Yes, give them a state, give them autonomy, give them weapons, & money! Pay the jiziya so they can continue terrorising us. Are we all gone stupid?
“Bombs target cathedral in south Philippines”
TRT World Now – Published on January 26, 2019
Security officials say the first bomb went off in or near the Jolo cathedral during a Sunday Mass, followed by a second blast outside the compound as government forces were responding to the attack.
The stupid is so bad it hurts:
‘Landslide vote’ for wider Muslim self-rule in Philippines’ south
New ‘Bangsamoro’ replaces current autonomous region that struggled to govern due to limited powers, alleged corruption.
Proposed new Bangsamoro envisions a more powerful and possibly larger political unit for country’s Muslim minority. Numbering roughly six million, the Moro people are considered a minority among the Philippines‘ population of more than 100 million.
Give up their guns
President Rodrigo Duterte, himself from Mindanao, has been a staunch supporter of the Bangsamoro and signed the law last year, paving the way for the vote.
Under the terms of the law which lays out the region’s powers, Bangsamoro will get $950m in development funds over the next 10 years, as well as a chunk of the tax revenue generated within its borders and national receipts.
Manila will keep control over the police, but it is hoped close cooperation on security with the Bangsamoro’s leaders will help get a handle on the region’s endemic lawlessness.
Muslim rebels have long been battling for the independence or autonomy on Mindanao, which they regard as their ancestral homeland dating back to when Arab traders arrived there in the 13th century.
After voters’ approval, the rebels are to immediately demobilise a third of their fighters, which the group says number about 30,000.
MILF has begun an inventory of its weapons, which will not be destroyed but rather placed in a depot guarded by former MILF fighters and government security forces.
Laying down their guns may prove to be a delicate process for rebels living in a region with extremely limited rule of law, where being armed is also a way to protect against crime.
Transitioning from rebellion to governance also promises to carry challenges for rebels who have limited experience in the difficulties of politics and bureaucracy.
Philippines holds referendum for Muslim autonomy in troubled south
MANILA (REUTERS) – Minority Muslims in the southern Philippines cast votes on Monday (Jan 21) in a long-awaited referendum on autonomy, the culmination of a peace process to end decades of separatist conflict in a region plagued by poverty, banditry and Islamist extremism.
Some 2.8 million people in the volatile Mindanao region are being asked if they back a plan by separatists and the government to create a self-administered area known as Bangsamoro, or “nation of Moros”, referring to the name Spanish colonialists gave to the area’s Muslim inhabitants.
A clear “yes” vote is widely expected, which would grant executive, legislature and fiscal powers to a region where more than 120,000 people died in a four-decade conflict that left it one of Asia’s poorest and at risk of infiltration by radical groups.
The central government would continue to oversee defence, security, foreign and monetary policy, and appoint a transition authority run by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the separatist group expected to dominate the new setup after a 2022 election.
“We are confident that ‘yes’ will win,” MILF chairman Murad Ebrahim told CNN Philippines on Monday.
“If there is no manipulation, no intimidating, there will be overwhelming approval,” he added.
That would be a much-needed boost for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who remains a hugely popular personality among Filipinos but has so far struggled to make inroads on his ambitious policy agenda.
Though the Bangsamoro plan was negotiated by his predecessors, Mr Duterte, a mayor in Davao City in Mindanao for 22 years, is credited with ensuring it got the support of Congress, which the previous administration was unable to secure.
A result is expected by Friday.
Mr Duterte last week urged voters to approve the plan and show they wanted peace, development and a local leadership that “truly represents and understand the needs of the Muslim people”.
The plan’s advocates say it would address what are the predominantly Catholic country’s lowest levels of employment, income, education and development, which experts say are exploited by pirates, kidnapping gangs and armed groups that have pledged allegiance to Islamic State.
The MILF has denounced extremists and said disillusionment over the slow progress towards devolution was a factor behind a 2017 occupation of Marawi City by rebels loyal to Islamic State, which took the military five months of ground offensives and devastating air strikes to defeat.
The whole of Mindanao has since been under martial law.
The MILF and the government hope autonomy would lead to greater investment in infrastructure and natural resources, and allow for the expansion of fruit and nickel exports and development of a palm oil industry.