Law enforcement operations will continue — PNP

MANILA, Philippines – government security forces Tuesday have directed to suspend its offensives against leftist rebels as peace-negotiations between the government and National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) resumes in Oslo, Norway.

The government declaration of ‘ceasefire’ came after the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) has declared a ceasefire ahead of the resumption of peace-negotiation, the first since 2005.

But, a spokesman for the Philippine National Police (PNP) maintains that normal police law enforcement operations will still continue during the duration of the ceasefire from February 15 up to February 21.

The PNP spokesman said that PNP chief, Director General Raul Bacalzo has already issued a directive to all police units nationwide to ceased its ongoing offensive operations, but just maintains its defensive stance.

On the side of the Armed Forces (AFP), its spokesman, Brig. General Jose Mabanta Jr., said that all of their forces have already been given directive for the suspension of offensive military operations (SOMO) for the said period.

The AFP spokesman added, “We hope that this will gesture permanently put an end to armed conflict and the AFP stands to respond and address any violent attempt by the armed threat groups,”

While the government and communist rebels enters into a weeklong ceasefire period, the military reported rebel attrocities, the blatant of which was the ambush of an army convoy in a remote village in Maco, Campostella Valley with one civilian killed and four others wounded.

Peace-negotiations between the government and NDFP bogged down in 2006 after the CPP-NPA and some of its top leaders were included in the list of terrorists ogranization by the US and European union. Anthony Vargas

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