PASIG CITY (March 23, 2020) – Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. urged the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) to show humanity in light of the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis in the country.

Galvez called the communist group to stop instigating violence, lies, and instead help the Filipino people overcome the threat of Corona virus.

“The time calls for us to have our sense of humanity. Our ultimate goal here is to stop the spread of the virus and ease the plight of our countrymen,” Galvez emphasized.

“Instead of serving the Filipino people, the communist is wasting their energies by attacking innocent people and spreading lies and deceptions. I am urging the communist to come to their senses and be rational,” he urged.

“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in good faith has ordered for a unilateral ceasefire to focus the attention of our policemen and soldiers to serve the people at the frontlines as the nation collectively tries to combat the spread of the disease,” Galvez said.

“But what we are getting from the communist are continued harassments, killings, and the unabated criminal extortions,” he added.

The chief peace adviser made the statement after the so-called leaders of the communist group rejected the government’s unilateral truce.

“Their actions only showed their real character just like any other terror group. Their only intention is to continue to destroy this country and nothing else,” he said.

Galvez described the recent pronouncements of the communist as a fruitless attempt to “instigate” hatred against the government.

“Instead of helping in saving the humanity, they are sowing fear and disinformation,” Galvez said.

“What the communist group is doing is that they are trying to exploit the situation to advance their political agenda,” Galvez added.

Presidential peace adviser has earlier condemned the rebels for the killing of two civilians on the first day the unilateral ceasefire declaration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte took effect.

According to Galvez, the separate attacks carried out by the communist in Visayas and Mindanao “shows the heartlessness of the rebel group despite the severe health crisis our nation is now facing.”

“Stop the lies. Stop spreading hate speech. Stop attacking innocent people. Stop the violence,” Galvez said.

“We have one common enemy here. In these trying times, we can’t afford to be divided, we should be united,” Galvez added. ###