The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is not inclined to recommend any truce with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) this holiday season, noting that the communist terrorists have been demonstrating insincerity in previous agreements.
“The AFP — wishing and longing for a peaceful Yuletide Season for the Filipino people notwithstanding — will not recommend to the Commander-in-Chief (President Rodrigo Duterte) a holiday ceasefire with the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG),” AFP spokesperson Marine Major Gen. Edgard Arevalo said in a press statement on Thursday.
This is because the CPP-NPA, as proven by the AFP’s experiences in past Yuletide ceasefire agreements, have demonstrated their insincerity and unwillingness to comply with an agreement they have signed with the government, he said.
“This was the AFP’s painful experience where the CTG reneged from their own ceasefire declaration by attacking and killing soldiers on humanitarian and peace and development missions,” said Arevalo, who is also AFP Education, Training and Doctrine Command (AFPETDC) commander.
The AFP’s pronouncements followed Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana’s statement saying the government is ready to resume peace talks with the CPP-NPA only if the communists show “a little bit of sincerity.” SOVEREIGNPH