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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

Trillanes: Duterte wooing AFP to use as 'tool for oppression'

Sep 08, 2018 - 4:30 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV denies the claims of President Rodrigo Duterte that he is corrupt and that he has done nothing for the military

Press con with Sen. Trillanes on Friday morning, September 7. He then proceeded to a room to meet his supporters.   Photo by Angie de Silva

Corruption in AFP modernization? 'Davao Group' involved, says Trillanes

Sep 08, 2018 - 8:29 AM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV claims that a 'notorious and well-known' retired general acts as the 'conduit' to President Duterte

DUTERTE CRITIC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV faces the media on September 7, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Little-known fact: AFP chief Galvez got amnesty for 1989 failed coup

Sep 07, 2018 - 7:51 AM

The young Lieutenant Carlito Galvez Jr spent years in detention for joining the bloody 1989 coup attempt. He was granted amnesty by former President Fidel Ramos in 1996.

PEACE. AFP Chief Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez Jr. Photo by PCOO

Trillanes, angkas is back, Mocha Uson | Evening wRap

Sep 06, 2018 - 9:04 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Acor Arceo

Europe's news agencies blast Google, Facebook for 'plundering' content

Sep 04, 2018 - 4:34 PM

Critics, however, say that the new proposed copyright law in Europe may restrict the usage of memes and remixes by everyday internet users who often use content without securing the rights


PH military asks communities to step up amid spate of bombings

Sep 03, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Security agencies fail to prevent another bombing in Sultan Kudarat in southern Philippines, raising questions about the effectiveness of martial law

KEEPING TRACK. Background images from AFP and Bobby Lagsa/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

AFP creates 3 court martial tribunals

Aug 17, 2018 - 3:48 PM

AFP chief General Carlito Galvez Jr issues a stern warning against corruption as he reveals that another officer faces jail

MILITARY CHIEF. General Carlito Galvez Jr vows to clean up the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Photo from Armed Forces of the Philippines Facebook page

Augustus de Villa now heads AFP Health Service Command

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:23 PM

He replaces Leo Torrelavega, who has been relieved of his position to make way for a probe into up to P200 million in anomalous hospital contracts

AUGUSTUS DE VILLA. Image from https://military-medicine.com/almanac/101-philippines-the-republic-of.html

Cost of federalism, Sara Duterte, Trump on Harley-Davidson | Evening wRap

Aug 13, 2018 - 10:55 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Acor Arceo

AFP probes up to P200M worth of hospital contracts

Aug 13, 2018 - 6:50 PM

‘We will fix this in one month,’ says AFP chief General Carlito Galvez Jr. The dismissed AFP Medical Center commander was his classmate at the military academy.

'EXTENSIVE REPORT.' AFP Chief General Carlito Galvez Jr on August 13, 2018, presents the report prepared by the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on the AFP Medical Center. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Duterte fires top AFP Medical Center officials

Aug 13, 2018 - 11:40 AM

(4th UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte 'is ballistic' about alleged anomalies at the hospital formerly known as the V. Luna Medical Center

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte salutes the flag as he sings the Philippine National Anthem during the 117th Police Service Anniversary at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Headquarters in Camp Brigadier General Rafael T. Crame, Quezon City on August 8, 2018. Malacañang photo

AFP to return P192.5-M Maguindanao road project fund

Jul 14, 2018 - 1:11 PM

Some P192.5 million allotted for road projects in Maguindanao under the Pamana program is not utilized by the Armed Forces of the Philippines

PAMANA. Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza (left) and OPAPP Assistant Secretary Yeshter Donn Baccay meet with AFP officials led by 52nd Engineering Brigade commander Brigadier General Dionisio Baudin Jr. (right) on July 10, 2018 to discuss issues on the implementation of PAMANA projects. Photo from OPAPP

AFP chief welcomes BBL passage as 'antidote to terrorism'

May 31, 2018 - 7:55 PM

The new Bangsamoro region will make way for 'more cooperative management' between the military and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, says Armed Forces chief General Carlito Galvez Jr

AFP CHIEF. General Carlito Galvez Jr is a known advocate of the peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Duterte on Montano, Roxas on Senate run, AFP on Chinese bombers | Midday wRap

May 22, 2018 - 12:31 PM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Bea Cupin

AFP chief: BBL passage directly linked to peace

May 15, 2018 - 4:10 PM

'The passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law has a direct correlation to peace. It has a positive and direct correlation,' says Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Carlito Galvez Jr

BBL WILL BRING PEACE. Muslim women advocate the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). File photo by George P. Moya/Rappler

AFP chief careful, quiet on West PH Sea

May 15, 2018 - 1:28 PM

'I'm sorry, I can't make statements,' Philippine military chief General Carlito Galvez Jr tells reporters, but gives assurances 'the AFP is doing its best' to protect Philippine territory

AFP CHIEF. General Carlito Galvez Jr says only the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Secretary of National Defense may issue statements on the West Philippine Sea

No 'failure of election' so far in barangay, SK polls

May 14, 2018 - 11:27 PM

The Comelec says the only possible exception is a town in Northern Samar, where the poll body is verifying the status of the barangay and SK elections

BARANGAY, SK POLLS. Canvassing of votes is held at Rosauro Almario Elementary School on May 14, 2018, for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH military declares support for Duterte in wake of Sereno ouster

May 11, 2018 - 1:17 PM

The statement comes in the wake of a controversial Supreme Court vote to remove Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, an appointee of former President Benigno Aquino III whom Duterte called his 'enemy'

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. President Duterte has made it a practice to visit military camps around the country. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Robredo gets national security briefing from military

May 08, 2018 - 4:58 PM

A military spokesman confirms the command conference in Camp Aguinaldo but refuses to give details, saying it is a 'regular' activity with Vice President Leni Robredo

SECURITY BRIEFING. Vice President Leni Robredo receives a national security briefing from Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and AFP chief of staff Rey Leonardo Guerrero. Photo by the OVP

WATCH: #Balikatan2018 speeches celebrate PH-US ties

May 07, 2018 - 8:27 PM

The Balikatan 2018 exercises involves up to 8,000 forces from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, US Pacific Command, Australian Defense Force, and the Japan Self-Defense Forces

BALIKATAN 2018. Philippine and US militaries formally open the second Balikatan exercises under President Rodrigo Duterte

De Lima: Chinese missiles in Spratlys 'wake-up call' for PH

May 05, 2018 - 5:04 PM

'Not since the Japanese invasion of World War II has the Philippines been exposed to such a real and physical threat to its territorial integrity and national sovereignty,' says Senator Leila de Lima

STRUCTURES. This 2016 file photo shows a portion of the Mischief Reef in the South China Sea where there are Chinese facilities.

Outrage after bloody day for Afghan journalists

May 01, 2018 - 5:22 PM

A double suicide blast in Kabul left 25 people dead including AFP photographer Shah Marai and 8 other journalists, while a BBC reporter was killed in a separate attack

BURIAL. Prayers are said before the burial of Agence France Presse (AFP) Afghanistan Chief Photographer Shah Marai Faizi in Gul Dara, Kabul on April 30, 2018, after his death in the second of two bombings that occurred in the Afghan capital. Photo by Andrew Quilty /pool/AFP

Scarborough, Benham Rise general leads US-PH Balikatan 2018

Apr 30, 2018 - 9:23 AM

It's the second Balikatan under President Rodrigo Duterte, who at the start of his term threatened to end the military exercises. Ties between the Philippines and US have since improved.

'My son is not an NPA,' says mother of teenager killed in Davao clash

Apr 25, 2018 - 5:49 PM

Eastmincom admits it erred in the spelling of the name of the boy, but insists he was indeed an NPA child soldier

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Soldiers to get free MRT rides starting April 25

Apr 23, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Active military personnel should present their IDs to get free rides, under a one-year deal between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Department of Transportation

NPA child soldier among killed in Davao military encounter

Apr 23, 2018 - 4:57 PM

(UPDATED) The military says the 15-year-old young guerrilla fighter was wearing the black NPA uniform and holding a rifle when killed in the Davao del Sur clash

ENCOUNTER. The military yielded several NPA paraphernalia and weapons after an encounter on April 21, 2018 in Davao del Sur. Photo courtesy of the Eastern Mindanao Command. Photo by Mick Basa/ Rappler

U.S. forces arrive in PH for Balikatan military exercises

Apr 19, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The annual activity, to be held for the 34th time, is meant to enhance cooperation between the US and Philippine militaries

DISASTER RESPONSE. This file photo from the 2017 Balikatan exercises shows new focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster response. File photo

Guerrero leaves AFP leadership 4 reminders before bowing out

Apr 19, 2018 - 11:35 AM

'Being in the military service is not about you. It is about the institution. It is about the country. It is about the people we serve and secure,' newly retired AFP chief General Rey Leonardo Guerrero reminds the officers of the Philippine military

PARTING WORDS. Former military chief General Rey Leonardo Guerrero has some advice to the military leadership as he retires from the service. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

FULL TEXT: AFP chief Carlito Galvez Jr's speech at turnover rites

Apr 19, 2018 - 8:51 AM

'While we give primacy to peace, we will never hesitate to use our might when innocent civilians are threatened and attacked,' says Armed Forces chief of staff General Carlito Galvez Jr

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte hands over the command saber from outgoing Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Rey Guerrero to newly-installed AFP Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez Jr. during the AFP Change of Command Ceremony at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on April 18, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

New AFP chief Carlito Galvez: 'We must now walk the path of peace'

Apr 18, 2018 - 6:04 PM

'I take this opportunity to support the peace process with the MILF and the MNLF. We look forward to the final political resolution of conflict in Mindanao,' Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez Jr says in his assumption speech

PEACE. New AFP chief Lieutenant General Carlito Jr. talks of peace during his inaugural speech. File photo PCOO

Construction for PH-US EDCA military deal begins

Apr 17, 2018 - 7:30 AM

(UPDATED) A groundbreaking ceremony is held at the Basa Air Base on Tuesday, April 17, attended by Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and US Ambassador Sung Kim.

GROUNDBRREAKING: A multi-purpose warehouse will be built inside Basa Air Base in Pampanga, the first major project under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Retired general convicted again, gets 216 years for tax fraud

Apr 16, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Jose Ramiscal Jr is found to have falsified documents for the sale of General Santos City properties in order to pay lower taxes

Sandiganbayan Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

4 Chinese, 4 Filipinos arrested in Batangas drug raids

Apr 12, 2018 - 1:07 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says that based on Chinese intelligence reports, the shabu laboratory discovered in a farm in Ibaan town 'was organized by a Hong Kong-based kingpin'

SHABU LAB. The PDEA dismantles a shabu lab in Batangas. PDEA photo

De Lima lauds Duterte's new appointees: 'Men of honor, competence, integrity'

Apr 07, 2018 - 4:03 PM

Senator Leila de Lima hopes Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra 'can bring back true dispensation of justice at the DOJ, bereft of any partisan and persecutorial agenda'

Detained Senator Leila de Lima attend hearing on a case filed against her "Disobedience to Summons" at the Quezon City, Metropolitan Trial Court on Friday. Photo by Darren Langit/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

Guevarra is new DOJ Secretary, Galvez is next AFP Chief, Trump on Daniels | Midday wRap

Apr 06, 2018 - 12:42 PM

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Carlito Galvez Jr is next AFP chief

Apr 05, 2018 - 6:28 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has picked Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez Jr, who was among the generals on the ground during the Marawi siege, to lead the military

Lorenzana sets conditions for joint ceasefire with communist rebels

Apr 04, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the communist rebels should show sincerity first before peace talks can resume

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the 16th founding anniversary of the Supreme Tribal Council for Peace and Development, Inc. (STCPD) at the 3rd Infantry Battalion Headquarters in Calinan, Davao City on March 23, 2018. Also in the photo are Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) Commander Lieutenant General Benjamin Madrigal Jr., Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Guiling Mamondiong and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Malacañang Photo

PH military will have new chief on April 18

Apr 04, 2018 - 5:34 PM

Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Rey Leonardo Guerrero will retire on April 18

RETIRING. General Rey Leonardo Guerrero is bowing out of service on April 18, 2018

Tattoos make cops, soldiers look like gangsters, criminals – DND, PNP chiefs

Apr 02, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and top cop Ronald dela Rosa reject a congressman's proposal to scrap the no-tattoo policy of the DND and the PNP

NO INK ALLOWED. Police stand in formation during an inspection and accounting of personnel by the regional police chief at the police district of Manila. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

AFP, PNP urged to scrap height requirement, no-tattoo rule

Apr 01, 2018 - 3:50 PM

A lawmaker says height and having no tattoos are 'not a good measure of one's capabilities or heart on the battlefield'

TIME TO CHANGE RULES? President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for a photo with the AFP and PNP personnel during a visit to troops at the Edwin Andrews Air Base in Sta. Maria, Zamboanga City on March 10, 2018. File photo by Robinson Niñal/Presidential Photo

Compromise for canceled Canada helicopters?

Mar 26, 2018 - 9:20 AM

A US company can supply the same Bell-412 helicopters and deliver them within the year

VIP TRANSPORT. File photo of 3 brand new Bell choppers used to transport VIP guests during the 2015 APEC Summit. Malacañang file photo

'No specific threat' during Holy Week but security measures in place

Mar 24, 2018 - 3:37 PM

Malacañang says there are additional deployments in places of convergence such as transport terminals, churches, malls, and other public recreation areas

PASSENGERS. Metro Manila residents flocked Araneta Center Bus Terminal in Quezon City, patiently waiting for a bus ride to the provinces. File Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 7, 2018

Mar 07, 2018 - 12:22 PM

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

From left to right: LTC. Rodolfo Farinas, JAGS (Res), LTC Emmanuel Paquiao, PA (Res), LTC Lorna Regina Legarda, PAF (Res) and LTC. Pantaleon Alvarez, PN-M (Res), during the deliberation on the ad interim appointments and nominations of Senior Officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines at the Senate on March 7, 2018. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Maute-ISIS remnants scatter into 10 subgroups – PH military

Mar 05, 2018 - 6:18 PM

The Maute-ISIS group, as it is locally known, has more than 300 fighters remaining. They are supposedly lying low but continue to retrain and recruit new members.

MARAWI REHABILITATION. The government recognizes that the rehabilitation of Marawi City after the destructive war is an important step in making sure radical groups do not get support from the people. Malacañang photo