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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

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Jun 11, 2018 - 7:13 PM

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'Sailor, patriot, public servant': Lawmakers, officials mourn Roilo Golez

Jun 11, 2018 - 4:57 PM

(UPDATED) Former Parañaque representative and National Security Adviser Roilo Golez was supposed to give an interview on maritime disputes when he died Monday, June 11, due heart attack

ADVOCATE. Former National Security Adviser Roilo Golez explains the Philippines' territorial claim on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) at a rally in 2013. File photo by Vincent Go/Rappler

Roilo Golez: Defender of the West Philippine Sea

Jun 11, 2018 - 2:29 PM

The former national security adviser had consistently argued that the law is on the Philippines' side in the maritime dispute

Ex-national security adviser, congressman Roilo Golez dies

Jun 11, 2018 - 12:30 PM

(UPDATED) The former representative of the 2nd District of Parañaque City is rushed to the hospital due to vomiting. He died from an 'apparent heart attack,' according to his brother Ferdinand.

DEATH. Ex-national security adviser Roilo Golez dies on June 11, 2018. Photo of Roilo Golez from his Instagram account

Trump to oust national security advisor HR McMaster – report

Mar 16, 2018 - 10:05 AM

The Washington Post reports that US President Donald Trump is discussing potential replacements for National Security Adviser HR McMaster, but is willing to take his time

US NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER. H.R. McMaster was a Lieutenant General in the US Army. Rappler photo

Rappler Talk: U.S. national security adviser on Trump's PH visit

Nov 06, 2017 - 8:45 PM

The Philippines is the last leg of Trump's first Asia tour. US national security adviser HR McMaster talks to Rappler about US President Donald Trump and what he plans to discuss with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

RAPPLER TALK. US national security adviser H.R. McMaster speaks with Rappler executive editor Maria Ressa on President Donald Trump's visit to the Philippines. Rappler photo

Duterte's pivot from US will turn into a pirouette – Trump adviser

Nov 06, 2017 - 7:30 PM

US national security adviser H.R. McMaster says President Donald Trump will want to continue active involvement in the region. 'He wants to hear from the leaders in the region about how they would like the US to engage from a security perspective and from an economic perspective.'

US NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER. H.R. McMaster was a Lieutenant General in the US Army. Rappler photo

Trump's top security aide hails global cooperation in Marawi

Nov 03, 2017 - 11:54 AM

'We saw with the recent campaign in the Philippines in Mindanao and Marawi how important it is to work together,' says US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster

MARAWI WAR. The Philippine military fought urban warfare for 5 months against local armed groups linked with Islamic State. Rappler photo

Trump Asia tour to focus on actions 'short of war' vs North Korea

Nov 03, 2017 - 10:53 AM

US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster says countries should do more to increase the isolation of North Korea to send a message that 'they have no option but to denuclearize'

NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER. US Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster replaced Michael Flynn, who lasted less than a month on the job. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

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

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

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Mar 29, 2017 - 7:52 PM

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Feb 21, 2017 - 1:07 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 21, 2017

Feb 21, 2017 - 10:32 AM

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Trump names new U.S. national security adviser

Feb 21, 2017 - 7:23 AM

The appointment of H R McMaster ends a one week search to replace Michael Flynn who was forced to resign after questionable contacts with the Russian government and revelations that he lied about them

US Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster looks on as US President Donald Trump announces him as his national security adviser at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on February 20, 2017.  Nicholas Kamm/AFP

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

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Feb 15, 2017 - 1:17 PM

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White House in crisis mode over Flynn-Russia scandal

Feb 15, 2017 - 7:08 AM

UPDATED The White House battles to insulate President Donald Trump from the scandal over a top security aide s contacts with Russia as calls grow for an independent investigation

This file photo taken on December 21, 2016 shows then US President-elect Donald Trump (L) standing with Trump National Security Adviser Lt. General Michael Flynn (R) at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida. Jim Watson/AFP

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Feb 14, 2017 - 9:36 PM

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Ex-NSA Michael Flynn: Pro-Russia, fixated on Islamic extremism

Feb 14, 2017 - 5:57 PM

PROFILE | The retired 3 star general is a former military intelligence chief who saw militant Islam as the main threat to global stability

(FILES): This file photo taken on December 11, 2016 shows retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, then US President-elect Donald Trump's choice for National Security Advisor, waiting for an elevator in the lobby at Trump Tower in New York City.  The White House announced February 13, 2017 that Michael Flynn has resigned as President Donald Trump's national security advisor, amid escalating controversy over his contacts with Moscow. In his formal resignation letter, Flynn acknowledged that in the period leading up to Trump's inauguration: "I inadvertently briefed the vice president-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador." Trump has named retired lieutenant general Joseph Kellogg, who was serving as a director on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as acting national security advisor, the White House said.   / AFP PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Drew Angerer

Top Trump aide Flynn resigns over Russia contacts

Feb 14, 2017 - 12:19 PM

7th UPDATE Michael Flynn now stands accused of inappropriate contacts with a foreign government – Russia – and of misleading the vice president of the United States

OUT. In this file photo, Michael Flynn speaks at the US Institute Of Peace in Washington DC, January 10, 2017. Chris Kleponis/AFP

Trump stacks top government posts with retired generals

Dec 08, 2016 - 10:58 AM

Trump s naming of at least 3 retired generals to top posts raises questions as to why there will be so much military brass in cabinet level jobs

This file photo taken on November 19, 2016 shows US President-elect Donald Trump shaking hands with retired United States Marine Corps General James Mattis after their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, in Bedminster, New Jersey. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Trump taps national security veteran for White House role

Nov 26, 2016 - 7:35 AM

She has tremendous experience and innate talent that will complement the fantastic team we are assembling US President elect Donald Trump says

INCOMING PRESIDENT. President-elect Donald Trump walks through the lobby of the New York Times following a meeting with editors at the paper on November 22, 2016, in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

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

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/

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

'PH case provoked China's massive reclamation in West PH Sea'

May 07, 2015 - 5:13 PM

National Security Adviser Cesar Garcia Jr dismisses the view of maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal as speculative

KEENAN REEF: Status of reclamation activities in Keenan (Chigua) Reef as of December 12, 2014

NSA: South China Sea row biggest security threat for PH

May 07, 2015 - 11:49 AM

At the first Senate hearing on China s reclamation activities National Security Adviser Cesar Garcia Jr says the Philippine military should be freed from its internal security duties to focus on external defense