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Duterte right to bet on autonomy for troubled Muslim regions

Philippine president faces big challenges in brave bid to resolve decades-old conflict

| Philippines

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte kicked off his third year in office with a historic decision, which may radically transform the fortunes of his home island of Mindanao.

In late July, he signed a law paving the way for the creation of a Muslim-majority regional entity in the Catholic-majority Southeast Asian nation.

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