The Regional Operations Command of the New People’s Army in Southern Mindanao reciprocates the gesture made by GRP Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte by suspending for a few hours the NPA operations and ordering any NPA camp in NDF territories in Davao City and nearby areas to host the talks with her at a mutually agreed time and date.
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Isip pagsanong sa pamahayag sa NDF-Mindanao pinaagi sa tigpamaba niini nga si Ka. Joaquin Jacinto, abli ang NDF-NCMR nga masugdan ang panagsabot uban sa Local Crisis Committee sa Bukidnon alang sa hapsay ug luwas nga pag-release sa POW nga si PO2 Gerome Anthony Natividad pinaagi sa pagpatunga sa Local Third Party Facilitators gikan sa mga Kristyanong lider-relihiyoso sa rehiyon.
These releases, that will be promptly disclosed soon by the various regions, shall be carried out as a gesture of goodwill for the resumption of the peace talks. These are also in response to the request of the families and loved ones of the POWs, as well as to the call of various concerned sectors in society.
If GRP President Durterte decides to send his negotiating panel and emissaries to the upcoming scheduled talks between the ceasefire committees, negotiations for a bilateral ceasefire agreement can proceed as scheduled on February 22-27 in The Netherlands.
The Regional Operations Command of the New People’s Army in Southern Mindanao commends the 1stPulang Bagani Battalion forcarrying out revolutionary justice and inflicting heavy casualties against AFP troops following three coordinated tactical offensives in Paquibato and Calinan Districts, Davao City on February 16.At least 12 AFP soldiers were killed while more than 20 more were wounded.
As a gesture of support towards the resumption of formal talks between the GRP and the NDFP, even as fighting continues in the field, the NDFP in Mindanao will soon release the following prisoners of war: 1) PO2 Jerome Anthony Natividad (in NCMR); 2) Pfc. Edwin Salan (in NEMR); 3) Sgt. Solaiman Calucop and Pfc. Samuel Garay (in FSMR); and two others in the Southern Mindanao region. The respective regions will soon announce the details of the release of these aforementioned prisoners of war.
Following Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s termination of the GRP’s sham unilateral ceasefire, AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año on February 4 announced that his troops “will go after the NPA to prevent them from conducting atrocities and criminal activities against the public.”
The reports coming from the AFP are highly dubious. The spokesmen of the AFP are weaveing such false reports to deceive the public and disparage the NPA which had earlier unilaterally declared a ceasefire in the areas which were hardest hit by the February 10 earthquake. The AFP wishes to discredit the NPA by making it appear that it is preventing relief operations in the revolutionary areas.
Three tactical offensives were launched almost simultaneously by NPA units around the region on February 14, even as the warmongering 10ID set loose virtually all of its combat troops in a fascist rampage in the hinterlands of Southern Mindanao.
Protest crackdown, “all-out war” against activists and civilians–CPP
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today called on the Filipino people to protest the police and military crackdown after at least 19 individuals, mostly activists as well as civilians, who were arrested in Metro Manila and other parts of the country in a span of just one week since the Duterte regime terminated peace talks and declared an “all-out war” against the revolutionary forces last February 7.