Philippine peace process - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Philippine peace process


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

PH gov't cancels peace talks with communists again

Nov 22, 2017 - 11:17 AM

(UPDATED) There will be no peace talks until a 'desired enabling environment' is evident, says Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza

DISCUSSION TIME. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte speaks withPresidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Secretary Jesus Dureza after the Peace Roadmap Presentation at the State Dining Room of the Malacanan Palace on Monday evening, July 18, 2016. Malacanang photo

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

PH, NDF reopen talks after bitter impasse

Apr 03, 2017 - 10:06 PM

UPDATED Negotiators representing the government and the communist rebels return to the negotiating table amid pressure to forge a joint ceasefire agreement

TALKS RE-OPEN. The 4th round of talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front open in Noordwijk, The Netherlands on April 3, 2017. OPAPP photo

NPA releases 2 CAFGUs in Davao

Mar 25, 2017 - 8:01 PM

The military demands the release of the rest of the prisoners taken by the communist rebels

48 YEARS AND COUNTING. New Peoples Army guerrillas in Davao City during the 48th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26, 2016. File photo by Edwin G. Espejo

Duterte bats for 'strategic shift' in ending war with Reds

Feb 21, 2017 - 3:11 PM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte meets with leftist Cabinet members to discuss the peace process that collapsed earlier this month

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo

Unicef lauds MILF for releasing child soldiers

Feb 20, 2017 - 9:14 PM

The MILF s Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces has turned over the first batch of child combatants to their parents It has committed to disengage almost 2 000 combatants under 18

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Duterte set to sign EO on new Bangsamoro Transition Council

Nov 02, 2016 - 1:49 PM

Representatives of the Moro National Liberation Front MNLF are expected to join the body that will draft a revised law creating the new Bangsamoro region

FIRST PRESIDENT FROM MINDANAO. President Rodrigo Duterte wears a conical hat during the launch of the Comprehensive Reform and Development Agenda for Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and other Conflict-Affected Areas in Regions 9, 10, and 12 at Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex in Cotabato City on October 29. SIMEON CELI JR./Presidential Photo

Peace process reunites Tiamzons and spy who dogged them

Sep 01, 2016 - 10:02 AM

The Tiamzons and retired General Ted Torralba will work together in a committee that will operationalize how to end hostilities between the military and the New People s Army

FRIENDS. Retired General Torralba was the spy assigned to follow the Tiamzon couple in the '80s

Duterte to military: Help me bring about peace

Jul 01, 2016 - 5:35 PM

My job is to talk to the enemies of the state to the Communist Party of the Philippines to the MILF and see if I could make a difference in our lives says President Duterte

FOR PEACE. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at the AFP turn-over ceremony in the presence of Vice President Leni Robredo, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, and military officials. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Gov't target: Deal with communists after 9-12 months of talks

Jun 21, 2016 - 5:30 PM

A ceasefire between the government and communist rebels may also be possible by President elect Rodrigo Duterte s first State of the Nation Address says Bebot Bello

PEACE TALKS. Incoming peace panels of the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front (NDF) sign a joint statement on June 15, 2016 in Oslo, Norway to resume formal peace talks in July. Photo by Ayik Casilao

Gov't, MILF reconvene in Malaysia

Feb 11, 2016 - 5:44 PM

The peace panels meet again to discuss how to move the peace process forward

Vatican to Aquino: Ensure peace in Mindanao

Dec 05, 2015 - 9:23 PM

The Vatican hopes that parties involved can guarantee stable and lasting peace in the southern Philippines

PRIVATE AUDIENCE. President Benigno Aquino III and Pope Francis exchange views during a private audience on December 4, 2015, in Vatican City. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Malacañang Photo Bureau

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Jun 02, 2015 - 6:00 PM

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Bangsamoro bill: 7 issues for PH, MILF to resolve

Jun 01, 2015 - 7:13 PM

With such a tight deadline will lawmakers manage to legislate a peace deal within the bounds of the Constitution?

Rappler Talk: Are the Lumad victims in war and peace?

May 07, 2015 - 1:36 PM

What is the impact of the peace process on indigenous peoples in Mindanao?

Drilon: Use of aliases should not hinder peace process

Apr 19, 2015 - 4:31 PM

The Senate President says that what is important is that the rebel group recognizes Mohagher Iqbal as their representative to the peace process

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Apr 17, 2015 - 8:13 PM

The president confirms Espina did resign Binay’s camp claims it’s not worried about Grace Poe The countdown for the ‘royal baby’ begins

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Apr 13, 2015 - 8:21 PM

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Nom de guerre in peace pacts not unique to PH – Deles

Apr 13, 2015 - 1:39 PM

The MILF s chief negotiator reveals he owns a bank account under his alias which Senator Escudero points out is against the anti money laundering law

'SECURITY' FACTOR. MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal says he is using a pseudonym for his and the MILF's security. File photo by Rappler

Marcos: Iqbal alias mocks gov't, peace process

Apr 09, 2015 - 9:47 PM

Will the controversy over MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal s use of an alias cloud Senate hearings on the Bangsamoro Basic Law?

'FICTITIOUS PERSON.' Senator Marcos refers to MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal as "this person who is known as Iqbal" and a "fictitious person" due to his use of an alias. File photo from Senate PRIB

BBL prospects, Germanwings pilot, Mayweather-Pacquiao | The wRap

Mar 27, 2015 - 7:43 PM

Aquino announces new prospects for the Bangsamoro Basic Law The Germanwings pilot suffered from depression A boxing announcer says Mayweather Pacquiao could end in a draw

Rappler Talk: Panfilo Lacson on Mamasapano and the troubles facing PNP

Mar 23, 2015 - 1:17 PM

From a former police chief’s perspective how should the President explain his actions regarding the Mamasapano carnage?

EU pledges continued assistance to Mindanao peace and dev’t

Sep 16, 2014 - 3:13 PM

During their bilateral meeting President Benigno Aquino III and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso reiterate their commitment to deepen PH EU economic partnership

DEEPER PH-EU TIES. President Benigno Aquino III (left) and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso shake hands after a joint news briefing following their bilateral meeting at the EC headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on 15 September 2014. Photo by Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Gov't, MILF asked: Submit draft law in August

Aug 11, 2014 - 12:57 PM

Senate President Franklin Drilon says this way Congress can still meet the administration s timeframe on the creation of the Bangsamoro region

'SUBMIT ASAP.' Senate President Franklin Drilon asks the MILF and the Palace to submit by the end of August the Bangsamoro Basic Law. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

2 BIFF killed, 4 nabbed in Maguindanao clash

Jun 11, 2014 - 9:33 AM

The rebel group suffers more casualties as government forces pursue those responsible for a roadside bombing that killed a soldier and hurt several others

Congress commits to pass Bangsamoro law this year

Feb 06, 2014 - 2:58 PM

Senate President Franklin Drilon reminds the Bangsamoro Transition Commission that the basic law they are drafting should not require amending the Constitution

What's next for the gov't peace panel?

Nov 22, 2012 - 10:25 PM

The peace negotiations with the MILF have always been the result of teamwork say government negotiators

MILF plans to form party

Oct 10, 2012 - 3:25 PM

The MILF s political party will only participate in local elections in the planned Bangsamoro region