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Arrested peace consultant for communist rebels asks court to lift order

THE lawyers of a peace consultant representing the communist rebels has asked a Manila court to lift the warrant of arrest it issued against him because it had “no legal...READ MORE The post Arrested peace consultant for communist rebels asks court to lift order appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes_net manilatimes_netNov 9th, 2018

NDFP consultant accuses jailer of contempt of court

A consultant for communist rebels in the peace talks with the government is seeking a contempt citation against his custodian for refusing to release him from detention despite a court order.   Rafael Baylosis, who was arrested in January for illegal possession of firearms and explosives, accused Jail Chief Insp. Jojie Jonathan Pangan of ignoring a June 8 court order for his release.   Pangan is the warden for Jail 4 in the Metro Manila District Jail where Baylosis has been detained since his arrest.   Baylosis, who said the charges against him were trumped up, is one of the consultants for the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and a...Keep on reading: NDFP consultant accuses jailer of contempt of court.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 29th, 2018

Military arrests ‘ouster plot’ Reds in Laguna

Five alleged communist rebels, including a peace talks consultant, believed to be involved in the plot to oust President Duterte were arrested at an Army checkpoint in Sta. Cruz, Laguna last Monday afternoon, the military reported yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

2 communist rebels nabbed, amid anticipated resumption of talks

By Minde Nyl R. Dela Cruz TWO suspected rebels were arrested in Catbalogan City, Northern Samar, on Thursday, April 5, amid President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s order to resume peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). This came after a platoon from the 43rd Infantry (We Search) Battalion encountered an undetermined number […] The post 2 communist rebels nabbed, amid anticipated resumption of talks appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 6th, 2018

PH govt asks court to declare communist rebels terrorists

The Philippine government on Wednesday asked a court to declare the communist party and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), a terrorist organization, dashing already faint hopes of a recovery in a tattered peace process......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2018

Lawyer tells Roque: Don’t be ‘an accomplice in killing of peace talks’

  Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque should not let himself be used as an "accomplice to kill the peace negotiations" for making wrong pronouncements about the peace talks between the government and communist rebels, a lawyer said on Friday.   Atty. Rachel Pastores, managing counsel of the Public Interest Law Center, chided Roque for saying that arrested National Democratic Front (NDF) consultant Rafael "Ka Raffy" Baylosis was no longer covered under the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (Jasig) because the peace talks were already terminated.   "Obviously Mr. Harry Roque is innocent or ignorant of the agreements made during the peace nego...Keep on reading: Lawyer tells Roque: Don’t be ‘an accomplice in killing of peace talks’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2018

Manila court orders rearrest of Tiamzon couple

(Updated)A Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) has ordered the rearrest of Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon. In a January 11 decision released publiclyon Wednesday, Manila RTC Branch 32 ordered the arrest of the Tiamzons, together with co-accused National Democratic Front (NDF) consultant Adelberto Silva granted the Department of Justice (DOJ)'s earlier motion for recommitment and cancellation of bail. In an order, Presiding Judge Thelma Bunyi-Medina said that the court "finds no reason to further allow their temporary liberty" following President Rodrigo Duterte's Proclamation No. 360, or the official termination of the peace negotiations...Keep on reading: Manila court orders rearrest of Tiamzon couple.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

Justice dept asks court to trash provisional liberty of communist rebels–report

THE Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a motion on Thursday to junk the provisional liberty of three communist rebels who participated in the peace talks, according to a radio report. State prosecutors Olivia Laroza-Torevillas and Aristotle Reyes filed the motion before the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 32 regarding the temporary freedom that was granted [...] The post Justice dept asks court to trash provisional liberty of communist rebels–report appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsDec 7th, 2017

DOJ asks Makati court to issue alias warrant, HDO vs Trillanes

  The Department of Justice (DOJ) has asked the Makati City Regional Trial Court to issue an alias warrant of arrest and a hold departure order (HDO) against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV after President Rodrigo Duterte has issued a proclamation withdrawing the amnesty given to him by the previous administration.   An alias warrant is issued if the original warrant of arrest has been returned by the peace officer and the case has been archived.     In this case, the Makati RTC Branch 148 has deferred the promulgation of the coup d'etat case against Trillanes following the granting of amnesty issued by then President Benigno Aquino III.   "I...Keep on reading: DOJ asks Makati court to issue alias warrant, HDO vs Trillanes.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

‘Arrest order vs militant leaders won’t affect peace talks’

The arrest order against four former party-list lawmakers accused of murder would not affect the peace process with communist rebels, the government’s chief negotiator said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 1st, 2018

‘Arrest order vs militant leaders won’t affect peace talks’

The arrest order against four former party-list lawmakers accused of murder would not affect the peace process with communist rebels, the government’s chief negotiator said yesterday. Source link link: ‘Arrest order vs militant leaders won’t affect peace talks’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 1st, 2018

Duterte confers ‘Sikatuna’ to outgoing Norwegian envoy

Amid ongoing talks to revive the peace negotiations between the government and the communist rebels, President Duterte conferred the Order of Sikatuna to outgoing Norwegian Ambassador Erik Førner for his role in promoting peace in the Philippines. Duterte confers ‘Sikatuna’ to outgoing Norwegian envoy Amid ongoing talks to revive the peace negotiations between the government… link: Duterte confers ‘Sikatuna’ to outgoing Norwegian envoy.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Philippines delays new talks with communist rebels

The Philippine government said Thursday it is delaying the resumption of peace talks with communist rebels in order to seek input from public and government groups on issues raised during Norwegian Source link link: Philippines delays new talks with communist rebels.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

Philippines delays new talks with communist rebels

The Philippine government said Thursday it is delaying the resumption of peace talks with communist rebels in order to seek input from public and government groups on issues raised during Norwegian.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

Palace: Phl not taking soft stance on China

The Palace denied it is going soft on China amid reports of a resumption of build-up over disputed portions of the South China Sea (SCS) that foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have criticized. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the Philippines shares Asean leaders’ concern regarding China’s aggressive actions on what is said to be the world’s busiest waterways.The recently concluded Asean foreign and defense ministers in Singapore issued a statement that did not name China but said that “land reclamations and activities in the area . . . have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the region.” The Asean ministers resolved to expedite the code of conduct (CoC) on how to negotiate with China regarding overlapping maritime claims.“Asean’s concern on the Chinese build-up is right because Asean, as a regional bloc, wants to adhere to discussions pertaining to the code of conduct,” Roque said.“We cannot be not joining the call because the Philippines is one of those concerned in this campaign,” he added.Roque also disputed views that Manila is not among those insistent in pressing Beijing to speed up the CoC drafting. “We are not being too soft (on China) but we have an established policy on that. Number one, of course, is we are one with Asean in recognizing that this is a concern for all Asean countries. Particularly that of the freedom of navigation in the West Philippine Sea,” Roque said.“Our common concern is peace security and stability in one of the world’s busiest sea lanes,” he added.During Manila’s hosting of the Asean last year, President Duterte did not cite the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling that nullified Beijing’s sweeping claim over nearly the entire South China Sea.It was the Philippine government that contested China’s nine-dash-line claim before the Hague court. China, however, refuses to recognize it.Apart from the Philippines, other Asean countries also have overlapping claims at the South China Sea including Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.Reclamation to continueChina in its known mouthpiece Global Times said Beijing is concentrating on civil and not military construction on islands in the South China Sea but insisted that the Chinese “will expand land reclamation.”“Most of the construction on islands in the South China Sea were completed in 2015 and the pace then slowed. Civilian facility construction is the major focus of the South China Sea islands building and the portion of defense deployment is relatively small,” Global Times quoted Chen Xiangmiao, a research fellow at the National Institute for the South China Sea.The size of some South China Sea islands will be further expanded in future through more dredging in the South China Sea region, Chen said.The relationship between China and other Southeast Asian countries, such as the Philippines, has becalmed in recent years, providing a golden opportunity for China to upgrade these areas, he said.China and the Philippines are enjoying good terms as President Rodrigo Duterte maintains a friendly policy toward China, Chen said. “But there is still some domestic pressure that urges Duterte to take a tough stance on China and the South China Sea issue,” Chen said.Foreign media like to hype China’s construction in the South China Sea as they try to make excuses to prevent China’s activities in this region, Zhuang Guotu, head of Xiamen University’s Southeast Asian Studies Center, told the Global Times.“China has the right to build whatever it needs within its territory,” Zhuang said.China’s military deployment in the South China Sea region was “not for military expansion,” but to defend its security and interests, he said.Zhuang and Chen warned the US is the biggest threat to stability in the South China Sea.“The US, Australia, Japan and other allies will constantly provoke China over this issue and that will incite other neighboring South China Sea countries to do the same,” Zhuang said.China’s construction projects in the region covered about 290,000 square meters in 2017, including new facilities for underground storage, administrative buildings and large radar, according to a report released in December on the nanhai.haiwainet.cn website run by the National Marine Data and Information Service and People’s Daily Overseas edition. No foreign vessels at BenhamThe Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has not monitored any foreign vessels at the Philippine Rise, formerly known as Benham Rise, during its latest patrol in the area. Lt. Col. Isagani Nato, AFP-Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) spokesman, said that based on the latest patrol conducted by Nolcom troops, there was no presence of foreign ships at Philippine Rise.“As of now, we don’t have a report that there is presence (of foreign vessels) in Benham Rise,” said Nato.Earlier, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced that President Duterte has banned foreign ships at the Philippine Rise and ordered the military to patrol the area.The announcement came following an uproar from government critics after the Duterte administration allowed the Chinese to conduct scientific research at the Philippine Rise.Nato, however, said that Nolcom is yet to receive official order regarding the matter.But Nato maintained that with or without the latest directive, Nolcom has regularly conducted air and maritime patrols along Philippine Rise.Apart from Nolcom, the Air Force and the Philippine Navy, Nato said that the Philippine Coast Guard, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group (PNP-MG) also conduct their own patrol in the area.He said the Nolcom uses air and naval assets of the Navy and the Air Force units under its jurisdiction.“We conduct our patrols regularly. It is a mandate of Nolcom forces so that is continuous with or without the directive from higher ups,” said Nato.According to Nato, Nolcom conducts three to four maritime and air patrol at Philippine Rise per month as part of the government efforts to secure the country’s maritime domain.ML ruling lauded, hitThe Supreme Court’s (SC) decision to uphold Mr. Duterte’s year-long martial law extension in Mindanao also drew mixed reactions.The High Court on Tuesday voted 10-5 junking militant groups’ petition and finding “sufficient factual basis” to extend martial law and suspend the privilege of wirt of habeas corpus in Mindanao until December 31, 2018.Roque welcomed the ruling saying that it affirms the need to continue protecting citizens from the threat of terrorist groups, primarily Islamic State (IS)-inspired fanatics.But for Left-leaning groups who petitioned the SC to lift martial law, the court decision opens up more crackdowns and human rights violations.The Palace official has insisted that human rights will be respected amid security operations.“The SC ruling underscores the unity of the whole government in its bid to defeat terrorism and prevent the spread in other parts of the country of DIWW and other like-minded local and foreign terrorist groups,” Roque said.“The majority of votes is a manifestation of confidence on law enforcement agencies that they shall, like they had been doing before, continue to protect our people, secure Mindanao, and pursue the bigger task of rehabilitation while upholding the rule of law, Human Rights, and International Humanitarian Law,” he added.Human rights watchdog Karapatan sees the contrary in the government’s motives, saying that the year-long military rule will boost attacks on the people.The continuous implementation of martial law in Mindanao will allow the unhampered massive rehabilitation in war-torn Marawi City and boost the security forces campaign to finish off the rebellion, the Department of National Defense (DND) said. In a statement, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the Supreme Court’s decision affirming the constitutionality of the one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao will definitely boost government efforts to rebuild Marawi City and address continuing rebellion.The defense chief welcomed the SC decision as a vote of confidence to the government security forces.“The DND – AFP is grateful for the trust and confidence of our public institutions and the support of the Filipino people,” said Lorenzana. Mario J. Mallari.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Communist rebels ready to cooperate with Duterte for successful peace talks

LUCENA CITY -- The communist rebels are ready to cooperate with the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte for the success of the peace talks to prevent further bloodshed, exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria "Joma" Sison said Monday. In an online interview from his base in Utrecht, The Netherlands, Sison said the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) "is always ready to reciprocate whatever good move he (Duterte) makes in the peace negotiations." He added: "The NDFP can also initiate good moves that are beneficial to the people." Sison, now serving as NDFP chief political consultant, made the declaration in response to President ...Keep on reading: Communist rebels ready to cooperate with Duterte for successful peace talks.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

3 NPAs killed, 5 arrested in clash with military

AMID the impending resumption of peace negotiations, three alleged members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) were killed and five others arrested in a clash against the 83rd Infantry Battalion in Bato, Camarines Sur on Tuesday morning. Three M16 rifles were recovered from the rebels. Two of the five arrested were […] The post 3 NPAs killed, 5 arrested in clash with military appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 10th, 2018

Three communist rebels killed, five arrested in Camarines Sur clash — military

Amid the impending revival of peace negotiations between the government and communist rebels, three alleged members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) were killed and five others were arrested in a clash against the 83rd Infantry Battalion in Bato, Camarines Sur in the morning of Tuesday, April 10. Three M16 rifles […] The post Three communist rebels killed, five arrested in Camarines Sur clash — military appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 10th, 2018

Another shot at peace talks?

PRESIDENT Duterte Rodrigo Duterte has ordered Peace Secretary Jesus Dureza to work on the resumption of peace talks between the government and the communist rebels. The President gave the order during the 24th Cabinet meeting in Malacañang, a day after he said he would want to resume the stalled talks….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 5th, 2018

Duterte: Give peace talks with Reds last chance

  President Rodrigo Duterte directed the Cabinet on Wednesday to work on resuming peace talks with communist rebels on condition that a ceasefire agreement was reached first.   "Let's give this another last chance," said Mr. Duterte during the Cabinet meeting.   He also said he was ready to provide financial support to rebels to replace the socalled revolutionary tax that New People's Army (NPA) guerrillas collect from businesses operating in areas where rebels were active.   Earlier, however, Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the government would not withdraw the petition that it had filed in court to declare the Communist P...Keep on reading: Duterte: Give peace talks with Reds last chance.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 4th, 2018

Lorenzana takes firm stand vs peace talks with Reds

MANILA, Philippines – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana took a firm position against the resumption of peace talks with communist rebels despite calls coming from dozens of lawmakers.  "[President Rodrigo Duterte] knows my stand. If he asks me what my recommendation is, I would say, 'No, sir, I would not recommend ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2018