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Caraga NPA rebels declare ceasefire for Semana Santa

The New Peoples’s Army operating in the Caraga region declared a five-day unilateral ceasefire for the Holy Week or “Semana Santa.”

Ka Ariel Montero, spokesperson of Regional Operational Command of the New People’s Army’s Northeastern Mindanao Region, made the announcement via a statement sent to Caraga News Courier on Sunday.

“The unilateral declaration of ceasefire shall be in effect from March 28 to April 1, 2018,” Montero said.

The truce order was issued “in deference to peaceful observance of the Filipino people’s Holy week tradition.”

During the ceasefire period,  Montero said all NPA units and people’s militias  are ordered “to cease and desist from carrying out offensive military campaigns and operations against the government forces and its paramilitaries.

But all communist guerrillas and their allies shall remain on active defensive mode in order to defend the people and revolutionary forces, he stressed.

“Sayod kita nga AFP ug PNP reaksyonaryo ug kontra-rebolusyonaryo busa sa kanunay kining bangis ug malinglahon. Tungod niini, ipabilin sa BHB ug Milisyang Bayan ang pagkaalerto ug moda sa aktibong depensa batok sa pagpangatake sa mga pwersa sa AFP ug PNP,” Montero said. By GD

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