Rosie O’Donnel doubts 9/11 story

Rosie O’Donnel, film and TV actress, host and comedienne has seen the light! She now doubts the official Bush story about 9/11. Anybody in his right mind would immediately think that something is wrong with Building 7. It just collapsed or imploded much like the buildings made to implode in demolitions. And the architectural society in America could not give a decent explanation for that.

The YouTube clip in the previous post gives a very clear picture of what happened.  There are many videos, DVD documentaries (Michael Moore’s   Farenheit 9/11 is the most popular) and websites that are seeking to unravel the 9/11 mystery.

Ms. O’Donnel received flak for having the courage to write what she believes in in her blog. Hurrah for Ms. Rose O’Donnel ! For the full text, see her blog.



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wtc 7

at 5 30 pm
9 11 2001
wtc7 collapsed

for the third time in history
fire brought down a steel building
reducing it to rubble

• The fires in WTC 7 were not evenly distributed, so a perfect collapse was impossible.
• Silverstein said to the fire department commander “the smartest thing to do is pull it.”
• Firefighters withdrawing from the area stated the building was going to “blow up”.
• The roof of WTC 7 visibly crumbled and the building collapsed perfectly into its footprint.
• Molten steel and partially evaporated steel members were found in the debris.

[WTC 7] contained offices of the FBI, Department of Defense, IRS (which contained prodigious amounts of corporate tax fraud, including Enron’s), US Secret Service, Securities & Exchange Commission (with more stock fraud records), and Citibank’s Salomon Smith Barney, the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management and many other financial institutions. [Online Journal]

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9/11 Revisited — Bldg 7 collapse

As Abe Lincoln said, “You can fool all the people sometimes or some of the people all the time but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” Many people are now waking up to the reality of 9/11. The video clip is 9/11 revisited (updated) from YouTube.

War in Moro land – by Macapanton Abbas, Jr.

This is a CONTINUATION of Prof. Macapanton Yahya Abbas‘s “Is a Bangsa Moro State within a Federation the Solution?”



The brief history of the present Bangsa Moro Struggle, which I will present in the first person because I was one of the original members of the movement from 1965 onward.  This is perhaps the first time I will be writing on this matter because I want the Bangsa Moro Youth and the Filipino People to understand the Islamic Struggle of our people while there are still some of the originators of the struggle who are still alive and involved in different capacities in the society.

Even before the Jabidah Massacre in 1968, the Muslim students organized on the national level, the CNI Scholars Association and the Muslim Students Association of the Philippines which started as social organizations.  In 1965, because of the Vietnam War and massive influx of settlers to Mindanao, the student leaders from UP injected these issues and started the militancy of the Muslim students.  The first issue to be questioned was the policy of “National Integration” because the Muslims believe that they can not be integrated culturally and socially to the Philippine society that is based on Christian values and acceptance, of Spanish colonialism as a blessing and heritage that resulted to the Christianization of the Philippines.  The scholars and the Commission on National Integration supported this position and what the country needed was “unity in diversity” and possibly a “federal system of government” since amendments to the constitution was on the national agenda for 1971.

The Muslim Youth organized that National Coordinating Council for Islamic Affairs (NACCIA) and issued a Manifesto entitled “Al Wahid” in 1967 calling on the Filipino leadership to pay greater attention to the miserable situation of the Muslims before rebellion will break out.  There was a massive influx of settlers to the Muslim areas and displacement of Muslims and Lumads was widespread.  The government was encouraging the immigration of settlers from Visayas especially from Negros provinces, Leyte, Samar, and Iloilo, because of the problems of the sugar plantation workers.  There were also massive logging activities denuding the Mindanao forests by concessionaires from Luzon like the Antoninos, Sarmientos, Valencias, Floreindos, Alcantaras, etc..  These new economic elite who were the agents of Korean, Japanese, US and European companies destroyed the forests of Mindanao which were preserved because of the failure to colonize the Bangsa Moro.  These groups that destroyed the environment are now the industrial and financial controllers of the region including installing their protégés in the political positions and even dictate policies for the Bangsa Moro.  The NACCIA warned that these economic aggressions against the Muslims in their homeland and political displacement will be met with armed struggle.  The government did not listen as usual.

In 1968, trainees from Sulu (Sulu and Tawi-tawi was one province then) in the Army were massacred by their officers at Corregidor when they demanded their pay and to return to their homes because they refused to go Sabah to infiltrate and start the rebellion to reclaim Sabah for the Philippines.  The Commanding Officer was Major Eddie Martelino, an alleged convert to Islam (who was later executed by the MNLF-Malaysians in Sabah after his capture sometime in 1978-79).  This incident led Congressmen Rashid Lucman, Salipada Pendatun and Salih Ututalum to demand congressional investigations backed by massive youth demonstrations which took over the Congress premises.  Only Congressmen Indanan Ani and Ali Dimaporo sided with President Marcos.

The Union of Islamic Forces and Organizations composed of all the National Muslim organizations under the leadership of Sultan Rashid Lucman was organized.  I was elected Secretary General.  My assignment was to organize the demonstrations.  I organized and led the demonstrations in front of Congress while Nur Misuari and Abul Alonto organized the sit-in at Freedom Park, Malacanang.  I led the demonstration in Jolo – the first and last anti-government demonstration of around 10,000 persons and in Cotabato City with the MIM and Marawi City with the BMLF leaders.  I was then Private Secretary to Commissioner Tamano at CNI, so, I filed my resignation which was not accepted, but I was allowed to go on leave of absence by Executive Secretary Rafael Salas because I refused to desist from leading the demonstrations.  I told him, “if Ilonggo soldiers were massacred, would you keep silent because you are in government?  He smiled and told me that he will inform President Marcos, and they will not take any action against me.  Despite my action, my brother-in-law was taken as the Muslim Senatorial candidate.  Maybe Marcos would have dealt with the Muslims properly if only Martial Law was not declared.  In that election, only Congressman Pendatun was returned to Congress because of massive fraud and vote buying which defeated the anti-Marcos Congressmen but a Muslim senator was elected in the person of Senator Mamintal Tamano.

The foreign trained top “90 has returned home and were welcomed by Senator Ninoy Aquino at Malabang, Lanao Sur.  The local training camps were established and the Top “90 became the trainors.  At that time, the secret organization was the Bangsa Moro Liberation Front (BMLF) which was later named Bangsa Moro Liberation Organization (BMLO) under Sultan Rashid Lucman and General Salipada Pendatun.  The Top “90 also secretly organized the Moro National Liberation Front headed by Nur Misuari and Abul Alonto.  The young Ulama, professionals and youth leaders were with the BMLF.  This was also the first time that Bangsa Moro was used to refer to the Muslims in the Philippines.  The MNLF used Moro only.  This came after the Muslim Youth National Assembly (MYNA) wherein, over 200 youth leaders met in Zamboanga City at the same time with the Muslim Association of the Philippines Congress in 1969.  Almost all the future leaders of the MNLF, MILF, BMLO and political leaders of the Muslims were present.

The MYNA debated independence or federation as the exercise of the right of self-determination of the Bangsa Moro people.  After two days, the vote that won was to participate in the Constitutional Convention election of 1971 and proposed a Federal system to get a Bangsa Moro state.  That is why, Nur Misuari, Mike Mastura, Musib Buat, Hussin Pangato of MIM, others and myself ran in the Concon elections and only Mike Mastura was able to make it due to massive cheating and vote buying to assure Marcos a majority.  The Federal proposal never saw the light of day in the Concon and the Constitution of 1973 did not contain any provision to respect Bangsa Moro right of self-determination.  Only Delegate Banjamin Abubakar of Sulu refused to vote for the approval of the Constitution and he truly represented the aspirations of the Bangsa Moro people and not the Muslim delegates who capitulated to Marcos.[1]

The 1970-72 period saw the escalation of violence between the Barracudas and Ilagas in Lanao Norte and Black shirts and Ilagas in the Cotabato massacres.  The Ilagas “rats” were paramilitary forces of President Ferdinand E. Marcos and supported by the AFP directly or indirectly. The Mindanao Independence Movement was organized by Datu Udtog Matalam, patriarch of Cotabato, in 1969 which led to the violent clashes and became the stimulus for the government and Christian militias to launch massacres against unarmed Muslims as in the Manile, Cotabato massacre of Muslims in a Masjid (mosque);  the Lutayan; the Tacub; the IPIL and the Pata, Sulu massacres etc.  The people of Buldon fought a battle against the AFP wherein the air force, artillery and tanks were used against a Moro town.  They fought until Mayor Tomatic Aratuc met with President Marcos and the government forces were withdrawn.  That time the President was the real Commander-in-Chief and was responsible for all the military assaults on the Moro Communities.

This situation continued and the BMLF under Sultan Lucman and General Pendatun decided to file genocide charges against President Marcos at the UN and also at the OIC.  A Petition was filed with UN Commission on Human Rights, through the UN Office in Manila in 1971.  This was reported on the BBC world radio and was heard by Col. Ghadaffi of Libya who was then the new leader of his country and decided to respond.  He sent his Foreign Minister Saleh Buoyaser to Manila as a Professor to attend the World Universities Conference.  That was how the Bangsa Moro case was internationalized.  This led to the organization of the Islamic Directorate of the Philippines (IDP) where all the Muslim political leaders joined as well the youth leaders including the writer, Misuari and Salamat.  Dean Ceasar Adib Majul was elected Chair as non-partisan leader and this author Secretary General.


 This is from IS A BANGSA MORO STATE WITHIN A FEDERATION THE SOLUTION? by Macapanton Abbas, Jr. (Ateneo Law Journal  Vol. 48  Sept 2003)

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PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT AGREEMENTS WITH MORO GROUPS                                                          door_rt

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The Bangsamoro Struggle for Self-Determination

Speech delivered in a conference in Germany. From the blog – The Pen Pointers On Line: Justice Peace Freedom

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The Bangsamoro Struggle for Self-Determination

(Delivered by Guiamel M. Alim, Executive Director, Kadtuntaya Foundation, Inc., a non-government organization based in Cotabato City, Mindanao Island, Southern Philippines, at the European Solidarity Conference on the Philippines, Philippine Solidarity 2000: In Search of New Perspectives, held on 23-25 June 1995 at Hoisdorf, Germany)
The Bangsa Moro struggle for self-determination is already a struggle of generations. The longest in Asia and maybe the whole world, it started in the 16th century and up to now there is no clear indiator yet as to when it will end. Other peoples’ struggle in the world have either succeeded or been totally crushed. The Moro struggle is still going on. It is an ongoing struggle for survival, cultural identity and for the right to self-determination.
The Bangsa Moro: Who are they?

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Peace Talk

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Philippines: The Bangsa Moro People

“Our struggle is not for economic help. We are not poor. Our struggle is for self governance.” said Ghazali Jaafar, Vice President for Political Affairs of the MILF. “This is an armed revolution” he continued, “carried on by the Bangsa Moro people. We want our own government. We were once free. This is a nation of people who are Muslim. We have bases all over the Moro provinces. People all over follow us. We are now engaged in negotiations with the Philippine government but we will not eliminate the possibility of use of force if there is no solution to Bangsa Moro nation. We will push forward. We do not protect terrorists. Any terrorists in the Philippines are connected to foreign groups, particularly Indonesia. The root cause of our struggle is the persistent annexation of Moro land first by the American government and then by settlers reenforced by the Philippine government. Our goal is self government”.

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Mindanao – from an Indonesian perspective

This is from an Indonesian blog. Moros are Malays and we have so much in common with Indonesians and Malaysians — historical experience, culture, religion, and language. Before and during the Spanish colonial era, the court language in Moro sultanates was Malay (Bahasa).
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Bangsa Moro Self-Determination

Quite a coherent essay. For the full text, go to
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Saturday, Mar 17, 2007
Bangsamoro Independence or Interdependence?
The Referendum Proposal for a Just and Lasting Peace in Mindanao

By Shauna Morgan

University of Toronto (B.A.)

In April of 2002, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) published a book of speeches and interviews with Chairman Salamat Hashim under the title: REFERENDUM: Peaceful, Civilized, Diplomatic and Democratic Means of Solving the Mindanao Conflict. This new “democratic” MILF platform is a telling indication of the current political climate in the war-torn southern Philippines. Both the Philippine government and the rebel groups are obliged to compete over broad popular approval among Muslim, Christian and indigenous citizens, as well as over international legitimacy among Islamic and Western nations alike.

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The Lebanon-Israeli war through the eyes of CNN and BBC

From the CMFR (Center for Media Freedom & Responsibility blog
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The Lebanon-Israeli war through the eyes of CNN and BBC

Demonizing the ‘Enemy’
Jamal Ashley Abbas
IN MANY ways, the just-concluded Israel-Lebanon war was unique.

It was the first war directly covered by different TV networks on the ground. While the combatants—the Israeli armed forces and the Lebanese resistance corps, Hezbollah—imposed restrictions, international journalists had access to the bombed sites, the affected civilians, and all sectors of local society. The opportunity to give more first-hand, in-depth information to the viewers was greater than ever.

Because of the advances in communications technology—cell phones, digital cameras, internet, blogging, etc.—the issue for the protagonists was not how to control or refuse access, but more on how to manage information in order to mold public opinion.

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The Philippine Blog Awards – nominees

“The Philippine Blog Awards aims to recognize notable Filipino-owned blogs in their respective niches — a venue to showcase notable blogs with quality content that engages readers from around the globe.” —

It includes a Moro blog: Reflections on the Bangsa Moro

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Tri-People Concept in Mindanao?

DXUP FM – 105.5 MHz-Upi for Peace – Identity Crisis

The writer “Kaka Ali” wrote:

“In early times, the people of Mindanao Island were divided into groups:
the indigenous peoples who are referred to by Visayan speakers as
“Lumads”, and the “Talainged” or native inhabitants whom the Spaniards
called “Moros”, and the “Rafu” or migrant settlers as the natives
called them”

But this is not precise. In the early times, there were Malays living in Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan. Some were Islamized. They became rulers of political units known as sultanates or rajaships. The non-Muslims were either subjects or vassal or allied datuships. Then came the Spaniards who called the Muslims Moros and the non-Muslim inhabitans naturales. The Moros and naturales of Mindanao, Sulu, Palawan including Borneo and Moluccas fought the Spaniards.

As late as the 1890s, the number of Christianized indios or naturales in Mindanao are so minute. They number less than the foreigners — the Arabs, Indians, Chinese, etc.

The naturales or indios of Luzon and Visayas became abject subjects of the Spanish Crown. They later became Christians and they “colonized” Mindanao and Sulu since the Americans gave them rulership of the Islands during the Philippine Commonwealth.

‘Kaka Ali” further wrote:

Tri-People Concept?

The concept of tri-people in depicting the
peoples of Mindanao — Christians, Muslims, and Lumads — is a dilemma
and a question of identity crisis.

The term Christian refers to those people who adhere to Christianity;

Muslim to those whose religion is Islam, while

Lumad (or sometimes Highlanders, but some dis-agree) refers to the 23 ethno-linguistic tribes no matter what their religion is.

Presently, some of the indigenous tribes have embraced Islam, while others have accepted Christianity.

some of the settlers have accepted Islam as their religion and likewise
a few from the 13 Islamized ethno-linguistic tribes converted to

Now, the dilemma?

Now the dilemma or crisis in identity. Why it is dilemma?
For example,

* What’s the identity of a certain native inhabitant [ for example a, T’duray] who is a Roman Catholic or Episcopalian?
* He/she is called, Highlander?, Lumad? or Christian?
* On the other hand, if he accepts Islam as his religion, should he/she be called Highlander? Lumad? or Muslim?

But this is a false dilemma (tri-lemma?). The indigenous peoples of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan simply do not include the Christianized naturales. The Spaniards failed in their attempts to Christianize natives of MINSUPALA. They brought along with them the converted naturales or indios from Luzon and Visayas to settle in their forts in the Moro regions.

The Yakans and Badjaos are mostly non-Muslims but everyone classify them as Moros. There are many Manobos and Tagakaolos who are either Muslims and Christians. And now, there are so many Christians all over the country who converted to Islam. But they cannot possibly be called Moros. Gov. Leviste and General Dolorfino, for example, may be Muslims but they certainly are NOT Moros.

And who are the Highlanders? Lanao del Sur is an elevated area and properly speaking, the Maranaos are highlanders.

This Tri-People concept is just another “divide-and-conquer” strategy of the Westernized Filipinos. It is the same as what the Anglo-Americans did in Iraq where they divided the people into Shias, Sunnis and Kurds. But the Kurds are also Sunnis. And the Kurds dislike the Sunni Saddam Hussein and his followers. And a majority of the Sunnis are also against the Sunni followers of Saddam. And so on and so forth. This is also the case in Lebanon where the West divided the people into Sunnis, Shias and Christians.

The term LUMAD is an invention of Univ. of the Phil. professors. The term is Visayan and alien to the non-Muslim indigenous peoples of MINSUPALA.

It is important to note that being Christian and Muslim are a matter of faith. Being Moro and indigenous are a matter of culture, history and geography.

“Kaka Ali” then wrote:

In the case of Upi and neighboring municipalities, including Cotabato
City, the T’duray [Highlanders] and R’nawon [T’duray’s word for the
people of the lowland, e.g. Iranun, Maguindanawon, etc.] share a common
ancestry. Tabunaway and Mamalo were brothers by blood, the former as
the forefather of R’naon who accepted Islam, the latter of the T’duray
who chose to remain as it is.

Indeed, the Marananos, Iranuns, Maguindanaos and Tirurays share common ancestors — be they mythical or real. This is clear proof that they are ONE people – the True Indigenous inhabitants of Mindanao.

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