Philippine Muslim rebels say concerned at rising radicalism

Philippine government and Muslim rebel peace negotiators both expressed concern on Monday over the spread of radical Islamic ideology in the south of the mainly Roman Catholic nation, warning it could reverse gains in the peace negotiations. Muslim rebels have been fighting for self-determination in the south for more than four decades. “The flags have been raised, the danger signals are already there,” said Miriam Coronel Ferrer, government chief negotiator with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the country’s largest Muslim rebel group.

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