President Rodrigo Duterte warned the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) after New People's Army ambushed four camps, during his speech at the Camp Guillermo Nakar, Lucena City, Thursday.
"Sabi ko, 'Ano ba ito, are we in this truce or are we not? Give me an answer by tonight because 'pag tomorrow wala tatanggalin ko [ang ceasefire] (if tomorrow, there's still none I'll end the ceasefire)," Duterte said addressing to soldiers in Camp.
Following President's orders, the AFP suspended it's military operations against communist rebels effective Tuesday right after unilateral ceasefire declared during State of the Nation Address on Monday.
However, wednesday ambush, said Duterte, has given him reason to distrust the other side's commitment to the peace negotiation.
"If you do not honor and you kill a single soldier or CAFGU which is also a soldier of the Republic, sabi ko kalimutan ko na lang ito. Fight na lang," said Duterte.
The President seeks CPP explanation by Thursday night or else, he would lift the ceasefire. He also demands that the NPA rebels responsible for the ambush be punished by the CPP leadership.
Just like us, we punish our men and women in the service. Expect the same and I demand an answer, and whoever is at fault must also be brought under disciplinary action, otherwise, we don't have anything to talk about;" he said.
However, the CPP, has yet to declare its own ceasefire.