The quest for “independence” in the southern Philippines begun with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) with Nur Misuari as its rallying leader. The Front then split into Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Abu Sayyaf, the latter gaining notoriety in the eyes of the mainstream media and the civilians.
And now in recent news a new group has emerged from MILF – the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) with its leader Umbra Kato, carrying the conviction that the current peace negotiations between the government and the rebel groups are leading nowhere.
A new hurdle, a new challenge in the struggle to attain peace in the disturbed lands in Mindanao. Today is part of the gray period when the government and the separatist group(s) are rearranging strategies and mechanisms through which they would deal with each other.
Nevertheless, we hope for smooth, if not quick, resolution regarding this decade-old struggle in the south.
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