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Aquino to visit MILF stronghold

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Philippine President Benigno Aquino will next week make a historic visit to the stronghold of the country's main Muslim rebel force in an effort to push forward peace talks, his office said on Thursday. 

This file photo, taken on August 4, 2011, by Malacanang Photo Bureau and released by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), shows Philippine President Benigno Aquino (R) posing for a photo with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chairman Murad Ebrahim during their meeting in Tokyo.

Aquino's trip on Monday to the outskirts of the 12,000-member Moro Islamic Liberation Front's (MILF's) main base in the country's south will be the first peace mission there by a president since the insurgency began in the 1970s.

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