President Rody Duterte declared the unilateral ceasefire with the NPA during his first-ever State of the Nation Address (SONA).
In a speaking engagement with the troops of the Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM), Pres. Duterte called a leftist congressman and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, chairman of the government negotiating panel, do demand explanation from the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) on the incident in Davao del Norte.
The 71-year-old Pres. Duterte was quoted as saying "Sabi ko, ‘Ano ba ito, are we in into these truce or are we not?’ Sabi ko sa kanila, ‘Give me an answer by tonight because kapag tomorrow, wala, tatanggalin ko, balik tayo sa away’,” Duterte said.
“If you do not honor or you kill a single soldier or a CAFGU, which is also a soldier of the Republic, eh sabi ko kalimutan na natin ito. Fight na lang. I am demanding an explanation from the Communist Party of the Philippines,” he said.
Duterte added that those responsible on the government side will also face disciplinary action.
“Kung nagkasala kami rito, we punish our men and women sa serbisyo. Expect the same and I demand an answer na kung sino ang nagkasala, they must also put under disciplinary action. Otherwise, wala tayong pinag-usapan. That is my deal,” he said.
The AFP had suspended its military operations against the CPP-NPA-National Democratic Front (NDF) effective Tuesday following Duterte's declaration of a unilateral ceasefire during his first State of the Nation Address on Monday.
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