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Philippines and Muslim rebel group sign peace deal

Source : The Associated Press | 27 March 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 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 will not end all violence in a part of the country long-plagued by lawlessness, poverty and Islamist insurgency.

MILF leader vows to rebuild Moro Muslim homeland after deal

Source : Agencies | 02 Nov 2012

Moro Islamic Liberation Front's (MILF) leader Al Haj Murad Ebrahim on Thursday said that the period of weapons was over.

In an exclusive interview with the Anadolu Agency (AA) following the signing of an historic peace agreement between the Philippine government and the MILF on October 15, Ebrahim stated that they fought and held negotiations and won.

Those who want to make progress should examine our experiences, Ebrahim stressed.

Filipino preacher helps over 1,000 Asians embrace Islam

By Irfan Mohammed | 30 Oct 2012

Ronaldo, a Filipino worker in Riyadh, has convinced more than 1,000 Asians, including his own family members, to embrace Islam during the past few years, Al-Sharq Arabic daily reported yesterday.

Ronaldo, who works at a broast restaurant in Riyadh, said he accepted Islam as his religion several years ago after understanding the meaning of a Qur’anic verse.

He still remembers the question asked him by one of his Muslim colleagues at the restaurant: “Why don’t you pray with us. Don’t you want to enter Paradise if you die tonight?”

Fate of insurgents hinge on transition period: Moro Muslims

Source : Anadolu Agency | 22 Oct 2012

After signing the historic peace agreement between the Philippine government and Muslims, the subject of 'how Moro Islamic Liberation Front's insurgents would lay down their arms' came into prominence.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Mohamed Ikbal, the general of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), stated that they will form a joint armed forces with Philippine forces.

The Bangsamoro agreement not to be done completely yet

Mahmut Osmanoğlu | 17 Oct 2012

The fight of Mindanao Muslims against Ferdinand Magellan started in 1521 and continued, first against Spaniards, then against Americans, and since 1946 they have been fighting the Filipino government.

The Muslims did not want to be a part of the Philippine state but their efforts led nowhere. The Moro National Liberation Front was created in 1969 and the Muslims started armed fight for an independent Mindanao.

200 Muslim rebels arrive in Manila to sign peace pact

By Hrvoje Hranjski | AP | 15 Oct 2012

Worn down by decades of fighting and failed peace agreements, about 200 Muslim rebels led by their elusive chief arrived in the Philippine capital for the signing of a preliminary peace pact Monday aimed at ending one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies.

The agreement is the first major tentative step toward a final settlement that grants minority Muslims in the southern Philippines broad autonomy in exchange for ending the violence that has killed tens of thousands of people and crippled development.

Moro Muslims, Philippines extend peace talks

Source : Agencies | 05 Oct 2012

Moro Muslims and the Philippine government will extend the current round of peace talks, both sides said on Friday, aiming to clinch a deal to end a four-decade old conflict.

The talks, taking place in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, are in their final stages and will be extended for at least one day, a senior government official said. Sources close to the discussions said an announcement on the outcome may not be made until Monday.

Moro Muslims, Philippines start peace talks on final deal

Source : Agencies | 02 Oct 2012

Negotiators from Moro Muslims and the Philippine government began a fresh round of peace talks in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, aiming to seal an agreement to end 40 years of conflict in the south of the state.

Government and Muslim negotiators are closing in on a peace deal after nearly 15 years of violence-interrupted talks.

Moro Muslims, Philippines seek framework agreement in talks

Source : Agencies | 06 Sept 2012

Moro Muslims and Philippines Government are moving to create a “framework agreement” within the four-day exploratory talks that kicked off in Kuala Lumpur Wednesday, reported on inquirer news.

Philippine school under spotlight for ban on headscarf

Source : AFP | Zamboanga | 05 Aug 2012

A Roman Catholic-run school in the southern Philippines has caused controversy by banning Muslim students from wearing the hijab headscarf.

Mehol Sadain, who heads the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos, said Sunday he had written to Pilar College in the mixed Muslim-Christian port city of Zamboanga to demand it reverse its policy.

While the school was right to claim it could exercise academic freedom, Sadain said it should do so with “justice and fair play.”

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