AFP eyes ceasefire
BY GILBERT BAYORAN
CAMP MAJ. NELSON GERONA, Murcia – Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Gen. Victor Ibrado yesterday said he is inclined to recommend to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo the suspension of military operations against the New People’s Army, in keeping the spirit of the Yuletide season.
Ibrado, however, said he and members of the National Security Council will have to determine yet the duration of the unilateral ceasefire and when it will be implemented.
Traditionally, the AFP declares a four-day holiday truce on Dec. 24 and 25, and Dec. 31 and January 1. In the past, the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army also observed a unilateral ceasefire before Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations.