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Philippines plans to give Muslims autonomous zone

Filipino Muslims affix their signatures on a mock covenant during a rally near the Presidential Palace in support of the Bangsamoro Basic Law draft that was formally submitted by Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to both houses of Congress Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 in Manila, Philippines. AP

The president of the overwhelmingly Catholic Philippines proposed Wednesday to give Muslims in the south the ability to run their own government under their own flag, part of a peace plan aimed at ending a four-decade rebellion that has killed 150,000 people.

Posted: September 11th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Pope’s visit to lift peace hopes, says bishop


A Church official from Mindanao hopes that the visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines in January next year will lift the spirits of the survivors of the back-to-back disasters that hit the Visayas late last year and help advance the peace process in the Muslim region.

Posted: August 11th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Brunei military official visits troops monitoring ceasefire of PH gov’t, MILF

Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels man a machine gun in Sultan Kudarat in this February 11, 2013, file photo. AFP FILE PHOTO

A ranking military official of the Brunei military has visited his forces in Mindanao as they continue to help the international monitoring of the ceasefire agreement between the Philippine government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front ceasefire agreement.

Posted: July 14th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Aquino, MILF chief hold surprise talks in Japan

Aquino Shinzo Abe Japan

President Benigno Aquino held a surprise meeting in Japan with the country’s top Muslim rebel to address growing concerns over delays in implementing a peace deal, their aides said Thursday.

Posted: June 26th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Peace with MILF historic for women

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita “Ging” Deles: Breaking ground. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

When the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed a peace agreement in March, the moment was historic twice over: it was an opening for peace after 17 years of negotiations, and a woman signed such document as chief negotiator for the first time anywhere in the world.

Posted: June 5th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »