President Noynoy’s Narita gamble

Posted: March 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

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Thursday night last week, as parts of the country were still reeling from the strong winds and rains unleashed by the tropical storm Kabayan, President Noynoy Aquino left the country and flew unannounced to Japan to meet with Murad Ebrahim, chair of of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), in a hotel near the Narita airport.

President Aquino meet with MILF chair Murad Ebrahim in a hotel near Narita Airport (courtesy of Philippine Daily Inquirer)

The MILF is one of two armed organizations of the Bangsa Moro people in southern Philippines.  The other one, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), has concluded its final peace agreement (FPA) with the Philippine government in 1996.  Irritants continue to sour relations and both government and MNLF are negotiating an implementing accord of the 1996 FPA.

MILF fighters

Meanwhile, the government and the MILF got a fresh start after the 2008 debacle…

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