Philippines shuts down mining operations
The environment agency in the Philippines has cancelled at least 70 large-scale mining contracts. The government says it is stepping up its campaign to stop extraction in what it describes as 'critical areas' in the south of the country.
Philippines' MILF rebel group 'committed to peace'
The leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) say they are committed to peace negotiations with the government.
Some fighters - including child soldiers - are laying down their weapons in exchange for government benefits.