The Philippine president says he hopes his government can resume peace talks with communist guerrillas later this month despite his withdrawal of a ceasefire order after the rebels killed a militiaman in an attack.

President Rodrigo Duterte also said Monday a top rebel couple would be released from detention in another move to bolster the resumption of peace negotiations on Aug. 20-27 in Norway.

The Communist Party of the Philippines still fully backs the resumption of the long-stalled talks, saying Sunday that it was willing to declare a unilateral ceasefire simultaneously with the government when the talks resume.

Duterte declared a ceasefire on July 25 but withdrew it five days later after the rebels killed a militiaman in an attack and failed to declare their own truce by Saturday.