RELIGION

Philippine rebel leader emerges from hiding to meet Duterte

A Muslim rebel leader has come out of three years of hiding in the southern Philippines to meet the president who reached out to him as part of efforts to tame a decadeslong Muslim rebellion.

Moro National Liberation Front chairman Nur Misuari emerged in public Thursday after a court suspended the serving of an arrest warrant for him for six months so he could hold talks with President Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte spoke on nationwide TV to announce the rebel leader's presence in his palace in Manila.

Misuari's group signed a 1996 peace deal with the government but his rebels continued to stage periodic uprisings, including a 2013 siege of several southern villages that left more than 200 people dead and prompted the government to criminally charge Misuari.