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No truce with leftist rebels during Holy Week: Philippine military


18:57, March 25, 2013

MANILA, March 25 (Xinhua) -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said on Monday that it will not declare a ceasefire with the leftist rebel group New People's Army (NPA) during the Holy Week.

"Traditionally, we do not declare a ceasefire during Holy Week. We only declare the suspension of offensive military operation ( SOMO) during Christmas season," said AFP chief Gen. Emmanuel Bautista.

Bautista also said he hopes that the NPA will join Filipinos in observing the solemnity of the Holy Week.

Earlier, Philippine President Benigno Aquino said he will wait for the recommendation of the military on whether the government should declare a ceasefire with the leftist rebel group.

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