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Marawi residents to gov't: Unreleased donations deprive us of basic needs

Jun 03, 2019 - 7:50 PM

'It is so frustrating to learn that two years after the Marawi siege...internally displaced persons are still struggling for their everyday survival,' says Moro Consensus Group chairperson Drieza Lininding

LONG WAIT. Displaced Marawi residents continue to lack access to basic needs and donations intended for them. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

OCD: 'No signs of life' under Chuzon Supermarket Pampanga rubble

Apr 24, 2019 - 3:02 PM

Civil Defense Central Luzon director Marlou Salazar says the exact number of missing people has yet to be verified

COLLAPSED. Lifters pull up collapsed Chuzon Supermarket to prevent it from further inclining forward on April 23, 2019. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

U.S. authorities arrest man linked to North Korea embassy raid

Apr 20, 2019 - 5:41 PM

A dissident organization known as the Cheollima Civil Defense says it orchestrated the February 22 embassy raid to highlight illicit activities rampant in North Korea's foreign missions

NORTH KOREA. The North Korean flag is seen past a barbed-wire fenced wall of the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur on March 5, 2017. File photo by Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Lorenzana meets with Japan defense minister in Tokyo

Apr 18, 2019 - 7:44 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana 'reaffirms' the Philippine defense department's partnership with Japan

TIES AFFIRMED. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana holds talks with Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya on 17 April 2019 in Tokyo. DND photo

WATCH: Feeling unsafe on the streets? Try Krav Maga

Apr 04, 2019 - 7:29 PM

This form of self-defense teaches practitioners how to deal with danger – from a simple threat to a life-and-death situation

Screenshot by Rappler

Beretta pistol stolen at Brazil defense industry expo

Apr 03, 2019 - 1:35 PM

A search is under way for the missing weapon, which the organizers of the LAAD Defense and Security expo say has been rendered 'non-functioning' before it was put on show

A Beretta 92S semi-automatic pistol is seen at the private guns museum of Beretta manufacturing company, in Gardone Val Trompia, 25 January 2007. The gun was designed in 1975 and production of many variants in different calibers continues to the present day. Fabbrica d'Armi Pietro Beretta is a major Italian firearm manufacturing company. Its weapons are used extensively by civilians, police and militaries around the world. Beretta is among the world's oldest corporations, and has been owned by the same family for nearly 500 years. The Beretta company was established historically in 1526, by gunsmith Mastro Bartolomeo Beretta, of Gardone Val Trompia near Brescia, Lombardy region, northern Italy. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO  ANDREAS SOLARO / AFP

DND, AFP renew call for defense treaty review in Balikatan 2019

Apr 01, 2019 - 3:11 PM

'Remember the treaty was made in 1951, and several things have already transpired,' says Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Benjamin Madrigal Jr

CLARITY NEEDED. AFP Chief-of-Staff Benjamin Madrigal speaks at the Balikatan 2019 opening ceremony in Camp Aguinaldo on April 1. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

North Korea urges Spain to probe Madrid embassy raid

Mar 31, 2019 - 12:24 PM

'We expect that the authorities concerned in Spain to carry out an investigation,' says North Korea

PROBE CALLED. North Korea wants Madrid to probe the raid of their embassy. KCNA via KNS file photo/AFP

North Korea embassy raid group promises 'bigger things ahead'

Mar 28, 2019 - 3:57 PM

The Cheollima Civil Defense group emerges from the shadows this week to claim responsibility for a commando-style raid on Pyongyang's embassy in Madrid

[ANALYSIS] Goodbye to arms control regime

Mar 28, 2019 - 10:20 AM

With India joining the 'space superpowers' club, the world appears headed for a heightened arms race

[ANALYSIS] The security challenge for PH and Vietnam

Mar 20, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Better security relations with Vietnam will ultimately benefit us. Here's why.

Taiwan asks U.S. for new fighter jets to defend against China

Mar 07, 2019 - 8:11 PM

The request, if granted, could ramp up tensions between China and the United States

Lorenzana-Locsin clash over Mutual Defense Treaty heats up

Mar 05, 2019 - 12:55 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana fears 'being involved in a war that we do not seek and do not want' when the Philippines-US Mutual Defense Treaty kicks in

MUTUAL DEFENSE TREATY. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is pushing for a review of the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty between the Philippines and the United States. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] Moving forward with Philippine-U.S. relations

Mar 05, 2019 - 10:43 AM

'It was an imperative for our disruptive northern neighbor to be forewarned of the significance of our mutual defense treaty alliance'

Singapore to buy 4 F-35 fighter jets, eyes 8 more

Mar 03, 2019 - 9:11 AM

F-35 fighter jets are among the most advanced warplanes ever built

NEW WARPLANES. A file photo of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter produced by Lockheed Martin. Photo by Shutterstock

In Pompeo visit, Philippines gets timely assurance from oldest ally

Mar 02, 2019 - 6:35 PM

The US assurance that Philippine vessels in the South China Sea are protected by the Mutual Defense Treaty sends a 'strong and clear' signal to Beijing

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and United States Secretary of State Michael Pompeo exchange pleasantries during their meeting at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on February 28, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Shadowy group declares 'government-in-exile' for North Korea

Mar 01, 2019 - 1:58 PM

In a statement posted on its website in both Korean and English, the group announces itself as a provisional government for the North called 'Free Joseon'

GOVERNMENT-IN-EXILE? South Koreans watch a television news showing a video footage of a man who claims he is Kim Han-Sol, a nephew of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un, at a railway station in Seoul on March 8, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Pompeo raises importance of free press, rights of 'all Filipinos' with Locsin

Mar 01, 2019 - 1:20 PM

'We never forget the importance of human rights, rule of law, transparency, justice wherever it is that we go,' says the visiting US official but refrains from publicly citing specific attacks on free speech and human rights in his host country

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens to Philippines' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin (L) speak at a news conference at the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs Home Office in Manila on March 1, 2019. (Photo by Andrew Harnik / POOL / AFP)

Locsin: No need to review PH-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty

Mar 01, 2019 - 12:09 PM

'In vagueness lies the best deterrence,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr of the 68-year-old Mutual Defense Treaty

ANOTHER LOOK? Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr (left) weighs in on efforts to review the US-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty. Photo by Andrew Harnik/AFP/Pool

South China Sea covered by PH-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty – Pompeo

Mar 01, 2019 - 11:31 AM

'Any armed attack on any Philippine forces, aircraft, or public vessels in the South China Sea will trigger mutual defense obligations under Article 4 of our Mutual Defense Treaty,' US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assures Manila

Thai junta shoots down proposal to slash defense spending

Feb 19, 2019 - 12:02 AM

The country spends among the most on defense in Southeast Asia and recent big purchases have drawn criticism in a state riddled with inequality and corruption

DEFENSE SPENDING. In this file photo, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha arrives at Government House before a cabinet meeting in Bangkok on August 9, 2016. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Lorenzana wants PH to protest China 'rescue center' in Spratlys

Feb 04, 2019 - 6:55 PM

'We don't want them keeping on building things there.... It will become theirs,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana during NDCP Alumni Forum at Camp Aguinaldo on Monday, February 4, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Supreme Court compels DND to submit confidential 2018 martial law report

Jan 23, 2019 - 4:17 PM

Justices want to assess whether the report can be tackled in the upcoming oral arguments, or if it warrants an executive session

MARTIAL LAW. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and other members of the Cabinet and the PNP and AFP leaderships attend the joint session that deliberated the 3rd extension of martial law. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

China takes lead in some military tech, says Pentagon study

Jan 16, 2019 - 11:46 PM

A report entitled 'China Military Power' says because of its 'multifaceted approach to technology acquisition' the People's Liberation Army is 'on the verge of fielding some of the most modern weapon systems in the world'

A Chinese J-20 stealth fighter performs at the Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai in southern China's Guangdong province on November 6, 2018.  WANG ZHAO / AFP

Duterte 'receptive' to gov’t takeover of Hanjin's Subic shipyard

Jan 16, 2019 - 1:27 PM

'We see the possiblility of having our own shipbuilding capacity in the Philippines, especially large ships like what is being built by Hanjin shipyard in Subic,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

HANJIN ACCIDENT. The Hanjin Heavy Industries Corporations-Philippines facility in Subic Freeport. File photo from the HHIC-Phil website

U.S. extends troop deployment at Mexico border

Jan 15, 2019 - 1:15 PM

The unusual deployment was supposed to end in mid-December, but the Department of Homeland Security asked that it be extended until January, a date which is now further prolonged

WATCHFUL. A soldier from the Kentucky-based 19th Engineer Battalion looks across the Rio Grande River from Laredo, Texas, into Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, where a group of people hang out on the river bank on November 17, 2018. File photo by Thomas Watkins/AFP

Shanahan takes Pentagon helm as Trump blasts Mattis

Jan 03, 2019 - 4:35 PM

'I'm not happy with what [Mattis has] done in Afghanistan and I shouldn't be happy,' says US President Donald Trump

NEW CHIEF. Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan arrives at the Pentagon for the first time in his official capacity, on January 2, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Bicol OCD: Tropical Depression Usman death toll climbs to 68

Dec 31, 2018 - 1:23 PM

(UPDATED) The Office of Civil Defense -Bicol Region fears the number of fatalities will continue to increase

SEARCH AND RETRIEVAL. Police officers, fire brigades and volunteers help in the operation. Photo by Mavic Conde/Rappler

[OPINION] Proposed review of PH-US Mutual Defense Treaty: Opening a Pandora's box

Dec 31, 2018 - 12:37 PM

A veritable Pandora’s box of nasty surprises would be opened once the Philippines pushes for renegotiations. Is that what the majority of Filipinos want?

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Lorenzana to review Mutual Defense Treaty: 'Is it still relevant to our security?'

Dec 28, 2018 - 2:18 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the objective of the review of the treaty is to either 'maintain it, strengthen it, or scrap it'

DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana holds a press conference in Malacañang on December 28, 2018. Screenshot from PCOO's Facebook account

Trump speeds up James Mattis exit to January 1

Dec 24, 2018 - 9:42 AM

The US President was reportedly upset over media coverage of the stinging resignation letter submitted by the defense secretary

JAMES MATTIS. US Defense Secretary James Mattis delivers his speech during the first plenary session of the 17th Asian Security Summit of the IISS ShangriLa Dialogue in Singapore on June 2, 2018. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Global media groups start fund-raising for Rappler

Dec 18, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Rappler and its CEO Maria Ressa will be the first recipients of fund for journalists facing threats to press freedom worldwide

IN COURT. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is facing legal cases filed by the Phiippine government. Photo by Beth Frondoso/Rappler

Japan approves defense plan including 2 aircraft carriers

Dec 18, 2018 - 2:54 PM

The new 5-year defense plan calls for the military to upgrade two existing 'helicopter carriers' so that they will also be able to launch fighter jets

JAPAN'S MILITARY. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) reviews Self-Defense Force soldiers during the military review at the Ground Self-Defense Force's Asaka training ground in Asaka, Saitama prefecture, on October 14, 2018. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Paolo Duterte's anti-administration list 'fake news' – Lorenzana

Dec 11, 2018 - 3:51 PM

'The first time I saw that posting, I said it's fake news. I still maintain that it's fake news,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

PRESIDENTIAL SON. Former Davao City vice mayor Paolo Duterte attends a Senate hearing in 2017. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

5 missing after 2 U.S. military planes crash off Japan

Dec 06, 2018 - 2:22 PM

(UPDATED) One crew member has already been rescued and is thought to be in stable condition

CRASH. This file photo taken on July 15, 2014 shows a US Marine KC-130 air refueling tanker taking-off at the Futenma air base in Okinawa. File photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Lorenzana says no martial law scenario in Duterte order vs ‘lawless violence’

Nov 26, 2018 - 5:29 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the order is simply meant to intensity efforts to achieve peace, especially in the countryside

DENIED. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says President Duterte's order against 'lawless violence' will not lead to nationwide military rule. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

North Korea tests new 'ultramodern tactical weapon' – KCNA

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:34 AM

(UPDATED) The Korean Central News Agency says the test is successful but does not specify the type of device involved

TEST. North Korea's Kim Jong-un has supervised the testing of a 'high-tech' new weapon, according to recent reports. File photo by KCNA/AFP

U.S. starts process to return Balangiga Bells to PH

Nov 14, 2018 - 9:48 AM

(UPDATED) The United States confirms a November 14 ceremony in Wyoming 'marking the beginning of the process to return the Balangiga Bells' to the Philippines

BALANGIGA BELLS. The United States is returning the historic Balangiga Bells to the Philippines. Photo from Wikipedia

Big chunk of 2017 intel funds spent by only 3 institutions – COA

Oct 28, 2018 - 8:25 PM

These 3 institutions are the Office of the President, the Department of National Defense, and Congress

China army to do 'whatever it takes' to retain Taiwan

Oct 25, 2018 - 8:29 PM

'If anyone tries to split Taiwan from China, the Chinese army will certainly do whatever it takes, and inevitably take resolute action,' says Chinese Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe

MASSIVE PARADE. Chinese military helicopters fly in a formation to make the number '90' during a military parade at the Zhurihe training base in China's northern Inner Mongolia region on July 30, 2017. Photo by stringer/AFP

U.S., South Korea suspend additional military exercise

Oct 20, 2018 - 12:15 AM

The defense officials of the US and South Korea agree to suspend the drill to 'give the diplomatic process' with Pyongyang 'every opportunity to continue'

BLAST. A South Korean K2 tank fires during a live fire demonstration for a media preview of the Defense Expo Korea 2018 at Seungjin Fire Training Field in Pocheon, 65 kms northeast of Seoul, on September 11, 2018. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

China, ASEAN to hold maritime drill to ease tensions

Oct 19, 2018 - 7:35 PM

The navies of China and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations are set to hold their first joint drills, which will take place in the South China Sea

China's sole aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, arrives in Hong Kong waters on July 7, 2017, less than a week after a high-profile visit by president Xi Jinping. China's national defence ministry had said the Liaoning, named after a northeastern Chinese province, was part of a flotilla on a "routine training mission" and would make a port of call in the former British colony. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE

US defense chief Mattis says Trump is '100 percent' with him

Oct 16, 2018 - 10:45 PM

The US defense secretary Jim Mattis says President Trump assured him of full support

JAMES MATTIS. US Defence Secretary James Mattis walks to the rosthrum to delivers his speech during the first plenary session of the 17th Asian Security Summit of the IISS ShangriLa Dialogue in Singapore on June 2, 2018. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

DOJ's latest proof vs Trillanes: No minutes of all amnesty deliberations

Oct 05, 2018 - 11:00 AM

In court, the justice department initially says there are no minutes for the Trillanes amnesty, but a cross-examination of the witness shows there are no minutes for everyone

A group of rebel troops and officers belonging to elite mililtary units face journalists as they wait for the 5:00 pm (0900 GMT) deadline for their surrender inside the Oakwood Hotel in the suburban financial district of Makati in Manila, 27 July 2003. Rebel troops demanding Phiippine President Gloria Arroyo's resignation defied a second ultimatum to surrender and remained holed up in the high rise building wired with explosives. AFP PHOTO/Jimin LAI / AFP PHOTO / JIMIN LAI

U.S., Chinese unease as Putin seeks India arms deals

Oct 04, 2018 - 4:49 PM

Experts say India needs the sophisticated S-400 air defense system to fill critical gaps in its defense capabilities

PUTIN IN INDIA. In this file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of the Indo-Russia Annual Summit at Taj Exotica Hotel in Goa on October 15, 2016. File photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

China summons U.S. ambassador over military sanctions

Sep 22, 2018 - 11:19 PM

Washington has placed financial sanctions on a department in the Chinese Defense Ministry, and its top administrator, for its recent purchase of Russian fighter jets and surface-to-air missile systems

Defense chiefs of Philippines, U.S. tackle ISIS in Pentagon meet

Sep 19, 2018 - 6:13 PM

The two defense chiefs – Delfin Lorenzana of the Philippines and James Mattis of the United States – discuss 'combating ISIS and other violent extremist networks'

DEFENSE CHIEFS. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana meets with US Defense Secretary James Mattis at the Pentagon on September 18, 2018. Photo by Lia Macadangdang/Philippine embassy in Washington DC

Baggao town in Cagayan worst hit by Typhoon Ompong – DND

Sep 15, 2018 - 10:31 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the coastal town of Baggao was in the direct path of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) when it hit land at 1:40 am Saturday

'MOST DAMAGED'.Rescue workers clear a road of debris and toppled electric posts caused by strong winds due to super Typhoon Mangkhut as they try to reach Baggao town in Cagayan province, north of Manila September 15, 2018. Super Typhoon Mangkhut slammed into the northern Philippines, with violent winds and torrential rains, as authorities warned millions in its path of potentially heavy destruction. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

Admiral who blasted Trump steps down from Pentagon body

Sep 14, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Admiral William McRaven, who supervised the 2014 Special Forces raid in Pakistan that killed Al-Qaeda kingpin Osama Bin Laden, has resigned last month from the Defense Innovation Board

STEPPING DOWN. In this file photo taken on March 11, 2014, Commander of US Special Operations Command, Admiral William H. McRaven (R), and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict, Michael D. Lumpkin (L) testify before the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities at the US Capitol in Washington. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP