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”...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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