Friday, December 30, 2011

Rebels dared: Extend ceasefire to entire 2012

THE Army's 10th Infantry Division dared Thursday the National Democratic Front/Communist Party of the Philippines/New People's Army (NDF/CPP/NPA) to declare ceasefire for the entire 2012.
Brigade General Ricardo Rainer Cruz III, assistant division commander of the 10th Infantry Division, said it could be better if the communist rebels will extend their ceasefire in 2012, instead of the 13-day ceasefire for Christmas and the victims of Tropical Storm "Sendong", which hit Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities.
"It is time for the communist rebels to take a break and return to their families. Let's declare 2012 ceasefire so for the community to develop their living, and not only because there is a disaster. This is great kasi magkakaroon tayo ng katahimikan starting next year," Cruz said in a press conference Thursday.
Lieutenant Colonel Lyndon Paniza, 10th Infantry Division spokesperson, expressed his gratitude as Christmas celebration has been peaceful in Davao Region, except for the disasters in some areas.
Paniza said the 10th Infantry Division also welcomes the declaration of ceasefire of the communist rebels so they can conduct search and rescue and relief operations for the victims of flash floods in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities and other areas in Davao Region.
"We are happy to note that so far, there were no atrocities the past few days. And we hope for the NDF/CPP/NPA since kaya naman nila, gawin natin tahimik at mapayapa ang 2012 and let's focus for the development of our community," Paniza said.
The 10th Infantry Division challenged the NDF/CPP/NPA to join them in strengthening the Peace and Development Outreach Program (PDOP) instead of exchanging unnecessary statements and fighting each other.
In earlier report, the communist rebels in Northern Mindanao declared a regional ceasefire from December 21 to January 3, in deference to the victims of Sendong and other affected areas due to heavy rains and flash floods.
The CPP central leadership also declared a two-schedule Yuletide truce from December 24-26 and the other from December 31 to January 2, as they urged all NPA units, especially in the most affected areas of flash floods, to temporarily cease offensive military operations and help mobilizing the people to carry out rescue and rehabilitation efforts.
Recently, the communist rebels donated around P1.3 million for the victims of Sendong in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City as directed from their leader to raise resources for relief and rehabilitation efforts for the affected families of the disaster.
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