The birth of the organization AIMS, the acronym for Association of Integrated Muslim Sectors, is at once a product of history and a deliberate response to the contemporary problems and issues concerning not only the Muslim living in Mindanao, south of the Philippines but the Muslims scattered in the whole of the Philippine archipelago who were forcibly dislocated from their vast lands and now seeking for greener pastures away from their homeland.
On paper, the Constitution of the Republic of the
We stand witness to how we are systematically being oppressed. We seem helpless to halt the activities of the National Government such as territorial dispossession, economic deprivation, cultural estrangement and political subjugation. Altogether, there seems to be no more place for a future hope of peace and a truly Islamic existence.
This being so, we found ourselves at the crucial position of having to decide either to actively participate or to be guilty of watching the continued obstruction to the betterness of a peaceful and developed
A group of dedicated Muslims from different sectors began holding discussions on coffee tables over countless sleepless nights on what to do and how to start. Their sole objective were how as a non-politically inclined Muslims they might understand the issues facing them, how they can bring awareness to others for a brotherly discussion and how they can unite as a movement fully committed to the idea that the problem facing the Muslims in the Philippines can never be solved by the agenda hatched by the succeeding regimes. We do believe that “the ink of a scholar is mightier that the blood of a martyr”.
It then became an active group in quest for a lasting peace and development when it was pronounced and became an umbrella group for the Muslims by the Kilusang Nagkakaisang Pilipino and Bagong Umaga during the FPJ phenomenon. Personalities like Congressman Dondon Bagatsing and Jess
Fernandez of the said group were enthralled by AIMS’ advocacy thus becoming partners in seeking for a brighter future not only for the Bangsamoro Muslims but to the entire nation as a whole. It was on the 15th of January 2004 at Club Filipino in Greenhills,
Tragically, those aspirations were now confined in the halls of history because of the untimely demise of a Filipino hero Fernando Poe Jr.
Life goes on, said a song. And as the curtain of history slowly unfolds, time again has come for the Filipino to decide and give change a chance.
AIMS on its part begun its untiring efforts to discuss and relive their undying advocacies all aimed for the highest good. Their unbreakable camaraderie brought old and initiates from all walks of life to the fold. And with their vows running strong on their veins, they have come up into a conclusion: only one man from among the aspirants will sit and listen to us and join our journey and the only one most qualified, and this is none other than the honorable senator MANUEL “Manny” VILLAR.