national defense
ARTICLE FINDER

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 20, 2018

Feb 20, 2018 - 9:44 AM

Hi! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Tuesday

Go on frigate deal, 2 MRT3 glitches on Monday, BIR on Sereno | Evening wRap

Feb 19, 2018 - 7:42 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Korean firm still PH warship supplier despite bad record – Lorenzana

Feb 19, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says they did not know about the bribery allegations against Hyundai Heavy Industries when they signed a contract with the South Korean firm in October 2016

DND secretary Delfin Lorenzana attends the senate hearing on the controversial navy frigates deal on February 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on navy frigates deal

Feb 19, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

Bong Go says his office 'endorsed' frigate supplier's complaint to DND

Feb 19, 2018 - 11:21 AM

Reports that claim his involvement in the warships deal are only meant to bring down the Duterte administration, says Special Assistant to the President Bong Go

Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go attends the senate hearing on the controversial navy frigates deal on February 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ousted Navy chief denies favoring supplier in frigates deal

Feb 19, 2018 - 10:47 AM

'HHI offered Thales Tacticos to the Philippine Navy during bidding process,' says Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado

EX-CHIEF. Former Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado. Rappler file photo

DOCUMENTS: How Bong Go is linked thrice to frigates deal

Feb 19, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The big-ticket modernization project of the Armed Forces of the Philippines is embroiled in controversy following the ouster of former Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado in December 2017

REPORT TO DUTERTE. The Navy official in charge of the frigates project submits a written report to President Rodrigo Duterte and Special Assistant to the President Christopher 'Bong' Go. Screenshot of a sourced document

Ousted PH Navy chief welcomes transparent frigates probe

Feb 11, 2018 - 9:37 AM

'The hearing will shed answers and more information on the Frigates Acquisition Project,' says former Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado

FLOATING. Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado is put on a floating status after he was removed from his post. He retires in March 2018. Rappler photo

Basilan town mayor arrested for rebellion

Jan 23, 2018 - 4:15 PM

Mayor Jamar Mansul Hadji Muhtamad town, Basilan, is arrested as he is set to fly to Malaysia

ARRESTED. Mayor Jamar Mansul is on the defense department's list of security threats. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

End martial law? Lorenzana warns vs another Marawi

Jan 08, 2018 - 4:58 PM

(UPDATED) 'There is rebellion in Mindanao. Until the rebellion is quelled, there is reason to extend Martial Law and suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus,' Solicitor General Jose Calida tells the Supreme Court

CONTINUING REBELLION. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the government is preparing to defend the extension of martial law before the Supreme Court

PH Navy chief relieved after disagreement over P16-B warships

Dec 19, 2017 - 2:17 PM

(UPDATED) Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado, who is supposed to serve as Philippine Navy chief until March 2018, has been assigned to the office of the AFP chief

COMMITMENT. Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado says they will implement the orders of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to repair facilities on Pag-asa island. Rappler photo

Duterte generals see no reason for nationwide martial law

Dec 14, 2017 - 5:36 PM

Three generals advising President Rodrigo Duterte see no reason to expand martial law to include Luzon and the Visayas

MINDANAO ONLY. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says there is not reason to expand martial law to cover the entire country

Robredo trusts military on martial law extension in Mindanao

Dec 12, 2017 - 12:55 PM

But Vice President Leni Robredo says lawmakers should ask the government about its specific plans for the rehabilitation and security of Marawi City, and how the declaration of martial law would help

QUESTIONS. Vice President Leni Robredo hopes the government will be able to answer all questions regarding the request to extend martial law in Mindanao by a year. Photo by the OVP

PH gov't won't declare holiday ceasefire with CPP-NPA – Lorenzana

Dec 05, 2017 - 3:05 PM

The military traditionally suspends operations during the holidays, which is also reciprocated by the communist rebels

COMMUNIST INSURGENCY. File photo from the CPP's 48th anniversary celebration in December 2016. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Gov't spent over P6 billion for Marawi crisis – DND

Nov 17, 2017 - 10:08 AM

During budget plenary deliberations in the Senate, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto says the Marawi crisis is a 'wake-up call' for government to improve the capabilities of the military

COST OF MARAWI. The Department of National Defense says the almost 5-month Marawi crisis has cost the government around P6.03 billion. File photo by Bobbby Lagsa/Rappler

AFP, DND assure Robredo: No support for revolutionary government

Nov 08, 2017 - 8:52 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo is also briefed by the AFP and the DND on the ongoing rehabilitation efforts in Marawi City

SECURITY BRIEFING. Vice President Leni Robredo receives a national security briefing from Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and AFP chief of staff Rey Leonardo Guerrero. Photo by the OVP

PH aborts construction on Pag-asa sandbar after China protest

Nov 08, 2017 - 11:14 AM

(UPDATED) 'We tried to put some structures in one of the sandbars near our island and the Chinese reacted....The President said, "Let's pull out,"' Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana reveals at the ASEAN Leadership Forum

SOUTH CHINA SEA. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana addresses the ASEAN leadership forum on November 8, 2017, where he discussed the South China Sea dispute, among others topics. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

New ISIS emir? Lorenzana dismisses threat from Amin Baco

Nov 06, 2017 - 2:17 PM

The military on Sunday pounded Amin Baco's supposed hide out inside the main battle area in Marawi, where clashes with stragglers continue

MIDDLE LEVEL OPERATIVE. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana dismisses the capability of Malaysian terrorist Amin Baco, the supposed new emir of ISIS in Southeast Asia. File photo

Malacañang says PH 'safe' despite Australia warning

Nov 04, 2017 - 11:40 AM

Australia's travel advisory 'should not be a cause for undue alarm,' says the Department of National Defense in a separate statement

'NO CAUSE FOR ALARM.' The Department of National Defense urges the public to 'work closely with government security forces' in making sure terrorism 'do not take root' in the country. Malacañang file photo

DNA test confirms Hapilon's death

Oct 21, 2017 - 11:55 AM

Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon was killed in an assault in Marawi past midnight on October 16

KILLED. Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Isnilon Hapilon and Maute Group leader Omar Maute are killed Monday, October 16, as troops assault enemy position.

Lorenzana: ‘We're not talking about lifting martial law yet’

Oct 16, 2017 - 6:35 PM

The defense secretary says they will assess the lifting of martial law in Mindanao once troops have cleared the Marawi battle area of terrorists

MARTIAL LAW ADMINISTRATOR. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says they have yet to discuss if they can lift martial law in Mindanao. File photo

Russia to give Philippines 5,000 Kalashnikov rifles

Oct 11, 2017 - 9:15 PM

Russia will also give the Philippines 20 big army trucks to help in the Southeast Asian country's fight against terrorism

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte does his signature pose with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Eduardo Ano, and troopers from the 1st Scout Ranger Regiment during the groundbreaking ceremony of Scout Ranger Ville in San Miguel, Bulacan on October 11, 2017. Malacanang photo

DND chief asks media's help to fight fake news

Sep 28, 2017 - 2:06 PM

'Fake news is already circulating every day. It is the duty of the media to see to it that fake news is not propagated'

FIGHT FAKE NEWS. On Thursday, September 28, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana highlights the role media plays in fighting fake news. Photo by Raisa Serafica/Rappler

Palace endorses DBM resolution on pay hike for police, soldiers

Sep 26, 2017 - 7:41 PM

A Police Officer 1 can enjoy a 100% increase – from the current P14,834 base pay to P29,668 – should the resolution be signed by both houses of Congress

SALUTE. In this file photo, President Duterte visits the wake of slain Captain Clinton Capio at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio on January 16, 2017. File photo courtesy of Malacañang

Lorenzana backs resumption of peace talks with communists

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:40 AM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he supports the resumption of peace talks but says he has yet to convince President Rodrigo Duterte

SUPPORT. Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana says he supports peace talks with he Left. Rappler file photo

Trillanes recruiting coup members? It's just 'fake news' – Lorenzana

Sep 14, 2017 - 1:41 PM

We have not received any such report Lumalabas lang sa social media so ang tingin ko lang fake news yan says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

Lorenzana favors full CHR budget, says it makes AFP, PNP 'careful'

Sep 14, 2017 - 11:49 AM

Oo naman [I support] For one it makes the government especially the military and police yung ingat sila sa ginagawa nila says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on the Commission on Human Rights

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Mariano after CA rejection: Interest of landlords, oligarchs prevailed

Sep 06, 2017 - 5:23 PM

Former agrarian reform secretary Rafael Mariano says he himself will announce who among the members of the Commission on Appointment voted for his confirmation

'TULOY ANG LABAN.' Former agrarian reform secretary Rafael Mariano raises a fist after his confirmation hearing at the Commission on Appointments on Wednesday, September 6. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH prepares for possible North Korea missile debris

Aug 12, 2017 - 6:24 PM

UPDATED Malacañang says the Philippine Embassy in Seoul and Consulate General in Agana are closely monitoring the situation to prepare for any eventuality

Price tag for war in Marawi: P3B and counting

Aug 11, 2017 - 4:58 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he will ask Congress to refund the amount that was taken from other projects in his department for the war in Marawi

BURNED HOUSES. A Philippine Marines truck speeds away as black smoke billows from burning houses after military helicopters fired rockets at militant positions in Marawi on May 30, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

There will be a valor awardee from Marawi – Duterte

Aug 07, 2017 - 8:00 AM

President Duterte promises to give the awardee one of his most special guns – a model used by the US Marines – that may be used even under water

VALOR. The Medal for Valor was last awarded in 2013, posthumously, to the late Private First Class Ian Pacquit. Rappler file photo

Lorenzana on PH-wide martial law: ‘It won’t happen’

Jul 22, 2017 - 12:51 PM

UPDATED The administrator of martial law in Mindanao assures lawmakers that there is no plan to expand martial rule to Luzon and Visayas

MARTIAL LAW ADMINISTRATOR. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana faces a joint session of Congress on July 22, 2017. Photo from the office of Senator Francis Pangilinan

China slams U.S. defense bill over Taiwan provision

Jul 17, 2017 - 9:03 PM

China firmly opposes any forms of official exchange and military contact between the US and Taiwan foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang tells reporters

Lorenzana submits martial law recommendation to Duterte

Jul 16, 2017 - 8:55 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana declines to disclose his recommendation so as not to preempt President Rodrigo Duterte

MARTIAL LAW. Defense chief Delfin Lorenzana says he has submitted his martial law recommendation to the Office of the President. Rappler file photo

Top defense officials briefed, assess battle in Marawi

Jul 09, 2017 - 7:40 PM

The officials and ground commanders assess enemy strengths and weaknesses and how the military can adjust to these observations

TACTICAL OPERATIONS BRIEFING. AFP chief General Eduardo Año (center) visits Marawi alongside other top defense officials to discuss the situation with ground commanders. Photo courtesy of PAO AFP

U.S. Pacific Fleet commander visits Philippines

Jun 14, 2017 - 4:45 PM

Admiral Scott Swift meets with key Philippine officials to reaffirm the US Navy s strong partnership and ties with the Armed Forces of the Philippines

VISITING MANILA. US Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift (right) chats with Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (left) during Swift's recent trip to the Philippines. Photo courtesy of US embassy

ISIS is in the Philippines – Lorenzana

Jun 02, 2017 - 5:02 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says Abu Sayyaf senior leader Isnilon Hapilon and his followers are already recognized and the occupation of Marawi is another step to prove [their] worth as part of ISIS

MARTIAL LAW ADMINISTRATOR. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is the administrator of Martial Law. Rappler photo

Lorenzana orders arrest of over 100 Maute members

May 31, 2017 - 11:10 PM

The order of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana martial law administrator is valid even outside Mindanao

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II's shows Lorenzana's arrest order to media in a press conference on May 31, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Lorenzana 'admits' not recommending martial law

May 30, 2017 - 3:33 PM

Security officials told senators in a private briefing that the military could neutralize the Maute Group even without martial law the Senate minority bloc says

President Rodrigo R. Duterte listens to Defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana as he conducts a briefing at Bahay Malago of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) Compound on Monday, August 15, 2016, regarding the areas affected by flood in National Capital Region and Central Luzon.TOTO LOZANO/PPD

DND to AFP: Uphold rule of law, human rights in Mindanao

May 25, 2017 - 11:40 AM

With martial law in place in Mindanao the Department of National Defense reminds the Armed Forces of the Philippines not to violate the Constitution

Troops from different units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines march as President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the inspection of troops during the 81st anniversary celebration of the Armed Forces of the Philippines at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on December 21, 2016. ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo

Duterte, Cayetano, impeachment complaint | Evening wRap

May 12, 2017 - 10:07 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Paterno Esmaquel

COA sees 'unauthorized expenses' in 2016 DND disaster funds

May 11, 2017 - 9:36 PM

But the department insists it used its Quick Response Fund correctly saying that their role in disaster involves organizing training and equipping first responders from the AFP

AFP sees no ISIS, Maute links to Quiapo blasts

May 08, 2017 - 6:25 PM

Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Eduardo Año echoes earlier statements of the PNP and Malacañang that terrorists were not behind the explosions

NO TERRORIST LINKS. AFP chief General Eduardo Año attends a briefing with lawmakers on May 8. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Chinese warships to visit Davao Sunday

Apr 29, 2017 - 4:45 PM

The fleet is headed by Rear Admiral Shen Hao Deputy Commander of the East China Sea of the People s Liberation Army Navy

China hits PH over Lorenzana trip to Pag-asa

Apr 22, 2017 - 6:28 PM

UPDATED China says it is gravely concerned about and dissatisfied with this move by the Philippine government

PAG-ASA TRIP. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana leads a trip to the disputed Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Screen grab from Rappler video

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 20, 2017

Apr 20, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Thursday

New Duterte EO allows AFP to approve defense deals over P50M

Apr 19, 2017 - 5:53 PM

UPDATED The DND says the President s new EO allows the Armed Forces of the Philippines to approve its own projects even those worth P50 million or more

CLIPPED POWERS? President Rodrigo Duterte and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana attend the 75th Commemoration of the Araw ng Kagitingan and Veterans Week at the Dambana ng Kagitingan in Bataan on April 9, 2017. Photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Military briefs Robredo on security challenges confronting PH

Apr 18, 2017 - 5:11 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana assures the Vice President the defense establishment and the military are loyal to the Constitution and duly constituted authorities

NO. 2. Vice President Leni Robredo was briefed on the capabilities and accomplishments of the Philippine military. File photo

Duterte orders early release of pension for AFP retirees

Apr 09, 2017 - 12:54 PM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte orders the DBM and the DND to expedite the early release of pension credentials for fiscal years 2008 to 2013 amounting to P6 421 billion

CHEERING VETERANS. President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during the 75th Celebration of the Araw ng Kagitingan, honoring the veterans of World War II, at Mt. Samat National Shrine in Pilar, Bataan, April 9, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte 'invited' China, foreign gov'ts to PH waters – Esperon

Mar 29, 2017 - 5:11 PM

What is really so harmful with having a research ship [there]? asks National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr on the presence of a Chinese survey ship in Benham Rise for 3 months

NO BREACH, NO THREAT. National Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says President Rodrigo Duterte invited ships from foreign countries, including China, in Philippine waters for patrol and research, among others. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler