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Duterte open to meeting exiled communist leaders

Nov 11, 2018 - 10:34 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says self-exiled communist leaders Fidel Agcaoili and Luis Jalandoni requested a meeting with him in the Philippines

TALKS AGAIN? President Rodrigo Duterte says a meeting with communist peace negotiators is a 'maybe' for him and the military. Malacañang file photo

Duterte blasts communists: Why would I kill a lawyer?

Nov 08, 2018 - 9:16 PM

'Napaka-small time ko naman. Why would I assassinate him?' says President Rodrigo Duterte days after human rights lawyer Benjamin Ramos was killed

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech after leading the ceremonial distribution of the Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) to the Region 10 beneficiaries held at the USTP Gymnasium, Claro M. Recto Avenue in Cagayan de Oro City on October 31, 2018. Malacañang photo

Painful past unearthed as French PM visits Dien Bien Phu battle site

Nov 04, 2018 - 4:30 AM

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who is in Vietnam for a 3-day visit, is the second senior French leader to visit Dien Bien Phu

VISIT. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe tours a former French military command bunker in Dien Bien Phu on November 3, 2018. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Duterte warns communists: I will do anything to establish order

Oct 24, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The President has strong words for the military in the same speech, telling them to stop staging coups if they will only give the government to politicians backed by powerful elites

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath of the newly-elected officers of the Malacañang Press Corps in a ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on October 9, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] Too much beer

Oct 09, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Does the military have a reverse IQ test for those who they recruit into military intelligence?

[OPINION] Spying is back

Oct 07, 2018 - 8:41 PM

The long and short of it is that military poking about in campus was always never efficacious

CPP taps students of 10 Manila universities for Red October plot – Galvez

Oct 02, 2018 - 1:22 PM

(UPDATED) Military chief General Carlito Galvez Jr, who does not identify the schools, says this is part of the communists' bid to form a 'broad coalition' to unseat President Rodrigo Duterte

PH MILITARY CHIEF. AFP chief General Carlito Galvez Jr at the Senate Finance Subcommittee hearing on the proposed 2019 budget of the Department of National Defense on October 2, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

AFP: No 'Red-Yellow' coalition to oust Duterte

Oct 02, 2018 - 11:43 AM

(UPDATED) Armed Forces chief General Carlito Galvez says there is no coalition between the Communist Party of the Philippines and the Liberal Party

SECURITY OFFICIALS. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (left) and AFP chief General Carlito Galvez Jr (center) at the Senate hearing on the proposed 2019 defense budget on October 2, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[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

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Sep 27, 2018 - 2:20 PM

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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

Vietnam's hardline president laid to rest

Sep 26, 2018 - 11:49 AM

(UPDATED) Long lines of officials, police, relatives, and monks in golden robes stream through the National Funeral House in central Hanoi where Quang's flag-draped coffin lay beneath a large portrait of the leader

MOURNING. Buddhist monks pray for late Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang at the Viet Nam Quoc Tu Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City on September 23, 2018. File photo by Kao Nguyen/AFP

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

Anti-communist task force for talking not shooting – PNP

Sep 24, 2018 - 11:32 AM

The anti-communist task force, PNP chief Oscar Albayalde says, is to support localized peace talks with the Left

CRAME BRIEFING. PNP's top generals gather to give a press conference in national police headquarters Camp Crame. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

State funeral, national mourning to be held for Vietnam president

Sep 23, 2018 - 7:44 PM

President Tran Dai Quang will lie in state in Hanoi before being buried in his hometown in Ninh Binh province on September 27

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'

Duterte warns communists he's prepared to 'bomb' them

Aug 21, 2018 - 9:44 PM

Local government officials who give aid to communist rebels will lose powers over the police, says President Rodrigo Duterte

CPP rejects localized peace talks

Jul 13, 2018 - 2:21 PM

'Surely, this pretend "localized" peace talks will not involve even a single genuine revolutionary force. Duterte will certainly be negotiating only with its own shadow,' says the Communist Party of the Philippines

COMMUNIST REBELS. The Communist Party of the Philippines has rejected the Duterte administration's planned localized peace talks. File photo by Mick Basa

Duterte okays guidelines for localized peace talks

Jul 12, 2018 - 4:15 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is set to issue an executive order formalizing guidelines for peace talks between local governments and communists in their areas

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the Security Cluster Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on July 11, 2018.

Czech gov't wins confidence vote backed by Communists

Jul 12, 2018 - 9:28 AM

It takes Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis 9 months to form a government after he won last October's election, with potential partners initially shunning him over allegations of EU subsidy fraud among other concerns

CONFIDENCE VOTE. Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis delivers his speech in the Czech Parliament in Prague, Czech Republic on July 11, 2018. Photo by Michal Cizek/AFP

Duterte's demand 'unacceptable' – CPP

Jul 05, 2018 - 12:24 PM

The Communist Party of the Philippines notes that a presidential proclamation formally terminating peace negotiations 'has never been rescinded'

NPA. This file photo shows members of the New People'€™s Army in Maco, Compostela Valley, on September 15, 2017. File photo by Mick Basa

Duterte wants peace talks in PH – Dureza

Jul 05, 2018 - 9:52 AM

Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza says President Rodrigo Duterte also wishes for Norway to continue as facilitator in the event peace talks are resumed

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Jul 02, 2018 - 8:41 PM

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Roque claims Church leaders working with Left to oust Duterte

Jul 02, 2018 - 3:13 PM

Malacañang also claims that Church leaders are only criticizing the President because 'their candidate' lost in the 2016 elections. But criticism from Church leaders began when Duterte cursed Pope Francis, months before he topped presidential surveys.

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Jul 02, 2018 - 1:22 PM

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Lorenzana to Joma Sison: Without peace talks, you are irrelevant

Jul 01, 2018 - 8:07 PM

'Mr Sison, you know that the peace talks is the only thing that is keeping you in the limelight,' Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana tells Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria 'Joma' Sison

CPP says Duterte ouster 'highly probable'

Jun 30, 2018 - 1:22 PM

The Communist Party of the Philippines also argues that Duterte's counterinsurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan 'is doomed to fail'

CPP ON DUTERTE. The CPP says it is 'highly probable' that President Rodrigo Duterte 'will not be able to complete his 6-year term.' File photos by Edwin Espejo/Rappler and Malacanang

Religious leaders urge gov't, NDF: Seek peace and pursue it

Jun 30, 2018 - 9:03 AM

The Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform encourages both government and the National Democratic Front to 'open the doors to dialogue'

PEACE TALKS. A group of religious leaders urge President Rodrigo Duterte and CPP founder Joma Sison to continue working for peace.

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Joma Sison ruling out talks with gov't? 'That's fine,' says Duterte

Jun 28, 2018 - 6:37 PM

Saying military operations against communists will continue, the President belittles the New People's Army's capability to harm the government

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath of office of around 1,900 newly-elected barangay chairpersons in the Zamboanga Peninsula. The ceremony was held at the Municipal Gymnasium in Molave, Zamboanga del Sur on June 26, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Joma Sison: No more peace talks, better to oust Duterte

Jun 28, 2018 - 6:00 PM

(5th UPDATE) Sison's announcement comes on the day both sides were supposed to resume talks in Oslo

NO MORE TALKS. Joma Sison says communists cannot resume peace talks with Duterte still leading the Philippines. Rappler file photo

[OPINION] Interim peace proposal for 3-month wait in talks with communists

Jun 25, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Jose Maria Sison predicted more bloodshed. Indeed, clashes between government troops and communist rebels have flared up anew. What is to be done?

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

Drilon says Duterte is right, peace talks should be in PH

Jun 16, 2018 - 3:56 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says holding the peace talks here will show the government's sincerity and confidence in both parties, and the communists' recognition of the legitimacy of the Philippine government

PEACE TALKS. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says 'it's about time' that the peace talks are held on Philippine soil. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

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.

Military, police worried NPA will use peace talks to regroup

Jun 14, 2018 - 3:15 PM

While security forces support President Rodrigo Duterte's peace initiative, they reiterate a warning during the recent command conference

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on June 13, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Court allows NDF consultants to go to Netherlands for June peace talks

Jun 09, 2018 - 4:57 PM

But the court does not lift the standing warrants of arrest against Benito Tiamzon and Adelberto Silva, saying the 'provisional liberty' is for the sole purpose of the travel

President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Benito Tiamzon, political consultant of the National Democratic Front, in a meeting in Malacañan’s State Dining Room on September 26. ACE MORANDANTE/PPD

Duterte floats July resumption of peace talks with communists

Jun 08, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza expects specific instructions from President Rodrigo Duterte during the next Cabinet meeting on June 11

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte answers queries from the members of the media in an interview following the inauguration of the Mactan-Cebu-International Airport (MCIA)Terminal 2 in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu on June 7, 2018. Joining the President is Sec. Bong Go of the Special Assistant to the President. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte gives Joma Sison '60 days' to come home

May 30, 2018 - 7:12 PM

The President also says there is no need to take Sison's suggestion to meet in Hanoi as he will guarantee the communist leader's safety in the Philippines

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Duterte: PH ‘winning the war’ against communists

May 24, 2018 - 11:27 PM

'So the military is quite good in... we’re winning the war actually,' says the President, citing the arrest of an NPA leader

WINNING. File photo of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during an event at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City.  Malacañang Photo

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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Former top Chinese Communist official jailed for life for bribery

May 08, 2018 - 3:48 PM

In addition to his prison term, Sun Zhengcai's 'stolen property has already all been confiscated'

SUN ZHENGCAI. This file photo taken on March 5, 2017 shows former Chongqing Communist Party Secretary Sun Zhengcai (L) talking with Chinese vice chairman of the Central Military Commission Xu Qiliang (R) during the opening session of the National People's Congress, China's legislature, in Beijing's Great Hall of the People. File photo by Wang Zhao/ AFP

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

China gives 'subversive' Peppa Pig the chop

May 01, 2018 - 6:44 PM

The People's Daily, mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party, says the innocent pig 'had become an unexpected cultural icon' for a 'subculture' of idle youth

JOLLY DR. BROWN. A woman poses in London on December 12, 2017 looking at a screen showing an episode of British animated series Peppa Pig involving the character Dr Brown Bear. Peppa Pig, the cartoon character loved by toddlers around the world, could be to blame for creating unrealistic expectations of doctors, according to an article in a respected medical journal. A woman poses in London on December 12, 2017 looking at a screen showing an episode of British animated series Peppa Pig involving the character Dr Brown Bear. Peppa Pig, the cartoon character loved by toddlers around the world, could be to blame for creating unrealistic expectations of doctors, according to an article in a respected medical journal. Photo by Daniel Sorabji/AFP

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

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

North Korea's Kim Jong-Un greets Chinese official, calls for stronger ties

Apr 15, 2018 - 4:58 PM

(UPDATED) Song Tao, head of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee's international department, meets with Kim Jong-Un in Pyongyang