Government, Communist Rebels Clash on Release of Political Prisoners

Peace talks with communist rebels hit a snag after President Rodrigo Duterte rejected demands for the release of political prisoners in the absence of a bilateral ceasefire agreement. Both sides have already declared a unilateral stop to fighting, but a bilateral agreement is still sought so that there’ll be a mechanism to monitor its implementation and violations. There is also a disagreement to the number of political prisoners, with the…

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