Philippines, Muslim rebels seal historic peace deal

Free Republic

Manila (AFP) – The biggest Muslim rebel group in the Philippines signed an historic pact Thursday to end one of Asia’s longest and deadliest conflicts, promising to give up their arms for an autonomous homeland.

Following four decades of fighting that has claimed tens of thousands of lives, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed the peace deal with President Benigno Aquino’s government at a high-profile ceremony in Manila.

“The comprehensive agreement on Bangsamoro is the crowning glory of our struggle,” MILF chairman Murad Ebrahim said at the signing ceremony, using a local term that refers to a Muslim homeland.

“With this agreement the legitimate aspirations of the Bangsamoro and the commitment of the government of the Philippines to recognise those aspirations are now sealed.”

The pact makes the MILF and the government partners in a plan to create a southern autonomous region for the Philippines’ Muslim minority with locally elected leaders by mid-2016.

“What is being presented before us now is a path that can lead to a permanent change in Muslim Mindanao,” Aquino said at the ceremony, attended by more than 1,000 people.

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Obama March Madness Scandal Edition


Since Obama seems to be more interested in college basketball than in dealing with the many serious problems he has caused for this country, it is only fitting that students at George Mason University be asked to play the Obama March Madness Scandal Edition. The competition included:

1. Obama bypasses congress, delays Obamacare
2. Fast and Furious
3. IRS targeting of conservatives
4. Botched rollout of
5. Department of Justice spying on reporters
6. “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it”
7. NSA collection of data
8. What Difference Does It Make

Let’s see how it turned out:

Here’s what I think of all those scandals on one board: if he didn’t have the liberal media on his side, Obama would have been impeached by now.