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Undas 2017: PH military remembers Marawi heroes

Oct 31, 2017 - 5:12 PM

'Captain Sandoval left behind a wife who was anxiously waiting for a long overdue vacation abroad with her husband. She will instead stand vigil at the cemetery.'

SPECIAL FORCES. Harold Mark Juan is a member of the Army Special Forces

‪U.S. special forces back PH troops in Marawi

Jun 10, 2017 - 4:53 PM

3rd UPDATE Marawi based military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jo ar Herrera says there are strong indications that Omarkhayam and Madie Maute two leaders of the Marawi attack were killed in separate operations

MARAWI CLASH. Using their V-300 Commando Fire Support Vehicle, the Philippine Marines patrol Barangay Saduc in Marawi City on June 6, 2017. Photo by Bbobby Lagsa/Rappler

ISIS using drones to drop grenades

Jan 17, 2017 - 2:25 PM

In Mosul the terror group transforms an off the shelf gadget into a weapon targeting civilians and the military

AIM HIGH. An Iraqi special forces Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) member shoots at a drone flown by Islamic State group jihadists (IS) in Mosul's al-Rifaq neighbourhood on January 8, 2017, during an ongoing military operation against the militants. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Army captain killed, 4 others wounded in Basilan firefight

Jan 12, 2017 - 6:17 PM

Their identities are being withheld as of this posting pending notice to their families The firefight is ongoing as of 5 pm Thursday

PH military: No pullout of US soldiers pending orders

Sep 13, 2016 - 3:26 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte was merely concerned about the US soldiers safety in Mindanao says the military spokesman

SEA EXERCISE. Mark V or 11-meter Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats operated by members of the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P) comb the waters of Basilan and Zamboanga City in this file photo. (Photo from JSOTF-P)

Saudi, Turkey may send troops to support Syria rebels – experts

Feb 06, 2016 - 4:17 PM

Experts think members of the international coalition backing Syrian rebels are concerned enough about the situation to take action

GROUND FORCES. Experts say Saudi Arabia and Turkey may send troops to assist the Syrian rebels and prevent Russian-backed forces from gaining further ground. File photo

Senate report says BBL unfair to gov't

Mar 19, 2015 - 10:59 AM

The Senate report says the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process suffers from a wanton excess of optimism that blinded them in negotiating a fair agreement for government

PEACE RALLY. Muslims from Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga, and Pangasinan converge at the Mendiola Peace Arch to push for the Bangsamoro Basic Law. Photo by George P Moya/Rappler

Context: The US in PH anti-terror campaigns

Feb 17, 2015 - 12:38 AM

Let’s start with a basic fact: the US has been involved in counterterrorism operations in the Philippines for more than a decade

Mamasapano: What I wish Aquino said as president

Feb 11, 2015 - 2:31 PM

Through its military and police forces the state has the monopoly of organized violence That’s why they are given a commander in chief who’s not only a civilian but an elected one too

DOJ charges rebels, DAP reversal, Pope Francis' apology | The wRap

Feb 03, 2015 - 7:55 PM

Charges to be filed against Muslim rebel commanders in the Mamasapano carnage The Supreme Court reverses a DAP provision it declared unconstitutional Pope Francis apologizes for his rushed Leyte visit

#PugadBaboy: Field trip

Aug 28, 2014 - 5:00 AM

#PugadBaboy: Field trip punchline 3

Aug 28, 2014 - 5:00 AM

#PugadBaboy: Field trip punchline 2

Aug 28, 2014 - 5:00 AM

PH, US to start talks on troop presence

Aug 08, 2013 - 8:52 PM

The plan would give the US soldiers greater rotational presence in the country and comes as China has increased its assertiveness over its claims in the South China Sea

SIDE BY SIDE. US and Philippine Marines carry their respective colors at the formal opening of the annual Philippine-US Amphibious Landing Exercises aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard which docked at the former US naval base of Subic on October 8, 2012. Photo by AFP/Jay Directo

Court convicts Army officer in Al-Barka fiasco

Jul 09, 2013 - 4:04 PM

Lt Col Leo Peña is found guilty of neglect that led to the killing of 19 Special Forces troops in Al Barka Basilan in October 2011

Photo by Karlos Manlupig

Soldiers, NPA clash near polling precinct in Agusan

May 11, 2013 - 2:41 AM

It was unclear if the communist fighters were planning to disrupt the elections in Barangay San Isidro Kitcharao Agusan del Norte

Pakistani report on bin Laden out, but not public

Jan 04, 2013 - 12:28 AM

The Pakistani government set up the five member panel after US Navy SEALs conducted a secret raid on a compound in the garrison city of Abbottabad on May 2 2011 killing bin Laden without informing Islamabad until afterwards

Military court clears 2 officers in Al-Barka fiasco

Nov 07, 2012 - 3:53 PM

A general court martial clears 2 officers charged in connection with a botched military operation in Basilan that killed 19 soldiers

Officers in Al-Barka fiasco face court martial

Apr 29, 2012 - 3:43 PM

AFP s General Courts Martial formed to hold arraignment and trial of 4 Army officers over bungled Basilan operation that killed 19 soldiers

AFP Chief, Lt Gen Jessie Dellosa