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Evangelicals Back Peace Pact with Islamic Rebels in Philippines

President Aquino, Moro leader Ebrahim end decades of bloody conflict.
Evangelicals Back Peace Pact with Islamic Rebels in Philippines
Image: Malacanang Photo Bureau
In Manila, Philippine government leaders sign peace accords with Moro rebel group.

Evangelical, Roman Catholic, and Islamic leaders in the Philippines are hailing today's signing of historic peace accords to end decades of conflict between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Among the dignitaries at the event was Bishop Efraim Tendero, head of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, which came out in favor of the peace accords. MILF forces will surrender their weapons in order to gain political autonomy in areas of southern Philippines with large Muslim populations.

The conflict dates to the 1960s, and by some estimates 120,000 people have died. In 2011, MILF gave up its aspiration to achieve nation-state status for the region of southern Mindanao. Instead, this autonomous area will remain under the national government.

In remarks at Malacanang Palace, President Aquino said:

"This agreement stands as a testament to how far trust and earnestness can move humanity forward," he said. "It shows how righteousness, ...
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