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What else dies with the peace process?


MARAWI (UCAN): Barely two years after the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed a peace deal, the war-torn south of the nation continues to face the risk of massive displacement of people.

The failure of the House of Representatives to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law has dashed the hopes of people who have experienced centuries of armed struggle in defence of their homeland.

More than 5,000 Muslims, many of them young people, staged a protest in the Muslim-majority Marawi City in Mindanao on February 2, calling the president of the country, Noynoy Aquino, a traitor.

Orlando Cardinal Quevedo and other religious leaders have warned that the failure to pass an expansion of autonomy strengthens extremist groups that are pressuring ageing Moro leaders.

Congress member, Teddy Brawner Baguilat, from Ifugao, said the setback could jack up child displacement figures from the current annual estimate of 30,000 to 50,000.

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