National Defense chief not moving for holiday truce with NPA

National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is not recommending to declare a holiday truce also known as suspension of offensive military operations (SOMO) against NPA.

“The Defense Secretary is against it, because according to him, they have been using this ceasefire to celebrate yearly their anniversary; using it as an opportunity and we will not allow it this time,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.

NPA is celebrating its 50th founding anniversary this December.

Panelo noted that as far as Secretary Lorenzana is concerned the military will not declare holiday truce.

When asked regarding President Rodrigo Duterte’s position, he said “the fact is that there is no comment from the President”

“As of now [no truce], since the President has not made any comment,” he said.