My World is growing smaller everyday,” thus the song goes.”
Machiavelli’s “Divide and Rule” is the best weapon against the Maranaos. It is proven in the Arab world and the entire Muslim world
Whoever wants to divide the province of Lanao del Sur into two with the other one to be called Maranao Province may not realize it but he is somehow committing genocide against the Maranaos.
The Maranao Homeland used to be so wide and vast. Then in the 1950s, politicians in their desire to control powers divided Lanao into two without thinking the consequence in terms of identity and territory. Such division might have favored the north part in term of development and progress. It is obvious that Lanao del Norte is more developed than its south.
After dividing the then lone province into two, Maranaos living in Lanao del Norte, despite being Maranaos, could no longer proudly say they come from Ranao for Ranao is exclusively of Lanao del Sur, their original homeland, which does not include anymore Lanao del Norte after its division.
And the people of Lanao del Norte are no longer called Maranaos, and if ever people call them Maranaos, they are thought of being from Ranao.
By dividing the Muslim world into small weak countries, the enemies of Islam won over the once powerful Muslims. This is how peoples are conquered: divide them, support each with tools and resources to fight one another and you control them.
Similarly, if a Maranao province is curved out of Lanao del Sur, they will be the ones called ‘Maranaos’ and the constituents of Lanao del Sur may have to invent another name because the Maranaos are those living in the proposed “Maranao Province” and the people of Lanao del Sur are not and they cannot be called People of the Maranao Province.
Andmind you, powerful nations in the world are big countries in terms of areas and populations.
PHILIPPINE MUSLIM TODAY