Philippine president declared a Christmas truce with communist guerrillas

Vastavam web: The Philippine president has declared a Christmas truce with communist guerrillas and urges them to reciprocate the goodwill gesture after recently scrapping peace talks with the insurgents and declaring them as terrorists.President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision, which was made public by his spokesman Harry Roque Jr. today, reflects the contrasting moves the volatile leader has taken to deal with the 48-year communist insurgency, one of Asia’s longest.Roque says the Dec. 24-Jan. 2 cease fire aims to lessen public apprehension during the holidays.