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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.'

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

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

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

Army probes Basilan 'tragedy' amid calls for all-out war vs ASG

Nov 03, 2014 - 4:57 PM

AFP chief Gregorio Catapang Jr dismisses any connection between the Abu Sayyaf attack in Basilan and the intensified operations against the bandit group in adjacent island Sulu

File photo of troops in Basilan

PH honors Indonesian military chief

Nov 03, 2014 - 2:06 PM

To highlight the close ties between both countries the Indonesian military chief gives General Gregorio Catapang Jr a free ride to Brunei on November 3

LEGION OF HONOR: Indonesian military chief General Moeldoko receives the Philippine Legion of Honor with the Degree of Commander. Rappler photo

Paano nilabag ni Sueselbeck ang camp regulations at batas?

Oct 27, 2014 - 7:30 PM

Ayon sa patakaran ng kahit anong kampo militar kailangang may security clearance ang foreigners na gustong pumasok Nagpilit si Sueselbeck kaya siya hinainan ng reklamo

AFP chief on Olongapo slay: 'This one is quite a big mistake'

Oct 14, 2014 - 4:51 PM

General Gregorio Catapang Jr is confident that the incident will not affect the relationship between the Philippine and US militaries

JUSTICE FOR LAUDE: AFP chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr wants the US military to surrender the US serviceman tagged in Olongapo slay. Rappler photo

AFP chief in Sulu in wake of Abu Sayyaf threat vs German hostages

Oct 12, 2014 - 2:46 PM

We want to show that we are prepared for the rescue We will have to wait for the orders from the Crisis Management Committee says Armed Forces chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr

AFP CHIEF VISITS SULU: General Gregorio Catapang Jr outlines to the troops his plans for the Philippine military. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Golan peacekeepers to secure Pope in PH visit

Sep 28, 2014 - 3:32 PM

As the papal visit nears the Philippine military dedicates two battalion sized units to secure the Roman Catholic leader

Filipino peacekeepers at Camp Aguinaldo. Image courtesy Armed Forces of the Philippines

Senate hails 'exemplary courage' of troops in Golan

Sep 08, 2014 - 5:38 PM

Filipinos are among the bravest peacekeepers in the world says Senator Teofisto Guingona III

'BATTALION OF EXCELLENCE': The troops in Golan Heights are well-trained and well-armed. November 2013 file photo before the group left for Golan

AFP stands by Golan troops, to analyze actions during crisis

Sep 04, 2014 - 5:37 PM

Philippine military chief General Gregorio Catapang says they have submitted to Malacañang a blow by blow account of what happened in the Golan Heights

NEVER SURRENDER: General Gregorio Catapang Jr hands over new M4 rifle to an Army private. Rappler photo

UN backs commander, denies PH soldiers' claim

Sep 04, 2014 - 7:07 AM

The order to Filipino peacekeepers was to leave the weapons quiet so as to give some space but never to hand over weapons says Hervé Ladsous UN Under Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations

Lieutenant General Iqbal Singha. Photo from the UN web site

AFP chief breezes through CA, praised for Golan escape

Sep 03, 2014 - 2:13 PM

Senators and congressmen heap praises on the general for the unauthorized escape of Filipino troops besieged by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights and give their thumbs up to the troops defiance of their UN commander

Aquino wants full report on Golan standoff

Sep 02, 2014 - 3:56 PM

Malacañang says a full report on the standoff between Filipino peacekeepers and Syrian rebels would guide policies and actions on future deployment

Golan peacekeepers

'Elaborate security plan' for Pope Francis PH visit – AFP

Sep 02, 2014 - 12:18 PM

We won t fail the Pope in his visit here says Philippine military chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr

EYES ON VISAYAS. Pope Francis waves next to Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle during a ceremony to bless the new image of St Pedro Calungsod of Philippines at St Peter's Basilica on November 21, 2013 at the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Will you pay for a cruise of West PH Sea islands?

Aug 14, 2014 - 6:49 PM

The Philippine military chief wants to turn islands near the disputed waters into a tourism destination

PROVOCATIVE? The Philippines is set to repair the damaged Rancudo Air Field in Pag-Asa island in the Spratlys

Palparan's fall: 'Naisahan 'nyo ako,' he tells soldiers

Aug 12, 2014 - 2:06 PM

The military captures its own after years of manhunt

Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan during a press conference inside the NBI headquarters. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Arrested or abducted? 2 UP alumni held in Nueva Ecija

Aug 11, 2014 - 5:10 PM

The military says they were going to arrest Ely Taray who allegedly has links with the NPA Instead they found Guiller Cadano and Gerald Salonga in his house with firearms hand grenades subversive documents

STILL MISSING: University of the Philippines students Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan were also allegedly abducted in Nueva Ecija in 2006. File photo by Mark Demayo

New AFP chief tells troops: Ignore politics, no HR violations

Jul 22, 2014 - 5:14 PM

Catapang who assumed command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines last week starts his tour of military camps

BACK IN TARLAC: New Armed Forces chief Lieutenant General Gregorio Catapang Jr visits the Northern Luzon Command

A general's long wait: Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr

Jul 18, 2014 - 9:21 AM

New Armed Forces chief Lieutenant General Gregorio Catapang Jr says he s long prepared for the job I have prepared myself for this since I was told I was a candidate he says

Catapang is new AFP chief of staff

Jul 16, 2014 - 1:07 PM

Lt Gen Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr will formally assume command on Friday July 18