Communist group declares ceasefire on Christmas, New Year-A A +A
Friday, December 21, 2012
THE Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CCP) issued Thursday a ceasefire order that will reportedly take effect from December 20, 2012 until January 15, 2013.
In an emailed statement, the CCP said the order is issued upon the recommendation of the negotiating panel of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).
“This ceasefire order is being issued in solidarity with the Filipino people's traditional celebrations of Christmas and New Year holidays. This will also enable the revolutionary forces to carry out mass assemblies and public demonstrations to mark the 44th anniversary of the CPP and celebrate revolutionary victories of the past year,” the statement reads.
It added that the ceasefire order is also being issued in sync with a similar ceasefire order to be issued by the officials of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH) as agreed upon in a special meeting between the NDFP's special representatives and their counterparts in the GPH last December 17 to 18 in The Hague, Netherlands.
The CCP said the ceasefire order also extends the earlier ceasefire declaration issued by the National Democratic Front-Mindanao for New People’s Army (NPA) units operating in areas devastated by typhoon Pablo covering the period December 5, 2012 to January 3, 2013.
During the ceasefire period, all NPA units and people's militias are ordered to cease and desist from carrying out offensive military operations against the armed units and personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police, and other paramilitary and armed groups attached to the government.
“All branches and committees of the CPP, units of the NPA and people's militias and revolutionary mass organizations should closely monitor any hostile actions being carried out by the enemy armed forces. Such information should be reported to the concerned commands of the NPA and leadership of the CCP,” the statement said. (Terry Betonio)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on December 21, 2012.