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Peace talks in peril as Army, NPA clash anew

Government troops clashed with the New People’s Army over the weekend in a communist-infiltrated village here, leaving one rebel dead and five others injured, according to police and the military.

The leader of the Philippines’ communist insurgency said Thursday he expects to end nearly 30 years in exile by returning from Europe to Manila as early as next month.

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ON Monday, April 25, the New People’s Army (NPA) released five Davao police officers, whom they called “prisoners of war,” to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. The mayor got to talk with the commander of the NPA’s Pulang Bagani Battalion which had turned over the police officers to him.

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Presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte may release jailed communist rebels in an effort to restart peace talks aimed at ending a decades-old insurgency that has claimed tens of thousands of lives, his spokesman said Tuesday.

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Malacanang said yesterday that the death of former Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) spokesman Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal will not have any impact on the peace process between the government and the CPP-New People’s Army (NPA)-National Democratic Front (NDF).

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