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MANILA, Philippines – The New People’s Army rebels warned politicians Monday to seek their permission before campaigning in the insurgents’ strongholds following an ambush that wounded a town mayor and killed two of her aides.

Communist guerrillas launched an attack with grenade launchers on a convoy carrying Ruth Guingona, the 78-year-old mayor of Gingoog on Saturday, killing two of her aides and leaving her and two policemen wounded.

Gingoog lies in a remote, mountainous area in the southern island of Mindanao where the rebel group has been fighting the government since 1969.

Jorge Madlos, a spokesman for the NPA, told AFP it would continue to man checkpoints to “impose revolutionary policies” on candidates for the May 13 local elections.

“They should secure permission and coordinate with our local forces when entering our area, and they should also not have armed escorts,” he added.

Madlos said Saturday’s ambush was unfortunate, but stressed that Guingona, a member of President Benigno Aquino’s ruling party, had been previously warned that entering rebel areas with armed escorts could touch off violence.

“Our fighters are calling politicians on the phone to inform them we are serious in implementing our policy,” Madlos said.

“They are free to campaign in our areas, but they should first coordinate with us.”

The military has accused the communist guerrillas of extorting money from politicians in exchange for letting them campaign.

The NPA is the armed wing of the underground Communist Party of the Philippines, which has been fighting the government since 1969.

The military estimates it has about 4,000 fighters nationwide, down from more than 26,000 at its peak in the 1980s.

The attack came less than a month before local elections in May, when more than 18,000 posts are at stake, from town mayors and governors to members of congress.

In 2011, the military said the rebels earned at estimated 300 million pesos ($7.3 million) in illegal “revolutionary taxes” collected from individuals and businesses.

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  • Ramil Abalon

    HA HA HA LALONG GAGANYAN ANG MGA YAN PAG SI CASINO HA HA HA….

    • NAGMAMARUNONG

      SINABI MO PA !

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    * * * * *
    Was the NPA able to read Mr. Rep. Casino’s “constructive criticism?”

    The Honorable Representative better text or email his message to them. Just to be sure.

  • mariobig

    peste kayo sa lipunan mga npa …. papauto kayo kay JOMA…

  • Roel_Hawk

    Nakaka bahala naman if may area ng pinas na controlled ng NPA. Dapat hindi mag hari-harian ang mga yan. Kung totoo yan ang tawang siguro ng AFP ay “Armed Forces of Parts of the Philippines” or AFPP?

  • patriotic_act

    I suggest suspend all peacetalks to this rebels and exterminate them.. Nerve Gas and Burn them all afterwards.

    Communist NPA are a bane of our society.. they should be all wiped out.

  • buttones

    Well I’m sure the top most influential person on the planet Earth can sort this one out, that’ll be a breeze, him being so ‘influential’ and all that sort of a thingy…

  • tarikan

    “impose revolutionary policies” or impose revolutionary taxers? Yes, they have a certain barangay as stronghold and they are manning their own checkpoints. Why not bomb the whole barangay to kingdom come and done away with it? AFP/PNP, could it be done? You can learn a thing or two in Sri Lanka’s offensive on the Tamil Tigers’ stronghold. Women, Children and men of certain age were given ultimatum to evacuate. Then they unleashed their offensive even the mosquitoes were terrified and did not mind the concerns of those altruistic (kuno) countries. Now Tamil Nadu land is productive with the new generation of peaceful people (the Tigers were defanged).

    • NAGMAMARUNONG

      SORI KA TARIKAN, AFP? MGA WALANG BAYAG. WAITING NA LANG SA PABAON.

    • Benjamin Vallejo Jr

      You have to end the Party in Utrecht first!

  • pinoy_ako_ofw

    dapat gamitin na ang full force ng military dyan sa mga yan at ibaon na sa lupa. sila ang nagpapahirap sa pagunlad ng pinas lalo na sa mga baryo kasi di madevelop dahil sinisira nila. mangunguha ng pera at gamit ng wala namang serbisyo diba pagnanakaw yan. tapos ngayon parang pulis pa ang dating. yan mga yan ang dahilan kaya mahirap ang pilipinas. ubusin na ang mga npa at tapusin na ang problemang yan.

    • http://www.facebook.com/wokjack Jack Wok

      alam mo si erap ginawa nya yan sa mga mnlf/milf ano anyare???magtrabaho ka nalang di kapa pwede sa politika hahahaha.

      • pinoy_ako_ofw

        May trabaho ako baka ikaw ang wala. La kwenta comment mo

  • tarikan

    Mga kaka tingnan nyo si Joma et al nananaba sa Netherlands courtesy of that democratic/capitalist country’s kindness. Mga kapalmuks ba’t hindi mag-asylum sa kapwa communista like North Korea or Cuba? Bakit ayaw nila dun kasi gutom din dun. Pweee mga plastic revolutionaries. Kaya ayaw makipag-negotiate dahil sa revolutionary taxes. Pakuyakuyakoy laang may dumarating na pera.

  • pinoy_ako_ofw

    i support philippine military action to this bastards pretending to be patriotic but really just want to extort money.

    • http://www.facebook.com/wokjack Jack Wok

      panahon ng mga damaso ganun din tawag nila sa katipunero. hehehehe wedeer weder lang yan diba.

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    AFP, mga guapo at makikisig na GENERALS, TALAGA BANG HINDI NINYO KAYA ANG MGA TERRORIST-COMMUNIST? ‘WAG NANG LUMABAN DAHIL BA SA PABAON?

    • http://www.facebook.com/wokjack Jack Wok

      sino si REYES yung nagpakamatay hahahaha. si LIGOT kaya. baka mga KAWATAN hehehehe ai si GARCIA pa pala.

  • Jones

    sarap i drone ng mga to! hahaha

  • CyberPinoy

    inutil na gobyerno pag pinayagan nilang magkaron ng ibang army na magpapatrol sa bulubundukin ng pinas. Hindi pwede yan ganyang isa lang daapt ang lehitimong Army ng pilipinas. panahon na para lupigin yang mga NPA na yan.

    • phipher filipino

      inutil pa rin kasi hinahayaang mag-rally sa
      kalsada habang hayagang iwinawagayway ang kanilang bandilang pula!

  • XY ZEE

    In short:

    Magpaalam daw muna kayo kay Sec. Roland Llamas bago lumakad

  • yaonglaan

    D Dapat manalo si Alcohol Casino walang kwenta pinaglalaban niyo hoy tigilan niyo nayan !

  • http://www.facebook.com/iyen.dev Iyen Dev

    CPP-NPA is a creation of our Phil. Gov’t itself.We are in a ‘State of Play’!Pinaglalaruan lang tayo in order to corner a budget in Peace and Order, anti-insurgency funds, gun and ammo business, arms dealing!

  • farmerpo

    The government should declare the NPA as a terrorist group so that we can get logistical support from the USA in tracking these goons. o kaya papasukin ang mga jueteng lords sa teritoryo ng mga NPA na ire. Sisipag ang mga pulis at militar sa paghabol sa mga ito.

  • Hunter421

    Kill them all.

  • James Velina

    The government and the military should intensify operations against this Communist rebels

  • KarlUPS

    Hindi sila mga terorista,baka yung mga sundalo ng gobyerno yun? :)
    Mababait sila,lalong lalo na sa mga magsasaka.Sa Bicol ako napunta tapos matutulungin
    pero yung mga sundalo,wala na sila ginawa kundi magpahirap.Yung pinsan ko,yung hikaw nya piningas sa tainga.MAKATAO BA YON?????
    WALANG KWENTA!
    MARAMING STORYA NA!
    mga Bata natatakot kapag nandyan ang army,umiiyak

  • phipher filipino

    bakit allowed magrally ang mga npa ha? nakikipagpatayan ang mga kasundaluhan sa bundok para lang mapanatili ang demokrasya sa bansa pero ano ang ginagawa ng mga gahamang senador at congressman?

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