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[OPINION] The hunt for ‘Red October’

Oct 01, 2018 - 4:21 PM

While there are many who have expressed their desire for Duterte to resign or be ousted, there is no conspiracy to forcibly remove him from power

Duterte slams communists amid supposed ouster plot

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:20 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he is happy that the Commission on Appointments rejected leftists in government

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. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Reds have 'Oplan Talsik’ vs Duterte, says AFP

Sep 24, 2018 - 7:20 PM

The military continues to link communist rebels to a supposed coalition that's out to destabilize the government

TO BE OUSTED? President Rodrigo Duterte and the military continue with trumpeting more ouster claims. Malacañang file photo

Communist rebels OK 3-month postponement of peace talks

Jun 21, 2018 - 8:31 AM

The National Democratic Front says in a statement on Thursday, June 21, that it agrees 'to continue peace negotiations and to overcome obstacles and impediments'

ALL SMILES. Government negotiator Hernani Braganza flies to Utrecht to formally relay President Rodrigo Duterte's adjustments to the timeline of talks. Photos released by government panel

NDF bares documents to show progress before Duterte halted talks

Jun 17, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The stand-down agreement was supposed to take effect on June 21 and the formal peace talks would resume on June 28, according to a timeline provided by the National Democratic Front

SIGNED. Government chief negotiator Secretary Silvestre Bello III signed a stand down agreement with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. File photo by Edwin Espejo/OPAPP

CPP says it was ready to issue stand-down order to NPA

Jun 15, 2018 - 6:18 PM

NDF chief political consultant Jose Maria Sison describes as 'unacceptable' the unilateral cancellation of a stand down agreement signed by both sides on June 9. It was supposed to take effect on June 21.

IN PHOTOS: Leftist supporters occupy EDSA to push for peace talks

Apr 23, 2018 - 4:00 PM

(UPDATED) Supporters of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines hold a 30-minute lightning rally to commemorate revolutionary front's 45th founding anniversary

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

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

PH 'committed to peace,' Duterte tells Norway envoy

Feb 16, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Norwegian special envoy Idun Tvedt stresses Norway's commitment 'to assist the Philippines in its peace process' with communist rebels

COMMITTED TO PEACE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte welcomes Norwegian Special Envoy to the Peace Process Between the Government of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines Idun Tvedt as the latter paid a courtesy call on the President at the Presidential Guest House in Davao City on February 15, 2018. Photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

3 NPA fighters, 1 soldier killed in Cotabato town clash

Jan 22, 2018 - 3:52 PM

(UPDATED) Makilala Mayor Rody Caoagdan says his office has sent a team to rescue people who may have been injured as they were caught in the crossfire

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.

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

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Dec 29, 2017 - 7:22 PM

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Finding no schools in NPA camps, 3 Lumad rebels surrender

Dec 29, 2017 - 2:14 PM

The former NPA rebels say their leader promised to provide them with licensed teachers, but this did not come true

THE CAUSE. New People's Army fighters in Mindanao. File photo by Karlos Manlupig

CPP 50th anniversary goal: ‘Overthrow Duterte regime'

Dec 29, 2017 - 1:45 PM

The CPP says Filipinos are suffering under the Duterte administration's 'fascist tyranny, all-out economic liberalization, and bureaucratic corruption'

FIVE DECADES. File photo of New People's Army guerrillas marching in Davao City to celebrate the 48th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26, 2016.

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Dec 22, 2017 - 7:51 PM

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Duterte leads oath of allegiance for 668 ex-communist rebels

Dec 22, 2017 - 11:05 AM

The oath is one of the final steps toward claiming financial help from the government in their return to 'mainstream society'

RETURN. Duterte recited the Oath of Allegiance before former communist rebels in Davao City. Malacanang photo

Gov't specifies dates for Christmas ceasefire with communists

Dec 21, 2017 - 12:37 PM

The ceasefire will now run from December 23 to 26 and from December 30 to January 2, says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

CHRISTMAS CEASEFIRE. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announces a change in the dates for the Christmas ceasefire with communist rebels. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

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

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

Joma to Duterte: Let's end war of words, war on the ground

Dec 10, 2017 - 11:35 AM

'If Duterte will just review what the two panels were about to succeed in doing, baka naman mag-change ang isip niya,' CPP founding chairman Joma Sison tells Rappler in an interview

TEACHER AND STUDENT. President Rodrigo Duterte was the student of CPP founding chairman Jose Maria Sison at the Lyceum University in Manila

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

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

Peace talks with Reds to protect banana industry – exporters

Sep 04, 2017 - 8:29 PM

Banana plantations in Mindanao have been a constant target of the New People’s Army the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines

BANANA INDUSTRY. A crop duster plane sprays fungicide to protect the 7,000 hectare banana plantation of Tagum Agricultural Development Co. from destructive leaf virus in Tagum in Davao del Norte province. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Duterte ready to formally end peace talks with Left

Aug 02, 2017 - 10:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he is ready to sign a formal notice to terminate peace talks with the communists

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

NPA kills Negros city police chief, 6 others

Jul 21, 2017 - 12:45 PM

UPDATED A councilor and 3 cops are also wounded in the Friday attack

Duterte security aides hurt in clash with communist rebels

Jul 19, 2017 - 10:30 AM

UPDATED The encounter is triggered by the discovery of 50 suspected communist rebels posing as soldiers manning a fake military checkpoint

Duterte slams communists for NPA attacks despite promises

Jul 05, 2017 - 5:43 PM

UPDATED The President also appeals to CPP founder Jose Maria Sison to ensure the success of the peace talks

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during his visit at the headquarters of the 1002nd Infantry Brigade in Malungon, Sarangani Province on July 5, 2017, shows a photo of a .45 calibre pistol which he intends to provide to the law enforcers. Malacañan Photo

Gov't peace panel urges release of Aglipayan bishop

Jun 23, 2017 - 1:12 PM

Government chief negotiator Silvestre Bello III urges the DOJ to look into the case of Bishop Carlos Morales on humanitarian grounds

ARRESTED. Iglesia Fiilipina Independiente (IFI) Bishop Carlos Morales was arrested with a suspected communist rebel on May 11, 2017. File photo by the IFI Pagadian diocese

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

Calida on debunked incidents in martial law report: 'It's just semantics'

Jun 14, 2017 - 11:50 AM

Former representative Neri Colmenares accuses Soiicitor General Jose Calida of inventing facts for including communist rebels in the annex of his consolidated comment submitted to the High Court

WHO'S THE LIAR? Solicitor General Jose Calida is agitated by the accusation of former representative Neri Colmenares that he is inventing "facts along the way to justify martial law in Mindanao." Calida tries to challenge Colmenares to an on the spot debate and calls him a liar. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

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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PH cancels 5th round of talks with communist rebels

May 27, 2017 - 5:06 PM

5th UPDATE This is not an easy road to peace peace adviser Jesus Dureza says as the Philippines waits for an enabling environment for both parties to proceed

PEACE TALKS. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the meeting of the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front peace panels in Malacanang on September 26, 2016. Malacanang photo

CASER what? Campaign to promote PH-NDF talks launched

May 22, 2017 - 6:58 PM

Ibon Foundation launches CASERgoals a campaign to promote public awareness on talks to reform the country s socio economic policies

SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN. Ibon Foundation launches a social media campaign to promote understanding of talks on Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms or CASER. Rappler photo

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

Duterte says he freed 14 convicted communists

May 13, 2017 - 9:04 PM

I am a president for peace I cannot be a wartime president President Rodrigo Duterte says stressing the need for peace talks with the Left

PEACE TALKS. President Rodrigo Duterte stresses the need for peace talks with communist rebels during his meeting with the Filipino community in Hong Kong on May 13, 2017. Screenshot from Malacañang video

Church leader arrested with 'most wanted' NPA commander in Ozamiz

May 12, 2017 - 9:13 PM

Iglesia Filipina Independiente bishop Carlos Morales says Rommel Salinas tagged by the military as a high ranking communist leader was only hitching a ride with them Thursday night


10 years later, search for Jonas Burgos continues

Apr 28, 2017 - 10:00 PM

Protesters decry the promotion of Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año but he is adamant he never knew Jonas Burgos

MASKED PROTESTERS. Protesters wearing Jonas Burgos masks gather at the gate of Camp Aguinaldo to commemorate the 10th year of his disappearance. Photo by Desaparecidos

Joma open to coming home over peace talks or Nat'l Artist award

Apr 09, 2017 - 4:00 PM

UPDATED I am most likely to visit the Philippines to promote and advance the peace process CPP founder Jose Maria Sison tells Rappler

RETURN TO PH? The CPP founder says two things may motivate his homecoming. Photo from Joma Sison's Facebook page

Gov't, Reds fast-track difficult talks on free land distribution

Apr 07, 2017 - 11:22 AM

Communist rebels say they will only agree to implement an interim joint ceasefire after talks on the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio Economic Reforms are completed

PEACE TALKS. The government and the National Democratic Front held the 4th Round of Talks in The Netherlands. Photo courtesy of Raul Francia/OPAPP