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Duterte's advice vs Western Mindanao investments a 'wake-up call'

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:13 PM

Zamboanga del Norte business leader Rolando Soliva responds to the Chief Executive's statement urging investors to 'stay away' from the western part of Mindanao due to peace and order problems

BUSINESS LEADER. Rolando A. Soliva is the president of the Dipolog Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He also chairs the Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Police Office Advisory Council. Photo by Bert Laput

[OPINION] Combatants, decommissioning, and lasting peace

Sep 08, 2019 - 8:00 PM

We are now at a critical stage in the Mindanao peace process leading up to the fulfillment of the commitments made by both the government and the MILF

Mindanao closer to peace as MILF decommissions 12,000 fighters – gov't

Sep 06, 2019 - 9:43 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte will lead a ceremony in Maguindanao on Saturday, September 7, as former rebels from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front begin their transition to civilian life

DECOMMISSIONING. More than 1,000 soldiers of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front will begin their transition to civilian life on September 7. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Mozambique gov't, opposition Renamo sign historic peace pact

Aug 01, 2019 - 11:47 PM

The signing takes place in the Gorongosa National Park in central Mozambique, nearly 27 years after the end of the country's first civil war

[ANALYSIS] Philippine defense spending in 2018: What data tells us

Jul 12, 2019 - 1:00 PM

The Philippines has to be smart about improving its security beyond defense budgets and military acquisitions and allocations

Kushner holds open door to wary Palestinians in Bahrain peace push

Jun 27, 2019 - 12:05 AM

Jared Kushner promises to put out the political plan at 'the right time' and says the Palestinian Authority could help its people by embracing the US recommendations

OPEN DOOR. A handout picture released by Bahrain's official news agency (BNA) shows White House adviser Jared Kushner speaking during a US-sponsored Middle East economic conference in Manama on June 25, 2019. AFP PHOTO / HO / BNA

70-year-old businesswoman killed by riding-in-tandem in Cebu City

Jun 26, 2019 - 6:36 PM

Police are still investigating the motive behind the shooting of Erlinda Garcia, a native of Aloguinsan town

U.S. kicks off Mideast plan, with Palestinians boycotting

Jun 25, 2019 - 4:41 PM

For now, its plan will open over cocktails and dinner Tuesday evening in Bahrain at an intimate two-day 'economic workshop' at a luxury hotel overlooking the Gulf

DENOUNCING THE PLAN. A picture taken on June 16, 2019, shows a poster in Gaza City denouncing the US Middle East peace plan dubbed the "deal of the century". Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Moroccans protest against U.S.-led Mideast economic plan

Jun 23, 2019 - 9:41 PM

Demonstrators burn Israeli flag near Morocco's parliament and shouted 'Death to Israel!' and 'Death to the United States!'

Taliban leader says no ceasefire as U.S. envoy heads to region

Jun 02, 2019 - 12:08 AM

The Taliban's fight 'and resistance against the occupation is nearing the stage of success, Allah willing,' says Taliban chief Haibatullah Akhundzada

NO CEASEFIRE. This AFPTV screen grab from a video made on May 28, 2019 in Moscow shows Taliban Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar during a conference marking a century of diplomatic relations between Afghanistan and Russia, followed by discussions with Afghan politicians about the future of the country. Photo by Nikolay Korzhov/AFPTV/AFP

Palestinians confirm will not attend U.S.-led meeting in Bahrain

May 23, 2019 - 7:25 AM

'This is a collective Palestinian position, from President Mahmud Abbas and the PLO Executive Committee to all Palestinian political movements and factions, national figures, private sector and civil society'

A Palestinian protester hurls stones at Israeli troops during a demonstration near the border with Israel, east of Gaza City, on May 10, 2019.  Said KHATIB / AFP

Venezuela peace talks in Oslo provide glimmer of hope

May 16, 2019 - 11:30 PM

It is the second time that such talks have been held in Oslo between Nicolas Maduro's regime and Juan Guaido's representatives, says Norway's NRK radio and television network

SHOWDOWN. A combination of file photos of Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido (left) and President Nicolas Maduro. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Afghanistan loya jirga demands 'immediate and permanent' ceasefire

May 03, 2019 - 8:43 PM

(UPDATED) Delegates of a historic 'loya jirga' peace summit say the ceasefire should start at the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, which gets underway in the coming days

South Sudan adversaries meet in bid to save peace deal

May 02, 2019 - 8:58 PM

Representatives of South Sudan's rival parties gather in Addis Ababa for a meeting called by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development

SOUTH SUDAN. This combination of pictures created on June 19, 2018 shows (L) South Sudan's President Salva Kiir on January 29, 2018 and (R) South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar on January 26, 2016. File photos by Simon Maina and Isaac Kasamani/AFP

Kabul on lockdown as assembly discusses peace with the Taliban

Apr 30, 2019 - 7:01 PM

The loya jirga is being held as the US and Taliban are discussing a possible foreign troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in exchange for a permanent ceasefire and various Taliban pledges

LOYA JIRGA. In this file photo taken on April 29, 2019, Afghan people attend the first day of the 'loya jirga' (grand assembly) in Kabul. File photo by STR/AFP

Israel to name Golan settlement after Trump

Apr 24, 2019 - 12:02 PM

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to name a new settlement in the occupied Golan after US President Donald Trump in appreciation of his recognition of Israel's claim of sovereignty there

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) holds a proclamation signed by US President Donald Trump recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, during a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on April 14, 2019.  RONEN ZVULUN / POOL / AFP

Kushner: Mideast plan to come after Ramadan

Apr 24, 2019 - 8:13 AM

Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump's son-in-law, says he would present his long-awaited Middle East peace proposal around June and that it would include a 'robust business plan' for the Palestinians

Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner speaks during the Time 100 Summit event April 23, 2019 in New York. Kushner said that he would present his long-awaited Middle East peace plan after the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan ends in early June. Don Emmert / AFP

Afghan military could pose threat to country if aid ends – U.S. report

Mar 29, 2019 - 10:34 AM

'Without financial support, the government of Afghanistan cannot survive,' says a report by the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

Afghan security personnel stand guard near the site of an attack near the Marshal Fahim Military Academy base in Kabul on January 29, 2018. Gunmen launched a pre-dawn attack on a military academy in Kabul on January 29, security officials and sources told AFP, in an ongoing assault that marks the latest violence to strike the Afghan capital. / AFP PHOTO / WAKIL KOHSAR

[OPINION] Will local peace talks succeed?

Mar 26, 2019 - 9:01 AM

Some lessons to learn from the Colombian peace model

Duterte ends designation of gov't peace panel members

Mar 20, 2019 - 6:22 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III's designation as government peace panel chair ends more than a year after the formal scrapping of peace talks with the Left

GOVERNMENT PEACE PANEL NO MORE. President Rodrigo Duterte (left), with government peace panel members led by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III (2nd, left). File photo from Presidential Photo

Metta World Peace, Jalen Green highlight NBTC Nationals 2019

Mar 11, 2019 - 3:29 PM

Thirty-two high school teams from all over the country are competing in the annual tournament

TOP NOTCH. Former NBA champion Metta World Peace and Filipino-American Jalen Green will grace the NBTC. Photos from Shutterstock and Instagram (@jalen)


Caloocan diocese prays for Bishop David's safety: 'Sasamahan namin siya'

Mar 02, 2019 - 6:06 PM

'Huwag tayong matakot na tumayo sa ating pananampalataya, ipaglaban natin ito at lalo nating paigtingin ang ating pagmamahal sa ating Panginoon,' Fr Jay de Leon says

PEACE AND SECURITY. Catholic devotees attend a prayer vigil for the safety and peace of bishops, priests, lay faithful, and the nation, at the San Roque Cathedral on Friday, March 1. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Japan's Shinzo Abe nominated Trump for Nobel after U.S. request – report

Feb 17, 2019 - 6:46 PM

The report comes after US President Donald Trump's claim that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had nominated him for the prize

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 17, 2018, US President Donald Trump greets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump and Abe agreed on May 28, 2018, that it is "imperative" to completely dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program, the White House said. The US and Japanese leaders will meet ahead of a much anticipated summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un back on schedule for June 12 in Singapore just days after Trump announced he was canceling it.   / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN

U.N. council hails Central Africa peace deal as important step

Feb 14, 2019 - 1:13 AM

In a unanimous statement, the United Nations Security Council welcomes the deal and urges all sides to implement it 'in good faith and without delay'

UN COUNCIL. In this file photo, the United Nations Security Council meets on January 26, 2019, at the United Nations in New York. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Japan's top diplomat visits Duterte in Davao City

Feb 10, 2019 - 12:35 PM

(UPDATED) Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono says Japan is ready to 'expand' support for the Mindanao peace process

Central Africa peace deal calls for truth commission, joint patrols

Feb 08, 2019 - 8:57 PM

The accord is the eighth attempt in nearly 6 years to forge peace in the war-ravaged country, where human rights groups have documented a long list of murders, extra-judicial killings, torture and rape

PEACE DEAL. A participant signs the so-called 'Khartoum Agreement' peace agreement during a ceremony in Bangui on February, 6, 2019. Photo by Florent Vergnes/AFP

Central African peace deal still not fully signed – minister

Feb 07, 2019 - 9:57 PM

'There are still 3 signatures' needed, government spokesman Ange Maxime Kazagui says, without identifying the individuals or their affiliation

PEACE DEAL. Central African president Faustin-Archange Touadera (L) and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (R) attend the inking of a peace deal between the government of the Central African Republic and 14 armed groups in Khartoum on February 05, 2019. Photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

Central African Republic peace deal signed in Bangui

Feb 07, 2019 - 7:51 AM

The accord is the eighth attempt in nearly 6 years to forge peace in the war-ravaged country – one of the poorest in the world

PEACE DEAL. Members of armed groups, governments, UN and AU Agencies leave the Renaissance Palace after the signing ceremony of the so-called "Khartoum Agreement" peace agreement in Bangui on February, 6, 2019. Photo by Florent Vergnes/AFP

Groups in Cagayan march to call for justice for slain activist Malayao

Feb 06, 2019 - 11:49 PM

The Cagayan Valley regional police, however, claims that Randy Malayao's comrades in the Left might be behind his killing, citing internal problems within the movement

CALL FOR JUSTICE. Supporters of peace consultant and activist Randy Malayao in Tuguegarao City on February 6, 2019, call for an end to 'brazen political killings of leaders and members of progressive' groups. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Central Africa seals peace deal with armed groups

Feb 02, 2019 - 11:41 PM

On his own Twitter account, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui confirms an accord has been reached between the government and 14 armed groups, even if certain details still have to be ironed out

PEACE DEAL. A protester raises her arm in front of Minusca base (peacekeeping mission) during a demonstration against the dismissal of the speaker of the National Assembly, Abdou Karim Meckassoua, on October 23, 2018 in Bangui. File photo by Florent Vergnes/AFP

Yemen truce, prisoner swap timelines pushed back – U.N.

Jan 28, 2019 - 9:44 PM

The Hodeida agreement stipulates a full ceasefire, followed by the withdrawal and redeployment of rival forces from the city – two clauses that have yet to be fulfilled

YEMEN TALKS. In this file photo, UN special envoy on Yemen Martin Griffiths speaks with members of his delegation on September 7, 2018 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Yemen gov't accuses rebels of violating Hodeida truce

Jan 24, 2019 - 11:12 PM

The news comes as reports surface that the UN is looking to replace the head of a monitoring mission to Hodeida, a lifeline to millions of Yemenis dependent on its imports to survive

VIOLATION? This file photo shows Yemen President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi addressing the United Nations General Assembly on September 26, 2018 in New York City. File photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

13 killed in run-up to latest Central Africa peace bid

Jan 22, 2019 - 11:30 PM

The violence occurs just days before a new round of peace talks which begin on Thursday, January 24, in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Patahimikin ang mga baril sa Mindanao

Jan 21, 2019 - 2:17 PM

Wala nang lalayas sa sariling tahanan upang umiwas sa bala, wala nang baryong maglalagablab sa apoy, wala nang barilang pupunit sa katahimikan

Isabela City residents join assembly opposing Bangsamoro Organic Law

Jan 19, 2019 - 4:14 PM

Isabela City officials and Church leaders strongly oppose their inclusion in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, ahead of the plebiscite on January 21

NO TO BOL. Thousands gathered at the peace assembly for Non-inclusion of Isabela city to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Photo from PIA Western Mindanao

LOOK: Metta World Peace, Bill Wennington visit Pacquiao

Jan 14, 2019 - 6:10 PM

Manny Pacquiao gets some love from fans, including former NBA players Metta World Peace and Bill Wennington

BASKETBALL STARS. Former Laker Metta World Peace (right) and his son visit Manny Pacquiao at his Los Angeles residence Sunday afternoon. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Afghan Taliban says 'post-occupation' discussed with Iran

Jan 01, 2019 - 5:41 PM

The Taliban delegation discusses with Iran 'the post-occupation situation, restoration of peace and security in Afghanistan and the region'

TALKS. Representatives of the Taliban attend international talks on Afghanistan in Moscow on November 9, 2018. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Tagle urges Filipinos to live life of prayer, caring to achieve peace

Dec 31, 2018 - 10:22 PM

If we don't care for each other, 'we will be sowing seeds of violence,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle in his homily for the New Year's Eve mass

PRAY FERVENTLY. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle gives his homily during the New Year's Eve mass at the Manila Cathedral on December 31, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Iran says Afghan Taliban were in Tehran for peace talks

Dec 31, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Iran's push for peace talks which aim to bring an end to the 17-year conflict comes after Trump's withdrawal of US troops in Afghanistan

COOPERATION? Taliban forces engage in dialogue with Iran to negotiate an end to the 17-year conflict in the region, File photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

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

Galvez appointment as Duterte adviser signals new peace mindset

Dec 23, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The appointment of Carlito Galvez Jr also completes the retired generals' takeover of key posts handling peace, security, and delivery of government services

BANGSAMORO ADVOCATE. Carlito Galvez Jr (left) is a known advocate of the Bangsamoro peace process. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

A month before Bangsamoro plebiscite, gov't entities sign deal on info drive

Dec 22, 2018 - 5:26 PM

Poll watchdog Legal Network of Truthful Elections, however, criticizes the delay in the information and education drive in the Bangsamoro

Photo from OPAPP

Yemen's warring parties agree Hodeida ceasefire at U.N. talks

Dec 14, 2018 - 8:24 AM

If implemented, the deal on the Hodeida port, a key gateway for aid and food imports, could bring relief to a country where 14 million people stand on the brink of famine

CEASEFIRE. Yemen's foreign minister Khaled al-Yamani (L) and rebel negotiator Mohammed Abdelsalam (R) shake hands under the eyes of United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres (C), during peace consultations taking place at Johannesberg Castle in Rimbo, north of Stockholm, Sweden, on December 13, 2018. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Race to broker truce as Yemen talks enter final hours

Dec 13, 2018 - 1:02 PM

Intense talks are continuing on Sanaa airport, shut down for years in the conflict between the Saudi-backed government and northern rebels linked to Iran

YEMEN TALKS. A picture shows the international airport in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on November 23, 2017. File photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

U.N. chief to attend Yemen peace talks amid de-escalation push

Dec 12, 2018 - 10:28 AM

UN chief Antonio Guterres will 'hold meetings with the two delegations and will address the closing session of this round of consultations'

YEMEN PEACE TALKS. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at the New York University Stern School of Business in New York on May 30, 2017. File photo by  Jewel Samad/AFP

Nobel laureates urge world to help victims of rape in conflict

Dec 10, 2018 - 10:15 PM

Nobel committee chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen says laureates Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad are 'two of the strongest voices in the world today'

Nobel Peace Prize laureates Yazidi activist Nadia Murad and Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege pose with their Nobel Peace Prizes during the award ceremony 2018 on December 10, 2018 at the City Hall in Oslo, Norway.  Haakon Mosvold Larsen / POOL / AFP

Nobel peace prize shines light on rape in conflict

Dec 10, 2018 - 12:13 PM

The Norwegian Nobel Committee says the prize was 'for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict'

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE. Nobel Peace Prize laureates Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi activist Nadia Murad hug at the end of a press conference on December 9, 2018 in Oslo. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Fight to end rape in war must begin in peacetime – Mukwege

Dec 09, 2018 - 10:32 AM

Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege is set to receive his Nobel Peace Prize on December 10

Yemen government says rebels 'not serious' at U.N. talks

Dec 08, 2018 - 8:58 PM

Government representatives, rebel spokesmen, and UN Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths say the talks are not aimed at finding a political solution to the conflict

CONFLICT. Rana Ghanem, member of a Yemeni government's delegation, speaks to journalists during the ongoing peace talks on Yemen held at Johannesberg Castle, in Rimbo, 50km north of Stockholm, Sweden, December 8, 2018. Photo by Henrik Montgomery/TT NEWS AGENCY/AFP

Yemen war rivals double down as U.N. talks open

Dec 07, 2018 - 8:27 AM

On the table at the Sweden talks is the fate of Hodeida, the last rebel stronghold on Yemen's Red Sea coast and the conduit for 90% of vital food imports

TALKS. UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths (L) shakes hands with Yemeni delegates during the opening press conference of the Yemeni peace talks at Johannesberg castle in Rimbo, Sweden on December 6, 2018. Photo by StinaStjernkvist/TT News Agency/AFP