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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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When the lights go out

THE government is being urged to strictly enforce rules and regulations covering firecrackers and pyrotechnics rather than imposing a total ban that would potentially “kill” a once flourishing industry and economically dislocate thousands of Filipinos. While the fireworks industry in the country is a...

Coast Guard, Navy rescue 14 crew, four passengers of distressed boat in Basilan

NAVY and Coast Guard personnel rescued on Wednesday four passengers and 14 crewmen of a distressed boat in the waters of Isabela City, Basilan. The rescued individuals were aboard the ML Queen Shaima 3, whose owner, Reymar Wee, asked for assistance from the Navy...

Police drug bust leads to seizure of P5.4 million worth of opioid in Cebu

Policemen have shattered a distribution network that supplies regulated drugs in Central Visayas with the arrest of a key player and seizure of a large stockpile of opioid analgesics. Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Debold Sinas said 21,600 ampules of Nubain tablets were...

Nolcom creates IP desk led by Army tribesman from Benguet

The military’s Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) has created its Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Desk (IPAD) with the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), acknowledging the vulnerability of indigenous groups in Northern and Central Luzon from possible exploitation of the New People’s Army. The Nolcom said...

DOJ chief says no ‘piecemeal’ disclosure on Dacera case probe

THE Department of Justice (DOJ) may not be inclined to disclose piecemeal information on the ongoing reinvestigation being conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) into the death of flight attendant Christine Dacera inside a hotel room in Makati City on New...

More than 2,000 remain in evacuation centers

More than 2,000 people remain in government-run evacuation centers in Bicol region and in the province of Negros Occidental due to flooding spawned by strong to moderate rain brought by the prevailing tail-end of a cold front and the northeast monsoon. Incidents of landslides...

Palace defends Covid vaccine use by Duterte aides; FDA issues alert

REVELATIONS that some soldiers and government officials were vaccinated against Covid-19 has sparked a firestorm, with Palace officials defending the act as regulators asserted “no violation was commited,” even though the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reiterated it had not yet issued “any...

Shift to ‘Active Defence’

The military’s capability upgrade program continues to gain headway, highlighted by the impending acquisition of supersonic missiles. THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is slowly beefing up both its offensive and defensive capabilities, working to boost the country’s ground-based air defense, which will...
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