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Members of the New People's Army pictured in Northern MIndanao. Pic: Keith Bacongco.

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”...

Philippines communist rebels: Back with a vengeance – Part 2

By Tue, Oct 11, 2011 10:29AM UTC 4 Comments Philippines communist rebels: Back with a vengeance – Part 2

Part 2 of 2. Part 1 can be found here. Vacuum in the cities While the communist movement continues to make inroads in the countryside, its cadres have, up to the present, never come close to approximating the strength of its 1980s united front and open mass movement networks. Many were alienated by the divisive...

Philippines communist rebels: Back with a vengeance – Part 1

By Tue, Oct 11, 2011 10:17AM UTC 29 Comments Philippines communist rebels: Back with a vengeance – Part 1

In just one week, communist guerrillas scored major propaganda coups that included wide coverage for the unprecedented simultaneous raids on three mining companies in Surigao del Sur, long the hotbed of insurgency in Mindanao not related to the Moro conflict. These raids were followed by the release of ‘prisoners of war’ (POWs) held captive for...

Philippine reds silent on mine exec slaying

By Wed, Sep 21, 2011 7:50PM UTC Comments Off

The September 16 slaying of a mining executive in Davao City may be related to his job description, but not the handiwork of communist rebels as the New People’s Army (NPA) sent signals that they were not involved in the killing. Cris Bual, 53, was gunned down early September 16 while jogging with his wife...

Filipino Reds ready for war or ‘peace’ with Aquino govt

By Sun, Dec 26, 2010 3:12AM UTC Comments Off Armed fighters of the CPP-NPA. Photo courtesy of the MarxistLeninist blog.

The Communist Party of the Philippines today marks its 42nd anniversary confident that, if circumstances and conditions permit, it may need as little as five years to get to the stage of strategic stalemate in its war with the Manila government. The office of President Benigno Aquino III has said it hopes to sign a comprehensive...