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Duterte grants Pardon for 10 NDF prisoners

Balita Ngayon|President Rodrigo Duterte has pardoned and release 10 political prisoners with communist ties. The 10 prisoners released on Thursday, July 6 are consultants for the communist National Democratic Front of the Philippines. Duterte pardoned the inmates on June 28. Anadolu Agency reports they were convicted of theft, kidnapping for ransom and murder.

Human rights organization Karapatan says the inmate who had been detained the longest had been behind bars for 21 years. The political prisoners were released about a month before scheduled informal peace talks between the NDFP and the government. The negotiations are expected to lay the groundwork for the fifth round of formal peace talks scheduled for August. However, the Sun Star reports Duterte said Thursday he will only allow the peace talks to resume if the communist rebels stop collecting “revolutionary taxes.”

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