The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Friday said it is not the right time to have a ceasefire or resumption of talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) as the group’s members are dwindling due to relentless pressure from government troops.
AFP chief-of-staff, Gen. Gilbert Gapay said holding a ceasefire of peace talks with the CCP-NPA will only give the communist terrorists a respite from the pressures being exerted against them by security forces.
“Their capabilities are on the decline, their numbers are dwindling, and in fact, we have their backs against the wall and this is not the right time to really impose or recommend (a) ceasefire and peace talks,” Gapay said in an online presser.
He also added that the AFP is raring to “permanently resolve” the insurgency problem which has been plaguing the country for more than 50 years.
“So we will not give them that time, that opportunity to relax, to rebuild and their capabilit(ies), to recruit, to extort, mahina na sila (they are already weak), and I think, and also the AFP and the security sector has already gained momentum and it’s just of a matter of time before we really put an end to this insurgency problem,” Gapay said.
He added the AFP is still not recommending either a holiday truce or a resumption of peace talks with the CPP-NPA. SOVEREIGNPH