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6 soldiers killed, 20 wounded in Eastern Samar clash with communist rebels

Nov 12, 2019 - 2:23 PM

Improvised bomb blasts meet Philippine Army soldiers acting on a tip that NPA rebels were harassing communities in the outskirts of Borongan City

Military launches airstrikes on alleged NPA lair in Northern Samar

Oct 29, 2019 - 12:01 AM

The Philippine Air Force drops 500-pound bombs on an encampment of alleged communist guerrillas

AIR STRIKES. The Philippine Air Force's FA-50 fighter jets dropped 500-pound bombs in 'surgical airstrikes' against alleged members of the New People's Army on Saturday, October 26, according to the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Photo from the 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army

Qualified convicts surrender, won't leave Bilibid without clearance

Sep 20, 2019 - 6:43 PM

'They are asking for a certification from the BuCor that they will no longer be the subject of rearrest,' says Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete

RE-ARREST. Some convicts who are qualified for early release also surrender and are refusing to leave the New Bilibid Prison without a certification. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

Progressive lawmakers slam PNA, PCOO for 'vilification,' 'red-tagging'

Sep 07, 2019 - 2:34 PM

The PCOO, part of a national task force to 'end local communist armed conflict,' denies red-tagging progressive groups

SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE. ACT Teachers Representative France Castro wants the entry-level salary for public school teachers be increased to P30,000. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Good conduct time allowance may be for sale inside Bilibid – Hontiveros

Sep 02, 2019 - 1:16 PM

Faeldon says he does not believe he should resign

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

EU to Philippines: No funds given to NGOs with communist links

Aug 27, 2019 - 5:43 PM

'From the outset, it should be very clear to everybody that we would never do that,' says Ambassador Franz Jessen, head of the European Union Delegation to the Philippines

PHILIPPINES-EU RELATIONS. President Rodrigo Duterte greets European Union Delegation to the Philippines Ambassador Franz Jessen on the sidelines of the 9th anniversary of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) on February 19, 2019. Photo by Abert Alcain/Presidential Photo

MISLEADING: Photos of 'UP students killed' after joining NPA

Aug 26, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Benjaline Hernandez and Melissa Roxas, both civilians, are neither UP students nor New People's Army members. Roxas is also still alive.

'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

Amid Sanchez news, senators split on amending reduced prison term law

Aug 23, 2019 - 12:21 AM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III wants to amend the Good Conduct Time Allowance law to exclude heinous crime convicts, but Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon disagrees

MAXIMUM SECURITY. Convicted former mayor of Calauan, Laguna Antonio Sanchez is seen inside the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on August 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Retroactive law can slash 1990s convicts' jail terms by up to 19 years

Aug 22, 2019 - 11:46 AM

The retroactive application of the law on Good Conduct Time Allowance will result in the mass release of around 11,000 Bilibid inmates

BILIBID INMATES. Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

NPA did not torture slain Negros Oriental cops – NDF

Jul 26, 2019 - 3:33 PM

In a statement on the NDF website, the communist rebels say the ambush is 'a legitimate act of war'

TORTURED?  Police probers investigate the ambush site at Barangay Mabato in Ayungon town, Negros Oriental on Friday, July 19./Contributed Photo

2 soldiers killed in North Cotabato clash with NPA

Jul 18, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Police say the soldiers were conducting a community support program in Arakan town when they were attacked by communist rebels

State-run PNA leads pack in publishing online PR about Bong Go

May 07, 2019 - 6:37 PM

The Philippine News Agency publishes a fifth of all online 'PR' articles about the senatorial candidate in the two years before the 2019 elections

[OPINION] Will local peace talks succeed?

Mar 26, 2019 - 9:01 AM

Some lessons to learn from the Colombian peace model

Rural Missionaries of the PH denies being a communist front

Mar 14, 2019 - 5:55 PM

RMP national coordinator Sister Elenita Belardo denies the accusation of Brigadier General Antonio Parlade Jr that her group funds terrorist activities

PH asks EU, Belgium to stop funding alleged CPP-NPA 'fronts'

Mar 13, 2019 - 2:36 PM

Philippine officials want EU and Belgium to stop funding the Rural Missionaries of the Philppines, Ibon Foundation, Karapatan, and other groups saying the funds are only prolonging the communist insurgency

On Sionil Jose’s theoretically correct but historically wrong take on the revolution

Jan 04, 2019 - 10:47 AM

As the social divide continues, the armed communist revolution will simply endure

IN PHOTOS: Filipinos welcome 2019

Jan 01, 2019 - 8:45 AM

Here are scenes of the first hours of 2019 in the Philippine capital

FIREWORKS DISPLAY. Families watch the fireworks displace the Luneta Park in Manila on New Year's Eve.  Photo by Ben Nabong

LOOK: The Communist Party of the Philippines at 50

Dec 27, 2018 - 7:04 PM

Communists in Quezon Province hold an intimate celebration

Armed members of the New Peoples Army-Melito Glor Command gather on a clearing in the lower Sierra Madre mountains in Quezon Province, south of Manila, to celebrate the 50th year founding of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

11 soldiers wounded in Compostela Valley clash with NPA

Dec 26, 2018 - 9:45 PM

(UPDATED) The soldiers encounter the rebels from the New People's Army while surveying Mount Diwata in Compostela Valley

Military says mandatory ROTC to stop NPA recruitment in schools

Nov 29, 2018 - 6:55 PM

'Mas mabibigyan natin ng kamalayan, ng kamulatan ang ating kababayan, lalong-lalo na ang ating kabataan,' says Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesman Edgard Arevalo

REBELS WANTED. New Peoples Army guerrillas march in Davao City to celebrate the 48th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines in December 2016. Photo by Edwin Espejo

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Nov 12, 2018 - 9:20 PM

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PNA to enter into 'news exchange' deal with Russia's Sputnik

Nov 12, 2018 - 2:40 PM

The agreement includes the republishing of news articles from Sputnik – accused of spreading misinformation as part of Russian propaganda – on the Philippine News Agency website

Duterte cuts red tape in importing agricultural products

Sep 25, 2018 - 12:32 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte signs Administrative Order No. 13, removing non-tariff barriers in the importation of agricultural products

IMPORTATION. President Rodrigo Duterte orders the cutting of red tape in importing agricultural products. File photo by AFP

Duterte warns communists he's prepared to 'bomb' them

Aug 21, 2018 - 9:44 PM

Local government officials who give aid to communist rebels will lose powers over the police, says President Rodrigo Duterte

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Batang Gilas nabs record-high World Cup finish

Jul 09, 2018 - 8:33 AM

The Philippine basketball youth team wraps up its campaign with back-to-back wins to finish 13th overall

STRONG FINISH. Raven Cortez and Batang Gilas dismantle New Zealand by 22 points. Photo from FIBA

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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

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Roque claims Church leaders working with Left to oust Duterte

Jul 02, 2018 - 3:13 PM

Malacañang also claims that Church leaders are only criticizing the President because 'their candidate' lost in the 2016 elections. But criticism from Church leaders began when Duterte cursed Pope Francis, months before he topped presidential surveys.

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Bishops hit priests carrying guns amid killings

Jun 17, 2018 - 7:10 PM

'Gun-toting priests? They might want to consider leaving the priesthood and joining the police or the military instead,' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

NO TO KILLINGS. The Promotion of Church People's Response (PCPR) leads a lightning protest to urge the government to immediately resolution of the killing of Father Richmond Nilo and other victims of murder. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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MARITIME DISPUTE. A ship of the China Coast Guard near Scarborough Shoal, September 3, 2016. File photo from the Philippine Department of National Defense

Murder charges filed vs alleged gunman of Fr Ventura – PNP

Jun 03, 2018 - 2:43 PM

PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde says the alleged gunman of Cagayan priest Father Mark Ventura was identified as a certain Arthymus Reynon

SHOT DEAD. Father Mark Ventura is killed by unidentified assailants after Sunday Mass on April 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of Gattaran Youth

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'Crazy hope' for missing kin in Philippines' Marawi

May 22, 2018 - 4:23 PM

Families of the scores still missing are the overlooked victims of the Philippines' deadliest confrontation with Islamists.

MISSING. In this photo taken on April 2, 2018, (L-R) Alma Tome, Evelyn Powao, and Melgie Powao, whose husbands are still missing one year after the Marawi siege, show photos of their husbands during an interview with AFP in Iligan city on the southern island of Mindanao. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

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Malacañang denies discrimination vs women in government

May 17, 2018 - 2:35 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque is asked about discrimination after President Rodrigo Duterte said he is ruling out the appointment of a woman as the next Ombudsman

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Pamamahagi ng Titulo Handog ng Pangulo program at Liwasang Alfaro G. Aguirre in Mulanay, Quezon on May 2, 2018, declares that he is willing to hand down government-owned land that are deemed unused or unproductive to the farmers. The President, however, was quick to add that he needs the cooperation of congress for the reform of government-owned lands. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte on next Ombudsman: Not politician, 'lalo na hindi babae'

May 16, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Asked about Ombudsman applicant Silvestre Bello III, President Rodrigo Duterte says, 'I will assign him as labor attaché in Kuwait'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a message during the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) 1st Quarter 2018 Command Conference and Sergeants Major Forum at the Grand Regal Hotel in Davao City on April 7, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte: 'Remain meek, humble' to get 'mercy' of China's Xi

May 16, 2018 - 6:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says China's Xi Jinping is proposing a 'bigger share' for the Philippines in a joint development of the West Philippine Sea

CLOSE TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte is accompanied by Chinese President Xi Jinping prior to the start of the dinner hosted by the Chinese President at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. Malacañang file photo

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Flying to BIMP-EAGA? Travel tax waived for certain travelers

May 10, 2018 - 6:30 PM

BIMP-EAGA includes Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia, and the travel tax exemption aims to 'accelerate economic development in Mindanao and Palawan'

DUTERTE'S ORDER. President Rodrigo Duterte orders the travel tax exemption of Mindanao and Palawan travelers flying to BIMP-EAGA. Malacañang file photo

Kuwait frees 4 Filipino drivers in OFW rescues

May 09, 2018 - 7:05 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says that by May 11, the Philippines hopes to sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Kuwait for the better treatment of OFWs there

KUWAIT MEETING. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque lead a Philippine contingent meeting with Kuwaiti officials in Kuwait. Malacañang photo

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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

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PROHIBITED. Campaign posters are banned from certain public places as the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections' campaign period begins. Rappler photo