Malacanang condemns NPA violation of Covid-19 truce

Malacanang condemns NPA violation of Covid-19 truce




The country is now facing the invincible enemy that is the coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19 which made the government the entire island of Luzon under the “enhanced community quarantine.”

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte declared a unilateral ceasefire with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, NPA, from March 19 until April 15.


The communists initially did not want to reciprocate the ceasefire, but the Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison eventually agreed to observe their own truce not in response to President Duterte’s call but because of the United Nation’s (UN) call for an immediate global 
ceasefire.

(photo credit to CNN Philippines)


Malacanang condemns the violation of the ceasefire declaration after a clash between the communists and government troops broke out in Barangay Puray in Rodriguez, Rizal last March 28.

The said attack by the communist rebels show their “insincerity” in their declaration of ceasefire due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
“We strongly condemn in the strongest terms the NPA attack on our soldiers while the latter were doing community work in Barangay Puray, Rodriguez, Rizal in the face of a declaration of ceasefire on both sides and in the midst of an emergency health crisis,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

Said acts was characterized as a complete disregard for people’s welfare by placing civilians in danger and disrupting the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine in that area.
The attack “unmasked the treacherous character of the NPA” when it declared a ceasefire following the government’s own declaration, Atty.Panelo said.
The Presidential Spokesperson also praised the country’s armed forces readiness to defend themselves from attacks despite the truce in place.
“That we were able to repulse the NPA’s perfidious armed offensive demonstrates the preparedness of our armed forces against the purveyors of hate and anarchy even as they perform their additional task of assisting in the implementation of the protocols and guidelines established by the government,” Panelo said.




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