Manila's Aquino urges Congress to push ahead with Muslim autonomous region

March 27, 2015 9:02 AM

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Manila's Aquino urges Congress to push ahead with Muslim autonomous region

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Friday urged lawmakers to resume debating a proposed law on an autonomous territory in the Muslim south, in a bid to end a 45-year conflict that has killed 120,000 people.

The two-chamber Congress suspended deliberations on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law that will grant self-rule to the Moro minority after 44 police commandos died in a clash with Muslim rebels on Jan. 25.

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