Wednesday, December 15, 2010

NDFP-Rizal Supports the Ceasefire!

NDFP-Rizal Supports the Ceasefire!*

Arman "Ka Arms" Guerrero
National Democratic Front of the Philippines–Rizal
December 15, 2010

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines in Rizal (NDFP-Rizal) and the whole revolutionary movement in the province of Rizal expresses its full support to the declaration for 18 day ceasefire of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP-MLM) in conformity to the mutual declaration of ceasefire between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). The ceasefire was issued on humanitarian grounds and as an act of good will to allow troops of the AFP-PNP-CAFGU and the NPA forces to enjoy the spirit of the yuletide season and the New Year in peace.

In view of this, all armed troops of the revolutionary movement in Rizal province under the Narciso Antazo Aramil Command (NAAC-NPA-Rizal) including its people’s militias and armed city partisans shall cease and desist from carrying out offensive operations against the armed units and personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police and CAFGU starting at 12:01 early morning tomorrow, December 16, 2010 until 11:59 midnight of January 3, 2010. Within the said period, all Officers and members of the AFP-CAFGU and PNP who have no serious liability and grave crimes against the people may be allowed to enter the territory of the people's democratic government to visit relatives and friends and shall not be arrested and punished.

However, NAAC troops and the people's militia shall be in a defensive mode and shall remain vigilant against any encroachment on the territory of the people's democratic government, surveillance or offensive operations by the armed commands and units of the GRP. They must be ready to defend themselves once subject to attack by AFP-CAFGU and PNP troops
In the past, AFP troops usually violated ceasefire whether mutually or unilaterally declared. One of the AFP troops that operates in the Province who usually violates ceasefire declaration is the “butcher battalion”, the 16th IB-PA. Last Nov. 13, when the AFP unilaterally declared their own ceasefire to have their troops watch the Pacqiao-Margarito Boxing Fight, more than 200 troops under 16th IB-PA continued their military operations in the hinterland of Rizal province thereby denying the people’s chance to watch and enjoy the Pacquiao-Margarito match. The said AFP unit only stopped temporarily their harassments and threat against the member of Dumagat tribes, settlers and farmers when one platoon from Charlie Coy, 16th IB-PA were ambushed by NAAC-NPA troops last December 1, 2010 in Brgy. Puray. Rodriguez, Rizal resulting to the death of 3 AFP soldiers and seriously wounding of 3 more 16th IB-PA troops while the NAAC-NPA suffered no casualties. The 16th IB-PA is one of the AFP units that can not be trusted to uphold the ceasefire that is why it is imperative for the NAAC-NPA units to be vigilant and be always on guard.

We pitied the 16th IB-PA members who were killed and were not able to experience the yuletide season and spend the Christmas and New Year alive with their families. They paid for their lives because of their intrusion in the revolutionary territory and harassments and threats to the lives of the people. We wish that all AFP-PNP troops can be with their families during the whole duration of the ceasefire. To ensure that this happens, we are calling on the junior officers of the AFP and PNP and the ordinary foot soldiers to disobey any orders of your senior AFP-PNP officers to violate ceasefire. They are just making you as pawn for their ambition to be promoted. Don’t have yourselves get killed just to protect the rich oppressors and exploiters. You have the rights to be with your families this Christmas and New Year. If ever, your AFP senior officers forced you to launch military operation, avoid getting near revolutionary territories. If circumstances occur that you encountered NAAC-NPA troops, you can avoid getting killed by immediately surrendering similar to acts that members of the PNP-SAF-Commando did when they encountered NPA members last April 20, 2010. Those who were not killed by the first volley of fire immediately surrendered and survived.

Long Live the New People’s Army!
Long Live the Communist Party of the Philippines-MLM!
Long Live the National Democratic Front of the Philippines!
Long Live the Filipino People!

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