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Duterte labels Communists as terrorists, heightening tension

Philippine president aims to cut off financing for long-running insurgency

Members of affiliated groups of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines and underground revolutionary organizations under the banner of the Communist Party of the Philippines in Metro Manila in March. (Sipa via AP Images)

MANILA--President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday classified the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing as a terrorist organization in a move that could trigger fresh armed clashes. Peace talks were terminated in November.

Duterte has signed a "proclamation declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army as a designated terrorist organization," presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said.

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