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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

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Paterno Esmaquel

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

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Acor Arceo

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

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Acor Arceo

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

AFP to return P192.5-M Maguindanao road project fund

Jul 14, 2018 - 1:11 PM

Some P192.5 million allotted for road projects in Maguindanao under the Pamana program is not utilized by the Armed Forces of the Philippines

PAMANA. Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza (left) and OPAPP Assistant Secretary Yeshter Donn Baccay meet with AFP officials led by 52nd Engineering Brigade commander Brigadier General Dionisio Baudin Jr. (right) on July 10, 2018 to discuss issues on the implementation of PAMANA projects. Photo from OPAPP

AFP chief welcomes BBL passage as 'antidote to terrorism'

May 31, 2018 - 7:55 PM

The new Bangsamoro region will make way for 'more cooperative management' between the military and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, says Armed Forces chief General Carlito Galvez Jr

AFP CHIEF. General Carlito Galvez Jr is a known advocate of the peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Duterte on Montano, Roxas on Senate run, AFP on Chinese bombers | Midday wRap

May 22, 2018 - 12:31 PM

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AFP chief: BBL passage directly linked to peace

May 15, 2018 - 4:10 PM

'The passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law has a direct correlation to peace. It has a positive and direct correlation,' says Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Carlito Galvez Jr

BBL WILL BRING PEACE. Muslim women advocate the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). File photo by George P. Moya/Rappler

AFP chief careful, quiet on West PH Sea

May 15, 2018 - 1:28 PM

'I'm sorry, I can't make statements,' Philippine military chief General Carlito Galvez Jr tells reporters, but gives assurances 'the AFP is doing its best' to protect Philippine territory

AFP CHIEF. General Carlito Galvez Jr says only the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Secretary of National Defense may issue statements on the West Philippine Sea

No 'failure of election' so far in barangay, SK polls

May 14, 2018 - 11:27 PM

The Comelec says the only possible exception is a town in Northern Samar, where the poll body is verifying the status of the barangay and SK elections

BARANGAY, SK POLLS. Canvassing of votes is held at Rosauro Almario Elementary School on May 14, 2018, for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH military declares support for Duterte in wake of Sereno ouster

May 11, 2018 - 1:17 PM

The statement comes in the wake of a controversial Supreme Court vote to remove Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, an appointee of former President Benigno Aquino III whom Duterte called his 'enemy'

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. President Duterte has made it a practice to visit military camps around the country. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Robredo gets national security briefing from military

May 08, 2018 - 4:58 PM

A military spokesman confirms the command conference in Camp Aguinaldo but refuses to give details, saying it is a 'regular' activity with Vice President Leni Robredo

SECURITY BRIEFING. Vice President Leni Robredo receives a national security briefing from Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and AFP chief of staff Rey Leonardo Guerrero. Photo by the OVP

WATCH: #Balikatan2018 speeches celebrate PH-US ties

May 07, 2018 - 8:27 PM

The Balikatan 2018 exercises involves up to 8,000 forces from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, US Pacific Command, Australian Defense Force, and the Japan Self-Defense Forces

BALIKATAN 2018. Philippine and US militaries formally open the second Balikatan exercises under President Rodrigo Duterte

De Lima: Chinese missiles in Spratlys 'wake-up call' for PH

May 05, 2018 - 5:04 PM

'Not since the Japanese invasion of World War II has the Philippines been exposed to such a real and physical threat to its territorial integrity and national sovereignty,' says Senator Leila de Lima

STRUCTURES. This 2016 file photo shows a portion of the Mischief Reef in the South China Sea where there are Chinese facilities.

Outrage after bloody day for Afghan journalists

May 01, 2018 - 5:22 PM

A double suicide blast in Kabul left 25 people dead including AFP photographer Shah Marai and 8 other journalists, while a BBC reporter was killed in a separate attack

BURIAL. Prayers are said before the burial of Agence France Presse (AFP) Afghanistan Chief Photographer Shah Marai Faizi in Gul Dara, Kabul on April 30, 2018, after his death in the second of two bombings that occurred in the Afghan capital. Photo by Andrew Quilty /pool/AFP