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  2. An Independent Nation: Not Without Corruption
  3. The End of U.S. Presence and Rebel Fighting Continues
  4. Government Unrest and a Military Coup
  5. Local Government Leader and Ally of President Accused of Organizing Massacre
  6. Tension Increases with China Over Island
  7. Government and Muslim Rebel Group Close to Peace Deal
  8. Death Toll Rises from Typhoon Bopha
  9. 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake Kills at least 144 People
  10. Typhoon Haiyan Kills Thousands
Government and Muslim Rebel Group Close to Peace Deal

On May 29, 2012, the chief justice of the Philippine Supreme Court, Renato Corona, was removed from office after an impeachment trial and conviction by the Senate for failure to declare about $4.2m. The vote was a watershed moment in Philippine politics, marking the first time an upper level official has been impeached and removed through official channels.

The Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the country's largest Muslim separatist group, which seeks a homeland on the southern island of Mindanao, agreed to a framework peace agreement in October 2012. The deal will create an autonomous Muslim homeland on Mindanao, which will be called Bangsamoro, and residents will receive a large share of the region's mineral wealth. In exchange, the rebels agreed to put down their arms. The government and the rebels have been at war for about 40 years, and 120,000 people have been killed in the fighting. After protracted negotiations, the deal was finalized in March 2014.

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