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7 PMA cadets tagged in Dormitorio’s death to be court martialed

Oct 15, 2019 - 4:17 PM

Court martial proceedings will run parallel to criminal cases filed against the cadets accused of hazing, torturing, and murdering the 20-year-old plebe

COMMANDANT. Brigadier General Romeo Brawner speaks to reporters at the Philippine Military Academy. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/Rappler

3rd PMA cadet hospitalized for suspected hazing – AFP

Sep 25, 2019 - 10:23 AM

Three cadets from the country's premier military school are recuperating from injuries sustained from suspected hazing

PREMIER MILITARY ACADEMY. The facade of the Philippine Military Academy building in Fort del Pilar, Baguio City. Photo by Pediapediahan/Wikimedia Commons

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

[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

College editors' alliance hits military for tagging youth leaders as NPA recruiters

Jan 24, 2019 - 5:36 PM

College Editors Guild of the Philippines claims red-tagging is part of the 'persistent state crackdown against progressive groups and individuals'

Lumad to Supreme Court: End attacks, end martial law

Jan 23, 2019 - 1:12 PM

Teachers and students of alternative schools in Mindanao also ask the High Court to issue a cease and desist order against the military

Rappler Talk: Resisting red-tagging in universities

Oct 26, 2018 - 11:15 AM

Rappler sits down with UP VP Jose Dalisay and ADMU VP Jaime Hofileña to discuss the role of universities in protecting democracy

[OPINION] The hunt for ‘Red October’

Oct 01, 2018 - 4:21 PM

While there are many who have expressed their desire for Duterte to resign or be ousted, there is no conspiracy to forcibly remove him from power

Reds have 'Oplan Talsik’ vs Duterte, says AFP

Sep 24, 2018 - 7:20 PM

The military continues to link communist rebels to a supposed coalition that's out to destabilize the government

TO BE OUSTED? President Rodrigo Duterte and the military continue with trumpeting more ouster claims. Malacañang file photo

[WRAP | Day 5] Family stands by Trillanes as Duterte slams senator

Sep 09, 2018 - 10:03 AM

(UPDATED) 'Ito na ang silver lining: Nakita ng mga kababayan natin 'yung tunay na mukha ni Duterte,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

STILL AT THE SENATE. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV holds a press conference on September 8, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate 'militarization'? Senators hit AFP, PNP presence in compound

Sep 05, 2018 - 2:51 PM

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto asks why the armed personnel are in the Senate compound when no warrant of arrest has been issued against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Sen Antonio Trillanes holds a press conference saying he will be under the custody of the Senate for now. Arresting CIDG team meanwhile are deployed for a possible arrest. Photo by Leanne Jazul/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

Duterte asks AFP to reinvent detachments

Mar 01, 2018 - 8:01 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says soldiers should not be easy targets for communist rebels or terrorists

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the opening ceremony of the National Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Challenge at the Team Davao Inc. Pistol and Rifle Range in Ma-a, Davao City on March 1, 2018, expresses his admiration for the SWAT's role in dealing with criminality, illegal drugs and terrorism. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

First transgender lawmaker joins armed forces

Feb 14, 2018 - 5:53 PM

Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman takes her oath as a reservist officer of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on Valentine's Day

ARMY RESERVE OFFICER. Bataan Representative Geraldine Roman. Photo courtesy of the Armed Forces of the Philippines

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 26, 2017

Dec 26, 2017 - 12:45 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Tuesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) Chief Dr. Leopoldo Vega upon his arrival at the SPMC to visit the families of the victims who died in the recent fire incident at the New City Commercial Center (NCCC) Mall Davao on December 25, 2017. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Robredo trusts military on martial law extension in Mindanao

Dec 12, 2017 - 12:55 PM

But Vice President Leni Robredo says lawmakers should ask the government about its specific plans for the rehabilitation and security of Marawi City, and how the declaration of martial law would help

QUESTIONS. Vice President Leni Robredo hopes the government will be able to answer all questions regarding the request to extend martial law in Mindanao by a year. Photo by the OVP

WATCH: Before victory, Marawi military commander explains tactics vs terrorists

Oct 23, 2017 - 5:09 PM

Lt Colonel Mon Almodovar, commander of the 3rd Scout Ranger Battalion, walks Rappler through a former Maute stronghold turned Tactical Command Post of the military, and discusses the various tactics deployed by both sides

10 armed men arrested for trying to enter Camp Aguinaldo without permits

Oct 02, 2017 - 11:16 PM

The men, who claim to be part of a group called the Southeast Asia Collective Defense Treaty, have been turned over to the Quezon City Police

HEADQUARTERS. The Armed Forces of the Philippines takes base at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. Rappler file photo

What's martial law like in Duterte's Davao?

May 31, 2017 - 2:54 PM

Davao City Malacañang of the South leaves nothing to chance as Mindanao enters its second week under martial law

SAFE IN DAVAO. Task Force Davao tanks – and the occasional soldier – have turned into popular photo-ops in Davao City. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

PNP still can't locate SAF armored vehicle in Marawi

May 30, 2017 - 2:08 PM

Police deployed in Marawi City – the SAF RPSBs and local police – are now under the operational control of the military

UNDER SIEGE. Members of the PNP SAF maneuver as they assault terrorists' hide out near the city hall in Marawi City on May 28, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

PNP suspends permits to carry guns outside homes in Mindanao

May 27, 2017 - 10:48 PM

The announcement comes almost 5 days after martial law was declared in Mindanao

SECURITY UP. Policemen check a car boot of a resident fleeing from Marawi city, where gunmen who had declared allegiance to the Islamic State group rampaged through the city, at a checkpoint in Iligan City on May 24, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Lorenzana: Criminals, not NPA, target of martial law

May 27, 2017 - 3:14 PM

Despite the back and forth between the CPP NDF and defense officials peace talks between the Philippine government and NDF continue in the Netherlands

SECURITY CHECKS. Government troops man checkpoints in Iligan City on May 24. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

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May 26, 2017 - 10:23 PM

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May 26, 2017 - 2:33 PM

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Terror groups harass military camp in Marawi

May 25, 2017 - 11:19 PM

The military says the terror groups are pinned down and resorting to these attacks to try to shift the military’s attention from their focus areas

HARASSMENT. Troops take defensive positions as local terror groups harass. Rappler photo

Early retirement for AFP chief Año?

May 11, 2017 - 11:08 AM

The chief of staff may assume his new post as DILG secretary in June 4 months before his scheduled retirement from the military

COMMAND CONFERENCE. In this file photo, President Duterte talks to AFP chief Eduardo Año after a command conference on January 6, 2017. Malacañang photo

AFP operations vs NPA continue pending Malacañang order

Mar 13, 2017 - 5:37 PM

The statement comes after the government and the rebels agreed to resume the stalled talks

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

PH military keeps eye on ISIS-linked groups amid NPA clashes

Feb 11, 2017 - 10:03 AM

We have specific units that would address these specific threats We got everything covered says Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año

CONFIRMATION. AFP chief General Eduardo Año gets the nod of the Commission on Appointments on February 8, 2017. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Ramos worries about 'lack of consultation' in Duterte gov't

Feb 10, 2017 - 11:56 AM

Referring to his unsolicited advice former president Fidel V Ramos says With all due respect to those concerned it s not Facebook stuff It s the real McCoy because I ve been through it and I ve done it

RAPPLER TALK. Former President Fidel Ramos speaks with Rappler executive editor Maria Ressa

NDF consultant arrested in Davao; gov't clashes with NPA resume

Feb 06, 2017 - 12:38 PM

UPDATED Incidents between the military and the communist New People s Army are reported in at least 7 areas nationwide

ARRESTED? Rights group Karapatan says NDF consultant Ariel Arbitrario is being held in Davao City

NPA takes 5 soldiers as 'prisoners of war'

Feb 03, 2017 - 4:43 PM

The NPA boasts it launched 20 attacks agains the military in the last 5 days

48 YEARS AND COUNTING. New Peoples Army guerrillas in Davao City during the 48th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26, 2016. Photo by Edwin G. Espejo

Soldiers, NPA break ceasefire in Cotabato clash

Jan 23, 2017 - 7:19 AM

A New People s Army rebel is killed in Makilala North Cotabato in the first fatal encounter to disrupt the 5 month old ceasefire

FIRST CLASH? It is believed to be the first armed encounter between the military and the New People's Army since both issued separate ceasefire declarations in August 2016. Photo from the military

AFP chief: Reds should work with military in new campaign plan

Jan 09, 2017 - 5:39 PM

Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año talks about the military s new campaign plan DSSP Kapayapaan

DSSP KAPAYAPAAN. The military presented to President Rodrigo Duterte its new campaign plan during a command conference on January 6, 2017. Malacañang photo

Año's challenge: How to lead PH military under Duterte?

Dec 14, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Amid fears of creeping martial law Armed Forces chief Eduardo Año could be the best person to protect democracy – or be its worst enemy

Duterte to retired AFP chief: 'Mamili ka na ng pwesto diyan, sir'

Dec 07, 2016 - 7:09 PM

A number of former AFP chiefs are serving the Duterte administration

PASS AND REVIEW. For the last time, troops parade in front of retired General Ricardo Visaya. Rappler photo

AFP sends elite troops to retake Lanao town from Maute

Nov 28, 2016 - 11:43 AM

The mission is to flush out the group and neutralize the enemies and to bring back normalcy to the area says military spokesperson Major Filemon Tan

CANNONS. Philippine troops fire their 105mm howitzer cannons towards enemy positions from their base near Butig town in Lanao del Sur province on the southern island of Mindanao on November 27, 2016. Troops on November 27 fired artillery at positions held by an Islamic militant faction in the southern Philippines as more soldiers deployed against the group, which staged a deadly bombing in President Rodrigo Duterte's home city. RICHEL UMEL / AFP

Military hospital in Sulu gets Duterte's promised upgrade

Oct 31, 2016 - 1:11 PM

Sulu commanders thank the government and the San Miguel Foundation for the renovations

UPGRADE. Armed Forces chief General Ricardo Visaya and retired General Emmanuel Bautista inaugurate a newly renovated military hospital in Jolo, Sulu. Photo from PH military

US looks forward to implementation of EDCA

Jan 12, 2016 - 4:00 PM

EDCA allows the US military to increase its rotational presence in the Philippines and to build facilities inside Philippine military bases

EDCA SIGNING. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and US Ambassador to Manila Philip Goldberg after the signing of the agreement in April 2014. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH Navy to get new chief next week

Aug 07, 2015 - 2:35 PM

President Benigno Aquino III is choosing from 3 candidates to fill in the looming vacancy according to Rappler sources

OUTGOING. Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Jesus Millan (leftmost) retires next week. File photo from the Philippine Navy Photo from the Philippine Navy

3 killed in NPA attack in Compostela Valley

Dec 29, 2014 - 11:12 PM

The attack happens during the month long suspension of military operations in observance of the holidays

Ex-AFP chief eyed as chief negotiator with NDF

Dec 27, 2014 - 9:06 PM

Retired General Emmanuel Bautista is recommended by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process to lead government negotiations with the communist guerrillas

NEW CHALLENGE: The appointment of retired General Emmanuel Bautista as chief negotiator with CPP/NDF is waiting for President Aquino's signature. Malacañang file photo

Aquino to AFP: Don’t be used by 2016 candidates

Dec 18, 2014 - 5:26 PM

Mahiya naman kayo At matakot din President Benigno Aquino III warns those who want to revert the military back to its old ways

'MAHIYA NAMAN KAYO': President Benigno Aquino highlights obligation of the troops to fight corruption. Malacañang photo

Troops from Ebola-hit Liberia to stay on 'Island Paradise'

Nov 04, 2014 - 9:19 PM

The change of locations comes after the local government of Capas Tarlac protested the selection of their town as the place for the quarantine procedure

PEACEKEEPERS: File photo of Filipino peacekeepers returning from Liberia and Golan Heights. Rappler photo

AFP mulls complaint vs Laude lawyer

Oct 30, 2014 - 9:47 AM

His apologies are accepted but he should still be held accountable the AFP says

IS HE TO BLAME? Lawyer Harry Roque

The question AFP's Catapang won't answer

Aug 17, 2014 - 4:44 PM

A Chinese television journalist tries to ask AFP chief Gen Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr a question – but gets a laugh instead

AFP Chief, Gen Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr

Rappler Newscast | August 1, 2014

Aug 01, 2014 - 11:32 PM

A video of men in uniform killing a man triggers a probe The Supreme Court fires a judge linked to a fixer in the judiciary Osaka police admit to hiding 81 000 crime reports

Rappler Newscast | July 30, 2014

Jul 30, 2014 - 8:01 PM

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US to train PH troops on maritime surveillance

Apr 08, 2014 - 4:45 PM

At least 3 000 Philippine troops will train with 2 500 US soldiers on humanitarian assistance and disaster response maritime surveillance and civil military operations among others

ALLIES. US Ambassador Harry Thomas, Jr (3rd from left) and Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario (3rd from right) lead the opening of last year's Balikatan exercises

'Communist army irrelevant in 5 years'

Mar 29, 2014 - 10:49 AM

The NPA celebrates its 45th anniversary in the wake of top communist leaders arrest The military says the bandit group without any ideological mooring will be irrelevant in 5 years

ANNIVERSARY: The New People's Army turns 45 on March 29, 2014. Photo from the CPP web site