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MANILA, Philippines – Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said Sunday that his government has reached a preliminary peace agreement with the nation’s largest Muslim rebel group in a major breakthrough toward ending a decades-long insurgency in the country’s south.
“This means that the hands that once held rifles will be put to use tilling land, selling produce, manning work stations and opening doorways of opportunity.”
He cautioned, however, that “the work does not end here.”
“There are still details both sides must thresh out,”
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The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) (Arabic: جبهة تحرير مورو الإسلامية, Jabhat Tahrir Mooroo al-Islamiyyah) is a Sunni Islamist group located in the southern Philippines. This militant group has been involved in clashes with the Phillipine government in a conflict that has claimed 120,000 lives. They most active in the Bangsamoro region of Mindanao, the Sulu Archipelago, Palawan, Basilan and other neighbouring islands.