Reds: Government had 'fake ceasefire'
Repost from GMA News Online
Published February 3, 2017 7:17pm
Even before President Rodrigo Duterte lifted the government's ceasefire
against communist rebels, the Communist Party of the Philippines said it
didn't matter because authorities "have observed no such ceasefire in the
past six months."
"The peasant masses are bearing the brunt of the GRP’s fake ceasefire,"
said the group in reference to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)
and Philippine National Police (PNP).
"Duterte has also made no moves to order the withdrawal of AFP troops from
their occupation of at least 500 peasant barrios," it added.
The communists on Wednesday terminated the unilateral ceasefire effective
11:59 p.m. on February 10.
"The August 28, 2016 unilateral declaration of interim ceasefire issues by
the Central Committee of the CPP (CPP-CC) and the National Operations
Command of the New People's Army (NPA)-NOC) is hereby terminated," said
Jorge "Ka Oris" Madlos, spokesman of the group.
Two days after their pronouncement, Duterte then lifted the government's
ceasefire with the communist rebels during his speech at the launching of
Solar Powered Irrigation System in North Cotabato.
“Kagabi, I decided. I called General Año and said, ‘Ni-lift ko ang
ceasefire.' Tonight, wala nang ceasefire,” he said.
Duterte washing hands
The CPP also conveyed its resentment over Duterte's failure to commit to
his promise of releasing all political prisoners.
"Duterte pretends he is merely obliging the AFP in its demands not to
release all political prisoners through a presidential amnesty
proclamation. He is trying to wash his hands of any culpability," the
communist group said.
Duterte had earlier said the military would oust or kill him if he
approved the release of over 400 rebel detainees.
"Kaya ang sabi ko, huwag n'yo akong ipitin because the military might not
like it. And then the military would oust me, would kill me, you have
nobody talking to you," he said.
The rebel group claimed that Duterte had "duplicitously promised" amnesty
and release to three political prisoners - Eduardo Sarmiento, Emeterio
Antalan and Leopoldo Caluza who all remained incarcerated.
They also accused Duterte of "committing a gross denial of justice" to
political prisoners over failure to comply with the 'Comprehensive
Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law'
and the 'Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees.'
"For someone claiming to be a Leftist, Duterte would have given more
consideration to the people’s cry for justice and end to the military
abuses over what he claims are risks to his own life or political power,"
the communist rebels said. —Marlly Rome C. Bondoc/JST, GMA News
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