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AFP ‘ceasefire violations’ in Bicol hampering ceasefire, NPA claims

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Supposed violations by the Armed Forces of the Philippines are hampering a bilateral ceasefire agreement between the government and the National Democratic Front, the communist New People’s Army claimed.

A report on Bicol Today quoted “persistent reports” from regional NPA commands in the region claiming government troops are making incursions into NPA “territory.”

The incursions, supposedly in the guise of civic action and anti-drug operations, may heighten tension and hamper the forging of a more stable bilateral ceasefire, the report said.

Government and NDF negotiators failed to meet the October 26 deadline to work out a bilateral ceasefire agreement.

Government panel chairman and labor secretary Silvestre Bello III had proposed to NDF counterpart Fidel Agcaoili that both sides “simultaneously declare their renewed commitment to their respective unilateral indefinite ceasefire.”

On the other hand, Agcaoili reminded Bello about the government’s commitment on the releases and amnesty proclamation of political prisoners.