Friday, November 29, 2013

Army wants ceasefire ‘forever'

From the Visayan Daily Star (Nov 30): Army wants ceasefire ‘forever'

He wants a “forever” ceasefire, and not just a ceasefire to deceive the government.

This was the response of Col. Jon Aying, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, to the Communist Party of the Philippines- New People's Army that had lambasted the government for its continued tactical offensives against the NPA, despite their suspension of military operations, to help the typhoon victims.

Aying said their actions against the CPP-NPA atrocities, deceit and lies, serve as the rescue, relief and rehabilitation of the people. “We want to rescue the local people from the violence and sufferings experienced under the NPA rebels, regression and ceased to move in progress and rehabilitate their values, beliefs and capacity for self-reliance and sustainability”.

The CPP had earlier announced an extension of its ceasefire in typhoon-ravaged areas, including Negros island, to Dec. 24 this year, in view of what it claims to be the extent and gravity of the devastation from the super typhoon that it said has been made worse by the gross negligence and inutility of the ruling Aquino regime.

“This will allow all committees of the people's democratic government, respective commands of the NPA, and units of the people's militias in the devastated areas to continue with rehabilitation efforts,” it added

Aying, however, said the NPA violated its own ceasefire in Negros, when its Special Partisan Unit shot and killed SPO1 Agustin Hulleza on Nov. 16 in San Carlos City, two days after the declaration of their suspension of military operations.

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