PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is freeing 70 political prisoners.
Government peace negotiator Silvestre Bello III informed National Democratic Front negotiator Luis Jalandoni that the prisoners would be released for humanitarian reasons since they are either aged or ailing.
Earlier, Jalandoni complained about the delay in releasing political prisoners in the course of the peace negotiations.
Bello however did not identify the prisoners Duterte would release but he said it was an act that had nothing to do with the peace talks with the communists.
No timetable was given for the release of the political detainees.