Showing posts tagged as "MILF"

Showing posts tagged MILF

19 Jun
"The best way forward for the MILF and Manila may be to develop a shared vision for improving security."

—from Crisis Group’s recent report, The Philippines: Dismantling Rebel Groups

"The MILF’s fighters have good reasons to hold onto their guns until the government can convince them it will scale down the presence of the military and other state-aligned forces in Mindanao."

—from Crisis Group’s recent report, The Philippines: Dismantling Rebel Groups

"The Aquino government tried to find new ways of delivering and monitoring socio-economic assistance, such as gathering data on beneficiaries. These improvements are real, yet implementation has been painstakingly slow."

—from Crisis Group’s recent report, The Philippines: Dismantling Rebel Groups

"The future of thousands of fighters is at stake following an historic deal with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)."

from Crisis Group’s recent report, The Philippines: Dismantling Rebel Groups

The Philippines: Dismantling Rebel Groups
Jakarta/Brussels  |   19 Jun 2013
The Philippines has had some recent success in winding down decades-long negotiations with rebel groups, but achieving peace with the country’s biggest insurgency, in Mindanao, requires both new energy and fresh thinking.
In its latest report, The Philippines: Dismantling Rebel Groups, the International Crisis Group examines President Benigno Aquino III’s efforts to end major insurgencies, including with the Mindanao-based, 12,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). An October 2012 pact with the MILF – the most recent agreement in intermittent talks that began in 1997 – brought hope for peace. Government and rebels now need to find ways to improve security in Mindanao, which is awash in arms.
FULL REPORT

The Philippines: Dismantling Rebel Groups

Jakarta/Brussels  |   19 Jun 2013

The Philippines has had some recent success in winding down decades-long negotiations with rebel groups, but achieving peace with the country’s biggest insurgency, in Mindanao, requires both new energy and fresh thinking.

In its latest report, The Philippines: Dismantling Rebel Groups, the International Crisis Group examines President Benigno Aquino III’s efforts to end major insurgencies, including with the Mindanao-based, 12,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). An October 2012 pact with the MILF – the most recent agreement in intermittent talks that began in 1997 – brought hope for peace. Government and rebels now need to find ways to improve security in Mindanao, which is awash in arms.

FULL REPORT

11 Feb
Filipino extremists face new foe: fellow rebels | AP
By Jim Gomez
After years of fighting the government from hidden jungle bases in the southern Philippines, an Al-Qaida-linked militant group is facing a new adversary: fellow Muslim insurgents who can match their guerrilla battle tactics and are eager to regain their lost stature by fighting the widely condemned terrorist group.
The emerging enmity between the Abu Sayyaf militants and the Moro rebels could bolster a decade-long campaign by the Philippines and Western countries to isolate the al-Qaida offshoot Abu Sayyaf, which remains one of the most dangerous groups in Southeast Asia.
FULL ARTICLE (AP)
Photo: Prachatai/Flickr

Filipino extremists face new foe: fellow rebels | AP

By Jim Gomez

After years of fighting the government from hidden jungle bases in the southern Philippines, an Al-Qaida-linked militant group is facing a new adversary: fellow Muslim insurgents who can match their guerrilla battle tactics and are eager to regain their lost stature by fighting the widely condemned terrorist group.

The emerging enmity between the Abu Sayyaf militants and the Moro rebels could bolster a decade-long campaign by the Philippines and Western countries to isolate the al-Qaida offshoot Abu Sayyaf, which remains one of the most dangerous groups in Southeast Asia.

FULL ARTICLE (AP)

Photo: Prachatai/Flickr

6 Dec
Peace pact with MILF faces ‘huge obstacles’ - ICG | Rappler
MANILA, Philippines - The Framework Agreement signed between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is a breakthrough but still “far from a final peace,” according to the International Crisis Group (ICG).
In its latest report The Philippines: Breakthrough in Mindanao released on Wednesday, December 5, the Brussels-based think tank said that the agreement “defers several tough questions” regarding the creation of a truly autonomous region for the Bangsamoro in Mindanao, especially policing and taxation.
Once these conclude, the report stated, the hard part of implementation will begin, and that is when the process must not stall if the MILF leadership is to continue enjoying popular support and control over its commanders.
FULL REPORT (Rappler)
Photo: Maerks/Flickr

Peace pact with MILF faces ‘huge obstacles’ - ICG | Rappler

MANILA, Philippines - The Framework Agreement signed between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is a breakthrough but still “far from a final peace,” according to the International Crisis Group (ICG).

In its latest report The Philippines: Breakthrough in Mindanao released on Wednesday, December 5, the Brussels-based think tank said that the agreement “defers several tough questions” regarding the creation of a truly autonomous region for the Bangsamoro in Mindanao, especially policing and taxation.

Once these conclude, the report stated, the hard part of implementation will begin, and that is when the process must not stall if the MILF leadership is to continue enjoying popular support and control over its commanders.

FULL REPORT (Rappler)

Photo: Maerks/Flickr

5 Dec
"For the Bangsamoro, the framework agreement holds out the possibility of peace, a responsive government and a better, more prosperous future for their children. Nothing has changed yet, but there is real hope that this time will be different. The MILF, the government and their international partners need to work together to ensure those hopes are not dashed."

—from Crisis Group’s most recent report, The Philippines: Breakthrough in Mindanao

"The obstacles ahead are huge. Politics in Mindanao or Manila could get in the way, and it may be impossible to devolve sufficient power to the Bangsamoro government without running afoul of the constitution. The MILF is unlikely to surrender its arms until the process is complete."

—from Crisis Group’s most recent report, The Philippines: Breakthrough in Mindanao

"The framework agreement envisions a new government for the troubled Muslim south that would raise its own revenues and have its own police and judiciary. It maps out a multi-step process to create this new entity by the time President Benigno Aquino III’s term ends in 2016."

—from Crisis Group’s most recent report, The Philippines: Breakthrough in Mindanao