rebels in the Philippines - updates

Rappler's latest stories on rebels in the Philippines


Army officer behind doctored 'communist rebels' photo relieved from post

Jan 10, 2020 - 3:40 PM

The Army concludes its investigation of a photo that was manipulated to show communist rebels surrendering weapons to the government

DOCTORED PHOTO. A Philippine Army officer has been relieved from duty for manipulating this official photo release of supposed communist rebels surrendering to the government. Photo from the Philippine Army

How to resume talks with communist rebels? January meeting to set agenda

Dec 23, 2019 - 11:32 AM

The National Democratic Front welcomes 'Little President Salvador Medialdea' in the peace panel and expects to continue disrupted talks for an 'Interim Peace Agreement'

[OPINION] The hunt for ‘Red October’

Oct 01, 2018 - 4:21 PM

While there are many who have expressed their desire for Duterte to resign or be ousted, there is no conspiracy to forcibly remove him from power

Duterte slams communists amid supposed ouster plot

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:20 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he is happy that the Commission on Appointments rejected leftists in government

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the surrenderees from the New People's Army during a dinner hosted by the President for the rebel returnees at the Malacañan Palace on March 6, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Reds have 'Oplan Talsik’ vs Duterte, says AFP

Sep 24, 2018 - 7:20 PM

The military continues to link communist rebels to a supposed coalition that's out to destabilize the government

TO BE OUSTED? President Rodrigo Duterte and the military continue with trumpeting more ouster claims. Malacañang file photo

3 NPA fighters, 1 soldier killed in Cotabato town clash

Jan 22, 2018 - 3:52 PM

(UPDATED) Makilala Mayor Rody Caoagdan says his office has sent a team to rescue people who may have been injured as they were caught in the crossfire

4 cops hurt in suspected NPA attack in Misamis Oriental

Dec 03, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Alleged New People's Army members launch an assault on a police station in Binuangan, Misamis Oriental, then eventually retreat

[Newspoint] Duterte’s abridged war and peace

Feb 20, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Not known to retreat in battle Mr Duterte has called off the twin campaigns on which he launched his presidency seven months ago – a war on drugs and peace talks

WEEKEND WITH GENERALS. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the alumni homecoming of the Philippine Military Academy on February 18, 2017. File photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

Army deploys 500 troops to Surigao

Jan 21, 2016 - 10:13 PM

A battalion based in Luzon moves to Surigao del Sur to fight the communist New People s Army

LUZON TO MINDANAO. Troops from the 2nd Infantry Division based in Rizal arrive in Surigao del Sur on January 20. Photo by Bobby Lagsa

Rebels kill 4 soldiers in Kalinga

Jul 29, 2015 - 2:26 PM

12 other Army soldiers are wounded in a night ambush

1 dead in MILF-BIFF clash

Feb 10, 2015 - 1:21 PM

A military official says the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters suffer a casualty in a clash with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Maguindanao

CHARGES BEING PREPARED. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says her department is collating reports from agencies and gathering evidence to back the case against rebel commanders.  Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Rappler

Military apologizes: No MILF-BIFF firefight in North Cotabato

Feb 06, 2015 - 6:19 PM

While apologizing for the inaccurate report Army Captain Joan Petinglay 6th Division spokesperson confirms civilians in Pikit have evacuated out of fear

FALSE ALARM. The military says what they announced as a clash between BIFF and the MILF (shown in this AFP file photo at Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat town) turned out to be just sniping fire from both sides.

Clashes erupt between BIFF and MILF

Feb 05, 2015 - 11:02 PM

Petinglay says MILF and BIFF members have been monitored in the area since Tuesday forcing civilians to flee and seek refuge in nearby villages

4 rebels killed, 8 civilians hurt in Maguindanao clashes

Jul 21, 2014 - 3:20 PM

2 soldiers are also wounded after BIFF rebels attacked two military units in Maguindanao

18 dead in Agusan del Sur clashes

Jul 15, 2014 - 2:52 PM

New People s Army rebels attack the house of a certain Datu Calpit in Prosperidad town

NPA rebels seize 4 cops in police station attack

Jul 11, 2014 - 8:16 AM

The attack in Alegria Surigao del Norte kills 2 rebels and wounds 2 cops

AK-47: NPA rebels' weapon of choice

Jun 11, 2014 - 5:10 PM

NPA rebels in Mindanao started brandishing their AK 47s at about the same time that some 1 000 of these assault rifles were bought by a businessman based in the region

NPA rebels attack 2 mining companies

May 19, 2014 - 7:14 PM

The NPA says the attacks are punitive actions against mining operations in Mindanao

WRONG GUY. Rebel spokesman Ka Efren says the military nabbed the wrong guy, believed to be New People’s Army commander Felix Armodia.

How the Left was lost

Feb 21, 2014 - 10:26 AM

The ideological stand has been diminished to role playing posturing and media stunts


NPA land mine hurts 8 soldiers in North Cotabato

Jan 24, 2014 - 3:30 PM

It s the second guerrilla attack in Makilala town North Cotabato in 4 months

PRE-CHRISTMAS ATTACK. A file photo of communist rebels by Keith Bacongco

NPA rebels use feces-smeared bomb on PH military

Sep 04, 2013 - 9:27 PM

The roadside bomb injures 7 soldiers

NEW TACTICS. NPA rebels smeared feces and snake venom on a bomb that injured 7 Filipino soldiers. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

NPA warns army: Don't rescue abducted troops

Jun 19, 2013 - 6:10 PM

Communist rebels declare they indeed captured 5 Army soldiers who are now under investigation

ENDING CEASEFIRE. NPA guerillas somewhere in Compostela Valley during the celebration of the 44th anniversary of the re-establishment of the Communist Party of the Philippines last December 26. Photo by Karlos Manlupig

Gov’t peace panel head wants out

Jun 19, 2013 - 2:30 PM

The peace process with the communists needs new blood new mind new initiative

Officer killed in Bukidnon clash

Jun 10, 2013 - 11:26 AM

An hour long firefight in Bukidnon kills one and hurts another in Bukidnon

8 policemen killed in Cagayan ambush

May 27, 2013 - 12:31 PM

5th UPDATE The rebels first set off a landmine before they gunned down members of the elite Special Action Force

NPA's latest recruit: Fugitive tribal leader

Apr 24, 2013 - 11:01 AM

B laan leader Daguil Capeon blames the government for failing to address their issues against mining in South Cotabato

Screen grab from Daguiol Capeon's interview courtesy of Youtube user rigmakaspar

NPA raid a warning to plantations - NDF

Feb 20, 2013 - 6:01 PM

The rebel attacks in a Del Monte plantation destroyed an office warehouses and heavy equipment

NPA apologizes for Negros ambush

Feb 01, 2013 - 6:06 PM

Communist guerrillas claim responsibility for the ambush in Negros Occidental that killed 9 including a cop

Ex-rebel chief joins party-list race

Jan 31, 2013 - 4:59 PM

The former commander of the RPA ABB on Negros Island campaigns for the May elections even as his group awaits the signing of a closure agreement with the Aquino government

Negros ambush victims shot in the head- PNP

Jan 28, 2013 - 6:41 PM

Suspected communist rebels were supposedly looking for rebel returnees as targets

NPA ambush after short-lived ceasefire

Jan 03, 2013 - 8:38 AM

The wife of a militiaman is slain in a January 2 ambush in Albay

AFP-NPA ceasefire 'longest Christmas truce' - Deles

Dec 24, 2012 - 3:39 PM

Secretary Teresita Deles hopes that the peace process with the NPA and the MILF would lead to permanent peace

Gov't, communist rebels resume talks

Dec 19, 2012 - 5:58 PM

The government and communist rebels resume peace talks in Norway

NPA ordered to pay blast victims

Sep 13, 2012 - 10:30 AM

In a rare move the National Democratic Front orders the New People s Army to indemnify victims of a grenade blast in Davao

HUMAN ERROR. New People's Army fighters in Mindanao. Photo by Karlos Manlupig

Rebel groups say no clash in Maguindanao

Sep 11, 2012 - 9:44 AM

UPDATED Senior officials from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front MILF and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement BIFM clarified that there was no armed encounter between the two rebel groups