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Senator Antonio Trillanes IV was released from detention Monday night, December 20, having been granted provisional liberty pending approval of his amnesty application.

Posted on December 20, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security, Politics

{mosimage} Following is the transcript of Newsbreak’s interview with outgoing Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales, a day before President-elect Benigno Aquino III announced the appointment of a new defense chief, among other members of his Cabinet. Gonzales appeared cheerful and relaxed as he talked to Newsbreak’s KRISTINE F. SERVANDO about his 7-month stint at the Department [...]

Posted on June 30, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Hot Seat

Newly appointed Defense Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane will be running an organization that is mostly run by former military officers, in contrast to a heavily civilian agency in the past two years. In addition, the reorganized Department of National Defense (DND) has diluted the comprehensive Philippine Defense Reform program or PDR, the anchor of former Secretary [...]

Posted on February 7, 2007   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security

1. Continue the implementation of the Philippine Defense Reform Program; 2. Continue to undertake measures to insulate the military from partisan politics, particularly by limiting the scope of COMELEC deputation during elections and completely transferring the function of providing security escorts to politicians to the PNP, as provided by law; 3. Prioritize the implementation and [...]

Posted on February 7, 2007   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security

A Malacañang official and a defense undersecretary are among the new candidates being considered for the post of secretary of national defense, NEWSBREAK learned from various sources in the Armed Forces and defense department. National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales and Defense Undersecretary Ricardo Blancaflor lead the new contenders for the post.

Posted on January 16, 2007   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security

Avelino Cruz is yet another casualty in the political-survival-at-all-costs agenda of GMA. Is there a way forward?

Posted on December 4, 2006   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security, In-Depth, Sectors
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