Philippines

Government and MILF sign Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro


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The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) which has around 10,000 armed supporters and the Philippine Government have signed a Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

The peace pact brings to an end around 40 years of conflict in which the MILF fought for an independent homeland.

You can find out a lot more about the facts behind the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro at the Philippines Daily Inquirer, but the key features of the agreement are:

• The MILF has dropped claims for a separate state in Mindanao and instead has accepted parliamentary self-rule in the Bangsamoro autonomous region to be established by 2016

• The MILF will gradually decommission its forces and put the weapons beyond use. There will be an Independent Decommissioning Body (IDB) which will oversee the decommissioning

• The Philippine government retains powers over defence, foreign policy, currency and citizenship

• The new autonomous government will receive 75% of all local taxes and 75% of revenues from metallic minerals as well as control of fishing areas up to 12 nautical miles from the coastline

• The new autonomous region will be based upon secular government but Muslims will be able to use Sharia for civil cases

• The new autonomous region will cover five provinces, the cities of Marawi, Cotabato and Isabela, six towns and 39 barangays (villages)

• Once Congress has passed the “Bangsamoro Basic Law” by no later than the end of this year there will be a plebiscite in the region to ratify the law and after that a 15 member transitional authority will be established. A new parliament for the region with 50 seats will be elected in May 2016 along with other national elections.

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