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No Martial Law in Negros until situation assessed — Lorenzana

DEFENSE SECRETARY Delfin N. Lorenzana said martial law in Negros Oriental province should not be declared until the recommendations of security officials on the ground and local government executives have been fully assessed.

Repairs on Pag-asa Island to continue — DND

THE Department of National Defense (DND) announced that the repair and improvements of facilities in the disputed Pag-asa Island, also known as Thitu, will continue and are expected to be finished within the first few months of 2019, amid reports of increased Chinese presence in the area.

Lorenzana apologizes for saying Hague ruling was an ‘empty victory’

DEFENSE Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana on Friday issued an apology to former foreign affairs secretary Albert F. del Rosario and Acting Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Antonio T. Carpio for saying that The Hague’s 2016 ruling favoring the Philippines in a maritime dispute with China is “an empty victory.”