Despite women dominating the Philippine Military Academy class of 2017 and contributing vital roles to the organization, Defense officials say their number should remain limited. Women's group Gabriela finds this unacceptable.
The Defense Department brings together commanders of the Reserved Officers Training Corps (ROTC) from all over the country. This is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte's order to revive the school-based military training program.
At least two NPA rebels have been killed, two have been arrested, while seven have surrendered to authorities since President Rodrigo Duterte called off the government's unilateral ceasefire, the Armed Forces said Tuesday
Local government units and the Department of National Defense violated regulations in fund spending, according to a Commission on Audit report on calamity funds allocated in 2015, the last full year of the Aquino administration.
The Department of National Defense has draft a bill seeking the revival of the mandatory military training for students. This time, they want to include those in high school. But as early as now, the plan is not welcomed by some groups.