By Kristine Angeli Sabillo
Malacañang on Wednesday clarified that while there are “informal discussions” between the government and the communists, the arrest of retired Army Major General Jovito Palparan had nothing to do with the peace process.
By Allan Nawal
Monday’s release of four policemen held hostage by communist rebels for three weeks was an act of “goodwill” that may lead to a resumption of the stalled peace talks with the National Democratic Front, presidential adviser on the peace process Teresita Quintos-Deles said.
By Danilo Adorador III
The government and the National Democratic Front have agreed on a five-day ceasefire for the release of four policemen seized by communist rebels during an attack on a police station in the town of Alegria in Surigao del Norte on July 10, the provincial governor said Monday.
Two days after communist guerrillas attacked Manobo tribal warriors in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, the New People’s Army confirmed that they suffered heavily in the firefight.
The military has said it provided the intelligence report that warned of terror attacks in this city, which Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II and Mayor Rodrigo Duterte had discussed last week.