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PH Navy’s upcoming frigate begins sea trials in South Korea

Nov 23, 2019 - 8:07 AM

The BRP Jose Rizal is expected to be delivered to the Philippines by May 2020, and will be the most powerful warship in the Philippine Fleet

NEW WARSHIP. The Philippine Navy's upcoming frigate, the BRP Jose Rizal, is sent on sea trials in the waters off South Korea, where it was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries. Photo from the Philippine Navy

U.S. funds P1 billion in programs to help BARMM transition, fight terrorism

Nov 22, 2019 - 8:36 PM

Suicide bombings in Mindanao are a ‘major concern,’ says a top US counterterrorism official visiting Manila to boost cooperation in tactical response, border security, and cutting terrorist funding

FIGHTING TERRORISM. The siege of Marawi City in 2017 is a grim reminder of the insidious threat of terrorism in the Philippines. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Philippine defense spending in 2018: What data tells us

Jul 12, 2019 - 1:00 PM

The Philippines has to be smart about improving its security beyond defense budgets and military acquisitions and allocations

Canada to review helicopter deal with Philippines – reports

Feb 08, 2018 - 9:14 AM

'If they don’t want to sell, well we may consider the prospect of procuring them from other sources,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

HELICOPTER IN QUESTION. A Bell 412EP helicopter in Japan, similar to the model involved in the deal between Canada and the Philippines. Photo by AFP

Regional intel: ISIS fighters in Mindanao triple PH's estimate

Jun 04, 2017 - 12:52 PM

Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu says intelligence pegs the number of ISIS fighters in the Philippines at 1 200 including 40 Indonesians a stark contrast from the Philippines 250 400 estimate

Japan gives Philippines patrol ships

Aug 12, 2016 - 7:41 PM

The new vessels and planes are on top of 10 coast guard ships that Tokyo pledged to the previous Philippine leader Benigno Aquino

TO THE PHILIPPINES. BRP Tubbataha is one of 10 vessels that Japan is building for the Philippines' search and rescue and maritime security and law enforcement operations. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Coast Guard

Gibo Teodoro: I will think about DND post offer

May 16, 2016 - 6:39 PM

UPDATED The former defense secretary meets with president elect Rodrigo Duterte

Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

PH mulls 'submarine force' amid dispute with China

Mar 30, 2016 - 3:33 PM

UPDATED We might have to undergo various aspects of our own military capabilities that had never been part of our needs says President Benigno Aquino III explaining how Philippine policies have been affected by the row with China

CHINA DISPUTE. President Benigno S. Aquino lll keynotes the opening ceremony of Publish Asia 2016 Conference at the Manila Hotel on March 30, 2016. Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

US military equipment arrive in Subic for Balikatan 2016

Mar 29, 2016 - 8:08 AM

The shipment includes Humvee vehicles trucks jeeps backhoes and bulldozers

LINING UP. US military vehicles are pictured in Subic in preparation for the Balikatan 2016 military exercises, March 28, 2016. Photo by Randy Datu / Rappler

Salceda endorses Roxas, PH-JP ties, NBA finals 2015 | 12PM wRap

Jun 05, 2015 - 12:00 PM

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China’s 2015 military strategy, what it means for the PH

Jun 02, 2015 - 8:25 AM

The Philippines must push ASEAN to draft a binding Code of Conduct without Chinese participation

Poe-Binay 2016, HIV in Philippines, DND chopper deal | 12PM wRap

May 21, 2015 - 12:00 PM

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The Philippines should spend more on defense

May 09, 2015 - 8:43 AM

In terms of per capita defense spending the Philippines at 32 9 million is the third lowest in ASEAN in 2014 ahead only of Cambodia and Indonesia

Duterte: Revive ROTC amid China’s build-up in West PH Sea

Apr 23, 2015 - 1:38 PM

The Davao City mayor who is being groomed for a presidential bid says relying on the United States is not enough to defend the Philippines’ maritime territory

Aquino confirms all 12 FA-50 fighter jets in by 2017

Dec 13, 2014 - 9:27 PM

What the Philippines has at present are very ancient planes like the Nomad which can do 8 9 hour round trips Aquino tells reporters in Busan South Korea

CATCHING UP. The Philippines will have 12 FA-50 fighter jets in 2017. Image from wikipedia

PH finalizing P2.68B air defense radar deal with Israel

Jul 09, 2014 - 5:05 PM

The project will fund the installation of radar systems in Palawan to cover the West Philippines Sea and old radar sites Lubang and Pasuquin

'BETTER TERMS': The Department of National Defense says Israel's Elta Systems offered the best terms for the country's air defense radar system. Rappler photo

Hagel: PH-US war games 'important to regional security'

May 06, 2014 - 3:39 PM

US defense chief Chuck Hagel calls Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin to congratulate and thank him on the signing of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement EDCA

REGIONAL SECURITY. US Defense Chief Chuck Hagel says the Balikatan war games are important to regional security. AFP file phot

Voltaire Gazmin: The untouchable

Feb 01, 2014 - 7:00 PM

Defense Secretary Gazmin s critics know better than to openly attack or call for his resignation Find out why

FATHER-FIGURE: President Benigno Aquino III and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin. Malacañang photo

PH, US bases access talks reach 'impasse'

Nov 06, 2013 - 3:26 PM

The setback is expected to delay the agreement that they initially wanted to finish between 4 and 6 rounds No schedule has been set for the next round

IMPASSE: Philippine and US panels disagree on critical provisions. DND file photo

Habier Malik 'obviously' dead - Gazmin

Nov 04, 2013 - 4:38 PM

Outgoing Western Mindanao Command chief Lt General Rey Ardo also believes Malik died in Zamboanga during the standoff

MISUARI'S TOP LIEUTENANT: Ustadz Habier Malik led hundreds of followers of MNLF founder Nur Misuari in the Zamboanga City standoff

Hagel: US not asking for permanent bases in PH

Aug 30, 2013 - 1:28 PM

US defense chief Chuck Hagel says permanent bases reflect an outdated cold war mentality

Why DND plans to move Air Force, Navy to Subic

Jul 29, 2013 - 6:10 PM

Subic is the best alternative the defense department says because as a former US base it has facilities that can accommodate warships and additional helicopters

COMING: BRP Ramon Alacaraz is expected to arrive in the Philippines August 3

Allegations of human rights violations declining – AFP

Jul 11, 2013 - 5:58 PM

The military claims allegations of mission related human rights violations have been continuously declining since President Benigno Aquino III assumed power in 2010

DECLINED: AFP claims allegations of human rights abuses have continuously gone down. Screenshot of AFP presentation

Enrile: US access to PH bases may violate law

Jun 28, 2013 - 8:57 PM

Sen Juan Ponce Enrile and other UNA senators say the government s plan to give foreign troops greater access to PH bases is legally questionable

'LEGALLY QUESTIONABLE.' Resigned Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile says the plan to give US and Philippine allies greater access to Manila's bases may violate the Constitution. Photo by Rappler/Ayee Macaraig

Top US Pacific commander to visit Manila

Jun 05, 2013 - 4:21 PM

No open media events are planned for the visit

PH asks U.S. for radars, patrol boats, planes

May 03, 2012 - 6:49 AM

The Philippines has submitted a list of hardware to the US to help it achieve a minimum credible defense says Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario

[FULL STATEMENT] PH, US commit to a 'robust, agile' alliance

May 01, 2012 - 7:19 AM

The Philippines and the US issue a joint statement after bilateral talks in Washington reaffirming a commitment to strengthen cooperation in defense environment and trade among others