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Filipino hostages’ release raises hope for talks

By Wed, Jul 30, 2014 4:28PM UTC Comments Off New People's Army rebels. Pic: AP.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine official says a communist guerrillas' move to free four abducted police officers has sparked hopes for resuming stalled peace talks but a major obstacle remains....

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...

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’. ...

Philippine rebels vow to build 25,000-strong force

By Fri, Dec 27, 2013 4:52AM UTC Comments Off

DAVAO, Philippines (AP) — Philippine communist rebels vowed Thursday to intensify attacks against government troops and build a 25,000-strong guerrilla force, but the military mocked the target as unrealistic. New People’s Army guerrillas marked the 45th founding anniversary of their underground party with a clandestine gathering at a mountain lair, where they invited journalists in...

Smuggled AK-47s intended for Philippines rebels seized

By Tue, Nov 05, 2013 1:25PM UTC Comments Off Seized AK-47s intended for NPA guerillas.Pic by Philippine Army

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Two alleged couriers of the New People’s Army (NPA) were nabbed in a 5-minute car chase in Tboli town, South Cotabato Sunday, November 3, according to the military. In a press release, 1Lt. Abel Porto, spokesman for the 27th Infantry Battalion, said they received intelligence reports that a cache of high...

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