Since the 1970s, Mindanao has seen extensive armed conflict between the Philippines Government and Muslim separatist groups that have been struggling for independence or some form of autonomy. In 1996, a historic peace agreement was signed between the Philippine Government and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), the largest Muslim separatist group. Although fighting still occasionally flares up between the armed government forces and small bands representing elements of some of the different groups, the peace agreement--now 15 years old--has for the most part held.
|Source Institution||United States Agency for International Development|
|Place of Publication||Manila|
|Original Publication Date||December 1, 2011|
|Tags||Audit Report, Memorandum|