NDFP peace negotiator Fidel Agcaoili passes away at 75

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Posted at Jul 24 2020 12:11 AM | Updated as of Jul 24 2020 12:16 AM

Communist rebel negotiator Fidel Agcaoili, right, gestures during a rare news conference, Thursday, June 2, 2016 in Quezon City, Philippines. Bullit Marquez, AP

MANILA (UPDATED) - Fidel Agcaoili, the chairperson of the peace negotiating panel of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), passed away Thursday, July 23. He was 75.

According to NDFP, Agcaoili died at 12:45 p.m. in Utrecht, The Netherlands. He suffered from a pulmonary arterial rupture which caused massive internal bleeding.

 

His remains will be flown to the Philippines in accordance to the wishes of his family, the NDFP added.

Agcaoili was the chief negotiator for the NDFP in the peace talks with the Philippine government.

President Rodrigo Duterte, a former student of Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman Jose Maria Sison, had sought an end to the nearly five decade-long Maoist insurgency early in his term.

The peace talks broke down in November 2017 after Duterte terminated the negotiations, saying he wanted more time to study all accords with the Reds even from past governments.