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Military seeks dialogue after lawmakers slammed crackdown on progressive groups

Nov 15, 2019 - 6:35 PM

The military deny that they are cracking down on progressive groups, whom they call 'communist terrorists' and whose offices they have raided in recent weeks

WHAT CRACKDOWN? Military Spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo invites supporters of progressive groups to discuss what he says are the threats they pose to democracy. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[PODCAST] Bakit malaking banta sa demokrasya ang crackdown sa progressive groups

Nov 14, 2019 - 8:01 PM

Ano ang implikasyon ng crackdown na ito sa demokrasya sa Pilipinas? Pakinggan ang talakayan nila justice reporter Lian Buan at researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan.

6 soldiers killed, 20 wounded in Eastern Samar clash with communist rebels

Nov 12, 2019 - 2:23 PM

Improvised bomb blasts meet Philippine Army soldiers acting on a tip that NPA rebels were harassing communities in the outskirts of Borongan City

Masbate village chief killed in military encounter with communists

Nov 07, 2019 - 10:37 PM

Wolfert Dalanon alias Ompong, chairman of Barangay San Antonio in Milagros town, allegedly allowed 'terrorists' to train in his village, the military claims

SEIZED. The military recover these items from the encounter site in Milagros, Masbate. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Army’s 9th Infantry Division

Military denies 'harassment' in arresting alleged communist rebels

Nov 07, 2019 - 10:17 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines says the search warrants issued by a Quezon City trial court judge prove there was probable cause against the suspects

NO HARASSMENT. Military spokesman Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo says the police and military personnel who recently arrested alleged communist rebels bore search warrants from a court judge. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Bulletproof' China-backed site attacks Hong Kong democracy activists

Nov 01, 2019 - 4:09 PM

From high-profile activists to journalists and lawmakers, about 200 people seen as supporting Hong Kong's protest movement have been 'doxxed' – had their personal details posted online – by the site HK Leaks

MASKED PROTEST. A man holds a flag that reads 'Liberate Hong Kong Revolution of our times' in the Lan Kwai Fong area during Halloween in Hong Kong on October 31, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Beijing ends key conclave with promise to protect Hong Kong

Oct 31, 2019 - 10:53 PM

'The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region...must be governed in strict accordance with the Constitution and the Basic Law,' the communique reads

'PROTECT' HONG KONG. In this file photo, a police van drives past graffiti sprayed onto a pedestrian crossing by protesters in the Mong Kok district of Kowloon in Hong Kong on October 27, 2019. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

China pushes higher 'moral quality' for its citizens

Oct 30, 2019 - 10:13 PM

The texts urge citizens to avoid pornography and vulgarity online, and follow correct etiquette when raising the flag or singing the national anthem

Military launches airstrikes on alleged NPA lair in Northern Samar

Oct 29, 2019 - 12:01 AM

The Philippine Air Force drops 500-pound bombs on an encampment of alleged communist guerrillas

AIR STRIKES. The Philippine Air Force's FA-50 fighter jets dropped 500-pound bombs in 'surgical airstrikes' against alleged members of the New People's Army on Saturday, October 26, according to the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Photo from the 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army

China plans triumphant 70th anniversary despite headwinds

Sep 25, 2019 - 11:54 AM

The anniversary is meant to showcase China's extraordinary rise from the ravages of war and famine to a modern, powerful nation state whose economic and military muscle is viewed by many with increasing concern

This photo taken on September 8, 2019 shows children painting an image of the emblem of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on a wall in Yangzhou in China's eastern Jiangsu province, during an event to celebrate the upcoming anniversary on October 1. STR / AFP

[PODCAST] Dapat bang gawing ilegal ang pagiging komunista?

Sep 19, 2019 - 8:37 PM

Ano ang maaaring umusbong na problema kung ituturing na krimen ang pagiging miyembro ng Communist Party of the Philippines? Pakinggan ang talakayan nina police reporter Rambo Talabong at researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan.

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

NCR task force formed to counter 'front organizations'

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:37 PM

While there is no armed conflict in Metro Manila, the task force deems the capital region to be the hotbed of recruitment and fund generation

FIRST MEETING. The National Capital Region Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict will be engaging schools, labor unions, and the urban poor sectors. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Blocked Chinese Twitter accounts spread disinformation for years – think tank

Sep 04, 2019 - 4:49 PM

(UPDATED) The Australian Strategic Policy Institute says the 940 suspended Twitter accounts had conducted 'blunt-force influence' campaigns for 'at least two years'

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

'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

Creating a Marcos? Reviving the anti-subversion law under Duterte

Aug 21, 2019 - 8:46 PM

The anti-subversion law was the dictator Ferdinand Marcos' tool of choice in strangling the opposition and crushing legitimate dissent. Groups fear its planned revival under President Rodrigo Duterte will lead to the same – or even worse.

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

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

CPP slams bid to revive Anti-Subversion Law

Aug 14, 2019 - 10:48 PM

Reviving the law would only 'further rouse the people to resist President Rodrigo Duterte's tyranny' and 'foment greater dissent,' the Communist Party of the Philippines says in a statement

GREATER DISSENT. 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. - In a nation plagued by armed groups ranging from kidnap-for-ransom outfits to Islamist secessionist movements, the communist New People's Army (NPA) is among the deadliest. (Photo by Noel CELIS / AFP)

FALSE: Palparan innocent over 2006 abduction of 2 missing UP students

Aug 13, 2019 - 8:14 PM

In September 2018, a Malolos court found retired Army major general Jovito Palparan guilty over the kidnapping and detention of two missing UP students

Año: Communism should be illegal

Aug 13, 2019 - 2:10 PM

The former intelligence officer seeks the restoration of the Anti-Subversion Law, which was repealed nearly 30 years ago by the Ramos government

ANTI-SUBVERSIVE ACT. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año proposes the restoration of the Anti-Subversive Act. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Lorenzana slams communists' recruitment of minors

Aug 08, 2019 - 10:28 PM

The defense chief hits the communist rebellion for allegedly luring students into joining groups that incite them to fight the government

CONDEMNATION. Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana at a press conference in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

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

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

China charges ex-Interpol chief with accepting bribes

May 10, 2019 - 8:07 PM

Meng Hongwei is among a growing group of Communist Party cadres caught in President Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign, which critics say has served as a way to remove the leader's political enemies

EX-INTERPOL CHIEF. This photo taken on July 4, 2017 shows Meng Hongwei, president of Interpol, delivering an addresses at the opening of the Interpol World Congress in Singapore. File photo by AFP

China formally arrests ex-Interpol chief

Apr 24, 2019 - 8:56 PM

Prosecutors 'decided to arrest Meng Hongwei on suspicion of accepting bribes,' the Supreme People's Procuratorate says in a brief statement

EX-INTERPOL CHIEF. This photo taken on July 4, 2017 shows Meng Hongwei, president of Interpol, delivering an addresses at the opening of the Interpol World Congress in Singapore. File photo by AFP

Groups slam 'dangerous' red-tagging of health workers

Apr 11, 2019 - 4:06 PM

'This we strongly protest because they are violating our rights as health workers to work and function as health workers, to serve the people whom we are duty-bound to serve,' says Dr Edelina dela Paz, Health Action for Human Rights chairperson

Controversial retired colonel to head anti-insurgency office

Mar 30, 2019 - 12:35 PM

Retired colonel Allen Capuyan is accused of involvement in the 6.4-billion shabu smuggling controversy

Gen. Allen Capuyan, AGM for Security and Emergency Services of MIAA attends the September 7 Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the P6.4B shabu smuggling at the BOC. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

China expels ex-Interpol chief Meng from Communist Party

Mar 27, 2019 - 5:01 PM

(UPDATED) Meng Hongwei, who served as the vice minister of public security, vanished in September 2018 during a visit to China from France, and was later accused of accepting bribes

MENG HONGWEI. In this file photo taken on July 4, 2017, Meng Hongwei gives an addresses at the opening of the Interpol World Congress in Singapore. File photo by Roslan Rahman/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

Rights group, journalists denounce recent red-tagging in Cagayan de Oro

Feb 22, 2019 - 9:27 PM

An unknown person distributed the list to journalists during a human rights forum in Cagayan de Oro City on Friday, February 22

Tomb of Karl Marx vandalized in London

Feb 05, 2019 - 11:57 PM

A marble plaque with the names of Marx and his family – the monument's oldest and most fragile part – was repeatedly hit with a blunt metal instrument

Image of Karl Marx memorial at Highgate Cemetery by Tony Baggett/Shutterstock

DOJ trims terror tag list of Reds from over 656 to 8

Jan 18, 2019 - 3:29 PM

'Present petition remains to be without legal and factual basis and repackaged the old one in order to railroad the legal process,' says NDF legal consultant Edre Olalia

TERROR TAG.  Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)  founding chairman Jose Maria Sison is still among the 8 people that the Department of Justice (DOJ) seeks to declare as terrorists. Rappler file photo

China, Canada diplomatic row escalates with death sentence

Jan 15, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expresses 'extreme concern' that China has 'chosen to arbitrarily' apply the death penalty

SENTENCING. This photograph taken and released by the Intermediate Peoples' Court of Dalian on January 14, 2019, shows Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg (C) during his retrial on drug trafficking charges in the court in Dalian in China's northeast Liaoning province. Handout photo/AFP

NUJP slams 'orchestrated effort to intimidate us into silence'

Jan 08, 2019 - 12:23 PM

'As they say, stupid is as stupid does,' the NUJP says of the allegation that it is a legal front of the Communist Party of the Philippines

NUJP. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines slams the 'orchestrated effort' to intimidate and silence the media watchdog.  Image from NUJP Facebook.

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

Duterte to Reds: ‘Why listen to Sison? You have not seen the guy’

Dec 29, 2018 - 8:13 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the CPP-led armed struggle has led to nothing but bloodshed

NOW ENEMIES. President Rodrigo Duterte is a former student of Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison. Duterte file photo from Malacañang, Sison file photo from www.josemariasison.org

Lorenzana sees no need for now to return to negotiating table with Reds

Dec 28, 2018 - 3:43 PM

DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says for peace talks to resume, the CPP-NPA must first 'renounce their armed struggle'

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

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

Military calls for vigilance as CPP celebrates 50th anniversary

Dec 25, 2018 - 5:46 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines urges Filipinos to 'remain vigilant against attacks' by the Communist Party of the Philippines as it marks its 50th anniversary on Wednesday, December 26

'TERRORIST ORGANIZATION.' The Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army is declared a terrorist group through a proclamation signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in December 2017. Rappler file photo by Edwin Espejo

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

Alibaba's Jack Ma, NBA star Yao Ming among honored by Chinese Communist Party

Dec 18, 2018 - 5:49 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping leads a ceremony at Beijing's imposing Great Hall of the People to mark the anniversary of the launch of 'reform and opening up'

Alibaba's co-founder Jack Ma (C) attends a celebration meeting marking the 40th anniversary of China's "reform and opening up" policy at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on December 18, 2018.  WANG ZHAO / AFP

Xi warns no one can 'dictate' China's path, 40 years on from reforms

Dec 18, 2018 - 1:36 PM

Xi Jinping vows to press ahead with economic reforms but makes clear that Beijing will not deviate from its one-party system or take orders from any other country

40 YEARS. A general view shows the celebration meeting marking the 40th anniversary of China's 'reform and opening up' policy at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on December 18, 2018. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Duterte creates task force to address causes of communist insurgency

Dec 11, 2018 - 10:30 AM

The task force, chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte himself, seeks to improve the quality of life in areas experiencing clashes with communist rebels

Duterte to create 'sparrow units' to target communists

Nov 27, 2018 - 8:34 PM

After ordering the deployment of more soldiers and police in Bicol, Samar, and Negros Island, President Rodrigo Duterte says he'll create sparrow units to kill communists

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the inspection of the confiscated firearms from lawless armed groups during his visit to Camp Melchor F. Dela Cruz in Gamu, Isabela on November 21, 2018. Joining the President is Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO