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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

Soldiers who fought in Marawi promoted one rank higher

May 22, 2018 - 1:58 PM

(UPDATED) A total of 641 soldiers earn the promotion nearly a year after war erupted in Marawi City

PROMOTED. Soldiers who fought in the war in Marawi are promoted one rank higher. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

DFA silent on Chinese bombers in South China Sea

May 20, 2018 - 2:01 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon condemns 'this creeping invasion' while Senator Risa Hontiveros tells government 'to end their subservience to China'

SILENCE. The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, under Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, has not issued a statement on China's bombers in the South China Sea as of May 20, 2018. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Chinese bombers land on South China Sea island

May 19, 2018 - 11:28 AM

'Nearly all of the Philippines falls within the radius of the bombers, including Manila and all 5 Philippine military bases earmarked for development under the US-Philippines Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement,' says the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies

CHINESE BOMBER. A video posted by the state-owned People's Daily of China shows a Chinese bomber in takeoff and landing training on an island reef in the South China Sea. Screengrab from People's Daily

Fleeing conflict, elephants help Myanmar villagers to safety

May 15, 2018 - 7:22 PM

After nearly a month and with food running out, villagers reach the river where some local elephant owners came to their aid

ELEPHANT RIDE. This picture taken on May 2, 2018 shows internally displaced people riding on an elephants as they make their way looking for a shelter in Danai. AFP

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

WATCH: Woman officer trailblazes gender equality in the Philippine Army

Apr 29, 2018 - 5:57 PM

What does it take for a woman to succeed in the military? What does it take to achieve gender equality in a male-dominated world?

'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

The week in photos: April 14-20, 2018

Apr 21, 2018 - 8:19 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

People celebrate at the end of the Color Run 2018 race in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, on April 15, 2018.The Color Run is a five kilometres paint race without winners nor prizes, while runners are showered with colored powder at stations along the run. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON

3 ex-U.S. Army soldiers convicted in murder of Filipina – reports

Apr 19, 2018 - 4:09 PM

'This horrifying real-life murder-for-hire case included details usually seen in action movies,' US Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman says in a statement about the murder of Catherine Lee

Ecuador will no longer host Colombia peace talks – minister

Apr 19, 2018 - 12:26 PM

Colombia's Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin thanks Ecuador for its support and says talks will be transferred to either Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Norway or Venezuela

NO LONGER HOST. This file photo shows a general view during the beginning of the peace talks between the government of Colombia and the ELN guerrilla in Sangolqui, Ecuador on February 7, 2017. File photp by Rodrigo Buendia/AFP

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

Tattoos make cops, soldiers look like gangsters, criminals – DND, PNP chiefs

Apr 02, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and top cop Ronald dela Rosa reject a congressman's proposal to scrap the no-tattoo policy of the DND and the PNP

NO INK ALLOWED. Police stand in formation during an inspection and accounting of personnel by the regional police chief at the police district of Manila. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

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

IN PHOTOS: Philippine Army celebrates 121st anniversary

Mar 24, 2018 - 8:37 AM

Philippine Army chief Lieutenant General Rolando Joselito Bautista, the ground commander during the Marawi siege, celebrates the heroism of his men during the 5-month battle with terrorists

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte takes a tour inside the Philippine Army (PA) Museum where artifacts and photos taken from the Marawi City seige were on exhibit on the sidelines of his attendance to the 121st Founding Anniversary of PA at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City on March 20, 2018. Joining the President is PA Commander Lieutenant General Rolando Bautista. Malacañang Photo

Mistahs of PMA '85 battle for AFP chief post

Mar 22, 2018 - 9:09 AM

The Board of Generals will meet after the Holy Week to finalize a shortlist for President Rodrigo Duterte, according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte confers the Order of Lapu-Lapu Kamagi Medal on Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom) Commander Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez during the 121st Founding Anniversary of the Philippine Army (PA) at the PA Headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on March 20, 2018. Malacañang Photo

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

PH Army recognized in London for strategy execution

Mar 17, 2018 - 11:18 AM

The award recognizes the Army Transformation Roadmap, a key strategy direction that has guided the Army in professionalizing the service

Colombia government and ELN rebels resume peace talks in Ecuador

Mar 16, 2018 - 11:14 AM

The latest round of talks, being held in a hacienda run by the Jesuit religious community outside Quito, are aimed at agreeing a new ceasefire that would pave the way for a final peace agreement

PEACE TALKS. In this file photo taken on March 09, 2018 is seen a symbolic round table placed at Bolivar square in Bogota, during a demonstration asking for the reactivation of the peace talks, between the Colombian government and the ELN guerrilla, which were suspended after a string of deadly attacks in the country. File photo by Raul Arboleda/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

Colombia's Santos orders resumption of talks with ELN rebels

Mar 13, 2018 - 8:53 AM

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos' announcement came in response to a unilateral ceasefire by the ELN for Sunday's legislative elections, seen as a test of the group's willingness to get back to negotiations

PEACE TALKS. In this file photo, a man arranges a symbol of peace in the press center in Cartagena, Colombia, on September 24, 2016. Luis Robayo/AFP

China's Xi Jinping calls for military loyalty to new constitution

Mar 12, 2018 - 9:39 PM

The rubber-stamp parliament of China on Sunday endorsed Xi's move to abolish rules limiting heads of state to 10 years in power

POWER. A soldier stands guard outside the Great Hall of the People after a plenary session of the National People's Congress in Beijing on March 11, 2018. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Myanmar erects security posts on burned Rohingya land – Amnesty International

Mar 12, 2018 - 4:06 PM

The new Amnesty report, 'Remaking Rakhine State,' uses satellite imagery and interviews to point to a rapid increase in military infrastructure and other construction since the start of the year which researchers say amounts to a 'land grab'

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

IN PHOTOS: Australia, PH armies grow closer after Marawi

Mar 06, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The two armies hold the 3rd iteration of the Philippines-Australia Army to Army Exercise at the 10th Infantry Division headquarters in Compostela Valley

Australian Army trains with Philippine troopers March 5 2018. Photos courtesy of the Philippine Army 10ID

Oscars 2018: The best dressed men and women on the red carpet

Mar 05, 2018 - 7:51 PM

This year's red carpet sees its fair share of fashion highs

PH Army needs 6,100 recruits to fill up 10 new battalions

Mar 05, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Army spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Louie Villanueva says at least 5% of these new recruits will be female and another 5% will be indigenous peoples

SELFIE. Thousands of soldiers are deployed to fight local armed groups in Marawi City.

Alleged Maute subleader, member arrested in Manila

Mar 04, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Suspected Maute Group subleader Nasser Lomondot and member Rizasalam Lomondot are charged with illegal possession of firearms and ammunition as well as explosives

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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