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Trump speeds up James Mattis exit to January 1

Dec 24, 2018 - 9:42 AM

The US President was reportedly upset over media coverage of the stinging resignation letter submitted by the defense secretary

JAMES MATTIS. US Defense Secretary James Mattis delivers his speech during the first plenary session of the 17th Asian Security Summit of the IISS ShangriLa Dialogue in Singapore on June 2, 2018. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

U.S., South Korea suspend additional military exercise

Oct 20, 2018 - 12:15 AM

The defense officials of the US and South Korea agree to suspend the drill to 'give the diplomatic process' with Pyongyang 'every opportunity to continue'

BLAST. A South Korean K2 tank fires during a live fire demonstration for a media preview of the Defense Expo Korea 2018 at Seungjin Fire Training Field in Pocheon, 65 kms northeast of Seoul, on September 11, 2018. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

China, ASEAN to hold maritime drill to ease tensions

Oct 19, 2018 - 7:35 PM

The navies of China and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations are set to hold their first joint drills, which will take place in the South China Sea

China's sole aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, arrives in Hong Kong waters on July 7, 2017, less than a week after a high-profile visit by president Xi Jinping. China's national defence ministry had said the Liaoning, named after a northeastern Chinese province, was part of a flotilla on a "routine training mission" and would make a port of call in the former British colony. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE

Xi Jinping, U.S. defense chief meet amid troubled security relations

Jun 27, 2018 - 8:18 PM

US Defense Secretary James Mattis, visiting Beijing to take the measure of China's global security ambitions, especially in the South China Sea, tells Xi Jinping he wants to keep the bilateral military relationship on an even keel and find areas to cooperate

MIGHTY CHINA. File photo of China's President Xi Jinping at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on June 21, 2018. Photo by Fred Dufour/Pool/AFP

AFP chief careful, quiet on West PH Sea

May 15, 2018 - 1:28 PM

'I'm sorry, I can't make statements,' Philippine military chief General Carlito Galvez Jr tells reporters, but gives assurances 'the AFP is doing its best' to protect Philippine territory

AFP CHIEF. General Carlito Galvez Jr says only the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Secretary of National Defense may issue statements on the West Philippine Sea

Lorenzana: White paper came from Malacañang, not Bong Go

Jan 17, 2018 - 5:53 PM

(UPDATED) Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirms he wrote the marginal note pointing to Secretary Bong Go as the source of a document endorsing a foreign supplier for the project, but clarifies he only 'assumed' it came from the Palace official

PHOTO BY SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Reds declare holiday ceasefire too

Dec 22, 2017 - 10:37 AM

(UPDATED) The Communist Party of the Philippines matches the dates of the broken ceasefire declared by the government, but the hours differ a little

COMMUNIST INSURGENCY. File photo of NPA guerillas inside their camp in Marihatag, Surigao del Sur. Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

LOOK: 10 years after chairing ASEAN, Arroyo keeps it presidential

Nov 11, 2017 - 9:15 PM

With President Duterte still in Vietnam, his predecessor Gloria Macapagal Arroyo hosts the welcome dinner for Cambodia's Hun Sen and Myanmar's Suu Kyi

PRESIDENTIAL. Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo looks every bit presidential in the welcome dinner she hosted for Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. All photos are screengrabs from RTVM feed

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Jun 16, 2017 - 9:00 AM

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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

DEFENSE CHIEF. US Defense Secretary James Mattis addresses the press during a NATO defense ministers' meetings at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on February 15, 2017. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

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Apr 20, 2017 - 11:30 AM

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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

CLIPPED POWERS? President Rodrigo Duterte and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana attend the 75th Commemoration of the Araw ng Kagitingan and Veterans Week at the Dambana ng Kagitingan in Bataan on April 9, 2017. Photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

PH submits defense equipment wishlist to China

Feb 07, 2017 - 5:57 PM

Defense Chief Delfin Lorenzana says they are waiting for China to approve the list which includes boats and drones

BLOSSOMING FRIENDSHIP. President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping sign agreements at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20, 2016. File photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

Soldiers told: Don't be 'too optimistic' about Duterte's salary hike vow

Aug 30, 2016 - 2:09 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has been telling troops to hope for the best but to expect complications before the fulfillment of Duterte s promised pay hike

DUTERTE'S PROMISES. President Rodrigo Duterte does the fist gesture with uniformed personnel of the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Capinpin in Tanay, Rizal on August 24. TOTO LOZANO/PPD

Gibo Teodoro declines defense post again – Duterte

Aug 25, 2016 - 12:58 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is also not keen on accepting President Duterte s offer to be ambassador to the United States

NO TO DND. Gibo Teodoro speaks with media in Davao City on June 2, 2016. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

US military lifts ban on transgender personnel

Jul 01, 2016 - 10:40 AM

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says lifting the ban is the right thing to do but Republican lawmakers criticize the move

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announces that the military will lift its ban on transgender troops during a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, June 30, 2016. "This is the right thing to do for our people and for the force," Carter said in a statement. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

Gibo Teodoro: I will think about DND post offer

May 16, 2016 - 6:39 PM

UPDATED The former defense secretary meets with president elect Rodrigo Duterte

Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

US forces to gain access to more PH bases – Carter

Apr 13, 2016 - 9:35 PM

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter who is now in Manila says more military bases will be added to the initial 5 agreed upon

Filipino peacekeepers from Liberia and the meaning of Christmas

Dec 05, 2014 - 8:46 AM

It s a belated Heroes Welcome for the Filipino peacekeepers deployed in Liberia They get a 30 day vacation to spend the holidays with their families

HONORED: All United Nations peacekeepers get  the UN Service Medal. Rappler photo

One week 'punishment' for new AFP chief

Jul 17, 2014 - 4:18 PM

It s a military tradition that Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin a former Army general himself practices to congratulate newly promoted generals

NEW CHIEF: Lieutenant General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr is the new chief of staff of the 120,000-strong Armed Forces of the Philippines

US to disband anti-terror team in Philippines

Jun 26, 2014 - 9:26 PM

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin says the group of 500 to 600 American servicemen was cut back to 200 starting this year

China fires water cannon at another Vietnam ship

Jun 03, 2014 - 7:45 PM

The Vietnamese ship was severely damaged reports the state run China National Radio while Chinese Internet users applaud how Beijing has dealt with Hanoi

Hagel: PH-US war games 'important to regional security'

May 06, 2014 - 3:39 PM

US defense chief Chuck Hagel calls Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin to congratulate and thank him on the signing of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement EDCA

REGIONAL SECURITY. US Defense Chief Chuck Hagel says the Balikatan war games are important to regional security. AFP file phot

Voltaire Gazmin: The untouchable

Feb 01, 2014 - 7:00 PM

Defense Secretary Gazmin s critics know better than to openly attack or call for his resignation Find out why

FATHER-FIGURE: President Benigno Aquino III and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin. Malacañang photo

3 Chinese ships, 7 PH fishing vessels spotted in Panatag

Jan 24, 2014 - 6:48 PM

There are no signs of Chinese ships harassing Filipino fishermen according to Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin

STATUS QUO?: Seven Philippine vessels freely fishing in Panatag Shoal

PH security forces to escort fishermen 'if necessary'

Jan 16, 2014 - 4:20 PM

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin also welcomes the call of US lawmakers for tough sanctions against China s aggressiveness in the disputed waters

'WE NEED US': Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin welcomes the call of US lawmakers for tougher stance against China. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Shake-up: AFP top brass retiring this year

Jan 09, 2014 - 7:25 PM

Armed Forces chief of staff General Emmanuel Bautista and 8 three star generals are retiring in 2014

CLASSMATES: AFP chief General Emmanuel Bautista and Northern Luzon Command chief Lieutenant General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Japan defense minister back to discuss regional tensions

Dec 07, 2013 - 7:03 PM

Japanese Defense Minister Onodera says it s important for the international community to send a strong message to China

ALLIES: Japanese defense Minister Itsunori Onodera returns to the Philippines to discuss regional security and Japan's assistance to Yolanda victims. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler.com

Gazmin late in tapping Guiuan ports for aid

Nov 17, 2013 - 10:26 PM

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin realizes this 3 days after Yolanda left hundreds hungry

FLATTENED. Reports say that 100% of the structures in Guiuan, Eastern Samar are damaged. All photos by Armed Forces of the Philippines Central Command Facebook page

‘Relief to reach 40 Leyte towns Thursday’

Nov 13, 2013 - 10:28 PM

Defense chief Gazmin also gives assurances We re in full control of the security problem in Tacloban even as residents continue to report peace and order breakdown

FULL CONTROL? Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin says they've stopped looting on November 11. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

PH, US bases access talks reach 'impasse'

Nov 06, 2013 - 3:26 PM

The setback is expected to delay the agreement that they initially wanted to finish between 4 and 6 rounds No schedule has been set for the next round

IMPASSE: Philippine and US panels disagree on critical provisions. DND file photo

Warning to Gazmin's critics: He is PNoy's hero

Nov 04, 2013 - 7:03 PM

The President devotes a third of his speech praising the defense chief

FATHER FIGURE: Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin has been a father figure to President Benigno Aquino III. Malacañang photo

Habier Malik 'obviously' dead - Gazmin

Nov 04, 2013 - 4:38 PM

Outgoing Western Mindanao Command chief Lt General Rey Ardo also believes Malik died in Zamboanga during the standoff

MISUARI'S TOP LIEUTENANT: Ustadz Habier Malik led hundreds of followers of MNLF founder Nur Misuari in the Zamboanga City standoff

Gazmin admits mistake on Scarborough blocks

Oct 25, 2013 - 5:48 PM

The defense chief acknowledges that the blocks initially attributed to China were newly discovered but not newly installed

Binay: Misuari, Gazmin agree to a ceasefire

Sep 13, 2013 - 11:44 PM

Fighting stops Friday night The Vice President will be in Zamboanga Saturday morning to hopefully finalize the peaceful settlement

OFF TO ZAMBOANGA. Vice President Jejomar Binay is flying to the South September 14 morning to hopefully help end the crisis. File photo Office of the Vice President

Hagel: US not asking for permanent bases in PH

Aug 30, 2013 - 1:28 PM

US defense chief Chuck Hagel says permanent bases reflect an outdated cold war mentality

Pentagon chief to visit Manila

Aug 27, 2013 - 8:55 AM

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visits Manila amid negotiations for allowing US troops wider access to Philippine military bases

MANILA-BOUND: US Defense Chief Chuck Hagel. AFP photo

China in spotlight as US defense chief arrives in Asia

May 31, 2013 - 9:39 PM

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is in Asia to push for regional security

SECURITY ISSUES. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is in Asia to push for regional security. Photo by AFP

Drilon, Santiago turn down CJ nominations

Jun 28, 2012 - 2:59 PM

18 nominees have said no to the race for the highest position in the judiciary

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US to expand Asia role without permanent bases

Jun 01, 2012 - 5:28 PM

A new strategy focused on Asia will bring more troops to the region over the next decade says Defense Secretary Leon Panetta