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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...

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...

Philippines: Abducted soldiers now prisoners of war – NPA

By Thu, Jun 20, 2013 12:13PM UTC Comments Off Members of the New People's Army pictured in Northern MIndanao. Pic: Keith Bacongco.

The communist-led New People’s Army (NPA) has confirmed the capture of five Philippines government soldiers belonging to the 60th Infantry Battalion abducted at a checkpoint in Paquibato District in Davao City on Monday. In a statement posted on the rebel website Wednesday Leoncio Pitao a.k.a Kumander Parago said the soldiers are now “prisoners of war”...

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