Must we repeat the errors of history?

There are many parallelisms we see in the Quezon posture with the way Manila governs Mindanao today. As it excluded the B’laan and the Moro people from its reservation plans, so too does the Malacañang of today uses exclusion to push for a new autonomous law for Moro Mindanao. The personalities may have changed, but certainly the approach remains as culturally medieval as it was in Quezon’s 1939.

— Dr. Antonio Montalvan II


  1. manuelbuencamino

    True. And the Princess Jacel of Sulu is also bitching that her Royal House was not given the attention she thought it deserved. Well that’s the way it is. Not everybody gets the same deal as a secessionist group that has forced the government into a stalemate. It is not culturally medieval, it is common sense.

    Besides every “left-out group” has a chance at getting their share of the Bangsamoro pie because there will be elections every three years. They can work out their complaints by electing their people into positions of power in the autonomous region.

    In short, those who do not get what they want now can still get what they want later on because the BBL is not set in stone. But right now the BBL means peace between the government and the biggest rebel group in the country. Peace, the laying down of arms, is the top priority.