THE Maoist inspired Communist Party of the Philippines on Friday declared a seven-day unilateral ceasefire wherein its armed wing, the New People’s Army, will desist from conducting offensive military operations but remain in active defense posture.
In a statement, the communist rebels said the declaration was made to “celebrate and bolster” the resumption of its nearly stalled peace talks with the Duterte administration. It follows a few hours after ranking communist cadres, including alleged CPP Chair and top NPA commander Benito Tiamzon and his wife Wilma, the reported CPP’s secretary general; were released from detention.
According to the CPP’s Information Bureau, the ceasefire will cover the entire length of the peace talks. Specifically, the ceasefire will take effect starting 12.01 a.m. on August 21 and will last until 11.59 p.m. on August 27 (local PH time).
Furthermore, the CPP said it could extend the ceasefire provided that all political detainees are released by the government.
The formal talks between the Philippine government and the CPP will be held on Aug. 22 to 26 in Oslo, Norway.
The CPP and the NPA have been waging a “people’s war” against what it claims to be the US-backed Philippine government since 1969. The war already left more than 30,000 people dead and millions more wounded or displaced.