Declaration of Ceasefire by the CPP and NDFP

CENTRAL COMMITTEE
Communist Party of the Philippines

We hereby declare to all commands and units of the New People's Army (NPA) and the people's militia a ceasefire order to be effective upon the reciprocal and concurrent ceasefire order from the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH, formerly designated as GRP) to its military, police and paramilitary forces, within the period of 0001H of 15 February 2011 to 23:59H of 21 February 2011.

In conformity with the mutual ceasefire between the GPH and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) as a confidence and goodwill measure to mark the resumption of the formal talks after six years, all the commands and units of the NPA 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 (PNP) and paramilitary forces of the GPH.

While the mutual ceasefire is in effect, all commands and units of the NPA and the people's militia shall be in a 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, including those under the signboards of “peace and development”, “civil-military” and “peace and order operations”. Active self-defense shall be undertaken only in the face of clear and imminent danger and actual armed attack by the enemy.

All hostile actions or movements of the enemy armed forces shall be monitored and reported upwards in accordance with the command structure of the New People's Army and the leadership structure of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines in order to provide continuous, timely and accurate information to the NDFP Negotiating Panel regarding compliance with or violations of the mutual ceasefire.

This entire ceasefire order is issued on humanitarian grounds and as an act of good will in order to allow the commands, units and personnel of the contending armies of the GPH and the NDFP to show their support for the peace negotiations conducted by the NDFP with the GPH and in order to hold consultations with the people on their demands for fundamental social, economic and political changes as the way to a just and lasting peace.

We hope that our act of goodwill and the mutual ceasefire between the GPH and the NDFP will improve the atmosphere for peace negotiations particularly upon the resumption of formal talks between the GPH and NDFP Negotiating Panels in Oslo on 15-21 February 2011 and inspire the release of political prisoners, the full implementation of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees, and the end of human rights violations in consonance with the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.

Central Committee
and
Military Commission
Communist Party of the Philippines

National Executive Committee
National Democratic Front of the Philippines

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