By ALDWIN QUITASOL
BAGUIO CITY ― In its website, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) issued a ceasefire order to all command units of its armed wing, the New Peoples Army (NPA) that will take effect on 12:01 A.M. of December 24 until 11:59 P.M. of December 26, 2011.
According to the statement, the CPP said that during the indicated period, “all commands and units of the NPA and the people’s militia shall cease and desist from carrying out offensive operations against the armed units and personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police and paramilitary forces of the Government of the Philippines (GPH)”.
The CPP said however that while the unilateral ceasefire is in effect, NPA commands and unit and the people’s militia shall be in defensive mode at both the strategic and tactical levels. The statement added that they will remain vigilant against any encroachment on the territory of the people’s democratic government, surveillance and offensive by GPH armed commands and units. CPP added that active self-defense shall be done only in the face of clear and imminent danger.
“Despite the Philippine government’s earlier issuance of a ceasefire, units of the enemy armed forces and police force continue to carry out surveillance and population control operations in accordance with the GPH’s Oplan Bayanihan war of suppression. All revolutionary forces are thus enjoined to closely monitor all hostile actions or movements of the enemy armed forces, stated the CPP.
CPP added that the ceasefire order is issued with the tradition of the Filipinos in celebrating Christmas and New Year. The revolutionary organization also said that the declaration will also provide opportunity for the masses to join various activities to mark the CPP’s 43rd foundation anniversary on December 26.
“This ceasefire order is particularly significant for commands and units of the NPA operating in Mindanao and Visayas provinces stricken by the calamities of the past few days. This will provide NPA commands the opportunity to mobilize its forces in order to assist the masses suffering from the loss of lives and destruction of their homes and economic livelihood” added the statement.
Earlier, the CPP extended its condolences to the families of the victims of Tropical Storm “Sendong” that killed more than 500 and injured a large number of people and caused millions worth of damages.
According to CPP, officers and members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police who have no serious liability other than their membership in their armed units shall not be subjected to arrest and punitive actions.
The organization also said that they may be allowed to enter their territory to make personal visits to relatives and friends. # nordis.net