Reds’ ceasefire rebuffed

December 08, 2018
Armed Forces

Wary PNP, AFP won’t lower guard amid communist rebels’ unilateral Xmas truce.

THE Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces yesterday rejected the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army’s unilateral declaration of a nationwide ceasefire in observance of Yuletide and the CPP’s 50th founding anniversary this coming December 26.

“The PNP will remain on alert and continue with our regular law enforcement and internal security operations in response to the unilateral declaration of a ceasefire by the CPP/NPA/NDF,” PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Benigno B. Durana Jr. said in a press statement.

“With a 50-year-old deceptively obsolete ideology and a trail of bloody history behind them, the ruthless reputation of the CPP/NPA/NDF precedes their every move and attempt to fool us some more that they just cannot be trusted ever.  The insincerity is simply too glaring and so obvious to ignore,” Durana said.

The PNP spokesperson said that PNP chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde has ordered all necessary security measures across the country to thwart possible NPA offensives, usually targeting lightly-guarded police and military installations and other “targets of opportunity” including police and military officers who are visiting their families or doing their regular chores including marketing.

“We will not fall for their antics anymore. Instead we will deny them every possible opportunity to harass and terrorize the communities, to recruit and kidnap children, and to reconsolidate their crippled ranks. They cannot appeal to people's emotions and festive mood with their guns tucked behind their backs,” Durana said.

In a statement, the CPP said the NPA which is its armed wing has been ordered to stop carrying out offensive military campaigns and operations against the military and police starting 12:01 a.m. of December 24 until 11:59 p.m. of December 26, 2018, and from 12:01 a.m. of December 31 until 11:59 p.m. of January 1, 2019.

However, the military and the police are not reciprocating the gesture of the communist movement.
“Being unilateral, eh nasa sa kanila ‘yun (it’s up to them) if they would like to declare it but insofar as the AFP is concerned, sinasabi natin na [what we are saying] we are not inclined to recommend to the President a holiday truce this time,” said AFP spokesman Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo said.

PNP and AFP officials also called on the rebels to prove their sincerity in declaring a ceasefire.