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Central Visayas commander Noel Clement is new armed forces chief

Sep 20, 2019 - 7:38 AM

(3rd UPDATE) President Duterte picks the general who led an intense counter-insurgency campaign in Negros and nearby provinces in the last 10 months. He will retire in 4 months.

NEW MILITARY CHIEF. Lieutenant General Noel Clement has been appointed Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Photo: Clement inspects the ranks of the Philippine Army's 10th Infantry Division on July 20, 2017. Photo from the Philippine Army 10th Infantry Division

Benjamin Madrigal Jr is next AFP chief – Año

Dec 05, 2018 - 5:45 AM

Benjamin Madrigal Jr has been commander of the Davao-based Eastern Mindanao Command since November 2017

Little-known fact: AFP chief Galvez got amnesty for 1989 failed coup

Sep 07, 2018 - 7:51 AM

The young Lieutenant Carlito Galvez Jr spent years in detention for joining the bloody 1989 coup attempt. He was granted amnesty by former President Fidel Ramos in 1996.

PEACE. AFP Chief Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez Jr. Photo by PCOO

AFP chief welcomes BBL passage as 'antidote to terrorism'

May 31, 2018 - 7:55 PM

The new Bangsamoro region will make way for 'more cooperative management' between the military and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, says Armed Forces chief General Carlito Galvez Jr

AFP CHIEF. General Carlito Galvez Jr is a known advocate of the peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

FULL TEXT: AFP chief Carlito Galvez Jr's speech at turnover rites

Apr 19, 2018 - 8:51 AM

'While we give primacy to peace, we will never hesitate to use our might when innocent civilians are threatened and attacked,' says Armed Forces chief of staff General Carlito Galvez Jr

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte hands over the command saber from outgoing Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Rey Guerrero to newly-installed AFP Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez Jr. during the AFP Change of Command Ceremony at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on April 18, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

New AFP chief Carlito Galvez: 'We must now walk the path of peace'

Apr 18, 2018 - 6:04 PM

'I take this opportunity to support the peace process with the MILF and the MNLF. We look forward to the final political resolution of conflict in Mindanao,' Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez Jr says in his assumption speech

PEACE. New AFP chief Lieutenant General Carlito Jr. talks of peace during his inaugural speech. File photo PCOO

Who is Carlito Galvez Jr, the next Philippine military chief?

Apr 07, 2018 - 9:51 AM

The general is a member of the PMA 'Sandiwa' Class of 1985. He also received higher education in Australia and various military and management trainings abroad including at the Harvard University.

AFP CHIEF-IN-WAITING. Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez will assume his post as Armed Forces chief on April 18. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Carlito Galvez Jr is next AFP chief

Apr 05, 2018 - 6:28 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has picked Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez Jr, who was among the generals on the ground during the Marawi siege, to lead the military

AFP chief Guerrero to be Marina administrator, says Duterte

Jan 22, 2018 - 4:15 PM

After his retirement in April, AFP chief General Rey Guerrero will take over the post of sacked Marina administrator Marcial Amaro III

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accorded with military honors upon his arrival at Camp Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City for his attendance to the 82nd Anniversary Celebration of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on December 20, 2017. Accompanying the President is AFP Chief of Staff General Rey Guerrero. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte extends AFP chief Guerrero's term by 4 months

Dec 07, 2017 - 11:15 AM

(UPDATED) General Rey Leonardo Guerrero will serve as military chief until April

EXTENSION. President Rodrigo Duterte (right) extends the term of AFP  chief General Rey Guerrero, who is seated beside him. Malacanang photo

Año, Dela Rosa to focus on eliminating police scalawags

Oct 27, 2017 - 8:21 AM

Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa says he 'very much welcomes' the appointment of newly retired Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año to supervise the police

NEW JOB. Newly retired AFP chief General Eduardo Año will supervise the police

Duterte's 1st order to new AFP chief: Destroy firearms from Marawi

Oct 26, 2017 - 8:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also calls the liberation of Marawi City the 'crowning jewel' of General Eduardo Año's military career

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes to the troops during the presentation of command and honors during the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) change of Command Ceremony at the Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on October 26, 2017. Malacañan Photo

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

AFP, Duterte and Trump, neutron stars | Midday wRap

Oct 17, 2017 - 2:39 PM

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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

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

Año's challenge: How to lead PH military under Duterte?

Dec 14, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Amid fears of creeping martial law Armed Forces chief Eduardo Año could be the best person to protect democracy – or be its worst enemy

LIVE: Armed Forces of the Philippines turnover ceremony

Dec 07, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Watch the turnover ceremony live on Rappler

New AFP chief, TokHang, Duterte & Grillo | Midday wRap

Dec 07, 2016 - 1:00 PM

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Rebel hunter Año is new AFP chief

Dec 07, 2016 - 10:49 AM

Lieutenant General Eduardo Año is the natural choice to become AFP chief but he will have a short term of 10 months

NEW AFP CHIEF. Lieutenant General Eduardo Año is the 3rd from the PMA Matikas Class of '83 to become the chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Rappler photo

Visaya: AFP backs peace talks, will ‘finish’ Abu Sayyaf

Jul 01, 2016 - 3:56 PM

The new Armed Forces chief of staff will be retiring in 6 months

'Big honor' to be considered AFP chief – Visaya

May 16, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Army Lieutenant General Ricardo Visaya says he remains focused on his job as commander of the military s Southern Luzon Command

Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Duterte reveals top picks for AFP, PNP posts

May 16, 2016 - 8:14 AM

UPDATED The president elect is considering combat veteran Army Lt Gen Ricardo Visaya and sacked police commander Ronald dela Rosa to head the military and police

Miranda is acting AFP chief

Apr 22, 2016 - 10:51 AM

2nd UPDATE Lieutenant General Glorioso Miranda takes over the AFP in an acting capacity because of the constitutional ban on presidential appointments

CHANGE OF COMMAND. President Benigno S. Aquino III (middle) presides over the Change of Command Ceremony involving outgoing AFP Chief General Hernando Iriberri (left) and acting AFP Chief Lt. Gen. Glorioso Miranda on April 22, 2016. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Suspense behind the choice of AFP chief: And they waited and waited

Jul 10, 2015 - 7:35 PM

UPDATED On the military under Aquino: He makes up his mind at the last minute leaving the entire organization waiting Palagi namang ganyan

CHOSEN ONE. New Armed Forces chief Lieutenant General Hernado Iriberri. AFP PAO photo

Aquino’s bet, PH vs China, LeBron on Cavs | 6PM wRap

Jul 10, 2015 - 6:24 PM

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Aquino's order to new AFP chief hints at term extension

Jul 10, 2015 - 2:33 PM

Lieutenant General Hernando Iriberri will reach the retirement age of 56 in April height of the campaign period for the May 2016 presidential race

NEW CHIEF. Lieutenant General Hernando Iriberri assumes command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. AFP PAO photo

New AFP chief, Typhoon Falcon, Princess Charlotte | 12PM wRap

Jul 10, 2015 - 11:58 AM

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Iriberri is new AFP chief

Jul 10, 2015 - 8:49 AM

UPDATED President Aquino chooses Army commanding general Lt Gen Hernando Iriberri as the new chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Luisita general, Mary Jane's recruiters, Han Solo spin-off | 6PM wRap

Jul 09, 2015 - 6:10 PM

Watch the 6PM edition of Rappler s newscast The wRap

PH vs China, AFP chief, Pacquiao on Mary Jane | 6PM wRap

Jul 08, 2015 - 6:22 PM

Watch the 6PM edition of Rappler s newscast The wRap

Smartmatic contract, SC justices inhibit, Pacquiao’s tactics | The wRap

Apr 22, 2015 - 3:20 PM

The Supreme Court nullifies the Smartmatic contract Three SC justices inhibit in Junjun Binay’s case Two factors that will be key to Pacquiao’s victory

Rappler Talk: Moving on after Mamasapano

Mar 06, 2015 - 9:42 AM

Armed Forces chief Catapang talks to Rappler about recent events that shook the Philippine military and what can be done to move forward

Bongbong degrees, Gringo plot, AFP vs. BIFF | The wRap

Feb 25, 2015 - 7:39 PM

Did Bongbong Marcos lie about his university degrees? A former general says Gringo Honasan once plotted to kill the Marcoses The military declares all out war against BIFF

PNP-SAF, jihadists in Jordan, TransAsia plane crash | The wRap

Feb 04, 2015 - 8:55 PM

A DNA test confirms the Special Action Force killed Malaysian terrorist Marwan The blame game is on between the Philippine military and the Special Action Force Jordan executes jihadists to avenge a pilot burned alive

New gov't post for retired AFP chief General Bautista

Jul 18, 2014 - 12:39 PM

After one month he will return to government service the President says in his speech during the change of command ceremony for the AFP chief

Is defense chief Gazmin finally stepping down?

Jun 28, 2014 - 1:00 PM

The talk is that retiring Armed Forces chief of staff Manny Bautista is being groomed for the defense department portfolio And over at the Sandigan tables are turned

FATHER-FIGURE: President Benigno Aquino III and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin. Malacañang photo

Ex-AFP chief's son 'violated' code, managed to graduate

Mar 11, 2014 - 6:21 PM

In 1956 the PMA overrules an honor committee decision to expel the son of the AFP chief of staff triggering unrest in the academy

EXONERATED: In a rare move, the PMA Command in 1956 reversed the ruling of the Honor Committee

Rappler Newscast | January 15, 2013

Jan 15, 2013 - 8:50 PM

5 lawyers argue before the Supreme Court the Cybercrime law is too broad and vague | The head of the checkpoint in Quezon a key witness in the shooting of 13 people refuses to talk to police | The new chief of staff of the Armed Forces is the son of a general killed by Muslim rebels

Son of slain general is new AFP chief

Jan 15, 2013 - 5:44 PM

Army chief Lt Gen Emmanuel Bautista is the new Armed Forces chief of staff

PNoy junks fixed term for AFP chief

Jan 20, 2012 - 6:17 PM

This despite calls for a fixed term to avoid mistakes under the Arroyo years

Oban: 'Our reform agenda have taken root'

Dec 13, 2011 - 8:00 AM

Speech of outgoing AFP Chief Gen Eduardo Oban during the turnover ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo last Dec 12

Profile Photo of Outgoing AFP Chief Gen. Eduardo Oban