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Philippines hopes pineapple peace plan will bear fruit

by Pat Coate | May 09, 2007
"Visit Jolo in a few years' time and I assure you the traces of blood and armed struggle that once haunted the whole island will have vanished."
- Lt. Gen. Romeo Tolentino, project official

Manila, Philippines - The Philippine army plans to transform an insurgency-wracked island into the country's second largest pineapple producing region in an effort to end decades of bloodshed.

Under the plan, Jolo, 950km south of Manila, would be transformed into a major producer of pineapples to provide livelihoods to impoverished Muslims who have lived under the shadow of rebel violence for decades.

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