12 terrorists, 1 Marine killed in intense gun battle in Marawi

Sep 26, 2017 - 5:35 PM

The Marine is killed by an enemy sniper while 13 of his comrades are wounded by shrapnel from improvised explosive devices

MARAWI CRISIS. File photo of Philippine Marines fighting in Marawi. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

U.S. labels North Korea 'war' claim absurd, as Pyongyang boosts defenses

Sep 26, 2017 - 3:03 PM

White House: 'We have not declared war against North Korea and frankly the suggestion of that is absurd'

This picture taken on February 15, 2017 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on February 16, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) attending a national meeting at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium in Pyongyang to celebrate the 75th birth anniversary of the late leader Kim Jong-Il. KCNA via KNS/AFP

Drilon admits he underwent fraternity hazing

Sep 26, 2017 - 7:00 AM

'Like Senator Gordon, Senator Lacson, we all went through this in our younger days. We all know what happens in initiation rights when you go through hazing,' says Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

How an army captain died saving his soldier's life in Marawi

Sep 23, 2017 - 2:36 PM

Company Commander Rommel Sandoval could not bear seeing any of his men wounded. For this, he paid the ultimate sacrifice.

'DAREDEVIL.' Caprain Rommel Sandoval's courage was 'above and beyond the call of duty,' said his superiors. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Iran's Rouhani vows to boost missiles despite U.S. criticism

Sep 22, 2017 - 2:25 PM

'We will strengthen not only our missiles but also our air, land and sea forces... When it comes to defending our country, we will ask nobody for their permission,' says President Hassan Rouhani

N. Korea FM raises threat of H-bomb test in Pacific

Sep 22, 2017 - 1:56 PM

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho raises the possibility after Kim Jong-Un warned the US of the 'highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history'

This photo taken on May 6, 2016 and released on May 7 by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un reporting works of North Korean Workers Party Central Committee during the 7th Workers Party Congress at the 'April 25 Palace' in Pyongyang. KCNA via KNS / Stringer /AFP

Kim hits back at Trump as U.S. ramps up North Korea sanctions

Sep 22, 2017 - 8:10 AM

Kim Jong-Un is keen to show the world that he is not intimidated by Donald Trump's forceful rhetoric

This photo taken on May 6, 2016 and released on May 7 by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un reporting works of North Korean Workers Party Central Committee during the 7th Workers Party Congress at the 'April 25 Palace' in Pyongyang. KCNA via KNS / Stringer /AFP

North Korea seeks 'equilibrium' with U.S., says nuclear capability nearly complete

Sep 16, 2017 - 9:42 AM

(UPDATED) The North's leader Kim Jong-Un says the country is close to the goal of completing its nuclear ambitions and should use all state power at its disposal to finish the task, saying it had 'nearly reached the terminal'

Maute ratholes, trenches revealed as troops gain ground in Marawi

Sep 14, 2017 - 2:23 PM

In one area ratholes that can fit 5 people cut through adjacent buildings says the military

RAT HOLES. Networks of rat holes are found in former strongholds of the Maute Group. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

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 Labisindaw Belo looks after her grandchid inside Al-Qayriya Madrasa, an evacuation center in Balo-i, Lanao del Norte. the parents of the child had to 60 days after the Marawi siege started, the Internally Displaced are still not sure if they have a home to return to. Government forces are still fighting the IS-linked Maute group in Marawi city. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

U.S. increases surveillance support to PH military

Sep 11, 2017 - 11:16 AM

The United States deployed the Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft Systems UAS to Mindanao the US embassy says in a statement

Trump says military action against North Korea 'not inevitable'

Sep 08, 2017 - 2:00 PM

President Donald Trump says if the US is left with no choice but to attack It will be a very sad day for North Korea

MILITARY ACTION. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks about North Korea at a meeting with administration officials on the opioid addiction crisis at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on August 8, 2017. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

PH military believes 5 other Maute brothers killed

Sep 08, 2017 - 1:20 PM

The deaths of the 5 brothers and Abdullah Maute leave Omar as the only Maute brother fighting in Marawi says the Philippine military

NATO chief sees no 'imminent threat' in Russia war games

Sep 06, 2017 - 11:49 PM

We will monitor the Zapad activity closely and we are vigilant but also calm because we don t see any imminent threat against any NATO ally NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg says

JENS STOLTENBERG. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (L) and Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo pose for photographer prior to a meeting in Warsaw, Poland on August 25, 2017. Photo by Janek Skazynski/AFP

Another PH Marines chief assigned to guard Scarborough, Benham

Sep 04, 2017 - 3:11 PM

Major General Emmanuel Salamat assumes as head of the AFP s Northern Luzon Command Nolcom the unit responsible for the country s northernmost territory

PMA '85. Major General Emmanuel Salamat (rightmost) is the latest among the members of PMA Class '85 to get a promotion

U.S. warns North Korea of 'massive military response' after nuke test

Sep 04, 2017 - 7:31 AM

US Defense Secretary Mattis: We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country namely North Korea But as I said we have many options to do so

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT. Residents watch a big video screen on Mirae Scientists Street in Pyongyang showing newsreader Ri Chun-Hee as she announces the news that the country has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb on September 3, 2017. Kim Won-Jin/AFP

Legarda declares support for peace talks with Reds

Sep 03, 2017 - 9:34 AM

The Hague Joint Declaration that guides the framework of the peace process marks its 25th year

PEACE TALKS. Peace with communist rebels was among the campaign promises of President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Edwin Espejo/OPAPP

U.S. turns over gas masks to Philippine Navy

Sep 02, 2017 - 1:56 PM

The US embassy says the transfer – made through the Mutual Logistics Support Agreement – is part of the ongoing transfers from the US military to multiple branches of the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Photo courtesy of the United States embassy in Manila

Troops retake 2nd bridge in Marawi, 3 soldiers killed

Sep 01, 2017 - 12:32 PM

UPDATED Three soldiers are killed and 52 others are wounded as troops push forward against local terrorists to end the war that has dragged on for over 3 months

MORE THAN 100 DAYS. Troops cross the Mapandi Bridge in Marawi City to mark a significant win against local terrorist groups as the crisis reached its 100th Day on Wednesday, August 30. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler MORE THAN 100 DAYS. Troops cross the Mapandi Bridge in Marawi City to mark a significant win against local terrorist groups as the crisis reached its 100th Day on Wednesday, August 30. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

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Aug 31, 2017 - 9:57 AM

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MESSAGING. President Rodrigo Duterte defends his threats to kill, saying on August 30, 2017, that they can be defended even in front of Jesus Christ. Malacañang photo

North Korea says more missiles to come as UN condemns launch

Aug 30, 2017 - 7:15 AM

UPDATED The launch of the Hwasong 12 intermediate range missile was supervised by leader Kim Jong Un the official Korean Central News Agency reports

ALERT. Pedestrians watch the news on a huge screen displaying a map of Japan (R) and the Korean Peninsula, in Tokyo on August 29, 2017, following a North Korean missile test that passed over Japan. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

All-women military, police contingent deployed to assist in Marawi

Aug 29, 2017 - 4:03 PM

The 102 women in uniform – 62 from the army and 40 from the police – will provide psychosocial support to internally displaced persons across Lanao del Norte and and Lanao del Sur

WOMEN POWER.  Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez, chief of the AFP Western Mindanao Command, talks to the all-women team on their important mission upon their arrival at the Laguindingan Airport on Tuesday, August 29, 2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Trump signs memo banning transgender troops

Aug 26, 2017 - 11:36 AM

The memorandum calls on Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and homeland security chiefs to submit an implementation plan by mid February and grants Mattis broad discretion what to do about currently serving transgender personnel

North Korea fires short-range missiles – U.S. military

Aug 26, 2017 - 8:13 AM

UPDATED Two of the missiles failed in flight and the 3rd blew up almost immediately says a spokesman for the US Pacific Command

U.S. military to install radar in Pacific's Palau

Aug 24, 2017 - 1:40 PM

The move will beef up the United States monitoring ability in the western Pacific region amid threats from North Korea

An undated handout photo received on October 28, 2015, shows Palau's Rock Islands as the tiny Pacific island nation of Palau on October 28, created one of the world's largest marine sanctuaries, saying it wanted to restore the ocean for future generations. At 500,000 square kilometres (193,000 square miles), the sanctuary is the same size as Spain and covers an underwater wonderland containing 1,300 species of fish and 700 types of coral. AFP PHOTO / THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS / Matt RAND ----EDITORS NOTE ---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS " NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS / AFP PHOTO / THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS / MATT RAND

Trump backs off Afghan withdrawal, lambasts Pakistan

Aug 22, 2017 - 9:51 AM

UPDATED Trump discards his previous criticism of the 16 year old war as a waste of time and money admitting things looked different from behind the desk in the Oval Office

POLICY ADDRESS. US President Donald Trump speaks during his address to the nation from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Virginia, on August 21, 2017. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

U.S. launches probe after second deadly Navy collision

Aug 22, 2017 - 8:17 AM

Analysts say the accident which comes after June s collision off Japan involving a US warship raises questions about whether the US Navy is overstretched in Asia

POINT OF CONTACT. The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain, with a hole on its portside after a collision with an oil tanker, makes its way to Changi naval base in Singapore on August 21, 2017. Roslan Rahman/AFP

9 civilians killed in Abu Sayyaf rampage in Basilan

Aug 21, 2017 - 1:30 PM

The attack is believed to be a tactic to divert the attention of the military from its operations in nearby areas

ABU SAYYAF ATTACK. Bandits under Furuji Indama attack the village of Tubigan in Maluso, Basilan. All photos from Richard Falcatan/Rappler

10 sailors missing after U.S. destroyer collision off Singapore

Aug 21, 2017 - 8:29 AM

UPDATED The guided missile destroyer USS John S McCain collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC near the Straits of Malacca in the early hours the US Navy says

The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) on June 26, 2017. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Mortensen/Released

North Korea slams upcoming joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises

Aug 20, 2017 - 6:08 PM

Pyongyang calls the upcoming joint exercises the most explicit expression of hostility against North Korea

PH Navy gets radar system from U.S.

Aug 20, 2017 - 11:52 AM

The Tethered Aerostat Radar System TARS is a balloon borne radar that will boost the country s capability to patrol its maritime territories

BALLOON-BORNE RADARS. This photo from the web site of the US Customs and Border Protection shows one of its tethered aerostat radar system

House appropriations committee okays P103.6-B health budget for 2018

Aug 15, 2017 - 10:01 AM

The department is asking for a 9 increase from its 2017 budget Lawmakers however question why some hospitals got a budget cut

BUDGET DELIBS. DOH Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial during the budget hearing at the House of Representatives on August 14, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

U.S. rallies LatAm on Venezuela after Trump military warning

Aug 15, 2017 - 8:47 AM

The United States rallies its Latin American allies after President Donald Trump warned of possible military action

GUARDED. A Venezuelan army soldier stands by a portrait of President Nicolas Maduro during the press conference given by Defense Minister general Vladimir Padrino Lopez at Fort Tiuna in Caracas on August 14, 2017. Federico Parra/AFP

PH military asks Congress for P124M EDCA 'counterpart fund'

Aug 14, 2017 - 9:07 PM

Armed Forces chief Gen Eduardo Año asks Congress for P124 million the Philippines has to cough up for the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement

BUDGET HEARING. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año defend their budgets before the House of Representatives on August 14, 2017

Guam residents pray for peace as North Korea deadline looms

Aug 13, 2017 - 3:38 PM

The island s archbishop appeals for prudence amid an escalating war of words between the US and Pyongyang

CALM. Afternoon traffic passes in front of a wall painted with US and Guam flags in the Tumon district on the island of Guam on August 11, 2017. Virgilio Valencia/AFP

Transgender U.S. troops sue Trump over ban announcement

Aug 10, 2017 - 7:21 AM

The 5 plaintiffs from the Air Force Coast Guard and the Army say they face uncertainty about their futures including whether they would be fired or lose post military and retirement benefits

NOT A BURDEN. This file photo taken on July 26, 2017 shows protesters as they display placards against US President Donald Trump during a demonstration in front of the US Army career center in Times Square, New York. Jewel Samad/AFP

North Korea threatens missile strike near US territory Guam – KCNA

Aug 09, 2017 - 10:15 AM

Pyongyang says it s now carefully examining the operational plan for making an enveloping fire at the areas around Guam with medium to long range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong 12

TARGET. This photo taken on July 14, 2017 shows tourists on a beach in Guam's capital Hagatna.Mar-Vic Cagurangan/AFP

Troops push to rescue Marawi hostages in 'last lap' operations

Aug 09, 2017 - 8:22 AM

Father Chito and the rest are still being kept as hostages and utilized as human shields inside the main battle area Part of our priorities is the safe rescue of Father Chito says Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año

HOSTAGED. Catholic priest Father Teresito 'Chito' Suganob was taken on May 23, the day clashes erupted in Marawi City

There will be a valor awardee from Marawi – Duterte

Aug 07, 2017 - 8:00 AM

President Duterte promises to give the awardee one of his most special guns – a model used by the US Marines – that may be used even under water

VALOR. The Medal for Valor was last awarded in 2013, posthumously, to the late Private First Class Ian Pacquit. Rappler file photo

Venezuela army repels attack on base, hunts assailants

Aug 06, 2017 - 9:58 PM

4th UPDATE The incident heightens fears that Venezuela s deepening political and economic crisis could yet explode into extreme violence

ATTACKED. View of the military base of Paramacay Fort in Venezuela's third city, Valencia on August 6, 2016. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

PH military recruits more lawyers

Aug 06, 2017 - 3:38 PM

The military commits to beef up the number of military lawyers who will take care of resolving all legal issues on real state personnel retirement appointment separation demotion promotion and procurement within the military

The newly-appointed Probationary Military Lawyers made a courtesy call to Rear Admiral Narciso Vingson Jr, Deputy Chief of Staff AFP and Col. Serme Legaspi Ayuyao, the Judge Advocate General, Thursday, 03 August 2017 at the GHQ Conference Room in Camp Aguinaldo.

PH fighter jets redeployed in Marawi after air strike mishap

Aug 06, 2017 - 8:35 AM

Adjustments to tactics and procedures were necessary to avoid a repeat of the fatal air strike mishap says the military

FA-50S. File photo of the 4th batch of FA-50 lead-in fighter trainers it acquired from South Korea. DPC photo

South China Sea, North Korea for discussion at ASEAN forum

Aug 05, 2017 - 1:36 PM

UPDATED The issues set the stage for what is expected to be a fiery few days of diplomacy in the Philippine capital

FINISHING TOUCHES. Laborers work on a giant lantern decorated with the logo for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) displayed at the entrance to the venue of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ASEAN-ARF) meeting in Manila on August 3, 2017. Ted Aljibe/AFP

China ups ante in high-altitude standoff with India

Aug 05, 2017 - 12:27 PM

No country should underestimate the Chinese forces resolve and willpower to defend national sovereignty says Chinese defense ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang

PH Navy delivers fresh military hardware, relief goods for Marawi

Aug 04, 2017 - 12:40 AM

Seven tons of relief goods as well as additional military vehicles from the Philippine Marines are delivered

RELIEF GOODS. A volunteer carries relief goods for a waiting vehicle inside the deck of the BRP Davao del Sur. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Troops advance in Marawi as another Maute stronghold falls

Aug 03, 2017 - 10:57 AM

Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año visits the war zone in Marawi to mark the fall of Safrullah Hospital a multiple storey building that served as headquarters for the local terror groups

CLEARED. Troops flush out enemies from the well-fortified Safrullah Medical Hospital. Sourced photo

Marawi: Where military rules and LGUs take a backseat

Aug 03, 2017 - 7:48 AM

It s been the longest martial law period for any area in Mindanao in more than 3 decades How are local executives and civilians coping?

FOCUS SHIFT. A soldier carry a child during rescue and evacuation operations in Marawi on May 31, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

South Korea general, wife 'treated soldiers like slaves'

Aug 02, 2017 - 7:25 PM

Soldiers assigned to the home of 4 star general Park Chan Ju and his wife did the laundry ironing gardening cleaning bathrooms picking up every little trash – even pieces of toenails or dead skin cells the Center for Military Human Rights Korea says

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