I agree with Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, that the NPA truce is too short a time. “Parang biro-biro lang, wala sa loob”. Gen. Bautista suggests a longer truce, one that will not only last for long, but the end of hostilities between the government and their group. That is the dream of every Filipino —to live in peace, to live in harmony. It is such an irony that fellow Filipinos are killing each other, with the NPA’s useless cause.
For decades many became victims who should have been all alive today, living normal lives, instead of lying cold and dead, with some in unknown graves and pits. This is sadly what the NPA has caused for the past 45 years, disabling and killing authorities, people they target, and their own countrymen.
We just hope this observation of the highest officer in the AFP gets into their system. As we see it, a short truce wouldn’t matter al all, for troops in the field continue with their respective duties with or without any truce as it is their job, and take pride in it.