- The Philippine government and the Communist guerrillas have signed an indefinite ceasefire
- The agreement was signed to facilitate and speed up the peace process between both sides
- Both sides aim to achieve agreement plans in a span of 12 months
The government of the Philippines under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte and the Communist rebels signed the indefinite ceasefire in Oslo, Norway for the facilitation of peace talks.
Both sides agreed to the implementation of the unilateral ceasefires, something that has never been settled in the past.
Presidential peace adviser Jesus Dureza said during the signing ceremony: “This is a historic and unprecedented event … (but) there is still a lot of work to be done ahead.”
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Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende referred to the agreement as a "major breakthrough" as the two parties agreed on speeding up the peace process and aiming to achieve the agreement on economic and social reforms in a matter of six months.
“They plan to follow this up with an agreement on political and constitutional reforms, before a final agreement on ending the armed conflict can be signed,” the Norwegian foreign ministry stated.
According to the Philippine delegation's head of negotiations, they are looking at a timeline of 12 months maximum on the "highway to peace."
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During a press briefing at the Palace Friday, Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said that they are pleased with the peace talks where both parties vowed to work on the socioeconomic reforms comprehensive agreement within six months.
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) has released three prisoners of war (POW). Two of the three were released in Davao Oriental, namely Chief inspector Arnold Ongachen, chief of police of Gov. Generoso Police Station; and Police Officer 1 Michael Grande of the Banaybanay Police Station, were released to Senator Manny Pacquiao.
The other POW was released inTandag, Surigao del Sur.
President Duterte is set to meet the released POWs today. - Kami Media