Gov’t and NDF peace panels sign interim ceasefire agreement

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Courtesy: KODAO PHILS.

Courtesy: KODAO PHILS.

The government and National Democratic Front peace panels signed an interim ceasefire agreement.

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) vowed to release four prisoners while over 20 political prisoners are set to be freed by the government.

As the fourth round of peace talks resume in the Netherlands, the peace panels of the Philippine government and the communist group agreed on an interim joint ceasefire.

This is while the conditions to be included  in the bilateral ceasefire agreement are being tackled.

The interim ceasefire will be implemented by both parties once the guidelines and ground rules for hits are approved.

The guidelines cover areas where there is presence of armed groups, as well as the creation of buffer zones, banning hostile and provocative acts.

These also include the ceasefire monitoring  and verification mechanisms relative to the implementation of the ceasefire, and handling complaints and alleged violations.

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The interim bilateral ceasefire remains until a permanent ceasefire agreement  is signed as part of the final peace agreement.

The issue on single governmental authority and taxation is included in the comprehensive agreement on political and constitutional reforms.

Meanwhile, to show their commitment  to the peace talks, the CPP vowed to release four prisoners of war, while over 20 political prisoners are set to be freed by the government.

“The central committee of the CPP has already ordered the commands concern to release asap the prisoners of war that they are holding and in fact we are able to release two on March 25, now the other four  should have been released earlier,” NDF peace panel chairman Fidel Agcaoili said.

“There was a mention of a number of prisoners  to be released during the joint statement, numbering 23 and we are committed to facilitate the release of these 23,” GPF peace panel member Atty. Angela Librado-Trinidad said. – Mirasol Abogadil | UNTV News & Rescue

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