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Philippine rebels criticize new government negotiator

Muslim rebels negotiating to end rebellion in the southern Philippines criticized the government on Sunday for naming a Roman Catholic priest to head its peace panel, saying the decision would downgrade the talks. On Saturday, the government appointed Eliseo Mercado, former president of Catholic-run Notre Dame University on the southern island of Mindanao, to replace its chief peace negotiator with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) who resigned. Full Story

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