Philippines to halt operations against communist rebels
Truce allows government troops to focus on quelling a month-long siege by ISIL-linked fighters in Mindanao province.The Philippine government has announced it would suspend offensives against communist fighters, allowing troops to focus on quelling a bloody siege by ISIL-linked fighters in the country’s south.
Silvestre Bello III, chief government negotiator, said on Sunday that the government move is in response to a similar plan by the communist New People’s Army rebels.
He did not specify when such a suspension of government offensives would take effect and under what terms.
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