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Duterte on NPA, Trump cancels meeting with Kim, Freeman accused of sexual harassment | Midday wRap

May 25, 2018 - 1:09 PM

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Duterte: PH ‘winning the war’ against communists

May 24, 2018 - 11:27 PM

'So the military is quite good in... we’re winning the war actually,' says the President, citing the arrest of an NPA leader

WINNING. File photo of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during an event at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City.  Malacañang Photo

In Con-Com draft charter, NPA attacks may be ground for martial law

May 23, 2018 - 1:19 PM

(UPDATED) 'Yes, because it will be classified as terrorism,' says Ferdinand Bocobo, the retired general who proposed the new provision on martial law declaration

NPA. Members of the New People's Army in Maco, Compostela Valley. File photo by Mick Basa

NPA leader rearrested in Bukidnon – military

May 13, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Elizalde Cañete is allegedly the successor of the late Leonicio Pitao, known as Commander Parago of the New People's Army

Army nabs 4 alleged communist rebels in Masbate

May 13, 2018 - 9:52 AM

Clashes erupt in Barangay Talisay in San Fernando town while the troops are on patrol for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections 2018

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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

Duterte, daughter Sara disagree on peace talks with communist rebels

Apr 29, 2018 - 7:15 PM

'Eh 'di kami muna ang mag-peace talks tapos si [CPP founder Jose Maria] Sison. Inday na 'yan,' quips President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio make their way inside the BFA International Convention Center in Boao, People’s Republic of China for the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2018 on April 10, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'My son is not an NPA,' says mother of teenager killed in Davao clash

Apr 25, 2018 - 5:49 PM

Eastmincom admits it erred in the spelling of the name of the boy, but insists he was indeed an NPA child soldier

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NPA child soldier among killed in Davao military encounter

Apr 23, 2018 - 4:57 PM

(UPDATED) The military says the 15-year-old young guerrilla fighter was wearing the black NPA uniform and holding a rifle when killed in the Davao del Sur clash

ENCOUNTER. The military yielded several NPA paraphernalia and weapons after an encounter on April 21, 2018 in Davao del Sur. Photo courtesy of the Eastern Mindanao Command. Photo by Mick Basa/ Rappler

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

4 alleged NPA rebels killed in clashes amid efforts to resume talks

Apr 10, 2018 - 3:47 PM

Five rebels were also captured after separate clashes with the military in two towns of Camarines Sur

CLASHES. The military reports fatal clashes with the New People's Army in Camarines Sur. File photo of NPA combatants

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

Duterte creates task force for reintegrating communist rebels

Apr 04, 2018 - 7:30 PM

An 'enhanced' reintegration package awaits communist rebels who surrender to the government and 'express their desire to abandon armed struggle'

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. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL 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

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Apr 04, 2018 - 12:10 PM

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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

Duterte again opening door for peace talks with Left

Apr 03, 2018 - 8:49 PM

Government will resume peace talks if communists agree to a mutual ceasefire, stop burning property, and stop calls for a revolutionary government, says the President

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the ceremonial distribution of the Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) to the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries at the Sultan Kudarat Sports and Cultural Center in the Municipality of Isulan, Sultan Kudarat on April 2, 2018, reiterates his commitment to implement genuine land reform as he recognizes the vital role of farmers in ensuring food security in the country. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Holy Week attacks stall P1.3-B road projects in Davao City

Apr 02, 2018 - 8:51 PM

Authorities suspect the New People's Army is behind the burning of 10 heavy equipment vehicles in different barangays

TORCHED. One of the heavy equipment trucks destroyed by suspected communist fighters during Holy Week in Davao City. Photo from the Davao City Police Office

Mabinay 6: Youth activists now ‘targets of government crackdown’

Mar 31, 2018 - 9:30 AM

It's been a month since the military arrested Myles Albasin and 5 other young people in Negros Oriental. They allegedly fired at the soldiers, but have tested negative for gunpowder.

MABINAY 6. The 6 youth activists were tagged as part of the New People's Army following an "encounter" with the military. Photo from Kush Felisilda/Aninaw Productions

Gov't to give shelter, livelihood to Abu Sayyaf surrenderers

Mar 27, 2018 - 6:21 PM

'There is now an issued presidential directive...to include the Abu Sayyaf, not only the NPA rebels, in the government’s assistance [program],' says Deputy Peace Adviser Nabil Tan

GOVERNMENT AID. President Rodrigo Duterte tells Abu SAyyaf surrenderers that the government will help them get back on their feet during the presentation of firearms they turned over to the military in Patikul, Sulu, on March 26, 2018. Presidential Photo

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

Davao City disqualifies NPA members, lawbreakers from accident fund

Mar 21, 2018 - 7:29 PM

Duterte-Carpio says the move will 'further strengthen the program’s processes and to ensure the efficient delivery of its services to qualified residents of Davao City'

LINGAP INELEGIBILITY. Davao City photo by Abraham Magnawa from Shutterstock

Mining firms supplying communists with bombs to lose license – Duterte

Mar 20, 2018 - 4:35 PM

President Duterte also orders that personnel of the military or police found violating rules on explosives 'face automatic expulsion'

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

UN Environment hits 'terrorist' tag on Filipino IP advocates

Mar 18, 2018 - 11:20 AM

'These charges must be dropped immediately,' says United Nations Environment head Erik Solheim

TERRORIST TAG. The UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli Corpuz, is included in the Philippine government's list of terrorists, along with CPP members. File photo by Orlando Sierra/AFP

NAPC's Liza Maza to DOJ: CPP-NPA not terrorists

Mar 14, 2018 - 8:03 PM

NAPC's Liza Maza urges the DOJ to withdraw the petition tagging CPP-NPA as a terrorist organization, which formally ended Duterte's romance with the Left

WITHDRAW. NAPC Lead Convenor Liza Maza urges the DOJ to withdraw their petition tagging CPP-NPA as terrorists. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

PH 'terror' list a 'gov't hit list' – Human Rights Watch

Mar 09, 2018 - 12:19 PM

'We are shocked that the special rapporteur is being targeted because of her work defending the rights of indigenous peoples,' UN rights experts say of the inclusion of UN special rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz in the list

PH seeks terrorist tag for Joma Sison, 648 others

Mar 09, 2018 - 11:07 AM

The list also includes alleged Communist Party of the Philippines chairman Benito Tiamzon, UN Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, ex-Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo, and hundreds of John Does

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

Duterte asks AFP to reinvent detachments

Mar 01, 2018 - 8:01 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says soldiers should not be easy targets for communist rebels or terrorists

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the opening ceremony of the National Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Challenge at the Team Davao Inc. Pistol and Rifle Range in Ma-a, Davao City on March 1, 2018, expresses his admiration for the SWAT's role in dealing with criminality, illegal drugs and terrorism. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Feb 27, 2018 - 12:23 PM

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Duterte defends 'shoot in the vagina' remark

Feb 26, 2018 - 8:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says this 'sarcasm' is directed at female rebels who bear children while still with the New People's Army

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at the inauguration of the Armscor Shooting Range Davao Branch in Davao City on February 26, 2018. Malacañang photo

Dela Rosa: Killers of PNP's Arthur Masungsong turn out to be NPA members

Feb 26, 2018 - 9:21 AM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says this is the first time he has heard communist guerrillas engaging in kidnaps-for-ransom

KILLED. Superintendent Arthur Masungsong was killed in a kidnap rescue operation against apparent NPA members. PNP photo

DOJ formally seeks court declaration of CPP-NPA as terrorists

Feb 21, 2018 - 1:47 PM

The DOJ says the CPP-NPA was 'merely buying time' when it entered in peace talks with the government

NPA GUERILLA - NPA guerillas inside their camp in Km. 15 barangay San isidro, Marihatag, Surigao del Sur. Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

PH 'committed to peace,' Duterte tells Norway envoy

Feb 16, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Norwegian special envoy Idun Tvedt stresses Norway's commitment 'to assist the Philippines in its peace process' with communist rebels

COMMITTED TO PEACE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte welcomes Norwegian Special Envoy to the Peace Process Between the Government of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines Idun Tvedt as the latter paid a courtesy call on the President at the Presidential Guest House in Davao City on February 15, 2018. Photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

NPA congratulates fighters for killing Lumad father, son

Feb 14, 2018 - 9:11 PM

The New People's Army-Southern Mindanao Operations Command claims that Datu Banandjao Mampaundag engaged in 'land grabbing, theft and extortion, grave abuse, and a host of other human rights abuses'

Another Lumad leader 'shot to death' in Surigao del Norte

Feb 10, 2018 - 8:34 AM

Dakula Guillermo Tiambong, who had met with President Rodrigo Duterte in a Lumad summit, was killed by suspected members of the NPA, says the military

Bulk of 1,000 Red surrenderees NPA supporters, not fighters

Feb 09, 2018 - 4:14 PM

(UPDATED) They are mostly members of the 'politicial structures' of the communist movement, the people who supposedly serve as militiamen or the local population who supplement the strength of the NPA

Ata leaders warn NPA of tribal war

Feb 08, 2018 - 9:05 PM

Datu Roel Arthur Ali, chairman of the Supreme Tribal Council for Peace and Development (STCPD), says Lumad leaders are clamoring for a pangayaw – a local term for tribal war, after the death of Datu Banandjao Mampaundag and his son

DATU ROEL ALI. President Rodrigo Duterte greets Supreme Tribal Council for Peace and Development Chair Datu Roel Ali and Mindanao IP Council for Peace and Development Chair Datu Joel Unad at the Indigenous Peoples Leaders' Summit in Davao City. Malacañang file photo

At least 130 NPA supporters surrender to military

Feb 07, 2018 - 6:23 PM

'Among the individuals who surrendered were 2 regular CPP-NPA members, 35 Militia ng Bayan members, and 93 CPP-NPA mass base supporters or members of the Underground Mass Organizations,' Captain Norman Tagros says

PLEDGING ALLEGIANCE. Former NPA rebels, Militia ng Bayan members, and their Mass-based supporters pledge allegiance to the Republic of the Philippines after they surrendered on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 in Sumilao, Bukidnon. Photo from the army's 403rd Infantry Battalion

HRW calls for end to 'government abuses' in indigenous communities

Feb 07, 2018 - 3:35 PM

'Government plans to improve the lives of the Lumad are unlikely to succeed so long as indigenous communities live in fear of violence, exploitation, and abuse,' says Human Rights Watch's Carlos Conde

JUSTICE SOUGHT. Indigenous people and religious leaders join a rally to call for justice for the murdered Lumad leaders in Mindanao. File photo by Vincent Go/Rappler

Hundreds of ex-rebels in Mindanao flown to Manila

Feb 06, 2018 - 8:18 PM

On board a Philippine C-130, some 217 ex-members of the New People’s Army depart Davao City for Manila, where they will be toured around Intramuros, Malacañang, and other historic spots in the Northern Philippines

AWAKEN NATIONALISM. The military says these former NPA fighters will take an educational tour in the capital of Manila, to show them that Communism no longer holds relevance in post-revolution Philippines. Photo courtesy of the Eastern Mindanao Command

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Feb 05, 2018 - 12:31 PM

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COA junks claim of contractor seeking compensation for burned equipment

Feb 04, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Construction firm CBBI wants the DPWH to pay for equipment allegedly burned by communist rebels, but COA says these equipment should've been insured

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

Alleged NPA finance officer arrested in Butuan

Feb 03, 2018 - 8:12 AM

Leonida Guao, an alleged finance officer of the New People's Army, is arrested at Barangay Bading over a murder case

ARREST. Authorities arrest Leonida Gao at her house in Butuan City on February 2, 2018. Gao is believed to be a finance officer of the New People's Army in Mindanao. Photo courtesy of the 402nd Infantry Brigade

Duterte tells Lumad leaders to prepare for relocation

Feb 01, 2018 - 9:38 PM

The Lumad will be relocated to temporary shelters that will be modeled after those units the government built in Lanao del Sur for the evacuees from the war-torn Marawi City, the President says

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