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Sep 19, 2017 - 12:19 PM

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Lorenzana backs resumption of peace talks with communists

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:40 AM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he supports the resumption of peace talks but says he has yet to convince President Rodrigo Duterte

SUPPORT. Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana says he supports peace talks with he Left. Rappler file photo

Peace talks with Reds to protect banana industry – exporters

Sep 04, 2017 - 8:29 PM

Banana plantations in Mindanao have been a constant target of the New People’s Army the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines

BANANA INDUSTRY. A crop duster plane sprays fungicide to protect the 7,000 hectare banana plantation of Tagum Agricultural Development Co. from destructive leaf virus in Tagum in Davao del Norte province. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Amid ties with Left, Mariano says he was never part of communist groups

Aug 30, 2017 - 2:55 PM

Mula noon hanggang ngayon ay nasa legal democratic organization po ako says Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano who was nominated to the Cabinet by the National Democratic Front

LEFT TIES. Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano says he was never a part of the CPP-NPA-NDF. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

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Aug 29, 2017 - 1:20 PM

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Taguiwalo rejected over 'reports' of DSWD funds going to NPA – Duterte

Aug 28, 2017 - 7:27 PM

The President says his former social welfare secretary is suspected of giving 4Ps funds and resources to NPA rebels

The President then proceeded to meet with Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo at the same room. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

NPA links or pork barrel? Why the CA rejected Taguiwalo

Aug 19, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Weeks before the confirmation hearing the House contingent of the Commission on Appointments requested a security briefing on the Left including the New People s Army

Photo by Alex Nueva Espana/PRIB

Military claims Negros Island citizens offering P100,000 for arrest of rebels, terrorists

Aug 18, 2017 - 6:19 PM

Major General Jon Aying explains the citizens funding this are capable of paying up to P20 million or P100 000 for 200 rebels or terrorists

Duterte ready to formally end peace talks with Left

Aug 02, 2017 - 10:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he is ready to sign a formal notice to terminate peace talks with the communists

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Lumad children appeal to Duterte to save their schools

Jul 31, 2017 - 6:10 PM

With the extension of Martial Law in Mindanao violence continues to erupt and Lumad education remains hampered

Joma Sison: Duterte is PH's top drug addict

Jul 30, 2017 - 9:35 PM

The Communist Party of the Philippines founder also calls the President an utterly stupid coward

WORD WAR. In their continuing tirade, Communist Party of the Philippines Joma Sison calls President Rodrigo Duterte the top drug addict in the Philippines.

NPA releases policeman in Davao Oriental

Jul 29, 2017 - 5:05 PM

The National Democratic Front Southern Mindanao Region orders the police officer s release on humanitarian grounds

RELEASED. PO1 Alfredo Basabica Jr. (in white shirt) looks on as an NPA guerilla and village officials from Cateel, Davao Oriental sign his release papers in Brgy. Binondo, Baganga town, Davao Oriental on July 28, 2017. All photos by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Duterte dares Joma Sison, 'Come home and fight'

Jul 27, 2017 - 8:11 PM

You are directing a war from [there] ang namamatay yung naniniwala sa iyo says the President addressing CPP leader Joma Sison

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte awards a wounded personnel medal to Staff Sergeant Arniel Matunhay during the President's visit at Camp Panacan Station Hospital in Davao City on July 20, 2017. Torsal was one of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) personnel who were wounded in an encounter against the New People's Army in Arakan, North Cotabato on July 19. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Joma on Duterte's 'blatant lie': I don't have cancer

Jul 24, 2017 - 8:34 PM

No findings of cancer of any kind cardiac problem or any other malignancy says the communist leader

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Cop charged in Morong 43 case allowed to reassume post in Pakistan

Jul 23, 2017 - 8:44 PM

The Sandiganbayan s 7th Division says it has given weight to the DILG s manifestation posing no objection to Senior Superintendent Allan Nobleza s continued service as Philippine police attaché to Pakistan

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Jul 21, 2017 - 7:45 PM

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Jul 21, 2017 - 2:01 PM

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NPA kills Negros city police chief, 6 others

Jul 21, 2017 - 12:45 PM

UPDATED A councilor and 3 cops are also wounded in the Friday attack

Duterte to Joma Sison: 'Let's stop talking'

Jul 21, 2017 - 11:13 AM

5TH UPDATE Let us renew the fighting for another 50 years It s what you want President Rodrigo Duterte tells his former teacher

 President Rodrigo Duterte visits government troops who are engaged in a battle with the Maute terrorist group in Marawi City on July 20, 2017. The President gave out food packs and other assistance when he set foot at Camp Ranao. The President's visit boosted the morale of the soldiers. ACE MORANDANTE/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Jul 20, 2017 - 8:36 PM

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Police commando killed in NPA clash

Jul 19, 2017 - 11:19 PM

Superintendent Lemuel Gonda identifies Police Officer 1 John Herbert Pingol as the officer killed in action

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Jul 19, 2017 - 1:49 PM

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Duterte: No talks until communists stop attacks vs gov't troops

Jul 19, 2017 - 1:31 PM

UPDATED The government cancels backchannel talks supposed to happen in July following a clash between supposed NPA rebels and President Duterte s security aides

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the ceremonial turnover of pistols to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at the Heroes Hall of Malacañan Palace on July 18, 2017, reiterates his intention to improve the military capabilities of the armed forces. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte security aides hurt in clash with communist rebels

Jul 19, 2017 - 10:30 AM

UPDATED The encounter is triggered by the discovery of 50 suspected communist rebels posing as soldiers manning a fake military checkpoint

6 soldiers hurt in landmine blast in Quirino

Jul 12, 2017 - 9:22 AM

The Army says the attack of the New People s Army violates a standing agreement between the government and the National Democratic Front and international humanitarian law

Duterte to CPP: Stop extortion first, then we talk

Jul 06, 2017 - 7:02 PM

The President also likens the New People s Army to a distracting mosquito pulling away much needed government forces from Marawi operations

President Rodrigo Duterte shares a light moment with Wilma Tiamzon, chairperson of the Reciprocal Working Group on End of Hostilities and Disposition of Forces (RWG-EHDF) of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), in a meeting held in Malacañan’s State Dining Room on September 26. KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD

Sereno, Carpio opinions: Watch Duterte's martial law closely

Jul 06, 2017 - 3:10 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says President Rodrigo Duterte must not be allowed to broaden the use of martial law to solve other social ills

RULING ON MARTIAL LAW. PETITIONS Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (right) and Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio partially grant the petitions against the martial law declaration in Mindanao.

Duterte slams communists for NPA attacks despite promises

Jul 05, 2017 - 5:43 PM

UPDATED The President also appeals to CPP founder Jose Maria Sison to ensure the success of the peace talks

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during his visit at the headquarters of the 1002nd Infantry Brigade in Malungon, Sarangani Province on July 5, 2017, shows a photo of a .45 calibre pistol which he intends to provide to the law enforcers. Malacañan Photo

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Jun 19, 2017 - 9:18 PM

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Palace condemns 'opportunistic' NPA attack in Iloilo

Jun 19, 2017 - 2:49 PM

Malacañang calls for consistency between the NPA s actions and the NDF s declarations to prove their sincerity in peace talks with the government

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella announces during a press briefing in Malacañang on May 4, 2017 that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's political will has translated to into various infrastructure developments citing various projects launched by the Department of Transportion and the National Economic Development Authority. Malacañan Photo

After NPA attack in Iloilo, Dela Rosa doubts Communists' peace talk

Jun 19, 2017 - 12:38 PM

About 50 members of the NPA attacked a police station in Maasin town Iloilo

PH gov't, NDF to stop offensive operations in Mindanao

Jun 18, 2017 - 3:26 PM

The two sides agree to stop offensive operations against each other as the NDF orders its units to help the government fight terror groups

TAKING BACK MARAWI. Soldiers continue to flush terror groups out of Marawi. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Iloilo City under 'red alert' after NPA attack in nearby town

Jun 18, 2017 - 1:39 PM

UPDATED Alleged members of the NPA attack Maasin town less than an hour s drive away from the provincial capital

Duterte eyes absorbing NPA surrenderers into AFP

Jun 17, 2017 - 7:05 PM

If you are concerned that you won t have jobs if you surrender those NPA who are qualified I will get you for the Armed Forces President Rodrigo Duterte says

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte visits the 4th Infantry Division Advance Command Post in Barangay Bancasi, Butuan City, on June 17, 2017. Malacañang photo

NPA wrecks mining laboratory, tailings dam in Benguet – police

Jun 09, 2017 - 6:52 PM

The Cordillera Philippine National Police says the Chadli Molintas Command based in Benguet also engaged the 54th Infantry Battalion of the 5th Infantry Division in a brief firefight wounding one soldier and a civilian

DESTROYED. The New People's Army is said to have destroyed a mining laboratory and a tailings dam in Benguet. Photos by Frank Cimatu

Duterte tells communists, declare unilateral ceasefire or no talks

Jun 02, 2017 - 6:45 PM

The President says he has given a lot of concessions it is the turn of the communist party to initiate a show of good faith


Terror groups and clan wars: Mindanao's security threats

May 31, 2017 - 5:18 PM

The Maute Group is in the spotlight for its attack on Marawi City but Mindanao has seen other security threats in its 27 provinces

SECURITY THREATS. The troubled southern island of Mindanao has a long history of conflict and violence. Photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler and Ted Aljibe/AFP

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May 29, 2017 - 2:14 PM

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PH cancels 5th round of talks with communist rebels

May 27, 2017 - 5:06 PM

5th UPDATE This is not an easy road to peace peace adviser Jesus Dureza says as the Philippines waits for an enabling environment for both parties to proceed

PEACE TALKS. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the meeting of the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front peace panels in Malacanang on September 26, 2016. Malacanang photo

Lorenzana: Criminals, not NPA, target of martial law

May 27, 2017 - 3:14 PM

Despite the back and forth between the CPP NDF and defense officials peace talks between the Philippine government and NDF continue in the Netherlands

SECURITY CHECKS. Government troops man checkpoints in Iligan City on May 24. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Communist rebels release soldier in Bukidnon

May 24, 2017 - 4:24 PM

The New People s Army releases Technical Sergeant Joseph Paredes nearly a month after he was abducted by communist rebels in Valencia City

COMMUNIST INSURGENCY. The Duterte administration vowed to end the decades-long communist insurgency through peace negotiations. File photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rapper

NPA targets kids in Northern Samar recruitment drive

May 21, 2017 - 1:45 PM

Children in poor villages have become easy targets of communist recruiters

RESCUED. A 12-year-old NPA recruit  is rescued by the army in Silvino Lobos Northern Samar,  Photo courtesy of Vicente Lukban's Facebook account

Gov't, Reds to hold 5th round of talks in the Netherlands

May 16, 2017 - 11:20 AM

Talks to end Asia s longest running communist insurgency continue amid renewed clashes between the military and the New People s Army

PEACE TALKS. Negotiators of the government and the National Democratic Front (NDF) will meet again at the end of the month for the 5th round of talks. Photo from OPAPP

Public told to avoid Majayjay barangay after NPA attack

May 14, 2017 - 11:55 PM

Communist rebels and soldiers clash in Barangay Ibabang Banga in Majayjay Laguna ahead of a festival in the area

Top Cagayan Valley police officials relieved after NPA attacks

May 06, 2017 - 9:34 PM

Top police officials are relieved following NPA attacks in Amulong Cagayan and in Maddela Quirino which killed one policeman

RELIEVED. Outgoing regional police chief Eliseo Rasco (righmost) welcomes Chief Superintendent Robert Quenery (leftmost) during the turnover ceremony at the regional police headquarters in Cagayan Valley. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Top NPA commander nabbed in Cagayan

May 05, 2017 - 8:30 AM

UPDATED David Soriano is one of the suspected masterminds of the attack on policemen in Baggao town in February 2016 which killed at least 6

CA grills Taguiwalo over links to Left

May 03, 2017 - 1:22 PM

The Commission on Appointments defers the confirmation of Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo after being questioned over her ties to the Communist Party of the Philippines

DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo speaks at a workers rally on May 1, 2017, Labor Day at the Liwasang Bonifacio. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

NPA attacks in Davao City 'acts of terrorism' – Sara Duterte

Apr 29, 2017 - 12:48 PM

2ND UPDATE We condemn these acts committed by a group that pretends to champion social justice and equality the Davao City mayor says in a statement following the attacks

Lorenzana to Gina Lopez: Ask your NPA friends to 'lay down their arms'

Apr 22, 2017 - 2:18 PM

The defense department is still awaiting official communication on how it can help the DENR establish E3 ecological economic and educational zones across the country