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Sep 14, 2017 - 12:32 PM

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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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Snipers and IEDs: Deadly combination in Marawi war zone

Jul 27, 2017 - 9:44 AM

Mahirap na combination ang IED at sniping Kapag mabagal ka sniper ang dadale sa iyo Kapag mabilis IED says an officer on the ground

THE NEW CHALLENGE. An improvised explosive device hidden in one of the buildings abandoned by the local terrorist groups in Marawi. Screenshot from a military video

Marawi evacuees beg Duterte: End war, martial law now

Jul 24, 2017 - 2:58 PM

As President Duterte delivers his second SONA Marawi evacuees say they want to go home

9 soldiers killed, 41 wounded in bloodbath in Marawi

Jul 23, 2017 - 10:39 PM

UPDATED The casualties are recorded on Saturday July 22 from several incidents in the battle zone

MARAWI CLASHES. File photo of Army soldiers stand watch as they hold their position near the shoreline of Lake Lanao in Marawi City on Thursday, June 22,2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler MARAWI CLASHES. File photo of Army soldiers stand watch as they hold their position near the shoreline of Lake Lanao in Marawi City on Thursday, June 22,2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

FA50 fighter jets grounded after air strike mishap in Marawi

Jul 13, 2017 - 6:22 PM

Air strikes will continue using the other aircraft of the Philippine Air Force

Armed Forces of the Philippines Spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla announces that the government forces have already taken control of Marawi City during a press briefing at the New Executive Building, Malacañang Complex, Manila on May 29, 2017. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

AFP finalizing martial law recommendation to Duterte

Jul 07, 2017 - 3:16 PM

The military says it is completing its assessment on a possible extension of martial law in Mindanao which lapses on July 22

An army soldiers checks on his fellow soldiers over radio as he holds his post inside Marawi City on Thursday, June 22, 2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Lorenzana thought Marawi clashes over in 3 days

Jul 06, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Ayaw ko nang magbigay ng deadline dahil 3 beses na akong nakuryente dahil sa kade deadline ko Nahihiya na ako

DND CHIEF. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the ground commanders in Marawi are aware of the urgency of ending the crisis

Soldier shot dead in Isabela military camp

Jun 30, 2017 - 6:44 PM

The soldier is shot by a colleague at the Military Intelligence Battalion of the 5th Infantry Division in Isabela

Gov't peace panel urges release of Aglipayan bishop

Jun 23, 2017 - 1:12 PM

Government chief negotiator Silvestre Bello III urges the DOJ to look into the case of Bishop Carlos Morales on humanitarian grounds

ARRESTED. Iglesia Fiilipina Independiente (IFI) Bishop Carlos Morales was arrested with a suspected communist rebel on May 11, 2017. File photo by the IFI Pagadian diocese

Marawi tanks with graffiti are talk of the town

Jun 21, 2017 - 7:36 PM

Photos of these tanks have become viral online dubbed as Filipino soldiers do it yourself armor

IMPROVISED. The Philippine military puts additional protection for its armored personnel carriers. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rapper

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 20, 2017

Jun 20, 2017 - 12:25 PM

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Duterte: 'My state of health is immaterial'

Jun 17, 2017 - 7:45 PM

UPDATED Do not worry There is a Vice President who will take over President Rodrigo Duterte says after not being in the public eye for 5 days

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte salutes officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines upon his arrival at the 4th Infantry Division Advance Command Post in Butuan City on June 17, 2017. Malacañang photo

Duterte makes 1st public appearance in 5 days

Jun 17, 2017 - 4:57 PM

3rd UPDATE It s not that I snubbed Independence Day My body was overwhelmed I really needed to rest President Rodrigo Duterte says

BACK IN ACTION. President Rodrigo Duterte is welcomed by officials of the 4th Infantry Division during his visit to the the 4th Infantry Division Advance Command Post in Butuan City on June 17, 2017. Malacañang photo

WATCH: Help soldiers, civilians in Marawi through #OgopMarawi

Jun 16, 2017 - 10:31 AM

The Philippine Army s Civil Military Operations Group launches OgopMarawi its relief operations drive for affected civilians and troops in Marawi

Operations in Marawi 'all Filipino' – Westmincom chief

Jun 12, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez says the Americans are limited to giving technical assistance and none of their soldiers are fighting on the ground

THE MARINES. This photo taken on June 9 shows marines from the 7th Marine Company operating against extremist Maute Group. Photo by Bobby lagsa/Rappler

Duterte: No denying it, PH soldiers are pro-U.S.

Jun 12, 2017 - 12:30 PM

The President before thanking the United States for aid in Marawi City says he can t ignore the rapport between Filipino and American soldiers

#SalamatSaSerbisyo: Show your support for Marawi soldiers, cops

Jun 11, 2017 - 8:01 PM

Let us show our support for Filipino soldiers and cops deployed to Marawi City Thank them for their sacrifices and selflessness using the hashtag SalamatSaSerbisyo

AFP appeals to netizens: Don’t spread Maute Group propaganda

Jun 07, 2017 - 12:09 PM

Let us not buy into the plan of these terror groups to inflame the feelings of our other religions says the Philippine military s spokesman

Armed Forces of the Philippines Spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla announces that the government forces have already taken control of Marawi City during a press briefing at the New Executive Building, Malacañang Complex, Manila on May 29, 2017. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

ISIS is in the Philippines – Lorenzana

Jun 02, 2017 - 5:02 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says Abu Sayyaf senior leader Isnilon Hapilon and his followers are already recognized and the occupation of Marawi is another step to prove [their] worth as part of ISIS

MARTIAL LAW ADMINISTRATOR. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is the administrator of Martial Law. Rappler photo

Lorenzana on Marawi crisis: 'We still have 36 hours'

Jun 01, 2017 - 3:31 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is so far sticking to his self imposed deadline to finish the Marawi crisis by Friday June 2

MARTIAL LAW ADMINISTRATOR. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is the administrator of Martial Law. Rappler photo

Soldiers killed in military air strike in Marawi

Jun 01, 2017 - 11:24 AM

UPDATED AFP chief General Eduardo Año is leading a probe into the incident Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana tells Rappler pilot error is a possible cause

BURNING. In this photo, a Philippine Marines armored personnel carrier speeds away as black smoke billows from burning houses after military helicopters fired rockets at militant positions in Marawi City on May 30, 2017. Ted Aljibe/AFP

Marines bring down ISIS black flags in Marawi

May 30, 2017 - 10:28 PM

The military puts on display the flags 18 high powered firearms and other personal effects of the homegrown Maute Group

'THIS FLAG IS NOTHING.' The Marines recover ISIS black flags and high-powered firearms from the Maute Group. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

How a military raid triggered Marawi attacks

May 29, 2017 - 12:53 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Rappler sits down with Major General Rolando Bautista the commander who ordered the military to raid a village in Marawi City last Tuesday May 23

President Rodrigo Duterte salutes outgoing PSG Commander Brigadier General Rolando Bautista during the Change of Command Ceremony at the PSG Compound in Malacañang Park on March 23, 2017.

Martial Law 2.0 in Mindanao: Beta version of Duterte's authoritarian project

May 28, 2017 - 12:50 AM

Duterte is using a sledgehammer to take on a job that is properly accomplished with precision tools It is the convenient but indiscriminate weapon of an authoritarian leader

Making sense of Duterte’s martial law

May 26, 2017 - 9:25 AM

This is perhaps the tactical objective of terrorists attacking democracies: to force countries into draconian measures by increasing the trade off between security and freedom

Black smoke billows from burning houses as fighting between soldiers and the Maute group rages near the provincial capitol in Marawi on May 25, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

5 soldiers killed, 31 others wounded in Marawi clashes

May 24, 2017 - 10:10 PM

Sporadic clashes continue but the military claims the situation is already under its control

ISIS SYMPATHIZERS. Marawi City attacked by suspected ISIS inspired militants belonging to the Maute group on May 23, 2017. Photo by Maulana Macadato

Troops clash with terror groups in Marawi City

May 23, 2017 - 4:50 PM

3rd UPDATE The situation worsens towards evening as the Maute Group occupies a public hospital – the Amai Pakpak Medical Center

ATTACK IN THE CITY. Armed men are seen in Marawi City on May 23, 2017. Photo by Mohammad Manshawi

Q and A: U.S. general on the continuing relevance of Balikatan

May 20, 2017 - 8:30 AM

US Joint Task Force commander Brigadier General John Jansen says the level of sophistication in the shared understanding of doctrine and war fighting necessitates that the Philippine and US militaries up their cooperation game

Brigadier General John Jansen

WATCH: Balikatan 2017 comes to an end

May 19, 2017 - 5:11 PM

The Balikatan exercises almost didn t happen after President Duterte threatened to cancel it but he was convinced to allow it

Guerrero is ‘leading contender’ to replace Año – Lorenzana

May 18, 2017 - 7:08 PM

He has the trust and confidence of the President Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says

Gov't, Reds to hold 5th round of talks in the Netherlands

May 16, 2017 - 11:20 AM

Talks to end Asia s longest running communist insurgency continue amid renewed clashes between the military and the New People s Army

PEACE TALKS. Negotiators of the government and the National Democratic Front (NDF) will meet again at the end of the month for the 5th round of talks. Photo from OPAPP

U.S. brings Osprey, Black Hawk choppers to Aurora

May 15, 2017 - 9:33 AM

Balikatan 2017 simulates how the Philippine and US militaries will jointly respond to the aftermath of a super typhoon in the Philippines

US OSPREY. Philippine and US troops are simulating how they will respond will a supertyphoon hits the Philippines. All photos by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Chiefs of ASEAN militaries to meet in Manila

May 14, 2017 - 11:56 AM

The meetings will bolster the ASEAN militaries collective experience and resolve to combat modern global security challenges AFP chief General Eduardo Año says

SECURITY COOPERATION. This December 2016 photo shows AFP chief General Eduardo Año (5th from left) and the chiefs of armies in the region doing the signature clenched fist gesture of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

Church leader arrested with 'most wanted' NPA commander in Ozamiz

May 12, 2017 - 9:13 PM

Iglesia Filipina Independiente bishop Carlos Morales says Rommel Salinas tagged by the military as a high ranking communist leader was only hitching a ride with them Thursday night


Early retirement for AFP chief Año?

May 11, 2017 - 11:08 AM

The chief of staff may assume his new post as DILG secretary in June 4 months before his scheduled retirement from the military

COMMAND CONFERENCE. In this file photo, President Duterte talks to AFP chief Eduardo Año after a command conference on January 6, 2017. Malacañang photo

WATCH: Speeches at U.S.-PH Balikatan 2017 opening ceremony

May 08, 2017 - 4:13 PM

The focus of the exercises shifts to humanitarian assistance and disaster response and fighting terrorism a deviation from previous focus on maritime security and territorial defense

1st PH-US Balikatan exercises under Duterte open

May 08, 2017 - 7:43 AM

UPDATED The annual activity adjusts to President Rodrigo Duterte s orders: Balikatan 2017 exercises will not focus on external defense or maritime security

BALIKATAN CONTINUES. Philippine and US officials link arms at the opening ceremony of Balikatan Exercises 2017. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

Presidential Security Group checks Manila blast site

May 07, 2017 - 8:15 PM

Soldiers belonging to Joint Task Force NCR are also deployed to the site of the twin explosions

Explosion rocks Quiapo on Saturday evening, May 6, 2017. The first explosion took place around 6pm killing 2 people. Two hours later, another explosion took place at the exact spot just as the police and SOCO are wrapping up their investigation. 6 injuries were reported in the twin blasts that took place along Norzagaray Street near the Islamic Center. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

BRP Davao Del Sur, PH Navy's latest ship, arrives in Manila

May 07, 2017 - 10:14 AM

UPDATE 2 The BRP Davao Del Sur is the second Strategic Sealift Vessel of the Philippine Navy It is a versatile ship that can serve as a one stop operations center at sea

BIGGEST SHIP. BRP Davao Del Sur is about 10 meters longer then the ships from the US Coast Guard. Photo from PH Navy

PMA cadet dies a month after start of training

May 02, 2017 - 10:14 PM

The 19 year old cadet dies just days after being rushed to the hospital because of a bleeding ulcer

General Año upset, takes action vs soldiers spreading fake news

May 01, 2017 - 5:52 PM

Apologizing to Rappler executive editor Maria Ressa the military says the online attacks of some soldiers against her – on the basis of fake news – are not in keeping with the AFP as an institution that is committed to the protection and advocacy of human rights especially those of women

NO TO FAKE NEWS. Philippine military chief General Eduardo Año orders probe on 'ungentlemancy' actions of retired and active military officers online. Rappler photo

Another notorious Abu Sayyaf leader killed

Apr 29, 2017 - 9:04 AM

3RD UPDATE Alhabsy Misaya – the leader of an Abu Sayyaf subgroup in Indanan Sulu – is dead says the military