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Police, AFP presence in campuses needed to prevent U.S.-like school shootings – Galvez

Aug 20, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Carlito Galvez Jr points to the 'international' spread of school shootings, saying this is enough to reconsider the 1989 deal banning police and military from UP campuses

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte welcomes newly-appointed Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Carlito Galvez Jr., as a new member of his cabinet prior to the 33rd Cabinet Meeting held at the Malacañan Palace on January 7, 2019. ROLANDO MAILO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Military hits 'trespassing' by Chinese warships in Philippine waters

Aug 15, 2019 - 10:15 PM

'Incursions' by Chinese naval vessels in the Sibutu Strait may not have been overtly hostile but the military says they pose a security threat that needs to be addressed

TRESPASSING. The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (AFP-Westmincom) reported 5 Chinese warships passed Philippine waters in July and August 2019. Photo from AFP-Westmincom

Youth activist to military: Don’t use me to railroad your agenda

Aug 14, 2019 - 5:20 PM

Alicia Lucena denies she was kidnapped by Anakbayan and slams the military for using her 'family issues' to revive the Anti-Subversion Law

NOT KIDNAPPED. Anakbayan youth member Alicia Lucena faces the media together with members of the progressive Makabayan bloc. Photo from Makabayan bloc

Reports on Sri Lankan terrorists in PH doubtful – AFP

Aug 11, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Reports of terrorists from Sri Lanka slipping into the Philippines and preparing for attacks in Luzon appear to be a family feud 'gone awry'

AFP Spokeperson BGEN. Edgar Arevalo at a press briefing at Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday, November 29, 2018, on issues of Mandatory ROTC and Martial Law extension. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

AFP verifying reports of Sri Lankan terrorists in PH

Aug 10, 2019 - 5:58 PM

The military is on heightened alert as it verifies pieces of information about alleged terror threats to churches and other establishments in Luzon

ON ALERT. Military and police personnel at a ceremony on May 7, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

China survey vessel in PH waters? Not until AFP says so – Locsin

Aug 07, 2019 - 1:06 PM

'That's not happening until I hear from the Armed Forces,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr of the reported presence of a Chinese vessel in the country's exclusive economic zone

MILITARY INFO ONLY. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr said he would only rely on military information regarding a Chinese survey vessel supposedly operating in Philippine waters. Photo by Angie de Silva

Duterte to 'fill up' Negros Island with military troops

Aug 06, 2019 - 6:26 PM

'I will never declare martial law, except in Mindanao because it is really needed there, because of rebellion,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, as he ruled out a martial law declaration in Negros Island

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 40th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on August 5, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

AFP: 4 Chinese warships passed Palawan waters in June

Aug 06, 2019 - 4:54 PM

(UPDATED) The Western Mindanao Command says 3 of the Chinese warships were unresponsive to radio calls from Philippine troops

WESCOM CHIEF. Wescom chief Rene Medina Wescom Facebook page

LOOK: Government brings former NPA rebels to Hong Kong for sightseeing, shopping

Aug 05, 2019 - 1:49 PM

The trip follows statements from President Rodrigo Duterte that he would reward communist guerrillas who surrender to the government

The government took 89 former NPA rebels on an all-expense-paid trip to Hong Kong from July 30 to August 2, 2019, to give them a "better and another perspective in life." Photo from AFP Eastern Mindanao Command.

AFP to train 255 ex-MILF fighters to help secure Bangsamoro region

Aug 01, 2019 - 12:31 PM

Members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces will work alongside soldiers and cops in the Joint Peace and Security Team, says Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr

WAR AND PEACE. Former MILF rebels join a training on capability building in Al Barka, Basilan. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Chinese tourists accosted for taking photos of naval facility in Palawan

Jul 31, 2019 - 4:11 PM

Taking pictures is generally prohibited in most military facilities because it risks giving away valuable tactical information

CORDONED OFF. The Philippine Navy has sought to cordon off a portion of a tourist area in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, where a naval facility can be viewed and photographed. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

12 terrorists killed in Maguindanao clash – military

Jul 31, 2019 - 2:58 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines says the suspects were plotting bomb attacks in populous and urban areas

TERROR THREAT. The 5-month siege of Marawi City in 2017 exemplifies the existing threat of terrorism in the Philippines. Photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

2 suspects in Negros Oriental police slaying arrested

Jul 30, 2019 - 10:17 PM

The two are arrested at a checkpoint in Ayungon town as part of a weeklong joint operation by the police and military

JOINT OPERATIONS. Brigadier General Debold Sinas (left), Central Visayas' police director tells reporters, says 4 suspected members of the New People's Army were arrested after an 8-day joint police and military operation.  Photo by Rappler/Ryan Macasero

Lorenzana: 7 ‘foreign terrorists’ may be in Jolo

Jul 25, 2019 - 7:17 PM

The country's defense chief confirms an earlier report that the suspects may be training suicide bombers for an ISIS-linked faction of the Abu Sayyaf

FOREIGN TERRORISTS. The war-torn city of Marawi was an example of the impact of foreign terror groups' influence on local extremists. Photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

AFP confirms report: Indonesian couple behind Jolo Cathedral bombing

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:26 PM

ISIS terrorists looking to carve out a territory in Southeast Asia present a challenge to the region's security forces, especially in the Philippines

JOLO ATTACK. Policemen and soldiers stand outside bomb-hit church in Jolo, Sulu province on the southern island of Mindanao, on January 27, 2019. - At least 18 people were killed when two bombs hit a church on a southern Philippine island that is a stronghold of Islamist militants, the military said on January 27, days after voters backed the creation of a new Muslim autonomous region. (Photo by NICKEE BUTLANGAN / AFP)

AFP reports 7 'foreign terrorists' in Sulu, Basilan, Maguindanao

Jul 23, 2019 - 4:18 PM

The commander of the Armed Forces in Western Mindanao says the 7 suspects are grooming suicide bombers among local extremist groups

AT LARGE. This image from the main battle area of the 2017 siege of Marawi City is a grim reminder of the lingering terrorist presence in the Philippines. Rappler photo

Malacañang: Pacquiao's win shows Filipino spirit a 'fighter'

Jul 21, 2019 - 3:34 PM

'Pacquiao's victory is not on his, but of the entire nation.... The Palace is one in rejoicing with the Filipino people as the Pambansang Kamao once again puts the flag above the pedestal with his display of tenacy and courage,' says Malacañang

WINNER. Boxing icon Senator Manny Pacquiao snatches the super welterweight title from American boxer Keith Thurman. MP Promotions photo

[ANALYSIS] Philippine defense spending in 2018: What data tells us

Jul 12, 2019 - 1:00 PM

The Philippines has to be smart about improving its security beyond defense budgets and military acquisitions and allocations

AFP, PNP: Filipino suicide bomber behind Sulu attack

Jul 10, 2019 - 5:35 PM

This is the first officially confirmed case of a suicide bombing in the Philippines perpetrated by a Filipino, and marks an escalation in terror tactics by local extremists

SUICIDE BOMBER. On July 10, 2019, the AFP and PNP announced that Norman Lasuca, a Filipino, was one of the suicide bombers behind the twin blasts in Indanan, Sulu on June 28, 2019, which killed at least 7 people. Photo from AFP WESTMINCOM

Matteo Guidicelli hits critic: 'I suggest you just stop talking'

Jul 08, 2019 - 6:48 PM

The actor-athlete is the subject of attention online over his views on 'patriotism' and people 'talking smack about different issues'

'TALK SMACK?' Actor Matteo Guidicelli is criticized for a post of nationalism and criticism. Image from Matteo Guidicelli's Instagram

AFP says Marawi aid audit report 'not quite accurate'

Jul 06, 2019 - 9:20 AM

The Armed Forces denies irregularities in its handling of aid money, after state auditors flagged the disparity in amounts given to wounded soldiers

MARAWI SIEGE. Government troops take position against enemy snipers as they escort rescued workers and trapped residents near the town center of Marawi on June 1, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Suspected Al Qaeda member arrested in Zambales

Jul 02, 2019 - 10:32 PM

A police report links the Kenyan national to the Al Shabaab terror group affiliated with Al Qaeda, and which operates mainly in East Africa

SUSPECTED TERRORIST. Kenyan national Cholo Abdi Abdullah was arrested on July 1, 2019 in Iba, Zambales, for illegal possession of firearms and explosives. Photo from PNP-CIDG

COA: Wounded Marawi soldiers received crumbs from P274-million aid

Jun 30, 2019 - 11:15 PM

The Commission on Audit says there were 'no clear guidelines' that served as basis for the distribution of cash assistance to wounded soldiers

RUINS. Marawi, as photographed in May 2019, has yet to recover from the destruction brought about by the terrorist siege two years earlier. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Zambales town opposes planned AFP Subic Naval Reservation

Jun 26, 2019 - 8:36 PM

The proposed 300-million-square-meter development will leave only 30% of San Antonio's land area, and will disrupt the town's tourism industry

OPPOSITION. Mayor Estela Deloso Antipolo says the development will leave San Antonio as one of the smallest towns in the Philippines. Photo from San Antonio FB

AFP: Chinese vessel's sinking of PH boat 'far from accidental'

Jun 12, 2019 - 9:08 PM

'Kung titingnan n'yo po sa incident report, may intentionality e, kasi hindi tumigil,' says AFP Western Command Spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Penetrante

'INTENTIONALITY.' The Armed Forces of the Philippines sees intention in a Chinese fishing vessel ramming into a Filipino fishing boat in the West Philippine Sea. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Tulfo brothers lose PNP, Marine security details

Jun 02, 2019 - 3:26 PM

This comes as uniformed personnel fume at newsreader Erwin Tulfo for threatening to slap their comrade, Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista

RECALLED. Police and Marine security escorts of the Tulfo brothers are taken back to their national headquarters.

Philippine military all set for May 13 elections

May 12, 2019 - 3:30 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines places all its units on red alert ahead of the country's midterm elections on May 13

Batallion troops patrol Lanao del Norte's national highway on the eve of the May 13 elections. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

6,000 soldiers, cops to secure Caraga, Northern Mindanao for May 13 polls

May 09, 2019 - 12:22 PM

'We will not allow any threat groups or individuals to disrupt or sabotage the electoral process,' says Brigadier General Tyne Bañas of the Army's 4th Infantry Division

READY TO SERVE. This file photo shows soldiers awaiting deployment in Surigao del Sur in 2015. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Human rights lawyers seek Supreme Court protection from army ‘harassment’

Apr 15, 2019 - 3:40 PM

The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers says that since the start of Duterte's presidency, a total of 55 lawyers have been attacked or threatened, 36 of whom were killed

PROTECTIVE WRITS. The National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL) run to the Supreme Court to ask for a Writ of Amparo and a Writ of Habeas Data citing threats from the military. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

PH, U.S. forces play up friendship amid calls for defense treaty review

Apr 12, 2019 - 4:58 PM

'Balikatan is not just a fulfilment of our obligations under the Mutual Defense Treaty, but a commitment to solidify and strengthen the friendship of our nations,' says Defense Undersecretary Cardozo Luna

CLOSING CEREMONY. Balikatan 2019 closes with US Ambassador the Philippines Sung Kim and Philippine National Defense Undersecretary Cardozo Luna, and military officials from both countries. Photo by Naoki Mengua/Rappler

LOOK: World's most advanced stealth aircraft featured in Balikatan 2019

Apr 11, 2019 - 7:21 PM

The F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Force appears for the first time in the Philippines, onboard the US Navy's USS Wasp during the Balikatan 2019 amphibious exercises in Zambales

ADVANCED AIRCRAFT. F-35B Lightining II jets make their debut in the Balikatan exercises during the amphibious exercise at Naval Education Training Command in Zambales on 11 April 2019. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Balikatan 2019: PH, U.S. forces 'take over' beach in Zambales

Apr 11, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Philippine and US forces bring out battle-ready ships and vehicles as they complete an exercise to take control of a shorefront in the Naval Education Training Center in Zambales

COMBINED EXERCISES. Philippine and US armed forces conduct amphibious exercises in San Antonio, Zambales as part of Balikatan 2019. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

PH, U.S. troops claim victory in Tarlac 'assault mission'

Apr 10, 2019 - 4:19 PM

The Philippine and US armed forces bring out their equipment for an explosion-filled exercise in Crow Valley, Tarlac

ASSAULT. PH and US simulate an attack during their live-fire exercise at the Colonel Ernesto Ravina Air Base in Tarlac. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Fisherman held hostage by Abu Sayyaf drowns in escape bid

Apr 06, 2019 - 1:11 PM

Abu Sayyaf flees southern island of Simusa in Sulu and brings their hostages with them

7 killed in clash between gov’t troops, Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

Apr 05, 2019 - 2:38 PM

The military says 3 soldiers and 4 Abu Sayyaf members were killed during an 'intense' half-hour firefight in Patikul, Sulu

DND, AFP renew call for defense treaty review in Balikatan 2019

Apr 01, 2019 - 3:11 PM

'Remember the treaty was made in 1951, and several things have already transpired,' says Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Benjamin Madrigal Jr

CLARITY NEEDED. AFP Chief-of-Staff Benjamin Madrigal speaks at the Balikatan 2019 opening ceremony in Camp Aguinaldo on April 1. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PH, U.S. armed forces open Balikatan 2019

Apr 01, 2019 - 10:49 AM

Balikatan 2019 marks one of the biggest in the project's history, involving 4,000 Filipino, 3,500 American, and 50 Australian soldiers

OPENING. Balikatan 2019 opens with US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Military plane catches fire at takeoff from Clark Air Base

Mar 27, 2019 - 1:35 PM

(UPDATED) All 122 passengers and crew members are safe after firefighters immediately responded to the scene

BIG PLANE. A C130 catches fire at takeoff from Clark Airbase in Pampanga. File photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

PH military acquires P1.5-B China-made equipment

Mar 27, 2019 - 12:46 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte’s military modernization program kicks off with the acquisition of engineering equipment to be deployed for the rehabilitation of Marawi City

MADE IN CHINA. Equipment bought from Chinese companies are on display in Camp Aguinaldo at the turnover ceremonies on March 27, 2019. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena

4 killed in Lanao del Sur clash

Mar 13, 2019 - 1:36 PM

Army troops clash with the group under the command of Owayda Benito Marohomsar alias Abu Dar

2 foreign fighters believed to be among 20 killed in Maguindanao clashes

Mar 13, 2019 - 12:34 PM

The military is retrieving body parts to identify all of the fatalities in clashes between troops and suspected members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters

Killing of cadet not related to ROTC program – AFP

Mar 13, 2019 - 7:49 AM

(UPDATED) AFP Spokesperson Edgard Arevalo says the killing of ROTC cadet Willy Amihoy was a 'plain criminal act' which stemmed from a personal argument

GONE. The bloodied school ID of freshman student Willy Amihoy who was allegedly killed by a fellow student at the Iloilo State College of Fisheries-Dumangas Campus on March 11, 2019. Photo courtesy of PNP

Sandiganbayan acquits ex-AFP chief Diomedio Villanueva in graft case

Feb 22, 2019 - 5:38 PM

The anti-graft court says the prosecution failed to prove the guilt of retired general Diomedio Villanueva beyond reasonable doubt in relation to the P53-million graft case at the Philippine Postal Corporation when he was postmaster general

ACQUITTED. Former military chief and postmaster general Diomedio Villanueva is all smiles after he was acquitted of a graft case by the Sandiganbayan on February 22, 2019. Photo by Rappler

1 soldier killed, 3 others wounded in Sulu clash vs Abu Sayyaf

Feb 14, 2019 - 6:21 PM

The offensive is part of the military's intensified operations against the Abu Sayyaf Group after the deadly Jolo Cathedral bombing

Active AFP, PNP, PCG personnel to get 20% bus fare discount

Feb 11, 2019 - 2:20 PM

The uniformed personnel only need to present a valid ID as proof of active service

An MMDA traffic enforcers stoped suspected colorum buses plying along EDSA in Pasay City on August 7, 2014, for questioning. The MMDA has questioned the LTFRB's move to stop traffic enforcers' operations against colorum passenger buses. Photo by: Joel Liporada

Duterte to certify military pension reform bill as urgent

Feb 07, 2019 - 2:49 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte backs the Department of National Defense's version of the bill, which includes raising the pensionable age to 60 from 56

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 34th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 6, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte meets families of soldiers killed in Abu Sayyaf encounter, Jolo bombing

Feb 06, 2019 - 10:04 AM

The meeting in Davao City is one of the private activities President Rodrigo Duterte has busied himself with after a weekend of rumors of his death

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte commiserates with the relatives of one of the victims who died during the twin bombings at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo, Sulu as he visited Camp Teodulfo Bautista in Jolo on January 28, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Commission on Appointments confirms Madrigal as AFP chief

Jan 30, 2019 - 5:24 PM

No one objected to AFP chief Benjamin Madrigal Jr's confirmation

CA confirms Madrigal as AFP chief: Newly-installed Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Benjamin Madrigal Jr. poses with Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III, concurrent Commission on Appointments (CA) chair; San Juan City Rep. Ronaldo Zamora, CA vice chair (far left); Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel “Migz” F. Zubiri (second from right); and Zamboanga Rep. Seth Jalosjos (rightmost), CA committee on national defense chair, after earning the confirmation of the bicameral body on his promotion to the post last December. Photo by Alex Nueva España/PRIB

Military to recommend ending martial law if enemy strength down to 30%

Jan 29, 2019 - 6:11 PM

But with baselines and deadlines unclear, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen says it could mean that martial law can last until the end of Duterte’s term

MARTIAL LAW. AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal tells the Supreme Court that they will be "glad to recommend the lifting of martial law" if enemies are "degraded" to only 30%. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Prove this is rebellion,' Caguioa says of military martial law report

Jan 29, 2019 - 4:41 PM

(UPDATED) Some incidents ‘seem to be for motives other than rebellion,’ says Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa, the member-in-charge

ORAL ARGUMENTS. Supreme Court Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa interpellates the military's deputy chief of staff for intelligence during oral arguments on the 3rd extension of martial law on January 29, 2019. Screenshot from SC PIO