Philippine communist insurgency - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Philippine communist insurgency


Lorenzana sets conditions for joint ceasefire with communist rebels

Apr 04, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the communist rebels should show sincerity first before peace talks can resume

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the 16th founding anniversary of the Supreme Tribal Council for Peace and Development, Inc. (STCPD) at the 3rd Infantry Battalion Headquarters in Calinan, Davao City on March 23, 2018. Also in the photo are Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) Commander Lieutenant General Benjamin Madrigal Jr., Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Guiling Mamondiong and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Malacañang Photo

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

Lorenzana takes firm stand vs peace talks with Reds

Apr 03, 2018 - 8:06 PM

Alleged NPA attacks in Davao renew the word war between Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman Jose Maria Sison

HARDLINER. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana opposes resumption of peace talks with communist rebels. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

PH seeks terrorist tag for Joma Sison, 648 others

Mar 09, 2018 - 11:07 AM

The list also includes alleged Communist Party of the Philippines chairman Benito Tiamzon, UN Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, ex-Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo, and hundreds of John Does

President Rodrigo Duterte pose for a photo with members of the Government of the Philippines and National Democratic Front peace panels following their meeting in Malacañan’s State Dining Room on September 26. REY BANIQUET/PPD

AFP vows to reduce by half NPA's 3,700 fighters

Jan 09, 2018 - 8:04 PM

Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Rey Guerrero makes the commitment during the military and defense department's annual New Year Call

2018 GOALS. Armed Forces chief General Rey Guerrero meets with ground commanders in a command conference on January 9, 2017. Rappler photo

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

Will Marcos burial protests affect talks with NDF?

Nov 26, 2016 - 5:36 PM

The chief government negotiator in talks with communist rebels says the burial would have minimal impact on the peace process with communist guerrillas

PEACE TALKS. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III (right) believes the hero's burial for dictator Ferdinand Marcos won't hamper peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front. File photo courtesy of OPAPP

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

Duterte to CPP: Explain NPA ambush or I'll end ceasefire

Jul 28, 2016 - 6:55 PM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte wants New People s Army members responsible for the attack on government militias in Davao del Norte punished by their leaders

SHORT-LIVED CEASEFIRE? President Rodrigo Duterte declares a unilateral ceasefire in relation to the NPA during his SONA on July 25, 2016. Photo from Presidential Photographers Division

Duterte to military: Exercise ‘restraint’ amid ceasefire

Jul 26, 2016 - 6:37 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also says that the ceasefire and the peace process with rebels won t keep the government from beefing up the military in preparation for any eventuality

'STRENGTHEN AFP.' President Duterte wants 20,000 more soldiers for the Philippine military. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

NPA has 'right' to collect revolutionary tax – NDF

Jun 10, 2016 - 12:56 PM

Revolutionary taxes are used to fund community services and never go to the pockets of corrupt leaders says NDF spokesperson Fidel Agcaoili

RIGHT TO COLLECT TAXES? Fidel Agcaoili, Human rights committee chairperson of the NDF, speaks at a press conference in Ateneo de Davao University on June 8, 2016. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Joma Sison hopes to end exile under Duterte

May 12, 2016 - 3:55 PM

I will return to the Philippines if Duterte fulfills his promise to visit me The prospects for peace talks seem to be bright at the moment

JOMA SISON. The founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines. Photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler

NPA seizes 2 jail guards, rescues comrade in Surigao del Sur

Apr 28, 2015 - 10:04 AM

Members of the New People s Army capture Security Officer 2 Juan Salazar and SO2 Feliciano Polan

PRECONDITIONS. Members of the New People's Army join consultations in Surigao del Sur. Photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rappler

Two soldiers killed, 12 hurt in NPA Surigao attack

Apr 03, 2015 - 2:03 PM

In Maguindanao 3 soldiers are hurt in a grenade attack by suspected BIFF members on a DSWD office late night of Thursday April 2

ARMED CONFLICT. The Philippines is considered to have the longest-running communist insurgency in Asia.

NPA attacks Agusan del Norte governor's convoy

Mar 27, 2015 - 12:44 PM

Agusan del Norte Governor Maria Angelica Amante Matba survives the attack but one of her police escorts is wounded

AMBUSHED. Agusan del Norte Governor Maria Angelica Amante-Matba survives a suspected NPA attack on her convoy. Photo from her Facebook page

Foreigners caught in AFP-NPA crossfire, all safe

Feb 14, 2015 - 9:30 PM

The group of foreign birdwatchers are unharmed but are still recovering from shock

COUNTER-INSURGENCY DRIVE. Foreign birdwatchers and their guides get caught in the crossfire between government troops and communist rebels in Mount Kitanglad, Bukidnon. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

NDF: Civilian victims in Agusan ambush ‘most unfortunate’

Dec 10, 2014 - 2:29 PM

The National Democratic Front says it is ready to indemnify the civilian victims of the New People s Army ambush in Agusan del Norte on November 30

2 NPA rebels killed, 2 nabbed in Davao Occidental firefight

Oct 15, 2014 - 1:35 PM

A 45 minute firefight ensues after communist rebels attack government forces in Malita town in Davao Occidental

Communist rebels raid two Philippine plantations in one day

Aug 24, 2014 - 4:22 PM

Communist insurgents raided two banana plantations in one day in the southern Philippines in some of their most brazen attacks for months in the face of recent setbacks

SHOW OF FORCE. New People's Army rebels in Compostela Valley. File photo by Karlos Manlupig

Cops held by NPA to be freed this week

Jul 27, 2014 - 4:45 PM

The rebel group agreed to release the cops on the condition that a five day ceasefire will be observed

NPA declares 4 captured cops as POWs

Jul 15, 2014 - 9:29 AM

The NPA says the 4 Surigao del Norte cops will be punished if proven that they have participated in anti people and counterrevolutionary activities

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