A woman shows her inked thumb after voting in Cotabato City. Photo: AFP

Bangsamoro autonomy vote in southern Philippines proves peaceful, apart from a grenade

  • President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration hopes that granting greater autonomy to the region can end a violent, decades-long separatist movement
Topic |   The Philippines

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A woman shows her inked thumb after voting in Cotabato City. Photo: AFP
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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.