COTABATO CITY, Philippines - Monday’s visit of President Benigno Aquino III at the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s bastion in northeastern Maguindanao helped start the healing of “old wounds” between government and rebel forces that both bled and suffered from conflicts in decades past.

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao—The hills and plains that once saw bloody skirmishes between soldiers and Moro rebel forces in the last decade are potential huge agriculture production areas that could fuel socioeconomic development for the poor Bangsamoro communities, President Aquino said on Monday.

COTABATO CITY, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III reassured the Moro Islamic Liberation Front Monday of his commitment to finish the peace talks with the rebel group before the end of his term in 2016.

Simula pa lamang po itong Sajahatra Bangsamoro Program; isang sangay sa malawak na istratehiya ng pag-aangat ng buhay ng ating mga mamamayan, at pagsigurong walang Pilipinong maiiwan sa pagtahak ng tuwid na daan.

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