CAMP LUKBAN, CATBALOGAN CITY – To end-up the violence and unrightfully gaining the livelihood of our fellowmen, your Army in Eastern Visayas will abide the President’s order in lifting the unilateral ceasefire with the CPP-NPA-NDF. The recent violations made-up by the CPP-NPA-NDF in other regions reflect their insincerity to pursue the peace negotiations. During the start of the unilateral ceasefire in Eastern Visayas on August 21, 2016, their expansion through recruitment especially the minors and continues collection of revolutionary taxes to the businessmen and less fortunes has not yet stopped, fact that during peace process these rebels were strengthening their forces. Also, threatening to attack the military units of the 8th Infantry Division on conducting civil-military activities together with the Local Government Units and Non-Government Organizations in bringing basic services especially to far flung areas and throwing false issues that these efforts were combat operations and were violations of the on-going ceasefire.
These acts obviously show that the rebels on the ground are not in favor of the peace process and are only interested to gain the income of our brothers who are working hard for their families, just to suffice their illegal trades. The 8th Infantry Division will pursue its combat operations as per guidance by our Commander-in-Chief to stop the violent atrocities being perpetrated by the NPA. In the conduct of offensive operations against this terrorist group, rest assured that the militaries will strongly adhere to our sworn duty of serving and securing the people against all threats and instilling among our troops the respect for human rights, rule of law and international humanitarian law.
Further, the support of the people of Eastern Visayas on the efforts of the AFP against this terrorist group is highly encouraged to end this struggle and to pursue the achievement of long-lasting peace in the region. There is nothing impossible if we work together to stop them. Your Army in Eastern Visayas is on the front line in keeping you safe at all times.