnon led by SLJ spokesperson Joseph 
Perla (1st, left) as they speak during a news conference at 
the Cagayan de Oro Press Club (COPC) about 
the reported taking over of their titled lands by 
some 150 armed men.  Golden Journal editor 
Ben Balce (right facing left) serves as moderator.
CAGAYAN de Oro City (BEN BALCE/Golden Journal - SOME 150 armed gang members of the alleged land grabbers are now slowly taking over privately owned land parcels in two barangays in the boundary of Maramag and Don Carlos towns in Bukidnon.

Thus said Joseph Perla of Barangay Camp 1, Maramag Bukidnon, Monday (Oct 26).

 “They come equipped with automatic rifles to include a machine gun and AK47,” said Perla adding a carefree attitude towards using the heavy loaded firearms against them particularly in the two Barangays at Camp 1, Maramag and Barangay Sinangguyan, Don Carlos, Bukidnon.

“What is happening angers us a lot,” said Perla adding that if the authorities don’t act quickly, things will get dangerous.

Perla said the land grabbers already occupied his 4.9 hectares agricultural land including nine other private land owners.

Perla said they already called and even asked the help of the local authorities including Bukidnon governor Jose Maria R. Zubiri Jr., but to no avail.

“They are now in control of my land. Giputol nila ang akong rubber trees ug sa akong area mismo sila naghimo ug hide-out. Karon ila na sab gi-tractor ang tubohan sa akong silingang landowner,” said Perla adding that as the land grabbers seem to be above the law.

Perla said they are daring and as for the moment he could not name names.

However, Perla believed few politicians, both former and sitting, are allegedly accomplices in the land invasions.

“We caught three people near our lands and they claimed they are all from Digawaas clan,” said Perla.

Perla provided this paper several documents to prove he owned the lands legally at the bank.

Perla said having purchased the the 4.9 hectares property from Landbank by way of Deed of Conditional Sale in the amount of P1,156,000 representing the purchase price for the acquisition of Bank’s acquired Asset on instalment basis for five (5) years dated Dec. 5, 2011.

The Conditional Deed of Sale signed between Perla and the Land Bank of the Philippines, under TCT Numbers T-112555 and T-112556 that contained an area of 32,602 square meter more or less and an area of 16,603 square meter more or less are both situated in Barangay Camp 1,Maramag Bukidnon.

“I’m still paying the monthly amortization of that land until this time, plus the corresponding interest of it per annum within 5 years,” he said.

The contracting parties according to Perla were represented by Land Bank of the Philippines president Gilda E. Pico and Jose Enedicto G. Faune as vendor and he and his wife Jocelyn Perla as vendee.

“For right now, we’re still avoiding making war against them [land grabbers], as we asked the intercession from the media,” said Perlas but if we lose our lands, what are we going to eat? Things could quickly fall apart as it could become another war.”