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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

Without amnesty, Trillanes' retirement voided too

Sep 04, 2018 - 3:49 PM

'He was reverted back to active duty,' says Department of National Defense spokesman Arsenio Andolong

BACK IN SERVICE. Senate hearing on Ethical Standards for Public Servants. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Where is Trillanes' amnesty application? 'Hinahanap pa,' says DND

Sep 04, 2018 - 2:53 PM

The military certified on August 30 that the senator's application form is missing

TO BE ARRESTED? Sen. Trillanes chair of the committee on Civil Service, Government Reorganization and Professional Regulation joint with Science and Technology; Education, Arts and Culture; and Finance, shows some documents on the screen re Sol Gen Calida'€™s direct involvement of the Vigilant Investigative & Security Agency (VISA) which has contract with some government agencies. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lorenzana backtracks on Russian submarines

Aug 31, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana tells lawmakers the country might not be able to afford the maintenance of submarines

DEFENSE SECRETARY. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana at the House of Representatives for his agency's budget hearing on August 29, 2018. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Lorenzana refuses to back Mindanao martial law extension for now

Aug 29, 2018 - 6:33 PM

(UPDATED) Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says his position may change in the next few months

UNSURE. DND secretary Delfin Lorenzana attends the senate hearing on the controversial navy frigates deal on February 19, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Don't make Balangiga bells trophies of war, PH tells U.S.

Aug 18, 2018 - 7:00 AM

The Philippine Department of National Defense addresses groups in the United States opposed to the move of their own defense agency to return the wartime bells

The Balangiga Bells. Photo from Wikipedia.org

PH pivot to Russia advances with port visit, submarine talks

Aug 10, 2018 - 11:31 AM

The Philippine Navy may have its first submarine by 2023 – if the timeline of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana pushes through

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow on May 24, 2017 prior to his return to the Philippines. President Duterte opted to skip his scheduled engagements and cut his official visit to the Russian Federation short as he decided to fly back to the Philippines after declaring a state of Martial Law in Mindanao due to the terror crisis in Marawi City. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Military should address 'evolving' security threats – Ex-defense chief

Aug 07, 2018 - 2:57 PM

Former defense secretary Orlando Mercado says there should be 'a lot more effort' to establish good intelligence gathering and sharing among security forces in the Philippines

US sending 4 OV-10B planes to PH for anti-terror campaign

Aug 06, 2018 - 6:02 PM

Defense chief Delfin Lorenzana makes the announcement 5 days after the Basilan car blast that killed 10

A Philippine Airforce Bronco OV-10 is seen during a bombing sortie in Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao on June 20, 2017. President Rodrigo Duterte apologized on June 20 for aerial bombings that have destroyed a large part of the Philippines' main Muslim city but said it was necessary to crush self-styled Islamic State followers. / AFP PHOTO / Ted ALJIBE

Rappler Talk: Orlando Mercado on rethinking national security threats

Aug 06, 2018 - 2:30 PM

On Monday, August 6, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to former defense secretary Orlando Mercado about national security and the threats the Philippines is facing

Basilan blast 'looks like a suicide bombing' – Lorenzana

Aug 01, 2018 - 7:50 AM

(4th UPDATE) The first reported suicide bombing in the Philippines occurred in Cotabato City in 1997

ON BASILAN BLAST. In this file photo, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana delivers his speech during the flag raising ceremony at the DND headquarters on Monday, June 11, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Lorenzana to Joma Sison: Without peace talks, you are irrelevant

Jul 01, 2018 - 8:07 PM

'Mr Sison, you know that the peace talks is the only thing that is keeping you in the limelight,' Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana tells Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria 'Joma' Sison

DND, DILG to probe Samar ‘misencounter’ – Año

Jun 26, 2018 - 1:47 PM

The Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Department of National Defense will look into the incident in Villareal, Samar, that left 6 policemen dead

JOINT PROBE. DIL OIC Eduardo Año says the investigation into the Samar misencounter between the military and the police will also determine how to avoid a similar incident from happening. Photo by Darren Langit