Philippines: The Peace With Islam is Just Around the Corner

Muselmanic terrorists in the Philippines are about to get their own little sharia compliant Narco-Jihad emirate.

Philippine president and separatists in talks

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Benigno Aquino and chairman of Moro Islamic Liberation Front hold “fruitful” face-to-face meeting in Tokyo.  Benigno Aquino, president of the Philippines, has met the chief of the country’s main Muslim separatist rebel group to discuss ways to push the peace process forward.

It was the first time a Philippines president had held a face-to-face meeting with a MILF chairman in 14 years [AFP]

The meeting late on Thursday between Aquino and Al Haj Murad Ibrahim, of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), took place in Tokyo.

“Both agreed to fast track the negotiations,” Teresita Deles, the presidential peace adviser, said in a statement.

The 12,000-strong MILF – the biggest separatist group in South East Asia - has been fighting for more than three decades to carve out a separate Muslim state in the mostly Catholic country’s southern island of Mindanao.

The rebellion has killed more than 150,000 people and stunted economic growth in the mineral rich but impoverished southern region.

“Both [sides] agreed that the implementation of any agreement should happen within the current administration,” the government statement said, referring to Aquino’s six-year term that ends in mid-2016.

Ghazali Jaafar, the MILF vice-chairman, told the AFP news agency by telephone from the southern Philippines that the Japan meeting had been a success.

“It’s a fruitful meeting. The government is serious in looking for [a] genuine solution to the problem,” said Jaafar, who did not travel with Ebrahim.

Large-scale fighting

Aquino’s predecessor, Gloria Arroyo, failed to sign a peace deal with the MILF during the nearly ten years she was in power.

Large-scale fighting erupted in 2008 when rogue MILF commanders launched attacks in response to the Supreme Court outlawing a proposed peace deal that would have given them control over vast tracts of land.

More than 750,000 people were displaced at the height of the fighting, triggering a humanitarian crisis. About 400 civilians and fighters from both sides were also killed.

After Aquino came to power last year, peace talks resumed between the two sides in Malaysia, with the last round held in June.

The government said on Friday that the Japan meeting was the first time a Philippine president had held face-to-face talks with the MILF chairman in 14 years of on-and-off peace negotiations.

The official negotiating panels of the two sides are now expected to head back to Malaysia to continue the talks in the middle of this month, both parties said.

The MILF broke away in 1978 from the Moro National Liberation Front, which launched a bloody separatist uprising in Mindanao in 1971 before signing a peace treaty with the Philippine government in 1996.

The treaty created a limited self-rule area called the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao that has so far failed to uplift the condition of Filipino Muslims, who remain among the country’s poorest.

Hmmm, any idea why that is?

9 thoughts on “Philippines: The Peace With Islam is Just Around the Corner”

  1. The very fact that the MILF want a seperate Islamic state, implicitely confirms that Muslims cannot, nor do they desire to integrate into the majority culture.
    Once the Muslim populations in each of the “western” democratic nations reaches the required (Muslim) percentage we will see similar violence and demands.
    What a mess our erstwhile politicians, appeasers and enablers have made for us, our children and grand-children.

  2. They’ll end up being another Pakistan. The muslim minority took a big chunk of India, much larger than their numbers warranted, and they are still attacking India (Mumbai, formerly Bombay).

    The only peace this appeasement will get them is the peace of the grave.

    Give ’em an inch and they’ll take a continent.

  3. You forgot to mention Bangladesh, Anne.

    Then there’s Kashmir, where the jihad eliminated all the Hindus and Buddhists, who can now only access their holy sites under heavy army protection…..

  4. There is one way for these talks to be successful – just make sure the Muslim delegation, so nicely congregated in one spot for a change, has an unfortunate accident on the way home.

  5. Philippines: Moro Islamic Liberation front rejects autonomy proposal as “inadequate”

    They want a “substate” arrangement that would require changing the country’s constitution. It would be a win-win situation for the jihadists: all of the benefits of sovereignty, without the full responsibility of acting like a real state. And they would be in a position to continue to move the goalposts on conditions for peace with the central government, changing demands for resources, for borders on the territory, and of course, insisting on the right to impose all the Sharia they please. Again, blackmailing Manila is cheaper than war.

    In the current proposal, MILF would also have to disarm. A disarmed jihadist movement would be a contradiction in terms. An update on this story. “Muslim rebels reject Philippine peace proposal,” by Oliver Teves for the Associated Press, August 23 (thanks to JW):

    MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group rejected a government proposal for autonomy in the country’s south as inadequate but said Tuesday they will continue talks.
    Representatives from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front insisted on a substate for minority Muslims, chief government negotiator Marvic Leonen told reporters in a video conference from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where the talks were held.
    The government position omitted the word “substate” because that would require a change in the Philippine Constitution, Leonen said.
    He said the government proposal contained autonomy but the rebels believed it did not go far enough.
    Rebel vice chairman Ghadzali Jaafar told ABS-CBN television that the government proposal “does not address the real issues.”
    It’s about dominance, and Sharia.

    “We want to first address the political issue,” he said. “This is a political problem, not an economic problem. We are not talking here about economic reforms, which are nothing if they are not given a political solution.”
    The rebels earlier gave up their demand for a separate state and said they are willing to work with the government on protecting Muslims’ rights in the predominantly Roman Catholic nation.
    Leonen said the government’s 20-page peace proposal included “three components for one single solution.”
    “It seeks to not only provide just and lasting peace to the troubled south but more so to improve and uplift the lives of the people who have long suffered from the brutality of decades-long armed conflict,” he said, adding it was “principled, realistic, and practical proposal.”
    He said the three components include massive social services and economic development to break the “cycle of poverty” in areas already under an existing autonomous Muslim region.
    Speaking of contradictions, it should seem just a bit hypocritical to demand political autonomy from the very entity from which one is requiring “massive social services”: leave us alone, and pay us. And for that matter, autonomy didn’t solve the problems the last time, but, let’s try it again. And throw more money at it, please.

    It also included a political settlement under a peace accord with the Moro rebel group that would create a commission to push Congress to pass a legislation to strengthen the Muslim region, and an acknowledgment of Muslim contributions to the Filipinos’ historical struggles to facilitate the “healing of the wounds created by war.”
    He said he could not yet disclose the details of the government proposal. However, any proposal would require “the consent of the governed and is within the bounds of our national sovereignty, territorial integrity and the Philippine Constitution,” he said….

  6. I sent in a detailed comment about the Mindanao Massacre which never saw the light of day despite me emailing you about it’s absence. Too fricking bad as it was part of a serious bellwether about the Philippines.

    Yer Pal,


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