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Central Visayas commander Noel Clement is new armed forces chief

Sep 20, 2019 - 7:38 AM

(3rd UPDATE) President Duterte picks the general who led an intense counter-insurgency campaign in Negros and nearby provinces in the last 10 months. He will retire in 4 months.

NEW MILITARY CHIEF. Lieutenant General Noel Clement has been appointed Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Photo: Clement inspects the ranks of the Philippine Army's 10th Infantry Division on July 20, 2017. Photo from the Philippine Army 10th Infantry Division

North Korea fires 2 ballistic missiles – South Korea military

Jul 31, 2019 - 10:10 AM

(UPDATED) South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff say the two devices were fired from the Wonsan area on the east coast at dawn and flew around 250 kilometers

This picture from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken on August 29, 2017 and released on August 30, 2017 shows North Korea's intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 lifting off from the launching pad in Pyongyang. Nuclear-armed North Korea said on August 30 that it had fired a missile over Japan the previous day, the first time it has ever acknowledged doing so. / AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS / STR / South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS THIS PICTURE WAS MADE AVAILABLE BY A THIRD PARTY. AFP CAN NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, LOCATION, DATE AND CONTENT OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PHOTO IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY AFP. /

Xi Jinping broke promise on South China Sea, says top U.S. general

May 30, 2019 - 12:04 PM

General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Pentagon's Joint Chiefs of Staff, says Chinese President Xi Jinping reneged on promises not to militarize the South China Sea

BETTER TIMES.  File photo of General Joseph Dunford (left), the chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, and China's President Xi Jinping during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on August 17, 2017. Photo by Andy Wong/AFP

Trump chooses army general to lead Joint Chiefs of Staff

Dec 08, 2018 - 11:18 PM

The Joint Chiefs of Staff is made up of the heads of the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and National Guard

GENERAL. In this file photo taken on July 13, 2018, US Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley announces that Austin, Texas, will be the new headquarters for the Army Futures Command during a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America/AFP

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

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

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

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

#PugadBaboy: Dugo ng Shinobi 56

Jun 27, 2017 - 11:00 AM

News Briefs: February 21, 2017

Feb 21, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Tuesday February 21

Colonel ‘Bistek’: Herbert Bautista, other reservist officers promoted

Jan 13, 2017 - 4:16 PM

Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año presides over the donning of ranks and insignias of 16 officers and reservists

FULL COLONEL. Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista gets promoted as full colonel of the 1502nd Ready Reserve Brigade of the Philippine Army during the donning of ranks ceremony held at Camp Aguinaldo on January 13, 2016. QC police director Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar and Armed Forces Chief of Staff Genernal Eduardo Año officiate the donning of his rank and insignia. Photo courtesy of Quezon City PIO

LIVE: Armed Forces of the Philippines turnover ceremony

Dec 07, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Watch the turnover ceremony live on Rappler

Rebel hunter Año is new AFP chief

Dec 07, 2016 - 10:49 AM

Lieutenant General Eduardo Año is the natural choice to become AFP chief but he will have a short term of 10 months

NEW AFP CHIEF. Lieutenant General Eduardo Año is the 3rd from the PMA Matikas Class of '83 to become the chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Rappler photo

Visaya: AFP backs peace talks, will ‘finish’ Abu Sayyaf

Jul 01, 2016 - 3:56 PM

The new Armed Forces chief of staff will be retiring in 6 months

4 lessons about Rodrigo Duterte, the boss

May 30, 2016 - 5:57 PM

Duterte s chief of staff for 7 years Patmei Ruivivar shares lessons and insights about the next president

THE MAYOR. Rody Duterte receives visitors in the Davao City Mayor's office. Photo from Davao City government

'Big honor' to be considered AFP chief – Visaya

May 16, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Army Lieutenant General Ricardo Visaya says he remains focused on his job as commander of the military s Southern Luzon Command

Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

New AFP chief, Typhoon Falcon, Princess Charlotte | 12PM wRap

Jul 10, 2015 - 11:58 AM

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New AFP chief on Friday: Aquino, Gazmin ex-aides contenders

Jul 08, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Should the next military chief come from the Air Force or the Army?

 ARMY OR AIR FORCE? Army chief Hernando Iriberri and Air Force chief Jeffrey Delgado lead the contenders for the top AFP post

Rappler Talk: Moving on after Mamasapano

Mar 06, 2015 - 9:42 AM

Armed Forces chief Catapang talks to Rappler about recent events that shook the Philippine military and what can be done to move forward

Bongbong degrees, Gringo plot, AFP vs. BIFF | The wRap

Feb 25, 2015 - 7:39 PM

Did Bongbong Marcos lie about his university degrees? A former general says Gringo Honasan once plotted to kill the Marcoses The military declares all out war against BIFF

Catapang is new AFP chief of staff

Jul 16, 2014 - 1:07 PM

Lt Gen Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr will formally assume command on Friday July 18

Gigi Reyes needs psychiatric treatment – doctor

Jul 15, 2014 - 6:01 PM

UPDATED Gigi Reyes returns to the Camp Bagong Diwa jail after a brief stay at the Philippine Heart Center

AT THE SANDIGAN. Former Enrile chief of staff Gigi Reyes submits herself to the jurisdiction of the court. Photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

Court summons Gigi Reyes' doctor on hospital transfer

Jul 14, 2014 - 9:42 AM

The court is scheduled to hear Gigi Reyes motion for hospital transfer on Tuesday July 15 or 4 days after she was already transferred to the Philippine Heart Center

MEDICAL WOES. File photo of lawyer Jessica Lucila Reyes

Friendly fire kills 6 soldiers in Sulu

Jul 10, 2014 - 5:36 PM

Will the military punish the soldiers who committed the fatal error?

Is defense chief Gazmin finally stepping down?

Jun 28, 2014 - 1:00 PM

The talk is that retiring Armed Forces chief of staff Manny Bautista is being groomed for the defense department portfolio And over at the Sandigan tables are turned

FATHER-FIGURE: President Benigno Aquino III and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin. Malacañang photo

N. Korea test-fires 30 missiles into sea – S. Korean military

Mar 22, 2014 - 8:57 AM

UPDATED South Korea earlier urged North Korea earlier this week to stop what it called provocative and potentially dangerous tests

Air Force gets 8 new attack helicopters

Nov 07, 2013 - 5:10 PM

These are brand new 3 ton class 8 seater choppers with twin engines that PAF can use to provide close air support to ground forces

BRAND NEW: Italian firm AgustaWestland signs P3.4 billion helicopter deal with Philippine Air Force. Photo from AgustaWestland

Senators’ staff in PDAF case resigned, on leave

Sep 17, 2013 - 5:49 PM

They are among 38 individuals facing charges of either plunder malversation of funds bribery and graft and corruption before the Ombudsman

ALSO CHARGED. Enrile's deputy chief of staff Jose Antonio Evangelista (L) was named by witnesses as signing endorsement letters on the senator's behalf. Enrile's former chief of staff Gigi Reyes (center) was among those charged before the Ombudsman on Monday. Photo from Senate library

Gigi Reyes packs up from Enrile office

Jan 28, 2013 - 7:20 PM

Lawyer Gigi Reyes has indeed resigned according to her staff

Gigi Reyes says sorry, cites disagreement with Enrile

Jan 25, 2013 - 9:22 AM

Gigi Reyes reveals she had drafted a speech for her boss Senate President Enrile about his planned irrevocable resignation which never happened

Enrile, Cayetano in ugly word war

Jan 23, 2013 - 5:30 PM

The Senate squabble continues this time involving Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Sen Alan Peter Cayetano

Son of slain general is new AFP chief

Jan 15, 2013 - 5:44 PM

Army chief Lt Gen Emmanuel Bautista is the new Armed Forces chief of staff

N Korean shoots officers, defects: South military

Oct 06, 2012 - 1:56 PM

2nd UPDATE A North Korean soldier defects to the South through the heavily militarized border telling Seoul military personnel that he had shot dead two officers the Joint Chiefs of Staff says

New PNP chief can be appointed despite election ban - Palace

Sep 23, 2012 - 6:37 PM

Malacañang claims that the Constitution allows for appointment despite election ban for the sake of public order and safety

PNoy, top U.S. general support peaceful end to Scarborough row

Jun 04, 2012 - 4:21 PM

U S military chief Gen Martin Dempsey reiterates his government s support for a peaceful resolution of the Scarborough row between Manila and Beijing

President Benigno Aquino III meets with US General Martin Dempsey during the Courtesy Call at the Music Room, Malacañan Palace Monday June 04, 2012. Also in photo is US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas, Jr. Photo courtesy of Marcelino Pascua / Malacañang Photo Bureau / PCOO

US military chief asks nations to speak on Scarborough

Jun 01, 2012 - 3:31 PM

US chief of staff Gen Martin Dempsey wants to hear from Asia Pacific nations regarding the South China Sea dispute

US IN ASIA-PACIFIC. US Joint Chiefs of Staff chair Army Gen Martin Dempsey (right) confers with US Pacific Command chief Navy Adm Samuel Locklear III (left) ahead of the Shangri-La Dialogue this week. Photo by D Myles Cullen, courtesy of the US Defense Department.

PNoy junks fixed term for AFP chief

Jan 20, 2012 - 6:17 PM

This despite calls for a fixed term to avoid mistakes under the Arroyo years

Oban: 'Our reform agenda have taken root'

Dec 13, 2011 - 8:00 AM

Speech of outgoing AFP Chief Gen Eduardo Oban during the turnover ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo last Dec 12

Profile Photo of Outgoing AFP Chief Gen. Eduardo Oban