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LIVE: Senate hearing on navy frigates deal

Feb 19, 2018 - 1:20 PM

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DOCUMENTS: How Bong Go is linked thrice to frigates deal

Feb 19, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The big-ticket modernization project of the Armed Forces of the Philippines is embroiled in controversy following the ouster of former Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado in December 2017

REPORT TO DUTERTE. The Navy official in charge of the frigates project submits a written report to President Rodrigo Duterte and Special Assistant to the President Christopher 'Bong' Go. Screenshot of a sourced document

Suspected ISIS leader-recruiter nabbed in Manila

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:52 AM

(UPDATED) Egyptian Fehmi Lassqued is captured by joint Philippine police and military operatives in Manila

SUSPECT. Fehmi Lassqued is caught by joint forces of the PNP and AFP. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

TIMELINE: PH Navy's P15.7-B frigates acquisition project

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:45 AM

The problem begins during the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, after the P15.7-billion deal was signed in October 2016

SIGNING. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana signed the contract with South Korean firm Heavy Hyundai Industries in October 2016. Photo from the HHI web site

U.S. seeks to continue 'working closely' with Philippine military

Feb 18, 2018 - 6:05 PM

'The Philippines is one of our 5 allies in the region. We've had a close relationship for a very long time and we want to continue that relationship,' says a spokesman of the US Navy's Carl Vinson Strike Group

US AIRCRAFT CARRIER. USS Carl Vinson arrives in Manila for a routine port call

Billionaire Enrique Razon Jr now adopted PMA alumnus

Feb 17, 2018 - 2:25 PM

(UPDATED) Enrique Razon Jr is made an adopted PMA alumnus for his donations to the school, most notably two military barracks worth P540 million

'MISTAH'. PMA alumni adopt individuals they believe have contributed to the mission of the academy which is to serve the country with loyalty, integrity, and courage. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Inside the Philippine Military Academy barracks

Feb 17, 2018 - 10:48 AM

Take a look at how order is enforced down to the cadets' most personal needs, and how smiles from visitors can brighten the usually stern campus

INSIDE PMA. Cadets of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) open their rooms for inspection. All photos by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PH looks to Russia, China for new choppers after dispute with Canada

Feb 12, 2018 - 2:26 PM

The cancellation of the contract to acquire Canadian Bell-412 helicopters will delay the military's modernization program, says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

VIP TRANSPORT. Three brand new Bell choppers will be used to transport VIP guests during the APEC Summit

Photos show China's massive construction, runway on PH reef

Feb 05, 2018 - 12:22 PM

China ignores a ruling of the UN-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration that declared Mischief Reef a part of the Philippine Exclusive Economic Zone

2016 PHOTO. Structures seen on a satellite image of Mischief Reef on November 15, 2016, released December 13, 2016. Image courtesy of CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe

Duterte to military, police: Shoot me if I extend my term

Jan 22, 2018 - 4:40 PM

Shooting him before he becomes a dictator is part of the AFP's and PNP's 'solemn duty' to protect the Constitution, says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with the officers of the Eastern Mindanao Command and some members of his cabinet during the presentation to two rebel returnees from the New People's Army at the Matina Enclaves in Davao City on January 20, 2018. Officials from the Department of Education, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Justice, Department of National Defense, Department of Social Welfare and Development and the National Housing Authority joined the meeting. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

AFP chief Guerrero to be Marina administrator, says Duterte

Jan 22, 2018 - 4:15 PM

After his retirement in April, AFP chief General Rey Guerrero will take over the post of sacked Marina administrator Marcial Amaro III

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accorded with military honors upon his arrival at Camp Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City for his attendance to the 82nd Anniversary Celebration of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on December 20, 2017. Accompanying the President is AFP Chief of Staff General Rey Guerrero. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

WATCH: Marawi soldier takes battle footage with GoPro from Anne Curtis

Jan 17, 2018 - 9:43 PM

The camera was part of a care package the actress sent to him after she met him while training for 'Buy Bust'

SALUTE. Anne Curtis salutes First Lieutenant Bala Tamayo, who borrowed her GoPro to take footage of the Marawi Battle. Screengrab from Facebook.com/official.AnneCurtis

NBI to probe Rappler, Malacanang defends Go, Senate rejects joint voting on Cha-Cha | Evening wRap

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:31 PM

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Gov't death toll in Marawi siege rises to 168

Jan 10, 2018 - 1:50 PM

The latest confirmed fatality is Philippine Marine Private Alejandro Balean, who went missing during the fierce battle over the Mapandi Bridge on June 9, 2017

SECTORS. The Philippine Marines were deployed to clear the area on both sides of Agus River. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Presence of foreign terrorists remains a challenge in PH

Jan 10, 2018 - 10:19 AM

At least one faction of the Maguindanao-based Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) is coddling foreign terrorists

BLACK FLAGS. A number of local armed groups in the Philippines have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State

Duterte signs resolution on pay hike for soldiers, cops

Jan 09, 2018 - 4:36 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte signs Joint Resolution No 1, increasing the base pay of military and police

VOW TO SOLDIERS. President Rodrigo Duterte confers the Order of Lapu-Lapu award on the snipers from the Light Reaction Regiment who spearheaded the pursuit operations that led to the neutralization of the terrorist group leaders in Marawi City during his visit at Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija. Malacañang photo

IN PHOTOS: Philippine Army's elite units have new commanders

Jan 08, 2018 - 8:25 PM

The change of command ceremonies at Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija are led by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, a retired general who once headed the Special Operations Command himself

SOCOM turnover at Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija on January 8, 2018

AFP won’t tolerate warring clans under martial rule in Mindanao

Jan 06, 2018 - 3:30 PM

ARMM Assemblyman Zia Alonto Adiong says clan disputes must be resolved to maintain peace and stability under martial law in Mindanao

WARRING FAMILIES. The military recovers 4 rifles after the Amanodin and Dipatuan clans exchanged gunfire on January 5, 2017. Photo from AFP

AFP to deploy over 1,000 troops for Nazareno 2018

Jan 06, 2018 - 1:42 PM

Soldiers will augment the police force to keep the Black Nazarene devotees safe from harm on January 9

YEARLY TRADITION. The Feast of the Black Nazarene is expected to millions of devotees this year. File photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

Finding no schools in NPA camps, 3 Lumad rebels surrender

Dec 29, 2017 - 2:14 PM

The former NPA rebels say their leader promised to provide them with licensed teachers, but this did not come true

THE CAUSE. New People's Army fighters in Mindanao. File photo by Karlos Manlupig

Gov't turns over 500 houses to Marawi residents

Dec 27, 2017 - 8:06 PM

Officials also report on the ongoing efforts to bring back livelihood and jobs in Marawi City

NHA photo

The end of the affair? Duterte's romance with the Reds

Dec 27, 2017 - 11:54 AM

Who failed the talks? Both the government and the communist rebels claim betrayal.

President Rodrigo Duterte pose for a photo with members of the Government of the Philippines and National Democratic Front peace panels following their meeting in Malacañan’s State Dining Room on September 26. REY BANIQUET/PPD

Duterte on son’s resignation, NCCC mall fire, Peya Travel owner arrested | Evening wRap

Dec 26, 2017 - 7:12 PM

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The week in photos: December 16-22, 2017

Dec 23, 2017 - 3:57 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A girl waits for her present next to a man dressed as Santa Claus during a Christmas ceremony at the Palace of the National Military Club in Bucharest on December 21, 2017. Children of the Romanian Army army personnel, who were injured or died on duty, attended a children's show and received Christmas presents. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel MIHAILESCU

‘War is over’: Majority disagree with martial law extension – SWS poll

Dec 22, 2017 - 10:30 PM

The Social Weather Stations survey also finds 66% of Filipinos believe the armed forces 'can suppress the Maute group and Abu Sayaff even without martial law'

WATCH: The Marawi war hero who received a Medal of Valor

Dec 22, 2017 - 11:09 AM

The Philippine Medal of Valor is the country’s highest military honor for acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty

Duterte leads oath of allegiance for 668 ex-communist rebels

Dec 22, 2017 - 11:05 AM

The oath is one of the final steps toward claiming financial help from the government in their return to 'mainstream society'

RETURN. Duterte recited the Oath of Allegiance before former communist rebels in Davao City. Malacanang photo

Reds declare holiday ceasefire too

Dec 22, 2017 - 10:37 AM

(UPDATED) The Communist Party of the Philippines matches the dates of the broken ceasefire declared by the government, but the hours differ a little

COMMUNIST INSURGENCY. File photo of NPA guerillas inside their camp in Marihatag, Surigao del Sur. Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Living heroes: 5 Filipino soldiers who won the Medal of Valor

Dec 21, 2017 - 4:46 PM

Here are awe-inspiring stories of how 5 officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines risked their lives in the battlefield to save their missions from failure and their men from certain death

Duterte to give P100-M monthly subsidy for soldiers' medicines

Dec 20, 2017 - 6:43 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also tells the military that, through the 2018 national budget, he has fulfilled his promise to double their salaries

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte confers the Order of Lapu-Lapu Kampilan Medal on Sergeant Erwin Gassilang during his visit to the wounded soldiers at the Army General Hospital in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on November 21, 2017. Gassilang sustained wounds while taking part in the operations to liberate Marawi City from the terrorists. Also in the photo is Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Rey Guerrero. Malacañan Photo

Duterte to military: We won't allow ISIS to succeed

Dec 20, 2017 - 6:07 PM

'We will never allow the Islamic State to make the Philippines its regional center,' says President Rodrigo Duterte during the anniversary of the Philippine military

Lorenzana accuses relieved Navy chief of insubordination

Dec 20, 2017 - 12:57 PM

Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the bids and awards committee recommended the relief of Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado because of disagreements over the P15.5-B project to acquire modern warships

LOSING TRUST. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana accuses former Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado of insubordination

Most coveted Medal of Valor goes to Scout Ranger slain in Marawi

Dec 20, 2017 - 12:19 PM

(UPDATED) The late Captain Rommel Sandoval, 38, died to save one of his soldiers in the Marawi siege

LOVE FOR COUNTRY. Captain Sandoval was a member of the PMA Class 2005. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler    LOVE FOR COUNTRY. Captain Sandoval was a member of the PMA Class 2005. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Tax reform law, Duterte on China Telecom, Navy Chief relieved | Evening wRap

Dec 19, 2017 - 9:03 PM

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Magdalo's Alejano wants probe into Navy chief's sacking

Dec 19, 2017 - 7:35 PM

'I suspect that this has something to do with the lingering issue of the Navy's frigate acquisition project,' says the former Marine officer, echoing earlier statements made by Rappler sources

HOUSE PROBE. Gary Alejano, a former officer of the Philippine Marines, wants a probe into the sudden relief of Vice Adminal Ronald Joseph Mercado. Rappler file photo

Why intelligence funds require scrutiny

Dec 18, 2017 - 9:22 PM

In an ideal situation, it is Congress that should exercise oversight of intelligence funds

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Senate President Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III

Are Duterte's multi-million-peso intel funds achieving their purpose?

Dec 18, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Confidential and intelligence funds, by their nature, are difficult to audit. Given significant increases in level of spending on these items, should taxpayers simply trust that President Duterte is 'a good man'?

Tropical storm Urduja, Guerrero on martial law, Syjuco on Aquino | Evening wRap

Dec 15, 2017 - 8:34 PM

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AFP chief on nationwide martial law: 'We can never tell'

Dec 15, 2017 - 11:12 AM

'It depends on developments and of course it will depend on the actions of the other side,' says Armed Forces chief General Rey Guerrero

MARTIAL LAW IMPLEMENTOR. Newly appointed Armed Forces chief of staff General Rey Guerrero is the new implementor of martial law. Photo from AFP Public Affairs Office

Why 1-year martial law extension? Security officials give different answers

Dec 13, 2017 - 11:33 AM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza argues that the request goes against the 'intention' of the framers of the 1987 Constitution 'that never again should any president be allowed to utilize martial law indefinitely'

MARTIAL LAW EXTENSION. Officials from the executive, including the security sector, defend their request for a one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao. Screenshot from the House livestream

1,300 terrorists neutralized in Mindanao in 2017, says Wesmincom

Dec 12, 2017 - 3:29 PM

The Western Mindanao Command reports its 2017 performance as President Rodrigo Duterte asks Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao by a year

PERFORMANCE REPORT. Officers of the Western Mindanao Command hold an assessment meeting on December 11, 2017. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Robredo trusts military on martial law extension in Mindanao

Dec 12, 2017 - 12:55 PM

But Vice President Leni Robredo says lawmakers should ask the government about its specific plans for the rehabilitation and security of Marawi City, and how the declaration of martial law would help

QUESTIONS. Vice President Leni Robredo hopes the government will be able to answer all questions regarding the request to extend martial law in Mindanao by a year. Photo by the OVP

AFP on Martial Law extension, Duque on Dengvaxia, Salvator Mundi buyer | Evening wRap

Dec 08, 2017 - 9:06 PM

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AFP supports martial law extension in Mindanao

Dec 08, 2017 - 12:17 PM

The Philippine military's spokesman says martial law is still needed to address persisting security threats in the region, including those posed by terrorists who escaped Marawi and are now recruiting for future attacks

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Duque on Sanofi, PNP on martial law extension, Alvarez on Sereno | Evening wRap

Dec 07, 2017 - 9:30 PM

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Duterte extends AFP chief Guerrero's term by 4 months

Dec 07, 2017 - 11:15 AM

(UPDATED) General Rey Leonardo Guerrero will serve as military chief until April

EXTENSION. President Rodrigo Duterte (right) extends the term of AFP  chief General Rey Guerrero, who is seated beside him. Malacanang photo

CA okays appointment of AFP chief 11 days before retirement

Dec 06, 2017 - 2:12 PM

(UPDATED) General Rey Guerrero will reach the mandatory retirement age of 56 on December 17. There is no word yet if his term will be extended.

RETIRING. General Rey Guerrero will reach the mandatory retirement age on December 17, 2017. Rappler photo

PH gov't won't declare holiday ceasefire with CPP-NPA – Lorenzana

Dec 05, 2017 - 3:05 PM

The military traditionally suspends operations during the holidays, which is also reciprocated by the communist rebels

COMMUNIST INSURGENCY. File photo from the CPP's 48th anniversary celebration in December 2016. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Gabriela calls for CHR probe of Nasugbu clashes

Dec 03, 2017 - 1:15 PM

Gabriela also says the photo of Josephine Lapira's dead body that was released on Facebook belies the AFP's claim that she was brought to a hospital for treatment