CPP cuts short holiday truce

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New People’s Army rebels have their faces painted to hide their identity during the celebration of the 42nd anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) called off a holiday truce with the government two weeks ahead of schedule, saying the Aquino administration reneged on the ceasefire deal.

The traditional truce would end before midnight at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, the CPP said in a statement.

Luis Jalandoni, peace panel chair of the National Democratic Front, earlier said the government and the communist rebels had agreed to the ceasefire lasting from December 20 to January when they held their first high-level peace talks in mid-December.

“The (communist New People’s Army) and the people’s militias should immediately assume an offensive posture and confront and frustrate the enemy campaigns of suppression,” the statement said.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines declared its suspension of military operations from December 16 until 1 a.m. of January 3.

But the CPP said it was agreed during a meeting in The Hague by representatives of the government and the NDF that the truce would run until January 15.

The holiday ceasefire would help create a favorable condition for the resumption of peace talks, the rebels said.

“In failing to reciprocate the ceasefire declaration of the revolutionary forces, the sincerity of the Aquino regime to pursue and boost NDFP-GPH peace negotiations has been put under serious question,” the CPP said.

However, Aquino’s spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the government would observe the ceasefire until January 15.

He said the rebels had found an extended ceasefire to be “detrimental” to them so they chose to cut it short and blame the government.

“The CPP-NPA has always been making excuses… and now they’re coming up with other stumbling blocks to peace,” Lacierda told reporters.

Southern Philippine military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Lyndon Paniza said Wednesday the CPP had already violated the ceasefire.

He said communist gunmen descended on the outskirts of the southern city of Davao on Monday and Tuesday, briefly holding two government militiamen and three civilians to intimidate them.

The CPP pulled out of peace talks in November 2011 after the government rejected rebel demands to free jailed comrades whom they claimed were consultants to the negotiations.

The Maoist rebels have been waging an armed rebellion to seize power since 1969 and more than 30,000 people have died in the conflict, according to the government.

The military estimates the current NPA strength at about 4,000 fighters, significantly down from more than 26,000 at its peak in the late 1980s. With Agence France-Presse

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  • reader2323

    nice to lift the truce so that the government can continue to prosecute this terrorist. I wish that the government also prosecute the politicians supported this terrorist group like Vice mayor Duterte, it is an open secret that this man supported the terrorist.

    • regd

      It’s an open secret probably you only know.

    • ryepim

      You clearly are an IGNORANT FOOL..

  • disqus_F7NxgCOapC

    lapit na kasi election campaign, ceasefire can hamper their extortion activities..

  • rayingga

    Nowadays, NPA is good for nothing. Unlike then mayroong ipinaglalabang prinsipyo, If you are true to your words bakit ang kaya lamang ninyong patayin ay iyong maliit na wala namang kalaban-laban. Kung kayo ay mga tunay na kawal ng bayan bakit hindi kayo tumulong sa pagsugpo ng kasamaan sa lipunan. Hindi ba’t mga pilipino rin naman kayo,wala ba kayong pakialam sa nangyayari sa inyong kapaligiran. Kaliwa at kanan ang nakawan, doon at dito ang napakasamang droga na sumisira sa buhay ng marami, laganap ang mga iligal na pasugalan,jueting at mga kauri nito. Para ano at may mga armas kayo para takutin ba ang mga tao sa kanayunan, para ba ipagyabang lamang. Pumasok na rin lang naman kayo sa ganyang estado ng buhay pangatawanan na ninyo, Bago kayo mapatay ay gumawa naman kayo ng mga bagay na ikatutuwa ng masang inyong ipinaglalaban. Ang daming mga magnanakaw na politiko na pahirap sa maliliit, ang daming mga tiwaling negosyante ng pumamatay sa mga mahihirap, ang daming mga halang ang kaluluwa na bumibiktima sa mga mahihina.,.., lahat ng iyan at marami pang iba ng kauri nito hindi ba ninyo nakikita o nababalitaan man lang. Maraming taon na ang lumipas, nakakapagod ng maghintay na sana ay pwede ninyong magawa para sa bayan, pero ano ang nangyayari, nariyan kayo sa kabundukan subalit patuloy ang iligal logging. Pipi at mga bingi ba kayo, Sana bago man lang kayo tuluyang mawala sa pahina ng aklat at tuluyang magwakas kumilos na kayo ng ayon sa inyong tunay na adhikain, sayang ang buhay kung uubusin lang sa patago-tago at patakbo-takbo, kilos na mga kasama at di man lubusang malipol ang mga kasamaan at least mababawasan,

    • $53950194

      Matagal nang walang prinsipyo ang CPP-NPA-NDF na yan, sa nakawan at kotong meron sila diyan.  Eh sila pa itong pumapatay sa mga walang kalaban-laban at mga magnanakaw pa! Pwe!

    • commentsandsuggestions

      punta ka abra. pinapatay nila yung mga kupal na pulitiko dun

  • dxdaistar

    why will the government give a truce? dapat continued campaign to kill all the terrorists! 

  • daniboy2012

    why make truce with these traitor rats…..kill ‘em all!!!

  • juancrossofthe

    What are the branch of Armed Forces of the Philippines doing? Saan ang mga magigiting at mga trained na Graduates ng PMA, Philipiine police academy doing?? put them to work and eradicate the Armed group of the communist party… let them chase them in the mountains so that they will not just be GOOD GENERALS in corrupting the Philippine military budget… PUT THEM TO WORK ! ! !…

    • $53950194

      Basilan is a very little island to control with, when you send thousand of army troops, all armed groups should have been eradicated & pulvurized.  Until now, there are still troops there, with the americans, still armed and on their positions.  It is a Game of the Generals!

  • valsore

    Green is a nice color for a shooting target on the hologram sights of my Springfield 806 semiauto, LOL. But I would withold my fire if they promise to defend Spratlys and the Shoal from foreign invaders.

    • commentsandsuggestions

      they already did. and you would be a nice target too for their AK’s

  • http://www.facebook.com/simoun.magaalahas.10 Simoun Magaalahas

    Yung mga sinaunang Rebelde tama lang ang kanilang pinaglalaban pero ang mga natira sa Samahan ay yung mga bulok at sakim sa kapangyarihan…

  • virgoyap

    Being suspicious on both sides is an enemy of PEACE. Truce will lead to trust which is a good element needed to achieve PEACE but mistrust will not bring us harmony but chaos and confusion.

  • gilbs72

    The CPP-NPA-NDF are extensions of the Chinese army and traitors to the Filipino people.  These traitors are funded by the communists and so have to kiss yellow @$$.  They are supported by the Chinese for decades, forcing armed conflicts to weaken the Armed Forces of the Philippines ability to defend our people and territories from foreign aggression – primarily by China itself.  They wasted so much of our military resources (from hard-earned taxpayers’ money) so that we can now be bullied by China – their emperors.  Notice their silence (very subtle “protests”) against Chinese invasion in the West Philippine Sea, versus their violent acts against anything american.  Sino’ng imperyalista ngayon?

    • commentsandsuggestions

      the last time i checked, they offered truce to GRP in case China will invade PH. better check your facts checked.

  • $53950194

    Dapat lang i-kansela ang truce para mapulbos kayong mga pesting yawang CPP-NPA-NDF kayo

  • delpillar

    simple lang ang rule.

    Kapag may nilikida ang NPA, maglikida rin ng 2 o tatlong category1 supporter o miembro nila.

    Sa ngayon na 80,000 members lang ang Phil Army, an eye for an eye – a tooth for a tooth is the only solution that we have.

    NPA most of the time ay wala yan sa bundok. Kahit si Ka Roger noon nung hindi pa sya pinatungan ng reward money for the his capture ay nakikita sya ng mga intelligence ng military na naka-motor llang mag-isa sa Lucena, sa Bicol at sa Masbate. Ganun din ang karamihan ng NPA, they are seen by the military intelligence most of the time sa kapatagan kaysa sa kabundukan.

  • truthvslies

    The longer the ceasefire the more it is disadvantageous to the rebels. First, the military never stops gathering intelligence on their whereabouts as they can not be fired upon and second they are loosing so many members who chose the path of staying with their families instead of rejoining their comrades.

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