Philippines: Communists and Terrorists Gone Wild


November 22, 2005: NPA rebels returned to again attack a communications tower, outside the capital, they had damaged three days ago.

November 21, 2005: Police and troops, responding to several days of attacks in the central Philippines, sent in reinforcements. Groups of NPA were found, and nine rebels killed, and another 14 captured. Outside the capital, fighting with the NPA left three soldiers dead and nine wounded.

November 20, 2005: NPA rebels ambushed police, killing one and wounded three.

November 19, 2005: On Panay island, NPA rebels ambushed a truck full of soldiers, killing nine and wounding twenty. The rebels were driven off before they could seize any weapons or equipment. Reinforcements pursued the rebels, finding blood trails, indicating that the NPA had taken casualties. Outside the capital, fifty NPA rebels used explosives to try and take down a communications tower, the 19th time the rebels have done this in the last few years. This attack only caused minor damage. These attacks cost the communications companies money for repairs, and interrupt phone service (usually cell phone service) for a while. But according to their communist philosophy, enough of these attacks are supposed to bring on a successful revolution.

November 17, 2005: Fighting on Jolo island continues, with Abu Sayyaf rebels using a mortar, at one point, to fire a few shells at soldiers.


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