Ang Bayan Features, March 21,2017: Singilin si Duterte

CPP to declare ceasefire not later than March 31

March 25, 2017 Information Bureau, Communist Party of the Philippines

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today said it is set to issue a unilateral declaration of interim ceasefire not later than March 31 in anticipation and support of the fourth round of peace talks between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) set for April 2-6 in The Netherlands.

The CPP made the announcement following the release yesterday by the New People’s Army (NPA) of two prisoners-of-war (POWs) in Mati, Davao Oriental.
The CPP said it looks forward to a similar unilateral ceasefire declaration by the GRP as mutually agreed upon in the March 10-11 backchannel talks. The CPP urges the Duterte regime to order the AFP to slow down its ongoing all-out offensive military operations and aerial bombing and shelling campaigns against rural barangays, to help create a favorable atmosphere for the mutual ceasefire.

Also in line with the March 11 Joint Statement, the Party also anticipates the Duterte government to release 19 elderly and sick political prisoners, as well as four detained NDFP consultants and one other recently rearrested.

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