By the Executive Committee
CPP Eastern Visayas Regional Committee
The Executive Committee of the Regional Committee in Eastern Visayas of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) declares the end of the two-month unilateral ceasefire that began 12 November 2013 in solidarity with the plight of the people after typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
The ceasefire ended at 0000H of 12 January 2014.
All units of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Eastern Visayas may now resume offensive military operations against the regular and paramilitary forces of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).
The NPA is commendable for displaying its high level of discipline in keeping the unilateral ceasefire. Despite the continuing attacks and provocations of the US-Aquino regime, the ceasefire was never lifted in deference to the sufferings of the people and in order to make sure that immediate relief would be delivered to them. During the period of ceasefire, the NPA units in their respective areas of responsibility mobilized to help the people repair their communities, facilitated the delivery of relief, and organized and mobilized the people to demand accountability from the US-Aquino regime over its gross unconcern for the people’s welfare.
On the other hand, the AFP is entirely despicable for continuing military operations even right after typhoon Yolanda, when the people were still reeling from disaster, and during their so-called unilateral ceasefire in December 2013. On 25 November 2013, the 87th Infantry Battalion attacked an NPA camp in San Jorge, Western Samar, and captured Comrade Renato Baleros and Comrade Vangie Colinayo, who were directing NPA relief operations in the province. On 11 December 2013, an offensive operation by the 8th Infantry Division in Oras, Eastern Samar, was foiled by the active defense of the NPA, which inflicted five killed and three wounded on the enemy side; there were no casualties on the side of the NPA. In the same town the following day, 12 December, an NPA unit had an encounter with 8th Infantry Division troops; a soldier was wounded while the NPA had no casualty.
The 8th Infantry Division troops continued their operations even after their so-called ceasefire from 16 December 2013 to 16 January 2014. The NPA reports soldiers were still on combat operations up to 25 December in Las Navas, Northern Samar. Meanwhile, on 27 December, in the area between Barangays (villages) Libertad and Mahayag, Ormoc City, Leyte, 19th Infantry Battalion troops staged a mock firefight complete with live gunfire, and then claimed to the media that they had been attacked by the NPA, which was accused of violating its own ceasefire. In fact, there was no NPA unit in the area at that time; the said firefight is purely psywar by the military.
The CPP in the region is well aware the US-Aquino regime intends from 2014-2015 to intensify its Oplan Bayanihan military campaign in Eastern Visayas. The NPA is directed to carry out intensive and extensive guerrilla warfare based on an ever widening and deepening mass base. The revolutionary armed struggle is in solidarity with the mass struggles to oust the US-Aquino regime over its incompetence, corruption and brutality, in connection with the typhoon Yolanda victims as well as other issues. Bringing down the corrupt, fascist and puppet regime will significantly contribute to the overthrow of the entire reactionary ruling system in the long run.