“Hindi po uncivilized ang mga Moro. Siguro ’yan ay one of the greatest injustices to describe them. Sa katunayan, mula pa sa pre-colonial Philippines, ang mga moro ang unang lumaban sa kolonyalismo.”
In any project, just like the project of nation-building, challenges and disagreements between people from varied backgrounds and culture remain an important issue to resolve. Why do we treat the Moro people as enemies? What is the root of the dispute between Moros and Christians? How can we resolve our differences to move forward as one Philippines?
We try to answer these questions in this episode, where Fr. Tito Caluag and his trio of distinguished thinkers—Manolo Quezon, Leloy Claudio, and Carlo Santiago—talk to a member of the Moro people, Prof. Yasmira Moner. She is an assistant professor at the Department of Political Science and Program Director of Gender and Development at the MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology.
“And tunay na diversity, hindi pwedeng tino-tolerate mo lang ang ibang tao. Kailangan tanggapin mo sila ng buong puso at kalooban, at doon tayo makakabuo ng mas mabuting kinabukasan.”