Thursday, January 2, 2014

AFP maintains defensive stance as CPP-NPA ends Yuletide truce

From the Philippine News Agency (Jan 2): AFP maintains defensive stance as CPP-NPA ends Yuletide truce

With Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) scheduled to end their Yuletide Season by Friday, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said that the military will maintain their active defense stance.

The CPP-NPA declared their Yuletide truce beginning on 12 a.m. of Dec. 24 to 11:59 p.m. of Dec. 26; and 12 a.m. of Dec. 31 to 11:59 p.m. of Jan. 2.

Zagala made this statement even as the AFP will continue to comply with the SOMO (suspension of military offensive) until Jan. 15.

The SOMO was declared last Dec. 20 by President Benigno S. Aquino III.

He added that this is because the rebels insist on attacking military personnel even during the truce.

"As far as we are concerned, we will continue with the SOMO, however we will maintain our active defense because even though they declared a ceasefire against us they continue their attacks," Zagala added.

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