Magazine article New Internationalist

Khaki or Karoake? [Moro Islamic Liberation Front Member Enters Karaoke Contest]. Power Play

Magazine article New Internationalist

Khaki or Karoake? [Moro Islamic Liberation Front Member Enters Karaoke Contest]. Power Play

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Khaki or karaoke?

Using a little-known tactic dared only by a brave few, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) insurgents of the Southern Philippines have secured a glorious victory against both the Filipino national police and army. The tactic? Entering a karaoke competition.

Emerging fresh from the jungle and resplendent in combat uniform, guerilla representative Omar Ginta secured the microphone and launched into Filipino star Ray Valera's classic, Magsimula,Ka ('Start Again'). The crowd went wild, leaving Ginta to commandeer the top prize of 10,000 pesos ($196).

That he was allowed to walk away from the competition is even more surprising than his entering it. Ginta was selected to represent the MILF prior to the government launching an all-out attack last October on a MILF stronghold in Liguasan Marsh, Central Midanao.

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