MNLF

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 …

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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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 …

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas More than three months after super typhoon Yolanda wrought havoc on Leyte, Samar and other provinces in Central Visayas, the devastated cities look just slightly better than when they were a few days after the calamity struck. The affected people, hundreds of thousands of them, remain homeless, without source of income, without adequate food and basic necessities, without 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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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas Mindanao gets another chance at lasting peace with the signing of the final annexes to the framework agreement that would pave the way for a Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro. Members of the negotiating panels were optimistic that the final peace agreement would be signed in March or April in Kuala Lumpur. As a Filipino and as a journalist Read More …

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By Ellen Tordesillas Malaya ‘The President’s reaction putting the blame on Gloria Arroyo and ignoring the rot in his administration tells us he is still in deep slumber.’ NOW we know why the three-month old survey of the Social Weather Stations showing a high public satisfaction for the Aquino administration was recycled last Sept. 19. At the height of the pork barrel/Janet Napoles scandal and Read More …

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Source: The Daily Tribune Contrary to claims of President Aquino that the situation in Mindanao will soon return to normal with the Zamboanga City crisis coming to an end, former Philippine Constabulary (PC) chief retired Maj. Gen. Ramon Montano stated that the ongoing crisis had spread over to other areas, resulting in Mindanao being in practically a state of war. “Mindanao is now in a Read More …

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By Mario J. Mallari The Daily Tribune While Malacañang expressed optimism that normalcy will soon return to Zamboanga City after the conflict between government troops and the members of the Moro National Liberation Front-Misuari faction the crisis entered its 17th day yesterday. MNLF commander Ustadz Habier Malik continued to put up a fight despite prodding from both his men and government security forces to lay Read More …