First batch of MRT-7 trainsets arrive

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has taken delivery of the first batch of trainsets for its MRT-7 project. SMC said the ship containing six train cars arrived on September 6 at the Port of Manila from Masan Port in South Korea. SMC noted that the trainsets “will be positioned between Station 3 (University Avenue Station) and […]Read More

Duterte signs Bureau of Fire Protection Modernization Act

President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law Republic Act (RA) 11589 that will strengthen and modernize the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP). During the ceremonial signing of the BFP Modernization Act on Friday, Duterte said the new law would help boost the morale, efficiency, responsiveness, and professionalism of the bureau’s personnel as they continue to fulfill […]Read More

US littoral combat ship, carrier strike group hold presence ops

Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16) joined Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (VINCSG) during presence operations in the South China Sea. The integration marks the first time an LCS has operated as part of a carrier strike group in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. Under the tactical control of Destroyer Squadron […]Read More

US, Philippines long-standing alliance, partnership reaffirmed

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. and Secretary of State Antony Blinken met on September 9 to reaffirm the long-standing alliance and partnership between the Philippines and the United States, as the two countries celebrate 75 years of diplomatic relations and 70 years of the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) this year. Secretary Locsin was […]Read More

Gov’t not favoring China-based PPE makers: Galvez

The government is “not favoring” Chinese manufacturers in the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE), assured Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the chief implementer of the National Task Force against Covid-19. “Noong panahon po na iyon, kahit na ang US, Canada at mga western countries, wala pong makunan ng face masks at PPEs–kumukuha po sila sa China. Hindi po natin fine-favor ang China kasi kung tutuusin po, wala […]Read More

Philippine Coast Guard acquires Cessna Grand Caravan EX

Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) chief Admiral George V. Ursabia Jr, who retired from service on September 8, conducted inspection of the newest acquisition of PCG Aviation Force (CGAF), the Cessna Grand Caravan EX on September 4. Ursabia conducted the inspection at DOTr Hangar in Pasay City. “The said aerial asset will significantly improve the performance […]Read More

Marine School of Armor conducts first AAV training for Marine

The newly activated Marine School of Armor of the Assault Armor Battalion (AABN) under the Combat Service Support Brigade (CSSBDE) conducted an Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) training at the 76th Assault Amphibian Company Headquarters, Naval Base San Antonio on September 6, 2021. BGen. Ruben B. Candelario PN(M), Commander, CSSBDE, convened the Basic AAV Course Class-01 […]Read More

US Navy destroyer conducts FONOP in Spratly Islands

United States Navy’s USS Benfold (DDG 65) asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the Spratly Islands, consistent with international law. This freedom of navigation operation (“FONOP”) upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea. USS Benfold demonstrated that Mischief Reef, a low-tide elevation in its natural state, is not entitled to a territorial […]Read More

US carrier strike group enters South China Sea

United States Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (VINCSG) is operating in the South China Sea for the first time during the group’s 2021 deployment. While in the South China Sea, the strike group is conducting maritime security operations, which include flight operations with fixed and rotary wing aircraft, maritime strike exercises, and coordinated tactical training […]Read More

FA-50s always on alert – PAF

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) fleet of FA-50 jets are on guard keeping watch of the country’s skies even before the Sept. 2 incident of a detected unidentified aircraft flying 120 nautical miles northwest of Bolinao, Pangasinan. “Your PAF is always on watch for aircraft entering our airspace without proper clearance or permission,” PAF spokesperson […]Read More