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Army awaits gov’t panel’s go signal to suspend offensive against NPAs By Mario J. Mallari 02/15/2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Army awaits gov’t panel’s go signal to suspend offensive against NPAs

By Mario J. Mallari 02/15/2011

Guidelines have already been in-placed for possible reciprocation by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) of the ceasefire declaration of the communist group in observance of the formal peace negotiations between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

AFP spokesman Brig. Gen. Jose Mabanta Jr., however, said the military is awaiting directive from the government’s peace panel for the implementation of the guidelines on the possible suspension of offensive military operations (Somo).

“At this point, we cannot really make any statement. We are awaiting the guidance and instructions from our peace negotiating panel but there are already guidelines that we are preparing but we cannot announce them until there is an announcement of finality regarding the suspension of military operations,” said Mabanta.

In a statement dated Feb. 12, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) declared ceasefire for the duration of the formal peace negotiations starting on Feb. 15 to midnight of Feb. 21. The talks are scheduled in Oslo, Norway..... MORE

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