Army in Negros Island welcomes 12-day truce during holidays

December 23, 2015 6:18 am 

BACOLOD CITY, Dec. 22 — The Philippine Army in Negros Island welcomed the declaration of a 12-day ceasefire both by the government and the Communist Party of the Philippines during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

It is a welcome relief to both members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and New People's Army rebels, said Col. Francisco Delfin, commander of 303rd Infantry Brigade based in Murcia, Negros Occidental.

The ceasefire starts December 23 and ends January 3, 2016.

“Our soldiers may be able to spend the Yuletide season with their families. So, we may experience a peaceful Christmas celebration,” Delfin said.

The CPP said in a statement that the declaration will allow military and police personnel who have no serious liabilities other than their membership in their armed units to enter the territory of the people's democratic government to make personal visits to relatives and friends without fear of arrest or punitive actions.

It added that their rebel units were ordered to be on the defensive mode at both the strategic and tactical levels and maintain a high degree of militancy and vigilance against any hostile actions or movements of the enemy armed forces.

For his part, Delfin said as long as they do not carry their firearms, NPA members may go back to their respective families and celebrate the Yuletide season.

Senior Supt. Samuel Nacion, officer-in-charge of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, said law enforcement operation, including the serving of arrest warrants to rebels, are not covered by the suspension of offensive military operations (SOMO). (PNA)

LAP/NLG/GPB

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