Duterte orders resumption of peace talks with Reds

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President Rodrigo Duterte ordered his Cabinet officials to work on the resumption of peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army/National Democratic Front.

President Duterte however issued a caveat, that there will be clear parameters on the establishment of a mutual ceasefire.

With this clear directive, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana readily set preconditions like the bilateral ceasefire agreement and not separate unilateral ceasefire agreements like what happened in the past; stoppage of the revolutionary tax collections by the NPA; and no attacking and abducting of government troops and civilians.

President Duterte issued the order during a Cabineet meeting in Malacañang Wednesday, April 4.

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