Reds call for nationwide rallies on Dec. 26

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 14 2016 11:52 PM

MANILA - The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) is calling for a nationwide peace rally on December 26 "to demonstrate the Filipino people's unity for a just and lasting peace."

The event will coincide with the party's 48th anniversary.

In a statement issued Wednesday, the CPP called on the public to express indignation regarding President Rodrigo Duterte's alleged failure to fulfill his peace vows.

The CPP said it denounces the president's "failure to release political prisoners, a promise he has made twice."

The militants also denounced the "deployment of combat troops in rural communities despite having ordered a ceasefire."

"The Party urges all sectors of society desirous of a just and lasting peace to join and support these demonstrations. Organize peace marches and caravans to press the Duterte regime to fulfill its peace vows and comply with agreements, particularly, the demand to free all political prisoners and to terminate or suspend Oplan Bayanihan operations," the statement said.

They are inviting representatives of the Duterte regime to attend the demonstrations in order to hear for themselves the people's calls for peace.

"Duterte has capriciously changed his mind and has declared that no political prisoner will be released until a bilateral ceasefire agreement is signed," the CPP said.

The party also hit the president's "anti-people and undemocratic policies."

"The starkest among these is the growing number of extrajudicial killings instigated by Duterte and perpetrated by police forces and by an apparent network of death squads," the CPP said.

The CPP said it will only allow the extension of the ceasefire if Duterte fulfills his promise of releasing political prisoners.

"The CPP has already clearly stated that an extension of its ceasefire declaration can only be secured if the Duterte regime fulfills its vows to release political prisoners and orders the withdrawal of its troops from the guerrilla zones and bases," the leftist party said.