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PH Navy bars Rappler from anniversary celebration

Jun 17, 2019 - 10:17 PM

Rappler is told only at the venue in the Navy's base in Sangley Point, Cavite City that it could not cover the event graced by President Rodrigo Duterte

PH NAVY ANNIVERSARY. Rappler is barred from the Philippine Navy's 121st anniversary celebration, which President Rodrigo Duterte attended on June 16, 2019. Screenshot from RTVM

Navy rebuffs China: PH boat sinking 'not normal accident'

Jun 14, 2019 - 4:21 PM

Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad says the Filipino fishing boat Gem-Ver 'was rammed' in the West Philippine Sea

NOT NORMAL. Philippine Navy chief Robert Empedrad says the sinking of a Philippine boat in the West Philippine Sea 'is not a normal maritime accident.' Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PH Navy audit shows delays in hundreds of millions worth of projects

Jun 08, 2019 - 6:11 PM

COA calls out the ‘slow completion’ of the Navy’s disaster risk reduction project

Navy, Air Force, civilian volunteers join search for missing diver

Jun 06, 2019 - 2:45 PM

'Wescom, in coordination with various stakeholders, will continue conducting the joint search and rescue operations despite inclement weather,' says the Western Command as authorities and civilian volunteers search for diver Bryan Nazareno

SEARCH FOR MISSING DIVER. This Philippine Navy vessel is part of the search and rescue operation in Tubbataha Reef. Photo from Wescom

[ANALYSIS] The need for a credible Navy

May 24, 2019 - 5:00 PM

As long as it has an inferior coast guard and ill-equipped naval forces, the Philippines will not gain the respect of its neighbors and will always hesitate to challenge foreign intruders into its territorial waters

Philippine Navy's first ever missile-capable warship hits water

May 23, 2019 - 9:19 PM

The future BRP Jose Rizal is transferred to the water for the first time during a launching ceremony at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea

BRP JOSE RIZAL. The Philippine Navy's most capable warship BRP Jose Rizal is launched. All photos from the Philippine Navy

IN PHOTOS: PH, U.S., Japan, India flex muscles in South China Sea

May 09, 2019 - 6:44 PM

Their sail comes as China continues with its rapid military expansion in the South China Sea, which has reached even the part that belongs to the Philippines

SHOW OF FORCE. Six ships from four countries unite in sailing the South China Sea. Photos from the Philippine Navy

FALSE: 'BRP Duterte aircraft carrier' drives Chinese out of West PH Sea islands

Apr 14, 2019 - 11:22 AM

The Philippines has no aircraft carrier. The supposed 'BRP Duterte' is actually the US Navy's $13-billion USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier.

Australian firm eyes Philippine Navy contract for patrol vessels

Apr 08, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Austal Philippines president and general manager Wayne Murray says that aside from providing modern vessels to the Philippine Navy, they can offer lifetime support as well

Philippine Navy and Philippine Coast Guard personnel embarks to rubber boat to check the illegal pipe line and inspection as part of the rehabilitation program of Manila Bay in Manila on 19 February 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Russian vessels visit Philippines as 2019 begins

Jan 06, 2019 - 3:01 PM

(UPDATED) The visit will 'enhance and sustain the promotion of peace, stability, and maritime cooperation' between the Philippines and Russia, says the Philippine Navy

GOODWILL VISIT. Philippine Navy officials and members of media stand on the dock to welcome the 3 Russian Navy vessels upon their arrival at Pier 9, Manila on January 6, 2019. All photos by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Philippines, Vietnam navies play games on disputed South China Sea island

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:38 PM

The Philippine and Vietnamese navies spend an afternoon of camaraderie at the Philippine-occupied Northeast Cay in the Spratlys

Camaraderie in South China Sea: Philippines, Vietnam navies play volleyball on disputed island. Photo courtesy of Philippine Navy

LOOK: Fire hits Navy base in Cavite

Nov 09, 2018 - 2:15 PM

The fire started at around 5:30 am, and was declared 'contained' before 8 am, says Navy Spokesman Commander Jonathan Zata

EARLY MORNING FIRE. Fire hit Naval Base Cavite on November 9, 2018. Photo couresty of Naval Public Affairs Office

IN PHOTOS: Philippine Navy team returns triumphant from sea drills held in China

Nov 08, 2018 - 7:04 PM

The Philippine Navy team stands out in the communication drill despite bringing a logistics vessel, 'BRP Dagupan City,' whose technology was inferior to the frigates brought in by the other countries

Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Duterte on frigates issue, Michael Yang, Harry and Meghan | Evening wRap

Oct 19, 2018 - 10:33 PM

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Duterte admits role in Navy-Bong Go frigates issue

Oct 19, 2018 - 2:08 PM

In an admission that somewhat completes the frigates puzzle, President Duterte says it was he who gave the South Korean supplier's complaint to Bong Go

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the concluding ceremonies of the 44th Philippine Business Conference and Expo (PBC&E) at the Manila Hotel in the City of Manila on October 18, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Philippine Navy vessel makes historic visit to Russia

Oct 01, 2018 - 8:40 PM

The Philippine Navy's BRP Tarlac makes a historic port call to Vladivostok as President Rodrigo Duterte leads a pivot to Russia and China

HISTORIC VISIT. BRP Tarlac is seen about to dock in Vladivostok, Russia, on October 1, 2018. Photo courtesy of Philippine Ambassador to Russia King Sorreta

Secret houses, mother as Navy supplier? Trillanes denies Duterte claims

Sep 11, 2018 - 7:23 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV warns President Rodrigo Duterte not to drag his ailing mother into their fight: 'Kung may problema siya sa akin, stick with me dahil kaya ko ito eh'

Sen. Trillanes’ reaction of the one-on-one interview of Atty. Salvador Panelo with Pres. Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Navy warship successfully pulled from West PH Sea shoal

Sep 04, 2018 - 9:41 AM

BRP Gregorio del Pilar will be towed to Subic for repairs, says military spokesman Colonel Edgard Arevalo

GREGORIO RUNS AGROUND. BRP Gregorio del Pilar, one of the Philippine Navy's most capable warships, runs aground in Palawan on August 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of PAOAFP

PH military capable of retrieving grounded Navy ship

Sep 01, 2018 - 5:57 PM

'Surface and underwater assessments are being done to come up with the right plan of retrieval,' says AFP Spokesman Colonel Noel Detoyato

GREGORIO RUNS AGROUND. BRP Gregorio del Pilar, one of the Philippine Navy's most capable warships, runs aground in Palawan on August 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of PAOAFP

LOOK: Japanese Navy flotilla visits Philippines

Sep 01, 2018 - 4:14 PM

The goodwill visit of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's Escort Flotilla Four at Subic Bay will be until September 5

Photo from Naval Public Affairs Office, Philippine Navy

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

PH Navy warship runs aground in Palawan

Aug 30, 2018 - 11:09 PM

One of the Philippine Navy's most capable warships, BRP Gregorio Del Pilar, runs aground in the vicinity of Hasa-Hasa Shoal

GREGORIO RUNS AGROUND. BRP Gregorio del Pilar, one of the Philippine Navy's most capable warships, runs aground in Palawan on August 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of PAOAFP

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

Philippine Navy successfully tests its first missile system

Aug 09, 2018 - 10:15 PM

The Spike-Extended Range missile 'fired and accurately hit the designated target at approximately 6 kilometers away from the firing platform'

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 27, 2018

Jun 27, 2018 - 11:30 AM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath of office of around 1,900 newly-elected barangay chairpersons in the Zamboanga Peninsula. The ceremony was held at the Municipal Gymnasium in Molave, Zamboanga del Sur on June 26, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

IN PHOTOS: PH Navy arrives in Hawaii for world's largest naval exercises

Jun 27, 2018 - 10:34 AM

The Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) includes disaster response, maritime security operations, sea control, and complex warfighting

Photo from naval public affairs office

LOOK: Russian vessels arrive in PH for goodwill visit

Jun 09, 2018 - 7:32 PM

The visit 'aims to strengthen the relationship' between the Philippine Navy and the Russian Navy

Photo from the Philippine Navy

PH Navy contingent leaves for Hawaii to join naval war games

Jun 06, 2018 - 4:29 PM

It is the first time the Philippine Navy is participating in Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), a multilateral naval exercise to be hosted by the US Navy's Pacific Fleet from June 27 to August 2

OFF TO HAWAII. The Philippine Navy is joining Exercise RIMPAC for the first time. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Navy

Duterte on Ayungin Shoal, Facebook sinks among U.S. teens, #SaferRoadsPH wins data journ award | Midday wRap

Jun 01, 2018 - 12:54 PM

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Duterte 'seriously concerned' about Navy soldiers harassed by China chopper

May 31, 2018 - 9:46 PM

While Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has refrained from speaking publicly about the Ayungin Shoal incident, he conveyed concern about it in a confidential meeting

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the Executive Order which prohibits illegal contractualization while delivering his speech during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

The week in photos: May 19-25, 2018

May 26, 2018 - 2:59 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

In this photograph taken on May 21, 2018 an internally displaced Afghan child looks on from a windows in her temporary home at a refugee camp on the outskirts of Herat. / AFP PHOTO / HOSHANG HASHIMI

Duterte's joke to Navy: One day, Philippines will invade other nations

May 22, 2018 - 8:20 PM

With an improved naval force, 'maybe we can start invading other nations,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells the Philippine Navy during its anniversary

'Sino'ng kalaban? Lumot?': Netizens react to Boracay threat simulations

Apr 24, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Filipinos online mock the security drills for potential terror attacks or hostage-taking incidents in Boracay, calling it 'overkill'

WATCH: Gov't simulates terror attack, hostage-taking in Boracay

Apr 24, 2018 - 12:21 PM

Inter-agency teams, led by the Philippine National Police, rehearse how they would respond to potential 'threats' during Boracay's closure

FACE OFF. Local police and protesters face head on in one of the simulations rehearsed at Boracay Island on April 24, 2018. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Navy seizes smuggled rice from foreign ship near Zamboanga Sibugay

Apr 15, 2018 - 11:05 PM

The cargo vessel carried 27,180 sacks of Vietnam rice worth P67.950 million, says the Philippine Navy

Photo from Naval Forces Western Mindanao

PH Navy approves design drawings for frigates project

Apr 08, 2018 - 9:50 AM

The Philippine Navy says the ceremonial steel cutting will likely happen in South Korea on April 30

SIGNING. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana signed the contract with South Korean firm Heavy Hyundai Industries in October 2016. Photo from the HHI web site

Philippine Navy gets 3 more patrol planes from Japan

Mar 26, 2018 - 6:56 PM

The Beechcraft King Air TC-90 planes will fly for West Philippine Sea patrols and local disaster response missions

PATROL PLANES. The 3 TC-90 patrol planes are flown over the Philippine Naval Base in Sangley Point, Cavite City. Philippine Navy photo

PH not keen to buy more frigates, opts for smaller vessels

Mar 26, 2018 - 8:05 AM

'I think the two frigates from Hyundai will be the last in the near future,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

SECURITY BRIEFING. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana speaks at a forum hosted by the Foundation for Economic Freedom. Rappler photo

Navy frigates: Rejected Dutch supplier writes to Alejano

Mar 20, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano says the letter also confirms how Hyundai Heavy Industries employed the 'bait and switch' stratey to win the bid. It offered known and top caliber systems – including Tacticos – but later switched to cheaper systems.

IN PHOTOS: PH Navy finally retires World War 2 warship

Mar 17, 2018 - 3:31 PM

The BRP Rajah Humabon is a 75-year-old Cannon-class destroyer of the US Navy acquired by the Philippines in 1976

RETIRED. BRP Rajah Humabon served the Philippine Navy for 38 years

Duterte on ICC, CIDG on Kerwin Espinosa, Stephen Hawking dies | Evening wRap

Mar 14, 2018 - 9:35 PM

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It's final: PH Navy chief says Korean system to be installed in warships

Mar 14, 2018 - 2:20 PM

Philippine Navy chief Robert Empedrad tells the Commission on Appointments that the selection of Hanwha is a 'done deal'

CONFIRMED. Philippine Navy Chief Robert Empedrad (in dark uniform) gets the nod of the powerful Commission on Appointments. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Trump to meet Kim, Alejano on frigates deal, Uber and Grab | Midday wRap

Mar 09, 2018 - 12:59 PM

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Alejano hits Lorenzana, Navy chief's 'change of tune' in frigates probe

Mar 08, 2018 - 6:55 PM

'Rather than clarifying the issue, what the recent House inquiry on the frigate project revealed is a change of tune,' says Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano

NAVY CHIEF. Rear Admiral Robert Empedrad, Flag Officer-in-Command of Philippine Navy testifies before members of the House Committee on National Defense and Security during a probe into the frigate acquisition deal. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Empedrad OK'd controversial provision in frigates deal

Mar 07, 2018 - 9:27 PM

New Philippine Navy chief Rear Admiral Robert Empedrad says it was a collegial decision of the Technical Working Group to give the shipbuilder 'sole right' to choose makers of the subsystems of the frigates

Resource person Rear Admiral Robert Empedrad, Flag Officer-in-Command of Philippine Navy testifies before members of the House Committee on National Defense and Security during Investigation over the ?16 Billion frigate deal on Wednesday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Mercado: Navy did not approve Hanwha Systems as 'substitute'

Mar 07, 2018 - 9:13 PM

Ousted Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado said it was the joint venture company Hanwha Thales that was subjected to post-qualification assessment before the contract was awarded to Hyundai Heavy Industries

Resource persons, relieve Navy Flag Officer in Command (FOIC) Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado testifies before members of the House Committeee on National Defense and Security during Investigation into the his relief over the ₱16B navy frigate deal on March 7, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Frigates deal pushing through; 1st delivery by 2020 – Lorenzana

Mar 07, 2018 - 6:46 PM

'There wasn’t a problem in the first place… it is continuing now [and] it will be delivered in 2020 and the next one, in 2021,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

DEFENSE SECRETARY. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Lorenzana: Frigates mess former Navy chief Mercado's fault

Mar 07, 2018 - 3:24 PM

The defense chief pins the blame on the Navy officer he sacked, insisting that Mercado did not follow the law, usurped powers, and failed to follow commands

Resource person DND Secretray Delfin Lorenzana testifies before members of the House Committeee on National Defense and Security during Investigation into the relief of Navy Flag Officer in Command (FOIC) Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado over the ₱16B navy frigate deal on March 7, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Senate probe exposes root of frigates deal mess

Feb 24, 2018 - 7:00 PM

(UPDATED) Senators fail to probe deeper into why the defense department and the Navy did not come to a compromise

PACKED ROOM. The Senate Session Hall was packed with supporters of Special Assistant to the President Christopher 'Bong' Go. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

5 nagging questions after the Senate frigates probe

Feb 22, 2018 - 9:19 PM

If the innocence of Bong Go depended on a vote among the warm bodies inside the Senate compound, he would have won hands down. But the probe failed to pursue questions that would have given more light on the frigates issue.