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NDF consultant Frank Fernandez, wife arrested in Laguna

Mar 25, 2019 - 2:14 PM

The 71-year-old communist leader is the 6th National Democratic Front consultant arrested since talks between the Duterte government and communist insurgents broke down

ARRESTED. NDF consultant Frank Fernandez and his wife Cleofe Lagtapon are arrested for illegal possession of firearms and explosives in Laguna. PNP photo

Groups in Cagayan march to call for justice for slain activist Malayao

Feb 06, 2019 - 11:49 PM

The Cagayan Valley regional police, however, claims that Randy Malayao's comrades in the Left might be behind his killing, citing internal problems within the movement

CALL FOR JUSTICE. Supporters of peace consultant and activist Randy Malayao in Tuguegarao City on February 6, 2019, call for an end to 'brazen political killings of leaders and members of progressive' groups. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

NDFP consultant Rey Casambre, wife arrested

Dec 07, 2018 - 10:05 AM

(UPDATED) Authorities arrest the two as part of the Philippine National Police's 'Oplan Pagtugis' and 'Oplan Paglalansag Omega'

ARRESTED. NDFP Consultant and Philippine Peace Center Executive Director Rey Casambre was arrested along with his wife December 7, 2018. Photo courtesy of Public Interest Law Center

Lumad groups urge government, NDF to continue peace talks

Jun 22, 2018 - 3:37 PM

Datu Dulphing Ogan, secretary general of the Kalumaran organization, says indigenous peoples will benefit the most from the talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines as this will bring peace

DISPLACED. Displaced Lumad from from Lagonglong town in Misamis Oriental seeks shelter at the Misamis Oriental Provincial Capitol in Cagayan de Oro. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Satur Ocampo says there is still hope for peace under Duterte

Apr 09, 2018 - 9:47 PM

'There is still hope for President Duterte to redeem his promise to achieve peace,' says Ocampo

NDF CONSULTANT. Former Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo is included in the Justice Department's terrorist list.  Photo by Jaazaniah Necosia

Baylosis rearrested over 'pack of lies' – lawyer

Feb 03, 2018 - 3:09 PM

Lawyer Rachel Pastores says the police narrative on the arrest of peace consultant Rafael Baylosis 'is incredibly laughable and obviously false'

NDF CONSULTANTS. File photo of freed political prisoners raising their clenched fists during a press conference held shortly after their release in 2016. NDF consulant Rafael Baylosis (righmost) is among them. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

NDF consultant Rafael Baylosis rearrested

Jan 31, 2018 - 11:55 PM

(2ND UPDATE) He is the first NDF consultant to be arrested since President Rodrigo Duterte scrapped peace talks

Freed political prisoners raise their clenched fists as they hold a press conference at the social hall of the Episcopal Mission Center in Quezon City on Thursday, August 18, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

‘Duterte is No. 1 terrorist in the Philippines’ – Joma Sison

Nov 23, 2017 - 11:45 PM

The chief political consultant of the National Democratic Front reacts to President Rodrigo's statement that he will declare communist 'legal fronts' as terrorists

Norway names new envoy to PH-NDF peace process

Oct 24, 2017 - 11:53 PM

Special envoy Idun Tvedt 'has a high standing in the Norwegian Foreign Service,' says Norwegian Ambassador to the Philippines Erik Førner

SPECIAL ENVOY. Norwegian diplomat Idun Tvedt is Norway's new special envoy to the peace process between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. Photo courtesy of the Norwegian embassy

Why Duterte walked away from the table: A reflection on the NDF peace process

Aug 23, 2017 - 1:40 PM

Did the 39;oligarchs 39; – big business owners and Mindanaoan political elites – gain anything from the collapse of the talks? What about the national security establishment? The answer I find is mixed

Indigenous peoples call for recognition of rights in peace talks

Jan 19, 2017 - 7:05 PM

We urge the government to heed the call of IPs to stop the militarization of their communities and to grant political prisoners unconditional amnesty

Warriors, negotiators: Optimism on Day 1 of Oslo talks

Aug 23, 2016 - 7:37 AM

Benito Tiamzon alleged chief of the CPP and once branded as a hardliner takes part in the peace negotiations

LINKING ARMS. Members of the government and NDFP panels link arms to show unity in their aim to have peace

WHO'S WHO: Political prisoners released for Oslo peace talks

Aug 22, 2016 - 12:30 PM

The political prisoners identified as consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines will participate in the peace talks set to end Asia s most stubborn insurgency

Freed political prisoners raise their clenched fists as they hold a press conference at the social hall of the Episcopal Mission Center in Quezon City on Thursday, August 18, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

FAST FACTS: The CPP-NPA-NDF and the Oslo talks

Aug 22, 2016 - 8:32 AM

After 40 rounds of talks under 5 Philippine governments the peace process with communist guerrillas begins on a high note in Oslo

POLITICAL SETTLEMENT? The latest round of peace talks between the government and communist rebels is set to take place in Oslo, Norway. Graphic by Ernest Fiestan/Rappler

Joma thanks Duterte for prisoner release

Aug 17, 2016 - 10:10 AM

Sison shrugs off his verbal tussle with Duterte calling it a glitch in our communications and reaffirms his friendship with the President

UP group lauds Duterte's efforts to seek peace

Jul 17, 2016 - 8:00 PM

University of the Philippines Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan also says the university needs to reach out to more sectors to achieve peace

Joma: Left welcomes Duterte offers of Cabinet posts

May 16, 2016 - 9:59 PM

The Left s nominees are not necessarily communists but they have to be patriotic and progressive says CPP founding chairman Joma Sison

PROGRESSIVE SECRETARIES. President-elect Rodrigo Duterte announces on May 16 that 4 departments are up for grabs for the Philippine Left

Communist rebels open to talk peace 'with any administration'

Jan 15, 2016 - 11:02 AM

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines says the rebel leadership is ever ready to resume the peace process in the context of past agreements

NDF hopeful papal visit will call attention to rights abuses

Jan 16, 2015 - 4:20 PM

We in the revolutionary movement stand in fervent hope that Pope Francis’ visit will inspire the people to unite and be more resolute in their struggle for social justice

CONSULTATIONS. Various organizations and groups are consulted by government and NDF representatives on December 27, 2014. Photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rappler

Political prisoners, families on hunger strike for papal visit

Jan 15, 2015 - 12:05 AM

Detainees from at least 50 jails around the Philippines hope that the Holy Father will join them in their call for their immediate release

FLOWERS FOR THE POPE. Families appeal to the pope for the release of their loved ones, as well as the resumption of peace talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front. Photo by George Moya/Rappler

CBCP declines request to mediate gov't-NDFP talks

Nov 09, 2014 - 7:11 PM

The CBCP says there is trepidation on their part stemming from doubts about the degree of cohesiveness that exists between the top echelons of the Front and local cadres of the New People s Army

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas. File photo by Noli Yamsuan/Archdiocese of Manila/CBCPNews

AFP to Tiamzons: What P1.5-M? We seized only 23K

Apr 10, 2014 - 4:03 PM

The word war continues between the military and militant organizations protesting the arrest of the Tiamzon couple

TOP LEADERS: CPP chairman Benito Tiamzon and secretary-general Wilma Austria

Gov't asked to stop arresting 'Jasig holders'

Apr 07, 2014 - 11:54 PM

Bayan Muna Representatives Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate and former Representative Satur Ocampo visit Benito and Wilma Tiamzon in Camp Crame

NO IMMUNITY. Benito Tiamzon steps out of the Camp Crame Multipurpose Hall shortly after arriving for his inquest proceedings. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

'Communist army irrelevant in 5 years'

Mar 29, 2014 - 10:49 AM

The NPA celebrates its 45th anniversary in the wake of top communist leaders arrest The military says the bandit group without any ideological mooring will be irrelevant in 5 years

ANNIVERSARY: The New People's Army turns 45 on March 29, 2014. Photo from the CPP web site

Filipino Muslims celebrate Kalilang Festival in Quiapo

Mar 27, 2014 - 9:02 PM

Held rarely the Kalilang Festival is celebrated by Filipino Muslims to commemorate the historic signing of the peace pact between the government and the MILF

NDF to NPA units: 'Don't harm non-combatants'

Apr 24, 2013 - 10:52 PM

Every NPA command and unit must strictly follow the NPA s policies rules and procedures for ensuring that non combatants and other non hostile persons are not harmed by military action says chief rebel negotiator Luis Jalandoni

Rebels justify Negros Occidental ambush

Feb 10, 2013 - 8:09 PM

NDFP chairman Luis Jalandoni says the rebels attacked a legitimate target in La Castellana Negros Occidental

AMBUSHED. Victims of an ambush in Negros Occidental on Sunday, January 27. Photo by Gilbert Bayoran