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NDF peace talks back on track

EIGHTEEN detained peace consultants of the National Democratic Front (NDF) have been granted bail to enable them to join the formal peace talks with the Philippine government in Oslo, Norway, next week. The 18, along with two others covered by the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG), were released after the Solicitor General filed petitions with the Supreme Court which directed the lower courts concerned to give priority to hearings on motions for bail.

Clearly alluded to by President Duterte’s accusation that some party list groups have been funneling government funds to the New People’s Army, the Makabayan legislative bloc declared it does not use its funds to finance the NPA’s rebellion against government.

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