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Philippines Christmas Holidays Truce Uncertain

Source: Reuters
Posted: Thursday, December 21, 2006

The Philippine military has recommended suspending offensives against communist rebels during Christmas and New Year, the chief of staff said on Wednesday, two weeks after ruling out such a truce (see our story of December 7, 2006).

The military, however, would continue offensives against hundreds of Muslim rebels on a remote southwestern island. The final decision will be taken by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Since 1986, the government has observed a holiday ceasefire with communist and Muslim rebels.

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