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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

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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

Military should address 'evolving' security threats – Ex-defense chief

Aug 07, 2018 - 2:57 PM

Former defense secretary Orlando Mercado says there should be 'a lot more effort' to establish good intelligence gathering and sharing among security forces in the Philippines

3 soldiers killed in clash with NPA

Aug 03, 2018 - 6:01 PM

The Philippine National Police in Bicol says there were also casualties on the communist rebels' side during the Friday morning encounter in Cawayan town, Masbate

[OPINION] Loose lips sink ships

Aug 03, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Following the Battle of Marawi, the Armed Forces had enjoyed an immense level of support from the public. A year later, things rapidly went downhill because of the Duterte administration's position on the West Philippine Sea.

Abu Sayyaf behind Basilan van blast

Jul 31, 2018 - 1:26 PM

(UPDATED) The military immediately tags Abu Sayyaf leader Furuji Indama as the one who plotted it

Trillanes seeks to increase combat pay for soldiers

Jul 29, 2018 - 2:44 PM

'The sad reality is that members of the armed forces bear the greatest degree of risk among civil servants,' says ex-Navy man Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

HIGHER PAY. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in a Kapihan sa Senado session. PRIB Photo by Cesar Tomambo

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

Historic visit: PH military welcomes MILF to Camp Aguinaldo

Jul 12, 2018 - 7:46 PM

(UPDATED) At a critical stage of the Bangsamoro peace process, the Philippine military rolls out the red carpet at the headquarters for officials of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front

HISTORIC VISIT. Members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, including high-ranking officials of the Moro Islamoc Liberation Front, pay a courtesy call to Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Carlito Galvez Jr on July 12, 2018. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Over 6,000 cops, 600 soldiers to secure 2018 SONA

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Authorities say they have not monitored any threats related to President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd State of the Nation Address on July 23

GUARDED. Thousands of security forces will guard Duterte's third SONA.

Military rejects electronic surveillance limits in draft constitution

Jul 05, 2018 - 9:33 PM

Armed Forces chief General Carlito Galvez Jr also rejects a move to delete the provision in the current constitution assigning the military as the ‘protector of the people’

REVIEW. Armed Forces chief General Carlito Galvez Jr says on July 5, 2018, he will create a group that will carefully study the draft by the ConCom for its possible impact on the security sector. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Troops clash with BIFF in Maguindanao town center

Jul 04, 2018 - 3:57 PM

The military says it foiled an attempt of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters to occupy the town hall of Datu Paglas town after a 9-hour operation that included air strikes on Tuesday, July 3

CLASH. Troops clash with the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in a Maguindanao town center. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Army 33rd Infantry Battalion

Duterte not yet blaming anyone for Samar 'misencounter'

Jun 26, 2018 - 7:35 PM

While President Rodrigo Duterte attributes the mishap to 'Murphy's law,' he wants the Philippine Army to accompany him to the site of the incident as a show of 'camaraderie' for the killed cops

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of newly-elected barangay captains of Region IV-A (CALABARZON) at the Sta. Rosa Sports Complex in Sta. Rosa, Laguna on June 14, 2018, reiterates his call to the barangay officials to protect and serve their constituents. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DND, DILG to probe Samar ‘misencounter’ – Año

Jun 26, 2018 - 1:47 PM

The Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Department of National Defense will look into the incident in Villareal, Samar, that left 6 policemen dead

JOINT PROBE. DIL OIC Eduardo Año says the investigation into the Samar misencounter between the military and the police will also determine how to avoid a similar incident from happening. Photo by Darren Langit

6 cops killed, 9 wounded in ‘misencounter' with Army in Samar

Jun 25, 2018 - 8:16 PM

(4th UPDATE) The army is reportedly conducting a 'big operation' in Barangay San Roque, Santa Rita town, when a team of the Samar Provincial Police goes into the area without coordinating

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Jun 18, 2018 - 2:00 PM

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Airstrikes, clashes between military, ISIS-Maute group in Lanao del Sur towns

Jun 18, 2018 - 8:33 AM

(3rd UPDATE) According to Colonel Romeo Brawner, current reports indicate 5 members of the Maute-ISIS group led by Abu Dar, have been killed. The military is still verifying these reports.

Military asks Duterte for 3-month postponement of peace talks

Jun 15, 2018 - 1:21 PM

The military, which initially asked for a 6-month postponement, wants to use the time to look into the implications of a possible ceasefire on its security operations, says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on June 13, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Military says 15 BIFF fighters killed in Maguindanao offensive

Jun 10, 2018 - 10:05 PM

The military adds that the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front are working for the quick return of residents displaced by the offensive

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

CA confirms Carlito Galvez Jr as AFP chief

May 30, 2018 - 1:06 PM

'General Galvez was at the forefront of the war... and led the successful liberation of Marawi,' says Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri

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

Marawi generals return to honor men killed in battles last year

May 24, 2018 - 7:10 PM

'Huwag mo ako interview-hin. Baka umiyak ako.' The Philippine military unveils a 'Heroes Wall' inside Marawi camp.

HONORING THE DEAD. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana leads a wreathe-laying ceremony for soldiers killed in Marawi. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Soldiers who fought in Marawi promoted one rank higher

May 22, 2018 - 1:58 PM

(UPDATED) A total of 641 soldiers earn the promotion nearly a year after war erupted in Marawi City

PROMOTED. Soldiers who fought in the war in Marawi are promoted one rank higher. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

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May 22, 2018 - 12:31 PM

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AFP won't comment on China bombers, but says 'we are doing our mandate'

May 21, 2018 - 9:00 PM

'We can assure our people that your armed forces will never renege in its constitutional obligation to help secure and defend the territorial integrity of our nation,' says the AFP

SILENCE. AFP Spokesperson Colonel Edgard Arevalo says they have conducted patrols for the China bombers but declines to reveal their findings. Rappler file photo

Duterte pivots to China but his military turns to Australia, Japan

May 20, 2018 - 9:33 AM

'I think the Philippines has not entirely bowed down in the face of China. The political relationship clearly has been changed under President Duterte, but it’s more complicated than that,' says security analyst Euan Graham of the Australian think tank Lowy Institute

ENEMIES-TURNED-ALLIES. A P-1 patrol aircraft of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force and a Beechcraft C-90 of the Philippine Navy fly over the West Philippine Sea for Exercise Balikatan 2018. Photo courtesy of JMSDF

Duterte adviser prevails upon military to release arrested Lanao mayor

May 19, 2018 - 9:41 AM

The military releases arrested Pantar Mayor Jabar Tago to the custody of a politician – Presidential Adviser Abdullah Daba Mama-o – despite evidence that he possessed high-powered firearms

MAMAO'S LETTER. Secretary Abdullah Daba Mama-o asks the military to release a mayor arrested for possession of high-powered firearms

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

Pag-asa Island in West PH Sea opened for barangay, SK elections

May 14, 2018 - 8:05 PM

The military says all 174,000 precincts opened by 11:30 am on Monday, May 14, including isolated islands in the West Philippine Sea and Palawan

PAG-ASA ISLAND. About a hundred Filipinos live in one of the biggest islands in the Spratlys. File photo from the Philippine military

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

COA lauds military store chain as sales grow by P282 million

May 07, 2018 - 8:05 PM

'With all its accomplishments, AFPCES has indeed commendably delivered beyond its mandate,' says the Commission on Audit

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.

After 18 years, Tagum soldier killed in Erap's all-out war gets hero's burial

Apr 30, 2018 - 7:08 PM

Technical Sergeant Claudio Forrosuelo died fighting the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Maguindanao in 2000

HERO. The remains of valour awardee Technical Sergeant Claudio Forrosuelo are exhumed from Tagum City in April 2018, and will be brought to Taguig City for interment at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Photo from the Facebook account of Joemar Rey Escaro Yanga, the late soldier’s nephew

Scarborough, Benham Rise general leads US-PH Balikatan 2018

Apr 30, 2018 - 9:23 AM

It's the second Balikatan under President Rodrigo Duterte, who at the start of his term threatened to end the military exercises. Ties between the Philippines and US have since improved.

WATCH: Woman officer trailblazes gender equality in the Philippine Army

Apr 29, 2018 - 5:57 PM

What does it take for a woman to succeed in the military? What does it take to achieve gender equality in a male-dominated world?

'My son is not an NPA,' says mother of teenager killed in Davao clash

Apr 25, 2018 - 5:49 PM

Eastmincom admits it erred in the spelling of the name of the boy, but insists he was indeed an NPA child soldier

Jhun Mark from Karapatan

Soldiers to get free MRT rides starting April 25

Apr 23, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Active military personnel should present their IDs to get free rides, under a one-year deal between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Department of Transportation

NPA child soldier among killed in Davao military encounter

Apr 23, 2018 - 4:57 PM

(UPDATED) The military says the 15-year-old young guerrilla fighter was wearing the black NPA uniform and holding a rifle when killed in the Davao del Sur clash

ENCOUNTER. The military yielded several NPA paraphernalia and weapons after an encounter on April 21, 2018 in Davao del Sur. Photo courtesy of the Eastern Mindanao Command. Photo by Mick Basa/ Rappler

U.S. forces arrive in PH for Balikatan military exercises

Apr 19, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The annual activity, to be held for the 34th time, is meant to enhance cooperation between the US and Philippine militaries

DISASTER RESPONSE. This file photo from the 2017 Balikatan exercises shows new focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster response. File photo

Guerrero leaves AFP leadership 4 reminders before bowing out

Apr 19, 2018 - 11:35 AM

'Being in the military service is not about you. It is about the institution. It is about the country. It is about the people we serve and secure,' newly retired AFP chief General Rey Leonardo Guerrero reminds the officers of the Philippine military

PARTING WORDS. Former military chief General Rey Leonardo Guerrero has some advice to the military leadership as he retires from the service. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

FULL TEXT: AFP chief Carlito Galvez Jr's speech at turnover rites

Apr 19, 2018 - 8:51 AM

'While we give primacy to peace, we will never hesitate to use our might when innocent civilians are threatened and attacked,' says Armed Forces chief of staff General Carlito Galvez Jr

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte hands over the command saber from outgoing Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Rey Guerrero to newly-installed AFP Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez Jr. during the AFP Change of Command Ceremony at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on April 18, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

New AFP chief Carlito Galvez: 'We must now walk the path of peace'

Apr 18, 2018 - 6:04 PM

'I take this opportunity to support the peace process with the MILF and the MNLF. We look forward to the final political resolution of conflict in Mindanao,' Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez Jr says in his assumption speech

PEACE. New AFP chief Lieutenant General Carlito Jr. talks of peace during his inaugural speech. File photo PCOO

Construction for PH-US EDCA military deal begins

Apr 17, 2018 - 7:30 AM

(UPDATED) A groundbreaking ceremony is held at the Basa Air Base on Tuesday, April 17, attended by Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and US Ambassador Sung Kim.

GROUNDBRREAKING: A multi-purpose warehouse will be built inside Basa Air Base in Pampanga, the first major project under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Retired general convicted again, gets 216 years for tax fraud

Apr 16, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Jose Ramiscal Jr is found to have falsified documents for the sale of General Santos City properties in order to pay lower taxes

Sandiganbayan Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

4 Chinese, 4 Filipinos arrested in Batangas drug raids

Apr 12, 2018 - 1:07 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says that based on Chinese intelligence reports, the shabu laboratory discovered in a farm in Ibaan town 'was organized by a Hong Kong-based kingpin'

SHABU LAB. The PDEA dismantles a shabu lab in Batangas. PDEA photo

De Lima lauds Duterte's new appointees: 'Men of honor, competence, integrity'

Apr 07, 2018 - 4:03 PM

Senator Leila de Lima hopes Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra 'can bring back true dispensation of justice at the DOJ, bereft of any partisan and persecutorial agenda'

Detained Senator Leila de Lima attend hearing on a case filed against her "Disobedience to Summons" at the Quezon City, Metropolitan Trial Court on Friday. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler