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CPP ceasefire declaration not AFP’s concern

If the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) wants to declare a unilateral ceasefire then that is their lookout, said Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo.

“Well, that being unilateral, it’s up to them if they would like to declare it but insofar as the AFP is concerned, we are saying we are not inclined to recommend to the President a holiday truce this time,” Arevalo said on Friday, citing the rebels’ insincerity and refusal to abide by commitments in previous holiday ceasefires.

He added that the rebels are using the lull to recruit, regroup and refurbish their forces, as the insurgents are also looking for maneuver space to celebrate their 50th founding anniversary on December 26.

“We would not give them a chance to conduct propaganda, we will not recommend, we will not reciprocate. To me, to us, it’s a gambit. They want us to respond but we already learned our lessons in the past,” Arevalo said.

The CPP-NPA ceasefire is set to begin at 12:01 a.m. of Dec. 24 to 11:59 p.m. of Dec. 26 and 12:01 a.m. of Dec. 31 to 11:59 p.m. of January 1, 2019.#