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[OPINION] Last chance for peace

Jan 16, 2020 - 3:28 PM

Whatever the case, given the short period remaining in the President’s term, it would do well for him to seriously resume the talks. If, as Duterte says, this is his last card, he better play it.

Army officer behind doctored 'communist rebels' photo relieved from post

Jan 10, 2020 - 3:40 PM

The Army concludes its investigation of a photo that was manipulated to show communist rebels surrendering weapons to the government

DOCTORED PHOTO. A Philippine Army officer has been relieved from duty for manipulating this official photo release of supposed communist rebels surrendering to the government. Photo from the Philippine Army

Military to resume offensives vs NPA as holiday ceasefire lapses

Jan 07, 2020 - 7:11 PM

The military, the defense chief, and the national security adviser all caution against reviving peace talks with communist rebels, saying it’s a ruse to buy guerrillas time to regroup

OFFENSIVES RESUME. The Armed Forces of the Philippines said it would resume operations against the communist New People's Army after a holiday ceasefire lapses on January 8, 2020. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Lorenzana wants sanctions over doctored photo of surrendered rebels

Dec 28, 2019 - 8:55 PM

(UPDATED) The defense chief finds the act 'unacceptable' and orders the Philippine Army to investigate the touched up image supposedly showing communist guerrillas surrendering to the government

DEFENSE CHIEF. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (left) is shown here with President Rodrigo Duterte and military chief Lieutenant General Noel Clement. Photo by Simeon Celi Jr/Presidential Photo

Army HQ to probe doctored photo of communist surrenderers

Dec 28, 2019 - 6:08 PM

The Philippine Army says it will sanction 'whoever is accountable' for the photoshopped image of supposed communist guerrillas surrendering to the government

FAKED IMAGE. The Philippine Army's 9th Infantry Division admitted to doctoring this image to depict a row of supposedly surrendered guerrillas. Photo from the Philippine Army's 9th Infantry Division

Netizens call out Army for 'photoshopped' image of communist surrenderers

Dec 27, 2019 - 7:31 PM

The Philippine Army says the photos came from the 2nd Infantry Battalion. In a statement later sent to Rappler, the Army admits to manipulating the photos to 'ensure the safety' of the surrenderers.

FLOATING PEOPLE? This photo release from the Philippine Army, part of their press statement on communist rebels who surrendered in Masbate, appeared to be digitally altered. Photo from the Philippine Army

Official ceasefire orders shown to communist peace panel

Dec 27, 2019 - 12:19 PM

After a tussle over alleged truce violations by communist rebels, the National Democratic Front now hopes the ceasefire can 'proceed effectively'

OFFICIAL ORDERS. The government has sent copies of official military and police ceasefire orders to the communist National Democratic Front of the Philippines, following accusations of truce violations by communist guerrillas. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte dares Joma Sison to come home, talk one-on-one

Dec 26, 2019 - 3:39 PM

(UPDATED) There will be 'no enforcement of any warrant' for the communist rebel leader's arrest, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says

DARE TO RETURN. President Rodrigo Duterte dares Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman Jose Maria "Joma" Sison to return to the Philippines and speak with him, ahead of planned formal peace negotiations. File photo from Malacañang

Aung San Suu Kyi party official killed in Myanmar's Rakhine

Dec 26, 2019 - 3:25 PM

The National League for Democracy's Ye Thein, party chairman in Buthidaung township, had been held for weeks by the Arakan Army

Communists rebuke military: Ceasefire attacks initiated by gov't troops

Dec 25, 2019 - 9:26 AM

'These were defensive actions by the NPA units involved in the face of armed attacks and sustained military operations by the AFP and the PNP,' says NDFP negotiating panel chairman Fidel Agcaoili

DEFENSIVE MODE ONLY. The New Peoples Army claims that the supposed attacks on government troops during the holiday ceasefire were defensive moves only to the sustained military and police operations against them. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Sara Duterte: Exclude Davao City in ceasefire with CPP-NPA

Dec 23, 2019 - 7:25 PM

'For these terrorist organizations, sincerity is a strange word. To believe that they desire a peaceful end to the insurgency problem would be playing ignorant of their bloody habit,' says Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte

DISTRUST. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte says working with the CPP-NPA is a fruitless effort. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

On 1st day of ceasefire, PNP says NPA likely behind attack on cops in Iloilo

Dec 23, 2019 - 12:33 PM

‘For the past few days we had massive operations and we were pursuing the communist local terrorists, the NPAs,’ says PNP acting chief General Archie Gamboa

NPA ATTACK? PNP acting chief Archie Gamboa attributes to the New Peoples Army an attack on cops in Iloilo on December 23, 2019, or the first day of a ceasefire between the government and the communists. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Gov't, communist rebels declare 16-day ceasefire

Dec 22, 2019 - 7:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Following a ceasefire declaration by the guerrillas, President Rodrigo Duterte also orders government troops to observe a holiday ceasefire beginning Monday, December 23, up to January 7 next year

Armed members of the New Peoples Army-Melito Glor Command gather on a clearing in the lower Sierra Madre mountains in Quezon Province, south of Manila, to celebrate the 50th year founding of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte, Joma Sison can’t agree on venue for peace talks

Dec 12, 2019 - 8:43 AM

‘Ano siya, sinusuwerte?’ says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on communist party leader Jose Maria Sison’s insistence on a foreign venue for negotiations

DEADLOCK. The Philippine government and the Communist Party of the Philippines could not agree on where to hold the next possible round of peace talks. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

LOOK BACK: Beauty queens who've become Filipinas at heart

Dec 07, 2019 - 2:00 PM

These foreign beauty queens captured the Filipino hearts during – and even after – their respective reigns

New Army chief Gapay officially takes command of ‘growing’ force

Dec 06, 2019 - 9:49 PM

Gapay’s marching orders from President Rodrigo Duterte is to end the communist insurgency and for that, the Army will be recruiting 20,000 new soldiers

NEW ARMY CHIEF. Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay formally takes over as commanding general of the Philippine Army on December 6, 2019. Photo from the Philippine Army

Duterte wants CPP-NPA peace talks in PH – Esperon

Dec 06, 2019 - 8:42 PM

The President also wants communist guerrillas to take it seriously when a ceasefire is declared, or else current efforts to stamp out the insurgency will continue, says the National Security Adviser

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Roa Duterte is shown a pile of documents by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. prior to the start of the National Security Council (NSC) Executive Committee Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Southern Luzon commander is new Army chief

Dec 04, 2019 - 2:29 PM

(UPDATED) Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay will take the reins of the Philippine Army on December 6, upon the retirement of Lieutenant General Macairog Alberto

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NPA leader ‘Ka Diego' arrested in San Juan City

Nov 26, 2019 - 6:15 PM

The communist party condemns the arrest of Jaime Padilla, a leader of the rebel group’s guerrillas in Southern Luzon

KA DIEGO. New People's Army (NPA) leader Jaime 'Ka Diego' Padilla (left) was arrested at Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City on November 25, 2019. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Chinese soldiers leave Hong Kong barracks in rare clean-up cameo

Nov 16, 2019 - 8:00 PM

(UPDATED) Political analyst Dixon Sing says the rare appearance could be a 'hint' to protesters that China can still use the People's Liberation Army in a 'more naked manner' at the rallies

CHINA ARMY. A member of China’s People's Liberation Army (PLA) stands guard inside Osborn Barracks in Kowloon Tong in Hong Kong on November 16, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

PH Army gives up 2 meals to build homes for Mindanao quake victims

Nov 16, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Each soldier gives P100 – their allowance for two meals – to buy land and materials for 100 temporary houses

TEMPORARY HOME. Members of the Philippine Army give up two meal allowances to shore up funds to buy a lot and build 'Kobe-type' shelters for earthquake victims in Mindanao. Photo from the Philippine Army

Military seeks dialogue after lawmakers slammed crackdown on progressive groups

Nov 15, 2019 - 6:35 PM

The military deny that they are cracking down on progressive groups, whom they call 'communist terrorists' and whose offices they have raided in recent weeks

WHAT CRACKDOWN? Military Spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo invites supporters of progressive groups to discuss what he says are the threats they pose to democracy. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

6 soldiers killed, 20 wounded in Eastern Samar clash with communist rebels

Nov 12, 2019 - 2:23 PM

Improvised bomb blasts meet Philippine Army soldiers acting on a tip that NPA rebels were harassing communities in the outskirts of Borongan City

Military denies 'harassment' in arresting alleged communist rebels

Nov 07, 2019 - 10:17 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines says the search warrants issued by a Quezon City trial court judge prove there was probable cause against the suspects

NO HARASSMENT. Military spokesman Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo says the police and military personnel who recently arrested alleged communist rebels bore search warrants from a court judge. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Military launches airstrikes on alleged NPA lair in Northern Samar

Oct 29, 2019 - 12:01 AM

The Philippine Air Force drops 500-pound bombs on an encampment of alleged communist guerrillas

AIR STRIKES. The Philippine Air Force's FA-50 fighter jets dropped 500-pound bombs in 'surgical airstrikes' against alleged members of the New People's Army on Saturday, October 26, according to the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Photo from the 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army

Iraq army declares curfew in Baghdad after student protests

Oct 28, 2019 - 11:48 PM

The move sparks concern security forces want to clear out main gathering places like the capital's Tahrir Square, occupied by demonstrators for 4 consecutive nights

PROTESTS. Iraqi medical students take part in an anti-government demonstration in the central holy shrine city of Najaf on October 28, 2019. AFP photo

Number of hostages 'killed' as Rakhine rebels, Myanmar army clash

Oct 27, 2019 - 9:35 PM

The insurgents and army blame each other for the deaths of hostages

Myanmar rebels kidnap over 40 police, soldiers in Rakhine – army

Oct 26, 2019 - 11:02 PM

Myanmar says rebels in concealed positions on a river bank shot at a ferry carrying off-duty police and soldiers

Army foils Abu Sayyaf bomb plot in Basilan

Oct 16, 2019 - 3:28 PM

Army troops recover 6 improvised explosive devices after a clash with more than a dozen Abu Sayyaf bandits

IEDS. While scouring the encounter site, troops found these improvised explosive devices. Photo from Westmincom

Alleged communist leaders arrested in Butuan City

Oct 13, 2019 - 8:55 PM

But the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines says Melissa Comiso and Nore Torregosa are Lumad teachers and not New People's Army leaders

Creamline snaps Choco Mucho streak

Oct 05, 2019 - 11:53 PM

Jema Galanza and Michele Gumabao propel Creamline to its 12th straight win as Petro Gazz extends its own run to 8 games

File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Creamline, Choco Mucho extend win streak

Sep 29, 2019 - 9:45 PM

Alyssa Valdez returns in limited action as Creamline stretches its perfect run to 11 games

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

WATCH: IV of Spades, Armi Millare collab for 'Indak ng Mundo'

Sep 26, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The mashup we don't deserve but definitely needed

'INDAK NG MUNDO.' The two groups collab for a mashup of their songs. Image from Armi Millare's Instagram

Tolentino, Choco Mucho halt skid; Army drubs BaliPure

Sep 21, 2019 - 10:38 PM

Kat Tolentino’s 36-point outburst propels Choco Mucho past Chef’s Classics while Army notches back-to-back wins

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Creamline goes 10 in a row; Air Force upsets Motolite

Sep 18, 2019 - 9:52 PM

Jema Galanza and Risa Sato power Creamline to its 10th straight PVL victory as Air Force stuns Motolite in straight sets

PVL Open Conference Creamline vs Balipure. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

AFP: 'NPA leader arrested' in Laguna

Sep 18, 2019 - 9:40 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The military says the arrest of Antonia Setias Dizon is a 'major blow' to the communist party, but a labor rights group calls it 'illegal' and a form of 'political harassment'

REBEL LEADER. Antonia Setias Dizon is arrested in Laguna on September 17, 2019. The military says her arrest is a 'major blow' to the communist New People's Army. Photo from the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Motolite arrests BanKo comeback; Air Force upsets Choco Mucho

Sep 11, 2019 - 10:45 PM

Tots Carlos and Isa Molde power Motolite against a resilient BanKo Perlas side

TAKE CHARGE. Tots Carlos pumps in 29 points in Motolite's bounce-back win. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Bato dela Rosa to CHR: Ask NPAs to release minors since 'mas close kayo'

Sep 09, 2019 - 5:11 PM

Senator Bato dela Rosa says the Commission on Human Rights will be offering 'something new' by helping end the alleged recruitment by the NPA of minors

Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa asks questions to the resource person at the hearing of the SOGIE bill on August 20, 2019. Photo by Angie De Silva

Creamline completes first-round sweep; Army ends dry spell

Sep 07, 2019 - 10:58 PM

Creamline cruises past BaliPure to keep its perfect run going as Army snaps its skid versus Chef’s Classics

ON TARGET. Creamline's Pau Soriano gets one past the defense of BaliPure's Shirley Salamagos. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Creamline sweeps Army; Petro Gazz, BanKo pick up five-setter wins

Sep 04, 2019 - 10:45 PM

Alyssa Valdez steers the Morado-less Cool Smashers to their seventh straight PVL victory

Photo by Josh Albela/Rappler

China 'rotates' troops in Hong Kong ahead of planned rallies

Aug 29, 2019 - 3:39 PM

'The Hong Kong Garrison of the Chinese People's Liberation Army on Thursday morning completed the 22nd rotation since it began garrisoning Hong Kong in 1997,' Xinhua news agency says

PRO-DEMOCRACY PROTEST. This file photo taken on August 28, 2019 shows pro-democracy protesters taking part in a rally to support Cathay Pacific staff in Hong Kong after some of their staff were sacked for supporting opposition to a controversal extradition bill. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Motolite goes 3 in a row; BanKo, PetroGazz roll over foes

Aug 28, 2019 - 9:38 PM

Myla Pablo and Tots Carlos power Motolite to a quick win as BanKo Perlas and PetroGazz also breeze past separate PVL opponents

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Duterte warns communist rebels of 'trouble' in coming months

Aug 27, 2019 - 11:13 PM

'I'm serving [a] notice to everyone that in the coming months – not really bloody – but there will be a little trouble. We have to finish it. This will make us a magnet to criticisms,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

NPA. Armed members of the New Peoples Army-Melito Glor Command gather on a clearing in the lower Sierra Madre mountains in Quezon Province, south of Manila, to celebrate the 50th year founding of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

EU to Philippines: No funds given to NGOs with communist links

Aug 27, 2019 - 5:43 PM

'From the outset, it should be very clear to everybody that we would never do that,' says Ambassador Franz Jessen, head of the European Union Delegation to the Philippines

PHILIPPINES-EU RELATIONS. President Rodrigo Duterte greets European Union Delegation to the Philippines Ambassador Franz Jessen on the sidelines of the 9th anniversary of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) on February 19, 2019. Photo by Abert Alcain/Presidential Photo

Former beauty queen Zahra Bianca Saldua joins Army reserve force

Aug 27, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Zahra, 2018's Miss Philippines Air, is now a 2nd Lieutenant in the reserve force

Negros Oriental bloodshed: State-sponsored or insurgency-related?

Aug 27, 2019 - 11:58 AM

The 4 Catholic bishops in Negros Island have ordered all parishes to toll the church bells at 8 every evening, until the killings stop

MISLEADING: Photos of 'UP students killed' after joining NPA

Aug 26, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Benjaline Hernandez and Melissa Roxas, both civilians, are neither UP students nor New People's Army members. Roxas is also still alive.

'What militarization?' AFP defends planned presence in schools

Aug 24, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The military says soldiers would be 'engaging' students during information campaigns and lectures, not curtailing their academic freedom

WHAT MILITARIZATION? AFP Spokeperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo at a press conference on security issues at Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Tearful closure for families of 3 men abducted by NPA in 2017

Aug 23, 2019 - 12:22 PM

(UPDATED) The military tracks down the graves of 3 men – a soldier, a retired cop, and a tribal chieftain – kidnapped by communist rebels in Bukidnon in 2017

Scene of Crime Operatives processed the remains of Police Officer 1 Joel Rey Galendez who was executed by the New People's Army in Barangay Digungan, Kitaotao, Bukidnon in August 2017. Galendez along with Philippine Army Technical sergeant Reynante España and tribal leader Datu Silang Dionesio Habana was abducted on August 22, 2017 and killed days later. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Creamline, Army still undefeated; BaliPure secures first win

Aug 21, 2019 - 11:15 PM

The Cool Smashers roll to a 4-0 start as the Lady Troopers pick up back-to-back wins in PVL action

THRILLER. Jovelyn Gonzaga and the Lady Troopers score a hard-earned win over the Flying Titans. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler