Forget the gay onslaught, here is the MILF Army

Maurice Williamson was warned about the pending gay onslaught…he needn’t have worried…it is the MILF army he should really be concerned about.

As abbreviations go, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s has got to be among the most unfortunate.

But this didn’t stop members of the former Muslim rebel group from patrolling the jungles of the Philippines today ahead of the country’s contentious general elections.  

MILF joins countless other organisations with unfortunate acronyms – such as BAAPS, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.

But despite the associations that may come with its abbreviated name, MILF is a deadly serious organisation.

MILF is a splinter group of Muslim rebels from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) formed in the 1960s to achieve greater Bangsamoro autonomy in the southern Philippines.

It has used terrorist tactics to try and force greater independence on the region and declared a jihad against the government, its citizens and supporters.

MILF, which was officially formed in the 1980s, has also been linked to Al Qaeda and a bombing incident in Davao Airport in 2003.

In March 2007, the Philippine government offered to recognize the right of self-determination for the Moro people which it had never done in three decades of conflict.

But later that year in July, Islamic militants in Basilan in the southern Philippines killed 14 marines. MILF denied responsibility for the murders.

This delayed the start of the peace process but MILF and the Philippine government took the first tentative steps last year toward ending one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies.

Both parties signed a preliminary peace pact with a roadmap to a final peace settlement expected by 2016.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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