Rappler's latest stories on Scout Rangers
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
10 Abu Sayyaf bandits are believed to have been killed as the military steps up its offensive after the group kidnapped two female cops
The 5th Scout Ranger Battalion troops are awarded Gold Cross Medals during their send-off
The Philippine Medal of Valor is the country’s highest military honor for acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty
Marawi hero Army Captain Rommel Sandoval is the latest recipient of Medal of Valor. He is only the 41st to receive the award since 1935.
'Through sports diplomacy, we engage with non-state actors like the MILF, MNLF, secessionist groups, and their supporters. We need to give peace a chance. I don't have to kill more people to win against insurgents,' says Lieutenant Colonel Harold Cabunoc
This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world
'Captain Sandoval left behind a wife who was anxiously waiting for a long overdue vacation abroad with her husband. She will instead stand vigil at the cemetery.'
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
President Rodrigo Duterte makes his 7th visit to Marawi City to declare the liberation of the city from terrorists. Here are photos from Rappler correspondent Bobby Lagsa.
Company Commander Rommel Sandoval could not bear seeing any of his men wounded. For this, he paid the ultimate sacrifice.
President Rodrigo Duterte pays his last respects to the fallen soldier on Monday September 11
Different units of the military and the police are conducting this kind of operation throughout the Lanao del Sur capital to rescue about 2 000 trapped residents
The Philippine military rejects Edgar Matobato s claim that he was a militiaman who underwent Scout Ranger training
A cop is also wounded in a separate ambush by the NPA in Surigao del Sur
20 other troops are wounded in gun battles in central Mindanao
Radullan Sahiron is the Abu Sayyaf s most senior leader He is in the FBI s Most Wanted Terrorists list for kidnapping an American
A separate encounter also kills one soldier and 2 members of the Abu Sayyaf
5 of 27 other soldiers wounded in the explosion are in critical condition
Local troops are pursuing a terrorist who s also being hunted by the US