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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.
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PNP general in Laguna helicopter crash dies

A senior police official who reportedly remained comatose following a helicopter crash in March this year in Laguna has died and will be accorded with full honors, the Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Tuesday. Maj. Gen. Jose...

Navy chief reveals plan to create, deploy maritime militias to secure PHL territory

The Philippine Navy is crafting a plan to create and deploy maritime Cafgu Active Auxiliaries (CAAs) in its various naval forces who will be tasked to act as “force multipliers” in securing the country’s maritime waters. Navy Flag...

PNP chief Cascolan reorganizes police DIPOs, appoints four new commanders

National Police chief General Camilo Pancratius Cascolan has ordered a new round of reorganization by designating new commanders of four of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) integrated offices, which are equivalent to area commands in the military. The...

Two Basilan jail escapees slain in clash with soldiers

Two of the eight detainees who escaped from the Basilan Provincial Jail a week ago were killed by soldiers during a firefight on Sunday in Isabela City, Basilan, the military reported on Monday. Joint Task Force Basilan commander...

AFP mourns ex-Sulu gov, MNLF leader Yusop Jikiri

THE military extended its condolences to the family and members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) over the death of MNLF leader and former government official Yusop Jikiri. “The AFP joins every peace-loving Filipino in mourning the...

Military’ Sulu naval task group rescues 5 fishermen of capsized motorboat

FIVE persons were rescued by the military’s Naval Task Group (NTG) Sulu on Sunday in the waters of Patikul, Sulu, two days after their motorized boat was reported to have capsized as a result of bad weather the past two days.

‘Angels of Death’

THREE years after it had stopped the Islamic State (IS) dead on its tracks from establishing an Islamic caliphate in Southeast Asia in Marawi City, the military now finds itself dealing with the same extremist violent group, this time in the...

‘Ofel’ brings rains, floods, landslides in parts of Visayas, Southern Tagalog, Bicol

Hundreds of families were evacuated as heavy rains spawned by Tropical Depression “Ofel” triggered flooding in some parts of the Visayas, Southern Tagalog and in the Bicol region, while landslides were also reported in some areas. The storm,...
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