The government of the Philippines has pledged to disband dozens of private armies ahead of local elections next year.
Manila wants to make sure there is not a repeat of events in 2009, when nearly 60 people died in a massacre.
Non-governmental organisation Human Rights Watch wants politicians to make sure the keep their promise.
Al Jazeera's Jamela Alindogan reports from Cotabato, southern Philippines.
Source: Al Jazeera