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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.

PHL, Vietnam accord nixes arrest, punishment for South China Sea poachers

PHILIPPINES and Vietnamese defense officials have forged what observers described as a “rare” and unwritten agreement that eliminates “headaches” in arresting fishermen caught fishing...

Military probe to confirm if JI leader among dead in...

The military is validating whether regional terrorist Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) leader Mauiyah was among the casualties in its ongoing offensive against the Islamic State-affiliated...

Government to seed clouds to boost water in dams

THE government will conduct cloud-seeding operations in Regions 2 and 12 to counter the ill effects of El Niño, which a water concessionaire blamed...

PNP chief: Command responsibility is the norm in anti-illegal drugs operations

National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde has reminded anew all policemen involved in implementing anti-illegal drugs operations to strictly adhere...

Raging offensives in Sulu, Maguindanao kill 22 IS-affiliated terrorists–military

AT least 22 terrorists affiliated with the international terrorist group Islamic State (IS) were killed in ongoing offensive operations in the provinces of Maguindanao...

Govt troops, NPAs figure in separate clashes

GOVERNMENT troops clashed with suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) over the weekend in Agusan del Norte, the civil-military operations officer of...

NCRPO chief sacks EPD, Pasay top cops after extortion incidents

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Police Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar relieved on Wednesday the chiefs of the Eastern Police District...

Five Navy warships back on sea patrol

Five vessels that went through dry dock maintenance were deployed on Wednesday to different operating units of the Philippine Navy to beef...

‘Keeping Mutual Defense Treaty vague to breed confusion, not deterrence’

"CONFUSION and chaos,” and not deterrence against conflict, will be the outcome of keeping the ambiguities in the country’s Mutual Defense Treaty...

Pact tightens watch on suspected drug lords’ bank accounts

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) have tightened the lid on the financial transactions of...

Soldiers recover 2,025 loose firearms in Central Mindanao

The Army’s 6th Infantry Division (ID) based in Central Mindanao reported it had already confiscated or received a total of 2,025 loose firearms.

Terror Media blitz

THE Philippines, an Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS)-designated province in Southeast Asia, should brace for an intensified activity by the...

Floating cocaine may just be a ‘diversionary tactic’ for bigger shabu...

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is looking at the possibility that the bricks of cocaine that were successively fished out of the waters...

PNP orders crackdown on illegal use of sirens, blinkers by May...

National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde has ordered the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) to strictly enforce the ban on the use...

Gang of 7 robbers slain in Batangas shootout; 36 packs of...

SEVEN suspected gang members of a robbery group operating in Southern Luzon were killed on Monday in a shootout with policemen in...

Cops find more drugs afloat; Surigao del Sur haul worth P230M

POLICEMEN recovered on Sunday 34 blocks of cocaine in the waters off Surigao del Sur, sustaining the Philippine National Police’s recovery of illegal drugs...

Navy eyes 12 fastcraft to secure Mindanao waters

THE Philippine Navy is looking to acquire at least 12 fastcraft under the military’s ongoing modernization program in order to secure the...

Agents of Death

SECURITY forces continue to scour Mindanao in search of the remaining foreign terrorists believed to be still lurking in the region and who may...

‘Floating cocaine’ intended for foreign markets – PNP

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) is continuing its investigation into several blocks of cocaine that were fished out from the waters off Camarines Norte...

PHL, Canada begin 5-day course on military-resource management

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Canadian Ministry of Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces began a five-day Defense Resource Management Course...
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