Asia/USA Files: Philippines’ self-avowed socialist president Rodrigo Duterte imposes 60-day martial law over island of Mindanao after army, police attempt May 23 arrest of Islamic militant Isnilon Hapilon, clash with jihadists of both Abu Sayyaf, Islamic State of Lanao, week of fighting in Marawi city leads to deaths of 61 ISIS extremists, 20 troops and 19 civilians, 85,000 people flee homes in Lanao del Sur province; Communist Party of Philippines (CPP)/New People’s Army (NPA) pulls out of peace negotiations in protest, says martial law targets Maoist rebels, urges more “tactical offensives” against government; Filipino-American politician, California Assemblyman Rob Bonta (44) withdraws bill that would have decriminalized Communist Party membership among state employees after “intense pressure” from lawmakers Janet Nguyen, Travis Allen, California’s Vietnamese community; Bonta’s mother and his colleagues in Filipino Advocates for Justice belonged to Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP), founded in 1973 in Santa Cruz, CA in response to previous imposition of martial law by Pres. Ferdinand Marcos; KDP actively supported CPP/NPA until US-based org’s dissolution following overthrow of Marcos in 1986
May 29, 2017
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Back from vacation. Communists still lurking around, so blogging continues . . .