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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

Unusual deliveries lead army, PNP to CPP's plenum site

Dec 30, 2019 - 11:29 PM

Interrogations on two Skylab motorcycle drivers delivering goods show the transported items were ordered by Ka Jacob, commanding officer of the New People's Army Guerrilla Front 16C, Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee

ANNIVERSARY. Armed members of the New People's 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. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Joma Sison: Despite hiccups, CPP won’t back out of peace talks

Dec 30, 2019 - 9:28 PM

Tense encounters between government forces and communist guerrillas test a fragile holiday ceasefire, but the communist rebel leader says they are no reason to drop plans for negotiations

REBEL LEADER. Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman Jose Maria "Joma" Sison says recent tense encounters between the military and communist guerrillas are no reason to back out of planned peace talks with the government. File photo

CPP aborts annual plenum in Surigao del Norte citing security concerns

Dec 29, 2019 - 11:47 PM

(UPDATED) Ka Oto, spokesperson of the Guerrilla Front 16, Northeastern Mindanao Regional Command, says the situation in Bacuag is tense as soldiers from the 30th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army's 4th Infantry Division are in the town

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

Joma Sison: Meeting Duterte in PH before reform agreement approval 'premature'

Dec 26, 2019 - 8:57 PM

The Communist Party of the Philippines founder says he is willing to meet with Duterte 'in a country near the Philippines' after the resumption of peace talks, among other conditions

NOT IN PH. Communist leader Jose Maria Sison says he is willing to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte, but 'in a country near the Philippines.' Rappler file photo

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

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

AFP accuses communist rebels of violating Christmas truce

Dec 23, 2019 - 6:40 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'They demand for peace but their actions speak otherwise,' says Armed Forces of the Philippines Central Command chief Major General Roberto Ancan on the first day of a 16-day ceasefire

How to resume talks with communist rebels? January meeting to set agenda

Dec 23, 2019 - 11:32 AM

The National Democratic Front welcomes 'Little President Salvador Medialdea' in the peace panel and expects to continue disrupted talks for an 'Interim Peace Agreement'

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

Holiday ceasefire with CPP pushed after informal talks

Dec 22, 2019 - 11:55 AM

The proposed ceasefire from December 23 to January 7 will need the approval of President Rodrigo Duterte and the Communist Party of the Philippines

QUIET HOLIDAY. The Philippine government and National Democratic Front of the Philippines agree to observe a holiday ceasefire. Photo from CPP's Joma Sison

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

Dela Rosa says rebels only using peace talks to recruit fighters

Dec 10, 2019 - 7:53 PM

'Kapoy na. Pagod na tao 'dyan,' says the police general-turned-senator

NO TO PEACETALKS. Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa says there shouldn't be any peace talks with communist guerillas anymore. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

'Last card': Duterte sending Bello to talk to Sison

Dec 05, 2019 - 7:32 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte once again expresses openness to peace talks with communists

TRUST AND CONFIDENCE. President Rodrigo Duterte and Labor and Employment Secretary Bebot Bello attend a Labor Day event. Malacañang file photo

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

[PODCAST] Bakit malaking banta sa demokrasya ang crackdown sa progressive groups

Nov 14, 2019 - 8:01 PM

Ano ang implikasyon ng crackdown na ito sa demokrasya sa Pilipinas? Pakinggan ang talakayan nila justice reporter Lian Buan at researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan.

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 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

[PODCAST] Dapat bang gawing ilegal ang pagiging komunista?

Sep 19, 2019 - 8:37 PM

Ano ang maaaring umusbong na problema kung ituturing na krimen ang pagiging miyembro ng Communist Party of the Philippines? Pakinggan ang talakayan nina police reporter Rambo Talabong at researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan.

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

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

'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

Creating a Marcos? Reviving the anti-subversion law under Duterte

Aug 21, 2019 - 8:46 PM

The anti-subversion law was the dictator Ferdinand Marcos' tool of choice in strangling the opposition and crushing legitimate dissent. Groups fear its planned revival under President Rodrigo Duterte will lead to the same – or even worse.

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

CPP slams bid to revive Anti-Subversion Law

Aug 14, 2019 - 10:48 PM

Reviving the law would only 'further rouse the people to resist President Rodrigo Duterte's tyranny' and 'foment greater dissent,' the Communist Party of the Philippines says in a statement

GREATER DISSENT. In this file photo taken on July 30, 2017, guerrillas of the New People's Army (NPA) stand in formation in the Sierra Madre mountain range, located east of Manila. - In a nation plagued by armed groups ranging from kidnap-for-ransom outfits to Islamist secessionist movements, the communist New People's Army (NPA) is among the deadliest. (Photo by Noel CELIS / AFP)

FALSE: Palparan innocent over 2006 abduction of 2 missing UP students

Aug 13, 2019 - 8:14 PM

In September 2018, a Malolos court found retired Army major general Jovito Palparan guilty over the kidnapping and detention of two missing UP students

Año: Communism should be illegal

Aug 13, 2019 - 2:10 PM

The former intelligence officer seeks the restoration of the Anti-Subversion Law, which was repealed nearly 30 years ago by the Ramos government

ANTI-SUBVERSIVE ACT. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año proposes the restoration of the Anti-Subversive Act. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

NPA did not torture slain Negros Oriental cops – NDF

Jul 26, 2019 - 3:33 PM

In a statement on the NDF website, the communist rebels say the ambush is 'a legitimate act of war'

TORTURED?  Police probers investigate the ambush site at Barangay Mabato in Ayungon town, Negros Oriental on Friday, July 19./Contributed Photo

Groups slam 'dangerous' red-tagging of health workers

Apr 11, 2019 - 4:06 PM

'This we strongly protest because they are violating our rights as health workers to work and function as health workers, to serve the people whom we are duty-bound to serve,' says Dr Edelina dela Paz, Health Action for Human Rights chairperson

[OPINION] Will local peace talks succeed?

Mar 26, 2019 - 9:01 AM

Some lessons to learn from the Colombian peace model

Rural Missionaries of the PH denies being a communist front

Mar 14, 2019 - 5:55 PM

RMP national coordinator Sister Elenita Belardo denies the accusation of Brigadier General Antonio Parlade Jr that her group funds terrorist activities

PH asks EU, Belgium to stop funding alleged CPP-NPA 'fronts'

Mar 13, 2019 - 2:36 PM

Philippine officials want EU and Belgium to stop funding the Rural Missionaries of the Philppines, Ibon Foundation, Karapatan, and other groups saying the funds are only prolonging the communist insurgency

Rights group, journalists denounce recent red-tagging in Cagayan de Oro

Feb 22, 2019 - 9:27 PM

An unknown person distributed the list to journalists during a human rights forum in Cagayan de Oro City on Friday, February 22

DOJ trims terror tag list of Reds from over 656 to 8

Jan 18, 2019 - 3:29 PM

'Present petition remains to be without legal and factual basis and repackaged the old one in order to railroad the legal process,' says NDF legal consultant Edre Olalia

TERROR TAG.  Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)  founding chairman Jose Maria Sison is still among the 8 people that the Department of Justice (DOJ) seeks to declare as terrorists. Rappler file photo

On Sionil Jose’s theoretically correct but historically wrong take on the revolution

Jan 04, 2019 - 10:47 AM

As the social divide continues, the armed communist revolution will simply endure

Duterte to Reds: ‘Why listen to Sison? You have not seen the guy’

Dec 29, 2018 - 8:13 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the CPP-led armed struggle has led to nothing but bloodshed

NOW ENEMIES. President Rodrigo Duterte is a former student of Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison. Duterte file photo from Malacañang, Sison file photo from www.josemariasison.org

Lorenzana sees no need for now to return to negotiating table with Reds

Dec 28, 2018 - 3:43 PM

DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says for peace talks to resume, the CPP-NPA must first 'renounce their armed struggle'

ARMED STRUGGLE. Fighters of the NPA's Melito Glor Command march from their bases to celebrate the Party's founding on December 27, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

LOOK: The Communist Party of the Philippines at 50

Dec 27, 2018 - 7:04 PM

Communists in Quezon Province hold an intimate celebration

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

Military calls for vigilance as CPP celebrates 50th anniversary

Dec 25, 2018 - 5:46 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines urges Filipinos to 'remain vigilant against attacks' by the Communist Party of the Philippines as it marks its 50th anniversary on Wednesday, December 26

'TERRORIST ORGANIZATION.' The Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army is declared a terrorist group through a proclamation signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in December 2017. Rappler file photo by Edwin Espejo

Communists deny hand in Batocabe’s murder

Dec 25, 2018 - 4:16 PM

The National Democratic Front in the Bicol region chides the PNP for using the guerrillas as default suspects in high-profile murders

Duterte open to meeting exiled communist leaders

Nov 11, 2018 - 10:34 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says self-exiled communist leaders Fidel Agcaoili and Luis Jalandoni requested a meeting with him in the Philippines

TALKS AGAIN? President Rodrigo Duterte says a meeting with communist peace negotiators is a 'maybe' for him and the military. Malacañang file photo

[OPINION] Too much beer

Oct 09, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Does the military have a reverse IQ test for those who they recruit into military intelligence?

[OPINION] Spying is back

Oct 07, 2018 - 8:41 PM

The long and short of it is that military poking about in campus was always never efficacious

CPP taps students of 10 Manila universities for Red October plot – Galvez

Oct 02, 2018 - 1:22 PM

(UPDATED) Military chief General Carlito Galvez Jr, who does not identify the schools, says this is part of the communists' bid to form a 'broad coalition' to unseat President Rodrigo Duterte

PH MILITARY CHIEF. AFP chief General Carlito Galvez Jr at the Senate Finance Subcommittee hearing on the proposed 2019 budget of the Department of National Defense on October 2, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

AFP: No 'Red-Yellow' coalition to oust Duterte

Oct 02, 2018 - 11:43 AM

(UPDATED) Armed Forces chief General Carlito Galvez says there is no coalition between the Communist Party of the Philippines and the Liberal Party

SECURITY OFFICIALS. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (left) and AFP chief General Carlito Galvez Jr (center) at the Senate hearing on the proposed 2019 defense budget on October 2, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte slams communists amid supposed ouster plot

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:20 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he is happy that the Commission on Appointments rejected leftists in government

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the surrenderees from the New People's Army during a dinner hosted by the President for the rebel returnees at the Malacañan Palace on March 6, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte warns communists he's prepared to 'bomb' them

Aug 21, 2018 - 9:44 PM

Local government officials who give aid to communist rebels will lose powers over the police, says President Rodrigo Duterte

CPP rejects localized peace talks

Jul 13, 2018 - 2:21 PM

'Surely, this pretend "localized" peace talks will not involve even a single genuine revolutionary force. Duterte will certainly be negotiating only with its own shadow,' says the Communist Party of the Philippines

COMMUNIST REBELS. The Communist Party of the Philippines has rejected the Duterte administration's planned localized peace talks. File photo by Mick Basa