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AFP to return P192.5-M Maguindanao road project fund

Jul 14, 2018 - 1:11 PM

Some P192.5 million allotted for road projects in Maguindanao under the Pamana program is not utilized by the Armed Forces of the Philippines

PAMANA. Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza (left) and OPAPP Assistant Secretary Yeshter Donn Baccay meet with AFP officials led by 52nd Engineering Brigade commander Brigadier General Dionisio Baudin Jr. (right) on July 10, 2018 to discuss issues on the implementation of PAMANA projects. Photo from OPAPP

Resumption of peace talks rescheduled – Dureza

Jun 14, 2018 - 4:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte wants the public 'consulted' before he orders the formal resumption of peace talks with the Left

P6.3-M reward for tipster in BIFF bombmaker Basit Usman's death

May 31, 2018 - 6:32 PM

The informant against Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters bombmaker Basit Usman is one of several recipients of reward money totaling P27.6 million in a ceremony in Camp Aguinaldo

REWARD MONEY. The Philippine military hands out reward money to 10 informants in a ceremony in Camp Aguinaldo on May 31, 2018. Rappler photo

Colombia truth commission to 'heal wounds' of war, president says

May 09, 2018 - 2:07 PM

The members include sociologists, journalists, doctors, economists, attorneys and clerics. The commission is headed by a Jesuit priest, Francisco de Roux, known for his human rights work.

TRUTH COMMISSION. Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos Calderon speaks during the 72nd High-level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace at United Nations Headquarters in New York, on April 24, 2018. Photo byHector Retamal/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

FULL TEXT: AFP chief Carlito Galvez Jr's speech at turnover rites

Apr 19, 2018 - 8:51 AM

'While we give primacy to peace, we will never hesitate to use our might when innocent civilians are threatened and attacked,' says Armed Forces chief of staff General Carlito Galvez Jr

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte hands over the command saber from outgoing Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Rey Guerrero to newly-installed AFP Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez Jr. during the AFP Change of Command Ceremony at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on April 18, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Peace adviser welcomes Sara Duterte’s opposition to resumption of peace talks

Apr 16, 2018 - 8:00 PM

(UPDATED) Jesus Dureza says 'we should respect the statements of Mayor Sara because she knows also why she has to say it'

RESPECT. President Duterte's peace adviser, Secretary Jesus Dureza, says Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio's stance against the resumption of talks with the communists is an input to be respected despite being contrary to her father's latest directive. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Ateneo presidents urge lawmakers to 'immediately' pass BBL

Mar 17, 2018 - 4:09 PM

'We implore our legislators not to delay such passage any further,' Ateneo presidents across the country urge Congress

BRING BACK BBL. Muslim women advocate the passage of the contentious Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). File photo by George P. Moya/Rappler

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

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.

2018 best time to pass Bangsamoro Basic Law – MILF

Jan 14, 2018 - 9:30 PM

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front also cautions against making changes in the proposed measure that are not consistent with the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro

Duterte not confident BBL allowable by Constitution

Dec 19, 2017 - 7:15 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte doesn't think the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law can 'hurdle constitutional barriers'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte does the peace sign as he poses for a photo with members of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels during the turnover ceremony of the new proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on July 17, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Dela Rosa on war on drugs, MILF on BBL, LTO revokes Lopez license | Evening wRap

Nov 27, 2017 - 8:45 PM

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Lumad on equal footing with Moro in proposed entity – Iqbal

Nov 27, 2017 - 8:12 AM

Mohagher Iqbal says laws that protect non-Islamized tribes will be recognized in the proposed Bangsamoro entity

LUMADS' WISH. The tribal leaders in Mindanao insist on a Bangsamoro entity that recognizes their right to ancestral domain​. Photo by Mick Basa

MILF's peace deal with PH gov't different from NDF's, says Iqbal

Nov 27, 2017 - 7:01 AM

'For us, what we’re asking is political settlement. We don’t care about the system of government. We don’t care who is running the government.'

TALKING PEACE. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte signs the Executive Order reconstituting the Bangsamoro Transition Commission in Malacanang on November 7, 2016. Also in the photo are Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Peace Panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal, Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza, MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, and GPH Peace Implementing Panel Chair Irene Santiago. Malacanang Photo

Nepalis vote for stability in historic polls

Nov 26, 2017 - 8:16 PM

This marks the final step of a drawn-out peace process, which began in 2006 with the end of the civil war

HISTORIC POLLS. A Nepali voter examines a ballot papers before casting his vote at a polling station during the general election at Chautara, Sindhupalchowk district some of 100 kilometers east of Kathamndu on November 26, 2017. Photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP

Sereno impeachment complaint, Peace Process canceled, Roque on human rights | Evening wRap

Nov 22, 2017 - 7:44 PM

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PH gov't cancels peace talks with communists again

Nov 22, 2017 - 11:17 AM

(UPDATED) There will be no peace talks until a 'desired enabling environment' is evident, says Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza

DISCUSSION TIME. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte speaks withPresidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Secretary Jesus Dureza after the Peace Roadmap Presentation at the State Dining Room of the Malacanan Palace on Monday evening, July 18, 2016. Malacanang photo

Transition commission postpones Bangsamoro Assembly

Oct 29, 2017 - 9:05 PM

The Bangsamoro Transition Commission does not specify the reason for the postponement of the event, originally scheduled November 3 to 4

FIRST PLENARY SESSION. The Bangsamoro Transition Council is expected to submit a new draft of the Bangsamoro Law in July. Photo from BTC Facebook page

Norway names new envoy to PH-NDF peace process

Oct 24, 2017 - 11:53 PM

Special envoy Idun Tvedt 'has a high standing in the Norwegian Foreign Service,' says Norwegian Ambassador to the Philippines Erik Førner

SPECIAL ENVOY. Norwegian diplomat Idun Tvedt is Norway's new special envoy to the peace process between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. Photo courtesy of the Norwegian embassy

Marawi priest Chito Soganub rescued from Maute

Sep 17, 2017 - 8:14 AM

(4th UPDATE) Marawi priest Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub is rescued along with another hostage near Bato Mosque, one of 3 enemy strongholds that fell into government control over the past days

Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub is flown to Manila two days after his rescue. Photo of Father Chito

Pope prays for peace in Colombia, Venezuela

Sep 07, 2017 - 8:24 AM

Pope Francis lands in Colombia to plead for lasting peace in a country moving towards the end of a half century war and prays for stability in its crisis stricken neighbor Venezuela

POPE IN BOGOTA. Pope Francis waves from the Popemobile upon arrival in Bogota, Colombia, on September 6, 2017. John Vizcaino/AFP

Colombia government, rebels hail pope-backed ceasefire

Sep 05, 2017 - 8:21 AM

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and National Liberation Army ELN negotiators announce a ceasefire two days before a visit to Colombia by Pope Francis

STEP TOWARDS PEACE. Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinoza (C) raises the hands of chief negotiators Juan Camilo Restrepo (L-for the Colombian government) and Pablo Beltran (for the ELN guerrilla) in Quito on September 4, 2017. Rodrigo Buendia/AFP

Legarda declares support for peace talks with Reds

Sep 03, 2017 - 9:34 AM

The Hague Joint Declaration that guides the framework of the peace process marks its 25th year

PEACE TALKS. Peace with communist rebels was among the campaign promises of President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Edwin Espejo/OPAPP

Elizabeth Clenci designated as PH peace ambassador

Sep 01, 2017 - 12:20 PM

Elizabeth who is set to compete in the Miss Grand International pageant in Vietnam joins the ranks of the country s peace ambassadors

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

Arroyo files own bill creating Bangsamoro Autonomous Region

Aug 13, 2017 - 9:29 AM

Arroyo files a bill as the House of Representatives awaits formal submission of the revised Bangsamoro Basic Law drafted by a body created by Malacañang

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

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

Gov’t, MILF call on public, lawmakers to support new Bangsamoro law

Jul 18, 2017 - 8:21 AM

The Duterte government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front launch a joint communications roadmap to pass the revised Bangsamoro Basic Law

COMMUNICATION ROADMAP. Government's Irene Santiago and MILF's Mohagher Iqbal ink Implementing Panels for Bangsamoro Peace Accords Joint Communication Plans in Manila, Philippines on Juky 17, 2017. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Duterte to certify new Bangsamoro law as urgent

Jul 17, 2017 - 7:27 PM

UPDATED I have requested both the Senate President and the Speaker to consider it immediately Duterte says during a media interview on Monday July 17 in Malacañang

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Ang kahibangan ng 5 taong batas militar ni Alvarez

Jul 17, 2017 - 9:16 AM

Sawang-sawa na raw siya sa mga travel advisory na nagbababala sa mga nais tumapak sa Mindanao. Pero saang La La Land dadagsain ng turista ang isang lugar na nasa ilalim ng martial law?

Dureza hopes no more Palace 'tinkering' of BBL draft

Jul 12, 2017 - 12:15 PM

The completed BBL draft created by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission will be submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte on July 17

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza during the Eid'L Fitr Celebration at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on June 27, 2017. TOTO LOZANO/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

MILF, Maute Group battle for legitimacy

Jul 03, 2017 - 11:04 AM

The mountainous town of Butig is host to an MILF camp where its founding leader Hashim Salamat is buried It s also where the ISIS linked Maute Group trained its fighters before they targeted Marawi

CAUTIOUS. MILF peace implementing panel chairman Mohagher Iqbal says the situation in Marawi City is 'so sensitive.' Rappler photo

Colombia FARC rebels complete disarmament – UN

Jun 27, 2017 - 7:38 AM

The UN statement says the FARC had handed over all of its more than 7 000 weapons excluding those that under the roadmap will be used for security in the 26 camps until August 1

PEACE ZONE. General view of the Transitional Standardization Zone Mariana Paez, Buena vista, Mesetas municipality, Colombia on June 26, 2017, before the final ceremony of abandonment of arms and the FARC's end as an armed group. Raul Arboleda/AFP

Shaken by bombing, Colombia pushes on with peace drive

Jun 21, 2017 - 8:07 AM

Just as the FARC enters the final stretch in its long march to peace reminders of the old conflict erupt raising concerns for the contested peace drive

TARGET. Colombian firefighters stand outside a shopping center following an explosion inside the building which -according to authorities- left one dead and eleven injured, in Bogota, Colombia, on June 17, 2017. Raul Arboleda/AFP

Commission finalizes Bangsamoro Basic Law draft

Jun 08, 2017 - 1:13 PM

Government peace panel chairperson Irene Santiago hopes President Rodrigo Duterte will certify the bill as urgent in his second State of the Nation Address on July 24

Government of the Philippines (GPH) Peace Implementing Panel Chairperson Irene Santiago, during the Mindanao Hour at Malacañang on June 2, 2017, provides the details on the peace corridor set up by both the GPH and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Marawi City. She added that the peace corridor, which serves as a safe refuge for displaced Marawi residents and a venue for humanitarian assistance to pass through, is a testament to how far the peace process between the GPH and the MILF has prospered. Malacañan Photo

One with Marawi

Jun 06, 2017 - 8:30 AM

The life that was once carefully planned in preparation for a promising future has now taken a sudden turn and now one must make room for adjustments

Lanao Youth Congress held last April 19, in MSU Campus, Marawi City (Credits: ARMM Office on Bangsamoro Youth Affairs)

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

Why solidarity with Mindanao requires opposing martial law

May 25, 2017 - 5:33 PM

We need to block rather than support Duterte’s martial law in Mindanao in order to pave the way for a different kind of peace that will not just benefit Mindanaoans but all Filipinos

Rally in Manila on 24, 2017. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

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

Duterte 'a bit pessimistic' about Mindanao peace talks

May 05, 2017 - 8:26 PM

I m not nervous but I’m a little bit worried that nothing will come of it says Duterte about government talks with the MILF and MNLF

OUTLOOK FOR PEACE. President Rodrigo Duterte introduces MNLF chairman Nur Misuari to his Secretaries during a Cabinet meeting in Malacañang. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential photo

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

DOCUMENT: PH, NDF Joint Statement on the 4th Round of Formal Talks

Apr 07, 2017 - 8:34 AM

The 4th round of talks is held in the town of Noordwijk in The Netherlands

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