On October 14, 2008, the Supreme Court of the Philippines ruled that a proposed peace agreement between the government and the rebel Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was unconstitutional. The court held that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo had exceeded her powers in negotiating the agreement. The Memorandum of Agreement on the Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) between the MILF and Arroyo's government would have given the minority Muslim faction expanded autonomy by creating the Bangsamoro Juridical Entity (BJE) in the Mindanao region of the Philippine islands.
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