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AFP: Chinese vessel's sinking of PH boat 'far from accidental'

Jun 12, 2019 - 9:08 PM

'Kung titingnan n'yo po sa incident report, may intentionality e, kasi hindi tumigil,' says AFP Western Command Spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Penetrante

'INTENTIONALITY.' The Armed Forces of the Philippines sees intention in a Chinese fishing vessel ramming into a Filipino fishing boat in the West Philippine Sea. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Philippine military all set for May 13 elections

May 12, 2019 - 3:30 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines places all its units on red alert ahead of the country's midterm elections on May 13

Batallion troops patrol Lanao del Norte's national highway on the eve of the May 13 elections. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

6,000 soldiers, cops to secure Caraga, Northern Mindanao for May 13 polls

May 09, 2019 - 12:22 PM

'We will not allow any threat groups or individuals to disrupt or sabotage the electoral process,' says Brigadier General Tyne Bañas of the Army's 4th Infantry Division

READY TO SERVE. This file photo shows soldiers awaiting deployment in Surigao del Sur in 2015. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Fisherman held hostage by Abu Sayyaf drowns in escape bid

Apr 06, 2019 - 1:11 PM

Abu Sayyaf flees southern island of Simusa in Sulu and brings their hostages with them

Killing of cadet not related to ROTC program – AFP

Mar 13, 2019 - 7:49 AM

(UPDATED) AFP Spokesperson Edgard Arevalo says the killing of ROTC cadet Willy Amihoy was a 'plain criminal act' which stemmed from a personal argument

GONE. The bloodied school ID of freshman student Willy Amihoy who was allegedly killed by a fellow student at the Iloilo State College of Fisheries-Dumangas Campus on March 11, 2019. Photo courtesy of PNP

Sandiganbayan acquits ex-AFP chief Diomedio Villanueva in graft case

Feb 22, 2019 - 5:38 PM

The anti-graft court says the prosecution failed to prove the guilt of retired general Diomedio Villanueva beyond reasonable doubt in relation to the P53-million graft case at the Philippine Postal Corporation when he was postmaster general

ACQUITTED. Former military chief and postmaster general Diomedio Villanueva is all smiles after he was acquitted of a graft case by the Sandiganbayan on February 22, 2019. Photo by Rappler

AFP, PNP on heightened alert after Jolo Cathedral explosions

Jan 27, 2019 - 12:46 PM

'We will use the full force of the law to bring to justice the perpetrators behind this incident,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

THE WOUNDED. Hospital staff attend to the wounds of the Jolo cathedral bombing victims. Photo courtesy of PTV

Army overruns Maute camp in Lanao del Sur, kills 3 terrorists

Jan 25, 2019 - 3:03 PM

3 soldiers are wounded in the clash in Sultan Dumalondong town, the military said

Military calls for vigilance as CPP celebrates 50th anniversary

Dec 25, 2018 - 5:46 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines urges Filipinos to 'remain vigilant against attacks' by the Communist Party of the Philippines as it marks its 50th anniversary on Wednesday, December 26

'TERRORIST ORGANIZATION.' The Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army is declared a terrorist group through a proclamation signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in December 2017. Rappler file photo by Edwin Espejo

Magdalo seeks House probe into alleged AFP arms sale to rebels, terrorists

Dec 21, 2018 - 4:39 PM

'To preserve the honor, integrity, and the dignity of the whole AFP, and most importantly, to preserve the lives of our soldiers who have offered their lives to serve out nation,' says Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano

LOOK: AFP guns, ammo found with rebel groups suppliers

Dec 17, 2018 - 6:53 PM

Police confiscate guns and ammunition worth up to P1.2 million in boxes marked 'Philippine Army'. These are seized from alleged smugglers for the Maute Group and Abu Sayyaf Group

SMUGGLED FROM WITHIN? The confiscated bullets and guns are presented in Camp Crame on Monday, December 17. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

FALSE: Did Pope Francis bless the administration of President Duterte?

Dec 16, 2018 - 2:35 PM

No, Pope Francis did not bless Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration

FALSE: Is this a sign targetting a rival of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte?

Dec 07, 2018 - 10:43 AM

No, this is not a photo of a sign targeting a rival of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

House approves draft federal constitution on 2nd reading | Midday wRap

Dec 05, 2018 - 1:44 PM

Watch Rappler’s Midday newscast with Gelo Gonzales

Benjamin Madrigal Jr is next AFP chief – Año

Dec 05, 2018 - 5:45 AM

Benjamin Madrigal Jr has been commander of the Davao-based Eastern Mindanao Command since November 2017

Mindanao residents slam AFP, PNP recommendation to extend martial law

Dec 03, 2018 - 6:47 PM

Groups say martial law has supposedly led to an increase in fake charges and abuses against community members

Leaders of the Barug Katungod Mindanao composed of mostly lumads, farmers, church workers and human rights defenders oppose the extension of martial law in Mindanao as newly proposed by the AFP December 3, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Makabayan bloc eyes case vs Galvez for red-tagging France Castro

Dec 03, 2018 - 4:26 PM

ACT Teachers Representative France Castro says she would hold AFP chief General Carlito Galvez Jr accountable should anything bad happen to her

NOT A COMMUNIST. ACT Teachers Representative France Castro (center) attends work at the House since her brief detention in Davao del Norte over the weekend. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

AFP, PNP to recommend Mindanao martial law extension

Dec 03, 2018 - 10:55 AM

'There is really a clamor for the extension considering that the terrorism is still lurking in the area,' says Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Carlito Galvez Jr

IN UNISON. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde and AFP chief Carlito Galvez say their agencies need a longer martial law implementation so they can continue to secure Mindanao. Photos by Darren Langit and Angie de Silva/Rappler

Military says mandatory ROTC to stop NPA recruitment in schools

Nov 29, 2018 - 6:55 PM

'Mas mabibigyan natin ng kamalayan, ng kamulatan ang ating kababayan, lalong-lalo na ang ating kabataan,' says Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesman Edgard Arevalo

REBELS WANTED. New Peoples Army guerrillas march in Davao City to celebrate the 48th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines in December 2016. Photo by Edwin Espejo

Army division commanders to run 'Anti-Sparrow Unit' – Lorenzana

Nov 28, 2018 - 7:15 PM

The defense chief says the President's order will be carried out 'as soon as possible'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to troopers during his visit at Camp Rajah Sikatuna in Carmen, Bohol on November 27, 2018. Also in the photo are Presidential Adviser for Military Affairs Arthur Tabaquero, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Chairperson Eduardo del Rosario and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

More troop deployment 'answered prayer' for Samar – congressman

Nov 28, 2018 - 6:50 PM

Samar 1st District Representative Edgar Mary Sarmiento welcomes President Duterte's order but says the troops should not have ties to local bets in the 2019 polls

SAMAR CONGRESSMAN. Samar 1st District Representativ Edgar Mary Sarmiento welcomes the deployment of more troops to election hotspots like his province. Photo from the Facebook page of Edgar Mary Sarmiento

After helicopter crash, lawmaker calls for 'genuine' AFP modernization

Nov 26, 2018 - 7:10 PM

COOP-NATCCO Representative Anthony Bravo, who was involved in the recent crash of a military helicopter in Tarlac, says the Armed Forces of the Philippines must be developed in all aspects

Rep Anthony Bravo delivers a privilege speech on Monday, November 26, 2018, after the helicopter he was riding along with former House secretary general Cesar Pareja crashed at Crow Valley in Capas, Tarlac on Nov 22. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Galvez says gains in Mindanao 'cannot be sustained' without martial law

Nov 16, 2018 - 5:06 PM

AFP chief Carlito Galvez Jr supports another extension of martial law to make victory 'complete' and achievements in Mindanao 'irreversible'

SUPPORT EXTENSION. AFP Chief General Carlito Galvez Jr says the extension of martial law in Mindanao is needed to make growth and gains in the area 'irreversible.' Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte rejects hazing: 'I don’t need my soldiers, police dehumanized'

Nov 01, 2018 - 7:25 PM

President Duterte says he ordered the dismissal of police involved in a form of hazing he finds detestable

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte sings the Philippine national anthem during the Presidential Security Group (PSG) Change of Command Ceremony at the PSG Compound in Malacañang Park, Manila on May 30, 2018. Also in the photo is newly-installed PSG Commander Colonel Jose Eriel Niembra. Malacañang Photo

Rosita aftermath, NAIA terminal fee, Kanye West | Evening wRap

Oct 31, 2018 - 10:03 PM

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Duterte awaits PNP, AFP advice on martial law extension in Mindanao

Oct 31, 2018 - 4:51 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says a martial law extension in Mindanao will help secure the May 2019 elections and the plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law in January

MORE MARTIAL LAW? President Rodrigo Duterte is waiting for the recommendation of his top military and police officers to decide on martial law extension in Mindanao. Malacañang file photo

West Philippine Sea, Synagogue attack, plane crash in Indonesia | Evening wRap

Oct 29, 2018 - 11:28 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Chito dela Vega

Joint exploration with China, AFP in BOC, typhoon Rosita | Midday wRap

Oct 29, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Watch Rappler’s Midday newscast with Ralf Rivas

Rappler Talk: Resisting red-tagging in universities

Oct 26, 2018 - 11:15 AM

Rappler sits down with UP VP Jose Dalisay and ADMU VP Jaime Hofileña to discuss the role of universities in protecting democracy

AFP chief sees CPP-NPA hand in Sagay massacre

Oct 25, 2018 - 5:10 PM

Communists may have fired an 'agitation shot' that catalyzed the shooting of the Negros Occidental farmers, says military chief Lt General Carlito Galvez

BLOODIED LAND. Gunmen kill 9 farmers occupying a space of Hacienda Nene in Sagay City, Negros Occidental. Photos from PNP Western Visayas

Duterte assures China: No PH military in US exercises during Xi visit

Oct 09, 2018 - 3:39 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte gives the assurance to Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua who expressed Beijing's concern about the reported US naval exercises in the South China Sea in November

PH-CHINA TIES. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Chinese Ambassador to the Philippins Zhao Jianhua who paid a courtesy call on him in Malacanang on October 8, 2018. Presidential Photo

AFP chief Galvez makes 'historic' visit to MILF's Camp Darapanan

Oct 07, 2018 - 2:28 PM

Philippine military chief Carlito Galvez Jr goes to Camp Darapanan a few months after Moro Islamic Liberation Front leaders visited Camp Aguinaldo

PEACE PROCESS. AFP Chief of Staff Carlito Galvez Jr visited the MILF's Camp Darapanan.

AFP's red-tagging a threat to freedom of expression – artists, directors

Oct 05, 2018 - 6:29 PM

The military claims the Communist Party of the Philippines is recruiting students through martial law film screenings on campus

RED-TAGGING. Members of the film community are up in arms after the military claimed students are being recruited by the Communist Party of the Philippines through film screenings. Photo courtesy of Dakila

AFP told: Only 18? More schools fed up with Duterte

Oct 05, 2018 - 2:52 PM

'Definitely, the list is longer because youth and students all over the country are fed up with this atrocious regime,' says militant youth group Anakbayan

PROTEST. Students unite to rally against the burial of dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Schools slam military for linking them to Red October plot

Oct 04, 2018 - 6:17 PM

(2nd UPDATE) University officials, students, and professors say the AFP endangers the lives of their community members with its ‘baseless and dangerous’ accusation

BASELESS. Students and school officials hit the AFP for "baseless" claims that endanger the lives of university members. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

AFP admits list of schools linked to Red October not yet fully verified

Oct 04, 2018 - 3:28 PM

'Some of the schools included in the list as such however are subject of continuing validation,' says the Armed Forces of the Philippines

STUDENT RALLY. Protesters, mostly students, called for the ouster of President Rodrigo Duterte as Baguio joined the observance of the declaration of Martial Law Friday, 46 years ago by the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, who was ousted in 1986 through people power. Protesters braved the Friday showers which lasted for almost three hours to air their grievance against the Duterte administration which is accused of human rights violation with the killings of thousands of people involved in drugs. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

DILG backs AFP's proposed anti-communist task force

Sep 29, 2018 - 7:37 PM

A former Armed Forces chief himself, DILG Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año says the country's long-running communist insurgency 'is not primarily a military or police problem but a governance problem'

EX-AFP CHIEF. In this file photo, DILG OIC Eduardo Año speaks during a press conference at the PDEA Headquarters in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

AFP on standby for Typhoon Mangkhut response

Sep 11, 2018 - 7:25 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines says soldiers are ready to assist in disaster response efforts and relief operations

Trillanes: Duterte wooing AFP to use as 'tool for oppression'

Sep 08, 2018 - 4:30 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV denies the claims of President Rodrigo Duterte that he is corrupt and that he has done nothing for the military

Press con with Sen. Trillanes on Friday morning, September 7. He then proceeded to a room to meet his supporters.   Photo by Angie de Silva

Corruption in AFP modernization? 'Davao Group' involved, says Trillanes

Sep 08, 2018 - 8:29 AM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV claims that a 'notorious and well-known' retired general acts as the 'conduit' to President Duterte

DUTERTE CRITIC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV faces the media on September 7, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Little-known fact: AFP chief Galvez got amnesty for 1989 failed coup

Sep 07, 2018 - 7:51 AM

The young Lieutenant Carlito Galvez Jr spent years in detention for joining the bloody 1989 coup attempt. He was granted amnesty by former President Fidel Ramos in 1996.

PEACE. AFP Chief Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez Jr. Photo by PCOO

Trillanes, angkas is back, Mocha Uson | Evening wRap

Sep 06, 2018 - 9:04 PM

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Europe's news agencies blast Google, Facebook for 'plundering' content

Sep 04, 2018 - 4:34 PM

Critics, however, say that the new proposed copyright law in Europe may restrict the usage of memes and remixes by everyday internet users who often use content without securing the rights


PH military asks communities to step up amid spate of bombings

Sep 03, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Security agencies fail to prevent another bombing in Sultan Kudarat in southern Philippines, raising questions about the effectiveness of martial law

KEEPING TRACK. Background images from AFP and Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

[OPINION] The sound of the military's silence

Sep 02, 2018 - 9:51 PM

It’s the stacking of retired military officers to top government posts that makes me pause and think

AFP creates 3 court martial tribunals

Aug 17, 2018 - 3:48 PM

AFP chief General Carlito Galvez Jr issues a stern warning against corruption as he reveals that another officer faces jail

MILITARY CHIEF. General Carlito Galvez Jr vows to clean up the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Photo from Armed Forces of the Philippines Facebook page

Augustus de Villa now heads AFP Health Service Command

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:23 PM

He replaces Leo Torrelavega, who has been relieved of his position to make way for a probe into up to P200 million in anomalous hospital contracts

AUGUSTUS DE VILLA. Image from https://military-medicine.com/almanac/101-philippines-the-republic-of.html

Cost of federalism, Sara Duterte, Trump on Harley-Davidson | Evening wRap

Aug 13, 2018 - 10:55 PM

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AFP probes up to P200M worth of hospital contracts

Aug 13, 2018 - 6:50 PM

‘We will fix this in one month,’ says AFP chief General Carlito Galvez Jr. The dismissed AFP Medical Center commander was his classmate at the military academy.

'EXTENSIVE REPORT.' AFP Chief General Carlito Galvez Jr on August 13, 2018, presents the report prepared by the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on the AFP Medical Center. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Duterte fires top AFP Medical Center officials

Aug 13, 2018 - 11:40 AM

(4th UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte 'is ballistic' about alleged anomalies at the hospital formerly known as the V. Luna Medical Center

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte salutes the flag as he sings the Philippine National Anthem during the 117th Police Service Anniversary at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Headquarters in Camp Brigadier General Rafael T. Crame, Quezon City on August 8, 2018. Malacañang photo