KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Philippine government and the country's largest Muslim rebel group have begun what they hope will be the final round of talks on ending a decades-long rebellion. ...
Peace talks between the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are now on the home stretch with only the decommissioning of rebel combatants and weapons left in the four annexes to complete a negotiated political settlement....
In a span of one week, the two major rebel forces in the Philippines issued strongly-worded statements giving the impression that peace remains as elusive as ever despite several breakthroughs under the President Benigno Aquino III. On Monday, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chair Murad Al Hadj Ibrahim branded the government’s draft peace proposals palliatives....
Saying there are some forces countermanding government chief peace negotiator Alexander Padilla, the communist-led National Democratic Front (NDF) wants President Benigno Aquino III to take a hands on approach to the peace process. NDF chief negotiator Luis Jalandoni said they want Aquino to show the same direct approach adopted by the government with the Moro...
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