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LOOK: Winwyn Marquez joins Basic Citizen's Military training

Feb 18, 2020 - 5:24 PM

'We don't need to justify what we want to do, we can just show them what we women CAN do,' says Winwyn of doing the training

3 soldiers dead in Army headquarters shooting in Sulu

Feb 01, 2020 - 4:29 PM

The Philippine Army says Corporal Jack Indap shot dead two officers, Major Rael Gabot and First Lieutenant Ryan Lamoste, following an argument. Indap is killed as well.

PH, U.S. armies look to 'future engagements' amid Duterte order to scrap VFA

Jan 31, 2020 - 10:53 AM

Joint activities between Philippine and US forces continue as the Duterte administration moves to terminate the PH-US Visiting Forces Agreement

JOINT EXERCISE. Philippine and US soldiers hold counter-terrorism drills in Palawan as part of their Balance Piston 20-1 joint training from January 26 to February 23, 2020. Photo from the Philippine Army

Army officer behind doctored 'communist rebels' photo relieved from post

Jan 10, 2020 - 3:40 PM

The Army concludes its investigation of a photo that was manipulated to show communist rebels surrendering weapons to the government

DOCTORED PHOTO. A Philippine Army officer has been relieved from duty for manipulating this official photo release of supposed communist rebels surrendering to the government. Photo from the Philippine Army

Lorenzana wants sanctions over doctored photo of surrendered rebels

Dec 28, 2019 - 8:55 PM

(UPDATED) The defense chief finds the act 'unacceptable' and orders the Philippine Army to investigate the touched up image supposedly showing communist guerrillas surrendering to the government

DEFENSE CHIEF. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (left) is shown here with President Rodrigo Duterte and military chief Lieutenant General Noel Clement. Photo by Simeon Celi Jr/Presidential Photo

Army HQ to probe doctored photo of communist surrenderers

Dec 28, 2019 - 6:08 PM

The Philippine Army says it will sanction 'whoever is accountable' for the photoshopped image of supposed communist guerrillas surrendering to the government

FAKED IMAGE. The Philippine Army's 9th Infantry Division admitted to doctoring this image to depict a row of supposedly surrendered guerrillas. Photo from the Philippine Army's 9th Infantry Division

Netizens call out Army for 'photoshopped' image of communist surrenderers

Dec 27, 2019 - 7:31 PM

The Philippine Army says the photos came from the 2nd Infantry Battalion. In a statement later sent to Rappler, the Army admits to manipulating the photos to 'ensure the safety' of the surrenderers.

FLOATING PEOPLE? This photo release from the Philippine Army, part of their press statement on communist rebels who surrendered in Masbate, appeared to be digitally altered. Photo from the Philippine Army

New Army chief Gapay officially takes command of ‘growing’ force

Dec 06, 2019 - 9:49 PM

Gapay’s marching orders from President Rodrigo Duterte is to end the communist insurgency and for that, the Army will be recruiting 20,000 new soldiers

NEW ARMY CHIEF. Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay formally takes over as commanding general of the Philippine Army on December 6, 2019. Photo from the Philippine Army

Southern Luzon commander is new Army chief

Dec 04, 2019 - 2:29 PM

(UPDATED) Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay will take the reins of the Philippine Army on December 6, upon the retirement of Lieutenant General Macairog Alberto

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PH Army gives up 2 meals to build homes for Mindanao quake victims

Nov 16, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Each soldier gives P100 – their allowance for two meals – to buy land and materials for 100 temporary houses

TEMPORARY HOME. Members of the Philippine Army give up two meal allowances to shore up funds to buy a lot and build 'Kobe-type' shelters for earthquake victims in Mindanao. Photo from the Philippine Army

6 soldiers killed, 20 wounded in Eastern Samar clash with communist rebels

Nov 12, 2019 - 2:23 PM

Improvised bomb blasts meet Philippine Army soldiers acting on a tip that NPA rebels were harassing communities in the outskirts of Borongan City

Army foils Abu Sayyaf bomb plot in Basilan

Oct 16, 2019 - 3:28 PM

Army troops recover 6 improvised explosive devices after a clash with more than a dozen Abu Sayyaf bandits

IEDS. While scouring the encounter site, troops found these improvised explosive devices. Photo from Westmincom

Former beauty queen Zahra Bianca Saldua joins Army reserve force

Aug 27, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Zahra, 2018's Miss Philippines Air, is now a 2nd Lieutenant in the reserve force

Gerald Anderson now a reservist for the Philippine Army

Aug 10, 2019 - 1:58 PM

The actor graduates from a 3-day military training course at Camp Tecson, Bulacan

21 NPA members surrender in Lanao del Sur after weeklong military operation

Aug 03, 2019 - 5:49 PM

The 103rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army foils an attempt by the rebels to establish an operation in Lanao del Sur

CEREMONY.  Brigadier General Romeo Brawner, commander of the 103rd Infantry Brigade, talks to residents of Lumba Bayabao town in Lanao del Sur on August 2, 2019. Photo from 103rd IB Civil Military Operations command

Elderly woman killed, 2 others wounded in North Cotabato air strike

Jul 25, 2019 - 2:46 PM

The military says the air and ground assault at dawn was in an area controlled by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters

Suspected Abu Sayyaf bomber arrested in Zamboanga Sibugay

Jul 24, 2019 - 5:00 PM

A joint team of the 44th IB of the Philippine Army and the PNP capture Isnaji Hasim

ARRESTED. Suspected Abu Sayyaf bomber Isnaji Hasim. Photo courtesy of WestMinCom

2 soldiers killed in North Cotabato clash with NPA

Jul 18, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Police say the soldiers were conducting a community support program in Arakan town when they were attacked by communist rebels

Duterte pays tribute to patriots during Independence Day rites in Lanao del Sur

Jun 12, 2019 - 8:50 PM

'Today, let us pay tribute to our patriots – both from the past and the present – by safeguarding the democratic institutions that were built from the rubble of the wars that gave rise to our heroes,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

SALUTE. President Rodrigo Duterte salutes the honor guards as he leads the wreath-laying ceremony at the bust of Dr. Jose Rizal as part of the 121st Philippine Independence Day celebration at the 6th Infantry Battalion Grounds in Malabang, Lanao del Sur on June 12, 2019. Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Robin Padilla wants to be a reservist in the Philippine Army

Jun 05, 2019 - 10:23 PM

He's apparently doing it because he wants to 'join' the Filipino youth

Matteo Guidicelli begins Scout Ranger training

Jun 01, 2019 - 8:29 PM

The actor joined the Philippine Army in April

SCOUT RANGER. Matteo Guidicelli shaves his head as part of his military training. Photo from Instagram.com/matteog

Soldiers seethe online after Erwin Tulfo threatens to slap ex-Army chief

May 31, 2019 - 4:27 PM

Thousands sign a Change.org petition demanding the broadcaster to apologize to DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista, whom Erwin Tulfo had lambasted in his radio show for declining a live interview

DSWD CHIEF. Fellow soldiers rally behind Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista, a retired military general, after he becomes the target of broacaster Erwin Tulfo. Photo from the Facebook page of DSWD Region XI

ISIS threat on Marawi now low, but military keeps eye on remnants

May 23, 2019 - 5:14 PM

Abu Dar, the last remaining leader of the Islamic State-linked group Maute Group, was killed in military operation in Lanao del Sur in March

SURRENDERED. In this file photo from May 11, 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte leads the inspection of the firearms surrendered by the ISIS-Maute Group at the Capitol Gymnasium in Sacayo, Marawi City. Malacañang photo

Matteo Guidicelli joins field demonstration at Philippine Military Academy

May 21, 2019 - 9:29 PM

Matteo is promoted to second lieutenant

PH Army joins 36th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

May 18, 2019 - 7:58 PM

The Philippine Army hosts this year’s commemoration in solidarity with the initiative to curb the HIV epidemic in the country

Members of the Philippine Army unveil the IACM red ribbon at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig on May 16,2019. Photo by San Juan City Social Hygiene Clinic

At least 6 soldiers killed, 6 wounded in clash with NPA in Samar

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:29 AM

(4th UPDATE) Troops from the 46th Infantry Battalion clash with communist rebels in Calbiga town in Samar

Matteo Guidicelli joins the Philippine Army's Reserve Command

Apr 15, 2019 - 8:39 PM

The actor is now part of the Philippine Army as an army reservist

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Jan 25, 2019 - 8:57 PM

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9 soldiers wounded as Army seizes NPA camp in Samar

Jan 19, 2019 - 11:49 PM

Brigadier General Ramil Bitong says the New People's Army rebels hastily escaped, leaving behind their valuables and subversive documents

OVERRUN. The 803rd Brigade of the Philippine Army overruns a camp of the New People's Army in Samar. Photo courtesy of 803rd Brigade, Philippine Army

Army launches New Year's Eve attack, captures NPA camp in Bukidnon

Dec 31, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Two rebels were also killed in the New Year's Eve attack by the Philippine Army

4 soldiers, two civilians wounded in NPA attack in Catarman

Dec 19, 2018 - 7:37 PM

Members of the 43rd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army are waylaid while bringing food to their fellow soldiers

WOUNDED. A civilian wounded in the attack in Catarman, Northern Samar. Photo courtesy of DPAO, 8ID PA

More soldiers key to stopping armed groups in Samar – military officer

Nov 25, 2018 - 7:55 PM

Major General Raul Farnacio says 'taking extreme measures' is necessary 'because circumstances demand it'

Congressman tells army to surface missing militant

Nov 05, 2018 - 9:29 PM

Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao says the Army has in its custody Imelda Hayahay, but the 71st Infantry Battalion denies the accusation

Army command turnover delayed as Duterte went to Comelec for Bong Go

Oct 15, 2018 - 5:44 PM

Army generals wait for more than an hour for the President's arrival during the turnover ceremony for the incoming Army commanding general

IN WAIT. Commanding officers of the Philippine Army wait in Fort Bonifacio for the arrival of President Rodrigo Duterte. Sourced photo

Military's intelligence chief is next army commander

Oct 11, 2018 - 6:03 PM

The current ISAFP chief who spent years fighting NPA rebels in the Davao region will soon take command of the Philippine Army

Masbate seaport grenade blast destroys 2 patrol boats

Sep 03, 2018 - 12:48 PM

The Masbate explosion damages patrol boats of the Philippine Army and the Philippine Coast Guard

DAMAGED. A patrol boat of the Philippine Coast is damaged by the grenade explosion in the Masbate seaport. Photo courtesy by PNP Bicol

Suspected shabu, P6.8M bribe money seized in Negros Occidental

Aug 08, 2018 - 5:46 PM

The buy-bust operation in San Carlos City is a joint operation of Philippine National Police, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and Philippine Army

4 soldiers killed, 2 injured in Cordillera encounter

Jul 16, 2018 - 6:25 PM

The encounter is said to be ongoing at the border of Mt. Province and Abra

ENCOUNTER. Photo by Jing Day-asen

Journalists conduct gift giving for kids in Samar village

Jun 10, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Army First Lieutenant Orlando Casipit Jr says 'education is the only way out of poverty' for children of Barangay Mabini in Basey, Samar

GIFT GIVING. Journalists and soldiers conduct a gift giving for marginalized schoolchildren in a Samar village. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Marawi's silent heroes: Scout Rangers remember their days on the battlefield

May 25, 2018 - 6:25 PM

New recruits to the First Scout Ranger Regiment of the Army write journals about their drastic transition from training to actual combat – against terrorists at that

 Photo by Alecs Ongcal/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

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?

IN PHOTOS: Philippine Army celebrates 121st anniversary

Mar 24, 2018 - 8:37 AM

Philippine Army chief Lieutenant General Rolando Joselito Bautista, the ground commander during the Marawi siege, celebrates the heroism of his men during the 5-month battle with terrorists

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte takes a tour inside the Philippine Army (PA) Museum where artifacts and photos taken from the Marawi City seige were on exhibit on the sidelines of his attendance to the 121st Founding Anniversary of PA at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City on March 20, 2018. Joining the President is PA Commander Lieutenant General Rolando Bautista. Malacañang Photo

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

PH Army recognized in London for strategy execution

Mar 17, 2018 - 11:18 AM

The award recognizes the Army Transformation Roadmap, a key strategy direction that has guided the Army in professionalizing the service

IN PHOTOS: Australia, PH armies grow closer after Marawi

Mar 06, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The two armies hold the 3rd iteration of the Philippines-Australia Army to Army Exercise at the 10th Infantry Division headquarters in Compostela Valley

Australian Army trains with Philippine troopers March 5 2018. Photos courtesy of the Philippine Army 10ID

PH Army needs 6,100 recruits to fill up 10 new battalions

Mar 05, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Army spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Louie Villanueva says at least 5% of these new recruits will be female and another 5% will be indigenous peoples

SELFIE. Thousands of soldiers are deployed to fight local armed groups in Marawi City.

Alleged Maute subleader, member arrested in Manila

Mar 04, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Suspected Maute Group subleader Nasser Lomondot and member Rizasalam Lomondot are charged with illegal possession of firearms and ammunition as well as explosives

IN PHOTOS: A soldier's marriage proposal in between battles in Sultan Kudarat

Feb 14, 2018 - 6:50 PM

Corporal Denemar Albani, 27, pops the question to his girlfriend, Private Christine Porcadilla, on the eve of Valentine's Day with the help of their fellow troopers from the 33rd Infantry (Makabayan) Battalion

YES! Army soldiers forge love in the middle of the battle zone. Photo from the military

NPA fighter-turned-militiaman beheaded in Surigao del Sur – military

Jan 31, 2018 - 2:27 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Mar Acevedo Bocales, as member of the New People's Army, surrendered to authorities in December 2016, then joined the Cafgu