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Military vows more offensives as Duterte insists NPA top terror threat in PH

Jun 23, 2020 - 4:40 PM

'We will strike while the iron is hot,' says the Armed Forces of the Philippines after Duterte steps up his rhetoric against communist rebels

SOLDIERS. Soldiers at a checkpoint wearing protective gear against the coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Jose Rizal Memorial State University

Military and police kill 17 NPA rebels in weeklong attacks

May 13, 2020 - 5:46 PM

As the country battles a pandemic, 19 guerrillas surrender, and two are arrested in military and police operations against the New People’s Army from May 4 to 11

SOLDIERS. Philippine Army troopers from the 30th Infantry Battalion at their headquarters in Placer, Surigao del Norte on August 2, 2016. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Lorenzana defends buying attack helicopters: It's to fight NPA

May 13, 2020 - 4:11 PM

'We would rather give [the money] to our people, kaya lang itigil niyo ang inyong armed struggle, ititigil din namin ang ganitong pagbili ng armas,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

US-PH RELATIONS. File photo of Defense Secrey Delfin Lorenzana in a Senate hearing on February 6, 2020 on the Philippines - United States (US) Mutual Defense Treaty. Photo by Senate PRIB

CPP-NPA ends ceasefire, resumes offensives vs government forces

May 01, 2020 - 11:25 AM

(UPDATED) The truce failed to stop clashes between government troops and communist rebels, both sides admit

COMMUNIST REBELS. Armed members of the New Peoples Army-Melito Glor Command gather in a clearing in the lower Sierra Madre mountains in Quezon Province, on December 26, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte's martial law threat – and what he did not tell us

Apr 24, 2020 - 3:09 PM

In his taped Friday morning public address on the coronavirus, President Duterte blasts the communist rebels again and brings up an old peace proposal they submitted long before the pandemic

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on April 23, 2020. Malacañang photo

Military resumes offensives vs NPA, denies violating lapsed ceasefire

Apr 17, 2020 - 5:16 PM

The military has reported at least 3 armed clashes with communist guerrillas since the government’s unilateral ceasefire ended on April 15

SOLDIERS. Philippine Army troopers from the 30th Infantry Battalion at their headquarters in Placer, Surigao del Norte on August 2, 2016. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

CPP-NPA extends ceasefire until April 30

Apr 16, 2020 - 7:49 PM

The truce has been fraught with accusations of violations from both sides, and the government has yet to say whether it will also extend its unilateral ceasefire that ended on April 15

GUERRILLA. A member of the New People's Army paints the armed group's logo on his face to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26, 2018. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Clashes reported as ceasefire with NPA ends

Apr 16, 2020 - 4:52 PM

The military awaits orders from President Rodrigo Duterte on whether the truce will be extended as many areas remain on lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic

GOVERNMENT FORCES. Philippine Army soldiers guarding an "enhanced community quarantine" checkpoint in Valenzuela City on March 15, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

FALSE: Photo of Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago attending NPA anniversary

Apr 15, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The photo of Elago at a mountaintop was taken at a hike conducted on March 1, weeks before the NPA anniversary on March 29

Lorenzana condemns alleged NPA attempt on military in Rizal

Apr 01, 2020 - 4:57 PM

The military says it thwarted a planned attack by the New People’s Army last Saturday, but rebel leaders say the guerrillas were just on a medical mission

DEFENSE CHIEF. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana at the Senate hearing on the proposed 2020 budget of the Department of National Defense and its attached agencies on September 30, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CPP-NPA declares ceasefire after U.N. call for peace amid coronavirus pandemic

Mar 25, 2020 - 12:43 AM

The Philippine government earlier declared a ceasefire with communist rebels as security forces focus on battling the novel coronavirus

REBELS. Armed members of the New People's 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. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Joma Sison takes cue from U.N., calls for ceasefire with government

Mar 24, 2020 - 2:29 PM

The communist rebel leader earlier declined to reciprocate the government's ceasefire, which President Rodrigo Duterte ordered as the country battles the novel coronavirus

REBELS. 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

Distrust on both sides as gov’t starts ceasefire with communist rebels

Mar 19, 2020 - 2:35 PM

The defense chief expects guerrilla attacks to continue, while rebel leaders say the Luzon lockdown is meant only to intimidate and immobilize the public

LOCKDOWN. Philippine Army troopers from the Joint Task Force-NCR inspect motorists entering Metro Manila at a community quarantine checkpoint at the NLEX Mindanao Avenue exit in Quezon City on March 15, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte asks NPA for ceasefire during coronavirus lockdown

Mar 17, 2020 - 7:36 AM

The President sees the police and military on the frontlines of the Luzon-wide ‘enhanced community quarantine,’ and asks communist rebels for a halt in hostilities

SOLDIERS. Military contingents provided a support role to the Police in enforcing a "community quarantine" of Metro Manila on Sunday, March 15, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Supreme Court grants bail to ex-NPA chief Rodolfo Salas

Mar 16, 2020 - 5:39 PM

(UPDATED) Rodolfo Salas is released Wednesday, March 18, after posting a P200,000 bail

RETIRED. Retired CPP and NPA leader Rodolfo Salas, 72, is arrested in his Angeles City home on February 18, 2020. PNP photo

Alleged NPA leader, 2 others killed in arrest raid

Mar 13, 2020 - 9:35 PM

The military says the loss of Julius Soriano Giron will 'rattle' the communist rebels' 'dwindling forces'

Ex-NPA chair Salas Supreme Court case tests political offense doctrine

Mar 12, 2020 - 4:14 PM

Once colleagues in the Free Legal Assistance Group, human rights lawyer Arno Sanidad and Justice Marvic Leonen face off on the case of ex-NPA chairman Rodolfo Salas

HABEAS CORPUS. Ex-CPP and NPA chairman Rodolfo Salas is brought to the Supreme Court on March 12, 2020. Photo by Rappler

Can ex-NPA chair Salas follow Enrile doctrine of bail on humanitarian grounds?

Mar 12, 2020 - 1:17 PM

'How about the 15 who were massacred? How about their relatives? They have waited for justice for so long,' says Solicitor General Jose Calida

HABEAS CORPUS. Ex CPP and NPA chairman Rodolfo Salas is brought to the Supreme Court on March 12, 2020, as the High Court hears a petition for writ of habeas corpus to free him. Photo by Rappler

At least 4 killed in clashes with suspected NPA members in Bohol, Negros

Mar 02, 2020 - 7:03 PM

At least 3 suspected NPA members and 1 soldier are killed in separate clashes in Bohol and Negros Oriental from February 28 to February 29

BOHOL CLASHES. Members of the 47th Infantry Battalion in Bohol conduct operations in Bilar town. Photof courtesy of 47-IB

Supreme Court bans surveillance of family of alleged communist rebel

Feb 27, 2020 - 12:56 PM

'The surreptitious surveillance of petitioner and her family is an abuse of the PNP's authority,' rules the High Court which, unlike in its past Amparo grants, also issues privileges of the writ and gives a permanent protection order to the family

AMPARO. The Supreme Court grants the privileges of writ of amparo for the family of an alleged NPA rebel. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

FLAG goes to Supreme Court to free ex-NPA chief Salas

Feb 25, 2020 - 8:15 AM

The Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) files a petition for a writ of habeas corpus, invoking the extraordinary power of the Court to examine the legality of the murder case itself

HABEAS CORPUS. The Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) files a petition for writ of habeas corpus to free former NPA commander Rodolfo Salas. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Former CPP and NPA chief Rodolfo Salas arrested in Angeles City

Feb 18, 2020 - 10:36 AM

(UPDATED) Salas headed the Communist Party of the Philippines at the peak of the communist insurgency in the mid-1980s

New Eastern Mindanao military commander vows strong push vs communist rebels

Jan 26, 2020 - 2:21 PM

'We will break them hard,' Major General Jose Faustino says of his plans in battling communist rebels in the region

CHANGE OF COMMAND. Major General Jose Faustino (left) and Lieutenant General Felimon Santos Jr (center) on January 25, 2020. Photo from OPAPP

Communists rebuke military: Ceasefire attacks initiated by gov't troops

Dec 25, 2019 - 9:26 AM

'These were defensive actions by the NPA units involved in the face of armed attacks and sustained military operations by the AFP and the PNP,' says NDFP negotiating panel chairman Fidel Agcaoili

DEFENSIVE MODE ONLY. The New Peoples Army claims that the supposed attacks on government troops during the holiday ceasefire were defensive moves only to the sustained military and police operations against them. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Sara Duterte: Exclude Davao City in ceasefire with CPP-NPA

Dec 23, 2019 - 7:25 PM

'For these terrorist organizations, sincerity is a strange word. To believe that they desire a peaceful end to the insurgency problem would be playing ignorant of their bloody habit,' says Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte

DISTRUST. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte says working with the CPP-NPA is a fruitless effort. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

On 1st day of ceasefire, PNP says NPA likely behind attack on cops in Iloilo

Dec 23, 2019 - 12:33 PM

‘For the past few days we had massive operations and we were pursuing the communist local terrorists, the NPAs,’ says PNP acting chief General Archie Gamboa

NPA ATTACK? PNP acting chief Archie Gamboa attributes to the New Peoples Army an attack on cops in Iloilo on December 23, 2019, or the first day of a ceasefire between the government and the communists. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Duterte, Joma Sison can’t agree on venue for peace talks

Dec 12, 2019 - 8:43 AM

‘Ano siya, sinusuwerte?’ says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on communist party leader Jose Maria Sison’s insistence on a foreign venue for negotiations

DEADLOCK. The Philippine government and the Communist Party of the Philippines could not agree on where to hold the next possible round of peace talks. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte wants CPP-NPA peace talks in PH – Esperon

Dec 06, 2019 - 8:42 PM

The President also wants communist guerrillas to take it seriously when a ceasefire is declared, or else current efforts to stamp out the insurgency will continue, says the National Security Adviser

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Roa Duterte is shown a pile of documents by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. prior to the start of the National Security Council (NSC) Executive Committee Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

NPA leader ‘Ka Diego' arrested in San Juan City

Nov 26, 2019 - 6:15 PM

The communist party condemns the arrest of Jaime Padilla, a leader of the rebel group’s guerrillas in Southern Luzon

KA DIEGO. New People's Army (NPA) leader Jaime 'Ka Diego' Padilla (left) was arrested at Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City on November 25, 2019. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Military seeks dialogue after lawmakers slammed crackdown on progressive groups

Nov 15, 2019 - 6:35 PM

The military deny that they are cracking down on progressive groups, whom they call 'communist terrorists' and whose offices they have raided in recent weeks

WHAT CRACKDOWN? Military Spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo invites supporters of progressive groups to discuss what he says are the threats they pose to democracy. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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 denies 'harassment' in arresting alleged communist rebels

Nov 07, 2019 - 10:17 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines says the search warrants issued by a Quezon City trial court judge prove there was probable cause against the suspects

NO HARASSMENT. Military spokesman Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo says the police and military personnel who recently arrested alleged communist rebels bore search warrants from a court judge. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bato dela Rosa to CHR: Ask NPAs to release minors since 'mas close kayo'

Sep 09, 2019 - 5:11 PM

Senator Bato dela Rosa says the Commission on Human Rights will be offering 'something new' by helping end the alleged recruitment by the NPA of minors

Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa asks questions to the resource person at the hearing of the SOGIE bill on August 20, 2019. Photo by Angie De Silva

Negros Oriental bloodshed: State-sponsored or insurgency-related?

Aug 27, 2019 - 11:58 AM

The 4 Catholic bishops in Negros Island have ordered all parishes to toll the church bells at 8 every evening, until the killings stop

2 CAFGU members killed in NPA encounter in Abra

Aug 15, 2019 - 3:42 PM

Communist rebels attack a Cafgu detachment in Sallapadan town in Abra at dawn

CAFGU. Dandy Wacguisan. Photo from Dandy Wacguisan's Facebook page

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.

Monitoring coronavirus: What rulings say about NPA and martial law

Aug 02, 2019 - 6:11 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Benjamin Caguioa once warned that if the NPA conflict is upheld as basis to declare martial law, the Philippines may be trapped in a perpetual state of miitary rule

CORONAVIRUS MEETING. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on April 23, 2020. Palace photo


Cop dies in NPA encounter in Mountain Province

Apr 02, 2019 - 9:42 PM

Police Corporal Marlon Casil is killed in the Tadian encounter

PCpl Marlon Casil. Photo by Harley Palangchao

Mountain Province cop killed in encounter with NPA

Mar 29, 2019 - 6:34 PM

The encounter occurs as Philippine National Police chief Director Oscar Albayalde is in nearby Camp Dangwa in La Trinidad, Benguet, for a command conference

ENCOUNTER. Patrolman Wilfredo Padawil dies while being treated at the Luis Hora Memorial Hospital in Bauko, Mt. Province. Photo by Jonathan Tambol

Suspected rebels burn heavy equipment in Cagayan

Mar 01, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Police reports say the suspects were wearing camouflage uniforms when they raided the bunkhouses of the Camia Construction Company

BURNED. Suspected rebels burn heavy equipment of a road construction in Alcala town, Cagayan. Photo courtesy of PNP

Don't pay 'permit to campaign' fees to NPA, warns DILG

Jan 13, 2019 - 9:15 PM

The Department of the Interior and Local Government says candidates and local officials found paying fees to gain access to rebel strongholds will face sanctions

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

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

Duterte says he'll 'hamlet' Lumad to keep them from NPA

Dec 19, 2018 - 11:21 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte plans to keep indigenous peoples in 'hamlets' to be guarded by military and police

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte convenes the leaders from various indigenous peoples tribes of Mindanao during a meeting at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang Park, Manila on November 8, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

HOAX: Senator Tito Sotto 'tagged' as financier of NPA rebels

Dec 07, 2018 - 5:00 PM

There is no mention of Senate President Sotto in the embedded video

Guns not only answer vs NPA, says next military chief Madrigal

Dec 06, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Incoming Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Benjamin Madrigal Jr says he will push for a 'people-centered strategy' in battling the communist New People's Army

LOCAL APPROACH. Incoming AFP chief Lieutenant General Benjamin Madrigal Jr wants all agencies onboard in stopping communist insurgency across the Philippines. AFP Eastmincom photo

1 soldier killed, another wounded in NPA ambush in Northern Samar

Nov 29, 2018 - 11:04 PM

NPA rebels attack two soldiers buying food in a market

AMBUSHED. Photo courtesy of DPAO, 8ID Photo courtesy of DPAO, 8ID

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

Panelo on 'Duterte death squads': Civilians should be happy

Nov 29, 2018 - 1:05 PM

'Kung ako 'yung civilian, matutuwa ako,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, despite human rights defenders pointing out that the government cannot maintain hit squads

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte declares in his speech during the inauguration of the People's Television (PTV) Cordillera Hub in Baguio City on March 11, 2017, that the government-funded TV station can be used by anybody as medium to voice out their concerns. Also in the photo is Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo. TOTO LOZANO/Presidential Photo

Duterte’s NPA death squad will target the poor – opposition

Nov 28, 2018 - 9:04 PM

Human rights lawyer and senatorial candidate Chel Diokno says the only lasting solution he sees is the resumption of peace talks between the government and the Left

OPPOSITION COALITION CANDIDATES. Former Quezon congressman Erin Tañada is running for senator in the May 2019 elections under the Oposisyon Koalisyon ticket. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Army division commanders to run 'Anti-Sparrow Unit' – Lorenzana

Nov 28, 2018 - 7:15 PM

The defense chief says the President's order will be carried out 'as soon as possible'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to troopers during his visit at Camp Rajah Sikatuna in Carmen, Bohol on November 27, 2018. Also in the photo are Presidential Adviser for Military Affairs Arthur Tabaquero, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Chairperson Eduardo del Rosario and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO