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2 foreign fighters believed to be among 20 killed in Maguindanao clashes

Mar 13, 2019 - 12:34 PM

The military is retrieving body parts to identify all of the fatalities in clashes between troops and suspected members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters

WATCH: Politicians join PMA alumni homecoming ahead of 2019 polls

Feb 16, 2019 - 10:11 PM

From former police chief Ronald dela Rosa to Senator JV Estrada, original and adopted alumni are welcomed by the Philippine Military Academy in its 2019 alumni homecoming

'RULING CLASS.' The PMA Sinagtala Class of 1986 marching led by Senatorial candidate and former top cop Ronald dela Rosa and police chief Oscar Albayalde. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

Service sans the uniform: Former military, policemen seek gov't posts in 2019

Feb 16, 2019 - 7:24 PM

These former servicemen refuse to retreat from the field of public service and have chosen to go into the perilous jungle of politics

NEW SERVICE. Former policemen and soldiers try their luck at civilian public service, running for the 2019 elections.

DENR chief Cimatu fears Baguio 'may lose pine trees'

Feb 16, 2019 - 12:54 PM

'I will be making really a study for what is best for Baguio City as far as the environment is concerned,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

BAGUIO. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Chief Roy Cimatu says the pine trees in Baguio are dying. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Dela Rosa confident of PMA alumni support for Senate bid

Feb 16, 2019 - 11:29 AM

'Siguradong may boboto sa akin kaya hindi na ako mangangampanya dito,' says administration senatorial bet Ronald dela Rosa, who is attending the PMA homecoming as a member of Class 1986

NO CAMPAIGN.' Former top cop and now administration senatorial candidate Ronald dela Rosa speaks to the media on the sidelines of the Philippine Military Academy alumni homecoming in Baguio City on Februry 16, 2019. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PMA to 2019 candidates: Don't use our homecoming to campaign

Feb 16, 2019 - 8:29 AM

The Philippine Military Academy will ask politicians to get rid of their campaign materials found in Fort Gregorio del Pilar

NO CAMPAIGNING, PLEASE. The Philippine Military Academy appeals to politicians and alumni alike not to use its annual homecoming on February 16, 2019, to campaign for the May polls. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

NPA frees 6 militiamen in Agusan del Sur

Feb 15, 2019 - 3:56 PM

Those released are members of the Citizen Armed Auxiliary who were taken as captives after the rebel attacked a military detachment in December

1 soldier killed, 3 others wounded in Sulu clash vs Abu Sayyaf

Feb 14, 2019 - 6:21 PM

The offensive is part of the military's intensified operations against the Abu Sayyaf Group after the deadly Jolo Cathedral bombing

Duterte to certify military pension reform bill as urgent

Feb 07, 2019 - 2:49 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte backs the Department of National Defense's version of the bill, which includes raising the pensionable age to 60 from 56

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 34th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 6, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Bangsamoro plebiscite 'peaceful,' say military, police

Feb 06, 2019 - 7:07 PM

'Those who had to vote voted. The turnout is quite high. Intimidation [tactics] had minimal effect on the voters,' says military public affairs chief Colonel Noel Detoyato

Army soldiers on Lanao del Norte on February 6, 2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa

Duterte meets families of soldiers killed in Abu Sayyaf encounter, Jolo bombing

Feb 06, 2019 - 10:04 AM

The meeting in Davao City is one of the private activities President Rodrigo Duterte has busied himself with after a weekend of rumors of his death

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte commiserates with the relatives of one of the victims who died during the twin bombings at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo, Sulu as he visited Camp Teodulfo Bautista in Jolo on January 28, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

CAAP opens Heroes' Lounge in 24 airports for cops, soldiers

Jan 30, 2019 - 6:20 PM

The lounge has relaxing interiors, comfortable seats, TVs, and free Wi-Fi

COMFORT. The Laoag International Airport has a colorful interior with comfortable couches for uniformed personnel to use when flying. Photo from CAAP

Military to recommend ending martial law if enemy strength down to 30%

Jan 29, 2019 - 6:11 PM

But with baselines and deadlines unclear, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen says it could mean that martial law can last until the end of Duterte’s term

MARTIAL LAW. AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal tells the Supreme Court that they will be "glad to recommend the lifting of martial law" if enemies are "degraded" to only 30%. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Prove this is rebellion,' Caguioa says of military martial law report

Jan 29, 2019 - 4:41 PM

(UPDATED) Some incidents ‘seem to be for motives other than rebellion,’ says Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa, the member-in-charge

ORAL ARGUMENTS. Supreme Court Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa interpellates the military's deputy chief of staff for intelligence during oral arguments on the 3rd extension of martial law on January 29, 2019. Screenshot from SC PIO

PMA now closed to tourists on weekdays

Jan 25, 2019 - 9:01 PM

The military school holding educational tours inside the academy to herd the tourists instead of letting them loiter at the academy

Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

150 soldiers recruited for 'law enforcement, intel' at Customs

Jan 24, 2019 - 8:48 PM

This heeds President Duterte's call for the military to help run the graft-ridden bureau

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

Ex-general in military corruption scandal cleared in P428M tax case

Jan 16, 2019 - 8:14 PM

The Court of Tax Appeals acquits former military comptroller Jacinto Ligot of tax crimes, but says the deficiency assessment of the Bureau of Internal Revenue stands

ACQUITTED. Retired general Jacinto Ligot and wife Erlina are acquitted of 4 counts of tax violation. File photo from Newsbreak

[OPINION] Proposed review of PH-US Mutual Defense Treaty: Opening a Pandora's box

Dec 31, 2018 - 12:37 PM

A veritable Pandora’s box of nasty surprises would be opened once the Philippines pushes for renegotiations. Is that what the majority of Filipinos want?

The generals' coup in 2018: Duterte breaks up with Reds

Dec 26, 2018 - 11:45 AM

The military elbows the communists out of government, and turns the President who once called himself leftist into becoming the rebels' worst enemy

Police, military to jointly probe into gunrunners controversy

Dec 17, 2018 - 7:56 PM

The gunrunners are said to have gotten ammunition from the AFP's armory in Fort Magsaysay through a 'retired soldier'

Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Guns, bullets seized from rebel suppliers traced to military

Dec 17, 2018 - 4:10 PM

The PNP says the firearms and ammunition in the boxes are labeled 'AFP', 'GOVERNMENT PROPERTY,' and 'PHILIPPINE ARMY'

MILITARY EQUIPMENT. The confiscated bullets and guns are presented in Camp Crame on Monday, December 17. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

LIST: Duterte's top military, police appointees

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Here are the former military and police generals appointed by President Duterte to key posts in government

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath to newly-appointed Social Welfare and Development Secretary Rolando Bautista during a ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on October 17, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

In 2018, Duterte turns to military for (almost) everything

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:21 PM

With 2018 ending, Duterte's Cabinet is now one-third former military and police men. He has turned to ex-generals to 'fix' Boracay and soldiers to overhaul the Bureau of Customs.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte does a test fire on one of the sniper rifles donated by the Chinese government while the troops conduct a sniping capability demonstration during his visit at Fort Magsaysay in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija on November 22, 2017. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] Martial Law Part 4!

Dec 11, 2018 - 11:25 PM

It’s beginning to look a lot like this administration is incapable of solving a problem, not because the AFP lacks the ability or the will to, but because the political leaders lack the political will or incentive to solve it

Baguio police forms task force to solve imam’s killing

Dec 07, 2018 - 5:29 PM

The police say there might be at least 3 men directly involved in the killing of Bejedim Abdullah, a Muslim cleric at the Philippine Military Academy

SUSPECTS. Baguio City Police Director Eliseo Tanding on December 7, 2018, shows photos of the suspects in the killing of Philippine Military Academy imam Bejedim Abdullah. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

PMA imam gunned down in Baguio

Dec 06, 2018 - 2:29 PM

Bedejim Abdullah, an imam of Muslim cadets at the Philippine Military Academy, was instrumental in setting up the first mosque in Baguio City and helped coordinate peace events with other religious leaders

POPULAR IMAM. 'Doing my daily runs aboard Blacktrekker; my mechanical horse,' Bedejim Abdullah says in his caption to this photo he posted on his Facebook page on November 28, 2018. Photo from Bedejim Abdullah's Facebook page

Military's 2022 plan: New army division vs Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

Dec 05, 2018 - 6:46 PM

The 11th Infantry Division will focus on the island province of Sulu, which has been a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf and other terror groups

MORE TROOPS. Army troopers from the 30th Infantry Battalion in a file photo during a battalion formation at its headquarters in Placer, Surigao del Norte on August 2, 2016. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Congresswoman urges Comelec: Place La Union under military protection

Dec 05, 2018 - 1:16 PM

'To await the start of the election period might become too late for us,' La Union 2nd District Representative Sandra Eriguel says in her request to the Comelec

CRY FOR JUSTICE. The Balaoan Municipal Hall  displays posters seeking justice for slain officials. All photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

Robredo questions Duterte order vs 'lawless violence'

Nov 25, 2018 - 5:47 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says Malacañang should justify its use of the term 'lawless violence,' as many people worry about creeping martial law

QUESTIONS. Vice President Leni Robredo says government should also answer questions on why there has been more activity among communist insurgents in the last two years. Photo by OVP

Military, MILF prepare to secure Bangsamoro vote vs violence

Nov 24, 2018 - 10:24 AM

Military officials and Moro Islamic Liberation Front leaders discuss security preparations for the January 2019 plebiscite during the historic Camp Aguinaldo visit of MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim

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

Duterte orders more soldiers, cops in Bicol, Samar, Negros Island

Nov 23, 2018 - 9:47 AM

(UPDATED) This is to 'suppress lawless violence and acts of terror' in those areas, according to Memorandum Order 32 which also reinforces guidelines for the implementation of a state of national emergency

MORE TROOP DEPLOYMENT. President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered more government troops in parts of Luzon and the Visayas to quell 'lawless violence' and terrrorism. Photo from Richard Madleo/Presidential Photo

Enemy at sea, friend of the chief: Philippine military navigates ties with China

Nov 19, 2018 - 9:03 AM

Bullied and harassed by China in the West Philippine Sea, the Armed Forces of the Philippines is forced to strike 'cordial' ties with the staunch ally of its commander-in-chief

FRIENDS. Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad and Defense Armed Forces Attaché of China Colonel Sheng Dazhi stand in attention to welcome the return of a Philippine Navy team from China on November 8, 2018. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Duterte denies ordering military to take over BOC employees' posts

Nov 06, 2018 - 8:19 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he has issued no designation or appointment of an active-duty soldier to a post in the Bureau of Customs

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for a photo with newly-appointed Bureau of Customs Commissioner Rey Guerrero following the latter's oath-taking ceremony at the Presidential Guest House in Davao City on October 30, 2018. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: May military junta ba sa Pilipinas?

Nov 05, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Mahimbing pa rin ba ang tulog natin kapag nakopo na ng mga sundalo ang pagpapalakad ng gobyerno?

Gordon to Malacañang: Clarify role of military in Customs

Oct 30, 2018 - 11:57 AM

'Dapat ilinaw muna ng Malacañang kung anong gagawin ng military,' says Senator Richard Gordon even as he defended President Rodrigo Duterte's order for the military to take over a civilian agency

SENATE PROBE ON MISSING DRUGS. Senator Richard Gordon, chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, presides the hearing on the missing shabu shipment on October 30, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Soldiers in Customs? But Constitution bars civilian assignments for military

Oct 29, 2018 - 8:53 PM

Section 5(4), Article XVI specifically says no member of the armed forces shall, at any time, be appointed or designated in any capacity to a civilian position

MILITARY TAKEOVER? President Rodrigo wants a military takeover of the Bureau of Customs following scandals of billions worth of shabu getting past the bureau's watch for two consecutive years. Photo by Rappler

Lawmakers hit military 'takeover' of BOC: 'Martial law na ba?'

Oct 29, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'It's an extreme response, putting a purely civilian bureaucracy under military control. It's as if President Duterte has imposed nationwide martial law,' says Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin

LIKE MARTIAL LAW? President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes one of the awardees during his visit to Camp Juan Ponce Sumuroy in Catarman, Northern Samar on October 2, 2018. File pohoto by Robinson Niāal Jr/Presidential Photo

Military takeover of Customs only 'temporary' – AFP

Oct 29, 2018 - 2:24 PM

'These are extraordinary times that would require extraordinary measures,' says AFP spokesman Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo

'TEMPORARY'. The military will stay as long as the former army chief needs them, says military spokesman Edgard Arevalo. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

One week enough for military to learn how to run customs bureau – Panelo

Oct 29, 2018 - 2:20 PM

'If you're intelligent enough, you will learn fast,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo, downplaying concerns of what impact a military takeover at the Bureau of Customs will have on its operations

CARGOS. Bureau of Customs officials at work at the Port of Manila. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Guevarra: AFP 'takeover' of customs does not violate civilian rule

Oct 29, 2018 - 12:39 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the current Bureau of Customs head, former military chief Rey Guerrero, is 'now a civilian'

3 Marines, 1 Abu Sayyaf killed in Sulu clash

Oct 26, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Troops from the 61st, 62nd, and 64th Marine Companies clash with the Abu Sayyaf in Barangay Timpook, Patikul

Duterte to military, police: 'Don't indulge in partisan politics'

Oct 15, 2018 - 7:51 PM

'This election, strictly neutral tayong lahat...Wala tayong susuportahan,' President Rodrigo Duterte says during an Army turnover ceremony

NEUTRALITY ORDERED. President Rodrigo Duterte speaking at the Philippine Army Command Turnover Ceremony on October 15, 2018 in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. RTVM screenshot.

WATCH: What students, faculty, alumni think about AFP’s red-tagging of schools

Oct 12, 2018 - 4:04 PM

Teachers and students air their views on the military's move to tag their schools as places of communist recruitment for an ouster plot against President Duterte

SPEAK OUT. Students, faculty, and alumni share their thoughts on the military's red-tagging of schools.

Commission on Appointments approves promotion of 74 military officers

Oct 10, 2018 - 5:12 PM

Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesman Edgard Arevalo and 6th Infantry Division commander Cirilito Sobejano were among those confirmed

Newly promoted military officers pose with with Senate Pro Tempore Ralph Recto and Senate President Vicente Sotto III during the confirmation hearing on October 10, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte assures China: No PH military in US exercises during Xi visit

Oct 09, 2018 - 3:39 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte gives the assurance to Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua who expressed Beijing's concern about the reported US naval exercises in the South China Sea in November

PH-CHINA TIES. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Chinese Ambassador to the Philippins Zhao Jianhua who paid a courtesy call on him in Malacanang on October 8, 2018. Presidential Photo

[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'

Japan military officer killed during U.S.-Philippine drill

Oct 07, 2018 - 5:23 PM

Suguru Maehara, 38, was killed in a car crash while delivering food supplies to members participating in the drill

CAR CRASH CASUALTY. The exercises marked the first time Japanese armoured military vehicles were used on foreign soil since 1945. Graphic by Ken Bautista/Rappler