Philippines Muslim Area to Expand

July 17, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

The Philippine government and a separatist rebel group have agreed to expand an autonomous Muslim region in the south of the country.

The agreement envisages the extension of the present region in Mindanao to include a further 712 villages.

The proposed homeland will also be entitled to a large share of the resources in the area.

But the deal - agreed in secret talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) - remains subject to approval.