The Bangsamoro People In The Philippines

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The Philippines, like many of the third world countries in Southeast Asia, is now seriously confronted with problems related to their ethnic and religious minority populations. As a multi-cultural state, one of its major problems is how to forge unity and cooperation among the various ethnic groups in the country. The Bangsamoro people, one of these minority groups, have been struggling for their right to self-determination. Their struggle has taken several forms ranging from parliamentary to armed struggle with a major demand of a regional political autonomy or separate Islamic State. Several conflicts today are taking place within and across states. The roots of many of these intra-state conflicts can be traced to the denial of state authorities of their citizens’ assertion that they have a right to self-determination. Bangsamoro is the collective identity of the Islamized people in Mindanao, in the islands of Basilan and Palawan, and the Sulu and Tawi-Tawi archipelago in the south of the Philippines. The Bangsamoro means the Moro nation, as people with distinct identity and common culture, and with long history of political independence in the same territory they presently occupy, continuously assert their right to freedom and independence as an expression of their right to self-determination. The Bangsamoro people consist of several ethno-linguistics groups, like the Iranun, Magindanaon, Maranao, Tao-Sug, Sama, Yakan, Jama Mapun, Ka 'agan, Kalibugan, Sangil, Molbog,

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