THE Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) on Friday maintained that the unilateral ceasefire of its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), will stand despite its order to intensify attacks against government security forces.
In a statement, the CPP said the five-day ceasefire “will be strictly complied with.”
“Amid worsening abuses perpetrated by the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) and PNP (Philippine National Police), it is the NPA’s duty to the people to carry out extensive tactical offensives against the fascists,” it added.
The call to heighten its attacks against military forces stemmed from Congress’ extension of martial law for another year in Mindanao on Wednesday during a joint session.
Last week, the NPA declared a unilateral ceasefire in line with the holiday season and the CPP’s 50th founding anniversary on December 26.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and the AFP both dismissed the declaration, saying the government will not reciprocate the holiday truce of the communist fighters. DEMPSEY REYES