NPA Insurgency map, Feb 2017. Wikimedia Commons


The Philippine Daily Inquirer-Dec 24

From today, Dec 24 to Dec 26, and from Dec 31 to Jan 1, the guns of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) will fall silent in observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays. That’s according to the unilateral ceasefire declaration the rebel group announced for this year.  No equivalent ceasefire declaration from the Armed Forces of the Philippines is forthcoming, however, marking the first time in 30 years that Filipinos will celebrate the holidays without the by-now traditional temporary cessation of hostilities between the government and the insurgents.

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First published in: The Philippine Daily Inquirer