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IN PHOTOS: PH Navy finally retires World War 2 warship

Mar 17, 2018 - 3:31 PM

The BRP Rajah Humabon is a 75-year-old Cannon-class destroyer of the US Navy acquired by the Philippines in 1976

RETIRED. BRP Rajah Humabon served the Philippine Navy for 38 years

Empedrad OK'd controversial provision in frigates deal

Mar 07, 2018 - 9:27 PM

New Philippine Navy chief Rear Admiral Robert Empedrad says it was a collegial decision of the Technical Working Group to give the shipbuilder 'sole right' to choose makers of the subsystems of the frigates

Resource person Rear Admiral Robert Empedrad, Flag Officer-in-Command of Philippine Navy testifies before members of the House Committee on National Defense and Security during Investigation over the ?16 Billion frigate deal on Wednesday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Mercado: Navy did not approve Hanwha Systems as 'substitute'

Mar 07, 2018 - 9:13 PM

Ousted Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado said it was the joint venture company Hanwha Thales that was subjected to post-qualification assessment before the contract was awarded to Hyundai Heavy Industries

Resource persons, relieve Navy Flag Officer in Command (FOIC) Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado testifies before members of the House Committeee on National Defense and Security during Investigation into the his relief over the ₱16B navy frigate deal on March 7, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bong Go intervenes in P15.5-B project to acquire PH warships

Jan 16, 2018 - 4:11 PM

Special Assistant to the President Bong Go issues a blanket denial, saying someone might be using his name. But documents show otherwise.

POST-IT NOTE. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana asks former Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado to respond to issues raised by Special Assistant to the President Christopher Go. Screenshot of a sourced document

No more secondhand military equipment in his time, says Duterte

Jun 02, 2017 - 8:03 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he is willing to spend double the money on equipment as long as they are new Those given by Americans I don’t want them

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presided over the joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Heroes Hall in Malacañan Palace on June 1, 2017.  Joining the Joint AFP-PNP Command Conference are Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Interior and Local Government Acting Secretary Catalino Cuy, AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Eduardo Año, PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa, Presidential Adviser on Military Affairs Arthur Tabaquero, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Isidro Lapeña, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) Director General Alex Monteagudo, Philippine Coast Guard Chief Joel Garcia, Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go and other officials from various law enforcement agencies. Malacañan Photo

PH Air Force now has 8 FA-50 fighter jets

Mar 29, 2017 - 1:12 PM

Four more FA 50s are expected to arrive in the next months

4TH BATCH. The Philippine Air Force formally receive 2 more FA-50 lead in fighter trainers it acquired from South Korea. DPC Photo

Philippines 'politically important nation for Japan'

Mar 27, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Japan State Minister for Defense Kenji Wakamiya notes the friendship between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

STATE MINISTER. Japan State Minister of Defense Kenji Wakamiya leads the formal transfer of TC90 planes to the Philippine Navy. Rappler photo

PH Navy awaits leased surveillance planes from Japan

Feb 26, 2017 - 9:54 AM

The first batch of 2 TC 90 maritime patrol aircraft is arriving on March 27

A file photo of a TC-90 plane of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force. Image courtesy JMSDF

PH Air Force to welcome 2 more fighter jets

Feb 21, 2017 - 2:17 PM

The squadron of 12 brand new fighter jets will be completed within the year according to Air Force spokesman Colonel Antonio Francisco

BEEFING UP THE AIR FORCE. Half of the squadron of 12 fighter jets acquired by the previous Aquino administration have arrived. File photo

PH to decommission World War 2 ships

Dec 09, 2016 - 1:12 PM

This comes as the Navy eyes more modern ships

FACT CHECK: FA-50s criticized by Duterte are from S. Korea, not US

Sep 09, 2016 - 9:00 PM

A quick check shows the two FA 50s cited by the President were acquired under the previous administration as part of the military modernization program in the face of China s threat in the disputed South China Sea

BOUGHT FROM KOREA. The FA-50 fighter jets President Rodrigo Duterte referenced in his speech on September 9, 2016, were bought not from the US, but from South Korea. Photo from the Philippine Air Force

Aquino and the PH military: Toys for the big boys

Jun 27, 2016 - 5:04 PM

Up to P60 billion have been released for military modernization since President Aquino assumed office in 2010

President Benigno S. Aquino III, accompanied by PN Flag Officer in Command (FOIC) VAdm. Caesar Taccad,troops the line during the Philippine Navy (PN) 118th Anniversary Celebration at the Landing Ship Dock (SSV LD601) in Pier 13, South Harbour, Manila City on Wednesday (June 01, 2016). With theme: “Protecting the Seas, Securing Our Future”. (Photo by Joseph Vidal / Malacañang Photo )Bureau)

2 C-130 planes for PH Air Force arriving early 2016

Jan 09, 2015 - 5:22 PM

The Philippine Air Force has 3 operational C 130 planes in its inventory one of which is currently under maintenance

CRITICAL ASSET: File photo of a C130 cargo plane of the Philippine Air Force

Was SC justice partial in BCDA-SM Land issue?

Oct 31, 2014 - 10:26 AM

Facing the Supreme Court are questions on a justice’s integrity judicial overreach and military modernization Justice Presbitero Velasco is suspected of being biased and partial to SM Land Inc

AFP modernization P10B short in 2015 budget bill

Aug 09, 2014 - 1:00 PM

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad tells Rappler the proposed law that seeks to redefine savings in the 2015 budget will help fund the shortfall

COA to military: Return P61M in Malampaya funds

May 22, 2014 - 8:30 AM

The Malampaya fund was supposed to finance 6 projects of the Philippine Navy which is fast tracking the purchase of assets because of escalating maritime disputes in the region

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

Investing in our national security

Oct 28, 2013 - 5:08 PM

The nation faces an inter generational struggle to maintain our sovereignty and territorial integrity