No more hope on resumption on peace talks with CPP-NDF& mdash;Palace

No more hope on resumption on peace talks with CPP-NDF& mdash;Palace.....»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardDec 6th, 2018

No more hope on resumption on peace talks with CPP-NDF& mdash;Palace

No more hope on resumption on peace talks with CPP-NDF& mdash;Palace.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 6th, 2018

Palace changes tone on NDFP talks

Having stayed the scheduled resumption of the peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front supposed to happen on June 15, President Rodrigo Duterte changed tone and wanted the negotiations to continue in the Philippines......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsJun 19th, 2018

Dureza: Norway still third-party facilitator in peace talks with Reds

Norway remains the third-party facilitator in the peace talks between the Philippine government and the communist rebels, Peace Secretary Jesus Dureza said on Monday night. Dureza issued the statetement hours after presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a Palace briefing that Malacaang no longer saw the need to have a third-party facilitator in the resumption of peace talks. "The media report saying Norway is being removed or is no longer a 'facilitator' in the peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the communist rebels is a total fabrication," Dureza said in statement. "It is an example of irresponsible journalism." But it was Roque who told reporte...Keep on reading: Dureza: Norway still third-party facilitator in peace talks with Reds.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

Sixty-Day Peace Talks “Last Chance” to End CPP Rebellion, Palace Says

Malacañang on Monday, April 22, said the possible resumption of the government’s peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) could be the “last chance” to finally put an end to the group’s decade-long rebellion. “The problem is we’ve been talking peace with them for years and years and years. Walang […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsApr 24th, 2018

Nationwide Round-Up

No peace talks until NPA attacks stop, says Palace MALACAÑANG ON Tuesday reiterated its conditions — primarily a cessation of hostilities — for the resumption of peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA). “As before, we reiterate that there must be an enabling […] The post Nationwide Round-Up appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 27th, 2018

Seoul: North Korea to send delegation to Olympics in South

By Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea agreed Tuesday to send a delegation to next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea, Seoul officials said, as the bitter rivals sat for rare talks at the border to discuss how to cooperate in the Olympics and improve their long-strained ties. The Koreas' first talks in two years were arranged after North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un recently made an abrupt push for improved ties with South Korea after a year of elevated tensions with the outside world over his expanding nuclear and missile programs. Critics say Kim may be trying to divide Seoul and Washington in a bid to weaken international pressure and sanctions on the North. During the talks, the North Korean delegation said it would send an Olympic delegation, which includes officials, athletes, cheerleaders, journalists and others, South Korea's Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung told reporters, according to media footage from the border village of Panmunjom, the venue for the talks. The South Korean delegation, for its part, proposed North Korea send a big delegation and conduct a joint march during the Feb. 9-25 Game's opening and closing ceremonies, Chun, one of the five South Korean negotiators, said. He said South Korea also suggested resuming temporary reunions of families separated by war and offering military talks designed to reduce animosities in frontline areas. South Korea also stressed the need to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Chun said. North Korea responded by saying the two Koreas must try to promote peace and reconciliation through dialogue, he said. The two sides were to continue their negotiations later Tuesday at Panmunjom, the only place on the tense border where North and South Korean soldiers are just feet away from each other. A North Korean soldier late last year defected to the South across Panmunjom amid a hail of bullets fired by his comrades. He was hit five times but survived. The meeting began with an amicable atmosphere Tuesday morning, with chief North Korean delegate Ri Son Gwon saying he hopes the talks would give "a New Year's first gift — precious results (of the talks) to the Korean nation." Ri's South Korean counterpart, Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, said he also hopes they would come up with a "good gift" for people in both Koreas. The overall prospect for the negotiations was still unclear. The two Koreas have a long history of ending key talks without any agreement and failing to follow through with rapprochement accords. An agreement on the North's Olympic participation had been widely expected before the talks began, but the Koreas remain sharply at odds over how to improve their overall ties. North Korea is expected to demand rewards in return for South Korea's offer for family reunions and military talks, like Seoul halting propaganda broadcasts and scaling back or halting military drills with the U.S., observers say. Suspension of the military drills would be unacceptable for Seoul because that would seriously undermine the alliance with its chief ally the United States, which wants to put more pressures on Pyongyang. The North views the drills as a rehearsal for a northward invasion. President Donald Trump on Saturday expressed hope for some progress from the talks and said he was open to talking with Kim himself. But U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley later said the U.S. administration isn't changing its conditions regarding talks with North Korea, saying Kim would first need to stop weapons testing for a "significant amount of time." In his New Year's Day address, Kim said there is an urgent need to improve inter-Korean ties and that he is willing to send a delegation to the Pyeongchang Games. He urged Seoul to halt the military drills with the U.S. and said he has a "nuclear button" to launch missiles at any target in the United States. South Korean liberal President Moon Jae-in, who favors dialogue as a way to defuse the North Korean nuclear standoff, welcomed Kim's outreach and proposed talks at Panmunjom. Kim quickly accepted. "As President Moon has said, the improvement of relations between North and South Korea cannot advance separately from resolving North Korea's nuclear program," Brian Hook, a chief adviser to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, told reporters in a conference call late Monday Washington time. "And so, we remain focused on our global pressure campaign. That campaign is designed to bring Kim Jong Un to the table for meaningful negations." The Trump administration agreed last week to delay springtime military drills with South Korea until after the Games. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis insisted the delay was a practical necessity to accommodate the Olympics, not a political gesture. Trump and Kim traded bellicose warlike rhetoric and even crude insults last year, as the North conducted it sixth and most powerful nuclear detonation and three tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles. The International Olympic Committee said Monday it has "kept the door open" for North Korea to take part in the Games. IOC spokesman Mark Adams said the registration deadline has been extended and that the Switzerland-based committee supports North Korean athletes in the qualification process, while respecting U.N. sanctions against North Korea......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

Palace looking forward to glitch-free peace talks

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang is upbeat about the peace negotiations in Oslo, Norway this month and has expressed hope that any issue will be settled thro.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 17th, 2016

Palace welcomes court ruling allowing jailed communist leaders to participate in peace talks

Malacanang welcomed on Friday a court ruling that allowed communist leaders to post bail in order for them to participate in the resumption of the formal peace talks with the Philippine government in Oslo, Norway on Aug. 20-27 this year......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 12th, 2016

NDFP’s Jalandoni won’t be arrested during talks, Palace says

Malacañang on Tuesday assured National Democratic Front of the Philippines senior adviser Luis Jalandoni that he would not be arrested once he returns to the country to attend informal peace talks with the government......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 20th, 2018

Jalandoni won’t be arrested — Palace

MALACANANG on Tuesday assured National Democratic Front (NDF) leader Luis Jalandoni that he would not be arrested when he attends the informal peace talks with the government in the country….READ The post Jalandoni won’t be arrested — Palace appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 20th, 2018

Sison: Only Agcaoili may return to PH to meet with gov’t leaders

LUCENA CITY -- Without President Rodrigo Duterte's assurance on their safety and protection, the leaders of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) based overseas may cancel their scheduled return to the country to work for the possible resumption of the peace talks. Exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison said Sunday that NDFP chair Fidel Agcaoili will leave Utrecht, The Netherlands for his homecoming trip to the Philippines on Monday (Nov. 19) "if there will be no threats" of his possible arrest. "But Louie and Coni had already decided not to return to the Philippines due to threats of arrest from General Ao (Interior Secretary Edu...Keep on reading: Sison: Only Agcaoili may return to PH to meet with gov’t leaders.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 18th, 2018

Sison: Duterte should guarantee safety of NDFP execs returning to PH

    LUCENA CITY -- The scheduled return to the country of National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) leaders to seek audience with President Duterte for the possible resumption of the peace talks is in danger of being cancelled, exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison said Saturday.     Sison said the homecoming of NDFP chair Fidel Agcaoili, NDFP senior adviser Luis Jalandoni and NDFP panel member Coni Ledesma is scheduled on Sunday (Nov. 18).   "The homecoming of Fidel, Louie and Coni might not push through due to threats from Ao (Interior Sec. Eduado Ao) that some of them might be arrested or slappe...Keep on reading: Sison: Duterte should guarantee safety of NDFP execs returning to PH.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 17th, 2018

Duterte to meet with NDF leaders on possible resumption of peace talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 November) – President Rodrigo Duterte will meet with leaders of the National Democratic Front (NDF) after his Singapore and Papua New Guinea trips this week to discuss the possible resumption of the peace negotiations. ‘’Agcaoili and Jalandoni. I will not keep it a secret. I do not want yang confidential-confidential. Pupunta dito […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

Communist negotiators seek meeting for return to peace talks, Duterte says

Communist leaders are seeking a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on the resumption of peace talks, which was terminated by the government last year because of the rebels' attacks against civilians and security forces, he said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 11th, 2018

Militant groups call anew for resumption of GRP-NDFP peace talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 23 Oct) – Militant groups renewed calls for President Rodrigo Rodrigo R. Duterte to reopen the stalled peace negotiations between government (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). Anakpawis partylist Rep. Ariel Casilao told reporters during a protest rally marking the Peasants’ Month in Davao City Tuesday that resuming […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2018

Anti-ML Rally

Militant groups face Senior Supt. Alexander Tagum, police director of Davao City, during their rally at the city’s Freedom Park on Tuesday, 23 October 2018. The protesters called for an end to martial law in Mindanao and the resumption of peace talks between government and the National Democratic Front. MindaNews photo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2018

Palace to Reds: Walk the talk on peace

Malacañang yesterday renewed its call for the Communist Party of the Philippines to support President Duterte’s call for peace after CPP founding chairman Jose Maria Sison reiterated his openness to resume the stalled talks with the government......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 21st, 2018

Noynoy on Duterte’s health, GMA backs Duterte, Google | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: Former president Benigno Aquino III says Malacañang should inform the public of the status of President Rodrigo Duterte’s health. Speaker Gloria Arroyo supports President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to strengthen ties with China. Former anti-poverty commission secretary Liza Maza says her hope in the peace talks kept her from resigning. The PNP Academy orders the dismissal of 9 cadets ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 21st, 2018

Liza Maza: I don t agree with drug killings, Duterte s anti-women remarks

MANILA, Philippines – Former anti-poverty commission secretary Liza Maza said it was her hope in the peace talks that kept her from resigning at the height of outrage over drug war killings and President Rodrigo Duterte's misognynistic remarks about women. "One of the primary reasons why I accepted ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 21st, 2018

Koreas extend conciliatory steps to Asian Games

By Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — With the Koreas, there's no separating their sports from their politics. The war-separated rivals will take their reconciliation steps to the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, where they will jointly march in the opening ceremony and field combined teams in basketball, rowing and canoeing. "Sports have played the role of peacemaker between the Koreas," said Kim Seong-jo, vice chairman of South Korea's Olympic committee and the country's chef de mission at the Asian Games. "If the combined teams put out good performances and win medals, that would be putting the cherry on the top." North and South Korea have used sports diplomacy this year in a bid to decrease animosity and initiate a new round of global diplomatic efforts to resolve the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang. South Korea leaders consider goodwill gestures as crucial to keep the positive atmosphere alive for what could become a long and difficult attempt to persuade the North to give up its nuclear and missile programs. There's not much Seoul can do beyond such gestures, though, as joint economic projects are out of the question when lifting sanctions against North Korea is far beyond the South's control. The more substantial discussions on the North's denuclearization — including what, when and how it would occur— are always going to be between Washington and Pyongyang. Here's a look at what the Koreas are planning for the Asian Games and their ebbs and flows in sports diplomacy: ___ BLUE FLAGS AND COMBINED TEAMS In the opening ceremony in Jakarta, athletes from North and South Korea will parade together under the flag featuring a blue map that symbolized a unified Korean Peninsula. It will be virtual repeat of the joint march during February's Winter Olympics in the South Korean ski resort of Pyeongchang, minus the gloves, parkas and fur hats. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent hundreds of athletes, artists and government officials to the Pyeongchang Olympics. The Koreas also fielded their first combined Olympic team in women's ice hockey, which drew passionate support from crowds despite losing all five of its games with a combined score of 28-2. At the Asian Games, the Koreas will be expected to deliver more than just feel-good stories. There's pressure for the investment to yield gold. A group of 34 North Korean athletes, coaches and officials have been in South Korea since last month for combined teams in women's basketball and the men's and women's events in rowing and canoeing. Coach Lee Moon-kyu, who has retained a core of South Korean players who won gold at the 2014 Asian Games at home in Incheon, got a first-hand look at North Korean players during exhibitions in Pyongyang in early July. Lee later picked three North Korean players for the Asian Games squad, including center Ro Suk Yong. Lee will also have a North Korean assistant coach on his bench. The Koreans will face Taiwan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and India in their preliminary group. South Korean forward Lim Yung-hui said the chemistry between the players has been improving. "The Northern players share the same goal of the gold medal and we talk a lot about how we should be putting out a good performance there," Lim said. "We weren't given much time, but we are practicing hard in a positive atmosphere." The Koreas will field combined teams in dragon boat events in canoeing and the lightweight men's four, lightweight men's eight and lightweight women's double sculls in rowing. If a combined team wins gold, athletes on the podium will hear the traditional folk song of "Arirang,"used in both Koreas as an unofficial anthem for peace, instead of their respective national anthems. The Korean athletes are likely to become an attraction at the Asian Games, where the international media will follow closely. At the Pyeongchang Olympics, South Korean figure skater Kam Alex Kang-chan created a media frenzy by taking a selfie with North Korea's Kim Ju Sik and posting it on Instagram. The photo recalled a famous 2016 selfie taken by two North and South Korean gymnasts at the Rio Olympics which International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach described as a "great gesture." ___ THEY DON'T ALWAYS PLAY NICE The Koreas have a history of using sports to foster diplomacy since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. The 1991 world table tennis championships in Japan were the first time the Koreas fielded a combined team at a major international event. The atmosphere wasn't always friendly, though. During the height of their Cold War rivalry and recurring periods of animosity since, sports often became an alternate political battlefield. North Korean athletes and coaches would reject handshakes with their South Korean competitors and berate South Korean reporters during news conferences. The sports detente of 1991 evaporated when a North Korean athlete who competed at the world judo championships in Barcelona defected and arrived in South Korea amid heavy media coverage. North Korea boycotted the 1986 Asian Games and the '88 Summer Olympics in Seoul, and relations dramatically worsened on the eve of the Seoul Olympics with the bombing of a South Korean passenger jet that killed all 115 aboard in December 1987. The inter-Korean warmth heading into this year's Asian Games contrasts with the awkwardness between the rivals surrounding the 2014 Asiad held in South Korea. Seoul's then-conservative government invited North Korean athletes to compete, but made it clear it had no interest in joint marches or combined teams. North Korean subsequently withdrew an offer to send its all-female cheering squad to Incheon after squabbling with the hosts over costs. North Korean leader Kim did send a senior government delegation to the closing ceremony, but they returned home without meeting then-South Korean President Park Geun-hye. The North was still seething over the Asian Game treatment years later as it gleefully observed Park's presidency crashing over a corruption scandal. "The Park Geun-hye group's mad confrontational racket is to blame for why (the North Korean) visit to Incheon did not result in improved relations," the North said in a statement in April last year. ___ WILL THE GOOD TIMES LAST? Kim has found a willing counterpart in Moon, a liberal who won the presidential by-elections to replace Park last year. Since the Pyeongchang Olympics, Kim has met Moon twice and leveraged the summits to get to U.S. President Donald Trump. After their June summit in Singapore, Kim and Trump issued a vague aspirational goal for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula without describing specific plans. Sports exchanges and other goodwill gestures are important policy tools for Moon, who wants Seoul to be in the "driver's seat" in international efforts to deal with Pyongyang. The Koreas have also agreed to resume temporary reunions between relatives separated by the war and are holding military talks to reduce tensions across their heavily armed border. "Hopefully, (the Asian Games) will provide an opportunity to use sports to facilitate diplomacy and cooperation," Moon said while meeting Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Seoul last month. Seoul's presidential office hasn't announced yet whether Moon would attend the opening ceremony in Jakarta on Aug. 18. Whatever happens in Indonesia or with nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang, the Koreas will always have those heartening selfies posted by athletes. "Sports can be used to build momentum and trust, but they don't solve fundamental problems," said Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Dongguk University and a policy adviser to Moon. "There's not much South Korea can currently do, but at least it's trying to actively do the things it can to keep the positive atmosphere alive. ".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018