Out of all the Provinces and cities participating in the plebiscite, only four provinces opted to join, namely: Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. Now, even the armed Communist Party has gained its foothold in Mindanao with large Lumad adherents. Wikiquote has quotations related to: Moro people. It took at least two decades of the presence of the Spanish in the Philippines for them to launch an extensive conquest of Mindanao. However, it remains a partner to the peace process, with the Philippines unwilling to brand MILF as a "terrorist" group. The advent of steam-powered naval ships in the s finally drove the antiquated Moro navy of colorful proas and vintas to their bases. On 21 February of that year, the Spaniards assembled the largest contingent in Jolo, consisting of 9, soldiers in 11 transports, 11 gunboats and 11 steamboats.