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Mabini-and-Aguinaldo

PerryScope By Perry Diaz President Rodrigo Duterte’s top legislative agenda is the federalism of the Philippines. Actually, federalism was not the idea of Duterte, two of our national heroes, Emilio Aguinaldo and Apolinario Mabini, were the first to suggest dividing the Philippine Islands into three federal states: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. More than a half century later, former president of the University of the Philippines Read More …

Imelda Marcos signs the "Tripoli Agreement" on behalf of the Philippine government in 1975 in Tripoli, Libya.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz For the past 40 years several attempts have been made to create an autonomous government for the Filipino Muslims in Mindanao. In 1975, representatives of the Philippine government and the rebel Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) met in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to discuss MNLF’s demand for autonomy. Consequently, the “Tripoli Agreement,” which called for the establishment of an autonomous region in Read More …

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By Ducky Paredes Malaya THIS history of the peace negotiations between the Philippines and Bangsamoro is based on an article in Wikipedia. *** The Moro National Liberation Front (MILF) was created in 1976 for the purpose of “liberating” the Bangsamoro. Through force of arms, the MNLF took control of several Cotabato municipalities. The MNLF was so successful that the Philippine military deployed almost three-fourths of Read More …

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POSTSCRIPT By Federico D. Pascual JR. The Philippine Star  POWER-SHARING: We heard in horror the news that a Malacañang panel has signed with the MILF another annex of a comprehensive agreement for creating a Bangsamoro to replace the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao under the aegis of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Signed the other night under the watchful eyes of Malaysia was the document Read More …

OUT OF SABAH (AFP) - Filipino evacuees from Sandakan, Sabah, arrive by boat in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, on March 8, 2013 in this picture released yesterday by Agence France Presse.

By Ali G. Macabalang Manila Bulletin MANILA, Philippines — The reported maltreatment of Filipinos in Malaysia following the outbreak of violence in Sabah is just the “tip of the iceberg,” an official of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) told the Manila Bulletin yesterday. The source, who asked not to be named for lack of authority to speak in behalf of the ARMM, cited Read More …

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By Roel Pareño The Philippine Star  ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Muslims versus Muslims – this is mutual annihilation and it must stop. A senior member of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) issued this call yesterday as the group massed for a bigger assault on Abu Sayyaf strongholds in Sulu. The fighting, which erupted Sunday morning, has prompted hundreds of villagers to flee their homes Read More …

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By Edu Punay The Philippine Star  MANILA, Philippines – Two petitions were filed with the Supreme Court (SC) questioning the constitutionality of the Bangsamoro framework agreement forged by the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Lawyer Elly Pamatong, the nuisance candidate in the 2004 presidential poll who scattered steel spikes along EDSA in 2004 to protest government’s refusal to issue rally permits to Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz The historic signing of the “Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro” was accomplished on October 15, 2012 at the Malacañang Palace.   It was not the final peace accord that the parties wished for but it was a good start considering what everybody involved in the process had gone through. The Framework Agreement would lead to the creation of a “new autonomous political Read More …

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Special Report (First of Two Parts) By LEO ORTEGA LAPARAN II MB Research Head  Manila Bulletin MANILA, Philippines — The four-year timetable of the much-heralded Joint Philippine Government-Moro Islamic Liberation Front (GPH-MILF) Framework Agreement on the establishment of a Bangsamoro entity, which will be signed by the leaders of both panels tomorrow, October 15, is “too long.” This is one of the setbacks seen in Read More …

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To the Point By Emil Jurado Manila Standard Today The framework of the peace agreement —a peace draft, actually—creating a Bangsamoro entity in Muslim Mindanao has been signed. This, however, is only the first step to the long, tortuous and landmine-packed road to final and lasting peace. For instance, they will still have to create a transition committee. This committee will ensure that the framework Read More …