MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte met with Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon, and other heads of the National Democratic Front in Malacañang for a "meet and greet" Monday evening.
At least 25 representatives from both the government and NDF peace panels attended the meeting held at the state dining room in the Palace.
"Basically they were saying thank you for releasing the consultants," presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said.
He said the NDF was "very enthusiastic about the current progress of the peace talks" and said that the Left hoped "there would be no cancellation of the talks."
Each Tiamzon carried a P10-million bounty before they were arrested in April 2014. They were charged with murder, multiple murder and frustrated murder over the death or torture of over 100 alleged military spies and civilians from 1985 to 1992.
Wilma said the cases that were filed against her and her husband were all fabricated to suppress their cause.
Last month, the court also allowed the travel of the Tiamzon couple, along with other detained NDF leaders, the peace negotiations in Oslo, Norway.