Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, cetnre, is seen after delivering his third State of the Nation Address. Photo: Xinhua

Will Duterte’s sharia gift bring lasting peace to southern Philippines?

In an attempt to end militant violence that has claimed more than 120,000 lives over five decades, Duterte signs over parts of the country to sharia law and allows them to keep most of their collected taxes

Topic |   Philippines insurgency

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, cetnre, is seen after delivering his third State of the Nation Address. Photo: Xinhua
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Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan is Asia Correspondent for the SCMP, covering breaking news, politics, diplomacy, trade and Southeast Asian macroeconomic trends. His work for the Post's Asia desk also focuses on the region's multifaceted interactions with the United States and China. A Singapore native, Bhavan previously worked for Agence France-Presse.