MILF rebels, villagers clash
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Rebels launched the attacks after the Supreme Court stopped the formal signing of the ancestral domain accord saying it was unconstitutional. The ancestral domain covers the whole of the Muslim autonomous region – Sulu, Tawi- Tawi-, Basilan, Maguindanao and Lanao, including Marawi City. And some areas in Zamboanga Peninsula, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani provinces in Mindanao where there are large communities of Muslims and indigenous tribes. And also Palawan Island, off Mindanao.
Manila opened peace talks in 2001 with the MILF, then the country’s largest Muslim rebel group which is fighting for the establishment of a separate Muslim homeland.