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MANILA, 21 May 2010 (IRIN) – Muslim separatists blamed for years of conflict and displacement on the southern island of Mindanao have agreed to help the government rid the area of unexploded ordnance and landmines. (more…)

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INQUIRER.net First Posted 13:16:00 05/06/2010

MANILA, Philippines—The negotiating panels of the government of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have agreed on the rules that would govern the conduct of the civilians in the International Monitoring Team (IMT), as well as those on clearing land mines in Mindanao. (more…)

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MANILA, 23 April 2010 (IRIN) – The Philippine government and the country’s largest Muslim separatist group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), have agreed to facilitate the return of tens of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs); aid workers hope this could be the harbinger of a lasting peace deal. (more…)

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Thursday, April 22, 2010 09:58:20 AM

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao / April 22, 2010)  Philippine peace negotiators and Muslim rebels signed several agreements ahead of national elections, but a major accord that would end decades of secessionist war in the restive southern region of Mindanao is still uncertain. (more…)

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17 Mar 2010 13:05:00 GMT

MAGUINDANAO, Philippines (AlertNet) – On the side of the highway, neat rows of thatch-roofed huts patched with orange and blue tarpaulin bake in the sun.

There are few trees and even fewer shaded areas. It’s not much better inside the rickety houses, built so close the stifling heat envelops you from all directions. Welcome to the Elian Annex evacuation centre in Datu Saudi Ampatuan municipality in the southern Philippines province of Maguindanao. The official blue cards of the 280 plus families living here say “returned”, but the reality is different. (more…)

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Los Angeles Times

By JOHN M. GLIONNA

Zamboanga City is on the front lines of the Philippines’ fight against terrorists, located in the troubled south where Muslim militants have been battling troops and hitting civilian targets.

Reporting from Zamboanga City, Philippines — Restaurant owner Lyra Quitay is blind in one eye. Her arms, chest and legs bear painful black scars and her right hand is so gnarled that it resembles a claw when she signs her name.

In October 2001, a terrorist’s bomb ripped through the claustrophobic downtown market where Quitay runs a tiny kitchen, instantly killing her security guard and blowing a hole in her life.

The guard had gone to investigate an abandoned duck egg cart; when he opened the lid on a pot, it exploded — ripping off his head and leaving Quitay with injuries so severe that she still wakes up crying at night. (more…)

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Reuters

By MANNY MOGATO

MANILA, July 25 (Reuters) – The Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group ordered its armed units to halt attacks on military targets on Saturday, a top guerrilla leader said, paving the way for the revival of peace talks stalled since August 2008.

“Effective today, we are suspending our military actions in all areas where our armed units are operating,” Mohaqher Iqbal, head of the rebels’ peace panel, told Reuters by telephone from a guerrilla base on the southern island of Mindanao.

On Thursday, the government ordered a unilateral truce in the south of the mainly Roman Catholic country to convince the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to return to negotiations to end 40 years of conflict that has killed 120,000 people. (more…)

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