World Bulletin / News Desk
The Philippines’ main Muslim group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) plans to set up a political party in preparation for the 2016 elections, MILF negotiator said Monday.
“We have not yet officially formed a political party but we are conducting wide consultations among our members,” MILF negotiator Mohagher Iqbal told.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino administration welcomed the decision of MILF to form a political party that will participate in future elections.
"The government welcomes the political plans of the MILF for 2016. As you all know the road map towards the establishment of the Bangsamoro ends in 2016 and, understandably, the MILF needs to prepare for that to make the necessary preparations," she said.
MILF signed a ceasefire in 2003, giving up its quest for an independent homeland in return for significant power in a proposed autonomous region.