Philippine Peace Agreement on Bangsamoro: Hope for Prosperity in Mindanao

Vol. 43 No. 3

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Albert Vincent Y. Yu Chang is special counsel with SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan in Makati City, Philippines. Prior to returning to the Philippines, Mr. Yu Chang practiced as senior counsel with Warner Norcross & Judd LLP in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He holds JD degrees from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago and Ateneo de Manila University School of Law in the Philippines.

Amidst a bullish economy brought about in part by growing consumer and government spending and increasing foreign investment, among other things, the Republic of the Philippines potentially stands to benefit from another boost—the prospect of peace and prosperity in the war-torn southern island of Mindanao. With a land area of 102,043 square kilometers comprising 34 percent of the country’s total, Mindanao is the second largest of the three main Philippine islands.

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