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DND has a 'concern' about AFP deal with China-backed telco

Sep 16, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The deal allowing Dito Telecommunity to put up facilities in military camps may have followed the regular procedure, but it must pass the defense chief's scrutiny, says DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong

CONCERNS RAISED. Department of National Defense Spokesperson Arsenio Andolong says  "they have a concern" about a deal allowing a China-backed telco to set up equipment in military camps. Photo of the ceremonial signing of the deal between the AFP and Dito Telecommunity at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lorenzana to ‘carefully scrutinize’ AFP deal with China-backed telco

Sep 16, 2019 - 5:02 PM

The defense chief says he was unaware of the deal to let Dito Telecommunity (formerly Mislatel) build facilities in military camps, and will check it before giving his approval

AFP says deal with China-backed telco 'no cause for concern'

Sep 16, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The military says it has 'appropriate safeguards' in place, as it defends a deal allowing Mislatel to build facilities in military camps

SPYING IN CAMPS? AFP Spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo said on Monday, September 16, that having a China-backed telco's facilities in military camps won't be a cause for concern. Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lorenzana unaware of AFP-Mislatel deal, vows probe – Panelo

Sep 16, 2019 - 12:48 PM

The Philippine government can still pull out of the deal if officials identify security risks in the arrangement, says Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on the sidelines of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on June 18, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

More PH-U.S. security cooperation activities lined up in 2020

Sep 13, 2019 - 6:08 PM

Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Benjamin Madrigal is presented with the Legion of Merit, the US' highest military decoration awarded to foreign military personnel

HIGHEST HONOR. AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr is presented with the Legion of Merit by US Indo-Pacific Commander Adm. Philip Davidson during the 2019 Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, on September 13. Photo from the US Embassy in Manila

'Absurd': Why build China-backed telco towers in military camps?

Sep 13, 2019 - 8:45 AM

A senator and a security expert say the deal exposes the Philippine military to Chinese spying at a time when other countries are shunning Chinese technology companies

Abu Sayyaf terrorist killed in Sulu clash was planning suicide attack – military

Sep 12, 2019 - 10:39 PM

The military says Nanz Sawadjaan, nephew of ISIS' leader in the Philippines, would have become a suicide bomber if he had not been killed in a raid on Tuesday, September 10

FOCUSED OPERATIONS. The Armed Forces of the Philippines has launched a series of operations targeting the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group in Sulu. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Nephew of pro-ISIS Abu Sayyaf leader killed in Sulu – military

Sep 12, 2019 - 7:22 PM

(UPDATED) Nanz Sawadjaan, nephew of Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan, is killed in a firefight with government troops. His death is a 'great loss' to the Abu Sayyaf Group, says the military.

TERRORIST CAMP. Philippine Army troops overran a lair of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Patikul, Sulu, after a firefight on Tuesday, September 10. Photo courtesy of AFP Western Mindanao Command

AFP, Mislatel sign deal to build facilities in military camps

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:45 PM

The Mislatel consortium includes Chinese government-run China Telecom, raising concerns that its facilities may be used for espionage

DEAL SIGNED. Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr. (center), (3rd-Telco) Mislatel President and CEO Dennis Uy (left), MGEN Adrian Sanchez (right) shake hands during the Ceremonial Signing of MOA between AFP and Mislatel at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Female ‘suicide bomber’ in Sulu blast was from Abu Sayyaf – military

Sep 09, 2019 - 6:47 PM

The chief of the military’s Western Mindanao Command says terror groups in Mindanao could be weakening, while an analyst says they are evolving and could launch devastating attacks in the future

LESSONS LEARNED. Philippine Army soldiers survived a terror attack in Indanan, Sulu on Sunday, September 8, because of tactics drawn from past deadly bombings. File photo of soldiers in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao Province. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Suspected suicide bomber attacks Sulu military camp

Sep 08, 2019 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) Joint Task Force Sulu commander Major General Corleto Vinluan Jr blames the Abu Sayyaf Group for the bombing

CA confirms Cirilito Sobejana as AFP Westmincom chief

Sep 04, 2019 - 4:58 PM

Marawi-based 103rd Infantry Brigade commander Brigadier General Romeo Brawner Jr also gets the nod of the powerful Commission on Appointments

CONFIRMED. Lt Gen Cirilito Sobejana has been confirmed by the Commission on Appointments. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH Navy to get submarines, might lease HQ

Aug 29, 2019 - 12:11 AM

Racing to keep up with other countries' naval capabilities, the Philippines plans to acquire new warships and submarines, but it might lease its naval headquarters to help fund the asset-buying spree

NAVY CHIEF. Philippine Navy Flag Officer in Command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad speaks to reporters at Naval Station Jose Andrada in Manila on August 28, 2019. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Unfriendly, not hostile: Navy drafting protocols for warship intrusions

Aug 28, 2019 - 6:41 PM

The Philippine Navy is working on protocols for foreign vessels 'intruding' in territorial waters, following President Rodrigo Duterte's order to enforce sovereignty even through 'unfriendly' ways

FIRST FRIGATE. The BRP Jose Rizal as it was launched in a shipyard in South Korea in May 2019. Expected to join the Philippine Navy fleet in 2020, it will be the country's most powerful warship yet. Photo from the Philippine Navy

Defense department proposes 5th largest share of 2020 national budget

Aug 28, 2019 - 8:25 AM

Pressure’s on to increase the defense establishment’s capability to confront internal and external threats, but retirees’ pensions still get the largest increase in allocation

CAPABILITY BOOST. The Department of National Defense lobbies for a higher budget to help it address the country's security threats. File photo of Philippine Army tank by Lito Borras/Rappler

'What militarization?' AFP defends planned presence in schools

Aug 24, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The military says soldiers would be 'engaging' students during information campaigns and lectures, not curtailing their academic freedom

WHAT MILITARIZATION? AFP Spokeperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo at a press conference on security issues at Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LIST: These celebrities are also reservists in the AFP

Aug 22, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The AFP reserve force is now star-studded

RESERVISTS. Matteo Guidicelli, Dingdong Dantes, and Vilma Santos are among the celebrities who are part of the AFP reserves. Rappler file photos

Lorenzana lauds Duterte’s warning to foreign vessels trespassing PH waters

Aug 21, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The defense chief says the license to get compliance from unauthorized vessels even through an ‘unfriendly manner’ gives security forces authority to enforce the law

DEFENSE CHIEF. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on the sidelines of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on June 18, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Chinese Coast Guard ship spotted near Ayungin Shoal

Aug 20, 2019 - 8:48 PM

The military also reports that Chinese and Vietnamese fishing vessels were sighted around Panata Island in the West Philippine Sea

BRP SIERRA MADRE. This aerial photo taken from a military aircraft shows the Sierra Madre ship of the Philippine Navy anchored near Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) with Philippine soldiers onboard to secure the perimeter in the Spratly Islands, on May 11, 2015. File photo by Ritchie Tongo/AFP

Police, AFP presence in campuses needed to prevent U.S.-like school shootings – Galvez

Aug 20, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Carlito Galvez Jr points to the 'international' spread of school shootings, saying this is enough to reconsider the 1989 deal banning police and military from UP campuses

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte welcomes newly-appointed Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Carlito Galvez Jr., as a new member of his cabinet prior to the 33rd Cabinet Meeting held at the Malacañan Palace on January 7, 2019. ROLANDO MAILO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Military hits 'trespassing' by Chinese warships in Philippine waters

Aug 15, 2019 - 10:15 PM

'Incursions' by Chinese naval vessels in the Sibutu Strait may not have been overtly hostile but the military says they pose a security threat that needs to be addressed

TRESPASSING. The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (AFP-Westmincom) reported 5 Chinese warships passed Philippine waters in July and August 2019. Photo from AFP-Westmincom

Youth activist to military: Don’t use me to railroad your agenda

Aug 14, 2019 - 5:20 PM

Alicia Lucena denies she was kidnapped by Anakbayan and slams the military for using her 'family issues' to revive the Anti-Subversion Law

NOT KIDNAPPED. Anakbayan youth member Alicia Lucena faces the media together with members of the progressive Makabayan bloc. Photo from Makabayan bloc

Reports on Sri Lankan terrorists in PH doubtful – AFP

Aug 11, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Reports of terrorists from Sri Lanka slipping into the Philippines and preparing for attacks in Luzon appear to be a family feud 'gone awry'

AFP Spokeperson BGEN. Edgar Arevalo at a press briefing at Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday, November 29, 2018, on issues of Mandatory ROTC and Martial Law extension. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

AFP verifying reports of Sri Lankan terrorists in PH

Aug 10, 2019 - 5:58 PM

The military is on heightened alert as it verifies pieces of information about alleged terror threats to churches and other establishments in Luzon

ON ALERT. Military and police personnel at a ceremony on May 7, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

China survey vessel in PH waters? Not until AFP says so – Locsin

Aug 07, 2019 - 1:06 PM

'That's not happening until I hear from the Armed Forces,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr of the reported presence of a Chinese vessel in the country's exclusive economic zone

MILITARY INFO ONLY. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr said he would only rely on military information regarding a Chinese survey vessel supposedly operating in Philippine waters. Photo by Angie de Silva

Duterte to 'fill up' Negros Island with military troops

Aug 06, 2019 - 6:26 PM

'I will never declare martial law, except in Mindanao because it is really needed there, because of rebellion,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, as he ruled out a martial law declaration in Negros Island

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 40th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on August 5, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

AFP: 4 Chinese warships passed Palawan waters in June

Aug 06, 2019 - 4:54 PM

(UPDATED) The Western Mindanao Command says 3 of the Chinese warships were unresponsive to radio calls from Philippine troops

WESCOM CHIEF. Wescom chief Rene Medina Wescom Facebook page

LOOK: Government brings former NPA rebels to Hong Kong for sightseeing, shopping

Aug 05, 2019 - 1:49 PM

The trip follows statements from President Rodrigo Duterte that he would reward communist guerrillas who surrender to the government

The government took 89 former NPA rebels on an all-expense-paid trip to Hong Kong from July 30 to August 2, 2019, to give them a "better and another perspective in life." Photo from AFP Eastern Mindanao Command.

AFP to train 255 ex-MILF fighters to help secure Bangsamoro region

Aug 01, 2019 - 12:31 PM

Members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces will work alongside soldiers and cops in the Joint Peace and Security Team, says Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr

WAR AND PEACE. Former MILF rebels join a training on capability building in Al Barka, Basilan. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Chinese tourists accosted for taking photos of naval facility in Palawan

Jul 31, 2019 - 4:11 PM

Taking pictures is generally prohibited in most military facilities because it risks giving away valuable tactical information

CORDONED OFF. The Philippine Navy has sought to cordon off a portion of a tourist area in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, where a naval facility can be viewed and photographed. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

12 terrorists killed in Maguindanao clash – military

Jul 31, 2019 - 2:58 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines says the suspects were plotting bomb attacks in populous and urban areas

TERROR THREAT. The 5-month siege of Marawi City in 2017 exemplifies the existing threat of terrorism in the Philippines. Photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

2 suspects in Negros Oriental police slaying arrested

Jul 30, 2019 - 10:17 PM

The two are arrested at a checkpoint in Ayungon town as part of a weeklong joint operation by the police and military

JOINT OPERATIONS. Brigadier General Debold Sinas (left), Central Visayas' police director tells reporters, says 4 suspected members of the New People's Army were arrested after an 8-day joint police and military operation.  Photo by Rappler/Ryan Macasero

Lorenzana: 7 ‘foreign terrorists’ may be in Jolo

Jul 25, 2019 - 7:17 PM

The country's defense chief confirms an earlier report that the suspects may be training suicide bombers for an ISIS-linked faction of the Abu Sayyaf

FOREIGN TERRORISTS. The war-torn city of Marawi was an example of the impact of foreign terror groups' influence on local extremists. Photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

AFP confirms report: Indonesian couple behind Jolo Cathedral bombing

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:26 PM

ISIS terrorists looking to carve out a territory in Southeast Asia present a challenge to the region's security forces, especially in the Philippines

JOLO ATTACK. Policemen and soldiers stand outside bomb-hit church in Jolo, Sulu province on the southern island of Mindanao, on January 27, 2019. - At least 18 people were killed when two bombs hit a church on a southern Philippine island that is a stronghold of Islamist militants, the military said on January 27, days after voters backed the creation of a new Muslim autonomous region. (Photo by NICKEE BUTLANGAN / AFP)

AFP reports 7 'foreign terrorists' in Sulu, Basilan, Maguindanao

Jul 23, 2019 - 4:18 PM

The commander of the Armed Forces in Western Mindanao says the 7 suspects are grooming suicide bombers among local extremist groups

AT LARGE. This image from the main battle area of the 2017 siege of Marawi City is a grim reminder of the lingering terrorist presence in the Philippines. Rappler photo

Malacañang: Pacquiao's win shows Filipino spirit a 'fighter'

Jul 21, 2019 - 3:34 PM

'Pacquiao's victory is not on his, but of the entire nation.... The Palace is one in rejoicing with the Filipino people as the Pambansang Kamao once again puts the flag above the pedestal with his display of tenacy and courage,' says Malacañang

WINNER. Boxing icon Senator Manny Pacquiao snatches the super welterweight title from American boxer Keith Thurman. MP Promotions photo

[ANALYSIS] Philippine defense spending in 2018: What data tells us

Jul 12, 2019 - 1:00 PM

The Philippines has to be smart about improving its security beyond defense budgets and military acquisitions and allocations

AFP, PNP: Filipino suicide bomber behind Sulu attack

Jul 10, 2019 - 5:35 PM

This is the first officially confirmed case of a suicide bombing in the Philippines perpetrated by a Filipino, and marks an escalation in terror tactics by local extremists

SUICIDE BOMBER. On July 10, 2019, the AFP and PNP announced that Norman Lasuca, a Filipino, was one of the suicide bombers behind the twin blasts in Indanan, Sulu on June 28, 2019, which killed at least 7 people. Photo from AFP WESTMINCOM

Matteo Guidicelli hits critic: 'I suggest you just stop talking'

Jul 08, 2019 - 6:48 PM

The actor-athlete is the subject of attention online over his views on 'patriotism' and people 'talking smack about different issues'

'TALK SMACK?' Actor Matteo Guidicelli is criticized for a post of nationalism and criticism. Image from Matteo Guidicelli's Instagram

AFP says Marawi aid audit report 'not quite accurate'

Jul 06, 2019 - 9:20 AM

The Armed Forces denies irregularities in its handling of aid money, after state auditors flagged the disparity in amounts given to wounded soldiers

MARAWI SIEGE. Government troops take position against enemy snipers as they escort rescued workers and trapped residents near the town center of Marawi on June 1, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Suspected Al Qaeda member arrested in Zambales

Jul 02, 2019 - 10:32 PM

A police report links the Kenyan national to the Al Shabaab terror group affiliated with Al Qaeda, and which operates mainly in East Africa

SUSPECTED TERRORIST. Kenyan national Cholo Abdi Abdullah was arrested on July 1, 2019 in Iba, Zambales, for illegal possession of firearms and explosives. Photo from PNP-CIDG

COA: Wounded Marawi soldiers received crumbs from P274-million aid

Jun 30, 2019 - 11:15 PM

The Commission on Audit says there were 'no clear guidelines' that served as basis for the distribution of cash assistance to wounded soldiers

RUINS. Marawi, as photographed in May 2019, has yet to recover from the destruction brought about by the terrorist siege two years earlier. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Zambales town opposes planned AFP Subic Naval Reservation

Jun 26, 2019 - 8:36 PM

The proposed 300-million-square-meter development will leave only 30% of San Antonio's land area, and will disrupt the town's tourism industry

OPPOSITION. Mayor Estela Deloso Antipolo says the development will leave San Antonio as one of the smallest towns in the Philippines. Photo from San Antonio FB

AFP: Chinese vessel's sinking of PH boat 'far from accidental'

Jun 12, 2019 - 9:08 PM

'Kung titingnan n'yo po sa incident report, may intentionality e, kasi hindi tumigil,' says AFP Western Command Spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Penetrante

'INTENTIONALITY.' The Armed Forces of the Philippines sees intention in a Chinese fishing vessel ramming into a Filipino fishing boat in the West Philippine Sea. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Tulfo brothers lose PNP, Marine security details

Jun 02, 2019 - 3:26 PM

This comes as uniformed personnel fume at newsreader Erwin Tulfo for threatening to slap their comrade, Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista

RECALLED. Police and Marine security escorts of the Tulfo brothers are taken back to their national headquarters.

Philippine military all set for May 13 elections

May 12, 2019 - 3:30 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines places all its units on red alert ahead of the country's midterm elections on May 13

Batallion troops patrol Lanao del Norte's national highway on the eve of the May 13 elections. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

6,000 soldiers, cops to secure Caraga, Northern Mindanao for May 13 polls

May 09, 2019 - 12:22 PM

'We will not allow any threat groups or individuals to disrupt or sabotage the electoral process,' says Brigadier General Tyne Bañas of the Army's 4th Infantry Division

READY TO SERVE. This file photo shows soldiers awaiting deployment in Surigao del Sur in 2015. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Human rights lawyers seek Supreme Court protection from army ‘harassment’

Apr 15, 2019 - 3:40 PM

The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers says that since the start of Duterte's presidency, a total of 55 lawyers have been attacked or threatened, 36 of whom were killed

PROTECTIVE WRITS. The National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL) run to the Supreme Court to ask for a Writ of Amparo and a Writ of Habeas Data citing threats from the military. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

PH, U.S. forces play up friendship amid calls for defense treaty review

Apr 12, 2019 - 4:58 PM

'Balikatan is not just a fulfilment of our obligations under the Mutual Defense Treaty, but a commitment to solidify and strengthen the friendship of our nations,' says Defense Undersecretary Cardozo Luna

CLOSING CEREMONY. Balikatan 2019 closes with US Ambassador the Philippines Sung Kim and Philippine National Defense Undersecretary Cardozo Luna, and military officials from both countries. Photo by Naoki Mengua/Rappler

LOOK: World's most advanced stealth aircraft featured in Balikatan 2019

Apr 11, 2019 - 7:21 PM

The F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Force appears for the first time in the Philippines, onboard the US Navy's USS Wasp during the Balikatan 2019 amphibious exercises in Zambales

ADVANCED AIRCRAFT. F-35B Lightining II jets make their debut in the Balikatan exercises during the amphibious exercise at Naval Education Training Command in Zambales on 11 April 2019. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler