AFP not reciprocating Reds’ 5-day ceasefire declaration

admin   •   December 12, 2018   •   2744

The military is not inclined to recommend to President Rodrigo Duterte to suspend the military offensive operations against the communist rebels this holiday season.

This is despite the Communist Party of the Philippines’ (CPP) declaration of a five-day unilateral ceasefire with government forces in observance of the holiday season and its 50th founding anniversary.

The CPP’s unilateral truce is slated to begin from 12:01 a.m. of December 24 until 11:59 p.m. of December 26 and from 12:01 a.m. of December 31 until 11:59 p.m. of January 1, 2019.

According to Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo, the government side will not reciprocate the rebels’ gesture.

This is the first time that the AFP is not even contemplating a cessation of hostilities with the communist rebels for the holiday season.

“If the AFP is going to be asked, we are not inclined to recommend the said suspension of military operations (SOMO). We see that in the past they have not been sincere with any suspension of military operations. They continued with their terroristic and criminal activities, extortion, harassment etc.,” Arevalo said.

He added that they will not allow the rebels the chance to regroup and even celebrate their founding anniversary.

“Experience have shown us that it’s not worth it and ikalawa ang sinasabi natin magsi celebrate sila ng 50th anniversary this year. So, we will not want to give them that leeway,” Arevalo said.

The departments of national defense and the interior and local government also rejected the ceasefire.

The AFP has directed its troops to stay on alert for any attacks that may possibly be staged by the communist rebels.

“Heightened pa rin ang preparation ng ating armed forces the way we do. Especially alam natin na meron silang ganitong activities,” Arevalo said.

President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to approve the AFP’s recommendation not to implement a suspension of military operations with the CPP-NPA this December. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte offers P2-M bounty for the capture of NPA commanders

Marje Pelayo   •   May 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has offered a P2-million bounty to anyone who can provide information on the whereabouts of leaders or commanders of the New People’s Army (NPA).

Aside from this, the President promised to protect the informant and also to provide him or her with a livelihood package. 

“Kung sino ang makakapagturo (To anyone who can report to us [their location]),” he said. 

Tapos doon sa Army o pulis, kapag ikaw ang nagturo at nahuli ang komander na mabigat, may hati ka diyan sa pera pero aalisin kita sa lugar mo. Kung taga-Abra ka, ihatid kita sa Mindanao. Bibigyan kita ng lupa at doon ka na lang,” he added.

(Then to a member of the Army or police, if you are the one who could capture a high-profile commander, you will have a share in the bounty but I will reassign you somewhere else. If you are in Abra, I will send you to Mindanao. I will give you a land and you can stay there.)

The President’s offer comes after the recent attacks by the NPA against government forces that were providing security in the distribution of aid in provinces affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. MNP (with information from Rosalie Coz)

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PNP goes full alert as CPP-NPA-NDF ends ceasefire amid COVID-19 crisis

Maris Federez   •   May 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Saturday (May 2) announced that it has gone on full alert upon the instruction of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año.

A news alert released by the office of PNP spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac said the DILG chief “condemns the CPP-NPA-NDF for ending the ceasefire with the Philippine government at the height of the nation’s fight against COVID-19.”

It added that in response to Año’s directive, “the 205,000 strong PNP under the command of Police General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa is now on full alert and is ready and able to defend the country against any atrocities of this communist terrorist group.”

The PNP Chief also condemns this act by the CPP-NPA-NDF as it endangers government response to overcome the pandemic.

“On top of our duty to implement strict quarantine measures to stop the spread of this pandemic, the PNP assures Filipinos that your police and military are united behind our Commander-in-Chief President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to enforce our mandate to uphold public safety against this communist terrorist group,” said Banac.

It can be recalled that the rebel group declared ceasefire last March 26, 2020 after the United Nations called for peace amid the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The national government made an earlier declaration of a ceasefire on March 19, 2020.

“As government condemns this rebellion by the CPP-NPA-NDF as a threat to public safety amid the pandemic; we will continue to uphold the imposition of ECQ in high-risk areas and GCQ in the rest of the country from May 1 to May 15, 2020 based on government guidelines,” Banac concluded. —/mbmf

Duterte threatens to declare martial law if NPA attacks continue

Marje Pelayo   •   April 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte emphatically threatened to declare martial law if ‘lawlessness’ and attacks by New People’s Army (NPA) will continue against government forces escorting aid distribution in villages amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.

In his public address aired on Friday (April 24) the President said he is directing the military and police for that matter.

“I am now warning everybody and putting notice to the Armed Forces of the Philippines and police. I might declare martial law and there will be no turning back,” President Duterte said.

Army officials have reported recent attacks by NPA rebels on government relief operations such as in Aurora province and in Davao City, killing two soldiers and wounding two others, respectively.

According to the Constitution, any part of the country may be placed under military or martial rule “in case of invasion or rebellion, when the public safety requires it.”

On April 16, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the political arm of the NPA, announced that it was extending the unilateral ceasefire with government forces until the end of April to give priority to COVID-19 response. MNP (with inputs from Rosalie Coz)

READ: Ceasefire extension with NPA up to Duterte, anti-insurgency task force – Palace

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