“History must highlight Moro heroism”


ALABEL, Sarangani (MindaNews/31 May) — A respected leader of the Indigenous Peoples here said history must be rewritten for the public to know the bravery and heroism of the Moro people who fought in defending the country against foreign invaders.


Fredo Basino, one of the leaders of Blaans here and the provincial administrator of Sarangani said, “If Mindanao is considered part of the Philippines, then we must highlight the struggle of the Moro people who defended this land.”

He said people fought for freedom. He noted that everyone must still possess the will to fight for freedom. “And we need to attain freedom, freedom from poverty,” Basino stressed.

He noted that an economic revolution is essential considering that “we are not well developed and can be considered one of the weakest links in the Asia-Pacific region.”

“Now the battle is against poverty,” he pointed out. “Let us tell the people to fight poverty,” he said.

Oscar Solaiman, a Tausug leader in General Santos City, said “Mindanao history has to be revised to be able to tell what transpired before.”

“And we must not forget that there are Moro and the Indigenous people who have been heroes in their own history, he added. “They were defenders, thus they must be recognized,” he stressed.

Al Nezzar Ali, a Moro artist and local historian from General Santos City said “there is no history written for the Moro people, only opinions.”

He stressed that history must not be focused mainly on heroism and idealism. “History must be rewritten to accommodate new findings and propose new insights and thesis,” Ali said. (Gandhi C. Kinjiyo/MindaNews)

2 Responses to ““History must highlight Moro heroism””

  1. Mahar Sumilang Says:

    Tunay ngang napapanahon na. Mabuhay ang mga liping kayumanggi sa kaMindanaoan!

    barangayrp:

    Tumpak! Per, matagal na rin namang recognized ang naging papel ng mamamayang Moro sa kasaysayan ng ating bansa. Yun nga lang, dahil sa umiiral na kolonyalisasyon ng US hanggang sa kasalukuyan, talagang hindi na ito binibigyang halaga ng pamahalaan.

    They see Mindanao now as potential sources of money to fill their pockets. Kaya nga kahit sa peace talks e di sila seryoso. Pati nga US e nagkampo na sa Mindanaw para mabantayan ang mga target nilang mineral doon.

  2. TALIBA Says:

    Ang mga kuwento at kadakilaan ng buhay at kabayanihan ng ating mga ninuno at mga Bayani ng Lahi sa Mindanao ay itinago ng mga mananakop at ng mga sumunod na pamahalaan/administrasyong kanilang iniluklok, upang mailihim sa kamulatan ng buong bansa at mga mamamayan sa Luzon at Bisayas, dahil sa takot na ito’y maaaring magsilbing ningas ng panibagong alab ng kabayanihan mula sa Lahing Kayumanggi, na magtatayo ng interes ng mga katutubo at bubuwag sa kasalukuyan mapang-aping kalakaran.

    barangayrp:

    Isa itong taktika ng pagbura/pagbabago ng takbo ng kasaysayan.. ang pagbabaon sa limot ng kawalan, sa pamamagitan ng sinadyang kawalan ng mga literatura, pananaliksik at mga tala-kasaysayan ng isang partikular na lugar. Kaya lang, nawa’y hindi malaglag sa linya ng pyudalismo ang pakikibakang-Moro sa kasalukuyan, tulad ng naging karanasan ng MNLF.

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