Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Monday that he is not proposing that this holiday season the Duterte administration reach a ceasefire agreement with the Philippine Communist Party (CPP). The comment by Lorenzana came days after President Rodrigo Duterte directed Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to meet with Jose Maria Sison, leader of the CPP in the Netherlands, to negotiate peace talks

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Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Wednesday that he had already sent a request to the President’s Office that martial law should no longer be imposed in Mindanao. Lorenzana said he personally believes that the security forces have achieved their objective of securing the region, noting that the non-extension of military rule in Mindanao is also good for business. The whole Mindanao was put under martial law after the ISIS-inspired Maute