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Alleged communist leaders arrested in Butuan City

Oct 13, 2019 - 8:55 PM

But the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines says Melissa Comiso and Nore Torregosa are Lumad teachers and not New People's Army leaders

AFP: 'NPA leader arrested' in Laguna

Sep 18, 2019 - 9:40 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The military says the arrest of Antonia Setias Dizon is a 'major blow' to the communist party, but a labor rights group calls it 'illegal' and a form of 'political harassment'

REBEL LEADER. Antonia Setias Dizon is arrested in Laguna on September 17, 2019. The military says her arrest is a 'major blow' to the communist New People's Army. Photo from the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Bato dela Rosa to CHR: Ask NPAs to release minors since 'mas close kayo'

Sep 09, 2019 - 5:11 PM

Senator Bato dela Rosa says the Commission on Human Rights will be offering 'something new' by helping end the alleged recruitment by the NPA of minors

Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa asks questions to the resource person at the hearing of the SOGIE bill on August 20, 2019. Photo by Angie De Silva

Duterte warns communist rebels of 'trouble' in coming months

Aug 27, 2019 - 11:13 PM

'I'm serving [a] notice to everyone that in the coming months – not really bloody – but there will be a little trouble. We have to finish it. This will make us a magnet to criticisms,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

NPA. 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

EU to Philippines: No funds given to NGOs with communist links

Aug 27, 2019 - 5:43 PM

'From the outset, it should be very clear to everybody that we would never do that,' says Ambassador Franz Jessen, head of the European Union Delegation to the Philippines

PHILIPPINES-EU RELATIONS. President Rodrigo Duterte greets European Union Delegation to the Philippines Ambassador Franz Jessen on the sidelines of the 9th anniversary of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) on February 19, 2019. Photo by Abert Alcain/Presidential Photo

Negros Oriental bloodshed: State-sponsored or insurgency-related?

Aug 27, 2019 - 11:58 AM

The 4 Catholic bishops in Negros Island have ordered all parishes to toll the church bells at 8 every evening, until the killings stop

MISLEADING: Photos of 'UP students killed' after joining NPA

Aug 26, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Benjaline Hernandez and Melissa Roxas, both civilians, are neither UP students nor New People's Army members. Roxas is also still alive.

'What militarization?' AFP defends planned presence in schools

Aug 24, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The military says soldiers would be 'engaging' students during information campaigns and lectures, not curtailing their academic freedom

WHAT MILITARIZATION? AFP Spokeperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo at a press conference on security issues at Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Tearful closure for families of 3 men abducted by NPA in 2017

Aug 23, 2019 - 12:22 PM

(UPDATED) The military tracks down the graves of 3 men – a soldier, a retired cop, and a tribal chieftain – kidnapped by communist rebels in Bukidnon in 2017

Scene of Crime Operatives processed the remains of Police Officer 1 Joel Rey Galendez who was executed by the New People's Army in Barangay Digungan, Kitaotao, Bukidnon in August 2017. Galendez along with Philippine Army Technical sergeant Reynante España and tribal leader Datu Silang Dionesio Habana was abducted on August 22, 2017 and killed days later. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

2 CAFGU members killed in NPA encounter in Abra

Aug 15, 2019 - 3:42 PM

Communist rebels attack a Cafgu detachment in Sallapadan town in Abra at dawn

CAFGU. Dandy Wacguisan. Photo from Dandy Wacguisan's Facebook page

Only 3 cases filed so far vs suspects in Negros Oriental shootings

Aug 05, 2019 - 10:35 PM

Murder charges have been filed in 3 of 11 cases currently being handled by Central Visayas' police office

BULLET HOLES. Car of lawyer Anthony Trinidad is riddled with bullet holes after they were attacked in Guihulngan City on July 23. Photo Courtesy of the Negros Oriental Police Office

LOOK: Government brings former NPA rebels to Hong Kong for sightseeing, shopping

Aug 05, 2019 - 1:49 PM

The trip follows statements from President Rodrigo Duterte that he would reward communist guerrillas who surrender to the government

The government took 89 former NPA rebels on an all-expense-paid trip to Hong Kong from July 30 to August 2, 2019, to give them a "better and another perspective in life." Photo from AFP Eastern Mindanao Command.

Army overruns NPA camp in Cagayan de Oro City

Aug 04, 2019 - 5:25 PM

The NPA camp in Barangay Pigsag-an is the first known rebel camp in the city in recent history

Monitoring Negros: What rulings say about NPA and martial law

Aug 02, 2019 - 6:11 PM

Justice Benjamin Caguioa once warned that if the NPA conflict is upheld as basis to declare martial law, the Philippines may be trapped in a perpetual state of miitary rule

Former rebel turned soldier killed by NPA

Jul 28, 2019 - 1:36 PM

Army Corporal Fermin Lindahay, a Higaonon who was formerly an NPA rebel between 2004 to 2006, is killed in action

FERMIN LINDAHAY. Army Corporal Fermin Lindahay. Photo provided by the army's 403rd Infantry Brigade, Civil Military Operations Command office

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

4 Negros Oriental cops were set up for ambush, says regional police chief

Jul 19, 2019 - 7:06 PM

(UPDATED) Central Visayas police chief Brigadier General Debold Sinas says the victims, who were intelligence officers, were set up by a contact with links to the New People's Army

SITE INVESTIGATION. Regional police probers check the ambush site at Barangay Mabato in Ayungon town, Negros Oriental, on July 19, 2019. Contributed Photo

2 soldiers killed in North Cotabato clash with NPA

Jul 18, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Police say the soldiers were conducting a community support program in Arakan town when they were attacked by communist rebels

PNP to probe bets with campaign materials in NPA-held areas

May 02, 2019 - 1:35 PM

Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya says any investigation would continue 'even after the elections'

PROBE OVER FLIERS. The PNP will investigate politicians whose campaign materials will be seen in rebel-controlled areas, according to the DILG.

At least 6 soldiers killed, 6 wounded in clash with NPA in Samar

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:29 AM

(4th UPDATE) Troops from the 46th Infantry Battalion clash with communist rebels in Calbiga town in Samar

Cop dies in NPA encounter in Mountain Province

Apr 02, 2019 - 9:42 PM

Police Corporal Marlon Casil is killed in the Tadian encounter

PCpl Marlon Casil. Photo by Harley Palangchao

Mountain Province cop killed in encounter with NPA

Mar 29, 2019 - 6:34 PM

The encounter occurs as Philippine National Police chief Director Oscar Albayalde is in nearby Camp Dangwa in La Trinidad, Benguet, for a command conference

ENCOUNTER. Patrolman Wilfredo Padawil dies while being treated at the Luis Hora Memorial Hospital in Bauko, Mt. Province. Photo by Jonathan Tambol

NPA rebels raid police station in Northern Samar

Mar 28, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Police say 3 rebels were killed and 3 others were captured following the pre-dawn raid on the Victoria municipal police station

RAID. Members of the New People's Army stormed the Victoria Municipal Police Station in Northern Samar on March 28, 2019, leaving bullet holes on the walls and rubble. Photo courtesy of the 803rd Brigade, Philippine Army

No end in sight as Philippines communist revolt marks 50th year

Mar 27, 2019 - 6:18 PM

After decades of failed peace efforts there is no end to the killing in sight as the New People's Army's campaign marks its 50th year

NEW PEOPLE'S ARMY. In this file photo taken on July 30, 2017, guerrillas of the New People's Army (NPA) stand in formation in the Sierra Madre mountain range, located east of Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

[OPINION] Will local peace talks succeed?

Mar 26, 2019 - 9:01 AM

Some lessons to learn from the Colombian peace model

Rural Missionaries of the PH denies being a communist front

Mar 14, 2019 - 5:55 PM

RMP national coordinator Sister Elenita Belardo denies the accusation of Brigadier General Antonio Parlade Jr that her group funds terrorist activities

PH asks EU, Belgium to stop funding alleged CPP-NPA 'fronts'

Mar 13, 2019 - 2:36 PM

Philippine officials want EU and Belgium to stop funding the Rural Missionaries of the Philppines, Ibon Foundation, Karapatan, and other groups saying the funds are only prolonging the communist insurgency

Suspected rebels burn heavy equipment in Cagayan

Mar 01, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Police reports say the suspects were wearing camouflage uniforms when they raided the bunkhouses of the Camia Construction Company

BURNED. Suspected rebels burn heavy equipment of a road construction in Alcala town, Cagayan. Photo courtesy of PNP

NPA frees 6 militiamen in Agusan del Sur

Feb 15, 2019 - 3:56 PM

Those released are members of the Citizen Armed Auxiliary who were taken as captives after the rebel attacked a military detachment in December

9 soldiers wounded as Army seizes NPA camp in Samar

Jan 19, 2019 - 11:49 PM

Brigadier General Ramil Bitong says the New People's Army rebels hastily escaped, leaving behind their valuables and subversive documents

OVERRUN. The 803rd Brigade of the Philippine Army overruns a camp of the New People's Army in Samar. Photo courtesy of 803rd Brigade, Philippine Army

Don't pay 'permit to campaign' fees to NPA, warns DILG

Jan 13, 2019 - 9:15 PM

The Department of the Interior and Local Government says candidates and local officials found paying fees to gain access to rebel strongholds will face sanctions

ARMED STRUGGLE. Fighters of the NPA's Melito Glor Command march from their bases to celebrate the Party's founding on December 27, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

On Sionil Jose’s theoretically correct but historically wrong take on the revolution

Jan 04, 2019 - 10:47 AM

As the social divide continues, the armed communist revolution will simply endure

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

11 soldiers wounded in Compostela Valley clash with NPA

Dec 26, 2018 - 9:45 PM

(UPDATED) The soldiers encounter the rebels from the New People's Army while surveying Mount Diwata in Compostela Valley

The generals' coup in 2018: Duterte breaks up with Reds

Dec 26, 2018 - 11:45 AM

The military elbows the communists out of government, and turns the President who once called himself leftist into becoming the rebels' worst enemy

AFP clashes with NPA in Davao on Christmas Day

Dec 26, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The military did not declare a ceasefire and the New People's Army was ordered to escalate attacks after martial law was extended in Mindanao

CHRISTMAS CLASH. The Armed Forces of the Philippines faces the New People's Army in an armed encounter on Christmas Day. Rappler file photo

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Dec 25, 2018 - 7:51 PM

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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

4 soldiers, two civilians wounded in NPA attack in Catarman

Dec 19, 2018 - 7:37 PM

Members of the 43rd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army are waylaid while bringing food to their fellow soldiers

WOUNDED. A civilian wounded in the attack in Catarman, Northern Samar. Photo courtesy of DPAO, 8ID PA

Duterte says he'll 'hamlet' Lumad to keep them from NPA

Dec 19, 2018 - 11:21 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte plans to keep indigenous peoples in 'hamlets' to be guarded by military and police

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte convenes the leaders from various indigenous peoples tribes of Mindanao during a meeting at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang Park, Manila on November 8, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

HOAX: CHR chair says 'rights of NPA rebels should not be violated'

Dec 10, 2018 - 2:23 PM

'The quote is a work of fiction,' says Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon

HOAX: Senator Tito Sotto 'tagged' as financier of NPA rebels

Dec 07, 2018 - 5:00 PM

There is no mention of Senate President Sotto in the embedded video

Guns not only answer vs NPA, says next military chief Madrigal

Dec 06, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Incoming Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Benjamin Madrigal Jr says he will push for a 'people-centered strategy' in battling the communist New People's Army

LOCAL APPROACH. Incoming AFP chief Lieutenant General Benjamin Madrigal Jr wants all agencies onboard in stopping communist insurgency across the Philippines. AFP Eastmincom photo

1 soldier killed, another wounded in NPA ambush in Northern Samar

Nov 29, 2018 - 11:04 PM

NPA rebels attack two soldiers buying food in a market

AMBUSHED. Photo courtesy of DPAO, 8ID Photo courtesy of DPAO, 8ID

Military says mandatory ROTC to stop NPA recruitment in schools

Nov 29, 2018 - 6:55 PM

'Mas mabibigyan natin ng kamalayan, ng kamulatan ang ating kababayan, lalong-lalo na ang ating kabataan,' says Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesman Edgard Arevalo

REBELS WANTED. New Peoples Army guerrillas march in Davao City to celebrate the 48th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines in December 2016. Photo by Edwin Espejo

Panelo on 'Duterte death squads': Civilians should be happy

Nov 29, 2018 - 1:05 PM

'Kung ako 'yung civilian, matutuwa ako,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, despite human rights defenders pointing out that the government cannot maintain hit squads

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte declares in his speech during the inauguration of the People's Television (PTV) Cordillera Hub in Baguio City on March 11, 2017, that the government-funded TV station can be used by anybody as medium to voice out their concerns. Also in the photo is Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo. TOTO LOZANO/Presidential Photo

Duterte’s NPA death squad will target the poor – opposition

Nov 28, 2018 - 9:04 PM

Human rights lawyer and senatorial candidate Chel Diokno says the only lasting solution he sees is the resumption of peace talks between the government and the Left

OPPOSITION COALITION CANDIDATES. Former Quezon congressman Erin Tañada is running for senator in the May 2019 elections under the Oposisyon Koalisyon ticket. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Army division commanders to run 'Anti-Sparrow Unit' – Lorenzana

Nov 28, 2018 - 7:15 PM

The defense chief says the President's order will be carried out 'as soon as possible'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to troopers during his visit at Camp Rajah Sikatuna in Carmen, Bohol on November 27, 2018. Also in the photo are Presidential Adviser for Military Affairs Arthur Tabaquero, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Chairperson Eduardo del Rosario and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'Death squad' vs NPA will 'worsen' existing human rights calamity

Nov 28, 2018 - 6:03 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's statement that he will form sparrow units is a 'declaration of open season against rebels, leftists, civilians, and critics of the government,' according to Human Rights Watch

WORSE. Human rights groups warn that the President Rodrigo Duterte's plan to create squads similar to sparrow units will worsen the human rights situation in the Philippines. Photo from Malacañang

Leftist congressmen: Duterte inciting civilians to kill

Nov 28, 2018 - 5:01 PM

Makabayan lawmakers say President Duterte's planned 'death squad' against communist rebels proves there are state-sanctioned vigilante killings under his administration

MURDER. Makabayan lawmakers Ariel Casilao, Carlos Zarate, and Antonio Tinio condemn the President's proposed death squad against communists. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler