Category Archives: CASER

NDFP asks gov’t to resume talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 June) – The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) urged the government (GRP) to resume the fifth round of formal negotiations, after it was canceled when the latter withdrew for “lack of compelling reason.” In a statement issued on Friday, NDFP chair Fidel Agcaoili said both parties must heed the clamor of the people […]

DAR chief to join GRP-NDF talks on socioeconomic reforms

TAGUM CITY (MindaNews/19 May) – Agrarian Reform Ssecretary Rafael Mariano will participate in the fifth round of peace talks between the government (GRP) and National Democratic Front (NDF) on May 26 to June 2, 2017 in Noorwijk aan Zee, The Netherlands. The fifth round of talks will tackle, among others, agrarian reform and rural development provisions of the Comprehensive Agreement […]

GRP, NDF working for consensus on truce, ‘contentious’ socioeconomic provisions — Bello

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 May) – The government and the National Democratic Front are finding ways to arrive at a consensus on a bilateral ceasefire and “contentious provisions” on the proposed Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER), Labor Secretary and GRP peace panel chair Silvestre Bello III said Monday. In an interview at the sidelines of the […]

Informal GRP-NDFP bilateral meeting set on April 20

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 April) – An informal bilateral meeting will be held on April 20 in Manila to assist Reciprocal Working Committees of the government (GRP) and National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) clarify and reconcile some contentious issues in their respective drafts of the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms […]

GRP, NDF agree on free land distribution under agrarian reform in CASER talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 April) – Free land distribution will be the basic principle of agrarian reform as one of the elements of the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic reforms (CASER), the government (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace panels agreed during their fourth round of talks in the Netherlands. In a […]

GRP, NDF agree on free land distribution under agrarian reform in CASER talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 April) – Free land distribution will be the basic principle of agrarian reform as one of the elements of the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic reforms (CASER), the government (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace panels agreed during their fourth round of talks in the Netherlands. In a […]

NDF: CASER first, then ceasefire, or sign both simultaneously

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 04 April) —  The National Democratic Front (NDF) wants the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms (CASER) signed first before the bilateral ceasefire agreement, or both can be signed simultaneously. “The people demand that CASER be a step ahead of the joint ceasefire agreement, unless these agreements can be signed at the […]

AFP-NPA clashes in Davao City on Thursday: 5 killed, 15 injured

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 17 February) — Five combatants from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) were killed and 15 soldiers were injured in a series of clashes Thursday in Calinan and Paquibato districts in President Rodrigo Duterte’s home city of Davao. The clashes happened just as more calls […]

Duterte mum on plans for peace talks with NDF

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 February) – President Rodrigo Duterte has given no hints the peace negotiations between the government and the National Democratic Front would resume anytime soon after Thursday’s clashes in Calinan and Paquibato districts here that left two soldiers and three New People’s Army rebels dead and 17 other government troopers wounded. During his […]

STATEMENT: All-out Peace rather than All-out War

15 February 2017 Subject: Statement by All-Out Peace on GRP-NDF Peace Talks For Inquiries: Gani Abunda +63 9989251786 or call 435-2900;911-0205 Alarmed by the recent announcement of an all-out war by the Philippine government through Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana against the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), New People’s Army (NPA) and National Democratic Front (NDF), following President Rodrigo […]

PEACETALK: Building a truly independent, democratic, just, prosperous and progressive Philippines

(Statement of Prof. Jose Maria Sison, Chief Political Consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines at the 3rd round of the GRP-NDF peace talks in Rome, Italy on 19 January 2017) His Excellency, Eric Forner, Ambassador of the Royal Norwegian Government to the Philippines, Her Excellency, Ambassador Elisabeth Slattom, special envoy of the […]

PEACETALK:  Finding common ground, matching word with deed, having resolve with will

Opening Statement of GRP Panel Chair Silvestre Bello III during the 3rd Round of Talks between the GRP and the NDF in Rome, Italy on 19 January 2017 Almost five months ago, in August of last year, we embarked on resuming our negotiations which to many, after almost three decades of peace talks, seem to […]

PEACETALK: We must prove to our people that these negotiations will indeed bring about genuine change

(Opening speech for the Third Round of Talks in Rome of Fidel V. Agcaoili, chair of the NDFP negotiating panel, 19 January 2017, in Rome Italy) Your Excellencies from the Royal Norwegian Government and the Government of Italy, Dear Countrymen in the Negotiating Panels and Delegations of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines […]

Bello hopes bilateral ceasefire agreement signed in 3rd round of talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 January) —  The government (GRP) peace panel will “strive hard” to have the bilateral ceasefire agreement with the National Democratic Front (NDF) signed during the third round of formal peace negotiations on January 19 to 25 in Rome, Italy, its chief negotiator said. GRP peace panel chair and concurrent Labor Secretary Silvestre […]

Migrants’ group wants concerns of OFWS included in CASER

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 December) —   A migrant workers’ group urged the peace panels of the government (GRP) and National Democratic Front (NDF) consider the welfare of the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the crafting of the Comprehensive Agreement on Socioeconomic Reforms (CASER). Inorisa Sialana-Elento, executive director of the Mindanao Migrants Center for Empowering […]

GPH, NDF to sign bilateral ceasefire agreement on Dec. 10, says Bello

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 Nov) – The government peace panel hopes to sign the bilateral ceasefire with the National Democratic Front (NDF) on December 10, International Human Rights Day, GRP peace panel chair Silvestre Bello, said. “Hopefully, we will be able to get the signing of the bilateral ceasefire, end of November or first week of […]

GPH, NDF to sign bilateral ceasefire agreement on Dec. 10, says Bello

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 Nov) – The government peace panel hopes to sign the bilateral ceasefire with the National Democratic Front (NDF) on December 10, International Human Rights Day, GRP peace panel chair Silvestre Bello, said. “Hopefully, we will be able to get the signing of the bilateral ceasefire, end of November or first week of […]

GRP, NDFP agree on common drafts on reform agenda

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 October) – The second round of peace negotiations between the Philippine Government (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) ended with both peace panels agreeing on the common draft frameworks and outlines on the three remaining substantive agenda on socioeconomic reforms, political and constitutional reforms, and end of hostilities […]

Amnesty proposed for 434 detained NDF leaders, members

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 October) – A draft of the amnesty proclamation for 434 detained leaders and alleged members of the National Democratic Front (NDF) was submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte on September 27, the government peace panel said in a press release from Oslo. The Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) quoted […]

Ceasefire, amnesty for 400 political prisoners up in Oslo talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 Oct) – Over 400 political prisoners have been listed for possible coverage of an amnesty proclamation in relation to the ongoing peace negotiations between the Philippine government (GRP) and the National Democratic Front, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process said Monday. In a press release, OPAPP quoted Labor […]

UP extends institutional support to GRP-NDF peace talks

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/01 Oct) — The University of the Philippines on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) committing the state university’s institutional support to the peace process. In a press release, the OPAPP said UP will lend their academic personnel and resources to help […]

IP issues to be addressed in GRP-NDF nego on socio-economic reforms

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 September) — The situation of the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) will form part of discussions on socioeconomic reforms in the ongoing peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front, two government peace panel members said in a forum Wednesday. At the media roundtable on “Addressing Marginalization: the Indigenous […]

PEACETALK: “To negotiate for the people, with the people and through the people” Antonio B. Arellano

(Opening statement of Government peace panel member Atty. Antonio B. Arellano at the media roundtable on Addressing Marginalization: The Indigenous Peoples and the Peace Process between Government and the National Democratic Front,” held at the Pinnacle Hotel in Davao City on 28 September 2016) DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 September) — In the formulation of […]

Jalandoni describes NPA’s new role after signing of peace agreement

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 Sept) – The New People’s Army (NPA) will remain but will have a new role after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the government and the National Democratic Front (NDF), peace panel chair Luis Jalandoni said. Jalandoni told a peace forum at the Holy Cross of Davao College […]

PEACETALK: Celebrating God’s work for Peace: Journeying with the GRP-NDFP in the continuing struggle for Peace

(Address to the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform, held at Homitori in Davao City on Sept. 20, 2016) Our topic speaks of celebration. In a real sense we come together in celebration. Peace is in the offing. The Duterte administration has not yet reached its 100th-day milestone. Yet we are celebrating clear breakthroughs on the road […]

GRP-NDF Talks: CASER comes first before cessation of hostilities

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Sep) – The Philippine government (GRP) and National Democratic Front (NDF) peace panels will settle issues on the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-economic Reforms (CASER) before forging an agreement on the cessation of hostilities. Speaking in Tuesday’s forum called “A Journey to Peace: From Davao to Oslo and Back,” GRP peace panel member […]

GPH-NDF’s ceasefire second after 1986

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 August) – Indefinite ceasefire. The Philippine government (GPH) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) have each declared a unilateral ceasefire that took effect at 12:01 a.m. on August 21 and will continue indefinitely as their ceasefire committees “reconcile and develop their separate unilateral ceasefire orders into a single unified bilateral agreement within […]