Communist rebels reject ‘terrorist’ tag but still open to talks

Communist rebels reject ‘terrorist’ tag but still open to talks

Communist guerrillas said Thursday a Philippine government court petition to have them designated as terrorists is a desperate attempt to alienate them from the people, but insisted they are still open to talks to peacefully settle one of Asia’s longest-raging insurgencies.

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7 rebels, 35 ‘people’s militia’ surrender in Masbate

At least seven alleged New People’s Army (NPA) rebels and 35 “people’s militia” (militia ng bayan) operating in Masbate province surrendered to the military on Sunday, the spokesperson of the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Southern Luzon Command (AFP-Solcom) said Tuesday.

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Rebels burn down banana packing plant in South Cotabato

Rebels burn down banana packing plant in South Cotabato

Suspected communist rebels torched on Tuesday a banana packing plant of a multinational firm in T’boli, South Cotabato. Authorities said about 30 heavily armed men, reportedly led by a certain “Commander Alfie,” barged into the Sumifru packing plant at about 10:30 p.m., disarmed its three security guards, poured gasoline into the facility and set it on fire.

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