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Calida tells Supreme Court to void Trillanes amnesty because Gazmin signed it

Sep 24, 2018 - 5:43 PM

It is an argument not cited in President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation No. 572

GAZMIN ARGUMENT. Floated only after the publication of Proclamation No. 527, Solicitor General Jose Calida has now officially raised to the Supreme Court that the act of former defense secretary Voltaire Gazmin approving Senator Antonio Trillanes' amnesty papers is illegal and a valid ground to void the amnesty. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

'No need' to add Duterte's Gazmin theory to Trillanes amnesty order

Sep 12, 2018 - 2:31 PM

For Malacañang, President Duterte's new theory can just be part of arguments before the courts but law professor Tony La Viña says if the government wants to make use of this, Proclamation No 572 must be amended to include it

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses the pressing concerns of the country during a dialogue with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo at the Malacañan Palace on September 11, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

FALSE: Duterte says Gazmin 'didn't have authority to give Trillanes amnesty'

Sep 11, 2018 - 8:07 PM

President Aquino granted the amnesty through Proclamation Number 75. The defense department was only assigned to process applications.

Other amnesty certificates signed by Gazmin may be questioned – Roque

Sep 10, 2018 - 2:49 PM

Malacañang says President Duterte came up with an order against Trillanes specifically because he was the 'acknowledged leader' of the Oakwood and Manila Peninsula incidents

Duterte: Ex-DND chief Gazmin liable for 'usurpation of authority'

Sep 08, 2018 - 5:07 PM

Former Aquino spokesman Edwin Lacierda refutes the claim, saying 'there is no irregularity' in Voltaire Gazmin's actions in relation to the amnesty granted to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

USURPATION OF AUTHORITY. President Rodrigo Duterte says former Defense chief Voltaire Gazmin usurped authority in Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's application for amnesty. Duterte filephoto from Malacañang, Gazmin file photo from Rappler

Aquino boasts of modernization, thanks AFP in final speech

Jun 28, 2016 - 8:06 AM

Benigno Aquino III addresses the Armed Forces of the Philippines one last time as commander in chief

President Benigno S. Aquino III salutes as he acknowledges the men and women in uniform participating in the pass-in review during the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Testimonial Parade and Review at the Grandstand of the AFP General Headquarters (GHQ), Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Monday (June 27, 2016). (Photo by Lauro Montellano Jr. / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Most Aquino Cabinet members richer in 2015

Jun 22, 2016 - 5:33 PM

The assets lists of 5 Cabinet members are not yet available: Foreign Affairs Secretary Jose Rene Almendras Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya Justice Secretary Emmanuel Caparas Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Emmanuel Esguerra

SALN. Most members of the Aquino Cabinet grew richer in 2015. File photo by Benhur Arcayan/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

Defense chief Gazmin: No ‘formalized’ ISIS organization in PH

Apr 14, 2016 - 9:33 PM

UPDATED In the same press conference US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter cites instances in other countries where extremist groups have sought to rebrand themselves through affiliation with ISIS

JOINT BRIEFING. US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (left) and Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin field questions at a joint press conference in Malacañang on April 14, 2016. Photo from RTVM Twitter page

US, Philippines launch joint South China Sea patrols

Apr 14, 2016 - 6:17 PM

UPDATED US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter also announces that 275 troops and 5 A 10 ground attack aircraft currently in the country for annual war games will remain in the country temporarily

PATROLS. US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (R) and Manila American Cemetery Deputy Superintendent Hubert Caloud (L) chat as they arrive to attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Manila on April 14, 2016. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

#EDSA30: Remembering Alpha and Delta

Feb 25, 2016 - 9:41 AM

The two anti Marcos leaders were kept in solitary confinement in Fort Magsaysay The only way Delta and Alpha knew the other was still alive was when one would sing Lupang Hinirang and the other would reply with Bayan Ko

ALPHA. A wax figure of Senator Ninoy Aquino stands watch. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

US to build facilities in old CDO airport in 2016

Feb 05, 2016 - 4:58 PM

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin says once the required documents are processed in the coming months US troops can move in to begin construction of their facilities

JOINT FORCES. Military troops from the Philippines and the US during the opening of the Philippines-US Exercise Balikatan in Quezon City in April 2015. File photo by EPA

PH vows ‘prompt, mutually beneficial’ implementation of EDCA

Jan 13, 2016 - 11:08 AM

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario says the Supreme Court ruling on EDCA opens up new opportunities to further deepen our enduring alliance with the US

PH-US 2+2. (L-R) Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Philippine Secretary of Defense Voltaire  Gazmin and US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter pose for a photo opportunity before the second Philippines-US Two-plus-Two Ministerial Dialogue on January 12, 2016, at the US Department of State in Washington, DC. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC

Japan eyes amphibious landing exercises with PH military

Aug 14, 2015 - 8:45 PM

Admiral Kawano stresses the importance of capacity building cooperation and information sharing to address common security issues

MANILA VISIT. Japan Self-Defense Forces chief of staff Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano. Armed Forces photo

Napoles' assets, Sereno’s independence, Pluto probe survives | 6PM wRap

Jul 15, 2015 - 7:19 PM

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Controversial choppers: Air Force offers demo flights

Jul 15, 2015 - 10:39 AM

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin who s being accused of getting kickbacks from the deal says the briefing and demonstration flights were meant to clarify issues raised against the UH 1D

DEMO FLIGHT. Philippine Air Force offers media flight demos to show that the controversial UH-1Ds are 'mission capable'

Suspense behind the choice of AFP chief: And they waited and waited

Jul 10, 2015 - 7:35 PM

UPDATED On the military under Aquino: He makes up his mind at the last minute leaving the entire organization waiting Palagi namang ganyan

CHOSEN ONE. New Armed Forces chief Lieutenant General Hernado Iriberri. AFP PAO photo

Iriberri is new AFP chief

Jul 10, 2015 - 8:49 AM

UPDATED President Aquino chooses Army commanding general Lt Gen Hernando Iriberri as the new chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines

New AFP chief on Friday: Aquino, Gazmin ex-aides contenders

Jul 08, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Should the next military chief come from the Air Force or the Army?

 ARMY OR AIR FORCE? Army chief Hernando Iriberri and Air Force chief Jeffrey Delgado lead the contenders for the top AFP post

PH: Naval drills with Japan OK despite no VFA

Jun 24, 2015 - 9:45 PM

The Philippine government doesn t expect to ratify a Visiting Forces Agreement with Japan before President Benigno Aquino III steps down from office

PHILIPPINES' ALLIES. Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force personnel walk next to P3C patrol planes at the Puerto Princesa airport on the island of Palawan, western Philippines, on June 23, 2015. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Philippines defends proposed VFA with ex-invader Japan

Jun 24, 2015 - 8:46 PM

While critics cite Japan s atrocities in the Philippines during World War II Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin says Filipinos should not remain stuck in the past

NAVAL DRILLS. A Japanese maritime self-defense force officer signals a P3C patrol plane at the Puerto Princesa airport on the island of Palawan, western Philippines, on June 24, 2015. The Philippines is holding separate naval drills with the US and Japan near the disputed South China Sea. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Binay on 2016, Lacson’s plans, Cavs up 2-1 | 6PM wRap

Jun 10, 2015 - 6:07 PM

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Insider drags DND chief into 'anomalous' chopper deal

Jun 09, 2015 - 8:02 PM

A whistleblower tells senators that Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin was promised P84M in commission to give the chopper deal to Rice Aircraft Services

WHISTLEBLOWER. Former BIR employee Rhodora Alvarez gives a detailed narration of alleged corruption in the procurement of military assets. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

US: Halt land reclamation in South China Sea

May 28, 2015 - 5:09 PM

The US Pacific Command the largest American combatant command responsible for Asia and Pacific has a new chief – Admiral Harry Harris

REBALANCE TO ASIA. US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and outgoing US Pacific Command chief Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III. Petty Officer 1st Class Jay Chu/US Pacific Command

US affirms 'ironclad' vow to defend Philippines

May 28, 2015 - 8:05 AM

In talks in Hawaii with Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter reaffirm the strong ties between the two countries and discuss territorial disputes in the contested waters of the South China Sea

SIDE BY SIDE. US and Philippine marines hold their respective national flags during the parade of colors as part of the US-Philippines Amphibious landing Exercise Phiblex 2014 closing ceremony at the Philippine marines headquarters in Manila on October 11, 2013. Noel Celis/AFP

Roxas on 2016, meth seizure, India heat wave | 6PM wRap

May 26, 2015 - 5:59 PM

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PH, Japan military ties, LRT, India heat wave | 12PM wRap

May 26, 2015 - 12:00 PM

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US, PH defense chiefs to meet over developments in West PH Sea

May 25, 2015 - 8:00 PM

The Philippines will ask the US how far it would go to keep it safe from China s harassment

OFF TO HAWAII: Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin

LGUs, agencies ready for Typhoon Dodong

May 09, 2015 - 12:17 PM

UPDATED On Saturday DILG Undersecretary for Local Government Austere Panadero says DodongPH will be the official hashtag used to monitor calls for rescue and other typhoon updates from citizens

Holy Week travelers told: Adjust to Typhoon Maysak

Apr 01, 2015 - 2:38 PM

NDRRMC Executive Director Alex Pama says foreign and local tourists should coordinate with local governments regarding the typhoon which will enter PAR Wednesday evening or early Thursday

SAF dined soldiers on eve of Mamasapano ops

Mar 23, 2015 - 4:08 PM

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin confirms what Senator Antonio Trillanes IV earlier revealed

OUT OF THE LOOP: 6TH Infantry Division commander Major General Edmundo Pangilinan. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Should Aquino apologize? Palace says no

Mar 02, 2015 - 7:37 PM

Malacañang continues to evade the question: why did President Aquino in the first place involve a suspended PNP chief in the Mamasapano operation?

NOTHING ILLEGAL. Malacañang defends President Benigno Aquino III's choice to consult former PNP Chief Alan Purisima on the deadly January 25 operations. File photo by Robert Viñas / Malacañang Photo Bureau

Oplan Exodus: Napeñas gave Army late alert

Feb 28, 2015 - 11:46 AM

A transcript of the exchange between SAF chief Police Director Getulio Napeñas and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas during a briefing on January 26 reveals a belated alert

The many answers to: ‘Who led Oplan Exodus?’

Feb 25, 2015 - 6:30 AM

Purisima and Napeñas continue their blame game but senators and security officials say both of them shoulder responsibility for the Mamasapano debacle

'I AM ACCOUNTABLE BUT...' Resigned police chief Alan Purisima takes responsibility for Oplan Exodus but still blames Napeñas for failing to coordinate with the military. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Did the President lie? Text messages contradict Aquino

Feb 23, 2015 - 6:54 PM

President Aquino apparently did more than just consult his good friend suspended police chief Alan Purisima on jargon on the day of Oplan Exodus

COVER UP? Malacañang denies Cabinet secretaries and other officials are covering up for the President regarding his role in the deadly operation that killed 44 elite cops. Photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

From Cory to Noynoy: PMAers in the Cabinet

Feb 21, 2015 - 11:40 AM

These are the PMA alumni who have been entrusted by presidents with Cabinet posts

AFP, PNP: Return of SAF arms 'good first step'

Feb 19, 2015 - 1:12 PM

This is an important first step not just in restoring the trust between the PNP and the MILF but in restoring trust between the MILF and the Filipino people says Interior Secretary Mar Roxas

FIRST 16. Some of the 16 SAF firearms returned to the PNP by the MILF. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Security execs: Incompetent or protecting Aquino?

Feb 13, 2015 - 6:28 PM

For Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr the security officials’ silence on who informed Aquino of the Mamasapano clash smacks of a cover up

'DAMNING SILENCE.' Senators are skeptical of the silence of PNP OIC Leonardo Espina, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on who told Aquino about the Mamasapano clash. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Officials covering up for Aquino? Not true, says Palace

Feb 13, 2015 - 4:48 PM

Malacañang also asks the public not to jump to conclusions based on testimonies alone and to await the official report of the state investigators

3 questions on Aquino’s Jan 25 Zamboanga trip

Feb 13, 2015 - 1:07 PM

President Benigno Aquino III s trip to Zamboanga on the day of the deadly January 25 operation raises questions on his role in the incident that led to the death of at least 65 people including 44 Special Action Force troopers

ZAMBOANGA VISIT. President Benigno Aquino III inspects the site of a bomb blast in Zamboanga City on January 25, 2015. Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

President Aquino and the Mamasapano puzzle

Feb 13, 2015 - 8:00 AM

What was the extent of the President s involvement? Cabinet officials are unable to give a clear answer; the resigned PNP chief asks for permission from the President before he can give an answer

NOT YOU, THEN WHO? Interior Secretary Mar Roxas (center) and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin (right) say neither of them told the President about the clashes in Mamasapano. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Miriam hits Napeñas, media freedom declines, nurse with MERS pregnant | The wRap

Feb 12, 2015 - 8:15 PM

Senator Miriam Santiago hits police officials for mishandling operations Media freedom declines because of extremist groups The Filipina nurse diagnosed with MERS is pregnant

Military officers warned vs supporting 2016 bets

Jan 06, 2015 - 7:10 PM

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin reiterates calls for the top brass to stay neutral in the coming presidential elections

NEW YEAR'S CALL: AFP's top leaders and officers gather in the DND-AFP New Year's Call held on Tuesday, January 6, at the AFP Commissioned Officers Club. Photo from PH military

Filipino peacekeepers from Liberia and the meaning of Christmas

Dec 05, 2014 - 8:46 AM

It s a belated Heroes Welcome for the Filipino peacekeepers deployed in Liberia They get a 30 day vacation to spend the holidays with their families

HONORED: All United Nations peacekeepers get  the UN Service Medal. Rappler photo

Aquino: Petitioners regret filing EDCA case

Nov 19, 2014 - 12:27 PM

President Benigno Aquino III defends the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement anew expressing confidence in its constitutionality

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Was SC justice partial in BCDA-SM Land issue?

Oct 31, 2014 - 10:26 AM

Facing the Supreme Court are questions on a justice’s integrity judicial overreach and military modernization Justice Presbitero Velasco is suspected of being biased and partial to SM Land Inc

Abu Sayyaf releases 8-year-old captive

Oct 30, 2014 - 9:22 AM

Jewel is released 3 months after she was snatched from a store in her hometown Olutanga in Zamboanga Sibugay

LAW ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS: File photo of troops in Sulu

Scrap VFA? It's part of PH 'defense strategy'

Oct 28, 2014 - 4:14 PM

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin says terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement will have an adverse effect on the country s defense posture

BALIKATAN: Thousands of American troops come to the Philippines every year for regular military exercises. Rappler photo

PH puts on hold repair of airstrip in West PH Sea

Oct 04, 2014 - 9:53 AM

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin says the President had ordered them not to disturb the status quo to allow the Philippines to keep its moral high ground while the case is pending in the arbitral tribunal

PROVOCATIVE? The Philippines is set to repair the damaged Rancudo Air Field in Pag-Asa island in the Spratlys

Philippines rules out talks with militants holding Germans

Sep 25, 2014 - 8:16 PM

We do not negotiate with terrorists Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin says

'Abu Sayyaf taking advantage of int'l attention on ISIS'

Sep 25, 2014 - 5:44 PM

The Abu Sayyaf Group s threat to behead its two German captives will not intimidate the Philippines which vowed to continue its military offensive against the local terrorist group

OATH OF ALLEGIANCE: Abu Sayyaf senior leader Isnilon Hapilon pledges allegiance to the Islamic State