AFP continues with guerilla attacks amid ceasefire - CPP
MANILA, Philippines - The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) demanded that President Benigno Aquino reciprocate the “unilateral” ceasefire agreement it issued or else it would just scrap it altogether.
On its website, the CPP said: “Aquino’s failure to promptly issue his own unilateral ceasefire order in accordance with the agreement reached between the NDFP and his government’s special representatives raises serious questions about his government’s sincerity in pursuing peace negotiations.”
The CPP said an agreement was forged in a meeting on
December 17 to 18 in The Hague between the government panel and members of the CPP-led coalition National Democratic Front (NDF).
There, a temporary ceasefire covering the period from December 20 to January 15 was agreed upon. It was contained in a joint communique dated December 18 and authenticated by Ambassador Ture Lundh, special envoy of the Royal Norwegian Government to the NDF-GPH Peace Negotiations.
The CPP said this was a leeway towards the resumption of peace talks in January.
By then, the NDF in Mindanao was already implementing a ceasefire to allow unhampered relief work for the victims of typhoon Pablo. The original ceasefire was set December 5 to January 3.
This was then amended for extension up to January 15 due to the communiqué.
“More than a week has passed and Aquino, as principal of the GPH and commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, has yet to issue a reciprocal ceasefire order that would extend his earlier declaration covering the period from December 16 to January 2,” the CPP said.
Despite its limited ceasefire declaration, the AFP continues to carry out counter-guerilla operations, the CCP alleged.
The CPP cited, for example, the arrest and torture on December 21 of five residents of Mulanay, Quezon by elements of the 74th IB. The victims are being falsely accused of being NPA members, the rebels said.
The CPP also cited the reported arrest last December 25 of Filemon Mendrez in Manjuyod, Negros Oriental. The government tagged Mendrez as one of the high-ranking officials of the NPA.
The CPP said Mendrez was included in the DILG’s secret list containing the names of 235 alleged leaders of the revolutionary movement.
“Despite its own ceasefire declaration, the AFP continues to carry out counter-guerrilla operations under the guise of peace and order operations. AFP soldiers continue to set up checkpoints and maintain an armed presence in communities to conduct intelligence operations and intimidate the people, in pursuit of the AFP’s Oplan Bayanihan war of suppression,” CPP said.