The New People’s Army (NPA) killed three soldiers and wounded four others in an attack in the northern province of Ifugao on Saturday. The Filipino soldiers were unarmed. They had with them construction tools to assist in reconstruction after a recent typhoon. The NPA, with an estimated 4,700 guerrilla fighters, is the armed wing of the Filipino Communist Party.
On Sunday the United States and Cambodia began a four-day maritime drill off the Cambodian coast. According to a press release, “The bilateral exercise will provide unique and dynamic opportunities for cooperation between the U.S. and Cambodian military, while promoting relationship-building between militaries and local communities.” The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit will work with 500 troops of the Royal Cambodian Armed forces to develop capacity to deal with humanitarian disasters. Other activities will include jungle warfare and search and seizure operations training, as well as community service projects at a school and an orphanage.
A special envoy from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the organization that oversees World Heritage Sites, arrived in Cambodia Sunday. His task, Cambodian government spokesman said, was not to decide “who is right and who is wrong,” in the recent Thai-Cambodian conflict over the Preah Vihear temple, but to “ease tension” and “seek cooperation to effectively protect the temple.”