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Motolite arrests BanKo comeback; Air Force upsets Choco Mucho

Sep 11, 2019 - 10:45 PM

Tots Carlos and Isa Molde power Motolite against a resilient BanKo Perlas side

TAKE CHARGE. Tots Carlos pumps in 29 points in Motolite's bounce-back win. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PetroGazz ends Motolite streak; Air Force nabs first win

Sep 08, 2019 - 9:40 PM

PetroGazz stretches its winning run to 4 as Motolite star player Myla Pablo suffers an injury

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Motolite goes 3 in a row; BanKo, PetroGazz roll over foes

Aug 28, 2019 - 9:38 PM

Myla Pablo and Tots Carlos power Motolite to a quick win as BanKo Perlas and PetroGazz also breeze past separate PVL opponents

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Creamline, Army still undefeated; BaliPure secures first win

Aug 21, 2019 - 11:15 PM

The Cool Smashers roll to a 4-0 start as the Lady Troopers pick up back-to-back wins in PVL action

THRILLER. Jovelyn Gonzaga and the Lady Troopers score a hard-earned win over the Flying Titans. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

U.S. Air Force vows ‘no let up’ in South China Sea patrols

Aug 18, 2019 - 2:11 PM

General David Goldfein, US Air Force Chief of Staff, restates the US commitment to the Mutual Defense Treaty with the Philippines as China pushes to dominate the Indo-Pacific region

AIR DEFENSE. Filipino-US Sailors onboard the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier as it anchored in Manila Bay on 7 August 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Creamline sweeps returning Air Force; BanKo downs PetroGazz

Aug 11, 2019 - 7:09 PM

Creamline hacks out a convincing win over Air Force while BanKo stops PetroGazz in the PVL opener

HOT START. Creamline star Alyssa Valdez sails one past Air Force's Wendy Semana in the conference opener. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Canadian air force joins hunt for teen murder suspects

Jul 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM

The suspects, identified as Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, have been on the run for more than a week

WANTED. The two teens in the photo are suspected of triple murder in Canada. Photo by Alberta RCMP/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Increasing maritime domain awareness: The P3C Orion option

Jun 12, 2019 - 4:07 PM

The Philippines must think twice before agreeing to the transfer of a P3C Orion platform only, because the government would end up spending more to refurbish an old plane

Navy, Air Force, civilian volunteers join search for missing diver

Jun 06, 2019 - 2:45 PM

'Wescom, in coordination with various stakeholders, will continue conducting the joint search and rescue operations despite inclement weather,' says the Western Command as authorities and civilian volunteers search for diver Bryan Nazareno

SEARCH FOR MISSING DIVER. This Philippine Navy vessel is part of the search and rescue operation in Tubbataha Reef. Photo from Wescom

U.S. Pacific Air Forces chief visits Philippines to boost ties

May 17, 2019 - 12:13 PM

'We’re finding ways to better integrate and to better train together,' says US Pacific Forces commander General Charles Brown Jr

MANILA VISIT. U.S. Pacific Air Forces commander General Charles Brown Jr visits Manila on May 16, 2019. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

UST, Air Force triumph in BVR on Tour

Apr 28, 2019 - 11:34 PM

UST completes a 5-0 sweep of the tournament for the women's crown while Air Force clinches its third straight men's title

SAND QUEENS. Babylove Barbon and Gen Eslapor rule the Dumaguete Open of the BVR on Tour. Photo from BVR


Kaya wins, Air Force draws in PPL debut

Apr 28, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Kaya demolishes Green Archers United while Air Force figures in a draw with Mendiola in the first-ever match day of the Philippine Premier League

MAIDEN TRIUMPH. Kaya FC-Iloilo clinches the first win in the Philippine Premier League. Photo from PPL


Arizona senator says she was raped while in Air Force

Mar 08, 2019 - 7:13 AM

Arizona Senator Martha McSally, who spent 26 years in the Air Force and commanded a fighter squadron, reveals the attack in emotional remarks during US Senate subcommittee hearing on sexual assault in the military

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 06: Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) speaks while Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) (R), listens, during a Senate Armed Service Committee on prevention and response to sexual assaults in the military, on March 6, 2019 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP  MARK WILSON / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Pakistan, India say shot down each other's warplanes

Feb 27, 2019 - 6:48 PM

(UPDATED) In a sign of the deepening crisis, Pakistan closes its airspace 'until further notice.' At least 6 airports are shuttered in India, and a vast area north of New Delhi is closed to civilian flights.

STRANDED. Passengers queue at airline counters following the shut down of the airspace for commercials flights north of Delhi as tensions increase with Pakistan, at Jammu airport in Jammu on February 27, 2019. Photo by Rakesh Bakshi/AFP

Trump says to meet families of Americans killed in Syria

Jan 19, 2019 - 10:32 PM

The 4 Americans are among those killed in the January 16 suicide bombing claimed by ISIS

TRUMP. In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018, US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press following a briefing in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

‘There’s a time for everything,’ says removed PH Air Force chief

Dec 13, 2018 - 2:31 PM

What exactly led to the removal of Air Force chief Lieutenant General Galileo Gerard Kintanar ahead of his retirement in January 2020?

OUTGOING. Philippine Air Force chief Lieutenant General Galileo Gerard Kintanar is leaving his post 13 months ahead of his retirement. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler)

Trump chooses army general to lead Joint Chiefs of Staff

Dec 08, 2018 - 11:18 PM

The Joint Chiefs of Staff is made up of the heads of the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and National Guard

GENERAL. In this file photo taken on July 13, 2018, US Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley announces that Austin, Texas, will be the new headquarters for the Army Futures Command during a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America/AFP

Duterte replaces PH Air Force chief ahead of retirement

Dec 06, 2018 - 1:55 PM

More than a year away from retirement, Philippine Air Force chief Galileo Kintanar Jr will be replaced by Western Command chief Rozzano Briguez

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the pass-in review during the Philippine Air Force (PAF) Change of Command Ceremony at the Haribon Hangar, Air Force City in Clark Air Base, Pampanga on October 24, 2017. Also in the photo are newly-installed PAF Commander Lt. Gen. Galileo Kintanar and Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año. Malacañan Photo

PetroGazz completes PVL semis cast

Nov 18, 2018 - 9:15 PM

The Angels join BanKo, Ateneo-Motolite and Creamline in the Final Four of the Premier Volleyball League

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. The PetroGazz Angels wrap up their elimination run with a convincing win. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Fighting Warays snap skid, shock Lady Warriors

Oct 20, 2018 - 7:43 PM

Dimdim Pacres delivers as the Tacloban Fighting Warays finally live up to their name

GRITTY WIN. Learning from previous losses, Tacloban plays steadier down the stretch. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Tacloban, Pocari score bounce-back wins

Sep 26, 2018 - 10:00 PM

The Fighting Warays and the Lady Warriors crash into the win column of the Premier Volleyball League

WINNING WAYS. Tacloban finds its winning groove to hack out a straight-set victory. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

The week in photos: August 18-24, 2018

Aug 25, 2018 - 7:30 PM

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

INNOCENCE. Young Rohingya refugees enjoy ride in a traditional wooden ferris wheel during Eid Al-Adha festival celebrations at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia district near Cox's Bazar on August 23, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

The week in photos: July 21-27, 2018

Jul 28, 2018 - 4:51 PM

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

A burning home is reflected in a pool during the Carr fire in Redding, California on July 27, 2018. One firefighter has died and at least two others have been injured as wind-whipped flames tore through the region. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Lady Warriors repel Perlas Spikers, close in on third

Jul 08, 2018 - 5:37 PM

Pocari-Air Force pulls off the win even minus injured star Myla Pablo

REBOUND. Maddie Palmer (right) and dethroned champion Pocari-Air Force hope to salvage their campaign with a 3rd-place finish. Photo by Mix Gatpandan/Rappler

Pocari-Air Force shocks Creamline to inch closer to PVL Finals berth

Jul 01, 2018 - 6:55 PM

The No. 4 Lady Warriors pull off a surprising sweep of the top seed Cool Smashers

ON THE BRINK. Pocari-Air Force is a win away from returning the finals following its sweep of Creamline. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Lady Warriors boost PVL semis drive

Jun 20, 2018 - 8:46 PM

The defending champions slip past BaliPure-National University in a 5-set thriller

EXPERIENCE. Myla Pablo (right) and the Pocari-Air Force Lady Warriors lean on their game smarts to nip the Water Defenders. Photo by Joaquin Flores/Rappler

Lacson questions landing of China plane in PH: 'We might wake up a colony'

Jun 11, 2018 - 4:50 PM

'What if a hundred Chinese military aircraft suddenly request to refuel simultaneously? We might all wake up a colony again, this time by China,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bong Go confirms China government plane landed in Philippines

Jun 10, 2018 - 3:55 PM

(UPDATED) 'The request for landing was received, processed, and cleared by relevant Philippine government agencies,' says Special Assistant to the President Bong Go

PLANE LANDING. Photos of a Chinese military plane landing in the Davao City Airport have gone viral, fueling concerns among netizens. Screenshot from Jose Antonio Custodio's Facebook page

Texas family sues U.S. government after mass shooting

Jun 09, 2018 - 9:55 AM

A lawsuit has been filed by Joe and Claryce Holcombe, who are in their mid-80s and lost their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in the Texas church shooting

REMEMBERING THE VICTIMS. Flowers are placed at a police barricade near the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on November 6, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Surging Angels foil Lady Warriors, bolster PVL bid

May 30, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Ukrainian imports Olena Lymareva-Flink and Anastasia Trach fuel PetroGazz's late surge

HOT RUN. PetroGazz stretches its winning streak to 3 to stay in the running for a quarterfinal berth. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Alyssa Valdez impresses in Batangas hometown as Creamline wins

May 20, 2018 - 8:09 PM

The Cool Smashers ground Pocari-Air Force to regain a share of the lead in the the Premier Volleyball League

PHENOM. Alyssa Valdez didn't disappoint her wildly cheering Batangas fans. Rappler file photo

DFA silent on Chinese bombers in South China Sea

May 20, 2018 - 2:01 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon condemns 'this creeping invasion' while Senator Risa Hontiveros tells government 'to end their subservience to China'

SILENCE. The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, under Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, has not issued a statement on China's bombers in the South China Sea as of May 20, 2018. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Chinese bombers land on South China Sea island

May 19, 2018 - 11:28 AM

'Nearly all of the Philippines falls within the radius of the bombers, including Manila and all 5 Philippine military bases earmarked for development under the US-Philippines Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement,' says the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies

CHINESE BOMBER. A video posted by the state-owned People's Daily of China shows a Chinese bomber in takeoff and landing training on an island reef in the South China Sea. Screengrab from People's Daily

Lady Warriors rebound, stop Perlas Spikers

May 13, 2018 - 5:39 PM

Pocari imports Maddie Palmer and Arnelie Love punch in improved numbers as local ace Myla Pablo also delivers

SPLIT. Pocari-Air Force splits its assignments in the league’s first out-of-town sortie for a 1-1 card. File photo/Rappler

China rejects US military claims of laser attacks on pilots

May 04, 2018 - 7:43 PM

Beijing, which operates a naval base in the Horn of Africa country, denies Pentagon accusations that Chinese personnel have targeted US pilots with the beams

BLINDED. File photo of a

U.S. vows to give PH full control of military facilities

Apr 18, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'All EDCA facilities are under complete control of the Philippines. They are all [inside] Philippine bases,' says US Ambassador Sung Kim

GROUNDBREAKING. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and US Ambassador Sung Kim lead the groundbreaking ceremony for EDCA in Basa Air Base on April 17, 2018. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

British 'Red Arrows' jet crashes near air base

Mar 21, 2018 - 12:01 AM

Officials decline to give more details, but it was understood two people were on board when it crashed at the Valley Royal Air Force base

Philippine Air Force acquires ScanEagle UAVs

Mar 13, 2018 - 10:33 AM

The reconnaissance drones can enhance operations of the military's ground, air, and naval forces

RECONNAISSANCE DRONES. The Philippine Air Force acquires 6 ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. All photos by Carmela Fonbuena

Air Force sends 1st Filipina pilot for training in the U.S.

Feb 12, 2018 - 1:28 PM

2nd Lieutenant Catherine Mae Emeterio Gonzales, one of the Philippine Military Academy's top 10 graduates in 2017, has been inspired by the air force's victory during the 2013 Zamboanga siege

AVIATION TRAINING. 2nd Lt. Catherine Mae Emeterio Gonzales of the Philippine Air Force was one of the 7 females who landed in the top 10 of the Philippine Military Academy graduates in 2017. US Embassy photo

'Game changer': Afghan conflict to intensify in 2018

Feb 11, 2018 - 12:54 PM

US aircraft dropped 4,361 munitions across Afghanistan in 2017 alone. They are deploying more troops and aircrafts to battle Islamist militants this year.

WORST YET TO COME? Afghan military personnel walk near the airport during fighting between Taliban militants and Afghan security forces in Kunduz. File photo by Wakil Kohsar / AFP

Malacanang on Charter Change, Mayon Volcano eruption, Roque on Navy frigate deal | Evening wRap

Jan 23, 2018 - 8:20 PM

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Philippine Air Force acquires 6 Brazilian attack planes

Dec 01, 2017 - 8:03 PM

The '6 A-29 Super Tucano light attack and advanced training aircraft... are intended to be the primary close air support aircraft' of the air force, said the defense department

COMING SOON. Boosting the fleet of the Philippine Air Force next year are "6 A-29 Super Tucano light attack and advanced training aircraft" like these shown here. From wikipedia

To friends, Jo Lapira was a tiny UP activist with big dreams

Nov 30, 2017 - 12:36 PM

The 22-year-old student from UP Manila is one of the 15 fatalities in a clash between government troops and suspected members of New People's Army in Nasugbu, Batangas

Texas church shooter once escaped mental hospital

Nov 08, 2017 - 8:26 AM

The Federal Bureau of Investigation says meanwhile that the bureau has recovered the phone belonging to the gunman, but has been unable to access the device so far

TRIBUTES. Brenda Woldridge (2L) and Meredith Cooper lay flowers at a memorial outside the First Baptist Church, after a mass shooting that killed 26 people in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 7, 2017. Mark Ralston/AFP

Pro-Duterte bloggers slam Roque, Lorenzana on China dredger, Texas attacker | Midday wRap

Nov 07, 2017 - 1:21 PM

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Duterte tells PH Air Force: More terror threats to fight in Mindanao

Oct 24, 2017 - 6:51 PM

As the Philippine Air Force welcomes a new commanding general, President Rodrigo Duterte recognizes the 'valor and sacrifices' of PAF personnel who were killed and wounded in the war in Marawi

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

U.S. bombers fly over Korean peninsula in show of force

Oct 11, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Two US B-1B Lancers based in Guam fly over the Sea of Japan, staging a simulated air-to-ground missile firing drill with their South Korean counterparts

This handout photo taken on September 18, 2017 and provided by the South Korean Defence Ministry in Seoul shows a US Air Force B-1B Lancer dropping a bomb at a shooting range in Gangwon Province, east of Seoul, during a joint military drill aimed to counter North Korea’s latest nuclear and missile tests. The US flew four stealth fighter jets and two bombers over the Korean peninsula on September 18 in a show of force after North Korea's latest nuclear and missile tests, South Korea's defence ministry said. / AFP PHOTO / South Korean Defence Ministry / handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / South Korean Defence Ministry" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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Sep 01, 2017 - 1:01 PM

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Reshuffle in key PH military posts as Año's retirement looms

Aug 27, 2017 - 10:54 AM

AFP chief General Eduardo Año Air Force chief Lieutenant General Edgar Fallorina and Army acting chief Lieutenant General Glorioso Miranda are all retiring in two to 3 months

CHANGE OF COMMAND.