Duterte Not Keen on Resuming Peace Talks with Communists

Peace negotiations with communists took a dim turn after President Rodrigo Duterte announced that he would not authorize the resumptions of talks unless the rebels declare a unilateral ceasefire in the entire country. Communist leaders earlier offered to sign a bilateral ceasefire agreement in selected areas so that both sides could join forces in battling Muslim extremists. Duterte acknowledged the goodwill gesture, but added…

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