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MNLF Position Paper on the Status of the 1996 MNLF-GPH Final Peace Agreement

MNLF Position on the Status of the 1996 MNLF-GPH Final Peace Agreement
7 June 2014 at 05:44

THE MNLF-GPH DISPUTE.

We, Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), disputes the claim of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) that they have already completely and fully implemented the 1996 MNLF-GPH Final Peace Agreement (FPA). The major issue that MNLF will dispute is on Section 20(a) of the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA that says:

"There shall be a special socioeconomic, cultural and educational program to cater to MNLF forces not absorbed into the AFP, PNP and the SRSF to prepare them and their families for productive endeavors, provide for educational, technical skills and livelihood training and give them priority for hiring in development projects."


WHAT IS THE GOVERNMENT'S POSITION?

The GPH's position is that they believe that they have already completed the implementation of the MNLF-GPH FPA Sec 20(a) through the ordinary GPH projects in what they perceive as "MNLF communities". These ordinary projects include giving direct dole-out Pantawid Pamilya cash allowances, direct dole-out Philhealth cards, direct dole-out housing assistance, and the regular infrastructure projects (say farm-to-market road and fish port) that the community members have free access.

WHAT IS MNLF'S ARGUMENT DISPUTING THE GPH POSITION?

MNLF believes that GPH giving direct dole-out Pantawid Pamilya cash allowances, dole-out Philhealth cards, dole-out housing assistance are not part of the MNLF-GPH FPA Sec 20(a) because these projects are implemented for the general public to enjoy. These projects are nothing special for the MNLF. These are ordinary economic development projects that can be benefited by the general citizenry, whether MNLF or not.

Besides, there is no such thing as an "MNLF Community"; no such thing as "MNLF Village"; no such thing as "MNLF Barangay"; no such thing as "MNLF Town"; no such thing as "MNLF Municipality"; no such thing as "MNLF Province"; no such thing as "MNLF Region"; not even such a thing as "MNLF Camp". The MNLFs are scattered all over Mindanao, Sulu (incl Sabah), Palawan and there are also MNLFs outside these named areas. We, MNLFs, cannot be residing in one location such as a community because we are scared we might be massacred by the GPH Military, one community all at once.

In order to for an economic development project to be counted as compliance to the MNLF-GPH FPA Sec 20(a), it has to be "special" for MNLFs. For it to be special, we have to go back to the layman's interpretation MNLF-GPH FPA Sec 20(a) that specifies the following special benefits for the MNLF Forces and their families:

(1) provide educational skills training,

(2) provide technical skills training,

(3) provide livelihood training, and

(4) give priority hiring in development projects.


THE MNLF: SHORT PROFILE


GROUP NAME: Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) can also be referred to as Mindanao National Liberation Front (MNLF). Founded est 1969.

IDEOLOGY: Egalitarian, a principled belief in the equality of all people in the political, economic, social, and civil rights regardless of differences in political ideology, religion, race, ethnic origin, age, and gender.

LEADER: UN Peace Prize Awardee Prof. Dr. Nur Misuari.

SOCIAL MISSION: Peace and equitable development.

ORGANIZATIONAL OBJECTIVE: Education and substantially gainful livelihood and employment for its members (over 100,000) and their families.

POLITICAL OBJECTIVE: Secession from Philippines.

AREA OF SUBSTANTIAL PRESENCE: Mindanao, Sulu (incl Sabah), Palawan.

ADVOCACY METHODOLOGY: Peaceful approach.

AFFILIATION: Observer member (since 1977) of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), a 57-member state cluster of the United Nations.

ARMED CONFLICT: All-out-war with Govt of the Philippines (GPH) in 1974-1976 (200,000 dead). Sporadic gun-battle with GPH from 1976-1996.

LEGAL STATUS: Signed Peace Accord with GPH in 1976, known as Tripoli Agreement. Signed Final Peace agreement with GPH in 1996, known as 1996 MNLF-GPH Final Peace Agreement.

NATIONAL SECURITY STATUS: No more armed conflict but still at propaganda war with GPH due to government's non-delivery of obligation in the Agreements signed.

STRONG MEMBERS: Count 50,000 in 1996 minus 5,000 integrated in the PH Govt Police and PH Govt Armed Forces. Last count, stopped counting at point of 100,000 in 2013, could possibly be something between 120,000-150,000 strong.


WHAT MNLF WANTS?

In this Position Paper, the MNLF wants the Government of the Philippines (GPH) to shift its policy from stigmatic approach to integrative approach. Specifically, MNLF urges the GPH to implement the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA Sec 20(a) by means of an MNLF SCHOOLING AND LIVELIHOOD ECONOMIC PROGRAM, or MNLF Economic Program for short.


HOW DOES THIS MNLF ECONOMIC PROGRAM OPERATIONALIZE?

First, MNLF and GPH must have at least a monthly Formal Talks. Each time there is a Formal Talk, the GPH must bring in official representatives of what I call Institutional Peace Partners (IPP), and present them to MNLF. Altogether, the MNLF, GPH, IPP and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) wherein these IPPs commit to accommodate, with preferential attention, any MNLF who hand-carries Recommendation Letter from MNLF Leader Nur Misuari. We shall call these MNLF recommendation letters to the IPPs as "MNLF Vouchers".

Part of the implementation of the Sec 20(a) 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA means GPH must deliver its obligation to identify, communicate, and invite companies and institutions to sign-up as IPPs in the MNLF Economic Program.

WHAT SORT OF INSTITUTIONS ARE QUALIFIED TO BECOME IPP's?

IPPs could be (a) civilian government agencies, (b) educational institutions, (c) large private business companies, (d) government contractor firms, and (e) foreign aid NGOs that are operating in places where most MNLF forces are located.

EXAMPLES OF HOW THE MNLF ECONOMIC PROGRAM OPERATES

Providing educational skills training. For example, if Ateneo de Davao signs up as IPP. Misuari can issue an MNLF Voucher to an MNLF who wants to study Business Administration in Ateneo de Davao. The person will take the exam to qualify, and if he passes the exam he will be given full scholarship by virtue of this MNLF Voucher. After finishing his studies, he can go back to Misuari and get another MNLF Voucher so he can work in any IPP.

Providing technical skills training. Another example, if TESDA signs up as IPP. Misuari can issue an MNLF Voucher to an MNLF who wants to study any Salesmanship Training, and the person will take the exam to qualify, and if he passes the exam he will be given full scholarship. After finishing his training, he can go back to Misuari and get another MNLF Voucher so he can work in any IPP.

Provide livelihood training. Another example, let's say another big typhoon came, major disaster in say Negros Island, disaster bigger than Yolanda. PNP and AFP, again, won't move into the site quickly because they are "scared". Foreign AID NGO come in, they want to help in the housing rebuild aspect, they need hands in the disaster area. Foreign NGO comes to attend emergency meeting of MNLF-GPH Formal talks, signs up an IPP MOA. Misuari will then call for an MNLF Summit to distribute MNLF Vouchers. The Voucher holders report to the Foreign AID NGO for deployment to the disaster site. With standard compensation budgetted by the AID, the MNLFs can do house construction work cum construction training as a form of livelihood training, and other work such as debris clearing work, cooking for the humanitarian workers, distributing relief goods, and transporting supplies.

Priority hiring in development projects. Another example, a Government Engineering and Construction company signs up as IPP. The company is awarded a government contract to build some length of road and bridge. MNLFs in the project site area can come to Misuari to get MNLF Voucher. The MNLF will present his/her voucher to the Contractor Firm and he/she will get preferential hiring in the construction of this development project.

Another example, if Bank of Philippine Islands (BPI) signs up as IPP. Assuming we have an MNLF member who wants to put up his own small family-run Bakery Shop. He/she can go to Misuari, and Misuari can give him/her an MNLF Voucher to attend TESDA Training in Bakery Operation. After the seminar, he/she can go back to Misuari and ask for access to loan to start-up the business. Misuari can give him another MNLF Voucher to be presented to BPI so he can apply for loan and be given preferential approval. It will not be difficult for him to gain knowledge in bakery operation and realize his/her dream of starting up the bakery business that can provide livelihood for the family.

MNLF's GUN CONTROL ADVOCACY

MNLF per se, as an organization, does not have an army and does not issue guns to its members. MNLF members acquire their own guns. There are a lot of MNLF members and sympathizers who have firearms, specially small arms and automatic rifles. Although we (MNLF) do advise them to have their guns licensed from the PNP, many MNLFs prefer to keep silent about their guns because they can feel the GPH's stigma against the MNLF. Silent means not registering in the PNP -- they don't want to be in the PNP's gun search list or gun confiscation list.

If PNP will sign up as IPP in the MNLF Economic Program, we will come up with an advocacy mechanism that will encourage (even more) our members to have their firearms licensed. We can even use the MNLF Voucher as a medium of exchange -- heart-to-heart give and take at the individual level. It will be as simple as saying: "you register your gun as proof of commitment to peace, we help you get those guns licensed without any fee on your part, I'll approve your application for MNLF Voucher".

In line with gun control advocacy, the link to the MNLF-published Gun Control Policy counter-proposal is at https://www.facebook.com/notes/moro-national-liberation-front-mnlf/gun-control-policy/614405628615402


FRAUD PREVENTION FEATURE OF THE MNLF ECONOMIC PROGRAM

We, MNLFs, don't want this proposed MNLF Economic Program to be used for personal political mileage purposes. Once this mechanism is implemented, we will have an internal policy in the MNLF wherein no one in the MNLF who is responsible in granting this MNLF Voucher shall be allowed to run in public office in GPH. This rule will include Nur Misuari (the main signatory), myself (the second signatory), the appeals council responsible in adjudicating all denied applications, and all staff and consultants in the MNLF Voucher office.

We, MNLFs, don't want fraud in reporting. We don't want this MNLF Voucher to end in the hands of non-MNLFs. We don't want this MNLF Voucher to end up in the hands of peace saboteurs who will just implant terrorist beneficiaries that will destroy the reputation, good intention, and integrity of the MNLF Schooling and Livelihood Economic Program.

To prevent fraud, we (MNLF) will centralize the accountability of this MNLF Voucher Program. MNLF only has one leader, that is Nur Misuari, and he is the only one who can certify that an individual is a MNLF member. In order to avail of the MNLF Voucher, Misuari and myself have to be able to assure the public that the beneficiary is a believer and committed to the One MNLF Doctrine -- specifically on the person's commitment to peace. Any MNLF who benefits from this MNLF Voucher who gets himself into trouble (such as rebellion and armed conflict and whatever crimes) shall be expelled from the MNLF and will no longer qualify to benefit from this MNLF Voucher.

DOES THIS PROGRAM HAVE AN MNLF IN-HOUSE TRAINING COMPONENT?

Yes. In as much as we are serious to make this program succeed, our would be office will have a facility for the in-house training of the beneficiaries before we give them the MNLF Voucher. During this training, we will try our best to replace any apprehensions with positive mind-set about the program. A one-week stay-in training would cover lecture and sharing of thoughts on the following:

Day 1. General Principles of the One MNLF Doctrine.
Day 2. Understanding the MNLF Schooling and Livelihood Economic Program.
Day 3. Elements of a Good Student or Employee.
Day 4. Awareness to Disruptive Behaviors at Work.
Day 5. Gun Control Advocacy.
Day 6. Team Building Games.
Day 7. Graduation and socials.


WHAT IS THE EFFECT OF THIS PROGRAM ON ANTI-TERROR CAMPAIGN?

Terrorists infiltrate almost any organization. There are terrorist elements who have successfully infiltrated the MNLF, MILF, NPA, and even in Government of the Philippines (GPH), religious institutions, and the academe. Terrorists infiltrate vital organizations to recruit new terrorists from within the organization, to instigate the vulnerable members (desperate spirits) of these organizations over religious and political disputes, and influence the decisions from within so that there will be act of terror, armed conflict, combat, and war.

The MNLF has always maintained an anti-terrorism position. MNLF Leader Nur Misuari said many times that our anti-terrorism stance is non-negotiable. This MNLF Voucher Program will provide a strong foundation of hope and faith in the goodness of society for our MNLF members that will prevent them from becoming vulnerable to terrorist recruitment. This Program is a strong and deep-penetrating psychological reinforcement to the anti-terror campaign.

ATTRACTING FOREIGN INVESTMENT

This MNLF Economic Program has a mechanism of attracting foreign investment. Since 1977, the MNLF is an observer member of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). OIC is a United Nations sub-cluster that is composed of 57 States. MNLF Leader Nur Misuari is always invited during OIC conferences, summits, and meetings. This OIC gives the MNLF very high potential linkage to the leaders of the international community. Whenever there is an OIC event, we (MNLFs) would like to always attend and tell our colleagues in the OIC member-states to invest in Philippines by putting in money into the IPPs. In short, we will encourage them to buy stocks in the IPPs. So, you see, a synergy of give-and-take will take place between the MNLF and the IPP. Everyone helps forward to progress.

HOW MUCH IS THE FUND NEEDED FOR THIS MNLF ECONOMIC PROGRAM?

Funding this program will not be too much of a hassle because this is definitely not a program that intends to give out direct dole-outs to MNLFs. The only fund that is needed to start-up and sustain the Program is the linkage expense. It is only around 100 Million Pesos worth of administrative and logistics per year. This is the same fund that MNLF wants to get from 1/4th of the OPAPP Annual Budget to finance the MNLF's participation in the MNLF-GPH peace process-related activities such as negotiations, consultations, formal talks, coordination, and dialogues where our respective think-tanks can freely share their ideas.

We will try our best to be austere in our spending so we can save money to finance the construction of our permanent Program headquarters and training facility. We will also try to get sponsors to augment our budget. With the given budget, this MNLF Economic Program will try its best to deliver the following targets each year:

1. MNLF attendance to 12 MNLF-GPH Formal Talks (signing of MOAs with IPPs);
2. MNLF attendance to 12 MNLF-GPH Joint Press Conference;
3. MNLF attendance to 12 MNLF-GPH Community-level Consultation with MNLF members in the grounds;
4. MNLF conduct of 12 Integration Seminars to be attended by a total of some 2,400 MNLF participants (estimated at 100 participants per week-long Seminar, two batches per month);
5. MNLF attendance to four (4) MNLF Peace Summits cum distribution of MNLF Economic Vouchers to pre-approved applicants;
6. MNLF attendance to two (2) conferences of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC);
7. MNLF attendance to one (1) conference of the Parliamentary Union of Islamic Cooperation (PUIC);
8. Production of 400,000 pcs of MNLF Economic Program Brochures (communication and advocacy information and instruction printed material);
9. Production of Annual Report of the MNLF Economic Program;
10. MNLF attendance to the MNLF Annual Report (a formal evening event of high-level delegates of MNLF, GPH, OIC, and IPPs for the presentation of the MNLF Economic Program Annual Report and Program Success Stories).


WHAT'S STOPPING THIS MNLF ECONOMIC PROGRAM?

Misguided public opinion is prompting the government to turn a deaf ear and blind eye against the MNLF Economic Program.

There are two schools of thoughts in achieving peace. One school believes integration is the key to peace. The other thought believes elimination of the opponent is the key to peace. These two schools of thoughts interact in the open market of ideas, competes in the mileage of publication of mainstream and informal mass media, and influences the direction of GPH.

During Ramos presidency, the integration school of thought prevailed, hence, the signing of the The 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA. The 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA was founded on the common principle of integration. Ramos integrated the MNLF into mainstream society, and one of the political decision he did was to install Nur Misuari as ARMM Regional Governor. During Misuari's term as ARMM Governor (1996-2001), the Philippine National Statistics Office reported that ARMM was the most peaceful region in the Philippines.

People usually had this general idea that peace is the key to prosperity. They thought that prosperity will follow when Mindanao becomes peaceful. But during Misuari's term as ARMM Regional Governor, the much expected prosperity of the people did not came, and they blame it on Misuari. Misuari was swarmed with tons of hearsay and allegation of graft and corruption. In fairness, the prosecutor (Department of Justice) of these charges found no evidence of the allegation while they investigated Misuari. While investigation was ongoing, Misuari was in jail from 2001-2009. Misuari was acquitted of all these charges and hearsay, including the charges of rebellion, because the prosecutors found no single evidence to present in court. The prosecutors attempted to present the tons of negative publicity against Misuari but the court rejected all these invalid evidences because they are only hearsay. It is just frustrating for us (MNLF) whenever these hearsay are recycled even nowadays.

People should realize that economic prosperity does not necessarily follow when there is peace. Batanes for example, which is at the other Northern end of Philippines outside Mindanao, is a province up at the tip of Northern Luzon. Batanes is very peaceful, only chickens dwell in their jail. But the place is not prosperous, in fact, it is one of the poorest provinces of the Philippines. Very few people in in Batanes have livelihood. Mindanaois home to seven (7) out of ten (10) poorest provinces among the 80-provincePhilippines. The extraordinary high poverty incidence in Mindanao is broughtabout by many factors, but the primary and laden reason are government neglect and distance from the national metropolis.

You see, in peace, people will just skip the chance of gunshot-related mortality, but it will not give them the economic prosperity until "special" attention is given to them, plus of course, they have to not only cooperate but must have this strong desire to prosper.

During Estrada's presidency, the GPH was kind of double minded. It was continuing the integration of the MNLF in one hand while declaring all-out-war against MILF on the other hand. Places where MNLF and MILF members live are overlapping, so it was very chaotic, we were uncertain about the government's direction.

During the Arroyo and Aquino administration, the elimination school of thought prevailed. During these two administrations, instead of formally integrating the MNLF to participate in productive projects, the GPH have used its military to conduct false flag operations to smear a dirty paint on the MNLF and informally influence the mass media companies to create a stigma against the MNLF, all for the purpose of eliminating the MNLF.

The GPH Arroyo Administration politically persecuted MNLF Leader Nur Misuari in 2001, jailed him as political prisoner for 8 years (2001-2009) for alleged crimes that he did not commit. Again in 2013, the GPH Aquino administration conducted a false flag operation in Zamboanga City and implicated MNLF Leader Nur Misuari, and accused him again for crimes he did not commit. Despite all these persecutions, MNLF remained peaceful and abiding on the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA. When it comes to being sober, it is the GPH that is problematic, not the MNLF.

The stigma has caused the MNLF to alienate from mainstream society, push further the revolutionary organizing for national secession, and even prompted many of our leaders to go back to underground revolutionary movement.

Aquino Administration's anti-integration activities against the MNLF is anti-peace, and is an opposite of the good principles of integration upon which the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA is founded upon. These anti-peace actions of the Aquino administration are not only acts of provocation but already considered by MNLF as already acts of war against the MNLF, even without the GPH explicitly declaring it.

Repeatedly, please be informed that MNLF officially denies participation in that infamous chaos in Zamboanga City of September 2013. Please be informed that MNLF Cmdr Habier Malik, MNLF Leader Nur Misuari, and all members of the Genuine MNLF are not participants in that chaos in Zamboanga City of September 2013. This denial is based on the result of MNLF's internal affairs field investigation. That chaos was just a false flag operation by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (a revenge of Gen. Emanuel T. Bautista whose father then Gen. Teodulfo Bautista died under the weapon of the MNLF in 1977) to smear dirt on the face of MNLF and a cover-up to the extra-judicial forced eviction by the Local Government of Zamboanga City led by Mayor Ma. Isabelle "Bheng" Climaco-Salazar (under the supervision of DILG Sec. Mar Roxas) against the poor marginalized Badjao minorities. Our field investigation result shows no genuine MNLF was hurt, injured, killed, or arrested in that inhumane government operation. The MNLF condemns the inhumane uprooting incident. Please read the MNLF declassified report at http://goo.gl/IBG2OB

It appears to us (MNLF) that Aquino administration did not understand the principle of integration because we can see that its publicities in the mainstream media; and the actions of its armed forces intend to destroy, persecute, stigmatize, eradicate, and annihilate the MNLF.

GPH's strategy of creating a stigma against the MNLF and the increasing number of impoverished people in Mindanao and has increase of the number of MNLF forces because the marginalized people found "sense of belongingness" with the oppressed MNLF. In 1996, there were around 50,000 MNLF Forces. At present, the number of MNLF forces have doubled to over 100,000, carrying with it some over one million able-bodied MNLF family members, all waiting for the implementation of 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA Sec 20(a).

WHAT IS MNLF'S POSITION ON THE OTHER PEACE SOLUTIONS OF GPH, SUCH AS MILF BANGSAMORO DEAL?

We, MNLFs, despite our egalitarian ideology, don't believe in one magic pill of solution that is applicable to all people with different political wing, religion, ethnic origin, and gender. Our solutions may be good only for MNLF members, but others may have their own solutions. In the same way, the solution that other want may not be acceptable to us. The ultimate solution is not selecting which is which, but accommodating all solutions. Give the MILF what they want, give the MNLF what we want; and avoid cross-over, avoid overlapping, and avoid squabbling. A good solution elevates one without stepping on the other. We prefer a buffet-type mindset where all groups can get whatever they want, instead of a competitive mindset that squabbles over one piece of burger.

MNLF maintains a hands-off policy on GPH's peace solutions for other groups in Mindanao. We (MNLFs) have experienced so much stigma, marginalization, and oppression from the GPH -- as a result, we have virtually lost all of our confidence and self-esteem to compete with the great number of people squabbling for employment, dole-out benefits, attention, political concession, and favors.

Sometime in 2008, GPH under the Arroyo Administration had "Memorandum of Agreement for Ancestral Domain" (MOA-AD) deal with MILF that was disapproved by Supreme Court of the Philippines -- we (MNLF) were hands-off on that. In 2010, GPH had "Bangsamoro Sub-State" deal with MILF that just evaporated for unknown reason, perhaps it was overtaken by the new PNoy Administration -- we (MNLF) were hands-off on that. Now recently, in 2012 the GPH have "Framework Agreement for Bangsamoro" with MILF that became "Comprehensive Agreement for Bangsamoro", and subsequently now being developed into "Bangsamoro Basic Law" -- we (MNLF) are maintaining a hands-off policy on that.

A partially successful Peace Process produces three-legged commitment: (1) peace pact, (2) economic concession, and (3) political concession. Among the three, only the peace pact that is always the win-win result, hence everyone must laud it by default. The economic concession would have to be justifiable as it requires a prioritized budget at the cost of some other priorities of government. The political concession would have to be reasonable because the favor granted to one will always cost society's normal democratic process of a fair elections. A fully successful Peace Process is one that completes the fulfillment of these commitments in a speedy manner. Nevertheless, prolonging the fulfillment of obligation is similar to failure to deliver the commitment.

We, MNLF, laud the peace pact aspect of the MILF-GPH Deal, but wo are hands-off on the political concession aspect because it intends to replace the ARMM. In our opinion, a good political concession should produce an added happiness that is not at the expense of somebody else current happiness. In this scenario of Bangsamoro Deal that is aggressive and stigmatic against the ARMM, we prefer to support the defensive side because we, MNLFs, have a reputation to protect that we are defenders of the weak. As we, MNFL, sit on the lighter side of the seesaw, we hope to promote considerable balance in the political arena. The people must not be deprived of their political rights, hence, let the MILF campaign for public support to their political concession in a fair-and-square plebiscite; let the MILF leaders file their candidacy and campaign for votes in a fair-and-square elections.

Although we expect MILF have their own Economic Program, we would not care if they will replicate this proposed MNLF Economic Program. They can have their own exclusive economic concession that is totally separate from our exclusive economic concession.

This recent MILF-GPH Bangsamoro Deal have a slogan that says: "No one – Muslim, Christian, Lumad or of any other faith – will be left behind" (GPH Sec. Deles who is now the PR point-person of the MILF). Our MNLF response to this would be we are happy to have spread the doctrine of Egalitarian Ideology and influenced the GPH program. But where is the special schooling and livelihood for the MNLF? The MNLF's special benefit that we are expecting is not only an Administration's promise, but an obligation of the GPH. We are not kids that you can just divert our attention to some clowns and lollipops.

If we benefit from those generic GPH programs, good. Nevertheless, enjoying generic programs does not, in whole or in part, diminish our right to expect GPH to implement their obligation, specially the Sec 20(a) of the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA.

THE LAST ITEM FOR IMPLEMENTATION in 1996 MNLF-GPH FINAL PEACE AGREEMENT (FPA).

The only provision in the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA that is not yet implemented by the GPH is the economic aspect, which can be read at Section 20(a). The GPH has already completed all political aspect, I can show you if you take time to sit down with me so I will read you through the 1996 FPA sentence-per-sentence.

As reasonable individuals, we will neither ask GPH for anything more, nor for anything less than section 20(a), and in so doing, we have suggested a delivery mechanism of the MNLF Schooling and Livelihood Economic Program in the Notes that I wrote titled: "The MNLF Position on the status of the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA".

Also, not all people who call themselves MNLF will benefit from this MNLF Economic Program that we are proposing to the GPH. This special economic program is only for a fixed number of MNLFs - 100,000 individuals. This economic program is exclusive for those who have proofs of membership with MNLF who believe and understand the One MNLF Doctrine. So if you are not sure if you have proof of membership with MNLF, please don't take for granted the MiDI Signature Book (I assume you know what this book is) because this might be your only proof to be included in the MNLF Economic Program.

Once we see success in the implementation of the MNLF Economic Program, the objective of Mindanao Independence becomes moot and academic. However, the Independence of Sulu will still be an inevitable anticipation in conjunction with the Sabah recovery project. If we succeed in leasing a portion of Sabah to China, Sulu will become super rich and it's totally up to Sulu if they will pursue their independence or not.

We will neither dip our fingers, nor our heart, in whatever the MILF is dealing with the GPH. Kapag FAB/CAB/BBL lang ang ang pinag-uusapan sa kahit anong forum, there is no need to attend, no need to spend even a little time for it. Pag mag attend kayo, kukunan lang kayo ng picture at sasabihin nila sa media na supporters na kayo sa MILF -- it's not good for you if you are hoping to be included as one of the 100,000 beneficiaries of the MNLF Economic Program.

THE ONLY RELEVANCE OF MOA-AD/BSS/FAB/CAB/BBL

The ARMM already passed the consistency test with the 1976 MNLF-GPH Tripoli Agreement (which is the original agreement recognized by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation [OIC]). The ARMM already passed the consistency test of the 1987 Philippine Constitution. On the contrary, the MILF's Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will not succeed because it fails to pass the test of consistency with the 1976 Tripoli Agreement, the 1996 Final Peace Agreement, and the Philippine Constitution. What is the rationality of totally replacing the ARMM with something that does not pass the legal tests?

The one and only relevance of MILF's Memorandum Agreement for Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD), Bangsamoro Sub-State (BSS), Framework Agreement for Bangsamoro (FAB), Comprehensive Agreement for Bangsamoro (CAB), proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is they will become part of the reading materials of MNLF think-tanks and will be used as among the MANY other valuable inputs and suggestions that will be considered in the process of improving the Revised Organic Act of the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (R.A. 9054).

IMPROVING THE ARMM

The ARMM is the product of a long series of MNLF-GPH talks that developed the 1976 Tripoli Agreement. As of today, there are still plenty of items to be improved in the ARMM. The room for ARM improvement is still very wide. The ARMM is not incorrigible, and based on this fact, I believe that ARMM should not be abolished, but we should continually find ways to improve it.

The ARMM has many critiques; not only from the MNLF, but also from the government, civil society, and other groups in Mindanao such as the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). I believe that the critiques must tender constructive criticisms, meaning, they should give suggestions on how to improve the ARMM, and this will be the focus of the solidarity forum.

We have to build on the gains of our efforts in the past, learn some lessons from our mistakes, and continue dialogues to improve whatever it is that we have right now. Abolishing the ARMM and replacing it with another Entity is STRICTLY not an option as long as there is still room to improve the ARMM.

If they say the ARMM is a "failed experiment" that need to be stopped, my answer would be simple. The ARMM will naturally have errors every now and then because it is a "trial-and-error" experiment. The ARMM did not follow a successful model. In any scientific experiment wherein your technique is trial-and-error , don't get discouraged when you fail in a single experiment. Don't stop starting a new set of experiment if error occurs. In each failed experiment, you must be patient, learn a lesson, troubleshoot the problem, correct the error until you achieve your desired outcome. Remember, Thomas Edison failed over 1,000 experiments before he perfected the light bulb.

Personally, it is okay if you call ARMM as a "failed experiment". I hope it is also okay for you if I would say the MILF CAB/BBL is nothing but just a new "untested experiment" with distorted assumptions. The problem with the MILF CAB/BBL new untested experiment is its assumptions are distorted by bribes -- the bribes has silenced some relevant think tanks and it has prevented the natural collision of conflicting ideas. The worse is, the think-tanks who were bribed to silence are not ordinary people, but the ones who have direct experience about the ARMM experiment, including MNLF Leader Nur Misuari who is already the living institution of the over almost 40 years negotiations. Misuari is essentially the Thomas Edison of the Southern Philippines experiment -- not listening to him is not a good move. I bet, in the 50 or so think-tanks of the MILF, there is no one there who possesses the equivalent institutional wisdom of Misuari. Read more about the distortion at http://goo.gl/ZdkDAC

My personal advice to the 50 or so MILF think-tanks behind all these MILF Bangsamoro thing, I would suggest you apply for positions in the ARMM or run for elected post in the ARMM and influence it towards improvement from the inside. Alternatively, from the outside, you can also submit individual position papers on how to improve the ARMM. If your suggestion is asking for reform by the MNLF, then submit your position paper to the MNLF. If your suggestion is asking for reform by the GPH, then submit your position paper to OPAPP. Rest assured, we will read it and consider it as input in improving the ARMM.

MNLF-MILF DEADLOCK

The irreconcilable difference between MNLF and MILF is the Sabah issue. MNLF will recover Sabah from Malaysian occupation. MILF is being used by Malaysia to stop MNLF from succeeding in the Sabah Recovery Plan. We can't allow venomous snakes inside our house.


STABILITY OF MNLF INTERNAL AFFAIRS

The two opposing school of thoughts (Integration Team vs Elimination Team) also play in the individual mind of the MNLF members.

There are MNLF commanders who believe that integration is the solution, and they continue to hope and pray for the implementation of the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA.

On the other hand, there are also MNLF commanders who believe that armed uprising is the solution. You can't blame them because they've been waiting since 1996, and some of them were waiting since 1976 during the MNLF-GPH Tripoli Agreement.

Despite eternal debate among these two conflicting school of thoughts and numerous attempts of leadership take-overs, Misuari stood on his ground that MNLF will be peaceful. Each time the MNLF felt being threatened by government provocations, I can feel the tension in the MNLF that felt like MNLF becomes a bunch of 100,000 loaded guns on the verge of exploding, but Misuari played the role as the safety mechanism of the gun. Whether Misuari is free, or in jail, or exile, or whereabouts unknown, the MNLF will never explode as long as Misuari is the leader of the MNLF.


MNLF MUST GO OUT AND SPEAK TO INFLUENCE PUBLIC OPINION

We believe that the degree of fear of the public determines the seesaw of the two opposing school of thoughts -- the Integration Team vs the Elimination Team.

MNLF must go out and speak to influence public opinion. We have to drill into the mind of public opinion the fact that Nur Misuari is a U.N. Peace Price Awardee and a Nobel Peace Price Nominee. We have to drill into the mind of the public the fact that through the decades, since the signing of the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA, the MNLF never used its power, influence, and movement to weaken the plans, programs, and projects of the GPH. We have never attacked any GPH troops. We have never closed our ears from the call of the GPH to support its anti-corruption advocacy. The MNLF has always supported the advocacy for good governance of GPH. The MNLF did not abuse the supposed political concession that the MNLF expects from the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA -- in fact, the MNLF Leader Nur Misuari had ran for governor in the ARMM, got defeated by the GPH candidates in the elections, and MNLF is still peaceful.


DOES MNLF GROUNDS (COMMUNITIES) SUPPORT SUPPORT THIS MNLF ECONOMIC PROGRAM?

Yes. Definitely. This is consistent with the sentiment of over 100,000 MNLFs scattered all over Southern Islands (Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Basilan), Southern Mindanao (Davao, Cotabato, Saranggani), Western Mindanao (Zamboanga), Central Mindanao (Maguindanao, Lanao), Northern Mindanao (Bukidnon, Misamis), Eastern Mindanao (Agusan, Surigao) and Palawan.

In one instance, last 2 June 2014, OPAPP Peace Adviser Teresita Deles, along with eight foreign ambassadors of OIC-member states (Egypt, Turkey, Bangladesh, Iraq, and Malaysia) visited Bongao, Tawi-Tawi to open up a concrete fishport project of the GPH and consult the local MNLF leaders. According to Inquirer that covered such event, the group invited MNLF area commander Ambrodin "Amlo" Salahuddin who believes in the Misuari leadership. Inquirer reported that Commander Amlo "expressed concern about livelihood projects and getting jobs for the people... What’s the use of having so many roads, bridges and ports if our people, former MNLF combatants and their children, have no livelihood? Inquirer added that the Commander was glad to see the OIC delegates coming here as “they can help us in investing projects where our people will be employed.” Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/608543/misuari-not-invited-to-oic-meeting#ixzz346axqOo5

DOES MNLF LEADERSHIP (NUR MISUARI) SUPPORT THIS MNLF ECONOMIC PROGRAM?

Yes. Misuari supports this Program. Rest assured, two generations of MNLF, Misuari and myself are in one page in this program. Misuari represents the past and present MNLF. I represent the future of MNLF. In fact, each time Misuari renders his speeches, he always complains about the long wait of implementation of the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA. Many people, especially the GPH, can't figure out what he is complaining about -- and they brush him off as a "difficult personality". Actually, they are just insensitive. Misuari's complain is actually referring to Section 20(a).


ECONOMY-DRIVEN POLITICAL REFORM

Just let political change and reform take place naturally in a peaceful environment. Just let political change evolve naturally in a scenario where people are economically secured, people's stomach are full, and they are free to intelligently decide on their political destiny. Political solution is best borne by the mind when the stomach is full.

The good intention of this program must overpower our apprehensions, fears, and insecurities. There is One MNLF Doctrine and it has to be respected. This program is not intended to eradicate the MNLF by means of guiding the MNLFs away from the One MNLF Doctrine.

We, MNLFs, should not be persecuted nor looked-down upon for a reason that we believe that we should be united instead of factionalized. We, MNLFs, should not be persecuted nor looked-down upon for a reason that we believe in the leadership of Nur Misuari. We, MNLFs, should not be persecuted nor looked-down upon for a reason that we believe in Egalitarian Ideology. We, MNLFs, should not be persecuted nor looked-down upon for a reason that we envision Mindanao independence. We, MNLFs, should not be persecuted nor looked-down upon for a reason that we prefer to do our struggle for freedom and prosperity in a peaceful way.

I am disclosing, presenting, and advocating this MNLF Schooling and Livelihood Economic Program because I believe it is easier to sell a canned good if its content is properly labelled. We are all tired of GPH-MNLF Talks on endless debate on "political solutions" to wars and armed conflict. Let's get away from all these political debate crap. Lets start working on the economics. Let's do this MNLF Economic Program and start talking SUCCESS of the Program !!!


Rltr. John R. Petalcorin*
Director for Advocacy Communications
Director for Charity and Economic Projects
MORO NATIONAL LIBERATION FRONT

Cellphone Nos.: 0921-7172040
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Sunday, June 1, 2014

MNLF's position on GPH Projects in Mindanao

None of the GPH projects in Mindanao are certified as part of the implementation of the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA.

The 1996 MNLF-GPH Final Peace Agreement (FPA) Section 20(a) says, "There shall be a special socioeconomic, cultural and educational program to cater to MNLF forces not absorbed into the AFP, PNP and the SRSF to prepare them and their families for productive endeavors, provide for educational, technical skills and livelihood training and give them priority for hiring in development projects."

We, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) does not acknowledge those projects of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and foreign aids in Mindanao as part of the implementation of the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA because our MNLF record shows that no member of the MNLF benefited from them. There is no record that MNLF Leader Nur Misuari or the MNLF Director for Economic Projects ever received any official communication from the GPH or foreign aid donor that asks MNLF to nominate its needy members to participate in productive endeavors, be provided for with educational, technical skills and livelihood training, and be give priority for hiring in development projects. Hence, the claim of GPH that 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA had been implemented is a fraudulent claim that intends to deceive, for its own glory, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the general public.

The 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA was founded on the common principle that "integration" of the MNLF into mainstream society is the key to peace and prosperity in Mindanao. Instead of formally integrating the MNLF to participate in productive projects, the GPH have used its military to conduct false flag operations to smear a dirty paint on the MNLF and informally influence the mass media companies to create a stigma against the MNLF. The stigma has caused the MNLF to alienate from mainstream society, push for national secession, and even prompted many of its leaders to go back to underground revolutionary movement. GPH's Aquino Administration's anti-integration activities against the MNLF is anti-peace, and is an opposite of the good principles of integration upon which the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA is founded upon. These anti-peace actions of the GPH Aquino administration are not only acts of provocation but already acts of war against the MNLF.

Through the decades, since the signing of the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA, the MNLF never used its power, influence, and movement to weaken the plans, programs, and projects of the GPH. We have never attacked any GPH troops. We have never closed our ears from the call of the GPH to support its anti-corruption advocacy. The MNLF has always supported the advocacy for good governance of GPH. The MNLF did not abuse the supposed political concession that the MNLF expects from the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA -- in fact, the MNLF Leader Nur Misuari had ran for governor in the ARMM, got defeated by the GPH candidates in the elections, and MNLF never got into tantrums.

It appears to us (MNLF) that GPH did not understand the principle of integration because we can see that the actions of the GPH intend to destroy, persecute, stigmatize, eradicate, and annihilate the MNLF.

The GPH Arroyo Administration politically persecuted MNLF Leader Nur Misuari in 2001, jailed him as political prisoner for 8 years for alleged crimes that he did not commit. Again in 2013, the GPH Aquino administration conducted a false flag operation in Zamboanga City and implicated MNLF Leader Nur Misuari, and accused him again for crimes he did not commit. Yet MNLF remained peaceful and abiding on the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA. It is the GPH that is problematic, not the MNLF.


For the information of the GPH, the mass media, OIC, and the general public, be it known that in order for us (MNLF) to acknowledge a specific project as part of the implementation of the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA, we (MNLF) require the following:

1. Documentary record must show that the specific project had been part of the Agenda of the Formal Talks between the MNLF and GPH. During the Formal Talks, the MNLF Director for Economic Projects Rltr. John R. Petalcorin must certify, by signature, the project as approved at his level for endorsement to the MNLF Leader Nur Misuari.

2. At least fifty percent (50%) of the number of workers that are employed (regular or casual or contractual) during the implementation or construction of the project must be genuine members of the MNLF as certified by the signature of MNLF Leader Nur P. Misuari.

Through this transparent mechanism, a verifiable and auditable list can be produced. Through this list, the GPH world-renowned habit of reporting ghost projects and ghost beneficiaries are prevented, the MNLF cannot deny without basis its participation, and the GPH-MNLF dispute is prevented, because the MNLF, GPH, and OIC shall get hold of the list. The annual report of this mechanism, which shall be produced at the end of the fiscal year jointly by the MNLF Director for Economic Projects and the GPH's Office of Presidential Adviser on Peace process (OPAPP), will show the list of projects and the corresponding list of MNLFs (with verifiable personal data) who have benefited from the implementation of the 1996 MNLF-GPH Final Peace Agreement (FPA) Section 20(a).

It is very common to hear propaganda rumors coming from the GPH camp that alleges that MNLF Leader Nur Misuari is anti-progress and would always disapprove MNLF members cooperating, participating, and benefiting from economic projects of the GPH and foreign donors. Well, this allegation can only be proven if the MNLF Director for Economic Projects will testify that Misuari is sitting on the paperwork and function to endorse MNLF members to benefit in the implementation of the 1996 MNLF-GPH Final Peace Agreement (FPA) Section 20(a). So far, this allegation is not true.

This mechanism is not yet implemented because there have been no MNLF-GPH Formal Talks yet after we (MNLF) unilaterally terminated our participation in the peace process activities last 2 March 2012 for two reasons: (1) we are busy in the Mindanao Independence Movement, and (2) we have no funds to support the logistics of attendance in MNLF-GPH Talks.

MNLF-GPH Formal Talks is expensive because it comes frequently in almost once a month and is usually held in countries outside the Philippines, and we usually have a dozen (depends on the Agenda) official MNLF delegation (leaders, negotiators, technical advisers) who must attend the talks.

So that we (MNLF) can resume our participation in the MNLF-GPH Formal Talks, we (MNLF) require the OPAPP to release 100 Million Pesos (regular budget of the government subject to standard government audit) logistics fund per year. The OPAPP has over PhP400 million government's budget per year, and we believe that MNLF's expenses in MNLF-GPH peace process activities must be fully subsidized from this budget. We (MNLFs) have already published our position on this concern in March 2012. This logistics fund can be contracted out to any private company of their (GPH) choice who will handle the spending of the logistics fund of the MNLF.

Since 1996, the GPH have not even subsidized the necessary logistics for the MNLF's to attend the MNLF-GPH talks that is necessary to ensure smooth MNLF cooperation in the implementation of the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA. How thick-face it would be for GPH to claim that it had implemented its obligation in the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA? The GPH claim is fraudulent because they cannot even show a list of MNLFs who benefited from their projects.


Rltr. John R. Petalcorin
Director for Communications
Director for Charity and Economic Projects
Moro National Liberation Front

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

MNLF Right of Reply RE: Zamboanga Crisis of Sept 2013

The genuine members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) is not a participant in that chaos in Zamboanga City on September 2013. The chaos was purely a large-scale squatter demolition operation by the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and simultaneously a "False Flag Operation" of the GPH to smear dirt on the face of MNLF and the Mindanao Independence Movement. The implementers of the squatter demolition merely used MNLF actors (counterfeit MNLFs) to act as running rabbits to ignite chaos that would provide reason for the squatter uprooters to move into the designated demolition zone. The squatter demolition was long planned by the LGU of Zamboanga City under the leadership of Mayor Climaco, in line with real estate development in Zamboanga. The GPH denies the rights of the uprooted people to return to their lands and residences aftermath the chaos. Even on this date of commenting, the uprooted people (Badjaos and Muslim minorities) are being disallowed to return to their lands -- the human rights violation issue in relation to the uprooting is what the mainstream media and the Philippine government is turning a blind eye or perhaps hiding. For your information, Malik, Misuari, and the genuine MNLF are not participants in the planning and execution of that squatter demolition. No MNLF was killed, injured, or arrested in that incident.


Official denial

MNLF officially denies participation in that infamous chaos in Zamboanga City of September 2013. Please be informed that MNLF Cmdr Habier Malik, MNLF Leader Nur Misuari, and all members of the Genuine MNLF are not participants in that chaos in Zamboanga City of September 2013. This denial is based on the result of MNLF's internal affairs field investigation. That chaos was just a false flag operation by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (a revenge of Gen. Emanuel T. Bautista whose father then Gen. Teodulfo Bautista died under the weapon of the MNLF in 1977) to smear dirt on the face of MNLF and a cover-up to the extra-judicial forced eviction by the Local Government of Zamboanga City led by Mayor Ma. Isabelle "Bheng" Climaco-Salazar (under the supervision of DILG Sec. Mar Roxas) against the poor marginalized Badjao minorities. Our field investigation result shows no genuine MNLF was hurt, injured, killed, or arrested in that inhumane government operation. The MNLF condemns the inhumane uprooting incident.

This denial is based on the result of MNLF's internal affairs field investigation, which rendered the following results:

About Assamin Hussin and Bas Arki

One of the alleged MNLF commanders that initiated chaos Zamboanga City is a certain individual allegedly named Assamin Hussin. A certain Assamin Hussin appeared on TV on 9 September 2013 (day 1 of the chaos) and made a statement that he and his men have entered Zamboanga to attend a rally, show their support to Mindanao Independence by hoisting an MNLF flag (supposedly on the flag pole of the city hall. Our field investigation reveals we (MNLF and MIM) have no Assamin Hussin in our member list, nobody in MNLF recognize his face as one of us, there is no scheduled MNLF rally nor summit around that particular Monday. The MNLFpage in FB also published an earlier MNLF policy that says only the owner of a flag pole has the right to hoist whatever flag he wants on his own flag pole.

Another individual named by the newspapers is a certain Bas Arki. Those alleged MNLFs by the name of "Bas Arki" and "Assamin Hussin", who are accused as commanders of the alleged seige, neither have record of membership in the MNLF, nor were they listed in the persons who support the Mindanao Independence. We picked up an unofficial list of names of the alleged MNLFs members who are now under the custody of GPH, who were accused of a crime of rebellion for their alleged participation in the Zamboanga chaos of Sept 2013; we verified the list via background check in the grounds and the investigation rendered negative result, meaning, no one in the list is a member of the MNLF. We published our findings in FB/MNLFpage and someone in the AFP commented that the list we have are all alyases -- okay, granted -- and we hope that the GPH will interrogate those persons in their custody to get their real names because we are willing to re-open a field investigation to ascertain if any of those are MNLFs.



Result of MNLF internal investigation

Allegedly, MNLFs (including Cmdr. Habier malik) were either killed, hurt, arrested, or injured, in that chaos. Our post-conflict investigation shows Cmdr Habier Malik is not in Zamboanga City during those moments when he was alleged to be commandering the alleged MNLFs in the middle of the chaos. Result of our investigation shows no member of the MNLF has admitted to have gone out from their hometowns in small, medium, or large troops movement to conduct a terroristic invasion on the peaceful city of Zamboanga.


The arrested individuals

We have read in the news that there were around 200 alleged MNLFs who were arrested on site in relation to the chaos in Zamboanga City of September 2013. We have also offered free legal assistance to any MNLF who got killed, injured, or arrested in that chaos and no one has filed a single claim.

Willing to cooperate

I have asked the GPH to transmit to me the digital file (or post the PDF file online) of the complete information of the cases filed by DOJ against Misuari so I can facilitate a formal reply, which would most likely include a video-taped interview with Misuari, but I did not get a response from GPH. I asked for a copy of any Warrant of Arrests for any alleged Genuine MNLFs (including Nur Misuari) who are still at large so we can start counting a one-year period of Hijra before we turn him in to the Courts, but I did not get a response from GPH. The members of the Commission of Human Rights attempted to visit the arrested alleged MNLFs but they were forbidden to conduct interview with the detainees (this was published in the newspapers). So, we think GPH is hiding something. I assume we are on the same page that innocence is presumed until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt. Whoever alleges, it is their task to present evidences, and there is no need for the accused persons (especially Nur Misuari) to cooperate.

On the weapons recovered that allegedly belong to MNLF

Allegedly, the GPH Military recovered high-powered weapons and mortars in that belongs to the MNLF, and that the alleged MNLFs in that chaos have financial backers and were provided with logistics to wage the uprising. Our internal investigation shows no one in MNLF has disclosed having received any financial support to wage an act of terror in Zamboanga City, and no one in MNLF has claimed to have lost weapons in that chaos in Zamboanga City. In short, we have no information who owns those weapons and we have no information who is the provider and the receiver of such alleged uprising funds.

On the allegations that MNLF used human shields

Allegedly, MNLFs used civilians as human shields, and a rescue operation was done. Result of our investigation reveals that no member of the MNLF have "caddied" civilians out of armed conflict zones or have taken cover behind civilians because there is no MNLF in there in the first place. Nevertheless, while the chaos was ongoing for days, we have contacted GPH Military Intelligence at the backdoor and proposed to them a joint operation to rescue out any MNLFs who are caught in the crossfire and trapped in a defensive position in the conflict zone to stop the chaos, although we were not sure that there are any MNLF in that chaos. The condition of our proposal is that we will rescue our fellow MNLF if the GPH Military can show proof that Cmdr Habier Malik, whom they allege as the leader of the gang, is in that chaos -- the GPH Military was not able to supply the condition, hence, we did not launch a rescue operation. No MNLFs member hid in houses, nor burned houses because there is no MNLF in there in the first place. No MNLF member looted anything during that chaos because there is no MNLF in there in the first place, but we have read quite a number of news articles about GPH Military who were caught red-handed in looting during that chaos.


Different speculations of what really happened

MNLF Speaker Atty. Emmanuel Fontanilla said that the chaos was just to cover up the Pork Barrel issue in the Philippine National Government. Some of our MNLF analysts also said that the chaos was a tactic of the GPH to smear dirt on the face of the MNLF, and paint MNLF as monsters and terrorists. Nevertheless, the most probable explanation comes from MNLF Intelligence that says that chaos was an implementation of the squatter demolition project of the Zamboanga City Local Government headed by Mayor Beng Climaco, which merely used counterfeit MNLFs to ignite chaos and cover-up the squatter demolition. Even after the clearing of the chaos, the evacuated citizens were being refused (in a terroristic manner) to return to their places of origin by the LGU of Zamboanga City. We also found out that the demolished area have pre-existing real estate development plan that requires uprooting of the informal settlers.


MNLFNET.COM

I have read the article titled: "FEW BURNING QUESTIONS ON THE ZAMBO SIEGE" by Reynaldo R. Reyes, 22 September 2013 in MNLFNET.COM. I consider the responses of Reynaldo R. Reyes of MNLFNET.COM to media inquiry as more on taking opportunity advantage of the chaos to express a typical MNLF political promotion and propaganda, his opinion of course, and his reactions on what he saw on television. His response lacked prudence. His response pre-empted the value of post-conflict investigation. The "defensiveness" of his response will obviously be misconstrued as if the MNLF is trying to justify its involvement and participation in that chaos. In short, the hasty response that lacked prudence did more harm than good. There is a lesson that has to be learned. Next time, when there is chaos that allegedly involves the MNLF and anyone in MNLF is asked by media, the default response should be:

"(1) We can talk about the general policies of the MNLF but we cannot preempt the outcome of MNLF's post-conflict investigation on the event at hand, (2) we don't react (neither confirm nor deny) to any allegations or stories published by mainstream media or by social media bloggers, and (3) only the individual who possess the MNLF Spokesperson Authorization Form signed by the ground commander of the participant of the armed-conflict can answer any media inquiries specific to the detail of the particular armed conflict."

The MNLF Propagandists

If you are using any statements of Absalom Cervesa and Emmanuel Fontanilla that linked Misuari to the chaos, we would be pleased if you subpoena these two to testify. Please be informed that these two are spokespersons of Gapul "Winnie" Hadjirul, the political propaganda officer of the MNLF. During the chaos, they have made propaganda statements such as "MNLF already control most barangays in the conflict zone", "MNLF RPG sunk a Phil Navy ship", "PNP Chief already an MNLF prisoner of war", etc. etc. Their function is to fuel poisonous information so the enemies will continue making a mistake.

Trial by publicity

Trial by publicity may be advantageous to the GPH because of the stigma against the MNLF that it will create, but stigma will cause alienation and fear among the MNLFs and will backfire against the peace process. Not only humans, but even animals that are scared and cornered by the stigma will act violently in line with self-defensive and self preservation. The GPH is leaning its sharp elbow on the MNLF while writing the MILF-GPH deal -- it hurts. For the past decades, it was proven that "integration" is one of the helpful keys towards peace. Creating a stigma against MNLF is a counter-integration and it is anti-peace.

Counterfeit MNLFs

Since day one of that chaos in Zamboanga City, 9 September 2013, we maintain the position that MNLF is not involved in that chaos and we were aware of such chaos as purely a squatter demolition operation (an act of destroying the entire community to remove the human settlers who don't possess land titles) by the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and simultaneously a "False Flag Operation" (a military operation of doing terrorist acts while wearing the opponent's flag) of the GPH to smear dirt on the face of MNLF and the Mindanao Independence Movement. The implementers of the squatter demolition merely used MNLF actors (counterfeit MNLFs) to act as running rabbits to ignite chaos that would provide reason for the squatter uprooters to move into the designated demolition zone. It is an open secret in Mindanao wherein GPH Military and GPH Police manufacture counterfeit MNLF uniforms, recruit poor uneducated boys, and ask them to wear the MNLF uniforms to do dangerous money-making activities such as extortion, squatter demolition, false flag operation, and even stage-play armed conflict in order to get AFP Medals or PNP Medals (for example: search the internet for article titled "Army officer na nagpapagawa ng MNLF uniform, iniimbistigahan").

False flag operation and looting

We, MNLFs, had no MNLF informant in the middle of that chaos, hence, we have no idea who burned those houses, who looted from the houses, and who made that short action film showing some persons wearing MNLF uniforms who were playing with bazooka while playing patentero with some people who play the role of hostages. We have received a question from someone who claims to be a member of the non-combatant AFP in the area and he was asking if the PMAer who died in that chaos in Zamboanga City of September 2013 was an MNLF because the dead body was wearing an MNLF uniform. With due respect to the family of my fellow PMAer, I have replied that he is not MNLF. He merely may have only followed orders to act as MNLF to pave the way for the False Flag Operation. We have read in the news that some AFP personnel were administratively charged for looting. I hope these looters in uniform are part of the charge. Try searching Google for articles titled: (1) "5 soldiers jailed for looting Zamboanga councilor's house" dated 24 Sept 2013; (2) "5 soldiers arrested for looting in Zamboanga City" dated 24 Sept 2013; (3) "Soldiers accused of looting during Zamboanga crisis face ..." dated 5 Nov 2013; (4) "AFP wrapping up probe on troops tagged in Zamboanga ..." dated 5 Nov 2013; (5) "Palace: Soldiers found looting in Zambo will be punished" dated 25 Sept 2013; (6) "Group hits AFP over human rights violations during Zamboanga conflict" at Inquirer dated 1 Oct 2013; (7) "Int’l NGO raps PH with human rights breaches" at Manila Bulletin 1 May 2014.

The GPHs habit of false flag operation

This chaos in Sept 2013 is already a result of AFP's "habit". The GPH's false flag operation against Misuari and MNLF in Zamboanga of Sept 2013 is not the first time. The first time was in 2001. The first time they did it, the GPH were able to take custody of Misuari, and he stood on trial in court for 8 years. In 2001, a GPH-fully-funded team of prosecutor lawyers in Dept of Justice worked full-time for 8 years to find evidence to support their allegation and they presented tons of media publicities against Misuari as evidence. Media articles cannot be presented as evidence in court, so in 2009 the court acquitted Misuari because the DOJ failed to present a single valid evidence to support their accusation. The GPH is using the same tactics again in this Sept 2013 chaos, in fact, in the same venue, Zamboanga -- they are like a frog that jumps into the same hole twice.

Squatter demolition

The chaos of in Zamboanga City of September 2013 was a squatter demolition that was long planned by the LGU of Zamboanga City under the leadership of Zamboanga City local government Mayor Bheng Climaco, who is under the direct supervision of Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas, in line with real estate development in Zamboanga. They are also hoping to rake in millions of humanitarian donations. Zamboanga City now is like a Philippine style death wake where cadavers are displayed in the coffin for months to extend the opportunity of asking wake alms and donations. If you are into humanitarian aid and charity work, I recommend you search and read the following articles: (1) "Boy’s death latest in Zamboanga City shelter" at Inquirer on 23 March 2014; (2) "Long after MNLF siege, death toll still rising" at Inquirer on 24 March 2014; (3) "Zamboanga folk rally: ‘We’ve had enough’" at Inquirer on 3 April 2014; (4) "Badjao a tribe losing home at sea" at Inquirer on 27 April 2014; (5) "Philippines: Protect Zamboanga’s Displaced Minorities" in Human Rights Watch hrw dot org on 30 April 2014.

MNLF sympathize with the uprooted and displaced minorities

Even on this date of commenting, the uprooted people (Badjaos and Muslim minorities) are being disallowed to return to their lands -- the human rights violation issue in relation to the uprooting is what the mainstream media and the Philippine government is turning a blind eye or perhaps hiding. The voice of those people says: “They are killing us slowly by keeping us here,” said Jalnari Hadjirul, a 61-year-old Badjao leader at Cawa-Cawa. “I think they should send us home now, or we will all die.” Can't you hear their voice? The MNLF sympathise with the Badjaos and everyone who were uprooted in Zamboanga City, although we cannot ascertain if these people sympathize with our (MNLF) organizational cause.

If the evacuation of the people of Rio Hondo Zamboanga City in September 2013 could have been a result of a real armed conflict involving the MNLF, the uprooted people who are temporarily sheltered in evacuation camp in the Zamboanga City Grand Stand should have long been allowed to return to their lands after the supposed armed conflict. What is going on in the evacuation center now is like a Nazi Concentration camp, over 100 evacuees have already died by diseases. Zamboanga City local government Mayor Bheng Climaco, who is under the direct supervision of Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas, is using scare tactics to prevent the displaced from returning to their origin. Climaco is also using profiling tactics to single out people she wants throw out of the city for the day -- one by one she throws them out of the city in different places like unwanted newly-born stray cats to avoid herself from getting entangled with the obligation of just compensation. Secretary Mar Roxas was also proud of the prejudice against Muslims when the Armed Forces of the Philippines (APF) required the evacuees to recite the Lords Prayer (...Our Father) upon entering the evacuation center. For reference about this story, please search Google for news article titled "MNLF rebels try to blend in with hostages -- Roxas".

The LGU of Zamboanga were asking the uprooted people to sign an affidavit and we happen to get hold of a digital copy. You should read it in the Notes of FB/MNLFpage titled "On Zamboanga City Residents Affidavit of Undertaking" dated 6 April 2014. In our analysis, it contains a provision wherein the signatory will not be paid any just compensation for the damages resulting from armed conflict, even if the property is insured. It also contains a provision wherein the signatory waives certain rights to real estate ownership, specifically his Jus Vindicandi (Right to Recover) and Jus Possidandi (Right to Possess). It also contains a provision wherein the land grabbing is legalized and perfected on the disadvantage of the uprooted people, and there is no more remedy in the future.

The participation of Vice President Jejomar Binay

Binay's appearance in Zamboanga in the middle of the chaos in September 2013 was not "pa epal". It was really us, MNLFs, me in particular, who launched a high-level MNLF intelligence gathering operation called "Operation Binay Ceasefire". Through the backdoor, we asked Binay to go to Zamboanga to carry a ceasefire proposal. Binay didn't knew that our purpose is not ceasefire, but our real purpose is just to find out if the chaos is really a real armed conflict or just a false flag operation of the AFP/PNP/GPH. If it was a result of a real armed conflict, a test ceasefire that we proposed through Vice President Binay should have been applicable, and we were able to find out that it was not a real armed conflict because ceasefire was not applicable.

Regarding AFP General Emmanuel Bautista

We were asked why is the AFP of the GPH are so unreasonably aggresive against the MNLF, as if they are turning a blind eye on the 1996 MNLF-GPH Final Peace Agreement. Our answer is that it is something personal. The anomaly has something to do with the psychological profile of Gen. Emmanuel Bautista. He is bitter, vengeangeful, and unable to move on with the past when his father, then Gen. Teodulfo Bautista, fell in combat in 1977 under the gun of the MNLF. Conflict becomes long-term and an endless cycle as it is transferred from one generation to the next. Healing the bitter heart is an act of God, and this we ask in our prayers.

Double and repeated jeopardy against Nur Misuari

Another thing, how many times do we have to repeat an MNLF RIGHT OF REPLY to character-assassinating publicities that spreads a baseless allegation that Misuari/MNLF did some atrocities in Zamboanga City a long time ago in 2001? Misuari was already tried in court for those allegations, and while in jail from 2001-2009 and the court acquitted him because of zero evidence. Well, there were tons of propaganda published by mainstream media against Misuari but these cannot be used as evidence. Now again, after 12 years, in that recent chaos in Zamboanga of September 2013, we have openly made a RIGHT OF RPLY that we are not involved in that chaos; but still you keep on publishing someone else's paid propaganda against the MNLF. Again, I repeat, media propaganda articles repeatedly come out when either journalists lack due-diligence or when they allow themselves to be used (for a fee) in propaganda. What's wrong with some members of mainstream media is they are too lazy to do research, or too greedy (or hungry, whatever) for propaganda money. Their professionalism is negatively affected. the cause of this anomaly is that they get information from the wrong people; they write about MNLF out of their imagination instead of asking us what we are and what we think about certain issues about us.

On the notion of MNLF Faction

ON THE NOTION OF "MNLF FACTION". There is no such thing as "MNLF faction". There is only one MNLF, under one leadership of Nur Misuari, under one ideology of Egalitarianism, towards one objective of Mindanao Independence, and through one means to achieve its political goals which must only be the peaceful means. We call this the ONE MNLF DOCTRINE. Sema Group and Alonto Group were already expelled from the MNLF. Please refer to the Masterlist of Expelled MNLFs in the notes of FB/MNLFpage. Sema and Alonto have no followers in the MNLF because these two were already expelled from the MNLF fo so long as I can remember. It is "MNLF vs GPH" -- that's why the two negotiates to arrive at a settlement of their conflicting interest. Sema and Alonto are already on the GPH side -- they advocate the GPH position. Sema and Alonto are no longer describable as MNLFs, but they can be called "former MNLFs", or the best way to describe them now are "turncoats", or "GPH agents" as they now advocate the GPH position.


The declaration of Mindanao independence

To end this note, please be reminded that Nur Misuari, the leader of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) is a United Nations Peace Prize Awardee and a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. This is Misuari's greatest achievement and he is not stupid to terrorize any town in Philippines. For the record, starting the date of Mindanao Declaration of Independence of 15 January 2012 in Valencia Bukidnon, Nur Misuari is now in the history book of Mindanao as the first Head of State of the independent Mindanao. How you guys in Government of the Philippines treat Misuari will determine the foreign policy of Mindanao on Philippines in the near future -- either we will be friends or we will shut the doors of opportunities to your disadvantage -- so please help your President make a good decision.

The MNLF follows the peaceful process of attaining political objectives set by the Mindanao Independence Movement (MIM). The MIM prospectus and brochure is available online, just ask for the URL by sending a message in MNLFpage in Facebook. The MNLF condemns and does not subscribe to all forms of terrorism because we don't want to establish a new nation that uses terrorism as a means of achieving political change. Try checking out YouTube video titled "Mindanao Independence - Signing of Declaration" and you will see the big issue here that your news network is turning a blind eye. Signing of the Mindanao Declaration of independence is a very successful ongoing activity -- the people of Mindanao really wants secession from Philippines in a peaceful methodology.

Malaysia is the legitimate enemy

The MNLF have a Sabah Recovery Project, and Malaysia hates this project so much. The MILF are being used by the Malaysians to act an aggressive rivalry against the MNLF in the aspect of political concession with the GPH. The MILF is like an overseas militia of the Malaysians. MILF is heavily funded by the Malaysians, from guns, uniforms, and media pay-offs.

Message to mainstream media companies

I pressume journalism companies like you understand the mechanics of the Right of Reply. As you repeat publishing the allegation that MNLF is involved in that chaos in Zamboanga City of September 2013, I will also have to do my function to post a canned MNLF Right of Reply in the same venue.

Your sentence "Some eight months after the attempted siege by followers of Moro National Liberation Front founding chairman Nur Misuari..." is a one sided allegation, a presumptuous opinion, and a prejudicial propaganda. You are trying to precondition the mind of your readers to believe that MNLF was involved in that chaos. The manner you write it is neither fair nor balanced. There is, however, a room for improvement in how you write it by saying, "Some eight months after the alleged siege by alleged followers of MNLF founding chairman Nur Misuari...".

Due-Diligence is required in order for you to achieve balanced reporting. I am the first one you should have talked with when you need to know the position of MNLF on any issue. If you want to conduct due diligence of who I am in the MNLF, you may call for a background check, the chief (lady Atty) of the Public Affairs Office of NAIA-1. She knows me because I coordinated our formal letter dated 8 Feb 2013 with her office the last press conference of Nur Misuari in NAIA-1. Ask her who formally coordinated the last Press Conference of Misuari in in NAIA-1 VIP Lounge in the morning of 9 Feb 2013. Since March 2013, no member of the mainstream media can interview Misuari without my permission. So, in any issues concerning the MNLF, I am the one you will contact first because I am the Communications Director in the side of MNLF. It is I who will refer you to the right person in the MNLF who is directly involved in whatever particular issue. I understand trabaho lang ang pagiging media, walang personalan; intindihin nyo rin na ang function ko ay trabaho lang din eto, walang personalan. I may not like you personally for some reason, you may not like me personally for some reason, but we have to communicate kasi trabaho natin eto. Walang balanced news kung mangengembento kayo ng story about MNLF. Walang rair news kung magpapagamit kayo sa propaganda. Whatever I write here, you may qoute it as the official MNLF position, and you may use my name as reference (i.e. "according to MNLF Director for Communications Rltr. John R. Petalcorin .....").



John R. Petalcorin
Director for Communications, MNLF
Executive Director, Mindanao Independence Movement (MIM)
Admin, FB/MNLFpage


News is only told once. Propaganda is repeated all over again like an advertisement. This blog serves as standard MNLF RIGHT OF REPLY to the following propaganda publicity titles that has repetitive content that says "Misuari/MNLF attacked Zamboanga City":

"Zamboanga City regains regional athletic championship". Minda News.
"77th Dia de Zamboanga focuses on rebuilding". Solar News PH.
"Still more than 64000 displaced Zambo families". Solar News PH.
"Nat'l gov't releases P2.6B to NHA to build shelters for Zambo siege 'bakwits'". Minda News.
"P2.5B released for housing in Zambo battle zone". Solar News PH
"Zamboanga City gov't supports move to deny Nur safe conduct pass". Philippine Star.
"Safe place for 25000 Zamboanga evacuees sought". Manila Bulletin.
"Mayor Climaco wants safer shelters for 25000 evacuees in Zamboanga City". GMA News.
"5 cops who died in Zambo siege promoted". ABS CBN News.
"Death toll in Zambo evacation centers rises to 84". ABS CBN News.
"Thousands of Zambo students yet to return to school after siege". ABS CBN News.
"MNLF agrees to talks to end 1996 peace pact". Manila Standard Today.
"Kuta ni Misuari 'di pa rin tukoy". Journal Online.
"Manila official admits slow pace of rehabilitation". Gulf Today.
"Marines, cops tracking down bandits, victims". Business Mirror.
"Misuari kicks out 'mutinous' deputy". Manila Standard Today.
"COMMENT: Complicating Implications (1): On “spoilers,” MNLF, political issues". Minda News.
"After September seige, Zamboanga City folk to relive childhood". GMA News 4 May 2014.
"SC approves transfer of case vs MNLF from Taguig to Pasig". Inquirer. 14 April 2014.
"Zamboanga City marks pre holy week with graduation tighter security measures". GMA Network, 11 April 2014.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Sabah, if not lease then donate to China

Our enemy's enemy is our friend. A last will and testament will prevent the enemies from benefiting over Sabah. We would rather lease Sabah to China than have it stolen. If lease agreement will not materialize and we get annihilated because of enemy intervention, we will make sure that the United Nations holds our last will and testament that donates Sabah to China, and in the end our souls will enjoy watching how China will use its strength over our enemies to control Sabah.

We shall never allow Mindanao, Sulu, Palawan, Sabah, Camiguin, and Spratleys to fall in the hands of the enemy. We will make sure that if we are defeated in battle, these lands gets donated to China - the enemy of our enemies.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Malaysia's Intervention in Philippines

SIR JOHN, who are the major opponents of the MNLF and why? How does MNLF treat USA and CHINA, opponent or friend

ANSWER: The major opponents of the MNLF are the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and Government of Malaysia (GMY). The territories claimed by the MNLF are Mindanao, Palawan, and Sabah (Sabah as part of Sulu). The MNLF-GPH dispute is rooted on their conflicting political direction -- GPH wants Mindanao, Palawan and Sabah to continue as part of the Philippines while MNLF wants secession from Philippines. The MNLF-GMY dispute is rooted on Sabah -- MNLF claim historical rights that wanted to evict the current GMY occupation of Sabah. MNLF treats USA and China as friendly parties.


SIR JOHN, WHY DO YOU QUESTION THE SINCERITY OF MALAYSIA IN HELPING THE MORO LAND?

ANSWER: Because they can actually help via direct Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Moro Land. Americans, Japanese, Europeans have ODA in Mindanao, and they don't rub elbows with secessionist movements.

The Malaysians don't need to rub elbows and play around with any para-military entities like MNLF or MILF, unless they have intention to build a secessionist army from within the Philippine Territory for the purpose of disintegrating the Philippine Territory and winning the hearts and mind of the Moro People in favor of the planned expansion of the Malaysian Federation.

PNoy Aquino will surely get electrocuted with its deal with MILF and Malaysia. But who is afraid of electrocution if the reward, whether cash or promise, is great?

While USA, Japan, and Europe provides ODA for basic services in Mindanao such as small livelihood capital, housing for the poor, healthcare, and building schools, Malaysia on the other hand invests in providing arms and ammunition to Islamic insurgents. If all good nations will cut the invisible hand of Malaysia over Philippines, it is highly probable that peace and prosperity will be achieved in Mindanao.

[COMMENT]Mohd Ameruddin Bin Ellias: If muslim moro thinks joining malaysian federation is better than being ruled by catholic phillipines, then let them decide.

ANSWER: You see, look at what Mohd is saying. RELIGION is being used as a reason to disintegrate the Philippines. Malaysia is the one brainwashing the Muslim people of Mindanao, telling them that they can't live side-by-side as neighbors with Christians. The output of that brainwashing is basically the MILF. Look at the mentality of the MILF, that's it!

SIR JOHN, WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT MALAYSIA MILITARY BUILD-UP AT THE EAST COAST OF SABAH?

ANSWER: They are saying that it is a move to enhance border control between Sabah and Sulu. You want to know the truth? That thing happening in the East Coast of Sabah is actually a Malaysian Military build-up in preparation for their invasion to Sulu and Mindanao in line with their plan to expand the Malaysian Federation.

Do you know who has the capability to repel an MILF-aided Malaysian invasion? The MNLF. We, the MNLF are the ones who can repel possibly them. Time will come that MNLF will really have to engage the MILF, regardless of religion. How about the Philippine Soldiers? Ahhh Philippine Soldiers won't move their asses, the Malaysians already hypnotized the Philippine President with rewards, unless the Philippine Soldiers remove this President before the Malaysian invades us.

SIR JOHN, HOW CAN MALAYSIA AND PHILIPPINES EXTERMINATE THE PEOPLE OF SULU AND HOW TO PREVENT THIS?

ANSWER: That's a good question, Jo. Simple. Very simple. Malaysia tightens the trade of goods between Sulu and Sabah. Philippines stops sending subsidized ships that carry relief to Sulu and tighten-up the release of government funds to Sulu. In effect, naturally, the people of Sulu will get hungry and gradually leave the Sulu islands to survive somewhere else. Without a fight, the People of Sulu will be scattered and there will be no more People of Sulu and no more Sultanate of Sulu.

The only hope to prevent the extermination of the People of Sulu is for Sulu is to unite as a people, stop the divisiveness of the Sultanate claimants, get your acts together, and let's get a good new Sabah lease deal with the highest bidder.

SIR JOHN, I AM A STAFF OF A SENATOR TASKED TO COPY AND PRINT ALL YOUR POSTS FOR HIS READING EVERY MORNING. MY BOSS ASKED ME ON WHAT IS YOUR RECOMMENDATION TO SENATE ON THIS SABAH ISSUE.

ANSWER: That's a good request. I can work with you closely on this. I want you to do two things:

(1) File a Senate Resolution advocating the proprietary rights of ownership of People of Sulu (Tausugs) on Sabah lands. The House must also have their counterpart.

(2) Open up a Senate Investigation on Malaysia's Foreign Policy. We must take a closer look at Malaysia's participation in providing killing resources to the MNLF in the past and the MILF at present. We should also investigate their immigration policy on Moro/Filipinos born in Sabah. We must get to the bottom of the so-called Malaysian Federation that many MILF is advocating. The public would also be interested to know what President Noy Aquino received from Malaysia. We should also call in the Sultan claimants and get their testimonies about why they are in the payroll of Malaysian Embassy.

ADDL QUESTION: Sir John, can you elaborate more about the need to investigate Malaysian Immigration Policy on Moro/Filipino born in Sabah?

ANSWER: In this topic, we will touch on alleged human rights violations against people in Sabah who are supposed to be dual citizens of Malaysia and Philippines. Malaysians born in Philippines automatically becomes Filipino Citizens, but Filipinos born in Malaysia (specially Sabah) are not given Malaysian citizenship status. There is such thing as foreign reciprocity. We must revise our laws here in Philippines so that Malaysians born in Philippines must not be given Filipino citizenship. If our people violate laws in Sabah and meted death penalty, we should also revise our laws here so that Malaysians who violate laws here will be meted death penalty.

ADDL QUESTION, Sir John, how about on the investigation to know what President Noy Aquino received from Malaysia. What is the relevance of this?

ANSWER: We will see about that business interests in Malaysia that are being tied-up to PNoy. That must be causing a so called conflict of interest. We will see if it is an impeachable offense. There is a brewing COUP DE ETAT right now and we need this kind of formal investigation to either implicate or clear the name of the President.

We are also interested to document the mechanics behind the 23-year existence of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG). We have to eradicate this highly organized kidnap-for-ransom group by exposing their operators, especially those connected to high seats in government.

One of the crew of the Private Army of Jamalul Kiram III (PAJAK3) that is now being processed in Malaysian court admitted he was PAID to do a work in Sabah. It is possible that he was surprised, instead of a farm work, he ended up in the middle of the PAJAK3 operations. It is unfair to mete death penalty on that guy. We should also look at Malaysian Farm Businesses in Sabah that is recruiting in Southern Philippines some undocumented workers (cheaper labor). This would help us decide whether or not it is just right to temporarily ban all work permits for OCWs going to Malaysia until this illegal recruitment is eradicated.

SIR JOHN, THE UPROOTING OF MORO/FILIPINO PEOPLE IN SABAH IS ALL OVER THE NEWS. HAVE YOU EVER PREDICTED THIS?

ANSWER: Yes. I predicted it. Few weeks before it started happening, we sensed unnecessary movement of the MILF, and based on it I accurately predicted in January 26, 2013 in the blog titled, "MILF helps Malaysia uproot Bangsamoro People away from Homeland Sabah". At that time, we just didn't know how Malaysia is going to execute the plan. We thought they are going to use the MILF. I never thought they are going to use a Sultan Claimant to act as a running rabbit-prey for them.

QUESTION: [by Kumalah Daud] With all due respect to you Sir Jon, I can't understand your logic of hinting that DFA should ban all work permits for Malaysia when all we can witness now are the avalanche of refugees from Sabah arriving by the hundred in Tawi-tawi and Sulu wharfs. No natives from our place in their right mind will think about going to Sabah now that the conflict is still raging. I can't even imagine people especially from Mindanao going thru the proper channel to work in Malaysia when it's an open knowledge that most of them just go Malaysia thru the backdoor. I might be wrong about this though. Thanks.

ANSWER: The mere fact that you call working through the backdoor an "OPEN KNOWLEDGE", it means the ILLEGAL ACTIVITY is already widely and grossly practiced beyond what we call a "tolerable margin of error". Illegal cross-border can be used as a medium of transnational terrorism and it can damage both ways -- it means terrorism can easily enter Malaysia and can easily enter Philippines. It has to stop.

ADDL QUESTION: [by: Kumalah Daud] Ideally sir John you are exactly right. They are crossing borders illegally. But we are not on the same economic plight with them, we can't really prevent or blame them from looking for "greener pastures" on that other side. They need to survive, make a decent living and feed their family no matter what the consequences for crossing the border illegally. But I think most if not all of them are productive members of the society in Malaysia. Hence Malaysian authorities somehow allow them to stay there even illegally.

ANSWER: That's there had to be a Senate Investigation on this anomaly so we can make intelligent foreign policy decision.

ADDL QUESTION: [by: Kumalah Daud] You have a great point sir John. But it would be best to let the dust settle first before proceeding with any investigation.

ANSWER: A dust floating dangerously on air looks differently as a dust peacefully settled on the ground. Investigation has to be scientific. Facts must be recorded while they are in motion.

ADDL QUESTION: [by: Kumalah Daud] Pacifying the two parties is urgently needed right now instead of an investigation, but i digress.

ANSWER: Well, we can have both pacifying the COUP DE ETAT and investigation.

ADDL QUESTION: [by: Kumalah Daud] You will be walking on a tight rope with that balancing acts sir John. It will just add tension to an already precarious situation.
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ANSWER: Frankly, without senate investigation, I would unleash the MNLF. I'm not joking. When the soldiers behind the Coup De Etat rides on the cause of the MNLF, we will have a far more greater problem in homeland Philippines. Senate Investigation is a peaceful way, and I demand it, not just request. Later on, if there are errors, you will blame me for not making an intelligent decision. But you can't blame me because I DEMANDED for an Senate Investigation so we can make intelligent decision.

ADDL QUESTION: [by: Kumalah Daud] I was thinking all the while that you are for advocacy sir John. Would that prerogative of unleashing the MNLF belong to Prof Nur alone? just asking.

ANSWER: Nur Misuari already unleashed the MNLF to fight back on grounds of "self-defense". I just blocked it, or say, postpone the execution until we are ready with intelligent explanation that can surpass future advocacy obstacles.

ADDL QUESTION: [by: Kumalah Daud] Am i right in believing that presently Prof. Nur doesn't have an absolute control of the agendas of the MNLF ant that another person or should I say you as an advocate for MNLF can actually block him? I don't think Prof Nur would be comfortable with that role, with due respect to your designation as an advocate sir John.

ANSWER: Did I say block him? I said I blocked it. There is no way I can block Misuari, there is no way Misuari can block me or any person in MNLF because there is neither employer-employee nor superior-subordinate type of relationships in the revolutionary movement where we risk our one life at our own expense. There is a big difference between blocking a person from making a statement versus blocking an action. Do you think MNLF will say Misuari gave the action orders? We cant do that. MNLF will say Misuari gave the RATIONALE, but someone else ORDERS the actual MNLF attack. Who will give the ORDERS? That you will never know and I will never know. My job here is to a DETAIL OF THE RATIONALE and I need accurate information (through Senate Investigation) so I can make an intelligent decision as to what I will write in the detail of the rationale.

We are not like regular soldiers or paid mercenaries who goes to battle based on orders of the employer. Each person in MNLF goes to battle based on INTELLIGENT DECISION and it is dependent on the DETAIL OF THE RATIONALE which is written by the tip of my fingers.

SIR JOHN, HOW DO YOU MEASURE THE PURENESS OF MALAYSIA'S INTENTIONS?

The pureness of intention can be quantifiable. If Malaysia's assistance to Philippines is pure, it should not be dependent on any condition. If Malaysia will still provide the investments that PNoy is drooling about while we continue our claim on Sabah, then their intention is pure. Otherwise, whatever investment the Malaysian is promising should be considered as a counter offer of the Sabah lease increase. If what we get from Sabah is lower than its current market value in terms of lease, that is around P500Billion for the 5 Zones (we won't lease out Zone 4 and 7), then it means we are in a losing end of the transaction. If the value we get is lower than P500Billion, then this so called Malaysian Assistance that the Philippine Government is drooling about is CHEAPER WAY from the point of view of the Malaysians. We prefer the lease payment to be in CASH, and not in kind or something else; and it has to go directly to the People of Sulu (Tausugs) and not to somewhere else.

SIR JOHN, THE MILF APPEARS TO BE THE FAVORITE OF THE PNOY AQUINO ADMINISTRATION. IS THIS GOOD FOR THE FILIPINO PEOPLE?

PNoy's action is not good for the Filipino People. There is a big difference between MNLF and MILF. A lot of people don't know the difference between MNLF and MILF because we lack communication and advocacy. People thought MNLF and MILF are the same. As a result of the clouded perception, the democracy becomes unable to render smart choices and decision. I think there should be a Senate hearing on the Sabah issue. This is the best way to declassify it from the back burner and let the democracy sympathize and decide intelligently on the persistent issues haunting the Southern Philippines.



WHO ARE THE PERSONALITIES WHO HAVE STRONG LINK TO THE MALAYSIAN POLITICAL INVESTMENTS IN PHILIPPINES?

MILF, Ampatuans, PNoy, his possible successor (Roxas), and their cronies in Imperial Manila (primarily the Aquino, Cojuanco clan) also has strong link with the "juice" of the political investment of Malaysia in the Philippines. Roxas plays a prominent role in the program of disarmament (DDR) in Mindanao. With a disarmed people, the people will be put in a situation wherein they will have difficulty defending themselves against any uprooting mechanism that will be implemented later on by the Malaysian Federation.

SIR JOHN, THIS IS FOR MY SCHOOL REPORT. WHY DO YOU NEED TO SECEDE THE MOROLAND (MINDANAO, SULU, PALAWAN, SABAH) FROM PHILIPPINES BEFORE FEDERALISM. WHY DON'T YOU GO STRAIGHT TO FEDERALISM?

ANSWER: That's a good question, Mark. There was already a Philippine Federation plan in 2008 but we, the MNLF, are just not comfortable with it because of the oil and water analogy.

If we divide the country at its present state and superficially and form a federation, it will be like mixing oil and water, wherein the oil will float over water. The oil is the rich Imperial Manila and the water is the periphery poor sub-states -- it will be like a household wherein Imperial Manila is the BOSS and the poor sub-states are the SLAVES.

Although we like the idea of Philippine Federalism, we prefer that we make it a Phase 2, wherein Phase 1 is the formation of Independent Sub-State (Bangsamoro) by self-determination. It has to be by self-determination, we don't like to form an independent Bangsamoro with leaders that are "anointed" by Imperial Manila.

In 1976, the Philippine Government (GPH) proposed Bangsamoro Autonomy and we accepted it as a form of MNLF-GPH Peace Pact called Tripoli Agreement. The Autonomy was not properly implemented because there was a misunderstanding for 40 years that I discovered only in 2011. For the GPH, they think Autonomy is a dead-end, the bottomline, wherein we (MNLF) drop the objective of Bangsamoro Independence. For the MNLF, the Autonomy is just a stepping-stone towards Independence. Again, I would like to emphasize that this anomaly of conflict of interest was only discovered by me in 2011.

Now, the question is, should we junk the Autonomy of the ARMM and consider it a failed experiment? My knee-jerk response was, YES, it has to be junked. But later on, I realized that Autonomy would give us a better milestone compared to the idea of MOA-AD, Sub-State, and Bangsamoro Commission, and Bangsamoro Framework because these ideas are "Exclusively Muslims" and these won't move smoothly in a democratic platform. So, sorry for the inconvenience brought about by change of mind. The status now is we continue the ARMM, Nur Misuari will run for ARMM Governor. We will use the ARMM as a "training ground" or a "springboard" towards independence and we want to make sure that we do it right by putting no one else but Misuari himself at the helm.

Achieving independence is difficult, but achieving a prosperous independent nation is much much more difficult. With regards to problem with money, I will take care of that using the idle asset of Sulu (Sabah Land) through the PREMS Deal. First to become Independent will be Sulu Islands. Second is Sabah. Third is Palawan. Third is Zamboanga Peninsula. Fourth is Mainland Mindanao. Sulu will become the rich empire of the South, most probably a little richer than Metro Manila.

When we have independent Sulu in the South and independent Metro Manila in the North, the Philippine Federation will still be born and we will have a mixture of oil and oil -- we form a Federation as EQUALS.

QUESTION: SIR JOHN, CAN LEADERS, OFFICERS, AND NEGOTIATORS OF THE MNLF, MILF, AND SULTANATES BE ISSUED SUBPOENA BY SENATE IN LINE WITH YOUR PROPOSED SENATE INVESTIGATION ON MALAYSIAN INTERVENTION IN PHILIPPINES?

ANSWER: Yes. Almost all of them are holders of Philippine Passport, hence they are Filipino Citizens. As Filipino Citizens, they can be issued Senate subpoena to answer questioned and testify under oath; and are liable to perjury if they tell a lie. They can testify on many instances that Malaysia contributed war materials and conflict inducers in Mindanao. They also know a lot about the masterminds behind the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG). You can even subpoena the living Presidents of the Philippines and ask them what they received in return for silencing the Sabah issue. These information has to be made public through televised coverage so we can condemn what is wrong, expose the players of the anomaly, and finally put an end to the insurgency and armed conflict in Mindanao.

As a nation, on matters concerning national security and territorial integrity, we cannot legislate based on secret negotiations that PNoy calls "back-burner". The Senate Investigation has to be done before Senate debates on any legislative proposal in relation to amendments to the 1996 MNLF-GPH Final Peace Agreement and the 2012 MILF-GPH Framework Agreement for Bangsamoro.