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Navy warship successfully pulled from West PH Sea shoal

Sep 04, 2018 - 9:41 AM

BRP Gregorio del Pilar will be towed to Subic for repairs, says military spokesman Colonel Edgard Arevalo

GREGORIO RUNS AGROUND. BRP Gregorio del Pilar, one of the Philippine Navy's most capable warships, runs aground in Palawan on August 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of PAOAFP

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Aug 08, 2018 - 8:57 PM

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Beijing protests U.S. warship operation in South China Sea

May 28, 2018 - 1:27 PM

China's foreign ministry issues a statement expressing 'resolute opposition' to the US sail-by of the territory in the disputed Paracel Island chain

USS ANTIETAM. Side view of the USS Antietam (CG-54) Cruiser at the Manila South Harbor Pier 15. Photo from Wikipedia by user RoyKabanlit

LOOK: Japanese destroyer ‘Setogiri’ arrives in Manila

May 25, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The Asagiri-class destroyer of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, which has arrived with a helicopter and about 200 officers and crew, will be docked overnight at Pier 15 in South Harbor

Photo credit: Philippine Navy

PH Navy approves design drawings for frigates project

Apr 08, 2018 - 9:50 AM

The Philippine Navy says the ceremonial steel cutting will likely happen in South Korea on April 30

SIGNING. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana signed the contract with South Korean firm Heavy Hyundai Industries in October 2016. Photo from the HHI web site

Senate probe exposes root of frigates deal mess

Feb 24, 2018 - 7:00 PM

(UPDATED) Senators fail to probe deeper into why the defense department and the Navy did not come to a compromise

PACKED ROOM. The Senate Session Hall was packed with supporters of Special Assistant to the President Christopher 'Bong' Go. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

5 nagging questions after the Senate frigates probe

Feb 22, 2018 - 9:19 PM

If the innocence of Bong Go depended on a vote among the warm bodies inside the Senate compound, he would have won hands down. But the probe failed to pursue questions that would have given more light on the frigates issue.

LIVE: Senate hearing on navy frigates deal

Feb 19, 2018 - 1:20 PM

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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

Bribery scandal hounds Korean firm tapped for PH Navy warships

Feb 07, 2018 - 10:00 AM

'Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. is registered as an illegal businessman and will be restricted from bidding for national projects for two years,' says a news report in South Korea

Malacañang welcomes probe into Navy frigate supplier

Feb 03, 2018 - 5:22 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says it was the Aquino administration that selected Hyundai Heavy Industries to build two warships for the Philippine Navy

Newly-appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. holds his first press briefing in Malacañan on November 2, 2017. He told the members of the media that he is vowed to fulfill President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's order to do what is best for the country and to tell the truth. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Senate hearing tackles blogs vs Bong Go on warships deal

Jan 30, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Centerlaw lawyer Gilbert Andres cautions against tagging 'political opinion' as 'fake news'

FAKE NEWS? Secretary Martin Andanar in a Senate hearing on January 30, 2018 singled out social media posts by blogger Jover Laurio on the controversial frigates deal of the Philippine Navy. Screenshot of Senate livestream of the hearing

Senate to invite Bong Go to probe into PH warships deal

Jan 21, 2018 - 2:30 PM

'Siya ang central figure. Iimbitahin siya, inevitable 'yan,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson, vice chair of the Senate committee on national defense and security

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte views the presentation being showed by Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Año related to the current developments on the terror crisis in Marawi City during a meeting in Davao City on May 29, 2017. With them is Special Assistant to the President, Christopher Bong Go. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Ousted PH Navy chief wanted 'proven technology' for warships

Jan 19, 2018 - 10:58 AM

On January 4, 2017, then Philippine Navy chief vice admiral Ronald Mercado wrote Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to reject plans to install the Combat Management System of Hanwha Systems in Philippine warships. A week later, Lorenzana is handed a Hanwha white paper in Malacañang.

PH NAVY CHIEF. Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado leaves his post months ahead of his scheduled retirement. Rappler photo

Lorenzana: White paper came from Malacañang, not Bong Go

Jan 17, 2018 - 5:53 PM

(UPDATED) Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirms he wrote the marginal note pointing to Secretary Bong Go as the source of a document endorsing a foreign supplier for the project, but clarifies he only 'assumed' it came from the Palace official

PHOTO BY SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte witnesses turnover of rifles, trucks from Russia

Oct 25, 2017 - 12:13 PM

The President also tours Russian anti-submarine ship Admiral Pantaleev, his 3rd visit to a Russian warship

U.S. warship sails close to South China Sea island occupied by Beijing

Jul 02, 2017 - 11:15 PM

UPDATED The USS Stethem passes less than 12 nautical miles from Triton Island a move likely to provoke China

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May 02, 2017 - 12:18 PM

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Duterte inspects China warships, jokes of missiles pointed to PH

May 01, 2017 - 11:25 PM

During a tour highlighting China s growing military might Duterte writes a message of peace on a warship s guest book: Weather the waves journey on seas of peace freedom and friendship

MILITARY MIGHT. President Duterte inspects various equipment aboard Chang Chun

Duterte open to PH-China military drills in Mindanao

May 01, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expresses openness to joint exercises with China as he visits 3 Chinese warships docked in Davao City

The President was given a tour inside the Chinese Vessel Chang Chun where he was able to see the armaments, the deck, the bridge navigation system as well as the operations room command and control system. The Chinese PLAN officers also presented tokens to the President during his tour. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTOS

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May 01, 2017 - 10:18 AM

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Duterte aboard Varyag: 'Russia is with me'

Apr 21, 2017 - 5:17 PM

I shall not be afraid declares the Philippine president given Russia s latest gesture of friendship

PRESIDENTIAL VISIT. President Duterte at the South Harbor in Manila

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Apr 20, 2017 - 12:39 PM

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U.S. Navy destroyer makes port call in Subic

Apr 01, 2017 - 9:49 AM

The brief port call highlights the strong community and military connections between the Philippines and the United States the US embassy says

PORT CALL. The USS Fitzgerald returns to the Philippines for a brief port call. Released photo

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Mar 24, 2017 - 12:23 PM

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VLOG: Russian vessels, nakadaong sa Maynila

Jan 04, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Russian vessels arrive in Manila – a sign of goodwill between the two countries

Russia ready to help PH in fight vs terrorism, piracy

Jan 03, 2017 - 1:50 PM

Russian Navy Pacific Deputy Commander Rear Admiral Eduard Mikhailov in Manila for a goodwill visit also foresees future multinational military exercises in the South China Sea involving the Philippines Russia China and even Malaysia

RUSSIAN WARSHIP. This picture taken on September 12, 2016, shows Russian destroyer Admiral Tributs arriving at Zhanjiang port in China's southern Guangdong province.  Russian navy ships arrived for eight-day joint military exercises with the Chinese navy in the South China Sea, in a show of force after an international tribunal invalidated the Asian giant's extensive claims in the region. / AFP PHOTO / STR / China OUT

Russian warships to visit Manila

Dec 30, 2016 - 5:32 PM

The visit comes as President Rodrigo Duterte seeks to forge closer military ties with Russia to demonstrate a foreign policy that is independent of the country s longtime ally the US

DUTERTE'S FOREIGN POLICY. President Rodrigo Duterte sits beside Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (L) and Indonesia's President Joko Widodo at the gala dinner during the second day of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Vientiane on September 7, 2016. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

3rd warship from US arrives in PH

Dec 09, 2016 - 11:51 AM

They are the most capable warships of the ill equipped Philippine Navy so far

South Korea's Hyundai to build 2 brand new warships for PH Navy

Oct 25, 2016 - 10:20 AM

The deal for the frigates was initiated during the Aquino administration and is the first military contract signed under the Duterte administration

KOREAN MADE. Hyundai wins the bid to build the Philippines 2 brand new frigate. File photo from the Republic of Korea Navy

US warships arrive in Subic for PH, US war games

Oct 06, 2016 - 2:19 PM

Up to 1 400 US service members based in Okinawa and 500 Filipino soldiers participate in the war games

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Jul 13, 2016 - 8:09 PM

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Japan warship visits Philippines as China sea row festers

Apr 26, 2016 - 4:40 PM

We want to deepen the relationship with the Philippines says Captain Masaki Takada as Japanese destroyer Ise docks in Subic Bay

epa05277600 Japanese helicopter carrier Ise dock at the former US naval base, Subic port, in Olongapo, Zambales province, Philippines, 26 April 2016. Ise (DDH 182) of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), along with four helicopters on board are in the Philippines for a four-day goodwill visit amid tension in South China sea. EPA/STR

China: US island sail-by 'dangerous and irresponsible'

Feb 01, 2016 - 6:19 PM

Beijing s foreign ministry spokesman says Washington is stoking tensions in the disputed South China Sea

epa05128707 The USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54), a US Navy Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer, docked in Manila Bay, Philippines, 27 January 2016. According to US embassy media release, the ship with a crew of more than 300 personnel is an integral part of Battle Force Seventh Fleet, which is the US Navy?s only permanently forward deployed naval force. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Obama vows 'ironclad' commitment to defend PH

Nov 17, 2015 - 3:45 PM

UPDATED President Barack Obama announces the transfer of 2 more ships to the Philippine Navy

PLEDGING SUPPORT. US President Barack Obama (R) speaks following a tour of the BRP Gregario Del Pilar in Manila Harbor in Manila on November 17, 2015 after arriving to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

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Oct 28, 2015 - 6:00 AM

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Presiden Amerika Barack Obama menemui Presiden Joko Widodo di Ruang Oval Gedung Putih di Washington DC, Amerika Serikat, 26 October 2015 waktu setempat. FotoL EPA/Martin H. Simon

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Oct 27, 2015 - 6:59 PM

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Oct 27, 2015 - 1:16 PM

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Oct 27, 2015 - 7:57 AM

Other stories include warships arriving to help haze victims and updates on Asia stocks

US VISIT. Indonesian president Joko Widodo arrives in the United States. Photo from Widodo's Facebook

Warships arrive to help thousands affected by haze

Oct 26, 2015 - 5:18 PM

Our warships are ready to evacuate residents whether to these temporary shelters or even on board We are prepared for that

ON STANDBY. Indonesian Navy ship KRI Banda Aceh, one of the vessels ready for the evacuation plan. Photo by Adek Berry/EPA

Indonesia readies warships for haze evacuation

Oct 24, 2015 - 3:06 PM

Indonesian disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho says fires caused by slash and burn farming had killed 10 people

ON STANDBY. Indonesian Navy ship KRI Banda Aceh, one of the vessels ready for the evacuation plan. Photo by Adek Berry/EPA

India clears $8B warships project to counter Chinese navy

Feb 19, 2015 - 9:45 AM

It comes just months after ordering new submarines to close the gap with the Chinese navy in the Indian Ocean

A general view of India's largest indigenously built warship, Indian Naval Ship (INS) Kolkata, a guided-missile destroyer, at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai, India, 16 August 2014. Divyakant Solanki/EPA

PH eyes final bidding for 2 new warships

Dec 03, 2014 - 7:18 PM

The warships will be the Philippine military s biggest and most capable

MOST CAPABLE: Philippine Navy's BRP Ramon Alcaraz. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

PH, Vietnam navies deepen ties amid regional sea tension

Nov 26, 2014 - 10:31 AM

Two Vietnamese warships are on a goodwill visit to Manila seen as a sign of stronger relations between the Philippine Navy and the Vietnam People s Navy

PORT CALL: 2 Vietnamese ships dock in Manila. Photo from the Philippine Navy

Russia says French warship handover next month, sparking denial

Oct 30, 2014 - 10:41 AM

The manufacturer immediately denies setting a date amid pressure on Paris to scrap the deal

A picture made available on 03 September 2014 shows a Mistral helicopter carrier built on behalf of Russia at a shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France, 08 August 2014. Marcus Brandt/EPA

Wanted: Consultant for PH Navy's P18.9-B warships deal

Jan 21, 2014 - 4:55 PM

The chosen consultant is expected to lend technical expertise including inputs on seaworthiness and design

MOST CAPABLE: Philippine Navy's BRP Ramon Alcaraz. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

PH cancels plan to acquire 3rd US cutter

Sep 02, 2013 - 11:20 PM

The funds will be used instead to acquire two frigates for the Philippine Navy

SAIL PAST: Local fishing vessels welcome BRP Alcaraz in Casiguran, Aurora. Photo by Arcel Cometa

Refurbished BRP Alcaraz arrives in Subic

Aug 06, 2013 - 10:30 PM

The Hamilton class cutter the BRP Alcaraz arrives in Subic It’s the country’s second warship after BRP Del Pilar

Photo by Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau

PH latest warship to defend territory

Jun 10, 2013 - 12:53 PM

BRP Ramon Alcaraz PF 16 the Philippines newest warship is set to arrive in Manila in August

READY. Capt. Ernesto Baldovino, commanding officer of the BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16) shows Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia Jr. the capabilities of the vessel set to arrive in Manila in August. Photo by Elmer Cato/Philippine Embassy Washington, DC