MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang is waiting for the recommendation from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on whether or not to extend the ceasefire the communist rebels, according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.
“We will defer that to the recommendation of the military,” Panelo said.
On Tuesday (January 7) at 11:59 p.m., the unilateral ceasefire declared by the government and Communist Party of the Philippines- New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) in relation to the holidays is set to lapse.
But according to NDF founding chair Jose Maria Sison, the truce may be extended if the Philippine government will release all sick and elderly political prisoners. – MNP (with inputs from Rosalie Coz)