AFP condemns NPA's violation of ceasefire

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 27) — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) isn't letting the violation of a ceasfire by the rebels slide.

AFP Public Affairs Chief Col. Edgard Arevalo in a statement on Wednesday said the armed forces "strongly condemned" the New People's Army (NPA) breaking its unilateral ceasefire.

The military said the NPA's harassment of a military patrol base on December 25, as well as the attempted abduction of a Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) Active Auxiliary member on December 26 are "clear violations of their own declaration."

"These show the duplicity and deception of the Communist terrorists in saying one thing while doing the opposite," the military said.

President Rodrigo Duterte declared a unilateral ceasefire with the NPA on December 20, which was to take effect on December 23 to 26, and on December 30 to January 2, 2018.

Three days later, the NPA announced it own unilateral ceasefire, similar to the dates of the government.

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Despite the violation, the AFP said it was imploring on members of the NPA to take the path to peace so they could return to a normal life.

"The AFP meanwhile will remain faithful to the government's yuletide ceasefire and will remain on active defense," the military said.

The AFP added its units and troops on the ground will be ready to respond to any violent threat or attack.

The AFP's statement comes after revelations that the rebels violated its holiday ceasefire in Compostela Valley.

The Army's 10th Infantry Division said about 30 fully armed rebels chased and attempted to capture on Christmas Day Arbilito Catampao, a member of the CAFGU Active Auxiliary in Compostela Valley.

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It added the Melale Patrol Base with the CAFGU Active Auxiliary Company in the same province was also "harassed" by an undetermined number of NPA members on Christmas day, where a two-minute firefight ensued between the two camps.

While there were no casualties on the government side, several NPA terrorists were killed, the military reported.

CNN Philippines digital producers Pia Garcia and Ver Marcelo contributed to this report.