GPH declares ceasefire

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—The Government of the Philippines (GPH) declared a seven-day suspension of offensive military and police operations (SOMO/SOPO) on Valentines Day, a day before peace negotiations resume in Oslo Norway, the first after six years.

“The SOMO shall cover only deliberate offensive military actions against the New People’s Army. It shall not cover defensive military actions aimed at securing and protecting the community, and individual and units of the
AFP against violent attack.  Likewise, the SOPO shall not cover normal law enforcement operations, and shall be without prejudice to actions aimed at protecting the people and communities as well as PNP troops and installations against NPA attacks during the SOMO/SOPO period,” said a statement from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).

The statement said that  the SOMO/SOPO is part of the government’s “confidence building measures” during the peace negotiations.

“In this regard, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) shall observe a suspension of offensive military and police operations (SOMO/SOPO) against the New People’s Army (NPA)
for a total of seven days, from 12:01 a.m. on 15 February to 23:59 p.m. (11:59) on 21 February 2011,” the statement said.-Albus D. Estabas

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