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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

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

1st batch of Filipinos from Iraq to be flown to Manila on Sunday

Jan 11, 2020 - 3:19 PM

Filipinos in and near Tripoli, Libya, must be mandatorily evacuated, too, says the defense department, as tensions escalate in the North African country

FLYING HOME. A first batch of Filipinos will be flying home on Sunday, January 12, 2020, after evacuating from conflict-threatened Iraq. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

No more bodyguards from military: DND issues implementing rules of Duterte order

Jan 10, 2020 - 6:05 PM

Members of the Armed Forces can no longer be assigned to the security detail of civilian officials, except the President, the Vice President, and their immediate families

WITH THE MILITARY. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte strikes his signature pose with military officers and other government officials. File photo from Albert Alacain/Presidential Photo

Duterte to AFP: Be ready to evacuate Filipinos if Middle East tensions rise

Jan 05, 2020 - 8:50 PM

There are 1,600 and 6,000 Filipinos in Iran and Iraq, respectively

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte convenes with officials from the security sector at the Malacañan Palace on January 5, 2020. During the meeting, the President discussed security matters regarding the country's contingency measures to ensure the safety of Filipinos based in the Middle East amid the potential tension between the United States and Iran. He also ordered concerned agencies to prepare for any eventualities and possible impact on the country. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

DND to reconsider AFP deal with China-backed telco after Senate review

Nov 13, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says they will 'think thrice, even 4 times,' after senators raised serious security concerns over Dito Telecommunity's plan to build cell sites within military properties

SECURITY RISKS. Senator Francis Pangilinan (right) and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (left) tackled the security risks from the military's cell sites deal with a China-backed telco during a plenary hearing on the 2020 budget of the Department of National Defense on November 13, 2019. Photo from the Office of Senator Francis Pangilinan

Red-tagged Oxfam, NCCP slam military for 'malicious, careless' attack

Nov 06, 2019 - 10:57 AM

The Farmers Development Center also says their inclusion in the red list was meant to 'silence our advocacy' for farmers rights

MILITARY LIST. The military tells lawmakers on November 5, 2019 that 18 groups are allegedly front organizations for the Communist Party of the Philippines. Photo sourced by Rappler

In House briefing, AFP, DND accuse Gabriela of being 'communist front'

Nov 05, 2019 - 7:35 PM

'Hindi krimen ang maging aktibista. Gabriela Women's Party strongly condemns this clear attempt to criminalize dissent and weaponize the law,' says Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas

Lorenzana to China: Respect international maritime law

Nov 03, 2019 - 2:26 PM

The defense chief also says the encounter between a Chinese vessel that claimed to be a warship and the Filipino crew of a commercial ship ‘should not be blown out of proportion or sensationalized’

PHILIPPINE WATERS. This photo from the Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) of the oil tanker Green Aura indicates the ship's path between Panatag Shoal (left) and Luzon island (right), and the presence of Chinese vessels in the area on September 30, 2019. Photo courtesy of Captain Manolo Ebora

Military chief Clement gets 4th star

Oct 30, 2019 - 2:40 PM

General Noel Clement leads the AFP as it tackles security threats from terrorists, communist rebels, Chinese vessels in the West Philippine Sea, as well as hazing in the Philippine Military Academy – until he retires in January 2020

4TH STAR. Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Noel Clement is promoted to the rank of general and receives his 4th star from his wife Geraldine (left) and Defense Undersecretary Cardozo Luna (right) on October 30, 2019. Photo from the AFP

Air Force buys P2-billion Gulfstream business jet

Oct 07, 2019 - 6:21 PM

The ‘well-appointed’ Gulfstream G280 will serve as an ‘airborne command post’ for senior leaders and commanders during emergencies

Chinese vessels in Philippine waters: Who’s keeping score?

Oct 02, 2019 - 11:48 PM

As Chinese vessels of all sorts come and go through Philippine waters, exactly who among security officials is keeping count, and who's telling whom what to do?

BRP SIERRA MADRE. This aerial photo taken from a military aircraft shows the Sierra Madre ship of the Philippine Navy anchored near Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) with Philippine soldiers onboard to secure the perimeter in the Spratly Islands, on May 11, 2015. File photo by Ritchie Tongo/AFP

Lorenzana wants Australia exempted from Duterte's foreign loan ban

Sep 30, 2019 - 4:02 PM

The defense department plans to enter a loan agreement with the Australian government to procure 6 offshore patrol vessels to be built in Cebu

LOAN FOR SHIPS. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana wants Australia exempted from a loan ban to make way for a financing agreement for new Navy ships. Photo of Lorenzana at the Senate on September 30, 2019 by Angie de Silva/Rappler

China using fishing vessels for surveillance, control of West PH Sea – DND

Sep 19, 2019 - 5:53 PM

Chinese fishing vessels complement Chinese naval and coast guard ships, and could be used for 'asymmetric warfare of sea control and sea denial' against Filipinos, the defense department says in a report to a lawmaker

LONELY OUTPOST. An aerial view shows the BRP Sierra Madre that has been grounded since 1999 to assert the Philippines' sovereignty over Ayungin Shoal. The China Coast Guard constantly patrols the area, the DND says. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

AFP chief downplays Dito Telecommunity's Chinese connection

Sep 17, 2019 - 11:58 PM

'You are dealing with a Chinese company, not the Chinese government,' General Benjamin Madrigal Jr says of the Chinese government-owned China Telecom

NO WORRIES? Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr downplays Chinese espionage worries over the military's co-location deal with Dito Telecommunity. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Dito, DICT dismiss Chinese spying concerns about deal with AFP

Sep 17, 2019 - 7:52 PM

Under the agreement, the China-backed telco will pay for its use of the military's facilities – but in kind

NO WORRIES? Dito Telecommunity and the Department of Information and Communications Technology say a deal to put up the telco's facilities in military camps is safe from Chinese spying. Photo of the ceremonial signing of the deal on Sept. 11, 2019, by Darren Langit/Rappler

DND has a 'concern' about AFP deal with China-backed telco

Sep 16, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The deal allowing Dito Telecommunity to put up facilities in military camps may have followed the regular procedure, but it must pass the defense chief's scrutiny, says DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong

CONCERNS RAISED. Department of National Defense Spokesperson Arsenio Andolong says  "they have a concern" about a deal allowing a China-backed telco to set up equipment in military camps. Photo of the ceremonial signing of the deal between the AFP and Dito Telecommunity at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lorenzana unaware of AFP-Mislatel deal, vows probe – Panelo

Sep 16, 2019 - 12:48 PM

The Philippine government can still pull out of the deal if officials identify security risks in the arrangement, says Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on the sidelines of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on June 18, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Defense department proposes 5th largest share of 2020 national budget

Aug 28, 2019 - 8:25 AM

Pressure’s on to increase the defense establishment’s capability to confront internal and external threats, but retirees’ pensions still get the largest increase in allocation

CAPABILITY BOOST. The Department of National Defense lobbies for a higher budget to help it address the country's security threats. File photo of Philippine Army tank by Lito Borras/Rappler

At budget hearing, Lorenzana dares Makabayan bloc to condemn CPP-NPA

Aug 27, 2019 - 7:30 PM

In a face-off with the defense chief, leftist lawmakers denounce 'red-tagging' by the government and challenge him to show evidence of their alleged involvement with the New People’s Army

DND insists China 'squatting' in West PH Sea

Aug 01, 2019 - 2:44 PM

'Possession' or 'position?' The Defense department clears up post-SONA mess by reiterating the Philippines’ claim of sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea

MABINI REEF. Internationally known as Johnson Reef, Mabini Reef has been reclaimed and turned into a military outpost by China. Image from CSIS/AMTI

DND to investigate China missile test in West Philippine Sea

Jul 03, 2019 - 5:48 PM

The Philippine government will look into a US report that China tested ballistic missiles near the Spratlys, a move the Pentagon called 'disturbing'

KAGITINGAN REEF. This satellite image dated January 1, 2018, shows Kagitingan Reef (Fiery Cross Reef) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

Lorenzana meets with Japan defense minister in Tokyo

Apr 18, 2019 - 7:44 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana 'reaffirms' the Philippine defense department's partnership with Japan

TIES AFFIRMED. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana holds talks with Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya on 17 April 2019 in Tokyo. DND photo

DND, AFP renew call for defense treaty review in Balikatan 2019

Apr 01, 2019 - 3:11 PM

'Remember the treaty was made in 1951, and several things have already transpired,' says Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Benjamin Madrigal Jr

CLARITY NEEDED. AFP Chief-of-Staff Benjamin Madrigal speaks at the Balikatan 2019 opening ceremony in Camp Aguinaldo on April 1. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] The security challenge for PH and Vietnam

Mar 20, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Better security relations with Vietnam will ultimately benefit us. Here's why.

Lorenzana-Locsin clash over Mutual Defense Treaty heats up

Mar 05, 2019 - 12:55 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana fears 'being involved in a war that we do not seek and do not want' when the Philippines-US Mutual Defense Treaty kicks in

MUTUAL DEFENSE TREATY. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is pushing for a review of the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty between the Philippines and the United States. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lorenzana wants PH to protest China 'rescue center' in Spratlys

Feb 04, 2019 - 6:55 PM

'We don't want them keeping on building things there.... It will become theirs,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana during NDCP Alumni Forum at Camp Aguinaldo on Monday, February 4, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Supreme Court compels DND to submit confidential 2018 martial law report

Jan 23, 2019 - 4:17 PM

Justices want to assess whether the report can be tackled in the upcoming oral arguments, or if it warrants an executive session

MARTIAL LAW. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and other members of the Cabinet and the PNP and AFP leaderships attend the joint session that deliberated the 3rd extension of martial law. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte 'receptive' to gov’t takeover of Hanjin's Subic shipyard

Jan 16, 2019 - 1:27 PM

'We see the possiblility of having our own shipbuilding capacity in the Philippines, especially large ships like what is being built by Hanjin shipyard in Subic,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

HANJIN ACCIDENT. The Hanjin Heavy Industries Corporations-Philippines facility in Subic Freeport. File photo from the HHIC-Phil website

Lorenzana to review Mutual Defense Treaty: 'Is it still relevant to our security?'

Dec 28, 2018 - 2:18 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the objective of the review of the treaty is to either 'maintain it, strengthen it, or scrap it'

DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana holds a press conference in Malacañang on December 28, 2018. Screenshot from PCOO's Facebook account

Paolo Duterte's anti-administration list 'fake news' – Lorenzana

Dec 11, 2018 - 3:51 PM

'The first time I saw that posting, I said it's fake news. I still maintain that it's fake news,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

PRESIDENTIAL SON. Former Davao City vice mayor Paolo Duterte attends a Senate hearing in 2017. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Lorenzana says no martial law scenario in Duterte order vs ‘lawless violence’

Nov 26, 2018 - 5:29 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the order is simply meant to intensity efforts to achieve peace, especially in the countryside

DENIED. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says President Duterte's order against 'lawless violence' will not lead to nationwide military rule. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Big chunk of 2017 intel funds spent by only 3 institutions – COA

Oct 28, 2018 - 8:25 PM

These 3 institutions are the Office of the President, the Department of National Defense, and Congress

DOJ's latest proof vs Trillanes: No minutes of all amnesty deliberations

Oct 05, 2018 - 11:00 AM

In court, the justice department initially says there are no minutes for the Trillanes amnesty, but a cross-examination of the witness shows there are no minutes for everyone

A group of rebel troops and officers belonging to elite mililtary units face journalists as they wait for the 5:00 pm (0900 GMT) deadline for their surrender inside the Oakwood Hotel in the suburban financial district of Makati in Manila, 27 July 2003. Rebel troops demanding Phiippine President Gloria Arroyo's resignation defied a second ultimatum to surrender and remained holed up in the high rise building wired with explosives. AFP PHOTO/Jimin LAI / AFP PHOTO / JIMIN LAI

Defense chiefs of Philippines, U.S. tackle ISIS in Pentagon meet

Sep 19, 2018 - 6:13 PM

The two defense chiefs – Delfin Lorenzana of the Philippines and James Mattis of the United States – discuss 'combating ISIS and other violent extremist networks'

DEFENSE CHIEFS. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana meets with US Defense Secretary James Mattis at the Pentagon on September 18, 2018. Photo by Lia Macadangdang/Philippine embassy in Washington DC

Baggao town in Cagayan worst hit by Typhoon Ompong – DND

Sep 15, 2018 - 10:31 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the coastal town of Baggao was in the direct path of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) when it hit land at 1:40 am Saturday

'MOST DAMAGED'.Rescue workers clear a road of debris and toppled electric posts caused by strong winds due to super Typhoon Mangkhut as they try to reach Baggao town in Cagayan province, north of Manila September 15, 2018. Super Typhoon Mangkhut slammed into the northern Philippines, with violent winds and torrential rains, as authorities warned millions in its path of potentially heavy destruction. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

Duterte did not consult Lorenzana on Trillanes' amnesty

Sep 10, 2018 - 1:25 PM

The defense chief refuses to comment on the validity of the President's order, saying it's now up to the Supreme Court

Without saying why, Calida called Lorenzana for Trillanes' amnesty records

Sep 10, 2018 - 12:45 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'He (Calida) asked me personally by phone to get his (Trillanes') amnesty records,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

STRAIGHT TO THE CHIEF. DND chief Delfin Lorenzana says Solicitor General Jose Calida called him 'personally' for Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's amnesty papers.

[WRAP | Day 6] AFP chief Galvez, Honasan push for rule of law in Trillanes case

Sep 10, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Carlito Galvez Jr and Senator Gregorio Honasan II, both granted amnesty for failed coups, say due process must be followed

Honasan on Trillanes amnesty: AFP must 'enforce, not interpret, laws'

Sep 09, 2018 - 6:40 PM

'Uphold the rule of law and due process,' Senator Gregorio Honasan II tells the military, on the revocation of the amnesty granted to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

The Senate conducts a hearing on SAF allowances on May 22, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trillanes amnesty valid, says ex-defense exec who backed it

Sep 09, 2018 - 4:50 PM

'I conscientiously did my job in accordance with the Proclamation 75 and its rules,' says former defense undersecretary Honorio Azcueta

TRILLANES AMNESTY. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV holds a press conference at the Senate September 8, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte: Ex-DND chief Gazmin liable for 'usurpation of authority'

Sep 08, 2018 - 5:07 PM

Former Aquino spokesman Edwin Lacierda refutes the claim, saying 'there is no irregularity' in Voltaire Gazmin's actions in relation to the amnesty granted to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

USURPATION OF AUTHORITY. President Rodrigo Duterte says former Defense chief Voltaire Gazmin usurped authority in Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's application for amnesty. Duterte filephoto from Malacañang, Gazmin file photo from Rappler

Trillanes vows to run after Guevarra, Calida, DND officials over amnesty issue

Sep 06, 2018 - 3:15 PM

'Kakaririn ko kayo,' warns Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

PROOF. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in a press conference on September 6, 2018 shows new set of documents to prove he applied for an amnesty in 2011. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOCUMENTS: DND confirms Trillanes applied for amnesty

Sep 05, 2018 - 6:04 PM

(UPDATED) Old documents show the Department of National Defense recognized and approved the amnesty application of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in 2011

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trillanes says DND may be charged for 'losing' his amnesty application

Sep 05, 2018 - 3:57 PM

Department of National Defense spokesman Arsenio Andolong says Trillanes’ papers may have been lost during building renovations

Sen. Trillanes grants interview with the media outside his room in the senate. The senator showed some documents regarding the dismissal of the cases against him. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DND has another explanation for Trillanes' missing amnesty papers

Sep 05, 2018 - 2:30 PM

The defense department is caught between looking for the papers or considering them completely lost

MISSING. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's amnesty application. Photo from Trillanes' office

Military can arrest Trillanes without warrant – DND

Sep 05, 2018 - 12:49 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines can arrest Senator Antonio Trillanes IV with just an arrest order from the provost marshal

OFF THE HOOK? Sen. Trillanes grants interview with the media outside his room in the senate. The senator showed some documents regarding the dismissal of the cases against him. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler