Despite repeated assaults by members of the New People’s Army (NPA) throughout Christmas truce, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Saturday mentioned it’s nonetheless very a lot dedicated to uphold the suspension of navy operation (SOMO) in the course of the New Year.

In a message, AFP spokesperson Col. Edgard Arevalo mentioned the AFP “is committed to uphold the SOMO scheduled on Dec. 30, 2017 to Jan. 2, 2018.”

As a matter of “policy and principle”, Arevalo mentioned the navy would proceed to observe orders and pointers underneath the ceasefire declaration.

He added that the AFP stays steadfast in defending the general public and all susceptible communities from treacherous assaults of the NPA.

“The public (is) rest assured that as they celebrate New Year, our soldiers will be there to guard peace as our units on the ground maintain their active defense posture to prevent NPA atrocities against our communities,” Arevalo mentioned.

The New Year’s SOMO began on 6 p.m. of Dec. 30 and can finish 6 p.m. on Jan. 2.

“Our soldiers, all year-round commit to foil the evil plans of the CPP-NPA-NDF. The AFP will be together with the people,” Arevalo mentioned.

Arevalo additionally urged all Filipinos to unite in opposition to the anti-people NPA extortion gang disguised as “fake revolution,” and known as on the remaining members of the NPA to give up and take the highway of peace for the betterment of the nation. (PNA)