Did you know that the Moro state in Mindanao, once the province of Malaysian sultanates, long ago petitioned the United States to become a territory of America rather than a part of the Philippines?
I did not.
This and other fascinating tidbits of history are included in two MUST READ articles published on blogwatch.tv this past week.
If you have a hard time with the notion of autonomy for Muslim Mindanao, as I have had, think about the region as a separately governed entity like Hong Kong is to China. It does not leave the Philippines. It is, however, for the most part, a master of its own ways.
Here are links to the two superb articles by Ed Lingao, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism: