Duterte of­fers pass to rebels

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte on Wed­nes­day urged rebels wag­ing a decades-old re­bel­lion to spend time with their fam­i­lies over the Christ­mas hol­i­days, pledg­ing to guar­an­tee their safety. The gov­ern­ment is ob­serv­ing a cease­fire with the in­sur­gents while hold­ing peace talks to bring an end to a 47-year-old armed cam­paign has left tens of thou­sands of peo­ple dead.

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