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PEACE TALKS - GPH peace panel lauds P-Noy’s approval of truce with CPP-NPA-NDFP

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GPH peace panel lauds P-Noy’s approval of truce with CPP-NPA-NDFP

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Posted on Friday, 16 December, 2011 - 09:41

Manila, Dec. 16 – The government peace panel in talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front of the Philippines (CPP-NPA-NDFP) lauded President Benigno Aquino III’s call to approve the 18-day ceasefire with the communist rebels.

The President declared his approval of the suspension of offensive military operations (SOMO) after the budget signing on Thursday.

The ceasefire will take effect today, December 16 and will run up to January 2.

“We are hopeful that the CPP-NPA-NDFP will reciprocate this gesture of the President with their own ceasefire albeit unilateral,” government chief negotiator Alex Padilla said.

“Besides giving our people 18 days of peace in this Holy Season, we hope this becomes a prelude to a longer, more meaningful ceasefire that will allow peace negotiations to continue and bring our nation to a just and lasting peace.”

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles also expressed her determination to carry on with the peace process.

“It shows that the government hears and heeds our people’s call for a peaceful Christmas and seeks, through this, to nurture people’s hopes and persistent efforts to attain peace in the coming year,” Deles stated. “Our security forces will maintain defensive positions through this period, but for the sake of our people, we hope that all groups will refrain from actions that will disturb our people’s celebration of this holy season.”

Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) which recommended the SOMO to the President, also showed its support in winning the peace.

“The AFP remains supportive of the government’s peace initiatives and will continue to exhaust all measures and avenues leading to a just and lasting peace for the nation,” AFP Spokesperson Col. Arnulfo Burgos said.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda also took note that a ceasefire will do good to both parties: “It’s always an opportunity for the rebels to come down from the mountains and be with their families.”

Last year, a holiday ceasefire ensued from December 16 to January 3 as the government and the CPP-NPA-NDFP prepared for the resumption of the formal peace talks.

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