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Defense chief defends plan to buy attack helicopters

DEFENSE Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana on Wednesday defended a military plan to buy P13 billion worth of attack helicopters in the fight against Maoist rebels amid a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Philippine warship from Korea starts trial

ONE of two warships that the Philippines ordered from South Korea was already out on trial and would likely be delivered to Manila by May, Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana said yesterday.

Exemption of military deals from aid ban sought

THE Defense department wants to be exempted from President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s order to reject loans and grants from 41 countries that had backed a probe of his deadly war on drugs that has killed thousands.

Lorenzana kept in dark about China-linked deal

DEFENSE Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana was kept in the dark about a deal that would allow a Chinese-linked telecommunication company to build towers inside Philippine military camps.

Defense Chief annoyed over presence of Chinese navy in PHL waters

DEFENSE Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana on Friday expressed his annoyance over the continuous presence of Chinese warships in Philippine waters.

Philippine military looking at security risks of Chinese POGO workers

THE Philippine military is looking at the security risks of Chinese-dominated online gaming operations in the capital, where gambling centers are very near military installations, Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana told The Chiefs segment on Cignal’s One News Channel.

Defense chief: China is a bully in disputed sea

DEFENSE SECRETARY Delfin N. Lorenzana on Tuesday criticized China for failing to match its commitment of peace to the Philippines with actions, calling its neighbor a bully.

Officials assure emergency response could be faster than in remote Itbayat

DEFENSE SECRETARY Delfin N. Lorenzana said the government’s disaster response to the July 27 twin earthquakes in Itbayat, Batanes could have been faster if not for the island’s location and the limited transportation access.

Military identifies foreign jihadists training locals

THE PHILIPPINE military has identified at least two of the seven foreign jihadists who are grooming locals to become suicide bombers in the Mindanao region, according to Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana.

Defense chief calls for probe, diplomatic steps after Chinese vessel sinks,...

THE Department of National Defense (DND) confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that a Filipino vessel, which was anchored at Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea, sank after it collided with a Chinese vessel on Sunday evening.

Defense chief calls for measures to avoid war over sea dispute

WITH THE “seismic geopolitical shift” in international relations, Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana said tensions between countries must be addressed to avoid “sleepwalking into another international conflict.”

Defense chief assures no ‘haven’ for IS in PHL

DEFENSE SECRETARY Delfin N. Lorenzana said Islamic State (IS) members fleeing Syria, particularly Malaysians and Indonesians, could possibly enter the Philippines through backdoor points, but assured that these extremists will find no “haven” in the country.

Draft law in the works to extend military retirement age to...

DEFENSE SECRETARY Delfin N. Lorenzana said they are now crafting a law that would extend the retirement age of potential chief-of-staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to 60 or 65 years old from the current 56.

Philippines, Vietnam reach agreement on fishermen

DEFENSE SECRETARY Delfin N. Lorenzana said he and his Vietnamese counterpart have agreed that fishermen of both countries will not be apprehended for fishing in claimed areas in the South China Sea.

Lorenzana debunks reports of growing IS presence in PHL

DEFENSE SECRETARY Delfin N. Lorenzana debunked recent reports that a hundred Islamic State members are now in the country with the number growing as the extremist group loses territories in Iraq and Syria following intensified operations by US-backed forces.

No confirmation yet of Chinese vessel harassment in Pag-asa, but military...

THE DEPARTMENT of National Defense (DND) said Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana has already tasked the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to validate the report of alleged harassment by Chinese vessels in the sandbars near Pag-asa Island in the contested West Philippine Sea.

Lorenzana: Ambiguity in MDT will cause ‘confusion’

DEFENSE SECRETARY Delfin N. Lorenzana reiterated his call for a review of the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) between the Philippines and the United States as the treaty has ambiguities that may cause “confusion and chaos.”

Defense chief says PHL getting foreign help in anti-terror campaign

DEFENSE SECRETARY Delfin N. Lorenzana said the United States and neighboring countries have been helping the Philippine government in combatting terrorism, particularly the threat posed by the Islamic State’s (IS) followers and allies in east Asia.

Lorenzana: Let’s protest the ‘rescue center’

DEFENSE SECRETARY Delfin N. Lorenzana agrees with the position of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin L. Jr. that the government should protest the “rescue center” built by China in the West Philippine Sea.

Lorenzana: Funding for Reds a challenge to government

DEFENSE Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana said funding for the underground communist movement remains a challenge to the government in its objective to end the insurgency.

Lorenzana: UK military presence in region to be tackled with ASEAN

FOLLOWING the pronouncement of the United Kingdom to open military bases in the Caribbean and Southeast Asia, Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana said the entry of the European country in the region should be discussed first with other ASEAN nations.

PHL-US treaty review to help in future agreements with other countries

ANALYSTS agreed with the call of Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana to review the decades-old Mutual Defense Treaty with the United States, a move that is seen to help with the Philippines’ future agreements with other countries.

Treaty review to strengthen US-PHL alliance

DEFENSE Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana’s expressed intent to review the country’s Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) with the United States could strengthen and reassure the alliance between the two nations, analysts said.

Military could have been ‘tricked’ by NPA in Agusan del Sur,...

DEFENSE SECRETARY Delfin N. Lorenzana said there is a possibility that the military was infiltrated by the New People’s Army (NPA) in Agusan del Sur, which led to the attack and hostage-taking of two Army soldiers and 12 members of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) on Wednesday.

DND mulls formation of hit squad vs NPA

DEFENSE Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana yesterday said they will look into the formation of the government’s own “sparrow unit” that will combat communist rebels following the pronouncement of the President on Tuesday.

Defense chief says unveiling of missiles on Xi’s arrival ‘coincidental’

DEFENSE Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana said yesterday’s unveiling of the country’s first missile system was not intentionally scheduled to coincide with the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Disaster relief facility to be built under PHL-US EDCA

DEFENSE SECRETARY Delfin N. Lorenzana and US Ambassador Sung Y. Kim on Tuesday, April 17, led the groundbreaking for the construction of a Humanitarian...