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Filipino Muslim rebels hand over arms to reinforce peace deal

By Tue, Jun 16, 2015 6:01PM UTC 0 Comment

SULTAN KUDARAT, Philippines (AP) — The largest Muslim rebel group in the Philippines handed over a batch of firearms Tuesday as a gesture to reinforce a peace pact stalled by a public outcry over the recent killings of dozens of anti-terror police commandos in a battle with insurgents....

Philippines Moro rebels end 45-year war

By Sat, Mar 29, 2014 5:02PM UTC Comments Off on Philippines Moro rebels end 45-year war

In many parts of southern Mindanao, jeeps, trucks and buses already lined the highways before the break of day on Thursday, March 27.  Green flags and banners tenderly swayed in the early morning breeze as the vehicles rolled and headed towards major city and urban centers in Mindanao. While the passengers of the vehicles converged...

Historic peace agreement in Philippines

By Sat, Mar 29, 2014 10:42AM UTC 0 Comment

Decades of violence are hopefully put to rest between the government and Muslim separatists writes Asia Sentinel. The signing of a comprehensive peace agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front Thursday is a major triumph for President Benigno S. Aquino III, a landmark accord that hopefully will put an end to...

Analysis: Philippines’ Zamboanga siege a legacy of failed peace talks

By Wed, Sep 11, 2013 6:18PM UTC 0 Comment

There is no arguing that the Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro gave war-weary residents of southern Mindanao hopes for a final resolution to the centuries-old conflict in the southern Philippines island. The Mindanao conflict is deeply rooted in the island’s recorded history that is replete with heroic resistance as well as unprovoked violence from either side...

Ex-gov says MILF list a kiss of death

By Sun, Sep 04, 2011 9:54AM UTC 0 Comment

Former Cotabato governor, Emmanuel Piñol, said the recently released ‘peace spoilers’ list of the Moro Islamic Liberation is virtually a death list. “This is the MILF’s indirect order to its armed cadres and its sympathizers to consider these personalities as enemies of its cause, demonized as villains in the Bangsamoro people’s ‘struggle for self-determination,’” Piñol...