Police officer killed in encounter with CPP-NPA in Sagada

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 5) — A police officer was killed while nine others were wounded in an encounter with armed communist rebels in Sagada, a popular tourist town in Mountain Province, police said Tuesday.

The regional police has yet to report on the number of casualties on the side of the New People's Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPA) that has waged nearly five decades of insurgency.

The firefight comes as representatives of the government and the rebels are discussing the possible resumption of peace negotiations, more than six months after President Rodrigo Duterte walked away from the talks.

Duterte issued Proclamation 360 in November 2017 ending the on-off negotiations with communist rebels. Both sides accused each other of launching attacks against the other in violation of earlier interim ceasefire declarations.

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