Doubts arise over crucial Philippine autonomy law after rebel clash

MANILA (Reuters) – Work to set up an autonomous Muslim region in the Philippines to end a 45-year insurgency has been suspended and may be abandoned altogether because of a clash in which more than 50 people were killed, legislators said on Wednesday.

A top official described the clash between police and rebels on Sunday, which shattered a three-year ceasefire, as a “misencounter” during a bid to arrest two militants who had taken refuge with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters.

The rebels, operating in the south of the largely Roman Catholic country, have agreed to disarm in exchange for an autonomous government.

But a Senate hearing on a Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) setting up the special zone has been suspended and could languish indefinitely…

  • Ron MacDonald

    The Philippine government should initiate a military offensive and kill every Muslim insurgent that it finds.

  • Icebow

    MILF. Really?

    • Martin B

      Headline from the Philippine Star: “Air Force Pounds MILF”

      • Icebow

        Bwahaha, as they say. I do sometimes wonder whether these sub-editors just can’t resist. I recall ‘Pregnancy discussion group seeks members’.

    • Minicapt

      For several decades before the Internet discovered the initials.


  • Martin B

    Who knew that murderous Mohammedans never keep their word?

  • Alain

    Granting Muslims their own region is a major mistake to begin with. I would not be long before they would seek to expand their area, and most of us know how that works. Best to just expel them totally, the same as with any infectious virus.

  • Doug Kursk

    She who must be obeyed’s father was shot in Mindanao by these goofs. Luckily, he got off rather lightly as he was hit in the leg. This resulted in him walking with a rather pronounced limp for the rest of his days.

    He was a forest manager for the Philippines govt. and accidentally stumbled into one of the terrorist encampments. His driver was never found.

    Needless to say, my gf takes a rather dim view of these talks etc., and wishes nothing but the complete eradication of all those who would do her people harm.

    The Philippines is a tough place to get by in and the misery that Islam brings just makes everything that much worse.