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Lawatan Syaikh Dr Umar Vadillo Ke Sulu telah menggoncang DUNIA?

Grafik sepanduk SSDI ketika membawa bantuan ke Illigan City mengedarkan barang keperluan kepada mangsa Taufan Sendong. Berkenaan www.sulu-darul-islam.com di dalam sepanduk ia telah di GODAM dan kemudian telah kami kembalikan ke Blogspot semula untuk sementara waktu, dan alhamdulillah kini sudah didaftar dengan nama baru, http://www.suludarulislam.org.

Saya telah diminta oleh Menteri Eksekutif SSDI, Datu Habib Zakaria untuk menjadi jurugambar kepada deligasi DINAR/DIRHAM ke Jolo, Sulu pada tanggal 1 Januari 2012 baru-baru ini. Saya hanya dimaklumkan secara tiba-tiba sehari sebelum berlepas ke Manila, bergegas tanpa sempat mengemaskan barang keperluan peribadi menuju ke Jolo, Sulu Darul Islam.

Deligasi Dinar & Dirham yang dipimpin oleh Syaikh Dr Umar Ibrahim Vadillo, diikuti oleh En. Okawa dari Jepun (Mahaguru Kendo), dan En. Muhammed dari Francis (keturunan Arab Morocco). Mereka datang ke Sulu Darul Islam hanya dengan dua tujuan, mengadap PBMM Sultan Bantilan Muhammad Mu’izzuddin II dan menghantar bantuan kemanusiaan kepada mangsa Taufan Sendong di Iligan City.

Menteri Eksekutif SSDI, Datu Habib Zakaria sendiri turut serta dalam rombongan ini sebagai wakil SSDI yang memandu dan menjemput mereka ke Sulu D.I. telah menegaskan bahawa, rombongan Syeikh Dr Umar sendiri boleh lihat nanti, betapa Tausug begitu terpinggir, sekian lama dikomplot dengan gelaran keganasan, hinggakan negara luar mendapat gambaran buruk tentang Sulu. Rombongan kami seramai 5 orang ini telah berjaya sampai ke Jolo, Sulu D.I. bertolak dengan kapal laut dari Zamboanga City dengan bantuan keselamatan ketat Peacekeeper SSDI 15 orang anggota.

Sebelum Subuh kami telah sampai di pelabuhan Jolo dan disambut dengan meriah oleh Pengawal Keselamatan SSDI, 2 lori dan satu Pajero serta 8 buah motorsikal siap dengan bendera SSDI. Kami dibawa ke hotel (tanpa bintang) yang terletak di dalam kawasan Kem Tentera Filipina untuk beristirehat sebelum dibawa ke Istana SSDI mengadap Sultan Bantilan II. Dua orang Polis Kerajaan Filipina yang juga penyokong SSDI, dilengkapi senjata M-16 dan B-14 secara sukarela mengawal ketat Syaikh Dr Umar dan rombongannya kemana sahaja mereka pergi dan selama mana mereka berada di Jolo. Ini tidak termasuk pengawal keselamatan SSDI sendiri.


Sessi pertemuan dengan Sultan Sulu berjalan lancar dan penuh muhibbah, kemudian sebelum berpisah diadakan sessi menandatangani MOU Persefahaman antara rombongan Syeikh Dr Umar dengan Perdana Menteri SSDI, Datu Habib Sattiya Amil Hassan disaksikan oleh PBMM Sultan Bantilan II. Kemudian diadakan sessi bergambar. Pada sebelah malamnya, di hotel tempat Syeikh Dr Umar menginap telah diadakan sessi “BULANSANG” dengan Kumpulan Pengawal Keselamatan SSDI yang diketuai oleh Ketua Panglima PEACEKEEPER, Chief of Staff, Syarif Tining kemudian diadakan majlis Bai’ah amalan Zikir Qadiriyyah kepada semua anggota keselamatan SSDI yang diijazahkan terus oleh Syeikh Dr umar Vadillo.

Maka pertama kali dalam sejarah Tausug Moden (hari ini) amalan Qadiriyyah Tausug telah kembali semula setelah putus hampir 100 tahun. Tausug adalah yang terkenal pengamal Tareqat Qadiriyyah (dinisbahkan kepada Syeikh Abdul Qadir Al-Jailani) yang menyebabkan mereka selama lebih 300 tahun tidak dapat ditundukkan oleh Spanyol. Tareqat ini adalah DARAH DAGING Tausug berabad-abad lamanya sebelum dimasuki oleh Freemason (hari ini hampir 70% Tausug menganggotai kumpulan-kumpulan kecil Fraternity dan golongan kaya atau politik pula mengaggotai Fraternity Induk iaitu Freemason).

Kerja Freemason di Sulu sebenarnya mudah, iaitu “Membangun bangunan dan memusnahkan bangunan”, maksud bangunan di sini bukan semata-mata bangunan fizikal pencakar langit tetapi “membangun Orde Baru Dunia menjadikan budaya Tausug JAUH DARI TUHAN, kemudian mencipta perang atau ketidak stabilan untuk terus Tausug kekal begitu” sementara Manila terus membangun dan kaya. Hal ini perlu dilakukan oleh Freemason kepada tausug, kerana tausug adalah bangsa yang paling ditakuti di seluruh Filipina.

Foto En. Okawa dan En. Muhammed bergambar bersama Ketua Panglima Peacekeeper SSDI selepas mengadap Sultan Sulu.

Bukan kerana semata-mata berani, tapi sikap “Batu Api” mereka sehingga bangsa lain di Mindanao turut terangsang dan bangkit menentang Filipina. apa yang menjadi musuh Tausug akan turut menjadi musuh bangsa lain di Mindanao. Sebagai contoh MNLF diasaskan oleh Tausug dan bangsa lain turut serta dalam perjuangan MNLF kemudiannya. Satu contoh lagi ialah kewujudan SULU ZONE abad ke-17 dahulu, Tausug hanya mencetus dan mengarahkan bangsa lain seperti Iranun dan Balangingi’ menyerang kawasan-kawasan perdagangan Belanda, Inggeris dan Spanyol diseluruh Nusantara.

Ini adalah satu kenyataan, bukannya rekaan ahli sejarah seperti James F. Warren dan lain-lain. Berbalik kepada rombongan Syeikh Dr Umar di Jolo, pada keesokan harinya sebelum bertolak ke Zamboanga City, Syeikh Dr Umar Vadillo telah mengijazahkan zikir Qadiriyyah kepada PBMM Sultan Bantilan II di Istananya, dan Syeikh Umar berucap, “Imam Malik r.a. lebih kurang berkata: Sesiapa yang tidak membai’ah Amirnya (pemimpinnya atau Sultannya) mereka kalau mati nanti, akan mati dalam keadaan JAHILIYYAH”.

Syeikh Dr Umar Ibrahim Vadillo sedang bergambar dengan ketua Jabatan Pendaftaran Sivil SSDI di Jolo, Datu Habib Muhammad Nukrie (berserban dan berjambang), Polis Filipina dengan B-14 (tengah, beliau adalah juga rakyat SSDI), dan Syeikh umar dengan melilitkan selendang kandit TAUSUG dikepalanya.

Kemudian rakyat yang hadir ketika itu mula berbaris dan satu persatu berbai’ah kepada Sultan dengan nama Allah swt mengakui Sultan Bantilan II sebagai Sultan Sulu, dibela dengan darah dan nyawa serta taat kepada perintah Allah dengan menegakkan undang-undang Syari’ah (Quran dan Sunnah). Kemudian rombongan bergegas ke lapangan terbang Jolo seramai 5 orang termasuk saya dan menaiki kapal terbang menuju ke Zamboanga City.

TIBA-TIBA KECOHNYA KES TERRORIST!!

Setelah kami sampai ke Manila, tiba-tiba muncul berita dalam surat khabar Filipina bahawa mereka sedang mencari 5 orang pengganas telah bolos berkeliaran di Filipina Selatan. Datu Habib Zakaria bila terbaca berita ini tertawa, kemudian mengarahkan anggota keselamatan SSDI untuk memasang mata dan telinga di Zamboanga City dan Jolo. Sebarang gerakan sabotaj yang mereka GELAR sebagai PENGGANAS ABU SAYYAF sedang dalam perhatian SSDI. PBMM Sultan Bantilan II telah pun menitahkan rakyat SSDI di pedalaman masuk ke dalam semua kampung-kampung (termasuk perkampungan Mujahidin MNLF) untuk berkempen.

Terbaru SATU KUMPULAN bersenjata seramai 300 anggota di pedalaman gunung Sinumaan telah mendaftar sebagai rakyat SSDI. Sultan menitahkan ketua mereka agar jangan terlibat dengan program perang-perang oleh pihak DAJJAL. Mereka kena letak senjata dan angkat bendera Sulu Darul Islam di rumah-rumah mereka demi keamanan dan kesejahteraan umat Islam Tausug. Sultan Bantilan II dengan bantuan Perdana Menterinya sudah pun menemui ketua-ketua kumpulan bersenjata, bertukar fikiran dan pengetahuan berkenaan Sejarah Tausug dan martabat Islam di Nusantara.

Alhamdulillah mereka akur, kerana mereka para kumpulan bersenjata akan dijadikan Tentera Diraja Kesultanan Sulu bila sampai masanya nanti.

“At least five foreign extremists have been hiding on a remote southern Philippine island and could help link Filipino radicals to potential overseas financiers and combat trainers like the al-Qaeda terrorist network, a military commander said yesterday…” Read more: www.philstar.com

Berikut adalah jawapan Menteri Eksekutif SSDI, Datu Habib Zakaria Abdullah dalam Facebook (FB) di ruangan SULU MANTIRI. Sekaligus jawapan beliau adalah jawapan rasmi kerajaan di bawah duli PBMM Sultan Bantilan II:

“This is not the first time the Armed Forces of the Philippines did nasty things to destabilize our nation and people in Sulu. They have been using the Abu Sayyaf ‘menace’ to their great advantage before since they succeeded in infiltrating this group in the early stages of its raison d’etre. But they will have to think twice this time, as the Sultanate of Sulu Darul Islam is already institutionalizing a ‘De Jure’ government into a constitutional – regular – and nationally established government. They are not supposed to disturb the SSDI government without the consent of the duly constituted authority.

We know the five “terrorists” operatives mentioned in the AFP report could be alluded to the five visitors of the SSDI, although they can name any other ‘mat-juan-adi’ as they pleased. But the peace-loving peoples of the world are no longer blind to the facts and reality of what is going in and around Mindanao and Sulu, how the colonizer and occupying power of the independent SSDI have been manipulating issues to justify their human rights abuses including reversing the documented reports of the Human Rights Commission in Jolo, when there were American forces implicated in the carnage against civilians in Maimbung, Sulu, few years ago.

If they want to disturb the peace that SSDI want to bring to this part of the world, let them do their worse. We, in the name of the Almighty Allah, know what we can do later. If they prefer to part ways with bitter memories and on a war-footing, no Tausug have been known to run away from a good fight. Poorly armed as we are now, nevertheless we can still hold on with our ground advantage. But when we shall have amassed enough arms to balance those of the enemy’s, then maybe the legacy of the once powerful kingdom can bare its fangs. Let us remind our friends; never disturb a hornet’s nest !”

Foto diambil dalam Facebook SULU MANTIRI, berkopiah putih ialah Datu Habib Zakaria…
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An Eye-Opening Experience

“The Other Plan”
An eye-Opening Experience
By Radzimar Endih

On the outset, everything was in place as planned. It felt right for me to go despite of fear of it turning to one of my travel dilemma (hilo/suka/self-pity). And it did. But beyond it all, something different was up for me there.

When we arrived at the affected place, I literally had vomited my entire breakfast. While trying to convince myself I was okay and everything’s going to be fine, other members in the van started to notice the devastating scene greeting us. It was worse than the saddest fiasco in catastrophic movies. At the wake of the flash flood and storm, houses and the roadways were left covered with bulks of mud. Logs and fallen trees lay all over the scene which seemed to come from somewhere far. The unfortunate residents were out trying to rebuild what was deemed to be unrecoverable. For quite a time, I thought I was in fact way far okay compared to these people who lost shelter and, worse, loved ones.

It has never been easy to feel being useless when you know you were supposed to do something bigger than to wait in the van and look after it. Your heart says, “You can do it.” But your brain hurdles you by telling you not to cause problem and stay inside. Nonetheless, as I reposed and look around, it was a view I saw through the windows.

Silence started to sink in as I watch the members carried two packaged relief goods on both hands and personally handing them to some needy families. I saw some of them not only gave food and material help but also offered a hug which meant more than anything else. I saw both sad and hopeful faces. I saw an old man sitting still in his small bungalow as if time had stopped over him. I saw children, despite of the trauma this disaster brought, still managed to wave smiles of gratitude.


As we departed heading to the city proper, the members shared how satisfying the experiences were and expressed sympathy to the victims. As for me, it was a continuing nausea. I just had my sixth vomit when I realized I had already nothing to release. It was all air coming out. My stomach ran empty making me too weak to talk.

Honestly, for me, a couple of hours are enough to suffer. But for the victims, months are too short to have stable three-square meals; for them, a bottle of drinking water is another ladder step to surviving. These were all that kept me going. I was fortunate enough that at least I was certain that my sufferings would end in time. I could gain back my strength and eat in a popular fast food restaurant. I could sleep on a comfortable bed. I could groom myself neatly in nice clothing. But again, for these people, finding their way out of thirst, hunger and decent homelessness situations was a someday and somewhere – without certainty.

These realizations opened my eyes to the role I was to play. I was helpless then because of my sickness. But maybe, the reason for me to be in that state, was to see and feel what others could have not seen and felt.

ALLAH sets His own plan for each of us. We might be saddened that this plan doesn’t go our way but the best is indeed reserved for our sake. We just have to put our whole trust in HIM. After all, it’s HIM who knows best. ALLAHU AKBAR!

This is yet another enlightening experience. If you’d ask if I’d go again, I’d say “NO!” but if going means more than what vomit can give, NO would mean a resounding “YES!”. #

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At this juncture, I’d like to extend my thanks to UVPNians for having been there for me. To my brothers and sisters from Cotabato city especially to Ate Norj (my instant Ate) who showed a brotherly concern though we had just met. To my UVPN- MSU family who cheered me up making me feel good- Raky, Hamzah, Yas, Omar, Kuya Faidz, Dayang, Clai and Fairoz (I still have your Vicks..hehe). And, of course, to Kuya Hamodi If not because of your strong words I would have not gotten out of the Van (whe?).

Because of you guys, I never felt being a hustle for the group. Continue delivering genuine concern and care not only to other people but to your fellow members as well. Shukran wa JazakaAllahu Khairan!

-Radzimar Endih
Chapter Vice President
UVPN-Lanao Chapter
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FREE THE BANGSAMORO MOVEMENT 2012-01-10 13:09:00

INDEPENDENCE, NOT SUBSTATE OR AUTONOMY:
A MANIFESTO OF THE BANGSAMORO PEOPLE

December 10, 2011

Assalamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

TODAY, December 10, 2011, marks the 113th anniversary of the signing of the
infamous Treaty of Paris between the Spanish and American imperialist governments.
Under such dubious agreement signed by the colonial powers in Paris, France on
December 10, 1898, the territories of the Moro Sultanates in Mindanao and Sulu
Archipelago were treacherously lumped together with the territories of the Spanish-
controlled Las Islas Filipinas which in reality only comprised the islands situated in
Luzon and the Visayas. Hence the territories ruled by the Spaniards and the territories
ruled by the Moros were sold by Spain to the United States for a sum of 20 million
dollars. As a consequence of the cession treaty, the Moros and their territories became
subjects of the United States. Of course, the cession of the Moro territories was “unjust,
illegal and immoral” for it lacked the plebiscitary consent of the Moro people on
whether they wanted to join the new entity called The Philippine Islands.

 The American occupation forces never had the chance of sleeping in peace while
colonizing the Moros. Granting in arguendo that some Moro leaders, in between the
signing of the Kiram-Bates Treaty of August 20, 1899 up to the creation of the Philippine
Commonwealth in 1935, allowed themselves to live under the shade of the American
flag, the Moros in general, valiantly fought to death the Americans and their occupation
forces composed of Americans and Filipino Constabulary troopers. Hence it cannot be
generalized that the Moros were totally subjugated; they were just colonized but never
been completely subjugated.

 While the Moro leaders were partially militarily crippled by their invading
American enemies aided by their Indios-turned-Filipino oppressors, they did not give
up their fight for freedom and independence for the sake of the next generations of the
Moros, to include the present generation. As evidence, the Moros in the February 1,
1924 Declaration of Rights and Purposes Addressed to the Congress of the United
States of America, gave the American invaders several peaceful solutions by way of
plebiscite to resolve the Moro Problem:

“In order that we may be fair to Filipinos and in order that they may not raise
an outcry to the effect that we wish to dismember the Philippine Islands, we
propose that fifty (50) years after independence may have been granted the rest
of the Philippine Islands, a plebiscite be held in the proposed unorganized
territory to decide by vote whether the proposed territory will be incorporated in

the government of the Islands of Luzon and Visayas, remain a territory, or
become independent.”

On that same Declaration, the Moro leaders had demonstrated their unity: “IT IS
OUR FIRM INTENTION AND RESOLVE TO DECLARE OURSELVES AN
INDEPENDENT CONSTITUTIONAL SULTANATE TO BE KNOWN TO THE WORLD
AS THE MORO NATION.” By saying so, the Moro leaders united themselves as “the
Moro Nation” which became “Bangsa Moro” and later “Bangsamoro”. The leaders of
the Moro Nation spoke in unison, resounding voice against their handing over to the
Filipinos in a future republic which became the “Republic of the Philippines” in 1946.

Even before and after the creation of the Philippine Commonwealth by virtue of
the Tydings-McDuffie Law of 1934, the Moros registered their strong opposition against
their inclusion in a future Philippine republic as manifested in the signing of the several
Dansalan Declarations in 1934 and 1935. In one of those famous declarations, the Moros
prophesized an unending “unrest, suffering and misery” between the Moros and
Filipinos, hence, they asked for the separation of Mindanao and Sulu Archipelago from
an independent Philippines, and prayed further that if the US couldn’t grant their
request, then “we must pray that Lanao should be melted so that we will be forever and
entirely eradicated.” But the Americans did not heed the Moro petitions and proceeded
to grant one independent state for the Filipinos without provisions for the future
political status of the oppressed Bangsamoro people.

Yet, the Moros also fought bloodily for their rights to remain free from Philippine
colonialism as epitomized by Maas Kamlun in the 1950s, Hadjal Uh in the 1960s, and
several other community-based uprisings against the neo-colonial invaders: the
Filipinos. Then came the Mindanao Independence Movement (MIM), Bangsa Moro
Liberation Organization (BMLO), Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), Moro
Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), and recently the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom
Movement (BIFM). These armed organizations were determined, in one way or another,
or by any means possible, to achieve freedom and independence for the aggrieved
Bangsamoro people. The MIM and BMLO died a natural death owing to various
reasons. The MNLF still fights for a “Bangsamoro Autonomous Government.” The
MILF is now pursuing a “Bangsamoro Sub-State.” The BIFM has not concretely defined
its objective except that it does not believe in peace negotiations as a way of achieving
an independent Islamic State.

The legal panel meetings between the Philippine government and the MNLF are
achieving empty promises of GPH-MNLF “partnership.” The “endless, winding, and
directionless Peace Negotiations” (as the Mindanao Alliance for Peace has so coined it)
between the Philippine government and the MILF are also going nowhere for the
government has no concrete formula to finally put honorable closure to the centuries-
old Moro people’s struggle for their right to self-determination, freedom and independence. It seems though that the MILF has already abandoned the struggle for independence when the head of its negotiating team, Mr. Mohagher Iqbal, has officially announced at Kuala Lumpur on March 3, 2010 that:

 “We have declared time and again that the MILF will no longer
pursue independence as solution to the Bangsamoro problem in favor of
an asymmetrical arrangement of a “state-and-substate” arrangement”
(see http://www.luwaran.net).

The MNLF has been twice duped by the Philippine government: first in the
Tripoli Agreement of December 23, 1976 through its Paragraph 16, and second, in the
Final Peace Agreement of September 2, 1996 under its Item 153 by recognizing the
Philippine Constitution as final arbiter of any disagreement in the implementation of
said agreements.

And now the Philippine government is also trying to hoodwink the MILF by
stating in its 2010 Draft Peace Agreement the recognition by the MILF of “autonomy”
and “Philippine Constitution” thus the very first statement of the draft agreement
states: “Recognizing that the Philippines is a nation of ethnic and cultural diversity,
where people can claim autonomy within the framework of national sovereignty and
territorial integrity, as expressed in the 1987 constitution.” Such statement was refined
in the draft “ACCORD BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE
PHILIPPINES AND THE MORO ISLAMIC LIBERATION FRONT (“2011 GPH-MILF
PEACE ACCORD”) or more popularly known as the “Three for One Formula” by
rephrasing it to read as: “This Agreement recognizes that the Republic of the
Philippines is composed of communities with diverse ethnic and cultural traditions,
where citizens can claim autonomy and self-governance within the framework of
national sovereignty and territorial integrity.” Worse, both statements have been so
elaborated in the DRAFT ACCORD as follows:

This Agreement considers the following key documents in its
interpretation and implementation: a…..; b…..; c….. and d. the Constitution and
laws, whenever appropriate, such as Republic Act No. 6734, as amended by
Republic Act No. 9054 and Republic Act No. 9333, as amended by Republic Act
No. 10153; Republic Act No. 8371; and Republic Act No. 7160.

It is not the intention of the Parties to derogate upon prior agreements
nor the Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines.

If it is true that the MILF “have declared time and again that the MILF will no
longer pursue independence as solution to the Bangsamoro problem,” then this is a
looming dilemma. This is contrary to the letter and spirit of the February 1, 1924
Declaration of Rights and Purposes Addressed to the Congress of the United States of
America, and all of the Dansalan Declarations. Such statement also runs counter and
diametrically opposed to all of the bay’ahs or solemn pledges or oath by the MILF
mujahideeen: “to make supreme the Word of Allah, and to work for the establishment
of an Islamic government until victory or martyrdom is finally achieved, insha’ Allah.”
The Bangsamoro people respectfully request the MILF leadership to affirm if the above-
quoted statement of Mr. Mohagher Iqbal reflects the official position of the MILF
Central Committee.

As a reminder, the then MILF Chairman Ustaz Salamat Hashim (may Allah be
pleased with him) once stated to the Crescent International (August 16-31, 1994) that “any
solution less than full independence of the Bangsamoro Muslims will not work” on the
ground that: Past experience since the beginning of the annexation of the Bangsamoro homeland
to the Philippines in 1935 have proved that the Muslims could not live a normal life
under a corrupt, secular government and that the two peoples, the Bangsamoros and the
Filipinos, could not get along with each other because of their distinct religions, cultures,
customs, and traditions. Besides, we believe that it will be for the best interests of the
Bangsamoros and the Filipinos if both were free.

Chairman Salamat Hashim reiterated such statement in 1999 by telling the
Crescent International that: “The MILF would never agree to any solution other than the
full independence of the Bangsamoro homeland” (Crescent International, March 16-31,
1999).

By all indications, it can be said that the MNLF has miserably failed in achieving
both the “Bangsamoro Republik” as dreamed of under the April 28, 1974 Manifesto for the
Establishment of the Bangsamoro Republik and the “Autonomy for the Muslims in the
South of the Philippines” envisioned under the 1976 Tripoli Agreement and the 1996
Final Peace Agreement even after ruling the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
(ARMM) for eight years from September 1996 up to September 2004 during the
administrations of MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari and MNLF Foreign Affairs chief Dr.
Parouk Hussin. The “Bangsamoro Autonomous Government” is also losing ground and
supporters due to the past failure of MNLF to govern the ARMM. The envisioned
Republic of Sulu and Sabah also failed to take off.

While not losing the all-out wars of 2000, 2003 and 2008, the MILF may have lost
the intellectual struggle to establish the Bangsamoro Juridical Entity (BJE) when the all-
Christian Philippine Supreme Court declared the GRP-MILF Memorandum of
Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) as “CONTRARY TO LAW AND THE
CONSTITUTION” (568 SCRA 402). And we fear now that the MILF will lose the
envisioned “Bangsamoro Sub-State” if the Philippine government will drag the
negotiations through its misleading “Three for One Formula” and thereafter pass its
fate, and the fate of the peace process, to the next administration.

The civil society organizations, non-government organizations and people’s
organizations in Mindanao and the Philippines in general could also not provide
concrete, written alternative, if any, that could be regarded as “working draft” in
reformulating the MILF’s draft Comprehensive Compact and the Philippine
government’s draft “2011 GPH-MILF PEACE ACCORD”. Neither the International
Contact Group (ICG) has clearly done so. All that the CSOs are doing is to “ride on” the
issue of Sub-State for organizational, not necessarily personal, gains.

In view of the foregoing, the oppressed Bangsamoro people declare:

1. That the MNLF and MILF must reconsider and seriously rethink their
aspirations for “Autonomy” and “Sub-State” in favor of an
INDEPENDENT BANGSAMORO STATE taking into consideration
the previous written aspirations and declarations issued by the
Bangsamoro leaders and peoples as contained in (a) the February 1,
1924 Declaration of Rights and Purposes Addressed to the Congress of
the United States of America, and (b) Dansalan Declarations of March
26, 1934, May 15, 1934, May 16, 1934, July 13, 1934, and March 18, 1935,
calling for the granting by the US government of a separate
independent State for the Moros once the Filipinos were granted their
independence;

2. That the US government, the United Nations through the Secretary-
General, and the European Union must be seriously considered by
warring parties, i.e. the Philippine government, MNLF and MILF, as
“honest brokers” or “mediators” of the peace process taking into
consideration that the Moro Problem and the protracted war in the
Bangsamoro homeland were creations of the US government when it
signed the December 10, 1898 Treaty of Paris. Admittedly, major
powers in the world, as well as the United Nations, are strong brokers
of peace processes as how they have performed in the resolution of
sovereignty-based conflicts in Northern Ireland, East Timor, Kosovo,
Aceh, Bougainville, and South Sudan.

Eminent statesmen and powerful leaders are largely responsible as
mediators in forging peace agreements all over the world. Prime
Minister Dr. Tun Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia, President Bill
Clinton of the US, Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United Kingdom,
and President Maarti Ahtisaari of Finland can make a difference and
great accomplishment in the resolution of the Moro Problem if anyone
of them is the “mediator” of the GPH-MILF peace negotiations, of
course with the full backing and sanctions of the UN, EU and the
Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). A strong mediator can
produce a highly respected peace agreement.

3. That it is high time that the US and Spanish governments re-negotiate
in its entirety the December 10, 1898 Treaty of Paris so as to rectify the
great mistake in including the independent territories of the Moro
sultanates of Mindanao and Sulu in the delimitation of the territories
ceded by Spain to the US.

4. That the GPH-MILF peace negotiations and GPH-MNLF legal panel
meetings must set shorter and more definitive time-frames (just six
months for the Aceh-Government of Indonesia to complete the peace
process and seal the conflict which also started in contemporaneous
with the Moro Question in the 1500s!). Fourteen years of peace
negotiations is too lengthy a time-frame. If President Maarti Ahtisaari
did it for six months, then Prime Minister Dr. Tun Mahathir can also
do it for six months starting January 2012, insha’ Allah! Prolonged
negotiations only produce negotiation fatigue and a state of “no war
no peace” which is disadvantageous on the part of the Bangsamoro
people.

5. That the mass movements of the Bangsamoro and Filipino peoples, to
include the Bangsamoro People’s Consultative Assembly (BPCA), the
Mindanao Alliance for Peace (MAP), the Mindanao People’s Peace
Movement (MPPM), the Mindanao People’s Caucus (MPC), the
Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS), and all other Moro
mass movements must join ranks to seek the assistance of the good
offices of the UN, US government, EU and OIC in resolving the Moro
Question by way of a UN-supervised/administered referendum in lieu
of the current protracted and endless peace negotiations.

We must openly admit that the Philippine government is just
fooling around the MILF at the negotiating table by way of delaying
tactics while at the same time pouring in thousands of its Armed
Forces in and around the well acknowledged MILF camps all over the
Bangsamoro homeland and strategic coastal areas with the technical
and military assistance of the US Armed Forces and the Australian
Defense establishment. Such massive deployment of colonial troops
sends a strong message that it is determined to crush the MILF and the
MNLF under the pretext of seeking “all-out justice.”

6. That the Bangsamoro people respectfully wish to remind the
leadership of the BPCA, to include Prof. Abhoud Syed M. Lingga who
has become a Member of the MILF Peace Panel, of the BPCA’s
Resolutions issued during its first gathering on December 3-5, 1996 in
Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, stating that “the only just, viable and

lasting solution to the Bangsamoro problem is the establishment of
an independent Bangsamoro state and government,” and during its
second assembly in the same area on June 1-3, 2001:

1. That the only just, meaningful, and permanent solution to the
Mindanao Problem is the complete independence of the Bangsamoro
people and the territories they now actually occupy from the Republic
of the Philippines.

2. That pursuant to this declaration of Bangsamoro independence
and in the spirit of justice and human brotherhood, we also extend
recognition and support to the same right to self-determination of the
indigenous highland tribal community and the Christian settler
peoples of Mindanao if and when they so opt to exercise this right.

3. That in view of the forthcoming peace negotiation between the
Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Government of the Republic of
the Philippines, we are giving our full support and mandate to the
MILF to represent us in the said negotiation, as well as in the
Organization of Islamic Conference and the United Nations;
provided, however, that the MILF does not deviate from our demand
for complete independence and accept a compromise formula sort of
this aforesaid demand. Should the MILF choose to deviate, these
support and mandate are deemed automatically rescinded and
withdrawn, and we shall pursue the struggle through any means
open to us until Allah, the Most High, has given us the victory or
granted us the honor of martyrdom.

We would like to be clarified of the official position of BPCA regarding
its two resolutions calling for “complete independence” and the
mandate it has given to the MILF to negotiate for “complete
independence” vis-à-vis Mr. Mohagher Iqbal’s statement “that the
MILF will no longer pursue independence as solution to the
Bangsamoro problem in favor of an asymmetrical arrangement of a
“state-and-substate” arrangement.”

7. That the Bangsamoro people seriously forewarn the MILF leadership
and its Peace Panel NOT TO SIGN any agreement that would
deliberately foreclose the aspirations for freedom and independence
and the legitimate rights of the Bangsamoro people for self-
determination without provisions for the determination of their future
political status, and especially NOT TO SIGN an accord that would
state:

“Nothing in this agreement shall be construed as implying in any
form or manner that the intent of the Parties to allow a present or

future political status separate from that of the national territory and
sovereignty of the Republic of the Philippines.”

The Bangsamoro people also caution the MILF leadership and its Peace
Panel NOT TO SIGN any compact that would provide for the
demobilization and disarmament of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed
Forces (BIAF) as this armed wing is among the potent forces that make
the Philippine government and whole world respect the MILF and the
Bangsamoro people. Once demobilized and disarmed, the MILF and
the Bangsamoro people are NOTHING as how the Philippine colonial
government currently treats the MNLF, its leadership and followers.

8. That the Terms of Reference of the International Monitoring Team
(IMT) must be fully enforced and respected by everybody taking into
account that local government officials like the City Mayor of
Zamboanga and the Provincial Governor of Zamboanga Sibugay do
not give the IMT the freedom of coordinated movement necessary to
perform its duties as mandated. If the Philippine government cannot
even enforce the ToR of the IMT, then there is no cogent argument
why it can enforce any future peace pact with the MILF.

9. That it is for the best interest of the Bangsamoro people to explore
other alternatives to complement and further enhance the Bangsamoro
Sub-State proposition, such as: a) Judge Soliman M. Santos’ Bangsamoro
Islamic Region and Bangsamoro Self-governing Region; b) UP Professor
Dr. Samuel K. Tan’s Federated Islamic States of Southern Philippines; and
c) complete independence from the Republic of the Philippines.

WE FINALLY CALL UPON all able bodied Bangsamoro people to stand firm in
defending their rights to self-determination and strengthen their preparation to pursue
the Jihad fi sabeelillah and the struggle for the liberation of our people from Philippine
colonial rule in every available means and manner allowed under the tenets of Islam
and International Law, insha’ Allah.

NO TO ENDLESS AND DIRECTIONLESS PEACE NEGOTIATIONS!

Down with Philippine colonialism over the Bangsamoro Homeland!

Long live the Bangsamoro Jihad fi Sabilillah!

Long live the Bangsamoro struggle for freedom and independence!

Victory or Martyrdom!

ALLAHU AKBAR! ALLAHU AKBAR! ALLAHU AKBAR!

Wassalamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

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Working Together Amidst Adversities

UVPN Volunteers repacking goods for donationRELIEF OPERATION for ‘SENDONG’ VICTIMSRecognizing the importance of working together in extending generosity to attain ALLAH S.W.T.’s Pleasure, Mercy and Forgiveness, especially in times of calamities, the Un…

The Robot Mind

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3rd Islamic Leadership Training

UVPN Conducts 3nd Islamic Leadership Training

United Voices for Peace Network-SKIA Chapter conducted its third Islamic Leadership Training and Peace Workshop last December 25-26, 2011 in Sultan Kudarat Islamic Academy Social Hall, Brgy. Bulalo, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao with the theme “Enlightened and Empowered Muslim Youth Leader: An Effective Peace-Builder”.
Using the Lift-Core Strategy or Learning-By-Doing Approach that was utilized in the said activity, applicants of UVPN-SKIA Chapter and invited non-UVPNian participants had truly internalized the significant Islamic learning imparted throughout the training program. There are four essential components of the program that enhanced the learning experience of the participants which are:
Shaping Khalifah Personality which inculcated among the participants their role as Khalifah of ALLAH S.W.T. and the significant duties and responsibilities to perform. Introduced during this part are appropriate attitudes and values to possess in order for them to fulfill the great role of being a Righteous Khalifa, In Shaa Allah;
Islamic Leadership Skills Enhancement which emphasized the Islamic leadership styles of the Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. The essential attributes and roles of an effective Muslim youth leader must have, were also introduced;

UVPN Islamic Leadership Training 2
Islamic Way of Attaining Peace laid down the Islamic strategies and approaches to attain the true face of peace and progress in the Bangsamoro Homeland and the world as a whole; and,
The Power of Working as One Ummah made the participants appreciate the impact of working collaboratively to attain ALLAH S.W.T.’s Pleasure, Mercy and Forgiveness in the world and the hereafter. The spirit of working as one Ummah, as one great brotherhood that transcends ethnic affiliation or race is the essence in creating a more-fulfilling Islamic community.
At the end of the day, mixed emotions were felt by the participants as those life-changing lessons were implanted within their heart. Filled with new hope for a better tomorrow, these new sets of young leaders will In shaa Allah contribute big changes through a different way: leading in an entirely Islamic way, Alhamdulillah!
“ALHAMDULLILLAH! It was indeed a very successful Islamic Leadership Training.” said Hasmiene Ibrahim of UVPN SKIA “With the help of ALLAH (SWT), we were able to meet our objectives. 
In fact, I received a lot of positive comments from the participants right after the activity proper. They informed me that they are starting to leave their lives in an ISLAMIC WAY. They feel how it differs to be closer to ALLAH, The Most Gracious and The Most Merciful. May HE continue to ponder guidance among us. In sha ALLAH.”
Here are some photos during the training:
Participants listing down the “Attributes of a Good Islamic Leader”

 

Group Discussions among Female Particpants

Team-Building Through Fun Games

Team-Building


Is there a Robotic mind?

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News and Updates

Bismillah.Here are some of the updates of activities done by the different UVPN Chapters. GENERAL ORIENTATIONS HELDAs part of the Phase IV (Contribution Phase) of the screening process, the aspirants (half-members) of UVPN-Lanao, Batch Qiyamus Sal…

Who is Tina Heiter?

Tina was born in Jolo, Sulu and grew up in Iligan City, Mindanao. She is a graduate of Maryknoll College, Manila where she received her diploma in Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Foreign Service & History. During her college days she picked up paint…

Who is Florence Little-Gardner?

Florence Little-Gardner was born in Jolo, Sulu, on 25 February 1911, to Horace Little and Rosario de los Santos.She was married to Marvin Edward Gardner in September 1926 and worked as an insurance agent and as an actress. They were blessed w…

This world-renown sculptor is a Tausog

His name is Abdulmari Imao, born in Jolo, Sulu 1936. EducationBFA UP 1957Master of fine arts, Univ of Kansas, USA 1962, Smith Mundt and Fullbright scholarFurther studies, Rhode Island School of Design as a foreign fellowFaculty scholar, Columbia U…

Who is Gregorio Lauron?

 GREGORIO A. LAURON is Board Member of the Marian College Alumni Association, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay from where he finished his secondary education in 1961 as first honorable mention.What is his connection to Sulu? he was born in Jolo, Sulu …

This composer is Jolo-born

Juan Lorenzo Silos Jr.was born in February 8, 1898 in Jolo Sulu and died in May 9, 1988.  
Juan Silos Jr. grew up in Manila. He learned music from his family and did not have formal music education. His father was a composer and, at the same time, a musico mayor during the Spanish time. Silos’s paternal grandfather, who taught him how to play the guitar, was also a musician. His uncle Jose Silos was a former director of the Philippine Constabulary Band.

Golfer of the Week and Prezy of OCC is Jolo-born

MARIANO Makabenta Fernandez plays golf to keep himself fit. He is not after championship trophies. On the other hand, if he does not play he gets sick.
“That’s my time to relax, forget business for a while and maintain my health,” said the president of the Ocean Canning Corporation which he established 12 years ago in Gen. Santos City. Ocean Canning Corporation employs 1,500 workers who work efficiently to supply tuna products to Europe, the United States of America and Japan. Business is good, he said, and that they even have a hard time filling the demand for tuna.
Fernandez, known as “Marianing” in the business and golf circles, also heads the Tuna Canners Association of Gen.Santos City. The members meet every month to discuss opportunities and problems. “We help each other,” he said.
But before going into the “addictive” sport called golf, he said that he played basketball as a high school student at Notre Dame College of Jolo after finishing elementary at the Mt. Carmel School, then shifted to tennis when he moved to Gen. Santos City and eventually to golf.
“That’s the normal routine. As you age, you eventually go to golf,” said the lawyer and product of the University of Sto. Tomas College of Law. He opted not to practice law and instead runs a tuna canning business.
Mariano was born and raised in Jolo, Sulu. His great grandfather, Arturo Fernandez, had gone to Jolo as a customs official and married a Joloana. His father, Albertano, married Coronacion Makabenta from Leyte.
In 1989, he took up golf and played at the Dole Kalsangi course. “Well, I was very excited. But there is more fun in golf when you are with your group of friends, marami ang kanchawan,” he said.
He enjoys playing at the Wack-Wack Golf and Country Club because of its friendly fairways. “I tried other golf courses but I play just to enjoy the sport and the company of my friends,” he said.
He is also the president of the Mindanao Golfers Seniors Federation which holds office at the Davao City Golf Club. “We have around 100 plus members,” he said.
His son-in-law, Dr. Mark Maguita, has started practicing and hopefully, will also get the chance to enjoy the fairways and stick to the sport.
“I gave him a new set last month,” Fernandez said.
Now, because of his business, Fernandez goes to the golf course on a weekend basis only. Before, he said, when he was new to the game, he played everyday. “Nakaka addict kasi,” he said.
Well, that’s one tip, his son-in-law and doctor must know this early. And to avoid getting sick, just keep on playing golf. That’s the life for Marianing. 

Engr. Kagim Halim Jajurie

Engr. Kagim Halim Jajurie known to many tausugs as KJ, was born on August 2, 1936 in Alat, Jolo Sulu to the late Mohammad Jajurie and Nannang Halim-Jajurie, He is the fifth in a brood of ten children.

He earned the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1960 from the Mapua Institute of Technology in Manila as a full scholar of the Commission on National Integration (CNI) and passed the Board Examination for Civil Engineering on the same year.
In 1962, in addition to being an instructor in mathematics at FEATI University, he went on to take advance courses in SEATO Graduate School of Engineering Special Program where he obtained his Postgraduate course on Statically Intermediate Structure in 1963.
KJ is happily married to Fatima Centi-Jajurie whom he married in Zamboanga City in 1967. They are blessed with four children; Nailah, Mohammad, Mujahid and Nahid. 
from left to right: Mujahid, Nailah, Nahid and Mohammad
While employed here and abroad, he participated in many workshops and seminars to broaden his knowledge and supplement his experience in the latest engineering technology.
In 1964, Engr Kagim Jajurie accepted the challenge to work in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He started with a private company Wilson Murrow Inc. and stayed there for three (3) years. He then entered the government service by working in the Ministry of Communication as a Highway Engineer for 3 whole decades. His accomplishment as designer and builder went beyond the expectations of everyone, which he earned thru excellent performance and which was rewarded with numerous Awards and Plaques of Appreciations.
On September 2, 1996, after the GRP-MNLF Final Peace Agreement was signed, ending over two decades of conflict in Mindanao, he tendered his resignation as highway engineer of the Saudi Ministry of Communications, a position of prestige he held for thirty (33) years.
He sacrificed his comfortable life and well paying job in Saudi Arabia to return to the Philippines to assume the position of ARMM DPWH Secretary and spearhead socio-economic development under the provisions of the peace agreement.
His focus widened from merely exercising his profession to concern over the neglected and underdeveloped rural areas of his homeland that resulted in acute poverty of many Bangsamoro communities. He held the position of ARMM DPWH Secretary from 1996 to 1999; Assistant Regional Cabinet Secretary and Concurrent Executive Director of the Special Program Management Office; the Salam Bridge Project and was also the Technical Consultant of the special program management office of the Tulay ng Pangulo sa Barangay Projects. After his service in the ARMM, KJ continued his career as a project director of the President’s bridge program, Tulay ng Pangulo sa SZOPAD/Mindanao till 2005 and became a technical adviser for the President’s bridge program from 2005 till 2008.
Notable among the many achievements of Engr. Kagim Jajurie. are the 50,000 kilometer highways and bridges all over the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the construction of the 526 bridges in Mindanao which is serving the people in rural areas. All these gained for him numerous awards and recognitions. To mention one, KJ was named Model OFW Family of the Year Award (MOFYA) which was awarded to him on November 29, 2006.


At the age of 72 and already past his retirement age, Engr. Kagim Jajurie continues to help out the Bangsamoro people. At present, he holds the position of CEO and President of the Mindanao Bangsamoro Development & Research Foundation, Inc. that has recently constructedKandang Maw-Ag Muslim Cemetery which is located 11 kilometres away from the city proper of Zamboanga. The proposed project will develop a modest type public cemetery to serve the public that can afford to pay for the services rendered by the project proponent but there will be NO PAYMENT OF LOT. The project shall be provided with road network, walk paths, drainage system, water, light facilities and other needs.

Who is Prof. Gafar Lutian?

Prof. Gafar E. Lutian placed 7th in the 1991 Bar exam. He finished his Bachelor of Laws from San Beda College and was ranked No. 2 in their graduating class. He was Editor-in-Chief, San Beda Law Journal. He finished his B.S. in Industrial Manageme…

Who is Fr Antonio De Castro?

Fr Antonio E De Castro, SJ, EHD, is Associate Professor of Church History and Systematic Theology at Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University. He is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City; Bachelor in Sacred Theology, Fu-jen Catholic University, Taipei; Master of Arts in Theology, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City; Licentiate in Sacred Theology, Fu-jen Catholic University, Taipei; Licentiate in Church History, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome; and Doctorate in Church History, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome
What is his connection to Sulu then? Antonio Francisco B. de Castro was born in Jolo, Sulu on 13 June 1960. He went through elementary education at Notre Dame of Jolo Grade School under the guidance of the Dominican Sisters of Siena. He spent four years of secondary education with the Marist Brothers of Notre Dame of Jolo Boys’ High School Department. He then went to the Ateneo de Manila University where he procured the A. B. in Philosophy. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1981 and pronounced his first vows two years after. While a scholastic, he enrolled in some courses on Islam at the Institute of Islamic Studies, University of the Philippines. In 1991 he obtained the degree Bachelor in Sacred Theology (S. T. B.). He was ordained to the priesthood in March 1992, the same year that he completed requirements for the M. A. in Theology (Ateneo de Manila University) and the Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S. T. L., granted through Fujen Catholic University, Taipei). He was then sent to the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome to do a licentiate and doctorate in Church History. 
He did his tertianship, the final stage of Jesuit formation, in Kandy, Sri Lanka in 2005-2006 and pronounced his final vows in 2008. He is currently Associate Professor of Church History at the Loyola School of Theology where he also serves in various capacities. He was recently appointed Editor of Landas, the journal of Loyola School of Theology. He continues to teach various courses in philosophy, theology and history at the Ateneo de Manila University. He was for a time a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University and the ERDA Foundation. He continues to sit on the board of several Jesuit institutions, including Loyola School of Theology, Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan. Recently, he was appointed by the Jesuit Provincial to be National Ecclesiastical Assistant of the Christian Life Community of the Philippines and Vice-Superior of the Fathers and Brothers sub-community of Loyola House of Studies.

QURBAN PROJECT 2011

Sohayl reaching out the donations to the poor

During the Eidul Adha last November 6, 2011 a Qurban (Animal Sacrifice) project was held in Maguindanao. Qurban is a regular tradition of the Prophet Muhammad SAW and until now are being done  by able Muslims during the last and Holy Month of Dhul Hijja. This is also the month of Pilgrimage or Hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam: Hajj. The meats of the sacrificed animals (goats, sheep, cows or camels) will then be distributed to the poor families in the community, who cannot even afford such provisions. This is just one of the wonderful Islamic practices that strengthens brotherhood among Muslims and promotes charity and humility among them: sharing whatever blessings Allah may have given to them to the less-fortunate.

In the Qurban Project 2011, UVPN was assigned to Distribute the “donations” to various places as the Darul Aytam Cotabato in Brgy. Gang, Sultan Kudarat, Magindanao and Tukananes, Cotabato City.

Sponsors of the said activity were Singaporean friends of Dr. Siti Mariam Salasal, the head of Cotabato Inter-Communal Initiatives. The slaughtering of Qurban took place in Brgy. Linek, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao last November 6, 2011.


 

May Allah bless each soul who helped in making this project a possibility, Alhamdulillah. And may His love and mercy be sent upon us all and keep this Ummah united. Ameen.

SULU CURRENCY DINAR AND DIRHAM START OF TOTAL INDEPENDENCE

Neldy Jolo

“Assalamu Alaikum, this is Umar Vadillo, where are you now, can we meet?” said Shaykh Prof. Dr. Umar Ibrahim Vadillo in the phone on afternoon of 27 December 2011.  


We went to meet to him with SDDI Foreign Affairs Minister cum Executive Minister, Datu Habi Sakiral Daie with the author of the book Tausug and Sulu Sultanate, Asree Sug.


After some briefing about the development in Sulu Darul Islam and about Washi or Sendong Typhoon, Shaykh Umar Vadillo feel sad and wanted to extend some help. It was from his friend that he got the story of Sendong victims before we met.


Shaykh Umar Vadillo with Tausug Kandit Siyabit or Tausug Weaved Kandit (hanged on his neck) during the visit to Jolo, Sulu Darul Islam with partners, Mr. Muhammad Esfih and Mr. Okawa. 2 January 2012. Photo by Asree Sug

It was in the evening of 28 December 2011 Shaykh Umar Vadillo met up with us again. He decided to visit Jolo, the capital of Sulu Darul Islam. In this meeting he introduced us to his friends.


They left for Sulu Darul Islam on the night between 31 December and 1 January 2011 via Manila, Philippines. They arrived to Zamboanga City, one of the Sulu Darul Islam’s capital cities.


On the 4 January 2012, TGM Staff Zamboanga reported in the SSDI Official Website, www.sulu-darul-islam, that the foreign visitors “were officially received by the SSDI Prime Minister, Datu Habib Sattiya Amilhasan and Minister of Planning Datu hadji Julmari…and …were brought to the Astana’ Sultan or Sultan’s Palace at Banua San Roque before departed to Jolo in the evening boarding a ship”.


On 2 January 2012, Shaykh Umar Vadillo told the Tausug that “Starting today, the currency of the Tausug Citizens of the Sultanate of Sulu Darul Islam will be Dinar and Dirham.”


Shaykh Umar Vadillo with Sulu Darul Islam Puntukan Mantiri (Prime Minister) at the Astana’ Sultan, Zamboanga City. Photo by TGM Staff Zamboanga City.

Shaykh Umar Vadillo’s wife, Alawiyah Abdul Rahman Vadillo shared the thought of the Shaykh on their way to the airport on 31 December 2011, when he says In travelling, you only yearn to gain proximity with Allah.”


On the 29 December 2011 meeting, Shaykh Umar Vadillo says “We will free Nusantara start from Sulu Darul Islam. Gold dinar is your weapon”.


In 2010 posted at www.alawiyahabdulrahmanvadillo.blogspot.com before we attended the launching of Dinar and Dirham in Kelantan, Shaykh Umar Vadillo about Sulu Darul Islam and wanted to reach its shores for Dinar and Dirham in the future when he said: 

“I was looking for the true sultanate of these lands. I wanted to find who are the people who had never surrendered. Who never said YES to the colonialist package. I looked and looked and looked and I found this in two areas, its Sulu and Acheh. And well, a little bit in Kelantan.”

“To become a state-hood (nation-state) according to the United Nations, it has nothing to do with independence or freedom. It is in fact slavery. In order to attain freedom or independence in the first place is to attain it FROM United Nations, NOT WITHIN the United Nations.”

“The issue of sovereignty cannot be demanded from someone who does not have it. The United Nations does not give sovereignty. It does not have it. Sovereignty belongs to Allah (swt). We ask Him for sovereignty.’

“The Darul Islam in Nusantara will start with the independence of the Sultanate of the Sulu people.”


“The only reality that I believe in is the one in which is ‘ La hau la wa laa qu wata ila bilLah’. It stands out first. This is what matters to us. This is our strength. This is what we live for and this what we die for. This is our gain. It is our loss if we miss it.”


“Most important is that Allah has granted us success. As the Moro (Muslim) people of the west in Al-Andalus once wrote in the walls of Al-Hambra – ‘La ghaliba ilaAllah’ when they established the Deen of Islam in the Al-Andalus. We will inscribe the same.” 


Before leaving, Shaykh Umar Vadillo posted in his Facebook wall on 31 December 2011 at 9:00pm and English and also Spanish:

“Tonight I travel to Jolo, capital of Sultanate of Sulu -Dar al Islam. Tomorrow we shall meet the Sultan of the newly independent nation. In the Name of Allah we shall mint their own Dinar and Dirham of Dar al-Islam, set our brave people free from Riba and preparing the basis to root out the Philippine Central Bank and their corrupt banks and from here all Nusantara. Inshaallah. We set our goals high because we are nothing on our own, but Allah is the Akbar and with Him we are His lions. If we are sincere we might get closer to Him, that’s our secret goal. Now we place our affairs with Him. Allah is our Protector and He is enough for us. You always start a fire on the edge, we are going to the edge. And Victory belongs to Him.” 

On January 4 2012, the Foreign Affairs Minister cum Executive Minister, Datu Habib Sakiral Daie was saying about the visit that:


“I must emphasize that Shaykh Umar Ibrahim Vadillo and company are doing great efforts in helping SSDI restore her sovereignty and independence without creating any trouble with anyone along the way. The sincerity of their efforts can be read even between the lines of what they are saying and doing.”


He continued to express his regrets that some Tausug do wanted the independence, he said:


“Sadly, some of our very own breed of Tausug who have been nurtured under colonial institutions seemed to love to be always a Filipino than to be who really they are and supposed to be. But it’s alright for the moment as there are still more time for them to reconsider and as there are no compulsion in Islam.”

He just put to their will if ever they wanted to have the independence sooner or later and say:


“They have the right to remain as they are, of their own choice, and in like manner, SSDI have the right to choose who should be her “ra’yat” in future. The important thing is the doors are always opened for everyone to come in or get out until such time the law determines otherwise. Lucky and happy would be the faces of those who get benefits out of their own volition, and sadness or sorry would be for them who went the other way. MashaAllah!”


A Kazakh economist, Abdalghany Aoueskhanov has written few years back about the meeting of the Tausug and Shaykh Umar Vadillo:  


“I was amazed with these people: they saw and touched gold dinar and silver dirham first time in their lives and yet I saw neither fear nor doubts in their eyes about the possibility of restoring them in Sulu. And these people face machineguns of Filipino soldiers on a daily basis.”


“I was also amazed how they treated Umar Pasha, with total respect and trust, as their own brother, although it was the first time they ever met with him. I felt I was witnessing a scene of some 500 years ago: Muslim warriors from far lands of Dar al-Islam meeting, with open hearts, with love, ready to die for each other; back then they had only one passport – La ilaha ill Allah”


Datu Habib Sakiral Daie wrote in the Facebook wall:


“At the meeting with Sultan Bantilan Muhammad Mu’izzuddin II, I could sense that if there be anyone outside the circle of Tausug affinity who should be given honorary citizenship, Shaykh Umar I. Vadillo, Mohamed Esfih and Mr. Okawa would lead the pack.”


Sultan Bantilan II, Shaykh Umar Vadillo and Mr. Muhammad Esfih. Photo by Asree Sug

“The trio went there only to ask how they could be of help, not for anything to make them great amongst men. And the Sultan couldn’t hide his tears of joy for the God-sent emissary of love and development that every Tausug in SSDI have prayed for all these years. For many have the sympathy and desire to help but only them have the guts to make it a reality, Mashaallah!”


Shaykh Umar Vadillo has been telling the people of Nusantara in the muammalah website about the existence of the Tausug and Sulu Darul Islam as independent people and country:


“Sultanate of Sulu was one of the most beautiful and prosperous states in Nusantara from 1405 up until the late 19th century; stretching over Sulu Archipelago (also called Islands of Pearls) and part of Northern Borneo it had splendid culture, extensive trade system and profound Sufi traditions that brought fame to the Sultanate in the entire Muslim world and beyond.”


“The kufar wanted to bring Sulu empire on its knees for a long time: first, Spaniards tried to break Tausug people – ethnic majority of Sulu Sultanate – for more than 300 years, then Americans for nearly 50 years, then Japanese and now Philippines for over 60 years, but all in vain – Tausugs continued to fight.”


“Despite massacres perpetrated by Spanish, American and later Philippine troops, the Tausug people couldn’t be christianized or subjugated, they never abandoned their language and religion, indeed the Tausugs defended the Deen with their lives when everybody else surrendered. And they still do.”


Sulu Prime Minister Datu Habib Sattiya Amilahasan, Executive Minister Datu Habib Sakiral Daie with the foreign visitors. Photo by TGM Staff Zamboanga City.
“You don’t need United Nations to grant you independence; Allah has already given it to you. Malaysia or Indonesia can’t help you to become an independent state because they themselves are not free states; one day you will have to free the Malay World from the oppression of Capitalism and Democracy and you’ll have to free Filipinos from their horrendous and corrupt regime and make them Muslims.”

You have the spirit of success in your genes, it were you and Aceh who fought until the end. Nationalist state under the auspices of the United Nations is not your goal and can’t be your goal if you want to win; because if you say ‘nation state’ then I am a foreigner in your land but if you say ‘Darul Islam’ then I am one of you and your fight is my fight.”


Datu Habib Sakiral Daie tells the Tausug of his personal view on the independence of Sulu DArul Islam:


“If my judgment did not miss the point, I believe there should be no trouble between SSDI and the Philippine Government with regards to the former’s desire to exercise its independence and sovereignty. The only problem encountered is the fact that many Tausug have still maintained their colonial mentality that they could no longer think of themselves as a free people and that they are already free if they wanted to.”


In the name complete brotherhood, religious affinity never matter to the Tausug. The Tausug was happy to receive their visitors as their brother. The departure of the visitors from the Jolo International Airport was bringing with them the hope and trust as well loyalty of the Tausug to Islam.


This is another beginning to the ending flight of the hegemony of the Republic of the Philippines relating to status of Sulu Darul Islam as totally independent island country of Southeast Asia.
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