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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

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

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

'Police bungled this': Detained NDF members ordered released

Aug 03, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Quezon City prosecutors order further investigation into the charges, but indicate in their resolutions the lack of evidence to back police claims

ARRESTED ACTIVISTS. NCRPO chief Guillermo Eleazar and QCPD director Joselito Esquivel briefs the media on July 24, 2019, on the arrest of National Democratic Front members Alexander and Winona Birondo. 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

Cops arrest, detain NDF members even without valid warrants

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:38 PM

Alexander and Winona Birondo face charges of obstruction of justice and illegal possession of firearms and explosives, which their lawyers have dismissed as 'ridiculous and harebrained'

ARRESTED. NCRPO Chief Police Major General Guillermo Eleazar and Quezon City Police Chief Police Brg. Gen. Joselito Esquivel shows on the TV monitor the alleged members of leftist group who was arrested over obstruction of justice and illegal possession of firearms and explosives. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOJ indicts NDF consultant Gamara for illegal possession of firearms, explosives

Mar 28, 2019 - 4:09 PM

Renante Gamara and retired priest Arturo Joseph Balagat are cleared of violating the election rule that bans bringing guns outside the home

NDF CONSULTANT. Renante Gamara is arrested inside a 'safehouse' in Imus, Cavite. Photo from Karapatan

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

NDF consultant Randy Malayao laid to rest

Feb 07, 2019 - 7:26 PM

People wear white during the funeral not just to call for justice but also to hail Malayao's revolutionary life

CALL FOR JUSTICE. Groups gather on Thursday, February 7, as slain activist Randy Malayao is laid to rest. Photo courtesy of Raul Ting

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

Murdered activist Randy Malayao yearned for lasting peace

Feb 02, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Randy Malayao wanted just and lasting peace. 'Basta ‘yun ‘yong kailangan kasi ng bayan natin. ‘Yung panahon ko, lilipas yan,' he said.

Photo from Randy Malayao Facebook

Malacañang condemns murder of NDF consultant, QC barangay captain

Jan 31, 2019 - 1:08 PM

'There can be no act of violence against anyone regardless of whether [or not] they agree with government,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

Members of different human rights organizations hold an indignation rally at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City on January 30, 2019 calling for justice in the killing of NDF peace consultant Randy Malayao who was gunned down aboard a bus while on his way home to Isabela Province. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

NDF: Killing of Randy Malayao means more attacks against peace consultants

Jan 30, 2019 - 11:14 PM

The National Democratic Front condemns the killing of its publicly known consultant

KILLED. NDF Consultant Randy Malayao was killed while asleep in a bus. Photo from Randy Malayao Facebook

PNP forms task group to probe killing of NDF consultant

Jan 30, 2019 - 8:09 PM

The Cagayan Valley provincial police chief says they still have no suspect in the killing of Randy Malayao

KILLED. Randy Maglayao was asleep in a bus in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya, when he was shot and killed.  From Randy Maglayo Facebook account

CHR: NDF consultant's death comes amid threats vs activists, rights defenders

Jan 30, 2019 - 4:47 PM

Karapatan says NDF consultant Randy Malayao and other victims of past killings are 'no doubt targeted because of their advocacies on people’s rights and for just and lasting peace'

From his FB page

NDF consultant shot dead inside bus in Nueva Vizcaya

Jan 30, 2019 - 9:43 AM

(UPDATED) The gunman boards the passenger bus and shoots Randy Malayao twice

NDF CONSULTANT. Randy Malayao, a consultant for the National Democratic Front, is shot dead inside a passenger bus on January 30, 2019. Photo from Randy Malayao's Facebook page

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

NDF consultant Rafael Baylosis cleared of firearms possession charges

Jan 15, 2019 - 2:09 PM

The peace talks consultant will file countercharges against all police and military men involved in his illegal arrest

CHARGES DISMISSED. Rafael Baylosis was arrested on January 31, 2018 – the first communist leader to be rearrested when President Rodrigo Duterte canceled the peace talks at the time. Rappler file photo

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

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

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

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

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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

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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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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