- CPP and NPA declares a 7-day ceasefire in light of the peace talks starting this weekend
- The ceasefire came after President Rodrigo Duterte temporarily released the Left’s political leaders who will participate in the peace talks
- The Left is hoping the government would also declare their own ceasefire
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) on late Friday evening, August 19, has declared a unilateral ceasefire with the administration that will last for seven days in light of the peace negotiations set to start over the weekend in Oslo, Norway.
CPP and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), issued the armistice before the government delegation’s flight to Norway on Saturday and after the successive release of their political leaders in detention to participate in the talks.
They hope the government will also declare their own ceasefire.
“This ceasefire declaration is encouraged by the GRP’s facilitation of the release of nearly all NDFP consultants who are set to participate in peace negotiations in the course of the next several months,” GMA News Online quoted the CPP’s statement.
Various leaders of the Left, including CPP Chairman Benito Tiamzon and wife Wilma, were temporarily released to join as consultants in the peace negotiations.
The seemingly positive attitude of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration on the peace talks have opened the Left to considering a longer ceasefire.
“To further bolster peace negotiations, the CPP and NPA are also open to discuss the possibility of a longer ceasefire upon completion of the release of all political prisoners,” they said in a statement.
During his first State of the Nation Address, Duterte declared a unilateral ceasefire with the CPP-NPA but it was lifted when they failed to announce theirs.
The President set a deadline on July 30 for the CPP following NPA’s reported harassment of government paramilitary forces in Davao del Norte.
Both parties, however, have since expressed openness to the peace talks.