NDFP reports gov’t to UN for alleged ceasefire violations

April 16 ------ The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) on Wednesday said it submitted a letter to the United Nations (UN) reporting the Philippine government’s alleged violations of the unilateral ceasefire. In his letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, NDFP executive committee member Luis Jalandoni detailed how the Philippine government allegedly launched 13 attacks from March 16 to April 15 affecting 196 villages in 96 towns. The New People’s Army (NPA), on the other hand, “has complied fully” with the ceasefire in response to the UN’s humanitarian appeal for parties involved in armed conflicts to declare a global ceasefire amid the coronavirus pandemic, the NDFP said. “The NPA refrains from undertaking attacks against the [government’s] Armed Forces. The NPA is observing an active defense policy to protect the community from the serious violations of the Armed Forces,” Jalandoni said. He added that the health committees and revolutionary forces of the NPA, NDFP, and Communist Party of Philippines (CCP) “continue to carry out programs in all 73 provinces.” The NDFP National Council, CPP, and NPA will decide on the next steps to be taken on the unilateral ceasefire that is set to end on April 15. The CPP declared a nationwide ceasefire on March 25 as a “gesture of national unity” as COVID-19 cases steadily climbed nationwide. Four days later, however, the Armed Forces claimed that the NPA would not honor the ceasefire after an encounter broke out between the two groups in Rizal that killed one soldier and one rebel. Source: gmanetwork.com