Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Army asks rebels to reflect on true message of Christmas

COLONEL Oscar Lactao, commanding officer of the 303rd Brigade, asked the members of the New People’s Army (NPA) to reflect on the true message of the birth of Jesus Christ which is love and peace.
Lactao’s statement is in line with the anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) on Monday.
Lactao added that the Suspension of Military Operations (Sumo) in line with the Yuletide season continues to hold without any untoward incident so far.
“It has been peaceful so far,” Lactao said.
The National Government has declared a unilateral ceasefire effective December 16 to allow the government troops as well as the NPA rebels to celebrate the Yuletide holidays with their families.
Lactao explained that government troops who are on duty will continue to assume an active defensive mode; and there will be no tactical operations against the NPA rebels while the Sumo period is being observed.
However, Lactao said he will continue to be on duty during Christmas and New Year but his troops under the 303rd Brigade can have their vacation and be with their families.
Lactao said he hopes the CPP will realize that the Filipinos are celebrating the Christmas holidays and that it is not good that Filipinos are killing fellow Filipinos and Negrenses.
Lactao, like Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo MaraƱon, has continuously called on the CPP-NPA to lay down their arms and join the mainstream of society.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011

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