Friday, June 17, 2016

Military, NPA clash in Misamis Oriental

From InterAksyon (Jun 16): Military, NPA clash in Misamis Oriental

Government troops and New People’s Army guerrillas are engaged in a clash that erupted early Thursday morning and, the military said, is still ongoing in the hinterlands of the Misamis Oriental town of Talisayan, 98 kilometers northeast of Cagayan de Oro City.

No casualties have been reported but the Army’s 58th Infantry Battalion confirmed that fighting broke out after patrolling troops encountered around 10 rebels in Barangay Macopa.

The fighting happened even as negotiators of the incoming Duterte administration and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines ended informal talks in Oslo, Norway with an agreement to resume formal peace talks in late July.

A days-long battle last week that left at least two rebels dead also sent 60 families fleeing the villages of Kamansi and Banglay in Lagonglong town. The evacuees are camped out at the provincial capitol compound in Cagayan de Oro.

Nenita Helogon, secretary general of the tribal group Tagtabolon, said this was the fourth evacuation this year. She said the displaced farmers are asking the provincial government to intercede for the pullout of the military from their communities and to provide them with medicines, foods, and security.

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