Arroyo attacks Communist insurgents

Communist guerrillas are increasing the intensity of their attacks in the Philippines to counter their growing marginalisation, President Gloria Arroyo said.

    Arroyo supports the US-led "war against terror"

    Despite this, they are “largely incapable of inflicting serious damage or harm to the government,” she added in the government press statement.

    The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing - the New People's Army (NPA), have been waging a 34-year Maoist armed insurgency. In their latest  attack early on Monday, NPA rebels killed two soldiers and seriously wounded a third.

    In a separate incident, four soldiers and six guerrillas perished in a firefight in the northern regions of the archipelago on Saturday.
      
    Arroyo insisted the attacks were “a ploy” to boost the perceived relevance of a weak and isolated organisation.

    “While we do not close the door to peace talks, we shall continue to dismantle NPA formations by military and police operations and to constrict the NPA mass base by effective political and socio-economic measures applied at the grassroots,” she said.

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'Money can't buy us': Mapping Canada's oil pipeline battle

    'Money can't buy us': Mapping Canada's oil pipeline battle

    We travel more than 2,000km and visit communities along the route of the oil pipeline that cuts across Indigenous land.

    Women under ISIL: The wives

    Women under ISIL: The wives

    Women married to ISIL fighters share accounts of being made to watch executions and strap explosives to other women.

    Diplomats for sale: How an ambassadorship was bought and lost

    Diplomats for sale: How an ambassadorship was bought and lost

    The story of Ali Reza Monfared, the Iranian who tried to buy diplomatic immunity after embezzling millions of dollars.