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PH Navy christens first-ever brand new frigate, BRP Jose Rizal

Jul 11, 2020 - 12:03 AM

Navy chief Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo hails the new warship as 'the great milestone and accomplishment of the defense sector in decades'

TOP WARSHIP. The Philippine Navy's brand new frigate BRP Jose Rizal. Photo from the Philippine Navy

Lawmakers, groups urge Supreme Court to cure 'repressive' anti-terror law

Jul 05, 2020 - 1:57 PM

Opposition lawmakers say no amount of assurances will ensure the law will not be abused as the measure itself is 'abusive and derogatory of human rights, civil liberties and fundamental freedoms'

PRONE TO ABUSE. Protesters from different groups stage a protest march against the new Anti-Terror Law at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, QC on July 4, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gov't suspends bringing back stranded individuals to Western, Eastern Visayas

Jun 28, 2020 - 3:15 PM

The suspension will last for two weeks, says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

STRANDED. More than a dozen locally stranded individuals (LSI) bound for Samar, Cotabato, Zamboanga and Davao troop in front of a convenience store along Villamor airbase road in Pasay City on June 23, 2020, to wait for available flights that will take them home to their respective provinces. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Lorenzana: China’s planned air defense zone in West PH Sea breaks rules

Jun 25, 2020 - 4:19 PM

'It is my fervent hope that China would not proceed with this planned action for the continued peace and stability in the entire South China Sea,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

TAKE OFF. A fighter jet takes off from the American carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the Philippine Sea on May 26, 2020. Handout photo from the US Navy

WATCH: Upgrades on Pag-asa Island continue as Chinese militias prowl its waters

Jun 11, 2020 - 11:24 PM

The government inaugurates a new beaching ramp at the Philippines' main outpost in the West Philippine Sea, which is still hounded by the presence of Chinese paramilitary ships

PAG-ASA ISLAND. An aerial view of Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. Photo courtesy of Eugenio Bito-onon Jr

‘Let’s not hurt China’s feelings’: Why Duterte hasn’t visited Pag-asa Island

Jun 10, 2020 - 5:56 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana explains the President’s reason for calling off planned visits to the country’s main outpost in the West Philippine Sea

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (L) during a send-off ceremony for two Navy ships at the Port of Manila in January 2020. Malacañang Photo

On 45th year of diplomatic ties, PH shows complicated relationship with China

Jun 10, 2020 - 5:44 PM

On the 45th anniversary of Philippines-China relations, the Duterte government says one thing and does another

'DESPITE CHALLENGES.' President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping before the start of the bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. Malacañang photo

Welcome to China, Vietnam: Roaming texts greet officials arriving on Pag-asa Island

Jun 09, 2020 - 8:12 PM

Pag-asa Island lies in an area of the West Philippine Sea where signals from other claimant countries overlap, and the strongest ones win out

WELCOME. These screen caps from defense officials and reporters show roaming text alerts welcoming them to China or Vietnam while visiting Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea on June 9, 2020. Sourced photos

More plans to upgrade Pag-asa Island as Lorenzana unveils beaching ramp

Jun 09, 2020 - 4:16 PM

The ramp allows for the delivery of large equipment and supplies in the West Philippine Sea. A new sheltered harbor will also be inaugurated on Friday, June 12.

MILESTONE. The new beaching ramp at Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. Photo courtesy of the Department of National Defense

DND investigating fake Facebook accounts – Lorenzana

Jun 08, 2020 - 3:00 PM

'Of course, the cooperation of Facebook is needed,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

DELFIN LORENZANA. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana at a Senate hearing in February 2020. Senate photo

OFWs transiting Metro Manila to be sent home within 5 days

Jun 05, 2020 - 1:44 PM

(UPDATED) National Task Force COVID-19 overall head Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the government doesn't want a 'repeat of the previous months' when thousands were stuck in Metro Manila

COMING HOME. Around 100 Overseas Filipino Workers who were repatriated due to Coronavirus pandemic board a ship at the Northport Terminal in Manila on May 27, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Lorenzana welcomes suspension of VFA repeal

Jun 03, 2020 - 11:24 AM

(UPDATED) 'In times of crises and global uncertainty, it is our belief that nations are only made stronger if we work together and focus our efforts on tackling the various challenges that confront us all,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

DELFIN LORENZANA. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana during the Senate hearing on the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States on February 6, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lorenzana: Possible to put Metro Manila under GCQ on June 1

May 24, 2020 - 12:20 AM

'Yung mga areas na meron pa ring mga ano, infection baka yun na lang ang ikontrol natin ng konti,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

MECQ. Residents of Mandaluyong City on May 16, 2020, use their bicycles to travel for work and buy essentials as access to public transport is not yet allowed during the MECQ period. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler


Lorenzana defends buying attack helicopters: It's to fight NPA

May 13, 2020 - 4:11 PM

'We would rather give [the money] to our people, kaya lang itigil niyo ang inyong armed struggle, ititigil din namin ang ganitong pagbili ng armas,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

US-PH RELATIONS. File photo of Defense Secrey Delfin Lorenzana in a Senate hearing on February 6, 2020 on the Philippines - United States (US) Mutual Defense Treaty. Photo by Senate PRIB

PH Navy ship that caught fire returns to India, U.S. Navy to help in repairs

May 09, 2020 - 3:18 PM

(UPDATED) With the BRP Ramon Alcaraz staying behind in India for repairs, the BRP Davao del Sur will sail to the Philippines without an escort, carrying 20 Filipino repatriates and a cargo of 200,000 face masks

PATROL SHIP. The BRP Ramon Alcaraz and its crew of around 200 sailors from the Philippine Navy before sailing from Manila to Thailand on August 28, 2019, to join the first ever ASEAN-U.S. Maritime Exercise. File photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Soldiers to help run 'mega swabbing center' in Taguig

May 06, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines will provide non-medical support to the national government's COVID-19 testing center at Enderun Colleges in Bonifacio Global City

SWAB CENTER. Cabinet officials inspect the government's "mega swabbing center" at Enderun Colleges in Taguig City on May 6, 2020. Photo from the Department of National Defense

'Offensive,' Lorenzana says about China's laser gun aimed at PH Navy ship

Apr 28, 2020 - 3:58 PM

'Why does the Chinese Navy need to aim their target acquisition radars at our airplanes or ships?' asks Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

PHILIPPINE WARSHIP. The BRP Conrado Yap pulling into the Port of Manila in August 2019. File photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Lorenzana, AFP defend military chief's 'out of place' letter to Chinese envoy

Apr 28, 2020 - 2:11 PM

Although the military chief's letter to the Chinese envoy may have been 'out of place,' Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he sees nothing wrong with it

THE CHIEFS. Defense chief Delfin Lorenzana (2nd L) and military chief General Felimon Santos Jr (R) pose with President Rodrigo Duterte and the new and outgoing Air Force chiefs during the change of command ceremony at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on January 16, 2020. Malacañang photo

Duterte's martial law threat – and what he did not tell us

Apr 24, 2020 - 3:09 PM

In his taped Friday morning public address on the coronavirus, President Duterte blasts the communist rebels again and brings up an old peace proposal they submitted long before the pandemic

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on April 23, 2020. Malacañang photo

More troops to be deployed in areas most hit by coronavirus

Apr 19, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Soldiers will augment the police 'to strictly implement' physical distancing and other measures during the lockdown, says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

SOLDIERS. Military contingents provided a support role to the police in enforcing a community quarantine in Metro Manila on Sunday, March 15, 2020. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Lorenzana condemns alleged NPA attempt on military in Rizal

Apr 01, 2020 - 4:57 PM

The military says it thwarted a planned attack by the New People’s Army last Saturday, but rebel leaders say the guerrillas were just on a medical mission

DEFENSE CHIEF. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana at the Senate hearing on the proposed 2020 budget of the Department of National Defense and its attached agencies on September 30, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Defense Secretary Lorenzana tests negative for coronavirus

Mar 31, 2020 - 11:57 PM

The head of the national task force against the pandemic says he will remain on quarantine until April 6

DELFIN LORENZANA. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana at the senate hearing on the proposed 2020 budget of the Department of National Defense and its attached agencies on September 30, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

In this order: Lorenzana, Año, Galvez to lead task force vs coronavirus

Mar 27, 2020 - 8:49 PM

(UPDATED) The 3 ex-generals are at the helm of government’s plan to quell the pandemic, and their positions in their new task force reflect the military rule of seniority

EX-GENERALS. (L-R) Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, and Peace Process Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr oversee the arrival of medical supplies donated by China at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on March 21, 2020. Malacañang photo

Lorenzana on self-quarantine after contact with virus-positive military chief

Mar 27, 2020 - 1:17 PM

(UPDATED) The defense chief came in close contact twice with military chief General Felimon Santos Jr, who has tested positive for the coronavirus

DELFIN LORENZANA. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana during the Senate hearing on the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippines and the United States on February 6, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Military chief Santos tests positive for coronavirus

Mar 27, 2020 - 12:14 PM

(UPDATED) AFP chief General Felimon Santos Jr calls on all who had close contact with him since March 13 to go on self-quarantine, and those who met him from March 9 to 12, to take precautions and seek medical advice

MILITARY CHIEF. AFP chief of staff General Felimon Santos Jr faces the Senate media on February 12, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

What we know so far: PH 'National Action Plan' on the coronavirus outbreak

Mar 27, 2020 - 9:00 AM

(UPDATED) The National Action Plan is considered the government's overall strategy in dealing with the coronavirus outbreak and its aftermath

CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN. QCPD Police Personnel apprehend curfew violators along Timog Avenue, Quezon City. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Peace process chief Galvez is 'chief implementer' of gov’t policy vs coronavirus

Mar 26, 2020 - 10:38 PM

The former military chief will be third-in-command in fighting the pandemic, after Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

CARLITO GALVEZ. Secretary Carlito Galvez of the Office of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process at the Senate inquiry on the updates of the implementation of the Bangsamro Organic Law on March 10, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lorenzana seeks full military, police support in enforcing gov’t plan vs coronavirus

Mar 26, 2020 - 6:28 PM

The defense chief will be on top of implementing the government's policies in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic

SECURITY SECRETARIES. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (L), Interior Secretary Eduardo Año (C), and Peace Process Secretary Carlito Galvez (R), receive aid donations from China at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City on March 21, 2020. Malacañang Photo

Military has no say on lockdown rules, will only help police enforce them – Lorenzana

Mar 13, 2020 - 4:19 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines has no police powers, says the defense chief

THE MILITARY. Soldiers from the Philippine Marine Corps and the Philippine Army at Villamor airbase in Pasay City on October 21, 2017. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Lorenzana denies Chinese vessels hampered Pag-asa Island construction

Mar 10, 2020 - 9:24 PM

'Although there are always Chinese ships in the vicinity of Pag-asa, they have never in any way interfered with the rehabilitation of the island,' says the defense chief

PAG-ASA ISLAND. This satellite image from June 2019 shows construction work on Pag-asa Island, the Philippines' main outpost in the West Philippine Sea. Photo from AMTI-CSIS

No more military exercises with U.S. when VFA lapses – Lorenzana

Feb 13, 2020 - 12:47 PM

Although planned joint exercises may still continue in the next 6 months, there won’t be any when the termination of the military pact takes effect, says the defense chief

JOINT DRILLS. A Philippine Marine soldier watches as amphibious assault vehicles approach the beach in Ternate, Cavite, during the 2019 Kamandag joint exercises with the US. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

No order from Duterte yet to terminate VFA – Lorenzana

Feb 08, 2020 - 4:57 PM

'This is fake news,' says the defense secretary about Salvador Panelo's claim that the President has taken steps to instruct Foreign Secretary Locsin to send the notice of termination to the US

DEFENSE CHIEF. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana during the Senate hearing on the Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippines and the United States on February 6, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

No lockdown in Baguio City, but PMA homecoming may still be postponed

Feb 05, 2020 - 2:43 PM

A statement by defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana says Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong ordered a citywide lockdown. Magalong, however, denies it.

More than 6000 alumni from the PMA attended the less political reunion at the Borromeo Field after the PMAAI banned adopted members from joining. Senator JV Ejercito, however, managed to join together with alumni Rogelio Dela Rosa (Class 86) and Gary Alejano (Class 95). Guest speaker Roy Cimatu (Class 1970) reminisced about the pine trees along the way and said they were more numerous and verdant then. He also called for the regreening of Baguio. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Lorenzana favors postponing PMA alumni homecoming to avert novel coronavirus

Feb 04, 2020 - 11:41 PM

'We deem it prudent to avoid situations where the health and safety of our cadets, PMA alumni, and their families are put at risk,' says the defense chief

PREMIER MILITARY ACADEMY. The facade of the Philippine Military Academy building in Fort del Pilar, Baguio City. Photo by Pediapediahan/Wikimedia Commons

DOH eyes Caballo Island, Fort Magsaysay as quarantine for OFWs from Wuhan, Hubei

Feb 01, 2020 - 1:10 PM

Some 300 Filipinos in Wuhan and other parts of Hubei province in China are the priority in the Philippine government's repatriation plan

QUARANTINE ISLAND? The government is considering using the naval station on Caballo Island in Manila Bay as a quarantine area for Filipinos returning from China amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. File photo

Lorenzana says it’s within PH right to scrap defense pact with U.S.

Jan 25, 2020 - 7:16 AM

The defense chief he will discuss with President Duterte ‘various scenarios’ and 'future actions' that the military may undertake if and when the visiting forces agreement is terminated

JOINT DRILLS. In this photo from October 9, 2019, the Philippine Marines and US forces open the 3rd KAMANDAG joint exercises at Subic Bay International Airport. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/Rappler.com

Imee Marcos spreads 'tsismis': U.S. 'revokes' Lorenzana's visa too

Jan 23, 2020 - 3:39 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he doesn't know what Senator Imee Marcos is talking about

US VISIT. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana at the Department of State, September 19, 2018. File photo by Michael Gross/State Department

Lorenzana urges Duterte: Declare Taal 'no man's land'

Jan 15, 2020 - 12:50 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte does not give a categorical answer to the suggestion and ruminates instead on the warm bodies needed to prevent people from returning to the island volcano

'NO MAN'S LAND.' Fishermen in Tanauan, Batangas continue to fish in Taal lake despite of the Alert Level 4 status raised over Taal Volcano. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

1st batch of Filipinos from Iraq to be flown to Qatar Monday night

Jan 13, 2020 - 6:47 PM

The Department of National Defense says at least 12 Filipinos may return to the Philippines on January 14, though this will depend on the availability of flights

PH will no longer send military 'battalions' to accompany Iraq evacuees

Jan 13, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Officials in charge of the repatriation effort realize 'it may not be wise to send uniformed servicemen to the Middle East due to the sensitivities of the countries there'

NO TROOPS. The government stands down on a plan to send two military battalions to accompany Filipinos evacuating Iraq. Alfred Frias/Presidential photo

Military to send ships, planes to evacuate Filipinos from Iraq 'ASAP'

Jan 08, 2020 - 3:40 PM

Army and Marine troops will be deployed to secure and assist Filipinos to be repatriated from Iraq, says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Senator Bong Go and military and police officers during the closing ceremony of the National Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Summit and the 1st Presidential Silent Drill Competition at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on December 20, 2019. Malacañang photo

Quickie generals: The military's revolving door needs to be shut

Jan 04, 2020 - 8:34 AM

(UPDATED) Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the AFP ‘could have done better’ if its top commanders served for at least 3 years, instead of the usual one year or less

LOOK UP. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, President Rodrigo Duterte, and General Noel Clement watching a drone show during the Armed Forces of the Philippines' 84th founding anniversary ceremony on December 17, 2019. Photo by Richard Madelo/Presidential Photo

Joma Sison: Despite hiccups, CPP won’t back out of peace talks

Dec 30, 2019 - 9:28 PM

Tense encounters between government forces and communist guerrillas test a fragile holiday ceasefire, but the communist rebel leader says they are no reason to drop plans for negotiations

REBEL LEADER. Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman Jose Maria "Joma" Sison says recent tense encounters between the military and communist guerrillas are no reason to back out of planned peace talks with the government. File photo

Lorenzana wants sanctions over doctored photo of surrendered rebels

Dec 28, 2019 - 8:55 PM

(UPDATED) The defense chief finds the act 'unacceptable' and orders the Philippine Army to investigate the touched up image supposedly showing communist guerrillas surrendering to the government

DEFENSE CHIEF. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (left) is shown here with President Rodrigo Duterte and military chief Lieutenant General Noel Clement. Photo by Simeon Celi Jr/Presidential Photo

Duterte, Joma Sison can’t agree on venue for peace talks

Dec 12, 2019 - 8:43 AM

‘Ano siya, sinusuwerte?’ says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on communist party leader Jose Maria Sison’s insistence on a foreign venue for negotiations

DEADLOCK. The Philippine government and the Communist Party of the Philippines could not agree on where to hold the next possible round of peace talks. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

New Army chief Gapay officially takes command of ‘growing’ force

Dec 06, 2019 - 9:49 PM

Gapay’s marching orders from President Rodrigo Duterte is to end the communist insurgency and for that, the Army will be recruiting 20,000 new soldiers

NEW ARMY CHIEF. Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay formally takes over as commanding general of the Philippine Army on December 6, 2019. Photo from the Philippine Army

Lorenzana recommends lifting martial law in Mindanao

Dec 04, 2019 - 6:03 PM

‘It’s time to go back to normal,’ the defense chief says, adding that security forces can handle lingering threats without martial law

BACK TO NORMAL. A soldier watches over the former battle ground between government troops and the pro-ISIS Maute terror group in Marawi City. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Defense, energy departments to probe Chinese control of power lines

Dec 04, 2019 - 4:21 PM

Can China really remotely control – and shut down – the Philippines’ electricity? Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana wants to find out.

PUTTING UP A TEAM. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the defense and energy departments will probe reports of Chinese control of the Philippines' power transmission lines. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

In Manila, U.S. defense chief says ‘assert sovereign rights’ in West PH Sea

Nov 19, 2019 - 8:46 PM

Although the US maintains it does not take sides in the sovereignty dispute between the Philippines and China, its defense chief wants smaller countries to pressure the rising power into respecting their rights

PRESSURE CHINA. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper calls on the Philippines and other claimant states in the South China Sea to pressure China into respecting their sovereign rights. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

U.S. defense chief favors review of 1951 treaty with Philippines

Nov 19, 2019 - 7:25 PM

The nearly 70-year-old Mutual Defense Treaty between the Philippines and the US needs to reflect current security threats, including an increasingly powerful China, say both countries' defense secretaries

TREATY ALLIES. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (L) and US Defense Secretary Mark Esper (R) agree that the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty needs to be updated. Esper visited Manila on November 19, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler