By Eduard M. Casullya
LEGAZPI CITY, 21Dec2014 (PNA) — While the top leaderships of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police have respectively declared Suspension Of Military Operations (SOMO) and Suspension of Offensive Police Operation (SOPO), the National Democratic Front-Bicol (NDF) has also issued a statement on ceasefire during this Christmas season, New Year and the visit of Pope Francis early next year.
NDF-Bicol sokesman Ka Roja Banua said the Komite Sentral ng Partido (Central Committee of the Party) approved that the ceasefire will be observed by all units of the Bagong Hukbong Bayan (New People’s Army) and militia units from 12:01 a.m. Dec. 24 to 11:59 p.m. Dec. 26.
For the New Year, it will start at 12:01 a.m. Dec. 31 to 11:59 p.m. Jan. 1 during the visit of Pope Francis, the ceasefire will begin at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 15, 2015 and end at 11:59 p.m. Jan. 19.
Banua said the declaration of ceasefire is the NDF-Bicol’s expression of unity with the Filipinos on these important occasions and activities that are estimated to be observed and participated in by millions of people and that the Bicol Region will the passageway of people who will attend the Pope’s visit to Tacloban this coming January.
The NDF spokesperson said their members will take advantage of these occasions to visit their loved ones, who they have not been with for a long time due to their fight against the government. (PNA)