On Edsa People Power and the legacy of the Jabidah massacre

It’s been 27 years since the Edsa People Power, a time when we all hoped for the best. Where has that spirit gone?

Has that “Proud to be a Filipino” tagline, gone beyond lip service?
Has that popular mantra translated to a country where the rights of its citizens is upheld and its citizens know the value of that right.

We celebrate the “freedom” born of the Edsa People Power but the oldest of issues and the nagging question of Sabah has constantly been a grim reminder that such freedom is nothing but skin deep.

Imperial Manila has long neglected the problem of the South since colonial times and have contributed to the abuse of the ancestral lands that our Muslim brothers and sisters hold sacred.

What has happened since Sultan Esmail Kiram I ceded SOVEREIGNTY RIGHTS to the REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES on September 12, 1962, as well witnessed by President Diosdado Macapagal?

There was “Operation Merdeka” which gave us the Jabidah massacre, where as much as much as 60 Tausug and Badjao AFP recruits were executed by machine gun by their military handlers. Military personnel were court-martialled but no justice was ever meted out.

The legacy of the Jabidah massacre is the volatile situation in Mindanao and Sabah.

Over 60,000 deaths and over Php 76B of taxpayers money has been spent fighting the war in Mindanao since 1970.

Many Tausugs and Badjaos are displaced because of the war in Mindanao, the situation compounded by the EXCLUSION of SOME Filipino Muslims in the ongoing peace agreement.

Compromising the people living in Sabah through the same perpetual problems will be nothing but pure arrogance.

The best option had always been to stress the right over Sabah at international tribunals, the heirs of Sultan Kiram I has given the legal right to pursue claims at international courts but WHY was none pursued after the Macapagal and Marcos administration?

Then again, legalizing the annexation of Sabah at an international tribunal is a two edged sword. With the cost of the peace and standard of living of the inhabitants of Sabah, arises the question whether PH can sustain the $75B biofuel revenue and use that to upgrade mainland PH or will Sabah be just another Tawi-Tawi and Jolo and that billions from the years of R&D will be just another “savings” for our beloved politicians to use according to their whim?

What good will the property be, if it doesn’t uphold our humanity?

Let’s put a face on the Sabah issue.

This is what happens when our people are blind to see the elephant in the room. Proud to be a Filipino, should go beyond lip service and should well translate in a country where the rights of its citizens is upheld and its citizens know the value of that right.
This is what happens when our people are blind to see the elephant in the room. Proud to be a Filipino, should go beyond lip service and should well translate in a country where the rights of its citizens is upheld and its citizens know the value of that right.

 

Take the time to know this child and others like him in this documentary of News TVs’ Reel Time, “Batang Halau”. Watch the award winning* docu by clicking at this link.

Understand why our Muslim brothers and sisters are leaving and what fate awaits their children in a land that doesn’t know them and a country that doesn’t recognize them as their own.

For the sake of this child and many others like him, the stakeholders should reach a compromise agreement to serve all vested interest.

“Our liberty will not be secured at the sword’s point… We must secure it by MAKING OURSELVES WORTHY OF IT. And when the people reach that height, God will provide a weapon, the idols will be shattered, tyranny will crumble like a house of cards, and liberty will shine out like the first dawn.” Over a 100 hundred years since this was written by Jose Rizal in “El Filibusterismo” and 27 years since the Edsa People Power yet its meaning seldom do we understand.
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*Batang Halau won the 2012 Migration Advocacy and Media Award for Best TV Show.

Mula sa Reel Time: Batang Halau:
“Kasalanan nga bang mangarap ng isang maliwanag na hinaharap?

Halau o itinaboy sa salitang Bahasa-Malay. Wala silang anumang dokumentong makapagpapatunay sa kanilang pagkakakilanlan bilang Pilipino o Malaysian man. Sila ang mga musmos na ipinanganak na at nagkamuwang sa Sabah, Malaysia – ang bayang kinagisnan na nilang tahanan.

Pero paano kung ika’y di kilalanin at ipagtabuyan ng bayan mong sinilangan?

Walang pagkakakilanlan. Walang tumutugon sa kanilang karapatan. Lumalaki silang mangmang. Malabo ang kinabukasan.”

“Kamusta na ang mga Batang Halau”, an update on how the children are: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_10cWVmEP5Y
References:
http://pcij.org/stories/mindanao-the-hidden-costs-of-war/

http://pcij.org/blog/2013/02/19/history-catches-up-with-sabah
http://corregidor.org/heritage_battalion/jabidah.html

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About Ms. Mike Portes

Mike is the author of "Minsan may Isang Puta", an allegory which has been circulating since 2004 and with over 50,000 likes and shares in social media alone. It won a film grant in 2010 to be included in the multi-narrative Indie film "Ganap na Babae" (International title: Garden of Eve). The teaser, reviews and commentaries are here. The movie was honored as Cinemalaya 2010's opening film and has won international and local recognition. The royalties from the initial 150 copies of Mike's first sole-authored book, The Dove Files, went to a Project Malasakit scholar who graduated Cum Laude in April 2013, the rest was also paid forward to baby Mark who underwent a liver transplant in March 2013. Part of the royalties of the "Minsan may Isang Puta" book at Barnes and Noble Online goes to support the education of a young Yolanda survivor taking up B.S. Accounting at U.P. Tacloban.

Post Author: Ms. Mike Portes

Mike is the author of "Minsan may Isang Puta", an allegory which has been circulating since 2004 and with over 50,000 likes and shares in social media alone. It won a film grant in 2010 to be included in the multi-narrative Indie film "Ganap na Babae" (International title: Garden of Eve). The teaser, reviews and commentaries are here. The movie was honored as Cinemalaya 2010's opening film and has won international and local recognition. The royalties from the initial 150 copies of Mike's first sole-authored book, The Dove Files, went to a Project Malasakit scholar who graduated Cum Laude in April 2013, the rest was also paid forward to baby Mark who underwent a liver transplant in March 2013. Part of the royalties of the "Minsan may Isang Puta" book at Barnes and Noble Online goes to support the education of a young Yolanda survivor taking up B.S. Accounting at U.P. Tacloban.

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Kenneth
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It’s sad to think that most of countrymen, eventhough they are legally Filipino has no sense of national identity, ask around questions regarding our culture and all the answers you will recieve are either a long “Ahhh?” or a scratch on the head. We trace roots of Filipinos making international names, even though the filipino blood is only a drop on their veins. When an international sensation comes we always qoute “PROUD TO BE PINOY” just because he or she has a filipino roots. We are very boastful about it and even get on arguments on the internet just to… Read more »
Libertas
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Edsa was but a brief moment in time which offered hope and which demanded change. The promise never translated into real benefits for the people, as power only shifted from one group of oligarchs to another, and the underlying malaise remained, simply repackaged and rebranded, and far from becoming people centred and inclusive, the ensuing years exhibited even greater exclusivity and imperialism. – especially when politicians/oligarchs focussed on the money in manila/luzon, and the south was regarded as another world full of problems and devoid of fun, so perceived to be of no personal/financial or political benefit and avoided at… Read more »
Kenneth
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IMAGINE; Imagination also lacks among many Filipinos, they rather be practical, take for granted anything even if it means decieving others just to survive.

We lack vision, a vision to see what will we become, we rather look back rather than keep moving forward, we choose to dwell in the past rather than take a single step, we can’t even dream what lies beyond the horizon, we just look down on the grown waiting for something to sprout.

Libertas
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Edsa a failed opportunity for the country – a perpetual PR for brand aquino, as myth overtakes reality.
Was Cory the only hero!
I heard she was as scared as a mouse. Like mother -like son.
Hide when the going gets tough – but be quick to take credit for other people’s efforts/endeavours when the hard work has been done.

Kenneth
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EDSA’s only lesson is not really democracy, We were free before it happened, we are DISIPLINED.

“If you spare the rod, you spoil the child”

That’s what happen, EDSA only took the rod, a means of disipline, it never gave freedom. Now we are suffering from derange politicians who shares genetics with and amphibious reptile, activist that causes major traffic jams and severe noise pollution and a bald president who thinks like the country is a videogame where you can restart if you made errors.

Hyden Toro
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We should not wallow in the past. The Aquinos want us to wallow in the past of the EDSA myth, to maintain their power. And hold on to their Hacienda Luisita. We are tired to these greedy families of Aquinos and Cojuangcos…to hell with these people…

Libertas
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Cojuangco aquino political and economic influence/network. 60+ family members in key/executive positions ( the majority unelected posts) in all major sectors – politics (national and local), monopoly businesses/companies, sport, media, entertainment, GOCC’s, NGO’s. All working together as one family business ensuring that nothing compromises their wealth and everything increases their power base. With regard to the general populace, the cojuangco aquino view is ‘ let them eat rice’, and if that fails, then just shoot the peasants! Hacienda luisita, baby! A view rooted in feudal thinking, and totally alien to any democratic principles. They are frustrated that they are not… Read more »
Sanzo
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A truly sad state of affairs..another one of those ‘celebrations’. 27 years back, it was s time of hope and a time to truly celebrate the so-called ‘freedom’. 27 years later, everyone was still hoping…and continues to hope. How many more years of hope until we get there? All this talk about pag-asa..or pag-ASA is just making me sick to stomach, but that’s just maybe because that was all there is to it to those 27 years that passed by. It was just all a promise and nothing more..a daydream with no execution…is just a plain delusion. This country is… Read more »
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