PNoy pushes for autonomous Muslim region in Mindanao

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Sept. 10, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – President Benigno Aquino III is urging lawmakers to enact a law that creates a Muslim autonomous area in the southern part of the Philippines.

It’s an effort to keep the peace in a region marred by 50 years of conflict.

The Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front or MILF signed a deal in March to end a rebellion that has led to the deaths of more than 120,000 people and the displacement of more than two million people.

President Aquino submitted to Congress the draft of the law creating the special autonomous Muslim region.

MILF leaders are expected to govern the new autonomous area during a short transition period until elections in May 2016.

Under the deal, the Bangsamoro government will have self-rule and powers to impose taxes and fees on permits and licenses.

The MILF will take part in the May 2016 elections, turning the guerilla group into a political party.

Ted Laguatan, legal counsel for US Pinoys for Good Governance, said that the idea behind Aquino’s move is to create lasting peace and economic progress in that region, while bringing into the fold with the rest of the country.

“These are non-performing assets. There have been problems with insurgencies, economic problems. These are the poorest provinces in the Philippines. So by giving this opportunity to the Muslims to govern themselves, the hope is that the problems there will be resolved,” Laguatan said.

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  • Juan
    11 September 2014 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Hindi ako pabor dito sa ARMM, eto ang akin opinion; This is a leftist and One World agenda,just like the eviction of American bases,nasarap pakinggan din, at”napatigil ang pagsasamantala nang mga Amerikano sa Pinas.” But it created a security vacuum in the Pacific,today,Chinese Military bases are being built inside our backyard, so that Chinese missiles can hit any PH target within 10 minutes. Eto na naman,masarap pakinggan na “peace loving citizen tayo dahil bibigyan natin ang autonomy ang mga Muslim. The winner will be the Saudi’s(Sunni), isa na lang ang kausap,ang ARMM at madaling pundohan, mapapabilis ang Moslem Caliphate. Baka boung Mindanao aagawin para magkakaroon nang Republic of Mindanao,as a new nation.If you recall Khadaffi(Shites)funded $700M, the 1970 secesionist movement in Mindanao. Nahirapan ang mga Libyan’s dahil maraming kausap na Muslim leaders at lahat ay mga corrupt, binobulsa lang ang secesionist funds. It ended into Tripoli agreement. Before 1960-the Sultans,Raja,Datus control the Moslem area,70-90-Sultan,Datu turned into Politicians & control Moslem Area.2000 to present-Moslem politicians and their relatives are the kingpin in the Moslem area.Today,100 Mindanao figthers join ISIS and more are joining. What is next when they come back home, I rather see the Moslem politicians/relatives pocket and steal the Government money,rather than loosing Mindanao to the Caliphate.Let Congress decide.

  • Kuya
    6 October 2014 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    How about Autonomous Ilocanos region?