- NDF’s chief negotiator recommended halt of NPA attacks vs cops, soldiers
- He said ceasefire to be effected if gov’t forces also refrain from carrying out the same
- He also condemned Maute and other local groups affiliated with ISIS and US
MANILA, Philippines – The chief negotiator of the National Democratic Front (NDF) has recommended to the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing the cessation of offensive operations against government forces amid the latter’s ongoing clash with Maute militants in Marawi City.
Fidel Agcaoili said the ceasefire will allow soldiers and police to deal with the crisis in Marawi. At the same time, he said the cessation of hostilities will take effect only if the government also orders its forces to do the same.
“For all forces to be able to concentrate against Maute, Abu Sayyaf and AKP (and Ansar Al Khilafah Philippines) groups, the NDFP has recommended to the CPP to order all other NPA units in Mindanao to refrain from carrying out offensive operations against the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP), provided that the GRP orders the AFP and PNP likewise to refrain from carrying out offensive operations against the NPA and people’s militia,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying.
Agcaoili also blasted the Mautes, the Abu Sayyaf and AKP; saying they are nothing more than terrorist groups affiliated with the Islamic State and supported by US forces.
“We condemn and are resolved and determined to counteract the Maute, Abu Sayyaf and Ansar Al Khilafah Philippines (AKP) groups which are wreaking havoc in Marawi City. These are terrorist groups linked to local reactionary forces, affiliated with ISIS and supported by US-CIA and other foreign entities,” he said.
The NDF is the umbrella organization of leftist and progressive groups in the country.