PNP tell Reds: Be with your families this Christmas

Published December 10, 2018, 1:47 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Chito Chavez


This is how Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo M. Año described the five-day unilateral ceasefire declared by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) during the Holiday season.

DILG officer-in-charge (OIC) Eduardo M. Año (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez / MANILA BULLETIN)
DILG officer-in-charge (OIC) Eduardo M. Año
(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez / MANILA BULLETIN)

Learning from past experience, Año, a former Armed Forces Chief of Staff said government forces will be on heightened alert in performing their duties to ensure law and order are maintained.

The ceasefire declaration, Año added is merely a deceptive scheme against the government.

Agreeing with the stand of the Defense department, Año said the DILG is not keen on recommending a holiday truce because the CPP-NPA will only exploit the ceasefire to consolidate its forces to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

“We will not allow ourselves to fall into the same trap again. We have seen time and again the insincerity of the Communists and their front organizations,” he stressed.

The CPP central committee announced a five-day ceasefire that will take effect at 12:01 a.m. of December 24 to 11:59 p.m. of December 26, and at 12:01 a.m. of December 31 to 11:59 of Jan. 1, 2019.

Añostressed nothing will come out of a truce because the CPP-NPA has really no intention to stop fighting government forces even with a ceasefire in place.

The only way for the peace process to prosper is for exiled communist leader Jose Maria Sison to come home and discuss it with President Duterte, Año added.

Christmas with family

In the spirit of Christmas, Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Chief Superintendent Benigno Durana Jr., encouraged communist rebels to turn a new leaf, leave their lairs, lay down their weapons and feel the warmth of family this holiday season.

“Bumabapo kayo pero huwag lang magdala ng baril. Makikita niyo po ang malaking pagbabago sa ating bansa (Go down but leave your weapons behind. You will see the big change in our country,” Durana urged.

Durana also challenged the rebels to keep an open mind so they can realize that what they are fighting for is no longer the principle of armed struggle but the “personal interests” of CPP-NPA founder Jose Maria Sison who enjoys a comfortable life in The Netherlands while members are struggling here. (With a report from Martin A. Sadongdong)