Asia

Philippines, rebels want peace talks despite feud over truce

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.