The resumption of the armed conflict in Mindanao an the overall
slowdown of the economy occurred at the worst possible time to
Mindanao. The present strife affecting the island will only exacerbate
Mindanao’s already precarious economic statutes characterized by low
growth and abject poverty.

The paper argues that the emergence of and threat from insurgent
elements are in large measure symptoms of a more fundamental malaise in
Mindanao’s economic and social arena. The paper reviews these factors
and outlines a three-point framework for a peaceful and progressive
Mindanao. In the end, there is no reason why Mindanao cannot attain its
full development potential, provided that an inspiring leadership with
the correct vision guides its people.

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