Philippine Army denies existence of ‘hit list’

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Philippine Army on Saturday denied that the military has a “hit list” of 70 activists in Mindanao and leaders of progressive groups. “There is no such thing as hit list in the AFP. Everybody knows that only the New People’s Army is making a hit list,” said...

Solons to probe AFP’s alleged human rights abuses on Lumads

MANILA, Sept 8 (Mabuhay) – Lawmakers on Tuesday moved to probe allegations of human rights violations by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) after Gabriela party-list Rep. Luz Ilagan quizzed military officials about the purported involvement of soldiers in the rape of a...

9 Filipinos take part in inaugural international visitor leadership program in disaster risk management

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a development expected to promote greater Philippines-US cooperation on disaster risk reduction issues, nine (9) Philippine government officials are currently in Washington D.C. to attend the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program...

New AFP chief defends scrapping of planned purchase of missiles

(Mabuhay) – Newly installed Armed Forces chief of staff Lt. Gen. Hernando Iriberri on Friday defended their decision to scrap the planned purchase of a shore-based missile system and instead, procure helmets, night goggles, and body armor. In an interview with reporters, Iriberri...

Edita Burgos to Aquino: Order military to produce Jonas

MANILA (Mabuhay) – On the eighth year of Jonas Burgos’ disappearance, his mother on Tuesday urged President Benigno Aquino III to order the Philippine Army to produce her son and “return Jonas to the family, at whatever state he is in.” A statement from the Free Jonas Burgos...

Chiz slams Trillanes: Don’t sow conflict between AFP, PNP

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Francis Escudero sees no point in releasing the testimonies of military officials who claimed that some 120 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers did not help their comrades who were caught in a firefight with Muslim rebels after killing a terrorist in...

Trillanes: Senate draft report not the whole truth

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV will push for the inclusion of testimonies made during closed-door sessions in the Senate’s investigation report on the Mamasapano fiasco, saying the draft report does not reflect the whole truth. Trillanes, who did not sign the...

AFP chief on Fallen 44: Sayang po yung buhay

MANILA, Feb 4 (Mabuhay) – Armed Forces chief of staff Gregorio Pio Catapang fought back tears on Wednesday as he mourned the deaths of 44 police commandos in the botched anti-terror operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. Catapang said it is unfair that the military is being blamed...

It’s all about greed and personal ambition

Greed, conceitedness and quest for personal glory led to the slaughtering of 44 members of Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police PNP by heavily armed members of the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in the town of Mamasapono in Maguindanao...

P600-B needed for AFP modernization – Defense Usec

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A Defense official on Wednesday disclosed that the military needs at least P600 billion for the modernization of the country’s armed forces. In a press conference, Defense Undersecretary Fernando Manalo, chairman of the Department of Defense’s bids and awards...