The Communist Party of the Philippines is ready to declare unilateral ceasefire with the government on August 20, the first day of the resumption of the first day of formal peace talks in Oslo, Norway.
To further support peace negotiations, the CPP is willing to set an order of unilateral ceasefire declaration separately but simultaneously with Duterte government on August 20.
The CPP explained why it took days for them to reciprocate Duterte's order
“The CPP took the more prudent path of moving slowly in a deliberate effort to observe the situation at the ground even as it ordered the NPA to stay on active defense. The CPP, however, will not allow itself to be browbeaten to order the NPA to go on a ceasefire while operating troops of the AFP showed no plans of letting up in their search-and-destroy operations and frenzied offensives that terrorize civilian communities,” it said.
These statements came after President Duterte withdrawn the unilateral ceasefire declaration he issued on Saturday due to the failure of CPP to reciprocate the truce and explain the ambush on government forces in Davao Del Norte on Tuesday.
Although, it was "too bad" that President Rodrigo Duterte has withdrawn the unilateral ceasefire declaration he issued on Saturday, they are confident that this will not derail peace negotiations," said CPP.
“We trust, however, that this will not affect preparations for formal resumption of peace negotiations scheduled for August 20-27 in Oslo, Norway, nor will it preclude the GRP President from reissuing such a declaration simultaneously with a similar unilateral declaration by the CPP and NPA on August 20,”
Via: INQUIRER, ABS-CBN News