Philippine government declares a one-month ceasefire against the New People’s Army in the spirit of yuletide season, New Year and Papal visit. “Government has always wished to provide for our people’s peaceful and joyful celebration of this holy season and a hope-filled welcome to a new year,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.
“It will also set the tone for the much-anticipated Papal visit in January.”
Suspension of Offensive Military Operations (SOMO) and Suspension of Offensive Police Operations (SOPO) will be effective from December 19 until January 19, 2015.
However, “the AFP and PNP forces engaged in law enforcement operations, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) and defensive operations which include security of vital installations and infrastructure projects will continue their current posture and will continue to operate to ensure the safe and secure celebration of the Yuletide Season,” AFP spokesperson Col. Restituto Padilla said.