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    Philippines illegal arms trade rampant

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    Police in the southern Philippines are fighting a losing battle against the proliferation of guns. Ordinary people are being caught in the crossfire between authorities, gangs and fighters trying to secure autonomy. The government estimates that there are over 100,000 loose, unregistered firearms in the country - most of that is believed to be circulating in the southern Philippines, where even government security forces have been accused of participating in the illegal arms trade. Al Jazeera's Marga Ortigas reports from Maguindanao in the southern Philippines.