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Indonesia military academy hit by virus outbreak

Jul 12, 2020 - 4:15 PM

Of the 1,280 confirmed infections, 991 are cadets and the rest are staff and their family members

OUTBREAK. This picture taken on July 9, 2020 shows the closed main gate of the Indonesian army's Officer Candidate School in Bandung, after more than 1,200 personnel including instructors of the institution were tested positive for COVID-19. Photo by Timur Matahari/AFP

Trump 'bullying' blamed as key impeachment witness quits army

Jul 09, 2020 - 10:21 AM

'LTC Vindman's patriotism has cost him his career,' says his attorney, David Pressman

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 29: Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council, arrives at the U.S. Capitol on October 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. Vindman will appear at a closed-door deposition, as part of the impeachment inquiry against President Trump, led by the House Intelligence, House Foreign Affairs and House Oversight and Reform Committees. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Colombia's ELN rebels propose ceasefire during pandemic

Jul 08, 2020 - 11:56 PM

The offer receives short shrift from President Ivan Duque, who writes on Twitter: 'I will never stop complying with the constitutional duty to confront criminality throughout the territory'

COVID-19 IN COLOMBIA. Workers move the coffin of a COVID-19 victim to be cremated at Serafin cemetery in Bogota, on July 4, 2020. File photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Reservists Sara Duterte, Robin Padilla join PH Army advisory board

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:58 PM

The board also includes other government officials such as Public Works Secretary Mark Villar and Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong, as well as actor and Army reservist Matteo Guidicelli

ARMY RESERVISTS. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and actor Robin Padilla

1 soldier killed, another wounded in NPA ambush in Samar

Jul 07, 2020 - 8:05 AM

One of the soldiers was allegedly hacked to death and burned

'Kill 1,000 and I will protect you'

Jul 02, 2020 - 7:30 PM

There was a time the PNP stood for what is right, even if it meant hurting their president

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

Military vows more offensives as Duterte insists NPA top terror threat in PH

Jun 23, 2020 - 4:40 PM

'We will strike while the iron is hot,' says the Armed Forces of the Philippines after Duterte steps up his rhetoric against communist rebels

SOLDIERS. Soldiers at a checkpoint wearing protective gear against the coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Jose Rizal Memorial State University

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

At least 5 NPA rebels killed in Negros Oriental clash

Jun 18, 2020 - 7:49 PM

A suspect in the killing of 4 police officers in a 2019 ambush is killed in the encounter

CLASH. Police inspect the site of a clash between armed rebels and the Philippine military. Photo from Armed Forces of the Philippines

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

[OPINION] The Philippine military and its hypocrisy

Jun 09, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Who is the biggest recruiter for the communist movement? Surely the generals know?

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

Central Luzon police arrest No. 1 most wanted in Zambales

May 19, 2020 - 1:10 PM

The suspect, whom police reports say operates as medic and supply officer of the rebel New People's Army, is also among the top 10 most wanted in Central Luzon

Photo from Regional Intelligence Unit provincial police force

4 NPA leaders, 11 fighters killed in Northern Mindanao

May 17, 2020 - 6:07 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines says 186 communist rebels have been killed since January 2020

[OPINION] Stop the shooting war madness in this pandemic

May 16, 2020 - 8:30 PM

Let there be talks, but honest and sincere talks, on just the 'small' agenda of cooperation on public health

Duterte's final gambit to end insurgency: task force vs communists

May 14, 2020 - 6:51 PM

If the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict sees the ABS-CBN shutdown as a counterinsurgency issue, that's because the task force is meant to sniff out 'rebel influence' from anywhere

NTF-ELCAC. The NTF-ELCAC logo. Background photo of NPA rebels by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Military and police kill 17 NPA rebels in weeklong attacks

May 13, 2020 - 5:46 PM

As the country battles a pandemic, 19 guerrillas surrender, and two are arrested in military and police operations against the New People’s Army from May 4 to 11

SOLDIERS. Philippine Army troopers from the 30th Infantry Battalion at their headquarters in Placer, Surigao del Norte on August 2, 2016. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Lorenzana defends buying attack helicopters: It's to fight NPA

May 13, 2020 - 4:11 PM

'We would rather give [the money] to our people, kaya lang itigil niyo ang inyong armed struggle, ititigil din namin ang ganitong pagbili ng armas,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

US-PH RELATIONS. File photo of Defense Secrey Delfin Lorenzana in a Senate hearing on February 6, 2020 on the Philippines - United States (US) Mutual Defense Treaty. Photo by Senate PRIB

CPP-NPA ends ceasefire, resumes offensives vs government forces

May 01, 2020 - 11:25 AM

(UPDATED) The truce failed to stop clashes between government troops and communist rebels, both sides admit

COMMUNIST REBELS. Armed members of the New Peoples Army-Melito Glor Command gather in a clearing in the lower Sierra Madre mountains in Quezon Province, on December 26, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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

Duterte rejects peace talks with CPP-NPA: 'No more talks to talk about'

Apr 27, 2020 - 11:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte makes the remark after expressing his sadness over the deaths of soldiers who were allegedly killed by communist rebels while delivering medical aid

TALKS OVER. President Rodrigo Duterte updates the nation on the government's efforts in addressing the coronavirus disease on April 27, 2020. Malacañang photo

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

Duterte's martial law threat – and what he did not tell us

Apr 24, 2020 - 3:09 PM

In his taped Friday morning public address on the coronavirus, President Duterte blasts the communist rebels again and brings up an old peace proposal they submitted long before the pandemic

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on April 23, 2020. Malacañang photo

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

4 soldiers killed in clashes with NPA in Negros Occidental, Masbate

Apr 19, 2020 - 7:20 PM

The military says 4 soldiers were also wounded in the Negros Occidental encounter on Sunday, April 19

Military resumes offensives vs NPA, denies violating lapsed ceasefire

Apr 17, 2020 - 5:16 PM

The military has reported at least 3 armed clashes with communist guerrillas since the government’s unilateral ceasefire ended on April 15

SOLDIERS. Philippine Army troopers from the 30th Infantry Battalion at their headquarters in Placer, Surigao del Norte on August 2, 2016. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

CPP-NPA extends ceasefire until April 30

Apr 16, 2020 - 7:49 PM

The truce has been fraught with accusations of violations from both sides, and the government has yet to say whether it will also extend its unilateral ceasefire that ended on April 15

GUERRILLA. A member of the New People's Army paints the armed group's logo on his face to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26, 2018. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Clashes reported as ceasefire with NPA ends

Apr 16, 2020 - 4:52 PM

The military awaits orders from President Rodrigo Duterte on whether the truce will be extended as many areas remain on lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic

GOVERNMENT FORCES. Philippine Army soldiers guarding an "enhanced community quarantine" checkpoint in Valenzuela City on March 15, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

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

FALSE: Photo of Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago attending NPA anniversary

Apr 15, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The photo of Elago at a mountaintop was taken at a hike conducted on March 1, weeks before the NPA anniversary on March 29

Army Navy reopens select branches nationwide for delivery, takeout

Apr 09, 2020 - 4:49 PM

Several Army Navy branches across the country are back in business for takeout and delivery orders – here's the list

Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer to return for 'Call Me By Your Name' sequel

Apr 03, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'Everyone will be in the new movie,' director Luca Guadagnino says about the upcoming sequel to his 2017 film 'Call Me By Your Name'

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

Lorenzana condemns alleged NPA attempt on military in Rizal

Apr 01, 2020 - 4:57 PM

The military says it thwarted a planned attack by the New People’s Army last Saturday, but rebel leaders say the guerrillas were just on a medical mission

DEFENSE CHIEF. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana at the Senate hearing on the proposed 2020 budget of the Department of National Defense and its attached agencies on September 30, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

CPP-NPA declares ceasefire after U.N. call for peace amid coronavirus pandemic

Mar 25, 2020 - 12:43 AM

The Philippine government earlier declared a ceasefire with communist rebels as security forces focus on battling the novel coronavirus

REBELS. Armed members of the New People's Army-Melito Glor Command gather on a clearing in the lower Sierra Madre mountains in Quezon Province, south of Manila, to celebrate the 50th year founding of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26, 2018. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Joma Sison takes cue from U.N., calls for ceasefire with government

Mar 24, 2020 - 2:29 PM

The communist rebel leader earlier declined to reciprocate the government's ceasefire, which President Rodrigo Duterte ordered as the country battles the novel coronavirus

REBELS. Armed members of the New Peoples' Army-Melito Glor Command gather on a clearing in the lower Sierra Madre mountains in Quezon Province, south of Manila, to celebrate the 50th year founding of the Communist Party of the Philippines on December 26, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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

Distrust on both sides as gov’t starts ceasefire with communist rebels

Mar 19, 2020 - 2:35 PM

The defense chief expects guerrilla attacks to continue, while rebel leaders say the Luzon lockdown is meant only to intimidate and immobilize the public

LOCKDOWN. Philippine Army troopers from the Joint Task Force-NCR inspect motorists entering Metro Manila at a community quarantine checkpoint at the NLEX Mindanao Avenue exit in Quezon City on March 15, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte declares ceasefire with communists amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 18, 2020 - 9:52 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the ceasefire will last from March 19 until April 15

CEASEFIRE. Troops from the AFP's Joint Task Force-NCR man the checkpoint in Valenzuela City on March 15, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

[OPINION] Ceasefire in the time of coronavirus

Mar 17, 2020 - 6:00 PM

'US imperialism, Chinese imperialism, the Duterte administration, and the CPP-NPA-NDFP can become tactical allies, even if strange bedfellows, against the coronavirus'

Duterte asks NPA for ceasefire during coronavirus lockdown

Mar 17, 2020 - 7:36 AM

The President sees the police and military on the frontlines of the Luzon-wide ‘enhanced community quarantine,’ and asks communist rebels for a halt in hostilities

SOLDIERS. Military contingents provided a support role to the Police in enforcing a "community quarantine" of Metro Manila on Sunday, March 15, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler