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Rappler Talk: U.S. national security adviser on Trump's PH visit

Nov 06, 2017 - 8:45 PM

The Philippines is the last leg of Trump's first Asia tour. US national security adviser HR McMaster talks to Rappler about US President Donald Trump and what he plans to discuss with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

RAPPLER TALK. US national security adviser H.R. McMaster speaks with Rappler executive editor Maria Ressa on President Donald Trump's visit to the Philippines. Rappler photo

Duterte's pivot from US will turn into a pirouette – Trump adviser

Nov 06, 2017 - 7:30 PM

US national security adviser H.R. McMaster says President Donald Trump will want to continue active involvement in the region. 'He wants to hear from the leaders in the region about how they would like the US to engage from a security perspective and from an economic perspective.'

US NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER. H.R. McMaster was a Lieutenant General in the US Army. Rappler photo

Trump's top security aide hails global cooperation in Marawi

Nov 03, 2017 - 11:54 AM

'We saw with the recent campaign in the Philippines in Mindanao and Marawi how important it is to work together,' says US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster

MARAWI WAR. The Philippine military fought urban warfare for 5 months against local armed groups linked with Islamic State. Rappler photo

Trump Asia tour to focus on actions 'short of war' vs North Korea

Nov 03, 2017 - 10:53 AM

US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster says countries should do more to increase the isolation of North Korea to send a message that 'they have no option but to denuclearize'

NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER. US Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster replaced Michael Flynn, who lasted less than a month on the job. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Esperon favors extension of martial law in Mindanao

Oct 25, 2017 - 4:46 PM

Martial law may be still be needed even after December 31 to help the military crack down on other terror groups that have pledged allegiance to ISIS, says National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr

Former UN chief Annan says Rohingya must return to Myanmar

Oct 14, 2017 - 11:49 AM

Kofi Annan, who led an advisory commission to the Myanmar government, says world powers must work with the country's military and civilian leaders to end the refugee crisis

ROHINGYAS. Former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan speaks at the 52nd Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, southern Germany, on February 14, 2016. File photo by Tomas Kienzle/AFP

Russians used Kaspersky program to hack US intel contractor's computer – report

Oct 06, 2017 - 4:49 PM

The Wall Street Journal says the 2015 hack led to the Russians obtaining information on how the NSA itself penetrates foreign computer networks and protects itself from cyberattacks

Germany drops probe into mass NSA surveillance

Oct 05, 2017 - 9:45 PM

Germany's federal prosecution service says it had ended its inquiry into 'the possible mass collection of telecommunication data of the German population by British and US intelligence services'

SURVEILLANCE. A picture taken on April 3, 2014 in Berlin shows a man carrying files before the first session of the committee of inquiry investigating into the possible data surveillance by British and the US National Security Agency (NSA). Photo by Daniel Naupold/dpa/AFP

U.S. formally requests UN vote Monday on North Korea

Sep 09, 2017 - 2:47 PM

Washington has presented a draft UN resolution calling for an oil embargo on North Korea an assets freeze on Kim Jong Un a ban on textiles and an end to payments of North Korean guest workers

Trump backs Saudi-led efforts to isolate Qatar

Jun 06, 2017 - 11:04 PM

In a surprise move against a key US ally Trump suggests Qatar is funding extremism as he tacitly backs the diplomatic blockade of the emirate

DMITRY PESKOV. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends a meeting of Russia's President Vladimir Putin with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro at the Kremlin in Moscow, on July 2, 2013. File photo by Maxim Shemetov/AFP

Leaked intel report shows Russian hackers probed U.S. voting systems

Jun 06, 2017 - 11:39 AM

The alleged leak of the National Security Agency document by one of the tens of thousands of private contractors to US spy agencies becomes the newest embarrassment for the US intelligence community

SECRET VOTING. In this file photo, a man votes at a polling place at a high school in McLean, Virginia during the US presidential election on November 8, 2016. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Iraqi hacker arrested for targeting security agency

Jun 02, 2017 - 11:42 PM

Not caring about the lives of the people is one of the most important reasons for the destruction of this country Hussein Mahdi writes on the agency s webpage

Resorts World Manila confirms 35 dead, denies security lapse

Jun 02, 2017 - 1:28 PM

UPDATED Management says the cause of deaths is likely suffocation and that protocol dictated security personnel cannot have firearms

MOVING TO SAFER GROUNDS. Guests at the Resorts World Manila in Pasay City on June 2, 2017, evacuate after an unknown gunmen open fire and burn a part of the casino causing panic to guests and employees resulting to deaths and injuries. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Manila police nab 3 suspects in Quiapo blast

May 31, 2017 - 2:10 PM

Halid Macatanong who is suspected of setting off the second bomb in Quiapo on May 6 is arrested in Subic Freeport in Zambales

HIDING. The three suspects are arrested in Subic Freeport, 3 hours away from Manila.

Martial Law, Marawi attack, Donald Trump and Pope Francis | Evening wRap

May 24, 2017 - 10:17 PM

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Davao City 'on lockdown' after terror attack in Marawi

May 24, 2017 - 3:41 AM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio says security checks are in place both on land and at sea

MAYOR DUTERTE. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio declares Davao as locked down until further notice due to the clash in Marawi. Rappler screengrab

Manchester blast, Alan Peter Cayetano, Duterte in Russia | Evening wRap

May 24, 2017 - 12:25 AM

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Trump asked 2 intel chiefs to deny Russia collusion – report

May 23, 2017 - 9:32 AM

The Washington Post report suggests that the White House sought to tamp down the Russia probe

US President Donald Trump speaks during the swearing-in of the White House senior staff at the White House on January 22, 2017, in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

China's Xi calls for South Korea ties to get back on track

May 19, 2017 - 1:43 PM

We re willing to work with South Korea to preserve the hard won results properly handle disputes put China South Korea relations back onto a normal track says Chinese President Xi Jinping

CHINA'S MOST POWERUL. Chinese President Xi Jinping in Belgrade on June 18, 2016. Oliver Bunic/AFP

Microsoft says cyberattack should be wake up call for governments

May 15, 2017 - 8:22 AM

Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith warns of the danger of exploits developed by governments falling into the hands of hackers and causing widespread damage

LESSONS FROM A CYBERATTACK. Microsoft's Brad Smith warns governments against storing computer vulnerabilities. Image of Brad Smith from Twitter.

PH officials studying military drills with China

May 04, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Philippine National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr welcomes joint exercises with China in the Sulu Sea saying it can help deter threats like kidnapping

DRILLS WITH CHINA? President Rodrigo Duterte tours Chinese warship Chang Chun in Davao City. Presidential photo

U.S. NSA spy agency halts controversial email sweep

Apr 29, 2017 - 8:51 AM

The powerful US spy agency says that although it has the legal power to continue scooping up such communications it would halt the practice to protect the privacy of US citizens

Pentagon chief warns Syria against using chemical weapons

Apr 21, 2017 - 8:03 PM

Mattis makes the comments during a one day visit for talks with Israeli leaders who strongly supported a recent US strike against a Syrian airbase in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack on a rebel held town

MATTIS ON SYRIA. US Defense Minister James Mattis addresses the press during a NATO defence ministers' meetings at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on February 15, 2017. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Top U.S. official visits Afghanistan after huge bomb attack

Apr 16, 2017 - 8:10 PM

UPDATED Washington s National Security Advisor General H R McMaster discusses security issues and counter terrorism efforts with Afghan officials

US Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster looks on as US President Donald Trump announces him as his national security adviser at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on February 20, 2017.  Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Trump strategist Bannon dropped from National Security Council

Apr 06, 2017 - 12:45 AM

UPDATED A White House official says the move resulted from a reorganization by Trump s new national security advisor Lieutenant General HR McMaster

STEVE BANNON. White House advisor Steve Bannon makes remarks during a discussion at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, February 23, 2017. File photo by Mike Theiler / AFP

Esperon, Floirendo, FA-50s | Evening wRap

Mar 29, 2017 - 7:52 PM

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FBI confirms probe of Trump team ties to Russia

Mar 20, 2017 - 11:17 PM

UPDATED The FBI is investigating the Russian government s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election Comey tells a hearing by the House Intelligence Committee

JAMES COMEY. FBI Director James Comey gestures as National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers looks on during the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Russian actions during the 2016 election campaign on March 20, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/ AFP

Trump tweets Russia collusion claims 'fake news'

Mar 20, 2017 - 8:01 PM

UPDATED His tweet comes just as FBI and NSA chiefs are to speak to Congress on what ties Trump may have with Russia and his shocking claim that he was wiretapped by his predecessor Barack Obama

CALLING PUTIN. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Russia's President Vladimir Putin from the Oval Office of the White House on January 28, 2017, in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Malacañang on Robredo, Flynn and Putin, Dwyane Wade | Evening wRap

Mar 17, 2017 - 8:33 PM

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Former Trump aide Flynn paid over $55,000 by Russian entities

Mar 17, 2017 - 11:17 AM

Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings has called for a probe into whether Mike Flynn broke Defense Department security rules in taking payments from Russian entities

OUT. In this file photo, Michael Flynn speaks at the US Institute Of Peace in Washington DC, January 10, 2017. Chris Kleponis/AFP

In speech to U.S. Congress, Trump promises 'renewal of the American spirit'

Mar 01, 2017 - 11:28 AM

UPDATED Transposing hardline campaign promises into a presidential key Trump offers the most restrained and detailed explanation yet of his America first world view

MAIDEN SPEECH. US Vice President Mike Pence (L) and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R) applaud as US President Donald J. Trump (C) arrives to deliver his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, DC, USA, 28 February 2017. Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool/AFP

Peso vs dollar, CHED, Trump | Midday wRap

Feb 21, 2017 - 1:07 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 21, 2017

Feb 21, 2017 - 10:32 AM

Hello Here s a round up of news you need to know this Tuesday

Trump names new U.S. national security adviser

Feb 21, 2017 - 7:23 AM

The appointment of H R McMaster ends a one week search to replace Michael Flynn who was forced to resign after questionable contacts with the Russian government and revelations that he lied about them

US Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster looks on as US President Donald Trump announces him as his national security adviser at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on February 20, 2017.  Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Duterte generals open to talks with Reds

Feb 20, 2017 - 9:03 AM

UPDATED National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr and Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año express openness as the Communist Party of the Philippines urges President Rodrigo Duterte to send negotiators to Utrecht to discuss a joint ceasefire deal

WEEKEND WITH GENERALS. President Rodrigo Duterte led the alumni homecoming of the Philippine Military Academy on Saturday, February 18. ALBERT ALCAIN/Presidential Photo

Trump loses pick for top security advisor

Feb 17, 2017 - 7:54 PM

Retired Navy Admiral Robert Harward says he bowed out because of family and financial commitments US media outlets report he was unhappy because he had no guarantees that the National Security Council would be in charge of policy

ROBERT HARWARD. This file photo from May 27, 2012 shows Jordan's Prince Faisal (L), Army's head of operations and training Major General Awni Adwan (C) and deputy commander of US Central Command, US Navy Vice Admiral Robert S. Harward (R) at the King Abdullah Special Operations Training Center in Amman on May 27, 2012. File photo by Khalil Mazraawi / AFP

Russia defense deal won't affect ties with U.S. – Esperon

Feb 17, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Talks about an upcoming defense pact with Russia comes at a time when the Philippine President has made threats to scrap defense deals with the US

SEEKING MORE ALLIES. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr holds a press conference at the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City on February 17, 2017. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Ombudsman, Panelo, Flynn | Midday wRap

Feb 15, 2017 - 1:17 PM

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Trump aides had contacts with Russia during election – NYT

Feb 15, 2017 - 11:47 AM

The New York Times report says intercepted phone calls and phone records showed the repeated contacts with Moscow s intelligence community during the 2016 US presidential campaign season

In this file photo, Paul Manafort, then the campaign manager for Donald Trump, speaks on the phone while touring the floor of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena on July 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

White House in crisis mode over Flynn-Russia scandal

Feb 15, 2017 - 7:08 AM

UPDATED The White House battles to insulate President Donald Trump from the scandal over a top security aide s contacts with Russia as calls grow for an independent investigation

This file photo taken on December 21, 2016 shows then US President-elect Donald Trump (L) standing with Trump National Security Adviser Lt. General Michael Flynn (R) at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida. Jim Watson/AFP

De Lima, Aguirre, Abella | Evening wRap

Feb 14, 2017 - 9:36 PM

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Ex-NSA Michael Flynn: Pro-Russia, fixated on Islamic extremism

Feb 14, 2017 - 5:57 PM

PROFILE | The retired 3 star general is a former military intelligence chief who saw militant Islam as the main threat to global stability

(FILES): This file photo taken on December 11, 2016 shows retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, then US President-elect Donald Trump's choice for National Security Advisor, waiting for an elevator in the lobby at Trump Tower in New York City.  The White House announced February 13, 2017 that Michael Flynn has resigned as President Donald Trump's national security advisor, amid escalating controversy over his contacts with Moscow. In his formal resignation letter, Flynn acknowledged that in the period leading up to Trump's inauguration: "I inadvertently briefed the vice president-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador." Trump has named retired lieutenant general Joseph Kellogg, who was serving as a director on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as acting national security advisor, the White House said.   / AFP PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Drew Angerer

Top Trump aide Flynn resigns over Russia contacts

Feb 14, 2017 - 12:19 PM

7th UPDATE Michael Flynn now stands accused of inappropriate contacts with a foreign government – Russia – and of misleading the vice president of the United States

OUT. In this file photo, Michael Flynn speaks at the US Institute Of Peace in Washington DC, January 10, 2017. Chris Kleponis/AFP

Extradition report is 'speculation' – Snowden's lawyer

Feb 11, 2017 - 6:43 PM

Russia has no legal basis to hand over Snowden says Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena

File photo by AFP/Wikileaks

1/3 of ASEAN 2017 budget devoted to security

Feb 08, 2017 - 1:18 PM

Security is a top concern especially for April and November summits expected to be attended by up to 21 heads of state or heads of government

YEAR OF ASEAN. President Rodrigo Duterte launches the Philippines' hosting of ASEAN 2017 in Davao City in January 2017. Malacañang photo

U.S. spy chiefs stand firm on Russia findings

Jan 06, 2017 - 8:23 AM

UPDATED This was a multifaceted campaign So the hacking was only one part of it and it also entailed classical propaganda disinformation fake news says Director of National Intelligence James Clapper

ON CYBER THREATS. Defense Undersecretary for Intelligence Marcell Lettre II, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and United States Cyber Command and National Security Agency Director Admiral Michael Rogers testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill January 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Questions and answers on Israeli settlements

Dec 24, 2016 - 10:26 PM

The UN Security Council has recently passed a landmark resolution condemning Israeli settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank

SETTLEMENTS. A picture taken on October 2, 2016 shows a general view of an Israeli building site of new housing units in the Jewish settlement of Shilo in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. File photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

UN Security Council postpones vote on Israeli settlements – diplomats

Dec 22, 2016 - 11:41 PM

Egypt requests the delay to allow time for consultations on a resolution that will demand Israel to halt its settlement activities in the Palestinian territories and east Jerusalem

Trump stacks top government posts with retired generals

Dec 08, 2016 - 10:58 AM

Trump s naming of at least 3 retired generals to top posts raises questions as to why there will be so much military brass in cabinet level jobs

This file photo taken on November 19, 2016 shows US President-elect Donald Trump shaking hands with retired United States Marine Corps General James Mattis after their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, in Bedminster, New Jersey. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Trump taps national security veteran for White House role

Nov 26, 2016 - 7:35 AM

She has tremendous experience and innate talent that will complement the fantastic team we are assembling US President elect Donald Trump says

INCOMING PRESIDENT. President-elect Donald Trump walks through the lobby of the New York Times following a meeting with editors at the paper on November 22, 2016, in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP