Five reasons why the current peace talks are ‘unprecedented’

Altermidya.Net April 8, 2017 THE FORMAL peace negotiations between the Philippine government (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) concluded an “exacting yet successful” fourth round of talks in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. One of the gains made from the round was agreeing to an interim joint ceasefire, which both panels hope will[…]

Canadian groups proclaim support for peace talks

The Canadian chapter of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines, members of JustPeacePH-Canada, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, and the Asia-Pacific Working Group of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation announced their support for the ongoing peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH) and the National[…]

National minorities to be included in peace talks

Leaders of indigenous groups in southern Philippines asked President Rodrigo Duterte to include them in the ongoing peace talks with the National Democratic front of the Philippines (NDFP), the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Jess Durea said he would give indigenous peoples (IPs) a[…]

Church groups in PH offer support for peace talks, call for inclusivity

The Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP), the largest ecumenical formation of church leaders in the country, said, “It’s very important that stakeholders on the ground be well-informed of what’s been happening in the peace talks. It’s good [to keep the people in communities] in the loop so that when the time comes for them to[…]

GRP-NDFP Joint Statement, signed during the October 6-9 peace talks

  The second round of the Formal Peace Talks between the GRP and the NDFP was successfully held from October 6 to 9, 2016, through the kind facilitation of the Royal Norwegian government in Oslo, Norway. This Joint statement was signed during the closing ceremonies embodying the current status of the negotiations: (1) Releases: after[…]

STREETWISE – Thorny issues emerge in Oslo peace talks

Streetwise by Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Thorny issues emerge in Oslo peace talks The second round of peace talks in Oslo, Norway between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines(GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) ended on a noticeably less upbeat tone compared to the resumption in August. The weather seemed to[…]

Peace Talks 101

Click here for the PPT version: Peace Talks 101 PEACE TALKS 101 (Translated from the original Filipino) Introduction to the Peace Talks between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Prepared by BAYAN What are the GPH-NDFP Peace Talks? -The peace negotiations seek to end the ongoing armed[…]

Commitment to economic reforms key to success of peace talks —NDFP

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) said that policies on agrarian reform and national industrialization should be the “center of gravity” of the peace talks.   The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) today said that a Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER) is the key to a prolonged ceasefire[…]