Philippine rebels govt declare christmas truce
Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has vowed that if he is re-elected, he will announce a truce between the army and the NPA that he calls the “Christmas truce”.
“I’m going to announce a truce and Christmas truce, which will not only be for the people of the Philippines, it’s because the NPA is fighting with the Philippine army,” Duterte told reporters in Davao on Wednesday.
“We are declaring a ceasefire because it would be an embarrassment if both sides, the Filipino and the the American, were fighting each other,” he told reporters.
The two men began fighting more than five years ago in a conflict that has claimed more than 4,000 lives. The Presidjarvees.coment last month declared the fight in Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Maute group as over but both groups are still holding out.