A man smokes a cigarette outside his dilapidated house as a "hubble-hubble" motorcycle ferries passengers outside the battle zone in Gli-gli. Fighting between government and MILF forces continued for days in several villages near the Liguasan Marsh. Periodic conflict has crippled Mindanao's economy and hindered long-term investment in agriculture and education. The five provinces that comprise the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao are among the poorest in the country.

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