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Duterte to military, police: 'Don't indulge in partisan politics'

Oct 15, 2018 - 7:51 PM

'This election, strictly neutral tayong lahat...Wala tayong susuportahan,' President Rodrigo Duterte says during an Army turnover ceremony

NEUTRALITY ORDERED. President Rodrigo Duterte speaking at the Philippine Army Command Turnover Ceremony on October 15, 2018 in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. RTVM screenshot.

Sandiganbayan upholds guilty verdict vs retired army general

Oct 14, 2018 - 11:50 PM

Jose Ramiscal Jr, former president of the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Retirement and Separation Benefits System, faces 123 years in jail

Sandiganbayan June 30, 2018 Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

AFP sends soldiers to 'prevent chaos' at Japanese-owned banana plantation

Oct 13, 2018 - 10:51 AM

The Eastern Mindanao Command says the deployment was upon the request of the Department of Labor and Employment in Region 11 'for peacekeeping assistance' in the Sumifru plantation

ON STRIKE. Workers on strike outside the Sumifru company in Compostela Valley. Photo from the Namasufa-Naflu-Kmu Facebook page

WATCH: What students, faculty, alumni think about AFP’s red-tagging of schools

Oct 12, 2018 - 4:04 PM

Teachers and students air their views on the military's move to tag their schools as places of communist recruitment for an ouster plot against President Duterte

SPEAK OUT. Students, faculty, and alumni share their thoughts on the military's red-tagging of schools.

Commission on Appointments approves promotion of 74 military officers

Oct 10, 2018 - 5:12 PM

Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesman Edgard Arevalo and 6th Infantry Division commander Cirilito Sobejano were among those confirmed

Newly promoted military officers pose with with Senate Pro Tempore Ralph Recto and Senate President Vicente Sotto III during the confirmation hearing on October 10, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Arroyo meets with Duterte, commits to extend validity of Marawi rehab fund

Oct 10, 2018 - 4:01 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also asks House leaders to allocate funds in the 2019 budget for the housing projects for military, police, and Yolanda victims

BUDGET TALKS. (From L-R) Deputy Speaker Arthur Yap, Majority Leader Rolando Andaya, Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, President Rorigo Duterte, Arroyo consultant Medy Poblador, and Special Assistant to the President Bong Go. Photo from Arroyo's office

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

[OPINION] Too much beer

Oct 09, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Does the military have a reverse IQ test for those who they recruit into military intelligence?

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Kung ipagpipilitang radikal ang mga millennial

Oct 08, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Warning sa AFP at kay Presidente Duterte: may kasabihan sa Ingles na, 'Be careful what you wish for, it might just come true'

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

Palparan's continued military detention smacks of 'VIP treatment'

Oct 02, 2018 - 3:21 PM

Opposition lawmakers say the convicted retired general should be immediately sent to the New Bilibid Prison

CONVICTED. Former Army Major General Jovito Palparan with military escorts at the Bulacan Regional Trial Court during the promulgation of his case on kidnapping for serious illegal detention on September 17, 2018. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

CPP taps students of 10 Manila universities for Red October plot – Galvez

Oct 02, 2018 - 1:22 PM

(UPDATED) Military chief General Carlito Galvez Jr, who does not identify the schools, says this is part of the communists' bid to form a 'broad coalition' to unseat President Rodrigo Duterte

PH MILITARY CHIEF. AFP chief General Carlito Galvez Jr at the Senate Finance Subcommittee hearing on the proposed 2019 budget of the Department of National Defense on October 2, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

AFP suspects 'lapses' in turnover of Trillanes' amnesty papers

Oct 02, 2018 - 12:15 PM

'Nag-apply ba ako ng amnesty?' Senator Antonio Trillanes IV repeatedly asked defense and military officials during the budget briefing of the Department of National Defense at the Senate

MISSING. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's amnesty application. Photo from Trillanes' office

AFP: No 'Red-Yellow' coalition to oust Duterte

Oct 02, 2018 - 11:43 AM

(UPDATED) Armed Forces chief General Carlito Galvez says there is no coalition between the Communist Party of the Philippines and the Liberal Party

SECURITY OFFICIALS. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (left) and AFP chief General Carlito Galvez Jr (center) at the Senate hearing on the proposed 2019 defense budget on October 2, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] The hunt for ‘Red October’

Oct 01, 2018 - 4:21 PM

While there are many who have expressed their desire for Duterte to resign or be ousted, there is no conspiracy to forcibly remove him from power

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

[OPINION] Justified martial law? PH military should take its history seriously

Sep 29, 2018 - 7:30 PM

For the AFP to sweep under the rug all of that discomfort over Martial Law would definitely cause a repetition of abuses, suffering, and deaths to civilians and soldiers alike

Duterte to law enforcers: Do not nurture loyalty to me

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:37 PM

'Your loyalty should begin and end with the Republic of the Philippines,' says President Rodrigo Duterte as he accuses soldiers of plotting against him

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the ceremonial turnover of caliber .45 pistols to the personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) during his visit to Camp Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital in Jolo, Sulu on September 24, 2018. Malacañang photo

Duterte says soldiers 'in cahoots' with opposition to oust him

Sep 25, 2018 - 3:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte comments on the supposed 'Red October' ouster plot against him, saying 'nothing will succeed' without the military's help

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the ceremonial turnover of caliber .45 pistols to the personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) during his visit to Camp Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital in Jolo, Sulu on September 24, 2018. Malacañang photo

Linking opposition to Red October plot ‘politicizes the AFP’ – Robredo

Sep 25, 2018 - 9:16 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo reminds the Armed Forces of the Philippines that branding critics as criminals was the 'same draconian tactic' imposed during Martial Law

NO OUSTER PLOT. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers her speech during the Mass for Peace held at DLSU during the Martial Law anniversary on September 21, 2018. Photo by OVP

Reds have 'Oplan Talsik’ vs Duterte, says AFP

Sep 24, 2018 - 7:20 PM

The military continues to link communist rebels to a supposed coalition that's out to destabilize the government

TO BE OUSTED? President Rodrigo Duterte and the military continue with trumpeting more ouster claims. Malacañang file photo

Palparan: ‘We’ve got to hate the movement’

Sep 17, 2018 - 8:00 PM

In a 2006 interview with Newsbreak, then Army major general Jovito Palparan talks about the war with communists

Militants hold a protest during the promulgation of former Army General Jovito Palparan at the Bulacan RTC on September 17, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Military vows continued legal support for Palparan

Sep 17, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Army chief Lieutenant General Rolando Bautista says they will 'extend the necessary support' to the retired general and his 2 co-accused

Militants hold a protest during the promulgation of former Army General Jovito Palparan at the Bulacan RTC on September 17, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

COA flags P10.6-B irregularities in AFP, PNP housing program

Sep 13, 2018 - 8:53 PM

The Commission on Audit hits the National Housing Authority for failing to properly evaluate contractors, which led to the awarding of contracts to companies with limited capacity

Sereno hits Duterte: AFP benefits come from taxpayers, not you

Sep 12, 2018 - 9:41 PM

'No, Mr. President, those allowances and salary increases come not from you. They come from hard-earned taxpayers' money,' says the former chief justice

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sereno tells Duterte: 'Ipinahamak mo ang AFP'

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:14 PM

(UPDATED) 'Ang implikasyon po nito ay napakalalim at nakakabahala,' ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says of the repercussions of President Duterte's order to void the amnesty of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

MEDIA INTERVIEW. Ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno addresses questions from reporters in an interview in the Senate on September 12, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte outburst at military was sign of 'confidence' – Roque

Sep 12, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says President Rodrigo Duterte's 'seeming incitement is also an expression of confidence' that no one would follow Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's example

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the members of his cabinet following the dialogue with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo at the Malacañan Palace on September 11, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

Duterte dares AFP: You want another president? Fine

Sep 11, 2018 - 7:05 PM

(UPDATED) President Duterte shows a rare outburst at the military

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to the surviving platoon mates of the late Captain Clinton Capio during his wake visit at the mortuary of the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio on January 16, 2017. Capio, a Philippine Military Academy Class 2006, was killed in a clash with the Abu Sayaff members last Thursday. ALBERT ALCAIN/Presidential Photos

Stay calm, military tells public

Sep 11, 2018 - 3:34 PM

There has been no unusual movement of military vehicles in the capital, says the armed forces spokesman

Col. Edgar Arevalo, AFP Spokeperson during press conference at Camp Aguinaldo on Tuesday, Sept 4, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[WRAP | Day 6] AFP chief Galvez, Honasan push for rule of law in Trillanes case

Sep 10, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Carlito Galvez Jr and Senator Gregorio Honasan II, both granted amnesty for failed coups, say due process must be followed

AFP chief Galvez tells troops to stay out of politics

Sep 09, 2018 - 7:46 PM

'Our loyalty is to the Constitution. I command the troops to adhere to the rule of law and always obey the chain of command,' says AFP Chief of Staff General Carlito Galvez Jr

CA AFP Generals May 29. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Honasan on Trillanes amnesty: AFP must 'enforce, not interpret, laws'

Sep 09, 2018 - 6:40 PM

'Uphold the rule of law and due process,' Senator Gregorio Honasan II tells the military, on the revocation of the amnesty granted to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

The Senate conducts a hearing on SAF allowances on May 22, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[WRAP | Day 5] Family stands by Trillanes as Duterte slams senator

Sep 09, 2018 - 10:03 AM

(UPDATED) 'Ito na ang silver lining: Nakita ng mga kababayan natin 'yung tunay na mukha ni Duterte,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

STILL AT THE SENATE. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV holds a press conference on September 8, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Don't mess with the military

Sep 08, 2018 - 7:36 PM

To drag your armed forces into this political game is to spook it. And the consequences of that will come in painful increments.

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

AFP: We are united despite Trillanes amnesty issue

Sep 07, 2018 - 6:01 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines continues to stand as one on the amnesty revocation of Senator Antonio Trillanes

Military defers action on Trillanes, waits for SC

Sep 07, 2018 - 2:10 PM

'The DND respects the judicial process and will defer to the decision of the court on the matter,' says the Department of National Defense

NOW UP TO SC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV at the Senate building in Pasay City. Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Trillanes: Supreme Court TRO will give military a 'way out'

Sep 07, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Trillanes says it is the only way that the military can get out of the order to arrest him without necessarily defying their commander-in-chief

Photo by Alecs Ongcal / 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

Military arrest for Trillanes? But penalty is dismissal from service

Sep 06, 2018 - 5:55 PM

‘Why will you reopen a case where the maximum penalty is discharge from service against a person who is already out of the armed forces?’ says Trillanes’ lawyer Rey Robles

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's lawyer Rey Robles and fellow mutineer former Magdalo Representative Ashley Acedillo file a petition for certiorari at the Supreme Court on September 6, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Esperon knows Trillanes quit military before amnesty

Sep 06, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Four years before the amnesty grant in 2011, the military, under chief of staff Hermogenes Esperon Jr, already recognized the resignation of Antonio Trillanes IV from the Navy

Senate 'militarization'? Senators hit AFP, PNP presence in compound

Sep 05, 2018 - 2:51 PM

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto asks why the armed personnel are in the Senate compound when no warrant of arrest has been issued against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Sen Antonio Trillanes holds a press conference saying he will be under the custody of the Senate for now. Arresting CIDG team meanwhile are deployed for a possible arrest. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Military can arrest Trillanes without warrant – DND

Sep 05, 2018 - 12:49 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines can arrest Senator Antonio Trillanes IV with just an arrest order from the provost marshal

OFF THE HOOK? Sen. Trillanes grants interview with the media outside his room in the senate. The senator showed some documents regarding the dismissal of the cases against him. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Disobey Duterte's 'illegal orders,' Alejano asks AFP, PNP

Sep 05, 2018 - 8:40 AM

'I'm reminding them that they are not the private army of this President, they are the army of the people,' says Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano

Magdalo Partylist Gary Alejano during the DOJ proposed P21.353-billion budget for 2019 briefing in Congress on Monday, 6, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler