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Leachon's posts 'jeopardized' gov't messaging on pandemic – Galvez

Jun 17, 2020 - 9:03 PM

COVID-19 task force adviser Tony Leachon 'has been cautioned but remained deaf to collegial advise,' says Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr

CHIEF IMPLEMENTER. Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr at a Senate hearing on March 10, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Localized lockdowns' to contain coronavirus during GCQ, MGCQ

Jun 02, 2020 - 10:35 PM

It could be a building, a block, or an entire barangay, but if there are two or more coronavirus cases in one place, the authorities will swoop in and lock it down

LOCAL LOCKDOWN. In this file photo, road signs mark Mandaluyong City's total lockdown of Barangays Mauway and Addition Hills on May 12, 2020. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Where are the promised 30,000 tests a day? The government's moving targets

Jun 01, 2020 - 4:20 PM

While cases continue to increase and lockdown restrictions ease across the country, the government again pushes back testing targets

MEGA SWABBING CENTER. Health workers at the mega swabbing tent at the Philippine Sports Stadium, Philippine Arena in Bulacan on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Salons may reopen soon, but health measures must be in place

May 25, 2020 - 4:07 PM

Barbershop and salon employees show that they can safely cut hair by wearing protective wear. The government, however, is still assessing the risks.

Robredo: Despite virus, Ramadan and Eid'l Fitr strengthened Muslim links

May 24, 2020 - 3:40 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo asks all Filipinos, regardless of religion, to 'embody the spirit' of Eid'l Fitr

SOLIDARITY. Vice President Leni Robredo spends time with displaced Marawi women who are part of the I am Marawi Women Weaving and Empowerment Program on June 28, 2019. File photo by OVP

COVID-19 Task Force proposes imposing lockdown by 'zones' in June

May 22, 2020 - 2:24 PM

A week before the target end of the enhanced community quarantine and its modified version, coronavirus response czar Carlito Galvez Jr introduces a new buzzword to target specific areas according to zones

'ZONES'. Manila Police District sets up exit and entry control points in Tondo Ditrict I during the start of the implementation of a "Hard Lockdown" on May 3, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Gov't facing 'problem' with thousands of returning OFWs – Galvez

May 20, 2020 - 12:30 PM

The arrival of 42,000 more overseas Filipino workers may 'overwhelm' quarantine facilities, says the chief implementer of government policies on the coronavirus pandemic

BACK HOME. A quarantine team from DOH assists repatriated OFWs into a hotel-turned isolation facility in Manila. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Galvez: Gov't procures 3 million PPE sets for June-August

May 09, 2020 - 4:47 PM

(UPDATED) National Task Force COVID-19 chief implementer, Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr, says the government is stockpiling PPEs as the pandemic is expected to last until 2021

The aid packages donated by the People's Republic of China undergo disinfection upon arrival at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on March 21, 2020. The donation includes assorted medical supplies, personal protective equipment, and testing kits for coronavirus. Malacañang photo

PH temporarily suspends all flights starting May 3

May 03, 2020 - 9:27 AM

(2nd UPDATE) CAAP says international flights that wish to land or depart from the Philippines should request for an exemption at least 36 hours before the scheduled departure from the airport of origin

FLIGHT BAN. Passengers line up outside the Ninoy Aquino International Airport as they wait for their flights out of the country on March 19, 2020, File photo by STR/AFP

Gov't aims to test all suspected cases, frontliners in high-risk areas by May 15

Apr 28, 2020 - 3:32 PM

National Task Force COVID-19 chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr says the deadline for testing in NCR, the 'epicenter' of the crisis, is much earlier – May 7

PANDEMIC. Health workers from the municipal government of Cainta, Rizal, take a blood sample from a man who made contact with a suspected COVID-19 case in Barangay Sto. Nino on April, 27, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Philippines now has 15 laboratories for coronavirus tests

Apr 12, 2020 - 9:15 PM

Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr says the additional laboratories can help speed up the confirmation of coronavirus cases in the country

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[OPINION] Unsolicited advice for the IATF chair on the social amelioration fund

Apr 07, 2020 - 2:24 PM

'Instead of distributing to qualified families at 5k to 8k each, the SAF should instead be given to all individual Filipino citizens at 2.5k each'

Galvez: 15 to 20-day extension of Luzon lockdown being studied

Apr 04, 2020 - 7:46 PM

It would be ‘premature to make an announcement,’ but an extended lockdown is a ‘big possibility,’ says the chief implementer of government plans in quelling the pandemic

LOCKDOWN. Eerie silence in the usually bustling streets of Quiapo in Manila as the metropolis and all of Luzon island remained on lockdown on March 20, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

National quarantine centers ready in 10 days – Galvez

Apr 03, 2020 - 10:54 PM

Stadiums and convention halls are being converted into quarantine facilities, and the first one may be ready by April 6, says NTF COVID-19 chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr

NATIONAL QUARANTINE. Workers constructing quarantine facilities at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex on April 3, 2020. Photo from the NTF COVID-19/Facebook

‘Massive testing’ of coronavirus PUMs, PUIs to start April 14 – Galvez

Apr 03, 2020 - 12:54 AM

The objective is to identify possible carriers of the virus and bring them to ‘forced quarantine facilities’ like stadiums and convention halls

TRIAGE. The National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City conducts triage at the hospital's compound to evaluate and categorize patients on March 29, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gov’t procuring 1 million PPEs from China – Galvez

Apr 02, 2020 - 10:10 PM

(UPDATED) The first 15,000 sets of personal protective equipment arrived in the Philippines on March 31, says Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr

PROTECTIVE GEAR. The Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office demonstrates to barangay first responders how to put on personal protective equipment (PPE) on March 5, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Gov't plans to 'isolate' confirmed, possible coronavirus patients by April 14 – Galvez

Apr 02, 2020 - 12:23 AM

Possible carriers of the virus need to be taken out of their communities and housed in national quarantine centers, says the chief implementer of government policies on the pandemic

TRIAGE. The National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City installs triage facilities at the hospital's compound to evaluate and categorizate patients on March 29, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Stadiums, theaters, hotels, ships to be turned into quarantine areas

Mar 31, 2020 - 10:05 PM

The Philippine Arena, Rizal Memorial Coliseum, and Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex are among the venues being eyed to house persons who may have the novel coronavirus

PHILSPORTS ARENA. The Philsports Arena, part of the Philsports Complex in Pasig City, was renovated recently for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Photo from PHISGOC Media

Task force vs coronavirus ‘gearing up for massive testing’ – Galvez

Mar 31, 2020 - 7:55 PM

The government is purchasing up to one million sets of personal protective equipment to enable medical frontliners to test persons under monitoring or investigation for the virus, says chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr

TESTS NEEDED. The Rosario Maclang Bautista General Hospital on March, 30, 2020, installs plastic dividers to separate health workers from patients as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

In this order: Lorenzana, Año, Galvez to lead task force vs coronavirus

Mar 27, 2020 - 8:49 PM

(UPDATED) The 3 ex-generals are at the helm of government’s plan to quell the pandemic, and their positions in their new task force reflect the military rule of seniority

EX-GENERALS. (L-R) Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, and Peace Process Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr oversee the arrival of medical supplies donated by China at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on March 21, 2020. Malacañang photo

150 more MILF soldiers join Bangsamoro security team

Nov 24, 2019 - 9:10 PM

The former rebel fighters join members of the police and military in a security force tasked with protecting certain areas of the Bangsamoro region until an elected government is established in 2022

FORMER REBELS. Among members of the latest batch of the Joint Peace and Security Team of the Bangsamoro region are former rebel combatants of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, who completed their training on November 22, 2019. Photo from OPAPP

[OPINION] Combatants, decommissioning, and lasting peace

Sep 08, 2019 - 8:00 PM

We are now at a critical stage in the Mindanao peace process leading up to the fulfillment of the commitments made by both the government and the MILF

Government wants MILF to give up more weapons

Sep 07, 2019 - 9:41 AM

The MILF says it has 40,000 fighters but only about 7,000 weapons. OPAPP Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr wants the combatants to give up their own guns, too.

PEACE IN MINDANAO. OPAPP Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr and BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim lead a media forum on the decommissioning process on September 6, 2019. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Mindanao closer to peace as MILF decommissions 12,000 fighters – gov't

Sep 06, 2019 - 9:43 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte will lead a ceremony in Maguindanao on Saturday, September 7, as former rebels from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front begin their transition to civilian life

DECOMMISSIONING. More than 1,000 soldiers of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front will begin their transition to civilian life on September 7. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

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

Galvez says ratified BOL brings 'new dawn' to Mindanao

Jan 27, 2019 - 10:25 AM

The new autonomous region will be in place after President Rodrigo Duterte forms the 80-member Bangsamoro Transition Authority

CORRECTING HISTORICAL INJUSTICE. The new Bangsamoro region is expected to help bring peace in Mindanao. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Galvez appointment as Duterte adviser signals new peace mindset

Dec 23, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The appointment of Carlito Galvez Jr also completes the retired generals' takeover of key posts handling peace, security, and delivery of government services

BANGSAMORO ADVOCATE. Carlito Galvez Jr (left) is a known advocate of the Bangsamoro peace process. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Mindanao rights groups wary of Carlito Galvez as OPAPP chief

Dec 06, 2018 - 5:05 PM

Human rights group Barug Katungod Mindanao expresses concern that military chief Carlito Galvez Jr would 'militarize the OPAPP and the peace process'

NEXT PEACE ADVISER. AFP chief General Carlito Galvez Jr attends the Senate hearing on the proposed amendments to the Human Security  Act of 2007 on October 1, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte to appoint AFP chief Galvez as OPAPP chief

Dec 05, 2018 - 2:52 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says President Duterte announced his post-retirement plan for General Carlito Galvez Jr at a Cabinet meeting

END OF WAR. Philippine military chief General Carlito Galvez Jr and MILF Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces chief Sammy Al Mansour at a news briefing in Camp Aguinaldo on November 19, 2018. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Makabayan bloc eyes case vs Galvez for red-tagging France Castro

Dec 03, 2018 - 4:26 PM

ACT Teachers Representative France Castro says she would hold AFP chief General Carlito Galvez Jr accountable should anything bad happen to her

NOT A COMMUNIST. ACT Teachers Representative France Castro (center) attends work at the House since her brief detention in Davao del Norte over the weekend. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

AFP, PNP to recommend Mindanao martial law extension

Dec 03, 2018 - 10:55 AM

'There is really a clamor for the extension considering that the terrorism is still lurking in the area,' says Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Carlito Galvez Jr

IN UNISON. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde and AFP chief Carlito Galvez say their agencies need a longer martial law implementation so they can continue to secure Mindanao. Photos by Darren Langit and Angie de Silva/Rappler

AFP chief Galvez seeks OPAPP post after retirement

Nov 19, 2018 - 3:55 PM

General Carlito Galvez Jr, a strong advocate of the peace process in Mindanao, says he wants to continue dialogues with rebel groups after his retirement on December 12

PEACE ADVOCATE. Armed Forces chief General Carlito Galvez Jr holds a joint press conference with MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim on November 19, 2018. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

[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.

Roque on Trillanes amnesty: Why take word of AFP chief over 'learned judge'?

Oct 02, 2018 - 3:42 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque responds to the statement of AFP chief General Carlito Galvez Jr that Senator Antonio Trillanes IV applied for amnesty, contrary to the government's position

DUTERTE SPOKESMAN. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque answers questions from the Malacanang Press Corps. File photo from Malacanang/Presidential Photo

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

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

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

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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