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Philippines: Islamic ‘state’?

The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), proposed by President Benigno Aquino III last September with the aim of ending decades of Islamist rebel violence in Mindanao, was approved by a House Ad Hoc Committee on 20 May, with 50 members voting yes, 17 voting no and one abstaining.

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The area, comprising five provinces with sizeable non-Muslim populations, already enjoys a measure of autonomy as the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), and the proposed BBL would give leaders sufficient independence to impose shari’a law. Christians and others in the southern Philippines have expressed strong fears that this legislation, effectively creating an Islamic sub-state on Mindanao Island, will exacerbate religious tensions rather than resolve them.