Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has officially terminated the channel for peace negotiations between his country's government and Maoist rebels, Reuters reported Nov. 24. Duterte signed Proclamation No. 360 late Nov. 23, thereby ending the formal mechanism for peace talks between the Philippine government and the Communist Party of the Philippines — including its armed wing, the New Peoples' Army. A statement released by the presidential spokesman said that the communists had shown wavering commitment to the peace drive. Duterte vowed to refocus his efforts on the elimination of militancy in the Philippines after the siege of Marawi was ended.