Mindanao Times

AFP not recommendi­ng holiday truce

- By Rhoda Grace B. Saron

THE ARMED Forces of the Philippine­s (AFP) is not recommendi­ng the suspension of military operations (SOMO) against the Communist rebels this yuletide season.

In a text message, AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Noel Clement said past experience­s show that the New People’s Army (NPA) continued with its criminal activities despite the truce.

While vowing to continue operations against the rebels, Clement also assure they will pursue their community outreach programs.

“We foresee a very peaceful and more united Christmas,” he said.

Lt. Col. Ezra Balagtey, the spokespers­on of the AFP’s Eastern Mindanao

Command, also said that the security operations of the different military units in the ground will continue.

Last year, the government did not reciprocat­e the unilateral ceasefire issued by the Communist group.

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