IPAC: Creating Bangsamoro in the Philippines

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A vital but often overlooked question about the peace process in the southern Philippines is whether the three provinces of the Sulu archipelago – Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi – will opt to join the new autonomous region known as the Bangsamoro. The peace will be more sustainable if they do, but it may require some carrots and sticks from Manila to persuade traditional politicians in the area to go along.

The Sulu Archipelago and the Philippine Peace Process, the latest report from the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC), examines the factors behind the reluctance of the ruling elites in the islands to join a region that will be dominated by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) from central Mindanao. It looks at why the archipelago’s participation is crucial to a lasting peace, and what the Aquino government needs to do to ensure it votes “yes” in a forthcoming plebiscite that will determine the Bangsamoro’s boundaries.

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