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Primer Sulu Assertion of Independence Last Ed Selangor 10 August

Primer Sulu Assertion of Independence Last Ed Selangor 10 August

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Dan Billukan, Buansa, Lupah Sug Darul Islam
PRIMER
IN THE MATTER OFASSERTION OF INDEPENDENCEOF THE STATE OFSULU SULTANATE DARUL ISLAMON17 NOVEMBER 2010
BY
COUNCIL OF REGENTS
(The Interim Governing Body of the Sultanate of Sulu Darul Islam)
 
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IN THE MATTER OF ASSERTION OF INDEPENDENCEOF THE STATE OF SULU SULTANATE DARUL ISLAM
I. INTRODUCTION
Last November 17, 2009, a gathering of more than 5000 Bangsa Sug assisted by AttorneyMeltino “Ulung” Jaujan Sibulan as Counsel for the Sultanate of Sulu Darul Islam conducted a
Miswarat 
or Consultation with the slogan
 – “Bangsa Sug Aku. Muslim Aku, Bukun AkuFilipino.” 
This slogan simply expresses that they are citizens of the Sultanate of Sulu Darul Islamand that the Bangsa Sug, being the people of the State, is a distinct race of nation from theChristianized people called Filipino.The hopeful delegations coming from the different islands of Sulu Archipelago – Jolo,Basilan, Tawi-Tawi, Zamboanga Peninsula, Palawan and North Borneo asserting as they were – theUnited Tau Sug People, adopted a ‘DECLARATION OF UNITY’ for the assertion of independenceof the Sultanate of Sulu Darul Islam and to create a COUNCIL OF REGENTS composed of Ulama,traditional, political and religious leaders, Royal Datus, Sharifs, professionals and businessmentoward that end.The Council of Regents is mandated to act as an interim governing body of the Sultanate of Sulu Darul Islam and to search, examine and declare, from among the legitimate heirs, a Sultan, inaccordance with the traditional rule of succession, with the acclamation of the “
 Raayats”
or peoplefor his mandate and trust to becoming the Muslim leader in authority.
II. OVERVIEW OF THE “
 MISWARAT 
” / CONSULTATIVE ASSEMBLY
The
Miswarat 
has centered on the principle of Right of Self-Determination as embodied inthe United Nations Charter, International Laws, General Assembly resolutions and/or internationalcovenants which provide that, “
 All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.” 
 
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The Bangsa Sug of the Sulu Sultanate Darul Islam has the right of self-defense as recognized by the United Nations Charter under Article 51, Chapter VII which states that,
“Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defense xxx.” 
Without an iota of doubt, historical realities augmented by territorial integrity, distinctnational identity, the glorious Islam and splendid cultural heritage affirm that Sulu Sultanate DarulIslam was already (and still) independent and sovereign Islamic state centuries ahead from thefoundation of the Republic of Philippines on July 4, 1946.The United States government blinded itself to the fact that its occupation of the SuluSultanate Darul Islam in 1899 was without a formal declaration of war duly approved by the UnitedStates Congress in violation of Article I, Section 8 of the 1787 U.S. Constitution. Besides, therelation of the United States of America and the Sultanate of Sulu Darul Islam was merely through atreaty of friendship known internationally as – the Bates Treaty.The illegal incorporation of the territory of the Sultanate of Sulu Darul Islam into theRepublic of the Philippines caused many Bangsa Sug traditional leaders and people continuousuprising in their struggle to resist alien subjugation, domination and exploitation.Thus and so, on June 9, 1921, the then reigning Sultan and other 57 prominent Muslimleaders of Sulu Sultanate petition the United States of America and then reiterated with greatest patriotic fervor and resolve for self-determination and independence which was placed on officialrecord of the United States Congress as the “Declaration of Rights and Purposes” in 1926.
III. HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF THE FOUNDATION OF SULU SULTANATE
The origin of the Sultanate of Sulu cannot be fully understood without taking intoconsideration the Islamization of the Sulu Archipelago. This history of the Sulu Sultanate is aninseparable part of Islamization process in the Southeast Asian area. In writing the history of Sulu,the writer should have the Islamic knowledge and it should be based from Islamic Sufism.On the basis of archeological data and other pieces of documentary evidence, it can beasserted that by the end of the 13
th
century there were already Muslim “
Ummah
” (settlements) thatexisted in the mainland of Sulu Archipelago. These settlements consisted of foreign Muslims whohad raised families by marrying local inhabitants. About the early part of the 14
th
century, MuslimArabs with missionary directions came to Sulu and strengthened Islam religion among thedescendants of the Muslim foreign traders as well as to effect new conversions. Thus, Islam was ableto go beyond the limits of foreign settlement in Sulu mainland and spread to the surroundinginhabitants of Sulu Archipelago.The Sultanate of Sulu was firmly established by and among her Islamized people. We mustnot view the Sultanate as an institution that was forcibly introduced from without, coming as it were,to impose Islam. Rather, as soon as the native inhabitants have become Muslims by faith, they wereable to tolerate such a political institution because the non-royal Datus or local chieftains, beinggenerally brave and independent by nature, would normally resist any form of central authority thatmight spell the reduction of their powers. But because of their new Islamic faith and growing

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