Bangsa Moro Self-Determination

Quite a coherent essay. For the full text, go to
clipped from
Bangsamoro Indenpedence
Saturday, Mar 17, 2007
Bangsamoro Independence or Interdependence? 
The Referendum Proposal for a Just and Lasting Peace in Mindanao

By Shauna Morgan

University of Toronto (B.A.)

            In April of 2002, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) published a book of speeches and interviews with Chairman Salamat Hashim under the title: REFERENDUM: Peaceful, Civilized, Diplomatic and Democratic Means of Solving the Mindanao Conflict.  This new “democratic” MILF platform is a telling indication of the current political climate in the war-torn southern Philippines.  Both the Philippine government and the rebel groups are obliged to compete over broad popular approval among Muslim, Christian and indigenous citizens, as well as over international legitimacy among Islamic and Western nations alike. 

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