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PH contests index showing it's 2nd least peaceful nation in region

Jun 08, 2018 - 8:15 AM

The index shows the Philippines as the second least peaceful country in Asia Pacific, next only to North Korea

HONORING THE DEAD. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana leads a wreathe-laying ceremony for soldiers killed in Marawi. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

PH did not lose sandbars near Pag-asa island, says Lorenzana

Jun 07, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says Filipino residents in Pag-asa Island continue to enjoy access to the 3 sandbars but they cannot 'occupy' them based on an agreement between the Philippines and China

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

Lorenzana: We're helpless against China blockade in West PH Sea

Jun 04, 2018 - 5:52 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana asks Congress to fund military modernization. 'We don't have the capabilities now. We are [working] double time but it depends on the funds that we get from Congress.'

DEFEATIST. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the Philippines is helpless against China in the West Philippine Sea. File Photo by DARREN LANGIT

U.S. Navy reactivates its Atlantic 2nd Fleet

May 06, 2018 - 12:30 AM

'Our National Defense Strategy makes clear that we're back in an era of great power competition as the security environment continues to grow more challenging and complex,' says Admiral John Richardson, chief of US Naval Operations

US BASE. This file image obtained from the US Navy shows the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (left) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer during a surface maneuvers exercise east of the Korean peninsula. Photo by Ryan Harper / US NAVY / AFP

Zuckerberg on Facebook, Lorenzana and Dela Rosa on tattoos, Pacquiao to fight Matthysse | Midday wRap

Apr 03, 2018 - 11:44 AM

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Tattoos make cops, soldiers look like gangsters, criminals – DND, PNP chiefs

Apr 02, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and top cop Ronald dela Rosa reject a congressman's proposal to scrap the no-tattoo policy of the DND and the PNP

NO INK ALLOWED. Police stand in formation during an inspection and accounting of personnel by the regional police chief at the police district of Manila. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Lorenzana against peace talks: 'I don't know the purpose of this'

Mar 26, 2018 - 9:23 PM

'Because we have been talking with them for the past several decades. Nothing is happening,' says a weary Delfin Lorenzana

DEFENSE SECRETARY. Delfin Lorenzana speaks to House committee on national defense and security. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Philippine Navy gets 3 more patrol planes from Japan

Mar 26, 2018 - 6:56 PM

The Beechcraft King Air TC-90 planes will fly for West Philippine Sea patrols and local disaster response missions

PATROL PLANES. The 3 TC-90 patrol planes are flown over the Philippine Naval Base in Sangley Point, Cavite City. Philippine Navy photo

Lorenzana on frigates, Dela Rosa on PNPA mauling incident, Daniels on Trump | Midday wRap

Mar 26, 2018 - 12:42 PM

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PH not keen to buy more frigates, opts for smaller vessels

Mar 26, 2018 - 8:05 AM

'I think the two frigates from Hyundai will be the last in the near future,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

SECURITY BRIEFING. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana speaks at a forum hosted by the Foundation for Economic Freedom. Rappler photo

Lorenzana gives top PH economists security briefing

Mar 22, 2018 - 6:07 PM

Former finance secretary Roberto de Ocampo gives a glowing assessment of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana's performance as defense chief

BRIEFING ECONOMISTS. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana gives the Foundation for Economic Freedom a briefing on the national security situation. Rappler photo

Former defense secretary Fortunato Abat dies

Mar 08, 2018 - 8:06 AM

(UPDATED) Fortunato Abad served as defense secretary from 1997 to 1998 under the administration of Fidel Ramos

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Feb 20, 2018 - 9:44 AM

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

Feb 19, 2018 - 7:42 PM

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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

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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