DND releases own ceasefire sked different from Duterte’s declaration

News Philippines Dec 22, 2017 at 5:02 pm

Manila Today Staff

The Department of National Defense (DND) set their own ceasefire schedule on Thursday, a day after the unilateral ceasefire declaration with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and New People’s Army (NPA) of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“The DND announces the declaration of a unilateral ceasefire against the CPP/NPA by the AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines] from 6p.m. Dec. 23 to 6 p.m. Dec. 26; and 6 p.m. Dec. 30 to 6 p.m. Jan.2,” said DND spokesperson Director Arsenio Andolong in a statement.

The DND also clarified that it is only a ‘suspension of offensive military operations.’

Before Duterte’s declaration, the Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Andolong quoting Lorenzana kept on saying they would not recommend the traditional Christmas ceasefire to the president.

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