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Gov’t, NDF-CPP-NPA will try again next week

IN about a week, representatives of the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front-Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (NDF-CPP-NPA) will meet again in Oslo, Norway, to resume the peace talks that were abruptly stopped last February, over a disagreement on the NDF demand for the release of some 400 prisoners.

Supreme Court Senior Justice Antonio T. Carpio said yesterday that the Armed Forces headed by President Duterte as commander-in-chief are constitutionally mandated to defend Scarborough or Panatag Shoal as part of Philippine territory.

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A notorious sub-leader of the Abu Sayyaf and Kidnap for Ransom Group was killed after resisting arrest of the joint elements of the military and police in Tawi-Tawi on Tuesday.

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More modern military aircraft, sea vessels, and other equipment are forthcoming in the next two to three years to better patrol the country’s territory and combat security threats, President Duterte announced yesterday.

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Four members of the Abu Sayyaf Group, including a relative of top leader Isnilon Hapilon, were killed in an encounter in Tapiantana Island in Basilan Wednesday.

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At least 10 Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) terroristS, including two close relatives of bandit leader Radullan Sahiron, were killed while scores of others were wounded as a result of the all-out offensive by government soldiers in Patikul, Sulu.

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