Wednesday, 24 August 2011 10:34
Truth is the only factor that will put the final closure on the peace talk regarding the conflicts in Mindanao and Sulu. Everybody knows that the peace and order problems in these places did not start between the MNLF, MILF against the Philippine Government. The historical records show that the Bangsa Sug, also commonly called the “Tausug” of the Sultanate of Sulu continued the resistance against the bullish American Colonizer in defense of their homeland, distinct racial identity, glorious Islam religion and rich colorful cultural heritage. Even Ustadz Salamat Hashim, the founder of the MILF stated in his letter dated January 20, 2003 addressed to US President George W. Bush mentioned that “the Moro Nation was accorded the political status as a US protectorate under the Kiram-Bates Treaty of 1899, confirming the Treaty of 1878 between the Sultan of Sulu and Spain”.
Notwithstanding the superiority of the United States war armaments, the Bangsa Sug was provoked to fight for they could not simply bear the crimes committed against them. The Banga Sug people of Sulu Sultanate waged a heroic struggle in defending their freedom and independence. The Tausug bloodiest wars against the American colonialism were those of “Bud Dajo” and “Bud Bagsak” where many children, women and Tausug defenders massacred by the American soldiers.
In 1935, Sulu Sultanate was arbitrarily transformed into a mere colony of the Philippine Commonwealth government with the enactment of Legislative Act No. 4179 of February 2, 1935 otherwise known as Quirino-Recto Colonization Act. Finally, this was sealed by the American-Filipino conspiracy on July 4, 1946, granting full independence to the Philippines, but depriving the Bangsa Sug people of Sulu Sultanate nation-state of their freedom and liberty, which was in grave violation of the United Nations Charter and international law.
The incorporation of the Islamic State of the Sultanate of Sulu by the United States to a newly created nation-the Philippines, was also a gross violation to the 1787 United States Constitution. The United States can not claim by succession right of conquered, the fact that the Bangsa Sug people or the Tausug leadership only trusted the Americans occupied partially their territories through friendship agreements, not thru war.
As can be gleaned from the historical documents, the United States has no succession rights over the Sulu Sultanate territories. It follows that the Philippine government has no legal right over the ancestral domain of the Bangsa Sug people which is being included in the forthcoming GRP and MILF peace talk. In other words, there is a need to involve the royal Datus of the Sultanate of Sulu on the going Peace Talk between the GRP and the MILF, because they are the stakeholders of the ancestral domain of Sulu Sultanate. The sovereign right of the Islamic state of Sulu Sultanate as an independent political entity is an international legal issue that has yet to be brought to the attention of the Untied Nations in accordance with its resolution on “the right of the peoples and nations to self-determination.”
By Datu Albi Ahmad Julkarnain
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