The Philippine Government Accuses The Communist Guerrilla Of Violating The Ceasefire

The Government of the Philippines accused the communist guerrilla on Sunday of having broken the ceasefire announced by its leader last Tuesday after the global UN request amid the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A government spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte condemned that the New People’s Army (NEP) had attacked soldiers “while doing community work” in the province of Rizal (center of the island of Luzon) after the ceasefire declaration that both parties declared unilaterally.

“This armed attack by the NEP against our soldiers exposes their lack of sincerity,” presidential spokesman Salvador S. Panelo said in a statement, revealing that the assault killed one soldier while two others were wounded.

Last Tuesday, Jose Maria Sison, leader of the outlawed Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the NEP, announced that he had recommended a unilateral ceasefire to his troops following the global request by the UN to cease attacks amid the coronavirus threat.

President Duterte last week declared a unilateral truce in his fight with the communist guerrillas for the Army to focus on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Sison then refused to reciprocate the measure as a trap to commit rights violations. humans.

Coinciding with the guerilla’s 51st anniversary, the Communist Party announced this Sunday through a statement that the NEP is mobilizing its forces, especially its medical units, in a health campaign to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Philippines has confirmed 1,075 cases and 68 deaths, although it is estimated that there are thousands of undetected cases due to lack of means.

Duterte came to power in 2016 with the promise of reviving the peace process with the communists, but the talks broke up on three occasions, the last one a year ago, when the president closed the path of negotiation and ordered the Army to “annihilate the enemy”.

However, last December the door to dialogue was reopened and since then there have been some exploratory meetings in the Netherlands with Sison and the leadership of the Communist Party.

The NEP, born in 1969 to combat the Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship, has some 3,900 regular troops – although it had 26,000 in the eighties – waging a half-century conflict that has caused 43,000 deaths.

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