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Duterte scraps talks with communists

Feb 04, 2017 - 11:53 PM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte says he sees no reason for the talks to resume during his term unless there is a compelling reason to do so

TALKS COLLAPSE. President Rodrigo Duterte scraps talks with communist rebels a day after he lifted government ceasefire with the New People's Army. Photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

Duterte awaits meeting with Joma Sison

Jan 16, 2017 - 1:24 PM

The meeting between President Rodrigo Duterte and CPP founder Jose Maria Sison will largely hinge on the success of the 3rd round of talks that begin this week

NDF TALKS. CPP founder Jose Maria Sison and chief presidential peace adviser Jesus Dureza

Gov't panel meets Duterte before critical 3rd round of NDF talks

Jan 14, 2017 - 9:00 PM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte orders government negotiators to fast track the talks

READY FOR TALK. The government panel aims to sign the bilateral ceasefire deal during the 3rd round of talks in Rome. Photo by Edwin Espejo/OPAPP

Rappler Talk: Gov't ready for 3rd round of talks with Reds

Jan 13, 2017 - 12:36 PM

Government chief negotiator Silvestre Bello III dismisses fears that the 5 month old ceasefire between the military and the NPA will collapse

Ceasefire with Reds in danger

Jan 11, 2017 - 3:11 PM

UPDATED The 3rd round of talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front to be held in Rome from January 18 to 25 will be critical

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

NPA ceasefire will hold over the holidays – Joma Sison

Dec 20, 2016 - 9:02 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison have a productive phone conversation Monday night December 19

Photo by Edwin Espejo/OPAPP

PH, NDF closer to signing crucial joint ceasefire deal

Dec 12, 2016 - 11:39 AM

The National Democratic Front says they are amenable to signing the long delayed joint ceasefire deal but it will only be effective upon the releases of political prisoners

SAVING THE CEASEFIRE. A joint ceasefire deal is crucial in making sure that the ongoing ceasefire between the military and the New People's Army is not broken. Photo courtesy of OPAPP

Duterte to NPA: Don't attack energy, communication facilities

Dec 09, 2016 - 6:24 PM

Ang style kasi ng NPA pag hindi niyo naibigay sunugin Hoy Makinig kayo ha Huwag ninyong pakialaman ‘yung sa tao says the President

MESSAGE TO REBELS. President Duterte wants NPA rebels not to damage energy and communication facilities if companies refuse to pay revolutionary tax. Photo from PPD

Duterte won’t release political prisoners: ‘They’re my ace’

Dec 08, 2016 - 6:56 PM

I have conceded to the communists too much too soon As yet I have yet to see a substantive progress in the talks says President Rodrigo Duterte

TALKING PEACE. President Duterte talks to National Democratic Front leaders. Photo from Presidential Photographers Division

Duterte sets condition for freeing 130 political prisoners

Dec 05, 2016 - 9:30 PM

Now they’re asking for the release of 120 to 130 political prisoners Sabi ko I cannot I cannot give you that President Rodrigo Duterte says

DUTERTE AND THE LEFT. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with National Democratic Front (NDF) Peace Panel Members Fidel Agcaoili, Chit Agcaoili, Benito Tiamzon, and Wilma Tiamzon over dinner at Bondi and Bourke Restaurant at Legaspi Suites, Davao City on December 2,2016. Photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

CPP: Release all political prisoners or we resume war

Dec 02, 2016 - 6:23 PM

The rebels scoff at the Duterte administration s planned release of 40 50 political prisoners saying the commitment was to free all 432

Will Marcos burial protests affect talks with NDF?

Nov 26, 2016 - 5:36 PM

The chief government negotiator in talks with communist rebels says the burial would have minimal impact on the peace process with communist guerrillas

PEACE TALKS. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III (right) believes the hero's burial for dictator Ferdinand Marcos won't hamper peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front. File photo courtesy of OPAPP

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Nov 22, 2016 - 9:33 PM

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Marcos burial won't affect peace talks with Left – Bello

Nov 22, 2016 - 3:30 PM

The issue of burying the strongman is of little significance to the purpose of peace talks and that is to achieve just and lasting peace for our country says government chief negotiator Silvestre Bello III

TALKING FOR PEACE. Government panel chair Silvestre Bello addresses negotiators during the second round of formal peace talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front in Oslo on October 6, 2016. Photo courtesy of OPAPP

Joint ceasefire deal urgent as PH military, NPA report complaints

Nov 12, 2016 - 8:20 AM

The National Democratic Front floats a scenario where peace talks continue without a ceasefire

CEASEFIRE IN DANGER? File photo shows NDF negotiators signing a joint statement with government negotiators after the 2nd round of talks in Oslo, Norway on October 9, 2016. Photo courtesy of OPAPP

Carol Araullo's rebuttal on issues surrounding Oslo talks

Nov 01, 2016 - 8:03 PM

I wish to put on record why I write about the peace talks and what guidelines I follow to keep my commentaries fair that these do not run counter to the written agreements and are contributory to the goal of reaching a just and lasting peace

INITIALED. Government and NDF negotiators shake hands after completing the first round of talks since an impasse in 2011. Photo from OPAPP

PH gov't, NDF fail to meet deadline for joint ceasefire deal

Oct 27, 2016 - 3:35 PM

The draft will instead be ready for signing end of November or first week of December according to government negotiator Hernani Braganza

ONE MONTH EXTENSION. The Philipine government and the National Democratic Front signed on October 9, 2016 a joint statement agreeing on the framework of the peace agreement. Photo courtesy of OPAPP

Contrapunto: Regarding Carol Araullo's take on the Oslo talks

Oct 19, 2016 - 9:25 AM

For sure there will be contentious and disagreeable points in the course of the peace negotiations But shouldn t these be raised by the members of the negotiating panels themselves?

PH starts process of freeing 434 'political prisoners'

Oct 09, 2016 - 2:34 PM

The National Democratic Front has been pressing for the release of all political prisoners as a necessary incentive for the communist rebels to agree to a bilateral ceasefire agreement

Photo by Edwin Espejo/OPAPP

NDF presses general amnesty grant to 432 political prisoners

Oct 07, 2016 - 2:36 PM

Government statements that the general amnesty will depend on the progress of the talks are tantamount to holding political prisoners hostage to secure advantage across the negotiating table say communist rebels

NEW NDF PANEL CHIEF. Fidel Agcaoili (left) replaces longtime NDF panel chief Luis Jalandoni. Photo by Edwin Espejo/OPAPP

Reds say Duterte 'doing well' in 1st 100 days

Oct 07, 2016 - 9:46 AM

What do President Duterte and the communist rebels have in common?

'DOING WELL'. Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison (right) praises President Rodrigo Duterte's performance on his first 100 days in office. Photo by Edwin Espejo/OPAPP

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Oct 06, 2016 - 2:01 PM

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Alleged NPA leader Benito Tiamzon joins NDF panel

Oct 06, 2016 - 6:35 AM

The NDF reshuffles its peace panel on the eve of its 2nd round of talks with the government replacing Luis Jalandoni as panel chairperson with Fidel Agcaoili

NEW PANEL MEMBER. Benito Tiamzon takes new role as negotiator. Photo by Edwin Espejo/OPAPP

PH, NDF resume talks in Manila to make ceasefire stable

Sep 22, 2016 - 11:50 AM

The two camps agree to hold talks in Manila in between formal meetings in Norway – the third party facilitator – to fast track the process that government aims to complete in a year

MANILA TALS. The Philippine government and the National Democratic Front agree to hold talks in Manila to fast track the process. Photo from the Twitter page of government negotiator Hernani Braganza

Peace process reunites Tiamzons and spy who dogged them

Sep 01, 2016 - 10:02 AM

The Tiamzons and retired General Ted Torralba will work together in a committee that will operationalize how to end hostilities between the military and the New People s Army

FRIENDS. Retired General Torralba was the spy assigned to follow the Tiamzon couple in the '80s

Norwegian facilitator 'cautiously optimistic' about PH, NDF talks

Aug 30, 2016 - 2:00 PM

Ambassador Elisabeth Slattum brings her experience from the successful Colombian peace talks to the Philippine peace process

FACILITATOR. Norwegian envoy Elisabeth Slattum

CPP issues indefinite ceasefire order

Aug 28, 2016 - 7:42 AM

The ceasefire order takes effect Sunday August 28 effectively extending the 7 day limited ceasefire issued before the talks

LONGEST INSURGENCY. The CPP declares a 7-day unilateral ceasefire ahead of the Oslo peace talks. File photo by Edwin Espejo/Rappler

Oslo talks: 'The most kind and most warm negotiators'

Aug 27, 2016 - 10:47 AM

Norway s Foreign Minister Børge Brende observes the camaraderie between Philippine government and NDF peace negotiators in Oslo on the day the two groups signed a historic and unprecedented joint statement

BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT. Chief presidential peace adviser Jesus Dureza sings happy birthday to tagged regional New People's Army leader Concha Araneta Bocala, who was flocked by tagged top echelon of the communist movement Benito and Wilma Tiamzon and Alan Jazmines. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

DOCUMENT: PH, NDF joint statement on the resumption of formal talks

Aug 26, 2016 - 9:07 PM

It is the result of the first round of formal peace talks between the Philippine government and communist rebels since an impasse in 2011

SIGNED. Negotiating teams of the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines celebrate the historic signing of an agreement that paves the way for indefinite unilateral ceasefires. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

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Aug 26, 2016 - 8:44 PM

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PH, NDF to resume talks, silence guns

Aug 26, 2016 - 5:49 PM

UPDATED For the first time the National Democratic Front also entertains the idea of discussing a joint ceasefire with the government

SIGNED. Negotiating teams of the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines celebrate the historic signing of an agreement that paves the way for indefinite unilateral ceasefires. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Boodle fight in Oslo to celebrate GPH-NDF peace talks

Aug 26, 2016 - 8:45 AM

They celebrate gains in the process that is meant to end Asia s longest running insurgency

OSLO TALKS. Negotiating teams in a boodle fight. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler.com

Oslo Talks: Amnesty for NDF 'prisoners and detainees'

Aug 25, 2016 - 8:11 PM

We will recommend to the President the issuance of amnesty to all those prisoners and detainees as submitted by the National Democratic Front says the government chief negotiator

INITIALED. Government and NDF negotiators shake hands after completing the first round of talks since an impasse in 2011

Duterte: Gov't truce with communist rebels starts August 24

Aug 25, 2016 - 11:17 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte restores the government s unilateral ceasefire with communist rebels at 11:35 pm on August 24 but the truce was supposed to be in effect for several days already

'BE FRIENDLY.' President Rodrigo Duterte urges the military and the police to 'be friendly' to the New People's Army while the ceasefire is in effect. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

CPP to declare indefinite ceasefire – Joma Sison

Aug 24, 2016 - 9:52 PM

The CPP founder says they have to match the government s indefinite ceasefire that will depend on certain conditions and certain circumstances

TIMELINE: 1st round of talks between PH gov't, communist rebels

Aug 24, 2016 - 11:15 AM

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PANEL MEETING. Negotiators from the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines buckle down to work

Gov't, NDF begin first panel-to-panel meeting

Aug 23, 2016 - 5:26 PM

Both sides agree to hold simultaneous meetings to fast track the process that the government aims to complete within 12 months

PH hopes for peace deal in a year as NDF talks resume

Aug 22, 2016 - 6:38 PM

Formal negotations between the government and communist guerrillas resume after an impasse of 5 years

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Aug 22, 2016 - 1:51 PM

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WHO'S WHO: Political prisoners released for Oslo peace talks

Aug 22, 2016 - 12:30 PM

The political prisoners identified as consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines will participate in the peace talks set to end Asia s most stubborn insurgency

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

#AnimatED: Hope in Oslo

Aug 22, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Here s the paradox: Duterte is the biggest factor for peace with the communists yet he may also be an obstacle

FAST FACTS: The CPP-NPA-NDF and the Oslo talks

Aug 22, 2016 - 8:32 AM

After 40 rounds of talks under 5 Philippine governments the peace process with communist guerrillas begins on a high note in Oslo

POLITICAL SETTLEMENT? The latest round of peace talks between the government and communist rebels is set to take place in Oslo, Norway. Graphic by Ernest Fiestan/Rappler

Joma Sison, Tiamzons reunited after 30 years

Aug 22, 2016 - 7:57 AM

It was back in 1986 when the top leaders of the communist movement last saw each other

HISTORIC. CPP top leaders Joma Sison and Benito Tiamzon meet again after 30 years

Top NPA leaders go on 1st overseas trip for Oslo talks

Aug 20, 2016 - 10:43 PM

UPDATED CPP leader Benito Tiamzon says he s excited to see Joma Sison again after 3 decades and to help advance the peace talks with the Duterte government

FISTS UP IN THE AIR. Top communist leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon (3rd and 2nd from left, respectively) lead other newly-freed NDF consultants in raising their fists at the NAIA 3 before they fly to Oslo for the historic resumption of the peace talks between communist rebels and the Philippine government. Photo courtesy of Reddie JS

Duterte restores ceasefire with communist rebels

Aug 20, 2016 - 4:57 PM

UPDATED The duration of the ceasefire will last for as long as necessary to bring peace in the land and also in order to provide an enabling environment for the success of the peace negotiations says Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza

INTERNAL SECURITY. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the command conference at the Western Mindanao Command headquarters in Zamboanga City on July 21. KIWI BULACLAC/PPD

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Aug 19, 2016 - 7:21 PM

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Tiamzons released to join Oslo talks

Aug 19, 2016 - 12:49 PM

Communist leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon are optimistic of the chances of a peace deal between the government and the National Democratic Front under the Duterte administration

TEMPORARY FREEDOM. Benito and Wilma Tiamzon greet their colleagues with clenched fist after their release from Camp Crame on August 19, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

CPP: No talks or ceasefire until Tiamzon, others are released

Aug 10, 2016 - 11:18 AM

The Communist Party of the Philippines releases a strongly worded statement against President Rodrigo Duterte

STRONG WORDS VS DUTERTE. The Communist Party of the Philippines slams the new president for failing to fulfill his campaign promises. Screenshot of the CPP web site

NDF: Duterte has 'duty' to show concern for troops

Aug 08, 2016 - 1:28 PM

National Democratic Front spokesman Luis Jalandoni says it s important for the talks to formally begin this month

New Peoples Army

SC denies release of CPP leader Tiamzon, 10 others

Aug 05, 2016 - 10:59 AM

Go to the lower court for relief the High Tribunal tells the Office of the Solicitor General