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[OPINION] Last chance for peace

Jan 16, 2020 - 3:28 PM

Whatever the case, given the short period remaining in the President’s term, it would do well for him to seriously resume the talks. If, as Duterte says, this is his last card, he better play it.

Duterte's New Year message: Begin anew, help in nation-building

Dec 31, 2019 - 8:03 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says all development efforts should be made sustainable and inclusive

BEGINNING ANEW. For 2020, President Rodrigo Duterte calls on Filipinos to begin anew with a stronger commitment to the task of nation-building. Photo from Malacañang

FALSE: These photos do not show Duterte celebrating start of 2019 in 'simple style'

Jan 14, 2019 - 4:54 PM

No, these photos do not show Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte celebrating the start of 2019 in ‘simple’ style

The generals' coup in 2018: Duterte breaks up with Reds

Dec 26, 2018 - 11:45 AM

The military elbows the communists out of government, and turns the President who once called himself leftist into becoming the rebels' worst enemy

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

Leftist congressmen: Duterte inciting civilians to kill

Nov 28, 2018 - 5:01 PM

Makabayan lawmakers say President Duterte's planned 'death squad' against communist rebels proves there are state-sanctioned vigilante killings under his administration

MURDER. Makabayan lawmakers Ariel Casilao, Carlos Zarate, and Antonio Tinio condemn the President's proposed death squad against communists. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Some senators slam planned 'Duterte death squad' vs NPA

Nov 28, 2018 - 4:03 PM

Some senators call the supposed plan 'unsettling' while allies of President Duterte say the Chief Executive is unlikely to pursue something 'illegal'

'TERRORIST ORGANIZATION.' President Rodrigo Duterte signs a proclamation declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army as a terrorist organization. File photo

Duterte warns groups occupying lands: I will have you arrested, shot

Oct 29, 2018 - 12:25 AM

'If they resist violently, shoot them, and if they die, I do not care,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the thanksgiving dinner and 48th birthday celebration of Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, expresses his gratitude to the Former Foreign Affairs Secretary for his efforts in advancing the country's interest in the international community and helping Filipinos overseas. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte: PH ‘winning the war’ against communists

May 24, 2018 - 11:27 PM

'So the military is quite good in... we’re winning the war actually,' says the President, citing the arrest of an NPA leader

WINNING. File photo of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during an event at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City.  Malacañang Photo

Gov't to give shelter, livelihood to Abu Sayyaf surrenderers

Mar 27, 2018 - 6:21 PM

'There is now an issued presidential include the Abu Sayyaf, not only the NPA rebels, in the government’s assistance [program],' says Deputy Peace Adviser Nabil Tan

GOVERNMENT AID. President Rodrigo Duterte tells Abu SAyyaf surrenderers that the government will help them get back on their feet during the presentation of firearms they turned over to the military in Patikul, Sulu, on March 26, 2018. Presidential Photo

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Mar 21, 2018 - 7:25 PM

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Duterte tells Filipinos to embrace 2018 with hope, determination

Dec 31, 2017 - 2:13 PM

'I remain hopeful that our resilience will enable us to overcome and rise over these challenges as one nation,' says the Philippine president

WELCOMING 2018. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the flag raising ceremony during the 121st Anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal's Martyrdom at the Rizal Park in Manila on December 30, 2017. Photo by Alfred Frias/Presidential Photo

The end of the affair? Duterte's romance with the Reds

Dec 27, 2017 - 11:54 AM

Who failed the talks? Both the government and the communist rebels claim betrayal.

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

Duterte likens NPA to ISIS: 'No ideology except to destroy and kill'

Dec 19, 2017 - 6:50 AM

Only two weeks have passed since the President declared the NPA as a terrorist group, and only almost a month since he halted peace talks with communists.

'ALMOST SAME'. President Duterte says the communists have an 'empty' ideology. Rappler file photo

[OPINION] War and law: Shooting-to-kill armed rebels

Dec 06, 2017 - 5:35 PM

It cannot be presumed a priori that 'no armed NPA will surrender to authorities,' because it has in fact happened. And any lethal self-defense can be justified only in the face of armed resistance.

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Duterte says he freed 14 convicted communists

May 13, 2017 - 9:04 PM

I am a president for peace I cannot be a wartime president President Rodrigo Duterte says stressing the need for peace talks with the Left

PEACE TALKS. President Rodrigo Duterte stresses the need for peace talks with communist rebels during his meeting with the Filipino community in Hong Kong on May 13, 2017. Screenshot from Malacañang video

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Apr 28, 2017 - 1:42 PM

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Duterte tells New York Times to 'stop publishing'

Apr 27, 2017 - 8:31 PM

The President blasts the American publication for criticizing his drug war but supposedly not criticizing certain policies of the US government

'STOP PUBLISHING.' President Rodrigo Duterte hits New York Times for criticizing his drug war. Malacañang file photo

NY Times: Hit PH with trade tariffs over deadly drug war

Mar 27, 2017 - 11:39 AM

UPDATED A more consequential action other countries could make to protest the war on drugs is to impose tariffs on Philippine goods a New York Times editorial says

CRIME SCENE. A crime scene during an operation part of Oplan Tokhang, November 2016. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

New Foreign Secretary Manalo vows 'very professional' DFA

Mar 10, 2017 - 9:26 PM

I want to assure everyone that we have hit the ground running Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo says on Rappler Talk

SEASONED DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo goes through documents in his office after a Rappler Talk interview on March 10, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Colombian ex-president to Duterte: Force won't solve drug war

Feb 08, 2017 - 10:40 AM

Trust me I learned the hard way former Colombian president Cesar Gaviria advises the Philippine leader in a New York Times op ed entitled President Duterte is repeating my mistakes

CASUALTY OF WAR. This photo taken on July 15, 2016 shows a police officer roping off the crime scene as the body of an alleged drug dealer shot dead lies in the street in Manila. Noel Celis/AFP

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Feb 06, 2017 - 1:10 PM

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Dec 28, 2016 - 8:13 PM

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Emotional De Lima dares Duterte: 'Arrest me now! I'll wait for you'

Sep 28, 2016 - 12:56 PM

Senator Leila de Lima reiterates that the allegations against her have been fabricated by President Rodrigo Duterte and his men who are cowards fools liars

ARREST ME NOW. Senator Leila De Lima challenges President Rodrigo Duterte to arrest her immediately, saying it is what the President wants, after all.

De Lima to ignore 'sham' House probe

Sep 18, 2016 - 11:49 PM

I m not at all recognizing that proceedings It is a sham inquiry with no objective other than to demolish or destroy me upon orders of the President says Senator Leila De Lima

The Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights resumes its public inquiry on the spate of extrajudicial killings and summary executions on September 16, 2016.

DOJ: Bank docs, witnesses to prove De Lima drug links

Aug 25, 2016 - 5:00 PM

But Senator Leila De Lima is confident the alleged evidence against her would be unable to pin her down

Bahay Pangarap is Duterte's official residence in Manila

Jul 06, 2016 - 12:58 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte set to be the second president to live in Bahay Pangarap will be moving in on the week of July 11

DUTERTE'S FUTURE HOME. This is a photo of Bahay Pangarap taken in 2010. Photo by Jay Morales/Malacañang Photo Bureau

PNP chief to probe generals linked to drug trade

Jul 05, 2016 - 6:21 PM

I have a heavy heart receiving this information but I have a job to do says PNP Director General Ronald Bato Dela Rosa after President Duterte announces names of policemen supposedly helping drug syndicates

JOB TO DO. PNP chief Bato Dela Rosa says he will investigate the alleged involvement of police generals named by President Duterte

Jose Maria Sison 'home' in July

Jun 02, 2016 - 10:20 PM

Sison adds Philippine government and rebel emissaries are set to meet in Norway from mid June to lay the groundwork for formal peace talks

JOMA SISON. The founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines. File photo by Fritzie Rodriguez

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?

Want communism to rise? Choose Duterte – Roxas

Apr 27, 2016 - 6:15 PM

Mar Roxas is in vote rich Cebu for the 3rd time where Duterte is the favored bet

RELEASED. The NPA releases 5 police officers to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Editha Caduaya/ Rappler

Duterte, Joma on Skype: Ceasefire if Davao mayor becomes president

Apr 27, 2016 - 1:51 AM

The ceasefire will cover not just the Communist Party of the Philippines National Democratic Front CPP NDF but also revolutionary groups like the Moro Islamic Liberation Front MILF and the Moro National Liberation Front MNLF

DUTERTE. Photo by Editha Caduaya

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Jan 01, 2016 - 12:09 PM

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