Saturday, October 8, 2011

PUBLIC STATEMENT FROM AN ONLINE CAMPAIGN: "We Support Constitutional Amendment for Bangsamoro Substate"
October 6, 2011, Mindanao

It is disheartening to note that Filipino politicians pound upon the peace panels never to go outside the framework of the constitution like it is the most treasonous and blasphemous thing to do. Yet, both leaders of Senate and Congress have just recently announced that they are open to charter change in order to amend the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution. Why can these political leaders on one hand, cater to the corporate interests and foreign investments while on the other hand, stubbornly insist that the Moros never ever go out of the same Constitution that they want to change anyway? Isn’t this the height of arrogance and double standard? Isn’t this a clear case of tyranny of the majority?

It is high time to make a stand in the peace process. In so far as the Bangsamoro question is concerned, there can be no more pretension for neutrality. Staying neutral over the historical injustices committed against the native inhabitants of Mindanao is a tacit approval to perpetuate oppression.

After 14 long years of painstaking negotiations in the GPH-MILF Peace Talks, peace advocacy demands that we take a stand. Let us finally put a closure to the armed conflict by supporting a political solution that is acceptable to the Bangsamoro people. The Christian majority Filipinos of this country must take the high moral ground by giving back to the Bangsamoro people their long lost freedom and homeland.

Peace advocacy is not just about seminars, concerts, or never-ending conferences and meetings which cost millions of money. These are not wrong per se. These are in fact very helpful in raising the awareness of people. But we should not get stuck into the merry-go round of peace peace events which do not connect with the political solutions. There is a higher need to elevate the advocacy by talking about the political options and extending the hand of solidarity to the Moro people who are clamouring for a government of their own; a sub-state which can be a formula of living together for the majority Filipinos and the Moros.


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