Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s unilateral ceasefire declaration has lapsed on Thursday midnight, but only with more violations perpetrated by his armed forces in Southern Tagalog.
In a report, the New People’s Army (NPA)-Southern Tagalog disclosed that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) continues to occupy and operate in at least 157 villages in the entire region.
In Quezon alone, the military and police continues to conduct counterinsurgency operations in at least 105 villages. The AFP also continues to operate in at least 13 villages in Palawan, 8 in Oriental Mindoro, 6 in Occidental Mindoro, 4 in Rizal, and 2 in Laguna.
From March 28 to April 2, the AFP and PNP also conducted four raid and pursuit operations against Red fighters resulting in armed encounters. Three of these were in Quezon Province, with one other in Rizal.