Senator Imee Marcos on Friday urged the National Democratic Front and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to observe a Christmas truce following the ambush-slay of two soldiers in Abra.
Marcos noted that a ceasefire would ensure a a peaceful celebration of the forthcoming holiday season.
She deplored the enemies of government for showing “no conscience, no mercy, no heart, no humanity in carrying out these dastardly acts in calamitous circumstances.”
“I strongly condemn the killing of two soldiers in Abra perpetrated by NPA terrorists amid the new calamity that struck the province,” she said.
Killed in the ambush last Thursday in Barangay Gacab, Malicbong, Abra were Pfc. Ariz Bautista, 26, and Pfc. Jimmy Viernes, 25,both members of the Army’s 24th Infantry “Wildcat” Battalion. Pfc. Reymond Galo and Pfc. Randy Cinco survived the attack.
The soldiers were on their way to Licuan-Baay for humanitarian assistance and disaster response mission to help residents after the magnitude 6.4 earthquake last Monday, Oct. 25, 2022.
“I also extend my sincere sympathies to the families of our two new heroes, as well as my wish for the speedy recovery of the wounded,” Marcos added.