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Army battalion plays key role in ending 5 clan wars in Mindanao

Nov 11, 2018 - 1:12 PM

It's important to resolve clan wars because these have made areas in Mindanao a magnet for other armed groups, says the battalion commander

RESOLUTION. Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu witnesses the Kanduli ceremony at the 33rd Infantry Battalion headquarters on November 8, 2018, to celebrate the resolution of clan feud between the Pandapatan and Ayup families of Lumabao village. Photo courtesy of the Army 33rd IB

Tusk lashes out at Trump stance on Europe

Nov 10, 2018 - 11:51 PM

'For the first time in history we have an American administration that is, to put it mildly, not enthusiastic about a united and strong Europe,' EU chief Donald Tusk says

TUSK. The President of the European Council Donald Tusk speaks at the European People's Party (EPP) congress in Helsinki, Finland, on November 8, 2018. EPP, the largest political family in the European Union (EU), are to elect their top candidate for the 2019 European elections. File photo by Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva/AFP

Macron hosts Trump amid row over European defense

Nov 10, 2018 - 8:19 PM

Their body language are markedly less warm than during Trump's last visit to Paris in July 2017, underscoring a general cooling in relations

US-FRANCE RELATIONS. US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with French president Emmanuel Macron prior to their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on November 10, 2018, on the sidelines of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. Photo by Christophe Petit-Tesson/POOL/AFP

The week in photos: November 3-9, 2018

Nov 10, 2018 - 4:27 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

VICTORY PARADE. Russian cadets march during a military parade at Red Square in Moscow on November 7, 2018, to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the 1941 historical parade when Red Army soldiers marched past the Kremlin walls towards the front line to fight Nazi Germany troops during World War II. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

Trump in Paris slams Macron's 'insulting' EU army proposals

Nov 10, 2018 - 10:04 AM

French President Macron proposes a joint EU army to protect them from China, Russia, and the US

Congressman tells army to surface missing militant

Nov 05, 2018 - 9:29 PM

Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao says the Army has in its custody Imelda Hayahay, but the 71st Infantry Battalion denies the accusation

25 killed in Afghan army helicopter crash – officials

Oct 31, 2018 - 2:47 PM

An official says the aircraft crashed due to 'bad weather' in Anar Dara district, but the Taliban claims its militants brought it down

How the first ‘Call Me by Your Name’ concert came to Manila

Oct 30, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The Manila Symphony Orchestra plays the soundtrack of 2017’s hit queer romance ‘Call Me by Your Name’ – Psychedelic Furs, Italo disco and all – live!

IS IT A VIDEO? The Manila Symphony Orchestra plays the music of ‘Call Me by Your Name’ live during the screening of the film. Photos by Sayombhu Mukdeeprom/Sony Pictures Classics and Paolo Abad/Rappler

Duterte warns groups occupying lands: I will have you arrested, shot

Oct 29, 2018 - 12:25 AM

'If they resist violently, shoot them, and if they die, I do not care,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the thanksgiving dinner and 48th birthday celebration of Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, expresses his gratitude to the Former Foreign Affairs Secretary for his efforts in advancing the country's interest in the international community and helping Filipinos overseas. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

China army to do 'whatever it takes' to retain Taiwan

Oct 25, 2018 - 8:29 PM

'If anyone tries to split Taiwan from China, the Chinese army will certainly do whatever it takes, and inevitably take resolute action,' says Chinese Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe

MASSIVE PARADE. Chinese military helicopters fly in a formation to make the number '90' during a military parade at the Zhurihe training base in China's northern Inner Mongolia region on July 30, 2017. Photo by stringer/AFP

DILG: Attack on FDA convoy shows talks with Sison 'futile'

Oct 21, 2018 - 9:20 AM

'When you offer peace with your left hand but shoot with your right hand...that's the height of duplicity,' says DILG Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año

CRIME SCENE. The tailing police vehicle accompanying the convoy of Food and Drug Administration chief Nela Charade Puno is barraged with bullets. Photo from Bicol Police

Army command turnover delayed as Duterte went to Comelec for Bong Go

Oct 15, 2018 - 5:44 PM

Army generals wait for more than an hour for the President's arrival during the turnover ceremony for the incoming Army commanding general

IN WAIT. Commanding officers of the Philippine Army wait in Fort Bonifacio for the arrival of President Rodrigo Duterte. Sourced photo

Military's intelligence chief is next army commander

Oct 11, 2018 - 6:03 PM

The current ISAFP chief who spent years fighting NPA rebels in the Davao region will soon take command of the Philippine Army

Church groups condemn harassment: Defending poor, powerless not a crime

Oct 08, 2018 - 3:56 PM

'Hindi pwedeng hindi tayo magsasalita dahil ito ang misyon natin, ito ang purpose ng church, ang mag-minister sa mga api at dukha,' Reverend Marie Sol Villalon of the Promotions of Church People's Response says

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines and ts member churches, Iglesia Filipina Independiente and the United Church of Christ in the Philippines holds a press conference in Quezon City on October 8, 2018, denouncing the red tagging and human rights violations committed by the AFP

Aung San Suu Kyi becomes first person stripped of honorary Canadian citizenship

Oct 03, 2018 - 10:04 AM

The move is made official after Canada's Senate votes to revoke the symbolic honor

AUNG SAN SUU KYI. Myanmar de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi at the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Interparliamentary Assembly in Naypyidaw on September 30, 2016. File photo by Aung Htet/ AFP

WFL Elite: Ateneo holds Army to draw, Archers stay perfect

Oct 02, 2018 - 1:41 PM

Ateneo improves from a 0-3 loss in the reverse fixture played at the ASCom football field

DRAW. The Ateneo Blue Eagles draw Army without the services of ace Jarvey Gayoso. Photo from release

Why Palparan still sleeps at 'home' and not Bilibid

Oct 01, 2018 - 2:36 PM

(UPDATED) Instead of detaining 'The Butcher' in the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa, the military continues to keep Jovito Palparan in its custody

GUILTY. Jovito Palparan remains detained inside Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City. Photo by Carlo Gabuco / Rappler

Canada strips Aung San Suu Kyi of honorary citizenship

Sep 28, 2018 - 8:41 AM

Aung San Suu Kyi's international reputation has become tarnished by her refusal to call out the atrocities by her nation's military against the Rohingya Muslims minority

CRITICIZED. State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in Manila on November 13, 2017. File photo by Athith Perawongmetha/AFP

Duterte hopes communist insurgency 'over' in 2019

Sep 18, 2018 - 11:07 PM

Saying many NPA rebels are surrendering, President Rodrigo Duterte finds reason to hope that the communist insurgency will be 'over' by the '2nd quarter of 2019'

Masbate seaport grenade blast destroys 2 patrol boats

Sep 03, 2018 - 12:48 PM

The Masbate explosion damages patrol boats of the Philippine Army and the Philippine Coast Guard

DAMAGED. A patrol boat of the Philippine Coast is damaged by the grenade explosion in the Masbate seaport. Photo courtesy by PNP Bicol

Duterte warns communists he's prepared to 'bomb' them

Aug 21, 2018 - 9:44 PM

Local government officials who give aid to communist rebels will lose powers over the police, says President Rodrigo Duterte

China rejects 'irresponsible' Pentagon report on bombers

Aug 18, 2018 - 8:21 PM

Beijing's military development was defensive in nature and intended to safeguard its territorial integrity, says foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang

7 suspected NPA rebels slain in encounter vs cops

Aug 15, 2018 - 10:41 AM

Cops were only supposed to arrest two individuals who faced frustrated murder charges when they were met with gunfire from armed men

AFTERMATH. Suspected New People's Army rebels are slain after allegedly initiating a firefight against cops serving arrest warrants. PNP photo

LOOK: Suspected NPA rebels raid Northern Samar town police station

Aug 10, 2018 - 1:05 PM

Two cops of the Lapinig Municipal Police Station are hurt in the pre-dawn 'looting and shooting rampage'

Suspected shabu, P6.8M bribe money seized in Negros Occidental

Aug 08, 2018 - 5:46 PM

The buy-bust operation in San Carlos City is a joint operation of Philippine National Police, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and Philippine Army

3 soldiers killed in clash with NPA

Aug 03, 2018 - 6:01 PM

The Philippine National Police in Bicol says there were also casualties on the communist rebels' side during the Friday morning encounter in Cawayan town, Masbate

Iran army warns of 'firm, strong response' to US threats

Jul 24, 2018 - 8:03 PM

'The vain and useless imaginings of the US president will never be realized,' Major General Mohammad Bagheri says

MOHAMMAD BAGHERI. Iranian General Mohammad Bagheri, chief of staff of Iran's armed forces, speaks during the annual military parade marking the anniversary of the start of Iran's 1980-1988 war with Iraq, on September 21, 2016, in the capital Tehran. File photo by Chavosh Homavandi/AFP

Missed 'Call Me By Your Name' in Manila? It's coming back in a new way

Jul 19, 2018 - 4:53 PM

In 'Call Me By Your Name In Concert,' the film will be screened together with live performances of its soundtrack

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME. Armie Hammer plays Oliver and Timothée Chalamet plays Elio in the award-winning film by Luca Guadagnino. Photo by Sayombhu Mukdeeprom/ Sony Pictures Classics

4 soldiers killed, 2 injured in Cordillera encounter

Jul 16, 2018 - 6:25 PM

The encounter is said to be ongoing at the border of Mt. Province and Abra

ENCOUNTER. Photo by Jing Day-asen

Duterte okays guidelines for localized peace talks

Jul 12, 2018 - 4:15 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is set to issue an executive order formalizing guidelines for peace talks between local governments and communists in their areas

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the Security Cluster Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on July 11, 2018.

Duterte's demand 'unacceptable' – CPP

Jul 05, 2018 - 12:24 PM

The Communist Party of the Philippines notes that a presidential proclamation formally terminating peace negotiations 'has never been rescinded'

NPA. This file photo shows members of the New People'€™s Army in Maco, Compostela Valley, on September 15, 2017. File photo by Mick Basa

Duterte wants peace talks in PH – Dureza

Jul 05, 2018 - 9:52 AM

Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza says President Rodrigo Duterte also wishes for Norway to continue as facilitator in the event peace talks are resumed

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Jul 02, 2018 - 8:41 PM

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Roque claims Church leaders working with Left to oust Duterte

Jul 02, 2018 - 3:13 PM

Malacañang also claims that Church leaders are only criticizing the President because 'their candidate' lost in the 2016 elections. But criticism from Church leaders began when Duterte cursed Pope Francis, months before he topped presidential surveys.

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Jul 02, 2018 - 1:22 PM

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Lorenzana to Joma Sison: Without peace talks, you are irrelevant

Jul 01, 2018 - 8:07 PM

'Mr Sison, you know that the peace talks is the only thing that is keeping you in the limelight,' Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana tells Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria 'Joma' Sison

Religious leaders urge gov't, NDF: Seek peace and pursue it

Jun 30, 2018 - 9:03 AM

The Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform encourages both government and the National Democratic Front to 'open the doors to dialogue'

PEACE TALKS. A group of religious leaders urge President Rodrigo Duterte and CPP founder Joma Sison to continue working for peace.

Daquis delivers as Cignal picks up second PSL win

Jun 28, 2018 - 7:38 PM

The volleyball veteran powers the unbeaten HD Spikers past her former team

HITTING HIGH. Cignal's Mylene Paat goes for a kill over the outstretched arms of Smart-Army's  Nene Bautista and Mary Jean Pabayo. Photo from PSL

Colombia, ELN rebels end 5th round of talks without agreement

Jun 16, 2018 - 9:39 AM

The round of talks ends as Colombia prepares to go to the polls for the second round of its presidential election on June 17

PEACE TALKS. In this file photo taken on March 09, 2018 is seen a symbolic round table placed at Bolivar square in Bogota, during a demonstration asking for the reactivation of the peace talks, between the Colombian government and the ELN guerrilla. File photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

CPP says it was ready to issue stand-down order to NPA

Jun 15, 2018 - 6:18 PM

NDF chief political consultant Jose Maria Sison describes as 'unacceptable' the unilateral cancellation of a stand down agreement signed by both sides on June 9. It was supposed to take effect on June 21.

Lacson questions landing of China plane in PH: 'We might wake up a colony'

Jun 11, 2018 - 4:50 PM

'What if a hundred Chinese military aircraft suddenly request to refuel simultaneously? We might all wake up a colony again, this time by China,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Colombian ELN rebels vow ceasefire for presidential vote

Jun 11, 2018 - 3:25 PM

The halt in military operations runs from Friday, June 15 to midnight Tuesday, June 19, the National Liberation Army said in its online publication 'Insurrection'

Journalists conduct gift giving for kids in Samar village

Jun 10, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Army First Lieutenant Orlando Casipit Jr says 'education is the only way out of poverty' for children of Barangay Mabini in Basey, Samar

GIFT GIVING. Journalists and soldiers conduct a gift giving for marginalized schoolchildren in a Samar village. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Bong Go confirms China government plane landed in Philippines

Jun 10, 2018 - 3:55 PM

(UPDATED) 'The request for landing was received, processed, and cleared by relevant Philippine government agencies,' says Special Assistant to the President Bong Go

PLANE LANDING. Photos of a Chinese military plane landing in the Davao City Airport have gone viral, fueling concerns among netizens. Screenshot from Jose Antonio Custodio's Facebook page

1 dead, 12 hurt in encounters with NPA in Cordillera

Jun 06, 2018 - 8:02 PM

Members of New People's Army launch June offensive in Northern Luzon

Nana with the father of slain SAF PO2 Henry Dion. Photo by Frank Cimatu/Rappler

Davao Region police blame NPA for unsolved riding-in-tandem killings

Jun 05, 2018 - 10:42 AM

Chief Superintendent Joel Orduña, Police Regional Office 11 officer-in-charge, gives the explanation as Davao Region is deemed as the worst in solving randem-in-tandem slays

NPA. Members of the New People's Army in Maco, Compostela Valley. September 15, 2017. File photo by Mick Basa

Rearrested NPA leader faces 11 non-bailable charges

May 29, 2018 - 9:29 PM

Elizalde Cañete once walked out of jail free after posting bail, but not this time, according to authorities

TRANSFERRED. NPA leader Elizalde Cañete is flown to Davao City on Tuesday, May 29, from Bukidnon, where he was rearrested at a hospital earlier this month. Photo by Davao City Police Office

Marawi's silent heroes: Scout Rangers remember their days on the battlefield

May 25, 2018 - 6:25 PM

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

 Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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Duterte: PH ‘winning the war’ against communists

May 24, 2018 - 11:27 PM

'So the military is quite good in... we’re winning the war actually,' says the President, citing the arrest of an NPA leader

WINNING. File photo of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during an event at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City.  Malacañang Photo