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Army admits lapses: Soldiers rushed to Sulu crime scene to check on their dead

Jul 02, 2020 - 5:47 PM

The Army says the soldiers wanted to check if the victims were still alive and to secure intelligence equipment

BLOOD IN JOLO. Men – soldiers, not police – figure in the crime scene where cops gunned down 4 soldiers in Jolo, Sulu, on June 29, 2020. Screenshot of CCTV footage from Ricardo Visaya's Facebook

‘It was murder’: Army bares details of Jolo police ‘rubout’ of 4 soldiers

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:33 PM

The soldiers’ unarmed commander raised his hands while his deputy was working on his laptop when police shot them dead in broad daylight, says the Army

SLAIN SOLDIERS. (L-R) Sergeant Eric Velasco, Major Marvin Indammog, Captain Irwin Managuelod, and Corporal Abdal Asula, Philippine Army soldiers shot dead by police in Jolo, Sulu, by police on June 29, 2020. Photos from the Philippine Army

PH Army: Computer programmer recruitment 'not for malicious purposes'

Jun 08, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Some netizens wonder whether the Philippine Army's recruitment of information technology practitioners may have had something to do with the proliferation of fake accounts on Facebook

SOLDIERS. Philippine Army soldiers during their anniversary rites at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, in March 2020. File photo from the Philippine Army

Army orders probe into police killing of ex-soldier Winston Ragos

Apr 23, 2020 - 3:25 PM

'The Philippine Army seeks awareness on the plight of former soldiers struggling with mental problems. Even though they are no longer soldiers, they continue fighting a silent and lifelong battle,' says Colonel Ramon Zagala

TRAUMATIZED. Retired Corporal Winston Ragos, who was shot dead by a cop in Quezon City, suffered post-traumatic stress disorder from his years as a soldier. Photo courtesy of Ragos' family

Soldiers killed in Sulu clash hailed as heroes

Apr 18, 2020 - 2:59 PM

Friday’s encounter with the Abu Sayyaf Group in Patikul, Sulu, was the deadliest battle the military has fought in a long while, says the Philippine Army

ARMY SOLDIERS. In this file photo, Philippine Army troops battle the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Maguindanao. File photo from the Philippine Army

3 soldiers dead in Army headquarters shooting in Sulu

Feb 01, 2020 - 4:29 PM

The Philippine Army says Corporal Jack Indap shot dead two officers, Major Rael Gabot and First Lieutenant Ryan Lamoste, following an argument. Indap is killed as well.

PH, U.S. armies look to 'future engagements' amid Duterte order to scrap VFA

Jan 31, 2020 - 10:53 AM

Joint activities between Philippine and US forces continue as the Duterte administration moves to terminate the PH-US Visiting Forces Agreement

JOINT EXERCISE. Philippine and US soldiers hold counter-terrorism drills in Palawan as part of their Balance Piston 20-1 joint training from January 26 to February 23, 2020. Photo from the Philippine Army

PH Army gives up 2 meals to build homes for Mindanao quake victims

Nov 16, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Each soldier gives P100 – their allowance for two meals – to buy land and materials for 100 temporary houses

TEMPORARY HOME. Members of the Philippine Army give up two meal allowances to shore up funds to buy a lot and build 'Kobe-type' shelters for earthquake victims in Mindanao. Photo from the Philippine Army

Filipino soldiers' 'greatest escape' in Golan

Sep 01, 2014 - 10:51 PM

What went on behind what the military chief says is the peacekeepers greatest escape ?

Golan peacekeepers

UN in 'backchannel' talks to end Golan standoff

Aug 29, 2014 - 7:21 PM

Officials note some good signs There has been no firefight inside the encampments of the Filipino troops

COMMANDER: Colonel Roberto Ancan, commander of AFP peacekeeping operations center. Rappler photo

Armored trucks on EDSA cause alarm amid coup rumors

Jul 30, 2014 - 1:57 PM

UPDATED Malacañang says it respects the opinion of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on the alleged destabilization threat against President Aquino but is not concerned about it

Death toll in Sulu ambush now 23

Jul 29, 2014 - 12:49 PM

The security environment in Sulu continues to challenge government forces and the community

SURVIVOR: A government health worker attends to a survivor of the July 28 ambush that killed at least 23 in Talipao, Sulu. Photo by Ben Hajan/EPA

Friendly fire kills 6 soldiers in Sulu

Jul 10, 2014 - 5:36 PM

Will the military punish the soldiers who committed the fatal error?

Philippine military cuts 'life-threatening' run tests

Jun 25, 2014 - 9:28 PM

The change comes as 3 officers have collapsed and died doing the fitness tests since 2010

SHORTER RUNS. Starting July, fitness runs by the Philippine military will be shortened to a 'safer' two kilometer-distance. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

'Dead' top Filipino militant is alive and a threat – military

Jun 21, 2014 - 10:01 PM

Abdel Basit Usman is on the US government s list of most wanted terrorists described a bomb making expert and the State Department offered an 1 million reward for information leading to his arrest in 2009

File photo of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) standing guard during a clandestine press conference at Camp Omar, in the town of Datu Unsay in Maguindanao. August 2011. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Gov't blamed for death of detained mother's baby

May 18, 2014 - 11:31 PM

The baby died due to complications Human rights groups are blaming the government for not providing adequate medical attention to the mother

LAST EMBRACE. Andrea Rosal, daughter of the late NPA spokesperson, weeps as she holds her dead baby named after her. Photo by Free Andrea Rosal Movement

China: Ayungin trip betrays PH intent

Apr 01, 2014 - 8:13 AM

It s a political provocation that works against Manila s interests Beijing says

Breakaway rebel leader vows to fight after peace pact

Mar 29, 2014 - 3:07 PM

A breakaway group of the MILF promises to continue the fight for independence

Rebels kill two troops after Tiamzons' arrest

Mar 24, 2014 - 9:15 PM

Communist guerrillas killed two Philippine soldiers their first deadly attack since two senior rebel leaders were arrested two days ago

ATTACK. Members of the NPA's Mt. Alip Command allegedly responsible for the foiled attack at the Matanao police station.  This file photo was taken at the CPP's 45th Anniversary on December 26, 2013. Photo by Edwin Espejo

PH military launches elite unit vs terrorist attacks

Mar 06, 2014 - 10:30 PM

Terrorist attacks are a stark reality in a post 9 11 world The Philippine military launches an elite unit to respond to chem bio emergencies

PH military beefs up coverage of Scarborough

Feb 25, 2014 - 5:44 PM

Scarborough is now under the Palawan based Western Command to put the country s external defense efforts under one commander

Palace, military: BIFF still a threat

Feb 03, 2014 - 7:18 PM

The military says it is expecting retaliatory attacks from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters BIFF but there s no need to heighten an alert status

BREAKAWAY GROUP. Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) standing guard during a clandestine press conference at Camp Omar, in the town of Datu Unsay in Maguindanao. August 2011. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

MNLF will pursue independence, AFP vows to stop 'spoilers'

Jan 25, 2014 - 8:33 PM

MNLF spokesperson Emmanuel Fontanilla says the group does not recognize the peace agreement

Haiyan exposes military’s vulnerabilities

Nov 19, 2013 - 9:25 AM

On the ground while local government officials are supposed to be the first responders in many cases and in reality it is the military that fills in the gaps

AFP will turn over officer tagged in Jonas Burgos abduction

Oct 22, 2013 - 6:58 PM

The military however says it has yet to receive the court order ordering Maj Baliaga s arrest

ACCUSED: A Quezon City court issues an arrest warratn against Army Major Harry Baliaga Jr. Photo released by the Commission on Human Rights

MILF rebels accuse military of violating ceasefire

Oct 10, 2013 - 8:00 PM

The MILF will lodge a complaint before a joint ceasefire committee

Soldiers now see remaining rebels in Zambo crisis

Sep 21, 2013 - 6:31 PM

On Day 13 of the Zamboanga standoff 5 MNLF members are killed while 7 soldiers are wounded

HUDDLE WITH THE GENERALS: President Aquino discuss Zamboanga City operations with military and police generals. Malacañang photo

When will the crisis end?

Sep 19, 2013 - 11:28 AM

Residents of Zamboanga City say things are a bit better now but they hope to bring it back to normal soon

BUSINESS RESUMES: Vendors crowd a small marketplace. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Army confirms grenade blast in Jolo

Sep 11, 2013 - 12:23 PM

Armed Forces spokesperson Lt Col Ramon Zagala cautioned they have not identified who is behind the attack

MILITARY ZONE. Soldiers in Zamboanga City. Photo by EPA

Habier Malik leading MNLF attacks in Zambo

Sep 09, 2013 - 7:12 PM

The military says it spotted MNLF commander Ustadz Habier Malik in Sta Catalina Zambonga City

LEADER. Habier Malik, known as the top aide of Nur Misuari, has been spotted in Zamboanga City. Photo by Therence Koh/AFP

NPA denies using feces-smeared bomb

Sep 05, 2013 - 4:13 PM

To insinuate that the New People s Army is engaged in a highly criminal biological and chemical warfare is pure invention says spokesman Rigoberto Sanchez

It's a students' fun run – and the NPA opens fire

Jul 08, 2013 - 7:56 PM

A local newspaper says the leftist fighters were targeting the policemen who were marshalling the student participants in Gubat Sorsogon