Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana revealed being a fan of the hit Korean drama series, “Crash Landing On You” (CLOY) as he justified his decision to end a three-decade-old agreement that barred the military and police from entering the University of the Philippines’ campuses without prior notice from school officials.

Nasa North Korean border ba kayo? Lorenzana asks if Crash Landing on You ‘is life’ as he justifies ending DND’s pact with UP

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Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana revealed being a fan of the hit Korean drama series, “Crash Landing On You” (CLOY) as he justified his decision to end a three-decade-old agreement that barred the military and police from entering the University of the Philippines’ campuses without prior notice from school officials.

Lorenzana asked on Twitter Tuesday (January 19) what made UP “so special” that state forces were unable to enter without coordination since 1989, when the UP-DND accord was signed.

“Sa UP mayroon silang ala-Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Military can’t enter without coordination. What makes UP so special? Nasa Korean border ba kayo? CLOY is life na ba? We are not your enemies. We are here to protect our people, especially our youth,” he said.

Lorenzana told reporters that he watched all the episodes of the Korean series, which starred Son Ye-Jin and Hyun Bin as star-crossed lovers from South Korea and North Korea, respectively.

In a succeeding tweet, the Defense chief said the agreement “has become obsolete.”

“The times and circumstances have changed since the agreement was signed in 1989, three years after the martial law ended. The agreement was a gesture of courtesy accorded to UP upon the University’s request,” he said.

Lorenzana earlier told UP president Danilo Concepcion in a letter dated January 15 that the agreement was being scrapped because of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army’s (CPP-NPA) supposed “clandestine recruitment” of students as communist rebels.

He said the pact was being used by the CPP-NPA as a “shield” to prevent the military and police from foiling their activities inside UP campuses.

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Lodi si Win? Migz Zubiri ribs Vico Sotto over lack of love life

Does Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto want to follow in the footsteps of bachelor Senator Sherwin Gatchalian?

Sotto’s lack of love life became the subject of senators’ ribbing Monday (March 1) when the mayor went to the Senate to personally receive the Senate’s commendation for being named as one of the United States government’s anti-corruption champions.

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri acknowledged that “honest to goodness public service” can sometimes cause a politiko’s love life to take a backseat.

“Kaya ang payo ko kay Mayor Vico, huwag nyang kalimutan yung private life lalong lalo na ang kanyang love life…” Zubiri said, adding that he also got married late due to work.

“ O baka gusto po nyang e-idolize ang ating pambansang bachelor ng Senado, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian…” the senator added.

The 46-year-old Gatchalian is currently in a relationship with actress Bianca Manalo.

Sotto’s uncle, Senate President Vicente Sotto III, joked that there are “many applicants” for the role of the mayor’s girlfriend.

The 30-year-old politiko has said he doesn’t have time to find a girlfriend because of the demands of his work in government.

Parang Duterte lang: Lorenzana declines Sinovac vaccine due to old age

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana won’t be getting vaccinated with Sinovac vaccine donated by China.

And the reason for his decision? Lorezana is too old to get the Chinese-developed vaccine, which has not been recommended by local drug regulators for senior citizens.

The country’s defense actually volunteered to show leadership by example but learned he can’t be get the Sinovac vaccine due to his old age. Lorenzana is 72 years old.

“I wanted to be the first to receive the Sinovac vaccine in DND to build trust and confidence among personnel but health experts advised that those over 59 should not be vaccinated. Besides, the front liners will have first priority,” he tweeted on February 28.

In another tweet, Lorenzana said he was informed that he was not qualified for the Sinovac vaccines.


The Chinese-made vaccines have not been recommended for health workers and seniors by the country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to varying efficacy rates.

“I volunteered to be among the first to be vaccinated but was told that I’m not qualified based on Sinovac’s age limit (18-59). I wanted to lead by example to not cast doubt against Sinovac and hopefully bring confidence among DND personnel,” he said in a later tweet.

Although he passed up the vaccine line, Lorenzana attended the rollout of the vaccines for intended health workers in military hospitals as well as Department of National Defense personnel Monday, March 1.

“All is set for today’s rollout, with 100,000 doses allocated for DND Personnel. 29,040 of which are for the health workers of the Veterans and VLuna medical centers, military and civilian staff of the DND-Proper,” he said.

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