AFP: NPA should observe own ceasefire declaration



MANILA, Philippines – The military on Friday called on the National Democratic Front to show sincerity in declaring its 29-day ceasefire in typhoon- hit areas in Mindanao to give way for rescue and relief operations.

“The humanitarian ceasefire announced by the NDFP should not be for publicity and lip service only. The call for a ceasefire should be sincere and must be translated into actions,” Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesman Colonel Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr. said in a statement.

Early this week, the NDFP announced a ceasefire from December 5 to January 3, 2013 at 12 noon, but may be extended if necessary.

But Burgos said the New People’s Army, the armed wing of the NDFP, violated its own ceasefire declaration when it took hostage two children of a soldier in Davao del Norte and harassed a peace and development team of the Army’s 60th Infantry Battalion while delivering relief goods to typhoon victims.

Davao region was among the hardest-hit by Pablo, the strongest storm to hit the country this year.

“If they will strictly abide with their pronouncement, then that is good news. It would be a clear manifestation that they are joining our Bayanihan which is the way forward to achieving a just and lasting peace for our nation. The AFP hopes for a longer and more permanent end to violence that lasts not only during holidays or times of disaster,” he added.

The IPSP Bayanihan is the military’s campaign plan against insurgency.

“In fact, we hope that the rebels will altogether abandon the armed violence, extortion, and harassments that have caused suffering to rural communities and indigenous peoples, destroyed infrastructures, and hampered the growth of our economy,” he also said.

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  • Fred

    oo nga naman, tumulong kayo sa mga kapatid ninyong nasalanta ni Pablo. At sana nama ay maging permanente na ang cease fire dyan.

  • TheGUM

    This is the CPP’s version of events (Frances Mangosing, can’t you at least include in your report the other side?):

    NPA refutes abduction claim

    Boyet Makatindog
    NPA Southern Mindanao (Davao-Agusan Command (Front 34))

    December 13, 2012

    This is to clarify the twisted pronouncement made by the AFP regarding the purported abduction by the New People’s Army of two children, December 9.

    Red fighters of the Guerilla Front 34 Operations Command were busy repairing the houses of peasant masses — who were affected by typhoon Pablo — when they were alerted by a passing motorcycle bearing three passengers and one driver. The driver suddenly stopped, alighted, and left the two children and the woman as he ran away. Finding his behavior suspicious, the Red fighters tried to stop him and gave chase for about two to three kilometers. When the man threw them a grenade — which failed to explode — it was then that the Red fighters realized that he was an active AFP soldier. In defense, the Red fighters fired three shots. The man threw them a grenade the second time, hitting and seriously injuring one Red fighter.

    In the meantime, the other NPA members attended to the three civilians who were left behind. They turned them over to the wife of the purok chairman four hours later.
    The AFP has again maximized the incident to turn the tables to the NPA and cry children’s rights violations. The NPA fully abides with the regulations and policies concerning the rights and welfare of children.

    As the typhoon Pablo struck Kapalong, San Isidro, Laak, Loreto and Veruela, Red fighters conducted immediate relief assistance, medical missions and repair of precious houses. It is outrageous to insinuate that, in the midst of Pablo tragedy, the NPA was callously on the prowl and still on active operations against the AFP.

    Along with the poor peasant and Lumad masses, the NPA faced the onslaught of Pablo on December 4. In the aftermath of Pablo, the NPA fighters readily shifted its various military and comprehensive work and immediately attended to the needs of the suffering masses. To say that the NPA ”kidnapped” children who were also victims of Pablo, is indeed, a claim that only the fascist and devious AFP can readily concoct and spin.

    From: philippine revolution dot net

  • joboni96

    mga kaka at mga sarge
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    na kumamkam na ng eez at kalayaan natin

    at sa

    imperyalistang u.s.
    na kinokolonya ulit tayo
    para ipahamak na naman tayo
    sa gerra nila sa intsik switik

    kailangang mangibabaw ang pilipino
    sa mga pagsubok na ito

    unang una pagkakaisa

  • Boy

    too bad

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