Three soldiers died and seven others were wounded during clashes in the southern island province of Basilan, the Philippine military says, while the rebels reported at least four dead and several others injured.
Moro Islamic Liberation Front gathers tens of thousands of supporters to campaign for a new autonomy law which President Rodrigo Duterte signed last week, allowing self-rule for Muslims in 2022 in the restive south of the country.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed on Monday to correct “historical injustice” in a speech to Filipino Muslim rebels. He was speaking at a massive rally organised by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
The Philippines has a long history of conflict. Over the past few decades, homegrown militants, particularly in the south of the country, have stepped up their campaigns against the government.
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