Philippines: November 19, 2001


Nur Misuari, the governor of the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has rebelled, trying to stall regional elections scheduled for November 26th. Some 500 armed Misuari supporters and a hundred Abu Sayyaf rebels have attacked government troops and administrative offices.  Misuari became governor in 1996. But the upcoming elections threaten Misuari's corrupt rule. Earlier this year, the local Moro (Moslem) political organization removed Misuari as its leader for inefficiency. The government is backing a Misuari opponent who pledges clean government. Among other scams, Misuari was also working with the Abu Sayyaf rebels, who had collected so much ransom money from kidnappings that they were able to bribe, or at least try to bribe, just about anyone. ARMM contains the islands of Jolo and Basilan, which have been the main stomping grounds of Abu Sayyaf. Misuari began leading Moro National Liberation Front rebels (MNLF) in 1972, but the MNLF made peace with the government in 1996.


Article Archive

Philippines: Current 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close