KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - The Philippines on Monday offered rebels waging a decades-long insurgency the prospect of autonomy, but warned they must first lay down their arms and a peace pact was likely years away. The offer was contained in the government's proposal for peace with the 12,000-strong MILF at the start of three days of talks in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. "This proposal presents the possibility of a more empowered, more workable and thus, more genuine autonomy of a Bangsamoro region," the govt said in a statement summarising its offer.