Viewfinder: A Referendum for Peace in the Southern Philippines

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Residents flock to a local polling precinct to cast their votes on February 6th, 2019, in Tubod, Lanao del Norte, southern Philippines. Nearly three million Filipinos in the region of Mindanao are voting in a referendum that could pave the way for lasting peace in the country's Muslim-majority southern region and place them under a substantially more autonomous regional government. Based on reports, the vote could provide a political solution to decades of fighting between Islamist separatists and the Philippine army, which has left at least 120,000 people dead over years of violence.

Residents flock to a local polling precinct to cast their votes on February 6th, 2019, in Tubod, Lanao del Norte, southern Philippines. Nearly three million Filipinos in the region of Mindanao are voting in a referendum that could pave the way for lasting peace in the country's Muslim-majority southern region and place them under a substantially more autonomous regional government. Based on reports, the vote could provide a political solution to decades of fighting between Islamist separatists and the Philippine army, which has left at least 120,000 people dead over years of violence.

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