NO DIRECTIVE yet was given to the 10th Infantry Division (ID) on the suspension of military operations or the temporary ceasefire with the communist group for the upcoming holiday season.
Captain Jerry Lamosao, 10ID Division of Public Affairs Office (DPAO) chief, said that despite the ending of the peace talks between the government and the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the higher office has not given them order to cease their operations against the rebels in celebration of the yearly tradition.
"Wala pong ibinabang direktiba regarding Somo," Lamosao said.
Somo means that troops will cease and desist from carrying out offensive operations against NPA but it does not cover regular law-enforcement activities, including serving of arrest warrants.
When asked if it is possible that Somo will not be implemented this year as the tension with the revolutionary government and the commander-in-chief, President Rodrigo Duterte, escalated following the attacks by the NPA rebels that killed an infant in Bukidnon, he refused to give a statement.
"We cannot make a statement yet about it whether possible or not," he said.
Last year, there was a Somo on the heels of the implementation of the unilateral ceasefire to allow the NPAs to celebrate also the holiday season with their loved ones without firefights.
Lamosao, however, vowed that whether there's Somo or none, they will be on high alert position for any threats posed by the lawless armed group against civilians.
"Rest assured, we are ready and our efforts are continuously conducted especially focused military operation and community support program," he said.
Authorities have alerted their troops and police units against possible attacks to be further carried out by the insurgents in the following days as the CPP's 49th anniversary draws near.
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on November 24, 2017.
Latest issues of SunStar Davao also available on your mobile phones, laptops, and tablets. Subscribe to our digital editions at epaper.sunstar.com.ph and get a free seven-day trial.