CPP Central Committee
The Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its Military Commission hereby issue a ceasefire order to all commands and units of the New People’s Army (NPA) and of the people’s militia to take effect on
00:00 of 24 December 2011 to 23:59 of 26 December 2011;
00:00 of 31 December 2011 to 23:59 of 2 January 2012.
During the indicated periods, all commands and units of the NPA and the people’s militia 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 paramilitary forces of the Government of the Philippines (GPH).
While the unilateral ceasefire is in effect, all commands and units of the NPA and the people’s militia shall be in defensive mode at both the strategic and tactical levels but 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 GPH. Active self-defense shall be undertaken only in the face of clear and imminent danger.
Despite the Philippine government’s earlier issuance of a ceasefire, units of the enemy armed forces and police force continue to carry out surveillance and population control operations in accordance with the GPH’s Oplan Bayanihan war of suppression. All revolutionary forces are thus enjoined to closely monitor all hostile actions or movements of the enemy armed forces, report these upwards in accordance with the command structure of the New People’s Army and the leadership structure of the CPP and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.
This ceasefire order is being issued in solidarity with the Filipino people’s traditional celebrations of the Christmas and New Year holidays. This will also provide opportunity to the revolutionary masses to join various activities to mark the CPP’s 43rd foundation anniversary on December 26.
This ceasefire order is particularly significant for commands and units of the NPA operating in Mindanao and Visayas provinces stricken by the calamities of the past few days. This will provide NPA commands the opportunity to mobilize its forces in order to assist the masses suffering from the loss of lives and destruction of their homes and economic livelihood.
Officers and members of the AFP and PNP who have no serious liability other than their membership in their armed units shall not be subjected to arrest and punitive actions. They may be allowed individually to enter the territory of the people’s democratic government to make personal visits to relatives and friends.