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Ceasefire eyed in next round of peace talks

Negotiating panels of the Philippine government and the communist-led National Democratic Front are expected to exchange drafts on the proposed bilateral ceasefire and craft an amnesty proclamation as peace talks are set to resume in Oslo, Norway on Thursday.

Big changes are expected in government policy and operations. It was, after all, because of his promise of change that President-elect Duterte won by a big margin over the other, more traditional, presidential candidates. His campaign against crime, especially drugs, will begin immediately, if only to meet the three to six-month deadline he set for himself during the election campaign. This should be accompanied by a cleanup in police ranks as the drug problem in particular is believed to have grown to what it is today because of either police connivance or tolerance.

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The Pambansang Katipunan ng mga Magbubukid (PKM) has assailed the bid of Aquino allies to railroad Charter change (Cha-cha) as “a shameless sell-out of the national patrimony and economic sovereignty.”

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Malacanang said yesterday that the death of former Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) spokesman Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal will not have any impact on the peace process between the government and the CPP-New People’s Army (NPA)-National Democratic Front (NDF).

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