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[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

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

Mom of Marine killed in Marawi tears up at memorial rites

Aug 19, 2018 - 12:05 PM

John Frederick Savellano, 29, is among the Marines remembered on the first year of the liberation of the now legendary Mapandi Bridge

PROUD PARENTS. The parents of the late Marine 1st Lieutenant John Frederick Savellano were recognized at a ceremony to remember the sacrifices of the Marines in liberating the Mapandi Bridge. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

AFP creates 3 court martial tribunals

Aug 17, 2018 - 3:48 PM

AFP chief General Carlito Galvez Jr issues a stern warning against corruption as he reveals that another officer faces jail

MILITARY CHIEF. General Carlito Galvez Jr vows to clean up the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Photo from Armed Forces of the Philippines Facebook page

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

War vs pro-ISIS PH groups rages on a year after Marawi siege

May 22, 2018 - 11:25 PM

Marawi was a 'setback' for the Maute Group and Isnilon Hapilon's faction in the Abu Sayyaf Group, but it was a 'propaganda victory' for ISIS, says Southeast Asia security expert Zachary Abuza

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

LOOK: Duterte meets rescued cops

May 19, 2018 - 6:56 PM

Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza fetches the two policewomen in Jolo and accompanies them to Davao City to meet the President

NOW FREED. President Rodrigo Duterte meets the two  policewomen who were in kidnapped in Sulu. All photos by Richard Madelo and Ace Moradante/Presidential Photo

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

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

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

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

Who is Carlito Galvez Jr, the next Philippine military chief?

Apr 07, 2018 - 9:51 AM

The general is a member of the PMA 'Sandiwa' Class of 1985. He also received higher education in Australia and various military and management trainings abroad including at the Harvard University.

AFP CHIEF-IN-WAITING. Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez will assume his post as Armed Forces chief on April 18. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

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Apr 06, 2018 - 12:42 PM

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Carlito Galvez Jr is next AFP chief

Apr 05, 2018 - 6:28 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has picked Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez Jr, who was among the generals on the ground during the Marawi siege, to lead the military

Mistahs of PMA '85 battle for AFP chief post

Mar 22, 2018 - 9:09 AM

The Board of Generals will meet after the Holy Week to finalize a shortlist for President Rodrigo Duterte, according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte confers the Order of Lapu-Lapu Kamagi Medal on Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom) Commander Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez during the 121st Founding Anniversary of the Philippine Army (PA) at the PA Headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on March 20, 2018. Malacañang Photo

WestMinCom awards scout rangers for gallantry in Marawi City fighting

Feb 05, 2018 - 7:08 PM

The 5th Scout Ranger Battalion troops are awarded Gold Cross Medals during their send-off

Photos courtesy of Wesmincom

‘Notorious’ Abu Sayyaf bomber with P1.3-M bounty nabbed in Basilan

Nov 30, 2017 - 4:39 PM

Rahim Abdul is in the DND/DILG Joint Order of Rewards

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Oct 26, 2017 - 11:15 AM

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Documentary | Marawi: 153 days of war

Oct 25, 2017 - 9:08 PM

(UPDATED) See the terror, get to know the heroes, and learn the lessons of the war that dragged on for 5 months

Hostages, IEDs slow down push to end war in Marawi

Oct 01, 2017 - 9:14 AM

(UPDATED) Western Mindanao Command chief Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez says they will not rush the troops to avoid unnecessary deaths of hostages and soldiers

WATCH: Marawi generals spend time with evacuees, inspire the youth

Sep 25, 2017 - 10:37 PM

The generals take time out of the battle area to spend time with Marawi residents affected by the war

Marawi general to evacuees: 'I really apologize for the delay'

Sep 25, 2017 - 11:22 AM

'Until now they are suffering. I really apologize for the delay. Hopefully within a few days [it's over].'

Marawi mayor gets emotional seeing houses inside battle area

Sep 24, 2017 - 9:20 PM

Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra asks the national government to help residents rebuild their 'completely devastated' homes

INSIDE THE MARAWI BATTLE AREA. Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra enters the war zone to begin assessment of the work to be done when the fighting stops. Photo courtesy of the Marawi City municipal government

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Sep 04, 2017 - 7:40 PM

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Isnilon Hapilon may have fled Marawi City – army

Jun 24, 2017 - 1:58 PM

2nd UPDATE These people are suicidal Our assessment is that they will really fight to the end says Brigadier General Restituto Padilla

Screenshot of a video showing Isnilon Hapilon pledging allegiance to the Islamic State

Operations in Marawi 'all Filipino' – Westmincom chief

Jun 12, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez says the Americans are limited to giving technical assistance and none of their soldiers are fighting on the ground

THE MARINES. This photo taken on June 9 shows marines from the 7th Marine Company operating against extremist Maute Group. Photo by Bobby lagsa/Rappler

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Terrorists in Marawi holding 'more or less 100' hostages – military

Jun 08, 2017 - 8:03 PM

Marawi priest Father Teresito Soganub is still alive according to ground commander Major General Rolando Bautista

MAUTE CONTROL. Father Teresito Soganub issues an appeal to President Rodrigo Duterte, apparently under the control of the terrorist Maute Group. Facebook screengrab

Marawi under siege: It's like 'looking at Aleppo'

Jun 07, 2017 - 11:30 AM

The footage that came out online we cannot recognize them looking at these pictures there is no semblance of Marawi in them

Hundreds still trapped in Marawi as crisis enters 3rd week

Jun 06, 2017 - 10:14 AM

Air strikes looting and daily gun battles that do not seem to be ending soon take their toll on Marawi residents

BURNED HOUSES. A Philippine Marines truck speeds away as black smoke billows from burning houses after military helicopters fired rockets at militant positions in Marawi on May 30, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Army general denies 1,200 ISIS fighters in PH

Jun 05, 2017 - 7:44 PM

Western Mindanao Command chief Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez says the hundreds of fighters are in Syria not here

Martial Law 2.0 in Mindanao: Beta version of Duterte's authoritarian project

May 28, 2017 - 12:50 AM

Duterte is using a sledgehammer to take on a job that is properly accomplished with precision tools It is the convenient but indiscriminate weapon of an authoritarian leader

Another notorious Abu Sayyaf leader killed

Apr 29, 2017 - 9:04 AM

3RD UPDATE Alhabsy Misaya – the leader of an Abu Sayyaf subgroup in Indanan Sulu – is dead says the military

Soldier in Sulu abducted by Abu Sayyaf – military

Apr 21, 2017 - 12:06 AM

Staff Sergeant Anni Siraji is abducted by about 7 people at 9:30 am while on the road heading to Igasan Patikul Sulu

Kidnapped boat captain, engineer rescued in Basilan

Mar 25, 2017 - 6:47 PM

UPDATED The rescue comes two days after the Abu Sayyaf kidnaps boat captain Aurelio Agacac and Chief Engineer Laurencio Tiro from the MV Super Shuttle Roro 9

2 Malaysian Abu Sayyaf hostages rescued in Sulu

Mar 23, 2017 - 1:53 PM

UPDATED The rescued hostages are among the 5 Malaysian crewmen of Tugboat Serudung 3 who were kidnapped in July 2016 off the coast of Lahad Datu in Sabah

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Rescue of Abu Sayyaf hostages continues amid beheading reports

Feb 26, 2017 - 10:30 PM

Chief presidential peace adviser Secretary Jesus Dureza receives a report that the local terrorist group has beheaded its German hostage but he says this is still unverified information

ABDUCTED. German nationals Juergen Kantner and his wife Sabine Merz (R) pose for a photograph on May 5, 2009 in Berbera. File photo by Mustafa Abdi/AFP

2 Maute members killed in Iligan City

Feb 25, 2017 - 10:33 AM

The military also claims a number of successes this week against the Abu Sayyaf the other ISIS linked local terror group

3RD OFFENSIVE. The latest attack against Maute in Butig, Lanao del Sur is the 3rd military offensive against the local terror group this year. Photo by Pat S. Roque/Rappler

Unicef lauds MILF for releasing child soldiers

Feb 20, 2017 - 9:14 PM

The MILF s Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces has turned over the first batch of child combatants to their parents It has committed to disengage almost 2 000 combatants under 18

Battle-seasoned general new chief of key Mindanao command

Jan 17, 2017 - 1:13 PM

UPDATED Major General Carlito Galvez Jr is appointed the new chief of the Western Mindanao Command as the military sets an ambitious timeline to crush local threat groups Abu Sayyaf and Maute Group by June 2017

De Lima: Premature to ask MILF to surrender forces

Feb 23, 2015 - 5:45 PM

The justice secretary says the government does not yet have legal basis to ask the MILF to surrender its men but the rebel group can do so to build confidence

STILL INVESTIGATING. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says there are no suspects and charges against the MILF for now because the DOJ probe is not yet complete. Photo by Mark Cristino

Slim chance of getting the rest of SAF 44's firearms

Feb 22, 2015 - 2:36 PM

Meanwhile the earlier surrender of the firearms stolen from the SAF commandos shows that the MILF central command has control over its individual members

TURNOVER: MILF returns 16 firearms taken from SAF commandos

Gov't, MILF in backchannel talks to return SAF arms

Feb 05, 2015 - 9:58 AM

UPDATED It might not happen in an instant as the Moro Islamic Liberation Front is still in the process of tracking down weapons the chief government negotiator says

12 dead as Philippine rebel clashes end – military

Apr 12, 2014 - 7:57 PM

Abu Sayyaf leaders Puruji Indama and Isnilon Hapilon who were being targeted by the military operation have not been captured and are on the run

Can bemedalled officer fix Basilan's problems?

Aug 03, 2012 - 8:09 AM

The military assigns one of its most promising officers Col Carlito Charlie Galvez Jr to stop the bleeding in Basilan