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DBM wants cops, soldiers to fund their own retirement

Sep 20, 2017 - 6:18 PM

Taxpayers, like you and me, are the ones paying every year for the retirement fund of the military and police, budget chief Benjamin Diokno says

Q&A. DBM Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno talks with media during "Breakfast with Ben" at the DBM Executive Lounge in Manila. Photo from the DBM

CA defers confirmation of DENR chief Roy Cimatu

Sep 20, 2017 - 2:32 PM

During the two-hour confirmation hearing, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu addresses issues on clean air, mining, and the 2018 budget

'LOVER OF ENVIRONMENT.' Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu answers questions from reporters on Wednesday, May 10. Screenshot from Rappler

Año, Lorenzana, Manafort | Midday wRap

Sep 19, 2017 - 12:19 PM

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About 50 Marawi hostages remain in 10-hectare battle area

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:30 AM

'Hindi na 'to magtatagal, madali na 'to,' Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año says

RUINS. Buildings are left hollowed and holed in Marawi. Rappler file photo

Marawi priest Chito Soganub jokes: 'I am physically strong and handsome'

Sep 18, 2017 - 3:40 PM

Despite being held captive for more than a hundred days in Marawi City, Fr Teresito 'Chito' Soganub is still able to crack a joke as he faces the media

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

The final push: Inside the Marawi battle area

Sep 17, 2017 - 10:55 PM

Rappler Carmela Fonbuena joins the first group of journalists allowed to enter the heart of the battle area. Watch her report.

WAR ZONE. Clashes with local terror groups linked with Islamic State nears 4 months. Screenshot of military handout video

Marawi priest Chito Soganub rescued from Maute

Sep 17, 2017 - 8:14 AM

(4th UPDATE) Marawi priest Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub is rescued along with another hostage near Bato Mosque, one of 3 enemy strongholds that fell into government control over the past days

Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub is flown to Manila two days after his rescue. Photo of Father Chito

Maute ratholes, trenches revealed as troops gain ground in Marawi

Sep 14, 2017 - 2:23 PM

In one area ratholes that can fit 5 people cut through adjacent buildings says the military

RAT HOLES. Networks of rat holes are found in former strongholds of the Maute Group. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Trillanes recruiting coup members? It's just 'fake news' – Lorenzana

Sep 14, 2017 - 1:41 PM

We have not received any such report Lumalabas lang sa social media so ang tingin ko lang fake news yan says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

Lorenzana favors full CHR budget, says it makes AFP, PNP 'careful'

Sep 14, 2017 - 11:49 AM

Oo naman [I support] For one it makes the government especially the military and police yung ingat sila sa ginagawa nila says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on the Commission on Human Rights

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Military files rebellion complaint vs suspected Abu Sayyaf member

Sep 12, 2017 - 1:28 PM

24 year old Millham Saham is also facing a complaint for illegal possession of explosives

The Department of Justice on Padre Faura, Manila

Army captain among killed in Marawi clashes

Sep 11, 2017 - 7:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte pays his last respects to the fallen soldier on Monday September 11

LAST RESPECT. President Rodrigo Duterte pays his last respects to Captain Rommel Sandoval, an officer killed in Marawi. Malacañang photo --

Cuy on Duterte, Maute, Hurricane Irma | Evening wRap

Sep 08, 2017 - 7:57 PM

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Another PH Marines chief assigned to guard Scarborough, Benham

Sep 04, 2017 - 3:11 PM

Major General Emmanuel Salamat assumes as head of the AFP s Northern Luzon Command Nolcom the unit responsible for the country s northernmost territory

PMA '85. Major General Emmanuel Salamat (rightmost) is the latest among the members of PMA Class '85 to get a promotion

Duterte, Dela Rosa, Abu Sayyaf | Midday wRap

Sep 04, 2017 - 12:56 PM

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PH military believes Abdullah Maute is dead

Sep 04, 2017 - 11:28 AM

3rd UPDATE Abdullah Maute is already killed Chatter over Telegram indicates he is killed says Western Mindanao Command chief Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez

DEAD? Omar and Abdullah Maute, the known leaders of the so-called Maute Brothers, are believed to be dead

Abu Sayyaf operative arrested in Malaysia – military

Sep 03, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Hajar Abdul Mubin is allegedly the right hand man of Furuji Indama the notorious leader of the Abu Sayyaf faction in Basilan

Taguba, Marawi clash, Pacquiao | Evening wRap

Sep 01, 2017 - 9:29 PM

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Duterte: Military can bomb Marawi mosques with terrorists, hostages

Aug 30, 2017 - 8:35 PM

After earlier asking the military to wait it out President Rodrigo Duterte now says they have the option to bomb the remaining hideouts of terrorists even if these also hold hostages

Photo by Alber Alcain/Presidential Photo

All-women military, police contingent deployed to assist in Marawi

Aug 29, 2017 - 4:03 PM

The 102 women in uniform – 62 from the army and 40 from the police – will provide psychosocial support to internally displaced persons across Lanao del Norte and and Lanao del Sur

WOMEN POWER.  Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez, chief of the AFP Western Mindanao Command, talks to the all-women team on their important mission upon their arrival at the Laguindingan Airport on Tuesday, August 29, 2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Duterte returns to Marawi as clashes enter 4th month

Aug 24, 2017 - 8:55 PM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte makes his 3rd visit to Marawi City after troops regained a key terrorist stronghold – one of the mosques inside the battle zone

Accompanying the President are National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff General Eduardo Año and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. Malacañan Photo

AFP chief Año to be senior aide in charge of DILG

Aug 21, 2017 - 11:14 PM

The AFP chief cannot yet take charge as DILG secretary because the law prohibits a retired military or police official from taking on the post at least a year after leaving his commissioned post

SENIOR AIDE. AFP chief General Eduardo Ano will be a senior aide in charge of the DILG. File photo

9 civilians killed in Abu Sayyaf rampage in Basilan

Aug 21, 2017 - 1:30 PM

The attack is believed to be a tactic to divert the attention of the military from its operations in nearby areas

ABU SAYYAF ATTACK. Bandits under Furuji Indama attack the village of Tubigan in Maluso, Basilan. All photos from Richard Falcatan/Rappler

South China Sea, Batangas earthquake, Honasan | Evening wRap

Aug 11, 2017 - 8:28 PM

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AFP: 'Remote' chance North Korea missile strike will affect PH

Aug 11, 2017 - 2:22 PM

AFP spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla says while debris could hit some northern coastal areas in the country in case of a North Korean missile strike on Guam that’s something that we see as remote

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, August 9, 2017

Aug 09, 2017 - 11:30 AM

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U.S. to conduct air strikes in Marawi? No need, says Lorenzana

Aug 08, 2017 - 2:20 PM

The Mutual Defense Treaty between the Philippines and the US may not apply according to AFP chief General Eduardo Año

AIRSTRIKE. An Air Force MD-520MG Defender light attack helicopter fires rockets at militant positions in Marawi on May 30, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

There will be a valor awardee from Marawi – Duterte

Aug 07, 2017 - 8:00 AM

President Duterte promises to give the awardee one of his most special guns – a model used by the US Marines – that may be used even under water

VALOR. The Medal for Valor was last awarded in 2013, posthumously, to the late Private First Class Ian Pacquit. Rappler file photo

Duterte: AFP needs 20,000 more troops due to greater threats

Aug 06, 2017 - 6:53 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella says the President wants more troops deployed in Marawi and other areas in Mindanao

STRENGTHENING AFP. President Rodrigo Duterte talks to soldiers deployed in Marawi City on August 4. Photo by Alber Alcain/Presidential Photo

Troops advance in Marawi as another Maute stronghold falls

Aug 03, 2017 - 10:57 AM

Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año visits the war zone in Marawi to mark the fall of Safrullah Hospital a multiple storey building that served as headquarters for the local terror groups

CLEARED. Troops flush out enemies from the well-fortified Safrullah Medical Hospital. Sourced photo

PH military chief Año visits Marawi's main battle zone

Aug 02, 2017 - 6:25 PM

UPDATED General Eduardo Año visits troops stationed only 300 meters away from the most forward position of the military in the conflict hit area

MAIN BATTLE AREA. AFP chief General Eduardo Año visits the main battle area in Marawi City. All photos from JTF Marawi

Death toll among local terrorists in Marawi passes 500 – military

Aug 01, 2017 - 5:10 PM

The war continues to rage in the city s commercial district Banggolo and adjacent barangays Raya Madaya and Marinaut

MARAWI SIEGE. Marawi City attacked by suspected ISIS inspired militants belonging to the Maute group on May 23, 2017. Photo from @RickoDima

Marawi kids undergo psychosocial treatment

Aug 01, 2017 - 3:29 PM

At least 70 child refugees participate in a series of activities aimed at entertaining and empowering the kids staying in evacuation centers

EVACUATION CENTERS. Through the psychosocial program, the soldiers hope to help divert the children’s attention away from the trauma caused by the war.

Parojinog, model houses, Gordon | Evening wRap

Jul 31, 2017 - 8:28 PM

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Military says residents of towns around Marawi can go home

Jul 31, 2017 - 6:10 PM

But residents of Marawi City itself are not yet allowed to return to their homes due to the dangers posed by stray bullets and unexploded bombs

Internally displaced persons passed thru a checkpoint in Iligan City on May 24, 2017, following armed clashes between the Maute group and government forces in Marawi City.

Groundwork begins for Marawi relocation site

Jul 31, 2017 - 4:50 PM

The military says construction can go full throttle as soon as the model houses are approved

Malacañang: No need for Duterte approval to probe cops, soldiers

Jul 31, 2017 - 1:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte only wants to be informed if the Commission on Human Rights or Ombudsman will investigate cops or soldiers says a Palace official

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in a press conference following his second State of the Nation Address at the Batasang Pambansa on July 24, 2017, announces that the he will reallocate the budget for the peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines to the improvement of the military capabilities of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH Air Force gets weapons from U.S.

Jul 29, 2017 - 10:39 AM

The munitions and weapons will enhance the AFP’s counterterrorism capabilities and directly support AFP members actively engaged in counterterrorism operations in the southern Philippines including Marawi the US embassy says

US SUPPORT. Members the US and Philippine armies unload and inspect a delivery of  rockets from the US to the Armed Forces of the Philippines at Clark Air Base, Pampanga. Photo from the US Embassy

Gorio, Morales, Calida | Evening wRap

Jul 28, 2017 - 10:11 PM

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Marawi kids who idolize ISIS undergoing debriefing – AFP

Jul 28, 2017 - 4:01 PM

The military says it is working with NGOs to help children from Marawi better understand the conflict

Soldiers walk past Islamic State (IS) group graffiti in Marawi on on May 31, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Military won't bomb Lumad schools – AFP

Jul 28, 2017 - 2:02 PM

The AFP says President Rodrigo Duterte was just communicating a tough stance when he threatened to bomb indigenous peoples schools flouting government regulations

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by 1002nd Infantry Brigade Commander Col. Roberto Ancan as he is accorded with military honors upon his arrival at the 1002nd Infantry Brigade headquarters in Malungon, Sarangani Province on July 5, 2017. Malacañan Photo

AFP drops plan to sue Juana Change

Jul 28, 2017 - 12:56 PM

The AFP urges the comedian to join the ranks of its patriotic reservists or volunteer artists who entertain soldiers in hospitals or military camps to show her support for government troops

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla provides updates on the ongoing anti-terror operations in Marawi City during the Mindanao Hour at the Kalayaan Hall of Malacañan Palace on July 10, 2017. Padilla declared that the soldiers are in high morale due to the support of the public while he also announced that the planning for the recovery efforts for the residents of Marawi City are underway. Also in the photo is Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Ana Maria Banaag. EXEQUIEL SUPERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

AFP to sue Juana Change for disrespecting military uniform

Jul 27, 2017 - 8:18 PM

What the performance activist did impacts negatively on the image of the Philippine Army and the Armed Forces of the Philippines the AFP says

IN UNIFORM? Mae 'Juana Change' Paner may be in trouble for wearing a military uniform to a protest action. Image from Facebook.

Bb Pilipinas 2017 queens speak with injured soldiers at AFP Medical Center

Jul 26, 2017 - 5:12 PM

The Binibining Pilipinas 2017 queens and BPCI Chairwoman Stella Araneta visit wounded soldiers at the AFP hospital

No more CHR? No problem, say Lorenzana, Dela Rosa

Jul 25, 2017 - 7:01 PM

President Duterte s two top security officials agree with the chief executive s sentiments on the Commission on Human Rights

WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAYS. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a joint AFP and PNP Command Conference in Malacañan Palace on June 1, 2017. File photo by Malacañang Photo

Marawi evacuees beg Duterte: End war, martial law now

Jul 24, 2017 - 2:58 PM

As President Duterte delivers his second SONA Marawi evacuees say they want to go home

PAL, Cebu Pacific offer support for Marawi troops

Jul 22, 2017 - 10:48 PM

This means all of the Philippines 3 main domestic carriers now have initiatives to support troops in Marawi City

MARAWI CRISIS. Major airlines announce initiatives to help cops and soldiers serving in Marawi City, where clashes between government troops and local terrorists have raged since May 23. File photo by Carlo Gabuco

Marawi resident makes emotional plea vs martial law abuses

Jul 22, 2017 - 3:25 PM

UPDATED Samira Gutoc Tomawis recounts stories of violent interrogations unburied bodies and a Muslim woman who stripped off her clothes in an evacuation center after suffering a mental breakdown

VOICE OF MARAWI. Samira Gutoc-Tomawis tearfully faces pro-Duterte lawmakers on July 22, 2016k to talk about human rights abuses under the Mindanao martial law. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Lorenzana on PH-wide martial law: ‘It won’t happen’

Jul 22, 2017 - 12:51 PM

UPDATED The administrator of martial law in Mindanao assures lawmakers that there is no plan to expand martial rule to Luzon and Visayas

MARTIAL LAW ADMINISTRATOR. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana faces a joint session of Congress on July 22, 2017. Photo from the office of Senator Francis Pangilinan

Duterte gives military 3,000 pistols

Jul 18, 2017 - 8:50 PM

The initial batch of 3 000 caliber 45 pistols is purchased through an emergency procurement mode justified by the Marawi crisis and martial law proclamation

President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he deliver his speech during the ceremonial turnover of the newyl procured caliber 45 pistols to the Armed Forces of the Philippines at the Malacanang Palace on Tuesday. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler