BIFM insists on separate Bangsamoro state

Karlos Manlupig
The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM) is firm in its position in not compromising the call of the Moro people for a separate Bangsamoro state.

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – A Muslim group shrugged off the announcement of the signing of the framework agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Sunday, October 7.

The splinter group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM) declared that they are not interested with the recent development that aims at ending a decades-long separatist insurgency in the south of the country, 

In a phone interview with Rappler on October 7, BIFM spokesman Abu Misry Mama said that they are firm in their position in not compromising the call of the Moro people for a separate Bangsamoro state.

“We do not care if the government and the MILF would reach an agreement. We do not want the Bangsamoro entity or whatever they may call it,” Mama said.

But Mama added that they would be closely watching the promises made by President Aquino that the Bangsamoro entity would deliver basic social services like education and health in the region.

The BIFF, led by former 105th Base Command chief Ustadz Ameril Umra Kato, broke away from the MILF after serious disagreements on the peace talks with the government. – Rappler.com

Read the full text of President Noynoy Aquino’s speech: Agreement paves way for enduring peace in Mindanao

Read the full text of the Framework Agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on the establishment of the new autonomous political entity, Bangsamoro, that will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

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