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Decapitated boatman found on Tawi-Tawi beach

May 02, 2020 - 2:42 PM

Authorities suspect the dead man was Ruihan Yu, who tried to row across the Pacific Ocean by himself, and was last spotted in distress on November 27, 2019, near the Marshall Islands

BEACHED VESSEL. This ocean rowboat was found on the beach on Kinapusan Island in Tawi-Tawi on April 24, 2020, near a dead body suspected to be the adventurer Ruihan Yu, who had been missing since the end of November 2019. Photo from AFP Western Mindanao Command

President's surprise: Duterte gifts January celebrants among Marines P50,000 each

Jan 15, 2020 - 4:42 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte promises a deadline for the gift: no later than January 15

BIRTHDAY SURPRISE. President Rodrigo Duterte gifts marines celebrating their birthdays in January with P50,000 each. Malacañang photo

LOOK: PH Marine Corps firing ranges prepped for SEA Games 2019 shooting meet

Nov 27, 2019 - 8:10 PM

The firing ranges at Marine Barracks Rudiardo Brown in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, are renovated before the shooting competitions begin on Monday, December 2

HELPING HAND. This photo taken on November 26, 2019, shows members of the Philippine Marine Corps helping to prepare the firing ranges at Marine Barracks Rudiardo Brown in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, to host the shooting competition of the 2019 SEA Games. The first round is scheduled on December 2. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Marine Corps

WATCH: PH, U.S. marines hold live fire, air defense drills in Tarlac

Oct 17, 2019 - 7:38 PM

Osprey aircraft, amphibious assault vehicles, and Howitzer guns rock the Crow Valley Gunnery Range as the two countries' marines engage in joint exercises

OSPREY AIRCRAFT were among military assets featured in the live fire and air defense drills of the KAMANDAG 3 joint exercises of the Philippine and US marines on October 17, 2019, in Capas, Tarlac. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/Rappler

Marine commandant resigns amid rumored feud with Navy chief

Oct 14, 2019 - 11:04 PM

Major General Alvin Parreño relinquishes his post 5 months before retiring and after a rift with Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, who had disagreed with a proposal to separate the Marines from the Navy

"WE'RE OKAY." Outgoing Marine Commandant Major General Alvin Parreño (center, in black) and Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad (3rd from right) share a light moment after the change-of-command ceremony at Marine Barracks Rudiardo Brown in Taguig City on Monday, October 14, 2019. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

WATCH: New PH amphibious assets join U.S., Japan in military drills

Oct 12, 2019 - 8:50 PM

The KAMANDAG 3 joint exercises between the Philippine and US marines marks a significant leap forward in the country's amphibious assault capability with the deployment of its brand new assets

NEW ASSETS. The Philippine Marines along with their US and Japanese counterparts participate in the Amphibious landing exercise during the KAMANDAG 2019 drills at Marine Base Gregorio Lim in Ternate, Cavite on October 12, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

No special treatment in transfer of De Lima witnesses to marine barracks – DOJ

Sep 06, 2019 - 11:58 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says he was informed of the proposal but didn't know it had been done

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Tulfo brothers lose PNP, Marine security details

Jun 02, 2019 - 3:26 PM

This comes as uniformed personnel fume at newsreader Erwin Tulfo for threatening to slap their comrade, Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista

RECALLED. Police and Marine security escorts of the Tulfo brothers are taken back to their national headquarters.

Another Abu Sayyaf leader surrenders in Basilan – WestMinCom

Mar 29, 2018 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the series of surrenders by Abu Sayyaf leaders signals the 'eventual collapse' of the terror group

Notorious sub leader in Basilan Nurhasan surrendered to government forces today at Barangay Sirongon , Mohammad Adjul along with his 13 followers. They are now at the custody of the Western Mindanao Command. Photo by Richard Falcatan

Duterte in India, Gadon files complaint vs Sereno, PDEA requires body cameras | Evening wRap

Jan 26, 2018 - 8:36 PM

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UP marine scientists cite benefits of research with China

Jan 26, 2018 - 11:34 AM

(UPDATED) Amid concerns raised by some sectors over Benham Rise, the UP Marine Science Institute clarifies the collaboration with China is part of a long-running international undertaking

China's 33-day permit to survey PH's eastern seaboard begins

Jan 24, 2018 - 10:11 AM

The permit allows China to gather data on the ocean circulation in the Western Pacific, covering the 'eastern side of Luzon and Mindanao'

CORAL-RICH. Researchers say Benham Bank is rich in corals. Photo courtesy of Dr Hildie Nacorda/UPLB-SESAM

Gov't death toll in Marawi siege rises to 168

Jan 10, 2018 - 1:50 PM

The latest confirmed fatality is Philippine Marine Private Alejandro Balean, who went missing during the fierce battle over the Mapandi Bridge on June 9, 2017

SECTORS. The Philippine Marines were deployed to clear the area on both sides of Agus River. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Philippines Marines' 67th 'birthday' celebration

Nov 11, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The Philippine Marine Corps honors the legacy of its fallen heroes on its 67th anniversary

BIRTHDAY CAKE. Marine guards with the traditional Philippine Marines Birthday Cake.Photo by Rick Rocamora

Silence as PH marines pay tribute to fallen men on 67th year

Nov 08, 2017 - 8:03 AM

The Philippine Marine Corps also celebrates the living heroes who led its operations not only in Marawi but in other conflict areas in the country

67TH. The Philippine Marine Corps celebrated its 67th year anniversary on November 7, 2017

The week in photos: October 28-November 3, 2017

Nov 04, 2017 - 8:44 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Rohingya refugee childrens walk at Moynerghona refugee camp in the Bangladeshi district of Ukhia on October 29, 2017.Bangladesh is planning to introduce voluntary sterilisation in its overcrowded Rohingya camps, where nearly a million refugees are fighting for space, after efforts to encourage birth control failed. More than 600,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since a military crackdown in neighbouring Myanmar in August triggered an exodus, straining resources in the impoverished country. / AFP PHOTO / Tauseef MUSTAFA

IN PHOTOS: Heroes’ welcome for PH Navy’s Marawi contingent

Oct 30, 2017 - 5:59 PM

The Marines fought fiercely to clear 3 critical bridges in the Marawi battle area, while the fleet patrolled Lake Lanao to make sure enemies could not escape and reinforcements were not able to go in

VIRAL: 3 Marines dance to nursery rhyme 'Baby Shark'

Oct 13, 2017 - 9:53 PM

The video has over 130,000 views, almost 6,000 reactions, and 4,000 shares

12 terrorists, 1 Marine killed in intense gun battle in Marawi

Sep 26, 2017 - 5:35 PM

The Marine is killed by an enemy sniper while 13 of his comrades are wounded by shrapnel from improvised explosive devices

MARAWI CRISIS. File photo of Philippine Marines fighting in Marawi. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Marawi battle area shrinks as troops enclose 3rd bridge

Sep 23, 2017 - 7:24 AM

The war marks its 4th month on Saturday, September 23. At least 887 have died including 151 soldiers, 689 enemies, and 47 civilians.

MARAWI BRIDGES. The Agus River separates the safe zone and the battle zone. Screenshot of a drone video by the Provincial Crisis Management Committee

Football for Peace continues to live up to its mission on 6th year

Sep 19, 2017 - 1:55 PM

'We want to empower the children to become leaders someday,' says Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Cabanlet, founder of the Football for Peace Movement

FOR PEACE. Around 700 students participated in the 6th Football for Peace Festival in Luuk, Sulu. Photo courtesy of Col. Stephen Cabanlet

Another PH Marines chief assigned to guard Scarborough, Benham

Sep 04, 2017 - 3:11 PM

Major General Emmanuel Salamat assumes as head of the AFP s Northern Luzon Command Nolcom the unit responsible for the country s northernmost territory

PMA '85. Major General Emmanuel Salamat (rightmost) is the latest among the members of PMA Class '85 to get a promotion

Group to gov't: Punish Vietnamese fishermen for Palawan shark slaughter

Aug 12, 2017 - 1:12 PM

We urge the government to take swift legal action against them to send a strong message that we will not let the rape of our Philippine seas continue says Save Philippine Seas Executive Director Anna Oposa

SHARK HAUL. Authorities check the sharks in a Vietnamese fishing boat intercepted in Palawan waters. The big shark is believed to be a tiger shark. Photo from PAO WESCOM

WATCH: The battle for Marawi's bridges

Jul 28, 2017 - 6:12 PM

In a major triumph in the battlefield the Marines gain ground in one of 3 bridges that separate the safe zone from the battle area

MARAWI BRIDGES. The Agus River separates the safe zone and the battle zone. Screenshot of a drone video by the Provincial Crisis Management Committee

Aklan town mourns death of Marine sniper in Marawi siege

Jul 15, 2017 - 8:45 PM

Marine Sergeant Brian Tamboon s family will receive financial assistance from the municipal government of Malay the hero soldier s hometown

Duterte honors Marines killed in Marawi

Jun 12, 2017 - 12:05 AM

In an arrival ceremony for the remains of the fallen Marines President Rodrigo Duterte expresses condolences to their grieving families


13 marines killed in Marawi's bloody Friday

Jun 10, 2017 - 1:46 PM

UPDATED An officer is among those killed in Friday s fierce day long battle with terrorists in Marawi City Another 40 marines are wounded

THE MARINES ARE HERE. File photo of Philippine Marines operating in Marawi City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rapppler

BSP to probe cash, checks found in Marawi house

Jun 06, 2017 - 8:45 PM

Experts from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas will scrutinize the money being linked to the Maute Group

Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

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Jun 06, 2017 - 1:31 PM

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Marines recover P52.2M cash in house occupied by Maute

Jun 06, 2017 - 11:14 AM

Checks amounting to P27 million were also recovered

Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

U.S. gives Philippines anti-terror weapons

Jun 05, 2017 - 5:26 PM

The weapons are handed over at a ceremony in Manila that highlighted a decade old American counter terrorism assistance program to the Philippines worth about 150 million

WEAPONS. Philippine Marine Commandant Major General Emmanuel Salamat (R) listens to US military representatives during a handover ceremony of weapons from the US military, at Marine headquarters in Manila on June 5, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Marines vs Maute, Rainy Season, Guterres | Midday wRap

May 31, 2017 - 12:00 PM

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Aguirre, Trillanes, Google | 6PM wRap

Oct 04, 2016 - 8:17 PM

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PH, US marines link arms amid uncertainty

Oct 04, 2016 - 3:04 PM

Philippine Marine commandant Andre Costales says their relationship with the US Marines has withstood the test of time but notes the importance of building the capabilities without external interventions

LAST WAR GAMES? Philippine and US Marines at the opening ceremony of Phiblex 2017. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Marine general Balutan to head Bureau of Corrections

Jul 14, 2016 - 6:12 PM

The Marine officer who testified against former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will be supervising the national prison

DOJ eyes maximum security prison on island

Jul 01, 2016 - 8:24 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says that for starters police commandos and Marines will man the security of the National Bilibid Prison

#PowerToProtectPH: Campaign to protect marine wildlife launched

May 21, 2016 - 4:52 PM

The campaign called Their Future Our Future is set to release 5 one minute films each focusing on one iconic marine species alongside an interaction guideline delivered by the local communities

File photo of a whale shark, locally called 'butanding,' from WikiMedia Commons

7 Marines hurt in Sulu blast

Feb 04, 2016 - 1:08 PM

The troops are brought to Zamboanga City for treatment

Marine colonel, Chinese national arrested in drug raid

Jan 21, 2016 - 6:02 PM

Authorities seize P320 million worth of shabu during a drug operation in Manila

Zamboanga, Batangas sanctuaries hailed best PH marine reserves

Oct 31, 2015 - 7:26 AM

Over 200 marine reserves all over the country vied for the top spots They were judged based on sanctuary management ecological impacts and benefits to communities

REWARDS. The teeming fish in Batangas marine sanctuaries is the best prize for conservation efforts. Photo courtesy of MSN

Marines' Football for Peace brings hope to Southern Mindanao

Oct 05, 2015 - 7:08 PM

In far flung Tawi Tawi the beautiful game is making a difference in a war torn region

Sparks' Anthony Putrus-Schnell and Yves Ashime play with Tawi-Tawians

US to act in a 'matter of hours' if PH sovereignty is challenged

Oct 02, 2015 - 8:50 AM

The US and the Philippine Marines resume the annual Phiblex war games to simulate military and staff operations in the next 10 days

WAR GAMES. File photo of the Phiblex exercises in 2014

Peace one day: Celebrating cooperation and unity through football

Sep 13, 2015 - 3:00 PM

The Peace One Day football cup will be held on September 26 at the Bonifacio Naval Station football grounds

Train like the Philippine Marines at Karera Lakas Pilipinas

Aug 17, 2015 - 2:04 PM

Press release: Do you have what it takes to run and race alongside the Philippine Marines?

 Photo from the Philippine Marine Corps website.

Meet creatures from the PH's top marine hotspot in this local exhibit

Jul 26, 2015 - 5:52 PM

The Mind Museum s exhibit ‘A Glass of The Sea includes select footage from the CAS Verde Island Passage expedition

In Tawi-Tawi, football is a way to achieve dreams

Jul 08, 2015 - 1:27 PM

Watch how football inspires the youth of a remote island village in Tawi Tawi

The football team of the island-village of Buan, Tawi-Tawi. Photo by Franz Lopez/ Rappler

Is Tawi-Tawi ready for tourism?

Jun 27, 2015 - 2:30 PM

Its residents are eager to shed the image of a conflict ridden province and introduce its beauty to tourists But is it advisable to visit Tawi Tawi?

COLORFUL CULTURE. Locals present a traditional dance in Balimbing, Tawi-Tawi. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: 12 'rare and new' species in Verde Island Passage

Jun 12, 2015 - 9:41 AM

Meet spectacular sea slugs sea urchins and starfish that further affirm the Philippines reputation as a hotspot for marine biodiversity

Halgerda species

PH is marine hotspot: Verde Island Passage yields 100 new species

Jun 09, 2015 - 3:51 PM

Waters near party hotspot Puerto Galera reveal more than 100 new species of marine organisms the California Academy of Sciences says

LIFE UNDERWATER. A vibrant view of the Verde Island Passage from Academy scientific divers. Image courtesy Rich Mooi/California Academy of Sciences

Biggest US, PH war games a display of what 'bullies' may face

Apr 22, 2015 - 4:58 PM

Balikatan 2015 kicks off in the backdrop of growing fears over China s reclamation in the South China Sea and the Supreme Court s delay in deciding the constitutionality of EDCA