October 15th, 2012
05:09 AM ET

Rebel leaders, Filipino officials sign landmark peace deal

Filipino government officials and Muslim rebel leaders signed a landmark peace deal Monday aimed at ending a long-running insurgency in the nation's troubled south.

The provisional accord paves the way for a new autonomous region to be administered by Muslims in Mindanao, according to President Benigno Aquino III, who met with the rebels at the presidential palace in Manila.

"Today, we sign a framework agreement that can finally seal a genuine, lasting peace in Mindanao," Aquino said in a speech.

The deal sets up mechanisms to tackle issues such as power structure and revenues in the southern region, which will be named Bangsamoro. The new region is expected to replace the current one by 2016, when the president's term ends, according to officials.

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front has fought for decades to set up an independent Islamic state in southern Philippines, having been blamed for a host of attacks and skirmishes that have left tens of thousands dead.

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  1. saywhat

    Good and lasting luck with the peace deal, Filipinos.

    Getting to the root of a conflict and its resolution is what the world has gradually adopted to shun.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. banasy©

    Good morning saywhat.
    Bombo said yesterday that this isn't the group that is causing the most trouble in the Philippines, (he has relatives there) but any first step towards lasting peace is a step well taken.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Hide Behind

    What was that saying ofp mel Gison in the patriotic fantacy flic, Ruled by a tyrant near by or one a thousand miles away.
    The US once lumped all of the insurgents as commies Moros have been fighting invaders since the take over by america in Spanish war. A war that americans. lined up and butchered them enmass after surrendering.
    Phillipines not all of one ethnicity but peoples in revolt are more representative of original peoplesthan they who rule.
    Any time the gun is laid away may sound great but injustice comes in mant forms and just promising one group a profit from that injustice does not make the misery go away to those who pay for the profits.

    October 15, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse | Reply

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