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Syria downs Russian plane, Moscow blames Israel

Sep 18, 2018 - 12:23 PM

(UPDATED) The incident, which happened late Monday, is the worst case of friendly fire between the two allies since Russia's game-changing military intervention in September 2015

Palparan: ‘We’ve got to hate the movement’

Sep 17, 2018 - 8:00 PM

In a 2006 interview with Newsbreak, then Army major general Jovito Palparan talks about the war with communists

Militants hold a protest during the promulgation of former Army General Jovito Palparan at the Bulacan RTC on September 17, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Military vows continued legal support for Palparan

Sep 17, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Army chief Lieutenant General Rolando Bautista says they will 'extend the necessary support' to the retired general and his 2 co-accused

Militants hold a protest during the promulgation of former Army General Jovito Palparan at the Bulacan RTC on September 17, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PMA alumni from Mindanao put out newspaper ad vs Trillanes

Sep 14, 2018 - 5:12 PM

The paid ad in the Inquirer calls on Philippine Military Academy graduates to ostracize Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and oust him from the alum group

LETTER. A Mindanao-based group of Philippine Military Alumni put out a paid advertisement on Friday calling for the ouster of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV from the PMA Alumni Association.

Sereno hits Duterte: AFP benefits come from taxpayers, not you

Sep 12, 2018 - 9:41 PM

'No, Mr. President, those allowances and salary increases come not from you. They come from hard-earned taxpayers' money,' says the former chief justice

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sereno tells Duterte: 'Ipinahamak mo ang AFP'

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:14 PM

(UPDATED) 'Ang implikasyon po nito ay napakalalim at nakakabahala,' ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says of the repercussions of President Duterte's order to void the amnesty of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

MEDIA INTERVIEW. Ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno addresses questions from reporters in an interview in the Senate on September 12, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte outburst at military was sign of 'confidence' – Roque

Sep 12, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says President Rodrigo Duterte's 'seeming incitement is also an expression of confidence' that no one would follow Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's example

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the members of his cabinet following the dialogue with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo at the Malacañan Palace on September 11, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

AFP on standby for Typhoon Mangkhut response

Sep 11, 2018 - 7:25 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines says soldiers are ready to assist in disaster response efforts and relief operations

Duterte dares AFP: You want another president? Fine

Sep 11, 2018 - 7:05 PM

(UPDATED) President Duterte shows a rare outburst at the military

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to the surviving platoon mates of the late Captain Clinton Capio during his wake visit at the mortuary of the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio on January 16, 2017. Capio, a Philippine Military Academy Class 2006, was killed in a clash with the Abu Sayaff members last Thursday. ALBERT ALCAIN/Presidential Photos

Stay calm, military tells public

Sep 11, 2018 - 3:34 PM

There has been no unusual movement of military vehicles in the capital, says the armed forces spokesman

Col. Edgar Arevalo, AFP Spokeperson during press conference at Camp Aguinaldo on Tuesday, Sept 4, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Russia launches biggest ever war games

Sep 11, 2018 - 12:30 PM

(UPDATED) The week-long deployment dubbed 'Vostok-2018' is condemned by NATO as a rehearsal for 'large-scale conflict'

[ANALYSIS] Don't mess with the military

Sep 08, 2018 - 7:36 PM

To drag your armed forces into this political game is to spook it. And the consequences of that will come in painful increments.

Russians in UK spy poisoning posed as businessmen – report

Sep 07, 2018 - 6:16 PM

The Daily Telegraph newspaper, citing an unnamed security source, says the two men had posed as businessmen to obtain their visas from the British consulate in Saint Petersburg.

NOVICHOK ATTACK. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (R) talks with Wiltshire Police's Chief Constable Kier Pritchard (2L) near The Mill Pub in Salisbury, southern England, on March 15, 2018. File photo by Toby Melville/AFP

Military defers action on Trillanes, waits for SC

Sep 07, 2018 - 2:10 PM

'The DND respects the judicial process and will defer to the decision of the court on the matter,' says the Department of National Defense

NOW UP TO SC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV at the Senate building in Pasay City. Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Mattis makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

Sep 07, 2018 - 1:37 PM

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' arrival in Kabul comes at a sensitive time in the 17-year war

JAMES MATTIS. In this file photo, US Defense Secretary James Mattis delivers his speech during the first plenary session of the 17th Asian Security Summit of the IISS ShangriLa Dialogue in Singapore on June 2, 2018. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Trillanes: Supreme Court TRO will give military a 'way out'

Sep 07, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Trillanes says it is the only way that the military can get out of the order to arrest him without necessarily defying their commander-in-chief

Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Russian 'military intelligence' behind Novichok attack – UK

Sep 05, 2018 - 9:02 PM

'Based on a body of intelligence the government has concluded that the two individuals named by the police... are officers of the Russian military intelligence service, also known as the GRU,' Prime Minister Theresa May says

NOVICHOK ATTACKS. In this file photo taken on March 08, 2018 members of the emergency services in green biohazard encapsulated suits afix the tent over the bench where where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found on March 4 at The Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury, southern England, after the tent became detached.  File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

[OPINION] The sound of the military's silence

Sep 02, 2018 - 9:51 PM

It’s the stacking of retired military officers to top government posts that makes me pause and think

Facebook move on Myanmar raises thorny political questions

Aug 28, 2018 - 11:54 AM

Facebook says they will continue to investigate instances of 'devastating violence' around the world incited by users on the platform

Chinese bombers likely training for U.S. strikes – Pentagon

Aug 17, 2018 - 11:05 AM

A Pentagon report says the People's Liberation Army may demonstrate the 'capability to strike US and allied forces and military bases in the western Pacific Ocean, including Guam'

Junta after Duterte? Democracy should remain, says U.S. defense exec

Aug 16, 2018 - 2:57 PM

'I hope that the future of the Philippines remains at the hands of the people here,' says US Defense Assistant Secretary Randall Schriver

VISITING. US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall Schriver in a roundtable press interview at the US Embassy in Manila. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Duterte's dream resignation, 'junta', successor scenarios

Aug 16, 2018 - 11:10 AM

What's the process for a President to resign? Can President Rodrigo Duterte choose his successor? Here's what the Constitution and a law professor say.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath to newly-appointed government officials at the Heroes Hall of Malacañan Palace on August 13, 2018. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte dismisses PMA comptroller Hector Maraña

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:05 PM

'Send the guy to hell,' says President Rodrigo Duterte after signing the dismissal order in the middle of his speech in Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes to the graduates of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) 'Salaknib' Class of 2017 during their Commencement Exercises at Fort General Gregorio H. del Pilar in Baguio City on March 12, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/Presidential Photo

Military should address 'evolving' security threats – Ex-defense chief

Aug 07, 2018 - 2:57 PM

Former defense secretary Orlando Mercado says there should be 'a lot more effort' to establish good intelligence gathering and sharing among security forces in the Philippines

PH shooting eyes UP, Ateneo as breeding grounds

Aug 02, 2018 - 8:27 PM

The Philippine National Shooting Association leaders aim to discover new talents for the national pool

NEW LEADERS. The Philippine National Shooting Association (PNSA) officials take their oath of service in the Philippine Olympic Committee. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Army nabs Islamic teacher in Basilan

Aug 02, 2018 - 3:14 PM

Relatives of Indalin Jainul deny initial claims he was involved in the July 31 car blast

Lamitan Basilan- An ustadz was arrested by the military at Tinambakan, Barangay Maganda Lamitan City yesterday.

Smuggled Hummers to go to police, military – Duterte

Aug 01, 2018 - 6:58 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte saves 'more than 10' contraband Hummers from destruction to give them to law enforcers

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte inspects one of the contraband luxury vehicles before they were subjected to condemnation and public destruction at Port Irene in Sta. Ana, Cagayan on July 30, 2018. A total of 68 contraband luxury vehicles worth over P277 million and eight contraband luxury motorbikes worth over P19 million were destroyed as part of the President's campaign against smuggling and corruption in the government. Joining the President are Cagayan Special Economic Zone (CEZA) Administrator and CEO Raul Lambino and Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte warns: Murder-for-hire cops, soldiers will be 'neutralized'

Aug 01, 2018 - 6:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's warning comes amid recent assassinations and assassination attempts against local government officials and priests

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives the National Security Policy for Change and Well-Being of the Filipino People and the National Security Strategy 2018 from National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. during the Joint 68th National Security Council and 69th National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) Founding Anniversary Celebration at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on July 31, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Two pilots killed in Vietnam military plane crash

Jul 26, 2018 - 6:25 PM

The pilots aare on a training drill when their aircraft crashes around midday in Nghe An province, a local police officer tells AFP.

Historic visit: PH military welcomes MILF to Camp Aguinaldo

Jul 12, 2018 - 7:46 PM

(UPDATED) At a critical stage of the Bangsamoro peace process, the Philippine military rolls out the red carpet at the headquarters for officials of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front

HISTORIC VISIT. Members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, including high-ranking officials of the Moro Islamoc Liberation Front, pay a courtesy call to Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Carlito Galvez Jr on July 12, 2018. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Military rejects electronic surveillance limits in draft constitution

Jul 05, 2018 - 9:33 PM

Armed Forces chief General Carlito Galvez Jr also rejects a move to delete the provision in the current constitution assigning the military as the ‘protector of the people’

REVIEW. Armed Forces chief General Carlito Galvez Jr says on July 5, 2018, he will create a group that will carefully study the draft by the ConCom for its possible impact on the security sector. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Myanmar sacks top general involved in Rohingya crackdown

Jun 26, 2018 - 3:38 PM

The military says in a Facebook post that Major General Maung Maung Soe, the former head of the western command in Rakhine, has been 'purged' for poor performance

Malacañang confirms new landing of China plane in Davao

Jun 24, 2018 - 11:09 AM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says the Chinese plane landed in Davao City, hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte, for a 'refueling stop'

DUTERTE'S SPOKESMAN. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque confirms that a Chinese plane landed in Davao City again. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S. Navy planning new camps to support immigration crackdown – report

Jun 23, 2018 - 1:00 PM

According to a draft memo obtained by Time magazine, the navy plans to build 'temporary and austere' tent cities to house 25,000 migrants across 3 abandoned air fields in Alabama, 47,000 people at a facility near San Francisco, and another 47,000 at a training center in southern California

AT THE BORDER. A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle illuminates a group of Central American asylum seekers before taking them into custody near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

Communist rebels OK 3-month postponement of peace talks

Jun 21, 2018 - 8:31 AM

The National Democratic Front says in a statement on Thursday, June 21, that it agrees 'to continue peace negotiations and to overcome obstacles and impediments'

ALL SMILES. Government negotiator Hernani Braganza flies to Utrecht to formally relay President Rodrigo Duterte's adjustments to the timeline of talks. Photos released by government panel

U.S., South Korea confirm suspending military drills

Jun 19, 2018 - 9:55 AM

(UPDATED) Seoul says the suspension will affect the large-scale Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises slated for August

JOINT DRILL. In this file photo, South Korea and US soldiers watch from an observation post during a joint live firing drill between South Korea and the US at the Seungjin Fire Training Field. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Military asks Duterte for 3-month postponement of peace talks

Jun 15, 2018 - 1:21 PM

The military, which initially asked for a 6-month postponement, wants to use the time to look into the implications of a possible ceasefire on its security operations, says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on June 13, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Military, police worried NPA will use peace talks to regroup

Jun 14, 2018 - 3:15 PM

While security forces support President Rodrigo Duterte's peace initiative, they reiterate a warning during the recent command conference

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on June 13, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Duterte wants ex-military to head anti-red tape agency

Jun 14, 2018 - 7:52 AM

For the new Anti-Red Tape Agency to 'have more teeth,' Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says President Rodrigo Duterte wants a former military general to lead the office

China plane only refueling in Davao? 'Very obvious lie,' says Trillanes

Jun 12, 2018 - 7:55 PM

Minority senators are eyeing a probe into the issue, but it is uncertain if committees headed by President Rodrigo Duterte's allies will agree to conduct such an inquiry

Photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

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

Military says 15 BIFF fighters killed in Maguindanao offensive

Jun 10, 2018 - 10:05 PM

The military adds that the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front are working for the quick return of residents displaced by the offensive

Frightened residents flee military air strikes vs BIFF

Jun 10, 2018 - 11:37 AM

(UPDATED) The military is conducting operations against a faction of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State

U.S. fears of 'mystery weapon' revived by new China diplomat cases

Jun 09, 2018 - 4:51 PM

The new cases eerily echo the odd noises and subsequent illnesses suffered by 24 U.S. diplomats evacuated from Cuba since 2016, deepening a baffling medical enigma.

CUBA. US Marines stand outside the Embassy of the United State of America in Havana, on February 21, 2018. Photo by Adalberto Roque / AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 8, 2018

Jun 08, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

MARITIME DISPUTE. A ship of the China Coast Guard near Scarborough Shoal, September 3, 2016. File photo from the Philippine Department of National Defense

Taiwan military drill repels 'invasion' as China tensions rise

Jun 07, 2018 - 10:37 PM

Live-fire drills begins with troops simulating surprise air and coastal assaults to reflect increased military threats from China, which sees Taiwan as a renegade province to be brought back into the fold – by force if necessary

LIVE DRILL. A pair of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters take part in the Han Kuang drill at the Ching Chuan Kang (CCK) air force base in Taichung, central Taiwan, on June 7, 2018. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

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Jun 06, 2018 - 8:41 PM

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Court orders arrest of Lanao mayor under Duterte adviser's custody

Jun 06, 2018 - 12:28 PM

A Lanao del Norte court issues an arrest warrant against Pantar town Mayor Jabar Tago over a murder charge

TOWN CHIEF. Pantar town Mayor Jabar Tago talks to a guest in his office. Photo from the Facebook page of the Municipality of Pantar

Duterte doubts military would follow orders to defend West PH Sea

Jun 06, 2018 - 12:15 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he fears a coup d'etat if he orders the Armed Forces to go on a 'suicide' mission against China in the West Philippine Sea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte listens to the query from one of the members of the media after delivering his arrival statement at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on June 5, 2018 following a successful three-day official visit to the Republic of Korea. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Google retreating from military AI project: reports

Jun 02, 2018 - 3:35 PM

The collaboration with the US Department of Defense was said to have sparked rebellion inside the California-based company.

GOOGLE. A man walks past the logo of the US multinational technology company Google during the VivaTech trade fair ( Viva Technology), on May 24, 2018 in Paris. Photo by Alain Jocard / AFP