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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.

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 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.”

Moro Muslims, Philippines agree on new autonomous region

Source : Reuters | Mindanao | 26 Apr 2012

Moro Muslims and the Philippines said it had reached a significant agreement Tuesday, but some issues still needed to be resolved.

Chief government negotiator Marvic Leonen said the breakthrough with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was achieved during the latest round of talks in Malaysia that began a decade ago.

"This marks a significant and concrete step forward by both parties in their discussions of the substantive issues in these negotiations," Leonen said.

Mayor of Manila calls for Muslim culture to be taught in schools

Source : Manila Standard | 07 Sept 2011 / Manila

Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim on Tuesday urged the city’s education sector to include a subject in Muslim culture in the high school curriculum to ensure better understanding between the Christian and Muslim communities.

He called on Division of City Schools Superintendent Ponciano Menguito, noting that students should also be educated on Muslim presence which pre-dated the occupation by Spanish, British, Japanese and American colonizers.

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