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LOOK: Government brings former NPA rebels to Hong Kong for sightseeing, shopping

Aug 05, 2019 - 1:49 PM

The trip follows statements from President Rodrigo Duterte that he would reward communist guerrillas who surrender to the government

The government took 89 former NPA rebels on an all-expense-paid trip to Hong Kong from July 30 to August 2, 2019, to give them a "better and another perspective in life." Photo from AFP Eastern Mindanao Command.

NPA leader rearrested in Bukidnon – military

May 13, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Elizalde Cañete is allegedly the successor of the late Leonicio Pitao, known as Commander Parago of the New People's Army

'My son is not an NPA,' says mother of teenager killed in Davao clash

Apr 25, 2018 - 5:49 PM

Eastmincom admits it erred in the spelling of the name of the boy, but insists he was indeed an NPA child soldier

Jhun Mark from Karapatan

NPA child soldier among killed in Davao military encounter

Apr 23, 2018 - 4:57 PM

(UPDATED) The military says the 15-year-old young guerrilla fighter was wearing the black NPA uniform and holding a rifle when killed in the Davao del Sur clash

ENCOUNTER. The military yielded several NPA paraphernalia and weapons after an encounter on April 21, 2018 in Davao del Sur. Photo courtesy of the Eastern Mindanao Command. Photo by Mick Basa/ Rappler

Dozens of Filipinos repatriated from Indonesia

Apr 20, 2018 - 5:13 PM

The Filipinos were nabbed for either illegal fishing, overstaying, or illegal entry, say Philippine authorities

Mistahs of PMA '85 battle for AFP chief post

Mar 22, 2018 - 9:09 AM

The Board of Generals will meet after the Holy Week to finalize a shortlist for President Rodrigo Duterte, according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte confers the Order of Lapu-Lapu Kamagi Medal on Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom) Commander Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez during the 121st Founding Anniversary of the Philippine Army (PA) at the PA Headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on March 20, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Another Lumad leader 'shot to death' in Surigao del Norte

Feb 10, 2018 - 8:34 AM

Dakula Guillermo Tiambong, who had met with President Rodrigo Duterte in a Lumad summit, was killed by suspected members of the NPA, says the military

Hundreds of ex-rebels in Mindanao flown to Manila

Feb 06, 2018 - 8:18 PM

On board a Philippine C-130, some 217 ex-members of the New People’s Army depart Davao City for Manila, where they will be toured around Intramuros, Malacañang, and other historic spots in the Northern Philippines

AWAKEN NATIONALISM. The military says these former NPA fighters will take an educational tour in the capital of Manila, to show them that Communism no longer holds relevance in post-revolution Philippines. Photo courtesy of the Eastern Mindanao Command

AFP names new Eastmincom, Wescom commanders

Nov 12, 2017 - 10:10 PM

Lieutenant General Benjamin Madrigal will be leading the Eastern Mindanao Command, while Lieutenant General Rozzano Briguez heads the Western Command

CHANGE OF COMMAND. President Rodrigo Duterte (center), retired General Eduardo Año (left), and new AFP chief Lieutenant General Rey Guerrero (right) salute to the troops during the AFP change of command ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo on October 26, 2017. Malacañang photo

No word yet if new AFP chief will serve beyond 2 months

Oct 26, 2017 - 6:49 PM

'Yung extension huwag muna natin pag -sapan. What is important for me to do now is to focus on my job,' says new AFP chief Lieutenant General Rey Guerrero

NEW AFP CHIEF. Lieutenant General Rey Guerrero served as chief of the Davao-based Eastern Mindanao Command. Rappler photo

After Marawi terror, military heightens alert on PH-Indonesia maritime border

Oct 18, 2017 - 9:21 PM

The Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao says it's doing this 'to prevent possible spillover' of the threat since the Marawi terrorist leaders were killed

MARITIME COOPERATION. In this file photo, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa (left) and then Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario finish signing a historic maritime deal between their countries. Behind them, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III as witnesses. File photo by Rey Baniquet/PCOO/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Joint ceasefire deal urgent as PH military, NPA report complaints

Nov 12, 2016 - 8:20 AM

The National Democratic Front floats a scenario where peace talks continue without a ceasefire

CEASEFIRE IN DANGER? File photo shows NDF negotiators signing a joint statement with government negotiators after the 2nd round of talks in Oslo, Norway on October 9, 2016. Photo courtesy of OPAPP

Protesters block Davao-Agusan highway

Mar 18, 2016 - 3:36 PM

UPDATED After almost 10 hours protesters finally cleared the road and allowed vehicles to pass through

BLOCKED. Protesters demand a pullout by military troops on March 18. Photo by Editha Caduaya/Rappler

Eastmincom spokesman sacked after rebuke from UN rapporteur

Aug 13, 2015 - 4:14 PM

Colonel Eduardo Gubat issues a public apology to UN Special Rapporteur Chaloka Beyani

EVACUEES. Lumad evacuees huddle inside an evacuation site in Davao City. Photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rappler

NPA couple arrested in Davao

Feb 08, 2015 - 10:10 AM

The military says their arrest is a big blow to the communist movement because it will result in a vacuum of leadership in the region where it has kept a strong presence

NPAs release 2 soldiers they abducted

Dec 26, 2014 - 6:48 PM

The victims held captive for over 4 months are expected to be turned over to the archbishop of Cagayan de Oro

ABDUCTORS. The New People's Army have held captive two soldiers in Bukdnon since August 22, 2014. File photo by Karlos Manlupig

AFP junks NPA SOMO demand for release of 2 soldiers

Sep 09, 2014 - 1:54 PM

The NPA upon the directive of the National Democratic Front has demanded a 10 day suspension of military and police operations in parts of Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental in exchange for the release of the soldiers

Eastern Mindanao has new commander

Sep 05, 2014 - 8:10 PM

Major General Aurelio Baladad oversees Filipino troops based in communist strongholds

AFP shake up complete: 2 'notorious' generals assigned to NPA hotbeds

Aug 26, 2014 - 6:02 PM

But they re considered exceptional if you ask the troops

EASTMINCOM: Major General Aurelio Baladad will assumes as Eastmincom chief on September 6

6 hurt in Davao clash with rebels

Jul 09, 2014 - 4:38 PM

Five members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force PNP SAF and one soldier are hurt during an encounter with members of the New People s Army in Davao City

AFP, PNP ready for terror threat in Davao

Jun 28, 2014 - 6:14 PM

The Armed Forces give the assurance a day after Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte revealed that Davao and 3 other cities may be targeted by terrorists

Military seizes 163 NPA landmines

Dec 13, 2013 - 7:08 PM

The military claims it recovered 163 pieces of landmines in an alleged regional landmine factory of the New People s Army in Agusan Del Sur

REGIONAL FACTORY?: The military claims it found NPA's regional landmine factory in Davao. Photo from www.ndfp.net

Soldier killed in clash with NPA in ComVal

Sep 27, 2013 - 3:48 PM

Eastern Mindanao Command says troops were on a security patrol in Mawab town when they were attacked by communist guerrillas

27 confirmed dead in landslide

Jan 06, 2012 - 5:49 PM

The government will close down mining tunnels in risk areas in Pantukan

TOUGH WORK. At least 25 people died here in Barangay Napnapan, Pantukan, Compostela Valley. Photo by Karlos Manlupig

NPAs kill 5 soldiers, wound 2 others

Dec 16, 2011 - 5:46 PM

It happened on the first day of the Christmas truce between gov t and the rebels