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The Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) made history as they signed a preliminary peace agreement on the afternoon of October 15, 2012 in Malacañang Palace, Manila, Philippines.
Malacañang Palace, as the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (M.I.L.F.) and the Philippine Government were signing a preliminary peace agreement, Christian activists from AKBAYAN (English Translation: LEAN ON EACH OTHER’S SHOULDERS) demonstrated in support of the said signing. The Christian activists belonging to AKBAYAN are in favor of the establishment of an autonomous region for Filipino Muslims living in Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao. The said 5 provinces are all located in Mindanao. AKBAYAN is an activist multi-sectoral group in the Philippines that has been fighting peacefully for social reforms since the 1980s. AKBAYAN’s Christian activists marched from Taft Avenue all the way to Mendiola, the street where Malacañang Palace is located, to express support for the signing of the said preliminary peace agreement. The Christian activists joined the Muslim activists who were then holding a ‘celebration-rally’ at Mendiola during that time. The Christian activists from AKBAYAN and Muslim activists from ANAK-MINADANAO (English Translation: CHILDREN OF MINDANAO) joined forces in celebrating the signing of the preliminary peace agreement between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (M.I.L.F.) and the Philippine Government. October 15, 2012 became a historic day for Filipinos.
It has been 10 days now since the signing of the preliminary peace agreement between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (M.I.L.F.) and the Philippine Government. The Christian activists belonging to AKBAYAN promised that they will be monitoring the developments of the
Eid’l Adha. Though the Philippines is a predominantly Christian nation, Pres. Noynoy’s administration has declared certain Muslim festivities as regular holidays to promote inter-cultural dialogues between Christian and Muslim communities all over the country.
I posted this iReport because I believe that people living in a democracy should not fight over religious beliefs. Democracy is majority rule with minority rights. Freedom of religion is guaranteed in a democratic state. There should be harmony in the midst of di