In 1976, there was a treaty (the Tripoli Agreement) negotiated in Libya with MNLF under Nur Misuari; now, there is another proposed treaty, this time around with MILF, scheduled to be signed this year 2015.
But PEACE may not be guaranteed to ensue immediately, for there's still another group in the offing — BIFF. I'm sure there's going to be another treaty to be inked with this third group soon.
And so, expect more treaties with the fourth, the fifth and perhaps hundreds of other alphabet soup acronyms or abbreviations of Muslim groups that will once again emerge from time to time, claiming to own a territory until the whole island of Mindanao will be ceded — if only to give PEACE a chance to flourish there.
So, I think the ultimate (but still hidden) target is, after all, the whole island of Mindanao.
Regarding this matter, I refer you to the Official Statement of the MILF by Al Haj Murad Ebrahim on the massacre last 25th January 2015 as follows:http://www.interaksyon.com/assets/documents/official%20statement.pdf
Take careful note that the topmost right side portion of the MILF letterhead above is the Star and Crescent Islamic symbol.
What is strange and disconcerting is that, inside the space within the Islamic symbol, there is a MAP of the whole island of Mindanao along with the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.
But, take careful note that, "The Envisioned Territory of the Bangsamoro" — as defined in the 2012 Framework Agreement between the Philippine government and the MILF signed on October 07, 2014 — includes only a SMALL portion of Mindanao as indicated in the official map:http://moneypolitics.pcij.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Bangsamoro-map.png
So, if the Bangsamoro territory is envisioned to constitute only a SMALL portion of Mindanao, why is the ENTIRE island included in the MILF Islamic Logo design?
And even granting that MILF merely wanted to include the whole island of Mindanao solely for reference purposes, the spot where the actual "envisioned territory of the Bangsamoro" in Mindanao is located should have been indicated with, perhaps, a different color so as not to provoke confusion and trigger doubts that the entire island is the pursued goal.
Even then, is there a possibility that the MILF (and other similar groups) may later on grab ALL the other regions in Mindanao to become "part of" its so-called Bangsamoro "contiguous territory" later?
Legally, MILF can grab all the others. Under Sec. 3, ART. III (TERRITORY) of the Bantsamoro Basic Law, the Bangsamoro "may opt at anytime" to expand and thereby increase the extent of its territory by adding "contiguous territory," in this manner:
"Section 3. Contiguous Territory – The areas which are contiguous and outside the core territory may opt at anytime to be part of the territory upon petition of at) least ten percent (10%) of the registered voters and approved by a majority of qualified votes cast in a plebiscite."
And this territorial expansion can even be accomplished slowly — piecemeal, barangay by barangay. In fact, as it is now, the "core territory" now includes "the 39 barangays in the 6 municipalities of North Cotabato that also voted for inclusion in the 2001 plebiscite" as shown in the Bangsamoro map earlier cited here.
In light of all these glaring deceptions, will the duped Filipinos be crooning Sinatra's "Fools Rush In" (1940) soon?
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