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2 Gun firing mars ARMM voter re-listing Violence hit the re-Iisting of voters in Lanao del Sur as an offduty policeman indiscriminately fired his gun at a town hall Tuesday wounding three persons, a military official disclosed yesterday. S Kawai, grabe sa bomba Walong sundalo ang nasa malubhang kalagayan matapos masabugan n9 improvised explosive device kamakalawa sa Bgy Mangal, Central Sumisip sa lalawigan ng Basllan, of Nueva Ecija mayor A Department of Natura! Resources official in Nueva Ecija and a former town vice mayor were charged before the Department of Justice as the masterminds in the killing last Feb 4 of Carranglan town mayor Restituto Abad. Two named Malaya p. 8~3

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incident in Basilan Manila Bulletin p. 2 Malacafiang on Thursday condemned the attack in Sumisip, Basilan that killed six individuals, including rubber plantation workers. Noynoy: Pulverize group behind Mindanao attacks Daily Tribune p. 3 A top Palace official yesterday reminded the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) of a standing directive of the President against local terrorist organizations believed to be behind the killing of six rubber plantation workers and injuring of 18 others in Basilan. 400 soldiers to back PNP in securing SONA Phil Star p. 19 About 400 soldiers in Metro Manila are ready to support the Philippine National Police (PNP) in securing the venue of President Aquino's State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 23. AFP fields 400 soldiers for SONA Malaya p. 8-4 The mHitary has earmarked 400 soldiers to help secure President Aquino's State of the Nation Address on July 23, a military spokesman said yesterday. 400 soldiers on stand-by for Aquino's 3RO SONA Daify Tribune p. 4 The newly activated Standing Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (SJTF-NCR) is allotting at least 400 anti-riot soldiers for possible deployment during the upcoming State of the nation Address (SONA) of president Aquino on July 23 at the House of Representatives. Balita Bading sa PMA, wag kekembot Matapos ang pagbibigay daan sa mga bansot, may puwang na on sa Philippine Military Academy (PMA) ang mga tomboy at bakla 0 bading bastat wag lamang kekembot.

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ONLINE. N£WS Kampe ng NPA sa Surigao del Sur, nakubkob 09 military
Isang kampo na naman n9 New People's Army (NPA) ang nakubkob n9 militar sa Brgy. Hinapuian Carmen, Surigao del Sur. Ito ang kinumpirma ni Maj. Eugene Osias, tagapagsaJita ng 4th Infantry 'Diamond' Division Philippine Army.

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MILF condemns p1antation workers' bloody ambush The Morc Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Thursday
condemned the killing of six persons in Sumisip, Basilan and described the atrocity as "an act of barbarism." 13·14 Gov't vows to continue crushing Abu Sayyaf militants The govemment declared today that the world of the local terrorist Abu Sayyaf group was getting smaller and the govemment would continue crushing its members. Kin demand justice for Dutch missionary, other victims of killings ~ Asked about his message for President Benigno Aquino III, Antonius Geertman, brother of Willem, said, "As the representative of the Filipino people, he should listen to what his people want and that is justice. He owes it to his people." NPA confiscates 29 fireanns from mining company in Agusan del Sur We congratulate the New People's Army - Front 14 in Northeastern Mindanao Region for successfully disarming at 7:00am, Friday, on 06 July the VPO Mining Company in Bayugan III, Rosario, Agusan del Sur.

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Gun' firing mars ARMM voter re-listing
VIOLENCE hit the re-listing ofvot- listing of voters for next year's ers in Ianao del Sur as an off.<Juty regional elections. The other provinces are Basi1an, policeman indiscriminately fired Sulu, Tav.itawi and Maguindanao. his gun at a town hall Tuesday wounding three persons, a mili- . President Aquino had initially deputized the AFP, PNP and other tary official disdosed yesterday. The suspect, Police Officer 1 law enforcement units to ensure the order and peaceful relisting of Abdul Hani Balt, detailed with voters in the five provinces. the Bayang town police station, Comelec spokesman James fled after the Incident. Injured were Aldein BaIt, Jimenez said there is growing Usman Alayudan and Usoft Tat concern over the safety of personnel in registration centers. Toyeman. He said they would not hesiCoL Daniel Lucero, comtate to temporarily suspend mander of the Army's 103rd Brigade, said the suspect aimed registration in affected areas if his 9 rom pistol at the Bayang , necessary. ''We suspendifneeded and then town hall for unknown reasons. Lanao del Sur is among the once the situation Is padfied, we five provinces comprising the ' continue the registration," he Autonomous Region in Muslim said. - ViCtor ~es. gerard Naval Mindanao that are holding a re- andjoce/yn Montemayor

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: BASILAN -,- Walong sundalo ang nasa malubhang ...kalagayan matapos masabugan ngimprovised explosive > device kamakalawa sa Bgy. Mangal, Central Sumisip sa ,. lalawigang ito. " Hindi muna binanggit ng mga awtoridadang pangalan ng mga biktima habang hindi pa naipararating sa kanilang mgakamag-anak aug nangyari sa kanila. Ayon sa ulat, babantayan sana ng mga sundalo ng Army Scout Ranger Company na nakalulan sa military truck ang isang lugar na pagdarausan ng voters' registration ng Commission on Elections (Comelec) nang masabugan ang kanilang sasakyan, Inaalam pa ng mga awtoridad kung anong grupo ang may kinalaman sa pagpapasabog sa trak ng mga sundalo. •

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of Environment and Natural Resources official in Nueva Edja and a former town vice mayor were charged before the Department of Justice as the masterminds in the killing last Feb. 4 of Carranglan town Mayor Restituto Abad, Charges of murder and frustrated murder were filed against Ra-

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who lost to Abad in the 2010 elections. Ilagan is detained at the Camp Crame Custodial Center for illegal possession of firearms and explosives after he engaged police in a shootout in his house in Barangay San Cristobal, Licab last June 21. Abad and driver-bodyguard Army soldier Saldy Dudayan were ambushed along the provincial

road in Batangay Saranay, Guimba town after he attended rites for the Freemasonry at said town, Abaci, 54, died at the St. Luke's Medical Center. Duclayan survived. Police were able to arrest Jose Bemalin Pascual of Barangay Pagas, Cabanaruan, who rode in tandem with the alleged gunman Jonathan Carpio. - Jojo de GU:(JIUZn

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.Palace Probing Incident In Basilan
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~ .Malacafiang on Thursday condemned the attack in Sumisip, Basilan that killed six individuals, including rubber plantation workers, : Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte ~4 they have yet to identify tlieiawlesselema,nts responsi6Je:forthe attack .Rkports disclosed that six , inmVidl,lais ere killed while w ; 22 others were wounded in an ambush by suspected Abu Hayyaf Group (ASG) members in Sumisip, Basllan. . "Let us issue a very strong condemriation on the attack on innoc~t~sr" Valte said ..notin~·ti'ia.t"there were fiv~.rubber plantation workers out of the six casualties in the .m.bush,

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. The attack was allegedly done by the ASGbecause an agrarian reform integrated development cooperative did not give in to the ASG who were allegedly asking for extortion money. "Investigation by the Philippine National Police in the area isunderway, while the Armed Forces of the Philippines will continue to provide support by way of securing the area and other details which I cannot divulge at this time," she said . The Palace officialhowever would not directly point at the ASG to be responsible for the attack, saying that investigation is still ongoing. ."The investigation is ongoing. Until such time that there is a definitive identification of the attackers, we will not make any cornment," Valte said. Valte however assured that President Aquino's directive of crushing the ASG still stands. "Certainly, the directive stands and the operations are underway,"

she satd. "Lillit ang mundo nita [Their . world is becoming smaller], that's all we can say." Valte meanwhile assured there will be tighter security during the reregistration of voters in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) following a bomb explosion in Basilan, which wounded eight soldiers who were on their way to secure the re-registration of voters in the province. "First line of defense there would be to provide tighter security in that area to prevent it from happening again," she said, "The Comelec has coordinated with the PNP With regard to the se- . curity for the voters' registration in that region," she added. The ARMM elections were postponed in August last year to synchronize it with the 2013 midterm elections. The ARMMis composed of the provinces ofMaguindanao, Lanao del Sur; Sulu, Tawi-Iawi, and Basilan.

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About 400soldiers in Metro Manila are By ALEXIS ROMERO Group inspected the House ofRepresentsready to support the Philippine National Aquino will deliver his address before a tives last Monday to ensure the safety of Police (PNP) in securing the venue of joint session of Congress at the House of those who will witness the event. President Aquino's State of the Nation Representatives on July 23. . , The Standing Joint Task Force NCR J ' Address (SONA) on July 23. .. Zamora said they are working closely supervises the soldiers that may be tasked ij Maj.WardenZamora Ir.,spokesman for with the PNP to thresh out the security to support the law enforcers assigned at : the newly established Standing Joint Task preparations for the event. . the Batasan complex. .. . Force National Capital Region (NCR)" .. Hesaid the security forces are now The taskforce, which replaced the said four civil disturbance management -;intensifying intelligence gathering to Armed Forces National Capital Region companiesare ready to respond to any preempt any untoward incident. ,Command, was launched yesterday to security situation. The military has not detectedany threat .secure the government' s seat of power. Each company is composed of about ahead of the SONAbut remainson alertfor Col. Manuel Ramiro serves as acting 100 soldiers. The civil disturbance man- criminalgroupswhomightclisrupttheevent commander of the task force based in agement companies will come from the "We have not monitored any threat. Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. Army, Air Force, Navy and the Armed The situation is normal," Zamora said. Zamora said there are plans to transForces General Headquarters. Security forces are expecting militant form the task forceinto ~national maneu"We are ready and we are waiting for groupstostagerallies, hich areusuallydone verforce, which will deploy soldiers to w the request of PNP. Our troops are on every timea presidentdeliversthe SONA areas that need additional troops. standby for any eventuality,"Zamora told Zamora said they are also on the lookThe plan is to incorporate troops from a briefing yesterday. . out for criminalswho might infiltrate the elite military units like the JOint Special . The military forces are ready, for de- mass demonstrations to sow disorder . Operations Group and the Light Reaction ploymentto the Batasan complex, where. Members of the Presidential. Security Battalion in the task force in 2014.
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TIlE military has earmarked I 400 soldiers to help secure President Aquino's State of the Nation Address on July· 23, amilltary spokesman said yesterday. Maj. Warden Zamora Jr., TIlE Right to Know, Right Now! Coalition yesterday urged spokesman of the Standing President Aquino to make a clear and flrm endorsement of Joint Task Force-National the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act in his State of the Capital Region C&TTF NCR), Nation Address. . nevertheless said the Armed The coalition said the FOI bill has hardlv moved in the Forces is not seeing any seriHouse and its leadership has shown a lack of political will ous threat to the annual adto even take the first steps to pass it as the bill remains stuck dress, Aquino's third, at the in the committee chaired by Rep. Ben Evardone. Batasan Pambansa complex In contrast, in the Senate, a substitute bill endorsed by in Quezon City. nearly all its members has already been sponsored in plenary The Quezon City police by committee chair Sen. Gregorio Honasan, said Tuesday some 6,000 The Coalition expressed hope that after failing to policemen will be deployed make it to the first two SONAs of President Aquino, the along roads leading to the FOI will filially be given the attention it deserves in the Batasang Pambansa. . President's priorities. Zamora said the 400 military personnel are from the four mary agency tasked to secure are demonstrations by progrescivil disturbance companies of theSON4· sive organizations." the Army, Air Force and Camp "We are just waiting for the The militant group Bagong Aguinaldo, who are going to be request of the PNP. Our troops Alyansang Makabayan and operationally attached to the are on standby in case there other militant groups are planSj1'F NCR which was activated are eventualities. Our troops ning rallies near the Batasan by the military's leadership yes- are pre-posinoned, our troops complex. terday in place of the National are on alert, ~ Zamora told Zamora said intelligence Capital Region Command reporters in Camp Aguinaldo. personnel have been gatherwhich was de-activated also Asked if they have moniing information related to the yesterday. tored a threat to the SONA, in- event and have not unearthed The soldiers will be de- cluding destabilization moves, any sinister plot. He said these ployed at the vicinity of the Zamora said; "We have not intelligence operations will be Batasan complex if requested monitored any destabilizastepped up as the SONA apby the PNP which is the pri- tion ... What we only expect proaches. - VUtor Reyes .~-----'... -.~~- ..

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M~tapos ang pagbibigay daan sa : mga bansot, may puwang narin sa rbilippine Military Academy (PMA) ang mga tomboy at bakla 0 bading baS,tathuwag Iamang kekembot, Ito ang ipinahayag ni PMA Supt Major Gen. Nonato Alfredo Peralta jr., kaugnay sa mga bakla at tomboy na kabilang sa tinatawag na 3rd sex. Sinabi nitong hindi naman ipinagbabawal ng Academy ang pagpasok ng mga bading sa kanilang hanay ngunit dapat na gurnalaw ng naa~ sa kanilang trabaho.
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"Puwedeng-puwede basta'twag lang kekembot,' ani Peralta. Ayon pa kay Peralta, tanggap din naman ang mga babae kahit pa siya . aytomboy. Sa hirapng pagsasanay ng mga kababaihan ilan dlto ay nagiging "tomboyish look" na rin, lpinaalala ni Peralta na sa Agosto 26 ay isasagawa ang PMA entrance examination sa 37 examination centers sa buong bansa, Kasabay nita pinayagan na rin ng PMA ang pagtanggap ng roga pandak na aplikante na may taas na S'O para sa babae at lalaki.

Sa pagbabawat ng height requirement sa dating 5'2 sa babae at 5'4 sa lalaki. Naniniwala si Peralta dahil sa bagong lpinatutupad na requirement sa mga aplikante tiniyak nito na marami na ang papasok sa akademya. Hindi umano magiging balakid sa AFP ang mga bakla at tomboy kapag nagmgganap na opisyal ng PMA. Naniniwala rinang PMA malaki ang maitutulong ng mga bakla at tomboy sa operasyon ng militar lalo na sa intelligence.

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Unhappy warrior
/~: DISGRUNTLED military officer used the occasion' ',' of the Philippine Air Force's 65th anniversary last , week to launch a broadside at a new enemy: the civilianization of the Philippine military. A PAP magazine article tided "Milltum Phasellus: Developing an outlook qf professionalism in the AFP" took square aim at the ~ed Forces' "diversion of missions and capabilities" for L . civilian purposes, and then fired salvo after salvo. Given that the unnamed writer belongs in all likelihood to the Air Force, one is tempted to explain away this grousing in print. as the reflections of an officer who has not seen much military action in recent ~ars; the PAP,after all, is no longer what it was a generation ago and does not, in fact, have a single jet fighter to tame the sky. The military operations to counter the longtpnning communist insurgency; the Moro separatist re~' ~~llion and Abu Sayyaf banditry have been borne largely pythe Army and the Marines; PAF involvement has been constrained by its lack of resources.. . .: But that line of argument is, at its core, ad hominem, wpe startling proposals at the heart of the article are dis.turbing precisely because of their content. We can sumJl).arize the proposals in these terms: They posit a view of ~ilitary professionalism that is narrow and extreme; they fail to understand the nature of the military in a democra.. '; not least, they misunderstand the lessons of the same 9 !ililitary history they seek to promote .: '., To develop "an outlook of professionalism," the article palls on the Armed Forces to begin ''by returning to its traditional or war-fighting roots." But while a military wor.thy of its name and of the people's trust must be welltrained and adequately armed, it is a mistake to confuse the definition of military professionalism with war-fight[ng alone. Indeed, the national armies with the highest reputation for military prowess today, such as the American orthe French, recognize that often the most effective Way to Win a military conflict is (no surprise there) to "win the hearts and the minds" of the population at risk .. lot is possible, then, to argue for more training or better arms or new fighting units; it is a grievous error to think that war-fighting capabilities alone will allow the military 00 achieve its aims. .. .: To prove that the culture of civilianization is rampant in any branch of the Philippine military, the article cuttingly ferrnnds its readers of a common reality: "Oneneedsonly ,'to read AFP anniversary programs or [annual] reports to liee this trend." This has led to "a situation wherein people' i);l the militarv no longer considered themselves as war.~(fts>Ihs~e~'if;iH¢f~€r:c~iVecl~fhS~l{re~ aspdlicefuen, ~y n fmt~r~~!AA~W~~~ b\illdet&;· :l1ealth·care::,J#pvide~s:''',., .poHticians-everything but war-fighters." The best rejoinder to this reading is to say: That's progress! (Except for tl,1epart about the politician.) When the Constitution de·t1ned the Armed Forces' mandate as the protector of the people, surely it did not seek to limit the military's scope of protection to combat alone. (One more thing: On any giv-, en day; there are hundreds of soldiers in combat zones. It is adisservice to them to say they are nonwarriors.) <To place its thesis in a long-term perspective, the article .~ppinted to the la~ of intere~~ in the coun~s ~t~ his,ory as "another SIgn that rmlitary professionalism is erodilig." If this lack of interest is true, then the situation is truly. unfortunate. But the article writer is himself a victim of Wis lack of historical appreciation; we get the sense that by ml1itary history he only means the episodic narrative of dassic battles. While there is great practical virtue to be li!arned from studying+-iust to give one example-how A,FPunits under Roy Cimatu et al. captured the various gunps of Salamat Hashim's Moro Islamic Liberation Front in a matter of months, the real lesson from that conflict is that superior military prowess could not by itself bring an end to the Moro rebellion. And that's where the civilianizarion the writer so disdains comes into the picture. ,.; Could these startling thoughts have been aired as a way . W. express displeasure with the present direction of the ,Pefense department, which is headed by a former general JNhoseclaim to fame was service as, essentially, Palace police? Could the writer and the editors who allowed the artIcle to see print have been emboldened by the renewed .r,J11phasison the US military alliance and on the modernpation of the AFP.? More reason, then, to heed the true lessons of history. .

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China holds war game
mSIONS FLARED up in the East China Sea beTeen Japan and China on Tuesday at the start of e live war exercises of the Chinese navy in wars near Zhoushan, East China's Zhejiang nvmce. The exercises are seen by Beijingts marme neighbors in Asia as an escalation of its JOW of naval power amidst worsening territorial sputes in the region. China's defense ministry had announced that e navy would conduct a 6-day, live-ammunition is a development that cannot be dismissed out of ill, while the People's Liberation Army issued hand, in light of the fact that Japan is the leading '0 announcements prohibiting all vessels from maritime and naval power in East Asia and, of paruering the designated exercise area. According ticular interest to the Philippines, has been aiding the announcements, the area is bigger than in the Philippines in building up its coast guard oapaevious drills but it is not in the waters disputed bility. Japan is also capable of standing up to Chir China and its neighbors, and the exercises are na's increasingly aggressive maritime intrusions in )t a counteraction to current joint military exerthe waters of smaller neighbors. A day after the start of the Chinese naval exerses between American arid Philippine forces in e waters near the islands of Mindanao and ' cises, Japan protested to China for asserting its Jawan in southern Philippines. "indisputable sovereignty" over the disputed Although the exercises were planned months chain of islands in the East China Sea. Japanese ;0, they were launched after Japanese Prime Foreign Minister Koichiro" Gemba "strongly mister Yoshihiko Noda said Saturday that Japan lodged a protest" to his Chinese counterpart. as considering buying a chain of islands at the Three Chinese patrol boats were seen in the isnter of its bitter territorial dispute with China lands claimed by Japan; The crews of the Chinese id Taiwan. These islands in the East China Sea vessels, which have left the vicinity, initially ree called Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chi- buffed the Japanese order to leave. se, and are farther to the east of the area of the According to the Japanese coast guard, the :ercises. China reacted angrily to Noda's re- Chinese crews said: 'We .are conducting official arks. The exchange quickly deteriorated into a duty in Chinese waters. Do not interfere. Leave plomaric row between Tokyo and Bejing, widen- China's territorial waters." g the compass of the territorial disputes in the re'The Chinese ambassador in Tokyo was sumon beyond the standoff that had centered on Chi- moned over the alleged intrusion, but the Chil} dispute with the Philippines and Vietnam over nese foreign ministry said it did not "accept zal claims on the Sprady chain of islands, and Japanese representations over this," according to lth the Philippines over Scarborough Shoal a report by Agence Prance-Presse. Chinese Forzhich the Philippines calls Panatag Shoal or Baja eign Minister Yang Jiechi countered to Gemba , Masinloc} in the South China Sea, (also known that the islands "have always been Chinese territhe West Philippine Sea). ' tory since ancient times, over which China has The diplomatic row between Tokyo and Beijing undisputed sovereignty." This has also been China's line of argument in rejecting Philippine claims on disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea. The East China Sea islands lie in rich fishing grounds and are thought to hold valuable mineral reserves. Tokyo recognizes a private family as the owner of the islands and the city government has plans to buy them. , China's hardening position, on its territorial claims and the diplomatic row between Tokyo and Beijing present a rising obstacle to the efforts of the 1Q-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to forge in its meeting in Phnom Penh a code of conduct to ease tensions in the South China Sea. These tensions did not escape the Asean summit. In particular, Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario was prompted to remark, "Itlooks like they (the Chinese) are becoming more aggressive every day." As the Asean members conferred, China warned that they should keep the territorial disputes off their agenda. It warned the forum against "hyping" a dispute over the South China Sea. It insisted that the dispute should be resolved only bilaterally between the rival claimants-an approach it favors because' it would give it advantage in picking off the rival claimants one by one , "This South China Sea is not an issue between Ch,ina and Asean, but an issue between China and some Asean countries," Liu Weimin of China's for. eign ministry told reporters. "Hyping the South China Sea issue ... is against the common aspirations of the people and the main trends of the time to seek development and cooperation, and an attempt to take China-Asean relations has. tage." What about gunboat diplomacy in the naval exercises with live ammunition? Is that more pe,' suasive?· _
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Kampa n9 NPA sa Surigao del sur, nakubkob n9 mHitar
BUTUAN CITY - Isang kampo na naman ng New People's Army (NPA) ang nakubkob ng rnilitar sa Brgy. Hinapuian Carmen, Surigao del Sur. Ito ang kinumpirma ni Maj. Eugene Oslas, tagapagsalita n9 4th Infantry 'Diamond' Division Philippine Army, Ayon sa opisyal, isang tagumpay para sa hanay ng mga sundalo ang pag-agaw sa isa sa mga pinagtataguan ng rebe!deng grupo. Agad nilisan ng mga rebelde ang kanilang kampo nang mamataan ang pwersa ng 401 st Infantry Battallion kung saan nakumpiska n9 mititar ang ilang backpacks na may dokurnento, dalawang magazine ng M-14 at AK-47, mga dextrose, gamit sa paggawa ng improvised explosive devices at mga gamot. Sa ngayon, naghahanda na ang mga mHitar sa posibleng pag-atake n9 mga rebeldeng grupo matapos nilang naagaw ang kanilang kampo.

Matagal og mayroong bading sa PMA - Honasan
Hindi na umano bago ang pagkakaraoon og bakla sa Philippine Military Academy (PMA). Ayon kay Senador Gregorio Honasan ng PMA batch '71, matagal nang nakapasok sa nasabing institusyon ang mga bading, Katunayan ay mayroon daw siyang kHalang mga kadete na kahit bakla a sitahis ay nakatapos din ng pag-aaral sa pangunahing military school sa bansa, Pero sinabi ni Honasan na noong kapanahunan nila ay hindi pa "lumalantad" ang mga kakilafa niyang baklang kadete. Nagtapos daw muna ang mga ito sa ng pag-aara! at nagserbisyo na sa Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Detachment ng mllttar sa Agusan del Norte, hlnarass ng NPA
BUTUAN CiTY - Dalawampung minutong bakbakan ang naganap sa Brgy. Maraiging, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte nang lusubin ang detachment ng Philippine Army. Ayon kay SP04 Danilo Cabugos, hepe ng Jabonga municipal police station, pinaniniwalaang mga rebeldeng NPA ang nasa likod ng harassment sa detachment n9 mga sundalo, Pinaulanan umana ng bata ang kampo ng mga militar kung saan nasira ang mga damit, uniporme at bubong ng isang daycare center. Wala namang naiulat na casualties sa naturang pangyayari.

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www.philstar.com MILF condemns plantation workers' bloody ambush
MANILA, Philippines - The Mora Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Thursday condemned the killing of six persons in Sumisip, Basilan and described the atrocity as "an act of barbarism." In a statement, Mohammad Ameen, chairperson "unfitted for people who still claim as believers." Ameen, however, enemies." of the MILF Secretariat, said the killing is

urged civilians not to mingle with soldiers "who are natural targets of their

"The Moro Islamic Liberation Front has issued a statement condemning the ambush and killing of six civilians and wounding of 22 others in Basilan last July 11 I" the group said in a statement posted on its website luwaran.com Six persons were killed and 22 others were wounded after suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits ambushed a truckload of rubber plantation workers in Sumisip town on Wednesday. Five of the fatalities were rubber plantation workers of the Tumahubong Beneficiaries Development Cooperative while one was a militiaman. The victims reportedly Agrarian Reform

refused to yield to the extortion demands of the bandits. Sapah Bulak when unidentified armed

The victims were traveling on a truck in Barangay men opened fire at 6:59 a.m,

The MILF said that the ambush was the second atrocity against the cooperative this year. The first was on April 5 when Abu Sayyaf terrorists killed three militiamen securing rubber tappers and wounded seven workers. MILF said the bandits also kidnapped and killed three workers 2010 after they failed to collect ransom. of the rubber plantation in

The military said the ambush in Sumisip also happened a day after a military convoy ran over a homemade bomb in an area near Sumisip. The incident left eight soldiers wounded. The Abu Sayyaf is a local terrorist group believed to have links with international terror cell al-Qaeda. There are about 400 Abu Sayyaf militants in the country, based on military records. - Alexis Romero

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to continue crushing Abu Sayyaf militants

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) - The government declared today that the world of the local terrorist Abu Sayyaf group was getting smaller and the government would continue crushing its members. Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte issued the statement following the attack allegedly perpetrated by the group in Sumisip town, southern province of Basilan on Wednesday where six people were kllled and scores were wounded.

"Let us issue a very strong condemnation on the attack on civilians," she said. Valte said authorities are still investigating if the Abu Sayyaf was really behind the attack. But given that, she said that President Benigno S. Aquino Ill's directive to crush the Abu Sayyaf "stands and the operations are underway," She said the military forces are winning the war against the terrorist group and "their world is getting smaller." The 380-strong Abu Sayyaf group (ASG), founded in the early 1990s, engages in kidnappings for ransom, bombings, beheadings, assassinations, and extortion. The group's stated goal is to promote an independent Islamic state in western Mindanao and the SuJu Archipelago, areas in the southern Philippines.

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Kin demand justice for Dutch missionary, other victims of Idnings
Asked about his message for President Benigno Aquino Ill, Antonius Geertman, brother of Willem, said, "As the representative of the Filipino people, he should listen to what his people want and that is justice. He owes it to his people."

By RONALYN V. OLEA

MANILA - On Thursday morning his brother was shot to death.

in the Netherlands,

Antonius

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got an email that

"It was an enormous shock for us. If you hear that, you don't want to believe it," Antonius told Bufatlatcom in an interview July 11, ninth day since his brother. V'v'ijierq, a Dutch missionary, was killed by gunmen in Angeles City, Pampanga. "We did what we have to, to come over here to bury him and find justice," Antonius said. WiHem was buried Sunday in Ma. Aurora town, Aurora province. More than a thousand mourners attended the burial of the slain aid worker. Antonius said that from the start, it was "quite clear that the killing was not a mere case of robbery." "We knew it is because of the work he did," he said. "We are very sad. We're angry but we are determined to fight for justice," Antonius said.

Philippines as Willem's home
Antonius said it was never an option for the family to fly WiUem back to the Netherlands. "We knew that he wanted to stay here, where he chose to live and where he felt at home, He loved the Filipino people," Antonius said. Wiltem arrived in the Philippines in the early 70s and studied at the Ateneo de Manila University and University of the Philippines (UP). it was in UP where he met youth activists and discussed with them the social ills plaguing the Philippine society. In 1979, Willem worked with Bishop Julio X. Labayen for a mission in the Prelate of Infanta in Quezon province. He integrated with the farmers, even put up a hut at barangay Reserva in Baler, Aurora. Willem and other mission volunteers under Bishop Labayen implemented heath and education programs, According to the Alyansa ng Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luson (AMGL) WiUem was instrumental in the formation of local organizations of farmers, peasants, youth and indigenous peoples in Aurora, In 1991, Wrllem went back to the Netherlands and lived as an ordinary worker. He gave a part of his income to the rural folk of Aurora. In 2001, he told his Dutch and Filipino colleagues in the Netherlands that he was "returning home" and he went back to the Philippines.

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He returned to Aurora in 2002, facilitating many development programs for the rural poor. "The only important thing for him was for the Filipino people to have a decent life education, job, health services - and let not a few people have everything while many people have nothing," Maria Elizabeth Juttan, Willem's sister said tearfully. Antonius said he and his wife had the opportunity to visit Willem four years ago. "We went here to see how he lived, to meet the people he worked with and worked for. We were very impressed. He was very happy to be here," he said. Two years ago, Antonius said Willem went back to the Netherlands after a lot of prodding. Witlem turned 65, the usual age of retirement in the Netherlands. Willem did not want to go but his siblings gave him a plane ticket While he was there, Antonius said, Willem spent most of his time meeting relatives and friends, raising funds for the programs in the Philippines. VViIlemhad planned to retum to the Netherland by the end of this month to raise more funds for another project of Alay Sayan Inc. (AB!), an NGO involved in disaster relief and preparedness, where he served as executive director.

Threatened
Antonius said Willem knew his life was in danger.
"He's a very brave man," he said of his oldest brother.

Before the incident, staff members of AB! noticed suspicious-looking men loitering in front of their office. According to the AMGL, during the height of the implementation of Optan Bantay Laya, former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's counterinsurgency program, WHlem was vilified by the Army's 48th Infantry Battalion as a leader of Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and New People's Army (NPA). At that time, Willem was vocal in supporting the campaign of the farmers against the ,1l,ufOr8; Soeciaf Economic Zone Act lAsezaj of the Angaras, the Iandlord-political dynasty in the province. AMGL said Willem also supported campaigns of farmers and indigenous peoples in Zambales against destructive mining operations and the farm workers of Hacienda Luisita for land distribution. In his homily, Bishop Deogracias Iniguez said, "Willem offered his life for the attainment of a system that is just" "The fight goes on, not only for Wil1em but also for the others. A lot of other people have been killed. A lot of other people have been in danger," Antonius said. Asked about his message for President Benigno Aquino III, Antonius said, "As the representative of the Filipino people, he should listen to what his people want and that is justice, He owes it to his people." ~i£.J~i~

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NPA confiscates

29 firearms from mining company in Agusan del Sur

By MARIA MALAYA NDFP - Northeast Mindanao

We congratulate the New People's Army _ Front 14 in Northeastern Mindanao Region for successfully disarming at 7:00am, Friday, on 06 July the VPO Mining Company in Bayugan Ill, Rosario, Agusan del Sur. The VPO Mining Company is a medium-scale mining company owned by former Mayor Ocete in Rosario, Agusan del Sur. The revolutionary movement allows the security guards of such a mining firm to arm themselves but only to a degree commensurate to the actual need for securing the safe transport of gold ore, for payroll, equipment and other similar business-related endeavour. The NPA, however, learned that the said company was secretly accumulating an arms cache of nearly 70 high-powered firearms, including a few machine guns, which, clearly, was exceedingly disproportionate to their trade. In taking the necessary measure against the highly suspicious excessive accurnulauon of firearms, the NPA unit from Front 14 rounded up and disarmed the company's security forces, and commenced with an investigation regarding the numerous firepower in the hands of a medium-scale mining operation. The NPA also aimed to look into certain abuses committed by the company's security personnel and goons. During the raid, the Red fighters surprised and completely immobilized the company guards and goons, and confiscated from them 29 firearms, including: seven Mi6 rifles, two M4 armalites, two Mi4s, one M203 grenade launcher, one AK47 , eight shotguns, two KG-9mms, six .45 pistols, and ammunition. The raiding unit was not able to chance upon the bulk of the firearms because these were earlier transferred to another location somewhere in the municipality. While in the process of investigating the three top officials of VPO, lnc., enemy reinforcements began to arrive, which necessitated the NPA unit to withdraw and take said officials to a safer location for the investigations to proceed without any interruption. This was also necessary in order to avoid a firefight in the company vicinity that would involve civilians. The top three officials were: Christopher Ocete, son of the owner and head of operations; Joel Jayoma, head of security; and Chrispin Alotaya, head of administration. The result of the investigation showed that the company committed relatively light offenses, thus the three were censured and, in tum, promised to abide by the policies of the revolutionary movement on maintaining arms, the environment, and on dealing with the lumads, workers and peasants. We would like to make it clear that there is absolutely no truth to the claim that the three top officials of the company were held in exchange for a sum of money. The release of the sald officials would have been done earlier jf not for the offensive operation 9f the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). When the AFP acceded to the appeal of concerned groups to declare a SOMO (SuspenSion of Offensive Military Operation) in the municipalities of Rosario and Bunawan, only then were the three top officials of the VPO mining company safely turned over to certain government authorities at 7:15pm, 07 July, in Bayugan Itl, Rosene, Agusan del Sur.

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It can be recalled that Front 14 of the Northeastern Mindanao Region was the target in 2007 of the largest AFP operations under Oplan Bantay laya II (OBl II, US~Arroyo government counter-insurqency program), and was already declared "neutralized." But, with this latest victorious tactical offensive under its command as weH as with other successful tactical offensives it has spearheaded since 2008 until present, it only shows that AFP military campaigns and operations, no matter how immense, can never defeat the tireless determination of revolutionaries nor crush the daringness of the New People's Army. The NPA's tactical offensives have so far been triumphant because of the strong and widespread support of the masses in Agusan and in Surigao.

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