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Mindanáo: When Will The War Ever End?

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Certainly not in my lifetime. But neither am I happy about it.

Mindanáo, particularly the terrorist-infested regions, will continue to be drenched in blood and fear as long as we have complacent government leaders who wine and dine like monarchs while their tired and hungry and lonely soldiers fight a never-ending war against godless psycopathic criminals who pretend to be Muslims.

Very recently, more than 20 Filipino soldiers were brutally murdered by these motherless cowards who brazenly call themselves the Abu Sayyaf. The war against these scumbags has been ongoing for many years with almost no end in sight. They were almost wiped out from the face of the earth during President Joseph Estrada’s term. But –and strangely– when Gloria Arroyo usurped power, their number ballooned once more. And their killing and kidnapping spree has soared to new heights, enough to grab the attention of Washington, D.C. and the European Union. But even with the presence of the US military in Mindanáo, these self-proclaimed Muslim extremists still seem like roaches; you keep hitting ‘em with your sandals, but they keep on coming back to crawl toward a safe, dark corner.

Perhaps if we still have a leader like Sebastián Hurtado de Corcuera, the tide would’ve turned much differently. Fortunately for these terrorists from hell, Hurtado de Corcuera’s already resting up there in the firmament.

Sebastián Hurtado de Corcuera (Gobernador General, 1635-1644). Without him, there would have been no Mindanáo in the Philippine map.

Sebastián Hurtado de Corcuera (Gobernador General, 1635-1644). Without him, there would have been no Mindanáo in the Philippine map.

Sebastián Hurtado de Corcuera was the 22nd Gobernador General during Spanish-era Philippines. He presided over archipelagic matters from 25 June 1635 to 11 August 1644. During his reign, the then Philippine military had one of its most glorious days as it has defeated its Muslim enemies from the south.

And yes, without Hurtado de Corcuera’s amazing military efforts, the late nationalist musical performer FrancisM would’ve been rapping Two Stars & A Sun instead of three. In one way or another, Hurtado de Corcuera was able to keep Mindanáo as part of Philippine territory. He even participated in the battlefield. Thus, in the words of National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquín, the “once separate and warring kingdoms of Manila, Cebú, and, yes, Joló were steadily projected as a single entity: Las Filipinas. Divide and conquer? The Spanish policy seems rather to have been: ‘Keep ‘em one! Keep ‘em together!’ There were any number of times when the Spanish could have dropped Mindanáo –or, at least, Sulú– from their empire; but (at the cost of much headache) they opted to keep Mindanáo and Sulú Philippine”.

If we were only able to make our present leader stay where the action/problem is, bloodshed would’ve been mitigated, if not totally avoided. To say that Arroyo should also take up arms and go straight to the battlefield like what Hurtado de Corcuera did is indeed ludicrous. But the point is that precious time should’ve been allocated more into this centuries-old “Mindanáo crisis” as compared to her recently concluded and almost nonproductive thirty-minute meeting with US President Barack Obama which focused mainly on US interests and not our own.

In contrast, Hurtado de Corcuera had a goal, a vision, a mission: to unite the archipelago against all odds. And he even earned the respect of his Muslim foes. Such passion should be inherent among our present-day national leaders in order to make sure that Mindanáo remains on our map. But the contrary is true. Alas, what Hurtado de Corcuera almost died fighting for was almost lost when the Arroyo government unconstitutionally gave way to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s lack of historical and ancestral logic last year. Thank goodness Lady Justice never slept on it.

For having added and kept Mindanáo as part of our patrimony, it is correct to say that Sebastián Hurtado de Corcuera was the last of the conquistadores to have ever set foot on our shores. He physically toiled –sweat, blood, and all– to make sure that Luzón and Visayas will remain a threesome together with Mindanáo. May the present-day Filipinos respect Hurtado de Corcuera’s efforts to keep the Philippines complete.

But that’s another problem — almost everything from our Spanish past is considered as worse as the present administration.

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  1. Dear Josemar:
    Congratulations for remembering Sebastián Hurtado de Corcuera and his fight to keep Mindanao as our national patrimony.
    We should also remember another great Spanish conquistador Urbiztondo (for the moment I forggot his first name, who conquered Joló or Sulú to keep the Philippines one. NO less than José Rizal wrote for him this poem which I quote. EL COMBATE: URBIZTONDO EL TERROR DE JOLÓ

    1. Cien bajeles aguerridos
    a merced del viento manso
    dejan la alegre Manila
    surcando el mar agitado.
    En breve paso se avistan
    con los moros joloanos
    que orgullosos se levantan
    mil banderas ondeando.
    Ocxho baluartes se rinden
    de los moros joloanos
    al fiero estruendo de Marte
    y de Urbiztondo el estrago.
    ¡Ah! Son ellos, noble España!
    cual los héroes de Lepanto;
    son ellos los que en Pavía
    fueron de la guerra, rayos.
    Consume el fuego y devora
    los castillos y palacios
    y cuanto Joló posee.
    De los nuestros al asalto
    huye Mahumat aleve,
    Sultán impío y tirano.
    Y los valientes guerreros
    entran en Joló cantando.
    José Rizal, Intramuros de Manila, 1875

    But it is the U.S. WASP invader that has planted the seeds of separatism in Mindanao when he, that invader, started the so-called Moro province to contradict and to oppose all the Spanish founded municipios, mostly peopled by corn eating cebuanos, that sourounded all of Mindanao. Look at any Mindanao Map and you will see these old Municipios that started in Butuan going down to Bislig and down to Davao (then Nueva Guipúzcoa) and at the other side going to Giñgoog, Dapitan, Oroquieta, Misamis etetera down to Zamboanga City and back up unto Pagadian, Dipolog and even Cotabato where chabacano is even spoken.
    The U.S. WASPs also alied themselves with Hashim Salamat the founder of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, a sister organization of the Abu Sayaff that beheads and mutilates Filipino soldiers in their Satanic cruelty. What Filipino will sympathize with those savages who behead and mutilate our soldiers there? It is only the UP History Department that sympathizes with them since UP is an American founded institution here. And it is UP historians we know who even say that Mindanao was never conquered by Spain and praise to the high heavens the bravery of the Moros there whose society beget such evil treachery6 like the Abu Sayaff.
    Take not, the two Filipino presidents who fought back at the Moros were Marcos and Estrada and it is these two who were deposed by the Corysta people power. It was Cory Aquino who brought back Nur Misuari from the exile that Marcos scared him to. ande Estrada took over Campo Abubakar. Our Armed Forces can crush these bad Moros anyutime, but what is it that prevents them from completing this job? I think it is the U.S. WASP colonizers who are afraid of the MIddle Eastern Oil producers with whom they are also at war. Hashim Salamat in a letter to President Bush promised to give the USA bases in Mindanao. That must be why Estrada agreed to the visiting Forces Agreement. And the present Lady Ambassador Kenny of the USA was to be a witness to the signing of the giving away to the MILF of great portions of Mindanao territory. The Moros, becasue of (WASP democracy” have graduated into a cancer of Filipino nationality, whihc is also an advantage the US WASP colonizer wants to always “help” the Manila Government with the “Moro Problem”, whihc they themselves started with the so-called “Moro Province”. It is clear that while Spain did all it could to keep Filipino territory intact the U.S. WASP colonizer, to control the Filipinos today, want that problem to be a permanent one to keep Filipinos helpless. If Gloria talks with the MILF it is because of U.S. WASP pressure. That I bet you. But the Corystas of the “Pinoy Big Brother syndrome” appear to know nothing of this matter, and if they do, they dont remedy anything because they follow the dictates of the WAShington State Department. What is also curious is that so-called leftist among us, particularly those who are for English as their primary language, say nothing about this very same subject matter. Tactical allies of the neocolonizer? Guillermo Gómez Rivera

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  2. THE ABBU SAYAFF AND THE MILF ARE THE LEGACIES OF THE NEOCOLONIZER

    Kudos to Josemario Alas, of the blogspot Alas Filipinas, for remembering Sebastián Hurtado de Corcuera and his fight to keep Mindanao as our national patrimony.
    We should also remember another great Spanish conquistador, Urbiztondo (for the moment I forgot his first name), who conquered Joló or Sulú to keep the Philippines one. NO less than José Rizal wrote for him this poem which I quote.
    EL COMBATE: URBIZTONDO EL TERROR DE JOLÓ
    Cien bajeles aguerridos
    a merced del viento manso
    dejan la alegre Manila
    surcando el mar agitado.

    En breve paso se avistan
    con los moros joloanos
    que orgullosos se levantan
    mil banderas ondeando.

    Ocho baluartes se rinden
    de los moros joloanos
    al fiero estruendo de Marte
    y de Urbiztondo el estrago.

    ¡Ah! Son ellos, noble España!
    cual los héroes de Lepanto;
    son ellos los que en Pavía
    fueron de la guerra, rayos.

    Consume el fuego y devora
    los castillos y palacios
    y cuanto Joló posee.
    De los nuestros al asalto
    huye Mahumat aleve,
    Sultán impío y tirano.
    Y los valientes guerreros
    entran en Joló cantando.

    José Rizal, Intramuros de Manila, 1875
    But it is the U.S. WASP invader that has planted the seeds of separatism in Mindanao when he, that invader, started the so-called Moro Province to contradict and to oppose all the Spanish founded Municipios, mostly peopled by corn eating cebuanos, that sourounded all of Mindanao. Look at any Mindanao Map and you will see these old Municipios that started in Butuan going down to Bislig and down to Davao (then Nueva Guipúzcoa) and at the other side going to Giñgoog, Dapitan, Oroquieta, Misamis etetera down to Zamboanga City and back up unto Pagadian, Dipolog and even Cotabato where chabacano is even spoken.

    The U.S. WASPs also alied themselves with Hashim Salamat the founder of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, a sister organization of the Abu Sayaff that beheads and mutilates Filipino soldiers in their Satanic cruelty. What Filipino will sympathize with those savages who behead and mutilate our soldiers there? It is only the UP History Department that sympathizes with them since UP is a sectarian, originally. U.S.WASP founded institution here. And it is UP historians we know who even say that Mindanao was never conquered by Spain and praise to the high heavens the “heroism” of the Moros there whose society beget such evil treachery like the Abu Sayaff.
    Take note, the two Filipino Presidents who fought back at the Moros were Marcos and Estrada and it is these two who were deposed by the Corysta people power with the help of U.S.WASP neocolonaismo over these Islands. It was Cory Aquino who brought back Nur Misuari from the exile that Marcos scared him to. And Estrada in a jiffy took over Campo Abubakar with no ifs and buts.
    Our Armed Forces can crush these bad Moros anytime, but what is it that prevents them from completing this job? I think it is the U.S. WASP colonizers and their lackeys here who are afraid of the MIddle Eastern Oil producers with whom they are also at war.
    MILF’s Hashim Salamat in a letter to President Bush even offered to give the USA the bases it needs in Mindanao. That must be why Estrada agreed to the visiting Forces Agreement.
    And the present Lady Ambassador Kenny of the USA was to be a witness to the signing away in favor of the MILF of great portions of Mindanao territory. The Moros, becasue of “WASP democracy” have graduated into a cancer that destroys the Filipino nationality. This cancer in Filipino society is also to the advantage of the US WASP neo-colonizer that always wants to “help” the Manila Government with the “Moro Problem”. Yet, no filipino politician today remembers that the Moro Problem was started with the U.S. WASP sponsored “Moro Province”.
    It is clear that while Spain did all it could to keep Filipino territory intact, the U.S. WASP colonizer, to control the Filipinos today and them at heir mercy always, had created this problem, this cancer, on a permanent basis to always keep Filipinos helpless. If Gloria talks with the MILF it is because of U.S. WASP pressure. That I bet you. But the Corystas of the “Pinoy Big Brother syndrome” appear to know nothing of this matter, and if they do, they dont remedy anything because they follow the dictates of the WAShington State Department.
    What is also curious is that so-called leftist among us, particularly those who are for English as their primary language, say nothing about this very same subject matter. Tactical allies of the neocolonizer? So long as we go in with compulsory English as medium of instruction in our High Schools and Colleges, refusing to turn Tagalog into our own language of development and education, the Moro Problem will always be with us as the cancer bequeath to this Republic by the refferred to neocolonizer. Guillermo Gómez Rivera

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  3. ¡Hola Señor Gómez! Thanks for dropping by.

    I published the Rizal poem about Urbiztondo in my Spanish blog.

    ¡Hasta muy pronto!

    Reply
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