Philippine rebels declare Christmas cease-fire

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Posted: Dec 19, 2011 5:11 AM
Philippine rebels declare Christmas cease-fire

Communist guerrillas have declared a Christmas cease-fire after the Philippine government announced its own halt to fighting amid a wave of rebel attacks.

The Communist Party of the Philippines ordered its armed wing, the New People's Army, on Monday to stop attacking troops and police from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2 but asked them to remain vigilant against hostile military moves.

The rebels said their cease-fire will allow Filipinos to peacefully celebrate the holidays.

President Benigno Aquino III approved a separate holiday cease-fire for troops beginning Friday until Jan. 2 in a traditional goodwill gesture.

The rebels, who have been listed by Washington as terrorists, have intensified attacks in recent months.