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A Letter from Majeed Usman

Posted on 16 February 2015 by Musa

Dear Bangsamoro People

I am Maajeed Usman, an ordinary Bangsamoro. I just would like to lay down my personal statement about the just concluded senate hearing about Mamasapano Bloody Incident

I am deeply saddened by statement loosened out by Senator Allan Peter Cayetano recently during the Senate hearing on the Mamasapao Bloody Incident held on February 12, 2015. In his manifestation, he had been mentioning repeatedly that MILF is a TERRORIST ORGANIZATION as he cited many documents he gathered as basis of his interpretation, stating those bombings happened in Mindanao. In this junction, it was not clearly defined whether or not the MILF as the one who instigate the series of bombings, there was no – nothing in the middle of the discourses has been said categorically, that MILF admitted the case as Senator Cayetano clearly taking and dictating the momentum, continuously tagging MILF as Terrorist Group which to me, a baseless one, an statement that adds to the already lingering gap between Muslim and other faith particularly the Christian majority.

The “ratatatatatatatatat” Senator AP Cayetano known for being insensitive with his words was then temporarily halted as BTC Mohager Iqbal opened up those important narratives and milestones as to how the Bangsamoro Struggle in Mindanao started and progresses. He was informed then that indeed Bangsamoro people by history were deprived to many rights; thousands of moro people were massacred and brutally executed in several instances, in different forms and extent under military rule. Iqbal further disclosed that “armed struggle is only the measure and option that we think very necessary to combat the unending oppression against Bangsamoro”. After Sen AP Cayetano listens to the input from Mohager Iqbal, noticeably, his line of questions suddenly shifts and he begins to rekindle his thoughts and later, appreciates the value of struggle of Bangsamoro people in Mindanao.

I was deeply hurt; it was painful and unacceptable “term” especially now when the peace process is already making a wave, why now? When resources and best efforts between and among parties involved are already poured in. why such statement? When GPH already recognizes the legitimacy of MILF in seeking political settlement for the Bangsamoro, Why such? When Bangsamoro Basic Law is about to be deliberated in congress, why? When everyone in Mindanao is already in high spirit, why? When the trust and confidence are already far-reaching. What is clear to me, those demonstrations made by Senator AP Cayetano and its cohorts are nothing but an expression of insensitivity, a bit of display of arrogance and ignorance of history, nothing but an intention to confuse the public and above all, his objective to become the ‘STAR” a “HERO” for those people who already against with the BBL. What a world!!!!

 I am saddened and a bit teary-eye seeing Mohaqer Iqbal at the center, being castigated like an offender”. I don’t like the manner, tenor and lines of questioning that are being thrown – and the way it was done.

I am also saddened that Mamasapano incident is now being equate to the peace process but on the other hand, I feel sorry for people who make a lot of criticisms in social media because its either, they don’t understand the history of conflict in Mindanao or simply they are being fueled up by hatred because of those accounts being associated to Muslims as violent or terrorists.

I am saddened that many people refuse to look at the bright side of the peace process and its purpose.

The attitude the way Sen “ratatatatatatatatat” have shown is the version of a person who truly do  not know the context of Mindanao, who do not know what OPAPP and MILF have been talking and engaging with. I am sad because, this condition fuels up the gap that we already have in the ground and or even complicate the understanding of the majority on the status of the peace process.

Despite of all, I am personally extending my grand appreciation to BTC Chair Mohager Iqbal for being able to respond all the issues thrown against MILF, I admire his steadfastness and composure while receiving mounting criticisms from different resource speakers at that time particularly the “ratatatatatatat” senator. I admire his ability to compose himself in the midst of arguments. I pay respect for his brilliance and capability to argue on conditions affecting the peace process and MILF as an organization.

I therefore appreciate deeply the undying commitment of MILF as a gesture of a truly committed organization to achieve a lasting peace in Mindanao.

I would like also to give countless likes and thumbs up for Governor Mujiv Hataman as he was able to rebut Senator Cayetano in the middle of his manifestation and immediately make his own discussion and analysis with regards to “terrorism”. He was able defend it with semblance of self-control over his emotion.   In this trying time, I found few people who have heart for peace, committed and willing to risk their lives. .

I urge everyone to let us all exercise utmost tolerance at this point in time as the peace process approaches to a critical stage. Let us also confront peace spoilers by providing the right avenue where they can articulate their issues and concerns and make them understand eventually the intent and extent of peace the process.

On the other hand, I appeal to every citizen not to judge the MILF, its intention and commitment to the peace process and do not make the Mamasapano incident as condition or ground for inadmissibility of the Bangsamoro Basic Law in the congress. I strongly believe that if ceasefire mechanisms were strictly observed, incident should have been avoided.

I hope and pray that before everyone will make a comment or issue statements, they should consider using appropriate words particularly at this point in time where tension in the ground is looming and where the peace process is on the verge of turmoil.

May those spoilers be enlightened with peace.

Let us give peace a chance…..


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