AFP to remain vigilant despite extended Yuletide ceasefire

December 25, 2012 1:52 am 

MANILA, Dec. 24 – The Armed Forces Monday said all its units will be on alert despite the extension of the Yuletide ceasefire which will end on Jan. 15, 2013.

The truce was originally scheduled for Dec. 16 to Jan. 2, 2013.

But it was extended to Dec. 20 to Jan. 15, 2013 after a meeting with the rebel National Democratic Front representatives in The Hague, Netherlands to allow communist rebels a chance to celebrate the New Year with their loved ones.

"Although the AFP fully abides by thedeclaration of suspension of offensive military Operations and strict adherence to the 27-day ceasefire agreement between the government and the NDF, we will remain vigilant to ensure a peaceful and safe celebration of Christmas Day," military spokesperson Col. Arnulfo M. Burgos, Jr., said.

He assured the public all military units will maintain their intelligence-driven and focused pre-emptive defense posture to avert attacks and threats posed on them.

"Our intelligence units in the field will intensify further their collection effort and continue intelligence networking, sharing and liasing with other intelligence agents of agencies concerned particularly the PNP," Burgos stressed.

The AFP spokesperson said the military will continue to monitor the security situation "and they (the military) will not let our guards down so the peace-loving Filipinos can safely celebrate the holidays with peace of mind." (PNA)



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