In blatant disregard of the Christmas season, when our people desire and expect peace and goodwill, the CPP-NPA-NDF has reciprocated government’s gesture of a month-long unilateral ceasefire with acts of senseless violence.
On December 22, in Paracale, Camarines Norte, NPA rebels torched heavy equipment used in the construction of a bridge. In Agusan del Sur, they likewise set fire to a vehicle owned by a civilian. Both acts were committed in retaliation for the civilians' refusal to give in to their extortion.
On December 23, NPA members abducted Compostela Valley Jail Warden Jose Mervin Gementiza Coquilla in
Davao del Norte. Panabo City
On December 29, in Sitio Barigyan, Brgy Candinuyan, Mabini, Compostela Valley, 1LT Ronald Bautista, PFC Albert Amor and CAA Renel Baluca, unarmed soldiers in civilian clothes, were on their way to spend the holidays with their families when they were shot pointblank by members of the NPA.
We strongly condemn the pointless violence exercised by the CPP-NPA-NDF. If they are truly serious in their call for the resumption of peace negotiations with Government, we challenge them to walk their talk and stop harassing development projects, civilians and unarmed soldiers on holiday. There is no way to peace but through peace.