New Peoples Army

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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Feb 27, 2018 - 8:20 AM

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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

NPA fighter-turned-militiaman beheaded in Surigao del Sur – military

Jan 31, 2018 - 2:27 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Mar Acevedo Bocales, as member of the New People's Army, surrendered to authorities in December 2016, then joined the Cafgu

Duterte to probe mining, banana firms: Paying NPA taxes is money laundering

Jan 27, 2018 - 10:11 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte threatens to close down companies that have continued paying revolutionary taxes to communist guerillas even after his warning

PEACE? Banana exports have previously asked the government to continue peace negotiations with the communists to protect businesses from extortionist activities. File photo of a plantation in Tagum, Davao del Norte, by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Duterte accuses 'socialist' Americans of funding Communists in PH

Jan 22, 2018 - 8:13 PM

Preisdent Rodrigo Duterte makes this claim on Monday, January 22, in a speech in Mawab, Compostela Valley province

NPA. Members of the New People’s Army in Maco, Compostela Valley. September 15, 2017. File photo by Mick Basa

3 NPA fighters, 1 soldier killed in Cotabato town clash

Jan 22, 2018 - 3:52 PM

(UPDATED) Makilala Mayor Rody Caoagdan says his office has sent a team to rescue people who may have been injured as they were caught in the crossfire

Duterte warns cops: NPA ‘sparrow units’ are back

Jan 15, 2018 - 10:15 PM

The last time President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned the communist urban hit squads in his speech, he cited them as reason for the creation of the now notorious Davao Death Squad

THREAT? President Rodrigo Duterte says on January 15, 2018, the urban hit squads of the New People's Army are out to attack state forces. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

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.

AFP vows to reduce by half NPA's 3,700 fighters

Jan 09, 2018 - 8:04 PM

Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Rey Guerrero makes the commitment during the military and defense department's annual New Year Call

2018 GOALS. Armed Forces chief General Rey Guerrero meets with ground commanders in a command conference on January 9, 2017. Rappler photo

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Dec 29, 2017 - 7:22 PM

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Finding no schools in NPA camps, 3 Lumad rebels surrender

Dec 29, 2017 - 2:14 PM

The former NPA rebels say their leader promised to provide them with licensed teachers, but this did not come true

THE CAUSE. New People's Army fighters in Mindanao. File photo by Karlos Manlupig

CPP 50th anniversary goal: ‘Overthrow Duterte regime'

Dec 29, 2017 - 1:45 PM

The CPP says Filipinos are suffering under the Duterte administration's 'fascist tyranny, all-out economic liberalization, and bureaucratic corruption'

FIVE DECADES. File photo of New People's Army guerrillas marching in Davao City to celebrate the 48th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26, 2016.

Peace talks with Reds in 2018? 'Malabo,' says Palace

Dec 28, 2017 - 2:31 PM

'Dahil nga po sa katraydoran nila, baka malabo na po iyan,' says the Palace spokesperson


Clashes erupt in Davao Oriental despite holiday ceasefire

Dec 27, 2017 - 12:22 PM

The military accuses the communist New People's Army of violating its own ceasefire

COMMUNIST INSURGENCY. File photo of NPA guerillas inside their camp in Marihatag, Surigao del Sur. Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

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

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Dec 26, 2017 - 7:12 PM

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PH military on 'full alert' on CPP's 49th anniversary

Dec 26, 2017 - 12:26 PM

The Philippine military says it 'is on full alert and vigilant for possible CPP-NPA attacks on our people and vulnerable communities'

WELCOME HOME. Troops of the 1st Infantry Battalion are given a hero's welcome. Photos courtesy of the Philippine Army 2nd Infantry Division

Legarda seeks justice for 8 Lumad killed in South Cotabato

Dec 23, 2017 - 8:15 PM

Senator Loren Legarda calls for an investigation into Lumad deaths in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, allegedly at the hands of the military

CHAMPION OF IPS. Senator Loren Legarda wants justice for lumads. File photo

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Dec 22, 2017 - 7:51 PM

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Duterte leads oath of allegiance for 668 ex-communist rebels

Dec 22, 2017 - 11:05 AM

The oath is one of the final steps toward claiming financial help from the government in their return to 'mainstream society'

RETURN. Duterte recited the Oath of Allegiance before former communist rebels in Davao City. Malacanang photo

Reds declare holiday ceasefire too

Dec 22, 2017 - 10:37 AM

(UPDATED) The Communist Party of the Philippines matches the dates of the broken ceasefire declared by the government, but the hours differ a little

COMMUNIST INSURGENCY. File photo of NPA guerillas inside their camp in Marihatag, Surigao del Sur. Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Suspected NPA members murder Lumad leader in Davao del Norte

Dec 20, 2017 - 7:15 PM

Datu Benandao Maugan, 59, has reportedly refused the communist fighters' demands over the years in his sitio in Kapalong, Davao del Norte

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Dec 20, 2017 - 2:26 PM

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Dec 19, 2017 - 1:23 PM

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Duterte likens NPA to ISIS: 'No ideology except to destroy and kill'

Dec 19, 2017 - 6:50 AM

Only two weeks have passed since the President declared the NPA as a terrorist group, and only almost a month since he halted peace talks with communists.

'ALMOST SAME'. President Duterte says the communists have an 'empty' ideology. Rappler file photo

Duterte threatens communist rebels who 'molest women'

Dec 17, 2017 - 9:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he received reports that some New People's Army members have been committing sexual abuse

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 7th Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Davao Year-End Gathering at the Azuela Cove in Lanang, Davao City on December 17, 2017, gestures as he reiterates his vow to stop graft and corruption as well as to eradicate the scourge of illegal drugs in the country. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH gov't stands by decision not to declare holiday ceasefire with NPA

Dec 17, 2017 - 6:20 PM

'Declaring a SOMO now is not to the nation's best interest as it would only expose our defenders to enemy attacks and embolden them to commit more atrocities,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

COMMUNIST INSURGENCY. File photo from the CPP's 48th anniversary celebration in December 2016. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

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