MINDANAO DREAM IS ON FIRE, THANKS TO REUBEN R. CANOY
AND REVOLUTIONARY COLLEAGUES
The dream of the Muslim and Animist Lumad natives as well as the conscious Christians of Mindanao to live in total freedom and liberty from 'Imperial Manila' or Philippine colonialism has always guided the Mindanaoan leaders in both their militant and peaceful freedom struggle.
The ideal dream of patriot Mindanao leaders, like Reuben R. Canoy
, Mai Thuan, Pantaleon Alvarez, Sultan Harun al-Rashid Lucman, Prof. Nur Misuari and Ustaj Salamat Hashim
, have today demonstrated the revolutionary will of the Moro National Liberation Front
(MNLF), Mindanao Independence Movement
(MIM), One People Mindanao
(OPM), BangsaMoro Liberation Organization
(BMLO), Moro Islamic Liberation Front
(MILF) under Chairman Ustaj Salamat Hashim
, and also currently the Ustaj Umra Amiril Katu-led Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM), to have had launched and to wage still the freedom struggle towards the independence of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan, including North Borneo (now Sabah and Sarawak) under Malaysia colonialism.
The MNLF leadership in league with the freedom spirit of the Cagayan de Oro-based Mindanao Independence Movement and Davao-based One People Mindanao established by Mindanaoan patriots, like Reuben R. Canoy and Pantaleon Alvarez together with their revolutionary colleagues, can only express gratitude to the learned youth of Mindanao for taking the bold and courageous steps to search for the truth.
Furthermore, it is common knowledge in Filipino-colonized Mindanao that while alive the legendary freedom fighter Reuben R. Canoy defied all odds to engage in peaceful struggle against Philippine colonialism.
Using the fundamental human rights to peaceful assembly, he
spearheaded the movement of conscious Mindanaoan Christians, Muslims and Lumads to enshrine a Mindanao Constitution leading to the establishment of the 'Federal Republic of Mindanao' separate and distinct from the oppressive Philippine government.
Hailed as the fruits and labor "of Mindanaoans, by Mindanaoans, for Mindanaoans," the Mindanao Constitution was proclaimed in Cagayan de Oro City on April 11, 1986 and signed by 500 delegates being witnessed by around 2,000 observers.
also proceeded to create its own passport, money
currency, Mindanao flag and Mindanao National Anthem.
The MIM Chairman Reuben R, Canoy and revolutionary colleagues were just inspired by the political move of the progressive leaders of Mindanao-Sulu-Palawan Association (MINSUPALAS), like Vice-President Emmanuel Pelaez, Senators Alejandro Almendras and Gaudencio Antonino, Congressmen Ramon Mitra and Saripada Pendatun.
To put closure to the raging Mindanao war, the MIM Chairman Reuben R. Canoy also prescribed peaceful comprehensive solution.
As emphasized and to repeat the inspiring words of the Mindanaoan patriot and freedom fighter, Reuben R. Canoy, ''… For both Muslims and Christian settlers, ultimate justice is regaining lost independence and self-determination, the basic human rights to decide their own future, whether together or separately."
This is given justice by the analytical wisdom of the late MIM Chairman Reuben R. Canoy, who said: " With the inauguration of the Commonwealth in 1935 and the attainment of full independence in 1946, it was assumed that the Mindanao policies instituted by past colonial regimes would be scrapped…To the dismay of the Mindanaoans, the Manila government turned out to be a worse colonizer."
They have to be guided by the wisdom of the Mindanaoan leaders, like Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, former Senator Aquilino Pimentel, Jr., MIM Chairman Reuben R. Canoy, Ustaj Salamat Hashim, Prof. Nur Misuari and present MILF Chairman Alhaj Murad Ebrahim.