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In Philippines, Aquino's Peace Drive Stuck in First Gear

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

One year after taking office in July 2010, Philippine President Benigno Aquino's effort to end the country's decades-long internal conflicts is still stuck in first gear.  

Aquino has put the highest premium on reaching a political settlement with the Muslim Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and making inroads with the Maoist front led by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) -- while not forgetting the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), another Muslim rebel group that signed a final, yet shaky, peace agreement in 1996. ...

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