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Military pursue NPA suspects in Magpet daycare center burning

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THE CONTINUED battle between the military and the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the communist movement in the Philippines, has been affecting community schools, with the latest victim a daycare center in Magpet, North Cotabato. The Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom), in a statement, has pointed to the NPA as those behind the burning last week of the childcare facility in the town known as one of main rebel areas in the province. Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Madrigal Jr., EastMinCom commander, has ordered soldiers to support the police in running after the perpetrators. “The incident is clearly a manifestation of a grave criminal act,” said Mr. Madrigal in the statement. The NPA, on the other hand, accuse the military of using force to take over community schools, particularly in Bukidnon, Sultan Kudarat and the Surigao provinces. — Carmelito Q. Francisco

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