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AFP: 'NPA leader arrested' in Laguna

Sep 18, 2019 - 9:40 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The military says the arrest of Antonia Setias Dizon is a 'major blow' to the communist party, but a labor rights group calls it 'illegal' and a form of 'political harassment'

REBEL LEADER. Antonia Setias Dizon is arrested in Laguna on September 17, 2019. The military says her arrest is a 'major blow' to the communist New People's Army. Photo from the Armed Forces of the Philippines

'What militarization?' AFP defends planned presence in schools

Aug 24, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The military says soldiers would be 'engaging' students during information campaigns and lectures, not curtailing their academic freedom

WHAT MILITARIZATION? AFP Spokeperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo at a press conference on security issues at Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

NUJP slams 'orchestrated effort to intimidate us into silence'

Jan 08, 2019 - 12:23 PM

'As they say, stupid is as stupid does,' the NUJP says of the allegation that it is a legal front of the Communist Party of the Philippines

NUJP. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines slams the 'orchestrated effort' to intimidate and silence the media watchdog.  Image from NUJP Facebook.

Duterte to Reds: ‘Why listen to Sison? You have not seen the guy’

Dec 29, 2018 - 8:13 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the CPP-led armed struggle has led to nothing but bloodshed

NOW ENEMIES. President Rodrigo Duterte is a former student of Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison. Duterte file photo from Malacañang, Sison file photo from

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

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.

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

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

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

Duterte orders ‘last chance’ for peace talks with Reds

Apr 04, 2018 - 8:21 PM

Chief peace adviser Jesus Dureza says the government is committed to provide support for the rebels if they stop collecting revolutionary taxes

LAST CHANCE. President Rodrigo Duterte wants to resume talks with communist rebels. Malacañang Photo

Lorenzana sets conditions for joint ceasefire with communist rebels

Apr 04, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the communist rebels should show sincerity first before peace talks can resume

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the 16th founding anniversary of the Supreme Tribal Council for Peace and Development, Inc. (STCPD) at the 3rd Infantry Battalion Headquarters in Calinan, Davao City on March 23, 2018. Also in the photo are Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) Commander Lieutenant General Benjamin Madrigal Jr., Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Guiling Mamondiong and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Malacañang Photo

Joma to Duterte: We are ready to resume peace talks ASAP

Apr 04, 2018 - 11:04 AM

How the communist rebels are going to comply, if at all, with President Rodrigo Duterte's conditions remains unclear

YES TO PEACE TALKS. Jose Maria Sison welcomes President Rodrigo Duterte's openness to resuming talks. Photo from Joma Sison's Facebook page

Lorenzana takes firm stand vs peace talks with Reds

Apr 03, 2018 - 8:06 PM

Alleged NPA attacks in Davao renew the word war between Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman Jose Maria Sison

HARDLINER. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana opposes resumption of peace talks with communist rebels. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

PH seeks terrorist tag for Joma Sison, 648 others

Mar 09, 2018 - 11:07 AM

The list also includes alleged Communist Party of the Philippines chairman Benito Tiamzon, UN Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, ex-Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo, and hundreds of John Does

President Rodrigo Duterte pose for a photo with members of the Government of the Philippines and National Democratic Front peace panels following their meeting in Malacañan’s State Dining Room on September 26. REY BANIQUET/PPD

Dela Rosa: Killers of PNP's Arthur Masungsong turn out to be NPA members

Feb 26, 2018 - 9:21 AM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says this is the first time he has heard communist guerrillas engaging in kidnaps-for-ransom

KILLED. Superintendent Arthur Masungsong was killed in a kidnap rescue operation against apparent NPA members. PNP photo

AFP vows to reduce by half NPA's 3,700 fighters

Jan 09, 2018 - 8:04 PM

Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Rey Guerrero makes the commitment during the military and defense department's annual New Year Call

2018 GOALS. Armed Forces chief General Rey Guerrero meets with ground commanders in a command conference on January 9, 2017. Rappler photo

Duterte on son’s resignation, NCCC mall fire, Peya Travel owner arrested | Evening wRap

Dec 26, 2017 - 7:12 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 26, 2017

Dec 26, 2017 - 12:45 PM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) Chief Dr. Leopoldo Vega upon his arrival at the SPMC to visit the families of the victims who died in the recent fire incident at the New City Commercial Center (NCCC) Mall Davao on December 25, 2017. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte leads oath of allegiance for 668 ex-communist rebels

Dec 22, 2017 - 11:05 AM

The oath is one of the final steps toward claiming financial help from the government in their return to 'mainstream society'

RETURN. Duterte recited the Oath of Allegiance before former communist rebels in Davao City. Malacanang photo

Joma to Duterte: Let's end war of words, war on the ground

Dec 10, 2017 - 11:35 AM

'If Duterte will just review what the two panels were about to succeed in doing, baka naman mag-change ang isip niya,' CPP founding chairman Joma Sison tells Rappler in an interview

TEACHER AND STUDENT. President Rodrigo Duterte was the student of CPP founding chairman Jose Maria Sison at the Lyceum University in Manila

Duterte: 'If Joma Sison comes here, I will arrest him'

Nov 25, 2017 - 10:55 AM

'Better still, I will not allow him to enter his native land, and that is a very painful experience,' President Rodrigo Duterte says of CPP founder Jose Maria Sison

HOMECOMING. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte speaks during the San Beda Law Annual Alumni Homecoming at The Peninsula Manila in Makati City on November 24, 2017. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Suspected NPA rebels kill CAFGU member, abduct 2 cops

Nov 14, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Two separate attacks by alleged members of the New People's Army are reported in Negros Oriental and Surigao del Sur

COMMUNIST INSURGENCY. File photo from the CPP's 48th anniversary celebration in December 2016. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

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

10 years later, search for Jonas Burgos continues

Apr 28, 2017 - 10:00 PM

Protesters decry the promotion of Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año but he is adamant he never knew Jonas Burgos

MASKED PROTESTERS. Protesters wearing Jonas Burgos masks gather at the gate of Camp Aguinaldo to commemorate the 10th year of his disappearance. Photo by Desaparecidos

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

Joma Sison reaches out to Duterte, cites gains in peace talks

Feb 10, 2017 - 2:19 PM

The founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines calls for backchannel talks and appeals to his former student to tone down his anti communist rhetoric as they clarify misunderstandings

Duterte pardons 4 convicted NPA rebels

Dec 02, 2016 - 6:36 PM

They are among the NDF consultants on the list of political prisoners to be released by the government

PEACE PROCESS. President Rodrigo Duterte calls for support for peace talks with communist rebels. Rappler file photo

Will Marcos burial protests affect talks with NDF?

Nov 26, 2016 - 5:36 PM

The chief government negotiator in talks with communist rebels says the burial would have minimal impact on the peace process with communist guerrillas

PEACE TALKS. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III (right) believes the hero's burial for dictator Ferdinand Marcos won't hamper peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front. File photo courtesy of OPAPP

US cancellation of rifles sale a 'great opportunity,' says CPP

Nov 03, 2016 - 10:28 AM

The Communist Party of the Philippines is against equipping the police with long firearms saying it is a US supported tactic against communist rebels

PEACE TALKS. Communist rebels in the Philippines are talking peace with the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. Rappler photo

Communists warn Duterte about China’s ‘imperialist ambitions’

Oct 21, 2016 - 6:43 PM

The guerrillas say they have a critical view of Duterte s friendship with China

PH, NDF back in Oslo to tackle 'root cause of conflict'

Oct 06, 2016 - 2:33 PM

They will also discuss a general amnesty for remaining political prisoners

SIGNED. Negotiating teams of the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines celebrate the historic signing of an agreement that paves the way for indefinite unilateral ceasefires. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

CPP issues indefinite ceasefire order

Aug 28, 2016 - 7:42 AM

The ceasefire order takes effect Sunday August 28 effectively extending the 7 day limited ceasefire issued before the talks

LONGEST INSURGENCY. The CPP declares a 7-day unilateral ceasefire ahead of the Oslo peace talks. File photo by Edwin Espejo/Rappler

TIMELINE: 1st round of talks between PH gov't, communist rebels

Aug 24, 2016 - 11:15 AM

This page is regularly updated with running updates from Oslo

PANEL MEETING. Negotiators from the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines buckle down to work

Gov't, NDF begin first panel-to-panel meeting

Aug 23, 2016 - 5:26 PM

Both sides agree to hold simultaneous meetings to fast track the process that the government aims to complete within 12 months

Philippine rebels optimistic ahead of Norway talks

Aug 15, 2016 - 9:59 PM

UPDATED In general the relationship between the revolutionary movement and Duterte is excellent says chief rebel negotiator Luis Jalandoni

PEACE PANEL. President Rodrigo R. Duterte along with members of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) Peace Panel do the fist gesture in a photo op after the meeting at the President's Hall of the Malcanang Palace on Monday, August 15, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Duterte to CPP: Explain NPA ambush or I'll end ceasefire

Jul 28, 2016 - 6:55 PM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte wants New People s Army members responsible for the attack on government militias in Davao del Norte punished by their leaders

SHORT-LIVED CEASEFIRE? President Rodrigo Duterte declares a unilateral ceasefire in relation to the NPA during his SONA on July 25, 2016. Photo from Presidential Photographers Division

Duterte to military: Exercise ‘restraint’ amid ceasefire

Jul 26, 2016 - 6:37 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also says that the ceasefire and the peace process with rebels won t keep the government from beefing up the military in preparation for any eventuality

'STRENGTHEN AFP.' President Duterte wants 20,000 more soldiers for the Philippine military. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Thousands rally in Davao to show support for Duterte admin peace talks

Jun 28, 2016 - 10:08 PM

They also presented the Mindanao Peoples Peace Agenda to the Duterte administration hoping the agenda can be placed on the administration s list of priorities for the first 100 days

FOR PEACE. Thousands of people from different parts of Mindanao convene to rally for lasting peace in the area. Photo by patty Psion/Rappler

NPA has 'right' to collect revolutionary tax – NDF

Jun 10, 2016 - 12:56 PM

Revolutionary taxes are used to fund community services and never go to the pockets of corrupt leaders says NDF spokesperson Fidel Agcaoili

RIGHT TO COLLECT TAXES? Fidel Agcaoili, Human rights committee chairperson of the NDF, speaks at a press conference in Ateneo de Davao University on June 8, 2016. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Duterte to release political prisoners to ‘build confidence’ for peace talks

May 24, 2016 - 12:49 PM

Duterte says he may release CPP leader Benito Tiamzon and his wife Wilma even before peace negotiations begin

DEALING WITH COMMUNISTS. The NPA releases 5 police officers to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in April 2016. Photo by Editha Caduaya/ Rappler

Joma Sison hopes to end exile under Duterte

May 12, 2016 - 3:55 PM

I will return to the Philippines if Duterte fulfills his promise to visit me The prospects for peace talks seem to be bright at the moment

JOMA SISON. The founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines. Photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler

Duterte vows peace in 3-6 months if elected president

Jan 03, 2016 - 3:49 PM

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says he ll promote peace by talking to the NDF MILF MNLF and other groups

NPA's ambush on relief convoy 'disrespect' to typhoon victims

Dec 23, 2015 - 10:28 AM

UPDATED Despite this the military says it will strictly observe the holiday ceasefire declared by the Aquino administration

Communist rebels declare 12-day holiday ceasefire

Dec 15, 2015 - 2:07 PM

The National Democratic Front says the unilateral ceasefire declaration will allow rebels to celebrate the holidays and carry out mass assemblies to mark the 47th anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines

HOLIDAY TRUCE. Communist rebels will observe a truce in operations against the military the Christmas season. Photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rapper

NPA seizes 2 jail guards, rescues comrade in Surigao del Sur

Apr 28, 2015 - 10:04 AM

Members of the New People s Army capture Security Officer 2 Juan Salazar and SO2 Feliciano Polan

PRECONDITIONS. Members of the New People's Army join consultations in Surigao del Sur. Photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rappler

Two soldiers killed, 12 hurt in NPA Surigao attack

Apr 03, 2015 - 2:03 PM

In Maguindanao 3 soldiers are hurt in a grenade attack by suspected BIFF members on a DSWD office late night of Thursday April 2

ARMED CONFLICT. The Philippines is considered to have the longest-running communist insurgency in Asia.

NPA attacks Agusan del Norte governor's convoy

Mar 27, 2015 - 12:44 PM

Agusan del Norte Governor Maria Angelica Amante Matba survives the attack but one of her police escorts is wounded

AMBUSHED. Agusan del Norte Governor Maria Angelica Amante-Matba survives a suspected NPA attack on her convoy. Photo from her Facebook page

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

Foreigners caught in AFP-NPA crossfire, all safe

Feb 14, 2015 - 9:30 PM

The group of foreign birdwatchers are unharmed but are still recovering from shock

COUNTER-INSURGENCY DRIVE. Foreign birdwatchers and their guides get caught in the crossfire between government troops and communist rebels in Mount Kitanglad, Bukidnon. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler