» 06/02/2005, 00.00
Peace between Moro rebels and government near
Jailed Jolo Muslim rebel leader to be set free
Moro National Liberation Front leader Nur Misuari will be freed on health grounds. Rebel leader throws his support behind Filipino President Arroyo and is in favour of US troop presence in Jolo.
Mindanao: MILF leader says peace can stop violence among young people
The founder of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front says he wants peace “to save young Muslims from utter poverty” but still does not trust the pledges of the Filipino government.
Thousands of troops to supervise elections in Mindanao
There are fears of violence, electoral fraud and Islamic terrorism. Ten suicide bombers from Indonesia might be in the country. Catholic sources warn that no one will be able to vote freely because electoral corruption is too ingrainedmany will abstain.
Clashes in the south, Church helping the displaced
President Arroyo announces peace talks with MILF rebels but launches a major military offensive against other rebel groups. Bishop of Jolo says Church ready to help the population.
Papal appeal, a source of hope for Christians in Cotabato, Cathedral parish priest says
Clergyman deplores the atmosphere of fear which has made the Christian community worry about more attacks. Benedict XVI’s words during the Angelus are a source of “strength and courage.” MILF rebels conduct a parallel investigation to find attack’s authors.
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