The Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines hereby informs all commands and units of the New People’s Army (NPA) and the people’s militias that the temporary ceasefire order issued last December 20, 2012 will end at 2359H today, January 2, 2013, instead of January 15.
This declaration is being issued upon the recommendation of the Negotiating Panel of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) after the failure of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH) to comply with the agreement last December 17-18 to extend its own ceasefire order to January 15. The agreement was contained in the Press Communique authenticated by Royal Norwegian Ambassador Ture Lundh.
The original CPP ceasefire declaration of December 20 was issued with the aim of creating favorable conditions for the resumption of peace negotiations being scheduled for this month.
The CPP has decided to abbreviate the ceasefire order to ensure that units of the New People’s Army and people’s militias will not be placed in an unduly disadvantaged position when the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ends its suspension of military offensives by midnight tonight.
The NPA and the people’s militias should immediately assume an offensive posture and confront and frustrate the enemy campaigns of suppression, defend the people against the fascist onslaughts of the AFP and the armed agents of the Aquino regime and advance the strategic objectives of the people’s war.