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Army’s ‘Superman’ clinches third star

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Maj. Gen. Hernando DCA Iriberri received his third star in a simple donning of rank ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Monday, March 31. This came after nearly two months that he was named Army chief. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin pinned the rank on Iriberri's shoulders. /OFFICE OF THE ARMY CHIEF PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Promotions are aplenty for the Army’s “Superman.”

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

PH acquires P23.7B-worth of fighter jets, helicopters

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Representatives from Philippines and South Korea signed the contract for 12 FA-50 lead-in trainer fighter jets at Camp Aguinaldo on Friday.

“With the eventual delivery and acquisition of these new air assets our air force can already forget the lingering naughty joke that it is all air without force,” Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said in his speech at the joint contract signing held at Camp Aguinaldo.

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Join rallies vs China, Gazmin dared

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Makabayan bloc lawmakers have dared Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin to join their group’s anti-China demonstrations after he chided activists for keeping mum on China’s claiming of islands inside Philippine territory.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Aquino presents diplomas, awards to PMA cadets

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Aquino shuns riding ceremonial vehicle, approaches troops on foot, receives applause. KRISTINE SABILLO/INQUIRER.net

President Benigno Aquino III on Sunday presented the graduating cadets of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) with their diplomas and awards at Fort Gregorio Del Pilar in this city.

Posted: March 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Aquino defers decision on Cudia, orders AFP chief to investigate

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The family of dismissed Philippine Military Academy cadet Jeff Aldrin Cudia INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino III has withheld his decision on the appeal by Cadet First Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia to graduate with his class Sunday and instead directed his military chief to investigate the cadet’s case, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said in a statement Saturday here.

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

PH offers US use of bases

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The Philippines has agreed to allow the United States access to the country’s military bases under a new security deal being negotiated by the two allies, amid mounting concern over China’s increasing assertiveness in the disputed waters of the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea).

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Search is on for next PH navy, air force chiefs

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Members of the Philippine Air Force Flying School use several SF-260FH aircraft in an aerobatic demonstration during the PAF’s 66th anniversary celebration held at Clark Air Base, Pampanga, on Monday. The old Philippine Air Force had the famous aerobatic Blue Diamond squadron from the 1950s to the ’80s.  LYN RILLON

The search is on for the Philippine military’s next Navy and Air Force chiefs. The Board of Generals is now “discussing” the selection of the next Commanding General of the Philippine Air Force and Flag Officer in Command of the Philippine Navy, Major General Domingo Tutaan Jr., spokesperson of the military said on Tuesday.

Posted: March 4th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Gazmin: Critics driving wedge with Aquino

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Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Smarting from the incessant criticism of his work style and uncommon closeness to President Benigno Aquino III, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said there were some in government who would love to take over the defense portfolio from him and they were behind the smear campaign against him.

Posted: February 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Defense chief defends AFP choice

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Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin had expected critics to react negatively after President Benigno Aquino III appointed Maj. Gen. Hernando Iriberri as the new Army commander.

Posted: February 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Gov’t spent P41B for AFP modernization since 2010

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The BRP Ramon Alcaraz.   US EMBASSY PHOTO RELEASE

The Aquino administration has spent a total of P41.2 billion for the military’s modernization since 2010, the defense department said on Tuesday.

Posted: January 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

36 AFP modernization projects completed under Aquino, says Gazmin

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Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

A total of 36 modernization projects worth P41.2 billion have been so far completed and awarded under the leadership of President Benigno Aquino III as part of the military’s modernization upgrade.

Posted: January 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Aquino calls 26-day truce

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President Benigno Aquino III with (from left) Peace Adviser Teresita Quintos-Deles. FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino III on Friday declared a 26-day ceasefire with communist rebels to provide typhoon-devastated communities a chance to have “healing and rebuilding” following the back-to-back disasters that hit the country in the latter part of the year.

Posted: December 21st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

2013 a challenging year for the military—AFP chief

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Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and AFP chief General Emmanuel Bautista award more than 100 military personnel on Thursday at the AFP Thanksgiving Day. More personnel will be awarded at the AFP's 78th anniversary on Friday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/AFP Public Affairs Office

It was a tough year for soldiers and it is time of the year that they get recognized. Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff General Emmanuel Bautista described 2013 as a “challenging” year for the military.

Posted: December 19th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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