MANILA, Philippines - The Communist Party of the Philippines (CCP) has extended its ceasefire up to January 15, superseding an earlier order to cut short its truce effective 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.
In a statement, the CPP’s information bureau said the CPP Central Committee decided to extend its truce on the recommendation of the National Democratic Front.
“This declaration overrides an earlier order by the CPP-CC (CPP Central Committee) abbreviating the ceasefire to (11:59 p.m) of January 2,” the statement read.
It was referring to an order, earlier issued to its armed wing New People’s Army and its militias to assume an offensive stance due to the failure of the government to comply with the agreement to declare a truce from December 20 to January 15.
It said it is extending the ceasefire from Jan. 2 “after being belatedly informed” of President Aquino’s order, extending the Suspension of Offensive Military Operation of the AFP and the PNP.
The CPP said it hopes the re-extension of the ceasefire order will help push forward peace negotiations between the GPH and the NDFP.
Nevertheless, the CPP alleged the military continued to conduct operations despite the government’s ceasefire.
"Aquino's ceasefire order has been reduced to a meaningless piece of paper due to the AFP's continued offensive military operations against the people and their revolutionary forces in various parts of the country," it said.