MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang on Wednesday described as unfortunate the New People's Army's reported decision to cut short its ceasefire with the government.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda denied that the government did not comply with the ceasefire agreement.
"It’s unfortunate that the CPP-NPA-NDF would change its mind so soon after they declared a statement calling for a ceasefire. We know that ceasefire would be good for the rebels because it’s an opportunity for the CPP-NPA-NDF rebels to come down from the mountains and to be with their family. By doing so, they have cut short the time the rebels can spend with their families. It is unfortunate," he said.
He said the government honored the ceasefire agreement, refuting the NPA allegation.
“That is expected from somebody who cannot blame themselves, and they know that a ceasefire of that effect would be detrimental to them so they decided to cut it short and blame government. Insofar as the government is concerned, we have honored the ceasefire. It is something that we would like to have also for our own soldiers to be able to spend time with their families. But nonetheless… during the period of the ceasefire, the AFP remained vigilant,” he said.
The Palace nevertheless said that it remains committed to forge a peace agreement with the CPP-NPA-NDF.
“We remain committed to pursuing peace in all fronts. We have seen that; we have proven our sincerity with the MILF. We are prepared to seek peace with CPP-NPA-NDF,” Lacierda said.