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1 Weather Forecast AtUff RELATED ISSUES Microftnance group's employee seized in Sulu An employee of a microfinance institution was seized in Patikul, Sulu by unidentified gunmen Friday, security officials reported yesterday. Troops clash with Abus in Basilan Soldiers and militiamen clashed in Sumisip town Friday with Abu Sayyaf militants believed to be behind the killing. of plantation workers last week, a military offICial said yesterday. Troops clash with Abu Sayyaf Elite Special Forces troops figured in a 3O-minute clash with Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits in Basilan, resulting in the confiscation of three high-powered firearms from the enemy, the military said on Saturday. Elite Army unit battles 20 Abu Sayyaf bandits - Elite Special Forces Company of the Philippine Army recovered high-powered firearms shortly after they encountered at least 20 armed men believed to be members of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) Friday noon in Sumisip, Basilan.

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AFP RELATED ISSUES 5 16 AFP officers promoted - Sixteen senior offICers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have been promoted by their Commander-in-Chief President Aquino. DND, AFP officials tackleintemal, territorial security threats Top guns of the Department of National Defense (DND) and the Armed Forces of the Phiflppines (AFP) assembled here on Friday for a closed-door conference to tackle the country's internal and territorial security threats. Daily Tribune p. 3

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P-Noy scorecard: Win some, lose some As of June 27, 2012, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program has reached out to a total of 3,014,586 families, a little more than the 2012 target of 3 million. Of this figure, Mindanao has the highest number of beneficiaries totaling 1,294,946, followed by luzon (1,030,078) and Visayas (689,562).

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West Sea as proposed by an official in Beijing will only heighten the tension in the region, the Palawan-based Western Command said yesterday. Ready for SONA AU police security preparations are in place to ensure peace and order in tomorrow's State-of-the-Nation-Address by President Benigno Aquino with officers under orders to secure both antiand pro-Aqumo groups expected to flock to the Satasan Pambansa in Quezon City, Philippine National Police chief Director General Nieanor A. Bartolome said yesterday,

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ZAMBOANGA CITY - An employee of a microfinancs institution was seized in Patikul, Sulu by unidentified gunmen Friday, security officials reported yesterday. The victim was identified as Rania Mohammad Suaso, 25, of the Center for Agriculture and Moral Development and a resident of Martires street in Barangay BangkaL Lt. CoL Randolf Cabangbang, spokesman for the Western Mindanao Command, said initial investigation showed that the victim was on a passengerjeepney when three men took her at around 8:10 a.m. The victim was dragged to another jeepney, which brought her toward Sitio Palar, Barangay Liang. Authorities are stilltrying to determine the motive of the kidnapping. The victim's family said the gunmen had not contacted them. Last April, Carlos Tee, 62, owner of a gasoline station in J010 and an employee of the Air Transportation Office, was seized by at least seven gunmen, who barged into his residence on Hadji Butu street. There has been no word on the businessman's fate, but there were indications that his relatives, who are members of the Mora National Liberation Front based in Sulu, were negotiating for his safe release. Five foreign tourists and two Chinese traders remain in the hands of kidnappers in Sulu and Basilan. Among the victims were Jordanian journalist Baker-Atyani with his two Filipino TV crews! Dutchman Elwold Horn and Swiss Lorenzo Vinceguerre; Austra[ lian Warren Richard Rodwell; Indian Biju . Kollaraveettil and Japanese Toshio Ito. Iron are traders Yuankai Lin and [ian Luo were kidnapped in Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay and reportedly brought to Basilan.

Troops clash withAbus in Basilan
ZAMBOANGA CITY - Soldiers and militiamen clashed in Sumisip town Friday with Abu Sayyaf militants believed to be behind the killing of plantation workers last week, a military official said yesterday. Col. Ramon Yugyog, commander of the Special Operations Task Force-Basilan, said members of the special forces and the Citizens Armed Force Geographical Unit clashed with more than 20 Abu Sayyaf militants in Barangay Sapah Bulak and Barangay Upper Cabengbeng. "The armed lawless elements retreated with an undetermined number of casualties as shown by the bloodstains and ground troops' accounts," Yugyog said. He said the soldiers recovered several high-powered firearms, including one M16 rifle and a rocketpropelled grenade launcher Yugyog said pursuit operations would continue against the Abu Sayyaf militants led by Kirun Tampuri, Batong Allman and Ahmad Aliman, The group was tagged in the attack of plantation workers of Tumahubong Agrar1~~R~t~~?~n~~9i~.ries 1 .Integra !ed Development Cooperative, Whichleft SlX workers killed and 21 others injured. - Roel Pareiio

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Troops Clash With Abu' Sayyaf
Elite Special Forces troops figured in a 30-minute clash WithAbu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits in.Basilan, resulting in the confiscation of three high-powered firearms from the enemy, the military said yesterday. , Maj. Harold Cabunoc, the Army spokesman, said the clash broke out when the soldiers spotted at least 10 armed ASG bandits hiding in bushes at about 1:55p.m. Friday in the vicinity of Barangays Sapah Bulak ang Upper Cabengbeng both of Sumisip, Basilan, Cabunoc said the bandits led by IGrun Tampuri, Botong Aliman, and Ahmad Aliman traded shots with the soldiers for about 30 minutes before fleeing with their casualties. The soldiers seized three highpowered firearms, including an M16 armalite rifle, M14 armalite rifle, and one US Garand. CoL Arthur Aug, the commander of the 104th·Brigade, directed the Special Operations Task Force (SOTF) to pursue the bandits.

ELITE Special Forces troops encountered the Company of the Phf- bandits at around 1;55p.m. lippine Army recovered intheviciIDtyofBgy. Sapah high·powered firearms Bulakand Upper Cabengshodly after they beng. encountered at least 20 Initial investigation armed men believed to revealed the soldiers and bemembersofAhuSayyaf elements of Special Cafgu Group(ASG}Fridaynoon Active Auxiliary (SCAA) in Sumisip. Basilan. were conducting security . This was confirmed patrol in the area when yesterday by Capt. Alberto they encountered the Caber,spokesmanofAnny's . bandits led by Kirun 1st Infantry Division. Tampuri, Botong Aliman He said the government and Ahmad Aliman. -3-

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Umaabot sa 525 resioperations officer ng Army's dente ang nagsilikas sa takot 1002nd Infantry Brigade ang na rnaipit sa bakbakan sa mga nasakoteng rebelde na pagitan ng tropa ng Philippine sina Julius. Amahado, ,sugaArmy at og New People's tan; Ge~evlc Su~do, Mlc~elle Army (NPA) habang lima na- - Nuay Llgar, Aldnn S:oodlman mang rebelde ang nasakote at sl Jonicel Panalisan. sa bayanng Surallah, South Nakatanggap ng Imp.orCotabato kamakalawa. masyon ang tropa ng milltar Kioilala oi Captain W!!!iam hingg!1 ,sa puwersahang paAlfred Rodriguez, civil military • ngmglkli .ng mga re?elde sa mga rasidenta partikular na sa mahihirap na rnaqsasaka. Ayon kay Rodriguez, dakong .alauna ng hapon nang makasagupa ng militar ang mga rebelde sa libHb na bahagi ng Barangay Colongolo, Nagkaroon naman ng engkuwentro sa pagitan ng mga sundalo at og mga rebelde na turnagal og ilang minuto hanggang sa makomer ~ng . lima sa mga kalaban na lOabandona ng mga nagsitakas na kasamahan. Nabatid na 70-80 % ng mga residente sa lugar ay mula sa hanay ng mga rnaralita at mga katutubo. Samantala, bunga ng oakbakan ay napititang magsillkas ang nasa 100 pamilya 0 kabuuang 525 residents sa takot na madarnav. Ang mga ito ay pansamantaiang kinukupkop sa Colongolo National High. Sch?ol MALOLOS CITY--Daan-daang Bulakenyo mula sa . na nagsilbing evacuation Site.

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,.Sixteen senior officers of the Armed Forces ofthe Philippines (AFP) have been promoted by their Commander-in-Chief President ~<\.quino. ~" Receiving their first stars and the rank of brigadier general are I Jonas Sumagaysay of the Army, who served as the last chief of the I Presidential Security Gt;OUP (PSG) before Arroyo finished her term I , m2010, and Januario Carlngal of the Philippine Marines, who was I involvedin the February 2006 alleged plot against Arroyo. Sumagaysay was a member of the Philippine Military Academy I Class of 1981.Caringal came from PMA Class of 1982and was tried It b~t' cleared by a military general court martial for violating the V Articles of War. He was released from detention hi 2009. I The highest-ranking among the newly promoted officers was AFP's number three man Deputy Chief of Staff and now Air Force Lt. Gen. I Gregorio Macapagal of PMA Class of 1980. I Those who got their second stars were incumbent Army 7th I Infantry Division chief now Maj. Gen. Alan Luga (PMA '81); Army 1st .1 ID commander Maj. Gen. Ricardo Rainier Cruz (PMA '80); Army 8th I ID chief Maj. Gen. Gerardo Layug ePMA '81), and Air Force Maj. I Gen. Raul Dimatatac (PMA '81), chief of staff of the Air Force. I .A second star was also conferred on NavyRear Admiral Wenefredo Banua, incumbent chief of the AFP's Modernization Program I Management Office and concurrent chairman of the AFP's Force ~ Structure Development Study Team. Banua is also the assistant I deputy chief of staff for plans and programs or J5 of the AFP. I Awarded their first stars were 50Bth Air Base Wing commander I Brig. Gen. Rene Santos; AFP Procurement Service chief Brig. Gen. I Alfredo Andres; AFP Human Rights Office chief Brig. Gen. Domingo Tutaan; Brig. Gen. Gerardo Jamorabo, chief of the AFP Bids and I Awards Committee; Brig. Gen. Danilo Penafiel, commander of the I 355th Aviatio·nEngineering Wing; Brig. Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang, I cemmander of the Army's 703rd Infantry Brigade; and Brig. Gen. I Romeo Gapuz, commander of the 403rd Infantry Brigade. I p. 3 MarioJ. Mallari
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DND, AFP officials tackle Internal, territorial security threats
CEBU CITY - Top guns of Command was presided by AFP the Department of National chief of staff Gen. Jessie Dellosa. Defense (DND) and the Armed Only the three major service Forces of the Philippines (APP) commanders, unified comassembled here on Friday for a manders and the AFPJoint Staff dosed-door conference to tackle were allowed to attend. . the country's internal and terThe conference with Defense ritorial security threats. Secretary Voltaire Gazrnin as Thf,'!'JPountingtension in the guestspe~ ~~co~'s territorial watersintingparaiUefier .. theyWest Philippine Sea (Southsecurityofl€rati~,(·> .. >'\I~ ClUna Sea) was foremost in the ."The APP al.mSto lay down a agenda. yardstick on its internal security Dubbed as Commanders' Fo- operations in line with the Interrum and Midyear Assessment nal Peace and SecurityPlan (lPSP) held in the tightly guarded MIP Bayanihan," AFP spokesman Col. Lounge of Mactan International Marcelo Burgos Jr. said. Airport, the daylong conference Burgos said that wide-ranghosted by the AFP's Central ing topics were discussed, inBy JAIME LAUDE

eluding an update on the coun- developments in the West Philtry's territorial defense as well ippineSea. as the AFP ongoing capability The STAR, however/learned upgrade program. . that Western Command .Administrative matters such (Wescom) chief Lt. Gen. Juanas the continuing adherence to .cho Sabban discussed before his reform initiatives in AFP pro- peers and other t0th~efens~~
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schoolchildren. In May, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) found that selfrated poverty dropped to an es· timated 10.3 million Filipino households, or 51 percent of total households in the country The figure declined from the 11.1 million households, or 55 percent, recorded in March. . Meanwhile, those who said they were poor in terms of food accounted for 39 percent, which translated to approximately 7.S million households, a drop frorr the 45 percent or 9.1 millior families recorded in March.

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FIGHTING stance vs poverty: Conditional cash transfer program
As of June 27, 2012, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program has reached out to a

total of3,014,586 families, a little more than the 2012 target of 3 million. Of this figure, Mindanao has the highest number of beneficiaries totaling 1,294,946, followed by Luzon (1,030,078) and Visayas (689,562). Between January and February 2012, the program reported a compliance rate of 95.89

among mothers. who . visited healthcare centers for checkups and immunization of their babies; 97.97 percent among mothers who brought their kids to healthcare centers for deworming; 95.15 attendance rate in day-care center among kids; and 96.40 attendance tate . for primary and secondary
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In August, the country welcorned its newest warship, BRP Gregorio del Pilar, a decommissioned US Coast Guard vessel, to replace a World War Il-era destroyer as the country's flagship vessel. As a boost to the military's modernization program, President Aquino ordered the release of PI0 billion, including Pl.6 billion for new Air Force planes. Proceeds from the Bases Conversion and Development Authority also injected some P4.7 billion into military's modernization program, resulting in the completion of 43 projects:. Among the military's acquisitions ' are: 1,621 night fighting system units and six armored personnel carriers M-1l3 for the. Philippine Army; 18 basi~trainer aircraft, eight Polishmultirole he" licopters and one aerial camer~ for the Air Force; and two multipurpose attack craft, four landin? craft utility and 76-mm ammumtion for the Navy. A total of 402 squad automatic weapon units have also been d~livered to the e Army Navy and Air Fo:c as w~l1 as 8,100 force protecnon equip-

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The" government set aside ours. We are also studying the P4.2 billion for the program." possibility of elevating the case The 21,800 housing units, part on the West Philippine Sea to of the program's Phase 1, are 10" the International Tribunal for cated in Bulacan, Laguna, the Law of the Sea (Itlos), to Cavite and Rizal, Beneficiaries make certain that all involved from the military and police nations approach the dispute would pay for in initial monthly with calm and forbearance," the installments ofP200. Each lowPresident said in his Bona in cost house and lot, which has an 2011. average lot size and floor area "Now: our message to the of 36 and 22 square meters, reworld i~ clear: What is ours is spectively, costs P175,OOO. ours; setting foot on Recto Bank According to the NHA, the is no different from setting foot government aims to construct on Recto Avenue," he said. 31200 housing units by the end Renewed tension between of'this year. The President has the Philippines and China startPre' pare housl'ng proJ'ectsfor.. . previously announced .that his ed in April, when a Philippine administration's target IS to proNavy plane spotted Chinese .police and military personnel vide 140,000 housing units befishing boats at Panatag Shoal On Feb. 24, 2012, President fore the end of his term in 2016. (international name: Scarboro Aquino' led the symbolic hW ough Shoal), a territory on th: turnover of 21,800 houses for Bring the case of t e est West Philippine Sea (South ChI" personnel of the AFP and PhilipPhilippine Sea before na Sea) disputed by both China pine National Police during the International Tribunal ; and the Philippines. The Philipcommemoration of the 26th Edfor the Law of the Sea pines sent Filipino vessels to t~e sa People Power Revolution. "We do not wish to increase. area including Navy flagship The turnover was held in actensions with anyone, but we BRP' Gregorio del Pilat. China cordance with Administrative must let the world know that demanded for these vessels to Order No. 9 which Aquino we are ready to protect what is clear the area. The Philippine signed on April 11, 2011.. The government ignored it. order directs .the National Foreign. Secretary Albert del \ Housing Authority (NHA) to Rosario asked China to bring implement a housing progr?m the dispute to the Itlos for arbicalled the '1\FP IPNP Housing tration, but China ignored the Project" to address the housing proposal. . needs of low-salari.e? members Despite repeated invitati~m ofthepoliceandmIhtary '.' i.. ·.·",>,".;X .. ,.,c'·_:·Y·"; ":",-':::', ..• ;; 'from the .Philippines, China

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OFFICE OF THE ARMY CHIEF PUBLIC AFFAIRS - Email add:08Cpa_hpa@yaboo.com - Tel no, (02) 892-1693, Local: 5287, 5295 In May, the DFA said it intended to bring the case to the international court even without China's approval. By the end of May,there were close to 100 Chinese ships-inclusive of government vessels and fishing boats=-at Panatag. Aside from increasing Visibility at the shoal, China has also sus.pended tourism to the Philippines and tightened inspection rules for Philippine banana exports. In June, President Aquino ordered the withdrawal of two Philippine ships from Panatag due to bad weather, temporarily ending the two-month standoff. More than 20 Chinese ships-including 6 large vessels-have remained at the shoal. Early this month, Mr. Aquino imposed silence on the government's plans involving the territorial dispute. They are secret until implemented. To date, the Philippines has yet to bring the issue to Itlos. In the recently concluded Southeast Asian talks in Cambodia, members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) failed to issue its customary joint statement due to "deep splits over China"-a first· in the bloc's 45year history. , The Philippines and Vietnam wanted the statement to include a reference to the recent standoff between the Philippine and China at Panatag Shoal-a move opposed by host nation Cambodia, a Beijing ally. This failure to issue a joint statement marked a "sharp deterioration" in efforts to cool tension in the area.

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In October 2011, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad warned that a "military pension crisis" in the APP may occur by 2016 if the current pension system is retained. Abad announced that the Department of Budget and Management and the Government Service Insurance System would come up with a system that would safeguard the contributions of members and insti.tute' a sound financial basis for computing deductions. Prior to the announcement, the APP had already said it was adopting a new pension plan to avert "financial crisis." The provisions of this proposed system include raising the retirement age from 56 to 58; the deactivation of the Retirement and Separation Benefits System; an increase in members' contributions and in the government's. counterpart in the pension . fund; and computations for periodic adjustments of'separation and retirement benefits, among others. No new system has been adopted to date.

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. ,Arming Chinese fisher-. men venturing into contested areas in the West Philippine Sea as proposed by an official Beijing will only heighten the tension in the region, the Palawan-based Western Command said yesterday. "If Chinese fishermen will be armed, it will only promote a hostile environment," Wescom said through spokesman Lt. Col. Niel Estrella. Estrella was reacting-to suggestions made by Je [ianbin, a leading Chinese fishery official that Beijing provide arms and military training to more than 100,00 fishermen based in Haman and let them roam the South China Sea and the West Philippine Sea. Je, chief of the state-run Baosha Fishing Corp., said arming the fishermen and giving them military training. would help China strengthen its presence

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military unit has operational [urisdiction over the contested Kalayaan Island, said that despite his unit's' meager rnili tary resources, they will defend Kalayaan, "Kalayaan is ours. We will defend it at all cost," Sabban earlier said. - Jaime Laude

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of different militant organizations this week said they will also guard against possible saboteurs who might try to take ad vantage of tomorrow's event. He also asked ALL police securitypreparationaere in place to ensure . protesting groups to police their own ranks. peace and order in tomorrow's State-of-the-NationPurisima said they have fine-tuned all their security Address by President Benigno Aquino with officers operations for the SONA in coordination with all conunder orders to secure both anti- and pro-Aquino cemedgovenunentagencies. groups expected to flock to the Batasan Pambansa in Bartolome also reminded NCRPO officials to keep Quezon City, Philippine National Police chief Direc- • up their anti-crime vigilance despite their temporary tor General Nicanor A. Bartolome said yesterday. preoccupation with their SONA s.ecurity operations. "Our forces led by NCRPO chief Director Alan The PNP chief also directed Luzon-based police Purisima are now 100 percent ready to secure the regional directors to field their respective contingents to , President'saddress. We have also asked ourdvildisturaugment NCRPO forces. The AFP National Capital bance management troops to see to it that the human Region Command is also mobilizing its own augmentarights of all people Who will go to Batasan Pambansa, tion force to assist NCRPO when necessary. whether theyare pro or anrl-Aquino groups will be fully In time for the State of the Nation Address (SONA), observed," Bartolome said. The House of Representatives has constructed a new Around 6,ooopolicemen willbefieldedin and around building for the Visitors, Batasan Pambansa as part of the security measures. House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. saidin an Malacanang defended the extensive security preparainterview that the cost of the new North extension tions by the Philippine National Police for President building is aroundP57 million arid was taken from the Benigno Aquino's State of the Nation Address (SONA) savings of the office in 2011. . on Monday,July 23, According to Belmonte, they want to preserve the Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the Batasan Complex because this is one of the oldest SONA is an important event where officials of all three buildings in the country. branchesofgoverrunentwiIlronvergell)atkingtheopenHe alsosaid.he wants visitors like foreign parliamening of the joint session of Congress. tarians to hold meetings inside the Batasan Complex. "[Officials of the] three branches of government are According to the Speaker, the additional extension together. How can it not be given great importance?" edifice which extends the North Lounge, was not only Lacierda said. built in symmetry with the entire structures of the He said this is also the one time the President visits Batasan complex but also allows bigger .the legislatureand "as a representative of the people will House-related functions, including receptions for forreport to other representatives of the people," eign parliamentarians within the complex. , Bartolome said CDM troops to be fielded inthe area 'Thave been guest of some parliaments, and activwilinot be allowed to carry their firearms as part of the ities were always within the parliament building. r PNP standard operating procedure in every protest would like to follow the same pattern to give prestige to action in: Metro Manila. Only members of the Special the people:' Belmonte said.' ,, Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams who will act as "1 would like to meet foreign visitors and other back-up for the anti-riot troops will be authorized to important guests in the House and not have to go to carry their firearms. . . costly private restaurants to receive importantguests," Purisima, who has had successful talks with leaders Belmonte added. .

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by - it was like flashes of a life on parade before him, I really wonder how he felt. I wonder how generals £eeLI have talked to the military men - particularly the River Warriors. He lent and women who have helped in the his men to do the training. He even went to the graduation. He attended our second cleaning of the estero. They tell me General Assembly where we awarded the when they go home it is just to give their clothes to be washed - and exemplary River Warriors with their first "heart" medals. You know how the military then they have to go back to camp. awards stars? Welt we decided to award There is no overtime pay, It is a trib"hearts." ute to Anny wives that they keep the family intact. In this scenario they are Though my schedule was very tight, I adjusted everything to be able to accomevery bit heroes as well. I wondered how Titan's wife and modate theevent. I was not prepared for how touched I would be. I didn't know that Author Gina Lopez with his two children felt. Surely their General Tristan Kison hearts must have burst at the seams Titan (as he's called) was such an excellent with pride for having a father who was so dutiful. The military can public speaker with easy rapport with the be quite rigid, There are rules and regulations and a strict chain of audience - many times speaking extemcommand. What struck me about Titan is his heart. His heart had poraneously. His sister and brother in law are ABS-CBN executives so I have always continued to be - and bloom in mili~ary service. There is probfelt quite comfortable with him. ably much more about the military than we need to know about, While the ceremony was going on I It's people like General Kison who make the Armed Forces of looked at the men in the field. They were the Philippines shine. ' standing at attention and didn't flinch an In one lifetime, I was in the anny (if you can believe in this ... inch. I was struck by the discipline. 'Titan it is my repeated experience ~urn:g regression sessi?ns). I fought gave his well-applauded valedictory and battles. I fought for truth and Justice. And I made rrustakes. what then it was time for the parade. The ofI have brought over from those lifetimes is a being that resonates ficers and the men who had been standing with honor and duty. at attention for ()ver an hour on the field ' " Maybe this is why General Kison is standing up after 37 years , commenced to do a parade of honor for of service - honor and duty in his heart, ending one phase of his life and about to start another. I made me emotional. Emotional the general. Then Titan stood up and walked to the enough to write about it today. field to acknowledge their parade. At that Honor and duty. To a higher cause. This is such an important point what I felt was the heart of a man basis for life, and for the country. I salute you, General Tristan Kione who had served his country for 37 long son, for a life well-led. I salute your wife and your childrenfor years. I wonder how that must have felt for . standing by you as you served your country. I, and your country, him. For me, I was hit with a wave of emowish you well in your future endeavors ahead. Perhaps the best tion. It was like one phase of life-was over. is yet to come. And I salute the members of the Armed Forces of the Philip_--..",J I felt the dignity 'and honor of the life he'd led and then the compassion of the man pines who continue to serve the country unselfishly with honor 1....i.w __ 1 who stood up to acknowledge his troops. It and with duty. *** was very, very moving. As he stood up - a I can be reached at reginaJopez@abs-cbn.com. solitary figure saluting the troops passing

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NABANGGIT ko rati na ang banta n9 climate change at environ" mental degradation ang dalawa SB mga pinakamapanganib na banta sa ating pam ban sang se· gilridad. Delikado ang mga "ito dahil aog hagupit ng inang kalikasan ay imposibleng labanan ng tao at maari lamang ltong harapin at pagdusahan dahil wala naman talaga tayong laban sa galit ng kalikasan. . Dahil bansang pandagat la· yo na binubuo ng napakaraming mga isla at nalulugar sa gitna ng mga pangunahing karagatan sa mundo, nagkaroon ng karagdagang halaga ang Pilipinas bllang isang pangunahing bansang pandagat. Pero nangangahulugan din ito na ang mga bantang pangkalikasan ang magdaragdag pa sa t:I1ga panganib na ating kinahaharap. . Kaya't dapat makita at maunawaan ang kahalagahan ng pagpapalakas at pagpapalawig ng ating kakayahang harapin ang mga panga.nib na nagmumula sa karagatan. Mahalaga ito dahil kaya nn naman nating harapin nang buong lakas ang kanyang pananalanta, kasabay ng mga hakbang na dapat nating tahakin,upang mabawasan ang epekto at paglala ng mga bentang ito. Noon pa man, ang Philippine Navy ay nag"organisa at nagsanay na ng mga disaster response team (DRT) sa lba't ibang mga unil nilo sa buang ban sa.

Matatandaang ang ZambaAng mga DRT ay may angles ang isa sa pinakamalimit na king kakayanan na mag responde gami! ang mga handallg kagami" . masagasaan ng bagyo at rnalimit pa ltong binabaha kung tan para sa mga sakuna sa dagat o luoa man; Kasabay nito ay may : kaya'! mlnabuf ng NETC na sanayin ang kanyang mga tainan naita!ag na proseso na ang Navy sa ORO. Galing naman! na layong isaayos ang kahandaan Sana'y maging epektibo pa at epektibong paglulunsad ng ang kakayanan ng NETC di rescue at reHel operations at limitadong rehabilitation sa mga . lamang sa training ng mga tauhan ng Navy kundi maging sa apektadong lugar. ORO rin. Idinaos noong Hulyo 9, 2012 Kaya'!, mga kasama, nanang Naval Education and Training nawagan ako ulit sa rahat na Command (NETC) sa Zambales, iluloy ang suporta para sa malaang NETC ORO Challenge upang kas at kredableng Navy tungo mapabuli pa ang kakayahan ng sa masagana at mapayapang NETC sa ORO lalo na sa panahon bansa. Kaya natin yan, Pinoy! ng taq-ulan.

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