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Duterte hopes communist insurgency 'over' in 2019

Sep 18, 2018 - 11:07 PM

Saying many NPA rebels are surrendering, President Rodrigo Duterte finds reason to hope that the communist insurgency will be 'over' by the '2nd quarter of 2019'

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

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

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

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

Lorenzana takes firm stand vs peace talks with Reds

Apr 03, 2018 - 8:06 PM

Alleged NPA attacks in Davao renew the word war between Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman Jose Maria Sison

HARDLINER. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana opposes resumption of peace talks with communist rebels. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

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 to create task force on Lumad concerns – Dureza

Mar 07, 2018 - 5:39 PM

The task force will be led by retired Colonel Allen Capuyan, who has been on leave from the Manila International Airport Authority since he was accused of facilitating smuggling and corruption in the Bureau of Customs last year

LUMAD'S WISH. The tribal leaders in Mindanao insist on a Bangsamoro entity that recognizes their right to ancestral domain​. Photo by Mick Basa

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 meets with NDF regional spokesperson who surrendered

Jan 22, 2018 - 12:20 AM

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza says Noel Legaspi and his wife received assistance to 'start a new life'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte engages in a discussion with the two rebel returnees from the New People's Army who were presented to the President at the Matina Enclaves in Davao City on January 20, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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.

Joma Sison slams Malacañang for 'fake news' on Dutch citizenship

Jan 10, 2018 - 11:33 AM

Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman Jose Maria Sison accuses the government of targeting him, former Bayan Muna representative Teddy Casiño, and Bayan Secretary-General Renato Reyes Jr

FOUNDER: Screenshot of CPP founder Joma Sison's Vimeo video

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

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

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

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

AFP chief on nationwide martial law: 'We can never tell'

Dec 15, 2017 - 11:12 AM

'It depends on developments and of course it will depend on the actions of the other side,' says Armed Forces chief General Rey Guerrero

MARTIAL LAW IMPLEMENTOR. Newly appointed Armed Forces chief of staff General Rey Guerrero is the new implementor of martial law. Photo from AFP Public Affairs Office

PH military shifts focus to communist rebels amid ISIS threat

Dec 15, 2017 - 11:05 AM

'The people can expect intensified focused military operations to be conducted nationwide, especially in Mindanao,' says Armed Forces chief General Rey Guerrero

MARTIAL LAW IMPLEMENTOR. Newly appointed Armed Forces chief of staff General Rey Guerrero is the new implementor of martial law. Rappler

Duterte on nationwide martial law: All options on the table

Dec 13, 2017 - 6:55 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte says he will consider nationwide martial law if the New People's Army steps up attacks

Amid all the ongoing rallies from the opposition and critiques in today's National Day of Protest, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chose to visit the troops in the war-torn Marawi City on September 21, 2017.  During his visit, the President talked to the troops and expressed his utmost gratitude for their continuing efforts in quelling the terror threats in the war-torn city. He also provided the soldiers with groceries as well as watches and eyewears.  Joining the President are Defense Secretary Delfin Loorrenzana, Presidential Adviser on Military Affairs Arthur Tabaquero, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. The President also tagged along Paolo Santos, Jimmy Bondoc and Arnel Ignacio to provide entertainment to the troops. Photo by Richard Madelo/Presidential Photo

Duterte's proposed martial law extension also targets NPA

Dec 11, 2017 - 8:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte details alleged atrocities committed by the New People's Army to justify his request for another extension of martial law

NO TRUCE. The government is poised to forego traditional holiday ceasefire. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Cagayan governor condemns NPA killing of Baggao councilor

Dec 04, 2017 - 1:15 AM

New People's Army members are accused of being behind the death of Baggao Sangguniang Bayan member Angelo 'Buridek' Luis

4 cops hurt in suspected NPA attack in Misamis Oriental

Dec 03, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Alleged New People's Army members launch an assault on a police station in Binuangan, Misamis Oriental, then eventually retreat

[OPINION] How Duterte sabotaged the GRP-NDFP peace process

Nov 25, 2017 - 1:55 PM

Government panel officials in his Cabinet and the reactionary armed forces should consider whether he is mentally fit for his office or needs to be replaced in accordance with their 1987 Constitution

Malacañang: Conspiracy enough to charge leftist 'legal fronts' for terrorism

Nov 23, 2017 - 1:40 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte will consult with security and intelligence agencies on which communist 'legal fronts' are conspiring to commit terrorism

Duterte to order arrest of members of communist 'legal fronts'

Nov 22, 2017 - 8:00 PM

'Terorista kayo pati 'yung mga legal front 'nyo, alam ko. Huwag na lang tayo magbolahan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the tribute program dubbed, ‘Ang Huling Tikas Pahinga: Isang Pagpupugay sa mga Bayani ng Marawi,’ held at the Bonifacio High Street in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig City on November 21, 2017, states that the government is putting up extra effort to come up with an agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) citing that the Muslims in Mindanao should get back its heritage, culture and land if just and lasting peace is to be attained in the island. Malacañan Photo

Duterte to mining firms: Face closure if you pay NPA tax

Nov 21, 2017 - 7:45 PM

The New People's Army, says President Rodrigo Duterte, will not 'thrive' if it were not for the 'financial support' of mining companies

Military agrees NPA should get 'terrorist' tag

Nov 20, 2017 - 12:05 AM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines echoes President Rodrigo Duterte's view, citing the 'terrorist acts' of the New People's Army 'against defenseless and innocent civilians'

COMMUNIST REBELS. The New People's Army marks the 48th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26, 2016. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Suspected NPA rebels kill CAFGU member, abduct 2 cops

Nov 14, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Two separate attacks by alleged members of the New People's Army are reported in Negros Oriental and Surigao del Sur

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

CPP: Duterte's 'local peace talks' will fail

Nov 03, 2017 - 7:35 PM

The Communist Party of the Philippines says the local peace negotiations aim to divide their members nationwide

SURRENDER. This military handout photo shows 8 reported members of the NPA surrendering to the military in Sultan Kudarat

Lorenzana to NPAs: 'Return to the fold of the law'

Nov 03, 2017 - 1:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'We are delighted to note that a number of NPAs have accepted the offer and are now restarting to live normal lives,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Rappler photo

Military recruits 300 Lumad

Sep 29, 2017 - 12:53 PM

The 10th Infantry Division will begin training qualified Lumad recruits in October

RECRUITMENT. Lumad recruits will join the 10th Infantry Division once they complete training. Photo from the Facebook page of the 10th Infantry Agila Division Philippine Army

Why Duterte walked away from the table: A reflection on the NDF peace process

Aug 23, 2017 - 1:40 PM

Did the 39;oligarchs 39; – big business owners and Mindanaoan political elites – gain anything from the collapse of the talks? What about the national security establishment? The answer I find is mixed

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6 soldiers hurt in landmine blast in Quirino

Jul 12, 2017 - 9:22 AM

The Army says the attack of the New People s Army violates a standing agreement between the government and the National Democratic Front and international humanitarian law

Iloilo City under 'red alert' after NPA attack in nearby town

Jun 18, 2017 - 1:39 PM

UPDATED Alleged members of the NPA attack Maasin town less than an hour s drive away from the provincial capital

Duterte eyes absorbing NPA surrenderers into AFP

Jun 17, 2017 - 7:05 PM

If you are concerned that you won t have jobs if you surrender those NPA who are qualified I will get you for the Armed Forces President Rodrigo Duterte says

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte visits the 4th Infantry Division Advance Command Post in Barangay Bancasi, Butuan City, on June 17, 2017. Malacañang photo

Duterte tells communists, declare unilateral ceasefire or no talks

Jun 02, 2017 - 6:45 PM

The President says he has given a lot of concessions it is the turn of the communist party to initiate a show of good faith

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Communist rebels release soldier in Bukidnon

May 24, 2017 - 4:24 PM

The New People s Army releases Technical Sergeant Joseph Paredes nearly a month after he was abducted by communist rebels in Valencia City

COMMUNIST INSURGENCY. The Duterte administration vowed to end the decades-long communist insurgency through peace negotiations. File photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rapper

NPA targets kids in Northern Samar recruitment drive

May 21, 2017 - 1:45 PM

Children in poor villages have become easy targets of communist recruiters

RESCUED. A 12-year-old NPA recruit  is rescued by the army in Silvino Lobos Northern Samar,  Photo courtesy of Vicente Lukban's Facebook account

Gov't, Reds to hold 5th round of talks in the Netherlands

May 16, 2017 - 11:20 AM

Talks to end Asia s longest running communist insurgency continue amid renewed clashes between the military and the New People s Army

PEACE TALKS. Negotiators of the government and the National Democratic Front (NDF) will meet again at the end of the month for the 5th round of talks. Photo from OPAPP

Public told to avoid Majayjay barangay after NPA attack

May 14, 2017 - 11:55 PM

Communist rebels and soldiers clash in Barangay Ibabang Banga in Majayjay Laguna ahead of a festival in the area

Top NPA commander nabbed in Cagayan

May 05, 2017 - 8:30 AM

UPDATED David Soriano is one of the suspected masterminds of the attack on policemen in Baggao town in February 2016 which killed at least 6

DOCUMENT: PH, NDF Joint Statement on the 4th Round of Formal Talks

Apr 07, 2017 - 8:34 AM

The 4th round of talks is held in the town of Noordwijk in The Netherlands

DOCUMENT: PH, NDF Agreement on an Interim Joint Ceasefire

Apr 06, 2017 - 12:09 AM

The agreement says a ceasefire will take effect upon the approval and signing of the guidelines and ground rules

TALKS RE-OPEN. The 4th round of talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front open in Noordwijk, The Netherlands on April 3, 2017. Photo by Rolly Francia/OPAPP

NPA releases 2 CAFGUs in Davao

Mar 25, 2017 - 8:01 PM

The military demands the release of the rest of the prisoners taken by the communist rebels

48 YEARS AND COUNTING. New Peoples Army guerrillas in Davao City during the 48th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26, 2016. File photo by Edwin G. Espejo

DOCUMENT: PH, NDF joint statement after Utrecht backchannel talks

Mar 12, 2017 - 7:50 AM

The Philippine government and communist rebels agree to resume formal talks Here s a copy of their joint statement

PH, NDF agree to resume formal peace talks

Mar 12, 2017 - 5:34 AM

4th UPDATE The two parties also agree to reinstate unilateral ceasefire declarations within a month and extend the bail of the NDF consultants released last year

TALKS RESUME. Key negotiators fly to Utrecht to forge an agreement to resume peace talks. Photo courtesy of NDF

Tiamzons lead communists' backchannel talks with gov't

Mar 09, 2017 - 1:40 PM

Chief presidential peace adviser Jesus Dureza is joining the Tiamzon couple for backchannel talks in Europe

COMMUNIST LEADERS. The military tagged Benito Tiamzon as the 'center of gravity' of the Communist Party of the Philippines. Photo by Edwin Espejo/OPAPP

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Duterte: Gov't in backchannel talks with communists

Mar 07, 2017 - 9:40 PM

A smiling President Rodrigo Duterte says he does not want to spoil developments with the Reds

NO SPOILERS. President Rodrigo Duterte hints at developments in backchannel talks with communists. File photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo