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Sr. Patricia Fox defends fellow missionary charged with perjury

Dec 14, 2019 - 7:19 PM

The Australian nun insists Sister Elenita Belardo is innocent, and has done nothing but advocate Lumad children's right to receive an education, and better lives for peasants

DEPORTED MISSIONARY. After helping Filipino peasants for 27 years, Australian nun Patricia Fox was deported by the Philippine government in November 2018 for supposedly engaging in political activities. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte wants CPP-NPA peace talks in PH – Esperon

Dec 06, 2019 - 8:42 PM

The President also wants communist guerrillas to take it seriously when a ceasefire is declared, or else current efforts to stamp out the insurgency will continue, says the National Security Adviser

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Roa Duterte is shown a pile of documents by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. prior to the start of the National Security Council (NSC) Executive Committee Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Nun charged with perjury in Esperon complaint posts bail

Dec 06, 2019 - 11:14 AM

Sister Elenita Belardo, 80, is charged because of a revoked SEC registration of her group, the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines

COURT PROCESS. Sister Elenita Belardo pays P18,000 bail at the Quezon City Regional Trial Court over one count of perjury rooted from the complaint of National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon. Photo courtesy of Karapatan

Esperon: China still has to persuade the region of its vision of global order

Dec 02, 2019 - 8:00 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's national security adviser says Southeast Asian countries should band together amid great power competition between the US and China

GREAT POWER COMPETITION. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr calls for Asean cooperation amidst great power competition betwen US and China. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Robredo: China ‘must first recognize’ PH ownership in joint exploration

Oct 28, 2019 - 12:49 PM

'That should be one of our most basic demands: that before we enter into a contract with them, they recognize first our ownership and our sovereignty over those [areas],' says Vice President Leni Robredo

RECOGNIZE PH OWNERSHIP FIRST. Vice President Leni Robredo continues to be wary of the proposed joint oil and gas deal between the Philippines and China. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Esperon says no need to extend martial law if Human Security Act is amended

Oct 25, 2019 - 8:35 PM

Security officials are also considering the opinion of local government units in assessing whether another extension of martial law in Mindanao is needed

MILITARY RULE. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says amendments to the Human Security Act are among the factors being eyed when considering an extension to military rule in Mindanao. File photo by Manman Dejeto

Esperon: Gov't set to lift moratorium on scientific research in PH waters

Oct 25, 2019 - 2:28 PM

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says this is in line with the government's goal to sustainably develop and protect the country's marine resources

PHILIPPINE WATERS. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says the Philippines will start processing applications for marine scientific research again. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PH to build 13 lighthouses on northernmost islands

Sep 25, 2019 - 10:11 PM

The national security adviser says this is a way to demonstrate ownership of these islands, including Fuga, where a Chinese company plans to build a ‘smart city’

NORTHERN LIGHTHOUSES. The Philippine government plans to build lighthouses on its northernmost islands in the Batanes and Babuyan groups. Rappler file photo

Esperon sees influx of illegal Chinese nationals as 'threat'

Jul 31, 2019 - 4:28 PM

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says he's concerned when any one nationality comes to the Philippines in droves 'and their intent is not clear'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is shown a pile of documents by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. prior to the start of the National Security Council (NSC) Executive Committee Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Esperon inclined to recommend 4th martial law extension

Jul 24, 2019 - 6:00 PM

The National Security Adviser is also open to exempting some places in Mindanao from martial law

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte listens to National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. as he was being briefed on some pertinent matters during the joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on December 12, 2018. Also in the photo are Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Coast Guard will still stop Chinese boats fishing in PH waters – Esperon

Jul 23, 2019 - 4:53 PM

The National Security Adviser, however, emphasizes that the Philippines does not have enough resources to fully protect its sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea

Esperon sues groups that filed for protection vs gov't harassment

Jul 04, 2019 - 12:03 PM

Karapatan slams the National Security Adviser's perjury complaint as another government attack aimed at discrediting their advocacy against human rights violations

Retired General Esperon advoser on national security, at the senate inquiry on the uldates and franchise issues of the third telco, Mislatel, January 24, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rapppler

Generals snub red-tagging hearing at Court of Appeals

Jun 06, 2019 - 6:11 PM

The generals, including national security adviser Hermogenes Esperon and defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana, are required to attend the hearing on July 11

WRIT OF AMPARO. (L-R) Human rights lawyers Rachel Pastores, Czarina Musni and Edre Olalia attend a hearing before the Court of Appeals on June 6, 2019, on the writ of amparo accusing the Philippine military of red-tagging and harassment. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Philippines considering making Pag-asa Island protected area

Apr 24, 2019 - 5:44 PM

Will the declaration of the island as a marine protected area keep Chinese ships away?

Groups slam 'dangerous' red-tagging of health workers

Apr 11, 2019 - 4:06 PM

'This we strongly protest because they are violating our rights as health workers to work and function as health workers, to serve the people whom we are duty-bound to serve,' says Dr Edelina dela Paz, Health Action for Human Rights chairperson

Esperon: Martial law extension is last resort, unless Mindanaoans ask for it

Nov 08, 2018 - 5:25 PM

The national security adviser wants a comprehensive study on the sentiment of Mindanaoans on martial law extension and state of security to be completed first

ADVISING DUTERTE. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. File photo by Manman Dejeto

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

Hello Here s a roundup of news you need to know this Thursday

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

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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