Wednesday, 29 January 2020

There have been two guerrilla wars going on for several decades. The armed conflict in the North began already in 1946 when an already existing communist army started to fight the Philippine government until 1954. Ca. 1970 the NPA (New People’s Army), the armed body of the newly founded Communist Party, took up the fighting again with the goal to enforce a socialist system with just land distribution. After 1986 the movement split over the issue of strategy. The NPA is also active in Christian areas of Mindanao. The main armed groups in Mindanao however have been Muslim guerrillas who fight for self-determination of the ‘Muslim Nation’ (=’Bangsamoro’) in Mindanao.

MANILA, Philippines -- As far as timing goes, Malaysia may not have chosen a more un-propitious date to mount its assault on the followers of the Sulu sultanate led by the crown prince, Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram, who had occupied a village in Lahad Datu town in Sabah in a bid to press their historic claim to the territory.

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/08 March) – When Sulu Sultan Mohammed Jamalul Alam leased the Sultanate’s part of North Borneo to the British North Borneo Company in 1878 never did he know that he was signing a historic legacy – a deed in perpetuity that would haunt his heirs and two countries. One hundred and thirty-five years later, his heirs still see error not in the deed but in its violation; they blame the Philippines and Malaysia for not rectifying the error to their (the heirs’) satisfaction.

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