The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) is heeding a call to stop its offensives against military targets to pave the way for the GPH-MILF talks in Malaysia.
Leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have assured non Moro residents in Mindanao that the Bangsamoro self-governance setup it seeks to establish will not be unjust to non-Moros.
“We still support the peace talks,” declared Philippine National Police Director General Raul Bacalzo as he arrived to condole with the kins of a policeman slain in a recent foiled attack by suspected New Peoples’ Army gunmen at a police station here.
A continuing discord between government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) over how to peacefully end decades of Moro rebellion creates opportunity for the Maoist rebels to grow in strength in Mindanao, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) said.
In the village of Madiya, families who fled as fighting between government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) forces erupted anew in August 2008 have returned to rebuild.
While the Yuletide season has increasingly become a symbol of crass commercialism, Muslim and Christian residents in this war-torn town in the southern Philippines is finding a common ground to celebrate the traditional Christmas holiday.