Aquino awaits AFP recommendation on NPA ceasefire
MANILA, Philippines — President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday said he is relying on the recommendation of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) if they will declare a ceasefire with the New People’s Army (NPA) in time for Holy Week.
“That’s a tactical decision which I leave to the chief of staff and I await their recommendation,” Aquino said during an ambush interview at the North Port Passenger Terminal Complex in Manila.
Media reports said the National Democratic Front-Bicol has assured locals a peaceful Lenten season, amid the lack of a ceasefire, as it respects the religious traditions of the people.
Aquino visited several passenger terminals and transportation hubs on Wednesday to inspect the situation there before the mad rush of people to the provinces for the Holy Week.
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