Reflecting on the 50 years of the Jabidah Massacre and the series of massacres since the late 1960’s against the innocent Bangsamoro people, culminating in the revival of the struggle of the Bangsamoro people for self-determination, we are confident that despite the many challenges we are facing, the Bangsamoro struggle will continue until the objective is finally achieved.
Yes, it is true that after more than 50 years, there is no conclusive result achieved. However, as the late MILF Chairman Shiekh Salamat Hashim has always been emphasizing, the leadership of the Bangsamoro Struggle has successfully planted the seed of the struggle and therefore the struggle will continue until the objective is finally achieved.
Today, we do not only say the seeds are planted but the Bangsamoro struggle already bears fruits.
The Political Agreements from the 1976 Tripoli Agreement to the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro(CAB), which are signed agreements between the Philippine Government and the Bangsamoro people represented by the organized fronts and witnessed by the international community are clear fruits of the struggle which must be preserved and implemented.
Our generation may not be able to fully enjoy the fruits of the struggle. However, we are confident that succeeding generations will continue to carry on the struggle until finally the objective is fully achieved. Therefore, after the seed is planted, it grew and reached the stage of fruition, and undoubtedly it will continue to produce more and more seeds to be planted.
This is my personal perception of the current stage of the Bangsamoro struggle. We have not fully achieved our objective but the struggle, God willing, will survive and continue to progress. [MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. PeaceTalk is open to anyone who wishes to share his/her thoughts on peace in Mindanao. Al Haj Murad Ebrahim was an Engineering student at the Notre Dame University in Cotabato City when he joined the struggle for liberation of the Bangsamoro, first with the Moro National Liberation Front and later with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). He served MILF Vice Chair for Military Affairs under MILF chair Salamat Hashim in 2000, concurrently served as chair of the MILF peace panel until he assumed the chairmanship when Hashim passed away in 2003]