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LIST: The Philippine Navy’s upcoming vessels

Sep 11, 2019 - 11:24 AM

New warships and attack vessels are lined up for one of Asia-Pacific's most under-equipped navies

Unfriendly, not hostile: Navy drafting protocols for warship intrusions

Aug 28, 2019 - 6:41 PM

The Philippine Navy is working on protocols for foreign vessels 'intruding' in territorial waters, following President Rodrigo Duterte's order to enforce sovereignty even through 'unfriendly' ways

FIRST FRIGATE. The BRP Jose Rizal as it was launched in a shipyard in South Korea in May 2019. Expected to join the Philippine Navy fleet in 2020, it will be the country's most powerful warship yet. Photo from the Philippine Navy

Lorenzana lauds Duterte’s warning to foreign vessels trespassing PH waters

Aug 21, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The defense chief says the license to get compliance from unauthorized vessels even through an ‘unfriendly manner’ gives security forces authority to enforce the law

DEFENSE CHIEF. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on the sidelines of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on June 18, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Philippines files diplomatic protest vs China over warships in EEZ

Aug 19, 2019 - 9:31 AM

'Drop the diplomatic crap; say it is ours period; they're trespassing,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

NO PERMISSION. The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command reported 5 Chinese warships passed Philippine waters in July and August 2019. Photo from AFP-Westmincom

Lorenzana wants Duterte to bring up warship incursions during China visit

Aug 16, 2019 - 7:58 PM

'Where did they come from? Where are they going? Obviously they are going back to China pero ang mas malaking question, saan sila galing at bakit sila dumadaan sa Sibutu Strait?' asks the defense chief

LORENZANA. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana wants President Rodrigo Duterte to bring up with China's President Xi Jinping the illegitimate passage of Chinese warships in Philippine waters. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Military hits 'trespassing' by Chinese warships in Philippine waters

Aug 15, 2019 - 10:15 PM

'Incursions' by Chinese naval vessels in the Sibutu Strait may not have been overtly hostile but the military says they pose a security threat that needs to be addressed

TRESPASSING. The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (AFP-Westmincom) reported 5 Chinese warships passed Philippine waters in July and August 2019. Photo from AFP-Westmincom

'Not an act of friendship,' says Panelo on Chinese ships in Sibutu Strait

Aug 15, 2019 - 3:56 PM

The passage of Chinese warships may be the subject of yet another Philippine diplomatic protest, which critics have said are not working

NO PERMISSION. The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (AFP-Westmincom) reported 5 Chinese warships passed Philippine waters in July and August 2019. Photo from AFP-Westmincom

5 more Chinese warships spotted in Philippine waters in July, August

Aug 14, 2019 - 7:28 PM

The military says this is in addition to the passage of 4 Chinese vessels earlier this year, all without permission from the Philippine government

NO PERMISSION. The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (AFP-Westmincom) reported 5 Chinese warships passed Philippine waters in July and August 2019. Photo from AFP-Westmincom

U.S. aircraft carrier visits Manila amid heightened rhetoric vs China

Aug 08, 2019 - 12:18 AM

The US Navy's presence in the West Philippine Sea affirms a treaty alliance that provides a layer of deterrence against an increasingly aggressive China

MILITARY MIGHT. The USS Ronald Reagan Aircraft carrier is seen anchored Manila bay on 7 August 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

AFP hits 'deception' in China warships' passage

Aug 03, 2019 - 8:28 AM

The military spokesman’s statement is markedly stronger than previous statements of security officials on the clandestine passage of China's naval vessels

CHINA MUSCLE. This handout satellite picture taken on March 26, 2018 and released on March 30, 2018 by Planet Labs Inc. shows China's sole operational aircraft carrier, the Liaoning (C), sailing with other ships at sea, south of China's southern Hainan island. Beijing flexed its military muscle this week as its sole operational aircraft carrier was apparently spotted conducting a massive naval drill with dozens of vessels in the South China Sea, according to satellite images released on March 30. Photo by Planet Labs Inc/AFP

LOOK: Image shows Chinese aircraft carrier passed Philippine waters

Jul 27, 2019 - 12:56 PM

Despite denials from the Philippine defense chief and the Chinese ambassador, it appears the aircraft carrier Liaoning did pass though Philippine waters

WARSHIP PASSAGE. This image tweeted by OedoSoldier shows the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning did pass through Philippine waters recently. Photo from OedoSoldier on Twitter  Source: Twitter.com/OedoSoldier

Lorenzana confirms Chinese warships passed through Tawi-Tawi

Jul 25, 2019 - 3:43 PM

Lorenzana clarifies that it was not an aircraft carrier but several smaller Chinese naval vessels, and that China should have informed Philippine authorities about their passage

WARSHIP PASSAGE. Photo of a Chinese naval vessel by the Philippine Coast Guard

U.S. Coast Guard watching Chinese militia in South China Sea

Jun 11, 2019 - 10:51 AM

The United States Coast Guard says it is 'following' the activity of the Chinese militia in the disputed waters

SPOTTED. A Chinese militia vessel identified by the Philippine Coast Guard during a patrol in Scarborough Shoal. PCG photo

Philippine Coast Guard spots Chinese warship in Scarborough Shoal

Jun 10, 2019 - 4:56 PM

During the 4-day maritime patrol of the PCG, the China Coast Guard asks why the Philippine vessel is in the area

IN DISPUTED WATERS. The Philippine Coast Guard spots a naval ship from China during the former’s 4-day maritime patrol off Zambales, from June 6-9, 2019. PCG photo

Chinese warships cause surprise in Sydney Harbor

Jun 03, 2019 - 11:47 AM

Amid heightened concern about Beijing's growing clout and military muscle flexing, the appearance of a Chinese flagged task group and around 700 sailors comes as a surprise

Philippine Navy's first ever missile-capable warship hits water

May 23, 2019 - 9:19 PM

The future BRP Jose Rizal is transferred to the water for the first time during a launching ceremony at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea

BRP JOSE RIZAL. The Philippine Navy's most capable warship BRP Jose Rizal is launched. All photos from the Philippine Navy

China rebukes U.S. over warship sail-by in Taiwan Strait

May 23, 2019 - 3:50 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The US Navy says the USS Preble, a destroyer, and USNS Walter S. Diehl, a supply ship, conducted a routine transit 'in accordance with international law'

USS PREBLE. In this image released by the US Navy Visual News Service March 14, 2011 shows the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) after refueling. Photo by Navy Visual News Service / Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alexander Tidd/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Russian warships open doors to Filipinos on Day of Valor

Apr 09, 2019 - 8:03 PM

The Russian Navy welcomes Filipinos with a free tour aboard two of their warships at the Port of Manila

ALL ABOARD. The Russian Navy allows Filipinos to board and tour its two warships docked at the Port of Manila, Admiral Tributs and Admiral Vinogradov, in its Open Doors day on April 9. Photos by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

3 Russian warships dock in Manila amid Balikatan

Apr 08, 2019 - 9:27 AM

(UPDATED) The Philippines welcomes the Russian Navy's 2nd goodwill visit in 2019 amid its ongoing Balikatan joint military exercises with the United States

PORT CALL. Russian ships dock in Manila, kicking off a 5-day goodwill visit to the Philippines. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

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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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