Secretary Voltaire Gazmin - updates

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Filipino peacekeepers from Liberia and the meaning of Christmas

Dec 05, 2014 - 8:46 AM

It s a belated Heroes Welcome for the Filipino peacekeepers deployed in Liberia They get a 30 day vacation to spend the holidays with their families

HONORED: All United Nations peacekeepers get  the UN Service Medal. Rappler photo

A general's long wait: Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr

Jul 18, 2014 - 9:21 AM

New Armed Forces chief Lieutenant General Gregorio Catapang Jr says he s long prepared for the job I have prepared myself for this since I was told I was a candidate he says

One week 'punishment' for new AFP chief

Jul 17, 2014 - 4:18 PM

It s a military tradition that Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin a former Army general himself practices to congratulate newly promoted generals

NEW CHIEF: Lieutenant General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr is the new chief of staff of the 120,000-strong Armed Forces of the Philippines

US to disband anti-terror team in Philippines

Jun 26, 2014 - 9:26 PM

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin says the group of 500 to 600 American servicemen was cut back to 200 starting this year

PH prepares contingency plans for West PH Sea

Jun 04, 2014 - 2:47 PM

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin says Anything can happen but we are preparing a contingency for this

PH Navy to get ship, rubber boats from South Korea

Jun 04, 2014 - 1:56 PM

The donations mark the growing defense partnership between Manila and Seoul

LANDING CRAFT UTILITY (LCU): Photo shows BRP Tagbanua (AT296), one of 2 LCUs in the inventory of the Philippine Navy. Malacañang photo

Hagel: PH-US war games 'important to regional security'

May 06, 2014 - 3:39 PM

US defense chief Chuck Hagel calls Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin to congratulate and thank him on the signing of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement EDCA

REGIONAL SECURITY. US Defense Chief Chuck Hagel says the Balikatan war games are important to regional security. AFP file phot

3 Chinese ships, 7 PH fishing vessels spotted in Panatag

Jan 24, 2014 - 6:48 PM

There are no signs of Chinese ships harassing Filipino fishermen according to Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin

STATUS QUO?: Seven Philippine vessels freely fishing in Panatag Shoal

PH security forces to escort fishermen 'if necessary'

Jan 16, 2014 - 4:20 PM

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin also welcomes the call of US lawmakers for tough sanctions against China s aggressiveness in the disputed waters

'WE NEED US': Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin welcomes the call of US lawmakers for tougher stance against China. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Shake-up: AFP top brass retiring this year

Jan 09, 2014 - 7:25 PM

Armed Forces chief of staff General Emmanuel Bautista and 8 three star generals are retiring in 2014

CLASSMATES: AFP chief General Emmanuel Bautista and Northern Luzon Command chief Lieutenant General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Japan defense minister back to discuss regional tensions

Dec 07, 2013 - 7:03 PM

Japanese Defense Minister Onodera says it s important for the international community to send a strong message to China

ALLIES: Japanese defense Minister Itsunori Onodera returns to the Philippines to discuss regional security and Japan's assistance to Yolanda victims. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler.com

‘Relief to reach 40 Leyte towns Thursday’

Nov 13, 2013 - 10:28 PM

Defense chief Gazmin also gives assurances We re in full control of the security problem in Tacloban even as residents continue to report peace and order breakdown

FULL CONTROL? Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin says they've stopped looting on November 11. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

PH, US bases access talks reach 'impasse'

Nov 06, 2013 - 3:26 PM

The setback is expected to delay the agreement that they initially wanted to finish between 4 and 6 rounds No schedule has been set for the next round

IMPASSE: Philippine and US panels disagree on critical provisions. DND file photo

Warning to Gazmin's critics: He is PNoy's hero

Nov 04, 2013 - 7:03 PM

The President devotes a third of his speech praising the defense chief

FATHER FIGURE: Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin has been a father figure to President Benigno Aquino III. Malacañang photo

Habier Malik 'obviously' dead - Gazmin

Nov 04, 2013 - 4:38 PM

Outgoing Western Mindanao Command chief Lt General Rey Ardo also believes Malik died in Zamboanga during the standoff

MISUARI'S TOP LIEUTENANT: Ustadz Habier Malik led hundreds of followers of MNLF founder Nur Misuari in the Zamboanga City standoff

Gazmin admits mistake on Scarborough blocks

Oct 25, 2013 - 5:48 PM

The defense chief acknowledges that the blocks initially attributed to China were newly discovered but not newly installed

Binay: Misuari, Gazmin agree to a ceasefire

Sep 13, 2013 - 11:44 PM

Fighting stops Friday night The Vice President will be in Zamboanga Saturday morning to hopefully finalize the peaceful settlement

OFF TO ZAMBOANGA. Vice President Jejomar Binay is flying to the South September 14 morning to hopefully help end the crisis. File photo Office of the Vice President

Hagel: US not asking for permanent bases in PH

Aug 30, 2013 - 1:28 PM

US defense chief Chuck Hagel says permanent bases reflect an outdated cold war mentality