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Mindanao votes on creation of new Muslim region

MANILA (UCAN): Muslims and Christians in the southern Philippines cast their votes on January 21 on whether to approve Bangsamoro Organic Law which will expand the current Muslim autonomous region in Mindanao.
 
The creation of a new political entity in the predominantly Muslim region is part of a peace deal entered into by the Philippine government with Moro Islamic Liberation Front in 2014.
 

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Cardinal appeals to doubting Christians in Mindanao

MANILA (UCAN): Orlando Cardinal Quevedo of Cotabato, called on Christians to support the proposed creation of an autonomous Muslim region in the southern Philippines, saying it will address “historical injustices” committed against the people of Mindanao.
 
He said it was unfortunate that many Christians in the region want to reject the the Bangsamoro Organic Law which aims to facilitate the creation of a new political entity for the Moro people.
 

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Religious leaders push for new Muslim region in Mindanao

SOUTH COTABATO (UCAN): Christian and Muslim religious leaders in Mindanao, the southern Philippines, have vowed to work for the ratification of the proposed Bangsamoro Organic Law that will create an autonomous Muslim region to be called the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. It will be bigger than the current entity and will have fiscal autonomy and its own justice system.
 
“We will go all out to win the hearts and minds of the electorate,” said Hamid Barra of the National Ulama Conference of the Philippines.

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