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Christian-Muslim Democracy

Dimasangcay A. Pundato

in Liberal Islam

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780195116212
Published online November 2007 |
  Christian-Muslim Democracy

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Muslims are a minority of under 10 percent in the Philippines, concentrated largely on the island of Mindanao. The Moro National Liberation Front, the largest organization representing the Muslims, has waged a war of independence since the 1970s. In 1982, the Reformist Group headed by Dimasangcay A. Pundato (Philippines, born 1947) broke from the front, objecting to the undemocratic internal structure of the movement and the socialist leanings of the movement's leaders, and accepting autonomy rather than independence as the goal of the movement. 1 In the mid-1980s, the Reformist Group joined other pro-democracy forces in peaceful protest against the dictatorship. When the dictatorship fell in 1986, the Reformist Group, along with other Muslim groups such as the United Muslim Democrats of the Philippines, worked with the government to improve the position of Muslims in the Philippines, while the MNLF resumed its war of independence. In the speech and letter published here, Pundato explains his commitment to the democratic process and urges even closer cooperation among Christians and Muslims.

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