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Islam in the Philippines

Hostage mayor freed in Philippines

Suspected al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf militants in the Philippines have freed a mayor after seven months of captivity in a southern jungle.

Wednesday, 7 November, 2012, 2:07am

Philippine government and MILF rebels sign peace pact

As the pact is signed in Manila, Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels in Muslim Mindanao raise their firearms in celebration. Photo: Reuters

Muslim rebels and the Philippine government put their decades of bitter hostility to one side yesterday to sign the preliminary peace pact which, it is hoped, will bring one of Asia's longest-running insurgencies to a close.

16 Oct 2012 - 4:07am

Case of the vanishing witnesses

When a widow of one of the 58 victims of the Maguindanao massacre told Philippine President Benigno Aquino that she feared for her life, Aquino ordered she be given protection.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:30pm

Threat to split up south revealed

Philippine Muslim rebel negotiators told American diplomats that their group could Balkanise the south if pushed and had been urged to conduct assassinations, according to a leaked US diplomatic cable.

9 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Massacre probe a final integrity test for Arroyo

The massacre of 57 people in a Muslim-dominated province of the southern Philippines leaves Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo with a political and moral dilemma: how strongly will she go after the killers when those who allegedly ordered the massacre were her political allies?

3 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Voices of reason

Twenty-eight years ago, Rahib Kudto saw soldiers torture his two older brothers. 'They came down by helicopter to Kibenis village in Carmen town, North Cotabato,' he recalled.

30 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Insurgent leader to face charges

Philippine authorities have begun preparing criminal charges against rebel commander Ameril Umbra in a move that could deal a new blow to the stalled peace process.

14 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Manila set to hand control of south to rival rebel faction

The Philippine government is offering to hand control of a swathe of territory in the Muslim south to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), effectively voiding a 12-year-old peace deal that put the area under the control of a rival rebel faction.

The sweeping deal would, for the first time, grant a rebel administration the power to collect lucrative mining and oil taxes.

22 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Islamic bank gives US$16m to Mindanao rebel group

The Islamic Development Bank has allocated US$16 million to a former Philippine rebel group whose leader is in detention, accused of leading a rebellion that killed 113 people.

The funding bypasses President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's government and thwarts her efforts to marginalise the group's detained leader, Nur Misuari.

14 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Rebels embrace aid-driven peace bid

Japan's investment in Mindanao is credited with helping to prevent a full-scale war

As tit-for-tat clashes with Muslim rebels flare up in Mindanao, the anxious residents and the government in Manila are not the only ones watching nervously.

13 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Drawn to the fray

During daily drills, Mangadta follows his commander's orders with confidence and ease. Then, when it is time to take a break from training, he seems rather shy as he sits in a corner. He is 19 years old but looks younger. The teenager is short and chubby, but his commander, Abu Saima, 30, swears that he is 'a tough man who can be trusted in the heat of a battle'.

5 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Muslim clan feud blamed for violence in Philippines

20 militia killed in attempt to arrest alleged assassins

A long-simmering feud between a powerful Muslim clan and Muslim separatists in the south of the country has been blamed for an unexpected eruption of violence observers say is threatening peace talks.

4 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Philippine Muslim rebels confirm death of their leader

MILF deputies vow to press ahead with peace talks as they announce successor

The Philippines' largest rebel group finally confirmed the death of its leader Hashim Salamat and announced his replacement yesterday, vowing to press ahead with peace talks.

6 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Alleged Arroyo memo lists anti-rebel plans

A memo circulating widely in the southern Philippines describing secret shoot-to-kill order against Muslim separatist chief Hashim Salamat, allegedly on orders of the president, has enraged many moderate Muslim Filipinos. They say the government wants to control oil deposits in the rebel stronghold in Central Mindanao.

28 Feb 2003 - 12:00am

Beleaguered guerillas sign cease-fire

Muslim separatists yesterday finally bowed to government and military pressure by signing a 'general cessation of hostilities', dropping all preconditions.

19 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

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