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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Deputy Mayor pleads with rebels to remain peaceful

Tom Phillips in Tacloban

Published 15/11/2013 | 02:00

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The deputy mayor of Tacloban, the Philippine city where thousands are thought to have died in Typhoon Haiyan, has issued a plea for armed Communist rebels to avoid stoking violence and help the government with the reconstruction effort.

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Jerry Sambo Yaokasin conceded he was worried about the apparently deteriorating security situation in Tacloban, and called on members of the New People's Army, or NPA, to work with the government rather than fighting it.

"My message is that to rebuild this city we have to work together. Armed conflict will never solve the problem of hunger and empty stomachs," he said.

Mr Yaokasin was speaking one day after a military convoy that had been attempting to deliver 34 corpses to a mass burial was forced to turn back and return to base after soldiers believed they had come under fire. (©Daily Telegraph, London)

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