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Gordon calls for hike in military budget

Senator Richard J. Gordon on Tuesday, July 3, called for an increased budget of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in order to...

Duterte hopes to reform AFP pensions by 2022

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte wants to fast-track the establishment of a new pension scheme for military personnel and have it set up before he steps down from office.

Duterte moves to fast-track military pension scheme

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte wants to fast-track the establishment of a new pension scheme for military personnel. The president hopes to establish this scheme...

China may use control over disputed sea to challenge US presence...

A report from the United States Congressional Research Service revealed China's capability to control the South China Sea in the event that a war...

Koreas hold high-level talks ahead of Trump-Kim summit

Seoul -- North and South Korea held high-level talks Friday to discuss their ongoing efforts to improve ties ahead of a landmark meeting between...

Duterte awards medals to soldiers wounded in action

President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday, May 24, honored at least seven wounded-in-action soldiers in Davao City as he awarded them the medals of...

Duterte says he will not order arrest of Sison during peace...

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday, May 24, vowed that he would not order the arrest of Communist Party of...

Military condemns burning of road equipment by NPA in Capiz

The 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) condemned the torching of a heavy equipment by members of the New People's Army (NPA) in Dumalag, Capiz last...

New AFP chief vows to clean up corruption in military

New Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Lieutenant General Carlito G. Galvez Jr. warned the military against corruption or risk dismissal from duty. "The...

Three communist rebels killed, five arrested in Camarines Sur clash —...

Amid the impending revival of peace negotiations between the government and communist rebels, three alleged members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's...

CA confirms appointment of nine lawmakers as army colonels

The Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday, March 7, approved the nomination of nine lawmakers as military officers with the rank of colonel for...

Military ready for another possible conflict

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is getting ready for another possible conflict, a ranking officer said on Friday. “rom our experience from the...

Military: We’re getting ready for next Marawi siege

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is getting ready for another possible “warfare” in Mindanao, Deputy Commander of Joint Task Force Ranao Colonel...

DILG plans to deploy more SAF troops in western Mindanao area

THE DEPARTMENT of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is eyeing to increase the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) troops in Mindanao, especially in...

There are 48 foreign terrorists in Mindanao — military

THE GOVERNMENT has monitored 48 foreign terrorists operating and recruiting in Mindanao, the military told the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Maj. Gen. Fernando Trinidad,...

House committee eyeing higher pensions for retired military personnel

THE House of Representatives is looking to raise pensions received by retired military and uniformed personnel (MUPs) by 2019, one of its committees said....

Palace turns over 500-plus shelters to displaced in Marawi

By Arjay L. Balinbin PRESIDENTIAL Spokesperson Herminio Harry L. Roque, Jr. announced on Wednesday, Dec. 27, that the government was set to turn over on...

Duterte declares truce with communist rebels

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has declared a suspension of military operations (SOMO) from Dec. 24, 2017 to Jan. 2, 2018. Presidential Spokesperson Harry L. Roque,...

NPAs attack soldiers on relief duty — military

COMMUNIST REBELS attacked soldiers delivering relief aid to parts of the central Philippines where a typhoon killed at least 32 people, army and disaster...

No cease-fire with communist rebels this Christmas — Palace

GOVERNMENT FORCES will not observe a cease-fire with communist rebels this Christmas, Malacañang clarified on Sunday. “Our defenders would not stand down as there has...

House passes on final reading proposed base pay for military, uniformed...

THE House of Representatives has passed on third and final reading a measure to increase the base pay of military and uniformed personnel (MUP). Garnering...

Philippines hunts for possible new Islamic State ‘emir’ in Southeast Asia

PHILIPPINE AUTHORITIES were on the lookout on Monday for a Malaysian who could be the new leader of pro-Islamic State (IS) groups in Southeast...

Indonesian militant arrested

AN INDONESIAN militant who joined gunmen loyal to the Islamic State (IS) group in a five-month battle for a southern Philippine city was arrested...

Losses, looting as Marawi war’s fortunate few return home

KHALILUDDIN ISMAIL returned home on Sunday after five months of war in the southern Philippines to find his house ransacked. But he’s still smiling. “At...

Duterte appoints Davao-based general as next AFP chief

President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed a Davao-based military officer as the new Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff. Eastern Mindanao Command Lt. Gen....

War over

Philippine soldiers from Marawi are welcomed home by their relatives at Villamor Airbase in Manila on October 20, 2017. -- AFP

Malaysian militant Mahmud Ahmad killed in Marawi

THE MALACANANG confirmed on Oct. 19, Thursday, that a top Malaysian militant tipped to become Islamic State’s (IS) point man in Southeast Asia has...

More than 100 families in Batangas City still displaced due to...

THE ARMED conflict between the military and members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA), which erupted last week and has involved aerial bombings,...

Commandos storm plane in Philippines-US hijack simulation

PHILIPPINE COMMANDOS and law enforcers have practiced hostage negotiations and the storming of a commercial jet to free American passengers in a major joint...

Economic managers to submit military pension bill under GSIS

ECONOMIC MANAGERS will send to Congress by this year a proposal that will transfer the military pension scheme to state-run Government Service Insurance System...

Maute base captured; hostage priest rescued

THE MILITARY said Sunday, Sept. 17, it had captured the command center of Maute group supporters who have besieged a southern city for nearly...

Marawi rebuilding to cost $1.1billion — Lorenzana

REBUILDING THE besieged Philippine city of Marawi could cost about P56 billion ($1.1 billion), according to Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana. Months of fighting between...

Military says taking fire from women, children in Marawi

GOVERNMENT TROOPS fighting Islamic State-linked rebels in a southern city have encountered armed resistance by women and children, the military said on Monday, Sept....

China ‘strongly condemns’ Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test — foreign ministry

BEIJING -- China strongly condemned North Korea’s Sunday nuclear test, slamming Pyongyang for ignoring international condemnation of its atomic weapons program. North Korea “has ignored...

Australia offers to train Philippine troops in IS fight

AUSTRALIA ON Tuesday offered to help train the Philippine military to tackle Islamic militants terrorizing parts of the country, calling the threat “deeply concerning.” Philippine...

‘No provocation’ can stop China’s military drills — Party newspaper

BEIJING -- China’s military will carry out drills regardless of foreign provocations and pressure, the Communist Party’s paper said on Sunday, adding that exercises...