Military extends holiday truce

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MANILA, Philippines—The Armed Forces of the Philippines announced Wednesday it is extending its holiday truce with the communist rebels until January 15.

This came as the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) said it was ending the holiday ceasefire after the government failed to honor an agreement reached during a meeting in the Netherlands last month to stop armed hostilities from December 2 to January 15.

The AFP announced in December it was suspending military operations against the communist rebels from December 16 to 11:59 p.m. of January 2.

“The objective of the implementation of the extended [truce] is to further demonstrate the AFP’s commitment, sincerity and resolve for peace in spite of conflicts with the insurgent group,” military spokesman Colonel Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr. said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.

“While the AFP fully abides with the extended [ceasefire], it will maintain activities supporting the government and civil authorities’ peace, development and humanitarian assistance programs. We will also continue our proactive defense countermeasures to ensure our people’s safety and security during the conduct of the extended ceasefire,” Burgos said.

CPP cuts short holiday truce

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  • $53950194

    BAKIT?  Baliktad yata ang nagyayari ngayun, sila pa ang naghingi ng extension!  Eh kung pinulbos na nila ang mga traydor sa bayan eh di matagal na silang walang kinatakutan.

    • Sarong9146

       The military is scared to death conducting military operations against NPAs. Our PNP is only good in manning cash points. Look at the highways which are littered with these cash points for trucks hauling logs, animals, fish, farm products, etc. It I don’t see the point government building 4 to 6 lanes roads and flyovers only to be blocked by these cash points which only allow single vehicle to pass through. These obvious cash points are very incovenient to commuters and adding so much traffic congestion.  I hope the government will stop constructing more roads, but spend resources removing these cash points- these are the ones significantly slowing traffic flows.

      • $53950194

        Whats the point with all the barriers and check points?  Eh kung sinugpo at pinulbus na nila ang mga alanghiyang mga traydor eh no military time wasted manning the streets!

    • opinyonlangpo

      They can’t, the NPA are at par with the AFP. The AFP have same or more casualties like the NPA. Besides, the CHR will cry out loud.

      • $53950194

        Feckin CHR na yan!  while they are demanding justice (as always) to all suspects, they havent shown any compassion to the victims either.  They are no good at all and that commission is under the payroll of the government.  Now back to AFP extending their holiday truce, i just cant get it.  There should be no truce at all, you cannot just say to your enemy “Pare pause muna natin away natin kasi pasko, away tayo uli sa bagong taon ha?  Cge Merry Christmas & Happy New year na rin sa inyo”  

        Only in the Philippines nga.  More fun nu?

  • Pitbulldog

    Nice gesture.  AFP extends ceasefire, while the other side shortens it.  Like throwing in the towel and lowering your guard…ano ba yan.  Por di pers time in the Pilipins…

  • Markov Chain

    pera pera lang yan…kung walang gyera, walang budget ang militar therefore walang makukurakot sina comptroller garcia et al……

  • Markov Chain

    kaya di yan matatapos ang gyera ng militar at NPA…

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