Republic Act 11054 Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OL-BARMM) Atty. Maisara C. Dandamun-Latiph Commissioner Bangsamoro Transition Commission
HOW DID WE GET HERE? 2 )
RIGHT TO SELF-DETERMINATION u The right of self-determination is the collective right of peoples to determine their own future free of any outside interference or coercion. It includes the right to determine their political status and to freely pursue their economic, social, spiritual and cultural development. u In the exercise of that right, the peoples have wide latitude of choice. At one end, they can demand and pursue within the nation state more political power, active participation in the decision making and administration of government affairs, equitable redistribution of economic benefits, and appropriate ways of preserving and protecting their culture and way of life. On the other end, they have also the right to organize their own sovereign and independent government, or reclaim their lost freedom and independence. 3 )
WHAT BANGSAMORO STANDS FOR? u Bangsamoro is the collective identity of the Islamized people in Mindanao, in the islands of Basilan and Palawan, and the Sulu and Tawi- Tawi archipelago in the south of the Philippines. u It consists of two words, bangsa and Moro. Bangsa is a Malay word the political connotation of which means nation, and Moro is the name given by the Spanish colonialists to the Muslim population of Mindanao similar with the name they call the Muslims of North Africa who for centuries ruled the Iberian peninsula. Combining the two words, Bangsamoro means Moro nation. 4 )
LONGSTANDING STRUGGLE OF THE BANGSAMORO PEOPLE u HISTORY OF INDEPENDENCE u For centuries the Spanish colonial government attempted to conquer the Muslim states to subjugate their political existence and to add the territory to the Spanish colonies in the Philippine Islands but history tells us that it never succeeded. The Bangsamoro states with their organized maritime forces and armies succeeded in defending the Bangsamoro territories thus preserving the continuity of their independence. u Opposition to Annexation u When the United States government promised to grant independence to the Philippine Islands, the Bangsamoro leaders registered their strong objection to be part of the Philippine republic. In the petition to the president of the United States dated June 9, 1921, the people of Sulu archipelago said that they would prefer being part of the United States rather than to be included in an independent Philippine nation. 5 )
LONGSTANDING STRUGGLE OF THE BANGSAMORO PEOPLE u CONTINUING ASSERTION OF INDEPENDENCE u Even after their territories were made part of the Philippine republic in 1946, the Bangsamoro people continue to assert their right to independence. They consider the annexation of their homeland as illegal and immoral since it was done without their plebiscitary consent.
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