Philippine Military Cooperating With Rebels

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The Armed Forces of the Philippines is working with its former enemies, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, to defeat militants aligned with the Islamic State group.

The MILF fought the government for years trying to establish an autonomous self-ruled region for Muslims in Mindanao, but signed a peace agreement in 2014.

The AFP news agency reports the military is sharing intelligence with the MILF and providing them with air support in their fight against a breakaway faction of about 60 fighters in central Mindanao.

Meanwhile, plans for Marawi’s reconstruction continue as the Philippines accepted an aid package from the United States worth 730 million pesos.

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim said the money will go towards emergency assistance for displaced residents and rebuilding Marawi’s public services such as water, power and healthcare.