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[ANALYSIS] Increasing maritime domain awareness: The P3C Orion option

Jun 12, 2019 - 4:07 PM

The Philippines must think twice before agreeing to the transfer of a P3C Orion platform only, because the government would end up spending more to refurbish an old plane

Navy, Air Force, civilian volunteers join search for missing diver

Jun 06, 2019 - 2:45 PM

'Wescom, in coordination with various stakeholders, will continue conducting the joint search and rescue operations despite inclement weather,' says the Western Command as authorities and civilian volunteers search for diver Bryan Nazareno

SEARCH FOR MISSING DIVER. This Philippine Navy vessel is part of the search and rescue operation in Tubbataha Reef. Photo from Wescom

Kaya wins, Air Force draws in PPL debut

Apr 28, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Kaya demolishes Green Archers United while Air Force figures in a draw with Mendiola in the first-ever match day of the Philippine Premier League

MAIDEN TRIUMPH. Kaya FC-Iloilo clinches the first win in the Philippine Premier League. Photo from PPL


‘There’s a time for everything,’ says removed PH Air Force chief

Dec 13, 2018 - 2:31 PM

What exactly led to the removal of Air Force chief Lieutenant General Galileo Gerard Kintanar ahead of his retirement in January 2020?

OUTGOING. Philippine Air Force chief Lieutenant General Galileo Gerard Kintanar is leaving his post 13 months ahead of his retirement. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler)

Duterte replaces PH Air Force chief ahead of retirement

Dec 06, 2018 - 1:55 PM

More than a year away from retirement, Philippine Air Force chief Galileo Kintanar Jr will be replaced by Western Command chief Rozzano Briguez

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the pass-in review during the Philippine Air Force (PAF) Change of Command Ceremony at the Haribon Hangar, Air Force City in Clark Air Base, Pampanga on October 24, 2017. Also in the photo are newly-installed PAF Commander Lt. Gen. Galileo Kintanar and Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año. Malacañan Photo

U.S. vows to give PH full control of military facilities

Apr 18, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'All EDCA facilities are under complete control of the Philippines. They are all [inside] Philippine bases,' says US Ambassador Sung Kim

GROUNDBREAKING. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and US Ambassador Sung Kim lead the groundbreaking ceremony for EDCA in Basa Air Base on April 17, 2018. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Philippine Air Force acquires ScanEagle UAVs

Mar 13, 2018 - 10:33 AM

The reconnaissance drones can enhance operations of the military's ground, air, and naval forces

RECONNAISSANCE DRONES. The Philippine Air Force acquires 6 ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. All photos by Carmela Fonbuena

Air Force sends 1st Filipina pilot for training in the U.S.

Feb 12, 2018 - 1:28 PM

2nd Lieutenant Catherine Mae Emeterio Gonzales, one of the Philippine Military Academy's top 10 graduates in 2017, has been inspired by the air force's victory during the 2013 Zamboanga siege

AVIATION TRAINING. 2nd Lt. Catherine Mae Emeterio Gonzales of the Philippine Air Force was one of the 7 females who landed in the top 10 of the Philippine Military Academy graduates in 2017. US Embassy photo

Malacanang on Charter Change, Mayon Volcano eruption, Roque on Navy frigate deal | Evening wRap

Jan 23, 2018 - 8:20 PM

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Philippine Air Force acquires 6 Brazilian attack planes

Dec 01, 2017 - 8:03 PM

The '6 A-29 Super Tucano light attack and advanced training aircraft... are intended to be the primary close air support aircraft' of the air force, said the defense department

COMING SOON. Boosting the fleet of the Philippine Air Force next year are "6 A-29 Super Tucano light attack and advanced training aircraft" like these shown here. From wikipedia

To friends, Jo Lapira was a tiny UP activist with big dreams

Nov 30, 2017 - 12:36 PM

The 22-year-old student from UP Manila is one of the 15 fatalities in a clash between government troops and suspected members of New People's Army in Nasugbu, Batangas

Duterte tells PH Air Force: More terror threats to fight in Mindanao

Oct 24, 2017 - 6:51 PM

As the Philippine Air Force welcomes a new commanding general, President Rodrigo Duterte recognizes the 'valor and sacrifices' of PAF personnel who were killed and wounded in the war in Marawi

West PH Sea commander is new Air Force chief

Oct 24, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Major General Galileo Gerard Kintanar will replace outgoing Philippine Air Force commanding general Edgar Fallorina in a change of command ceremony on Tuesday

CHANGE OF COMMAND. Major General Galileo Gerard Kintanar Jr assumes as commanding officer of the Western Command. All photos from the PH military

Reshuffle in key PH military posts as Año's retirement looms

Aug 27, 2017 - 10:54 AM

AFP chief General Eduardo Año Air Force chief Lieutenant General Edgar Fallorina and Army acting chief Lieutenant General Glorioso Miranda are all retiring in two to 3 months

CHANGE OF COMMAND.

PH fighter jets redeployed in Marawi after air strike mishap

Aug 06, 2017 - 8:35 AM

Adjustments to tactics and procedures were necessary to avoid a repeat of the fatal air strike mishap says the military

FA-50S. File photo of the 4th batch of FA-50 lead-in fighter trainers it acquired from South Korea. DPC photo

PH Air Force gets weapons from U.S.

Jul 29, 2017 - 10:39 AM

The munitions and weapons will enhance the AFP’s counterterrorism capabilities and directly support AFP members actively engaged in counterterrorism operations in the southern Philippines including Marawi the US embassy says

US SUPPORT. Members the US and Philippine armies unload and inspect a delivery of  rockets from the US to the Armed Forces of the Philippines at Clark Air Base, Pampanga. Photo from the US Embassy

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Jul 28, 2017 - 1:41 PM

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PH Air Force gets new surveillance planes from U.S.

Jul 27, 2017 - 8:32 PM

For this kind of surveillance plane it s the most modern that we have says Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

NEW TOYS. The Cessna planes will be based in Zamboanga City. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 14, 2017

Jul 14, 2017 - 9:57 AM

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FA50 fighter jets grounded after air strike mishap in Marawi

Jul 13, 2017 - 6:22 PM

Air strikes will continue using the other aircraft of the Philippine Air Force

Armed Forces of the Philippines Spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla announces that the government forces have already taken control of Marawi City during a press briefing at the New Executive Building, Malacañang Complex, Manila on May 29, 2017. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

No more secondhand military equipment in his time, says Duterte

Jun 02, 2017 - 8:03 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he is willing to spend double the money on equipment as long as they are new Those given by Americans I don’t want them

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presided over the joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Heroes Hall in Malacañan Palace on June 1, 2017.  Joining the Joint AFP-PNP Command Conference are Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Interior and Local Government Acting Secretary Catalino Cuy, AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Eduardo Año, PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa, Presidential Adviser on Military Affairs Arthur Tabaquero, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Isidro Lapeña, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) Director General Alex Monteagudo, Philippine Coast Guard Chief Joel Garcia, Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go and other officials from various law enforcement agencies. Malacañan Photo

3 dead, 1 hurt in Rizal chopper crash

May 04, 2017 - 5:04 PM

The chopper which was part of police and military training exercises on disaster response encounters trouble as it prepares to land

CHOPPER CRASH. Parts of the helicopter burn in a hilltop in Tanay on May 4, 2017. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

PH Air Force now has 10 fighter jets

Apr 26, 2017 - 7:02 PM

The 9th and 10th FA 50 lead in fighter trainers from South Korea arrive in Pampanga

PH Air Force to complete acquisition of 12 FA-50 fighter jets in May

Apr 08, 2017 - 1:26 PM

Four more FA 50s will arrive in April and May according to military spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla

Esperon, Floirendo, FA-50s | Evening wRap

Mar 29, 2017 - 7:52 PM

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PH Air Force now has 8 FA-50 fighter jets

Mar 29, 2017 - 1:12 PM

Four more FA 50s are expected to arrive in the next months

4TH BATCH. The Philippine Air Force formally receive 2 more FA-50 lead in fighter trainers it acquired from South Korea. DPC Photo

WATCH: Philippine Air Force now has 6 fighter jets

Feb 22, 2017 - 3:44 PM

Two brand new FA 50 jets of the Philippine Air Force arrive on Wednesday February 22

PH Air Force to welcome 2 more fighter jets

Feb 21, 2017 - 2:17 PM

The squadron of 12 brand new fighter jets will be completed within the year according to Air Force spokesman Colonel Antonio Francisco

BEEFING UP THE AIR FORCE. Half of the squadron of 12 fighter jets acquired by the previous Aquino administration have arrived. File photo

LOOK: Air Force rescues OFW in West Philippine Sea

Dec 10, 2016 - 8:39 PM

The Philippine Air Force responds to a distress call made by Italian vessel M V Marlene D Amato while it was crossing the West Philippine Sea

IN ACTION. The Philippine Air Force rescues an overseas Filipino worker in need of medical attention while at sea. Photo courtesy of Air Force

PH Air Force gets 2 more fighter jets

Dec 01, 2016 - 11:04 PM

The fighter jets are given a water cannon salute at the Clark Airbase in Pampanga

NOW THERE ARE FOUR. Korea Aerospace Industries has delivered 4 of the 12 fighter jets acquired by the Philippine Air Force. PAF photo

PAF chopper flew Marcos from Ilocos to Libingan

Nov 18, 2016 - 5:03 PM

UPDATED Brigadier General Restituto Padilla says the Marcoses will be charged P1 2 million for the use of the Bell 412 choppers that were recently purchased brand new from Canada

INTERMENT. Former president Ferdinand Marcos is interred at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on November 18, 2016. Photo from Office of the Army Chief Public Affairs

PH Air Force grounds 6 Sokol choppers after Palawan crash

Nov 16, 2016 - 9:33 AM

The choppers acquired for P2 8 billion from Poland during the Arroyo administration have always been controversial

2014 chopper crash. File photo shows a Sokol chopper that crashed in Marawi in 2014

Military chopper crashes in Palawan, 4 injured

Nov 08, 2016 - 5:03 PM

UPDATED Mimaropa police regional director Chief Superintendent Wilben Mayor and 3 other passengers sustain minor injuries according to the military

2014 INCIDENT. File photo shows a Sokol chopper that crashed in Marawi in 2014

Pinay pilot commands C130 flight across world's largest ocean

Oct 31, 2016 - 8:07 AM

Philippine Air Force pilot Major Marjorie Mukay flies the C130 cargo plane from Tucson in Arizona to Manila

US-PH relations, Rodrigo Duterte, Philippine Air Force | 12PM wRap

Oct 24, 2016 - 2:07 PM

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US turns over C130 cargo plane to PH Air Force

Oct 24, 2016 - 11:05 AM

This is the 2nd of two C130s bought by the previous Aquino government from the US for 35 million

TURNOVER. The Philippine military formally receives a C130 that it bought from the US government, October 24, 2016. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Duterte: PH to buy defense assets from Russia, China

Sep 14, 2016 - 11:04 AM

The Philippine leader says he wants government to government transactions on military equipment and deals with no strings attached

MILITARY'S MAN. President Rodrigo Duterte arrives at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City to attend the 48th anniversary of the 250th Presidential Airlift Wing on September 13, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

SC affirms dismissal of graft cases vs PH Air Force officers

Sep 13, 2016 - 10:35 AM

The High Court s 3rd Division says it took the Office of the Ombudsman too long to file the case before the Sandiganbayan violating the right of the officers to a speedy disposition of their case

TOO LONG. The Supreme Court says it took the Ombudsman too long to file cases against the Philippine Air Force officers

PAF pilot who discovered China's 'mischief' now Centcom chief

Aug 13, 2016 - 8:29 AM

Major General Raul del Rosario was the first pilot to take photos of Chinese activity on Mischief Reef in the West Philippine Sea

Pocari Sweat overcomes Air Force to win first Shakey's V-League crown

Jul 18, 2016 - 8:50 PM

Pocari Sweat takes Game 3 in 4 sets to win its first ever title

BLOOD AND SWEAT. Pocari Sweat had to make it through two do-or-die matches to win its first ever title. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Pocari Sweat downs Air Force, forces do-or-die game

Jul 16, 2016 - 10:19 PM

The two teams will test each other s mettle to vie for the championship crown in the do or die game on Monday July 18

ONE MORE GAME. Pocari Sweat forces a winner-take-all game 3 in the Shakey's V-League finals. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Duterte on PH-China row: 'War is a dirty word'

Jul 05, 2016 - 5:33 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping for his part says days before the ruling on the South China Sea dispute ‘We are not afraid of trouble’

PRESIDENT'S SALUTE. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte salutes during a visit to the Armed Forces of the Philippines on July 1, 2016. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Shakey’s V-League: Undefeated Pocari Sweat sweeps Laog

Jun 04, 2016 - 8:41 PM

The Lady Warriors notch their third straight win

Myla Pablo has 13 points in Pocari Sweat's Shakey's V-League victory. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Filipino soldier dies in joint PH-US exercises

Apr 07, 2016 - 7:58 PM

The airman accidentally falls into the seashore near the Subic airport during a parachute exercise

Last time as president: Aquino leads Rizal Day rites

Dec 30, 2015 - 9:54 AM

President Aquino urges Filipinos to reflect on the sacrifices of the national hero for Philippine independence and to emulate his vision and love of country

HONORING RIZAL. President Benigno Aquino III leads the Rizal Day rites in Manila on December 30, 2015. Photo from gov.ph Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

IN PHOTOS: Aquino leads turnover of brand-new fighter jets

Dec 06, 2015 - 8:57 PM

The assets are assigned to the Air Defense Wing the unit of the Philippine Air Force responsible for territorial defense

CEREMONIAL POURING OF THE CHAMPAGNE. President Benigno Aquino III leads the turn over and blessing ceremonies for the newly arrived FA-50 fighter jets. All photos by the Philippine Air Force.

PH air force returns to supersonic age: Fighter jets arrive in Clark

Nov 28, 2015 - 11:36 AM

The fighter jets arrive a decade after the Philippine Air Force retired the last of its US designed fighters in 2005

FIGHTER JETS. Two FA-50PH aircraft arrive at the Air Force City base in Clark, Pampanga, on November 28, 2015. Photo by Edwardo Solo/Rappler

PH Air Force warning: No drones allowed during APEC week

Nov 17, 2015 - 6:07 PM

The statement comes amid reports of drone sightings near two hotels

PAF's chopper crash lands in Sarangani due to strong winds

Nov 07, 2015 - 2:52 PM

The 9 passengers on board suffer only slight injuries

CHOPPER CRASH. A helicopter of the Philippine Air Force crashes in Sarangani on November 7.

Air Force chief flies brand new attack chopper

Aug 17, 2015 - 9:30 PM

The Air Force commanding general is a veteran combat pilot

TEST FLIGHT. Philippine Air Force commanding general Jeffrey Delgado flies the brand new attack helicopter from Italy. PAF photo