From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Mar 27): STATEMENT | AFP on suspension of attacks by NPA
CAMP GEN EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City (DWDD) – The SOMO is a political decision vested upon the political leadership.
According to the AFP Public Affairs Office, the AFP is yet to receive orders to suspend offensive military operations against the NPA.
We believe that such unusual declaration by the NPA is another ploy to deceive the security forces, the government and especially the people so that the government will be forced to declare SOMO in order for them to reconstitute forces, recruit new members, extort money, and rest from the unceasing focused military operation of the AFP.
This is a desperate attempt of the NPA to gain the moral highground by seizing the opportunity to paint religiosity in their organization while the basic principle of Communism by which their fake revolution is anchored, does not believe in God and reject religion.
The NPA anniversary which is usually marked by violent attacks against government forces and atrocities against the people incidentally falls within the holy week this year.
The CPP-NPA-NDF can show their sincerity by doing the right thing by stopping all forms of violent activities and atrocities against the people all year round.
The declaration is suspicious as it was only announced by an alleged spokesman of a guerilla front which coverage is less than a province; and was merely signed by someone from one of their regional organ.
We call on our people to be wary of the pattern of deception of the communist NPA terrorists; to be proactive and to be part of the conscious effort to deny them of the chance to regain strength.
Whatever the decision of the political leadership, the AFP will follow legally mandated orders.
Rest assured that our troops will continue to monitor and conduct appropriate security measures to protect the people and vulnerable communities. AFP PAO / MCAG