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[OPINION] Last chance for peace

Jan 16, 2020 - 3:28 PM

Whatever the case, given the short period remaining in the President’s term, it would do well for him to seriously resume the talks. If, as Duterte says, this is his last card, he better play it.

Duterte gives peace another chance, names Medialdea in panel with communists

Dec 22, 2019 - 9:49 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte reconstitutes the government's peace panel with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reads a document from Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on the sidelines of the Joint National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict and the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on November 18, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Holiday ceasefire with CPP pushed after informal talks

Dec 22, 2019 - 11:55 AM

The proposed ceasefire from December 23 to January 7 will need the approval of President Rodrigo Duterte and the Communist Party of the Philippines

QUIET HOLIDAY. The Philippine government and National Democratic Front of the Philippines agree to observe a holiday ceasefire. Photo from CPP's Joma Sison

131 lawmakers call for resumption of peace talks

Dec 20, 2019 - 2:40 PM

The prospect of renewed peace talks seems bleak for now, as Duterte and communist leader Jose Maria Sison cannot agree on where to hold the negotiations

PEACE TALKS? 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

Cops arrest, detain NDF members even without valid warrants

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:38 PM

Alexander and Winona Birondo face charges of obstruction of justice and illegal possession of firearms and explosives, which their lawyers have dismissed as 'ridiculous and harebrained'

ARRESTED. NCRPO Chief Police Major General Guillermo Eleazar and Quezon City Police Chief Police Brg. Gen. Joselito Esquivel shows on the TV monitor the alleged members of leftist group who was arrested over obstruction of justice and illegal possession of firearms and explosives. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

NDF consultant Frank Fernandez, wife arrested in Laguna

Mar 25, 2019 - 2:14 PM

The 71-year-old communist leader is the 6th National Democratic Front consultant arrested since talks between the Duterte government and communist insurgents broke down

ARRESTED. NDF consultant Frank Fernandez and his wife Cleofe Lagtapon are arrested for illegal possession of firearms and explosives in Laguna. PNP photo

NDF consultant Randy Malayao laid to rest

Feb 07, 2019 - 7:26 PM

People wear white during the funeral not just to call for justice but also to hail Malayao's revolutionary life

CALL FOR JUSTICE. Groups gather on Thursday, February 7, as slain activist Randy Malayao is laid to rest. Photo courtesy of Raul Ting

Groups in Cagayan march to call for justice for slain activist Malayao

Feb 06, 2019 - 11:49 PM

The Cagayan Valley regional police, however, claims that Randy Malayao's comrades in the Left might be behind his killing, citing internal problems within the movement

CALL FOR JUSTICE. Supporters of peace consultant and activist Randy Malayao in Tuguegarao City on February 6, 2019, call for an end to 'brazen political killings of leaders and members of progressive' groups. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Murdered activist Randy Malayao yearned for lasting peace

Feb 02, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Randy Malayao wanted just and lasting peace. 'Basta ‘yun ‘yong kailangan kasi ng bayan natin. ‘Yung panahon ko, lilipas yan,' he said.

Photo from Randy Malayao Facebook

NDF: Killing of Randy Malayao means more attacks against peace consultants

Jan 30, 2019 - 11:14 PM

The National Democratic Front condemns the killing of its publicly known consultant

KILLED. NDF Consultant Randy Malayao was killed while asleep in a bus. Photo from Randy Malayao Facebook

PNP forms task group to probe killing of NDF consultant

Jan 30, 2019 - 8:09 PM

The Cagayan Valley provincial police chief says they still have no suspect in the killing of Randy Malayao

KILLED. Randy Maglayao was asleep in a bus in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya, when he was shot and killed.  From Randy Maglayo Facebook account

NDF consultant shot dead inside bus in Nueva Vizcaya

Jan 30, 2019 - 9:43 AM

(UPDATED) The gunman boards the passenger bus and shoots Randy Malayao twice

NDF CONSULTANT. Randy Malayao, a consultant for the National Democratic Front, is shot dead inside a passenger bus on January 30, 2019. Photo from Randy Malayao's Facebook page

NDFP consultant Rey Casambre, wife arrested

Dec 07, 2018 - 10:05 AM

(UPDATED) Authorities arrest the two as part of the Philippine National Police's 'Oplan Pagtugis' and 'Oplan Paglalansag Omega'

ARRESTED. NDFP Consultant and Philippine Peace Center Executive Director Rey Casambre was arrested along with his wife December 7, 2018. Photo courtesy of Public Interest Law Center

Planted evidence? Wife says Vic Ladlad can't use guns due to health condition

Nov 08, 2018 - 12:36 PM

National Democratic Front consultant Vic Ladlad has emphysema and a 'severe heart condition,' and any physical confrontation can exhaust him, says his wife Fides Lim

LOOKING FOR VIC. Fides Lim blocks the vehicle carrying her husband, arrested NDFP peace consultant Vic Ladlad, at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City on November 8, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

NDF consultant Vic Ladlad arrested for illegal possession of firearms

Nov 08, 2018 - 11:07 AM

Vicente Ladlad's wife claims the guns and ammunition were planted

DEFIANT. NDFP peace consultant Vic Ladlad gestures during his transfer from Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City to Camp Karingal in Quezon City on November 8, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte's demand 'unacceptable' – CPP

Jul 05, 2018 - 12:24 PM

The Communist Party of the Philippines notes that a presidential proclamation formally terminating peace negotiations 'has never been rescinded'

NPA. This file photo shows members of the New People'€™s Army in Maco, Compostela Valley, on September 15, 2017. File photo by Mick Basa

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

Communist rebels OK 3-month postponement of peace talks

Jun 21, 2018 - 8:31 AM

The National Democratic Front says in a statement on Thursday, June 21, that it agrees 'to continue peace negotiations and to overcome obstacles and impediments'

ALL SMILES. Government negotiator Hernani Braganza flies to Utrecht to formally relay President Rodrigo Duterte's adjustments to the timeline of talks. Photos released by government panel

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

IN PHOTOS: Leftist supporters occupy EDSA to push for peace talks

Apr 23, 2018 - 4:00 PM

(UPDATED) Supporters of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines hold a 30-minute lightning rally to commemorate revolutionary front's 45th founding anniversary

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

Baylosis rearrested over 'pack of lies' – lawyer

Feb 03, 2018 - 3:09 PM

Lawyer Rachel Pastores says the police narrative on the arrest of peace consultant Rafael Baylosis 'is incredibly laughable and obviously false'

NDF CONSULTANTS. File photo of freed political prisoners raising their clenched fists during a press conference held shortly after their release in 2016. NDF consulant Rafael Baylosis (righmost) is among them. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

NDF consultant Rafael Baylosis rearrested

Jan 31, 2018 - 11:55 PM

(2ND UPDATE) He is the first NDF consultant to be arrested since President Rodrigo Duterte scrapped peace talks

Freed political prisoners raise their clenched fists as they hold a press conference at the social hall of the Episcopal Mission Center in Quezon City on Thursday, August 18, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

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

PH gov't formally withdraws from latest peace round with communists

May 29, 2017 - 7:50 AM

The breakdown of the talks held in a scenic Dutch seaside resort comes as fighting flared between government forces and militants in the south

In this file photo, Presidential Advisers on the Peace Process Jesus G. Dureza (L) and Silvestre H. Bello III take part in a meeting as part of the peace talks between the Government of the Philippines (GRP) and the NDF organized by the Dutch government on April 2, 2017 in the Dutch town of Noordwijk aan Zee. Sophie Mignon/File/AFP

Completing land reform in PH to cost P98B

Mar 23, 2017 - 6:40 PM

Land reform is at the heart of the peace talks between the Philippine government and rebels responsible for Asia s longest running communist insurgency

CONSULTATION. Government negotiator Hernani Braganza leads consultation with government agencies on proposed reforms pushed in the peace table

Resume peace talks, resume interim ceasefires

Feb 12, 2017 - 1:00 PM

To save and bring the whole peace process back on track should entail to use court case terms again a return to the status quo ante – the situation before the breakdown in the process

PEACE TALKS. Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza meets with the CPP-NDF-NPA. Photo from Dureza's Facebook page

NDF consultant arrested in Davao; gov't clashes with NPA resume

Feb 06, 2017 - 12:38 PM

UPDATED Incidents between the military and the communist New People s Army are reported in at least 7 areas nationwide

ARRESTED? Rights group Karapatan says NDF consultant Ariel Arbitrario is being held in Davao City

NPA to end ceasefire? Don't make decision yet, gov't panel asks

Jan 31, 2017 - 10:05 PM

The communist New People s Army is scheduled to issue a statement Wednesday morning February 1 weeks after they threatened to withdraw the ceasefire


PH, NDF talks: Both sides need to make painful compromises

Jan 30, 2017 - 6:34 PM

Government and NDF negotiators begin talks on CASER the heart and soul of the peace process that seeks to draw a roadmap to address widespread poverty in the Philippines

3RD ROUND. Negotiators of the government and the communist National Democratic Front of the Philippines are in Rome for the 3rd round of peace talks. Photo from OPAPP

War on drugs, Marcos revival hurting talks – NDF

Jan 20, 2017 - 7:48 AM

Negotiators of the government and the communist National Democratic Front of the Philippines are in Rome for the 3rd round of talks

3RD ROUND. Negotiators of the government and the communist National Democratic Front are back in the negotiating table to end Asia's longest-running communist insurgency. Photo from OPAPP

NDF not ready to sign final peace deal before 2020

Jan 19, 2017 - 8:57 PM

The government panel is hoping to sign a bilateral ceasefire deal amid threats that the New People s Army could go back to war

OPTIMISTIC. Government negotiators remain optimistic in their media statements despite the challenges in the talks. Photo from OPAPP

Indigenous peoples call for recognition of rights in peace talks

Jan 19, 2017 - 7:05 PM

We urge the government to heed the call of IPs to stop the militarization of their communities and to grant political prisoners unconditional amnesty

Duterte writes a personal letter to Pope Francis

Jan 18, 2017 - 10:39 AM

Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza who is in Rome for talks with communist rebels hopes to personally hand the letter to the pope during a side trip to the Vatican

Duterte awaits meeting with Joma Sison

Jan 16, 2017 - 1:24 PM

The meeting between President Rodrigo Duterte and CPP founder Jose Maria Sison will largely hinge on the success of the 3rd round of talks that begin this week

NDF TALKS. CPP founder Jose Maria Sison and chief presidential peace adviser Jesus Dureza

Gov't in backchannel talks to protect ceasefire – Bello

Jan 13, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Secretary Silvestre Bello III bucks the public statements of his counterpart NDF chief negotiator Fidel Agcaoili who says the danger of the ceasefire collapsing is real

OPTIMISTIC. Government chief negotiator Silvestre Bello III aims to complete talks by August 2017. Rappler photo

Further delay looms in PH-NDF joint ceasefire deal

Jan 12, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the military is ready to go back to war if the negotiation fails due to the difficult demands by communist rebels

DEFENSE CHIEF. Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Rappler file photo

Ceasefire with Reds in danger

Jan 11, 2017 - 3:11 PM

UPDATED The 3rd round of talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front to be held in Rome from January 18 to 25 will be critical

CHIEF NEGOTIATOR. Fidel Agcaoili is the newly appointed chief negotiator of the communist National Democratic Front of the Philippines. Rappler photo

Rappler Talk: Fragile talks with the Philippine left

Jan 10, 2017 - 9:48 PM

National Democratic Front chief negotiator Fidel Agcaoili talks to Rappler about the status of negotiations with the Philippine govenrment

NPA ceasefire will hold over the holidays – Joma Sison

Dec 20, 2016 - 9:02 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison have a productive phone conversation Monday night December 19

Photo by Edwin Espejo/OPAPP

PH, NDF closer to signing crucial joint ceasefire deal

Dec 12, 2016 - 11:39 AM

The National Democratic Front says they are amenable to signing the long delayed joint ceasefire deal but it will only be effective upon the releases of political prisoners

SAVING THE CEASEFIRE. A joint ceasefire deal is crucial in making sure that the ongoing ceasefire between the military and the New People's Army is not broken. Photo courtesy of OPAPP

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

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

De Lima and Dayan, National Democratic Front, new UN secretary-general | 12PM wRap

Oct 06, 2016 - 2:01 PM

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Alleged NPA leader Benito Tiamzon joins NDF panel

Oct 06, 2016 - 6:35 AM

The NDF reshuffles its peace panel on the eve of its 2nd round of talks with the government replacing Luis Jalandoni as panel chairperson with Fidel Agcaoili

NEW PANEL MEMBER. Benito Tiamzon takes new role as negotiator. Photo by Edwin Espejo/OPAPP

PNP chief Dela Rosa, Oslo talks, Clinton vs Trump | 6PM wRap

Aug 26, 2016 - 8:44 PM

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PH, NDF to resume talks, silence guns

Aug 26, 2016 - 5:49 PM

UPDATED For the first time the National Democratic Front also entertains the idea of discussing a joint ceasefire with the government

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

Boodle fight in Oslo to celebrate GPH-NDF peace talks

Aug 26, 2016 - 8:45 AM

They celebrate gains in the process that is meant to end Asia s longest running insurgency

OSLO TALKS. Negotiating teams in a boodle fight. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/

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