Statement of DILG Sec. Eduardo M. Año on the Declaration of Unilateral Ceasefire 22 December 2019
It is the prerogative of the President, as commander-in-chief, to declare a unilateral ceasefire for the Christmas season and we abide by his decision. I have already directed the Philippine National Police (PNP) to comply and to issue appropriate orders to all units in the field.
While we remain vigilant and take a strong defensive stance, this will also give an opportunity for our policemen and soldiers in the field to spend a meaningful celebration of Christmas with their families.
On this yuletide season, I also hope that the NPA rebels would realize that what they are fighting for is already a lost and despicable cause. It is better for them to surrender, avail of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Community Integration Program (ECLIP), rejoin mainstream society, and start a new life together with their families.