Monthly Archives: October 2011

Magic Lamp: Playing with Fireflies

It is always cool to experiment in Light Photography.The principle of long exposures to light in photography involves a lot of complicated things such as the low shutter speed to capture moving lights, and higher ISOs and Aperture to increase light abs…

Mindanao Bloggers Summit 5: a failed attempt.

Bismillah.Today marks the Fifth Mindanao Bloggers’ Summit 2011 (MBS 5) spearheaded by Iligan Bloggers’ Society (IBS) in Iligan City. I have planned to attend since the first day I heard about it; I saved some money for my transpo; planned the thin…

MEETING WITH GREAT BANGSAMORO REPUBLIC PRESIDENT

Neldy Jolo

I am reposting my first article about Maas Nur Misuari, after meeting him in person. I just wanted to remind myself how did I started to write about him, in the black book: Maas Nur Misuari. I wrote this article and posted in my old blog on 29 October 2006 @ neldy.wordpress.com.

It was a great pleasure to meet the great Bangsamoro Leaders and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Founding Chairman Professor Dr. Nurullaji Pining Misuari in his house in New Manila, 6th Street, # 27, Quezon City, Philippines where he is put in house arrest transferred from Laguna after his medical treatment.

He was granted a 3 day open house to allow people to visit him without seeking permit from the government for the celebration of Eidl Fitri Almubarak last October 23-25, 2006.  

It was my first time to see and talk to him in person for many years of his existence as leader of the Bangsamoro. For me he had already reached and achieved the status of being one of the great leaders of the world.

His statement struck me when he said,” by my detention all Bangsamoro are detained including those still in the womb of their mothers”. It gives me strength to work for peace. I also felt and realized that I am included in the detention.

I am very optimistic that conflicts in Mindanao will be solved, because according to him (Misuari) being optimistic is a praying- praying that war will end one of these days in Mindanao.

I am already tired of war in Mindanao, particularly in Sulu, as I usually called myself the “child of war sufferer”. After the 1974 burning of Jolo my parents migrated to Sabah to find sanctuary that they can live peacefully. Their experiences in war challenged me to finish my study. 

Because of war my father did not able to finish his schooling. If he happened to finish his study he will have a stable job to sustain my study and I might not suffer during my study in terms of expenses and other matters.

So much for that I am still very thankful. My father was an MNLF combatant, his father and uncle said to him,”mag-uno pa kaw mag iskul sin yari kita nagbabaugbug sin hulah, bangsa iban agama” (for what you are going to school even we are here to defend our land, people and religion) by this statement my father joined MNLF and stop schooling.

Maas Nur Misuari started the revolution not because of his personal interest but for the interest of the people of today and tomorrow. He doesn’t want to let the people to feel the pain and suffer for a lifetime. He is thinking the children after him that might experience another suffering from colonization and aggression.

Maas said in front us” I am willing to die anytime and anywhere for I had laid the ideas of national liberation, self determination and decolonization that the young generation after me may continue”.   

Despite of his experience in leading the war he is not encouraging the youth to make war as he said with a low tone voice” I am a man of peace I don’t want anybody to experience the suffering from past to be repeated”,”I don’t encourage you to go to war to experience the pain”. As it is understood he is promoting the non-violent act of protest.

This coming December 2-3, 2006, he will be attending meeting per invitation of OIC in Jeddah. Hopefully the government will allow him to go for the sake of lasting and sustainable peace in Mindanao. Insha Allah.

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TIBAW PA TAM-AWAN VILLAGE

Neldy JoloReminiscing the time when I was roaming to visit beautiful places in the north of Sulu Archipelago. I went to Baguio City on 11th November 2006 and posted in the blog on the 13th- the first blog I ever made – the y-i-lead-diwa. This was my …

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Caged Beauty or Protected Beauty?

Was the flower Caged?Or was it Protected by the fence?It’s all up to how we see the picture.And you will only knowif you ask the owner.Just like Hijab.Other people see it as a ‘cage’,a symbol of oppression.But with enough knowledge,Hijab is our Protect…

Perspective

Not all grey is gloomIt is a matter of perspective.Often grey manifests sacrificeFor another life’s comfort.

Tulala

Ikaa-apat na parte ng di-ko-matukoy-kung-hanggang-ilang-parte-ito-pero-sige-nalang-at-ating-aalamin-sa-susunod -na-mga-kabanata ng seryeng “Limang Minuto”. Unang tanong sa akin ay ‘Bakit Tagalog at hindi Englis o Taususg ang ginagamit ko dito?’.. …

RED

“CODE RED”Note: You can use this Photo as your Desktop Background. i am giving it away so long as you would not remove the WARNAH PhotoMark. Thanks!

Sambungan Bhg 3 (Dungsun): Phoenix & Matahari Terbit

Bangsa Phonesia menjadi pendayung dan pahlawan ketika berkhidmat dengan Raja Assyiria di Laut Mediterranean dan Teluk Farsi.
Bangsa Phoenisia mula membina kapal berskala besar muatannya di Laut Mediterranean dengan menggunakan teknologi pembuatan kapal di kepulauan sebelah Timur.
Perahu kecil Phoenisia di Laut Mediterranean tidak menggunakan cadik (i.e. katig) atau buluh pengimbang kerana mungkin kesukaran mereka mendapatkan pokok buluh. Tetapi perahu kecil di kepulauan Sulu memang bercadik dan mengukir kepala kuda di hadapan perahu sama dengan rupa bentuk perahu Phoenisia di Laut Mediterranean dan di Sulu dinamakan perahu Kuda-kuda (pelat Suluk menyebutnya Kura-kura yang kemudian berubah sebutan kepada Parakura, kemudian berubah lagi menjadi Parakkoa, dan hari ini dipanggil Palakaya sahaja). (Sumber gambar, Rujuk: http://realhistoryww.com/world_history/ancient/Canaan_1a.htm)


KAITAN DUNGSUN & PHOENIX

Semua negera-negara Asia Tenggara samada Malaysia, Indonesia, Filipina dan lain-lainnya hari ini hanya merujuk Budaya Dong Sun @ Dung Son @ Dusun di Vietnam sebagai satu-satunya akar atau asal-usul budaya masing-masing. Ini kerana pada masa ini (500 tahun sebelum Masihi atau lebih lama dari itu) masih belum wujud negara yang dinamakan China, Melayu mahu pun Jawa, yang ada hanyalah Dungson di Vietnam sahaja. Malangnya, kalau pun ianya ada, jelas tidak ada satu catatan pun yang boleh dirujuk kecuali beberapa catatan India dan Eropah yang juga masih diselubungi kekaburan. Maka apa yang boleh dilakukan oleh para pengkaji Nusantara ialah menumpukan hipotesis asal-usul bangsa mereka kepada Dongsun di vietnam itu.

Pada catatan sebelumnya kami telah menjelaskan bahawa asal usul bangsa Phoenisia di Laut Mediterranean itu sebenarnya berasal dari Timur yang juga kita boleh rujuk kepada akar budaya Dongsun. Phoenisia tidak syak lagi adalah Bangsa Dongsun kepulauan yang bukan sahaja duduknya di Vietnam Purba itu malah sampai ke Australia, kepulauan Pasifik bahkan sampai ke Amerika. Hal ini bertitik tolak dari burung Cenderawasih yang mana bangsa Eropah Purba, Mesir, Bani Israel, Aryan dan Arab menyebutnya sebagai burung Phoenix.


Burung Cenderawasih @ Phoenix yang paling cantik dan besar hanya boleh ditemui di Australia dan sekitar pulau Papua / Irian Jaya hari ini. Kalau pun ada di Borneo dan Kepulauan Sulu Utara, tidaklah sebaik yang terdapat di Papua/Irian/Australia. Kehebatan burung Phoenix ini adalah kerana mitosnya yang luar biasa,

  • “It is also believed that the phoenix lived for more than 500 years and it could fly to great lengths. The phoenix has become a symbol of immortal life and rebirth.”[01]
  • (Ia juga dipercayai bahawa phoenix boleh hidup selama lebih 500 tahun dan ia boleh terbang jarak jauh. Phoenix telah menjadi simbol kehidupan abadi dan kelahiran semula.)

Di zaman kesultanan Melayu sendiri ketika dulu walau pun ajaran Islam sudah mendarah daging dikalangan orang-orang Melayu namun menyimpan burung cenderawasih di istana (samada hidup atau mati) dianggap tuah kepada negari dan rakyatnya. Malah wujudnya mitos Burung Garuda Nusantara yang pernah menguasai dunia sastera klasik orang-orang Melayu ketika dulu sebenarnya adalah didasarkan atas kehebatan burung Phoenix itu juga.

Sekiranya ada pengkaji yang menyatakan “mitos tuah” Cenderawasih @ Phoenix itu berasal dari Eropah, Mesir, Arab dan India yang dibawa oleh para pedagang dari sana maka sudah pasti dapat disangkal dengan mudah. Ini kerana bukti-bukti jelas telah pun nyata bahawa penggunaan bulu burung pada kepala bangsa Dongsun Purba menunjukkan Asia Tenggara Timurlah permulaan kepada mitos Phoenix ini. Malah para sejarahwan Eropah sendiri kebingungan ketika menggambarkan rupa bentuk burung Phoenix dan asal-usulnya kerana mereka sendiri tidak pernah nampak kecuali apa yang diceritakan oleh orang Mesir dan yang terdapat pada lukisan-lukisan sahaja.

Bangsa Mesir purba telah lama mengetahui teknik pembinaan kapal laut disebabkan kontak mereka dengan bangsa Phoenisia, dibuktikan oleh “Makam Kapal” di Giza ini begitu luar biasa. Pada tahun 1950-an, telah disepakati bahawa kapal ini berusia 4,500 tahun, panjangnya ratusan kaki, telah digali dan dikeluarkan dari sebelah kanan Piramid Besar di Giza. Ekspedisi Mesir Purba ke sebelah Timur mungkin kerana ingin mendapatkan burung Phoenix semata-mata berdasarkan mitos Phoenisia sendiri. Ekspedisi Mesir purba yang pastinya ditemani oleh Phoenisia ini bukan hanya sekali malah Ratu Hatchepsut tahun 1500 SM telah menghantar ekspedisinya pula. Dikalangan bani Israel juga sama, Raja Sulaiman a.s. telah beberapa kali menghantar ekspedisinya bersama Raja Phoenisia dari Tyre (Tirus) menuju ke Nusantara Timur.

Rex Gilroy dan Dr Allan Roberts, pakar Arkeologis, sedang menyiasat tulisan Mesir Purba dan Phoenisia pada dinding batu yang lebih berupa simbol hieroglyphs Mesir berdekatan Gosford, New South Wales pada 1996. Photo copyright © Rex Gilroy 2008. Rujuk: http://www.mysteriousaustralia.com/pyramid-sequel/chapter23.html


Di Australia (New South Wales), ada stella dan tulisan dinding batu mencatat percubaan dan kerja keras dari cucu Khufu “Putera Gjes-eb”, yang telah terdampar di Australia dan mati terpatuk ular. Permulaan ekspedisi hanya berlaku selepas pemerintahan Raja Khufu (dikenali dalam bahasa Yunani sebagai pembina “Cheops” ternama Piramid Agung) di antara tahun 1779 dan 2748 SM. Putera Djes-eb kemungkinan salah satu daripada anak-anak Firaun Ra Djedef, yang memerintah selepas Khufu. Rujuk: http://realhistoryww.com/world_history/ancient/Misc/Egypt/Australia.htm.



Antara mereka yang kebingungan ialah seorang sejarahwan Yunani Purba abad ke-5 sebelum Masihi bernama Herodotus yang menulis tentang gambaran orang Mesir terhadap burung Phoenix dan kaitannya dengan matahari.

  • “There is a particular feat they say the phoenix performs; I do not believe it myself, but they say that the bird sets out from its homeland in Arabia on a journey to the sanctuary of the sun, bringing its father sealed in myrrh, and buries its father there.”[02]
  • (Terdapat satu gambaran yang tertentu yang mereka katakan tentang kemampuan phoenix; Saya sendiri tidak mempercayainya, tetapi mereka mengatakan bahawa burung itu telah berhijrah dari tanah asalnya di negeri Arab dalam perjalanan ke tempat selamat di matahari, dengan membawa bapanya yang dimeteraikan dalam murrh, lalu mengebumikannya di sana)

Seorang penyair Rom bernama Ovid menggambarkan berkenaan keyakinan bangsa Mesir Purba di kota Heliopolis (Greek: Sun-City) bahawa burung Phoenix setelah menetas keluar dari telurnya di atas pokok dan seterusnya ia akan terbang ke kuil Matahari di Mesir. Ini bermakna burung tersebut bukan berasal dari Mesir tetapi dari Timur (Papua/Australia) seperti yang telah disebut sebelumnya. Sebab itu mengapa kenyataan saintis genetik hari ini memberi kata putus bahawa Bangsa Phoenisia yang terkenal di Laut Mediterranean itu sebenarnya berasal dari “kawasan sebelah India”, bukannya di India, Parsi mahu pun di negeri Arab.

  • “According to the Persians best informed in history, the Phoenicians began the quarrel. These people, who had formerly reached the shores of the Erythraean Sea, having migrated to the Mediterranean from an unknown origin and settled in the parts which they now inhabit, began at once, they say, to adventure on long voyages, freighting their vessels with the wares of Egypt and Assyria….”[03]
  • (Menurut orang-orang Parsi sebagai yang terbaik mendapat maklumat dalam sejarah, orang-orang Phoenisia telah mula bergaduh. Orang-orang ini, yang dahulunya telah sampai ke pantai Laut Erythraean (Laut Merah), kemudian telah berhijrah ke Mediterranean yang tidak diketahui dari mana asal-usul mereka dan menetap di bahagian-bahagian yang kini mereka mendudukinya, mengembara dalam pelayaran yang begitu jauh, telah pernah sekali, mereka berkata, kapal-kapal mereka membawa barangan kepunyaan Mesir dan Assyria ….”)


Bangsa Mesir Purba sememangnya menyembah Matahari sejak sekian lama. Ia bermula dari Tauhid yang benar dan menyembah TUHAN YANG ESA yang kemudian berubah kepada penyembahan makhluk seperti Matahari itu. Mereka terbawa-bawa oleh kesesatan bani Yafits bin Noh a.s. yang pada mulanya mereka bersembahyang berkiblat ke Timur kerana berkeyakinan Nabi Adam a.s. telah dicipta di “The Garden of Eden” (Syurga) berada di sebelah Timur itu (yang dikenal sebagai SIRINDIP @ Suvarnadvipa). Di mana, disitulah juga tempat keluarnya Matahari. Maka secara lojik akal mereka, Tuhan juga sudah tentu kerajaannya berada di sana.

Malangnya, setelah ribuan tahun berlalu menyembah ke arah Timur itu, sekonyong-konyong bertukar pula kepada menyembah Matahari. Kerana secara kebetulan pula Matahari terbit dari Timur. Ini adalah persangkaan salah dari generasi kemudian yang memberi interpretasi bahawa nenek moyang mereka terdahulu menyembah Tuhan di arah matahari terbit itu menyangka sebagai menyembah MATAHARI. Lebih parah lagi anak-anak Bani Yafits merubah lagi persangkaan mereka, dari menyembah Matahari kepada menyembah Api pula kerana unsurnya yang sama iaitu Cahaya dan kepanasan. Pelopornya adalah anak-cucu Bani Yafits juga dari jalur Madai dan Magog (Makjuj) sehingga terbentuk yang disebut oleh orang Eropah sebagai Agama Zoroaster. Tetapi bangsa Arab dan Israel yang lebih mengetahui keturunan manusia, mereka tidak namakan Zoroaster tetapi mereka sebut sebagai MAJUSI.

Ia berasal dari kata Ma’juj @ Majuz (Magog). Inilah sebab utama mengapa bangsa Aryan beragama Majusi yang mana setelah beberapa ribu tahun, ajaran menyembah api ini turut menular pada ajaran Hindu dan Kristian. Hindu bukan sahaja menggunakan api untuk membakar mayat malah diadaptasi ke dalam budaya perkahwinan dan sembahyang mereka setiap hari. Demikian yang berlaku kepada ajaran Kristian, menurut beberapa sumber, St. Paul itu (arkitek kitab Perjanjian Baru) walau pun dikatakan sebagai berdarah Yahudi, namun ia turut dikenal sebagai berketurunan Aryan yang leluhurnya menganut Majusi (menyembah api).

St. Paul lebih menyokong ajaran Hellenistik bangsa Yunani-Rom digabungkan dengan ajaran Al-Masih sehingga menjadi Triniti (bapa, anak, Roh Kudus). Maka wujudlah namanya ajaran Kristian yang bermaksud ajaran menyembah Sun (Son of God) Matahari (Salib sebenarnya adalah bentuk sinar matahari). Sehingga hari ini mendiang padri-padri Kristian yang dianggap suci akan dilukiskan gambar atau patung mereka dengan diletak “Hallow” tanda bulat atas/belakang kepala yang bermaksud sinar matahari.

Sehingga hari ini bangsa Iran (Aryan) masih memperingati “Hari Api” mereka setiap tahun.


PHOENISIA DAN LOGAM (TEMBAGA @ TIMAH @ BESI @ EMAS @ PERAK)

Di kepulauan Carebbean di Laut Atlantik, masyarakatnya mempunyai sebutan purba terhadap “Copper” iaitu yang mereka sebut “TUMBAGA” (Tembaga). Sebenarnya yang bawa tembaga ini adalah bangsa Phonesia dari Asia Tenggara. Sebutan Tumbaga adalag sebutan DONGSUN kepulauan yang bermaksud “kemerahan seperti bara api”. Nama tumbaga ini juga turut disebut oleh bangsa Amerika Latin ketika dulu. Sudah tentu bukanlah perkara yang menghairankan kalau dikatakan bahawa bangsa Phonesia dari Timur lah yang mula-mula melombong dan melebur besi, emas, tembaga, perak, timah malah mencampurkan logam tersebut untuk menjadi logam lain. Kemudian mereka perdagangkan ke seluruh glob.

Bagi bangsa Eropah Purba termasuk Mesir dan Bani Israel, bangsa Phoenisia adalah segala-galanya buat mereka. Kalau bukan bangsa Phoenisia yang datang membawa tulisan (abjad terawal) tidak mungkin bangsa Yunani-Rome, Mesir, Sumeria-Arab mendapat tulisan mereka seterusnya menjadi bangsa bertamadun seperti hari ini. Ketika orang Eropah hanya menggunakan batu-batu kerikil untuk mengira, Phoenisia datang bukan sahaja mengajarkan mereka kiraan matematik malah mengajar mereka mengenal warna ungu, jenis-jenis logam, emas, perak, permata, mutiara, kain, damar, dan membuat kapal layar. Yang lebih mahal buat mereka ialah BUDAYA TIMUR yang dibawa oleh Phoenisia itu telah menjadi anjakan paradigma hinggakan kota-kota penguasa yang kaya bertambah dengan pesatnya di sekitar laut Mediterranean itu.

Kemudian muncullah Tamadun Mesir Purba, Rome, Yunani, Sumeria, India dan China hasil dari tamadun bangsa Phoenisia. Begitu hebat bangsa Phoenisia ini sehingga ke hari ini masih menjadi misteri. Walau pun kita di sini sudah dikira mendapat jawapannya (menurut interpretasi kita) namun para pengkaji sejarah masih ragu menerima kenyataan ini. Bagi mereka Asia Tenggara ini sangat kompleks bukan sahaja terdiri dari banyak kepulauan yang sukar dikenal pasti malah suku kaumnya juga terlalu banyak. Sukar untuk meletakkan kata putus lokasi sebenar tempat keluarnya bangsa Phonesia kecuali semuanya mengaku sebagai tempat asal Phoenisia itu. Namun mereka sepakat bahawa wilayah Phoenisia yang asal adalah dari TIMUR tempat keluarnya matahari dan mempunyai tanah yang subur.

  • “Some of the historians working from within the cultural horizons of southernmost Sumer, where the earliest surviving non-Biblical source of the Biblical account lies, point to the quite genuine Bronze Age entrepôt of the island Dilmun (theorized by some to be Bahrain) in the Middle / Near East, described as ‘the place where the sun rises’ and ‘the Land of the Living’.”[04]
  • (Ada ahli sejarah yang bekerja mengkaji dari ruang lingkup budaya Sumer selatan, di mana terdapatnya sumber terawal bukan Bible yang masih utuh, di mana penilaian Bible terletak, iaitu titik asal permulaan zaman gangsa iaitu Pulaun Dilmun (teori oleh sesetengah orang menyatakan sebagai Bahrain) dalam Timur Tengah / Dekat, yang digambarkan sebagai ‘tempat terbit matahari’ dan ‘Tanah Kehidupan’)


Pakaian Dayak hari ini yang kita masih lihat di pentas-pentas tarian tradisional adalah gambaran sebenar budaya Dung Son beribu tahun yang lalu. Orang-orang kepulauan Sulu telah cepat menyesuaikan diri mereka mengecap kemajuan disebabkan kontak mereka dengan Eropah sepanjang beberapa ribu tahun. Budaya dan persenjataan orang Sulu pun turut berubah berkemajuan meninggalkan budaya Dung Sun purba kepada budaya TAUSUG @ Sulug yang baru.


Pembentukan Tamadun Sumer @ Sumeria (seawal 6000 ke 5000 tahun sebelum Masihi) di kawasan Iraq adalah lebih awal berbanding Tamadun Mesir Purba, dan Tamadun-Tamadun awal lain seperti Maya-Aztec-Inca di Amerika Latin dan Tamadun China. Malah India hanya mendapat kemajuan ketamadunannya setelah Arab menyusuri kapal dagang laut Phoenisia ke India. Eropah kemudiannya turut menyusur jejak kapal laut Phoenisia yang datang berulang alik ke Mediterranean dan India sehingga terbentuknya zaman percampuran ras Indo-Eropah di laut Mediterranean.

Telah menjadi tandatanya kepada pengkaji mengapa India menjadi pusat pertemuan utama antara Timur dan Barat ketika itu? Bukankah lebih baik para pedagang terus sahaja ke Nusantara? Salah satu sebab terpenting mengapa para pedagang Eropah dan Arab enggan meneruskan perjalanan ke Nusantara dan hanya tertumpu di India berabad-abad lamanya adalah disebabkan laluan kapal yang sempit merentas kepulauan yang penuh dengan perompak laut. Mereka hanya akan dapat laluan selamat sekiranya ada pemerintah yang berkuasa menjaga laluan Selat Melaka itu. Sekiranya kita teliti sejarah kemunculan SriVijaya di Selat Melaka abad ke-7 itu sebenarnya ada kaitan dengan penumpasan kepada perompak laut. Tidak hairan setelah itu, muncullah Jambi, Palembang, Kedah tua dan Melaka sebagai negeri yang maju kerana menjadi tempat persinggahan dagang yang selamat. Munculnya nama Srivijaya itu pun membawa maksud Sinar Kejayaan dan kekayaan.

Cerita Srivijaya ini sudah masuk abad setelah Masihi, sedangkan cerita peradaban purba semuanya berlaku ribuan tahun sebelum Masihi. Menurut beberapa catatan, Phoenisia berasal dari tanah DILMUN yang mana bermulanya logam Tembaga di sebelah Timur.

  • “Dilmun (sometimes transliterated Telmun) is a land mentioned by Mesopotamian Civilizations as a trade partner, source of raw material, copper, and entrepot of the Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley Civilization trade route. Although the exact location of Dilmun is unclear, it might be associated with the islands of Bahrain, the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and nearby Iranian coast in the Persian Gulf.”[05]
  • (Dilmun (kadang-kadang diterjemahkan Telmun) adalah tanah yang disebutkan oleh Peradaban Mesopotamia sebagai rakan perdagangan, sumber bahan asas (pukal), tembaga, dan gudang keperluan bagi Mesopotamia serta mempunyai hubungan dagang dengan Peradaban Lembah Indus (ini bermakna DILMUN bukanlah India). Meskipun lokasi yang tepat bagi Dilmun tidaklah begitu jelas, ia mungkin dikaitkan dengan pulau Bahrain, Bahagian Timur Arab Saudi, Qatar, Oman dan berhampiran pantai Iran di Teluk Parsi.)

Kami mencadangkan nama DILMUN itu adalah salah sebutan bagi DUNGSON. Bangsa Arab tidak mempunyai perkataan “NG” (Eng) pada lidah mereka. Negeri DUNGSON @ DUNGSUN lokasinya telah pun dimaklumi dari catatan kami yang lepas sebagai lokasi asal kepada bangsa Phoenix atau Phoensia.

Suku Dayak adalah sebahagian dari suku kaum Dong Sun yang lebih menitik beratkan pertanian (Agraria). Dung Son juga dikatakan sangat mahir dengan pertanian dan penanaman buah-buahan dan dalam masa yang sama sangat handal di laut. Kemungkinan nama kebun buah-buahan yang disebut DUSUN oleh orang Melayu diambil dari nama bangsa Dung Son ini. Hal ini turut berlaku di pantai barat Sabah ketika dulu, dimana orang Brunei telah membeli tanah-tanah yang dijual oleh orang DUSUN yang sudah sedia dipenuhi dengan tanaman buah-buahan orang Dusun. Menurut sejarah orang Brunei, bangsa Dusun menjual kebun mereka kerana tidak mahu bercampur dengan orang Islam lalu naik ke gunung-gunung membawa keluarga mereka meneruskan budaya Pagan dan pertanian pindah.

KAITAN ANTARA DUNG SON DAN DUSUN DI BORNEO SERTA NUSANTARA

Kalau di Sabah terdapat satu kaum Buranun (pergunungan) yang menggelar bangsa mereka sebagai Dusun. Walau pun mereka menguasai gunung tetapi mereka juga menguasai sepanjang sungai Sugut dan Sungai Kinabatangan yang mengadap ke Laut Sulu. Bangsa Dusun yang menguasai Sungai mereka namakan sebagai Orang Sungai. Penempatan terbesar mereka di Asia Tenggara hanyalah di keseluruhan pulau Borneo.

Sesetengah mereka dipanggil sebagai Dayak Darat dan Dayak Laut yang menggunakan sejenis pedang Purba Bani Yafits (Mandao atau Kampilan dan beberapa nama lagi yang turut digunakan oleh Monggol dan Tiong Hwa) dan sumpit serta busur sebagai senjata berburu dan mempertahankan diri. Mereka juga ada di pulau Mindanao yang dipanggil bangsa Maguindanao (Maranao-Iranun) dan kepulauan Sulu Utara (Filipina: Luzon-Visaya). Mereka dikenali sebagai suku-suku bangsa Pagan pada awalnya namun kemudiannya sebahagian mereka telah masuk Islam atau pun Kristian. Kami berkeyakinan bahawa bangsa Dong Sun yang masih wujud di Borneo ialah bangsa DUSUN itu. Suku dayak dan suku-suku lain di Borneo itu hanyalah sebagai pecahan (sub-etnik) dari Dusun.

Orang-orang Sulu di kepulauan kelihatannya berada di tengah-tengah antara pulau pulau besar seperti Pulau Luzon, Pulau Mindanao, Borneo dan Sulawesi malah pulau Papua/Irian sehingga ke Australia kelihatannya turut “bersekongkol” memagar gugusan kepulauan Sulu. Kedudukan ini (Tuhan telah mengaturnya sebegitu rupa) seolah-olah ingin menjelaskan sesuatu yang penting kepada mereka khususnya yang ingin mengkaji asal-usul bangsa Phoenix @ Phoenisia yang sebenar.

Walau pun gambaran asal-usulnya telah jelas bagi sesetengah pembaca seperti yang telah kami jelaskan sebelumnya, namun masih ada yang meletak keraguan. Sesetangah pembaca akan merujuk Phoenisia sebagai Melayu, begitu juga dengan orang Jawa yang begitu optimis bahawa Phoenisia adalah dari tanah Jawa. Orang Bugis juga demikian dengan berbangga dan penuh semangat sebagai bangsa asal-usul Phoenisia Timur kerana telah pun kami jelaskan perkaitan sebelumnya.

Ada juga yang begitu gembira sehingga melelehkan air mata terharu kerana sudah menjumpai akar bangsanya yang sebenar berasal dari Dung Son Purba di Vietnam lalu turun menyebar ke Kemboja, Tanah Siam seterusnya ke Tanah Melayu dan Sumatra. Orang Filipina pun berfikiran begitu tetapi lebih cacamarba kerana berkeyakinan bahawa mereka adalah bangsa dari India yang berkasta Visya atau Srivijaya yang kemudian menjadi bangsa Visaya. Dalam masa yang sama pengkaji sejarah Filipina sendiri berkeyakinan bahawa 10 Datu yang datang dari kepulauan Sulu (Jolo) adalah akar keturunan mereka yang asal yang kemudian menyebar ke kepulauan Sulu Utara (Luzon-Visaya).

Pelukis Filipina menggambarkan 10 orang Datu Suluk yang dikatakan datang dari Borneo sedang menaiki kapal layar mereka menuju ke Sulu Utara (Luzon-Visaya) dan membina perkampungan di sana sehingga lahirlah yang dikatakan bangsa Tagalog-Visaya dan kaum-kaum lain. Inilah juga yang disebut dalam tradisi lisan Tausug di kepulauan Sulu sehingga hari ini.

Skejap India, sekejap Sulu, bingung dan membingungkan. Maka tidak hairan pula kalau ada yang mendakwa mereka dari keturunan MAKHLUK ASING dari angkasa lepas. Inilah fahaman yang dianut oleh Freemason di Filipina hari ini. Ia memang kelihatan lucu tapi benar dakwaan seperti ini memang wujud. Malah yang mengaku nenek moyangnya dari beruk pun ada. Apa pun keadaannya terserah kepada tanggapan masing-masing. Fokus kepada bangsa Dong Sun di sebelah Timur Nusantara yang memakai bulu burung atas kepala sebagai lambang Phoenix atau Phoenisia (gelaran Eropah-Parsi), mereka dikatakan sebagai hasil dari satu peradaban termaju yang dipanggil peradaban Lemuria atau Mu bagi bangsa Jepun.

Kami mencadangkan peradaban Lemuria ini bukan sahaja telah wujud setelah banjir besar malah lama sebelum itu. Satu kemungkinan yang boleh dipertimbangkan ialah Nabi Idris a.s. lah yang membangunkan Tamadun ini malah sudah bermula seawal masa hayat Nabi Adam a.s. di negeri SIRINDIP @ Suvarnadvipa. Idris adalah sebutan Arab tetapi sebutan Eropahnya (Ibrani) ialah Enoch (Suluk: Enut, bermaksud berdikit-dikit, Anud: gerak air). Beliau adalah yang sangat mahir dalam ilmu bintang, pembinaan kapal, pertanian dan membina blok bangunan tinggi seperti Piramid. Tamadun Lemuria adalah Tamadun Dong Sun Purba yang bermula disini. Satu kemungkinan yang boleh dipertimbangkan ialah Noah a.s. sendiri membina kapalnya di sekitar laut Sulu samada di gunung Kinabalu atau pun di pergunungan Jolo.

Noah kemungkinan dari bahasa Suluk yang berubah sebutannya dari Luha (air mata) berubah kepada sebutan Nuha @ Noah. Para mufassir Islam ada yang merujuk nama Noh atau Noah itu berasal dari kata AIR MATA. Demikian juga dengan pembinaan kapal besar, ternyata hanyalah orang kepulauan dengan teknologi Phoenisia sahaja yang mampu membina kapal sebesar bahtera Nabi Noah a.s. itu dengan perintah Allah swt. Demikian dengan nama bukit JUDI tempat pendaratan bahteranya. Dengan menggunakan kaedah Antro-Linguistik, Judi dapat dihubungkan dengan bahasa kepulauan Sulu yang bermaksud “DATU”. JUDI @ Djude @ Dote, Bani Israel menyebut DATU dengan sebutan DOTE atau Dath. Wisno dalam bukunya Yakju Makjuj II (cetakan PTS, 2010) menjelaskan bahawa Judi itu bermaksud “Datuk”.

Salah satu jenis Jung kepulauan Sulu yang biasanya digunakan oleh tentera laut Sulu untuk MANGAYAW (meronda maritim). Jenis Jung seperti ini biasa digunakan oleh kaum Samal Balangingi’ merentas laut Asia Tenggara.


Kapal laut Kura Kura (i.e. Kuda Kuda) kepulauan Sulu Utara yang dilukis oleh Spanyol. Motif pada Jung ialah bentuk Naga dengan lebih sedozen pendayung pada sebelah katig.


Saiz bahtera Laksamana Cheng Ho berbanding kapal layar Colombus yang kecil menunjukkan teknologi pembuatan kapal Phonesia Timur yang termaju di dunia ketika itu. Menurut catatan China, Orang China banyak bergantung dengan orang kepulauan untuk menyiapkan kapal-kapal laut mereka. Menurut catatan China juga antara tempat terawal yang dilawati oleh bahtera Cheng Ho ialah di Tanjung berdekatan Buansa di pulau Jolo pada tahun 1408 sebelum beliau meneruskan perjalanan merentas Selat Melaka. Menunjukkan perhubungan rapat Sulu dan China ketika itu.

ANTRO-LINGUISTIK: DUNGSON, DUNGSONG, RUSUNG, LUSUNG, LOZON

Apakah maksud DONG SUN @ DUNG SON? Untuk mengetahuinya pengkaji tidak akan menemui maknanya yang nyata tanpa merujuk kepada BANGSA KEPULAUAN SULU yang lebih banyak menyimpan rahsia tradisi lisan pulau-pulau samada besar atau kecil yang berada di sekelilingnya. Kerana pulau kecil ini walau pun hanya sekadar sebesar “tahi lalat” (sekiranya dilihat di peta dunia) namun ia telah diakui sebagai yang mempunyai aura kekuasaan purba yang tidak dapat ditandingi. Kenyataan ini mungkin keterlaluan bagi sesetengah pihak namun faktanya terlalu banyak sehingga tidak ada seorang pengkaji pun yang punya akal sihat dapat menolaknya.

DUNG SON dalam bahasa Sulug @ Suluk:

  • Dung Son adalah dua perkataan terpisah iaitu Dung (Depan kapal atau haluan kapal), Son (asalnya dari kata SUNG bermaksud “gerak ke hadapan”). Contoh ayat DUNG: “Pa harapun in DUNG sin kappal pa sadlupan” bermaksud “Dihadapkan depan @ haluan kapal ke arah matahari terbenam”. Contoh ayat SUNG: “SUNG kamu manga taymanghud” bermaksud “Silakan (ke hadapan) wahai saudara sekalian”.

Ia sama dengan nama purba Manila sebelum dinamakan Meynila oleh Spanyol. Ia dinamakan SOLUD DONG (sebutan cepatnya Selurong). SOLUD ( masuk), DONG (haluan kapal) bermaksud satu tempat untuk kapal masuk berlabuh. Dalam bahasa Suluk SOLUD hanya disebut SUD kerana kebiasaan membuang L di tengah perkataan. Kebanyakan tempat yang punya teluk memudahkan kapal berlabuh dinamakan Selurong oleh orang Suluk yang kadang-kadang disebut DONG-UN atau DUNGUN (Pelabuhan kapal). Nama Dungun ada beberapa tempat di kepulauan Sulu malah terdapat di Terengganu.

  • Kemudian Bahasa Melayu meminjam perkataan Suluk ini (Solud @ SUD-DONG @ SUDONG, lidah Suluk biasanya hurup “D” di tengah akan berbunyi “L” atau “R” dan akan menjadi SULONG dan SURONG).
  • Menjadi Sorong iaitu “menggerakkan sesuatu ke hadapan atau ke tepi”.
  • Menjadi SULUNG iaitu “yang terkehadapan”, terdahulu atau terawal dan juga digunakan untuk “anak yang pertama”.

Dalam bahasa Suluk terdapat variasi sebutan yang mempunyai sifat yang sama namun mempunyai maksud yang berbeza. DUNG dan kaitannya dengan “kapal layar” dalam bahasa Suluk:

  • Dung sebagaimana tadi bermaksud “Haluan @ depan kapal”. Satu perkataan yang sinonim ialah JUNG, yang bermaksud hujung depan kapal yang biasanya dibentuk melentik ke atas dan tajam. Sesetengah Jung diukir kepala kuda atau naga. Kapal layar besar Suluk biasanya mereka namakan A-JUNG yang kadang-kadang disebut Adjung membawa maksud hadapan kapal yang mempunyai muncung melentik ke atas. A-JUNG ini akhirnya dipinjam oleh bahasa Melayu menjadi Hadjung atau HUJUNG.
  • Kata asal TAN-JUNG juga sama, dari lidah Suluk kerana sifat TANJUNG itu ialah kawasan tepi pantai yang memanjang dan menajam hujungnya ke laut. Sehingga hari ini Melayu menggunakan nama TANJUNG sama dengan Suluk.

Menurut pakar bahasa Inggeris, kata asal “Junk” berasal dari kapal dagang Nusantara yang biasanya membawa barang dagang yang bermacam muatan (yang sesetenga barang, orang Eropah anggap sebagai barang biasa) dari China ke Eropah. Tidak syak lagi ia berasal dari lidah Suluk yang merujuk kepada kapal Adjung. Begitulah kekayaan bahasa Suluk yang sehingga hari ini masih menjadi misteri kepada orang Asia Tenggara sendiri terutama kepada orang-orang Melayu.

Nama LUSUNG yang dikenal oleh Spanyol dari lidah orang Manila itu adalah variasi sebutan dari nama Dung-Song@ DUNGSON. Menjadi kebiasaan Orang Jepun menyebutnya Rusong yang merujuk kepada pedagang kepulauan Sulu, lama sebelum kedatangan Spanyol lagi. Orang Rusung kepulauan ini juga menguasai kawasan Timur China yang dinamakan Shan-Dong hari ini. Shan-Dong berasal dari nama Son-Dung yang disebut terbalik oleh orang China dari sebutan asalnya Dung-Son. Menurut sejarah China dan Jepun, bangsa kepulauan adalah bangsa pedagang yang mahir sebagai pelayar yang dinamakan Rusung atau Lusung. Maharaja China sangat mengasihi mereka hinggakan ketika Maharaja China menutup perdagangan lautnya dari didatangi oleh pedagang Melayu, India dan Eropah, namun orang kepulauan yang dipanggil Lusung ini masih diizinkan berdagang.

Ini bermakna wilayah China Timur itu adalah termasuk wilayah purba kepulauan Sulu. Ternyata nama Shan-Dong itu lebih jelas hampirnya dengan nama Dung Son @ Rusung @ Luzun @ Lozon. Tidak hairanlah mengapa Sultan Sulu (Sultan Batara Alawaddin bin Sultan Shariful Hashim) yang mangkat tahun 1417, ketika dalam perjalanan pulang bertemu dengan Maharaja China itu dikebumikan di wilayah Shan-Dong yang seolah-olah Tuhan menunjukkan bahawa Shandong masih dikira sebagai wilayah SULU. Lojiknya ialah Maharaja China memakaikannya baju kebesaran Maharaja China (baju merah berlukis naga emas), bermain kuda dan berburu bersamanya yang kemudian setelah mangkat dikebumikan di Shandong pula siap dengan upacara Raja-raja China. Ini adalah satu pengiktirafan kekuatan LAUT SULU yang berwenang terhadap aliran dagang laut hinggakan Maharaja China menganggap Sultan Sulu sebagai setara dengannya.

Maka kita boleh membuat andaian bahawa wilayah Dung Son purba (sebelum dikuasai oleh Dinasti-dinasti China kemudiannya) itu luas terbentang bermula dari Wilayah Shan-Dong hari ini sehingga masuk ke kawasan pantai Barat Lautnya yang kita panggil Vietnam sekarang sehingga masuk ke Kemboja. Di tengahnya tersepit bandar-bandar dagang China yang disebut Shanghai dan Canton @ Kanton (Hong Kong). Kanton itu sendiri dalam bahasa kepulauan Sulu bermaksud “pusat lawatan” iaitu samada disebut Kadtuan atau Kadtuon. Kalau didengar oleh mereka yang tidak biasa dengan sebutan Suluk, sebutannya seolah-olah berbunyi “Kantuon”. Kanton dan KEDAH (i.e. Kadta-ha @ Kadtu-ha) mempunyai etimologi yang sama dalam bahasa Suluk. Kajian lain menyatakan Canton berasal dari istilah Eropah abad ke-16 yang datang kemudian, walhal nama Kanton sudah pun wujud ketika kedatangan rombongan dakwah Sa’ad bin Abi Waqqas pada abad ke-7 lagi.

Wilayah Timur China ini (dari Shandong ke Vietnam) sebenarnya adalah “Lupa’ Higad” (tanah besar) bagi orang-orang Sulu. Wilayah ini adalah sebahagian dari wilayah SIN atau SINIM yang asal sebagaimana yang disebut oleh Bani Israel. Pusat SINIM terletak di kepulauan yang pakar melebur berjenis-jenis logam hinggakan merekalah yang mula-mula menggunakan wang syiling perak dan emas yang orang-orang Sulu panggil SIN (bermaksud duit syiling). SIN emas ini telah disebarkan ke seluruh dunia oleh Bangsa Phoenix @ Phoenisia kepulauan Timur ini hinggakan ia mendapat gelaran wilayah atau tanah SIN dalam Kitab Perjanjian lama. Kebiasaan orang-orang Sulu membuat lubang di tengah Syiling (“Tuhugun”, dicucuk dengan tali) untuk memudahkan mereka membawanya merentas lautan. Dinasti-dinasti China kemudiannya mengadaptasi dalam pemerintahan mereka.


Menurut pengkaji, bangsa yang pertama menggunakan pedang berlok seperti keris di Asia Tenggara ialah bangsa Dung Son berdasarkan penemuan artifak di Vietnam. Maka tidak hairan mengapa orang Sulu hingga hari ini menggunakan keris besar dan panjang yang dipanggil SUNDANG. Ternyata nama Sundang itu sendiri diambil dari nama Dung Son @ Dong Sun yang diterbalikkan menjadi Sun-Dong atau SUN-DANG. Ia sama dengan keterbalikan nama Viet-Nam yang disebut oleh China sebagai Nam-Viet, sekadar kebiasaan sebutan lidah atau pertuturan. Perlulah digaris bawahi, orang Suluk hanya menukar bentuk pedang Bani Yafits (Mandao atau Kampilan) mereka yang besar dan panjang itu kepada bentuk keris Sundang, sudah tentu ia tetap besar dan panjang.

PERSEPSI SALAH TENTANG ISTILAH LUSUNG DAN LOZON

Penjelasan nama DUNG SON dengan menggunakan Antro-Linguistik (usul kajian bahasa) dapat memberikan kita pencerahan bahawa DUNG SON dan SOLOK atau SULUG atau pun juga SUG itu adalah nama yang sama dan sinonim dengan “perjalanan kapal laut yang mengikut atau menyongsang arus”. Para pencatat dan pengkaji sejarah Eropah sendiri telah mengakui bahawa nama LOZON itu adalah sebuah pulau kecil sahaja yang terletak antara pulau Mindanao dan Borneo. Spanyol dengan bangganya menamakan pulau SOLUD-DONG (Selurong, Manila) sebagai LUZON sebenarnya adalah satu kesilapan.

Samada DUNG SON, DUNGSUN, RUSUNG atau LUSUNG ia masih membawa maksud kapal laut yang sudah tentu pergantungan utamanya kepada laut untuk dapat belayar itu telah diakui oleh para pengkaji. Seorang pengkaji dari China, Siuala ding Meangubie telah menjelaskan dalam kajiannya bertajuk “A Preliminary Investigation Into its Role in East Asian history” menyatakan,

  • “The Spaniards, unfamiliar with this native concept of territory, naturally thought that Lusung referred to land instead of water. Thus when they conquered Lusung in 1571 AD, they mistakenly thought they had conquered the entire island. Taking after the Spaniards’ mistake, geographers up to the present refer to the entire northernmost major island of the Philippine archipelago as Luzon {Lusung}.”
  • (Sepanyol, yang tidak biasa dengan konsep pribumi wilayah ini, dengan sendirinya berpendapat bahawa Lusung disebut sebagai tanah dan bukannya air. Kemudian, apabila mereka menakluk Lusung (pulau Luzon sekarang) dalam 1571 Masihi, mereka tersilap kerana menyangka mereka telah menakluki seluruh kepulauan. Berdasarkan kesilapan Sepanyol itu, para ahli goegrafi sehingga hari ini telah menamakan kepada pulau utama di keseluruhan utara kepulauan Filipina sebagai Luzon {Lusung}.)


Pulau Sulu Utara itu bukanlah pusat LOZON kerana kekuatan Bangsa LOZON itu tertumpu di sebuah pulau kecil sahaja di tengah Laut Sulu (menurut sejarahwan, sebelum kedatangan Kolonialis laut Selebes itu sebenarnya adalah Laut Sulu). Ia dinamakan Jolo (Holo @ Hulu) kerana sifatnya sebagai pusat kekuasaan (penghulu) kepulauan sesuai dengan kenyataan Al-Biruni dan sejarahwan Arab lainnya yang merujuk Sirindip sebagai hanya pulau dan penguasa pulau-pulau.

Peter Schreurs telah menulis tajuk khusus berkenaan Voyage of Ferdinand Magellan dalam buku Philippine Quarterly of Culture and Society, Vol. 28, March 2000, No. 1, yang diterbitkan oleh San Carlos Publications, bahawa Charlotte Gastaldi (1561 M), Gerardus Mercator (1569 M) dan Abraham Ortelius dalam Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theatre of the World) iaitu pada tahun 1570 mereka telah memberitahu berkenaan pulau kecil yang berada berdekatan pulau Basilan (Barat Laut) itulah sebenarnya yang dinamakan Lozon.

  • “This tiny island of Lozon in the Sulu Sea disappeared from the maps after the Spaniards had occupied the northern Philippines, and it was replaced by the real Luzon”.
  • (Pulau kecil Lozon ini yang berada di Laut Sulu, telah hilang dari dalam peta-peta iaitu selepas Sepanyol telah menduduki utara Filipina, dan ia telah digantikan oleh Luzon sebenar (yang dikenal hari ini)).

Dalam buku Thomas Suárez “Early Mapping of Southeast Asia”, dia mengatakan bagi merujuk kenyataan tepat Gastaldi tentang Lozon ialah pulau Jolo,

  • “Pigafetta was told that ‘two days from Chippit (near Basilan) to the northwest is a large island called Lozon’…thus Gastaldi, in 1561, with nothing more than Pigafetta’s second-hand mention of the island to go on, introduced the first definitive reference to Luzon on a western map…Gastaldi simply judged a two-day sail to the northwest of one of his Quipits (near Basilan), engraved an island and labeled it Lozon.”
  • (Pigafetta telah diberitahu bahawa ‘dua hari dari Chippit (berhampiran Basilan) di barat laut adalah sebuah pulau besar yang dipanggil Lozon‘ … dengan itu, Gastaldi pada tahun 1561, ia tidak lebih hanya sekadar menurut kenyataan daripada Pigafetta berkenaan pulau itu untuk pergi ke sana, inilah pertama kalinya diperkenalkan secara muktamad sebagai rujukan kepada Luzon di dalam peta barat … Gastaldi sekadar membuat keputusan belayar dua hari ke barat laut satu Quipits (berhampiran Basilan), mengukir sebuah pulau dan dia labelkannya Lozon.)


Peta dengan taburan suku kaum di seluruh kepulauan Sulu (Filipina hari ini). Peta perjalanan Ferdinand Magellan yang pertama dengan menggunakan khidmat penunjuk jalan Phoenisia iaitu Hendry the Black tanpa singgah di pulau Jolo. Nampaknya Hendry the Black telah maklum keadaan pulau Jolo yang kecil itu dengan memesongkan perjalanan Magellan. Kedatangan Magellan kali kedua, beliau menemui ajal di Cebu (Sugbu) dibunuh oleh Salip Lapu-Lapu. Hendry the Black dilaporkan meminta untuk tinggal di Cebu.


Persoalannya dari mana Pigafetta mendapat maklumat tentang nama dan lokasi Lozon (DUNG SON) itu berada di Laut Sulu iaitu di barat laut pulau Basilan? Telah dijelaskan dalam buku yang sama iaitu Pigafetta sendiri telah bertemu dan bercakap dengan orang Lozon.

  • “Pigafetta himself actually met and spoke with a native of Luzon. Leaving Borneo on 29 July 1521, the Spanish believe they were being ambushed, attacked some junks and capture the “son of the king of Lozon” who was the captain general of the King of Brunei. Pigafetta explained that the man from Lozon “had come with the junks from a great city called Lao” which was at the end of Borneo facing (in other words, the southwest coast), which they claimed to have just sacked…The Magellan crew also met with the traders from Lozon when they put into Timor”.
  • (Pigafetta sendiri sebenarnya bertemu dan bercakap dengan pribumi Luzon. Dengan bergegas meninggalkan Borneo pada 29 Julai 1521, kerana Sepanyol percaya mereka sedang diserang hendap, (disebabkan) berlaku serangan beberapa jung dan menangkap “anak raja Lozon” yang pernah menjadi ketua pasukan tentera Raja Brunei. Pigafetta menjelaskan bahawa orang dari Lozon itu “telah datang dengan jung dari sebuah bandar yang hebat yang dipanggil Lao” yang terletak pada hujung Borneo menghadap (dalam erti kata lain, di pantai barat daya), yang mereka dakwa baru sahaja dipecat… anak-anak kapal Magellan juga bertemu dengan peniaga-peniaga dari Lozon apabila mereka memasuki pulau Timor).

(Cerita Pigafetta di atas kemungkinan berkenaan orang Sulu yang sedang dalam ekspedisi pembalasan terhadap Sultan Brunei yang memecat mereka atau anak Raja mereka yang ditangkap sebelumnya oleh Brunei.)

Bangsa Eropah telah diberi amaran lebih awal oleh bangsa Arab berkenaan kekuatan pulau kecil itu. Sebab itu Inggeris dan Belanda tidak pernah mencabar Suluk berperang kecuali Spanyol kerana Spanyol menganggap dirinya lebih kuat dan canggih dari orang-orang Sulu yang ketinggalan zaman. Ternyata, selama beberapa abad Spanyol menyerang Sulu, tidak pernah dicatat bahawa Spanyol telah menang melainkan menjadi miskin papa kedana disebabkan serangan-serangan balas oleh orang Sulu terhadap kedudukan mereka di Filipina. Kolonialis yang menjadi kaya raya hanyalah Inggeris dan Belanda kerana memilih tidak berperang dengan Sulu.

Inggeris dan Belanda telah mengetahui bahawa kejatuhan mendadak Empayar Majapahit hanyalah kerana Majapahit memilih BERSETERU dengan Sulu. Mungkin Belanda dapat banyak maklumat kekuatan Suluk adalah dari lidah orang-orang Bugis manakala Inggeris pula kemungkinan dapat maklumat tentang Suluk setelah mereka datang ke Tanah Melayu. Mungkin orang-orang Melayu memberitahu tentang kekuatan Solok, malah Inggeris masih sempat melihat kekuatan maritim Solok di sekitar Selat Melaka dan Laut China selatan ketika era Sulu Zone.

Tajuk akan datang!!

  • LAMPIRAN 1: Sejarah Perbalahan Bangsa Dusun dengan Kaum Karagang (Kadazan @ Dusun Bandar) di zaman Tun Fuad Donald Stephen.
  • KEDATANGAN ANAK-ANAK IBRAHIM a.s. (Bani Israel & Bani Arab) KE TIMUR NUSANTARA: Menjelaskan gelombang kedatangan mereka dan sejauh mana kekuatan budaya dan bahasa Bani Israel dapat merubah bahasa dan budaya bangsa DUNGSUN @ Sulug.
  • Membahas hubungan Raja Wanita dari Saba’ dengan Raja Sulaiman a.s.

Notakaki:

[01] http://www.cooltattoofinder.com/bird-tattoos/myth-of-phoenix-bird-tattoo-art

[02] Herodotus. The Histories. Trans. R. Waterfield. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1998. Book 2, Chapter 73.p. 123.

[03] http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Phoenicia [04] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_of_Eden [05] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dilmun

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Ucapan dari Moderator MF


Assalammualaikum w.b.t dan Salam Sejahtera,

Pengetahuan rahsia itu hanya untuk mereka yang memahami.Kata-kata ini tepat apabila anda sedang mencari pengetahuan rahsia itu.Bagi mereka yang alpa,mereka tidak lebih hanyalah umpama haiwan ternakan yang makan untuk hidup dan akhirnya mati,menjadi bangkai dan mereput.Kita semua adalah ‘ciptaan’ Dia dan suatu hari pasti akan mati,tidak kira anda adalah seorang presiden ataupun pengemis,anda pasti akan mencapai sakaratul maut.

Kita hidup di dalam dimensi ciptaan Dia,dan ini dipanggil ‘Matrix’ dalam terminologi yang lebih moden.Kita tidak tahu apa di luar Matrix ini sehinggalah Dia menyuntik ‘pengetahuan rahsia’ itu melalui para nabi dan rasul yang mengkhabarkan apa yang di luar Matrix iaitu apa yang dipanggil oleh kita sebagai ‘alam ghaib’.Kita ibarat anak ayam di dalam telur atau fetus di dalam rahim ibu.Sampai masa kita akan tahu kebenaran sebenar.Tetapi masalahnya sekarang,kita dituntut untuk percaya kepada apa yang diberitahu sebagai pengetahuan rahsia itu,dari mulut para nabi dan rasul.Ketika Matrix disingkap dan KEBENARAN akan dibuka,Dia…akan memilih siapa yang percaya ketika di dalam Matrix dan menyeksa siapa yang mendustakan ‘berita di Luar Matrix’ dari para utusan-Nya.Tiada jalan keluar,kita semua adalah ‘ciptaan’ Dia dan suatu hari pasti akan mati,tidak kira anda adalah seorang presiden ataupun pengemis,anda pasti akan mencapai sakaratul maut,keluar dari Matrix dan ‘terpaksa’ melihat keputusannya iaitu Kebenaran itu.

Menarik bukan ‘permainan’ ini?

Dahulu saya seperti anda semua,saya hidup untuk makan,makan untuk hidup.Saya tidak tahu apa yang sebenarnya terjadi,yang saya tahu,saya belajar,bekerja,beranak pinak dan mati.Saya tidak tahu dari manakah datangnya diri saya dan apa tujuan saya wujud di dalam dunia,atau ke  mana saya selepas ini.Dahulu saya percaya saya berasal dari beruk yang mengalami evolusi.Dahulu saya percaya bahawa bahawa rezeki datang dari pekerjaan,datang dari kilang,datang dari pejabat,datang dari kebun.

Dahulu saya bukanlah orang yang mengendahkan soal agama.Saya tidak jaga solat apatah lagi solat berjemaah.Rumah saya hampir dengan masjid tetapi saya pekakkan telinga bila azan berkumandang.Darjat saya hampir sama dengan Teresa Kok atau Namawee yang memperlekehkan azan,bezanya saya Islam tetapi mereka bukan Islam.Bezanya saya pernah belajar melaungkan azan ketika di sekolah agama rakyat,tetapi mereka tidak berpeluang belajar tentang azan dan segala khazanahnya,apatah lagi tentang Islam.Bezanya saya tahu tetapi buat-buat tak tahu,mereka pula memang tak tahu atau sengaja tidak mahu ambil tahu.

Dahulu saya tidak pernah menghargai Islam yang saya anuti.Saya rasa Islam atau tidak,sama sahaja.Kehidupan saya sama seperti orang kafir.Saya rasa Islam tidak memberi apa-apa impak kepada kehidupan saya,saya tetap lulus periksa dan mendapat pekerjaan yang bagus.Saya tetap berjaya dan memiliki apa yang saya idamkan.Islam saya hanya pada nama.

Suatu ketika apabila saya terbaca maksud dari surah At-Thariq,pada ayat-ayat yang terakhir:

“Sesungguhnya orang kafir itu merencanakan tipu daya yang jahat dengan sebenar-benarnya

Dan Aku pun membuat perancangan pula dengan sebenar-benarnya

Maka berilah tangguh orang-orang kafir itu, iaitu berilah tangguh kepada mereka barang sebentar”


“As for them, they are but plotting a scheme

And I am planning a scheme

Therefore grant a delay to the Unbelievers: Give respite to them (for awhile)

(At-Thaariq, 86:15-17)

….saya merasakan ada sesuatu rahsia penting di dalam ayat-ayat itu.Siapakah mereka yang merancang itu?Mengapa Tuhan begitu baik membiarkan mereka dengan memberi tangguh?Apakah perancangan Tuhan?Kemudian soalan-soalan itu berlalu begitu sahaja.

Sehinggalah pada suatu hari apabila saya berpeluang menghadiri satu perjumpaan sebuah kelab di Eropah.Kelab tersebut didanai oleh satu pertubuhan sulit LuciferianCraft,dan saya hadir di sana bukanlah sebagai tetamu tetapi salah seorang konsultan utiliti yang menjaga fasiliti-fasiliti tertentu,dan saya perlu berada di dalam premis mereka untuk memastikan semua kelengkapan dalam keadaan baik.Saya tidak tahu mengapa saya boleh terlepas,dan ini mungkin ada hikmahnya.Di dalam perjumpaan sulit itu,saya begitu terkejut bahawa agenda utama mereka adalah membincangkan untuk menghadapi satu perkara yang selama ini saya tidak peduli sama sekali.

Islam.

Sejak dari itu saya mula mengkaji dan mengkaji tentang Islam dan mengapa ada sekelompok manusia yang begitu takut dengan agama ini.Saya seolah-olah seperti orang kafir yang mula mahu mengenali Islam.Saya mula terkenangkan ustaz di kampung ketika kecil yang mengajar saya mengaji.Dahulu saya tidak ambil pedulipun tentang AlQuran.Namun saya mula sedar akan kehebatan AlQuran apabila berjumpa dengan ahli-ahli Luciferian yang membaca AlQuran untuk mengorek rahsia masa hadapan dan dimensi-dimensi ghaib malah ada yang menghafalnya,sedangkan saya seorang Islam pun masih merangkak-rangkak membaca AlQuran.

Saya ingin tanya kepada anda semua wahai umat Islam,adakah kamu tahu apa yang dibincangkan dalam Perjumpaan Bilderberg?Apa yang dibincangkan di dalam Bohemian Groove?Di dalam Round Table?

Saya namakan bidang yang saya kaji ini sebagai ‘Seni Perancangan Musuh-musuh Allah’.Media memanggilnya ‘Teori Konspirasi’.Orang-orang yang dungu memanggilnya ‘karut’ dan ‘paranoid’.

‘Goyyim’ menganggapnya sebagai filem National Treasure dan hiburan masa lapang.

Sesungguhnya manusia adalah menjadi musuh kepada apa yang mereka tidak ketahui.Musuh kepada apa yang mereka tidak fahami.Sehinggalah apabila Kebenaran itu berada di depan mata barulah mereka sedar.Namun malangnya,kesedaran mereka itu seringkali tidak berguna.APA YANG PENTING MENGGUNAKAN AKAL UNTUK MENAPIS SEGALA MAKLUMAT.Memang terdapat maklumat yang salah,tetapi tidak seharusnya kita menolak semua maklumat.Orang yang mampu menapis semua maklumat ialah kerana dia banyak membaca semua maklumat.Maksud saya,berpengetahuan luas.Sebagai contoh,orang yang dari kecil asyik membaca pasal matematik dan pakar matematik berpotensi untuk menolak maklumat mengenai agama yang abstrak,subjektif dan mistik,sementara matematik adalah konkrit,objektif dan realiti.Sepanjang pengalaman saya,orang yang berlatarbelakangkan akademik yang hebat-hebat mahupun orang yang memiliki kelayakan dalam bidang agama sekalipun tidak terlepas menjadi ‘goyyim’ dan ‘haiwan ternakan’.Ada dua kategori orang dalam mempelajari ilmu agama.Pertama,mereka yang mempelajari agama hanya untuk tujuan keduniaan,sebagai contoh untuk mencari pekerjaan,mencari rezeki.Mereka belajar agama hanya untuk menjawat jawatan ustaz atau ustazah.Sama juga ada orang menghafal AlQuran hanya untuk jadi hafiz dan hafizah,namun kadangkala mereka sendiri pun tak memahami maksud AlQuran itu sendiri.Komputer dan mesin pun boleh menghafal dan membacakan AlQuran untuk anda.Tetapi bezanya,komputer TIDAK FAHAM ISI ALQURAN.

Kita belajar agama UNTUK AMAL AGAMA ITU.Bukan untuk mempergunakan agama.

Kita belajar agama untuk memahami apakah sebenarnya Matrix yang kita berdiam ini dan mengenal siapakah pencipta Matrix.Namun ada orang yang menjadikan agama sebahagian dari Matrix,maka dia masih kekal ditipu oleh Matrix.Orang yang bijak ialah orang yang mengamalkan agama untuk bebas dari Matrix menuju kepada Pencipta Matrix,dan dirinya.

Sebab itu dalam isu Hudud,masih ada orang yang rela dirinya ditipu.Hukum Hudud adalah hukum Allah s.w.t yang menciptakan anda dan saya.Ada orang yang mengatakan Hudud hanya 0.01% (kalau tak silap saya) dari Islam,maka tidaklah wajib dilaksanakan.Sebenarnya kepada para pemimpin yang memegang kuasa politik,tanggungjawab menjalankan hukum Allah adalah 100% terletak dibahu mereka,bukan 0.01% lagi.Tanggungjawab saya dan anda ialah untuk menyokong dan menyenangkan hukum Allah ini tertegak.Hudud jangan dipolitikkan.Perbalahan Datuk Zulkifli Noordin dan PAS mengenai HUdud amat dungu dan memalukan.Jika kita tidak tahu jangan bercakap seolah-olah kita tahu,TERUTAMANYA DALAM SOAL AGAMA.Datuk Zulkifli Noordin sepatutnya datang menziarahi pemimpin PAS dan berbincang mengenai perlaksanaan hukum Hudud,bukannya berkokok dari luar sehingga memberi imej bahawa,sesama Islam pun berbalah mengenai hukum Hudud.Melicinkan,bukan menserabutkan.Kita semua ada ego masing-masing tetapi jangan libatkan agama.Sebab bila anda mencapai sakaratul maut,Pencipta hukum Hudud akan mengadili anda,kenapa di dunia kamu tidak ikhlas menegakkan hukum Aku?

Saya melihat hukum Hudud (sebenarnya Hudud hanyalah sebahagian dari Fiqh Jinayah) adalah sebagai ‘test’ kepada individu-individu tertentu,juga kepada saya dan anda.Jika saya mengaku muslim,solat dan berpuasa sebagai contoh tetapi dalam soal politik,saya tidak mampu menuruti apa yang Rasulullah s.a.w ajarkan.Saya mengaku saya menyokong hukum Allah,tetapi bila ada orang mahu menjalankannya,anda menserabutkannya hanya kerana anda benci mereka,anda mahu jaga ego anda.Jangan begitu.Dunia ini akan lenyap.Jika anda tidak mampu menegakkan hukum-Nya,janganlah pula menghalang orang lain yang berusaha mahu menegakkannya.Di akhirat,Hudud Allah PASTI MENANG.Bar Council tidak lagi bermakna apa-apa.

Orang yang paling tahu mengenai kebenaran Islam ialah ya…sudah tentu orang pilihan-Nya seperti nabi-nabi dan rasul-rasul.Bagi tingkatan orang awam seperti saya dan anda,orang yang paling sedar kebenaran Islam ialah orang yang telah nampak perancangan musuh-musuh Islam.Orang yang belajar tentang Islam belum tentu tahu kebenaran agama yang dipelajarinya.Pernah dengar tentang ‘ustaz’ yang meliwat,atau bakal ustazah yang bersekedudukan?Ini manusia yang belajar agama tetapi tidak faham agama,seterusnya tidak AMAL AGAMA.Namun orang yang mempelajari seni perancangan musuh-musuh Allah akan sedar,BETAPA BERNILAINYA AGAMA ISLAM ini.

Para elit Luciferian amat menghormati Holy Scriptures.Apakah itu Holy Scriptures adik-adik,kakak-kakak,abang-abang?IA ADALAH HIMPUNAN APA YANG DINAMAKAN WAHYU DARI ‘GOD’.Dan AlQuran adalah salah satu rujukan para elit Luciferian untuk menafsir pergerakan masa depan dan dimensi alam semesta.

Siapakah orang yang paling kaya di dalam dunia?Doktor?Jurutera?Presiden?Raja-raja?Korporat?

Orang yang paling kaya dalam dunia ialah PARA PENYEMBAH IBLIS.

Itulah dia para elit Luciferian yang mendominasi dunia material.Mereka memiliki bisnes bernilai bertrilion pound sterling,teknologi-teknologi canggih bertahap ‘luar angkasa’ dan pengaruh ‘mindcontrol’ yang kuat ke atas majoriti manusia.Jika ada orang yang berlagak di depan saya hanya kerana dia tauke kedai atau bekerja sebagai akauntan,saya hanya ketawa terbahak-bahak di depan manusia malang itu.Saya pernah bergaul dengan para elit Luciferian ini dan mereka memang ‘humble’.Apakah sifat yang paling mereka agungkan?Ia adalah “The more you give, the more you have/get”.Ini adalah prinsip dalam sains kehidupan yang diajarkan oleh New Age Religion,salah satu cabang dalam agama menyembah Iblis.Dari mana ilmu ini datang?Dari kata-kata Rasulullah s.a.w:

Dalam Hadis yang diriwayat At-Tabrani Rasulullah s.a.w bersabda: “Sesungguhnya sedekah itu tidak akan mengurangi harta seseorang”

Kata-kata Nabi memang selalunya benar.Tetapi kita selalunya mula percaya bila doktor,saintis ataupun orang yang kita hormati membenarkan hadis-hadis nabi.Jika tidak,kita akan merasa ragu-ragu atau menolak hadis nabi.

Namun malangnya,ada lagi manusia yang lebih kaya dari para elit Luciferian.Siapa?

Iaitu mereka yang bersifat qanaah,yakni merasa cukup dengan nikmat yang ada.Ini orang paling kaya.Orang yang miskin ialah orang hidupnya tak pernah merasa cukup walaupun mangkuk tandasnya diperbuat dari emas.

Tuan-tuan dan Puan-puan,

Setelah lebih tiga tahun saya mengembara ke seluruh dunia mengkaji dan mengkaji,sudah tiba masanya saya berehat untuk beri masa pada agama.Saya mengetahui hakikat bahawa saya akan mati dan dunia ini akan lenyap;kedua-duanya adalah perangkap.Jika saya hidup selama-lamanya,dunia ini akan lenyap dan saya tidak rela tubuh saya terapung-apung di dalam dimensi yang tidak ketahuan.Jadi sampai masanya saya perlu luangkan sedikit masa pada agama.Dalam beberapa bulan ini,MistisFiles akan ditutup.Kami mengucapkan ribuan terima kasih kepada anda semua yang mengikuti kami dan ‘membesar’ bersama artikel-artikel kami.Laman-laman yang diusahakan oleh Srikandi mungkin akan dipertimbangkan (jika beliau dapat menahan sikap panas barannya dan tidak menjadikan emel MF sebagai medan untuk bercinta) dan diteruskan untuk mendidik masyarakat tentang kepentingan sejarah.Masyarakat yang celik ilmu adalah masyarakat yang memahami apakah tujuan sesuatu ilmu itu dicipta.Misalnya dalam agama,ilmu agama wujud untuk mendapatkan iman kepada-Nya.Jika anda ilmuwan agama yang memiliki berkoyan-koyan ilmu agama,tidak semestinya anda berjaya mendapatkan iman,sekiranya anda tidak menggunakan ilmu anda.Jurutera yang tidak menggunakan ilmunya tidak akan mampu menyelesaikan masalah kejuruteraan.Doktor yang tidak menggunakan ilmunya tidak akan mampu mengubati sebarang pesakit.

Sebab itu di MistisFiles,kami berusaha memahamkan anda tentang mengapa para elit Luciferian mengadakan seminar atau perbincangan semata-mata mahu ‘mengawal’ Islam.Kami mahu mengajak anda keluar dari penyakit ‘goyyim’.Goyyim ialah orang yang tidak peduli.Goyyim ialah orang yang dungu yang terkongkong dalam logiknya sendiri.JANGAN BIARKAN HIDUP ANDA DISELUBUNGI GOYYIM.Saya berada di kalangan mereka dan saya tahu mengapa Islam ini adalah BENAR.Sesungguhnya Iblis penuh dengan perancangannya ke atas anak Adam.Saya tidak kagum jika anda berada di dalam Freemasonry,Rotary atau Lion Club,tetapi saya sudah bergaul dengan mereka yang berada di dalam organisasi yang menguruskan ‘puppet-puppet’ mereka seperti Lion Club dan Freemasonry malah Jesuit dan Zionis Antarabangsa.

Sebab itu di dalam MistisFiles,kami tidak memaksa anda mempercayai kami,tetapi cukup jika anda menggunakan akal anda untuk berfikir.Walaupun saya mengetahui beberapa pengetahuan rahsia,namun saya bukanlah nabi atau orang pilihan-Nya.Saya adalah manusia yang penuh dosa.Apa yang dilakukan oleh saya dan yang lain adalah hanya memberikan kepingan-kepingan ‘jigsaw puzzle’ untuk kita sama-sama mencantumkannya dan melihat ‘Gambar Besar’.Di sini saya memiliki beberapa kepingan ‘jigsaw puzzle’.Mungkin di tangan anda ada beberapa lagi.Kita sama-sama cantumkan ia.Saya berada di dalam Matrix ini,saya tidak tahu apa di luarnya.Anda juga begitu.Anda tidak tahu apakah sebenarnya Matrix ini.Tetapi mujurlah Dia mengutuskan utusan-Nya ke dalam Matrix ini.Kita ikut sahaja peraturan-Nya dan suatu hari nanti anda dan saya akan keluar dari Matrix ini dengan tersenyum-senyum.

Salam hormat,

-M.O

MistisFiles & Mistis Organization

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New Travel Blog and the Badjao Kids

Salam to all!I am telling everyone here that I am now writing (blogging) on my new Travel Blog in All Things Mindanao Web. Of course, its all about Mindanao. (visit www.allthingsmindanao.weebly.com and for my page, Click the FOURTH MUSKETEER). I hope y…

My Tawi-Tawi Adventure

Okay. Let us cool off a bit.
If you happened to live in the same road as me, and might have talk with me for some year, you would know that one of my greatest dreams is to visit all the Muslim Provinces of ARMM. I love to travel. I always treasure the times I learn something new every time I go to other places: I learn about the people and their lives; I would be fascinated by the views (be it cool natural scenes or even the ‘uncool’ slums and ‘squatter’s areas’; There are things that I can only see and realize when I am outside travelling. I see how (still) fortunate I am compared to those who’re suffering in hunger.  I see how wonderful Allah is. And I would be reminded and be grateful to Him in one way or the other for all the blessings I had. And so I told myself: “I will travel throughout Mindanao, and I will visit all the major Muslim places and see how their people live differently (or similarly) from our people in Sulu.
It was just a dream at first. I know I want to reach that dream, but I do not have the single idea on “How?” I then simply added that dream to my list of “soon to be decided matters”. But Alhamdulillah, there are always incidents that would give me the opportunity to travel. This time, as I am now temporarily working as an office assistant in an NGO, I was given the chance to visit Basilan and Tawi-Tawi: Places that are too close to my homebase (Sulu), yet too far for me to go (with my own expenses). That dream is slowly being realized, one by one. 
My recent visit to Tawi-Tawi was a no exception. It was so sudden that I was left stunned for some seconds after knowing I would be included in the trip. And much to my amazement is that I would be staying there for 6 days, all for free. (Who else would make this possible than Him? Alhamdulillah!) And so by October 16, 2011 my bags are all packed. I am standing outside the door of my friend and ate, Shalom’s room (a co-worker). And I am leaving on a Jet plane! (It’s not a jet plane actually. I’m just going with the song “Jet Plane”) *Sing chorus here*
(Click read more. I am not done yet :-p )

Flight 5J-839
[image: me in Airport]
At 6:10 am we are already in the airport waiting for boarding. I tried to remember when was the last time I traveled by plane. It was already 5 years now, since my last trip to Manila in fourth year high school. It’s not a new experience, but I just miss the thrill of going up, up, up high. I remember in my first flight I was so amazed—not scared—that I kept my eyes on what’s outside, looking at them as they go smaller and smaller as we pierce through the clouds. And really up until now. I still can’t believe that this heavy machine with all the people and all the cargos it has, would FLY! (Yeah, it might be the doing of those nerdy Physics guys).
My Travel Blog
I know you are already eager to know my adventure in Tawi-Tawi and you are now expecting that I would post them here. But I am going to (I really have to) make you wait a little longer. *evil smile* (Just a little longer I promise.) 
   
I have recently been added as a contributor in a website-slash-blog created by old friends in MSU Marawi entitled: “All Things Mindanao”. (Was I hired? No, there were no job applications and no salaries. Appointed? No, I was the one who requested to be part of the team. Uhmm proclaimed? Naah, it doesn’t matter anymore). You will learn more about Mindanao and different matters about her; read essays and insights from young journalists from MSU Marawi. 
And my part? I would be writing on TRAVELS. I would be posting all my adventures in different places around Mindanao. This will my Travel Blog, InshaAllah. Please visit our site: All Things Mindanao (and can you put it in your bookmarks, too?). My page would be in the “Fifth Musketeer” page (I am the fifth contributor)
Oh right, here are the places where I went for adventure (something you would surely expect to read in my Travel Blog):

1) The Mystical Bud Bongao (yup! We climbed the highest peak in Tawi-Tawi!)
2) Boloboc cave (with all its historical artifacts—and crocodiles—found there!)
3) Simunul Island (the serine life people are leading)
4) Grand Mosque (the very first Masjid in the country. The cradle of Islam)
5) Tondon Badjao Village (happy kids all around; they are great swimmers!)
6) Panglima Sugala Marine Sanctuary (Fish feeding and with crystal clear blue seas).
7) Sea side water villages
8) Bongao town
9) Island hopping
10) And a lot more!
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Before I end this post, I would have to do something blog-friends are bound to do. I was tagged by Kai (or Ayah) and thus was compelled (haha) to do the following :
Rules: (I never it would be this hard. Really. Its Hard if you only have a few Blogosphere friends.)
1. You must post these rules.
2. Each person must post 11 things about themselves in their journal.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and create eleven new questions for the people you tag to answer.
4. You have to choose 11 people to tag and link them on the post
5. Go to their page and tell them you have tagged him/her.
6. No tag backs.
7. No stuff in the tagging section about “you are tagged if you are reading this.” You legitimately (AKA, really, truly, with all honesty)have to tag 11 people.

Answers to Kai’s questions:
1. What is the story behind your given first name? The name ‘Ahmad’ was already reserved by my father for his first son, way back when he was in his teens. Yup, that’s how I got my name.
2. What pushed you to blog? Frustrations, my unpublished (actually the rejected ones) articles, and the inspiration to inspire others, too.
3. Are you earning from your blog? In what way? Nope. Not yet. Sooner I will. nyehehehe
4. Aside from your current field, do you plan on pursuing another? My field? You mean my field in Zoology? I thought you were asking about my grandfather’s rice field. Yup, Insha’Allah I will pursue Medicine:-) 
5. Is there a blogger who influenced you? It’s not ‘is there’ it’s “are there”. They are just so many to mention.
6. In connection to #5, who and why? Top on the list is Sir Neldy, with his inspiring advocacy in hearing the unheard voices of the Tausug People. Others, are purely coincidental. haha.
7. Do you know how to sew? Nope. Not even in our Home Economics in High School (oh I hate that subject. If not only that I was in the same group with my crush then, might have left the room.)
8. What’s your plan for the next 2 years of your life? I’m poor in planning. But the plans are to enroll in Med.School, and do my best! I will also continue my blogoholic world.
9. What’s your dream vacation? The Pacific Ocean! I wonder how it feel to be in the middle of nowhere!
10. What are you willing to sacrifice to pursue your dreams? I am willing to sacrifice my ballpen. (haha)
11. What do you think about Lilpink.info’s layout? Should I change it? Or let it be for a few months? Your Template is cool. Just let be there for some months.

My Questions:
[I am still preparing them]
I would Tag:
[I am still looking for them.]
Don’t worry Ayah, I will post them sooner or later InshaAllah.
SalamKasilasa!
AnakIluh

A Moro beauty

Moro beauty is unique. But none is as captivating as the belles of Tawi-Tawi that one of them from  Bongao deserving of a short article in The Holt County Sentinel (Oregon, Mo.) Oregon, in October 23, 1903 (below). Here is an 18-yea…

Wood stock in Cow Stone

I passed by the wood seller in Batu Sapi this afternoon. My finger eagerly took a picture of this piled wood not because it is a wood but because the owners of the wood beside the street are Tausug who had been staying in Sabah for two decades.  This wood sales for quite high price but at least in this area only here where this stuff is available.


Wood is indeed inseparable to every family or household in a community or a certain place. Aside from its uses as the number one material for building a stilt house it is also used in a Tausug community to cover the hole inside the graveyard known in the Tausug language as Ding Ding Hali [wall to rest]. That is why there’s an idiom of the Tausug which sounds “Maglitu digpi’” it means someone had passed away.


Tausug in this area had been relocated from one place to the other many times. For the land where their houses located is not theirs. But whenever they are you can easily distinguish them through the wood shop alongside the street.  

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Translasi video menyusuri jejak sejarah Tausug

Penulis memohon maaf kepada sahabat-sahabat pelawat blog kerana lambat mengalih bahasa video di bawah ini. Alhamdulillah dengan masa yang ada penulis telah siapkan dengan harapan dapat memberi pemahaman kepada sahabat-sahabat pengkaji bahasa Melayu yan…

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DEFENSE OF MUSLIMAT FORTRESS: NO DEARTH OF LAWS, ONLY DEATH

By: Neocatalyst



“There is no dearth of laws, but there is death of laws,” commented Warina Sushil A. Jukuy, Coordinator for Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA-WESMIN). She said that there is no dearth of laws, memoranda, issuances, department orders and yet disrespect for the right to wear hijab as a sign of piety prevails. I personally resonate with her observation that strict compliance of hijab legal guidance is actually met with outright defiance by personnel of the very agencies that issued them. Could this non-compliance be due to unprofessionalism, discrimination or mere ignorance?

Recent reported cases of disallowing the right to hijab are happening not only in hospitals, schools, universities, colleges, but are also either fully violated (mandatory removal of hijab) or partially violated (requiring ears exposure) as photo requirements in government agencies such as the Civil Service Commission (CSC), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Ms Jukuy said that the most appalling case of hijab transgression is the latest denouncement by concerned Filipino Muslims of what is transpiring in Doha, Qatar. Allegedly, undisclosed source bewailed that “Muslim women are not only asked by a male NBI Personnel to expose their ears, but they are FORCED to remove all head cover in the supposedly required NBI Photograph thereby exposing their hairs, faces and necks. This same male NBI personnel working in the Philippine Embassy in Doha is also the one who ‘guides’ the thumb marking part where he holds the Muslim Women hands and fingers saying that this needs to be done to ensure proper thumb marking, though this can be easily solved by having a female staff for the ‘guiding’ the process.” In addition, recurring violations on hijab-niqab still persist in some Universities, Colleges, Health Care Institutions, and agencies. I wonder why other agencies are still ignorant about the existing laws about hijab when in fact as government agencies “they are duty-bound to know the policies on hijab-niqab so as to protect the rights of the veiled Muslimat and ultimately exercise their right to education as well as right to freedom of religion in legal conformity with their dignity and substantive rights duly protected not only by Divine Law but also by the Philippine Constitution including the Universal Declarations of Human Rights amongst United Nations.”

Nonetheless, PAHRA-WESMIN Coordinator asserted that the NBI Memo 28 series of 2008 by its director Atty. Nestor M. Mantaring is the most fulfilling in terms of providing relief to the undue vexation experienced by NBI clearance Muslim lady applicants in the process of photo-taking; although most of us understandably are still unaware of it but it is unforgivable for NBI personnel to be oblivious to it. Item 3 of said memo states to wit:

xxx“…3. Use of head scarf for religious and medical reasons is allowed, (i.e. Muslim women, nuns, cancer patients with hair loss/alopecia). However, the scarf should not cover any portion of the face of the applicant. As much as possible, both ears of the applicant should be visible. It is acceptable if the ears of a Muslim woman-applicant or of applicants who is a member of Religious Order (nuns), ARE NOT visible on the photograph…”xxx

The hijab peace advocacy in proactive defense of our Muslimat Fortress is still on!” The most recent fight for the protection of hijab was the Round Table Dialogue on Muslimat Human Security Peace Agenda: Putting Hijab at the Forefront- Part 2 held last October 1, 2011, Saturday, at the Convention Hall of Amil’s Tower, Pilar Street, Zamboanga City. The RTD was convened by the joint effort of two non-stock, non-profit organizations which are in the forefront of asserting the Muslimat’s right to religious freedom, the Islamic Medical Association of the Philippines (IMAN) and Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA-WESMIN); and attended by various government line agencies and Muslim stakeholders such as Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Department of Health (DOH), Center for Health Development (CHD), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), National Ulama Conference of the Philippines (NUCP-the one who sponsored the event), National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), Darul Iftah Council of the Philippines, Young Moro Professionals Network (YMPN-WESMIN) and Federation of Muslim Students Association (FMSA), Markaz Ad-Dhiya Inc., Al-Furqan Islamic Cultural Center, Markaz at-Tarbiya as well as actively supported by other various Markaz, Mahad, and Madaris in the Philippines. Alhamdulillah, albeit handwritten in pen, commitment – to co-own the issue, collaborate and take action on the strict compliance and dissemination of said legal guidelines- was signed by all RTD Panel discussants.

Alhamdu lillaahi, as a by-product of the multi-stakeholders vigilant hijab advocacy in partnership with DOH, DepED, CHR, NCMF along with the all out support of our Muslim leaders (from the elders and the youth), such as the NUCP, Darul Ifta’ Council, FMSA, YMPN-WESMIN various Mehad, Marakez and Madaris— hijab legal guidelines were collated along with the most recently signed issuances and resolution for adequate dissemination to ensure its strict compliance in order to end hijab transgression.

Among the many legal documents collated for IEC campaign are the following: NCMF Issuance Re: Legal Guidelines on Hijab by Bureau on Legal Affairs issued by Commissioner Atty. Edilwasif T.Baddiri dated September 20, 2011; Resolution No. 44, Series of 2011 approved and signed by Hon. Bai Omera D. Dianalan-Lucman and Commissioners of National Commission on Muslim Filipinos dated October 05, 2011; NBI Order Re: Memorandum Order No. 28 S. 2008, Guidelines on Photo Requirements and Picture Taking for NBI Clearance Purposes approved by Atty. Nestor M. Mantaring, Director of NBI Central Office, Manila in response to the appeal of Deputy Mufti Shaykh Abdulwakil S. Tanjilil; DOH Memo and Order namely DOH MEMO No. 2009-0107 issued by DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, MD MSc. (Re:Strengthening the Protection of Religious Rights of Muslim workers, including but not limited to students and trainees in health facilities), which was duly reiterated by DOH MEMO No. 2011-0232dated 16 August 2011 Re: Reiterating Compliance to DOH MEMO No. 2009-0107 by Nemesio T. Gako, MD, MPH, CESO II, Asst Secretary of Health, Internal Finance and Administration Technical Cluster- lobbied by IMAN President Sherjan Kalim, MD; Strengthening the Protection of Religious Rights of Students (DepED Order No. 53 s. 2001 by Sec Raul S. Roco; and CHED MEMO dated 26 August 2008 signed by OIC Dr Nina S. Ricafort).

Laudably, the most comprehensive legal guidelines are from NCMF which condensed all the aforesaid legal documents except that of NBI Memo Order; as well as included constitutional basis: 1987 Philippine Constitution: The Bill of Rights, Article 3, Section 5 and Republic Act No. 9710, The Magna Carta of Women. In the NCMF issuance, Commsr Baddiri recommends the following: Disseminate information on the pertinent laws and government guidelines on the wearing of hijab by Muslim Filipino women thru press releases, radio and television announcements and official communication to pertinent schools and hospitals in your area of jurisdiction; Visit all heads of pertinent schools and hospital to dialogue on matters relating to the wearing of hijab by Muslim Filipino women; Conduct events to promote respect for the freedom of religious practice.

Relentlessly, hijab peace advocacy in proactive defense of our Muslimat Fortress is still on! Along this tone, NUCP Shaykh Jamal S. Munib reiterated: “We are not asking for what is not ours; we are asking for what we deserve!” After all, “there is no reason why the pious’ and the righteous’ rights must NOT be asserted, protected, defended, and fulfilled by the State especially so that it is not contrary to public customs, public morals, and public policy. Vigilance of Muslims and our menfolk’s sense of gheerah or chivalry to protect the vulnerability of our Muslim ladies won.” Not only is CHEDRO-9 Rep Dr Rody Garcia (a Muslim revert) is with us when he urged: “Let us go out there and campaign for hijab!”; not only is the United Nations is with us when UN Sec Gen Ban Ki-Moon declared: “On this day, I urge all champions of democracy and peace throughout the world to make your voices heard. The United Nations stands with you.”; but most of all, Allah is with us in waging Islam for peace, Alhamdu lillaahi.

Let us always remember and be inspired by Allah’s verse in Surah Al-Imran, as He promised us “So do not weaken and do not grieve, and you will be superior if you are [true] believers.” Al-Qur’an Surah al-Imran 3:139.


Wallaahu ahlam=)
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CINEMA ONE Originals Part 1

Here are 5 of the 1o finalists to the:Cartas de la Soledad (letters of Solitude)a film byGutierrez M. Mangansakan IISix Degrees of Separation From Lilia Cuntapaya film byAntoinette JadaoneDi Ingon Natoa film byBrandon Relucio and Ivan ZaldarriagaBIG BO…

Catatan Srikandi IX

Catatan Srikandi IX”Follow your heart,Srikandi…”Subuh tadi setelah selesai menyiapkan tugasan saya,tanpa saya sedari saya terlelap di depan komputer riba saya.Di luar hujan renyai-renyai.Dalam keadaan amat mengantuk itu saya tiba-tiba teringatkan sat…

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New Islamic Center in Zamboanga City

Al Furqan Islamic Cultural Center

Breaking Barriers

Al Furqan

Al Furqan means the criterion to which right and wrong is determined.

Islamic Culture vs. Cultural Islam

Islamic Culture is the culture that is sanctioned in the two primary sources of Islam, the Qur’an and Sunnah. Islamic culture has be to be differentiated from the culture of Muslims in that the latter is whatever the Muslims of different parts of the world consider to be their culture. The culture of the Muslims or “Cultural Islam” may or may not be sanctioned in the Qur’an and Sunnah. Consequently, the Islamic Culture is one and the same throughout the world while “Cultural Islam” may vary according to time and place. Many a time, it is the practices of the Muslims that are not supported by the Qur’an and Sunnah that give rise to the common misconception about Islam.

Al Furqan Islamic Cultural Center (AICC)

Thus, AICC seeks to differentiate between the two cultures and promote that which is supported by Islamic sources and clarify the misconceptions brought about by those that are not supported.

Breaking Barriers

Unfortunately, these misconceptions created a barrier between the Muslims and their fellow countrymen contributing to widening the gap of misunderstanding between the two cultures. AICC’s motto therefore is to break these barriers, bridge the gap through meaningful dialogue and exchange of information.

Assalamu ‘alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

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Strange music?

What to us is melodious sound of our indigenous music, one that connects us back to the past, is to European ears strange, unrhythmical and barbarous lack of tone. “Moro Music”, an article in the The Holt County Sentinel, Oregon, Montana, USA…

Déjà vu and Shifting Paradigms in the Moro Question

By Maulana M. Alonto

Déjà vu is a French term that literally means “already seen”. It has been adopted by English speakers to describe a feeling of experiencing the same event that had taken place in the past.

Indeed, the current deadlock in the MILF-GPH peace negotiations under the Aquino regime accounts for the déjà vu that many of us are going through today. We’ve seen and experienced this before. Not only once but many times under previous regimes of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) since peace negotiations with the MILF began in 1997 and were restarted with international community participation in 2001 after the Estrada all-out war of 2000.

In all previous impasses and deadlocks in the peace talks, nobody could have predicted where these snags led to. That is, until talks again resumed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and everybody from both sides of the fence – not to mention the so-called NGO peace advocates – breathed a sigh of relief with the thought that ‘peace through dialogue’ had been saved and preserved.

There is, however, a big difference between what transpired in the negotiations yesterday and today. Except on one occasion, when the Arroyo regime went to war against the MILF in 2003 and subsequently secretly presented the latter with an ‘expanded ARMM’ proposition, which was of course rejected by the MILF, all deadlocks and impasses which occurred in subsequent negotiations were confined to the nitty-gritty of the political formulation mutually agreed and forged on the negotiating table.

Take for example the crucial period when both parties – the MILF and the GPH – were formulating the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD). The matter of Bangsamoro Ancestral Domain was no longer the issue when the MOA-AD was being deliberated upon starting in late 2005. Ancestral Domain was already a given because it is in the MILF-GPH Tripoli Agreement on Peace of June 2001 inked by the GPH and the MILF in Libya. Consequently, the oftentimes acrimonious debates on the negotiating table were not whether an agreement on Ancestral Domain had to come into being but in what form should it take. It took both parties nearly three years of painstaking negotiations interspersed with impasses, deadlocks and armed skirmishes on the ground before the MOA-AD could take form through consensus and initialed by both parties in late July 2008. However, when it was about to be formally signed on August 5, 2008 in Putrajaya, Malaysia, the Philippine Supreme Court issued a ‘Temporary Restraining Order’ that prevented the Philippine negotiators from proceeding with the signing. Needless to say, another war broke out as result.

The point is, in previous negotiations with bygone Manila regimes, the bone of contention invariably revolved around details, not on principle. And it was on details that snags occurred and violence on the ground was inexorably rekindled.

Peace negotiations under the regime of Filipino president Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III have, however, taken a different tract. The bone of contention no longer involves details – the so-called nitty-gritty – but principle. This deviation puts into question – which the MILF has correctly raised with justified concern – the issue of continuity in the peace negotiations. And it is this utter disregard for continuity by the Aquino regime that the principle which has evolved through 14 years of negotiations and consensus is being consigned to oblivion. This being so, a dangerous paradigm shift has taken place – a shift from what was envisaged by the peace negotiations beginning in 1997 and which produced that historic agreement in 2001 placing premium on political compromise that balances Philippine ‘national sovereignty and territorial integrity’ and Bangsamoro right to self-determination. Now the drift that this shift has engendered has made separation inevitable, which seems to be looming ahead in the horizon of the Moro Question.

How and why?

The MILF-GRP Tripoli Agreement on Peace 2001 is the basic document that provides the principle and direction-setting compass for the peace negotiations. It embodies the principle of balancing the Philippine state’s national sovereignty and territorial claims with the Bangsamoro right of self-determination. But in creating this balance – or compromise, if you will – the Agreement has required that the totality of relationship between the Philippine state and the Bangsamoro people be restructured and reconfigured to address historical and current injustices. This totality of relationship, when redefined, restructured, reconfigured and translated in concrete terms, would result in what the MILF has presented as its proposal: the Philippine state-Bangsamoro substate associative asymmetrical formula.

In other words, this principle of balance, which the Agreement has so ingeniously formulated ‘out of the box’, presents a political paradigm which both parties have agreed to by virtue of their having signed this Agreement in 2001 that precludes both perpetuation of constitutionally-mandated colonialism on one hand and the clamor for separatism on the other; but – and here’s the crux – it necessitates shared sovereignty between the Philippine state and the Bangsamoro people to be entrenched through the latter’s restoration of their historic identity and the exercise of genuine self-rule in what remains of the Moro ancestral homeland.

Unless one ignores totally or contrives to depart from this Agreement signed in Tripoli, there is no other political destination and there is no other end-result but to arrive at the state-substate formulation. This is what the whole shared sovereignty paradigm presents and what it is all about.

Unfortunately, this is the paradigm that the Aquino regime, in its counter-proposal to the MILF’s, has shifted away from. The GPH counter-proposal simply does not dovetail with the letter and spirit of this paradigm. Thus, the question of continuity is now very much at the heart of the discourse in the peace negotiations, which unnecessarily has prolonged the negotiation process and renders closure elusive. The question of continuity, or the absence of it, as a matter of fact, is the very reason why peace talks have stalled.

In presenting its counter-proposal in September 2011, which it calls 3-for-1 – not 3-in-1 perhaps as an afterthought because it may be mistaken for the instant coffee mix sold at groceries and sari-sari stores – the GPH has departed from this principle, and, therefore, the paradigm that both the MILF and GPH were guided by in the negotiations.

The GPH counter-proposal, to explain it very plainly, has a hierarchy of priorities at the topmost of which is Socio-Economic Development. The second priority is a ‘reformed’ ARMM that it is offering to the MILF. The third priority is rewriting history as a sort of remedial justice to the Moros who have their own colorful history of resistance to foreign colonialism and imperialism.

Putting economic development as a priority over the political resolution of the political conflict is, by its implication alone, suspect. It is suspect because counter-insurgency basically operates on the assumption that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. In short, the Philippine government not only hopes but believes its own theory that through massive infrastructure and economic development, such as housing for the internally-displaced persons (IDPs), roads, livelihood, etc., our people would eventually abandon their aspiration for the right to self-determination and freedom. This would, accordingly, presumably make them withdraw their mass support to and for the MILF-led struggle for self-determination and shift their loyalty to the ‘gobirno a sarwang a tao’ (government of the foreigners) in Manila.

The assumption that underpins this counter-insurgency gambit is very much flawed –as the Americans bitterly realized in Vietnam and are similarly re-discovering in Afghanistan and Iraq – in that it fails to take into account that factor of natural attachment to freedom so much so that even a well-fed bird imprisoned in a golden cage would not give up its longing to be free from captivity. There’s no doubt that many Moros would accept and welcome massive economic development but it will be the Moro politicians and elites, as usual, who will reap the pecuniary benefits accruing from such economic development. The Moro masses will eventually end up as bystanders. This is a systemic problem that can only be solved if the oppressive and morally-corrosive system perpetuating colonialism and its attendant problems such as political patronage, repression, criminality and political feudalism in the Bangsamoro is effaced.

Moreover, infrastructure development in a pre-conflict resolution situation will be vulnerable targets for any armed group opposed to government. The recent P3 billion worth of destruction wrought by the NPA guerrillas on the mining companies in Surigao del Norte is a clear example.

In arguing that the political resolution to the Moro Question should come first before any massive development could take place in the Bangsamoro, the MILF is taking the correct position. It is correct because it makes sense considering that without political resolution the conflict will still exist. Putting the ‘economic’ cart before the ‘political’ horse is a wrong proposition. But by insisting on it in its counter-proposal, the GPH has exposed its hidden agenda, which is counter-insurgency. It does not intend to peaceably solve the political armed conflict down to its roots through a political formula; it intends to solve it through massive economic bribery that it imagines would, in the long run, marginalize the MILF in particular and the Moro liberation movement in general. And this is where the Philippine government is dead wrong.

There’s no need to discuss further the second agenda in the 3-for-1 GPH counter-proposal, which is the so-called reformed ARMM, and that includes a new organic act for the same ARMM to be eventually renamed as ‘Bangsamoro Autonomous Region’. The ARMM is an instrument of the Philippine state through which it tightens, instead of loosening, its colonialist grip on the Bangsamoro people, and then cleverly clothes this sham with the garb of ‘autonomy’. As such, the ARMM is deliberately designed to be manned by servile Moro politicians who are the ‘favorites-of-the-day’ of an incumbent regime in Manila. As the Philippine rulers’ surrogates, corruption is one of their privileges. In this context, Michael Mastura, a senior member of the MILF Peace Negotiating Panel, was accurate in saying that the ARMM is “irreformable”.

In the drafting of the proposed new organic act for the envisioned ‘Bangsamoro Autonomous Region’, the Philippine state does not even want to concede to the Bangsamoro people the exclusive right to craft their own ‘autonomous law’. In its counter-proposal, the Aquino regime has come up with the lopsided configuration that membership to the body (‘Bangsamoro Commission’) to be tasked with the production of the new organic law shall be 1/3 chosen by the Philippine government, 1/3 by the MILF, and 1/3 to be mutually picked from the so-called stakeholders (meaning any Tom, Dick and Harry who the government decides is a stakeholder). Tingting Cojuangco, I’m pretty sure, who happens to have a house in a military camp in Cotabato and whose aspiration is to become the vice-governor of the ARMM would be glad to be appointed to such a body because she is a ‘Mindanao stakeholder’ residing in Forbes Park and a former governor of Tarlac!

That aside, the third priority in the 3-for-one proposal is rewriting Philippine history to accommodate Bangsamoro heroes who fought for freedom. This is the Philippine state’s convoluted and shallow idea of remedial and/or restorative justice for all the things wrong it has done to the Bangsamoro people. Rewriting history to right a wrong is a fine gesture but not enough. It has to be concretized in terms of deeds. And what better justice could the Philippine state and government give to our people than to recognize their right to self-determination even if this would mean political independence?

But the MILF is not even demanding for political independence. It is only asking for a substate status for the Bangsamoro people within the larger framework of Philippine statehood. Yet, even to this the Philippine government cannot accede because it is “unconstitutional”. So where is justice here? What purpose would rewriting history serve? Nothing.

But, of course, more funds will be coming in from international donors who are willing to underwrite the expenses for the symposia, seminars and conferences held here and there for rewriting Philippine history and integrating into it the Moro narrative. The result of all this, however, would be akin to how they now present our Moro indigenous cultures, folklores, and arts as ‘Filipino’. Just as the Moro Maranaw indigenous dance ‘singkil’ is now claimed to be ‘Filipino’ and is performed in the Folk Arts Theater, Sultan Qudarat would now be wearing the label ‘Filipino hero’ and painted portraits of him will be hanging in government buildings. In fact, of all the ironies that one could conceive of, a statue of him now stands erect in Makati, which is the bastion of the creole and mestizo elites of Philippine society, the Philippine state’s equivalent of New York City, and where their plush subdivisions and exclusive villages named after Spanish conquistadores (Magallanes, Legazpi, Salcedo, Urdaneta, etc.) and an American (Forbes) are located.

The Filipino ruling elites are, indeed, strange creatures. They are full of contradictions. They immortalize and, thus, honor foreign colonizers – supposedly their former oppressors – by naming their exclusive enclaves after them. Yet, they want us, Moros, to glorify their Filipino heroes who were never honored and immortalized by them in the same manner as the foreign colonizers are, and whom our Moro forefathers and their generations had never even heard of when they were resisting the Spanish and American invaders.

Ruminating further, these are the same Filipino ruling elites whose ‘illustrious’ intelligentsia, in August 1991, sat attentively and nodded their heads approvingly while Alfonso Felix, Jr., spoke before the Philippine Historical Conservation Society of which he was then president, and spewed all the venoms against the Moros that his mouth could produce. This bigot Felix likened the Moros to “reptiles” and a “snake” and recommended to the Philippine state that “…extermination is the best way to handle them.”

One could only conclude that the Filipino ruling elites have never ‘outgrown’ Spanish and American colonialisms. Inside their hearts, they’re still Spaniards and Americans though they can project, if their collective vested interests so dictate, the most patriotic visage of Filipinism that corporate money can buy especially when it comes to the Moros.

In any case, rewriting history to bring our Moro heroes at par or on an equal level with Filipino heroes is, to me, an apologetic approach, a ‘consuelo de bobo’ at best, to the age-old demonization (the moro-moro and zarzuelas and anti-Moro vitriol of modern Philippine media) that the Philippine state and the Filipinos had been heaping on the Bangsamoro people and their ancestors. There is no need to invoke history to tell the Filipinos and the whole world that our Malay Moro forefathers were not ‘pirates’ but freedom-fighters who took on the might of the mightiest colonial powers of their time. There is no need to boast that the Moro people collectively fought Spain as a de facto nation for more than 300 years while the Filipinos did so as a nation (and this is even questionable) for only three years – 1896-1998. There is no need to re-visit history to know that what our Moro heroes, our forefathers, fought and died for was not the same as the “cause” that Filipino heroes fought and died for.

Let me expand this little bit to make more things clear.

The foremost Filipino national hero, Jose Rizal, was shot by the Spaniards at Bagumbayan (Luneta) in December 1896 for a cause which he, Rizal, did not even believe and participate in and in fact denounced and renounced, which is the Katipunan-instigated ‘Philippine Revolution’.

The Katipunan was founded by Andres Bonifacio, a Spanish mestizo whose mother was the illegitimate daughter of a Spanish friar. The Bonifacio-led Katipunan never won a battle against the Spaniards since it made that momentous ‘Cry in Balintawak’ or ‘Pugad Lawin’ (nothing more than merely sound bytes really) or whichever in August 1896. And its political objective was nebulous: it did not call for the restoration of freedom and independence for the whole of the Philippine colony but only for the ‘Katagalogan’ – the Tagalog region. Any serious college student of history now knows this. There is so much confusion in Philippine history that its leading personas are also clouded in confusion. Creoles like Antonio Luna, Torres Bugallon, etc, who vehemently opposed the so-called Philippine Revolution against Spain but who later on joined it only when the ‘revolution’ turned against the United States of America after the Treaty of Paris in 1898 became Filipino heroes. To honor them, streets in Manila have been named after them.

Rizal can never equal Sultan Mohammed Dipatuan Qudarat. Sultan Qudarat knew what he was fighting for; Rizal did not. Sultan Qudarat was a Muslim: indigenous Malay in looks, attire, speech and thinking; Rizal was a mestizo Chinese, a Mason but Catholic-bred, European in manner and attire (he preferred to die before the firing squad wearing a European bowler hat and European winter clothes), Spanish in speech, and European in thinking. It is a mockery of the highest order to extol him as the “Pride of the Malay Race”. Qudarat was an avowed enemy of Spanish colonialism and fought it to the last breath of his life; Rizal exposed the abusive and corrupt Spanish friars in the Philippines because his family was a victim but he remained ever loyal to Spain and Spanish colonialism. Rizal wanted the Philippine colony to be a regular province of the Spanish Crown, not liberate it from Spanish colonial rule. In fact, when he was arrested prior to his execution in Manila, he was aboard a ship in Hongkong on his way to Cuba to join the Spanish colonial army fighting the Cuban revolutionaries.

How can they be equal to our Moro heroes who fought both Spain and America? No similarity there, I dare say! Sultan Qudarat and all Moro patriots did not die and fight for Filipinism; on the contrary, they fought and died for Islam and Moro freedom against colonialism and imperialism and what these two forces spawned today: Filipinism and the Philippine state.

We were free when the creoles, mestizos and indios – now called Filipinos – were yet fighting for their freedom in 1896. This was the logic behind why the Sultan of Sulu rejected the invitation of Emilio Aguinaldo for a joint partnership in the struggle against Spain. Yet, when the opportunity arose, the same creoles, mestizos and indios, through the military might of their American imperialist masters to whom they surrendered eventually, took away our freedom and independence and reduced us to colonial vassalage.

Summing it up, there is no need to create another myth like much of the stuff that Filipino history is made of because the Moro historical narrative can stand on its own historical truths. The Bangsamoro historical narrative is totally at variance with Filipino history. There is no meeting point, no convergence, because there is no commonality in cause let alone in ideology. Let us not delude ourselves. Philippine and Moro historical narratives are a history of collision – the collision between the Filipino, as a successor-in-interest to foreign colonialism, and the Moro who still fights for his rights and freedom.

If there is to be a rewriting of history, it shall be done by the Bangsamoro people themselves. And it shall be done when the totality of relationship between the Philippine state and the Bangsamoro people has been transformed along the lines of a state-substate relationship or, for that matter, when they become equal sovereign and independent states. This is restorative justice in its true meaning.

All in all, the Philippine counter-proposal is a far cry from that of the proposal of the MILF; they are so far apart, in fact, that they have been repeatedly described, even by our MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, as like “heaven and earth”.

So is there any point of convergence between the MILF and GPH present positions? None on all of the substantial issues. On top of that, none on the matter of principle. The GPH under the Aquino regime has presented a new paradigm altogether that departs from the paradigm that both the MILF and the GPH had earlier fashioned with their consensus on the negotiating table. It never even mentions the Bangsamoro substate, whether in name or essence, in its counter-proposal.

This explains why the MILF Peace Negotiating Panel rejected outright this counter-proposal that led to the current deadlock.

Regardless, the MILF, in the spirit of the historic Murad-Aquino meeting in Tokyo on August 4, 2011, in which the parties agreed to fast tract the peace negotiations before President Aquino becomes a “lame duck president” in 2013 (his words, not ours), has submitted a proposal on how to resume and proceed with the talks despite the wide disparity in the proposals. This procedural proposal, as the term implies, is merely confined to the modality in approaching the comprehensive political compact. As such, it is not to be misconstrued as a new proposal that means the MILF is abandoning its substate proposition: the shared sovereignty paradigm. And this procedural proposal had been submitted through the good offices of the Malaysian facilitator in September for conveyance to the government panel and its principal.

Still, the GPH has not responded despite the passage of adequate time that allowed it to study the proposal. Not only that, Aquino remains averse to constitutional amendment. Even granting that the MILF and GPH would be able to ink a comprehensive political compact, without constitutional amendment to accommodate this agreement the peace negotiations, let alone the political compact, will all be an exercise in futility.

Meantime, people like Ameril Ombra Kato, driven by extreme impatience and frustration, not to mention agitation by agents provocateurs, are creating ‘problems’ on the ground. And this has been used as a ludicrous pretext by the GPH to allege that the MILF is disunited and therefore its position to speak for the Moro liberation movement and the Bangsamoro people is questionable. This, again, is premised on a wrong assumption. Kato and his followers do not even count for 2% of the entire fighting force of the MILF on the ground. And if we use the same argument on the GPH, how would it explain the dysfunction of the Aquino regime caused by the political conflict between and among the three branches of government? Should we stop talking peace to the Aquino regime just because it is in a ‘state of war’ with the Supreme Court and the entire Philippine judiciary? Were the MILF and the Bangsamoro people not the victims of this government dysfunction and disunity in 2008 when the MOA-AD was abandoned unceremoniously by the Arroyo regime because of the Supreme Court’s ‘TRO’? So far, we do not know of a similar ‘TRO’ being issued by Kato to derail the negotiations or whatever agreement that comes out of the peace talks!

As if done deliberately, the GPH, by its intransigence, flimsy excuses and foot-dragging, is stretching the limit of Moro patience to a breaking point.

The question is why given the oft-repeated official mantra that a peace deal between the MILF and the GPH will be concluded in the term of President Aquino.

A good guess is that the GPH has already made the paradigm shift back to counter-insurgency. A lot of reasons would account for this shift. But one reason that conspicuously juts out of the woodwork of the Philippine agenda is the discovery of the presence of oil and natural gas in the Bangsamoro territories. That’s why from politics, the obvious shift is now toward economics. It is economic considerations that henceforth dictate Philippine policies with regard to the peace negotiations. It is economics in the form of wholesale bribery that occupy the priority of the Philippine counter-proposal to the MILF’s substate proposal. Simply put, the ruling elites running a bankrupt Philippine state do not want the Bangsamoro people to have control over their newly-discovered natural resources. For this purpose, they have to remain a colony of the Philippine state but a colony that would have the trimmings of an ‘autonomous region’ that is the ARMM, albeit under a new nomenclature and a new organic act authored and crafted by the Filipino ruling elites and their surrogates in government.

This would also then explain the surge of Philippine combat troops in the Moro areas, their widespread deployment even in the most isolated areas of our countryside, and the sporadic military operations against MILF units, the remaining MNLF and other armed groups – particularly the ‘over-killed’ scapegoat Abu Sayyaf anarchists. By using one pretext or the other, the Philippine military is provoking war by a ‘show of force’ and encroaching on and occupying Moro territories despite the standing ceasefire agreement. There is sufficient reason to believe that an offensive war patterned after the Sri Lankan formula is a likelihood rather than a far-fetched conjecture of a conspiracy theory. Such a war provides the ‘hard power’ flipside to the ‘soft power’ side, which is economic development, of the same counter-insurgency coin.

It is axiomatic in human behavior or even in physics that for every action, a corresponding reaction ensues. Action begets reaction. Ignoring this natural law of dialectics, the Philippine state does not realize that a paradigm shift is not exclusive to it alone. The Moro liberation movement can also shift paradigm. If the Philippine state therefore has reverted back to counter-insurgency, what would prevent the Moro liberation movement from reverting, too, to its original aspiration for full political independence? This would bring us back to square one as it were before peace negotiations began in 1997. Probably the only difference is the presence and involvement of the international community in the Mindanao peace process.

We are far from being alarmists but in reading the situation we ‘see’ and ‘hear’ the sounding of the alarm bells. If we are to take at face value the recent briefing of the Philippine National Security Council wherein the MILF has been named as a ‘national security threat’ together with the NPA and the Abu Sayyaf, there is ground, indeed, for the alarm bells to be sounding. The renewal of armed conflict on a larger scale is not only a possibility but a looming reality as current trends in the peace negotiations continue.

Speaking in a tone of certainty, it will not be the MILF that will rekindle the armed conflict. The MILF is averse to violating signed agreements not only because it is a matter of Islamic principle, but also because it knows that the international community has its eyes set on the Mindanao situation. But some warmongering and hawkish quarters within the GPH and its military establishment with political and economic agendas of their own do not look at it that way and will only be too glad to spark a war even without the nod of Aquino. It happened before. It can happen again.

This is the déjà vu that of late we have been experiencing as the present deadlock in the peace talks drags on. It remains to be seen, though, whether this is just a passing phenomenon, like a brewing typhoon, or whether this is now for real. If it is for real, then a longer and more difficult struggle is ahead of us. In that case, preparation for the worst case scenario is not out of order.

Victory is not achievable without struggle and conflict. Again, this is the law of dialectics. Neither is freedom and peace served on a golden platter. The captive always has to fight for his liberation; short of that, he remains a ‘caged bird’ no matter if his cage is forged from gold. For, a just peace that emerges out of hard struggle is far, far more satisfying and authentic because it is liberating than peace imposed by the ruling colonialist power even if this is accompanied by ‘economic development’. There can and will never be a substitute for freedom. This is a truism whose relevance has defied time, race, nationality and geography.

The 14th Century Scottish patriot and hero, William Wallace, once cried “Freedom”. In a different time, in a different land, in a different language, the same cry is heard: Merdeka!

-End-

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goodbye, mommy

My mom passed away during the early hours of September 22. She had been in and out of the hospital this year – the longest hospitalization lasted 75 days. At that time everything pointed to her eventual demise. Aside from the Chronic Obstructive Pulmon…

UVPN History: It all started as a Dream…

2003

Ms. Suad K. Usman, a Mathematics teacher in Sultan Kudarat Islamic Academy (SKIA), Brgy. Bulalo, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao conceived a plan to conduct a Pre-Ramadhan Exhibit as part of the preparation for the coming of the Holy Month of Ramadhan. Having the Special Science Class-II as the best class for her during that school year, she assigned it to facilitate the said activity to be led by Hamodi L. Tiboron. Mr. Tiboron accepted the task. Together with Jelfaad J. Salik, he asked for the approval of the school administration, delegated tasks to each committee formed in the class and assisted Ms. Usman in gathering all the materials to be used in the exhibit. The activity had been impressively successful. Huge number of the school’s constituents had visited the exhibit. Muslim constituents were urged to strengthen their faith while the Non-Muslim ones were able to change their views towards ISLAM, leaving no more misconceptions against the religion. This noble undertaking had truly inspired Mr. Tiboron. His spirit as a Muslim student leader had been ignited.
2004
Being noted as an active third year high school student, Mr. Tiboron was chosen by Hadja Bai Salma Lourdes V. Mastura, the better half of the SKIA President and Founder Datu Michael O. Mastura, dean of the college and president of the Asian Conference on Religion and Peace (ACRP) in the Philippines, to be one of the SKIA delegates to the Three-Day Interfaith Dialogue in Southern Christian College, Midsayap, North Cotabato. This program was participated in by different personalities from various sectors of the society all over the Philippines. Aside from the interfaith dialogue itself, the delegates were also immersed to different Muslim, Christian and Lumad communities in North Cotabato. This activity served as an eye-opener to Mr. Tiboron to the reality, as far as peace and order situation in Southern Philippines is concerned. 

Youth for United World (YUW)
            After the said program, Hadja Bai Mastura advised the SKIA delegates to form an organization that will work hand in hand with ACRP in sustaining its activities in the school and nearby communities.  Hence, the Youth for United World (YUW) was organized. Being a newly-formed association, its advisers decided that the first set of officers will be selected through appointment. At this time, unknown to him, Mr. Tiboron, the youngest of all the delegates, was unanimously appointed as president. This opened a very challenging chapter in his leadership life, considering that ACRP’s YUW was not just dealing with small entities but with giant names like Focolare Movement and Tuklas Katutubo Movement which are known nationwide in the field of working out for peace and solidarity. He had successfully led the organization for one year, and had turned the responsibility over his successor in office after his term. 
2005
Considering his academic standing, leadership experiences in his school and community and involvement with the activities of known organizations in Central Mindanao like Muslim Youth Brotherhood, Inc. and United Youth for Peace and Development, Inc., Mr. Tiboron made it to be one of the 26 youth delegates out of hundreds of applicants of the Training Program on Inter-Ethnic Dialogue and Conflict Resolution under the Philippine Youth Leadership Program/Access to Community and Civic Enrichment for Students (PYLP/ACCESS). The program was held in Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Illinois, U.S.A  last April-May, 2005, involving leadership training, inter-faith dialogue, interactive lectures discussions and educational tour. The program had inspired more Mr. Tiboron to be an agent of positive change in the society he is within. It had widened his viewpoints, eradicated his biases and prejudices against people belonging to other groups and enriched his skills and enhanced his strategies as a leader.
In the said program, the delegates were asked to formulate action plans that would be implemented upon return in the Philippines. Mr. Tiboron presented his plans with YUW people as his primary workforce. 
Voice of the Youth for Peace Organization (VYPO) 
Surprisingly as it was, YUW was already inactive upon his return in the Philippines.  Most of its pioneering members, after having graduated in college, were already quite busy in their respective careers and could not anymore commit. Because of the absence of the proper authority to which Mr. Tiboron could seek an approval for the implementation of his action plans, he, deviated from his original plan of having YUW as workforce. Instead, he conceived an idea of having an organization that would primarily assist him in the implementation of his action plans. He presented his plans to his classmates and friends who occupied positions in the school’s big organizations-Preparatory Military Training and Student Body Organization. His classmates and friends he had talked with did not hesitate to give their support. Thus, Mr. Tiboron’s spirit as a leader had been triggered more to pursue his plan of having a new organization. He prepared the necessary documents and presented the proposal to the Executive Vice President for Administration and Finance of SKIA, Datu Ismael V. Mastura. The proposal was approved and the organization was launched on June 23, 2005 in the Vocational Technology Building of SKIA with Voice of the Youth for Peace Organization (VYPO) as its name. All SKIA constituents attended the launching and impressive number of students got interest in joining the organization.
Another twist in Mr. Tiboron’s action plans took place after consulting some of the school officials, religious figures in his community and family members and relatives. Instead of integrating Muslims, Christians and Lumads into his action plans as recommended by PYLP/ACCESS and retaining the interfaith nature of ACRP-YUW, Mr. Tiboron, primarily emphasized in VYPO the significance of Islam as far as Moro people are concerned in his walk towards a peaceful and progressive Southern Philippines. Accordingly, being born Moros, nothing can enlighten them but Islam. Thus, it is but right to blend the organization’s approaches with Islamic ways to make the majority of the students and people in his Moro-occupied community conform to his advocacy. The advocacy of VYPO might have been centering its focus on programs for Moro people but this does not close its mindset with the idea of having harmonious co-existence with the non-Moros. The Moro people, being the central figure of conflict in Southern Philippines need this unique way for them to become enlightened, empowered and well-developed enough, making them true Muslims who should live lives peacefully and progressively amidst diversity in terms of different aspects in the societies they are within.

2006 VYPO Extensions

As years went by, the name of the organization was changed into Voice of the Youth for Peace and Orderliness (VYPO) then into United Voices for Peace Network (UVPN). Along with this change is the gradual growth and development that happened in just few years. It has been impressively active in conducting Islamic symposiums and seminars, peace workshops, leadership trainings, tutorial programs, relief operations and other community outreach programs. From SKIA, the organization has also now been extended to the communities of Cotabato City and Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao and other schools and universities which include Mindanao State University-Main Campus in Marawi City. The organization’s enriching and inspiring activities have revitalized and kindled the spirits of the active Moro student leaders in the said university coming from different places making them committed and active members of it. By this, the organization has found an opportunity to extend its various projects to the places where its MSU-Main Campus chapter members are living like  Davao, Lanao, Palawan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and Zamboanga areas.

TODAY

Today, many other organizations in and outside the country have recognized the existence of the organization like ABS-CBN Corporation, UGAT Foundation, Inc., U.S. Embassy in Manila, Cotabato Inter-Communal Initiatives,  Mabuhay Club Singapore, Muslim Youth Union of the Philippines, Muslim Youth Brotherhood, Inc., United Youth for Peace and Develoipment, Inc., Risalei Nur-Philippines, Ginakit Philippines Foundation, Inc., Muslim Youth Religious Organization and many more. The organization has successfully established connections that are highly significant in carrying out all of its noble endeavors.
Being spiritually inspired by “Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change it themselves (with their own souls)”-13: 11, and “Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong:they are the ones who attain felicity” -3:104 of the HOLY QUR’ANUVPN will continue to voice out and work for the enlightenment, empowerment and development of the Bangsamoro People in order to eradicate the biases, prejudices, discrimination and stereotypes that the eyes of the world see upon them-which may lead in attaining PEACE and PROGRESS  with the help of ALMIGHTY ALLAH S.W.T.

Business Point in Bongao

This is the view of Bongao market from Lamion. I took this picture while we are about to cross to Chinese pier on board a banca. Indigent Tausug living in this town were busy in their respective businesses. Some were selling water on Banca [a banc…

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