Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

3/27/2014 (8 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Conflict has claimed more than 120,000 lives.

The Philippines and its largest Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front have signed a final peace pact. With the agreement, 45 years of conflict that has killed more than 120,000 people in the country's south has officially been ended.

Government representative Miriam Coronel-Ferrer (front left) and the rebel's Mohagher Iqbal (front right) signed peace agreements this past weekend.

Government representative Miriam Coronel-Ferrer (front left) and the rebel's Mohagher Iqbal (front right) signed peace agreements this past weekend.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/27/2014 (8 months ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Philippines, Muslims, Moaist, peace pact


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Battles between Muslim separatists and Maoist guerrillas has been blamed as the chief cause of the stunted growth in resource-rich rural areas. Fighting there has prevented investment in mines, plantations, energy and infrastructure.

Muslim rebels have agreed to disband guerrilla forces, surrender weapons, and rebuild their communities. Under the pact, the government will gives them self-rule with wider powers to control of their economy and culture.

No child need ever go to bed hungry -- go here!


The road to peace remains long and arduous. Threats to lasting peace include small breakaway MILF faction to criminal gangs and Islamist militants linked to al Qaeda and feuding clans.

Filipino President Benigno Aquino and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak smiled and clapped as peace panel leaders signed the autonomy deal. Razak had been previously preoccupied over his nation's missing jet crisis.

"Let us exchange our bullets for ripening fruit, our cynicism for hope, our histories of sorrow for a future of harmony, peace, and prosperity," Aquino told a gathering of officials, diplomats, lawmakers and Muslim community members. "I will not let peace be snatched from my people again."

The event marked the final chapter in stop-start negotiations that lasted 17 years. Malaysia has pledged its continued support.

"Much work remains, and there will be setbacks along the way," Najib said. "But the commitment to peace - the commitment I see in this room today - must not waver."

The agreement incorporates all agreements by both sides, including annexes on power and wealth-sharing, and the creation of a police force for the autonomous Muslim area.

"The comprehensive agreement on the Bangsamoro is the crowning glory of our struggle," Muslim rebel leader Al Haj Ebrahim Murad said. He was referring to the new region, which takes for itself the name used for Muslim and non-Christian natives of southern Mindanao island.

He invited other Islamic groups, such as the Moro National Liberation Front, which opposed the deal, to join the new Bangsamoro political entity.

The United States welcomed the final peace deal and praised the "persistence and determination" of both sides along with the Malaysian government.

"The United States fully supports the ongoing peace and reconciliation process, and we encourage all parties to continue their efforts to ensure a future of peace, prosperity and stability in the southern Philippines," U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in Washington.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for December 2014
Christmas, hope for humanity:
That the birth of the Redeemer may bring peace and hope to all people of good will.
Parents: That parents may be true evangelizers, passing on to their children the precious gift of faith.



Comments


More Asia Pacific

Horrific school massacre may backfire against Afghanistan Taliban Watch

Image of The Afghanistan military sweeps the streets following the deadly attack on the Peshawar school.

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

As members of Afghanistan's Taliban swept through an army-run school in Peshawar, the results were horrifying. Unarmed children cowered under benches as armed gunmen indiscriminately slaughtered all who stood in their path. All told, 132 children and nine school ... continue reading


Making good on Mao: China begins massive water transfer project, worlds largest Watch

Image of Once the final western leg of the project is completed, the canal system will reroute roughly 45 billion cubic meters of water annually across the country.

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

China has made good on one of the late Chairman Mao's visions with the world's largest transfer project. Those living in the dry, Northern provinces turned on their taps December 12 and enjoyed water from all the way in the distant Hubei province. Invention ... continue reading


This is the new face of terrorism! Two dead after gun battle in Sydney Australia Watch

Image of Australian police stand outside a cafe in Sydney, in a 17 hour standoff with an Iranian immigrant that left two dead.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In Australia, security forces stormed a cafe where a gunman was holding several hostages, ending a 16 hour siege. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Australian media has reported that two people, including the gunman, were killed after the security forces stormed the ... continue reading


More priests and male clergy encouraged to join fight against human trafficking Watch

Image of An Indian sex worker hides her face from the camera. More Catholic clergy are working to free women like these.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Disguised along with local police officers, nuns in India have assisted local law enforcement in raids against brothels. Many women and young girls - some as young as 12 years of age, are saved from lives of prostitution. There are now calls for more members of the ... continue reading


'Twitter' used as a weapon of warfare: Indian man found tweeting pro-Islamist State messages Watch

Image of The Islamic States has used social media to spread its propaganda.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It has long been said that the next war would be an information war. An Indian man, since arrested, has been caught posting pro-Islamist State messages on Internet posting boards Twitter. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Twenty-four-year-old engineer Mehdi Masroor ... continue reading


Chinese freight train makes world record trip through '21st Century Silk Railway' Watch

Image of The lengthy trip was all part of a plan to check the viability of adding Spain to a rail link that already connects China with Germany five times a week.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A Chinese freight train hauling Christmas cheer set a new record after finishing a three-week journey, the longest in the world, from Yiwu in Zhejiang Province to Spain's capital, Madrid. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Traveling more than 8,000 miles of ... continue reading


For girls in rural Uttar Pradesh, internet access and computer skills can be the difference between life and death Watch

Image of While many government-run schools in India do teach children how to use the internet and computers, rural regions of the country often have no such luck.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

India is one of the world's fastest growing developing nations, and internet use in the country is also growing despite low-but increasing-wages. However, internet-literacy in this country, where more and more jobs require computer skills and internet access for ... continue reading


Mongolia to receive its first deacon - from Mongolia Watch

Image of The Catholic Church in Mongolia is small, but growing, dominated by foreign-born missionaries.

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

The Apostolic Prefecture of Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia will receive its first indigenous deacon, 23-year-old Enkh Baatar during an ordination this week in South Korea. What's remarkable is that Baatar is Mongolian-born, in an area where the church is dominated by ... continue reading


Indian father strangles daughter's rapist, mutilates attacker with hot tongs Watch

Image of The rapist was a tenant of the 14-year-old daughter's father.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A 36-year-old father lured the suspected rapist of his 14-year-old daughter into his Delhi home and cooked him dinner before slipping him a sleeping pill. He then strangled and applied burning hot tongs to his daughter's attacker's genitals. The father of six ... continue reading


In Nepal, largest mass religious slaughter takes place in reverence to Hindu goddess Watch

Image of About 5 million Hindus from Nepal and neighboring India took part in a religious festival dedicated to the goddess Gadhimai where 10,000 Buffalo calves and 150,000 goats were slaughtered.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The world's largest religious mass slaughter occurred in Nepal on November 29, a religious festival in the Hindu tradition dedicated to the goddess Gadhimai. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Motilal Kushwaha was just one of the tens of thousands who took part in ... continue reading


All Asia Pacific News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for December 18th, 2014 Image

St. Rufus
December 18: Rufus and Zosimus were citizens of Antioch (or perhaps Philippi) ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter