Thanks to Duterte gov't confusion, the Left regains influence

Sep 23, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The national democrats know a break with President Duterte's administration will be inevitable. For now, it will milk the relationship for all its strategic and tactical worth.

DUTERTE AND THE LEFT. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with National Democratic Front (NDF) Peace Panel Members Fidel Agcaoili, Chit Agcaoili, Benito Tiamzon, and Wilma Tiamzon over dinner at Bondi and Bourke Restaurant at Legaspi Suites, Davao City, on December 2, 2016. Photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

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Sep 19, 2017 - 12:19 PM

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Lorenzana backs resumption of peace talks with communists

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:40 AM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he supports the resumption of peace talks but says he has yet to convince President Rodrigo Duterte

SUPPORT. Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana says he supports peace talks with he Left. Rappler file photo

Duterte still open to peace talks with communists

Sep 16, 2017 - 7:45 PM

(UPDATED) 'If you want to resume the talks, I am not averse to the idea,' says President Rodrigo Duterte during a meeting with a released prisoner of war

President Rodrigo Duterte gives his message during the celebration of the 24th Anniversary of Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) at the Malacanang Palace. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com

CPP: 'Duterte's plot to declare nationwide martial law underway'

Sep 14, 2017 - 8:55 PM

Duterte is presently carrying out a mind conditioning campaign to justify his plan to impose martial law He employs his horde of paid trolls to flood social media with Duterte adulation and to villify the Left and political opposition says the Communist Party of the Philippines

MARTIAL LAW. President Duterte says he will not put the Philippines under martial law.

Duterte to communists: No talks until you declare ceasefire

Sep 08, 2017 - 5:43 PM

UPDATED Declare a ceasefire or nothing the President tells communists challenging them to 50 more years of war

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III on the sidelines of the 60th Founding Anniversary of the Social Security System (SSS) at the SSS Building in Quezon City on September 6, 2017. Also in the photo is SSS Chairman Dean Amado Valdez. Malacañan Photo

After CA rejections, Duterte admin still 'open' to Left – Malacañang

Sep 07, 2017 - 1:40 PM

The Duterte administration wants an agreement with the Left to smoothen out their complicated relationship says Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella

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Amid ties with Left, Mariano says he was never part of communist groups

Aug 30, 2017 - 2:55 PM

Mula noon hanggang ngayon ay nasa legal democratic organization po ako says Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano who was nominated to the Cabinet by the National Democratic Front

LEFT TIES. Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano says he was never a part of the CPP-NPA-NDF. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

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

Leftist lawmakers slam CA for 'bias vs poor'

Aug 16, 2017 - 4:42 PM

UPDATED Lawmakers in the House Makabayan bloc call out the Commission on Appointments for rejecting the DSWD appointment of Judy Taguiwalo a nominee of the Left in the Duterte Cabinet

SECRETARY NO MORE. Judy Taguiwalo, President Rodrigo Duterte's first DSWD secretary. File Malacañang photo

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

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Joma Sison: Duterte is PH's top drug addict

Jul 30, 2017 - 9:35 PM

The Communist Party of the Philippines founder also calls the President an utterly stupid coward

WORD WAR. In their continuing tirade, Communist Party of the Philippines Joma Sison calls President Rodrigo Duterte the top drug addict in the Philippines.

Duterte dares Joma Sison, 'Come home and fight'

Jul 27, 2017 - 8:11 PM

You are directing a war from [there] ang namamatay yung naniniwala sa iyo says the President addressing CPP leader Joma Sison

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte awards a wounded personnel medal to Staff Sergeant Arniel Matunhay during the President's visit at Camp Panacan Station Hospital in Davao City on July 20, 2017. Torsal was one of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) personnel who were wounded in an encounter against the New People's Army in Arakan, North Cotabato on July 19. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte to Joma Sison: Pity Norwegian gov't, just kill yourself

Jul 25, 2017 - 10:11 PM

The President jokes that National Democratic Front consultants should have been poisoned when they were served food during meetings in Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte lauds the men and women of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) who have continued to serve the country in his speech during the PAF's 70th Anniversary celebration at the Clark Air Base in Pampanga on July 4, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Joma on Duterte's 'blatant lie': I don't have cancer

Jul 24, 2017 - 8:34 PM

No findings of cancer of any kind cardiac problem or any other malignancy says the communist leader

Image via http://www.josemariasison.org/

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Jul 21, 2017 - 2:01 PM

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Duterte to Joma Sison: 'Let's stop talking'

Jul 21, 2017 - 11:13 AM

5TH UPDATE Let us renew the fighting for another 50 years It s what you want President Rodrigo Duterte tells his former teacher

 President Rodrigo Duterte visits government troops who are engaged in a battle with the Maute terrorist group in Marawi City on July 20, 2017. The President gave out food packs and other assistance when he set foot at Camp Ranao. The President's visit boosted the morale of the soldiers. ACE MORANDANTE/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Jul 20, 2017 - 8:36 PM

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Duterte: No talks until communists stop attacks vs gov't troops

Jul 19, 2017 - 1:31 PM

UPDATED The government cancels backchannel talks supposed to happen in July following a clash between supposed NPA rebels and President Duterte s security aides

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the ceremonial turnover of pistols to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at the Heroes Hall of Malacañan Palace on July 18, 2017, reiterates his intention to improve the military capabilities of the armed forces. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

PH gov't, NDF to stop offensive operations in Mindanao

Jun 18, 2017 - 3:26 PM

The two sides agree to stop offensive operations against each other as the NDF orders its units to help the government fight terror groups

TAKING BACK MARAWI. Soldiers continue to flush terror groups out of Marawi. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/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


Duterte threatens re-arrest of communist leaders

May 31, 2017 - 6:37 PM

The threat comes in the wake of the guerrillas call for more attacks against government following the declaration of martial law in Mindanao

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte expresses his condolence to the bereaved family of Alan Descallar during his wake visit at the St. Peter's Funeral Homes in Iligan City on May 26, 2017. Descallar is a civilian who was killed when terrorists attacked Marawi City on May 23, 2017. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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May 29, 2017 - 2:14 PM

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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

Lorenzana: Criminals, not NPA, target of martial law

May 27, 2017 - 3:14 PM

Despite the back and forth between the CPP NDF and defense officials peace talks between the Philippine government and NDF continue in the Netherlands

SECURITY CHECKS. Government troops man checkpoints in Iligan City on May 24. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

After Mindanao, Duterte wants to put PH under martial law – Trillanes

May 24, 2017 - 4:58 PM

Pag bibigyan mo ng palugit si Duterte ang susunod nito buong Pilipinas na Sinasanay niya kinokondisyon niya isipan ng mamamayan na martial law ay okay lang says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

CA grills Taguiwalo over links to Left

May 03, 2017 - 1:22 PM

The Commission on Appointments defers the confirmation of Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo after being questioned over her ties to the Communist Party of the Philippines

DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo speaks at a workers rally on May 1, 2017, Labor Day at the Liwasang Bonifacio. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Lorenzana to Gina Lopez: Ask your NPA friends to 'lay down their arms'

Apr 22, 2017 - 2:18 PM

The defense department is still awaiting official communication on how it can help the DENR establish E3 ecological economic and educational zones across the country

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

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Apr 09, 2017 - 8:14 AM

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Duterte expects hostilities between military, NPA to stop

Apr 06, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Malacañang welcomes the agreement between government negotiators and communists to begin the process of drafting an interim joint ceasefire

SILENCE THE GUNS. President Rodrigo Duterte salutes a soldier wounded during an encounter with the New Peope's Army. Photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

Duterte tells Joma Sison: Come home, you're free

Apr 05, 2017 - 9:10 PM

I will not arrest him I ll even pay for his hospitalization kung gusto niya says President Rodrigo Duterte

COME HOME. President Rodrigo Duterte is a former student of CPP founder Jose Maria Sison. Duterte file photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo; Sison file photo from http://www.josemariasison.org/

PH, NDF agree to forge interim joint ceasefire

Apr 05, 2017 - 8:20 PM

UPDATED The interim joint ceasefire will not address the collection of revolutionary taxes an NPA activity that President Rodrigo Duterte said should stop

NEGOTIATIONS. 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

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Apr 04, 2017 - 1:27 PM

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Talks with Reds delayed after Duterte's last-minute call

Apr 02, 2017 - 10:55 PM

The opening ceremony for the 4th round of talks is rescheduled to Monday April 3 The instructions of President Rodrigo Duterte however have yet to be divulged

POSTPONED. The 4th round of talks with communist rebels is reset to open on Monday, April 3. Photo from OPAPP

Philippine communist rebels agree to discuss ceasefire

Apr 01, 2017 - 3:21 PM

In a separate statement the CPP says it fully supports the peace talks despite the non issuance of ceasefire declarations by either side

CHIEF NEGOTIATOR. Fidel Agcaoili, Human rights committee chairperson of the NDF, speaks at a press conference in Ateneo de Davao University on June 8, 2016. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Lorenzana tags NPA as 'terrorists' ahead of talks

Apr 01, 2017 - 2:09 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte s defense chief says they support the peace process but questions the sincerity of the communist rebels

DEFENSE CHIEF. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana addresses the Fullerton Forum at the Shangri-La Dialogue Sherpa Meeting in Singapore on January 23, 2017. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Duterte wants bilateral ceasefire deal with NDF sealed in April talks

Mar 31, 2017 - 3:16 PM

The two panels are also expected to decide on the referee in the bilateral ceasefire agreement after Norway begged off from the role

PREPARING TO TALK. President Rodrigo Duterte discusses peace talks with the Left with chief government negotiator Labor chief Silvestre Bello III and Presidential Peace Process Adviser Jesus Dureza at the Presidential Guest House in Davao City on March 27, 2017. Photo by Rene Lumawag/Presidential Photo

Gov't sees 'no reason' to declare unilateral ceasefire

Mar 31, 2017 - 1:14 PM

The communists are not expected to declare a unilateral ceasefire on March 31 says government chief negotiator Silvestre Bello III

NO CEASEFIRE SOON. The government's chief negotiator Bebot Bello does not expect the communists to declare a unilateral ceasefire on March 31. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

CPP announces leadership change as NPA marks 48th anniversary

Mar 29, 2017 - 11:51 AM

The Communist Party of the Philippines says it has elected young leaders to its central committee as it aims to complete victory

NPA in Metro Manila. Photo by Romeo Mariano/Rappler

4th round of PH, NDF talks to be held in the Netherlands

Mar 21, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Norway commits to continue supporting the peace talks that aim to end Asia s longest running communist insurgency

3RD COUNTRY FACILITOR. File photo of Norwegian Ambassador to the Philippine Erik Forner and Ambassador Elisabeth Slattum. Norway has facilitated the talks between the Philippine government and communist rebels since 2001. OPAPP Photo

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Mar 20, 2017 - 10:11 PM

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Duterte affirms conditions 2 weeks before NDF talks resume

Mar 20, 2017 - 12:50 PM

It s the first time that the conditions came from President Rodrigo Duterte himself

AFFIRMING CONDITIONS. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte issues a message to communist rebels during a speech before the Filipino community in Myanmar on Sunday, March 19. Malacañang photo

Stop 'terrorist acts,' AFP tells NPA

Mar 19, 2017 - 7:55 PM

The Philippine military says it has recorded 62 terroristic activities by the New People s Army this year alone

SINCERE IN TALKS? NPA guerillas march in Davao City to celebrate 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

Duterte: PTV4 won't be used for propaganda, personal gain

Mar 11, 2017 - 6:59 PM

Even communists can use the state run TV channel to discuss their agenda says the President

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during the inauguration of PTV4 Cordillera Hub in baguio City on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Image from PTV4 screengrab

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