Philippine troops clashed with communist rebels leaves 9 dead

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announces the disbandment of police operations against illegal drugs at the Malacanang palace in Manila, Philippines early January 30, 2017. Picture taken January 30, 2017. REUTERS/Ezra Acayan TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Vastavam web:  Philippine troops clashed today with communist rebels in the south, leaving eight rebels and a soldier dead, officials said.The fighting erupted after patrolling troops encountered some 40 New People’s Army rebels in southern Compostela Valley province, said army spokesman Capt. Alexandre Cabales. On Monday, troops in the same province captured a camp of the rebels, who have been waging one of Asia’s longest-running Marxist insurgencies.The violence happened despite a statement by officials and rebel peace negotiators that they would suspend offensives to allow troops to focus on quelling a bloody siege by Islamic State group-aligned militants that in southern Marawi city.