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Rene Acosta

2001 posts
Rene P. Acosta covers defense, law enforcement and national security for the paper. He had written for a number of publications, including abroad before he joined BusinessMirror. His works had appeared in the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Asia Pacific Defense Forum, both in the US. He took up regional security with the International Visitor Leadership Program, US. He is currently the chairman of the board of the Defense Press Corps of the Philippines which he had headed in 2009.

PHL, US marines to start drills near Chinese ships

THE Philippine Marine Corps and its counterpart from the United States will begin today their almost two weeks of military exercise in selected areas in Luzon under the watchful eye of China, whose navy vessels are loitering within Scarborough Shoal near Zambales.

‘Karding’ cuts big damage, but casualty count limited

PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Monday inspected from the air the massive devastation caused by Supertyphoon “Karding” (international name: Noru) across Luzon, firing off directives to ensure a return to normalcy for thousands it affected. At the same time, however, he was pleased by reports of minimal casualties, something attributed to the timely preemptive evacuation by local government units.

Maguindanao plebiscite ‘generally peaceful’–PNP

PHILIPPINE National Police chief General Rodolfo S. Azurin Jr. has noted the generally peaceful and orderly culmination of the plebiscite in Maguindanao last Saturday that sought to ratify measures to divide the province’s 36 municipalities under two separate provincial jurisdictions.

PNP orders crackdown vs private security men working as ‘goons’ of VIPs and POGOs

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Rodolfo Azurin Jr. ordered the PNP Civil Security Group and police regional offices to conduct an inventory and accounting of all private security personnel working as “bodyguards” to very important people (VIP), including foreigners, following reports of involvement of some of them in illegal and criminal activities.

PNP: Prison-visit rules also apply to De Lima

OFFICIALS of the Philippine National Police (PNP) cited on Sunday existing rules and regulations as the reason behind its denial of visits by friends, former colleagues and former government officials on former Senator Leila M. de Lima inside the PNP custodial facility at Camp Crame.

AFP backs DFA protests over China reef swarm, blockade

THE military’s Western Command (Wescom) said Sunday it fully supports the recent filing of diplomatic protests against China over the “lingering presence” of about 100 Chinese fishing vessels in the Julian Felipe Reef and the blocking by its coast guard of a Philippine resupply mission to Ayungin Shoal.