Philippine Muslim rebels congratulate Aquino, Binay

16:33, June 09, 2010      

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The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the Philippines' largest rebel group, congratulated President-elect Benigno Aquino III and Vice President Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay Wednesday.

Aquino and Binay were proclaimed as duly elected president and vice president at the Congress earlier in the day.

"We congratulate them. We are looking forward a smooth peace negotiation under Aquino administration," said Von Al Haq, spokesman for the MILF.

Al Haq said while their 11,900-strong organization is ready for battle anytime, the group sees good outcome of the peace talks with Aquino.

"He picks up the right peace adviser who can really analyze the real situation in the south," Al Haq said, referring to Aquino's presidential adviser on the peace process, Teresita Deles.

Al Haq said they are hoping military officials who will serve under Aquino administration will "draw the line" to avoid a repeat of violence that displaced tens of thousands of people.

The MILF has been fighting government troops for decades to establish a self-rule Muslim state in the south of the predominantly Catholic country. Peace talks between the government and the MILF remain stalled since August 2008 following the aborted signing of the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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