CPP declares ceasefire from Feburary 15-21

THE Communist Party of the Philippines, New People’s Army and the National Democratic Front declared a ceasefire from February 15 to 21 as a confidence and goodwill measure to mark the resumption of the formal talks

“All the commands and units of the NPA shall cease and desist from carrying out offensive operations against the armed units and personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP) and paramilitary forces of the GPH,” the CPP said in a statement.

“We hereby declare to all commands and units of the New People’s Army (NPA) and the people’s militia a ceasefire order to be effective upon the reciprocal and concurrent ceasefire order from the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH, formerly designated as GRP) to its military, police and paramilitary forces.

While the mutual ceasefire is in effect, all commands and units of the NPA and the people’s militia shall be in a defensive mode at both the strategic and tactical levels but shall remain vigilant against any encroachment on the territory of the people’s democratic government, surveillance or offensive operations by the armed commands and units of the GPH, including those under the signboards of “peace and development”, “civil-military” and “peace and order operations”. Active self-defense shall be undertaken only in the face of clear and imminent danger and actual armed attack by the enemy, the groups said.

All hostile actions or movements of the enemy armed forces shall be monitored and reported upwards in accordance with the command structure of the New People’s Army and the leadership of the CPP and the NDFP in order to provide continuous, timely and accurate information to the NDFP Negotiating Panel regarding compliance with or violations of the mutual ceasefire.

The CPP said the ceasefire order is issued on humanitarian grounds and as an act of good will in order to allow the commands, units and personnel of the contending armies of the GPH and the NDFP to show their support for the peace negotiations conducted by the NDFP with the GPH and in order to hold consultations with the people on their demands for fundamental social, economic and political changes as the way to a just and lasting peace.

“We hope that our act of goodwill and the mutual ceasefire between the GPH and the NDFP will improve the atmosphere for peace negotiations particularly upon the resumption of formal talks between the GPH and NDFP Negotiating Panels in Oslo on February 15-21, 2011 and inspire the release of political prisoners, the full implementation of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees, the end of human rights violations in consonance with the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law,” the CPP said.

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