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Duterte Seeks Reboot of Mindanao Peace Push Amid Marawi Standoff

  • Government chief negotiator sees bill passage in first quarter
  • Southern Philippines has faced insurgency for four decades

President Rodrigo Duterte is seeking to revive a peace accord aimed at ending decades of insurgency in Mindanao in the southern Philippines, where government troops have battled Islamic State-linked militants for two months.

As much as 30 percent of the bill that Duterte’s predecessor failed to pass has been revised, with the draft now providing for other Muslim groups to be included in the process, Moro Islamic Liberation Front chief peace negotiator Mohagher Iqbal said on Monday at a forum in Manila.