President Rodrigo Duterte said he is ready to release more political prisoners once he sees that the peace negotiations between the government panel and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines succeed.
As many as 1,000 soldiers of the 10 Infantry Division were sent to Jolo, Sulu to beef up government campaign to crush the Abu Sayyaf group in the area.
The National Democratic Front has ordered the suspension of all offensive operations of the New People’s Army in Surigao del Sur and Surigao del Norte until August 31, 2016 for the release of five prisoners of war held in custody of the NPAs.
PASAKA Southern Mindanao Lumad Federation Secretary General Jong Monzon said that the criminal cases filed against were “fabricated” and filed only “with the intent to pacify” their resistance.
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines sees that achieving an agreement on social and economic reforms will be a “major achievement” for both the NDF and the government.
A local movement opposed to the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos, Sr. lauded the Supreme Court declaring a status quo for 20 days, pending the hearing of six petitions filed against the plan to bury the late strongman at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. The 20-day period covers calendar days from Tuesday, August 23 to September 11.
Two days before the resumption of the formal talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, four members of the New People’s Army were killed after a military offensive on August 20 in San Luis, Agusan del Sur.
The City Council approved the appointment of City Administrator Zuleika Lopez in a resolution passed on Tuesday, August 23.
Some 55 new City Hall employees attended the first day of the two-day orientation seminar by the Human Resource Management Office to educate them of their duties and responsibilities as government employees on Tuesday, August 23.
Both negotiating panels of the Government of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front expressed optimism on the resumption of the formal talks which opened on Monday, August 22, in Oslo, Norway.