More reactions on RPOC-IX Resolution keep coming

More reactions from Zamboanga City Moro Residents, and other sectors keep on coming after Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) in Region IX came up with Resolution No 06-2017 adopted last June 7, 2017, declaring the non- existence of two Moro fronts’ communities in Region IX.

It was only few weeks ago when such resolution came out that prompted some Peace Advocates, Moro Non-Government Organizations (NGO’s), and People’s Organizations (PO’s) to react, and declare that such resolution is politically prejudicial to the Peace-loving Moros in Regional IX. 

The Mindanao Women Advocacy for Good Governance (MWAGG) conducted a series of peace dialogue in different Moro grass root communities tackling the issue which disgusted Moro residents, and some took initiative by displaying tarpaulin in Moro communities describing their Bangsamoro identity, and collective support for the passage of Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) drafted by the expanded Bangsamoro Transition Commission (E-BTC). 

The peace advocacy, and dialogues were facilitated by some officers from Moro NGOs such as the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI), United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) and (SIAPAHAN) and Mindanao Women Advocacy for Good Governance (MWAGG) with support of Moro Community Leaders.

A Muslim Student Association (MSA) leader said “We the Moros must show our collective stand, and solidarity by intensifying our peace advocacy, and letting the people know their rights, and be enlightened of the Bangsamoro Narratives.” 

“Let us uphold our basic rights as stated in the Constitution that “No law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press, or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and petition the Government for redress of grievances. Article III, Section 4. Bill of Rights (The 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines)”, he stressed

“I don’t know why some LGU’s in Region IX particularly Zamboanga City LGU having animosity towards the Moro Fronts, conditioning the minds of other Moros through various forms, and means.  Is it because of the 2013 Zamboanga Siege or whatever?” Pah Ali, a fish vendor said. 

A Moro community leader said that Region IX LGU’s should be thankful, and beholden to the Moros for the blessings they get from Bangsamoro rich resources such as energy resources from Lanao Lake, and aquatic resources where Zamboanga fishing, and canning industry have been harvesting, and benefitting from Sulu Sea, and Bangsamoro Waters. 

He further said that “The Moros welcomed the arrival of settlers from Luzon, and Visayas in early 1901 & 1930’s with open arms, and compassion in their quest for better life in Moro homeland but now they not only occupied the large Moro fertile lands but are hostile to those who fed them before with the exception of other peace-loving settlers who understood the Bangsamoro Narratives, and the causes of Moro legitimate grievances. 

“We the Moros are the source of Zamboanga City economic prosperity considering that Moros from island provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi are the frequent visitors, traders, and top valued customers in malls, hotels and restaurants. “Without the Moros, Zamboanga City is a dead city”, a Moro trader said.

“On the issue of non-existence of Moro Fronts communities in Region IX, it drew provocations, and seemingly pushing the Moros to the wall. It is nothing than apparent revealing of their deep-seated hatred, insecurity and prejudice against the Moros No one can impose, and propose what Bangsamoro should be since we are struggling for legitimate cause, and correcting the historical injustices committed against us” Pah omar, a fish vendor said. 

One Moro researcher said “Come and visit our city hall and read by your own eyes the remaining historical landmark inscribed in black-painted bronze plate that almost defaced for public to read. It is located at the entrance of Zamboanga City hall reminiscing the Moros existence in Region IX. hence, they can only deny, and conceal the facts partially but they could not conceal the truth forever. Let history speaks for itself for history may repeat itself in due time” if Allah wills!   

“No one can stop our peace-building effort in both contiguous, and in core areas Bangsamoro since it is our common concerns, and divine obligation to struggle for cause. We are not violating any laws for we are cognizant of our rights, purpose, and limitations” another peace advocate said.

The peace undertakings have been conducted calling for Bangsamoro unity and the swift passage of CAB compliant BBL in line with Bangsamoro aspiration to reassert what is due to them. 

The Bangsamoro struggle is a lifetime struggle unless the historical injustices are corrected, discriminations, and prejudice are stopped because the Bangsamoro people in this part of the country have accepted, and fed you before when you were in the state of landlessness, and poverty.