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Reds Declare Unilateral 3-day Xmas, 2-day New Year Ceasefire

BAGUIO CITY (December 7, 2018) – The Central Committee of the
Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) declared Friday a three-day
ceasefire during Christmas and two-day truce on New Year.

All commands and units of the New People’s Army (NPA) and people’s
militias were ordered to observe a temporary unilateral ceasefire “in
unity with the Filipino people’s observance of traditional holidays
and provide the people and their revolutionary forces a brief period
to pay tribute to their heroes and martyrs as they mark and celebrate
the Party’s upcoming 50th anniversary.”

The temporary ceasefire, the CPP said, takes effect on 12:01 a.m. of
December 24, 2018 to 11:59 p.m. of December 26, 2018 and 12:01 a.m. of
December 31, 2018 to 11:59 p.m. of January 1, 2019.

The CPP said, during the days covered by the ceasefire declaration,
all units of the NPA and people’s militias “shall cease and desist
from carrying out offensive military campaigns and operations against
uniformed armed personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)
and Philippine National Police (PNP) of the Government of the Republic
of the Philippines (GRP).”

While acknowledging that, “with this temporary unilateral ceasefire
declaration, AFP soldiers and PNP personnel can also take a brief
leave from their incessant but mostly fruitless military offensives to
visit their families during the holidays.”  “Those who wish to visit
their families and friends in areas within the guerrilla territories
of the NPA can do so freely so long as they have not committed any
crime and there are no outstanding warrants for their arrest,” the CPP
clarified.

But according to the CPP, all units and commands of the NPA were
directed to stay on alert in an “active defense mode” during the said
temporary ceasefire period, while “all Red fighters and commanders
shall maintain a high degree of militancy and vigilance against
hostile actions or movements by enemy armed forces, including those
laying siege on communities and subjecting people to armed suppression
and violence in the guise of so-called “peace and development
operations” or “law enforcement,” and those mounting combat operations
with the aim of encircling units of the NPA.”

The CPP however warned that the temporary unilateral ceasefire “can be
cut short or canceled if AFP military offensives, armed suppression
against communities and attacks against activists by the Duterte
regime worsen in the next few days and weeks,” while adding, “it can
also be extended by a few days if positive conditions arise.”

The CPP explained that the temporary unilateral ceasefire was
declared, “in solidarity with the traditional observance of Christmas
and New Year holidays, which this year coincides with the special
celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Communist Party of the
Philippines.”

The CPP celebrates its 50th founding anniversary on December 26 vowing
a celebration “through heightened resistance against the US-Duterte
regime.”

The Central Committee said, all (CPP) Party organs, units and commands
of the New People’s Army (NPA), all revolutionary mass organizations,
activists and supporters of the revolutionary cause were urged “to
mount a thousand clandestine meetings, assemblies and mass rallies
across the nation, inside and outside the guerrilla base areas, in
their schools, offices and homes, as well as abroad in the coming
weeks and months.”  The revolutionary people are set to recite poems,
sing and dance in joyous celebration of their victories and
achievements attained with the Party’s leadership and guidance, the
CPP said, while adding, “even as they further strengthen their
determination to wage arduous resistance against the US-Duterte
fascist regime and persevere in difficult struggle for however long it
takes to end the semicolonial and semifeudal system and achieve
complete national and social liberation.”.***Artemio A. Dumlao***

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