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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.
DEFENSE Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana on Friday expressed his annoyance over the continuous presence of Chinese warships in Philippine waters.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DEFENSE SECRETARY Delfin N. Lorenzana and US Ambassador Sung Y. Kim on Tuesday, April 17, led the groundbreaking for the construction of a Humanitarian...