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Myanmar finds soldiers guilty in Rohingya atrocities court martial

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:51 PM

The rare action against military members comes as Myanmar faces charges of genocide at the United Nations' top court over a brutal 2017 crackdown against the Rohingya

FLEEING CONFLICT. In this file photo, members of Myanmar's Red Cross help people, who is fleeing a conflict area, upon arriving in Sittwe jetty, in Rakhine State on August 30, 2017. File photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

[ANALYSIS] COVID-19 and civil-military relations in the PH: Getting the balance right

Jun 29, 2020 - 3:34 PM

'While it is reasonable to say that the role of the AFP in the government’s COVID-19 response has been substantial, there are two risks that could affect civil-military relations during this pandemic period'

PMA adopts distancing to prevent COVID-19 – and hazing

Jun 27, 2020 - 8:05 AM

The Philippine Military Academy has adopted segregation of classes since its reopening in mid-June

BEAST BARRACKS. The Philippine Military Academy's reception of this year's plebes. Photo from the PMA website.

PMA Cadet Dormitorio’s family ‘dissatisfied’ with prosecutor’s resolution

Jun 25, 2020 - 7:12 PM

'We only yearn for fair justice but at this juncture, we feel like we are already being deprived of it,' says the victim's brother after prosecutors dismissed charges against some suspects in Darwin Dormitorio's hazing and murder

DARWIN DORMITORIO. Philippine Miltary Academy Cadet Fourth Class Darwin Dormitorio. Photo from Dormitorio's Facebook page

2 cadets, 3 PMA doctors indicted for murder in Dormitorio death

Jun 24, 2020 - 9:15 PM

Baguio prosecutors rule that although the doctors are not 'co-conspirators,' past cases support an indictment of murder 'by indispensable cooperation through acts of negligence'

JUSTICE FOR DORMITORIO. Darwin Dormitorio's batchmates together with college students hold a Candle Lighting vigil in commemoration with the 40th day of Darwin's death on Oct 28, 2019 held at the people's Park and PMA gate. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Trump nixes idea of renaming U.S. bases honoring Confederate heroes

Jun 11, 2020 - 5:47 PM

10 bases honoring generals from the secessionist South, which lost the Civil War and its struggle to preserve slavery, are in the spotlight

Fort Bragg, NC / US - May 20, 2020: Iron Mike Statue Commemorating Airborne Troops Throughout History

[OPINION] The Philippine military and its hypocrisy

Jun 09, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Who is the biggest recruiter for the communist movement? Surely the generals know?

‘Terror law’: The pet bill of the generals

Jun 05, 2020 - 5:20 PM

‘You don’t deserve that kind of power. No one does,’ a farmers' party-list representative tells the military, referring to the proposed Anti-Terror Act of 2020, which is up for President Duterte's signature

SECURITY CLUSTER. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in a huddle with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr in this file photo from May 6, 2019. Photo by Rey Baniquet/Malacañang

LOOK: PMA prepares for safe arrival of incoming cadets amid pandemic

Jun 03, 2020 - 12:31 PM

The incoming members of Class 2024 are subjected to health guidelines prescribed by the national government, including quarantine and PCR tests, before they head to the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS. The Philippine Military Academy is currently processing the safe arrival of the 350 incoming cadets of Class 2024 in Fort del Pilar, Baguio City, under the existing COVID-19 guidelines established by the national government. Photos courtesy of TF 'Pagsundo'/WESCOM/ NOLCOM

Amid protests, Pentagon squirms under pressure to do Trump's political bidding

Jun 03, 2020 - 8:49 AM

'America is not a battleground. Our fellow citizens are not the enemy,' says retired General Martin Dempsey

GAS. Tear gas rises above as protesters face off with police during a demonstration outside the White House over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police in Washington, DC, on May 31, 2020. Photo by Samuel Corum/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Philippine defense spending 2019: What’s in the data?

May 28, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'The Philippines has enjoyed strong economic growth in recent years, but a sharp slowdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic could upend planned defense spending'

Russia sent jets to Libya to back mercenaries, says U.S.

May 26, 2020 - 9:57 PM

The Kremlin has always denied involvement in the conflict

WARPLANES. According to the US Africa Command, Russian fighter jets were recently deployed to Libya 'to support Russian state-sponsored private military contractors operating on the ground there.' Photo courtesy of US Africa Command

North Korea discusses new policies for increasing 'nuclear war deterrence' – KCNA

May 24, 2020 - 9:15 AM

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un discusses with the Central Military Commission 'crucial measures... for considerably increasing the firepower strike ability' of the military

IN HONOR. People wearing face masks leave after laying flowers before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on the occasion of the 108th birthday of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung on April 15, 2020. Photo by KIM Won Jin/AFP  IN HONOR. People wearing face masks leave after laying flowers before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on the occasion of the 108th birthday of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung on April 15, 2020. Photo by KIM Won Jin/AFP

Yet again, Duterte rewards PMA, PNPA valedictorians with house and lot

May 22, 2020 - 10:12 PM

The class goat, the least-rated cadet from either academy, gets a gun from the Commander-in-Chief

MILITARY CADETS. File photo of Philippine Military Academy cadets. PMA file photo

5 female cadets make it to top 10 of PMA Masidlawin Class of 2020

May 22, 2020 - 2:31 PM

Of the 196 members of the PMA Class of 2020, 23 are women

FEMALE TOPNOTCHERS. The female topnotchers of PMA Masidlawin Class 2020. Photo courtesy of PMA

Meet the top 3 of PMA 'Masidlawin' Class of 2020

May 22, 2020 - 11:51 AM

Cadet 1st Class Gemalyn Deocares Sugui, Cadet 1st Class Jade Campo Villanueva, and Cadet 1st Class Jefferson Yamson Salazar are from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, respectively

PMA TOP 3. Salutatoria Cadet First Class Jade Villanueva, Valedictorian Cadet First Class Gemalyn Deocares Sugui, and 3rd placer Cadet First Class Jefferson Yamson Salazar. Photos courtesy of PMA

Female cadet from Isabela tops PMA ‘Masidlawin’ class of 2020

May 22, 2020 - 8:59 AM

Cadet 1st Class Gemalyn Deocares Sugui and her 195 batchmates will graduate in a 'simple and private' ceremony as the Philippine Military Academy remains closed to the public – even to cadets' families – because of the coronavirus pandemic

TOPNOTCHER. Cadet 1st Class Gemalyn Deocares Sugui of Echague, Isabela, tops the Philippine Military Academy 'Masidlawin' Class of 2020. Photo from PMA

Filipina graduates with honors from U.S. Naval Academy

May 16, 2020 - 8:54 AM

‘I want to end my cadetship here at the USNA on a very good note. I’m not representing myself, I'm representing the Philippine military,’ says Midshipman First Class Mary Pauline Fornea

MISTAH. Midshipman First Class Mary Pauline Fornea, an original member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 2019, receives her diploma from the US Naval Academy in Maryland. Photo courtesy of May Pauline Fornea

Parents can't attend PMA Class 2020 graduation rites on May 22

May 14, 2020 - 4:36 PM

The graduation rites will be closed to the public, according to PMA spokesperson Marine Captain Cherryl Tindog

SHAKU. The graduates throw their 'shaku' after the ceremony. Photo by Mau Victa/ Rappler

U.S. State Department approves possible sale of attack helicopters to PH

May 01, 2020 - 7:31 PM

To give the Philippine military a much-needed boost in air power, the government is looking to buy 6 attack helicopters from US-based suppliers

ATTACK HELICOPTERS. The AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter by Bell Helicopters. Photo from the Bell Helicopters website

Iran hails military satellite launch as U.S. tensions simmer

Apr 22, 2020 - 7:56 PM

The United States charges Iran's satellite program is a cover for its development of missiles. The Islamic republic has previously insisted its aerospace activities comply with its international obligations.

NOUR. This handout photo provided by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) official website via SEPAH News shows an Iranian military satellite – dubbed the Nour – which the Revolutionary Guards said on April 22, 2020 was launched from the Qassed two-stage launcher in the Markazi desert, a vast expanse in Iran's central plateau, amid tensions with US. Photo by Iran's Revolutionary Guard via Sepah News/AFP

Young military officer in Bulacan dies from respiratory disease

Apr 09, 2020 - 1:43 PM

Army 2Lt Vince Magbanua is a member of Philippine Military Academy Class of 2018. 'He is looked up to by his superiors, peers and subordinates for his dedication, commitment, and idealism,' says the military

Young soldier killed while conducting coronavirus info drive, says military

Apr 07, 2020 - 5:00 PM

The slain soldier, Private First Class Mark Nemis, belongs to the 301st 'Bayanihan' Infantry Brigade based in Camp Hernandez in Iloilo. He was only 24 years old.

[OPINION] Why is the military taking the lead in the National Action Plan?

Mar 27, 2020 - 8:34 PM

The Bayanihan law that was signed to address the coronavirus directs a multi-pronged government strategy

Rockets hit Iraq base hosting foreign troops – military

Mar 17, 2020 - 4:40 PM

The rockets slammed into the Besmaya base south of Baghdad late Monday night, a statement by the military says, making no mention of casualties

BESMAYA BASE. Iraqi soldiers train by foreign contractors in the Besmaya military base in southern Baghdad on April 24, 2012. File photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

Police, military 'helped syndicates' bring in P18.7 billion to Philippines

Mar 02, 2020 - 4:45 PM

The Bureau of Customs says couriers of dirty money working for two criminal groups were able to waltz through airport security with police and military escorts

War with the NPA, war without end

Feb 29, 2020 - 11:00 AM

From our archives: The Philippine military is treading dangerous waters with its counterinsurgency experiments

NPA rebels in Pampanga.

American soldier in South Korea tests positive for coronavirus

Feb 26, 2020 - 1:05 PM

The soldier, a 23-year-old man, is the first infection among the 28,500 troops Washington stations in the South to defend it against the nuclear-armed North

INFECTED. File photo of a US Marine with South Korean soldiers at the Joint Security Area in Kaesong, South Korea in the DMZ of the Korean border. Photo by

PMA to honor Lacson, Honasan

Feb 20, 2020 - 6:42 PM

This year's PMA Alumni Homecoming on Saturday is a private affair because of the threat of the COVID-19

HONOREES. Sen. Panfilo Lacson during the Senate hearing on the amendment of the Anti-Terrorism bill on October 1, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte: Military to instill order if coronavirus outbreak becomes pandemic

Feb 10, 2020 - 9:28 PM

Duterte also says that while the government was 'on top' of the coronavirus threat, doctors should work double-time to find a virus cure

PRESIDENT'S ORDERS. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the newly-appointed government officials at the Malacañang Palace on February 6, 2020. Malacañang photo

PMA alumni homecoming postponed because of novel coronavirus

Feb 06, 2020 - 7:54 AM

Originally set for February 14 and 15, the yearly event has been pushed back to February 22, says the Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association

NO VISITORS. The Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City was closed to the general public for 3 weeks starting January 31 amid an outbreak of the novel coronavirus. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

No lockdown in Baguio City, but PMA homecoming may still be postponed

Feb 05, 2020 - 2:43 PM

A statement by defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana says Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong ordered a citywide lockdown. Magalong, however, denies it.

More than 6000 alumni from the PMA attended the less political reunion at the Borromeo Field after the PMAAI banned adopted members from joining. Senator JV Ejercito, however, managed to join together with alumni Rogelio Dela Rosa (Class 86) and Gary Alejano (Class 95). Guest speaker Roy Cimatu (Class 1970) reminisced about the pine trees along the way and said they were more numerous and verdant then. He also called for the regreening of Baguio. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Lorenzana favors postponing PMA alumni homecoming to avert novel coronavirus

Feb 04, 2020 - 11:41 PM

'We deem it prudent to avoid situations where the health and safety of our cadets, PMA alumni, and their families are put at risk,' says the defense chief

PREMIER MILITARY ACADEMY. The facade of the Philippine Military Academy building in Fort del Pilar, Baguio City. Photo by Pediapediahan/Wikimedia Commons

Murder case filed vs alleged gunman in PMA imam killing

Jan 06, 2020 - 8:28 PM

The Baguio City Prosecutor's Office identifies the gunman as 44-year-old Joselito Fernando Vidad

POPULAR IMAM. 'Doing my daily runs aboard Blacktrekker; my mechanical horse,' Bedejim Abdullah says in his caption to this photo he posted on his Facebook page on November 28, 2018. File photo from Bedejim Abdullah's Facebook page

Quickie generals: The military's revolving door needs to be shut

Jan 04, 2020 - 8:34 AM

(UPDATED) Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the AFP ‘could have done better’ if its top commanders served for at least 3 years, instead of the usual one year or less

LOOK UP. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, President Rodrigo Duterte, and General Noel Clement watching a drone show during the Armed Forces of the Philippines' 84th founding anniversary ceremony on December 17, 2019. Photo by Richard Madelo/Presidential Photo

Following Duterte, AFP to perform silent drills in public

Dec 21, 2019 - 4:07 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines complies with President Rodrigo Duterte's order, which came after he was 'inspired' by the Chinese military drawing out crowds for its drills

EXHIBITION. PMA cadets will be pulled in to perform silent drills. PMA file photo

Rescuers search for Chilean plane missing near Antarctica

Dec 10, 2019 - 7:04 PM

(UPDATED) The plane went missing while flying over the Drake Passage, a maritime route between South America and Antarctica frequently hit by some of the world's worst weather

C-130 file photo from Shutterstock

Neighbors worried about China's military, economic might – poll

Dec 06, 2019 - 8:52 AM

A survey by Washington-based Pew Research Center finds that 79% of people across the Asia-Pacific region say they are alarmed by China's growing military strength

Chinese troops march during a military parade in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 1, 2019, to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. (Photo by Greg BAKER / AFP)

Lanao del Sur gov't urges Duterte to reconsider new military camp in Marawi

Dec 05, 2019 - 3:12 PM

Echoing the sentiments of Marawi residents, the provincial government urges President Duterte to review or modify the plan 'taking into account the social and cultural sensitivities of the community'

MARAWI. The view of Marawi City from the old City hall. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

South Korea salvages military pact with Japan at 11th hour

Nov 22, 2019 - 5:32 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Kim You-geun, a national security official at Seoul's presidential Blue House, confirms the accord, known as the General Security of Military Agreement, would not be allowed to lapse at midnight

PMA fires swimming instructors of cadet who drowned during class

Nov 22, 2019 - 2:24 PM

The civilian instructors are found guilty of 'negligence and imprudence' that led to the death of Cadet 4th Class Mario Telan Jr on November 8

PMA CAMPUS. The Philippine Military Academy, Fort General Gregorio del Pilar, in Baguio City. Photo from the PMA Facebook page

Duterte creates group to study creation of new military camp in Marawi

Nov 20, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Yet residents of Marawi City and Lanao del Sur strongly oppose the establishment of another military camp in the war-ravaged city

REHABILITATION. The Duterte Administration wants to put up a new military camp in Marawi City though most residents oppose this. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

100,000 Maranao sign petition to halt planned military camps in Marawi

Nov 18, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Increased military presence in the war-ravaged city may rile up residents' cultural and religious sensitivities, and take up land that has historic meaning to the Maranao people, the petitioners say

SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN. More than 100,000 residents of Marawi City and other parts of Lanao del Sur signed a petition asking the government to scrap plans to build new military camps in the war-ravaged city. Photo of Marawi City by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler. Photo of signatures from Abo Hayyan Malomalo

Army appeals release of 31 arrested in crackdown on progressive groups

Nov 15, 2019 - 9:42 AM

The 31 include 21 laid off workers of a bus company and 10 young members of a grassroots cultural group

RELEASED. Some of the 21 terminated workers who were earlier accused as members of the New People's Army, with their lawyer, Jose Max Ortiz (right), at Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr in Bacolod City on November 6, 2019/Photo by Marchel Espina

Military nurse stabbed dead in Makati City

Nov 14, 2019 - 5:24 PM

The suspect, John Louie Brosas, is a 19-year-old construction worker, whom the victim, 2nd Lieutenant Jennett Beron Aguilar, had been helping after taking pity on him

VICTIM. 2nd Lieutenant Jennett Beron Aguilar is stabbed in the chest after the suspect, whom she knew, stole her mobile phone. Photo from Makati police

CA confirms Clement as AFP chief, Cusi as PMA superintendent

Nov 13, 2019 - 8:48 PM

AFP chief Lt Gen Noel Clement believes martial law in Mindanao should no longer be extended beyond 2019

CONFIRMED. AFP Chief of Staff Lt Gen Noel Clement (L) and PMA Superintendent Rear Admiral Allan Cusi (RA) gets CA nod. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

PMA cadet drowns, found in pool after swimming class

Nov 08, 2019 - 7:48 PM

(UPDATED) Cadet 4th Class Mario Telan Jr was found 'in the 15-foot deep end of the pool' hours after his swimming class, says the Philippine Military Academy


ISIS chief Baghdadi buried at sea by U.S. military

Oct 29, 2019 - 8:35 AM

The US military basks in success after the eliminating the founder and spiritual guide of the Islamic State group, capping a years-long campaign to crush the Sunni Muslim extremist organization

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA - OCTOBER 28: U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley hold a news conference at the Pentagon the day after it was announced that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a U.S. raid in Syria October 28, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia. The leader and self-proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State, al-Baghdadi reportedly blew himself up with explosives when cornered by a U.S. Special Operations team at his compound in Syria. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP CHIP SOMODEVILLA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

PMA cadet dies of cancer – spokesperson

Oct 28, 2019 - 3:09 PM

(UPDATED) Cadet 2nd Class Cedrick Gadia, from Candon, Ilocos Sur, dies of stage IV esophageal cancer on his father's birthday

PREMIER MILITARY ACADEMY. The facade of the Philippine Military Academy building in Fort del Pilar, Baguio City. Photo by Pediapediahan/Wikimedia Commons

BIGBANG member G-Dragon discharged from military service

Oct 26, 2019 - 2:52 PM

'Now, I'll do my best in my main business. I will return to my job and be faithful to my work,' says G-Dragon after completing his 18-month mandatory military service