An intermediary group in the bid to have the police captives in the Caraga region released from their guerrilla captors warned that the “reluctance” of the government crisis committee to agree to temporary and limited ceasefire has endangered the process.
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines said it lost 14 New People’s Army members during a “simultaneous raid to crush three private army groups” Tuesday in Agusan del Sur.
The New People’s Army launched several tactical offensives Tuesday in Caraga region and in Compostela Valley province.
The Philippine Army claims there were no fatalities in its encounter with the New People’s Army in Baracatan, this city, on July 8, while the police later said two government troops were confirmed dead.
Militant workers are set for the 128th Labor Day commemoration on May 1 when they would demand President Aquino for higher wages and more jobs.