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Marawi crisis over in a week or less, says Lorenzana

May 26, 2017 - 10:30 PM

(UPDATED) Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says Isnilon Hapilon is still inside Marawi City. 'Hopefully, we will be able to get him,' he adds.

Marawi crisis over in a week or less, says Lorenzana

Trump berates NATO for dodging defense dues

May 26, 2017 - 1:25 PM

'Twenty-three of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they're supposed to be paying for their defense,' says US President Donald Trump

Trump berates NATO for dodging defense dues

PH, Russia sign defense agreement, 9 other deals

May 25, 2017 - 12:14 PM

The two countries sign a total of 10 deals, including a defense agreement, deal to share intelligence, and share knowledge on the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes

PH, Russia sign defense agreement, 9 other deals

DND to AFP: Uphold rule of law, human rights in Mindanao

May 25, 2017 - 11:40 AM

With martial law in place in Mindanao, the Department of National Defense reminds the Armed Forces of the Philippines not to violate the Constitution

DND to AFP: Uphold rule of law, human rights in Mindanao

Beijing denies 'unprofessional' intercept of U.S. plane

May 20, 2017 - 2:57 PM

'Related remarks from the US side are inconsistent with fact,' says the Chinese Ministry of Defense

Beijing denies 'unprofessional' intercept of U.S. plane

Fire triggers evacuation at Singapore's Changi airport

May 16, 2017 - 9:34 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The airport management tells passengers departing from Terminal 2 to 'expect significant flight delays'

Fire triggers evacuation at Singapore's Changi airport

PH eyes equipment from top Chinese arms exporter

May 15, 2017 - 12:50 AM

In Beijing, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte meets with representatives of Poly Technologies, one of China's most controversial defense firms

PH eyes equipment from top Chinese arms exporter

Duterte, Cayetano, impeachment complaint | Evening wRap

May 12, 2017 - 10:07 PM

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Duterte, Cayetano, impeachment complaint | Evening wRap

COA sees 'unauthorized expenses' in 2016 DND disaster funds

May 11, 2017 - 9:36 PM

But the department insists it used its Quick Response Fund correctly, saying that their role in disaster involves organizing, training, and equipping first responders from the AFP

COA sees 'unauthorized expenses' in 2016 DND disaster funds

NATO mulls sending thousands more troops to Afghanistan

May 10, 2017 - 7:08 PM

The troops are needed to train local forces, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says

NATO mulls sending thousands more troops to Afghanistan

AFP sees no ISIS, Maute links to Quiapo blasts

May 08, 2017 - 6:25 PM

Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Eduardo Año echoes earlier statements of the PNP and Malacañang that terrorists were not behind the explosions

AFP sees no ISIS, Maute links to Quiapo blasts

Australia, Japan participate in Balikatan exercises

May 08, 2017 - 4:14 PM

Australia is the only other country, aside from US, that has a visiting forces agreement with the Philippines

Australia, Japan participate in Balikatan exercises

1st PH-US Balikatan exercises under Duterte open

May 08, 2017 - 7:43 AM

(UPDATED) The annual activity adjusts to President Rodrigo Duterte's orders: Balikatan 2017 exercises will not focus on external defense or maritime security

1st PH-US Balikatan exercises under Duterte open

BRP Davao Del Sur, PH Navy's latest ship, arrives in Manila

May 07, 2017 - 10:14 AM

(UPDATE 2) The BRP Davao Del Sur is the second Strategic Sealift Vessel of the Philippine Navy. It is a versatile ship that can serve as a one-stop operations center at sea.

BRP Davao Del Sur, PH Navy's latest ship, arrives in Manila

China demands halt to U.S. missile shield in South Korea

May 02, 2017 - 5:57 PM

'We will firmly take necessary measures to uphold our interests,' a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman says

China demands halt to U.S. missile shield in South Korea

LOOK: PH, US soldiers build classrooms in Guiuan

May 02, 2017 - 1:28 PM

The school building, which doubles as an evacuation center, is among the community infrastructure projects being undertaken by Philippine and US soldiers in line with the 33rd Balikatan

LOOK: PH, US soldiers build classrooms in Guiuan

THAAD missile defense system now operational in South Korea

May 02, 2017 - 7:23 AM

This initial capability will be augmented later this year as additional hardware and components arrive to complete the system, officials say

THAAD missile defense system now operational in South Korea

Chinese warships to visit Davao Sunday

Apr 29, 2017 - 4:45 PM

The fleet is headed by Rear Admiral Shen Hao, Deputy Commander of the East China Sea of the People's Liberation Army Navy

Chinese warships to visit Davao Sunday

Seoul rejects Trump demand it pays for missile system

Apr 28, 2017 - 1:11 PM

Seoul retorts that under the Status of Forces Agreement, the South would provide the THAAD site and infrastructure, while the US would pay to deploy and operate it

Seoul rejects Trump demand it pays for missile system

PH set to acquire Pohang-class corvette from South Korea

Apr 27, 2017 - 3:50 PM

The Philippines will pay a token fee of $100 and shoulder the cost of refurbishing the decommissioned ship

PH set to acquire Pohang-class corvette from South Korea

U.S. missile defense equipment reaches South Korea site

Apr 26, 2017 - 12:32 PM

Seoul's defense ministry says the move is aimed at 'securing operational capability of the THAAD as soon as possible,' with a goal of fully installing the batteries by the end of this year

U.S. missile defense equipment reaches South Korea site

U.S. defense secretary visits key ally Qatar

Apr 22, 2017 - 8:33 PM

The visit to Doha is part of a regional tour that has included stops in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Israel

U.S. defense secretary visits key ally Qatar

China hits PH over Lorenzana trip to Pag-asa

Apr 22, 2017 - 6:28 PM

(UPDATED) China says it is 'gravely concerned about and dissatisfied with' this move by the Philippine government

China hits PH over Lorenzana trip to Pag-asa

Trump says 'strong Europe' is important for U.S.

Apr 21, 2017 - 7:58 AM

This is a turnaround of the US President's earlier pronouncement hailing Britain's decision to leave the European Union

Trump says 'strong Europe' is important for U.S.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 20, 2017

Apr 20, 2017 - 11:30 AM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 20, 2017

Russian guided missile cruiser arrives in Manila

Apr 20, 2017 - 9:26 AM

The Russian Navy makes its second goodwill visit to the Philippines this year

Russian guided missile cruiser arrives in Manila

New Duterte EO allows AFP to approve defense deals over P50M

Apr 19, 2017 - 5:53 PM

(UPDATED) The DND says the President's new EO allows the Armed Forces of the Philippines to approve its own projects, even those worth P50 million or more

New Duterte EO allows AFP to approve defense deals over P50M

Military briefs Robredo on security challenges confronting PH

Apr 18, 2017 - 5:11 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana assures the Vice President the defense establishment and the military are loyal to the Constitution and duly constituted authorities

Military briefs Robredo on security challenges confronting PH

North Korea missile test fails before Pence visit to Seoul

Apr 16, 2017 - 7:56 AM

(4th UPDATE) US Vice President Mike Pence assures South Korea of full support amid the North's provocative actions

North Korea missile test fails before Pence visit to Seoul

Thousands of passengers stranded due to Tropical Depression Crising

Apr 15, 2017 - 6:34 PM

(UPDATED) The Office of Civil Defense advises travelers not to proceed to seaports after the cancellation of sea trips due to Tropical Depression Crising

Thousands of passengers stranded due to Tropical Depression Crising

Duterte orders early release of pension for AFP retirees

Apr 09, 2017 - 12:54 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte orders the DBM and the DND to expedite the early release of pension credentials for fiscal years 2008 to 2013, amounting to P6.421 billion

Duterte orders early release of pension for AFP retirees

PH Air Force to complete acquisition of 12 FA-50 fighter jets in May

Apr 08, 2017 - 1:26 PM

Four more FA-50s will arrive in April and May, according to military spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla

PH Air Force to complete acquisition of 12 FA-50 fighter jets in May

U.S. Navy destroyer makes port call in Subic

Apr 01, 2017 - 9:49 AM

The brief port call 'highlights the strong community and military connections between the Philippines and the United States,' the US embassy says

U.S. Navy destroyer makes port call in Subic

U.S. top diplomat to push NATO pay up in first talks

Mar 31, 2017 - 11:26 AM

US officials say US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will push the allies to do more to reach the goal of boosting defense spending to 2% of gross domestic product by 2024, which they set during a summit in Wales in 2014

U.S. top diplomat to push NATO pay up in first talks

Duterte asks US envoy, 'Why didn't you stop China?'

Mar 29, 2017 - 6:41 PM

In the same speech, the usually antagonistic President says, 'We remain friends with America'

Duterte asks US envoy, 'Why didn't you stop China?'

Duterte 'invited' China, foreign gov'ts to PH waters – Esperon

Mar 29, 2017 - 5:11 PM

'What is really so harmful with having a research ship [there]?' asks National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr on the presence of a Chinese survey ship in Benham Rise for 3 months

Duterte 'invited' China, foreign gov'ts to PH waters – Esperon

British PM signs letter for Brexit with calls for UK unity

Mar 29, 2017 - 6:47 AM

The British government will then deliver the letter to European Union President Donald Tusk, formally notifying him of Britain's intention to leave the bloc after 44 years of membership

British PM signs letter for Brexit with calls for UK unity

Small planes for PH Navy signal Japan's growing security role

Mar 28, 2017 - 7:47 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's pronouncements of dislike for US makes the country's relations with Japan very crucial

Small planes for PH Navy signal Japan's growing security role

Japan's largest warship to visit Subic in June

Mar 28, 2017 - 12:36 PM

There's a plan to invite President Rodrigo Duterte to visit JS Izumo when it makes a port call in Subic, according to Japanese media

Japan's largest warship to visit Subic in June

VLOG: PH Navy welcomes 2 TC-90 trainer aircraft from Japan

Mar 27, 2017 - 8:45 PM

Japan's State Minister for Defense says the Philippines is a politically important nation because it is located in the sea line of communication to Japan

VLOG: PH Navy welcomes 2 TC-90 trainer aircraft from Japan

WATCH: Water cannon salute for TC-90 patrol planes

Mar 27, 2017 - 5:30 PM

The TC-90s from Japan complement the air assets of the ill-equipped Philippine Navy

WATCH: Water cannon salute for TC-90 patrol planes

PH Navy receives 2 TC-90 patrol planes from Japan

Mar 27, 2017 - 9:59 AM

(UPDATED) The planes will boost the capability of the ill-equipped navy to conduct maritime aerial reconnaissance

PH Navy receives 2 TC-90 patrol planes from Japan

A deranged mind: The insanity plea in PH cases

Mar 26, 2017 - 8:10 PM

(UPDATED) Has the insanity plea ever worked in a Philippine court?

A deranged mind: The insanity plea in PH cases

Trump to reaffirm NATO 'commitment' at May summit

Mar 22, 2017 - 3:45 PM

The Trump administration has been scrambling to reaffirm its commitment to Washington's military alliances – including NATO – after the Republican billionaire called into question their usefulness during the presidential race

Trump to reaffirm NATO 'commitment' at May summit

North Korea fails in new missile test – Seoul

Mar 22, 2017 - 11:10 AM

(UPDATED) South defense ministry: 'South Korea and the United States are aware of the North Korean missile launch and suspect it was a failure'

North Korea fails in new missile test – Seoul

Britain to formally launch EU exit on March 29

Mar 20, 2017 - 7:53 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Brexit Minister David Davis: 'We are on the threshold of the most important negotiation for this country for a generation'

Britain to formally launch EU exit on March 29

Duterte assures Trump of friendship, cooperation

Mar 20, 2017 - 12:30 AM

But President Rodrigo Duterte is less warm as he talks about the military alliance between the Philippines and the United States

Duterte assures Trump of friendship, cooperation

US envoy honors PH defense chief Lorenzana

Mar 18, 2017 - 7:30 AM

US ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim confers the inaugural Major General Albert Jones Memorial Award on Defense Chief Delfin Lorenzana

US envoy honors PH defense chief Lorenzana

Queen authorizes British PM to begin Brexit

Mar 16, 2017 - 7:23 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May says she will address the British parliament to inform lawmakers that she has triggered Article 50, and an initial response is expected from the European Commission within 48 hours

Queen authorizes British PM to begin Brexit

Trump hits State Department in 'hard power' budget blueprint

Mar 16, 2017 - 12:20 PM

(3rd UPDATE) An alarmed United Nations warn against 'abrupt funding cuts' that would undermine its longer-term reform efforts

Trump hits State Department in 'hard power' budget blueprint