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ACT for just and lasting peace

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT), celebrating its 34th anniversary, and joined by the “Thousand Doves” campaign of the Pilgrims for Peace gathered at the Peace Bell in Quezon City on June 26, 2016 in support of the upcoming peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). Children made paper cranes and flew kites for the peace campaign. ACT is an affiliate of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) Philippines chapter.

(Contributed video by ILPS Philippines)

Workers support peace talks

Workers led by the Kilusang Mayo Uno (May First Movement) trooped to Mendiola, Manila on June 24, 2016 to support the peace talks between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the government under President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. They called for the release of all political prisoners.

(Contributed video by ILPS Philippines)

Victims call on Duterte to stop ‘demolition business’

VICTIMS of a recent demolition of an urban poor community along Luzon Avenue in Quezon City called on President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to investigate the unjust destruction of their houses.

The residents said that the Quezon City government and a court sheriff authorized the demolition despite their failure to present a court order. Read more

Progressives ready ‘wish-list’ for Duterte

Economic development workshop.PROGRESSIVE GROUPS from various sectors and regions gathered at the University of the Philippines yesterday for the “Pre-Summit to People’s Change” to discuss various issues they hoped would be addressed by the incoming Rodrigo Duterte administration.  The list will be presented at the National People’s Summit on June 29, also at UP.

Initially a broad 15-point agenda, the forum divided the list into four issues: economic development, social policy, corruption and government, and peace and human rights.

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STREETWISE:Peace Talks 101

By Carol P. Araullo

The significance of peace talks resumption between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), the revolutionary umbrella organization that includes the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA), is not as easy to appreciate and be enthused about as one would think. The subject matter is complex and its prolonged history full of twists and turns. Many times, optimistic rhetoric has given way to recrimination and impasses. Read more

Interview: There are no problems if I don’t go to the Philippines–Sison

NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC FRONT OF THE PHILIPPINES (NDFP) Chief Political Consultant Jose Maria Sison told Kodao Productions there are difficulties in carrying out his plans for a homecoming in July.

In a Skype meeting with then candidate for the presidency Rodrigo Duterte several weeks ago, the now President-elect expressed his desire to meet his former professor for a one-on-one meeting.  After Duterte’s victory in the May 9 national elections, both he and Sison announced plans for Sison’s homecoming to affect the meeting. Read more

Duterte, NDFP peace teams agree to resume formal talks

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s peace team agreed to resume formal negotiations next month with a historic joint statement last night in Oslo, Norway (1 am, Manila time).

In a successful conclusion to their two-day exploratory talks, both parties also agreed to discuss in their formal negotiations the affirmation of previously-signed agreements, accelerated process for the negotiations, reconstitution of the NDFP list of Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG)-protected personnel, amnesty proclamation of all political prisoners, and mode of interim ceasefire.  Read more

NDFP and Duterte peace teams begin informal meet

QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES—The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s negotiating teams expressed optimism at the start of their three-day preliminary talks in Oslo, Norway yesterday, an observer to the meeting said.

Incoming Anakpawis representative Ariel Casilao said both parties are optimistic in resuming the formal talks slated next month after Duterte is sworn into office.    Read more

Disgusting, Sison says of US terror relisting

AT THE ‘Blue Meets Red’ forum at the Ateneo de Davao University last June 8, National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) spokesperson Fidel Agcaoili said their chief political consultant Prof. Jose Maria Sison’s planned homecoming to the Philippines is still a ‘ticklish’ issue owing to the United States recent relisting of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), New People’s Army (NPA) and Sison as ‘terrorist’.

Kodao interviewed Prof. Sison on his thoughts about this development. Read more