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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

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May 12, 2017 - 10:07 PM

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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

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Apr 20, 2017 - 11:30 AM

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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

Small planes for PH Navy signal Japan's growing security role

Mar 28, 2017 - 7:47 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte s pronouncements of dislike for US makes the country s relations with Japan very crucial

SMALL PLANES, HUGE LEAP. The transfer of TC90 patrol planes from the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force to the Philippine Navy is a huge leap for Japan. PH Navy photo

PH eyes structures in Benham Rise amid China's interest

Mar 13, 2017 - 7:40 PM

Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana also says the country will increase patrols in the area

IN ACTION. A team transfers UP-labeled rubber boats to another dive site. Photo courtesy of Dr Gil Jacinto/UP-MSI

Lorenzana: China showed interest in PH's Benham Rise

Mar 09, 2017 - 3:15 PM

The Philippines will not allow Chinese ships to return to the area says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

Tiamzons lead communists' backchannel talks with gov't

Mar 09, 2017 - 1:40 PM

Chief presidential peace adviser Jesus Dureza is joining the Tiamzon couple for backchannel talks in Europe

COMMUNIST LEADERS. The military tagged Benito Tiamzon as the 'center of gravity' of the Communist Party of the Philippines. Photo by Edwin Espejo/OPAPP

U.S. stopped China's plan to build on Scarborough

Mar 09, 2017 - 11:58 AM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says Scarborough Shoal is a red line for both the US and the Philippines

NDCP FORUM. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana speaks about the country's security challenges. Rappler photo

STAKEOUT: 1986 People Power – Pagbabalik-tanaw

Feb 25, 2017 - 7:58 AM

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DND to Palace: Issue written order on soldiers’ arrest of rogue cops

Feb 01, 2017 - 2:06 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says an official Palace order would serve as legal basis for soldiers to follow the President s directive

NEUTRAL PH? File photo of Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana speaking at the Fullerton Forum at the Shangri-La Dialogue Sherpa Meeting in Singapore on January 23, 2017. AFP Photo

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PH wary of Trump men's anti-China provocations

Jan 26, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is concerned that the Philippines will be caught in the middle if US becomes more aggressive in the South China Sea

NEUTRAL PH? File photo of Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana speaking at the Fullerton Forum at the Shangri-La Dialogue Sherpa Meeting in Singapore on January 23, 2017. AFP Photo

COA: DND, 183 LGUs didn't follow rules for disaster funds in 2015

Jan 22, 2017 - 7:00 PM

The Commission on Audit releases its first ever report on how funds for disaster risk reduction and management were used by national and local officials

China's sea militarization 'very troubling' – PH defense chief

Jan 17, 2017 - 8:12 PM

The Philippine government would be remiss in its duty to protect its national interest if it does not protest question and seek clarification from China on the presence of weapons in the Spratlys Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says

CHINA'S RECLAMATION. The Philippines releases this photo in May 2016 of China'€™s alleged reclamation in Johnson South Reef in the South China Sea, warning it may be building an airstrip. Photo courtesy: Department of Foreign Affairs

Further delay looms in PH-NDF joint ceasefire deal

Jan 12, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the military is ready to go back to war if the negotiation fails due to the difficult demands by communist rebels

DEFENSE CHIEF. Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Rappler file photo

Still no plan to fix PH runway in West PH Sea

Jan 12, 2017 - 5:15 PM

China has 3 runways in the South China Sea

PH military aims to crush Abu Sayyaf, Maute Group in 6 months

Jan 09, 2017 - 8:00 PM

When we say we aim to significantly defeat the enemy we mean we want to render them or their capabilities down to a very minimal level says AFP chief General Eduardo Año

COMMAND CONFERENCE. President Rodrigo Duterte and AFP chief Eduardo Año after the first command conference held on January 6, 2017. Malacañang photo