IS-inspired militants on offensive; OIC warns of Philippines’ relations with ‘Muslim world’
AMID DISTINCT words of caution by a key Islamic organization that the Philippines could risk its relations with the “Muslim world,” militants fighting in the name of the Islamic State (IS) are escalating attacks in the southern Philippines, analysts said.
These developments have raised fears for the volatile region after its main Muslim rebel group failed to seal a peace pact with the Philippine government.
On Sunday, Feb. 28, Secretary-General Iyad Ameen Madani of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation met with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman Alhaj Murad Ebrahim, to discuss what has become of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law, the outcome of peace efforts between the government and the MILF, and other related concerns.
In a statement, the OIC said, “The Secretary General expressed his deep disappointment over the non-passage of the BBL which is a major step towards the final resolution of the Bangsamoro question.” The statement also called the failure of the proposed measure’s passage a “severe setback to the peace process.”
“A failure of peace process could adversely affect the good relation existing between the Philippines and the Muslim world,” the statement noted at length.