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The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) said on Sunday that it will issue a unilateral ceasefire “separately but simultaneously” with the administration on August 20, the main day of the formal resumption of peace talks in Oslo, Norway.

“To further support peace negotiations, the CPP is willing to issue a unilateral ceasefire declaration separately but simultaneously with the Duterte government on August 20. The time-frame can be determined through negotiations,” the CPP said in a statement.

It said that while it is “too terrible” that President Rodrigo Duterte pulled back the one-sided truce assertion he issued against the Communist radicals on Saturday, they stay hopeful that it would not crash the arrangements for the peace talks.

“We trust, however, that this will not affect preparations for formal resumption of peace negotiations scheduled for August 20-27 in Oslo, Norway, nor will it preclude the GRP President from reissuing such a declaration simultaneously with a similar unilateral declaration by the CPP and NPA on August 20,” the statement read.

The CPP also explained why it took days for them to reciprocate Duterte’s ceasefire offer.

“The CPP took the more prudent path of moving slowly in a deliberate effort to observe the situation at the ground even as it ordered the NPA to stay on active defense.

The CPP, however, will not allow itself to be browbeaten to order the NPA to go on a ceasefire while operating troops of the AFP showed no plans on letting up in their search-and-destroy operations and frenzied offensives that terrorize civilian communities.”

On Saturday, Duterte canceled the détente with the socialist extremists after the CPP neglected to meet the 5 p.m. due date to announce truce and clarify why it trapped military men in Davao del Norte last Thursday.

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