|The day of the Assertion of Sulu Independence Declaration.|
In the struggle there are many enemies. These enemies are internal and external. The great enemy is the internal enemy – comrades of the same struggle but different in interest. They are belonged to the same struggle, the Sulu independence, but different interest towards the struggle. One thing for sure they wanted their interest to be served.
This is the enemy that should be dealt with patience and perseverance. Afraid that the struggle will be lost in vain if not to consider this enemy’s interest – to compromise over which is less evil to give space to the “little good” is much better? This kind of enemy usually compromise but still let their interest win.
|Miswarat of the Leaders before the Assertion.|
The external enemy are political elite, silent masses, Philippine government personnel, professionals and business men. These groups are afraid to sacrifice what have been gained from the neo-colonial government of what they are serving – a sort of showing loyalty or by mere of still loving their job-for-living or rice-rice (bugas-bugas) in the Philippine government?
|Peoples’ Assembly before assertion.|
This is true when Tuan Zakaria Abdullah reminded the masses of “there are no permanent friends, only permanent interest”. Thus mean only the “interest” itself is the permanent friends.
|Tausug Armed Forces are ready to defend the Sulu territory by the guns of peace.|
The “money-pull-a-tour” is a group that don’t need money but want it and don’t talk about money but speak of it. This group don’t need money because fear of people that might think the group is not for “real struggle” but for the “need of money”. This group don’t talk about money because the group don’t want people to know the interest towards it, but the group speak of money because need to have it and would get angry if not given – this led the group to be more vocal to speak about it. This “money-pull-a-tour” group is something an enigma of “pull money for a tour”.
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