NPA will be held liable for ceasefire violations – AFP

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Fighters of the New People’s Army-Melito Glor Command (NPA-MGC) gather at an undisclosed location in the mountains of Sierra Madre in Quezon Province, south of Manila, Philippines, 26 December 2018. EPA-EFE (FILE) / ALECS ONGCAL

MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) noted two incidents that violated the ongoing truce between government forces and the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA), just a day after the two sides agreed of the holiday ceasefire.

About 9:20 AM on Tuesday (December 24), an anti-personnel landmine exploded at Barangay Singon, Tubungan in Iloilo City where several members of the Iloilo Police Mobile Force Company were injured.

Minutes after, an ambush against AFP personnel happened at the border of Maguiway, Tagcawayan, Quezon, and Labo in the vicinity of Camarines Norte where one soldier was killed and six others wounded.

“These violations will be taken noted of and at least to the eyes of our countrymen. Makikita nila na ang ating mga sundalo ay tumutupad sa umiiral na ceasefire (They can prove that our soldiers are complying with the ongoing ceasefire),” noted AFP Spokesperson B.Gen. Edgard Arevalo.

“These violations on the other side is their responsibility. Pananagutan nila ito sa sambayanang Pilipino (They will be accountable to the Filipino people),” Arevalo added.

The AFP will submit a written report on the incident as ordered by the Department of National Defense (DND) which will be submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte.

The AFP, meanwhile, leaves it to the President as to what to do with the ceasefire declaration in relation to the impending resumption of the peace talks with the communist group – MNP (with details from Dante Amento)

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