Philippines: January 15, 2004

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The exiled (in Europe) leaders of the Philippines Communist Party want to make peace. They have been encouraged in this direction because the United States declared the party, and other communist organizations (like the NPA)  as foreign terrorists in 2002. This led European governments  to freeze bank accounts of these organizations and cut off social benefits for Filipino communist leaders. Many of the exiled Communist Party leaders have lost their status of political refugees and can no longer travel freely. The courts have not offered much relief from all these moves, so the Communist Party leaders are trying to work out a peace deal with the Philippines government. However, these leaders probably don't have a lot of influence over the NPA, which is run largely by people inside the Philippines. The NPA has lost a lot of its income since it was declared an international terrorist organization, but has responded by increasing it's extortion, kidnapping and robbery activities.

 

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