3 gov’t troopers killed in Abu Sayyaf landmine attack

Manila, Philippines |  | Wednesday 3/4/2015 – Islamic extremists in the southern Philippines ambushed a military convoy Wednesday by planting a landmine that killed three soldiers, the latest outbreak of violence as the government cracks down on the militants. The military convoy...

Aquino seeks to quash coup rumors

MANILA, July 30, 2014 (AFP) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino sought Wednesday to quash rumours that a coup is being plotted against him, with his spokesman insisting he had the military’s full support. A senator-ally of Aquino alleged earlier this week that retired military...

AFP says 2-mile run for soldiers ‘life-threatening’

MANILA (AFP) – Most armies pride themselves on pushing soldiers to their physical limits in preparation for combat. But in the Philippines, senior officers have decided a two-mile run could be “life-threatening” to troops, and have shortened a fitness test to compensate. The...