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AFP backs Army chief’s 'murder, rubout' claim on soldiers' deaths

Jul 01, 2020 - 3:20 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines says Army chief Gilbert Gapay has basis for his claim on what happened in Sulu, but defers to the probe of the National Bureau of Investigation

RUBOUT? 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

Military ‘pleased’ with Congress passage of anti-terror bill

Jun 04, 2020 - 4:51 PM

The bill does not seem to add any new power to the armed forces, says military spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo

EDGARD AREVALO. Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo during a media briefing in August 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lorenzana, AFP defend military chief's 'out of place' letter to Chinese envoy

Apr 28, 2020 - 2:11 PM

Although the military chief's letter to the Chinese envoy may have been 'out of place,' Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he sees nothing wrong with it

THE CHIEFS. Defense chief Delfin Lorenzana (2nd L) and military chief General Felimon Santos Jr (R) pose with President Rodrigo Duterte and the new and outgoing Air Force chiefs during the change of command ceremony at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on January 16, 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

Even in stricter lockdown, military says it will play ‘support role’

Apr 23, 2020 - 9:59 AM

At least 2,500 soldiers are deployed in the National Capital Region and 2,000 more are ready to be sent out if needed. But the PNP takes the lead, says the military.

MILITARY TROOPS. Members of the military's Joint Task Force-National Capital Region hold a final briefing and send off at Camp Aguinaldo before their deployment on different parts of the metropolis to help enforce a lockdown midnight on March 15, 2020. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Military records 33 coronavirus cases among soldiers, families

Apr 20, 2020 - 7:12 PM

Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo says that the Armed Forces' COVID-19 patients include soldiers, family members, civilian employees, and a reservist

The Armed Forces of the Philippines Mobile Kitchen feeds residents of Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City on April 20, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

‘Natural reaction’ for AFP to prepare for possible martial law-like lockdown

Apr 19, 2020 - 10:58 AM

'We believe there is nothing to be alarmed about in this natural reaction of the AFP to prepare and deploy when it becomes necessary,' says military spokesperson, Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo

LOCKDOWN. Members of the Manila Police District and Armed Forces of the Philippines join barangay officials as they enforce a strict 24-hour lockdown of Barangay 20 at the Parola Compound in Tondo, Manila on April 14, 2020. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

‘We have to stop them’: AFP ready to enforce martial law-like lockdown

Apr 17, 2020 - 6:31 PM

If directed by the president, the military says it will work with the police to enforce discipline and order to prevent further violations of enhanced community quarantine rules

MILITARY TROOPS. Members of the military's Joint Task Force-NCR hold a final briefing and send off at Camp Aguinaldo before their deployment to diffrent parts of the metropolis to enforce the community quarantine starting midnight on March 15, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

‘Hard sell?’ Military boasts rosy poll results as it faces criticism over new anti-terror bill

Mar 05, 2020 - 7:58 AM

An SWS poll shows high public satisfaction with the AFP, just as Congress decides on a law that gives the military broader powers in pursuing terror suspects

THE MARINES. Soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines' Marine Corps. File photo by Darren Langit

Survey shows big majority of Filipinos satisfied with military

Mar 04, 2020 - 8:25 PM

Majority of Filipinos also trust in the AFP's capability to defeat security threats, but less so when it comes to West Philippine Sea intruders, says an SWS survey

ARMED FORCES. Hundreds of soldiers from the Philippine Marine Corps and the Philippine Army arrive at Villamor airbase in Pasay City after battling terrorists in Marawi City on October 21, 2017. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Military denies soldiers helped syndicates smuggle cash into PH

Mar 04, 2020 - 1:30 PM

It could have been retired servicemen now working for private security companies whom the Bureau of Customs spotted escorting syndicates' couriers at the airport, says AFP spokesperson Edgard Arevalo

AREVALO. Armed Forces of the Philippines Spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Can PH defend itself without U.S. help? We can, we will, we should – AFP

Feb 27, 2020 - 9:34 PM

The die is cast, says the military

TREATY ALLIES. Filipino and American soldiers during the annual Balikatan joint military exercises. Rappler file photo

Military seeks dialogue after lawmakers slammed crackdown on progressive groups

Nov 15, 2019 - 6:35 PM

The military deny that they are cracking down on progressive groups, whom they call 'communist terrorists' and whose offices they have raided in recent weeks

WHAT CRACKDOWN? Military Spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo invites supporters of progressive groups to discuss what he says are the threats they pose to democracy. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lorenzana not inclined to recommend Mindanao martial law extension

Nov 11, 2019 - 1:29 PM

The defense chief says he is waiting for the military and police to give their input, and President Duterte will still have the final say on the matter

DEFENSE CHIEF Delfin Lorenzana doesn't feel the need to put Mindanao under martial law for another year. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Military denies 'harassment' in arresting alleged communist rebels

Nov 07, 2019 - 10:17 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines says the search warrants issued by a Quezon City trial court judge prove there was probable cause against the suspects

NO HARASSMENT. Military spokesman Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo says the police and military personnel who recently arrested alleged communist rebels bore search warrants from a court judge. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Revenge attacks by pro-ISIS groups ‘very likely’ after Baghdadi killing – analyst

Oct 28, 2019 - 7:31 PM

The death of ISIS' top leader in the Middle East may shift extremists' attention closer to home as they try to avenge his death and assert their influence, says leading terrorism analyst Rohan Gunaratna

TERRORIST KILLED. An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on July 5, 2014 by al-Furqan Media allegedly shows the leader of the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, addressing worshippers at a mosque in the ISIS-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Al-Furqan Media/Handout/AFP

Death of ISIS leader Baghdadi ‘just a momentary setback’ – Lorenzana

Oct 28, 2019 - 1:40 PM

The killing of ISIS head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by US Special Forces may be a 'severe blow' to the terror group but ISIS-linked terrorists in the Philippines will continue to be a threat, the defense chief and the military say

SECURITY OFFICIALS. This file photo shows Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Noel Clement at the Senate on September 30, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Military supports 'selective martial law' in Mindanao

Oct 15, 2019 - 10:50 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines says it supports Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte's 'recommendation' that the city be exempted from martial law

MILITARY SPOKESMAN Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

AFP to probe Murad’s claim that military is ‘main source’ of Mindanao loose firearms

Sep 18, 2019 - 5:07 PM

The interim chief minister of the new Bangsamoro autonomous region earlier said that many loose firearms in Mindanao bear the markings of the Department of National Defense

LOOSE FIREARMS. Al Hajj Murad Ebrahim, BARMM interim Chief Minister and MILF Chairman, said the military is the 'main source' of illegal firearms in Mindanao. In this photo, Presidential Peace Process Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr inspects guns submitted by the MILF for decommissioning in Simuay, Sultan Kudarat on September 7, 2019. Photo by Rappler

AFP says deal with China-backed telco 'no cause for concern'

Sep 16, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The military says it has 'appropriate safeguards' in place, as it defends a deal allowing Mislatel to build facilities in military camps

SPYING IN CAMPS? AFP Spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo said on Monday, September 16, that having a China-backed telco's facilities in military camps won't be a cause for concern. Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'What militarization?' AFP defends planned presence in schools

Aug 24, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The military says soldiers would be 'engaging' students during information campaigns and lectures, not curtailing their academic freedom

WHAT MILITARIZATION? AFP Spokeperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo at a press conference on security issues at Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Military pushes proposal to amend 'weak' anti-terrorism law

Aug 15, 2019 - 11:42 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines calls for more drastic powers against terror suspects as Congress moves forward with amending the Human Security Act of 2007

TOUGHER LAW. AFP Spokeperson BGEN. Edgar Arevalo at a press briefing at Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday, November 29, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Reports on Sri Lankan terrorists in PH doubtful – AFP

Aug 11, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Reports of terrorists from Sri Lanka slipping into the Philippines and preparing for attacks in Luzon appear to be a family feud 'gone awry'

AFP Spokeperson BGEN. Edgar Arevalo at a press briefing at Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday, November 29, 2018, on issues of Mandatory ROTC and Martial Law extension. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

AFP verifying reports of Sri Lankan terrorists in PH

Aug 10, 2019 - 5:58 PM

The military is on heightened alert as it verifies pieces of information about alleged terror threats to churches and other establishments in Luzon

ON ALERT. Military and police personnel at a ceremony on May 7, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

AFP hits 'deception' in China warships' passage

Aug 03, 2019 - 8:28 AM

The military spokesman’s statement is markedly stronger than previous statements of security officials on the clandestine passage of China's naval vessels

CHINA MUSCLE. This handout satellite picture taken on March 26, 2018 and released on March 30, 2018 by Planet Labs Inc. shows China's sole operational aircraft carrier, the Liaoning (C), sailing with other ships at sea, south of China's southern Hainan island. Beijing flexed its military muscle this week as its sole operational aircraft carrier was apparently spotted conducting a massive naval drill with dozens of vessels in the South China Sea, according to satellite images released on March 30. Photo by Planet Labs Inc/AFP

AFP says Marawi aid audit report 'not quite accurate'

Jul 06, 2019 - 9:20 AM

The Armed Forces denies irregularities in its handling of aid money, after state auditors flagged the disparity in amounts given to wounded soldiers

MARAWI SIEGE. Government troops take position against enemy snipers as they escort rescued workers and trapped residents near the town center of Marawi on June 1, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Commission on Appointments approves promotion of 74 military officers

Oct 10, 2018 - 5:12 PM

Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesman Edgard Arevalo and 6th Infantry Division commander Cirilito Sobejano were among those confirmed

Newly promoted military officers pose with with Senate Pro Tempore Ralph Recto and Senate President Vicente Sotto III during the confirmation hearing on October 10, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Stay calm, military tells public

Sep 11, 2018 - 3:34 PM

There has been no unusual movement of military vehicles in the capital, says the armed forces spokesman

Col. Edgar Arevalo, AFP Spokeperson during press conference at Camp Aguinaldo on Tuesday, Sept 4, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

AFP on revocation of Trillanes' amnesty: 'Just following orders'

Sep 04, 2018 - 6:50 PM

Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesman Colonel Edgard Arevalo says the military is exercising its mandate, following President Rodrigo Duterte's proclamation

NO POLITICS. AFP Public Affairs Office chief Colonel Edgard Arevalo. Rappler file photo

PH military asks communities to step up amid spate of bombings

Sep 03, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Security agencies fail to prevent another bombing in Sultan Kudarat in southern Philippines, raising questions about the effectiveness of martial law

KEEPING TRACK. Background images from AFP and Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

PH military declares support for Duterte in wake of Sereno ouster

May 11, 2018 - 1:17 PM

The statement comes in the wake of a controversial Supreme Court vote to remove Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, an appointee of former President Benigno Aquino III whom Duterte called his 'enemy'

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. President Duterte has made it a practice to visit military camps around the country. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Military air strike kills more soldiers in Marawi

Jul 12, 2017 - 8:08 PM

UPDATED Two soldiers are killed and 11 wounded as another military air strike goes wrong in Marawi City where the crisis is now on its 8th week

Marines from the 7th Marine Company as they operates against extremist Maute Group on Friday, June 9, 2017. The marines are pushing forward across Mapandi Bridge when a heavy encounter caused the lives of 13 Marines friday night. (bobby lagsa/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

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

AFP contradicts PNP on Maute presence in Metro Manila

Mar 21, 2017 - 4:40 PM

UPDATED Members of the ISIS inspired group are not in the country s capital based on military intelligence

NO PRESENCE. AFP Public Affairs Office chief Colonel Edgard Arevalo says military intelligence has not monitored the presence of Maute Group in Metro Manila

20 military outposts, camps damaged by Typhoon Nina

Dec 26, 2016 - 5:24 PM

The military gives assurances it will continue its rescue and relief operations for typhoon victims

Philippines, Japan to hold fresh naval drills

Jun 09, 2015 - 5:14 PM

The June 22 26 joint maneuvers with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force would be only the second ever after an unprecedented one day exercise in the South China Sea last month

JOINT EXERCISES. Philippine coastguard personnel board a ship during a simulation of a sea jacking scenario as part of the combined Philippine-Japan maritime exercise off Manila bay, in the mouth of South China sea on May 6, 2015. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Sabah insists: PH Navy shot 35 'Sulu militants'

Apr 29, 2013 - 2:08 PM

Sabah police chief Hamza Taib says he could however only cite intelligence reports since the incident did not happen within his jurisdiction