Manila's Aquino Urges Congress to Push Ahead With Muslim Autonomous Region

Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Friday urged lawmakers to resume debating a proposed law on an autonomous territory in the Muslim south, in a bid to end a 45-year conflict that has killed 120,000 people. Aquino told a national television address "If the proposed bill is lacking, it can be addressed by pushing through with the debates on it. I do not pursue peace just to add to my legacy." Aquino has called for a national peace summit comprising community leaders including Manila's Roman Catholic archbishop, a retired judge, and a wealthy businessman to "dissect the proposed law in a calm and reasonable manner".