Communist terrorists, attack soldiers in Camarines Norte despite Christmas truce

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CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur-Members of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) launched another violent attack against the military hours after the declaration of Suspension of Military Operations (SOMO) Monday, December 23.

According to the report, one platoon of 92nd Division Reconnaisance Company (92DRC) was supposed to conduct security operation but was pulled out in compliance with the existing SOMO which took effect from 12AM of December 23 until January 7, 2020.

However, while on their way back at Barangay Baay of Labo town around 9 o’clock in the morning today, an undetermined number of communist terrorists fired upon them and detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) killing one (1) and wounding (6) six militay personnel.

Joint Task Force Bicolandia (JTFB) under MGEN FERNANDO TRINIDAD AFP condemned the CTG’s treacherous act and their gross violation of the ceasefire.

The use of IED on the other hand is also a clear violation of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).

Gen. Trinidad expressed his strong disappointment with the terrorist group’s defiance of the agreed Christmas truce which aims to give Bicolanos a peaceful way to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

This action is a clear manifestation of their deceptive and ill motives as well as their use of terror and violence to show their strength which, for so long a time, hampers the government’s campaign to attain sustainable peace and development.

It can be recalled that Communist Party of the Philippines Central Committee was the first to declare a truce and called all its guerilla units nationwide to suspend military operations which took effect right after the government’s declaration of SOMO and Suspension of Police Operations (SOPO).

JTFB maintain its stand to comply with the ceasefire and assured the public that it will not compromise their safety and security hence all military units are still on alert to preempt any atrocities that the CTG’s plan to spread.