New People’s Army guerriilas killed two soldiers and wounded six others in an armed encounter in Davao del Norte Tuesday.
A labor group said President Benigno Aquino III gave “wrong information on strike data” and “mocked the seriousness of the right to strike” in his 5th state of the nation address (sona) to “salvage an already ostracized presidency”.
The Army has implemented five days of ceasefire apparently to meet the demand of the National Democratic Front to pave the way for the release of four police personnel captured by the guerrillas early this month.
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.
Some 6,000 protesters from across Davao Region march on Monday from different assembly points in Davao City to the rally area in the Freedom park. They later converge at the Rizal Park.