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Simultaneous unilateral ceasefires will help

Secretary Silvestre Bello III, chairman of the Philippine government’s negotiating panel in the peace talks with the National Democratic Front-Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (NDF-CPP-NPA) , said he had a dinner meeting with NDF chief negotiator Fred Agcaoili, at which he appealed that the other side “lessen the violence.”

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) through its spokesman for Military Affairs, Von Al-Haq, yesterday cited the government’s coordination with the MILF, which he said showed ceasefire mechanisms are working to prevent mistaken encounters and unnecessary spilling of blood, among others.

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