3 leftist rebels killed in S. Phil clashes

Subscribe Now January 28, 2011 at 01:55pm

Three leftist rebels were killed and three surrendered following a series of clashes with government troops in southern Philippines on Wednesday, the military said Thursday. The dead included two New People's Army (NPA) rebels killed in gunfights with government troops in Malita town in Davao del Sur province, according to Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Santiago, information officer of the army's 10th Infantry Division.

Another rebel was killed when a firefight broke out between government troops and NPA guerrillas in Manay town, in Davao Oriental province. Clashes were reported in Mindanao's Sarangani province, though no casualties from both sides were reported, Santiago said.

The soldiers recovered three firearms, improvised bombs and communication equipment during the encounters.

Two rebels surrendered to government troops conducting a peace and development mission in Matanao town in Davao del Sur province, Santiago said.

The NPA, armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines ( CPP), has been waging a guerrilla campaign in the countryside for more than four decades. The military estimates that there are some 4,700 NPA guerrilla fighters scattered in more than 60 provinces throughout the Southeast Asian country.

Formal peace talks between the Philippine government and the leftists bogged down in 2004 after the United States listed the NPA and its parent body as foreign terrorist organizations.

In the latest development, the Philippine government and CPP- led National Democratic Front (NDF) agreed on Jan. 18 in Norway to resume formal peace negotiation from Feb. 15 to 21, with the hope of completing it within 18 months.

Source: mb.com.ph



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