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The leaks include details about foreign countries' weapons systems
A preliminary injunction requested by Amazon is issued by Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith, barring the Department of Defense from starting work on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure program
Duterte's latest outburst against the US isolates the country from its oldest ally and sows uncertainty against the threat of any Chinese aggression
'We deem it prudent to avoid situations where the health and safety of our cadets, PMA alumni, and their families are put at risk,' says the defense chief
President Duterte has threatened to scrap the military pact between the Philippines and the United States. Here's what you should know about it.
'Number 1, ano ang benefits na nakuha ng Pilipinas dito? What is the national interest at stake in these agreements?' says Senator Aquilino Pimentel III on some questions to be taken up at the planned hearing
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says the Duterte government is not concerned the United States may terminate other military treaties following the Philippines' move to scrap the Visiting Forces Agreement
The justice department is ready with its memorandum on the legal procedures to terminate the 20-year-old VFA
The defense chief he will discuss with President Duterte ‘various scenarios’ and 'future actions' that the military may undertake if and when the visiting forces agreement is terminated
The Department of National Defense says at least 12 Filipinos may return to the Philippines on January 14, though this will depend on the availability of flights
Officials in charge of the repatriation effort realize 'it may not be wise to send uniformed servicemen to the Middle East due to the sensitivities of the countries there'
Filipinos in and near Tripoli, Libya, must be mandatorily evacuated, too, says the defense department, as tensions escalate in the North African country
Members of the Armed Forces can no longer be assigned to the security detail of civilian officials, except the President, the Vice President, and their immediate families
There are 1,600 and 6,000 Filipinos in Iran and Iraq, respectively
Karapatan secretary-general Cristina Palabay says human rights 'must continuously be asserted, defended and fought for’
‘It’s time to go back to normal,’ the defense chief says, adding that security forces can handle lingering threats without martial law
Can China really remotely control – and shut down – the Philippines’ electricity? Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana wants to find out.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command deploys a US Coast Guard helicopter to investigate what appeared to be an unidentified aircraft nearing tightly controlled Washington airspace but found nothing
The BRP Jose Rizal is expected to be delivered to the Philippines by May 2020, and will be the most powerful warship in the Philippine Fleet
Suicide bombings in Mindanao are a ‘major concern,’ says a top US counterterrorism official visiting Manila to boost cooperation in tactical response, border security, and cutting terrorist funding
The nearly 70-year-old Mutual Defense Treaty between the Philippines and the US needs to reflect current security threats, including an increasingly powerful China, say both countries' defense secretaries
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says they will 'think thrice, even 4 times,' after senators raised serious security concerns over Dito Telecommunity's plan to build cell sites within military properties
'The goal shall always be zero casualty,' Interagency Task Force Yolanda Chair and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles told participants of the DRRM conference
The Farmers Development Center also says their inclusion in the red list was meant to 'silence our advocacy' for farmers rights
'Hindi krimen ang maging aktibista. Gabriela Women's Party strongly condemns this clear attempt to criminalize dissent and weaponize the law,' says Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas
The defense chief also says the encounter between a Chinese vessel that claimed to be a warship and the Filipino crew of a commercial ship ‘should not be blown out of proportion or sensationalized’
General Noel Clement leads the AFP as it tackles security threats from terrorists, communist rebels, Chinese vessels in the West Philippine Sea, as well as hazing in the Philippine Military Academy – until he retires in January 2020
Japan joins the yearly exercise for the first time as regional allies build 'interoperability' in responding to security threats and natural disasters
The ‘well-appointed’ Gulfstream G280 will serve as an ‘airborne command post’ for senior leaders and commanders during emergencies
As Chinese vessels of all sorts come and go through Philippine waters, exactly who among security officials is keeping count, and who's telling whom what to do?
Singapore's Ministry of Defense invites 400 ethical hackers to identify security vulnerabilities in government systems over 3 weeks. Successful finds will bring bounty payouts.
The defense department plans to enter a loan agreement with the Australian government to procure 6 offshore patrol vessels to be built in Cebu
Chinese fishing vessels complement Chinese naval and coast guard ships, and could be used for 'asymmetric warfare of sea control and sea denial' against Filipinos, the defense department says in a report to a lawmaker
'You are dealing with a Chinese company, not the Chinese government,' General Benjamin Madrigal Jr says of the Chinese government-owned China Telecom
Under the agreement, the China-backed telco will pay for its use of the military's facilities – but in kind
The deal allowing Dito Telecommunity to put up facilities in military camps may have followed the regular procedure, but it must pass the defense chief's scrutiny, says DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong
The Philippine government can still pull out of the deal if officials identify security risks in the arrangement, says Malacañang
Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Benjamin Madrigal is presented with the Legion of Merit, the US' highest military decoration awarded to foreign military personnel
Occupying 3 key government positions since July 2016, Nicanor Faeldon has had more than his usual share of troubles
Pressure’s on to increase the defense establishment’s capability to confront internal and external threats, but retirees’ pensions still get the largest increase in allocation
In a face-off with the defense chief, leftist lawmakers denounce 'red-tagging' by the government and challenge him to show evidence of their alleged involvement with the New People’s Army
President Hassan Rouhani attends the unveiling ceremony for the mobile surface-to-air system and orders it to be added to Iran's missile defense network
General David Goldfein, US Air Force Chief of Staff, restates the US commitment to the Mutual Defense Treaty with the Philippines as China pushes to dominate the Indo-Pacific region
'Possession' or 'position?' The Defense department clears up post-SONA mess by reiterating the Philippines’ claim of sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea
Japan, together with the US, has an overwhelming superiority that is sure to keep Beijing in check...and which belies Rodrigo Duterte’s claims that China is more powerful than those arrayed against it
(UPDATED) 'The [Mutual Defense] Treaty operates only for self-defense, not for aggression against another state,' says Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio
Human rights groups say the response of the Philippine government is a 'poor display of diplomacy'
The Philippines has to be smart about improving its security beyond defense budgets and military acquisitions and allocations
'We are inviting the US to avoid taking the wrong steps which would exclude diplomacy and dialogue and harm relations,' Turkey's foreign ministry says in a statement
The Philippine government will look into a US report that China tested ballistic missiles near the Spratlys, a move the Pentagon called 'disturbing'