Hermogenes Esperon
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Esperon contradicts DND, says Trillanes no longer a soldier

Sep 07, 2018 - 8:41 PM

'Who is saying he is a soldier again? The AFP does not deserve his kind,' says National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr

Esperon knows Trillanes quit military before amnesty

Sep 06, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Four years before the amnesty grant in 2011, the military, under chief of staff Hermogenes Esperon Jr, already recognized the resignation of Antonio Trillanes IV from the Navy

Sue China for destroying corals in Panatag Shoal – Carpio

Jun 12, 2018 - 4:15 PM

The Philippines 'should demand damages from China' for destroying corals while harvesting giant clams in Panatag Shoal, says Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio

SUE CHINA. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio urges the Philippine government to sue China for destroying coral reefs in Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal). File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte on Zeid, Abas as Comelec Commissioner, Go on Duterte | Evening wRap

May 23, 2018 - 6:58 PM

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Duterte’s ‘restraint’ pays off: PH set to get Jordan helicopters

May 23, 2018 - 11:13 AM

After following National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon's advice to 'shut up' about UN rights chief and Jordanian prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, President Duterte says Jordan's donation of two choppers is pushing through

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte uses the binoculars to get a closer look on the fleet review of the Philippine Navy's naval surface and air assets during their 120th anniversary at the Coconut Palace of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex in Roxas Boulevard, Manila on May 22, 2018. Joining the President are House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Philippine Navy Commander Vice Admiral Robert Empredad and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. RENE LUMAWAG/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

China’s illegal entry in Benham Rise, Roque on People Power, Pimentel on Duterte-Carpio | Evening wRap

Feb 26, 2018 - 8:47 PM

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Gov't admits China surveyed Benham Rise without permit

Feb 26, 2018 - 3:26 PM

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon and the Philippine Navy say they lack the capabilities and ships to monitor illegal entry

HUDDLE. (L-R) National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, National Security Council Deputy Director General Vicente Agdamag, and Undersecretary Jose Luis Alano huddle during the Senate hearing on Benham Rise, February 26, 2018. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Tweaked process for foreign research in Benham Rise focuses on 'security' concerns

Feb 06, 2018 - 6:20 PM

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says no foreign research will be allowed in 'sensitive areas' in Benham Rise but the process remains largely the same

Photo from Oceana/UPLB

Proposed BBL under Duterte is constitutional – transition commission

Jan 23, 2018 - 6:40 PM

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr fears the conflict in Mindanao would worsen if the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law is not passed

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with officials of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) at the Malacañan Palace on September 14, 2017. Present in the meeting are BTC officials including Chair Ghazali Jaafar, Haron Abas, Ibrahim Ali, Hussin Amin, Susana Anayatin, Maisara Damdamun-Latiph, Hatimil Hassan, Raissa Jajurie Gafur Kanain, Jose Lorena, Mussolini Lidasan, Abdulraof Macaua, Hussein Muñoz, Romeo Saliga, Omar Sema Said Shiek Ammal Solaiman and Timuay Ulama. Joining the BTC are the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Peace Implementing Panel led by Mohaqher Iqbal and composed of Abhoud Syed Lingga, Abdulla Camlian, Marjanie Macasalong, Hadji Estino, Jun Mantawil, Mohajirin Ali and Eddie Alih. Accompanying the President, meanwhile, are Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, Government of the Philippines (GPH) Peace Panel Chair Nabil Tan, GPH Peace Panel members Diosita Andot, Dickson Hermoso and Ronald Asuncion; Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Davao City First District Representative Karlo Nograles, House Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Psychological effect on AFP? Senators slam reason for martial law extension

Dec 12, 2017 - 2:47 PM

Minority senators say this is not a constitutional basis to extend martial law for another year, saying it is not among the conditions set in the 1987 Constitution

CANCELLED VISIT. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana speaks to troops at the 103rd Brigade headquarters in Marawi City. File photo

New Coast Guard vessels from Japan to fight piracy, patrol West PH Sea

Nov 16, 2017 - 5:39 PM

'The sea around Southeast Asia...is one of the most important areas for world maritime transportation but unfortunately the threat of international terrorism, piracy and so on is present,' says Kentaro Sonoura, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan, during a visit to the Philippine Coast Guard

BOATS FROM JAPAN. The Philippine Coast Guard receives 3 high speed Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats from Japan, which it showcased at the 15th Maritime Law Enforcement Exercise on November 16, 2017. Photo from PCG

Esperon favors extension of martial law in Mindanao

Oct 25, 2017 - 4:46 PM

Martial law may be still be needed even after December 31 to help the military crack down on other terror groups that have pledged allegiance to ISIS, says National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr

Top defense officials briefed, assess battle in Marawi

Jul 09, 2017 - 7:40 PM

The officials and ground commanders assess enemy strengths and weaknesses and how the military can adjust to these observations

TACTICAL OPERATIONS BRIEFING. AFP chief General Eduardo Año (center) visits Marawi alongside other top defense officials to discuss the situation with ground commanders. Photo courtesy of PAO AFP

WATCH: House receives martial law briefing from PH cabinet

May 31, 2017 - 4:22 PM

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House to meet with Cabinet over Mindanao martial law on May 31

May 29, 2017 - 7:05 PM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says the briefing will be open to the public unless the officials request for a closed door session

ALL MEMBERS. The House will be constituting itself into the committee of the whole on May 31 to listen to Cabinet officials' briefing on the declaration of martial law in Mindanao. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Military sending more troops to Marawi amid Maute attack

May 23, 2017 - 9:15 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana who is in Russia with President Rodrigo Duterte also says the President is keenly following developments in Marawi City

MAUTE GROUP. Residents also take photos of suspected members of the Maute Group from their house windows. Photo by Mohammad Manshawi

#AnimatED: Change is coming? Duterte recycles the old

May 15, 2017 - 9:00 AM

By naming soldiers to civilian posts Philippine presidents think they are able to tame and temper a politicized military

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May 04, 2017 - 8:30 PM

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PH officials studying military drills with China

May 04, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Philippine National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr welcomes joint exercises with China in the Sulu Sea saying it can help deter threats like kidnapping

DRILLS WITH CHINA? President Rodrigo Duterte tours Chinese warship Chang Chun in Davao City. Presidential photo

Palace denies PH troops will fight in Gulf states

Apr 16, 2017 - 2:34 PM

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says the Philippine military s assistance to the Gulf States would be on the basis of training

In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte speaks with a Bahraini official before boarding his flight bound for Qatar following a visit to Bahrain on April 14, 2017. Malacanang Photo

Duterte adviser bares plan to fix PH runway in West PH Sea

Apr 01, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The Philippines only runway in the disputed territory has been dilapidated due to forced neglect

PAG-ASA ISLAND. The second biggest island in the disputed South China Sea is home to about a hundred Filipinos. File photo by SSg Amable Milay/Philippine Air Force

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 30, 2017

Mar 30, 2017 - 10:00 AM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterates in his speech during the People's Day celebration at Barangay Batong Dalig, Socorro town in Oriental Mindoro on March 29, 2017 that he has to have a friendly approach in addressing the territorial dispute with China to avoid unnecessary bloodshed. TOTO LOZANO/Presidential Photo

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Mar 29, 2017 - 7:52 PM

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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

NO BREACH, NO THREAT. National Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says President Rodrigo Duterte invited ships from foreign countries, including China, in Philippine waters for patrol and research, among others. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

PH puzzled by presence of drone in Benham Rise

Mar 29, 2017 - 2:06 PM

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr tells a Senate panel that the National Security Council will discuss the incident once the government receives the full report

UNDERWATER TERRITORY. This photo shows Filipinos exploring Benham Rise for the first time in 2014. File photo courtesy of Dr Gil Jacinto/UP-MSI

'No threat' in Benham Rise – Esperon

Mar 29, 2017 - 1:21 PM

(UPDATED) Philippine officials cannot say who granted China permit to access Benham Rise, which UNCLOS confirmed as part of the Philippines' continental shelf in 2012

At PMA graduation, Lorenzana sits between Duterte, Robredo

Mar 12, 2017 - 1:28 PM

In a break with protocol the President and Vice President of the Philippines are not seated side by side in this year s Philippine Military Academy graduation rites

President Rodrigo Duterte (center, facing front) greets Vice President Leni Robredo (in purple dress) during the graduation ceremony of the Philippine Military Academy, March 12, 2017. Photo by Marga Deona/Rappler

Martin, stop being an embarrassment to the Bisaya!

Feb 24, 2017 - 9:30 PM

Martin please don t include us in your stupidity Admit that your lies were exposed And seek forgiveness from the journalists including Trillanes and the other senators

Martin, ayaw intawon paka-ulawi ang mga Bisaya!

Feb 24, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Martin ayaw na mi intawon i apil sa imong kabuang Angkona na nga nabisto ang imong pambutbut ug pangayo na ug pasaylo sa mga peryodista apila na pud si Trillanes ug uban pang mga senador

Lascañas, peace talks, South China Sea | Midday wRap

Feb 20, 2017 - 1:50 PM

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Duterte generals open to talks with Reds

Feb 20, 2017 - 9:03 AM

UPDATED National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr and Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año express openness as the Communist Party of the Philippines urges President Rodrigo Duterte to send negotiators to Utrecht to discuss a joint ceasefire deal

WEEKEND WITH GENERALS. President Rodrigo Duterte led the alumni homecoming of the Philippine Military Academy on Saturday, February 18. ALBERT ALCAIN/Presidential Photo

Russia defense deal won't affect ties with U.S. – Esperon

Feb 17, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Talks about an upcoming defense pact with Russia comes at a time when the Philippine President has made threats to scrap defense deals with the US

SEEKING MORE ALLIES. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr holds a press conference at the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City on February 17, 2017. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

'AFP sincere in talks, NDF should restrain NPA'

Jan 25, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año says the North Cotabato encounter underscores the urgency to sign a bilateral ceasefire agreement

DUTERTE'S PICK. Malacañang file photo of President Rodrigo Duterte and AFP chief General Eduardo Año after he assumed the post in December 2016

PH envoy to represent Duterte at Trump inauguration

Jan 17, 2017 - 12:51 PM

UPDATED Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says he and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr will have side meetings after they attend the inauguration of the new US president

PH ENVOY. Philippine Charge d'Affaires to Washington Patrick Chuasoto will represent the Philippine president at the inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20, 2017. Photo from the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC website

Andanar, Esperon to attend Trump inauguration

Jan 15, 2017 - 3:42 PM

Donald Trump is set to be inaugurated as the next President of the United States on January 20

INAUGURATION. In this file photo, US President Barack Obama addresses the audience after taking the oath of office during the 57th Presidential Inauguration ceremonial swearing-in at the US Capitol on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. Jewel Samad/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 10, 2017

Jan 10, 2017 - 10:14 AM

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Jan 09, 2017 - 8:56 PM

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No probe, but anti-Duterte plotters can dream on, says DOJ chief

Jan 09, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon tells Malacañang not to fall for fake or hoax news online

NO PROBE YET. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II indicates they would not yet conduct a probe into the alleged plans of Vice President Leni Robredo's supporters to oust President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo

Duterte to declare Scarborough Shoal a marine reserve

Nov 21, 2016 - 11:10 AM

The Philippine President has told Chinese President Xi Jinping about his plan to ban fishing in the shoal says National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr

EO ON SCARBOROUGH. President Rodrigo Duterte is welcomed by army and police officials during his arrival at the Davao International Airport in Davao City on November 17, 2016 prior to his departure for Lima, Peru. Photo by Karl Alonzo/Presidential Photo

China, Philippines in 'friendly' understanding on shoal – official

Oct 31, 2016 - 5:40 PM

There is no agreement but our president believes that our fishermen will no longer be harassed because he already brought up this matter during his visit Esperon tells the media

FISHERMEN. This photo taken on June 16, 2016 shows a fishing vessel anchored at the mouth of the South China Sea off the town of Infanta in Pangasinan province, as they wait for their fishing expedition to Scarborough Shoal. File photo by Ted Aljibe/ AFP

Santiago, De Lima, Military exercises | 12PM wRap

Sep 29, 2016 - 1:52 PM

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Duterte wants 'demilitarization' in West PH Sea – Esperon

Sep 29, 2016 - 8:45 AM

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says stopping US Philippines war games could increase chances of a peaceful settlement of the West Philippine Sea maritime dispute

'DEMILITARIZATION.' National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr speaks to media in Hanoi on September 28, 2016. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Loren wants security briefing at presidential situation room

Sep 22, 2016 - 8:11 PM

The senator commits to lobby for the increase of the National Security Council s budget from P147 million to P235 million

SECURITY ISSUE. Senator Loren Legarda opts for a private briefing from the National Security Council

NSA Esperon shrugs off 'oust Duterte' plot

Sep 22, 2016 - 5:29 PM

I have some reports but I will not classify them into actions that would merit an attempt to topple the government says National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr

NO CREDIBLE THREAT. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler.com

Esperon ex-aide shot dead in Zamboanga

Jun 20, 2016 - 10:53 AM

A veteran against the Abu Sayyaf Lieutenant Colonel Tiny Perez had served as operations chief of incoming National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr

Esperon: Duterte gov't wants to talk, not fight NPA

May 23, 2016 - 2:25 PM

Former AFP chief Hermogenes Esperon Jr also says the Duterte administration will continue implementing the EDCA and pursuing the arbitration case against China

Former AFP chief Hermogenes Esperon Jr visists Matina Enclaves as Duterte meets with possible appointees on May 16, 2016. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Lacson hits PMA alumni with 'misplaced values'

Feb 15, 2014 - 4:28 PM

Former Senator Panfilo Lacson brings politics to the alumni homecoming of the Philippine Military Academy an institution that tries to be politically neutral

POLITICS AT THE PMA: Former Senator Panfilo Lacson brings politics to the Philippine Military Academy. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena

3 retired generals charged in Burgos case

Jun 09, 2012 - 12:08 PM

The complaint filed a year ago by the Burgos family with the DOJ was based on a Commission on Human Rights investigation

AFP Chiefs Tolentino, Razon and Esperon wait at the DOJ fiscal's office. 8 Jun 2012. Photo by John Javellana.