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Philippine troops advance on rebels, ceasefire falters

PEACE HOPES DASHED:The truce plan offered by Vice President Jejomar Binay to the MNLF leader was abandoned after no agreement could be reached

AFP, ZAMBOANGA, Philippines

Misuari, who has accused the government of violating the terms of a 1996 treaty by negotiating a separate deal with a rival faction, had disappeared from public view shortly before the fighting began on Monday last week.

The rival faction, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), is in the final stages of peace talks with Manila and is expected to take over an expanded autonomous Muslim region in the south by 2016.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said peace talks with the MILF aimed to end decades of rebellion that killed 150,000 in the country’s Muslim southern regions.

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