Category Archives: GPH-NDF

TURNING POINT: A Modus Vivendi that went Kaput

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 13 Feb) – Months earlier they were friends and partners in peace-building. All of a sudden they are called terrorists, and, without warning, an all-out war has been declared against them. The unexpected turn of events bewilders and throws everyone off the ground. Of course President Duterte was aware that […]

TRANSLATING DIGONG: Translating Digong: Take Two

[The UP Mindanao College of Humanities and Social Sciences (in Davao City) organized an event last September 19 themed “Translating Digong: A Forum on the Public Persona of President Rodrigo R. Duterte”. The members of the panel were respected members of the academe—Professors Karl Gaspar, Vicente Rafael, Nelfa Glova and Aya Ragragio on behalf of Myfel […]

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 […]

GenSan City Council commends GPH, NDF for “historic” Oslo talks

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 01 September) – The City Council has passed a resolution commending the government (GPH) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) for the “historic and unprecedented” first round of formal peace negotiations in Oslo, Norway last week, as it expressed hope it would eventually bring lasting peace in the country. It […]

Ooopss, it’s GPH in peace process with Bangsamoro but GRP with NDF

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 August) — It’s the same Philippine government but in the Duterte administration’s peace process, it’s “GPH” with the Bangsamoro and “GRP” with the National Democratic Front (NDF). The Joint Statement of the government and NDF signed in Oslo, Norway at the end of the five-day first round of formal peace talks on […]

Lumads caught in crossfire welcome ceasefire

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 27 August) — The Lumads (Indigenous Peoples) of Bukidnon, many of them caught in the crossfire of the decades old conflict between the Philippine government (GPH) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) welcomed the indefinite ceasefire declared separately by the two parties and other positive developments announced Friday at the end […]

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 […]

GPH, NDF peace panels agree on 6 major agenda in Oslo talks

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/26 August) — The peace panels of the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front on Thursday reached agreement on six major agenda taken up at the resumption of the formal peace negotiations in Oslo, Norway, the two parties said in separate press statements on Friday. The Parties agreed on the following:reaffirmation of […]

GPH, NDF peace panels agree on 6 major agenda in Oslo talks

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/26 August) — The peace panels of the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front on Thursday reached agreement on six major agenda taken up at the resumption of the formal peace negotiations in Oslo, Norway, the two parties said in separate press statements on Friday. The Parties agreed on the following:reaffirmation of […]

Duterte: “I will release money and lands” to NPA guerrillas if peace nego succeeds

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 August) – President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to give guerrillas of the New People’s Army (NPA) “money and lands” when the peace negotiations between the government (GPH) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) succeeds. In a press conference he called for at 11:35 p.m. Wednesday outside a seafood restaurant where he had a […]

PEACETALK: We can decisively move forward towards achieving a just and lasting peace

(Opening statement of Luis G. Jalandoni, chair of the Negotiating Panel of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines at the start of the first round of formal peace talks with the Philippine government in Oslo, Norway, 22 August 2016) Hon. Foreign Minister of the Royal Norwegian Government, Borge Brende, Hon. State Secretary Tore Hattrem, Special […]

PEACE TALK: A just peace must be founded on and sustained by reforms

(Opening statement of Prof. Jose Ma. Sison, founding Chairman, Communist Party of the Philippines and Chief Political Consultant, National Democratic of the Philippines, at the GPH-NDF peace negotiations in Oslo, Norway, on 22 August 2016) Hon. Foreign Minister of the Royal Norwegian Government Borge Brende Hon. State Secretary Tore Hattrem Special Envoy to the Philippine […]

Ceasefire!

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 August) – The guns will be silent by 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, August 21, as government (GPH) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) have both declared a unilateral ceasefire – the NDF for seven days but open to discussing a longer period, and the government “for as long as necessary to bring […]

CPP declares unilateral ceasefire; orders release of two captives

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 August) — The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) declared Friday evening a seven-day unilateral ceasefire starting 12:01 a.m. on August 21 to “celebrate and bolster” the formal resumption of the peace negotiations with government (GPH) in Oslo, Norway on August 22 to 26. In a statement posted on the cpp.ph website on Friday, […]

Past midnight visit

President Rodrigo Duterte pays his respects to one of the four slain soldiers at the wake inside the Eastern Mindanao Command in Davao City past midnight Sunday, August 7, 2016. Duterte warned the National Democratic Front to stop using landmines “or we stop talking (and) fight another 45 years.” Mindanews PhotoMindanews Photo

Four dead

The remains of four Army soldiers killed in an encounter with the New Peoples Army (NPA) in Monkayo and Maragusan towns in Compostela Valley province on August 5 are now in the Eastern Mindanao Command in Davao City. Twelve other soldiers were injured while two rebels were reported killed. MindaNews photo by KEITH BACONGCO   […]

Duterte: road to peace is “always rocky” but talks with NDF will continue

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 01 August) – The road to peace is “always rocky” and even if his declaration of unilateral ceasefire was not reciprocated, peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front (NDF) will continue, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday at the mass oath-taking of undersecretaries at the Rizal Hall in Malacanang. “There is no […]

Duterte “patiently waited” for NDF’s response; CPP calls for simultaneous declaration of unilateral ceasefire on August 20

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 July ) – President Rodrigo Duterte “patiently waited” for two more hours past his 5 p.m. deadline on Saturday for the National Democratic Front (NDF) to reciprocate government’s unilateral ceasefire but “knowing that an unanswered ceasefire declaration was not for the best interest of the nation,” lifted his ceasefire order, […]

Davao biz leaders hope GPH, NDF continue peace nego

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 July) — Business leaders here are worried about the lifting of the July 25 declaration of a unilateral ceasefire by President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday but hope both parties would continue the peace negotiations. Bonifacio Tan, president of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) said the business community […]

Dureza: August 20 GPH-NDF talks in Oslo still on

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 July) – The first round of formal peace talks between government (GPH) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) will proceed as scheduled on August 20 to 27 even as President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday lifted his five-day unilateral ceasefire, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza said. “Let’s wait and see. […]

Duterte lifts unilateral ceasefire; orders security forces on “high alert”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 July) —   President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered “the immediate lifting” of the unilateral ceasefire he declared on July 25 against the communist rebels and directed all security forces to be on “high alert and continue to discharge their normal functions and mandate to neutralize all threats to national security, protect the citizenry, […]