Armed Forces of the Philippines

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP; ; Fuerzas Armadas de Filipinas) are the military forces of the Philippines.wikipedia
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Philippine Army

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It consists of the three main service branches; the Army, the Navy (including the Marine Corps) and the Air Force.
The Philippine Army (PA; Filipino: Hukbong Katihan ng Pilipinas) is the main, oldest and largest branch of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) responsible for ground warfare.

Philippine Navy

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It consists of the three main service branches; the Army, the Navy (including the Marine Corps) and the Air Force.
The Philippine Navy (PN; Filipino: Hukbong Dagat ng Pilipinas) is the naval warfare service branch of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Philippine Air Force

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It consists of the three main service branches; the Army, the Navy (including the Marine Corps) and the Air Force.
The Philippine Air Force (PAF; ) is the aerial warfare service branch of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

President of the Philippines

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The President of the Philippines is the Commander-in-Chief of the AFP and forms military policy with the Department of National Defense, an executive department acting as the principal organ by which military policy is carried out, while the Chief of Staff is the overall commander and the highest-ranking officer in the AFP.
The President leads the executive branch of the Philippine government and is the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Hermogenes Esperon

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Hermogenes Cendaña Esperon Jr. (Philippine Military Academy "Marangal" Class of 1974) retired Filipino Chief of Staff, the highest position in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Philippine Coast Guard

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The Philippine Coast Guard also serves as an attached service of the AFP in wartime.
The Coast Guard also serves as an attached service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in wartime.

Department of National Defense (Philippines)

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The President of the Philippines is the Commander-in-Chief of the AFP and forms military policy with the Department of National Defense, an executive department acting as the principal organ by which military policy is carried out, while the Chief of Staff is the overall commander and the highest-ranking officer in the AFP.
The Department of National Defense exercises executive supervision over the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO), the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP), the Government Arsenal (GA), and the Philippine Aerospace Development Corporation (PADC).

Commanding General of the Philippine Army

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Each of the three major branches are headed by an officer with the following titles: Commanding General of the Philippine Army (Lieutenant General), Flag Officer in Command of the Philippine Navy (Vice Admiral), and Commanding General of the Philippine Air Force (Lieutenant General), as well as the AFP Inspector General (Lieutenant General/Vice Admiral) and Unified Command Commanders(Lieutenant General/Vice Admiral).
The Commanding General of the Philippine Army is the overall commander and senior general of the Philippine Army, the ground arm of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

National Defense Act of 1935

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In accordance with the National Defense Act of 1935, the Armed Forces of the Philippines was officially established on December 21, 1935, when the act entered into force.
The purpose of this act was to create an independent Philippine military, a move interrupted by the outbreak of the Second World War.

Philippine Constabulary

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The Americans established the Philippine Constabulary in 1901 manned by Filipino fighters and used against Gen. Aguinaldo who was later captured.
It was the first of the four service commands of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Commanding General of the Philippine Air Force

Each of the three major branches are headed by an officer with the following titles: Commanding General of the Philippine Army (Lieutenant General), Flag Officer in Command of the Philippine Navy (Vice Admiral), and Commanding General of the Philippine Air Force (Lieutenant General), as well as the AFP Inspector General (Lieutenant General/Vice Admiral) and Unified Command Commanders(Lieutenant General/Vice Admiral).
The Commanding General of the Philippine Air Force is the overall commander and senior general of the Philippine Air Force, the air & air defense arm of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Flag Officer in-Command

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Each of the three major branches are headed by an officer with the following titles: Commanding General of the Philippine Army (Lieutenant General), Flag Officer in Command of the Philippine Navy (Vice Admiral), and Commanding General of the Philippine Air Force (Lieutenant General), as well as the AFP Inspector General (Lieutenant General/Vice Admiral) and Unified Command Commanders(Lieutenant General/Vice Admiral).
The Flag Officer-in-Command of the Philippine Navy is the overall commander and senior admiral of the Philippine Navy, the naval & naval defense component of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Rodrigo Duterte

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In 2017, The AFP also clashed with ISIS Militants in Marawi, calling President Duterte to declare Martial Law under Proclamation 216.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) were ordered to "suppress all forms of lawless violence in Mindanao" and to "prevent lawless violence from spreading and escalating elsewhere".

First chief master sergeant

The uniqueness of Philippine military ranks can be seen in the current highest ranks of first chief master sergeant (for the Army, Marine Corps and Air Force) and first master chief petty officer (for the Navy), both created in 2004, and since then have become the highest enlisted rank of precedence.
The rank of first chief master sergeant in the Armed Forces of the Philippines was passed in a bill filed by Senator Rodolfo Biazon back in July 2004.

History of the Philippine Army

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The establishment of the general headquarters of the Philippine Commonwealth Army are military station went to the province during occupation.
1) that formally created the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Philippines

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP; ; Fuerzas Armadas de Filipinas) are the military forces of the Philippines.
The President functions as both head of state and head of government and is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces.

Martial law in the Philippines

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Upon the declaration of Martial Law in 1972, then-President Ferdinand Marcos used the AFP, through the regime's secret police force, the National Intelligence and Security Authority, to arrest,and to contain his political opponents.
Martial law in the Philippines refers to several intermittent periods in Philippine history wherein the Philippine head of state (such as the President) places an area under the control of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and its predecessor bodies.

Fabian Ver

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In 1981, when Marcos' trusted military officer, General Fabian Ver became the AFP chief of staff, favoritism was believed to be attached to the military organization due to the fact that the general only placed his favorites in most sensitive positions, it did not dismay qualified officers.
Fabian Crisologo Ver (January 20, 1920 – November 21, 1998) was a Filipino military officer who served as the Commanding Officer of the Armed Forces of the Philippines under President Ferdinand Marcos.

Fidel Ramos

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In 1986, a faction of AFP headed by then Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile and AFP vice-chief of staff Lt. General Fidel V. Ramos took a stand against Marcos, ushering in the bloodless People Power Revolution that removed Marcos from power and installed Corazon Aquino as the new president of the Philippines.
He rose to ranks in the Philippine military early in his career and became Chief of the Philippine Constabulary and Vice-Chief-of-Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines during the term of President Ferdinand Marcos.

Corazon Aquino

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In 1986, a faction of AFP headed by then Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile and AFP vice-chief of staff Lt. General Fidel V. Ramos took a stand against Marcos, ushering in the bloodless People Power Revolution that removed Marcos from power and installed Corazon Aquino as the new president of the Philippines.
Defections from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the support of the local Catholic hierarchy led to the People Power Revolution that ousted Marcos and secured Aquino's accession on 25 February 1986.

2000 Philippine campaign against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front

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In 2000, then President Joseph Estrada ordered the AFP to launch an "All-Out war" against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, a breakaway group of the MNLF that wants to proclaim Mindanao an independent state.
The 2000 Philippine campaign against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front was a military campaign conducted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) against a Muslim secessionist group that took place during the presidency of Joseph Estrada in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao in the Philippines.

Zamboanga City crisis

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In 2013, the AFP managed to stall the attacks of the Moro National Liberation Front in the Zamboanga City crisis as they launch an attack to proclaim the independence of the Bangsamoro Republik.
The Zamboanga City crisis (Filipino: Krisis sa Zamboanga; Chavacano: Crisis en Zamboanga) or Zamboanga Siege was an armed conflict in Zamboanga City, Philippines between the forces of the Philippine government and a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front, generally known by other factions as the Rogue MNLF Elements (RME) under the Sulu State Revolutionary Command (SSRC) led by Ustadz Habier Malik and Khaid Ajibon, whose group continues to recognize Nur Misuari as MNLF Chairman.

Battle of Marawi

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In 2017, The AFP also clashed with ISIS Militants in Marawi, calling President Duterte to declare Martial Law under Proclamation 216.
The Battle of Marawi, also known as the Siege of Marawi (Filipino: Pagkubkob sa Marawi) and the Marawi crisis (Filipino: Krisis sa Marawi), was a five-month-long armed conflict in Marawi, Lanao del Sur, Philippines, that started on 23 May 2017, between Philippine government security forces and militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), including the Maute and Abu Sayyaf Salafi jihadist groups.

New People's Army

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The AFP also at that time, waged a military campaign against the secessionist Moro National Liberation Front in the island of Mindanao and New People's Army units under the Communist Party of the Philippines nationwide, growing to a 200,000 strong force.
The Second Rectification ended internal purges of the movement that killed hundreds of members on allegations of being "deep penetration agents" of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine intelligence community.

2016 Butig clashes

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In 2016, the AFP clashed with the Maute group on Butig on February and on November of 2016.
According to Armed Forces of the Philippines sources, the skirmishes between Army forces and the Maute group turned into a full blown military offensive with troops using artillery, gunships, and armored personnel carriers against the terrorists.