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Christmas truce

The Communist Party of the Philippines yesterday announced a ceasefire to celebrate Christmas and its 45th founding anniversary.

In a statement, the CPP directed the New People’s Army to be vigilant against attacks by security forces during the December 24-26 and December 31-January 2 ceasefires.

The Maoist party was established on December 26, 1968. Anniversary celebrations typically include a parade by guerrillas and a program with revolutionary songs and speeches in rebel strongholds.

Armed Forces spokesman Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said the military welcomed the rebel announcement but questioned the limited period covered.

He said the military has already recommended to the national government a longer cease-fire during the Christmas season. (AP)