MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Norway will continue brokering peace talks between the Philippine government and communist insurgents despite the rebels’ withdrawal from negotiations, the Norwegian foreign minister said Thursday. Talks between the rebels and the government of President Benigno Aquino III have stalled since 2011 due to disagreements over the release of several jailed rebel...
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops have captured a senior communist rebel leader who had received military training in Libya and had a $135,000 bounty for his arrest, a military spokesman said Saturday. New People’s Army regional chief Benjamin Mendoza and three other suspected insurgents were arrested in the early hours of Saturday outside their...
The communist-led New People’s Army (NPA) in Mindanao has grown in numbers over the last two years according to rebel spokesman Jorge Madlos, a.k.a. Ka Oris. “We have formed additional platoons and increased our armed strength by almost 20 percent,” Madlos said in a statement sent to reporters on the eve of the 43rd founding...
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...
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