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Duterte task force behind red-tagging is part of COVID-19 'strategic communications'

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:27 AM

Task force spokesman Major General Antonio Parlade Jr says their job is to counter 'communist propaganda' supposedly exploiting government lapses in dealing with the pandemic

ANTI-COMMUNISM TASK FORCE. NTF-ELCAC was created by President Rodrigo Duterte through Executive Order No 70  ANTI-COMMUNISM TASK FORCE. NTF-ELCAC was created by President Rodrigo Duterte through Executive Order No 70

U.N. adopts resolution calling for pandemic-related halt to conflicts

Jul 02, 2020 - 12:12 AM

It is the UN Security Council's first statement on the pandemic and its first real action since the outbreak started

FIRST STATEMENT. In this file photo on April 28, 2017, the UN Security Council holds a ministerial-level meeting. File photo courtesy of UN

Key dates in Israel since its creation in 1948

Jul 01, 2020 - 1:17 PM

A chronology of important events in the history of Israel

An Israeli flag hovers cars driving by the Israeli settlement of Shlomtzion in the Jordan valley in the occupied West Bank on January 27, 2020. - Palestinian prime minister Mohammed Shtayyeh called for international powers to boycott a US peace plan which they see as biased towards Israel as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his political rival Benny Gantz are set to meet Donald Trump in Washington, with the US President expected to reveal his long-delayed proposal for Israeli-Palestinian peace. (Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP)

The doctor healing the wounds of war in Basilan

Jun 14, 2020 - 9:36 AM

In her clinic in the province's capital, Arlyn Jawad Jumao-As heals children, rebels, soldiers. She's played a critical role in keeping the peace.

Dr. Arlyn Jawad Jumao-As checks patients in her clinic in Lamitan City, Basilan. All photos by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Violence vs civilians reaching pre-pandemic levels in PH – report

Jun 06, 2020 - 10:24 AM

The military and police are responsible for almost half of the violent incidents, according to international conflict monitoring group ACLED

The family of Corporal Winston Ragos, the retired military man who died in the hands of the police, weeps as the former soldier is given a hero’s burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Sunday, April 26, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

1,300 civilians killed in DR Congo, over half million flee in months – U.N.

Jun 05, 2020 - 5:22 PM

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet warns that some of the massacres and attacks behind the killings and displacement 'may amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes'

CONFLICT. In this photograph taken on March 13, 2020, Moroccan soldiers from the UN mission in DRC (Monusco) ride in a vehicle as they patrol in the violence-torn Djugu territory, Ituri province, eastern DRCongo. File photo by Samir Tounsi/AFP

U.N. chief deplores lack of ceasefire during virus

May 27, 2020 - 11:45 PM

Conflicts have continued to rage in Libya, Yemen, and elsewhere

CALL FOR CEASEFIRE. In this file photo, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at a news conference at UN headquarters on September 18, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

UPLB alliance calls on school officials to protect students from red-tagging

May 25, 2020 - 1:59 PM

(UPDATED) UPLB Chancellor Fernando Sanchez Jr defends the students who participated in a demonstration in campus and were implicated in military propaganda against progressive organizations

Duterte's final gambit to end insurgency: task force vs communists

May 14, 2020 - 6:51 PM

If the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict sees the ABS-CBN shutdown as a counterinsurgency issue, that's because the task force is meant to sniff out 'rebel influence' from anywhere

NTF-ELCAC. The NTF-ELCAC logo. Background photo of NPA rebels by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

‘Let this be our final warning’: UP CMC slams red-tagging students during pandemic

May 13, 2020 - 9:02 PM

‘An attack on our students is an attack on our college,’ the UP College of Mass Communication reminds the NTF-ELCAC

NTF-ELCAC 'black propaganda' vs Maria Ressa, ABS-CBN sparks outrage

May 11, 2020 - 12:05 PM

(UPDATED) Following public backlash, the PCOO takes down the posts and says it's taking measures to 'uphold accountability' over the incident

Cebu sets guidelines for release of children in conflict with the law

May 07, 2020 - 10:46 AM

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia says it is important to establish protocols for children in conflict with the law as they are different from adult prisoners

CEBU GOVERNMENT. The Cebu Provincial Capitol. Photo by Ryme26/CC BY-SA

U.N. calls for '2 state' solution to be respected in Middle East

Feb 25, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The UN reiterates its support for a solution 'where two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace within secure and recognized borders'

UNREST. Palestinians shout slogans against the inauguration of the US embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. Photo by Mohammed Abad/AFP

South Sudan rebels reject president's peace compromise

Feb 16, 2020 - 5:35 PM

The main contention is the number of states in Sudan, which the rebels say can 'cause problems' as borders determine divisions of power in the country

CONFLICT. Under an accord meant to end the bloodshed, these adversaries were brought together in military camps for retraining to graduate as comrades in a new, unified army, loyal only to the flag of South Sudan. Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

3 rockets hit U.S. embassy in protest-hit Iraqi capital

Jan 27, 2020 - 8:01 AM

One rocket hit an embassy cafeteria at dinner time while two others landed nearby, a security source says

SMOKE. Iraqi protesters react amid tear gas amid clashes with security forces following an anti-government demonstration in Al-Khilani square in the capital Baghdad, on January 26, 2020. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

[PODCAST] Tensiyon sa pagitan ng U.S. at Iran: Ano ang epekto sa Pilipinas at buong mundo?

Jan 19, 2020 - 11:45 AM

Paano nagsimula ang tensiyon sa pagitan ng Iran at US? Paano kaya ito matatapos?

FALSE: Video of night sky flare shows ‘start of Iran vs U.S. World War 3’

Jan 17, 2020 - 10:00 PM

The airstrike shown in the video has nothing to do with the conflict between the US and Iran. It shows the rocket attacks that involved Palestinians and Israel in November 2018.

1st batch of Filipinos from Iraq to arrive in Manila on January 15

Jan 15, 2020 - 12:30 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says the 13 Filipinos are coming from Baghdad and Erbil

FLYING HOME. A first batch of Filipinos will be flying home on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, after evacuating from conflict-threatened Iraq. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

1st batch of Filipinos from Iraq to be flown to Qatar Monday night

Jan 13, 2020 - 6:47 PM

The Department of National Defense says at least 12 Filipinos may return to the Philippines on January 14, though this will depend on the availability of flights

PH will no longer send military 'battalions' to accompany Iraq evacuees

Jan 13, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Officials in charge of the repatriation effort realize 'it may not be wise to send uniformed servicemen to the Middle East due to the sensitivities of the countries there'

NO TROOPS. The government stands down on a plan to send two military battalions to accompany Filipinos evacuating Iraq. Alfred Frias/Presidential photo

Indian police officer arrested for helping Kashmir militants

Jan 12, 2020 - 11:35 PM

The arrested police officer is decorated, having worked for the police for decades and being a member of an elite counter-insurgency force in Kashmir, a disputed territory equally claimed by India and Pakistan

CONFLICT. Indian paramilitary troopers stand guard at a road checkpoint during a lockdown in Srinagar on October 30, 2019. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

1st batch of Filipinos from Iraq to be flown to Manila on Sunday

Jan 11, 2020 - 3:19 PM

Filipinos in and near Tripoli, Libya, must be mandatorily evacuated, too, says the defense department, as tensions escalate in the North African country

FLYING HOME. A first batch of Filipinos will be flying home on Sunday, January 12, 2020, after evacuating from conflict-threatened Iraq. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

DFA downgrades alert levels in Iran, Lebanon

Jan 09, 2020 - 5:12 PM

Though Filipinos in Iran and Lebanon are no longer covered by the Philippine government's mandatory repatriation order, the deployment ban to those countries remains in place

Photo from Wikicommons

Cardinal Tagle prays for peace in Middle East during Traslacion 2020 mass

Jan 09, 2020 - 2:45 AM

The Archbishop of Manila ties in the message of the devotion to the Black Nazarene with the crisis in the Middle East: Break the cycle of violence and vengeance through love that leads to life

PEACE. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle delivers the homily during the Feast of the Black Nazarene midnight mass at the Quirino Grandstand on January 9, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trump says Iran 'appears to be standing down'

Jan 09, 2020 - 1:29 AM

President Donald Trump says the United States will immediately be imposing 'additional punishing sanctions' on Iran but makes no mention of military retaliation to the missile attacks

TRUMP ON IRAN. US President Donald Trump speaks from the White House on January 08, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

World leaders condemn Iran attack targeting U.S. troops

Jan 08, 2020 - 9:12 PM

(UPDATED) Western powers urge an end to the escalating confrontation between Tehran and Washington

WORLD REACTS. An image grab from footage obtained from the state-run Iran Press news agency on January 8, 2020, allegedly shows rockets launched from the Islamic republic against the US military base in Ein-al Asad in Iraq. AFP PHOTO/HO/IRAN PRESS

Airlines avoid Iran and Iraq airspace

Jan 08, 2020 - 7:14 PM

(UPDATED) Shortly after the missile attacks, the US Federal Aviation Administration says it is banning US-registered carriers from flying over Iraq, Iran, and the Gulf

Cimatu to fly to Middle East to start evacuating Filipinos from Iraq

Jan 08, 2020 - 6:50 PM

'We will do everything to bring out Filipinos there,' says the environment chief who's been appointed special envoy to oversee repatriations from the Middle East

SPECIAL ENVOY. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu will be traveling to the Middle East to oversee the evacuation of Filipinos from conflict-threatened Iraq. File photo by Angie de Silva

Military to send ships, planes to evacuate Filipinos from Iraq 'ASAP'

Jan 08, 2020 - 3:40 PM

Army and Marine troops will be deployed to secure and assist Filipinos to be repatriated from Iraq, says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Senator Bong Go and military and police officers during the closing ceremony of the National Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Summit and the 1st Presidential Silent Drill Competition at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on December 20, 2019. Malacañang photo

Zarif says informed by U.N. that U.S. has denied him visa

Jan 07, 2020 - 8:37 PM

So far there has been no official confirmation from Washington that it has rejected Mohammad Javad Zarif's visa application

ZARIF. This file photo shows Iran foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Khonsari at the Palais Egmont in Brussels on January 11, 2018. File photo by John Thys/AFP

2020 with a big bang: This week's outlook

Jan 07, 2020 - 10:00 AM

What’s at stake and what can we expect this week in the aftermath of the assassination of the general who had shaped the battlefield in the Middle East and helped direct Assad’s war in Syria?

Prospect of U.S.-Iran conflict threatens Gulf economies

Jan 06, 2020 - 10:10 PM

Saudi economist Fadhl al-Bouenain says a US-Iran war would further dampen economic growth in Gulf Cooperation Council states, just as many of them are attempting to diversify towards a post-oil future

GULF ECONOMIES. This file photo taken on September 20, 2019, shows employees of Aramco oil company working in Saudi Arabia's Abqaiq oil processing plant. File photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

TUCP pushes for 'early escape plan' for 1.2M OFWs in Middle East

Jan 04, 2020 - 2:23 PM

'There is no harm in being prepared, identifying contingency measures, and taking due diligence in anticipation of a worst-case scenario in the Middle East,' says the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines

EVACUATION PLAN. TUCP Representative Raymond Mendoza urges the Duterte adminisration to craft an evacuation plan for the 1.2 million OFWs in the Middle East to prepare for any eventuality. Photo from TUCP Facebook page

Libya war leaves thousands homeless in Tripoli

Dec 25, 2019 - 11:38 AM

The Libyan government is unable to find shelter for all the displaced, leaving many at the mercy of avaricious lenders

HOMES LOST. In central Tripoli, the grey skeletons of a highrise construction site  abandoned since 2008 due to a property dispute, now host more than 170 families. Mahmud Turkia/ AFP

Myanmar child nuns dream of conflict-free lives

Dec 24, 2019 - 12:37 PM

Myanmar has a growing number of child nuns who seek refuge from conflict in the country

CHILD NUNS. Buddhist nuns from the Mingalar Thaikti nunnery walking to collect alms in Yangon. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Wanting to be home for Christmas, 6 minors escape Cebu City facility

Dec 24, 2019 - 9:21 AM

At least 3 of them are now back at Operation Second Chance, and will be given visitation time with their families on Christmas Eve

40 years on, veterans still grapple with Soviet-Afghan war

Dec 23, 2019 - 1:05 PM

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan, the beginning of a decade-long guerilla war that killed up to 2 million Afghans

40 YEARS ON. This photo taken on December 5, 2019 shows former mujahideen fighter Shah Sulaiman showing his wounded leg from the Soviet–Afghan War, in Kabul. Photo by Noorullah Shirzada

Russia, China veto U.N. extending Syria cross-border aid

Dec 21, 2019 - 1:57 PM

Humanitarian aid currently flows into Syria through UN-designated checkpoints without the formal permission of the regime in Damascus, but that authority is due to expire on January 10

HARDSHIP. A displaced Syrian woman from Raqa walks at a camp for internally displaced people in Ain Issa. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

In new pro-Israel shift, U.S. no longer calls settlements illegal

Nov 19, 2019 - 9:24 AM

US State secretary Mike Pompeo tells reporters, the US has concluded that 'the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not, per se, inconsistent with international law'

Israeli soldiers stand guard next to the site where the body of an Israeli soldier was found with multiple stabs near the settlement of Migdal Oz in the occupied West Bank on August 8, 2019. - An Israeli soldier's body was found with multiple stab wounds near a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank in what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a "terrorist" attack. The incident sparked a manhunt by security forces and risked boosting Israeli-Palestinian tensions weeks ahead of September 17 Israeli polls. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP)

How art could help solve social and political conflicts

Nov 10, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Art could inspire that sense of awe that moves us to step into the world – the real world with a more robust inner life

Gov't treating Marawi residents ‘like we don't matter’ – civic group

Nov 08, 2019 - 7:31 PM

'We feel that we, the youth, are only being used for photo opportunities,' says a member of the Marawi Reconstruction Conflict Watch, citing a mismatch in government action and what residents need

Marawi Reconstruction Conflict Watch

At least 15 dead in Syria clashes between pro-Turkish forces, Kurds

Oct 27, 2019 - 9:13 AM

9 pro-Turkish fighters and 6 members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces are killed in a zone between the towns of Tal Tamr and Ras al-Ain

FLASHPOINT. This picture taken on October 14, 2019 shows smoke rises from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain, from the Turkish side of the border at Ceylanpinar district in Sanliurfa. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkey assault could displace 400,000 in Syria, says U.N.

Oct 13, 2019 - 4:52 PM

Thousands are forced to flee their homes since the beginning of Turkey's military incursion after US President Donald Trump ordered American troops to pull back from the border

FLEEING HOME. An elderly woman is evacuated from a building in Akcakale, a town near the Turkish border with Syria on October 13, 2019, after it was hit by a rocket reported to be fired from within Syria. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Rakhine rebels abduct dozens after storming Myanmar bus – army

Oct 13, 2019 - 4:18 PM

State-backed Global New Light of Myanmar says a bus was flagged down by a man before 18 rebels in sportswear emerged from the forest and ordered passengers off at gunpoint

Yemen to become world's poorest country if war continues – U.N.

Oct 11, 2019 - 12:00 AM

'If fighting continues through 2022, Yemen will rank the poorest country in the world,' according to a United Nations Development Programme report

YEMEN WAR. A Yemeni child buys sweets from Majd al-Din al-Shamiri (unseen), a 16 year-old Yemeni who set up a shop in his family's car that was destroyed during the ongoing war in his country, in the Jabal Sabr area of the southwestern city of Taez, on September 28, 2019. File photo by Ahmad Al-Basha/AFP

United Nations chief hopes to maintain 'momentum' in Western Sahara talks

Oct 03, 2019 - 4:48 PM

Antonio Guterres praises the progress made by the UN's former special envoy, Horst Kohler, who left the position in May for health reasons

ANTONIO GUTERRES. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres delivers a speech in the Egyptian capital Cairo on April 2, 2019. File photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

NCR task force formed to counter 'front organizations'

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:37 PM

While there is no armed conflict in Metro Manila, the task force deems the capital region to be the hotbed of recruitment and fund generation

FIRST MEETING. The National Capital Region Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict will be engaging schools, labor unions, and the urban poor sectors. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

North Korea again tests 'super-large' rocket launcher – state media

Sep 11, 2019 - 8:02 AM

North Korea's state media says its leader Kim Jong Un supervised a fresh test of a 'super-large multiple rocket launcher' system

A man watches a television news screen showing file footage of a North Korean missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on September 10, 2019. North Korea on September 10 fired projectiles toward the sea, South Korea's military said, hours after Pyongyang said it is willing to hold working-level talks with the United States in late September. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

North Korea fires 'projectiles' after offering talks with U.S.

Sep 10, 2019 - 8:02 AM

No further details are immediately available but these are the latest to be fired since July. Previous launches have been identified as short-range missiles.

TEST FIRE. In this file photo taken on August 16, 2019 and released on August 17 by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows the test-firing of a new weapon, presumed to be a short-range ballistic missile, at an undisclosed location. Photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

Martial law led to 2018 drop in violence in Muslim Mindanao – study

Sep 04, 2019 - 12:10 PM

Any plan to lift martial law must come with an agreement among Mindanao leaders to control loose firearms, a major contributing factor to violence in the southern region, says International Alert Philippines

Marawi siege marks 2nd year. Photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler