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.