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Manila finalises resource accord with Mindanao rebels

Philippine government and rebel negotiators sign a wealth-sharing agreement following talks hosted by Malaysia. Photo: AFP

The Philippines says it has clinched a key "wealth-sharing" deal with Muslim rebels, bringing it closer to ending a decades-old rebellion that has claimed tens of thousands of lives.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Aquino wants Mindanao peace talks speeded up

Aquino (right) jokes with MILF chief Murad Ebrahim.Photo: AFP

Aquino handed out educational, health and livelihood benefits to the families of rebels, to show his government's intention to improve the lives of the Muslim minority in the largely Christian nation.

12 Feb 2013 - 7:03am

Games to replace war for Philippine leader’s visit

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III delivers a speach during the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption in Manila last month. Photo: EPA

Soldiers and Muslim guerrillas will meet in sporting events instead of combat when Philippine President Benigno Aquino makes a historic visit to a rebel camp to promote a peace pact, officials said on Sunday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Al-Qaeda-linked militants free two Filipino hostages

Freed Filiipino hostages, cameraman Ramil Vela (right) and audio technician Roland "Buboy" Letriro are treated at the provincial hospital in Jolo, Sulu. Photo: AFP

Gunmen from the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf Islamist group freed two Filipino members of a Jordanian TV crew who they kidnapped last year as they set out to interview the extremists.

4 Feb 2013 - 2:38am

Briefs, November 18, 2012

Japan, N Korea to restart abduction talks

18 Nov 2012 - 2:31am

Talking Points

Undersecretary for the environment, Christine Loh King-wai. Photo: SCMP

Green fair welcomes environment chief

27 Oct 2012 - 1:39am

Murad Ebrahim, rebel who found path to peace

Illustration: Brian Wang

As military leader of the largest Muslim rebel group in the Philippines, Murad Ebrahim cut his teeth as a guerilla fighter on the battlefields of Afghanistan, meeting mujahideen hero Osama bin Laden during the war against the Soviets.

21 Oct 2012 - 2:43am

Philippine government and MILF rebels sign peace pact

As the pact is signed in Manila, Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels in Muslim Mindanao raise their firearms in celebration. Photo: Reuters

Muslim rebels and the Philippine government put their decades of bitter hostility to one side yesterday to sign the preliminary peace pact which, it is hoped, will bring one of Asia's longest-running insurgencies to a close.

16 Oct 2012 - 4:07am

Philippines, Muslim rebels sign landmark peace pact

Philippine President Benigno Aquino welcomes Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who arrived in Manila to witness the landmark signing. Photo: AP

Muslim rebels waging a decades-long separatist insurgency in the southern Philippines signed a pact with the government on Monday to end the conflict by 2016.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Hong Kong's one country, two systems gives hope for Manila

Some have doubts about Hong Kong's "one country, two systems" model but as inspiration for resolving a problem there can be no doubting its worth. An agreement reached between the Philippine government and the country's biggest Muslim rebel group involves a plan that, from a distance, bears striking similarity.

15 Oct 2012 - 1:53am 1 comment

Philippine rebel chief in historic peace trip

Murad Ebrahim (centre), leader of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Photo: AFP

The leaders of the Philippines’ biggest Muslim  rebel group arrived in Manila on Sunday for a historic visit aimed at ending  one of Asia’s longest and deadliest insurgencies.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Philippine Muslim rebels want to keep guns

MILF rebels carrying rocket propelled grenades patrol inside their base at Camp Darapan, Sultan Kudarat province, Mindanao. Photo: AFP

After watching two of his brothers die during four decades of fighting in the southern Philippines, Muslim rebel Abdulhamid Ganalan feels a planned peace deal could be surrender.

12 Oct 2012 - 5:23pm

A long way still to go on the path to peace

A final resolution to a decades-long Muslim rebellion in the Philippines is a long way off with many tough issues yet to be resolved, experts cautioned yesterday, 24 hours after a roadmap for peace was unveiled.

9 Oct 2012 - 3:44am

Philippines, Moro Islamic Liberation Front separatists agree on peace deal

President Benigno Aquino announces the peace deal in a nationally televised address as cabinet officials sit behind him. Photo: EPA

The Philippine government and the country's biggest Muslim rebel group announced yesterday they had agreed on a plan to end a decades-long separatist insurgency that has killed more than 150,000.

8 Oct 2012 - 1:36pm

Timeline: Long road for Philippine-Muslim rebel group deal

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chairman Murad Ebrahim (centre) inside their base camp in Darapan, Sultan Kudarat province, in southern island of Mindanao last month. Photo: AFP

Muslim rebels in the southern Philippines have been fighting since the 1970s for independence or autonomy, with the conflict claiming about 150,000 lives.

The main rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), and the government announced on Sunday they had agreed a road map for peace. Here are the key dates in the conflict:

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am