Underreported: Christian-Muslim Relations in the Philippines

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Tensions between Christians and Muslims have troubled the Philippines for decades. In late January of this year, armed raiders backed by the insurgents from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) attacked Christian-owned farms during the rice harvest. Intermittent attacks from both sides have continued ever since. On today's Underreported, we ask why Filipino Christian-Muslim relations have deteriorated, and why the US has a vested interest in supporting peace talks. Astrid Tuminez of the Philippine Facilitation Project at the United States Institute of Peace calls in from Hong Kong. She’s joined by Simon Montlake, a journalist who covers the Philippines for the Christian Science Monitor. Also, Zen Malang, an attorney with the Moro Policy Center in the Philippines.

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