By Francis Wakefield
Military officials on Tuesday released the places around the country where possible movements of Communist New People’s Army Terrorists (CNTs) could take place in relation to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) 50th founding anniversary on Wednesday (December 26).
Armed Forces of the Philippines-Central Command (AFP-CenCom) chief Maj. Gen. Noel S. Clement, said in his area of jurisdiction the provinces being monitored are Samar and Negros.
Maj. Gen. Ronald Villanueva of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, on the other hand, said the areas being monitored are North Central Mindanao and Northeast Mindanao, specifically in Bukidnon, Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Sur and Agusan del Norte.
On the other hand, Maj. Gen. Rhoderick Parayno of the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division, said the areas being monitored are Rizal, Quezon, Laguna and Mindoro.
Lt. Col. Eugenio Osias, Army 7th Infantry Division spokesman, said the areas being monitored are Abra and Nueva Ecija.
CPP founding chairman Jose Maria Sison earlier ordered its armed wing–the New People’s Army (NPA)–to step up its tactical offensives against the government after it rejected its proposal to reciprocate the annual declaration of truce of the NPA.
The ceasefire announced by the CPP central committee: will run from 12:01 a.m. of December 24, 2018 to 11:59 p.m. of December 26, 2018, and 12:01 a.m. of December 31 to 11:59 p.m. of January 1, 2019,”