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NBI: 1 Army soldier in Jolo deaths suffered 8 gunshot wounds

Jul 02, 2020 - 5:07 PM

The other 2 suffered 3 gunshot wounds. The 4th soldier, a Muslim, was not autopsied as he had to be buried right away.

CRIME SCENE. The crime scene in Jolo, Sulu, after police shot dead 4 Army soldiers on June 29, 2020. Photo from the Philippine Army

LOOK: Stranded travelers at the PH Army Gym

Jun 20, 2020 - 7:53 AM

The Philippine Army says it has sheltered more than 400 stranded travelers since June 13

STRANDED. Travelers unable to catch rides to their provinces take shelter at the Philippine Army Gym at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on June 19, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PH Army opens mental health center for soldiers

Jun 19, 2020 - 10:04 PM

Nearly two months since the killing of war-traumatized soldier Winston Ragos, the Philippine Army sets up a mental health and resilience program for its troops

GRIEVING. Merlyn Ragos (C), mother of the late Corporal Winston Ragos, joins the Philippine Army in launching its mental health center for soldiers in Taguig City. Photo from the Philippine Army

PH Army shelters, assists stranded persons from NAIAX

Jun 15, 2020 - 10:14 PM

Over 200 stranded travelers are given shelter at the Army Gymnasium in Taguig City, and assistance in catching flights to their home provinces

TEMPORARY SHELTER. Some 200 stranded travelers remained at their temporary quarters at the Philippine Army Gymnasium in Taguig City on June 15, 2020. Photo from the Philippine Army

PH Army: Computer programmer recruitment 'not for malicious purposes'

Jun 08, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Some netizens wonder whether the Philippine Army's recruitment of information technology practitioners may have had something to do with the proliferation of fake accounts on Facebook

SOLDIERS. Philippine Army soldiers during their anniversary rites at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, in March 2020. File photo from the Philippine Army

LOOK: Army reservist gives pedestrian a face mask in Mandaluyong City

Apr 29, 2020 - 12:42 PM

A man is spotted walking the streets without a face mask, so a Philippine Army reservist gives him a warning – and a face mask. That's how to do it, netizens say.

PROBLEM SOLVED. A Philippine Army reservist gives a Mandaluyong City pedestrian a face mask. Photo from the Mandaluyong CDRRMO

Winston Ragos laid to rest at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

Apr 26, 2020 - 2:06 PM

The mourning relatives of the slain military man wear white t-shirts bearing his photo and the words, 'Justice for Winston Ragos'

HERO'S BURIAL. Military officers hold the Philippine flag over the remains of Corporal Winston Ragos as his family watches over on April 26, 2020. Screenshot from Kalinaw News Facebook page

Winston Ragos to be given hero’s burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani

Apr 25, 2020 - 2:54 PM

The Philippine Army renders military honors to the late soldier, and says its ‘priority’ now is to take care of his grieving family

MILITARY HONORS. The Philippine Army gives the late Corporal Winston Ragos military honors as his body was carriend into the mortuary of the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Saturday morning, April 25. Photo from the Philippine Army

Army chief seeks NBI help for 'impartial investigation' into Winston Ragos' killing

Apr 24, 2020 - 7:04 PM

'Apparent prejudgment by police investigators moved the Army to seek help from the NBI so that justice may be served for Ragos and his family,' says Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay

KILLED IN LOCKDOWN. Winston Ragos was shot dead by a cop in Quezon City. Photo courtesy of Ragos' family

Military says 'no animosity' with police over Winston Ragos' killing

Apr 23, 2020 - 9:47 PM

Whether the police officer who killed Ragos made the right 'judgment call' or not, the military imputes no offense on the police organization itself, says Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo

MILITARY SPOKESMAN. AFP Spokeperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo in a press conference on security issues at Camp Aguinaldo on August 15, 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Who is Winston Ragos, the former military man killed by police?

Apr 23, 2020 - 8:58 PM

Unable to replenish his medicine for his mental illness because of the lockdown, Winston Ragos is forced to skip his maintenance medication, says his mother

VETERAN. A photo of Winston Ragos in his army fatigues. Photo courtesy of Ragos' family

Army orders probe into police killing of ex-soldier Winston Ragos

Apr 23, 2020 - 3:25 PM

'The Philippine Army seeks awareness on the plight of former soldiers struggling with mental problems. Even though they are no longer soldiers, they continue fighting a silent and lifelong battle,' says Colonel Ramon Zagala

TRAUMATIZED. Retired Corporal Winston Ragos, who was shot dead by a cop in Quezon City, suffered post-traumatic stress disorder from his years as a soldier. Photo courtesy of Ragos' family

Young Army officer who died of respiratory disease tests negative for coronavirus

Apr 15, 2020 - 3:32 PM

2nd Lieutenant Vince Magbanua died on April 8 after complaining of difficulty in breathing

Army engineer brigade sets up coronavirus facility in Zamboanga City

Apr 02, 2020 - 9:54 PM

Zamboanga City stakeholders are working together in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease

Navy chief tests negative for virus; Army, Air Force chiefs in quarantine

Apr 01, 2020 - 1:20 PM

They all came in contact with military chief General Felimon Santos Jr, who tested positive for the novel coronavirus on March 27

NAVY CHIEF. Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, Philippine Navy Flag Officer-in-Command. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Kidnapped doctor rescued from Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

Mar 25, 2020 - 3:15 PM

Army troops rescue Daniel Moreno, who was abducted in Jolo, Sulu, on February 4

JUNGLE TROOPS. Military soldiers in Basilan. Rappler file photo

LOOK: PH Army turns metal drums into washing stations for checkpoints

Mar 25, 2020 - 2:15 PM

These portable washing stations are hands-free, and are now deployed to coronavirus lockdown checkpoints all over Rizal province

WASH STATIONS. Soldiers of the Philippine Army's 2nd Infantry Division recycled these metal drums and turned them into hands-free, portable washing stations. Photo from the Philippine Army 2nd Infantry Division

PH Army marks 123rd anniversary on frontlines vs coronavirus

Mar 23, 2020 - 9:00 PM

The Philippine Army receives two ambulances from private groups as it supports frontliners during the coronavirus lockdown

PROTECTIVE GEAR. Soldiers of the Philippine Army's CBRN unit wearing their personal protective equipment. Photo from the Philippine Army

[ANALYSIS] Recalibrate the Philippine Navy’s compass before it even sets sail

Mar 03, 2020 - 4:53 PM

'The Philippine Navy remains to have underlying institutional issues that continually challenge and disrupt the various programs of whoever is at the helm'

LOOK: Winwyn Marquez joins Basic Citizen's Military training

Feb 18, 2020 - 5:24 PM

'We don't need to justify what we want to do, we can just show them what we women CAN do,' says Winwyn of doing the training

3 soldiers dead in Army headquarters shooting in Sulu

Feb 01, 2020 - 4:29 PM

The Philippine Army says Corporal Jack Indap shot dead two officers, Major Rael Gabot and First Lieutenant Ryan Lamoste, following an argument. Indap is killed as well.

PH, U.S. armies look to 'future engagements' amid Duterte order to scrap VFA

Jan 31, 2020 - 10:53 AM

Joint activities between Philippine and US forces continue as the Duterte administration moves to terminate the PH-US Visiting Forces Agreement

JOINT EXERCISE. Philippine and US soldiers hold counter-terrorism drills in Palawan as part of their Balance Piston 20-1 joint training from January 26 to February 23, 2020. Photo from the Philippine Army

Army officer behind doctored 'communist rebels' photo relieved from post

Jan 10, 2020 - 3:40 PM

The Army concludes its investigation of a photo that was manipulated to show communist rebels surrendering weapons to the government

DOCTORED PHOTO. A Philippine Army officer has been relieved from duty for manipulating this official photo release of supposed communist rebels surrendering to the government. Photo from the Philippine Army

Lorenzana wants sanctions over doctored photo of surrendered rebels

Dec 28, 2019 - 8:55 PM

(UPDATED) The defense chief finds the act 'unacceptable' and orders the Philippine Army to investigate the touched up image supposedly showing communist guerrillas surrendering to the government

DEFENSE CHIEF. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (left) is shown here with President Rodrigo Duterte and military chief Lieutenant General Noel Clement. Photo by Simeon Celi Jr/Presidential Photo

Army HQ to probe doctored photo of communist surrenderers

Dec 28, 2019 - 6:08 PM

The Philippine Army says it will sanction 'whoever is accountable' for the photoshopped image of supposed communist guerrillas surrendering to the government

FAKED IMAGE. The Philippine Army's 9th Infantry Division admitted to doctoring this image to depict a row of supposedly surrendered guerrillas. Photo from the Philippine Army's 9th Infantry Division

Netizens call out Army for 'photoshopped' image of communist surrenderers

Dec 27, 2019 - 7:31 PM

The Philippine Army says the photos came from the 2nd Infantry Battalion. In a statement later sent to Rappler, the Army admits to manipulating the photos to 'ensure the safety' of the surrenderers.

FLOATING PEOPLE? This photo release from the Philippine Army, part of their press statement on communist rebels who surrendered in Masbate, appeared to be digitally altered. Photo from the Philippine Army

New Army chief Gapay officially takes command of ‘growing’ force

Dec 06, 2019 - 9:49 PM

Gapay’s marching orders from President Rodrigo Duterte is to end the communist insurgency and for that, the Army will be recruiting 20,000 new soldiers

NEW ARMY CHIEF. Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay formally takes over as commanding general of the Philippine Army on December 6, 2019. Photo from the Philippine Army

Southern Luzon commander is new Army chief

Dec 04, 2019 - 2:29 PM

(UPDATED) Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay will take the reins of the Philippine Army on December 6, upon the retirement of Lieutenant General Macairog Alberto

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PH Army gives up 2 meals to build homes for Mindanao quake victims

Nov 16, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Each soldier gives P100 – their allowance for two meals – to buy land and materials for 100 temporary houses

TEMPORARY HOME. Members of the Philippine Army give up two meal allowances to shore up funds to buy a lot and build 'Kobe-type' shelters for earthquake victims in Mindanao. Photo from the Philippine Army

6 soldiers killed, 20 wounded in Eastern Samar clash with communist rebels

Nov 12, 2019 - 2:23 PM

Improvised bomb blasts meet Philippine Army soldiers acting on a tip that NPA rebels were harassing communities in the outskirts of Borongan City

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