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Security officials condemn Jolo blast; vow suspects’ arrest

Security officials condemn Jolo blast; vow suspects’ arrest

Ranking defense, military and police officials scored the perpetrators of the bloody bomb attack at a church in Jolo, Sulu province, which killed an initial number of 17 people and wounded 57 others Sunday morning. “We strongly condemn the bombing that transpired at the Jolo Cathedral in Barangay Walled City, Jolo, Sulu at 8:15 a.m....

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PH to acquire SPYDER missiles from Israel: Lorenzana

PH to acquire SPYDER missiles from Israel: Lorenzana

The Department of National Defense (DND) will acquire a SPYDER missile system from Israel. “Yes, we are. (However), I do not know (yet) the exact number of (batteries we will be getting),” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a message to the Philippine News Agency (PNA) Thursday when sought for an update on the military’s...

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Joma wants BOL to fail to save his ideology: DND chief

Joma wants BOL to fail to save his ideology: DND chief

Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison wants the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) to fail so that he has a rallying point for his discredited and bankrupt ideology. This was the reply of Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana when asked why Sison seems to be afraid of the...

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Korea-donated ship to be named after war hero

Korea-donated ship to be named after war hero

The Pohang-class corvette, donated by the South Korean government to the Philippine Navy (PN), will be named after Korean war hero Captain Conrado Yap. This was confirmed by Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Wednesday morning. “(The ship will be named after) Capt. Conrado Yap (who) was killed in the Korean War...

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PAF eyes purchase of Blackhawk Helicopters from Poland — DND

PAF eyes purchase of Blackhawk Helicopters from Poland — DND

Philippine Air Force (PAF) seeks to purchase Blackhawk Helicopters from Poland to further improve its capability in territorial defense and rescue operations. In an interview during the awarding of housing units to Wounded-In-Action soldiersand Wounded-In-Police-Operations at Pleasant View Residences in barangay Graceville, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the procurement is part of the Second Horizon...

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Japan offers air defense radars to PH: Lorenzana

Japan offers air defense radars to PH: Lorenzana

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Thursday confirmed that Japan is offering the country air defense radars, which if acquired, will boost the Philippine Air Force (PAF) surveillance and monitoring capabilities. “Yes, they are offering to us their latest radars. It is one of the platforms being evaluated by the PAF. To monitor aircrafts and seacrafts...

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Balangiga bells to arrive in Manila Dec. 11: Lorenzana

Balangiga bells to arrive in Manila Dec. 11: Lorenzana

President Rodrigo Duterte will personally witness the arrival of the three Balangiga Bells in the Philippines on Tuesday, Dec. 11, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Friday. Lorenzana said the aircraft that will bring the war artifact will arrive at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City before noon. “I will go around with Ambassador Sung Kim,...

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Palace backs DND nixing Christmas truce with Reds

Palace backs DND nixing Christmas truce with Reds

Malacañang on Thursday said it supports Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana’s position to reject any suspension of military operations (SOMO) with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. In a Palace press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo has been asked if government is inclined to declare holiday truce...

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Anti-NPA hit squad to be formed this month: Lorenzana

Anti-NPA hit squad to be formed this month: Lorenzana

The unit that will be tasked to counter New People’s Army (NPA) hit squads will be formed sometime this month, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Tuesday. He added that the core of the anti-SPARU (Special Partisan Unit) formation will be made up of personnel from the Intelligence Service of the Armed...

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NPA hit squad operating under another name: PNP

NPA hit squad operating under another name: PNP

They may no longer be called the Special Partisan Unit (SPARU) of the New People’s Army (NPA) but the group continues to carry out assassinations, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde, said on Monday. Albayalde said these hitmen are responsible for the deaths of 136 people, mostly soldiers, policemen, local officials and...