Philippine rebels threaten attacks despite peace talks


MOUNT DIWATA, Philippines — Communist rebels threatened more attacks Sunday despite looming peace talks with the Philippine government, as they marked the insurgency’s 42nd anniversary by defiantly marching with their weapons in public view.

Aside from targeting government forces, New People’s Army guerrillas — one of Asia’s most resilient Maoist forces, withstanding decades of military crackdowns — also threatened to step up attacks against mining companies, accusing them of destroying the environment and exploiting workers. The government and the rebels have agreed to resume peace talks after six years in February.