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American soldier in South Korea tests positive for coronavirus

Feb 26, 2020 - 1:05 PM

The soldier, a 23-year-old man, is the first infection among the 28,500 troops Washington stations in the South to defend it against the nuclear-armed North

INFECTED. File photo of a US Marine with South Korean soldiers at the Joint Security Area in Kaesong, South Korea in the DMZ of the Korean border. Photo by Shutterstock.com

PMA to honor Lacson, Honasan

Feb 20, 2020 - 6:42 PM

This year's PMA Alumni Homecoming on Saturday is a private affair because of the threat of the COVID-19

HONOREES. Sen. Panfilo Lacson during the Senate hearing on the amendment of the Anti-Terrorism bill on October 1, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte: Military to instill order if coronavirus outbreak becomes pandemic

Feb 10, 2020 - 9:28 PM

Duterte also says that while the government was 'on top' of the coronavirus threat, doctors should work double-time to find a virus cure

PRESIDENT'S ORDERS. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the newly-appointed government officials at the Malacañang Palace on February 6, 2020. Malacañang photo

PMA alumni homecoming postponed because of novel coronavirus

Feb 06, 2020 - 7:54 AM

Originally set for February 14 and 15, the yearly event has been pushed back to February 22, says the Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association

NO VISITORS. The Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City was closed to the general public for 3 weeks starting January 31 amid an outbreak of the novel coronavirus. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

No lockdown in Baguio City, but PMA homecoming may still be postponed

Feb 05, 2020 - 2:43 PM

A statement by defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana says Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong ordered a citywide lockdown. Magalong, however, denies it.

More than 6000 alumni from the PMA attended the less political reunion at the Borromeo Field after the PMAAI banned adopted members from joining. Senator JV Ejercito, however, managed to join together with alumni Rogelio Dela Rosa (Class 86) and Gary Alejano (Class 95). Guest speaker Roy Cimatu (Class 1970) reminisced about the pine trees along the way and said they were more numerous and verdant then. He also called for the regreening of Baguio. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Lorenzana favors postponing PMA alumni homecoming to avert novel coronavirus

Feb 04, 2020 - 11:41 PM

'We deem it prudent to avoid situations where the health and safety of our cadets, PMA alumni, and their families are put at risk,' says the defense chief

PREMIER MILITARY ACADEMY. The facade of the Philippine Military Academy building in Fort del Pilar, Baguio City. Photo by Pediapediahan/Wikimedia Commons

Murder case filed vs alleged gunman in PMA imam killing

Jan 06, 2020 - 8:28 PM

The Baguio City Prosecutor's Office identifies the gunman as 44-year-old Joselito Fernando Vidad

POPULAR IMAM. 'Doing my daily runs aboard Blacktrekker; my mechanical horse,' Bedejim Abdullah says in his caption to this photo he posted on his Facebook page on November 28, 2018. File photo from Bedejim Abdullah's Facebook page

Quickie generals: The military's revolving door needs to be shut

Jan 04, 2020 - 8:34 AM

(UPDATED) Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the AFP ‘could have done better’ if its top commanders served for at least 3 years, instead of the usual one year or less

LOOK UP. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, President Rodrigo Duterte, and General Noel Clement watching a drone show during the Armed Forces of the Philippines' 84th founding anniversary ceremony on December 17, 2019. Photo by Richard Madelo/Presidential Photo

Following Duterte, AFP to perform silent drills in public

Dec 21, 2019 - 4:07 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines complies with President Rodrigo Duterte's order, which came after he was 'inspired' by the Chinese military drawing out crowds for its drills

EXHIBITION. PMA cadets will be pulled in to perform silent drills. PMA file photo

Rescuers search for Chilean plane missing near Antarctica

Dec 10, 2019 - 7:04 PM

(UPDATED) The plane went missing while flying over the Drake Passage, a maritime route between South America and Antarctica frequently hit by some of the world's worst weather

C-130 file photo from Shutterstock

Neighbors worried about China's military, economic might – poll

Dec 06, 2019 - 8:52 AM

A survey by Washington-based Pew Research Center finds that 79% of people across the Asia-Pacific region say they are alarmed by China's growing military strength

Chinese troops march during a military parade in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 1, 2019, to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. (Photo by Greg BAKER / AFP)

Lanao del Sur gov't urges Duterte to reconsider new military camp in Marawi

Dec 05, 2019 - 3:12 PM

Echoing the sentiments of Marawi residents, the provincial government urges President Duterte to review or modify the plan 'taking into account the social and cultural sensitivities of the community'

MARAWI. The view of Marawi City from the old City hall. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

South Korea salvages military pact with Japan at 11th hour

Nov 22, 2019 - 5:32 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Kim You-geun, a national security official at Seoul's presidential Blue House, confirms the accord, known as the General Security of Military Agreement, would not be allowed to lapse at midnight

PMA fires swimming instructors of cadet who drowned during class

Nov 22, 2019 - 2:24 PM

The civilian instructors are found guilty of 'negligence and imprudence' that led to the death of Cadet 4th Class Mario Telan Jr on November 8

PMA CAMPUS. The Philippine Military Academy, Fort General Gregorio del Pilar, in Baguio City. Photo from the PMA Facebook page

Duterte creates group to study creation of new military camp in Marawi

Nov 20, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Yet residents of Marawi City and Lanao del Sur strongly oppose the establishment of another military camp in the war-ravaged city

REHABILITATION. The Duterte Administration wants to put up a new military camp in Marawi City though most residents oppose this. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

100,000 Maranao sign petition to halt planned military camps in Marawi

Nov 18, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Increased military presence in the war-ravaged city may rile up residents' cultural and religious sensitivities, and take up land that has historic meaning to the Maranao people, the petitioners say

SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN. More than 100,000 residents of Marawi City and other parts of Lanao del Sur signed a petition asking the government to scrap plans to build new military camps in the war-ravaged city. Photo of Marawi City by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler. Photo of signatures from Abo Hayyan Malomalo

Army appeals release of 31 arrested in crackdown on progressive groups

Nov 15, 2019 - 9:42 AM

The 31 include 21 laid off workers of a bus company and 10 young members of a grassroots cultural group

RELEASED. Some of the 21 terminated workers who were earlier accused as members of the New People's Army, with their lawyer, Jose Max Ortiz (right), at Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr in Bacolod City on November 6, 2019/Photo by Marchel Espina

Military nurse stabbed dead in Makati City

Nov 14, 2019 - 5:24 PM

The suspect, John Louie Brosas, is a 19-year-old construction worker, whom the victim, 2nd Lieutenant Jennett Beron Aguilar, had been helping after taking pity on him

VICTIM. 2nd Lieutenant Jennett Beron Aguilar is stabbed in the chest after the suspect, whom she knew, stole her mobile phone. Photo from Makati police

CA confirms Clement as AFP chief, Cusi as PMA superintendent

Nov 13, 2019 - 8:48 PM

AFP chief Lt Gen Noel Clement believes martial law in Mindanao should no longer be extended beyond 2019

CONFIRMED. AFP Chief of Staff Lt Gen Noel Clement (L) and PMA Superintendent Rear Admiral Allan Cusi (RA) gets CA nod. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

PMA cadet drowns, found in pool after swimming class

Nov 08, 2019 - 7:48 PM

(UPDATED) Cadet 4th Class Mario Telan Jr was found 'in the 15-foot deep end of the pool' hours after his swimming class, says the Philippine Military Academy

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ISIS chief Baghdadi buried at sea by U.S. military

Oct 29, 2019 - 8:35 AM

The US military basks in success after the eliminating the founder and spiritual guide of the Islamic State group, capping a years-long campaign to crush the Sunni Muslim extremist organization

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA - OCTOBER 28: U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley hold a news conference at the Pentagon the day after it was announced that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a U.S. raid in Syria October 28, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia. The leader and self-proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State, al-Baghdadi reportedly blew himself up with explosives when cornered by a U.S. Special Operations team at his compound in Syria. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP CHIP SOMODEVILLA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

PMA cadet dies of cancer – spokesperson

Oct 28, 2019 - 3:09 PM

(UPDATED) Cadet 2nd Class Cedrick Gadia, from Candon, Ilocos Sur, dies of stage IV esophageal cancer on his father's birthday

PREMIER MILITARY ACADEMY. The facade of the Philippine Military Academy building in Fort del Pilar, Baguio City. Photo by Pediapediahan/Wikimedia Commons

BIGBANG member G-Dragon discharged from military service

Oct 26, 2019 - 2:52 PM

'Now, I'll do my best in my main business. I will return to my job and be faithful to my work,' says G-Dragon after completing his 18-month mandatory military service

Military chief disagrees with call to halt PMA cadet recruitment

Oct 25, 2019 - 10:21 PM

This, after a lawmaker called for a yearlong ban on freshman enrollments at the country's premier military school, following reports of 27 alleged hazing cases including some recorded on video

EFFORTS ENOUGH? Military chief Lieutenant General Noel Clement declined a lawmaker's call to halt cadet recruitment at the Philippine Military Academy, where more cases of alleged hazing were recently discovered. File photo by DARREN LANGIT

Lost their way: Chinese orienteering team caught cheating

Oct 24, 2019 - 3:56 PM

Spectators helped them by pointing the way, while a number of 'markings and small paths (were) prepared for them, which only they were aware of,' the International Orienteering Federation (IOF) says

WATCH: Hazing inside the PMA barracks

Oct 23, 2019 - 4:54 PM

The videos prove that hazing 'happens in PMA,' the military says as it vows strong efforts to end the practice in the country's premier military school

HAZING IN BARRACKS. Screenshot from a sourced video showing PMA cadets hazing fellow cadets in their dormitory inside campus

U.S. forces withdraw from key base in northern Syria

Oct 20, 2019 - 6:48 PM

It is the fourth withdrawal of American forces in a week, and leaves Syria's northern provinces of Aleppo and Raqa devoid of US troops

WITHDRAWAL. US military vehicles drive on a street in the town of Tal Tamr on October 20, 2019, after pulling out of their base. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

7 PMA cadets tagged in Dormitorio’s death to be court martialed

Oct 15, 2019 - 4:17 PM

Court martial proceedings will run parallel to criminal cases filed against the cadets accused of hazing, torturing, and murdering the 20-year-old plebe

COMMANDANT. Brigadier General Romeo Brawner speaks to reporters at the Philippine Military Academy. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/Rappler

When to quit

Oct 14, 2019 - 9:00 PM

When does resignation become an act of courage and a show of character? When does it serve the greater good?

Erdogan threatens EU with refugee influx if criticizes Syria operation

Oct 10, 2019 - 8:47 PM

Turkey currently hosts 3.6 million refugees from the eight-year conflict in Syria – the highest number in the world

ERDOGAN AND EU. Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warns the EU that Ankara would allow millions of refugees to head to Europe if the bloc criticizes Turkey's military offensive in Syria. File photo by Adem Altan/Agence France-Presse

Saudi rules women can join armed forces

Oct 10, 2019 - 3:38 PM

The move is the latest in a series of measures aimed at increasing the rights of women in the kingdom, even as rights groups accuse Riyadh of cracking down on women activists

Highest-ranking PMA cadet resigns over Dormitorio's death

Oct 09, 2019 - 11:01 PM

Cadet 1st Class Ram Michael Navarro, the brigade commander of the cadet corps or the class baron of PMA Masidlawin Class of 2020, cites command responsibility for his decision

'COMMAND RESPONSIBILITY.' Cadet 1st Class Ram Michael Navarro, the class baron of PMA Masidlawin Class of 2020, resigns on Wednesday, October 9. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

PH, U.S. forces kick off ‘more advanced’ KAMANDAG war games

Oct 09, 2019 - 3:05 PM

The joint military exercises will feature the Philippines' brand new amphibious assault vehicles in an international drill for the first time

Criminal complaints filed vs 7 suspects in PMA cadet Dormitorio's hazing death

Oct 08, 2019 - 6:30 PM

'I would like to tell my brother, this is just Part I of the battle. We will not stop hanggang hindi napapanagot ang lahat,' says Dexter Dormitorio

Iraq military admits 'excessive force' used in deadly protests

Oct 07, 2019 - 7:00 PM

'Excessive force outside the rules of engagement was used and we have begun to hold accountable those commanding officers who carried out these wrong acts,' the military says

PROTESTS. Iraqi protesters take part in a demonstration against state corruption, failing public services, and unemployment, in the Iraqi capital Baghdad's central Khellani Square on October 4, 2019. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

[OPINION] Enough of words! Hazing needs no new solution

Oct 05, 2019 - 2:58 PM

Every solution to hazing at the Philippine Military Academy has been tried and found wanting. What should be done?

PMA’s record of hazing deaths

Oct 04, 2019 - 8:27 AM

(UPDATED) On the flipside of the Philippine Military Academy’s proud history of churning out military and police generals is a list of cadets who died as a result of hazing

COURAGE, INTEGRITY, LOYALTY. Cadets at the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City are now honor-bound to tell if they have experienced or perpetrated hazing. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Bangladesh troops accused of raping Rohingya girl

Oct 03, 2019 - 9:09 PM

The inquiry comes as around a million Rohingya in vast camps in Bangladesh face increasing hostility two years after fleeing a military offensive in Myanmar

ROHINGYA CRISIS. A Rohingya refugee girl walks back to her home after collecting water from a tube well at Nayapara Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh's Teknaf district on April 6, 2018. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Dormitorio family: We seek justice for Darwin, and more

Oct 03, 2019 - 4:31 PM

‘We also want to preserve the reputation of the institution…. This is for the kids who want to join the academy in the future,’ says the victim's brother, Dexter Dormitorio

'Have heart and soul,' new PMA chief tells cadets

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Rear Admiral Allan Cusi formally takes his post two weeks after the gruesome death of a cadet exposed the horrors of hazing within the Philippines' premier military school

HEART AND SOUL. Rear Admiral Allan Cusi addresses cadets as he takes over as superintendent of the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City on October 1, 2019. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Hazing? What hazing?

Oct 01, 2019 - 8:00 PM

We are all under siege, all on trial over Darwin Dormitorio's death and over his classmates’ and schoolmates’ participation in the everyday steps that led him to his last vomit

Police probe shows Dormitorio’s life inside PMA was living hell

Sep 30, 2019 - 7:19 PM

(UPDATED) Darwin Dormitorio was barely 21 days at the Philippine Military Academy when his ordeal – which would lead to his death – started

[OPINION] Fraternities are insecure men’s clubs

Sep 30, 2019 - 3:30 PM

You have to be really insecure to want to sacrifice your morals just to make sure you have a safety blanket when you graduate

Brawner bares tools in PMA war vs hazing: Mental healthcare, honor code

Sep 28, 2019 - 12:10 PM

Brigadier General Romeo Brawner, the new PMA Commandant of Cadets, bares his battle plan for his so-called war against hazing

COMMANDANT. Brigadier General Romeo Brawner speaks to reporters at the Philippine Military Academy. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/Rappler

AFP appoints new PMA superintendent, commandant of cadets

Sep 26, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Brigadier General Romeo Brawner Jr 'declares war on hazing,' as the military grapples with the fatal hazing of Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio

WAR ON HAZING. Brigadier General Romeo Brawner Jr has been appointed PMA Commandant of Cadets to replace Brigadier General Bartolome Bacarro who resigned. Brawner says he is "declaring war on hazing." File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

'Darwin died a hero': Hundreds pay tribute to PMA cadet in Cagayan de Oro

Sep 25, 2019 - 7:11 PM

Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio dreamed to be a 'changemaker' – a dream many believe he achieved in his brief life

soldiers from the Army's 4th Infantry Division carries the casket of Philippine Military Academy Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio at the Cagayan de Oro Gardens in Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

3rd PMA cadet hospitalized for suspected hazing – AFP

Sep 25, 2019 - 10:23 AM

Three cadets from the country's premier military school are recuperating from injuries sustained from suspected hazing

PREMIER MILITARY ACADEMY. The facade of the Philippine Military Academy building in Fort del Pilar, Baguio City. Photo by Pediapediahan/Wikimedia Commons

PMA identifies suspects in cadet's hazing death

Sep 24, 2019 - 3:10 PM

(UPDATED) Cadets 3rd Class Shalimar Imperial and Felix Lumbag – Darwin Dormitorio’s superiors – are expelled from the Philippine Military Academy

PREMIER MILITARY ACADEMY. The facade of the Philippine Military Academy building in Fort del Pilar, Baguio City. Photo by Pediapediahan/Wikimedia Commons

PMA chief resigns over death of cadet Darwin Dormitorio

Sep 24, 2019 - 12:08 PM

(6th UPDATE) 'In the military tradition of command responsibility, it is now the proper time for me, as the head of the institution, along with the Commandant of Cadets, to relinquish our respective positions,' says PMA Superintendent Lieutenant General Ronnie Evangelista

PMA OFFICIALS. PMA Superintendent Lt Gen Ronnie Evangelista (middle), Commandant of Cadets Brig Gen Bartolome Vicente Bacarro (right), and Assistant PMA Superintendent Nestor Florente Rayos (left) hold a press conference at PMA Longayban Hall on September 24, 2019. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Darwin Dormitorio's lifelong dream was to join the PMA

Sep 23, 2019 - 10:42 PM

(UPDATED) 'Ever since we were in high school, all he ever wanted was to be in the PMA, and he pursued that with passion,' says one of Darwin Dormitorio's friends

LIFELONG DREAM. Friends say it was Darwin Dormitorio's lifelong dream to join the Philippine Military Academy. Photo provided by Ashley Ravidas