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Philippine peace prospects dim after arrest of rebel couple

Published on Mar 23, 2014 3:10 PM
 
Communist Party of the Philippines chairman Benito Tiamzon (left) and his wife, the party's secretary-general Wilma Tiamzon (centre),  are escorted by police after they were arrested, in Manila on March 23, 2014. --PHOTO: REUTERS

MANILA (AFP) - Prospects of reviving peace talks with Philippine communist insurgents grew dimmer following the arrest of a married couple who are senior rebel leaders, officials and analysts said on Sunday.

The arrest on Saturday of Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) chairman Benito Tiamzon and his wife, the party's secretary-general Wilma Tiamzon, was hailed as a victory by the armed forces.

But it also prompted both sides to exchange harsh accusations over the stalled peace process.

The Tiamzons and five other insurgents were arrested in a raid in the central island of Cebu on a warrant for multiple murder and attempted murder.

 
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