Salvadorian Gang in Philippines? (LA Mara Salvatrucha or MS 13)

Salvadorian Gang in Philippines? (LA Mara Salvatrucha or MS 13)

Filipino youth imitate MS 13 gang culture though cyberspace

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By Hector Gonzalez

December 8th, 2008

For many Americans, the notorious Salvadorian gang MS 13 is now dinner table conversation. Millions have seen the brutal murders, faces covered in tattoos on Youtube videos, national headlines, and your local evening news regardless of what part of the North American continent one lives in. There is something to be said about this, but what is there to be said when the next MS 13 clique you hear about being set up is based out of the Philippines?

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Just yesterday I ran into a Myspace page with a headline caption that read “MS 13 now in the Philippines” I had to see it to believe it. I went to the profile and sure enough there it was. There were images of youth throwing up devil horns with one hand, and an ‘S’ in sign language with the other hand, and instead of writing ‘Mara Salvatrucha’ they write “Marah Salvatrucha,” the letter H emphasizing their native tongues annunciation of the Salvadorian term for gang. Young Filipinos have now adopted a culture that’s based half a globe away from them, most likely through cyberspace. Their Myspace profile includes photos of Filipino youth wearing Cortez Nike’s, Dickies, and shaved heads — staples of the look of a ‘cholo’, and a profile on Friendster has the national flag of both El Salvador and Philippines merging together, and as its company name, the individual writes ” The New Supermafia worldwide.”

As a Salvadorian born in El Salvador and raised in the US, the notion of cultural identity was never that important to me. It’s quiet simple actually. Growing up there was no Salvadorian Community around me, so the notion of my Salvadorian identity was never something to take pride in during the multi-cultural rallies in high school. Most people didn’t even know where El Salvador was located, many around me thought it was a place in Mexico. But all of that has changed now. El Salvador has made a name for itself and it did it in a very unconventional way; hence it wasn’t the horrible Salvadorian national soccer team that gave it fame, nor was it the Salvadorian strong ties to the USA, nor did it have to do with art, culture or glamour, in fact it was quite the opposite — it was a strong desire to be heard, to have your story told. After all, the Salvadorian people are products of a long extensive legacy of violence and war, including indigenous up rises, repressive governments, the massacre of 30,000 indigenous people, a socialist up rise, and a 12 year lasting war that has scared the Salvadorian people; a derivative of when the white man first set foot on Cutzcutlan (Land of Precious Things) … the MS 13 is just the mathematical equation of its past.

These Filipino teenagers may not know the full history of the MS or more importantly the history of El Salvador, perhaps an “O.G.” MS member residing in a prison cell in San Salvador might think its funny- maybe the word ‘wannabee’ might even be applicable, but aside from focusing on whether these youth are authentic MS members or simply imitating picture on the internet, the greater realization is that through cyberspace, peasant impoverished youth from the mountains of Central America have influenced peasant impoverished youth in Asia, making it clear that the world now acknowledges a new standard to the term ‘street gang’.

In a bizarre and ironic way, the MS 13 is our claim to fame, maybe not the most positive thing, but it’s fame; the most seductive of human archetypes. As stated in a recent BBC article titled “Latin America Tops Murder Tables”, the report lists El Salvador as having the highest youth murder rate in the world, “ The grimmest figures are for El Salvador, where the murder rate among young people is 92 per 100,000 people…A key factor there is the presence of violent youth gangs,” the report says. These claims could easily be substantiated on the internet, just type “MS 13” on Youtube where MS videos with over a million hits are influencing youth all over the world, giving the ultimate credibility of the biggest and baddest gang.

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But even to Salvi- Americans with no gang affiliation, the MS 13 can strike a chord to our identity. The image of the young man on a Youtube photoslide, with a skull covering his entire face as if his face was literally a skull, or the photo of the young man with MS tattooed on his forehead with devil horns coming out of the side, help us Salvi- Americans tell the story of our people through them. Through them, we break down our history of colonization, imperialism, exploitation, and immigration, they are the result of our past. Through them, we can illustrate our anger of great injustices that have been committed to our people, and tell the thousands of thousands of stories, that to the ordinary American seem brutal and horrific. But to us. this is everyday talk as it is a part of our reality. Like the story of one of my relatives who the last dream he remembers is when he was 9 years old when he saw a man hacked to death, he’s 43 now.Or the story my mother tells causality when I visit her in El Salvador ‘We would take this street to school sometimes because the other street would have decapitated heads on it’, or stories of mass migration where young boys and teenagers ages 12-15 would say goodbye to their parents for fear of being forcefully recruited to fight in the war, not reuniting with their parents 20 years later, sometimes never.

To the curious mind on the net researching and studying the development of the MS, one thing is clear, Salvadorians have clearly made their point. All viewpoints may need to shift their understanding. The just graduated MSW Social Graduate might have to re-evaluate what they’ve been taught after studying the history of El Salvador. The ultra Revoluationary Che wearing college student might change his views when he studies the war battles in the jungles of Morazan. The devil horn hand sign and the S in sign language does not just mean the baddest gang to this curious mind looking at MS pictures from behind a computer screen in some random part of the world, the devil horn hand sign and the S in sign language also means martyrdom. It may mean something even newer in the Philippines.

 

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ISIS or Islamic State, Al Qaeda and Islam is now in Latin America https://isisandislaminlatinamerica.wordpress.com/ and https://mrkowalzki21.wordpress.com/2016/07/22/the-isis-islamic-state-invasion-and-islam-of-latin-america-through-central-america-like-mayan-southern-mexico-and-guatemala/ **** English ISIS (ISIL/IS) or Islamic State or Daesh, Al Qaeda, Islam and Muslims are now in the Indigenous Peoples of Latin America like Southern Mexico, Guatemala, Central America Northern Triangle, Panama Canal, Colombia, Andes, Amazon, Guyanas, Triple Border Region and Patagonia. Southern Mexico is now the land of the Mayan Muslims. Islam is now the religion and will become an official religion in Chiapas, Mexico. Muslim groups and peoples from all over the world will come to Chiapas and intermarry with the local Maya tribes. The vengeance of the Maya with the help of Islam and groups like ISIS will wreck havoc on Mexico, Central America and the United States of America. Jews will never be safe in America anymore. Also the Indigenous Native Americans with United States, Canada, Caribbean, Greenland and the other native tribes of Latin America will embrace Islam too. ******* Spanish ISIS (ISIL / IS) o Estado Islámico o Daesh, Al Qaeda, Islam y Musulmanes están ahora en los Pueblos Indígenas de América Latina como el Sur de México, Guatemala, Triángulo Norte de América Central, Canal de Panamá, Colombia, Andes, Amazonas, Guyanas, Triple Región Fronteriza y Patagonia. El sur de México es ahora la tierra de los musulmanes mayas. El Islam es ahora la religión y se convertirá en una religión oficial en Chiapas, México. Grupos musulmanes y pueblos de todo el mundo vendrán a Chiapas y se casarán con las tribus mayas locales. La venganza de los mayas con la ayuda del Islam y de grupos como ISIS destruirá estragos en México, Centroamérica y los Estados Unidos de América. Los judíos nunca estarán seguros en América. También los nativos americanos indígenas con Estados Unidos, Canadá, el Caribe, Groenlandia y las otras tribus nativas de América Latina abrazarán el Islam también. ****** Arabic ISIS (ISIL / IS) أو الدولة الإسلامية أو Daesh داعش، القاعدة، الإسلام والمسلمون الآن في السكان الأصليين في أمريكا اللاتينية مثل جنوب المكسيك وغواتيمالا وأمريكا الوسطى الشمالية المثلث، قناة بنما وكولومبيا وجبال الأنديز، والأمازون، غيانا، الثلاثي منطقة الحدود وباتاغونيا. جنوب المكسيك هو الآن في أرض المسلمين المايا. الإسلام هو الآن دين وسوف تصبح الديانة الرسمية في ولاية تشياباس في المكسيك. والجماعات الإسلامية والشعوب من جميع أنحاء العالم يأتون إلى ولاية تشياباس وتزاوج مع القبائل مايا المحلية. فإن الانتقام من مايا بمساعدة الإسلام وجماعات مثل ISIS حطام فسادا في المكسيك وأمريكا الوسطى والولايات المتحدة الأمريكية. اليهود لن يكون آمنا في أمريكا بعد الآن. كما الهنود الأصليين مع الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية وكندا ومنطقة البحر الكاريبي، غرينلاند وغيرها من القبائل المحلية من أمريكا اللاتينية واعتناق الإسلام أيضا. ***** Urdu ISIS (آئی ایس آئی ایل / ہے) یا اسلامی ریاست یا داعش، القاعدہ، اسلام اور مسلمانوں کو اب جنوبی میکسیکو، گوئٹے مالا، وسطی امریکہ شمالی مثلث، پانامہ کینال، کولمبیا، اینڈیز، ایمیزون، Guyanas، ٹرپل طرح لاطینی امریکہ کے مقامی عوام میں ہیں سرحدی علاقے اور پیٹاگونیا. جنوبی میکسیکو، اب میں Mayan مسلمانوں کی زمین ہے. اسلام اب مذہب ہے اور چیاپاس، میکسیکو میں ایک سرکاری مذہب بن جائے گا. دنیا بھر سے مسلمان گروہوں اور قوموں چیاپاس میں آتے ہیں اور مقامی مایا قبائل سے ناتا جوڑیں گے. آئی ایس آئی ایس کی طرح اسلام اور گروہوں کی مدد سے مایا کے انتقام میکسیکو، وسطی امریکہ اور ریاستہائے متحدہ امریکہ پر کہر برباد کرے گا. یہودیوں اب امریکہ میں محفوظ نہیں ہو گا. اس کے علاوہ امریکہ، کینیڈا، کیریبین، گرین لینڈ اور لاطینی امریکہ کے دیگر اسے قبائل کے ساتھ دیسی مقامی امریکیوں نے بھی اسلام قبول کرے گا. ***** Turkish Güney Meksika, Guatemala, Orta Amerika, Kuzey Üçgeni, Panama Kanalı, Kolombiya, Andes, Amazon, Guyanas, Üçlü gibi Latin Amerika Yerli Halklarında olan ISIS (İsrail / İslamcı) veya İslam Devleti ya da Daeş, El Kaide, İslam ve Müslümanlar Sınır Bölgesi ve Patagonya. Güney Meksika şimdi Maya Müslümanlarının ülkesidir. İslam şu anda dindir ve Chiapas, Meksika’da resmi bir din haline gelecektir. Dünyanın dört bir yanından gelen Müslüman gruplar ve insanlar, Chiapas’a gelecek ve yerel Maya kabileleri ile evlilikleşecek. Maya’nın İslam’ın ve ISIS gibi grupların intikamı, Meksika, Orta Amerika ve Amerika Birleşik Devletlerinde büyük yıkıma yol açacak. Yahudiler artık Amerika’da asla güvende olmayacak. Ayrıca Amerika Birleşik Devletleri, Kanada, Karayipler, Grönland ve diğer Latin Amerika ana kabileleri ile Yerli Yerli Amerikalılar da İslam’ı benimseyecektir. **** German ISIS (ISIL / IS) oder Islamischer Staat oder Daesh, Al Qaida, Islam und Muslime sind jetzt in den indigenen Völkern Lateinamerikas wie Südmexiko, Guatemala, Mittelamerika Nordtriangle, Panamakanal, Kolumbien, Anden, Amazonas, Guyana, Triple Grenzregion und Patagonien. Südmexiko ist jetzt das Land der Maya-Muslime. Der Islam ist nun die Religion und wird eine offizielle Religion in Chiapas, Mexiko. Muslimische Gruppen und Völker aus aller Welt kommen nach Chiapas und verheiraten sich mit den dortigen Maya-Stämmen. Die Rache der Maya mit Hilfe des Islam und Gruppen wie ISIS wird in Mexiko, Zentralamerika und den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika verwüsten. Juden werden in Amerika nie mehr sicher sein. Auch die indigenen Ureinwohner Amerikas mit den Vereinigten Staaten, Kanada, Karibik, Grönland und den anderen einheimischen Stämmen Lateinamerikas werden auch den Islam umarmen. *** French ISIS (ISIL / IS) ou l’Etat Islamique ou Daesh, Al-Qaïda, l’Islam et les Musulmans sont maintenant dans les Peuples Indigènes d’Amérique Latine comme le Sud du Mexique, le Guatemala, le Triangle Nord de l’Amérique Centrale, le Canal de Panama, la Colombie, les Andes, Région frontalière et Patagonie. Le sud du Mexique est maintenant le pays des musulmans mayas. L’islam est maintenant la religion et deviendra une religion officielle au Chiapas, au Mexique. Des groupes musulmans et des peuples du monde entier viendront au Chiapas et se marieront avec les tribus mayas locales. La vengeance des Mayas avec l’aide de l’islam et des groupes comme ISIS fera des ravages sur le Mexique, l’Amérique centrale et les États-Unis d’Amérique. Les Juifs ne seront plus en sécurité en Amérique. Aussi les indigènes amérindiens avec les États-Unis, le Canada, les Caraïbes, le Groenland et les autres tribus indigènes d’Amérique latine embrasseront aussi l’Islam. ***** Italian ISIS (ISIL / IS) o Stato islamico o Daesh, Al Qaeda, l’Islam ei musulmani sono ora nelle popolazioni indigene dell’America Latina come il Messico meridionale, Guatemala, America Centrale Triangolo del Nord, Canale di Panama, Colombia, Ande, Amazon, Guyanas, Triple Regione di confine e la Patagonia. Sud del Messico è ora la terra dei musulmani Maya. L’Islam è oggi la religione e diventerà una religione ufficiale in Chiapas, Messico. gruppi musulmani e popoli di tutto il mondo verranno a Chiapas e sposarsi con le tribù Maya locali. La vendetta del Maya con l’aiuto di Islam e gruppi come ISIS sarà distruggere il caos sul Messico, America Centrale e Stati Uniti d’America. Gli ebrei non saranno mai più al sicuro in America. Anche gli indigeni nativi americani con Stati Uniti, Canada, Caraibi, la Groenlandia e le altre tribù indigene dell’America Latina saranno abbracciare l’Islam troppo. **** Dutch ISIS (ISIL / IS) of Islamitische Staat of Daesh, Al Qaeda, de islam en moslims zijn nu in de inheemse volkeren van Latijns-Amerika, zoals het zuiden van Mexico, Guatemala, Midden-Amerika Noord-Driehoek, het Panamakanaal, Colombia, Andes, Amazon, Guyana, Triple Border Gewest en Patagonië. Southern Mexico is nu het land van de Maya-moslims. Islam is nu de religie en zal een officiële godsdienst in Chiapas, Mexico worden. Moslimgroepen en volkeren van over de hele wereld zal naar Chiapas komen en huwen met de lokale Maya stammen. De wraak van de Maya’s met de hulp van de islam en groepen als ISIS zal wrak ravage op Mexico, Centraal-Amerika en de Verenigde Staten van Amerika. Joden zullen nooit meer veilig zijn in Amerika. Ook de inheemse indianen met de Verenigde Staten, Canada, het Caribisch gebied, Groenland en de andere inheemse stammen van Latijns-Amerika zal de islam te omarmen. ***** Swedish ISIS (ISIL / IS) eller islamisk stat eller Daesh, al-Qaida, islam och muslimer är nu i ursprungsbefolkningen i Latinamerika som Southern Mexico, Guatemala, Centralamerika Northern Triangle, Panamakanalen , Colombia, Anderna, Amazon, Guyanas, Triple gränsområdet och Patagonia. Southern Mexico är nu landet av Maya muslimer. Islam är nu religionen och kommer att bli en officiell religion i Chiapas, Mexiko. Muslimska grupper och folk från hela världen kommer till Chiapas och beblanda med de lokala Maya stammarna. Hämnd av Maya med hjälp av islam och grupper som ISIS kommer vraket förödelse på Mexiko, Centralamerika och USA. Judar kommer aldrig vara säker i Amerika längre. Även den inhemska indianer med USA, Kanada, Karibien, Grönland och andra infödda stammar i Latinamerika kommer att omfatta Islam också. **** Danish ISIS (ISIL / IS) eller islamisk stat eller Daesh, al-Qaeda, islam og muslimer er nu i de oprindelige folk i Latinamerika ligesom det sydlige Mexico, Guatemala, Mellemamerika nordlige trekant, Panamakanalen, Colombia, Andesbjergene, Amazonas, Guyanas, Triple grænseregionen og Patagonien. Southern Mexico er nu landet med de Maya muslimer. Islam er nu den religion og vil blive en officiel religion i Chiapas, Mexico. Muslimske grupper og folk fra hele verden vil komme til Chiapas og gifte med de lokale Maya stammer. Den hævn af Maya med hjælp fra islam og grupper som ISIS vil vraget ravage på Mexico, Mellemamerika og USA. Jøder vil aldrig være i sikkerhed i Amerika længere. Også de indfødte indianere med USA, Canada, Caribien, Grønland og de andre indfødte stammer i Latinamerika vil omfavne Islam også. ***** Russian ISIS (ISIL / IS) или исламское государство или Daesh, Аль-Каида, Ислам и мусульмане в настоящее время в коренных народах Латинской Америки как Южная Мексика, Гватемала, Центральная Америка Северной Треугольнике, Панамский канал, Колумбия, Анды, Амазонка, Guyanas, Тройные Пограничный район и Патагонии. Южная Мексика теперь земля мусульман майя. Ислам теперь религия и станет официальной религией в штате Чьяпас, Мексика. Мусульманские группы и народы со всего мира соберутся в Чьяпас и породниться с местными племенами майя. Отмщение майя с помощью ислама и групп, как ISIS разрушит хаос в Мексике, Центральной Америке и Соединенных Штатах Америки. Евреи никогда не будут в безопасности в Америке больше. Кроме того, коренные коренные американцы с США, Канадой, странами Карибского бассейном, Гренландией и другими местными племенами Латинской Америки принять ислам тоже. ***** Portuguese ISIS (ISIL / IS) ou Estado Islâmico ou Daesh, Al Qaeda, Islam e muçulmanos estão agora nos povos indígenas da América Latina como o México do Sul, Guatemala, Triângulo Norte da América Central, Canal do Panamá, Colômbia, Andes, Amazonas, Guiana Região Fronteiriça e Patagônia. Sul do México é agora a terra dos muçulmanos maia. O Islam é agora a religião e se tornará uma religião oficial em Chiapas, no México. Grupos muçulmanos e povos de todo o mundo virão a Chiapas e se casarão com as tribos maias locais. A vingança dos maias com a ajuda do Islã e de grupos como o ISIS causará estragos no México, na América Central e nos Estados Unidos da América. Os judeus nunca mais estarão seguros na América. Também os indígenas nativos americanos com os Estados Unidos, Canadá, Caribe, Groenlândia e as outras tribos nativas da América Latina abraçará o Islã também. ****** Malaysian ISIS (ISIL / IS) atau Negara Islam atau Daesh, Al Qaeda, Islam dan umat Islam kini berada dalam Orang Asal di Amerika Latin seperti Southern Mexico, Guatemala, Amerika Tengah Utara Triangle, Panama Canal, Colombia, Andes, Amazon, Guyanas, Triple sempadan Wilayah dan Patagonia. kini selatan Mexico adalah tanah umat Islam Mayan. Masuk Islam adalah agama dan akan menjadi agama rasmi di Chiapas, Mexico. kumpulan Islam dan bangsa-bangsa dari seluruh dunia akan datang ke Chiapas dan kawin-mengawin dengan suku-suku Maya tempatan. Dendam Maya dengan bantuan Islam dan kumpulan-kumpulan seperti ISIS akan menghancurkan-hara di Mexico, Amerika Tengah dan Amerika Syarikat. Yahudi tidak akan selamat di Amerika lagi. Juga asli Amerika Indigenous dengan Amerika Syarikat, Kanada, Caribbean, Greenland dan suku kaum asli lain di Amerika Latin akan memeluk Islam juga. **** Indonesia ISIS (ISIL / IS) atau Negara Islam atau Daesh, Al Qaeda, Islam dan Muslim kini berada di Masyarakat Adat Amerika Latin seperti Meksiko Selatan, Guatemala, Amerika Tengah Segitiga Utara, Panama Canal, Kolombia, Andes, Amazon, Guyanas, Triple Daerah perbatasan dan Patagonia. Meksiko selatan sekarang tanah Muslim Maya. Islam sekarang agama dan akan menjadi agama resmi di Chiapas, Meksiko. kelompok-kelompok Muslim dan orang-orang dari seluruh dunia akan datang ke Chiapas dan kawin dengan suku-suku Maya setempat. Pembalasan dari Maya dengan bantuan Islam dan kelompok-kelompok seperti ISIS akan merusak malapetaka pada Meksiko, Amerika Tengah dan Amerika Serikat. Yahudi tidak akan pernah aman di Amerika lagi. Juga Adat penduduk asli Amerika dengan Amerika Serikat, Kanada, Karibia, Greenland dan suku-suku asli lainnya dari Amerika Latin akan memeluk Islam juga. **** Albanian ISIS (ISIL / IS) ose Shteti Islamik apo Daesh, Al Qaeda, Islami dhe muslimanët janë tani në Popujt indigjenë të Amerikës Latine si Jugore Meksikë, Guatemala, Amerikën Qendrore Veriore Triangle, Panama Canal, Kolumbi, Ande, Amazon, Guyanas, e trefishtë Rajoni kufitar dhe Patagoni. Southern Mexico është tani vendi i muslimanëve Mayan. Islami është tani feja dhe do të bëhet një fe zyrtare në Chiapas, Meksikë. grupet myslimane dhe popujt nga e gjithë bota do të vijnë në Chiapas dhe bashkohemi me martesë me fiset lokale Maya. Hakmarrja e Maya me ndihmën e Islamit dhe grupeve si ISIS do të thyej kërdi në Meksikë, Amerika Qendrore dhe Shtetet e Bashkuara të Amerikës. Çifutët nuk do të jetë e sigurt në Amerikë më. Gjithashtu indigjene Gjuha amerikanët me Shtetet e Bashkuara, Kanada, Karaibe, Grenlandë dhe fiset e tjera të native të Amerikës Latine do të përqafojnë Islamin too. **** Bosnian ISIS (ISIL / IS) ili Islamska država ili Daesh, Al Kaida, islam i muslimane su sada u autohtone narode Latinske Amerike kao što su Southern Meksiko, Gvatemala, Centralna Amerika Sjeverna Triangle, Panamski kanal, Kolumbija, Anda, Amazon, Guyanas, Triple Border Region i Patagonije. Južnom Meksiku je sada zemlja Maja muslimana. Islam je sada religija i da će postati zvanična religija u Chiapas, Meksiko. Muslimanskih grupa i naroda iz cijelog svijeta će doći do Chiapas i brakove sa lokalnim Maya plemena. Osvete Maja uz pomoć islama i grupa poput ISIS će izazivaju nerede na Meksiko, Srednja Amerika i Sjedinjene Američke Države. Jevreji nikada neće biti siguran u Americi više. Takođe, autohtonih Indijanaca sa Sjedinjenim Državama, Kanadi, Karibima, Grenlanda i drugi native plemena Latinske Amerike će prihvatiti islam previše.
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