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The peace process in the southern Philippines has begun

· After the historic signing of an agreement between the government and the Muslim rebels ·

After four decades of guerilla war, 17 years of negotiation and more than 120,000 dead, an agreement was signed yesterday between the Filipino Government and the rebels the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) seem to truly be seems to truly be able to bring lasting peace to Mindanao, a southern island of the archipelago, where the Muslim minority has always claimed their separatist aspirations.

Participating in the ceremony in the Presidential Palace of Manila were 500 members of the MILF, the President, Benigno Aquino III, and the lead of the rebel group, Murad Ebrahim. At the end of the ceremony the long-awaited agreement was signed. The agreement calls for Bangsamoro, the territory claimed by the Muslim community in Mindanao, to be given autonomy by 2016




St. Peter’s Square

Nov. 19, 2019