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More than 2000 refugees from 360 families who were displaced due to armed conflict are going back to their homes in the southern Philippines. (more…)

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Philippines: hoping for a better life despite election fears

Although most displaced people in Central Mindanao have returned to their homes over the past year, thousands have yet to do so. The ICRC has been providing assistance for them in accordance with their needs. This is an update on these and other ICRC activities in the Philippines. (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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IOM, with funding from the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) has provided 2,891 displaced families with shelter repair materials and 4,986 families with non-food relief items including cooking pots, sleeping mats and tools in conflict-affected areas of Central Mindanao. (more…)

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MAGUINDANAO, Philippines (AlertNet) – The brutal election-related massacre of 57 people, including 30 journalists, in the conflict-torn southern Philippines province of Maguindanao last November focused the world’s attention on a four-decade, forgotten crisis. (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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