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Leading a transformation

In 2016, a few days after officially stepping down due to health reasons, the former Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alberto F. del...

Duterte expects more terror attacks after Sultan Kudarat bombing

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter President Rodrigo R. Duterte is expecting more terror attacks after the recent bombing incidents in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat. “We just had...

Japan claims China ‘escalating’ military actions

Tokyo -- Japan's defense chief on Monday warned the country faces a tough security environment, with China and Russia stepping up military activity and...

Government outlines target bilateral deals with Israel and Jordan

President Rodrigo R. Duterte is expected to sign agreements on labor, defense, trade and investment, and other bilateral deals with the governments of Israel...

Duterte to Trump’s men: ‘Prove good faith’ on defense assets offer

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday announced that three Cabinet officials of United States President Donald J. Trump wrote him...

Duterte slams US for warning against buying Russian submarines

By Camille A. Aguinaldo President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday, Aug. 17, slammed the United States for warning the Philippines against buying submarines from Russia,...

Aquino-Cayetano word war continues

By Camille A. Aguinaldo Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano on Monday took the advice of former President Benigno S. C. Aquino III to...

North Korea is working on new missiles, report says

North Korea has continued to build missiles in the weeks since leader Kim Jong Un agreed to “work toward complete denuclearization” with US President...

Pentagon seeks a more lethal army in shifting $4.7 billion

The Pentagon is asking Congress to shift $4.7 billion in previously approved spending for this year, with some of the funds going to provide...

Duterte to intensify defense cooperation with Malaysia

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter President Rodrigo R. Duterte has committed to intensifying Manila’s defense and security cooperation with the Malaysian government to address terrorist...

Duterte: Government to spend over P139 billion for rollout of PAF...

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter On its 71st anniversary on Tuesday, July 3, President Rodrigo R. Duterte announced that there are 16 projects for the...

Gordon calls for hike in military budget

Senator Richard J. Gordon on Tuesday, July 3, called for an increased budget of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in order to...

World powers to vote on giving chemical watchdog teeth

The Hague -- Decision day loomed Wednesday at the world's chemical weapons monitor as Western powers frantically sought behind closed doors to rally support...

Australia buys high-tech drones to monitor South China Sea, Pacific

Sydney -- Australia will invest Aus$7 billion (US$5.2 billion) to develop and buy high-tech US drones for joint military operations and to monitor waters...

China may use control over disputed sea to challenge US presence...

A report from the United States Congressional Research Service revealed China's capability to control the South China Sea in the event that a war...

Asia worries about US rule-bending

Asia’s main security conference this weekend established at least this: That while America’s allies like Defense Secretary James Mattis, that’s no longer enough. Mattis sought...

Japan flags new suspected North Korea sanctions breach

Tokyo -- Japan said Friday it had reported to the UN a suspected sanctions violation by North Korea involving a ship-to-ship transfer, days after...

Koreas hold high-level talks ahead of Trump-Kim summit

Seoul -- North and South Korea held high-level talks Friday to discuss their ongoing efforts to improve ties ahead of a landmark meeting between...

Carpio: Philippines must formally protest China militarization

In response to the sighting of Chinese long-range bombers in the Paracel Islands, Acting Chief Justice Antonio T. Carpio on Tuesday, May 22, insisted...

Philippines seeks parts from Japan for ‘Huey’ helicopters

The Philippines is talking to Japan about acquiring spare parts for its UH-1H "Huey" helicopters, the air force commander said on Monday, after a...

Japanese ship arrives in Manila for three-day visit

Japanese Ship (JS) Osumi (LST-4001) of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) arrived in Manila on April 26 for a three-day goodwill visit. JS...

Philippines ‘not taking sides’ in China-US trade war but wants Beijing...

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter President Rodrigo R. Duterte, in his bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Hainan, China on Tuesday, April 10,...

Trump says Japan would shoot North Korean missiles ‘out of the...

TOKYO -- US President Donald J. Trump said on Monday that Japan would shoot North Korean missiles “out of the sky” if it bought...

Duterte receives Russian assault rifles, army trucks

RUSSIA HANDED over army trucks and thousands of assault rifles to Philippine President R. Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday as the two nations celebrated their...

US touts military ties as Duterte woos Russia, China

CLARK, PHILIPPINES -- The timing of US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’s trip to the Philippines this week couldn’t have been better, coming just as...

Commandos storm plane in Philippines-US hijack simulation

PHILIPPINE COMMANDOS and law enforcers have practiced hostage negotiations and the storming of a commercial jet to free American passengers in a major joint...

Australia offers to train Philippine troops in IS fight

AUSTRALIA ON Tuesday offered to help train the Philippine military to tackle Islamic militants terrorizing parts of the country, calling the threat “deeply concerning.” Philippine...

US think tank: Weapons system firmed up in Chinese structures in...

By Ian Nicolas P.Cigaral, Reporter CHINA "remains committed to developing its power projection capabilities" in the South China Sea, a US think tank reported, as...