The Divergents

In 2014, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front or MILF signed a historic peace agreement with the Philippines national government to allow the Muslim majority Bangsamoro area the right to self-determination. This peace agreement currently hangs in the balance. Until a new Bangsamoro Government has been established, the President appointed members of the Bangsamoro Transitional Authority as interim government, an authority that has representatives from the MILF and other groups. However, there are concerns about the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters or BIFF, an group who splintered off from the MILF and allegedly have connections to the Islamic State may derail peace talks. ExtremeLives spoke to those trying to keep the peace and those threatening it.

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