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DBM wants cops, soldiers to fund their own retirement

Sep 20, 2017 - 6:18 PM

Taxpayers, like you and me, are the ones paying every year for the retirement fund of the military and police, budget chief Benjamin Diokno says

Q&A. DBM Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno talks with media during "Breakfast with Ben" at the DBM Executive Lounge in Manila. Photo from the DBM

CA defers confirmation of DENR chief Roy Cimatu

Sep 20, 2017 - 2:32 PM

During the two-hour confirmation hearing, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu addresses issues on clean air, mining, and the 2018 budget

'LOVER OF ENVIRONMENT.' Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu answers questions from reporters on Wednesday, May 10. Screenshot from Rappler

Año, Lorenzana, Manafort | Midday wRap

Sep 19, 2017 - 12:19 PM

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About 50 Marawi hostages remain in 10-hectare battle area

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:30 AM

'Hindi na 'to magtatagal, madali na 'to,' Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año says

RUINS. Buildings are left hollowed and holed in Marawi. Rappler file photo

Marawi priest Chito Soganub jokes: 'I am physically strong and handsome'

Sep 18, 2017 - 3:40 PM

Despite being held captive for more than a hundred days in Marawi City, Fr Teresito 'Chito' Soganub is still able to crack a joke as he faces the media

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

The final push: Inside the Marawi battle area

Sep 17, 2017 - 10:55 PM

Rappler Carmela Fonbuena joins the first group of journalists allowed to enter the heart of the battle area. Watch her report.

WAR ZONE. Clashes with local terror groups linked with Islamic State nears 4 months. Screenshot of military handout video

Marawi priest Chito Soganub rescued from Maute

Sep 17, 2017 - 8:14 AM

(4th UPDATE) Marawi priest Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub is rescued along with another hostage near Bato Mosque, one of 3 enemy strongholds that fell into government control over the past days

Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub is flown to Manila two days after his rescue. Photo of Father Chito

Trillanes recruiting coup members? It's just 'fake news' – Lorenzana

Sep 14, 2017 - 1:41 PM

We have not received any such report Lumalabas lang sa social media so ang tingin ko lang fake news yan says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

Lorenzana favors full CHR budget, says it makes AFP, PNP 'careful'

Sep 14, 2017 - 11:49 AM

Oo naman [I support] For one it makes the government especially the military and police yung ingat sila sa ginagawa nila says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on the Commission on Human Rights

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Military files rebellion complaint vs suspected Abu Sayyaf member

Sep 12, 2017 - 1:28 PM

24 year old Millham Saham is also facing a complaint for illegal possession of explosives

The Department of Justice on Padre Faura, Manila

From Hello Garci to 'Big Brother': Who is Allen Capuyan?

Sep 11, 2017 - 8:22 PM

A 2005 Newsbreak report identifies retired Colonel Allen Capuyan as the number one suspect behind wiretapping operations conducted by an army unit during the Arroyo administration

Gen. Allen Capuyan, AGM for Security and Emergency Services of MIAA attends the September 7 Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the P6.4B shabu smuggling at the BOC. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Army captain among killed in Marawi clashes

Sep 11, 2017 - 7:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte pays his last respects to the fallen soldier on Monday September 11

LAST RESPECT. President Rodrigo Duterte pays his last respects to Captain Rommel Sandoval, an officer killed in Marawi. Malacañang photo --

2 soldiers killed in latest push in Marawi battle area

Sep 11, 2017 - 10:07 AM

UPDATED This brings the death toll in Marawi City to at least 147

URBAN WARFARE. File photo of Army Scout Rangers conducting clearing operation in Marawi City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Cuy on Duterte, Maute, Hurricane Irma | Evening wRap

Sep 08, 2017 - 7:57 PM

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Mariano after CA rejection: Interest of landlords, oligarchs prevailed

Sep 06, 2017 - 5:23 PM

Former agrarian reform secretary Rafael Mariano says he himself will announce who among the members of the Commission on Appointment voted for his confirmation

'TULOY ANG LABAN.' Former agrarian reform secretary Rafael Mariano raises a fist after his confirmation hearing at the Commission on Appointments on Wednesday, September 6. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte, Dela Rosa, Abu Sayyaf | Midday wRap

Sep 04, 2017 - 12:56 PM

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PH military believes Abdullah Maute is dead

Sep 04, 2017 - 11:28 AM

3rd UPDATE Abdullah Maute is already killed Chatter over Telegram indicates he is killed says Western Mindanao Command chief Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez

DEAD? Omar and Abdullah Maute, the known leaders of the so-called Maute Brothers, are believed to be dead

Abu Sayyaf operative arrested in Malaysia – military

Sep 03, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Hajar Abdul Mubin is allegedly the right hand man of Furuji Indama the notorious leader of the Abu Sayyaf faction in Basilan

Legarda declares support for peace talks with Reds

Sep 03, 2017 - 9:34 AM

The Hague Joint Declaration that guides the framework of the peace process marks its 25th year

PEACE TALKS. Peace with communist rebels was among the campaign promises of President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Edwin Espejo/OPAPP

U.S. turns over gas masks to Philippine Navy

Sep 02, 2017 - 1:56 PM

The US embassy says the transfer – made through the Mutual Logistics Support Agreement – is part of the ongoing transfers from the US military to multiple branches of the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Photo courtesy of the United States embassy in Manila

Taguba, Marawi clash, Pacquiao | Evening wRap

Sep 01, 2017 - 9:29 PM

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Duterte: Military can bomb Marawi mosques with terrorists, hostages

Aug 30, 2017 - 8:35 PM

After earlier asking the military to wait it out President Rodrigo Duterte now says they have the option to bomb the remaining hideouts of terrorists even if these also hold hostages

Photo by Alber Alcain/Presidential Photo

All-women military, police contingent deployed to assist in Marawi

Aug 29, 2017 - 4:03 PM

The 102 women in uniform – 62 from the army and 40 from the police – will provide psychosocial support to internally displaced persons across Lanao del Norte and and Lanao del Sur

WOMEN POWER.  Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez, chief of the AFP Western Mindanao Command, talks to the all-women team on their important mission upon their arrival at the Laguindingan Airport on Tuesday, August 29, 2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

PH removes pole marker planted on West PH Sea island

Aug 29, 2017 - 3:44 PM

It was not a Chinese flag says Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año

KOTA ISLAND. The Philippine military removes a pole marker planted on one of the country's islands in the disputed West Philippine Sea. Screenshot of Google Maps

Reshuffle in key PH military posts as Año's retirement looms

Aug 27, 2017 - 10:54 AM

AFP chief General Eduardo Año Air Force chief Lieutenant General Edgar Fallorina and Army acting chief Lieutenant General Glorioso Miranda are all retiring in two to 3 months

CHANGE OF COMMAND.

Duterte returns to Marawi as clashes enter 4th month

Aug 24, 2017 - 8:55 PM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte makes his 3rd visit to Marawi City after troops regained a key terrorist stronghold – one of the mosques inside the battle zone

Accompanying the President are National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff General Eduardo Año and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. Malacañan Photo

AFP chief Año to be senior aide in charge of DILG

Aug 21, 2017 - 11:14 PM

The AFP chief cannot yet take charge as DILG secretary because the law prohibits a retired military or police official from taking on the post at least a year after leaving his commissioned post

SENIOR AIDE. AFP chief General Eduardo Ano will be a senior aide in charge of the DILG. File photo

9 civilians killed in Abu Sayyaf rampage in Basilan

Aug 21, 2017 - 1:30 PM

The attack is believed to be a tactic to divert the attention of the military from its operations in nearby areas

ABU SAYYAF ATTACK. Bandits under Furuji Indama attack the village of Tubigan in Maluso, Basilan. All photos from Richard Falcatan/Rappler

House appropriations committee okays P103.6-B health budget for 2018

Aug 15, 2017 - 10:01 AM

The department is asking for a 9 increase from its 2017 budget Lawmakers however question why some hospitals got a budget cut

BUDGET DELIBS. DOH Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial during the budget hearing at the House of Representatives on August 14, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

South China Sea, Batangas earthquake, Honasan | Evening wRap

Aug 11, 2017 - 8:28 PM

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AFP: 'Remote' chance North Korea missile strike will affect PH

Aug 11, 2017 - 2:22 PM

AFP spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla says while debris could hit some northern coastal areas in the country in case of a North Korean missile strike on Guam that’s something that we see as remote

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, August 9, 2017

Aug 09, 2017 - 11:30 AM

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Troops push to rescue Marawi hostages in 'last lap' operations

Aug 09, 2017 - 8:22 AM

Father Chito and the rest are still being kept as hostages and utilized as human shields inside the main battle area Part of our priorities is the safe rescue of Father Chito says Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año

HOSTAGED. Catholic priest Father Teresito 'Chito' Suganob was taken on May 23, the day clashes erupted in Marawi City

U.S. to conduct air strikes in Marawi? No need, says Lorenzana

Aug 08, 2017 - 2:20 PM

The Mutual Defense Treaty between the Philippines and the US may not apply according to AFP chief General Eduardo Año

AIRSTRIKE. An Air Force MD-520MG Defender light attack helicopter fires rockets at militant positions in Marawi on May 30, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

There will be a valor awardee from Marawi – Duterte

Aug 07, 2017 - 8:00 AM

President Duterte promises to give the awardee one of his most special guns – a model used by the US Marines – that may be used even under water

VALOR. The Medal for Valor was last awarded in 2013, posthumously, to the late Private First Class Ian Pacquit. Rappler file photo

Duterte: AFP needs 20,000 more troops due to greater threats

Aug 06, 2017 - 6:53 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella says the President wants more troops deployed in Marawi and other areas in Mindanao

STRENGTHENING AFP. President Rodrigo Duterte talks to soldiers deployed in Marawi City on August 4. Photo by Alber Alcain/Presidential Photo

PH military recruits more lawyers

Aug 06, 2017 - 3:38 PM

The military commits to beef up the number of military lawyers who will take care of resolving all legal issues on real state personnel retirement appointment separation demotion promotion and procurement within the military

The newly-appointed Probationary Military Lawyers made a courtesy call to Rear Admiral Narciso Vingson Jr, Deputy Chief of Staff AFP and Col. Serme Legaspi Ayuyao, the Judge Advocate General, Thursday, 03 August 2017 at the GHQ Conference Room in Camp Aguinaldo.

PH military chief Año visits Marawi's main battle zone

Aug 02, 2017 - 6:25 PM

UPDATED General Eduardo Año visits troops stationed only 300 meters away from the most forward position of the military in the conflict hit area

MAIN BATTLE AREA. AFP chief General Eduardo Año visits the main battle area in Marawi City. All photos from JTF Marawi

Death toll among local terrorists in Marawi passes 500 – military

Aug 01, 2017 - 5:10 PM

The war continues to rage in the city s commercial district Banggolo and adjacent barangays Raya Madaya and Marinaut

MARAWI SIEGE. Marawi City attacked by suspected ISIS inspired militants belonging to the Maute group on May 23, 2017. Photo from @RickoDima

Marawi kids undergo psychosocial treatment

Aug 01, 2017 - 3:29 PM

At least 70 child refugees participate in a series of activities aimed at entertaining and empowering the kids staying in evacuation centers

EVACUATION CENTERS. Through the psychosocial program, the soldiers hope to help divert the children’s attention away from the trauma caused by the war.

Parojinog, model houses, Gordon | Evening wRap

Jul 31, 2017 - 8:28 PM

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Military says residents of towns around Marawi can go home

Jul 31, 2017 - 6:10 PM

But residents of Marawi City itself are not yet allowed to return to their homes due to the dangers posed by stray bullets and unexploded bombs

Internally displaced persons passed thru a checkpoint in Iligan City on May 24, 2017, following armed clashes between the Maute group and government forces in Marawi City.

Groundwork begins for Marawi relocation site

Jul 31, 2017 - 4:50 PM

The military says construction can go full throttle as soon as the model houses are approved

Malacañang: No need for Duterte approval to probe cops, soldiers

Jul 31, 2017 - 1:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte only wants to be informed if the Commission on Human Rights or Ombudsman will investigate cops or soldiers says a Palace official

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in a press conference following his second State of the Nation Address at the Batasang Pambansa on July 24, 2017, announces that the he will reallocate the budget for the peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines to the improvement of the military capabilities of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH Air Force gets weapons from U.S.

Jul 29, 2017 - 10:39 AM

The munitions and weapons will enhance the AFP’s counterterrorism capabilities and directly support AFP members actively engaged in counterterrorism operations in the southern Philippines including Marawi the US embassy says

US SUPPORT. Members the US and Philippine armies unload and inspect a delivery of  rockets from the US to the Armed Forces of the Philippines at Clark Air Base, Pampanga. Photo from the US Embassy

Gorio, Morales, Calida | Evening wRap

Jul 28, 2017 - 10:11 PM

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Marawi kids who idolize ISIS undergoing debriefing – AFP

Jul 28, 2017 - 4:01 PM

The military says it is working with NGOs to help children from Marawi better understand the conflict

Soldiers walk past Islamic State (IS) group graffiti in Marawi on on May 31, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Military won't bomb Lumad schools – AFP

Jul 28, 2017 - 2:02 PM

The AFP says President Rodrigo Duterte was just communicating a tough stance when he threatened to bomb indigenous peoples schools flouting government regulations

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by 1002nd Infantry Brigade Commander Col. Roberto Ancan as he is accorded with military honors upon his arrival at the 1002nd Infantry Brigade headquarters in Malungon, Sarangani Province on July 5, 2017. Malacañan Photo

AFP drops plan to sue Juana Change

Jul 28, 2017 - 12:56 PM

The AFP urges the comedian to join the ranks of its patriotic reservists or volunteer artists who entertain soldiers in hospitals or military camps to show her support for government troops

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla provides updates on the ongoing anti-terror operations in Marawi City during the Mindanao Hour at the Kalayaan Hall of Malacañan Palace on July 10, 2017. Padilla declared that the soldiers are in high morale due to the support of the public while he also announced that the planning for the recovery efforts for the residents of Marawi City are underway. Also in the photo is Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Ana Maria Banaag. EXEQUIEL SUPERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

AFP to sue Juana Change for disrespecting military uniform

Jul 27, 2017 - 8:18 PM

What the performance activist did impacts negatively on the image of the Philippine Army and the Armed Forces of the Philippines the AFP says

IN UNIFORM? Mae 'Juana Change' Paner may be in trouble for wearing a military uniform to a protest action. Image from Facebook.