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Malacañang on 'ISIS-inspired' Cotabato blast: Do not speculate

Jan 01, 2019 - 8:18 PM

Chief Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr also tells the public to be more 'sober' in dealing with rumors and calls the incident an 'isolated case'

BLAST. Two people died while 34 were injured in an explosion in a mall in Cotabato City on December 31, 2018. Sourced photo

Galvez appointment as Duterte adviser signals new peace mindset

Dec 23, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The appointment of Carlito Galvez Jr also completes the retired generals' takeover of key posts handling peace, security, and delivery of government services

BANGSAMORO ADVOCATE. Carlito Galvez Jr (left) is a known advocate of the Bangsamoro peace process. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

A month before Bangsamoro plebiscite, gov't entities sign deal on info drive

Dec 22, 2018 - 5:26 PM

Poll watchdog Legal Network of Truthful Elections, however, criticizes the delay in the information and education drive in the Bangsamoro

Photo from OPAPP

Mindanao rights groups wary of Carlito Galvez as OPAPP chief

Dec 06, 2018 - 5:05 PM

Human rights group Barug Katungod Mindanao expresses concern that military chief Carlito Galvez Jr would 'militarize the OPAPP and the peace process'

NEXT PEACE ADVISER. AFP chief General Carlito Galvez Jr attends the Senate hearing on the proposed amendments to the Human Security  Act of 2007 on October 1, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte to appoint AFP chief Galvez as OPAPP chief

Dec 05, 2018 - 2:52 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says President Duterte announced his post-retirement plan for General Carlito Galvez Jr at a Cabinet meeting

END OF WAR. Philippine military chief General Carlito Galvez Jr and MILF Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces chief Sammy Al Mansour at a news briefing in Camp Aguinaldo on November 19, 2018. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Peace process adviser Jesus Dureza resigns

Nov 27, 2018 - 8:39 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The President says he is sad to accept the resignation of his friend and fellow Davaoeño Jesus Dureza. He also announced he has fired OPAPP Undersecretary Ronald Flores and Assistant Secretary Yeshtern Donn Baccay.

AFP to return P192.5-M Maguindanao road project fund

Jul 14, 2018 - 1:11 PM

Some P192.5 million allotted for road projects in Maguindanao under the Pamana program is not utilized by the Armed Forces of the Philippines

PAMANA. Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza (left) and OPAPP Assistant Secretary Yeshter Donn Baccay meet with AFP officials led by 52nd Engineering Brigade commander Brigadier General Dionisio Baudin Jr. (right) on July 10, 2018 to discuss issues on the implementation of PAMANA projects. Photo from OPAPP

Marawi priest Chito Soganub rescued from Maute

Sep 17, 2017 - 8:14 AM

(4th UPDATE) Marawi priest Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub is rescued along with another hostage near Bato Mosque, one of 3 enemy strongholds that fell into government control over the past days

Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub is flown to Manila two days after his rescue. Photo of Father Chito

Duterte wants BBL 'game plan' before certifying it as urgent

Sep 14, 2017 - 9:04 PM

The President gathers MILF leaders BTC members Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez in a meeting in Malacañang

President Rodrigo Duterte (left) shares a conversation with OPAPP Secretary Jesus Dureza (right) during the celebration of the 24th Anniversary of Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) at the Malacanang Palace on Thursday. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com

News Briefs: March 27, 2017

Mar 27, 2017 - 4:20 PM

Stories from across the Philippines on Monday March 27

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

Gov't keeps ceasefire with communist rebels

Feb 01, 2017 - 12:47 PM

2ND UPDATE President Rodrigo Duterte s chief peace adviser says negotiations with the Left will continue even after the communist rebels have terminated their ceasefire with the government

PEACE TALKS. Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza addresses military and civilian officials at the 47th anniversary of the 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army on February 1, 2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Yasay joins talks with communist rebels in Rome

Jan 19, 2017 - 6:42 PM

The National Democratic Front is pushing for the Philippines to have an independent foreign policy particularly from its treaty ally the United States

Korean, Filipino hostages released in Sulu

Jan 14, 2017 - 12:16 PM

3rd UPDATE The two hostages a captain and crew member of a South Korean flagged cargo ship are released to Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jess Dureza

FREE. The hostages, South Korean Park Chul Hong (wearing green head cover) and Filipino Glenn Alindajao (wearing blue scarf), arrive in Davao City with Secretary Jess Dureza on January 14, 2017. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Contrapunto: Regarding Carol Araullo's take on the Oslo talks

Oct 19, 2016 - 9:25 AM

For sure there will be contentious and disagreeable points in the course of the peace negotiations But shouldn t these be raised by the members of the negotiating panels themselves?

Joint gov't, MILF anti-drug operation leads to arrest of 13

Oct 15, 2016 - 3:39 PM

The men are believed to be followers of Samad Masgal alias Commander Madrox leader of an armed group involved in the drug trade in North Cotabato

#TayoAngKapayapaan: Gov't, NDF should learn from indigenous peoples

Oct 11, 2016 - 3:14 PM

On the issue of political and constitutional reforms the indigenous peoples have plenty of sage advice for both the government and the NDF because they have been governing themselves peacefully justly and harmoniously for centuries

UP to assist in Duterte's talks with communist rebels

Oct 01, 2016 - 12:57 PM

UP Vice President Prospero de Vera Jr will play an active role in the talks with the NDF He sits as member of the government committee that will negotiate socio economic reforms

OPAPP seeks 1,000% budget increase in 2017

Sep 27, 2016 - 1:20 PM

Secretary Jesus Dureza says the huge increase is due to the agency s implementation of the Pamana program which costs P7 billion in lump sum funds

1000 PERCENT INCREASE? Secretary Jesus Dureza says the huge jump is due to the agency's implementation of the Pamana program for conflict-affected areas.

Gov't, MILF to resume peace talks August 30 in Davao City

Aug 15, 2016 - 8:25 PM

Future talks between the two panels will be held in the Philippines says Peace Process Adviser Jesus Dureza

TALKING PEACE FOR MINDANAO. Government peace panel members and MILF peace panel members meet in Malaysia to resume talks on the Bangsamoro peace process. Photo by Carol Ramoran/Rappler

Dureza: We've moved from negotiation to partnership with MILF

Aug 13, 2016 - 3:49 PM

UPDATED Dureza says the launch of the implementation phase of the peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front is a milestone

Dureza vows to honor agreements with MILF

Jul 04, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Jess Dureza says the peace process depends on continuity

Dureza: PH to discuss ceasefire with communists

Jul 04, 2016 - 2:25 PM

The next meeting with the National Democratic Front is scheduled on the 3rd week of July

Dureza flying to Norway to meet with Joma Sison

Jun 10, 2016 - 7:55 PM

UPDATED Dureza says he will be accompanied by incoming Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and former congressman Hernani Braganza

TALKING PEACE? Jess Dureza flies to Norway to meet with Jose Maria Sison

Dureza, Bello, and the previous peace talks

Jun 02, 2016 - 11:00 AM

The president elect s choices to work on peace talks Silvestre Bello III and Jesus Dureza are no stranger to negotiations with insurgents Can they help Duterte achieve peace in 3 6 months as promised?

Communist rebels open to talk peace 'with any administration'

Jan 15, 2016 - 11:02 AM

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines says the rebel leadership is ever ready to resume the peace process in the context of past agreements

MILF camps get farming equipment, support

Jan 06, 2016 - 3:16 PM

Former rebel camps can significantly contribute to ARMM s agricultural sector

Irregularities uncovered in vehicle rentals of peace adviser's office

Dec 21, 2015 - 10:04 PM

UPDATED The Commission on Audit says the numerous vehicles used by the OPAPP were unconscionable and excessive

PH, MNLF set agenda for high level talks in Jeddah

Sep 13, 2015 - 3:59 PM

The two parties also present their views on the merging of all previous peace accords in light of the Bangsamoro Basic Law

REVIEW. The Philippine government and the Moro National Liberation Front has set the agenda for the ministerial-level tripartite meeting to be held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by OPAPP)

Talks with CPP should restart without ‘preconditions’ – Deles

Jul 13, 2015 - 5:05 PM

The presidential adviser on the peace process says talk of prisoner release as demanded by the Communist Party of the Philippines is premature

FOUNDER: Screenshot of CPP founder Joma Sison's Vimeo video

Who are the women in the Bangsamoro Peace Process?

May 16, 2015 - 12:50 PM

Women suffer the most during war but they are also at the forefront of the ongoing struggle for peace

File Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

Marcos aims to finish BBL hearings by May 25

May 05, 2015 - 3:42 PM

Senators welcome the recommendations of the Citizen s Peace Council on how to make the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law constitutional and inclusive

REVIEW. Senate President Franklin Drilon and Senate committee on local government chair Senator Bongbong Marcos Jr. receive the full report of the Citizens' Peace Council on May 5, 2015. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

NDF proposes 6-month, time-bound peace talks

Apr 18, 2015 - 1:41 PM

National Democratic Front Philippines chief political consultant Jose Maria Sison says they want to cover 3 substantive items including the end of conflict and disposition of forces

FOUNDER: Screenshot of CPP founder Joma Sison's Vimeo video

Hillary for US president, Trillanes on Binay bribe, Pacman music video | The wRap

Apr 13, 2015 - 8:21 PM

Hillary Clinton runs for the US presidency Senator Trillanes says the Binays bribed two justices Manny Pacquiao has a new music video

Int'l Monitoring Team: Mamasapano a 'disastrous firefight'

Apr 06, 2015 - 6:13 PM

The Malaysian led independent body that oversees the ceasefire agreement between the MILF and the Philippine government says both sides committed ceasefire violations

In this file photo, residents survey January 28, 2015 the scene in Tukanalipao, Mamasapano Maguindanao where 44 SAF members died and 11 others wounded during a clashed with combined forces of MILF and BIFF. Rappler file photo

OPAPP hopes to convince the 'misinformed' to support BBL

Mar 20, 2015 - 4:23 PM

The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process is eyeing the 36 of Filipinos still undecided about the Bangsamoro Basic Law

PEACE RALLY. Muslims from Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga and Pangasinan bannered by the 1-Bangsamoro group, converged at the Mendiola Peace Arch on February 20 to push for the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

Public misinformed about BBL, says peace panel head

Mar 19, 2015 - 5:25 PM

Government peace panel chair Miriam Coronel Ferrer appeals to the media to help correct all the misinformation on the Bangsamoro Basic Law

Government peace panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer attends the Senate hearing on the January 25 clash in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. File photo by Rappler

Angry Alan to OPAPP: 'What side are you representing?'

Feb 24, 2015 - 6:39 PM

Chief peace adviser Teresita Deles and chief negotiator Miriam Coronel Ferrer turn emotional when they respond to Senator Alan Cayetano s question

CAYETANO VS IQBAL: Senator Alan Cayetano continues on Day 5 his verbal attacks against MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Muslim migrants in Manila: BBL best option for peace

Feb 22, 2015 - 6:30 PM

We are devoted Muslims We don’t want war Hajji Moh’d Ersad Malli says

OPAPP: Gov't did not buy returned SAF arms

Feb 21, 2015 - 4:21 PM

The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process denies the allegation and expresses disappointment over the unsubstantiated and unverified claim of Fr Eliseo Mercado a peace advocate

FIRST 16. Some of the 16 SAF firearms returned to the PNP by the MILF. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

‘No Maguindanao clash reports, no Bangsamoro law hearings’

Feb 03, 2015 - 2:49 PM

The House of Representatives ad hoc committee wants the OPAPP ARMM AFP and PNP to submit their report on what happened in Mamasapano Maguindanao on January 25

REPORT. Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gregorio Catapang graces with Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez at the executive meeting of the House ad hoc committee on the Bangsamoro on February 3, 2015. Photo by Rappler

Ex-AFP chief eyed as chief negotiator with NDF

Dec 27, 2014 - 9:06 PM

Retired General Emmanuel Bautista is recommended by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process to lead government negotiations with the communist guerrillas

NEW CHALLENGE: The appointment of retired General Emmanuel Bautista as chief negotiator with CPP/NDF is waiting for President Aquino's signature. Malacañang file photo

Military tags BIFF in General Santos bombing

Sep 17, 2014 - 6:23 PM

It looks connected to the peace spoilers Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters based on the signature of the improvised explosive device says a military official

Final Bangsamoro draft goes to Congress 'end of August'

Aug 18, 2014 - 2:48 PM

President Aquino is expected to receive the final version of the measure within the week says Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Teresita Deles

REMEMBERING PEACE. Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman; Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak; Philippine president Benigno Aquino III and Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process hold the documents following the signing of a final peace agreement between the Philippine government and the muslim rebel group inside the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, the Philippines, March 27, 2014. Dennis Sabangan/ EPA

Govt, MILF reach consensus on draft law

Aug 15, 2014 - 3:35 PM

President Benigno Aquino III will review the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law before its submission to Congress

STEP CLOSER. Panels reach an agreement on the final draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law on August 15, 2014. File photo by Rappler

Peace in Ramadan and Bangsamoro

Jul 29, 2014 - 4:08 PM

Ramadhan brings with it renewal and hope particularly for peace in Mindanao

Panels formed to prepare MILF rebels' shift to civilian life

May 06, 2014 - 6:15 PM

Switzerland has been invited to provide an expert who would lead the Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission the Philippine government says

NORMALIZATION. Peace panels set the ball rolling for the shift of former rebels to civilian life. File photo by Rappler

#SelfieForPeace winners to get peace shirts

Apr 05, 2014 - 2:46 PM

50 SelfieForPeace uploaders are receiving commemorative peace shirts

PEACE. Take a selfie for peace. Original photo from AFP

Left: Resume peace talks now

Apr 04, 2014 - 12:11 PM

Militant groups urge the Aquino administration to resume peace talks with National Democratic Front and to release political prisoners and NDF consultants

Close to 500 MILF members to visit Malacañang

Mar 25, 2014 - 7:08 PM

The military declares a red alert in Central Mindanao

ELUSIVE NO MORE? The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front are set to sign a final peace agreement on March 27, 2014 after 17 years of negotiations. Photo by Rappler