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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

Palparan's continued military detention smacks of 'VIP treatment'

Oct 02, 2018 - 3:21 PM

Opposition lawmakers say the convicted retired general should be immediately sent to the New Bilibid Prison

CONVICTED. Former Army Major General Jovito Palparan with military escorts at the Bulacan Regional Trial Court during the promulgation of his case on kidnapping for serious illegal detention on September 17, 2018. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

[OPINION] Justified martial law? PH military should take its history seriously

Sep 29, 2018 - 7:30 PM

For the AFP to sweep under the rug all of that discomfort over Martial Law would definitely cause a repetition of abuses, suffering, and deaths to civilians and soldiers alike

Duterte to law enforcers: Do not nurture loyalty to me

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:37 PM

'Your loyalty should begin and end with the Republic of the Philippines,' says President Rodrigo Duterte as he accuses soldiers of plotting against him

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the ceremonial turnover of caliber .45 pistols to the personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) during his visit to Camp Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital in Jolo, Sulu on September 24, 2018. Malacañang photo

Duterte says soldiers 'in cahoots' with opposition to oust him

Sep 25, 2018 - 3:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte comments on the supposed 'Red October' ouster plot against him, saying 'nothing will succeed' without the military's help

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the ceremonial turnover of caliber .45 pistols to the personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) during his visit to Camp Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital in Jolo, Sulu on September 24, 2018. Malacañang photo

Linking opposition to Red October plot ‘politicizes the AFP’ – Robredo

Sep 25, 2018 - 9:16 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo reminds the Armed Forces of the Philippines that branding critics as criminals was the 'same draconian tactic' imposed during Martial Law

NO OUSTER PLOT. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers her speech during the Mass for Peace held at DLSU during the Martial Law anniversary on September 21, 2018. Photo by OVP

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

Palparan: ‘We’ve got to hate the movement’

Sep 17, 2018 - 8:00 PM

In a 2006 interview with Newsbreak, then Army major general Jovito Palparan talks about the war with communists

Militants hold a protest during the promulgation of former Army General Jovito Palparan at the Bulacan RTC on September 17, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Military vows continued legal support for Palparan

Sep 17, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Army chief Lieutenant General Rolando Bautista says they will 'extend the necessary support' to the retired general and his 2 co-accused

Militants hold a protest during the promulgation of former Army General Jovito Palparan at the Bulacan RTC on September 17, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PMA alumni from Mindanao put out newspaper ad vs Trillanes

Sep 14, 2018 - 5:12 PM

The paid ad in the Inquirer calls on Philippine Military Academy graduates to ostracize Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and oust him from the alum group

LETTER. A Mindanao-based group of Philippine Military Alumni put out a paid advertisement on Friday calling for the ouster of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV from the PMA Alumni Association.

Sereno hits Duterte: AFP benefits come from taxpayers, not you

Sep 12, 2018 - 9:41 PM

'No, Mr. President, those allowances and salary increases come not from you. They come from hard-earned taxpayers' money,' says the former chief justice

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sereno tells Duterte: 'Ipinahamak mo ang AFP'

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:14 PM

(UPDATED) 'Ang implikasyon po nito ay napakalalim at nakakabahala,' ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says of the repercussions of President Duterte's order to void the amnesty of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

MEDIA INTERVIEW. Ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno addresses questions from reporters in an interview in the Senate on September 12, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte outburst at military was sign of 'confidence' – Roque

Sep 12, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says President Rodrigo Duterte's 'seeming incitement is also an expression of confidence' that no one would follow Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's example

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the members of his cabinet following the dialogue with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo at the Malacañan Palace on September 11, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

AFP on standby for Typhoon Mangkhut response

Sep 11, 2018 - 7:25 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines says soldiers are ready to assist in disaster response efforts and relief operations

Duterte dares AFP: You want another president? Fine

Sep 11, 2018 - 7:05 PM

(UPDATED) President Duterte shows a rare outburst at the military

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to the surviving platoon mates of the late Captain Clinton Capio during his wake visit at the mortuary of the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio on January 16, 2017. Capio, a Philippine Military Academy Class 2006, was killed in a clash with the Abu Sayaff members last Thursday. ALBERT ALCAIN/Presidential Photos

Stay calm, military tells public

Sep 11, 2018 - 3:34 PM

There has been no unusual movement of military vehicles in the capital, says the armed forces spokesman

Col. Edgar Arevalo, AFP Spokeperson during press conference at Camp Aguinaldo on Tuesday, Sept 4, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Don't mess with the military

Sep 08, 2018 - 7:36 PM

To drag your armed forces into this political game is to spook it. And the consequences of that will come in painful increments.

Military defers action on Trillanes, waits for SC

Sep 07, 2018 - 2:10 PM

'The DND respects the judicial process and will defer to the decision of the court on the matter,' says the Department of National Defense

NOW UP TO SC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV at the Senate building in Pasay City. Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Trillanes: Supreme Court TRO will give military a 'way out'

Sep 07, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Trillanes says it is the only way that the military can get out of the order to arrest him without necessarily defying their commander-in-chief

Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

[OPINION] The sound of the military's silence

Sep 02, 2018 - 9:51 PM

It’s the stacking of retired military officers to top government posts that makes me pause and think

Military should address 'evolving' security threats – Ex-defense chief

Aug 07, 2018 - 2:57 PM

Former defense secretary Orlando Mercado says there should be 'a lot more effort' to establish good intelligence gathering and sharing among security forces in the Philippines

PH shooting eyes UP, Ateneo as breeding grounds

Aug 02, 2018 - 8:27 PM

The Philippine National Shooting Association leaders aim to discover new talents for the national pool

NEW LEADERS. The Philippine National Shooting Association (PNSA) officials take their oath of service in the Philippine Olympic Committee. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler