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Duterte task force behind red-tagging is part of COVID-19 'strategic communications'

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:27 AM

Task force spokesman Major General Antonio Parlade Jr says their job is to counter 'communist propaganda' supposedly exploiting government lapses in dealing with the pandemic

ANTI-COMMUNISM TASK FORCE. NTF-ELCAC was created by President Rodrigo Duterte through Executive Order No 70  ANTI-COMMUNISM TASK FORCE. NTF-ELCAC was created by President Rodrigo Duterte through Executive Order No 70

Barangay peacekeepers kill soldier, 3 others in Basilan

Jul 04, 2020 - 9:29 AM

A group of barangay peacekeepers attacked a soldier and CAFGU members in Tipo-Tipo, Basilan, because of a 'personal grudge,' according to Joint Task Force Basilan

WOUNDED. CAFGU member Randy Ibung at at St Peter Hospital in Lamitan, Basilan. Rappler Photo

Army reservist arrested in Quezon City buy-bust

Jun 27, 2020 - 2:59 PM

(UPDATED) 'If found guilty, he will be expelled from service,' says the Philippine Army

DRUG BUST. An army reservist is arrested in a drug buy bust on June 27, 2020, while wearing his uniform and insigna. Photo from Shutterstock

Leachon's posts 'jeopardized' gov't messaging on pandemic – Galvez

Jun 17, 2020 - 9:03 PM

COVID-19 task force adviser Tony Leachon 'has been cautioned but remained deaf to collegial advise,' says Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr

CHIEF IMPLEMENTER. Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr at a Senate hearing on March 10, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte extends Boracay task force term until 2021

May 28, 2020 - 2:26 PM

The task force has another year to demolish illegal structures and improve drainage systems in the world-famous island

Beach-goers enjoy Boracay shores on the eve of its opening on October 25, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

UPLB alliance calls on school officials to protect students from red-tagging

May 25, 2020 - 1:59 PM

(UPDATED) UPLB Chancellor Fernando Sanchez Jr defends the students who participated in a demonstration in campus and were implicated in military propaganda against progressive organizations

IATF meetings on Zoom pose challenge to coronavirus response

May 16, 2020 - 9:45 AM

'Imagine a Zoom meeting with 60 to 80 participants,' says an official about the most important meeting in the pandemic-stricken country

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on May 11, 2020. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte's final gambit to end insurgency: task force vs communists

May 14, 2020 - 6:51 PM

If the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict sees the ABS-CBN shutdown as a counterinsurgency issue, that's because the task force is meant to sniff out 'rebel influence' from anywhere

NTF-ELCAC. The NTF-ELCAC logo. Background photo of NPA rebels by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

‘Let this be our final warning’: UP CMC slams red-tagging students during pandemic

May 13, 2020 - 9:02 PM

‘An attack on our students is an attack on our college,’ the UP College of Mass Communication reminds the NTF-ELCAC

NTF-ELCAC 'black propaganda' vs Maria Ressa, ABS-CBN sparks outrage

May 11, 2020 - 12:05 PM

(UPDATED) Following public backlash, the PCOO takes down the posts and says it's taking measures to 'uphold accountability' over the incident

DILG orders LGUs to set up local coronavirus task force

Apr 26, 2020 - 3:40 PM

The local task forces should adopt the 4-step general protocols against COVID-19: contact tracing, isolation, testing, and reintegration or referral

IATF to tackle post-lockdown scenario, new guidelines on Monday

Apr 17, 2020 - 1:17 PM

The country's economic managers, among others, will give a presentation on 'what happens after April 30,' during the Inter-Agency Task Force meeting on Monday, April 20, says Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles

LOCKDOWN CHECKPOINT. A copy check a motorist's ID at a checkpoint in Rizal as the province was under lockdown on April 6, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH has most virus cases in ASEAN? 'This is not a contest,' says Nograles

Apr 16, 2020 - 12:10 PM

'Hindi naman ito contest among ASEAN nations. Hindi naman ito contest na pakauntian ng number,' says Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles

PALACE SIDE. Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles takes questions from the media. Photo from Karlo Nograles Facebook page

PH allows Filipino-manned foreign cruise ships to dock in Manila

Apr 16, 2020 - 11:11 AM

The crew members will undergo mandatory quarantine in their vessels before they are allowed to disembark and head home

CRUISE SHIPS. The Costa Favolosa (right) and MSC Divina (left) are seen off the coast of Miami, Florida, on March 26, 2020. Reports said Costa ships Favolosa and the Magica are anchored off the coast of Miami with approximately 30 people experiencing flu-like symptoms. Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images/AFP

Joint task force will be stricter on curfew violators

Mar 29, 2020 - 7:17 PM

Online inquest proceedings will also be used, says Joint Task Force Corona Virus Shield chief Guillermo Eleazar

CURFEW. Pasig City Police begin enforcing a curfew to prevent the coronavirus from spreading further. File photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Lawmakers reject 'stupid' proposal to regulate campaign spending, contributions

Feb 19, 2020 - 3:02 PM

Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel argues that it is 'restrictive' and 'unrealistic' for the state to regulate even the contributions given to candidates during the campaign

CHARTER CHANGE TALKS. The House constitutional amendments committee holds a hearing on February 19, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

As allies jump ship, PDP-Laban stalwart wants 'balimbing' ban

Feb 19, 2020 - 2:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'Nakakahiya na.... Hintuin na natin itong ugali na wala tayong mga prinsipyo, wala tayong pinapanindigan,' says House Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel

ENOUGH WITH PARTY SWITCHING. House Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel, a PDP-Laban stalwart, backs the proposal to amend the charter to bar turncoats. File photo from Pimentel's Facebook page

What are the IATF's proposed amendments to the 1987 Constitution?

Feb 19, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The House committee on constitutional amendments is voting on a draft resolution containing these proposals on Wednesday, February 19

IATF proposed amendments

Baguio goes after vapers: fine, community service, or blood donation?

Feb 17, 2020 - 9:49 PM

Those who fail to pay the penalties will face cases, Mayor Benjamin Magalong writes in his demand letter to those caught by the Smoke-free Task Force

Lawmakers to recall Cha-Cha resolution they approved in secret

Jan 21, 2020 - 1:08 PM

The House committee on constitutional amendments also plans to reopen public hearings after the executive branch submitted a new list of proposed changes to the charter

CHA-CHA TALKS. House committee on constitutional amendments chair Rufus Rodriguez says he would reopen their public hearings on charter change this month. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Jihadists execute 4 hostages in Nigeria – French NGO

Dec 14, 2019 - 3:28 PM

Action Against Hunger says the 4 victims were among the 6 hostages abducted in northeastern Nigeria in July

Gov't to start building infrastructure in Marawi by December – task force

Nov 29, 2019 - 12:19 PM

(UPDATED) The top priority projects include a 200-classroom schoolbuilding, the Grand Padian Market, and a 50-bed hospital

MARAWI REHAB. Soldiers from the 500th Engineering Brigade of the Philippine Army guard the access to the Old Padian Market inside Marawi City's Most Affected Area. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

ISIS liaison to Abu Sayyaf killed in Sulu clash

Nov 23, 2019 - 12:56 PM

Talha Jumsah or Abu Talha is an ISIS-trained bomb expert who 'served as an instructor to the ASG in the fabrication of more lethal and destructive IEDs' used in suicide bombings, says Joint Task Force Sulu

BOMB EXPERT. Talha Jumsah or Abu Talha is killed in a clash with the government troops in Sitio Tubig Amu, Barangay Tanum, Patikul, Sulu  on November 22, 2019.  Photo from Joint Task Force Sulu

Is your Marawi property gone? Check this aerial video

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:36 PM

Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra says many residents have given consent to demolish their homes

NO CONSENT. Residents put up banners to oppose forced demolition of their homes. Photos by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Ghost of Marcos' Martial Law seen under Duterte – rights groups

Sep 21, 2019 - 7:30 AM

(UPDATED) On the 47th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, various groups urge Filipinos to take a stand amid human rights violations under President Rodrigo Duterte

NCR task force formed to counter 'front organizations'

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:37 PM

While there is no armed conflict in Metro Manila, the task force deems the capital region to be the hotbed of recruitment and fund generation

FIRST MEETING. The National Capital Region Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict will be engaging schools, labor unions, and the urban poor sectors. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Malacañang reactivates El Niño task force

Aug 16, 2019 - 4:52 PM

The task force, ordered to provide long-term solutions for food and water security, is reactivated at the tail-end of the El Niño

Task force seizes 3 used sports cars being smuggled from Clark Freeport

Jul 11, 2019 - 7:41 PM

Task Force Aguila confiscates two other old vehicles earlier – a Ford F-150 XLT pick-up truck and a 1970 model Nissan Datsun car – allegedly brought to Angeles City and City of San Fernando from Clark Freeport Zone for restoration

SMUGGLING ATTEMPT. This is one of the two Ford Corvette Stingray sports cars seized by Task Force Aguila at Clark Freeport Zone on July 9, 2019. Photo by Jun A. Malig/Rappler

Frustrated Marawi evacuees still can’t go home 2 years after siege

May 23, 2019 - 8:42 AM

It is two years ago since the siege that killed more than a thousand. At least 50,000 remain displaced, and the once-bustling center of trade and commerce is still buried in rubble.

Government shuts down 10 establishments in Boracay

May 22, 2019 - 11:17 PM

The Boracay Interagency Rehabilitation Group also reports a spike in Chinese and Korean businesses in the tourist destination

Anti-Boko Haram militia frees 900 children in Nigeria – U.N.

May 10, 2019 - 8:36 PM

The freed children will be enrolled into a reintegration program with education and training to help them return to civilian life

FREE. This file photo shows released Nigerian school girls who were kidnapped from their school in Dapchi, in the northeastern state of Yobe. File photo by Philip Ojisua/AFP

Boracay police task force deactivated

May 04, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The multi-agency security cluster leaves behind a high standard in maintaining peace and order in the island resort

SECURED. File photo of police patrolling the then empty Boracay White Beach during the island resort's rehabilitation in 2018. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

'Laboracay' turns into 'Love Boracay'

Mar 31, 2019 - 10:31 AM

'Love Boracay' runs from April 26 to May 1

FAMED BEACH. Tourists trek White Beach in Boracay Island. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Controversial retired colonel to head anti-insurgency office

Mar 30, 2019 - 12:35 PM

Retired colonel Allen Capuyan is accused of involvement in the 6.4-billion shabu smuggling controversy

Gen. Allen Capuyan, AGM for Security and Emergency Services of MIAA attends the September 7 Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the P6.4B shabu smuggling at the BOC. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Military destroys lair of ISIS-inspired terrorists in Maguindanao

Feb 03, 2019 - 11:11 AM

The military says it is 'very determined' to defeat terrorist groups in Mindanao

Duterte creates task force to address causes of communist insurgency

Dec 11, 2018 - 10:30 AM

The task force, chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte himself, seeks to improve the quality of life in areas experiencing clashes with communist rebels

Marawi residents to rebuild their homes by 2020

Oct 31, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Task Force Bangon Marawi head Eduardo del Rosario says the government also wants to move residents still living in evacuation centers to temporary shelters 'no later than' early next year

REBUILD. The ground breaking ceremony, attended by MAA residents, LGU, Army, and NGOs, formally signal the start of the city's rehabilitation on October 30, 2018. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Marawi rehab now open to local firms

Oct 30, 2018 - 10:51 PM

With the 'new' plan, Task force Bangon Marawi says contractors from Mindanao will be able to bid for 11 components of the rehabilitation plan for the city

REBUILD. The ground breaking ceremony for the rehabilitation and rebuilding of Marawi City's Most Affected Area finally pushed through on Tuesday, October 30, after several delays and rescheduling. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: With groundbreaking, Marawi begins journey to recovery

Oct 30, 2018 - 5:41 PM

National and local government officials join Marawi residents to commemorate the start of efforts to rehabilitate the war-torn city's most devastated area

The ground breaking ceremony for the rehabilitation and rebuilding of Marawi City's Most Affected Area finally pushed through on Tuesday, October 30, after several delays and rescheduling. The ceremony, attended by MAA residents, LGU, Army, and NGOs, formally signal the start of the city's rehabilitation.

Finally, Marawi ground zero rehabilitation starts

Oct 30, 2018 - 4:50 PM

Residents of Marawi's most affected area will be able to return to their homes before 2020, says Task Force Bangon Marawi

Global task force helps save 240 child sex victims

Oct 26, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Victim Identification Task Force of Europol, with the help of law enforcers around world, rescues over 240 victims of child sex abuse and arrests almost 100 offenders since 2014

Guantanamo prison to stay open at least 25 years – U.S. admiral

Oct 17, 2018 - 9:49 PM

Rear Admiral John Ring, commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, says he has orders 'to make sure the facilities' at the US military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba 'are going to last for 25 years'

A physical therapy room for older detainees is seen at the US Guantanamo Naval Base on October 16, 2018, in Guantanamo Base, Cuba. The Guantanamo prison, which houses detainees accused of participating in the 9/11 attacks, is to remain open for at least 25 years, said US Navy Admiral John Ring, commander of the base. Sylvie LANTEAUME / AFP

Gov't asks public to 'manage expectations' for Boracay reopening

Oct 15, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force explains that the 'full rehabilitation' of the island will be in 2019

Iran parliament passes counter-terror finance bill

Oct 07, 2018 - 7:20 PM

The bill is among those put forward by the government in recent months in a bid to meet demands by the international Financial Action Task Force

19 out of 154 kids died of dengue despite Dengvaxia shot – DOH

Sep 26, 2018 - 7:34 PM

But DOH Undersecretary Enrique Domingo says several tests and studies still need to be done in the next few years to confirm if Dengvaxia itself influenced the deaths

DENGUE VACCINE. A health worker shows off vials of Dengvaxia vaccine administered to students during the school-based immunization in Manila on December 4, 2017. File Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Anti-communist task force for talking not shooting – PNP

Sep 24, 2018 - 11:32 AM

The anti-communist task force, PNP chief Oscar Albayalde says, is to support localized peace talks with the Left

CRAME BRIEFING. PNP's top generals gather to give a press conference in national police headquarters Camp Crame. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Were 7 killed in Sulu encounter Abu Sayyaf or not?

Sep 15, 2018 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) Soldiers say it was an encounter, while a Moro rights group says it was a summary execution

PNP forms team to probe killings of local officials

Sep 10, 2018 - 12:43 PM

The national investigation task group will closely monitor and coordinate investigations of different PNP units, offices, and other task groups investigating the deaths of local officials

TASK FORCE. PNP Directors Oscar Albayalde says the police has formed a national task force that will look into the killing of local officials. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

DENR to Boracay businesses: Stop dealing with fixers, impostors

Aug 24, 2018 - 9:59 AM

Environment officials urge business owners or authorized representatives to personally process their certifications, business permits, and clearances at the one-stop shop in Boracay

BORACAY BUSINESSES. Boracay Island has temporarily closed down last April 26 to give way for its rehabilitation. Government plans to reopen it in October. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

4 soldiers killed, 2 injured in Cordillera encounter

Jul 16, 2018 - 6:25 PM

The encounter is said to be ongoing at the border of Mt. Province and Abra

ENCOUNTER. Photo by Jing Day-asen