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Duterte orders Dureza, Panelo to meet with communist leaders

Nov 18, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The meeting with Fidel Agcaoili and Luis Jalandoni could happen in November, says Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza

CHIEF NEGOTIATOR. Fidel Agcaoili is the newly appointed chief negotiator of the communist National Democratic Front of the Philippines. Rappler photo

Año warns arrest awaits top NDF consultants in PH

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'I will have them arrested, unless the President will order me not to effect the arrest,' says Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año

ARREST WARNING. Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año during the Senate hearing on the amendment of the Anti-Terrorism bill on October 1, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

Planted evidence? Wife says Vic Ladlad can't use guns due to health condition

Nov 08, 2018 - 12:36 PM

National Democratic Front consultant Vic Ladlad has emphysema and a 'severe heart condition,' and any physical confrontation can exhaust him, says his wife Fides Lim

LOOKING FOR VIC. Fides Lim blocks the vehicle carrying her husband, arrested NDFP peace consultant Vic Ladlad, at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City on November 8, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

NDF consultant Vic Ladlad arrested for illegal possession of firearms

Nov 08, 2018 - 11:07 AM

Vicente Ladlad's wife claims the guns and ammunition were planted

DEFIANT. NDFP peace consultant Vic Ladlad gestures during his transfer from Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City to Camp Karingal in Quezon City on November 8, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Top NDF consultant arrested in Laguna

Oct 16, 2018 - 4:58 PM

Policemen and soldiers capture Adelberto Silva in Sta Cruz town

ARRESTED AGAIN. Adelberto Silva at the press conference at the social hall of the Episcopal Mission Center in Quezon City on August 18, 2016 after he was first released for the peace talks. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Duterte's demand 'unacceptable' – CPP

Jul 05, 2018 - 12:24 PM

The Communist Party of the Philippines notes that a presidential proclamation formally terminating peace negotiations 'has never been rescinded'

NPA. This file photo shows members of the New People'€™s Army in Maco, Compostela Valley, on September 15, 2017. File photo by Mick Basa

Duterte wants peace talks in PH – Dureza

Jul 05, 2018 - 9:52 AM

Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza says President Rodrigo Duterte also wishes for Norway to continue as facilitator in the event peace talks are resumed

Tanauan mayor killed, Bato visit to Guam, Pope kiss hoax | Midday wRap

Jul 02, 2018 - 1:22 PM

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Lorenzana to Joma Sison: Without peace talks, you are irrelevant

Jul 01, 2018 - 8:07 PM

'Mr Sison, you know that the peace talks is the only thing that is keeping you in the limelight,' Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana tells Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria 'Joma' Sison

Religious leaders urge gov't, NDF: Seek peace and pursue it

Jun 30, 2018 - 9:03 AM

The Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform encourages both government and the National Democratic Front to 'open the doors to dialogue'

PEACE TALKS. A group of religious leaders urge President Rodrigo Duterte and CPP founder Joma Sison to continue working for peace.

[OPINION] Interim peace proposal for 3-month wait in talks with communists

Jun 25, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Jose Maria Sison predicted more bloodshed. Indeed, clashes between government troops and communist rebels have flared up anew. What is to be done?

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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 21, 2018

Jun 21, 2018 - 12:53 PM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 120th Anniversary of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) at the DFA Office in Pasay City on June 18, 2018, reiterates his stance of improving the peace and order situation in the country so that it would become more conducive for progress. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Communist rebels OK 3-month postponement of peace talks

Jun 21, 2018 - 8:31 AM

The National Democratic Front says in a statement on Thursday, June 21, that it agrees 'to continue peace negotiations and to overcome obstacles and impediments'

ALL SMILES. Government negotiator Hernani Braganza flies to Utrecht to formally relay President Rodrigo Duterte's adjustments to the timeline of talks. Photos released by government panel

Outgoing envoy of 'Norwegia' hails ties with Philippines

Jun 18, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Outgoing Norwegian Ambassador Erik Førner pushes for the resumption of peace talks with communist rebels

ORDER OF SIKATUNA. President Rodrigo Duterte confers the Order of Sikatuna to outgoing Norwegian Ambassador Erik Førner. Photo from the Norwegian Embassy in the Philippines

NDF bares documents to show progress before Duterte halted talks

Jun 17, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The stand-down agreement was supposed to take effect on June 21 and the formal peace talks would resume on June 28, according to a timeline provided by the National Democratic Front

SIGNED. Government chief negotiator Secretary Silvestre Bello III signed a stand down agreement with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. File photo by Edwin Espejo/OPAPP

Drilon says Duterte is right, peace talks should be in PH

Jun 16, 2018 - 3:56 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says holding the peace talks here will show the government's sincerity and confidence in both parties, and the communists' recognition of the legitimacy of the Philippine government

PEACE TALKS. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says 'it's about time' that the peace talks are held on Philippine soil. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Court allows NDF consultants to go to Netherlands for June peace talks

Jun 09, 2018 - 4:57 PM

But the court does not lift the standing warrants of arrest against Benito Tiamzon and Adelberto Silva, saying the 'provisional liberty' is for the sole purpose of the travel

President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Benito Tiamzon, political consultant of the National Democratic Front, in a meeting in Malacañan’s State Dining Room on September 26. ACE MORANDANTE/PPD

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May 08, 2018 - 6:40 PM

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Philippines holds 'informal' backchannel talks with communists

May 08, 2018 - 1:32 PM

'We are doing our best to meet the deadline set by the President about the resumption of talks within 60 days,' Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says

PEACE TALKS. The Philippines has resumed negotiating with communists in 'informal' backchannel talks now taking place in Europe. File photos by Manman Dejeto/Rappler, OPAPP

IN PHOTOS: Leftist supporters occupy EDSA to push for peace talks

Apr 23, 2018 - 4:00 PM

(UPDATED) Supporters of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines hold a 30-minute lightning rally to commemorate revolutionary front's 45th founding anniversary

Peace adviser welcomes Sara Duterte’s opposition to resumption of peace talks

Apr 16, 2018 - 8:00 PM

(UPDATED) Jesus Dureza says 'we should respect the statements of Mayor Sara because she knows also why she has to say it'

RESPECT. President Duterte's peace adviser, Secretary Jesus Dureza, says Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio's stance against the resumption of talks with the communists is an input to be respected despite being contrary to her father's latest directive. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Sara Duterte wants father to ditch talks with communist rebels

Apr 13, 2018 - 5:07 PM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio says peace negotiations with communists are 'counterproductive and plainly useless'

DAUGHTER'S ADVICE. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio believes peace negotiations with communist rebels are 'unproductive.' Malacanang photo

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

Gov't panel prepares for resumption of talks with communist rebels

Apr 05, 2018 - 7:29 PM

Government peace negotiators have reached out to their counterparts in the National Democratic Front and scheduled meetings to discuss conditions set by President Rodrigo Duterte

GREEN LIGHT. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with government negotiators after ordering the resumption of talks with communist rebels. Malacañang photo

Lorenzana sets conditions for joint ceasefire with communist rebels

Apr 04, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the communist rebels should show sincerity first before peace talks can resume

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the 16th founding anniversary of the Supreme Tribal Council for Peace and Development, Inc. (STCPD) at the 3rd Infantry Battalion Headquarters in Calinan, Davao City on March 23, 2018. Also in the photo are Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) Commander Lieutenant General Benjamin Madrigal Jr., Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Guiling Mamondiong and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Malacañang Photo

Joma to Duterte: We are ready to resume peace talks ASAP

Apr 04, 2018 - 11:04 AM

How the communist rebels are going to comply, if at all, with President Rodrigo Duterte's conditions remains unclear

YES TO PEACE TALKS. Jose Maria Sison welcomes President Rodrigo Duterte's openness to resuming talks. Photo from Joma Sison's Facebook page

Lorenzana against peace talks: 'I don't know the purpose of this'

Mar 26, 2018 - 9:23 PM

'Because we have been talking with them for the past several decades. Nothing is happening,' says a weary Delfin Lorenzana

DEFENSE SECRETARY. Delfin Lorenzana speaks to House committee on national defense and security. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte 'may reconsider' peace talks if communists declare ceasefire

Mar 06, 2018 - 5:22 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also says his chief government peace negotiator has asked him to 'tone down' his statements against Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison

PEACE TALKS. President Rodrigo Duterte says his peace negotiaters have asked him to tone down on his statements against Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison. Malacañang file photo

Joma to NPA: Launch more attacks to force peace talks

Feb 04, 2018 - 11:27 AM

At the same time, Sison urges his allies and the government to continue to honor the immunity for communist and government peace negotiators

PEACE TALKS. Filipino communist leader Jose Maria Sison answers journalists' questions during the opening ceremony of the formal peace talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front in Rome. File photo by Tiziania Fabi/AFP

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

Arrest of leftist leaders Baylosis, Roque lawful, says prosecutor

Feb 02, 2018 - 8:47 PM

The prosecutor recommends no bail for the offense of illegal possession of explosives, and a P120,000 bail bond for the offense of illegal possession of firearms

BAYLOSIS' FREEDOM. Lualhati Baylosis (center) wife of NDFP consultant Rafael Baylosis, join eaders of progressive groups call for the release of Baylosis at a press conference in Quezon City on February 2, 2018. Baylosis was detained at Camp Crame after his re-arrest on January 31 in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

NDF consultant arrested for illegal gun possession, nothing more – Dela Rosa

Feb 01, 2018 - 2:19 PM

'Kilala siya na personality ng kabila, binabantayan siya, minomonitor siya, nakitaan siya ng baril, hinuli,' explains top cop Ronald dela Rosa

NEW GUNS. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa checks on their new firearms, presented in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Leftists slam rearrest of NDF consultant over 'trumped-up charges'

Feb 01, 2018 - 1:07 PM

Malacañang says it would be a 'dereliction of duty' not to arrest National Democratic Front consultant Rafael Baylosis

National Democratic Front senior adviser Luis Jalandonivin an interview at the sidelines of the Left's rally on International Human Rights Day. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/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 meets with NDF regional spokesperson who surrendered

Jan 22, 2018 - 12:20 AM

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza says Noel Legaspi and his wife received assistance to 'start a new life'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte engages in a discussion with the two rebel returnees from the New People's Army who were presented to the President at the Matina Enclaves in Davao City on January 20, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Manila court orders arrest of Tiamzons

Jan 17, 2018 - 3:40 PM

But the communist leaders' lawyers say the rearrest is a violation since peace talks were 'not terminated properly'

Tiamzon

Joma Sison 'willing' to hold talks with Duterte

Jan 15, 2018 - 12:10 AM

'In the interest of the Filipino people and for the sake and purpose of resuming the peace negotiations, I am willing to have serious conversations with President Duterte,' says the communist leader

WORD WAR. Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria 'Joma' Sison calls President Rodrigo Duterte the 'number one drug addict' in the Philippines.

The end of the affair? Duterte's romance with the Reds

Dec 27, 2017 - 11:54 AM

Who failed the talks? Both the government and the communist rebels claim betrayal.

President Rodrigo Duterte pose for a photo with members of the Government of the Philippines and National Democratic Front peace panels following their meeting in Malacañan’s State Dining Room on September 26. REY BANIQUET/PPD

DOJ on NDF, Duterte calls Manila ‘dead city,’ Roque on ICC | Midday wRap

Dec 08, 2017 - 1:02 PM

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DOJ cancels bail of Tiamzons, 7 other NDF consultants

Dec 07, 2017 - 9:10 PM

Justice Secretary Aguirre also signs a Department Order directing prosecutors to take the necessary steps pursuant to Duterte's proclamation

Tiamzon

Duterte on NDF, New War on Drugs guidelines, Trump on Jerusalem | Midday wRap

Dec 07, 2017 - 1:10 PM

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MILF's peace deal with PH gov't different from NDF's, says Iqbal

Nov 27, 2017 - 7:01 AM

'For us, what we’re asking is political settlement. We don’t care about the system of government. We don’t care who is running the government.'

TALKING PEACE. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte signs the Executive Order reconstituting the Bangsamoro Transition Commission in Malacanang on November 7, 2016. Also in the photo are Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Peace Panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal, Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza, MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, and GPH Peace Implementing Panel Chair Irene Santiago. Malacanang Photo

Duterte: 'If Joma Sison comes here, I will arrest him'

Nov 25, 2017 - 10:55 AM

'Better still, I will not allow him to enter his native land, and that is a very painful experience,' President Rodrigo Duterte says of CPP founder Jose Maria Sison

HOMECOMING. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte speaks during the San Beda Law Annual Alumni Homecoming at The Peninsula Manila in Makati City on November 24, 2017. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Duterte tells NDF consultants to surrender

Nov 24, 2017 - 6:03 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also says he decided to end talks with the Left because it seemed like they wanted nothing short of a coalition government

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the tribute program dubbed, ‘Ang Huling Tikas Pahinga: Isang Pagpupugay sa mga Bayani ng Marawi,’ held at the Bonifacio High Street in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig City on November 21, 2017, recalls how he risked his life just to visit the soldiers in Marawi City citing that it’s his duty as Commander-in-Chief to check the condition of the troops. Malacañan Photo

Aguirre orders DAP probe, Sison on Duterte, Abella at DFA | Midday wRap

Nov 24, 2017 - 12:56 PM

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‘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

Duterte formally ends peace talks with communists

Nov 23, 2017 - 11:23 PM

(UPDATED) President Duterte signs Proclamation 360, declaring the termination of talks with the National Democratic Front-Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army

'TERRORISTS.’ Before cancelling the peace talks with communist, President Rodrigo Duterte calls them terrorists. In this file photo, the Commander in Chief speaks at the celebration of the 24th Anniversary of Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) at Malacañang Palace. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com

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