Philippine president visits rebel stronghold
Philippine President Benigno Aquino paid a historic visit Monday to Muslim rebel territory to advance efforts to end one of Asia's longest and deadliest insurgencies.

Four months after his government agreed on a plan with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for a final peace deal by 2016, Aquino visited the rebel stronghold in the far south as a confidence-building measure.

"We have just three years and four months left. We have to speed up everything we are doing now to make this (peace) permanent," Aquino said alongside MILF leader Murad Ebrahim just outside the insurgents' main base.
Posted by: ryuge 2013-02-12