All the President’s men tapped to boost support in high-risk Covid areas

Credit to Author: Catherine S. Valente, TMT| Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2020 03:16:38 +0000

THE government’s task force against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) has designated President Rodrigo Duterte’s Cabinet to Metro Manila cities and other areas with high virus transmission to “provide stronger support” in its pandemic response. The latest order, which was contained in Resolution 62 approved by the Inter-agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious […]

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4 soldiers killed by policemen in Sulu

Credit to Author: Dempsey Reyes| Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2020 12:47:01 +0000

Four soldiers were shot dead by policemen in Jolo, Sulu on Monday in what Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana described as “a very unfortunate incident.” The soldiers were flagged down by the policemen at a checkpoint along Marina Street, reports said. Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Western Mindanao Command, confirmed that a major and […]

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Govt to limit entry, exit points in public markets

Credit to Author: Darwin Pesco| Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2020 05:22:51 +0000

THE  government on Monday moved to control the number of people in all public markets by limiting their entry and exit points. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, in coordination with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, ordered the deployment of policemen and soldiers to ensure that physical distancing is implemented to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 […]

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Young army officer dies of suspected Covid symptoms

Credit to Author: Dempsey Reyes| Date: Thu, 09 Apr 2020 09:40:28 +0000

A Junior army officer has died after experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), with his test results yet to be confirmed. Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman, announced on Thursday that 2nd Lt. Vince Magbanua passed away at 3:40 p.m. on Wednesday. Magbanua was declared dead on arrival on […]

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Lorenzana proposes postponement of PMA alumni homecoming amid nCoV scare

Credit to Author: The Manila Times| Date: Tue, 04 Feb 2020 12:25:16 +0000

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Tuesday proposed the postponement of the annual alumni homecoming of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in view of the 2019 novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD) outbreak. In a statement issued late Monday night, Lorenzana also backed the decision of Vice Admiral Allan Ferdinand Cusi, PMA superintendent, to temporarily close […]

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Lorenzana, Sison lock horns over preconditions to peace talks

Credit to Author: The Manila Times| Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2019 10:57:02 +0000

THE reopening of the peace talks remained in limbo as officials from both sides locked horns over conditions before the negotiations. In a statement on Wednesday, Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison insisted that the talks should be held in a “foreign neutral venue,” saying that the National Democratic Front […]

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Lorenzana on NPA ‘kill list’: Why wasn’t I included

Credit to Author: The Manila Times| Date: Thu, 05 Dec 2019 08:34:25 +0000

AS authorities expressed alarm over the alleged “kill list” by the Communist Party of the Philippines, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana asked why he was not included. In a chance interview on Thursday at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, Lorenzana said the list may have been retrieved by intelligence operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP), but […]

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Lorenzana recommends lifting of martial law in Mindanao 

Credit to Author: The Manila Times| Date: Wed, 04 Dec 2019 09:15:35 +0000

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana recommended on Wednesday the lifting of martial law in Mindanao, after it was extended three times. Lorenzana disclosed in a forum in Makati City that he submitted the recommendation to President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday morning, based on the endorsement by ground commanders in Mindanao. “I just sent my recommendation today […]

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PH, US agree to review defense pact 

Credit to Author: The Manila Times| Date: Tue, 19 Nov 2019 10:45:09 +0000

THE Philippines and the US have agreed to revisit the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) to be based on the current security environment in the region. Philippine and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and his US counterpart Mark Esper made the announcement at a joint news conference at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. “I was actually the one […]

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Lorenzana warns of arrival of IS terrorists in PH from Middle East

Credit to Author: THE MANILA TIMES| Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2019 11:19:26 +0000

A FILIPINO is among the list of IS terrorists expected to arrive in the Philippines from the Middle East after the group’s known territories in the war-torn region have dwindled, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Tuesday. Lorenzana said the list, which foreign intelligence sources gave him, contained the names of terrorists with Southeast Asian […]

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