Philippine VP to push for truce
- Published: 14 Sep 2013 at 11.49
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Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay is to travel to the southern city of Zamboanga on Saturday in a bid to broker a truce with Muslim rebels holding scores of civilian hostages while locked in a deadly stand-off with government forces.
Residents are transported to a safer place during a forced evacuation of villagers near the stand-off between government forces and Muslim rebels in Zamboanga on September 13, 2013.
A spokesman for the vice-president said Binay had talked to the leader of the rebels in the port city after five days of heavy fighting that have left 52 people dead and 70 wounded and had proposed a ceasefire that would come into effect at midnight on Saturday.
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