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

Jul 10, 2015 - 11:58 AM

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John C. Maxwell: Grow today, grow intentionally

Jul 07, 2015 - 9:38 AM

Find your passion Find your strength But most importantly stay consistent

AFP to setup regional command in Negros Island Region

Jun 11, 2015 - 8:00 AM

The new camps will be at the borders of the two Negros provinces either in Kabankalan City Negros Occidental or in Mabinay Negros Oriental

The residents of Pag-asa: Life on a disputed island

May 18, 2015 - 4:00 PM

For decades Pag asa residents have been oblivious to sporadic incidents elsewhere in the West Philippine Sea But now they see China s massive reclamation in the area and know that times have changed

PAG-ASA ISLAND. The second biggest island in the disputed South China Sea is home to about a hundred Filipinos. Photo by SSg Amable Milay/Philippine Air Force

PH lawmakers want to visit Spratlys, too

May 16, 2015 - 4:35 PM

The last high profile visit of lawmakers to the disputed island was in 2011

MUNICIPALITY OF KALAYAAN (FREEDOM). Filipino resident at soldiers conduct a flag raising ceremony during the visit of Armed Forces of the Philippines military chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr in Pagasa island (Thitu Island) at the Philippine municipality of Kalayaan. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

PH runway in Spratlys erodes as China reclaims to build own

May 13, 2015 - 8:41 AM

As soon as the case is finished we will now have the moral authority to develop the area says Armed Forces chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr

INSPECTION: AFP chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr inspects the Philippine's Rancudo Airfied in Pag-Asa Island in the South China Sea. Rappler photo

MILF killed Usman – AFP chief

May 06, 2015 - 1:35 PM

The Philippine military retracts an earlier account that terrorist Abdul Basit Usman was killed by his own bodyguards

FINAL STORY: Armed Forces chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr corrects the account of Basit Usman's death. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

No gov't troops around when Usman was killed

May 04, 2015 - 4:08 PM

Details of how Basit Usman was killed remain sketchy There are reports that infighting among his bodyguards supposedly over the bounty on his head started the firefight that eventually killed him

EDCA: Palawan air base added to locations offered to US

Apr 27, 2015 - 1:09 PM

The list has grown to 8 military bases from the initial 3 locations revealed last year

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

China reclamation may cut PH access to West PH Sea

Apr 20, 2015 - 8:23 AM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines says current activities on Mischief Reef – just 23 nautical miles from Philippine controlled Ayungin Shoal – threatens all our areas

AFP raises red alert ahead of 'difficult' Typhoon Maysak

Apr 01, 2015 - 3:19 PM

Red alert status means all the troops must be inside the camps and ready for any deployment All vacation leaves are suspended

TYPHOON RESPONSE: File photo of Army soldiers preparing assets for typhoon response operations

Holy Week travelers told: Adjust to Typhoon Maysak

Apr 01, 2015 - 2:38 PM

NDRRMC Executive Director Alex Pama says foreign and local tourists should coordinate with local governments regarding the typhoon which will enter PAR Wednesday evening or early Thursday

Jeane Napoles, BIFF all-out war, Lee Kuan Yew | The wRap

Mar 30, 2015 - 8:35 PM

Jeane Napoles is on the government’s lookout list The all out offensive against the BIFF ends today The world says good bye to Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew

PH fears 'miscalculation' in West PH Sea

Mar 30, 2015 - 7:30 PM

We d like to avoid a misencounter or miscalculation that will unnecessarily provoke the countries involved in the area says Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr

7 AREAS: Armed Forces chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr presents photos of China's reclamation projects in West Philippine Sea

AFP: All-out offensive vs BIFF ends today

Mar 30, 2015 - 10:05 AM

But military presence will continue for the implementation the P67 million socio economic intervention projects approved by President Benigno Aquino III

NEXT PHASE: AFP chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr announces to end of all-out offensive vs the BIFF to make way for the next phase of military operations

Evacuees in Maguindanao, N. Cotabato almost 100,000

Mar 20, 2015 - 5:45 PM

Clashes between government forces and Muslim rebels also affect more than 130 000 persons in Maguindanao and North Cotabato

DISPLACED FILIPINOS. People displaced by fighting sleep at an evacuation center in the southern Philippines. File photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera

Junjun Binay stays, Usman’s coddler arrested, Murray for Mayweather | The wRap

Mar 16, 2015 - 7:18 PM

A court stops Junjun Binay s suspension Troops arrest Usman’s coddler Andy Murray says Floyd Mayweather has the edge over Manny Pacquiao

Lacson defends BOI amid Malacañang tirade

Mar 15, 2015 - 2:33 PM

Former police chief and senator Panfilo Lacson says the President should explain why he did not involve OIC police chief Leonardo Espina and instead went straight to SAF commander Getulio Napeñas

PNP FOLLOWS CHAIN OF COMMAND: Former police chief and senator Panfilo Lacson says PNP has always followed the chain of command

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

Catapang on Mamasapano, Malampaya shutdown, Pacquiao in training | The wRap

Mar 05, 2015 - 6:50 PM

Military chief Catapang says Mamasapano clash was a failure in planning The Malampaya plant shuts down March 15 Manny Pacquiao says he feels slow

8,600 in evacuation centers due to clashes in North Cotabato

Feb 27, 2015 - 3:17 PM

The social welfare department has provided food packs worth P265 370 to thousands of families in 8 evacuation centers

Lawyer: Not in Purisima's character to lie to Aquino

Feb 25, 2015 - 8:23 PM

The resigned PNP chief also says nothing was amiss when he was in direct contact with the President and top military and police officials on the day of Oplan Exodus

'I DIDN'T LIE.' Resigned PNP chief Dir Gen Alan Purisima during a Senate hearing on the Mamasapano encounter. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

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

AFP orders all-out war vs BIFF

Feb 25, 2015 - 1:17 PM

UPDATED The armed forces vow to protect and allow some 20 000 persons to return to their homes in North Cotabato after being displaced by Muslim rebels who attacked their villages

ALL OUT OFFENSIVE: Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr

The many answers to: ‘Who led Oplan Exodus?’

Feb 25, 2015 - 6:30 AM

Purisima and Napeñas continue their blame game but senators and security officials say both of them shoulder responsibility for the Mamasapano debacle

'I AM ACCOUNTABLE BUT...' Resigned police chief Alan Purisima takes responsibility for Oplan Exodus but still blames Napeñas for failing to coordinate with the military. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Mamasapano senate hearing, BOI probers, Taylor Swift | The wRap

Feb 24, 2015 - 8:38 PM

An army general turns emotional The board of inquiry goes to Mamasapano Taylor Swift is 2014’s top selling artist

After Mamasapano: PMA '81 comes home

Feb 21, 2015 - 10:45 PM

The Mamasapano tragedy casts its long shadow on this year s Philippine Military Academy homecoming

PNP-AFP rift? 'We are one, we will overcome'

Feb 19, 2015 - 3:06 PM

Police and military generals downplay any perceived rift between the two forces in the aftermath of a police operation that left 44 elite cops dead

BROTHERS. AFP and PNP officials links arms during a ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo on February 19, 2015. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

AFP, PNP: Return of SAF arms 'good first step'

Feb 19, 2015 - 1:12 PM

This is an important first step not just in restoring the trust between the PNP and the MILF but in restoring trust between the MILF and the Filipino people says Interior Secretary Mar Roxas

FIRST 16. Some of the 16 SAF firearms returned to the PNP by the MILF. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

MILF denies telling members to prepare for war

Feb 18, 2015 - 12:43 PM

Moro Islamic Liberation Front chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal says warmongers are spreading the false information

CRUCIAL TIMES. Moro Islamic Liberation Front chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal denies issuing an advisory to MILF members to prepare for war. File photo by Angela Casauay/Rappler

Security execs: Incompetent or protecting Aquino?

Feb 13, 2015 - 6:28 PM

For Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr the security officials’ silence on who informed Aquino of the Mamasapano clash smacks of a cover up

'DAMNING SILENCE.' Senators are skeptical of the silence of PNP OIC Leonardo Espina, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on who told Aquino about the Mamasapano clash. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

President Aquino and the Mamasapano puzzle

Feb 13, 2015 - 8:00 AM

What was the extent of the President s involvement? Cabinet officials are unable to give a clear answer; the resigned PNP chief asks for permission from the President before he can give an answer

NOT YOU, THEN WHO? Interior Secretary Mar Roxas (center) and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin (right) say neither of them told the President about the clashes in Mamasapano. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

TRANSCRIPT: Senate hearing on Mamasapano clash, Day 2 (Feb 10)

Feb 12, 2015 - 10:15 AM

On the second day of the Senate hearing the military and the police trade barbs on operational problems that led to 44 casuaties on the government side while peace advocates staunchly defend the peace deal with the MILF

MAMASAPANO PROBE. Police Deputy Dir General Leonardo Espina, PNP OIC, during the Senate's second hearing on the bloody 'Oplan Exodus.'

Mistahs of PMA '81 and the Mamasapano tragedy

Feb 11, 2015 - 8:00 PM

7 members of the class are now asked to explain how such a tragedy could happen under their leadership

Mamasapano: What ifs and what could have beens

Feb 11, 2015 - 8:07 AM

Senators prompt debates over the coordination – and lack of it – during Oplan Exodus as some express doubts about the MILF and the peace process

MAMASAPANO PROBE. Police Deputy Dir General Leonardo Espina, PNP OIC, during the Senate's second hearing on the bloody 'Oplan Exodus.'

Senate probes Mamasapano: What we know so far

Feb 09, 2015 - 8:13 AM

The Senate begins its probe into the Mamasapano operation that killed 68 people Will some invoke executive privilege ?

SLAIN 44. Members of PNP Special Action Force carry bodies of their comrade who was killed in an encounter in the town of Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 26 2015.

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

Sacked SAF chief: Military knew cops' location in Mamasapano

Feb 04, 2015 - 2:41 PM

Police Director Getulio Napeñas Jr belies the claim of the AFP chief of staff He says evidence submitted to the Board of Inquiry will reveal the truth

Former PNP Special Action Force head police director Getulio Napeñas Jr. narrates to members of the media some snippets of information regarding the Mamasapano, Maguindanao operation during a press conference at the PNP press office in Camp Crame in Quezon City on Wednesday.

Binay witness surfaces, China's reclamation, Japanese ISIS hostages | The wRap

Jan 22, 2015 - 7:00 PM

Another alleged Binay dummy surfaces Photos show China’s massive reclamation on a West Philippine Sea reef The clock ticks for Japanese ISIS hostages

Bilibid explosion, Charlie Hebdo, Papal visit guidelines | The wRap

Jan 08, 2015 - 7:26 PM

An explosion in a Philippine jail kills at least 1 injures 19 The manhunt for the French magazine massacre suspects begins No bags allowed for those who want to see Pope Francis the Philippines

The shopping list: Status of PH military's modernization

Dec 23, 2014 - 12:36 PM

2015 is the year of the Philippine Air Force Fighter jets for the West Philippine Sea defense and more air assets are to be delivered

INSPECTION. President Benigno S. Aquino III tours the F-50 on Friday, December 12, 2014, before leaving Korea, at the sidelines of the 25th ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit. Photo by Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Two C-130 planes will head to Samar after Ruby

Dec 06, 2014 - 2:35 PM

We want to tell our people that relief goods will be coming There s no need to loot or take the law into their own hands We will immediately provide the needed relief goods as soon as the weather clears says AFP Chief Gregorio Catapang Jr

MILITARY PLANES: File photo of a C130 aircraft in Villamor Airbase

Filipino peacekeepers from Liberia and the meaning of Christmas

Dec 05, 2014 - 8:46 AM

It s a belated Heroes Welcome for the Filipino peacekeepers deployed in Liberia They get a 30 day vacation to spend the holidays with their families

HONORED: All United Nations peacekeepers get  the UN Service Medal. Rappler photo

First batch of PH peacekeepers completes Ebola quarantine

Dec 02, 2014 - 6:35 PM

The military sets a belated Heroes Welcome for the peacekeepers on Thursday December 4

EBOLA-FREE: Filipino peacekeepers from Liberia complete the 21-day quarantine. ​Photos by Army Major Gerard Alvaran

AFP's new spokesperson is former liaison officer with US military

Nov 29, 2014 - 2:20 PM

Colonel Restituto Padilla Jr assumes the post at a time when the Philippines and the US are hoping to immediately implement the newly signed EDCA

NEW SPOKESPERSON. Col Restituto Padilla Jr (middle), receives the Defense Meritorious Service medal and citation from Admiral Samuel J Locklear, Commander of US Pacific Command (left) during the latter’s meeting with AFP Chief of Staff General Gregorio Pio P Catapang Jr (left) on October 14. File photo from the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Aquino ratings, military on Abu Sayyaf, ISIS beheading | The wRap

Nov 17, 2014 - 7:24 PM

The Aquino administration’s ratings recover after a record low The Philippine military puts pressure on the Abu Sayyaf after a deadly encounter ISIS beheads a US aid worker and 18 Syrians

Harry Roque wants 6 months jail time for AFP chief

Nov 10, 2014 - 5:34 PM

The case stems from the media blitz that preceded the disbarment case filed by the Armed Forces against him

JAIL TIME? Laywer Harry Roque files an indirect contempt case against Armed Forces chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr. Rappler file photo

24 Filipino cops in Liberia test negative for Ebola

Nov 10, 2014 - 1:08 PM

They are joining the 108 Filipino troops coming home Wednesday evening November 12

'PARADISE ISLAND': The Filipino peacekeepers from Liberia will be quarantined in Caballo Island. Photo from AFP-PAO

PH to foreign militaries: Thank you for Yolanda aid

Nov 09, 2014 - 12:29 PM

AFP chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr says he personally thanked chiefs of foreign militaries during the annual Chiefs of Defense Conference held in Brunei last week

AFP Chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr