The signing of a framework peace agreement on Monday between the Philippines government and the country’s largest rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), to end their 40-year insurgency war is indeed welcome news for the people of the Philippines.
I cannot help myself joining in their celebration, even though the agreement is just the first step – but a major step – towards peace on Mindanao Island.
There are still many hurdles that both sides in the conflict will have to overcome. Moreover, this roadmap does not mean an end of the brutal insurgency, Even if the MILF rebels are to lay down all their arms there are still other rebel groups such as the notorious Abu Sayaaf which have rejected the peace pact.
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