Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte said she is willing to listen to the NPA “if the NPA is willing to talk.”
“There was no NPA attack last February 15 against an AFP-escorted relief operations in Barangay Linunggaman, San Francisco, Surigao del Norte,” the CPP said in a statement Friday.
Two soldiers were killed and 17 others were wounded in a series of armed encounters with New People’s Army guerrillas in northern Davao City on Thursday.
The New People’s Army in Northeastern Mindanao declared a unilateral ceasefire in Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Norte following the severe damage brought by the 6.7 intensity earthquake on Friday night, Feb. 10.
The New People’s Army on Wednesday said that the skirmish in Bukidnon earlier this month which resulted to the death of government soldiers was a legitimate encounter.
The NPA said government troops are operating in more than 500 villages, more than 164 municipalities and 43 provinces in the country.
Jose Maria Sison, founding chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines, missed the closing ceremony of the third round of talks with the Philippine government here after being admitted to the hospital Wednesday night.
Rigoberto Sanchez, spokesperson of the Regional Operations Command of the New People’s Army in Southern Mindanao said government troops arrived around 5:00 am Saturday in Sitio Concepcion, Barangay Kisante in Makilala town.
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines claimed that the New People’s Army, the armed-wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, has achieved a steady growth of its members across the country.
The Communist Party of the Philippines formally launched Monday the “National Peace Assembly for Just and Lasting Peace” which highlights the importance of the “people’s democratic revolution” to achieving a genuine lasting peace.