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THE government mobilized on Sunday a 40,000-strong contingent as it started implementing an elaborate security plan for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Leaders’ Summit that will be held this week in Pasay City. The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) completed their…

CHINESE ‘CHALLENGES’ DEFENSE CHIEF DURING SPRATLYS VISIT

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CONSTRUCTION at Pag-asa (Thitu) Island will start next month, according to Defense Secretary Lorenzana who flew to the Philippine-administered island and was “challenged” at least four times by the Chinese over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Citing China’s extensive construction at Zamora (Subi) Reef, Lorenzana said the improvement…

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Thursday said they were separately verifying reports that the Chinese Coast Guard fired at and harassed Filipino fishermen somewhere in the disputed South China Sea (West Philippine Sea). Gen. Eduardo Año, AFP chief of staff,…

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TWO Russian Navy ships led by a guided-missile cruiser arrived in Manila on Thursday for a four-day goodwill visit. Varyag, a Slava-class guided missile cruiser, was welcomed by Philippine Navy officials as it berthed at Pier 15, South Harbor, Manila along with large sea tanker Pechenga. The Russian Navy contingent…

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Thursday said they were verifying reports that the Chinese Coast Guard reportedly fired at and harassed Filipino fishermen somewhere in the disputed South China Sea (West Philippines Sea). Gen. Eduardo Año, AFP chief of staff…

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THE Department of National Defense (DND) on Tuesday said it welcomes the approval of Executive Order 18, which restricts the authority of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana in approving government contracts. The order, which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on April 7, repeals Executive Order (EO) 235, streamlining the rules…

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THE beheading of a Filipino hostage by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) ignited the military’s resolve to deal the terrorist group the lethal blow, according to Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Eduardo Año. “While the AFP condemns this gruesome murder of this hapless kidnap victim, it all the…

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THE United States and the Philippines will hold scaled-down Balikatan (shoulder-to-shoulder) military exercises on the second week of May, a military official said on Sunday. But unlike previous drills that highlighted territorial defense, this year’s exercises will no longer be considered war games because participants will focus on humanitarian assistance…

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DEFENSE Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Sunday blasted the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) for claiming that the United States was behind the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) attack on Bohol last week that left 14 people dead including a leader of the terrorist group and four government troops. “The CPP,…

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