Philippines to halt operations against communist rebels:- Aljazeera

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.

In the last year, the government has engaged in an on-and-off truce with communist rebels [Reuters]
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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