Over 100 lawmakers sign resolution urging the President to continue peace talks

Legislators filed on February 9 a resolution calling on President Rodrigo Duterte to continue peace talks with the National Democratic Front. HR 769 is titled, “Resolution Urging President Rodrigo R. Duterte to Continue the Peace Negotiations Between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, Considering the[…]

Calls mount for peace talks to continue

Kapayapaan Campaign for a Just and Lasting Peace We are greatly alarmed at this sudden turn of events. We are concerned that the armed conflict will escalate. The President’s abrupt and unilateral actions puts to waste the positive and substantial gains of the peace negotiations. Turning his back on the negotiating table and espousing an[…]

LEGAL OPINION: On the order to arrest NDF consultants

Atty. Edre Olalia (President of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers, bureau member of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, and secretary of the Confederation of Lawyers in Asia & Pacific) weighs in on the notice sent by the government panel to terminate the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG).   Can the[…]

Various groups urge President Duterte: “Resume peace talks”

Duterte’s backing out from peace talks will bring more suffering to the people – Karapatan http://www.karapatan.org/Duterte%E2%80%99s+backing+out+will+bring+suffering Karapatan strongly urges President Rodrigo R. Duterte to rethink his statement on the termination of peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). Both Parties have[…]

Peasant group condemns declaration of “all-out war,” calls out military for “sabotaging the peace process”

DND and AFP are the primary saboteurs of peace KMP Feb.7 statement on the government’s declaration of all-out war   The Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) said defense chief Delfin Lorenzana’s declaration that the government and the military would engage in an all-out war against the New People’s Army (NPA) would result to more human[…]

OPINION: Who is next? Context for the collapse of the peace talks

ARNOLD ALAMON, SUNSTAR.COM.PH — IT WAS only a matter of time for the armed encounters in Makilala, North Cotabato and Malaybalay, Bukidnon to occur which eventually provided the context for the collapse of the peace talks this week.   First, it was the combat operation of the military in Makilala which lead to the death of[…]

NDF slams arrest of consultant as violation of JASIG, CARHRIHL

After President Rodrigo Duterte declared that he was terminating the offical peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), Ariel Arbitrario — an NDF consultant in southern Mindanao — was arrested in Davao City on February 6. Arbitrario was apprehended with companio Roderick Mamuyac, also from southern Mindanao. The NDF and rights groups[…]