Philippine Rebels Give Up Dozens of Weapons in Step Toward Peace Deal

June 16, 2015 9:16 AM

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Philippine Rebels Give Up Dozens of Weapons in Step Toward Peace Deal

MANILA — Islamic militants in the southern Philippines turned over dozens of weapons on Tuesday as part of a tentative peace deal, an agreement that is facing stiff resistance from lawmakers since a firefight with rebels in January that killed dozens of police officers.

The largely symbolic handover on Tuesday involved the decommissioning of 75 weapons and the registration of 145 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the country’s largest rebel group, who have agreed to enter civilian life. The organization has more than 10,000 fighters and an extensive ars...

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