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NPA guerrillas in Far South Mindanao. Pic by Edwin Espejo

Davao’s NPA rebels are the biggest, strongest

By Sun, Mar 30, 2014 7:21AM UTC 1 Comment NPA guerrillas in Far South Mindanao. Pic by Edwin Espejo

If Ka Simeon Santiago is to be believed, there are now close to 1,000 fully armed New People’s Army guerrillas operating in Southern Mindanao alone. That is close to 10 percent of the total armed strength of the Maoist-inspired NPA in the whole of the Philippines. On Saturday, March 29, the NPA marked its 45th...

Philippines Moro rebels end 45-year war

By Sat, Mar 29, 2014 5:02PM UTC Comments Off Philippines Moro rebels end 45-year war

In many parts of southern Mindanao, jeeps, trucks and buses already lined the highways before the break of day on Thursday, March 27.  Green flags and banners tenderly swayed in the early morning breeze as the vehicles rolled and headed towards major city and urban centers in Mindanao. While the passengers of the vehicles converged...

Philippines: 10 killed in communist rebel attacks in Mindanao

By Mon, Mar 10, 2014 2:05PM UTC Comments Off NPA rebels practicing offensive maneuvers.Pic by Edwin Espejo

Six soldiers and two NPA rebels were killed Monday after a foiled attack by 50 communist guerrillas on a town police station of Matanao in Davao del Sur claimed the lives of two policemen at dawn this morning, bringing the total number of casualties to 10....

At 45, the NPAs are still a long way to ‘victory’

By Sun, Dec 29, 2013 8:05AM UTC 2 Comments Ka Efren: "We will persevere no matter how long it takes."

They are not yet ready to show their faces – at least that’s the leadership of the Far South Regional Party Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines and its military wing the New People’s Army. That is the reason they gave to explain why TV cameras were not allowed inside the ‘guerrilla zone’. ...

Analysis: Philippines’ Zamboanga siege a legacy of failed peace talks

By Wed, Sep 11, 2013 6:18PM UTC Comments Off Government troops, backed by armored personnel carriers, position themselves at an intersection at the southern port city of Zamboanga in southern Philippines Wednesday. Pic: AP.

There is no arguing that the Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro gave war-weary residents of southern Mindanao hopes for a final resolution to the centuries-old conflict in the southern Philippines island. The Mindanao conflict is deeply rooted in the island’s recorded history that is replete with heroic resistance as well as unprovoked violence from either side...

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