Philippines’ Duterte withdraws communist ceasefire

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(From AFP)

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday withdrew a unilateral ceasefire with communist rebels after his ultimatum for the group to reciprocate lapsed.

hilippine President Rodrigo Duterte holds up a copy of his speech as he speaks before the lawmakers during his first State of the Nation Address at the Philippine Congress in Quezon city, Metro Manila

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte holds up a copy of his speech as he speaks before the lawmakers during his first State of the Nation Address at the Philippine Congress in Quezon city, Metro Manila, Philippines July 25, 2016. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Duterte had announced the truce on Monday to help end one of Asia’s longest insurgencies which claimed tens of thousands of lives since the 1960s.

But the ceasefire was short-lived after communist rebels in the southern province of Davao del Norte killed Wednesday one government militia member and wounded four others.

Duterte on Friday gave the communists an ultimatum to explain the incident and to reciprocate the government ceasefire by Saturday afternoon but the deadline passed without a truce declaration from the rebels. Read More

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