Revolutionary tax derails truce between govt, Reds

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 05 2017 09:12 AM

Members of the rebel New People's Army stand in formation during the 40th anniversary celebrations of the Communist Party of the Philippines inside a remote camp in Davao, December 26, 2008. AFP

NOORDWIJK, The Netherlands - The much anticipated signing of a supposed joint ceasefire agreement between the government and the National Democratic Front (NDF) did not materialize Tuesday night.

ABS-CBN sources said the two parties failed to hammer out a truce due to disagreements on the rebels' demand for revolutionary tax.

The elimination of revolutionary tax was among the conditions set by President Rodrigo Duterte for the peace negotiations. The President had also demanded the release of all political prisoners and the non-recognition of any territorial claim made by the communists.

The joint ceasefire deal may be signed Thursday after further inputs have been made by state and NDF negotiators, sources said.

In the meantime, NDF panel chair Fidel Agcaoili is set to call a news conference Wednesday afternoon about the release of 4 political prisoners, 3 soldiers and a police officer in Mindanao.

Joining Agcaoili in the presser is Bishop Felixberto Calang of Iglesia Filipina Independiente, who helped facilitate the release of the prisoners.

The conflict between the government and communists has raged since 1968.

-- Report from Danny Buenafe, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau