Dear Bangsamoro

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Dear Bangsamoro,

Ramadhan Mubarak!

This letter is intended to the thirteen brave tribes who defended our homeland under the banner of Islam, and also, to those who sympathize and believe in our cause and to our brethren who now refer to themselves as “Balik-Islam.”

Ramadhan – the most blessed month of the Hijrah Calendar. A season where forgiveness and prayers are being embodied by more than a billion Muslims around the world, including us, in Mindanao, us, in the Philippines.

This is also the perfect time to reunite with friends and family; to aid those who need help and an opportunity to come home and re-establish the connection with the Almighty Allah (SWT) and embrace the teachings and traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

Thus, this wonderful month brings to us an important issue as a people – unity in the Bangsamoro Homeland. Yes, it sounds cliché and yes, it may sound weird because unity may be the cause of our stronghold in this region for more than four hundred years. But, the truth is, we really need to check the stability of our unity.

The recent political developments in the Philippines, reignited the hopes in the Bangsamoro Homeland that peace may still be possible despite the failure of the Bangsamoro Basic Law because of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte’s win; that his victory is also the victory of the Bangsamoro people. But, this is where we should redirect our attention. Yes, President Digong might be the missing puzzle to the Mindanao question but do we really have to entrust everything to him? Do we really have to entrust the Government of the Philippines everything? Do we really have to let papers, agreements and legal documents define our future and quest for self-determination?

I am one of those people who believe that the government owes the Moro people a lot but as years passed by, it has become apparent to me that maybe we should limit the blaming to the strangers who decided to live beside us but check on those who live in our homes, ourselves. It is possible that it took us centuries blaming the government for the historical injustices that we forgot to grow as a people, that we stopped reaching for our greatest potentials, that we have forgotten the majestic origins of our lineage.

I understand the grievances and hatred towards the Philippine Government and quite frankly, we have all the rights to do so. I understand why we kept on wondering why the Bangsamoro Homeland lacks major skyscrapers or competitive highways or high literacy rates because, the truth is, we should have all these major developments. The Bangsamoro Homeland should, in fact, be the model for governance because we were already were already exposed to a political system eras before the coming of conquerors. What happened? Why?

The answer to these questions lies inside all of us. We are the most powerful solution to these endless issues. As a people of different ethnic backgrounds, traditions and tribes; it is high time to unite on the common banner of faith and goal for self-determination. It is high time to remove the concept of tribalism and identify ourselves as Bangsamoro, as Muslims. It is high time that all professionals unite and dedicate their expertise to the greater good of our homeland. It is high time that those who live in mansions visit those who live in the most isolated areas of the region. It is high time that we empower education and elevate those who are in need. It is high time to remove biases towards one another and live up to the promise of Mindanao, to the promise of the Bangsamoro.

May this Ramadhan be the beginning of the end of identifying ourselves in different fronts or groups but as one strong unit.  Let us stop fighting against one another and start fighting with each other. This is a call for a stronger Bangsamoro. This is a call for peace. This is a call to the next generation, that we can create a better home.

Let us work hand in hand with the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Government and create an image of progress in this region. And yes, other countries and even the Government of the Philippines, are willing to help, all we need to do is prove to them that we can get things done.

And perhaps, our key to victory is not the collapse of our enemy but the establishment of our unity.

I leave this verse in the Qur’an as a reminder: “Verily, ALLAH does not change the condition of people until they change what is within themselves.” Sura ar-Ra`d 13:11

Bangsamoro brethren, the future is bright and we have to make use of what we have now in order to achieve what we want. The revolution to achieve self-determination will not stop until we are ready for it.

 

Your son,

Jorjani Sinsuat

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An Open Letter for Sen. Tito Sotto and Mr. Joey De Leon

 

Mr. Joey De Leon (Left) and Sen. Tito Sotto (Right) wearing the national costumes of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the Halloween special of Eat Bulaga.
 

Dear Sen. Tito Sotto & Mr. Joey De Leon,

I am writing you this letter in behalf of the entire Moro / Muslim community who were upset on your chosen “halloween costumes” during Eat Bulaga’s October 31, 2015 episode. You chose to wear the national costumes of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; an attire worn not only by Saudi nationals but by millions of Muslims and well-respected Islamic scholars all over the world.

Based on my understanding and your projection of the show last Saturday, your halloween costumes are prepared in order for you to be funny, to be creative or to be scary (as what this celebration is all about). All of these reasons to wear such attire are, well, insulting.

If you analyze what you have done, you were simply trying to imply that such Arab attire is “funny” or “scary” enough that it fits on the celebration of Halloween. Seriously? Since when did Arabian attires fall in the same wardrobe of vampires, monsters and demons? Or are you simply implying something else? Because based on the concept of this celebration, you were aligning your Arabian characterizations to creatures that are non-existent in the first place without considering the fact that this country is filled with Muslims who wear the same costume as yours. Are “we” that “scary?”

Now, beloved friends, you may jump to the argument that their attire is “cultural” and was not meant to insult our “religion” in general. Read my earlier statements again. Because like I said, this particular attire is worn to prayer, not only by Arabs, but millions of Muslims of different ethnic backgrounds as well. So at the end of the day, this attire is not only representing the Saudi nationals but a significant number of Muslims and prominent Islamic Scholars in the world as well. Thus, creating a stereotypical joke out of us.

I am not angry but I am very disappointed much like most of our brethren because we are all aware that not only there is seemingly an invisible barrier between Filipinos but it feels like we are mocked in front of national television and we cannot do anything about it because we do not have strong media outlets that may address the lack of information on who we really are as a society.

Joey De Leon and Senator Tito Sotto, you are two well-respected figures in this country. Despite all the controversies you faced throughout the decades, nobody can deny that your influence is still unparalleled. This is why we ask you to become sensitive enough on what you perform on air. Senator Sotto, you are a senator of this republic, you should know your limits as a comedian and as a statesman.

Lastly, it is “common sense” that Saudis do not celebrate Halloween which is even more insulting to their part because what they wear is being projected as something funny in a celebration they do not even commemorate. A celebration meant to be dedicated on remembering the “dead.”

This is why I hope that Eat Bulaga along with GMA will provide a statement of apology from Senator Tito Sotto and Mr. Joey De Leon and that an incident like this will not happen again.

I pray that the spirit of unity and diversity reign in this country.

A Muslim Filipino,

Jorjani Sinsuat

My story could be your story

 

Smiling in front of our college’s standee. A reflection of how happy I may seem in front of other people despite the darkness I feel within
 
My name is Jorjani Sinsuat, 19 y/o, born and raised in the heart of Maguindanao, Philippines by two inspirational individuals. As an only child, I grew up sharing my personal stories, experiences and life goals with myself. I grew up believing that “I” am enough to be my only friend. Lately, I have been experiencing life crisis of which I may or may not surpass but one thing is certain, I will continue to live and this time I am willing to share my story to you and to the rest of the world. WordPress has given me this platform to take on a journey filled with uncertainties and positivity; post after post.

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