Armed Conflict in Sulu: A Local Perspective

Abstract / Excerpt:

War has marred the landscape of Sulu. For decades now in contemporary Moro history, Jolo has figures prominently in the national news as insurgent territory, embattled homeland of Moro fighters. Beginning in the 1970s when the Misuari-led Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) set off a seccessionist war against the central state power in Manila and "Filipino colonialism," Jolo and neighboring islands have never known peace and lenght. Revolts and pockets of rebellion, along with local feuds, have time and again sent people out of their homes, some families moving to other quieter islands or cities and as far as Sabah in Malaysia. The latest of these conflagrations happened in February 2005 when some members of the MNLF launched an attack against the Armed forces of the Philippines (AFP), prompting the national government to send battalions of troops into the embattled territory.

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Source JournalTambara
Journal VolumeTambara Vol. 24
AuthorsSheilfa B. Alojamiento
Page Count24
Place of PublicationDavao City
Original Publication DateNovember 1, 2007

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