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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'
Rudy Gobert joins elite company as he becomes one of only 10 players in NBA history to win the award multiple times
The quarterly nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill aims to boost disaster awareness and preparedness across the country
'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
Civil Defense Central Luzon director Marlou Salazar says the exact number of missing people has yet to be verified
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
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana 'reaffirms' the Philippine defense department's partnership with Japan
This form of self-defense teaches practitioners how to deal with danger – from a simple threat to a life-and-death situation
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
'Remember the treaty was made in 1951, and several things have already transpired,' says Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Benjamin Madrigal Jr
'We expect that the authorities concerned in Spain to carry out an investigation,' says North Korea
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
With India joining the 'space superpowers' club, the world appears headed for a heightened arms race
Better security relations with Vietnam will ultimately benefit us. Here's why.
The request, if granted, could ramp up tensions between China and the United States
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
'It was an imperative for our disruptive northern neighbor to be forewarned of the significance of our mutual defense treaty alliance'
F-35 fighter jets are among the most advanced warplanes ever built
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
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'
'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
'In vagueness lies the best deterrence,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr of the 68-year-old Mutual Defense Treaty
'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
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
'We don't want them keeping on building things there.... It will become theirs,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana
Justices want to assess whether the report can be tackled in the upcoming oral arguments, or if it warrants an executive session
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'
'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