MILF

Christmas Truce 1914

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In 1914, during the Great War — or World War I as we call it today — the British and French armies were manning the 27-mile Western Front fiercely defending French territory from the advancing German Army. Across the British and French trenches, as near as 200 feet away, the Germans were dug in. What separated the opposing armies was a 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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PerryScope By Perry Diaz In the four and a half years that President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III had been in power, nothing had come closer to torpedoing his administration than the Mamasapano Massacre, which killed 44 members of the Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police (PNP). One month after the heinous slaughter of the elite commandos, calls for P-Noy’s resignation continue to Read More …

Slain SAF commandos loaded in trucks.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In the aftermath of one of the worst massacres in Philippine history, questions were raised on who was responsible for the bungled police operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, which is within Muslim Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) territory. And as the story had evolved, the massacre of 44 commandos of the elite Special Action Force (SAF) was the result of a poorly executed Read More …

Government troops attack Camp Abubakar

PerryScope By Perry Diaz (This is a repost of the original article that was posted in Global Balita on September 8, 2005) A throwback to a time when Muslims and Christians in Mindanao worked together to overcome the things that separate them. From the Ashes of Barira In ancient Egyptian mythology, Phoenix is a mythical bird that dies in flames and is reborn from the 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 …

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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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas The signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front expectedly drew mixed reactions from various sectors. While foreign governments and local business leaders welcomed the peace agreement, in the words of Vice President Jojo Binay, as “the first step in the long journey to peace and progress 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 …