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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, December 28, 2015
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Yuletide ceasefire holding

The yuletide truce appears to be holding with the absence of any insurgency-related incident in the past four days, since the suspension of military operations, both by government forces and the New People's Army started midnight of December 23.

The Communist Party of the Philippines also marked its 47th founding anniversary on December 26.

Col. Francisco Delfin, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said yesterday that he has not monitored any violent incident in the Negros Island Region.

Senior Supt. Samuel Nacion, officer-in-charge of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, also reported that he has not monitored any incident of indiscriminate firing, or victims of firecrackers' blasts.

Nacion said he hopes that Negrenses will celebrate the New Year's eve peacefully.

The Suspension of Offensive Police Operations (SOPO) of the PNP also took effect December 23 and will end January 1 next year. The yuletide truce of the AFP and CPP-NPA, respectively, will end on Jan. 3, 2016.

It was, however, clarified that SOPO does not cover normal law enforcement operations, including the service of arrest warrants.

While the Army's 3rd Infantry Division will suspend all deliberate offensive military operations, it will continue to be present in the communities by maintaining its security   patrols to protect the civilian populace, government and private infrastructure, and military camps and detachments, to maintain peace and security in the area, its spokesman, Maj. Rey Tiongson, said.*GPB






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