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Philippine president meets Muslim rebel chief secretly in Tokyo

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The Japanese don't realize that there are both christian and muslim rebels who are married to Jdescendants and are already here in Japan with permanent or long term visas. Why would you think they'll have their talks here of all places! Those people are terrorists in the real sense of the word. JICA funding in the southern Phils is at best helping out these horrible group. My country is just small with so many islands, so many exotic culture and beliefs. Those Muslims are innate part of the whole Phils. yet their ultimate goal is independence. As if the Phil govt and the Christian community is harassing them. With their so called civil war down there, they are making the country poorer and the civilians there very pitiable. Look at Nur MIsuari, during Marcos time, he was given a plea bargain to go to Saudi. There was apparent peace then but for all you know he was there harboring and planning how that independence could be achieved. In short , once a terrorist, is a terrorist. No change. Leaders like him and the one in Netherlands live a good life to the expense of both the host country and the Phils while the idealistic adherrents are suffering back home.

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Sorry trinkets, who are terrorists? The oppressed southerners probably have a different view to you. It is great thing the two sides are talking, and it will be even greater if there is peace. After peace, the hardest job will be getting the Christians to accept the Muslims as equal citizens.

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The meeting was not a secret for Philippine's gov as they have a team attended the meeting. Even the Japanese Foreign Minister knew about it. Jtoday should amend the title unless Jtoday could prove Moro Islamic Liberation Front didn't know their chief attended the meeting. Labeling it as 'secret meeting' is undermining the peace effort between both parties.

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@Asagao You are saying one's terrorist is another's freedom fighter.

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So much for a "secret" meeting!

@trinklets: so you mean to say that I will be considered a terrorist if I fight for freedom and rights of my religion?

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Bumblejay

so you mean to say that I will be considered a terrorist if I fight for freedom and rights of my religion?

If you killed innocent civilians and terrorized people then yes you are a terrorist regardless of your reasons. If you dont like something about the country you live in then try and change things peacefully, run for government etc. Or move to a country that is more to your liking. But to kill people for those beliefs...

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Back on topic please.

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Why it is secret meeting? majority Roman Catholic do not want a peace deal with Muslims? or It is shame ? Muslims are the people who are with the peace .

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Asagao san, haven't you heard of foreign people who were kidnapped while vacationing or doing missionary work in the south ? The people behind that is abu sayyaf, a local group which is believed to be a part of al qaida. Some were released after paying "board and lodging" fees(the govt and the negotiators didn't outrightly said ransom) and some were beheaded. The board and lodging fees ran to millions of dollars knowing those victims lived in mosquito infested, bedless, tapless environ, millions of dollars as board and lodging fees were outrageous. The JICA funding in the south is done in good intention but the militant Muslims there are real adherrents of cessesionist movement and nothing else. Foreign aid come in the form of schools, roads, water and electricity aside from spiritual elighenment but these I think make them believe that they can go on as a separate country. The real purpose is defeated.

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I don't have anything against the Muslims. The extremist s in whatever form is what is not viable in a peace-loving world. Win-win, peaceful co existence is what i adhere to.And being a Filipino for my whole 54 yrs and knowing that in the south and some remote countryside all over where guerillas tax civilians and knowing that some foreign aid are being funneled to these very people make me very sad for my country.

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You make assertions. The army terrorises citizens in Mindano and the case in the southern islands is close to genocide. Regarding the al Quieda links, they were exaggerated to US military Aid. Go down there and see for yourself.

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Why was the Muslim terrorist leader even allowed into Japan?

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