A year after Marawi siege, delayed peace negotiations in Mindanao

NEW YORK CITY — For a quarter of a century now – the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, or OPAPP, has and continues to find ways to bring peace in Mindanao.

But the negotiation process once again hits a snag.

The conflict in Mindanao that helped Muslim extremism gain foothold in the region has killed more than 120,000 people, and displaced more than 2 million people to date.

Peace negotiations broke down in 2017 after Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte complained of alleged rebel attacks against the Philippine military.

Duterte threatened to arrest rebel consultants and even moved to declare their armed group as a terrorist organization.

For the displaced residents of Marawi, bringing peace in Mindanao means nothing if they cannot go back to their homes, a year after the Marawi siege.

Monib, among the estimated 5 million Muslims in the Bangsamoro region, says she believes the Bangsamoro organic law can shore up peace through economic development.

This new version reportedly reconciles proposed measures acceptable to both the government and the rebel groups.

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