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Bangsamoro - a fragile peace deal vital to regional security

Filipino soldiers standing guard in Zamboanga city in southern Philippines last month. President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the Bangsamoro Organic Law, paving the way for the creation of a Muslim-majority autonomous entity in Mindanao and bringing pe
Filipino soldiers standing guard in Zamboanga city in southern Philippines last month. President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the Bangsamoro Organic Law, paving the way for the creation of a Muslim-majority autonomous entity in Mindanao and bringing peace to the restive region.PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Filipino soldiers standing guard in Zamboanga city in southern Philippines last month. President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the Bangsamoro Organic Law, paving the way for the creation of a Muslim-majority autonomous entity in Mindanao and bringing pe

Less than a year after the Philippines' liberation of Marawi from militants affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Bangsamoro Organic Law, which paves the way for the creation of a Muslim-majority autonomous entity in Mindanao.

The law, which was unveiled on Monday, is a crucial component of the historic 2014 peace agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the biggest insurgent group in the country.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 09, 2018, with the headline 'Bangsamoro - a fragile peace deal vital to regional security '. Subscribe