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[…]

Rights group criticizes military’s role in non-release of political prisoners

KARAPATAN.ORG — “President Duterte’s statement on the non-release of political prisoners confirms the active role of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in sabotaging all efforts to derail the peacetalks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace panels. The warmonger AFP is[…]

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.[…]

Crucial 3rd round will “make or break” the peace talks

NEWS.ABS-CBN.COM — The third round of peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front (NDF) is considered as the most crucial stage of the negotiations, according to NDF consultant Satur Ocampo. Ocampo on Thursday said the third round of talks will deal on issues regarding social and economic reforms, which are the meat[…]

Release of pol prisoners the first step to just peace — Hustisya

Nothing more right and just than freedom,” families say on third round of peace talks HUSTISYA — “We remain optimistic this 2017, yet we will not stop demanding to the Duterte administration to release all political prisoners, not only to urge him to fulfill his promise, but to remind him that it is right and[…]

392 political prisoners remain in jail, communities still attacked — Karapatan

KARAPATAN — “During the first round of peace talks, the GRP already indicated its commitment to release political prisoners. But the third round of talks is opening with hundreds of political prisoners still in jail,” Jigs Clamor, Karapatan deputy secretary general, said.    According to Karapatan, there are currently 392 political prisoners imprisoned in relation[…]

Non-release of political prisoners a key issue in 3rd round of peace talks

In the upcoming third round of peace talks, scheduled from January 18-25 in Rome, Italy, the issue of political prisoners will be major topic for discussion. The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) will ask the government panel “why despite their pronouncement no releases have been made,” said NDFP senior legal counsel Rachel Pastores.[…]

Political prisoners will still spend Christmas in jails

KARAPTAN.ORG — “After all has been said and done, political prisoners (PPs) will still spend Christmas inside cramped jails,” Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general said. “Since Pres. Duterte first talked about releasing political prisoners, a political prisoner has already died, several have been rushed to hospitals and PPs already went into fasting and hunger strike, and[…]

ICHRP New York calls for peace and justice in the Philippines: “Free the prisoners!”

FIGHTBACKNEWS.ORG — Activists under the banner of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) gathered in front of the Philippine Consulate General on Fifth Avenue Dec. 9 to demand that Presidential Advisor on the Peace Process, Jess Dureza, uphold peace and justice in the Philippines. ICHRP and several other organizations attended to stand[…]