peace in the philippines - updates

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[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

Football for Peace continues to live up to its mission on 6th year

Sep 19, 2017 - 1:55 PM

'We want to empower the children to become leaders someday,' says Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Cabanlet, founder of the Football for Peace Movement

FOR PEACE. Around 700 students participated in the 6th Football for Peace Festival in Luuk, Sulu. Photo courtesy of Col. Stephen Cabanlet

Duterte, peace talks, Benham Rise | Evening wRap

Mar 13, 2017 - 9:22 PM

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Canadian shot by unknown suspect along EDSA

Mar 07, 2017 - 5:25 PM

The man and his wife had stopped their vehicle because of heavy traffic when the suspect approached the vehicle and shot 55 year old Nanthakumaran Kumarasamy say police

PH, NDF talks hit a snag but camps remain committed

Oct 08, 2016 - 7:26 PM

The NDF hits the delay in the grant of general amnesty to political prisoners and blocks government inputs in the outline of socioeconomic reforms

CONTENTIOUS. Round 2 of the peace talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front gets underway in Norway on October 6, 2016. Photo courtesy of OPAPP

NDF on ceasefire: We'll reciprocate soon

Jul 25, 2016 - 5:11 PM

UPDATED The NDF would be able to respond to or reciprocate the unilateral ceasefire declaration of the government soon after receiving its full text

JOMA SISON. The founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines

Coast Guard on alert for 'suspicious' Manila-bound passengers

Nov 11, 2015 - 4:11 PM

Ahead of the APEC Leaders Summit Coast Guard stations around the country have started taking pictures and videos of passengers headed to the national capital

PROFILING OF PASSENGERS. Coast Guard personnel will take pictures and videos of passengers boarding ships headed to Manila as a precaution, in preparation for APEC Manila. File photo from Agence France-Presse

Duterte hints he might run for president

Oct 04, 2015 - 7:24 PM

I will run because people keep bugging me says Duterte and then jokes You want me to run? Okay I will run around from first district to the third district of the city

FINAL DECISION. Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will announce his final plans for the 2016 elections next week. Contributed photo

In Tawi-Tawi, football is a way to achieve dreams

Jul 08, 2015 - 1:27 PM

Watch how football inspires the youth of a remote island village in Tawi Tawi

The football team of the island-village of Buan, Tawi-Tawi. Photo by Franz Lopez/ Rappler

Civilians in the battlefield: Sarah, the young widow

Apr 28, 2015 - 8:36 PM

What they call to bakwit to evacuate is very difficult…It’s difficult to lose your husband all of a sudden; not from disease he just died all of sudden

How football teaches kids from conflict areas to dream

Apr 14, 2015 - 8:44 PM

While football is their main avenue for inculcating good values to the children FootballForPeace founder Lt Col Stephen Cabanlet says making the kids good football players is only a secondary goal

FIRST TIME. Children from Sulu arrive in Villamor Airbase to participate in the Football for Peace tournament. Photo by Adrian Portugal/ Rappler

Senate to hear Bangsamoro bill, discuss MILF report

Mar 25, 2015 - 8:58 AM

The Senate will resume hearings on the Bangsamoro Basic Law after receiving the Moro Islamic Liberation Front s MILF report into the Mamasapano tragedy

Miriam: Start peace process all over again

Mar 05, 2015 - 1:13 PM

We have to stop talking of negotiating the Constitution That is heresy The Constitution is supreme says Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago

LEGAL OBSTACLE. Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago (right) says legality, not the timeframe, is the main obstacle to the Bangsamoro Basic Law. Photo from Senate PRIB

Top NPA leader, 4 others slain in military raid in Sarangani

Feb 16, 2015 - 6:04 PM

The slain rebels are from the Far South Mindanao Regional command of the communist guerrilla force among the more active units in Mindanao says the AFP

MOST ACTIVE UNIT. The slain rebels are from the Far South Mindanao Command of the New People's Army, which is among the more active units of the communist-led rebel forces in Mindanao, according to the military. File photo of NPA fighters on a training camp by Edwin Espejo/Rappler

3 dead from NPA raid in Davao Oriental

Feb 15, 2015 - 9:44 PM

UPDATED A firefight is ongoing as of this posting

Camiguin declared insurgency-free

Feb 11, 2015 - 4:12 PM

The island province among the top tourism destinations in the country draws 380 000 visitors a year

INSURGENCY FREE. Colonel Jesse A Alvarez, 403rd Infantry Brigade commander (left), Camiguin Governor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo (center), and Police Senior Superintendent Wilfredo  Cayat, provincial police commander, sign the Memorandum of Agreement turning over the peace and security control from the army to the police on February 10, 2015. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

‘All religions should promote peace’

Jan 14, 2015 - 6:19 PM

Religious leaders in the Philippines should ask the question: How can we promote peace with faith?

PROMOTING PEACE. Pope Francis (L) and Muslim Maulavi Ash-Sheikh M.F.M. Fazil (R) during an interreligious meeting at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall  in Colombo, Sri Lanka, January 13, 2015. Photo by Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Metta World Peace to visit Manila in 2015

Dec 12, 2014 - 7:50 PM

Former NBA champion and All Star Metta World Peace will be visiting the Philippines in 2015 and may even stick around to play in the PBA as an import

GIVE PEACE A CHANCE. Former NBA player Metta World Peace will be visiting Manila in 2015. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Abu Sayyaf's German hostages air appeal to authorities

Sep 29, 2014 - 11:44 AM

I really wish to see my family again and the situation here is very very stressful a hostage says as the Abu Sayyaf threatens to behead one of them

GERMAN HOSTAGES. A frame grab from video released by the Abu Sayyaf, obtained on September 24, 2014, reportedly shows German hostages identified only as Stefan O (kneeling C) and Henrike D (kneeling R) while being held by the Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines. The two have been held captive since April 2014. Screen grab from Aby Sayyaf video/EPA

Philippines rules out talks with militants holding Germans

Sep 25, 2014 - 8:16 PM

We do not negotiate with terrorists Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin says

On Azkals controversy: Locals need playing time, too

Aug 06, 2014 - 7:32 PM

The Philippine Football Federation says the team s star players may not be released by their home clubs in Europe for tournaments like the ASEAN Football Federation AFF Suzuki Cup because it s not an official FIFA event

“Bottom line, our National Coach Thomas Dooley [needs] to have a team ready which consists more or less [of] our local players to compete [in] events like the Suzuki Cup," said a statement on the Azkals Facebook page. Photo by Mark Cristino

Aquino to brief Japan's Abe on China case

Jun 20, 2014 - 2:26 PM

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will also be sharing views on maritime disputes with China

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (right) agree to boost maritime security in a meeting in July 2013. File photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino following up on Bangsamoro law

May 24, 2014 - 3:51 PM

Recognizing that time is of the essence in the preparation of the Basic Law that will facilitate the creation of the Bangsamoro political entity the President says I am very cognizant of the urgency but I’m also understanding of the task at hand

KNOWING URGENCY. Malacañang says President Aquino is aware of the urgency of completing the Palace review of the Bangsamoro law but 'understands the task at hand.' File photo by Lauro Montellano Jr/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Women play key role in PH peace process

May 23, 2014 - 2:17 PM

The British and Australian Embassies support women in the peace process in Philippines

Lifting the Bangsamoro for good

Feb 05, 2014 - 3:35 PM

No doubt political autonomy is essential but it is neither the only determinant factor nor should it be the sole end in the pursuit of lasting peace

‘Relief to reach 40 Leyte towns Thursday’

Nov 13, 2013 - 10:28 PM

Defense chief Gazmin also gives assurances We re in full control of the security problem in Tacloban even as residents continue to report peace and order breakdown

FULL CONTROL? Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin says they've stopped looting on November 11. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Report: BIFF 'most likely' behind CDO bombing

Aug 01, 2013 - 11:58 AM

A risk control organization says the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters wants to show it s a serious threat to be reckoned with

File photo of BIFF fighters

From Arroyo to Aquino, impunity continues — int'l observers

Jul 21, 2013 - 12:10 AM

Military generals implicated in alleged human rights violations have been promoted

MILITARY SPY? International human rights advocates spot alleged military spy following them in Mindanao. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena

2,032 gun ban violators as of Black Saturday

Mar 30, 2013 - 4:19 PM

But Holy Week has been generally peaceful says the Philippine National Police

MILF: Focus on peace talks, not Sabah

Mar 13, 2013 - 11:58 AM

Murad: We are more focused on the peace process and we don’t want it to complicate [it] with the issue of Sabah ownership

MILF chief Murad Ebrahim speaks in front of the media for the first time since the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro was signed. Photo taken by Karlos Manlupig

Gov't, MILF sign historic peace plan

Oct 15, 2012 - 2:58 PM

Amid the celebration the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front acknowledge that much work needs to be done

Azkals support Balls for Peace

Jul 21, 2012 - 8:51 AM

The Azkals support Balls for Peace a youth program led by the Philippine Marine Corps to promote football among kids in Sulu

Randy David clueless on motive of attack

Apr 25, 2012 - 6:06 PM

Randy David is clueless on the motive for the strafing of his house