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In 100 Words: The Zamboanga Standoff

While the issue of Pork Barrel and Janet Napoles raged on, a battle between the Philippine government and the rebels led by the Moro National Liberation Front got underway. During the ongoing standoff in Zamboanga, six people were killed while hundred were hostaged by the rebel groups. The MNLF’s mission was clear: they are calling for an independent Mindanao.

The attack by the rebel groups only added drama to the ongoing peace negotiations between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, an effort which had been stalled for decades. With the warfare not ending soon, when will Mindanao finally achieve true peace? Unless the fighting stops, the Mindanao peace situation will only get worse.