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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 …

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 …

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 …

MILF rebels (File Photo)

By RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO The Manila Times The clear and imminent danger to the Republic emerging from the “Annex on Normalization” President Aquino’s negotiators agreed to with the insurgent Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is in its official document’s Section J, innocuously titled “Confidence-Building Measures.” Its first paragraph reads: “Upon the signing of this Annex on Normalization and as a gesture of good will, the 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 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 …

Nur Misuari and Ustadz Habier Malik (File Photo)

By Ducky Paredes Malaya FINALLY, members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Misuari-faction, including its leader Ustadz Habier Malik have been charged with cases of murder, arson and rebellion under the Revised Penal Code and violation of the humanitarian law, genocide and other crimes against humanity. CIDG Director Francisco Uyami Jr. said the latest cases were filed against the third batch of 57 MNLF Read More …

Nur Misuari ans Ameril Umbra Kato on November 17, 2011 (MIndanao Examiner Photo - Mark Navales)

 Source: Mindanao Examiner MAGUINDANAO (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 23, 2013) — Separatist rebels in southern Philippines allied with the Moro National Liberation Front have stormed several villages in North Cotabato province on Monday and took at least 15 people and used them as shield against security forces pursuing them, officials said. Officials said four teachers and 11 farmers were taken by Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters Read More …