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The Moro to the Spanish Colonizers

It is claimed that in the sixteenth century, European colonial powers such as Portugal and Spain wanted to conquer Southeast Asia in order to, first, control the spice trade which was then driving the world economy; and second, in the words of the Portuguese Viceroy, to “[cast] the Moors out of this country [Malacca], and [quench] the fire of this sect of (Muhammad) so that it may never burst out again hereafter.” Armed encounters with the Muslims and military expeditions to Mindanao and Borneo occurred almost as soon as the Spaniards settled in the Islands; historian Cesar Adib Majul charted six stages of the so-called Moro Wars that took place from the mid-1500s to the late 1800s.


Brotherhood in Humanity

The believers, in their mutual love, mercy and compassion, are like a (single) body:
if one part of it feels pain, the rest of the body joins it in wakefulness and fever
.” – A hadith

More than 200 people were killed and no less than 10,000 homes were ruined in the Zamboanga crisis that exploded in September 2013, when the Moro National Liberation Front laid siege to the city. The government declared the crisis “over,” but more than a hundred thousand people were displaced.


Long Live the Long-Haired Hero!

When the United States took over the Philippines at the turn of the century, it passed the Brigandage Act of 1902 which identified anyone who showed resistance to the new government as a bandit. A band of brigands was defined as three or more persons conspiring to steal, kidnap, or do anything with force and violence. A person convicted of banditry was locked up or executed.


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