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There were no Muslim(Moro) communities in the Philippines prior to the year 1380. And most definitely they were NOT the original inhabitants of Mindanao, Sulu, and Palawan. Moros are Muslims and they are not an ethnicity or indigenous people.

Prior to the arrival of the Muslims, the Datus and the Rajas in each of their own tribal domains or kingdoms ruled. The Tausugs, the Maranaos, the Maguindanaoans , and all the other tribes had their own ancestral domains. None of them were Muslims or Moros.

Never forget that the Moros(Muslims) were the first COLONIZERS of the Philippines. They were the first EXPLOITERS of the Filipino people. The Sultanates exploited the natural resources and the culture of the indigenous peoples. Now they even call the traditional clothing, dances, food, customs, and tools of the tribal indigenous peoples as Moro. They are the true Thieves of culture and natural resources.

  1. 1380 Muslims arrived: History records that Islam arrived in the Philippine (Sulu archipelago) in the year 1380 (14th century). Prior to the arrival of ISLAM, the early occupants of the archipelago practiced Animism (the worship of spirits), Hinduism and other forms of worship. The archipelago was divided into ruling tribes with Datus and Rajas as their chieftains. Commerce was vibrant. A Thriving commerce attracted the Muslim traders to the Sulu archipelago. All throughout the archipelago a vibrant society was already established by the indigenous tribes.
    The conversion of the natives into Islam was gradual. The early Muslim missionaries had the opportunity to gather the tribes under one religion, the religion of Islam. There were other religions but they were not entrenched in politics and governance as Islam was. Islam is not just a religion. It is a way of life and a form of governance.
    So as Islam gained its spread starting from the south to the north, they met no resistance for over 140 years. They colonized the archipelago. Islam enjoyed and prospered in the spread of its religion and its governance by practicing the law of the Qur'an and attaching the title of Sultan to the highest ruler of an area. The sultan (arabic in origin) became a higher position of leadership than the original native tribal titles of Datu and Raja.
    The Datus were already in place as chieftains of tribes before Islam set foot in the Philippines. The earliest history tells the story of a Datu Dinagandan who was a chieftain of Aklan in the island of Panay during the 12th century. Way before the recorded arrival of Islam (year 1380) in the Philippines. These tribes were the ancestors of the current INDIGENOUS peoples of the Philippines. These tribes existed with their own autonomy before the Muslims converted them into the religion of Islam.
    Slave trading was one of the prolific businesses of the Muslims. This even became more prominent after the Spaniards arrived.
    As history would record it. A Muslim Arab from Sumatra named Abu Bakr crowned himself the first official Sultan of Sulu around 1450. He was not even a native of the archipelago.
    To this date these indigenous peoples still wear their traditional garb mistaken for Muslim attire. Many of the tribal traditions were assimilated by the Muslims who now inaccurately call it as Muslim(Moro) originated.
  2. 1521 The Spaniards arrived in the archipelago in 1521 and brought Catholicism (Christianity) with them, Islam confronted competition in the archipelago for the first time. The Spaniards identified the Muslims as Moros because the Spaniards knew the Muslims as Moros. From that moment on Islam no longer had monopoly in the Philippines. This gave the indigenous tribes in the Philippines the opportunity to choose to be Catholic, Muslims, or neither of the two.
    Since the tribal rulers were mostly already Muslims, the rebellions where considered religious. It became a battle between the crescent and the cross. The members of the tribes who continued to maintain the religion of Islam and totally rejected Christianity were chased away from their own villages and most went south. The tribes who remained had to choose to either convert to Christianity, remain as Muslims or stay non-religious but they all had to pledge allegiance to their new Spanish leaders.
    The Muslims who escaped to the southern parts of Mindanao and Sulu did not surrender to the Spaniards. In fact they resorted and invigorated their Slave trading with the Chinese. They traded captured slaves from the populated islands in the Philippines for weapons. Weapons needed to fight the Spaniards.
    This continued on.....
  3. 1898 The Americans came: the Americans and the Spaniard came to an agreement. Spain surrendered the Philippines to the United States for a payment of twenty million dollars. Then signed (December 10, 1898) the treaty of Paris. But the Filipinos did not want to have anything to do with the treaty, so under the leadership of Aguinaldo, they fought. The Moros agreed to help Aguinaldo only if the Philippines takes on a federal form of government and making one of the states an Islamic state. A dream that did not come true for Aguinaldo or the Moro leaders.
    The Americans took over the Philippines in 1898. Not only in part but the entire Archipelago. From Batanes to Tawi-Tawi. Making the sultanates defunct.
    Prior to the signing this Cable message from Pres. McKinley on Nov. 25, 1898 was very explicit: "... to accept merely Luzon, leaving the rest of the islands subject to Spanish rule, or to be the subject of future contention, cannot be justified on political, commercial, or humanitarian grounds. The cessation must be the whole archipelago or none. The latter is wholly inadmissible, and the former must therefore be required."
    By then most of ISLAM has been eliminated from Luzon and the Visayas. Most of the Muslims retreated to the southern island of Mindanao.
  4. 1902 - The Philippine organic act of 1902:
    Section 7. That two years after the completion and publication of the census, in case such condition of general and complete peace with recognition of the authority of the United States shall have continued in the territory of said Islands not inhabited by Moros or other non-Christian tribes and such facts shall have been certified to the President by the Philippine Commission, the President upon being satisfied thereof shall direct Commission to call, and the Commission shall call, a general election for the choice of delegates to a popular assembly of the people of said territory in the Philippine Islands, which shall be known as the Philippine Assembly. After said Assembly shall have convened and organised, all the legislative power heretofore conferred on the Philippine Commission in all that part of said Islands not inhabited by Moros or other non-Christian tribes shall be vested in a Legislature consisting of two Houses – the Philippine Commission and the Philippine Assembly. Said Assembly shall consist of not less than fifty nor more than one hundred members to be apportioned by said Commission among the provinces as nearly as practicable according to population:Provided, that no province shall have less than one member: And provided further, that provinces entitled by population to more than one member may be divided into such convenient district as the said Commission may deem best....Read on...
    Note: This is how the meaning of the word moro or muslim in the Philippines got skewed. This was the jumping board that enabled the members of legislature favoring Islam to define the Muslim Filipino as indigenous people.
    The Americans made the mistake of classifying the indigenous peoples of Mindanao as Moros(Muslims) in 1902. To the Americans at that time, Muslims were referred to as Mohammedans and not Moros, so the light at the end of the tunnel was seen by the Muslim people.
    The Americans started the Bureau of Non-Christian Tribes which then later became an independent agency called the commission on national integration (CNI 1957) promoted by the Filipinos after the Americans left.
    During the American colonialism, the word MORO (spanish origin meaning Muslim. Derived from the word Moor) was gradually integrated into government, which the U.S.A. equated to the indigenous non-Christians tribes of Mindanao. The error of referring to the indigenous people as Moro was capitalized by Muslim scholars, to get the Philippine government to define Muslims as indigenous people. In the Philippines the word "Muslim" was incorrectly defined as an ethnicity and as a minority indigenous people. So in effect The Philippine government did not classify "Muslim" as a person who practices the religion of Islam but instead as an indigenous people. From there it all unfolded.
    Note: To this date Muslim advocates continue to lobby the government to hold on to the definition that a Muslim person is an indigenous person regardless of race or tribe.
    Note: Today the Philippines has the NCIP National Commission on Indigenous Peoples and the NCMF National commission on Muslim Filipinos. The NCIP as 16 of the 17 regions of the Philippines reports to the DILG. But the NCMF and the ARMM do not. Both answer only to the President of the Philippines.
    The Muslims or Moros continue to push to regain autonomy and the Islamization of the Philippines. They know that it would just be a matter of time and with continued persistence, the archipelago will be dominated by them again. The Spaniards and the Americans were almost successful in subjugating Islam in the Philippines, but then the following happened:
  5. August 29, 1935: The Americans, were still under the impression that Moros are indigenous people. Governor Frank Murphy wanted to give the Badjaos and Samals a piece of land of their own and declared Lot 290 as Reservation, exclusively for the use of the Moros (Badjaos and Samals), under Proclamation No. 841. Lot 290. Now this place is known as Campo Islam, Zamboanga City.
  6. July 4, 1946: The Philippines gained its independence. It became a sovereign country with its own constitution. The constitution upheld the Separation of Church and State. The religion of Islam was equal to the rest of the religions in the Philippines. The Muslims did not agree. Islam does NOT accept the "separation of church and state".
    Note: When the Americans were developing Southern Philippines, the Moros(Muslims) held back and they were tolerant. However, as soon as the Philippines gained its independence and the government's control was totally under Filipinos, the Moros starting plotting. Development of the southern part of the Philippines continued (started by the Americans). This did not sit well with the Moros. They rebelled and it became almost a religious war. Christians against Moros, the conflict started in the 50's. In the southern Philippines the Juramentado came back and famously led by Hajji Kamblon(Kamlon). He managed to create enough instability to catch the attention of the new Filipino leaders. Kamblon was the catalyst. In 1952 the Sect. of state Magsaysay negotiated for peace with Kamlon. He surrendered in July 31, 1952. As part of the deal the government sent Kamlon to a pilgrimage (hajj) to Mecca. This is how Kamlon became Hadji Kamlon. But two years later, Kamlon was back to his old ways. The peace did not last. Magsaysay, president at this time sent the military's full force to defeat Kamlon. President Magsaysay did not negotiate with the Moros. He believed in UNITY. To the filipinos of that time, Kamlon was a rebel and a terrorist but to the Muslims, he was a hero. The Moro leaders knew that they can't win in battles, so they worked on the presidents of the Philippines after the death of Magsaysay. They lobbied non-stop. They broke a chip in the armor in 1957 right after Pres. Magsaysay died and that's all it took.
  7. June 22, 1957 THE TURNING POINT: Under Pres. Carlos P. Garcia: Commission on National Integration (CNI) RA1888. A 1957 act of Congress established the commission, authorizing it to "effectuate in a more rapid and complete manner the economic, social, moral and political advancement of the Non-Christian Filipinos". Scholarships to universities were granted to Muslims to keep the peace. Filipino leaders thought that this was harmless but to the Muslims this was a great "WIN". This same commission gave Nur Misuari a scholarship to the University of the Philippines. He later became the founder of the MNLF.
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    The Americans are gone and now they can manipulate the Filipino leaders.
    This Act began the FINANCING of the religion of ISLAM in the Philippines.
    This commission was abolished by Presidential decree 690 in April 22, 1975 but replaced by Presidential decree No. 719 May 30, 1975 a more beneficial law towards the Muslims(Moros).
  8. October 11, 1965: The first Philippine official Muslim Community Site was created. Proclamation No. 472, s. 1965: carved out 57,716 square meters off of the barangay of Rio Hondo, Zamboanga City to create the exclusive Muslim Community Site, signed by president Diosdado Macapagal. Again the Filipino leaders thought this was harmless. What's 5.7 hectares? the second big mistake the filipino leaders made.
    Rio Hondo, Zamboanga City became the first recognized official "Muslim" community in the Philippines.
  9. October 21, 1972: The founding of The Moro National Liberation Front or Mindanao National Liberation Front (MNLF): A secessionist political organization in the Philippines that was founded by Nur Misuari. Many attribute the start of the MNLF to the 1968 formation of the (MIM) Muslim Independence Movement by Datu Udtog Matalam, a former governor of Cotabato. The formation of the MIM was stoked by the supposed "Jabidah Massacre" of 1968.
  10. February 7, 1974 Jolo War: Right after the MNLF was organized, they started to amass membership into their militia with the threat of war against the Philippines with the "take over" plan. The AFP began to increase their military personnel in Jolo with the hope to quell the prospect of war. However, the MNLF began their attack and the AFP retaliated. It became the bloodiest war in Jolo, Sulu. This war migrated thousands of refugees into the city of Zamboanga. The aftermath of the war led pres. Marcos to negotiate with the MNLF.
  11. 1975: Creation of SPDA:
    By the Presidential decree 690 april 22, 1975 (ratified by Presidential decree No. 719 May 30, 1975), then President Ferdinand E. Marcos created the Southern Philippine Development Authority (SPDA) which took over the government programs for the Muslims and later became the Ministry of Muslim Affairs and the Presidential Assistance on National Minorities (PANAMIN), which took over the government programs for the Non-Muslim or other tribal groups. One of its main tasks was to integrate into the mainstream of society certain ethnic groups which seek full integration into the larger community and at the same time protect the rights of those who wish to preserve their original way of life beside the larger community.
    • By sheer political influence and the promise of peace the Muslims managed at this time to convince president Marcos that the Muslims were indigenous people.
    • This later became OMA(Office of Muslims Affairs in 1987) and currently NCMF (National Commission of Muslim Filipinos), whose sole purpose is to attend to the welfare of Muslims and spread Islam.
  12. The 1976 Tripoli Agreement: Signed by president Ferdinand E. Marcos.:
    The establishment of Autonomy in the Southern Philippines within the realm of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of the Philippines. Many Non-Muslim Filipinos do not know that Gaddafi was instrumental to the downfall of the Philippines by helping the religion of Islam. Gaddafi strengthened the MNLF and paved the way for the Tripoli agreement of 1976. Before the signing of this agreement Islam like all the other religions in the Philippines were equals. On December 23, 1976, the Philippine government made the religion of Islam superior to all other religions in the Philippines.
  13. February 4, 1977: Immediately after the Tripoli Agreement, Presidential Decree 1083 was signed, effectively upholding Sharia law in the Philippines. This law upheld the FINANCING of Islam in the Philippines and it gave the Muslims the impetus to push forward on the move to take back the Philippines.
  14. 1978 MILF founded by Hashim Salamat: A rift within the MNLF created the MILF. This organization was formally established in 1984 as the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Muammar Gaddafi (leader of Libya) became a longstanding supporter of the MILF after its emergence.
    The commander in chief of the Philippines allows the MILF to have its headquarters in Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao
  15. 1980 Islamic City of Marawi: In 1980, Marawi was officially renamed the Islamic City of Marawi, with a 90 percent Muslim population.
  16. 1985 OMA: President Marcos created Executive Order No. 969 which dissolved the PANAMIN and the SPDA and created the Office for Muslim Affairs and Cultural Communities (OMACC). The OMACC catered to the needs of both the Muslim and non-Muslim communities. This met with complaints from the Muslims. The Muslims insisted on the separation of the two offices
  17. EDSA86 1986: People power. People thought and still think that it is was people power. It was Islam power. It was manipulated by the Muslim leaders. Their goal was simple and it was take back Mindanao for starters.
  18. The 1987 Constitution: Declaring Mindanao as "Muslim Mindanao": Under the guidance of President Cory Aquino
    • Not satisfied with the OMACC, because it's activities were limited to only Mindanao, Cory Aquino's administration abolished the OMACC and through three Executive Orders created the Office for the Muslim Affairs (OMA), the Office for Northern Cultural Communities (ONCC), and the Office for Southern Cultural Communities (OSCC). Later in 1997, the ONCC and the OSCC were merged to become the NCIP.
  19. 1989 Organic Act: Republic Act No. 6734 August 1, 1989, creating the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao - ARMM. Finally the Muslims managed to have the Philippines not just finance them but now also give them a territory. The propaganda is working and the push continues. From 5.7 hectares in 1965 to 4 provinces, so far so good.
    These 4 provinces were allocated to the ARMM: Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi
  20. 1991 Expansion: Having two Islamic militias was not enough so Abdurajak Abubakar Janjalani in 1991 founded the Abu Sayyaf Group. To this date this terrorist group creates havoc in southern Philippines.
  21. 2001 Expansion of the ARMM: The Muslims were not satisfied with these 4 provinces, so a second plebiscite in 2001 successfully assimilated the island province of Basilan except for its capital, the city of Isabela. The Muslims however, is ever persistent. Populating the city and gradually islamizing the neighborhood. Whenever, they have a chance another plebiscite is requested. Last 2019 elections, Isabela City was almost assimilated.
  22. 2007 conflict (beheading of 11 soldiers by the MILF): Lead to the "Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain" pushed by MILF which then created the Coined name of the entitiy of "Bangsamoro".
    On August 4, 2008, the Supreme Court of the Philippines issued a temporary restraining order, preventing the Government and the MILF from officially signing the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain, which would conclude all dispute and begin formal talks that would lead to the drafting and eventual signing of a Final Comprehensive Compact between the two groups.
    not satisfied with the decision of the supreme court, negotiations were taken to Malaysia, with the blessing of the president of the Philippines. The president of the Philippines is not just the commander in chief of the AFP but that of the ARMM (the muslims). Since the ARMM reports and answers only to the president of the Philippines. This negotiation continued until they were ready to be re-introduced to the legislature.
  23. 2008: The Muslims through political muscle managed to convince 12 senators (SENATORS AQUlLlNO Q. PIMENTEL, JR., EDGARDO ANGARA, RODOLFO BIAZON, PIA “COMPANERA” CAYETANO, JUAN PONCE ENRILE, FRANCIS “CHIZ” ESCUDERO, JINGGOY ESTRADA, GREGORlO HONASAN, PANFILO LACSON, FRANCIS PANGILINAN, RAMON “BONG” REVILLA, MANUEL “MANNY” VILLAR) on April 23, 2008 to introduce a Federal system of Government, which will guarantee the Bangsamoro a state of its own.
    • The Muslims are always doing their best to attract presidential candidates to embrace this idea of a Federal form of government which will guarantee them a state of their own.
  24. 2008 BIFF: The failure of the BBL to be passed prompted Ameril Umbra Kato to break away from the MILF and form another Islamic militia in the Philippines, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.
  25. 2010 NCMF: Constant lobbying by the muslim leaders finally caused the final approval On February 18, 2010, Republic Act No.9997 which Created the National Commission of Muslim Filipinos (NCMF). This Act which is a consolidation of Senate Bill No. 3482 and House Bill No. 4253 was finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on December 16, 2009. This was the evolution of the CNI in 1957 to the SPDA in 1975, to OMACC in 1985, to OMA in 1987 and to finally the NCMF in 1987. The NCMF has the mandate from the president to spread Islam throughout the Philippines with the financial support from the government. This commission serves only Muslims. The FINANCING of the religion of ISLAM just keeps getting stronger.
  26. 2014: The BBL Bangsamoro Basic Law was re-introduced. It was voted on for hearing by the majority of congress in 2015 but defeated in the senate in January of 2016.
  27. 2016: May 11, 2016: Republic Act No. 10817 "it is hereby declared the policy of the State to promote the growth and ensure the integrity and quality of Philippine Halal exports."
  28. 2016: June 30, 2016, the Philippines officially inaugurated the first ever Muslim president of the Philippines. Pres. Rodrigo Duterte.
    • Prior to becoming president Duterte promised his Moro supporters that he would do everything in his power to give them a "Bangsamoro State". He even threatened a revolutionary government. These statements are all on public record.
    • On August 9, 2016, Duterte, threatened martial law. The new president of the Philippines (Duterte) campaigned to make the filipino people accept bangsamoro, he pushed for the idea of Federalism. It is a form of government that is enticing to the people. The public effort was to push for Federalism to make the Bangsamoro as one of the states of the Philippines as it was introduced in the resolution of the 14th congress.
  29. May 23, 2017: Duterte made his threat true. He declared Martial Law in Mindanao. This was due to the Islamic attack on the city of Marawi.
  30. July 23, 2017: Salaam TV (Philippines) (Muslim TV network) was launched by the office of the President. Financed by the Philippine government. And the final draft for the BBL final draft was passed by congress and senate.
  31. November 2017: The talk of revolutionary government is surfacing as he originally planned as far back as 2015. Duterte is toying with the idea. Why? Because this can lead to constitutional change towards Federalist form of government where the Muslims will be guaranteed a Bangsamoro Islamic State.
  32. May 30, 2018: Congress passes the new version of the BBL. Specifically stating that a homeland for the moros or muslims will be established. Bear in mind that this is not a homeland for Non-Muslim Filipinos. It is a homeland for the followers of Islam where the Quran and Sharia law rules supreme.
  33. July 27, 2018: President Duterte signed the Bangsamoro Organic Law. The oath of allegiance to the Philippine Republic that was in the ARMM is no longer in the BOL. Sharia and the Quran will rule supreme in the Muslim Homeland and NOT the Laws of the country. Under the BOL, the Bangsamoro region will be composed of the current 5 provinces within the ARMM, plus six municipalities of Lanao del Norte and 39 villages of Cotabato, and the chartered cities of Isabela and Cotabato subject to the approval of voters.
    1. As stated in ARTICLE IV, section 3: "The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region shall have a parliamentary form of government". There will be a Bangsamoro Transition Authority from 2019 to 2022. It’s form of government will not follow the presidential system (UNITARY) of the Philippines. This is a prelude to the much advocated FEDERAL form of government for the entire Philippines.
  34. January 25, 2019: Following the Juanuary 21, 2019 plebiscite, The ARMM officially became the BARMM(Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) and added 63 more barangays from No. Cotabato province into the ever expanding region of the Moros.
  35. August 22, 2019: President Duterte signed and approved Republic Act No. 11439. An act providing for the regulation and organization of Islamic Banks. This ACT was introduced last July 23, 2018. Constant islamic lobbying finally got it passed.
  36. December 14, 2019: President Rodrigo Duterte (first Moro president of the Philippines) appointed Nur Misuari, founding chairman of the known terrorist group, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) as the country’s Special Economic Envoy on Islamic Affairs to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
  37. December 15, 2020: Cotabato City originally part of Region 12 officially became part of Bangsamoro BARMM.

This march forward will not stop until the Muslims will get what they want, the entire Philippines.

Note: These 4 presidents (Carlos Garcia, Diosdado Macapagal, Ferdinand Marcos, Corazon Aquino), within 30 years successfully undid what the Spaniards and the Americans accomplished in over 518 years.

The Muslims are always courting and bribing the president of the Philippines to get what they want. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, successfully managed to allow the first introduction of the BBL. Then Benigno Aquino almost successfully passed the BBL into law. The current president Duterte does not talk about BBL anymore, he goes directly into Federalism. Federalism in the Philippines guarantees the Moros an Islamic Bangasamoro State.

The Muslims know that the Philippine government is weak and corrupt specially the presidency. By supporting and electing the right candidate into the office is the key to the Islamization of the Philippines.

Politically supporting the right president is key in winning the battle for autonomy. President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III (2010-2016) was against the "separation of church and state". Aquino was and is still pro Bangsamoro and is willing to do anything to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

None of the presidential candidates for the year 2016 are tackling the issues of the "ARMM" and the "NCMF" which are both violating the constitution. Even if this BBL bill is quelled, another bill in its place will surface later because the Bangsamoro still exists within the BARMM and the NCMF and they all continue to get governmental yearly budget in the billions of pesos.

The current president of the Philippines (2016-2022), Rodrigo R. Duterte is for Federalism which is designed to give the religion of Islam a state of its own. Transforming the current ARMM into an Islamic federal state within the Philippines.

As long as the presidency of the Philippines continues to be in bed with Islam, it is no longer a question as to "if" this bill will pass, it is a question of as to "when" it will pass.

BARMM featured news

Maguindanao ex-village chief yields unlicensed guns, grenades

COTABATO CITY – A former village chairperson who failed in his vice mayoralty bid in Maguindanao was arrested Friday for possession of unlicensed high-powered firearms.

Usop Sanggacala Aron, former village chair of Barangay Rumirimbang in Barira town, Maguindanao, did not resist arrest when a warrant was presented to him at his house in Parang town, a report from the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) police office said.

Aron ran but lost in the vice-mayoralty race in Barira in the May 9 elections.

Source: https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1178041