From Rebel Front to Governing Force: MILF in Transition

From Rebel Front to Governing Force: MILF in Transition



much has changed in the main camp of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front since the rebels signed a peace pact with the Philippine government in 2014 a cement Road has replaced the dirt path that once connected the gunmen to the outside world the idyllic setting looks like a typical farming area except men with assault rifles are everywhere we are a revolutionary organization and we have no experience in governance so we have to transform from a revolutionary organization Murad Ibrahim led the 12,000 strong force in its decades-long rebellion for an independent Muslim homeland now he oversees an autonomous Muslim region that will elect its own Parliament in 2022 if the piece holds the mi LF has pledged to help the Philippines defeat splinter groups that have allied with the Islamic state and took over the southern city of meroe for five months in 2017 – the support of the people in the area and then with the security with the strong security structure also in place we are we are confident that we can get rid of them Murad says some of those who took up arms can join in developing the region he now leads you know our agreement with the government is there will be declaration of general amnesty but this will cover all political crime so we will include them all those who are qualified even in the veteran jungle fighter now wears a new kind of uniform and tackles problems such as battling corruption and convincing his fighters to hand in their guns he says the mi LF will be transformed into a social movement so it could be a partner of the government in implementing social services in the people

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