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Duterte says gov’t to get 23 attack helicopters

Nov 21, 2017 - 6:09 PM

The President wants to use the helicopters for counter-insurgency operations

IN PHOTOS: PH, Australian troops train in urban warfare

Nov 19, 2017 - 2:08 PM

Fighting terrorism is the main concern among leaders who attended the ASEAN Summit and Related Summits held in Manila

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

De Lima warns of 'military takeover' if Duterte declares revolutionary gov't

Nov 19, 2017 - 10:32 AM

'Those asking for a so-called RevGov or revolutionary government under Duterte should be careful what they wish for,' says Senator Leila de Lima

PH military on Amnesty Int'l report: Abusive soldiers will be disciplined

Nov 17, 2017 - 1:09 PM

The military remains committed to upholding international humanitarian law and protection of human rights, says AFP spokesman Major General Restituto Padilla

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

PH military conducts air strikes vs MILF breakaway group

Nov 15, 2017 - 2:43 PM

Ground troops are conducting clearing operations after targeting a Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters encampment in Maguindanao

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

Duterte reaffirms EDCA, U.S. ties in meeting with Trump

Nov 14, 2017 - 6:22 PM

EDCA is an agreement which allows the US military to construct facilities and pre-position defense assets inside Philippine military bases

PH-US TIES. EDCA was forged in 2014 by the predecessors of US President Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Rappler file photo

Did terrorists escape? Firearms cache found in Lake Lanao

Nov 14, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Up to 30 firearms are recovered from Lake Lanao, and Task Group Ranao deputy commander Colonel Romeo Brawner says there could be more

I LOVE MARAWI. The final battle happened near Lake Lanao. Sourced photo

Trump congratulates PH military for Marawi liberation

Nov 14, 2017 - 12:23 PM

In his bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte, US President Donald Trump also vowed assistance in rehabilitating Marawi and in fighting remaining terrorists in the country

FACE TO FACE. US President Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during a bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. Malacanang photo

PH, Australia commit to strengthen cooperation vs terrorism

Nov 13, 2017 - 8:42 PM

AFP chief of staff General Rey Guerrero presents the capabilities and concerns of the Philippine military in fighting terrorism, particularly the threat from ISIS

COOPERATION. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull commits to strengthen ties with the Philippine military. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

World leaders meet in PH amid post-Marawi security concerns

Nov 12, 2017 - 9:45 PM

The Philippine military is confident of its preparations for the ASEAN Summit. Intelligence agencies of allied countries are also on top of the situation.

Duterte says military should 'follow' VP Robredo

Nov 10, 2017 - 3:12 PM

In a playful tone, President Duterte responds to the DND's and military's assurance to Vice President Robredo that they won't back a revolutionary government

Marawi shows PH 'woefully inadequate' vs terrorism – Lorenzana

Nov 08, 2017 - 12:34 PM

Terrorism is among the top security concerns that ASEAN leaders are expected to discuss in regional meetings in Vietnam and the Philippines this week

URBAN WARFARE. Filipino troops are accustomed to jungle warfare. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

PH aborts construction on Pag-asa sandbar after China protest

Nov 08, 2017 - 11:14 AM

(UPDATED) 'We tried to put some structures in one of the sandbars near our island and the Chinese reacted....The President said, "Let's pull out,"' Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana reveals at the ASEAN Leadership Forum

SOUTH CHINA SEA. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana addresses the ASEAN leadership forum on November 8, 2017, where he discussed the South China Sea dispute, among others topics. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Silence as PH marines pay tribute to fallen men on 67th year

Nov 08, 2017 - 8:03 AM

The Philippine Marine Corps also celebrates the living heroes who led its operations not only in Marawi but in other conflict areas in the country

67TH. The Philippine Marine Corps celebrated its 67th year anniversary on November 7, 2017

CPP: Duterte's 'local peace talks' will fail

Nov 03, 2017 - 7:35 PM

The Communist Party of the Philippines says the local peace negotiations aim to divide their members nationwide

SURRENDER. This military handout photo shows 8 reported members of the NPA surrendering to the military in Sultan Kudarat

Indonesian fighter arrested in Marawi

Nov 01, 2017 - 3:49 PM

(UPDATED) Philippine police say the 22-year-old Indonesian fighter told them that his group was involved in a 2016 suicide attack that killed 8 people in Jakarta and was claimed by ISIS

FIGHTER? The civilian Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) arrests an Indonesian national in Marawi. Sourced photo

PH military probes alleged beating of terrorist by soldiers in Marawi

Oct 27, 2017 - 3:09 PM

AFP spokesman Restituto Padilla says the military is supposed to treat its captives decently and respectfully

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

No word yet if new AFP chief will serve beyond 2 months

Oct 26, 2017 - 6:49 PM

'Yung extension huwag muna natin pag -sapan. What is important for me to do now is to focus on my job,' says new AFP chief Lieutenant General Rey Guerrero

NEW AFP CHIEF. Lieutenant General Rey Guerrero served as chief of the Davao-based Eastern Mindanao Command. Rappler photo

Rappler Talk: Marawi after the war

Oct 26, 2017 - 10:27 AM

What's next for Marawi now that the war is over?

Duterte appoints general about to retire as next AFP chief

Oct 25, 2017 - 7:01 PM

Army Lieutenant General Rey Leonardo Guerrero is the next chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines

NEXT CHIEF? Army Lieutenant General Ray Guerrero is the commander of military forces based in the home region of the President, the Eastern Mindanao Command. Military photo

Australia to train Philippine soldiers in urban warfare

Oct 24, 2017 - 11:09 AM

Australia has experience tackling the group in Iraq and Syria and Defence Minister Marise Payne says it is crucial the Philippines has the know-how to keep extremists at bay

PH-AUSSIE COOPERATION. In this file photo, Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (L) shakes hands with Australia's Defence Minister Marise Payne prior to their meeting at a military airbase in Manila on September 8, 2017.  Ted Aljibe/AFP

West PH Sea commander is new Air Force chief

Oct 24, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Major General Galileo Gerard Kintanar will replace outgoing Philippine Air Force commanding general Edgar Fallorina in a change of command ceremony on Tuesday

CHANGE OF COMMAND. Major General Galileo Gerard Kintanar Jr assumes as commanding officer of the Western Command. All photos from the PH military

'Super size' brigade to stay behind to secure Marawi

Oct 24, 2017 - 7:17 AM

Up to 3,000 soldiers could stay behind to continue securing Marawi City

THE MARINES. It was the Philippine Marines that cleared the 3 critical bridges in Marawi's battle area. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

WATCH: Before victory, Marawi military commander explains tactics vs terrorists

Oct 23, 2017 - 5:09 PM

Lt Colonel Mon Almodovar, commander of the 3rd Scout Ranger Battalion, walks Rappler through a former Maute stronghold turned Tactical Command Post of the military, and discusses the various tactics deployed by both sides

The war in Marawi: 153 days and more

Oct 23, 2017 - 4:23 PM

This page puts together Rappler's reports on the longest and bloodiest Philippine military operation since World War II

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

42 bodies retrieved after final assault in Marawi

Oct 23, 2017 - 3:40 PM

The military maintains they were all Maute Group terrorists because all hostages have been rescued

WAR IS OVER. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana declares the end of military operations in Marawi on October 23, 2017. Rappler photo

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Oct 22, 2017 - 12:22 PM

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The week in photos: October 14-20, 2017

Oct 21, 2017 - 11:29 AM

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More than a dozen terrorists killed in Marawi

Oct 19, 2017 - 12:06 PM

(UPDATED) At least 27 terrorists have been killed thus far in heavy fighting. Colonel Brawner says that because they 'don't have all the cadavers yet', they could not confirm if Malaysian militant Dr Mahmud is among them.

Where the Marawi war began: The safe house in Basak Malutlut

Oct 18, 2017 - 7:50 PM

The safe house in Basak Malutlut is a silent witness to the first exchange of gunfire that triggered the war in Marawi City

HAPILON'S SAFE HOUSE. A raid on this safe house in Basak Malutlut on May 23, 2017 triggered the war that has dragged on for nearly 5 months. Rappler photo

IN PHOTOS: When Duterte declared the liberation of Marawi

Oct 17, 2017 - 8:44 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte makes his 7th visit to Marawi City to declare the liberation of the city from terrorists. Here are photos from Rappler correspondent Bobby Lagsa.

Photo by Bobbby Lagsa/Rappler

165 soldiers and cops give life to 'liberate' Marawi

Oct 17, 2017 - 5:54 PM

(UPDATED) Meanwhile, Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute are among 847 fighters the military says troops killed since the war erupted on May 23

HERO. The body of Captain Rommel Sandoval is brought home to Manila a day after his death. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Marawi City liberated – Duterte

Oct 17, 2017 - 2:00 PM

(4th UPDATE) AFP Spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla, however, says the war in Marawi continues. 'It will continue until armed elements are dealt with. But terrorists no longer have complete control.'

MARAWI DESTRUCTION. President Duterte announces the liberation of Marawi City but the war continues. Rappler photo

PH military continues hunt for Malaysian Mahmud Ahmad in Marawi

Oct 16, 2017 - 4:25 PM

Top Malaysian terrorist Mahmud Ahmad reportedly channeled at least P30 million ($600,000) to finance the attack in Marawi City

MALAYSIAN FIGHTER. Mahmud Ahmad reportedly channeled at least P30 million ($600,000) to finance the attack in Marawi

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

Zamboanga siege veteran is new Marawi ground commander

Oct 06, 2017 - 6:12 PM

Major General Danilo Pamonag has been in Marawi since the start of the war, tapped to bring in his experience in the first big war in urban terrain that the military faced

MARAWI GROUND COMMANDER. Major General Danilo Pamonag, chief of the Philippine Army Special Operations Command. JTG Marawi photo

WATCH: PH, China improve ties amid sticky issues in West PH Sea

Oct 05, 2017 - 10:00 PM

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua and Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Eduardo Año cite proverbs to rule 'new era' of relationship

NEW GUNS. (L-R) Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Chinese Ambassado Zhao Jianhua, and AFP chief General Eduardo Ano check the new assault rifles from China on October 5, 2017. Photo from SN1 Donald Viluan PN/PAOAFP

Philippines, U.S. 'level up' military exercises for 2018

Oct 05, 2017 - 4:30 PM

The US is also expected to begin the construction of facilities inside select Philippine military camps next year

BALIKATAN. American troops who are part of the Balikatan exercises arrive in Aurora, Philippines in May 2017. File photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

Marawi general is next Army chief

Oct 04, 2017 - 4:24 PM

It's a fast rise for Major General Rolando Bautista under President Rodrigo Duterte. He is the overall commander of military operations in Marawi, where troops are fighting local terror groups linked with ISIS.

NEW ARMY CHIEF. Major General Rolando Bautista will assume his new post on Thursday, October 5. Rappler photo

Over a dozen Marawi hostages rescued

Oct 04, 2017 - 1:07 PM

(UPDATED) The hostages are believed to have been separated after the terrorists were forced to abandon Bato Mosque when they were overwhelmed by troops

PH military conducts air strikes outside Marawi

Sep 28, 2017 - 1:50 PM

Unidentified armed men with boats are reportedly camping on Balt Island in Lanao Lake

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

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

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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