July 19, 2017
It’s funny how as soon as you oppose the West, all of the sudden you have a bunch of violent revolts in your country.
Four members of the Philippine presidential guard were wounded in a firefight with dozens of Maoist rebels disguised as soldiers at a checkpoint on the southern island of Mindanao, the military said on Wednesday.
The attack on the elite Presidential Security Group (PSG) in North Cotabato province will be a another blow to a stuttering peace process between the government and National Democratic Front, the political arm of the communist rebels.
President Rodrigo Duterte was not in the region.
“Four of our troops in two vehicles were slightly wounded in the firefight,” PSG commander Brigadier-General Louie Dagoy told reporters, adding that the rebels fled.
Dagoy said the New People’s Army (NPA) guerillas opened fire on the presidential guards and were wearing soldiers’ uniforms.
The peace process has been fraught with breakdowns and allegations of breaches of unilateral ceasefires by the military and the NPA.
Informal talks in the Netherlands are due to take place at the weekend to restart stalled negotiations to end the nearly 50 years of conflict, which has killed more than 40,000 people.
The encounter at the checkpoint came a day after Duterte requested both houses of Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao until the end of the year as security forces needed more time to deal with Islamist militants.
Duterte on Tuesday met his peace negotiators and instructed them not to agree to any bilateral ceasefire until the NPA ceased attacks on government troops and called on the Maoists’ political leaders to keep their fighters under control.
This is a group of communists – totally separate from the Moslems on the same island.
I used to live on this island. There weren’t any real problems with either of these groups. There were Moslem problems, but they were pretty much just between one another.
They weren’t taking Marawai.
And I know people there still, nothing was happening at all before Duterte got elected. Then: ISIS and communist revolutionaries.