The 15 Communists killed were part of the New People’s Army (NPA). The NPA has been fighting the Philippines government since it was founded by the Communist Party in 1969.
New York Times:
Fifteen communist guerrillas were killed in a clash with Philippine troops just south of Manila on the same day that the government closed the door on peace talks with the rebels, the military said on Wednesday.
Heavy fighting erupted on Tuesday night after combined police and military forces caught up with a unit of the communist New People’s Army near the town of Nasugbu, about 45 miles south of Manila, according to the military. Brig. Gen. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos, commander of the local infantry brigade, said a ranking guerrilla leader was believed to have been killed.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines
Philippines (PH) is estimated to have a population of 103.3 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 1.6% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 8.5 million.