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Defense, energy departments to probe Chinese control of power lines

Dec 04, 2019 - 4:21 PM

Can China really remotely control – and shut down – the Philippines’ electricity? Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana wants to find out.

PUTTING UP A TEAM. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the defense and energy departments will probe reports of Chinese control of the Philippines' power transmission lines. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

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

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

What gov't has done so far to prepare for Typhoon Ompong

Sep 14, 2018 - 12:10 AM

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council activates clusters responsible for ensuring crucial assistance is provided to typhoon-hit areas

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte listens to the disaster preparedeness briefing of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director Ricardo Jalad inside the Operations Room of the NDRRMC Building in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on September 13, 2018 as the country braces for the onslaught of Typhoon 'Ompong.' Joining the President are Secretary Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Another Abu Sayyaf leader surrenders in Basilan – WestMinCom

Mar 29, 2018 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the series of surrenders by Abu Sayyaf leaders signals the 'eventual collapse' of the terror group

Notorious sub leader in Basilan Nurhasan surrendered to government forces today at Barangay Sirongon , Mohammad Adjul along with his 13 followers. They are now at the custody of the Western Mindanao Command. Photo by Richard Falcatan

U.S. military to install radar in Pacific's Palau

Aug 24, 2017 - 1:40 PM

The move will beef up the United States monitoring ability in the western Pacific region amid threats from North Korea

An undated handout photo received on October 28, 2015, shows Palau's Rock Islands as the tiny Pacific island nation of Palau on October 28, created one of the world's largest marine sanctuaries, saying it wanted to restore the ocean for future generations. At 500,000 square kilometres (193,000 square miles), the sanctuary is the same size as Spain and covers an underwater wonderland containing 1,300 species of fish and 700 types of coral. AFP PHOTO / THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS / Matt RAND ----EDITORS NOTE ---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS " NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS / AFP PHOTO / THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS / MATT RAND

China using 'coercive tactics' in maritime claims – Pentagon

May 14, 2016 - 8:00 AM

In an annual report to Congress the Defense Department outlines China s rapid military growth and describes how it is assertively defending sovereignty claims across the contested East China Sea and South China Sea

EAST CHINA SEA. A file picture dated April 27, 2005 shows an aerial view of Uotsuri Island, one of the disputed Senkaku islands in the East China Sea. File photo by Hiroya Shimoji/EPA

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Nov 27, 2015 - 1:00 PM

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Fire forces 1,500 pilgrims from Mecca hotel

Sep 21, 2015 - 11:17 PM

Four Yemeni pilgrims sustained minor injuries following the pre dawn fire in a 15 storey hotel state news agency SPA quotes the civil defense department as saying

Is defense chief Gazmin finally stepping down?

Jun 28, 2014 - 1:00 PM

The talk is that retiring Armed Forces chief of staff Manny Bautista is being groomed for the defense department portfolio And over at the Sandigan tables are turned

FATHER-FIGURE: President Benigno Aquino III and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin. Malacañang photo

No US legal status for new migrant children – official

Jun 13, 2014 - 10:35 AM

Three out of four minors who illegally cross the US border come from El Salvador Honduras and Guatemala

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Little-known fact: PH and China are defense partners

Jun 10, 2014 - 9:00 AM

Despite the word war between the two countries there is still a shared sense that there is a need to manage the situation it will be settled in peaceful manner says Defense Assistant Secretary Raymund Quilop

PNOY IN BEIJING: President Benigno Aquino III and former Chinese President Hu Jintao during a welcome ceremony in Beijing in August 2011. Malacañang photo

DND to check crash record of lone bidder in P5.3-B aircraft deal

Jan 20, 2014 - 11:30 PM

The Bids and Awards Committee junks the appeals of losing bidders paving way for the post qualification test of Spanish firm EADS Casa Airbus Military

BRAND NEW: Spanish firm EADS/Casa -Airbus Military is the lone eligible bidder for military's brand new aircraft. Photo from the company website

NDRRMC: Too many cooks spoil the broth

Nov 30, 2013 - 10:46 PM

The law creating the NDRRMC may have its innovations but it fails Yolanda s horrific test

2014 budget focus: DepEd, DPWH, DILG

Jul 18, 2013 - 10:04 PM

Also getting a big slice of the budget are the Department of National Defense the Department of Health and the Department of Agriculture

LONG TALKS. President Benigno S. Aquino III presides over the Cabinet Meeting at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañang Palace on Monday, July 8. Malacañang Photo Bureau

US budget cuts threaten military missions: Hagel

Mar 02, 2013 - 8:37 AM

The US Defense Department is set to suffer a 46 B budget cut

MR SECRETARY. US Senator Chuck Hagel, Republican of Nebraska, visits Amman in this July 22 2008, file photo. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards/FILES

PH to buy 12 South Korean fighter jets

Jan 30, 2013 - 7:13 PM

The FA 50s will be the first fighter jets to be operated by the Philippine air force since it retired the last of its US designed F 5 fighters in 2005

MADE IN SOUTH KOREA. T-50 is South Korea's first indigenous supersonic aircraft and one of the world's few supersonic trainers. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Pentagon chief visits China, Japan, NZ

Sep 14, 2012 - 10:02 AM

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visits China Japan and New Zealand as part of a US bid to shift its balance towards the Asia Pacific region

PACIFIC SECURITY. Pentagon chief Leon Panetta discusses security in the Asia-Pacific at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. Photo from

PH studying military accord with Singapore

Jun 09, 2012 - 2:59 PM

The proposed VFA with Singapore could revive joint exercises that were suspended in 1996 the Philippines defense spokesperson says