Talks on joint ceasefire shelved sans release of political prisoners

BULATLAT.COM — Talks on possible joint ceasefire between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) have been deferred to February due to the non-release of political prisoners. The government peace panel committed anew to release political prisoners as the third round of formal talks ended Jan.[…]

GRP, NDF sign supplemental guidelines on Joint Monitoring Committee

INTERAKSYON.COM — On the third day of their third round of talks, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) on Saturday signed the supplemental guidelines to the Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).[…]

No bilateral ceasefire by Dec.10 –NDF

REPORTS FROM INQUIRER, MANILA STANDARD, GMANEWS.TV, RAPPLER, MINDANEWS, & BUSINESS WORLD — Despite the statement of Labor Secretary and chief government negotiator Silvestre Bello that a joint ceasefire would be signed by December 10, the Communist People’s Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) denied such claims. Continuing detention of political[…]

NDFP: GRP claims of ceasefire by December is “disinformation”

National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace panel member Benito Tiamzon decried what he called persistent disinformation from the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) that the two parties are close to signing a bilateral ceasefire agreement. Tiamzon was reacting to a news report published over the weekend in a Mindanao online[…]

PH eyes Nov release of old, sickly political prisoners

RAPPLER.COM — The Government’s chief negotiator with the communist National Democratic Front (NDF), Silvestre Bello III, said they are working on the release this month of less than 50 old and sickly “political prisoners” on humanitarian grounds. He said the additional releases are “part of the confidence-building” for the peace process as the government cannot[…]

Separate unilateral ceasefires remain valid until superseded by joint agreement within next 60 days

INTERAKSYON.COM — Fidel Agcaoili, chief negotiator of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, wrote his government counterpart, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, saying the August 28 ceasefire declared by the Communist Party of the Philippines and New People’s Army “will remain valid during the course of peace negotiations until superseded by a ceasefire agreement[…]

Deadline extended for draft bilateral ceasefire agreement between GRP and NDFP

The deadline for a bilateral ceasefire agreement between the GPH and NDF passed on October 26 without a draft ready for signing. Still, both parties agree that the unilateral ceasefires by the New People’s Army and the Philippine National Army will hold. According to government negotiator Hernani Braganza, the panels will likely meet “end of[…]

In Bicol, thousands protest reported ceasefire violations

INTERAKSYON.COM — Thousands of people staged a caravan and rally in Masbate, Bicol to protest the continued deployment of troops to the region, saying this violated the government of the Philippines’ (GPH) declared unilateral ceasefire. Local peasants said that the soldiers were conducting maneuvers — occupying barangay halls, schools, and day care centers; going house to[…]