But to put forward arguments based on misconceptions about Islam and derogatory statements about the Moro people is uncalled for, especially from a statesman such as the Honorable Representative," Hataman
added, " The Moro people is not what he
called new-minted citizens.
Sir, we have been a civilized people long before the Spaniards came.
We were a sovereign nation 448 years before the Philippines even became oneâ€¦ We had a defined land territory and we are not solely seafarers as mentioned.
Perhaps the good Congressman forgot, Manila started as a Muslim community ruled by Rajah Sulayman."
In a separate interview, the Muslim solon also expressed his
sentiments against friends in the opposition.
One of the only two Muslims in the House Minority, Hataman
respects the opinions of Opposition leaders like Sen.
Mar Roxas and Sen.
Chiz Escudero on the content, process, people and motives around the peace process.
But accordingly, the latest statements issued by "his
comrades" have swayed away from these contentions but have questioned the very legitimacy of the Moro struggle.
"As a Moro, I found solace against the injustices perpetrated by this administration against my people, in the cause of the opposition for rights and justice.
But now, their statements appear to be inconsiderate of the Bangsamoro struggle.
I am left with the realization that there is indeed no space for the Moro people in Philippine democracy, either with the administration or with the opposition.
I only hope that they refrain from making comments about an issue that they have no adequate knowledge about," Hataman
HON. MUJIV S. HATAMAN
Representative, Anak Mindanao (AMIN) Party-List
Room 408 Southwing Building