FOR THE HOLIDAYS | CPP declares temporary unilateral ceasefire

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DECEMBER 7, 2018 – The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) announced that it will observe a temporary unilateral ceasefire for 5 non-consecutive days in time for the Christmas season and New Year’s Day celebration.

The ceasefire will take effect from 12:01 a.m. of December 24 to 11:59 p.m. of December 26 and
12:01 a.m. of December 31 to 11:59 p.m. of January 1, 2019. This can be extended if “positive conditions arise,” the central committee of the CPP said in a statement.

“All units of the [New People’s Army] and people’s militias shall cease and desist from carrying out offensive military campaigns and operations against uniformed armed personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines.”

The communist group, however, directed all the units and commands of its armed wing to “stay on alert for active defense mode.”

“This temporary unilateral ceasefire can be cut short or canceled if AFP military offensives, armed suppression against communities and attacks against activists by the Duterte regime worsen in the next few days and weeks,” it said.

The communist rebels and the military forces have been declaring separate ceasefires in the past to allow both sides to observe the traditional holidays. But this year, the Department of National Defense declined to recommend for a holiday truce or Suspension of Military Operation (SOMO) amid the stalled peace talks between the two camps.

“Why would we give them free reign to celebrate their discredited organization? Also, their fighters are surrendering in droves. A SOMO might frighten them from surrendering as they might be threatened. Those that have surrendered might also be threatened,” Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana earlier said.