Bangsamoro

Huk Founder and Leader Luis Taruc (center, holding newspaper) with his rebels.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Ever since the Philippines gained her independence, the young country has been at war with various rebel groups. First, the Hukbalahap or Huks for short. The Hukbalahap, which stands for Hukbong Bayan Laban sa mga Hapon (The Nation’s Army Against the Japanese Soldiers), was a communist guerilla movement formed by the peasant farmers of Central Luzon. It was originally formed to Read More …

The Philippines during the Ice Age.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Ten years ago I wrote an article at a time when there was a move to partition the Philippines into five independent nations based on ethnic or religious differences. Some Filipinos are of the belief that because of our differences, we are incompatible with one another. They believe that we are better off as separate nations and separate people. The move Read More …

China-vs-US

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In less than two years, China had reclaimed 2,000 acres in seven tiny reefs in the Spratly archipelago and soon she would start constructing buildings and fortifications. One of these reclaimed reefs is Fiery Cross Reef where satellite images show what appear to be a runway and a harbor. Once completed and put to use, it would be China’s first overseas Read More …

Abul-Khayr-Alonto

MNLF breaks into 3 factions By Mindanao Examiner  MAGUINDANAO – Weeks after he declared himself new chieftain of the former rebel group Moro National Liberation Front, Abul Kayr Alonto, whose faction claimed to have replaced Nur Misuari, has publicly thrown his support to the peace process between Manila and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which has been fighting for decades for self-determination in the restive Read More …

ITLOS-Philippines-vs-China

By REY O. ARCILLA  MALAYA (Why can’t China just join us in the International Tribunal if she is so sure of the validity of her claim? After all, she is also a signatory to UNCLOS.) The Martilyo Gang struck again last week at the SM Mall of Asia. Unlike last year, though, when the gang hit SM North on EDSA, President Noynoy Aquino and his Read More …

MILF rebels (File Photo)

By Paula Defensor Knack The Diplomat Last week, amid considerable fanfare, the Philippine government announced the signing of (yet another) historic peace deal, the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), with the rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), a breakaway group from the secessionist Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in Mindanao. The agreement would create an autonomous Bangsamoro political entity that is bigger than Read More …

Members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front celebrate at Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao province, on March 27, 2014, as they await the signing of a peace accord between the government and their group in Manila. The MILF on Tuesday, April 8, announced it had formed its own political party to contest leadership in the future Bangsamoro autonomous region in Mindanao. AP PHOTO/FROILAN GALLARDO

By Associated Press MANILA, Philippines — The largest Muslim rebel group in the Philippines said Tuesday it had formed a political party as it turns away from a decades-long rebellion after signing a peace pact with the government. Mohagher Iqbal of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front said his rebel group’s new political group, the United Bangsamoro Justice Party, would be a springboard to contesting the Read More …

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Agence France-Presse MANILA – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front ended four decades of armed struggle in the Philippines on Thursday when it signed a peace pact with the government. Here are key facts on the MILF and the peace deal: MILF: The MILF has about 10,000 armed followers, according to the military, which makes it easily the biggest Muslim rebel group in the Philippines. It Read More …

In this handout photo released by the Malacanang Photo Bureau, President Benigno S. Aquino III, back row secon from right, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, back row second from left, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman, Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, back row left, and Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles, seated left, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, back row right, witness the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) by MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal, Datu Tengku Gnafar, seated center, and Miriam Coronel Ferrer, seated right, of the Philippine government in a ceremony at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila, Philippines on Thursday March 27, 2014. The Philippine government signed a peace accord with the country's largest Muslim rebel group on Thursday, the culmination of years of negotiations and a significant political achievement for President Aquino.(AP Photo/Malacanang Photo Bureau, Benhur Arcayan) The Associated Press

By OLIVER TEVES Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government signed a peace accord with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group on Thursday, the culmination of years of negotiations and a significant political achievement for President Benigno Aquino III. The deal grants largely Muslim areas of the southern Mindanao region greater political autonomy in exchange for an end to armed rebellion. But it Read More …

President Aquino and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak look on as peace panel heads Mohagher Iqbal and Miriam Coronel-Ferrer shake hands following the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro at Malacañang yesterday. Also in photo are MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, facilitator Tengku Dato Abdul Ghafar and presidential adviser on the peace process Teresita Quintos-Deles.

By Aurea Calica and Delon Porcalla The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines – After 17 years of an often bloody struggle, the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) yesterday signed a comprehensive agreement for lasting peace in Mindanao. “Today, we celebrate the shared victory of the Filipino and Bangsamoro people. This is a fitting solution to the undying aspiration of the Bangsamoro,” MILF chairman Al Read More …