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Army foils Abu Sayyaf bomb plot in Basilan

Oct 16, 2019 - 3:28 PM

Army troops recover 6 improvised explosive devices after a clash with more than a dozen Abu Sayyaf bandits

IEDS. While scouring the encounter site, troops found these improvised explosive devices. Photo from Westmincom

Former beauty queen Zahra Bianca Saldua joins Army reserve force

Aug 27, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Zahra, 2018's Miss Philippines Air, is now a 2nd Lieutenant in the reserve force

Gerald Anderson now a reservist for the Philippine Army

Aug 10, 2019 - 1:58 PM

The actor graduates from a 3-day military training course at Camp Tecson, Bulacan

21 NPA members surrender in Lanao del Sur after weeklong military operation

Aug 03, 2019 - 5:49 PM

The 103rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army foils an attempt by the rebels to establish an operation in Lanao del Sur

CEREMONY.  Brigadier General Romeo Brawner, commander of the 103rd Infantry Brigade, talks to residents of Lumba Bayabao town in Lanao del Sur on August 2, 2019. Photo from 103rd IB Civil Military Operations command

Elderly woman killed, 2 others wounded in North Cotabato air strike

Jul 25, 2019 - 2:46 PM

The military says the air and ground assault at dawn was in an area controlled by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters

Suspected Abu Sayyaf bomber arrested in Zamboanga Sibugay

Jul 24, 2019 - 5:00 PM

A joint team of the 44th IB of the Philippine Army and the PNP capture Isnaji Hasim

ARRESTED. Suspected Abu Sayyaf bomber Isnaji Hasim. Photo courtesy of WestMinCom

2 soldiers killed in North Cotabato clash with NPA

Jul 18, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Police say the soldiers were conducting a community support program in Arakan town when they were attacked by communist rebels

Duterte pays tribute to patriots during Independence Day rites in Lanao del Sur

Jun 12, 2019 - 8:50 PM

'Today, let us pay tribute to our patriots – both from the past and the present – by safeguarding the democratic institutions that were built from the rubble of the wars that gave rise to our heroes,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

SALUTE. President Rodrigo Duterte salutes the honor guards as he leads the wreath-laying ceremony at the bust of Dr. Jose Rizal as part of the 121st Philippine Independence Day celebration at the 6th Infantry Battalion Grounds in Malabang, Lanao del Sur on June 12, 2019. Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Robin Padilla wants to be a reservist in the Philippine Army

Jun 05, 2019 - 10:23 PM

He's apparently doing it because he wants to 'join' the Filipino youth

Matteo Guidicelli begins Scout Ranger training

Jun 01, 2019 - 8:29 PM

The actor joined the Philippine Army in April

SCOUT RANGER. Matteo Guidicelli shaves his head as part of his military training. Photo from Instagram.com/matteog

Soldiers seethe online after Erwin Tulfo threatens to slap ex-Army chief

May 31, 2019 - 4:27 PM

Thousands sign a Change.org petition demanding the broadcaster to apologize to DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista, whom Erwin Tulfo had lambasted in his radio show for declining a live interview

DSWD CHIEF. Fellow soldiers rally behind Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista, a retired military general, after he becomes the target of broacaster Erwin Tulfo. Photo from the Facebook page of DSWD Region XI

ISIS threat on Marawi now low, but military keeps eye on remnants

May 23, 2019 - 5:14 PM

Abu Dar, the last remaining leader of the Islamic State-linked group Maute Group, was killed in military operation in Lanao del Sur in March

SURRENDERED. In this file photo from May 11, 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte leads the inspection of the firearms surrendered by the ISIS-Maute Group at the Capitol Gymnasium in Sacayo, Marawi City. Malacañang photo

Matteo Guidicelli joins field demonstration at Philippine Military Academy

May 21, 2019 - 9:29 PM

Matteo is promoted to second lieutenant

PH Army joins 36th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

May 18, 2019 - 7:58 PM

The Philippine Army hosts this year’s commemoration in solidarity with the initiative to curb the HIV epidemic in the country

Members of the Philippine Army unveil the IACM red ribbon at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig on May 16,2019. Photo by San Juan City Social Hygiene Clinic

At least 6 soldiers killed, 6 wounded in clash with NPA in Samar

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:29 AM

(4th UPDATE) Troops from the 46th Infantry Battalion clash with communist rebels in Calbiga town in Samar

Matteo Guidicelli joins the Philippine Army's Reserve Command

Apr 15, 2019 - 8:39 PM

The actor is now part of the Philippine Army as an army reservist

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Jan 25, 2019 - 8:57 PM

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9 soldiers wounded as Army seizes NPA camp in Samar

Jan 19, 2019 - 11:49 PM

Brigadier General Ramil Bitong says the New People's Army rebels hastily escaped, leaving behind their valuables and subversive documents

OVERRUN. The 803rd Brigade of the Philippine Army overruns a camp of the New People's Army in Samar. Photo courtesy of 803rd Brigade, Philippine Army

Army launches New Year's Eve attack, captures NPA camp in Bukidnon

Dec 31, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Two rebels were also killed in the New Year's Eve attack by the Philippine Army

4 soldiers, two civilians wounded in NPA attack in Catarman

Dec 19, 2018 - 7:37 PM

Members of the 43rd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army are waylaid while bringing food to their fellow soldiers

WOUNDED. A civilian wounded in the attack in Catarman, Northern Samar. Photo courtesy of DPAO, 8ID PA

More soldiers key to stopping armed groups in Samar – military officer

Nov 25, 2018 - 7:55 PM

Major General Raul Farnacio says 'taking extreme measures' is necessary 'because circumstances demand it'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Soldiers who fought in Marawi promoted one rank higher

May 22, 2018 - 1:58 PM

(UPDATED) A total of 641 soldiers earn the promotion nearly a year after war erupted in Marawi City

PROMOTED. Soldiers who fought in the war in Marawi are promoted one rank higher. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

WATCH: Woman officer trailblazes gender equality in the Philippine Army

Apr 29, 2018 - 5:57 PM

What does it take for a woman to succeed in the military? What does it take to achieve gender equality in a male-dominated world?

IN PHOTOS: Philippine Army celebrates 121st anniversary

Mar 24, 2018 - 8:37 AM

Philippine Army chief Lieutenant General Rolando Joselito Bautista, the ground commander during the Marawi siege, celebrates the heroism of his men during the 5-month battle with terrorists

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte takes a tour inside the Philippine Army (PA) Museum where artifacts and photos taken from the Marawi City seige were on exhibit on the sidelines of his attendance to the 121st Founding Anniversary of PA at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City on March 20, 2018. Joining the President is PA Commander Lieutenant General Rolando Bautista. Malacañang Photo

Mistahs of PMA '85 battle for AFP chief post

Mar 22, 2018 - 9:09 AM

The Board of Generals will meet after the Holy Week to finalize a shortlist for President Rodrigo Duterte, according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte confers the Order of Lapu-Lapu Kamagi Medal on Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom) Commander Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez during the 121st Founding Anniversary of the Philippine Army (PA) at the PA Headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on March 20, 2018. Malacañang Photo

PH Army recognized in London for strategy execution

Mar 17, 2018 - 11:18 AM

The award recognizes the Army Transformation Roadmap, a key strategy direction that has guided the Army in professionalizing the service

IN PHOTOS: Australia, PH armies grow closer after Marawi

Mar 06, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The two armies hold the 3rd iteration of the Philippines-Australia Army to Army Exercise at the 10th Infantry Division headquarters in Compostela Valley

Australian Army trains with Philippine troopers March 5 2018. Photos courtesy of the Philippine Army 10ID

PH Army needs 6,100 recruits to fill up 10 new battalions

Mar 05, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Army spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Louie Villanueva says at least 5% of these new recruits will be female and another 5% will be indigenous peoples

SELFIE. Thousands of soldiers are deployed to fight local armed groups in Marawi City.

Alleged Maute subleader, member arrested in Manila

Mar 04, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Suspected Maute Group subleader Nasser Lomondot and member Rizasalam Lomondot are charged with illegal possession of firearms and ammunition as well as explosives

IN PHOTOS: A soldier's marriage proposal in between battles in Sultan Kudarat

Feb 14, 2018 - 6:50 PM

Corporal Denemar Albani, 27, pops the question to his girlfriend, Private Christine Porcadilla, on the eve of Valentine's Day with the help of their fellow troopers from the 33rd Infantry (Makabayan) Battalion

YES! Army soldiers forge love in the middle of the battle zone. Photo from the military

NPA fighter-turned-militiaman beheaded in Surigao del Sur – military

Jan 31, 2018 - 2:27 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Mar Acevedo Bocales, as member of the New People's Army, surrendered to authorities in December 2016, then joined the Cafgu

Rimando of PMA '86 named new 5th ID commander

Jan 10, 2018 - 8:02 PM

Brigadier General Perfecto Rimando Jr of PMA Sinagtala Class of ’86 officially assumes the position during a turnover ceremony in Camp Melchor F. Dela Cruz in Gamu, Isabela

PERFECTO RIMANDO JR. A shot of Brigadier General Perfecto Rimando Jr. Photo from https://www.facebook.com/801stInfantryBrigade/photos

IN PHOTOS: Philippine Army's elite units have new commanders

Jan 08, 2018 - 8:25 PM

The change of command ceremonies at Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija are led by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, a retired general who once headed the Special Operations Command himself

SOCOM turnover at Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija on January 8, 2018

WATCH: The Marawi war hero who received a Medal of Valor

Dec 22, 2017 - 11:09 AM

The Philippine Medal of Valor is the country’s highest military honor for acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty

Duterte leads oath of allegiance for 668 ex-communist rebels

Dec 22, 2017 - 11:05 AM

The oath is one of the final steps toward claiming financial help from the government in their return to 'mainstream society'

RETURN. Duterte recited the Oath of Allegiance before former communist rebels in Davao City. Malacanang photo

FAST FACTS: List of Medal of Valor awardees and their privileges

Dec 20, 2017 - 12:19 PM

Marawi hero Army Captain Rommel Sandoval is the latest recipient of Medal of Valor. He is only the 41st to receive the award since 1935.

War in paradise in the time of Duterte

Dec 11, 2017 - 5:51 PM

'It is a war waged from ridge to reef where bullets and bombs constantly rain on the rural villages standing in the way of big mining operations, plantations, and other destructive projects'

‘Land is Life’ for the Lumad students of the Lumad agricultural school ALCADEV, who recently harvested the bounty of their communal farm. They have recently been forced to evacuate their lands once again because of militarization. Photo credit to ALCADEV

CA okays appointment of AFP chief 11 days before retirement

Dec 06, 2017 - 2:12 PM

(UPDATED) General Rey Guerrero will reach the mandatory retirement age of 56 on December 17. There is no word yet if his term will be extended.

RETIRING. General Rey Guerrero will reach the mandatory retirement age on December 17, 2017. Rappler photo

Suspected NPA rebels kill CAFGU member, abduct 2 cops

Nov 14, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Two separate attacks by alleged members of the New People's Army are reported in Negros Oriental and Surigao del Sur

COMMUNIST INSURGENCY. File photo from the CPP's 48th anniversary celebration in December 2016. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

LOOK: Soldiers in Tanay welcome home heroes of Marawi

Oct 21, 2017 - 6:13 PM

'Your accomplishments is the proof of the combat expertise and excellence of the Jungle Fighters wherever we may be deployed in country,' says 2nd Infantry Division Commander Major General Rhoderick Parayno

Cornered Mautes still fighting back, kill another officer

Oct 11, 2017 - 12:15 PM

First Lieutenant Harold Mark Juan is killed by an enemy sniper on Monday, October 9, as the military pushes to end the war in Marawi City

SPECIAL FORCES. Mark Juan is a member of the Army Special Forces

WATCH: New PH Army chief says changes needed after Marawi

Oct 08, 2017 - 5:40 PM

'It is a challenge for the incoming leadership to make the Philippine Army adaptable and relevant to the dictates of time,' says Major General Rolando Bautista, new commanding general of the Philippine Army

NEW CHIEF. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the ceremony to install new Philippine Army chief Major General Rolando Bautista. Malacañang photo