Philippine gov't vows to continue strike on leftist group

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A Philippine military official said here Sunday the government would continue its efforts to greatly diminish the strength of leftist New People's Army to make the NPA 's end imminent, even if the total defeat of the NPA's Army can't be achieved by the end of June.

"The NPA of today will not be able to survive long because of the effective military operations and the comprehensive government approach to defeating insurgency," said Francisco Cruz, Civil Relations Service chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines ( AFP).

Through the government's well-crafted and well-executed counter- insurgency campaign, Cruz said, the NPA's strength as of year-end 2009 was reduced to only 153 in northern Philippines and 126 in the country's southrern part.

In the provinces of Biliran, Siquijor, Guimaras, Romblon, Marinduque, Cavite, Ifugao, Apayao, La Union, Pangasinan, and Ilocos Norte, the NPA presence is virtually nil, he said.

The NPA, one of the major anti-government forces in the Philippines, has been waging a guerrilla campaign in the countryside for four decades. Military estimates the NPA strength at about 5,000 men scattered in more than 60 guerrilla fronts throughout the country.

The military promised to solve the leftist insurgency problem before current Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ends her term of officer on June 30 this year.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:黄蓓蓓)

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