ILIGAN CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / July 17, 2009) – The Philippine military on Friday said communist insurgents attacked an army patrol, killing a soldier and wounding six more in the restive southern region of Mindanao.
The military said the soldiers were ambushed on Thursday near the village of Fortuna village in Impasug-ong town. The attack occurred after Manila announced it was resuming stalled peace talks with the New People’s Army rebels next month.
The talks collapsed in 2004 after both sides failed to sign a peace deal that would end more than four decades of bloody fighting.
The military has repeatedly said it would crush communist insurgency before President Gloria Arroyo ends her term next year. But the NPA just laughed off the claims, saying rebel forces are winning the war in the countryside.
“The persistent prating of the Armed Forces of the Philippines that it can crush the NPA before Gloria Arroyo's term ends is nothing but mantra parroted by its lower commands to supposedly show to their master Gloria Arroyo their victories in the battlefields thereby obtaining the much sought promotions and the needed budget for more corruption.”
“The NPA has launched more or less one tactical offensive daily nationwide. Further adding up to its strength is the regime's elimination of distinction between the legal and progressive forces to that of the armed movement as all enemies of state goading the former to adapt a guerrilla-style of work to dodge the dreaded death squads of the fascist state,” the rebel group said. (Mindanao Examiner)