Statement re: NPA’s Termination of Unilateral Ceasefire
February 1, 2017
It is unfortunate that the Communist Party of the Philippines and its military arm, the New People’s Army had terminated the unilateral ceasefire it declared in last year.
Despite this development, and its possible implications to internal security, the Philippine National Police will continue to observe a Suspension of Offensive Police Operations [SOPO] to honor the Philippine Government’s own declaration of a unilateral ceasefire with the CPP/NPA/NDF.
With a SOPO notwithstanding, the National Headquarters has alerted all PNP units to remain vigilant and to maintain a high state of operational readiness to respond to hostile actions by domestic threat groups.
Specifically, PNP units will be on alert for possible movement of armed CPP/NPA members who will take advantage of the Suspension of Police Operation [SOPO] to reposition and regroup; and to engage in unlawful activities.
It must be understood that this suspension of offensive police operations does not cover normal law enforcement operations and shall be implemented without prejudice to actions aimed at protecting the people and the communities, as well as PNP troops and installations against insurgent or terrorist attacks that may take place during the Suspension of Police Operation period.
As such, normal police function such as service of warrants of arrest, checkpoint operations and other routine security measures will continue without let-up. (PNP-PIO)