Reds to review Duterte’s ceasefire proposal

LUCENA CITY, Quezon, Philippines — Exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison said the communist insurgents would study the ceasefire proposal of President Rodrigo Duterte amid the outbreak of the dreaded coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country.

“The offer will be seriously studied by the NDFP (National Democratic Front of the Philippines) and the Communist Party of the Philippines,” Sison said in a statement from Utrecht in the Netherlands on Monday night.


Sison, however, demanded that the President formally present his ceasefire proposal in writing.

Duterte on Monday called for a truce with the CPP’s armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels as part of the government efforts to contain the fast-spreading virus.


But Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told reporters on Tuesday that the government has no plan to declare a unilateral ceasefire with the communist rebels despite President Duterte’s call for the CPP-NPA to stand down until the COVID-19 crisis in the country is over.

“Operations against the NPA will take a backseat for now as we focus on this COVID-19 crisis nationwide,” he said.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Ceasefire, communist rebels, CPP, Joma Sison, Jose Maria Sison, NPA (New People’s Army), Peace Talks, Rodrigo Duterte
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.