MANILA:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte vowed on Mon­day to fast-track new leg­is­la­tion for au­ton­omy in the coun­try’s most volatile re­gion, ad­vanc­ing a pro­tracted process to end decades of re­bel­lion and thwart ris­ing Is­lamist mil­i­tancy.

The Bangsamoro Ba­sic Law (BBL) submitted to Duterte on Mon­day is the cul­mi­na­tion of a rocky 20-year peace process be­tween the gov­ern­ment of the pre­dom­i­nantly Chris­tian Philip­pines and the Mus­lim sep­a­ratist Moro Is­lamic Lib­er­a­tion Front (MILF). (RTRS)

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