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Kadamay calls for swift action on idle houses for police, soldiers

Nov 22, 2017 - 3:26 PM

It's been 9 months since the urban poor group took over thousands of unoccupied housing units in Pandi, Bulacan

AFP on NPA, Orbos on jeepney modernization, Locsin on Rohingya | Midday wRap

Nov 20, 2017 - 12:15 PM

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Military agrees NPA should get 'terrorist' tag

Nov 20, 2017 - 12:05 AM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines echoes President Rodrigo Duterte's view, citing the 'terrorist acts' of the New People's Army 'against defenseless and innocent civilians'

COMMUNIST REBELS. The New People's Army marks the 48th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26, 2016. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

De Lima warns of 'military takeover' if Duterte declares revolutionary gov't

Nov 19, 2017 - 10:32 AM

'Those asking for a so-called RevGov or revolutionary government under Duterte should be careful what they wish for,' says Senator Leila de Lima

Alvarez on Uson and Roque, Abu Sayyaf members arrested, Andanar on keyboard army | Evening wRap

Nov 17, 2017 - 9:04 PM

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PH military on Amnesty Int'l report: Abusive soldiers will be disciplined

Nov 17, 2017 - 1:09 PM

The military remains committed to upholding international humanitarian law and protection of human rights, says AFP spokesman Major General Restituto Padilla

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Gov't spent over P6 billion for Marawi crisis – DND

Nov 17, 2017 - 10:08 AM

During budget plenary deliberations in the Senate, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto says the Marawi crisis is a 'wake-up call' for government to improve the capabilities of the military

COST OF MARAWI. The Department of National Defense says the almost 5-month Marawi crisis has cost the government around P6.03 billion. File photo by Bobbby Lagsa/Rappler

Freedom House report, Maguindanao airstrike, Trump on U.S.-PH ties | Evening wRap

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:51 PM

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PH military conducts air strikes vs MILF breakaway group

Nov 15, 2017 - 2:43 PM

Ground troops are conducting clearing operations after targeting a Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters encampment in Maguindanao

Suspected NPA rebels kill CAFGU member, abduct 2 cops

Nov 14, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Two separate attacks by alleged members of the New People's Army are reported in Negros Oriental and Surigao del Sur

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

Did terrorists escape? Firearms cache found in Lake Lanao

Nov 14, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Up to 30 firearms are recovered from Lake Lanao, and Task Group Ranao deputy commander Colonel Romeo Brawner says there could be more

I LOVE MARAWI. The final battle happened near Lake Lanao. Sourced photo

Duterte and Trump, PH-Australia wargame, Trudeau charms Filipina entrepreneurs | Midday wRap

Nov 14, 2017 - 1:37 PM

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Trump congratulates PH military for Marawi liberation

Nov 14, 2017 - 12:23 PM

In his bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte, US President Donald Trump also vowed assistance in rehabilitating Marawi and in fighting remaining terrorists in the country

FACE TO FACE. US President Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during a bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. Malacanang photo

PH, Australia commit to strengthen cooperation vs terrorism

Nov 13, 2017 - 8:42 PM

AFP chief of staff General Rey Guerrero presents the capabilities and concerns of the Philippine military in fighting terrorism, particularly the threat from ISIS

COOPERATION. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull commits to strengthen ties with the Philippine military. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

World leaders meet in PH amid post-Marawi security concerns

Nov 12, 2017 - 9:45 PM

The Philippine military is confident of its preparations for the ASEAN Summit. Intelligence agencies of allied countries are also on top of the situation.

Aquino posts bail, Duterte meets Putin, Trump on South China Sea | Evening wRap

Nov 10, 2017 - 8:27 PM

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Duterte says military should 'follow' VP Robredo

Nov 10, 2017 - 3:12 PM

In a playful tone, President Duterte responds to the DND's and military's assurance to Vice President Robredo that they won't back a revolutionary government

6 soldiers killed in clash with Abu Sayyaf in Basilan

Nov 09, 2017 - 1:42 PM

The fighting lasted for about 4 hours, leading to an undetermined number of casualties among the Abu Sayyaf, says Colonel Juvymax Uy

Marawi shows PH 'woefully inadequate' vs terrorism – Lorenzana

Nov 08, 2017 - 12:34 PM

Terrorism is among the top security concerns that ASEAN leaders are expected to discuss in regional meetings in Vietnam and the Philippines this week

URBAN WARFARE. Filipino troops are accustomed to jungle warfare. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

CPP: Duterte's 'local peace talks' will fail

Nov 03, 2017 - 7:35 PM

The Communist Party of the Philippines says the local peace negotiations aim to divide their members nationwide

SURRENDER. This military handout photo shows 8 reported members of the NPA surrendering to the military in Sultan Kudarat

PH rule of law rating drops, Marawi stragglers, Australia travel warning | Evening wRap

Nov 03, 2017 - 7:03 PM

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Gov't to 'apply full force of law' on soldiers guilty of looting in Marawi

Nov 01, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana also says the government has to pay 'reparation to the owners of looted houses' if soldiers were behind the crime

CABINET MEETING PRESENTATION. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana presented in last week's Cabinet meeting the benefits of joint activities between the Philippine and US militaries. Rappler file photo

Robredo urges Filipinos to remember Marawi heroes during Undas

Oct 29, 2017 - 4:55 PM

'Because of the fight for peace, they sacrificed their lives,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

WAR IS OVER. Soldiers celebrate as President Rodrigo Duterte says Marawi City is liberated from local terror groups. File photo by Bobbby Lagsa/Rappler

Año is DILG Undersecretary, Abella still Presidential Spox, Thai king | Evening wRap

Oct 27, 2017 - 9:51 PM

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Duterte appoints Año DILG undersecretary

Oct 27, 2017 - 3:59 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte signed the appointment document on Thursday, October 26, the day General Eduardo Año formally turned over command of the Armed Forces to General Rey Guerrero

SENIOR AIDE. AFP chief General Eduardo Año will be a senior aide in charge of the Department of the Interior and Local Government. File photo

PH military probes alleged beating of terrorist by soldiers in Marawi

Oct 27, 2017 - 3:09 PM

AFP spokesman Restituto Padilla says the military is supposed to treat its captives decently and respectfully

Armed Forces of the Philippines Spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla announces that the government forces have already taken control of Marawi City during a press briefing at the New Executive Building, Malacañang Complex, Manila on May 29, 2017. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Oct 27, 2017 - 10:37 AM

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Año, Dela Rosa to focus on eliminating police scalawags

Oct 27, 2017 - 8:21 AM

Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa says he 'very much welcomes' the appointment of newly retired Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año to supervise the police

NEW JOB. Newly retired AFP chief General Eduardo Año will supervise the police

Each Marawi hero's family to get P2-M livelihood aid

Oct 26, 2017 - 11:24 PM

San Miguel Corporation's Ramon Ang says this is the least the conglomerate can do for the 165 soldiers and policemen who died fighting terrorists in Marawi City

LIVELIHOOD ASSISTANCE. San Miguel COO Ramon Ang signs MOA to donate P330 million worth of livelihood assistance to the families of slain Marawi soldiers

Duterte's 1st order to new AFP chief: Destroy firearms from Marawi

Oct 26, 2017 - 8:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also calls the liberation of Marawi City the 'crowning jewel' of General Eduardo Año's military career

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes to the troops during the presentation of command and honors during the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) change of Command Ceremony at the Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on October 26, 2017. Malacañan Photo

No word yet if new AFP chief will serve beyond 2 months

Oct 26, 2017 - 6:49 PM

'Yung extension huwag muna natin pag -sapan. What is important for me to do now is to focus on my job,' says new AFP chief Lieutenant General Rey Guerrero

NEW AFP CHIEF. Lieutenant General Rey Guerrero served as chief of the Davao-based Eastern Mindanao Command. Rappler photo

Next job of newly retired AFP chief Año is to supervise police – Duterte

Oct 26, 2017 - 5:20 PM

General Eduardo Año, who has stepped down as Philippine military chief, will still have a role in the Duterte administration

RETIRED. Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año retires on Thursday, October 26. Rappler photo

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Oct 26, 2017 - 11:15 AM

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Rappler Talk: Marawi after the war

Oct 26, 2017 - 10:27 AM

What's next for Marawi now that the war is over?

Documentary | Marawi: 153 days of war

Oct 25, 2017 - 9:08 PM

(UPDATED) See the terror, get to know the heroes, and learn the lessons of the war that dragged on for 5 months

Duterte appoints general about to retire as next AFP chief

Oct 25, 2017 - 7:01 PM

Army Lieutenant General Rey Leonardo Guerrero is the next chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines

NEXT CHIEF? Army Lieutenant General Ray Guerrero is the commander of military forces based in the home region of the President, the Eastern Mindanao Command. Military photo

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Oct 24, 2017 - 8:31 PM

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PNP, AFP capture pair managing CPP-NPA logistics, finances

Oct 24, 2017 - 5:28 PM

Cops and soldiers nab CPP-NPA officials Aurora Cayon and Louie Martinez in Negros Occidental

CAPTURED. The PNP presents the CPP-NPA officials to the media. PNP Photo

West PH Sea commander is new Air Force chief

Oct 24, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Major General Galileo Gerard Kintanar will replace outgoing Philippine Air Force commanding general Edgar Fallorina in a change of command ceremony on Tuesday

CHANGE OF COMMAND. Major General Galileo Gerard Kintanar Jr assumes as commanding officer of the Western Command. All photos from the PH military

'Super size' brigade to stay behind to secure Marawi

Oct 24, 2017 - 7:17 AM

Up to 3,000 soldiers could stay behind to continue securing Marawi City

THE MARINES. It was the Philippine Marines that cleared the 3 critical bridges in Marawi's battle area. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Beneficiaries waive ownership of nearly 2,000 Bulacan housing units

Oct 23, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Beneficiaries from the AFP, PNP, and BJMP waive ownership of the housing units – majority of which are occupied by Kadamay – but a joint congressional resolution is still needed to allow redistribution

HOUSING. Kadamay members who occupied idle housing units in Pandi, Bulacan. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

The war in Marawi: 153 days and more

Oct 23, 2017 - 4:23 PM

This page puts together Rappler's reports on the longest and bloodiest Philippine military operation since World War II

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

42 bodies retrieved after final assault in Marawi

Oct 23, 2017 - 3:40 PM

The military maintains they were all Maute Group terrorists because all hostages have been rescued

WAR IS OVER. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana declares the end of military operations in Marawi on October 23, 2017. Rappler photo

Families of killed soldiers in Marawi to get free houses from NHA

Oct 23, 2017 - 1:52 PM

The new AFP-PNP Housing Program grants two housing units worth P450,000 to soldiers and police officers killed in action

HEROES. Soldiers who fought the battle against terrorists in Marawi City. Photo by JTF Marawi HEROES. Soldiers who fought the battle against terrorists in Marawi City. Photo by JTF Marawi

Marawi combat operations over – Lorenzana

Oct 23, 2017 - 1:11 PM

(4th UPDATE) 'We now announce the termination of all combat operations in Marawi,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday, October 23

 WAR IS OVER. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announces on Monday, October 23, 2017, that government security forces – both the armed forces and the police – have 'nipped the budding infrastructure and defeated terrorism in the Philippines.’ Rappler file photo of Marawi’s main battle area

Duterte tells public to prepare for 'any eventuality' amid terrorism

Oct 22, 2017 - 9:00 PM

'I'm not trying to scare you, but let's just be prepared for any eventuality,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during his attendance to the 38th MassKara Festival at the Bacolod City Public Plaza in Negros Occidental on October 22, 2017, urges the Negrenses to show their gratitude to the government troops who have risked their lives to maintain peace and order. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Marawi fully taken back before November – military

Oct 22, 2017 - 2:38 PM

Around 10 hostages remain in 5 buildings still held by enemies

LIBERATED. Soldiers hold up a Philippine flag on October 17, 2017 on President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of liberation of Marawi City. Photo by Bobbby Lagsa/Rappler

Marawi heroes: Soldier brings home brother killed in Marawi

Oct 22, 2017 - 7:54 AM

Brothers Romeo and Rojero Rayco – both with the rank of Private First Class – fought in Marawi City, but only one of them comes home alive

BACK HOME. Private First Class Rojero Rayco sprinkles holy water on the casket of his brother, Private First Class Romero Rayco

LGU, NGOs step up relief efforts for displaced families in Zamboanga

Oct 19, 2017 - 3:24 PM

At least 3,666 families with 18,330 dependents in 17 coastal barangays are displaced due to the massive floods and storm surge in Zamboanga City

More than a dozen terrorists killed in Marawi

Oct 19, 2017 - 12:06 PM

(UPDATED) At least 27 terrorists have been killed thus far in heavy fighting. Colonel Brawner says that because they 'don't have all the cadavers yet', they could not confirm if Malaysian militant Dr Mahmud is among them.