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Philippines May Reinstate Cease-fire

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FILE - President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte speaks inside a military airbase in Angeles City, east of Manila, 05 July 2016.

FILE - President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte speaks inside a military airbase in Angeles City, east of Manila, 05 July 2016.

A senior Philippines official says the government may reinstate a cease-fire with Maoist -led rebels.

President Rodrigo Duterte lifted the unilateral truce Saturday, six days after is was issued, because the rebels had not responded to a deadline to reciprocate.

The truce was intended as a goodwill gesture ahead of formal peace negotiations in Oslo next month.

Sunday, the Communist Party of the Philippines said in a statement it would be "willing to issue a unilateral cease-fire declaration separately but simultaneously with the Duterte government on August 20."

Jesus Dureza, presidential peace adviser, said the statement from the Communist party is "what we have been waiting for."

Dureza said in a statement that the rebels announcement through the media was "belated, but still strategic' and was an "awaited decision."

The peace talks in Norway resume on August 20.

Some material for this report came from Reuters.

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