Sunday, July 30, 2006

Indigenous Tribes Oppose Moro Homeland

MARAWI CITY (Merlyn Manos / 30 Jul) Indigenous tribe leaders have opposed a proposal to include their ancestral domain in the so-called Bangsamoro homeland in the southern Philippines.

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) which is negotiating peace with Manila, has proposed the establishment of the Bangsamoro homeland that will include at least 18 indigenous tribes in Mindanao.

But at least 29 leaders and representatives of the different indigenous tribes they have their own separate system of governance and institutions in accordance with traditional customary laws.

The MILF, the largest Muslim rebel group in the country, is fighting for the establishment of a strict Islamic state and rebel leaders said they have the support of indigenous tribes in the restive, but mineral-rich Mindanao region.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

If it is indeed true that these indigenous tribe leaders oppose the inclusion of their ancestral domain into the "Bangsamoro homeland," I would say that these are very smart people. They deserve a whole lot of credit- more than the national leaders in Manila and their minions credit them for. In fact, the government should take this clue and think about why these tribe leaders do not want themselves included. Forget about strict Islamic state and the true grievance of the ordinary muslims, these tribal leaders understand (and they understand it very well!) the leadership and motives of the "Bangsamoro" movement. Once they get suckered in into this ploy, they (the tribes) will be marginalized, exploited (again, maybe even worse than before), and victimized. Just think about how the "Bangsamoro" leadership enrich themselves now and how they squandered the resources for their personal ends entrusted to the movement by foreign entities! The tribal leaders read these writings on the wall- and they understand. The government negotiators should also. And get smart!

The Mindanao Examiner said...

Dear Reader,

Thank you for the comment. Mindanao is home for all of us... Filipinos.

Mabuhay!

Ed.Zamboanga Journal

Muhammad said...

Why can't we live all together in harmony? I just don't get it. We are all human beings.

The Mindanao Examiner said...

Dear Muhammad,

We are like one big family; we have differences, but we all live together.Kapayapaan ang kailangan natin.

Mabuhay!

Ed.Zamboanga Journal