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‘Duterte is No. 1 terrorist in the Philippines’ – Joma Sison

Nov 23, 2017 - 11:45 PM

The chief political consultant of the National Democratic Front reacts to President Rodrigo's statement that he will declare communist 'legal fronts' as terrorists

AFP on NPA, Orbos on jeepney modernization, Locsin on Rohingya | Midday wRap

Nov 20, 2017 - 12:15 PM

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Military agrees NPA should get 'terrorist' tag

Nov 20, 2017 - 12:05 AM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines echoes President Rodrigo Duterte's view, citing the 'terrorist acts' of the New People's Army 'against defenseless and innocent civilians'

COMMUNIST REBELS. The New People's Army marks the 48th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26, 2016. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: PH, Australian troops train in urban warfare

Nov 19, 2017 - 2:08 PM

Fighting terrorism is the main concern among leaders who attended the ASEAN Summit and Related Summits held in Manila

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

De Lima warns of 'military takeover' if Duterte declares revolutionary gov't

Nov 19, 2017 - 10:32 AM

'Those asking for a so-called RevGov or revolutionary government under Duterte should be careful what they wish for,' says Senator Leila de Lima

Alvarez on Uson and Roque, Abu Sayyaf members arrested, Andanar on keyboard army | Evening wRap

Nov 17, 2017 - 9:04 PM

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PH military on Amnesty Int'l report: Abusive soldiers will be disciplined

Nov 17, 2017 - 1:09 PM

The military remains committed to upholding international humanitarian law and protection of human rights, says AFP spokesman Major General Restituto Padilla

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Gov't spent over P6 billion for Marawi crisis – DND

Nov 17, 2017 - 10:08 AM

During budget plenary deliberations in the Senate, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto says the Marawi crisis is a 'wake-up call' for government to improve the capabilities of the military

COST OF MARAWI. The Department of National Defense says the almost 5-month Marawi crisis has cost the government around P6.03 billion. File photo by Bobbby Lagsa/Rappler

Freedom House report, Maguindanao airstrike, Trump on U.S.-PH ties | Evening wRap

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:51 PM

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PH military conducts air strikes vs MILF breakaway group

Nov 15, 2017 - 2:43 PM

Ground troops are conducting clearing operations after targeting a Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters encampment in Maguindanao

Suspected NPA rebels kill CAFGU member, abduct 2 cops

Nov 14, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Two separate attacks by alleged members of the New People's Army are reported in Negros Oriental and Surigao del Sur

COMMUNIST INSURGENCY. File photo from the CPP's 48th anniversary celebration in December 2016. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Did terrorists escape? Firearms cache found in Lake Lanao

Nov 14, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Up to 30 firearms are recovered from Lake Lanao, and Task Group Ranao deputy commander Colonel Romeo Brawner says there could be more

I LOVE MARAWI. The final battle happened near Lake Lanao. Sourced photo

Duterte and Trump, PH-Australia wargame, Trudeau charms Filipina entrepreneurs | Midday wRap

Nov 14, 2017 - 1:37 PM

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Trump congratulates PH military for Marawi liberation

Nov 14, 2017 - 12:23 PM

In his bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte, US President Donald Trump also vowed assistance in rehabilitating Marawi and in fighting remaining terrorists in the country

FACE TO FACE. US President Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during a bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. Malacanang photo

PH, Australia commit to strengthen cooperation vs terrorism

Nov 13, 2017 - 8:42 PM

AFP chief of staff General Rey Guerrero presents the capabilities and concerns of the Philippine military in fighting terrorism, particularly the threat from ISIS

COOPERATION. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull commits to strengthen ties with the Philippine military. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

AFP names new Eastmincom, Wescom commanders

Nov 12, 2017 - 10:10 PM

Lieutenant General Benjamin Madrigal will be leading the Eastern Mindanao Command, while Lieutenant General Rozzano Briguez heads the Western Command

CHANGE OF COMMAND. President Rodrigo Duterte (center), retired General Eduardo Año (left), and new AFP chief Lieutenant General Rey Guerrero (right) salute to the troops during the AFP change of command ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo on October 26, 2017. Malacañang photo

World leaders meet in PH amid post-Marawi security concerns

Nov 12, 2017 - 9:45 PM

The Philippine military is confident of its preparations for the ASEAN Summit. Intelligence agencies of allied countries are also on top of the situation.

500 communists surrender since end of peace talks – AFP

Nov 11, 2017 - 4:41 PM

'The continuous surrender of NPA members is indicative of the organization's dwindling strength,' AFP spokesman Colonel Edgar Arevalo says

NPA GUERILLA. NPA guerillas inside their camp in Km. 15 barangay San isidro, Marihatag, Surigao del Sur. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Aquino posts bail, Duterte meets Putin, Trump on South China Sea | Evening wRap

Nov 10, 2017 - 8:27 PM

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Duterte says military should 'follow' VP Robredo

Nov 10, 2017 - 3:12 PM

In a playful tone, President Duterte responds to the DND's and military's assurance to Vice President Robredo that they won't back a revolutionary government

6 soldiers killed in clash with Abu Sayyaf in Basilan

Nov 09, 2017 - 1:42 PM

The fighting lasted for about 4 hours, leading to an undetermined number of casualties among the Abu Sayyaf, says Colonel Juvymax Uy

AFP, DND assure Robredo: No support for revolutionary government

Nov 08, 2017 - 8:52 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo is also briefed by the AFP and the DND on the ongoing rehabilitation efforts in Marawi City

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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 8, 2017

Nov 08, 2017 - 12:46 PM

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APPEAL DENIED. The Ombudsman denies the appeal of former president Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III in connection to graft charges over the Mamasapano operations. Malacanang file photo

Marawi shows PH 'woefully inadequate' vs terrorism – Lorenzana

Nov 08, 2017 - 12:34 PM

Terrorism is among the top security concerns that ASEAN leaders are expected to discuss in regional meetings in Vietnam and the Philippines this week

URBAN WARFARE. Filipino troops are accustomed to jungle warfare. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

PH aborts construction on Pag-asa sandbar after China protest

Nov 08, 2017 - 11:14 AM

(UPDATED) 'We tried to put some structures in one of the sandbars near our island and the Chinese reacted....The President said, "Let's pull out,"' Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana reveals at the ASEAN Leadership Forum

SOUTH CHINA SEA. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana addresses the ASEAN leadership forum on November 8, 2017, where he discussed the South China Sea dispute, among others topics. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Silence as PH marines pay tribute to fallen men on 67th year

Nov 08, 2017 - 8:03 AM

The Philippine Marine Corps also celebrates the living heroes who led its operations not only in Marawi but in other conflict areas in the country

67TH. The Philippine Marine Corps celebrated its 67th year anniversary on November 7, 2017

CPP: Duterte's 'local peace talks' will fail

Nov 03, 2017 - 7:35 PM

The Communist Party of the Philippines says the local peace negotiations aim to divide their members nationwide

SURRENDER. This military handout photo shows 8 reported members of the NPA surrendering to the military in Sultan Kudarat

PH rule of law rating drops, Marawi stragglers, Australia travel warning | Evening wRap

Nov 03, 2017 - 7:03 PM

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Marawi still 'dangerous place' due to Maute stragglers

Nov 03, 2017 - 4:12 PM

The Philippine military, however, says the stragglers are only fighting for survival and pose no threat to Marawi's overall security

Marawi battle area. Rappler file photo

Indonesian fighter arrested in Marawi

Nov 01, 2017 - 3:49 PM

(UPDATED) Philippine police say the 22-year-old Indonesian fighter told them that his group was involved in a 2016 suicide attack that killed 8 people in Jakarta and was claimed by ISIS

FIGHTER? The civilian Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) arrests an Indonesian national in Marawi. Sourced photo

Gov't to 'apply full force of law' on soldiers guilty of looting in Marawi

Nov 01, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana also says the government has to pay 'reparation to the owners of looted houses' if soldiers were behind the crime

CABINET MEETING PRESENTATION. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana presented in last week's Cabinet meeting the benefits of joint activities between the Philippine and US militaries. Rappler file photo

Robredo urges Filipinos to remember Marawi heroes during Undas

Oct 29, 2017 - 4:55 PM

'Because of the fight for peace, they sacrificed their lives,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

WAR IS OVER. Soldiers celebrate as President Rodrigo Duterte says Marawi City is liberated from local terror groups. File photo by Bobbby Lagsa/Rappler

Año is DILG Undersecretary, Abella still Presidential Spox, Thai king | Evening wRap

Oct 27, 2017 - 9:51 PM

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Duterte appoints Año DILG undersecretary

Oct 27, 2017 - 3:59 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte signed the appointment document on Thursday, October 26, the day General Eduardo Año formally turned over command of the Armed Forces to General Rey Guerrero

SENIOR AIDE. AFP chief General Eduardo Año will be a senior aide in charge of the Department of the Interior and Local Government. File photo

PH military probes alleged beating of terrorist by soldiers in Marawi

Oct 27, 2017 - 3:09 PM

AFP spokesman Restituto Padilla says the military is supposed to treat its captives decently and respectfully

Armed Forces of the Philippines Spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla announces that the government forces have already taken control of Marawi City during a press briefing at the New Executive Building, Malacañang Complex, Manila on May 29, 2017. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 27, 2017

Oct 27, 2017 - 10:37 AM

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Each Marawi hero's family to get P2-M livelihood aid

Oct 26, 2017 - 11:24 PM

San Miguel Corporation's Ramon Ang says this is the least the conglomerate can do for the 165 soldiers and policemen who died fighting terrorists in Marawi City

LIVELIHOOD ASSISTANCE. San Miguel COO Ramon Ang signs MOA to donate P330 million worth of livelihood assistance to the families of slain Marawi soldiers

Duterte's 1st order to new AFP chief: Destroy firearms from Marawi

Oct 26, 2017 - 8:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also calls the liberation of Marawi City the 'crowning jewel' of General Eduardo Año's military career

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes to the troops during the presentation of command and honors during the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) change of Command Ceremony at the Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on October 26, 2017. Malacañan Photo

No word yet if new AFP chief will serve beyond 2 months

Oct 26, 2017 - 6:49 PM

'Yung extension huwag muna natin pag -sapan. What is important for me to do now is to focus on my job,' says new AFP chief Lieutenant General Rey Guerrero

NEW AFP CHIEF. Lieutenant General Rey Guerrero served as chief of the Davao-based Eastern Mindanao Command. Rappler photo

Next job of newly retired AFP chief Año is to supervise police – Duterte

Oct 26, 2017 - 5:20 PM

General Eduardo Año, who has stepped down as Philippine military chief, will still have a role in the Duterte administration

RETIRED. Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año retires on Thursday, October 26. Rappler photo

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Oct 26, 2017 - 11:15 AM

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Rappler Talk: Marawi after the war

Oct 26, 2017 - 10:27 AM

What's next for Marawi now that the war is over?

Documentary | Marawi: 153 days of war

Oct 25, 2017 - 9:08 PM

(UPDATED) See the terror, get to know the heroes, and learn the lessons of the war that dragged on for 5 months

Duterte appoints general about to retire as next AFP chief

Oct 25, 2017 - 7:01 PM

Army Lieutenant General Rey Leonardo Guerrero is the next chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines

NEXT CHIEF? Army Lieutenant General Ray Guerrero is the commander of military forces based in the home region of the President, the Eastern Mindanao Command. Military photo

Comelec, Solano, Maute funder | Evening wRap

Oct 24, 2017 - 8:31 PM

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PNP, AFP capture pair managing CPP-NPA logistics, finances

Oct 24, 2017 - 5:28 PM

Cops and soldiers nab CPP-NPA officials Aurora Cayon and Louie Martinez in Negros Occidental

CAPTURED. The PNP presents the CPP-NPA officials to the media. PNP Photo

West PH Sea commander is new Air Force chief

Oct 24, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Major General Galileo Gerard Kintanar will replace outgoing Philippine Air Force commanding general Edgar Fallorina in a change of command ceremony on Tuesday

CHANGE OF COMMAND. Major General Galileo Gerard Kintanar Jr assumes as commanding officer of the Western Command. All photos from the PH military

'Super size' brigade to stay behind to secure Marawi

Oct 24, 2017 - 7:17 AM

Up to 3,000 soldiers could stay behind to continue securing Marawi City

THE MARINES. It was the Philippine Marines that cleared the 3 critical bridges in Marawi's battle area. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

The war in Marawi: 153 days and more

Oct 23, 2017 - 4:23 PM

This page puts together Rappler's reports on the longest and bloodiest Philippine military operation since World War II

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

42 bodies retrieved after final assault in Marawi

Oct 23, 2017 - 3:40 PM

The military maintains they were all Maute Group terrorists because all hostages have been rescued

WAR IS OVER. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana declares the end of military operations in Marawi on October 23, 2017. Rappler photo