MILITARY TO REMAIN ON ALERT DESPITE CEASEFIRE

Reds set 2 conditions

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COMMUNIST rebels won’t lay down arms yet even as the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) immediately heeded President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of a unilateral ceasefire.

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In a statement, the National Democratic Front (NDF), the political arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), set two conditions before reciprocating: receipt of the text of the government’s ceasefire declaration and the release of its detained members.

The NDF, quoting its chief negotiator Luis Jalandoni, said both sides should be able to exchange ceasefire declarations when peace talks finally resume on August 20 to 27 in Oslo, Norway.

Jalandoni wrote Silvestre Bello 3rd, chief negotiator of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) panel, that the NDF welcomed Duterte’s ceasefire declaration, the NDF statement said.

“He averred that the [NDF] would be able to respond to or reciprocate the unilateral ceasefire declaration of the GRP soon after receiving its full text. He assured Bello that the [NDF] would study it carefully and make the appropriate response,” the NDF said.

“Jalandoni assumed that the GRP ceasefire declaration … is necessarily connected with the release of all current political prisoners under the amnesty proclamation to be issued by President Duterte and concurred in by a majority of Congress,” it added, pointing to such arrangement under the Oslo Joint Statement between Duterte’s peace negotiators and the NDF on June 15.

There are at least 557 political prisoners all over the country, based on figures from human rights group Karapatan.

SOMO declared
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, himself a former military officer, clarified however that government troops will never put their guards down and continue to assist police in law enforcement.

“The ceasefire will cover combat operations against insurgents but not against lawless armed groups. We expect the CPP/NPA/NDF to reciprocate,” he said.

On Tuesday, the AFP said Chief of Staff Gen. Ricardo Visaya ordered all commanders of unified commands, major services, and AFP-wide service support units on Monday to observe the suspension of military operations (SOMO) against the communist rebels.

The SOMO ordered the cessation of all military offensives against the CPP, NDF and the communist armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), “including the conduct of combat maneuvers that may be construed as provocative acts that may be deemed [to be in violation]of the SOMO,” said Visaya in his directive dated July 25, the same day Duterte made the ceasefire declaration during his first State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla Jr., AFP spokesman, said Visaya’s order did not mean “back to barracks” for the soldiers.

“The police for example will continue to perform law enforcement operations and guard the community against criminal elements, and the AFP continues to support the police on this,” Padilla explained.

Lt. Gen. Eduardo Ano, Army commander, said the military will do its part in “finding a permanent peaceful resolution of this conflict.”

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12 Comments

  1. Prinze Fisher on

    The leaders of the reds are showing their true colors. They don’t like the unilateral ceasefire and of putting down their arms because it will not be “business as usual” for them. It’s obvious as they will loose valuable donations from communist countries supporting them. Do you think they really care about their comrades who are below the “triangle”?

    Communism is their government and they will never recognize or honor the Philippines’ democratic government. For their leaders, they have their own communist government and it is equal to our government. This is the basic reason why they make their own condition.

    The Philippine government must protect democracy at all cost and don’t give in to these conditions of the reds AT ALL..

    • It is only this: “We should be the one to rule–not anybody else.” That is the reason for failures in negotiation in the past. It will be the reason again for failure in the future, no matter how accommodating the government will be.

      Their aim is world hegemony in line with China. They will only be satisfied if they get this objective.

  2. alvintsamaria68@yahoo.com on

    whoa..they talk as if they are the government..representing the Filipino people..such arrogance…these rebels did not even raise a whimp when their benefactor occupy islets in the WPS…which rightly belong to us…….

  3. ferdinand naboye on

    fellow peace loving filipinos look at the attitude of the Cpp npa. they are still asking for more when our president offered them many without condition. NPA show your compliance to the law or face force of law

  4. Ignacio Balbutin on

    How dare these NPA setting conditions when the Presidents issued a unilateral ceasefire without any conditions. It just shows that they are not sincere in the peace talks. If the NPA attack and killed any soldier amidst the unilateral ceasefire call then the government should use the full force of the AFP to hunt and deciminate the attackers

    • oo nga..sila pa matapang ngayon e nagpakumbaba na nga ang gobyerno para sa kanila gusto nila abusuhin…tangnang mga yan…

    • Marzan Rodesan on

      kung hindi nila kayang makipagusap ng walang conditions, eh di huwag, sinong tinakot nila. sila pa ang may ganang maglatag ng conditions, ano sinuswerte sila?

  5. Marius L. Abesamis on

    President Duterte’s declaration of ceasefire is a move towards the right, if not the best direction. It will put CCP, NDF and NPA’s back against the wall. They will lose their “right of political asylum” in the Netherlands if they refuse the offer of peace and their reintegration into the Philippine political, social and economic structure by the GRP and continue with their arm struggle. The Cartagena Declaration determines that a political refugee includes:
    “Persons who flee their countries because their lives, safety or freedom have been threatened by generalized violence, foreign aggression, internal conflicts, massive violation of human rights or other circumstances which have seriously disturbed public order.”
    Since these conditions are no longer existent in the present Duterte administration not to mention that they are even offered positions in the cabinet or government, they will lose their refugee status if they decline the President’s offer of peace and return to the fold of law. Mr. Jose Ma. Sison and Mr. Jalandoni could be having sleepless nights with President Duterte’s masterful move. CHECKMATE!!!

    • They will not automatically lose their political asylum since this status was granted at a time in the past when the negative conditions existed. If the organization does not respond to the unilateral ceasefire, which in itself is not a formal invitation, or the future formal peace negotiation breaks down, the government of Netherlands would never lift a finger to nudge the asylum.

  6. … and the NPA’s can continue to study which will be the next cell-towers or electricity-towers to bomb. The NPA’s can continue planning for which gobyerno-Pilipinas patrol to ambush.

    • jose mercado on

      The conditions that the CPP-NPA-NDF set in response to Pres. Duterte’s unilateral ceasefire are expected and true to form. They are not mere political maneuvers. A ceasefire is an existential threat to this organized crime group masquerading as revolutionaries. With a ceasefire, those individuals and business entities from whom they have been extorting exorbitantly these past decades will see no more reason to succumb to threats from these gangsters.