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Philippines to recognize Islamic law in Mindanao province?

May 21, 2012

The government of the Philippines is apparently prepared to recognize the authority of shari'a law in the southern Mindanao province.

Government representatives have signed a joint declaration with leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), calling for an autonomous government in Mindanao. The declaration would furnish the basis for a peace agreement, ending the MILF's battle for independence. In the agreement, both parties promise to recognize religious freedom. But the accord also recognizes the authority of the Shari'a court system. The Islamic courts would hold jurisdiction only for Muslims, the agreement says.


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