15 October 2012
President Benigno S. Aquino III received Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), in a courtesy call at Malacañan Palace.
Professor Ihsanoglu was one of the attendees and represented the Islamic world to the signing of the 2012 Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
The Framework Agreement is a commitment to establish a new autonomous political entity in Muslim Mindanao and will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) with a more empowered and more equitable system called the Bangsamoro. The agreement involves the MILF abandoning the goal of establishing a separate state, and committing to eventually render its armed forces “beyond use.”
The OIC is the second largest inter-government organization in the world after the United Nations, with member countries from four continents. It is recognizing the Framework Agreement between the GPH and the MILF.
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