The Department of National Defense is not bothered by the threats of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) that it will resume attacks against government security forces even during the holidays.
“It’s fine with us. We’ll not declare a ceasefire. In our experience during the past years, they take advantage of the ceasefire to conduct offensives during their anniversary,” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Wednesday.
The CPP has ordered the New People’s Army (NPA), to “actively defend themselves” against military attacks and “frustrate the enemy’s armed offensives and plans to terrorize the masses” during the holidays.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), for its part, sees the CCP’s declaration as “immaterial.”
“It’s immaterial whether the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) declares a holiday ceasefire or not. They have been consistently and treacherously violating that after all,” AFP spokesperson, Marine Maj. Gen. Edgard Arevalo said in a message to reporters late Wednesday.
Arevalo said these pronouncements are much better than hoping that the CPP-NPA will honor its commitment to a ceasefire with the government.
“It’s better a barefaced pronouncement such as that than again trust their declaration of a truce hoping that they will honor their word this time,” Arevalo, who is also the spokesperson, National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF ELCAC) Peace, Law Enforcement, Development and Security (PLEDS) Cluster, added.President Rodrigo Duterte early this month said he will no longer entertain peace talks with communists until his term ends in 2022. SOVEREIGNPH