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MfLF slams police raid on Lanao del Sur base International The MILF has asked the Malaysian-led Monitoring Team (OMT) to investigate the July 16 raid launched by the PNP elite Special Action Force (SAF) at an MILF base in Lanao del Sur where they allegedly looted civilian properties. 3 NPA nautas sa engkwentro Tatlong myembro ng NPA and namatay sa pakikipaglaban sa tropa n9 pamhalaan kamakalawa sa Barangay Moloy, Surallah, sa lalawigang ito.

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Two AFP officers under fire assume choice commands Two Army generals, one facing a torture complaint and the other a plunder charge, have been named acting head of the Army's 9th Jnfantry Division and AFP Command and General Staff College, respectively. 2 AFP officers charged with plunder. torture take key military posts Two senior military officers facing separate cases of plunder and torture took over key positions in the AFP due to the scheduled forced retirement today of two members of the controversial PMA Class of 1978. Gov;t summons envoy over China build-up China's presence buil dup in the South China Sea has raised atarm in the government, prompting the DFA to summon yesterday the Chinese ambassador to protest against China's plan to establish a military garrison on the disputed Paracellslands in the South China Sea. Phi protests China sea garrison plans the Philippine yesterday summoned Chinese The ambassador to protest against China's plans to establish a military garrison on the disputed Paracel island in the West Philippine sea. AFP offers huge chunks of military land for peace For the sake of peace, the military is more than willing to vacate portions of the military reservation. But of course this will have to pass through what is required by law." Said Maj General Jose Mabanta Jr commander of the 3m Infantry Division (310) Based in Camp Gen. Macano Peralta in Jamindan, Capiz province. 'Armed conflict possible in the West Philippine Sea' Tensions over the competing claims in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) could escalate into conflict, with an arms buildup among rival nations raising the temperature, an international think tanks wamed yesterday. 107 rescued off Tawi-tawi A Navy gunboat rescued at least 107 passengers and crewmen of a wooden-hulled motor launch that capsized off Tawi-tawi late Sunday, the Philippine Navy said yesterday. Malaya p. 82

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Military accord with Australia ratified Malacanang yesterday lauded the Senate's historic ratification of a military agreement between the Philippines and Australia amid an escalation in the territorial dispute with China. AFP vows justice to Mangyan leader The military has vowed to give justice to Mangyan community leader who was taken from his home and killed by suspected communist rebels in Bulalac8o, oriental Mindoro last Friday. CPP-NPA slammed over extra-judicial killings ~ The relative and families of the rmssmq members of the underground Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Anny decried the leadership of the leftist organization for the extra-judicial killings of their members.

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AFP vows justice for slain Mangyan tribal leader
The military on Tuesday vowed justice for the slain Mangyan tribal leader who actively pushed for development programs in his community. Armed Forces spokesman Col. Amulfo Burgos Jr. said they would work closely with authorities probing the death of Ariston Mameng, who was shot to death last July 20 in Oriental Mindoro. www.phflstar:com

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- Unidentified assailants shot and killed a pro-government militiaman in the southern Philippines yesterday, police said today. Edgardo Lina, 40, a member of the Cafgu Active Auxiliary (eM), died to multiple gunshot wounds following the attack in Taiigaman viflage, Butuan City in Mindanao's Agusan del Norte province, Superintendent Martin Gamba, police regional spokesperson, said. NPA camp nakubkob sa N. Cotabato - Nakubkob ng militar ang isa na namang kampo n9 New People's Army (NPA) kung saan narekober ang umaabot sa 15 kilo n9 improvised explosive device (lED) sa kabundukan ng Magpet, North COtabato.

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. The Mor.o Islamic Liberation f'r6'#t'has asked the Malaysian-led Irtteritatio[Ul~ Monitoring Team (ThIT). t.Qjnvestigate the J.uly 16 raid ~)n\ched b,ythe Philippine National f,Q~icl((PNlP) elite Special Action . for.~e(SAF) at an MILF base in ~ del Sur where they allegedly loptEld civilian properties. '''2MuhanunadAmeen, chairman of .t1ul MILF secretariat, Said elements ~ SAl'~supposedly from Region X, conducted a raid at an MILF base in Lanao del Sur purportedly in pursuit of the members of the alQaed&1inked Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG). TheMILF claimed that the SAF operatives raided the vicinity of the MILF's Camp Darussalam in Butig, Lanao del Sur without prior coordination with the secessionist group. Ameen branded the incident as a repeat of the October 2010 bloody clash between MlLF furces and the Army's Special Forces that led to the killing of 19 SF soldiers, including . four junior officers. The 2010 incident erupted when SF personnel tried to serve warrants of arrest against MILF commander Dan Laksaw AsMWi and ASG leader Long Malat in AI Barka town where the MILF was maintaining presence through an area of temporary stay. . Ameen called the IMT's attention to initial reports that civilians were usedbythe raiders as "human shields" to protect themselves from attack. . . "There was no coordination at all either through the MILF Coordinating Committee on Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) or through the MILF' AdHoc.bint Action Group (AHJAG) which has jurisdiction over the matter," Ameen said. The MILF, quoting Bantay Ceasefire, an affiliate of the IMT and COOHs, said that aside from the
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TWO Army generals, one facing a torture complaint and the other a plunder charge, have been named acting head of the Army's 9th Infantry Division and AFP Command and General Staff College, respectively. Brig. Gen. Aurelio Baladad is assuming today as acting commander of the 9th ID, which is based in Camarines Sur, on concurrent capacity as deputy commander of the same unit, said AFP spokesman Col. Ar· nulfo Marcelo Burgos. Baladad, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1982, will be succeeding Maj. Gen.]osue Gaverza, a member of the F:MAclass 1978, who will be forced to bow out of the military service under the attrition law. The attrition law says a twostar general like Gaverza should be promoted to the next rank on or before three years after he got his current rank; otherwise .he will be attrited or forced to retire. Gaverza is reaching the retirement age of 56 on]anuary 25 next year .: Baladad is a co-accused of former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo and other

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active and retired military officials in the torture complaint filed by eight members of the "Morong 43" which the military said are all members of the New People's Army, before the Department of Justice last May. Apart from Baladad, other military officials named as respondents are former 2nd Infantry Division chief and now AFP Eastern Mindanao Command chief Lt. Gen. Iorge Segovia, then AFP chief Gen. (ret.) Victor Ibrado, arid then Army chtef Lt. Gen.(ret.) Delfin Bangit. BaIadad, then a brigade commander, supervised the operations leading to the arrest of the Morang 43 in February 2010 in Morang, RizaI allegedly on suspicion that the suspects were on a bomb-making training. Five of the 43 later confessed to being NPA members and applied for the government'S social integration program while the others claimed they are health workers, Brig. Gen. Benito de Leon, of PMA Class 1981, assumed yesterdayas acting commandant of the AFP General Command and Staff College, which is based in Camp Aguinaldo, in addition to his job as deputy commandant of the college. De Leon replaced Rear Adm, Victor Emmanuel Martir, ofPMA Class 1978, who is due to retire from the service today, likewise due to the attrition law. Martir is reaching the retirement age of 56 on August 11 this year. De Leon was among the active and retired military officials charged with plunder by former military budget officer Col. (ret.) George Rabusa before the DO], which subsequently endorsed the complaint before the Ombudsman for the filing of formal charges. Rabusa, who admitted to facilitating the illegal conversion scheme in the milttarv over a decade ago, alleged that billions of pesos in military resources were wasted due to the corruption. Rabusa was later charged with a similar plunder case by a government auditor. Burgos said Baladad and De Leon are assuming as acting chiefs of the 9th ID and CGSC, respectively, "pending the release of designation from the Office of the President." He could not say if the two are be!

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In~antry Division, was elevated as acting chief ofthe 9th lD with the retirement of Maj. Gen. Josue Gaverza, ofPMA Class of ,1978. Also taking over as acting comma~dant tifthe Command and General StaffColiege (CGSC) was Brig. Gen. Benito de Leon, of PMA Class of 1981,replacing Rear Admiral Victor Emmanuel Martir, also ofPMA Class of 1978 which became controversial for having furmer President and now detained Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo as honorary member. '. Baladad was among the military officers charged with alleged torture filed by some members ofthe so-called Morong 43, after they were released from detention in 2011,before the Department of Justice where the case is now pending. Elements of the Army's 202nd Brigade in February 2010, then headed by Baradad, captured .!? "'!~:'f'''terl co~munist New People's Army (NPA) during a raid at a private residence in Morong town, Rizal. They were' subsequently called Morong 43. Some of those arrested accused the Army of torture as they denied" any link to the NPA and claimed they were rural' . health workers. ' H~wever, five of them confessed they were indeed members 6fthe NPAand were on training when arrested by gove»: ,,,;l't
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From page 1 _Australia, which was signed some two years ago or during the Arroyo administration. The Chinese defense ministry :announced plans to operate troops from Chinese-held Sansha or Woody Island in the Paracels on Monday, a month after Beijing designated the island as China's administrative centre for both the Paracel and Spratly groups. While the Philippines does not have territorial claims on the Paracels, DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez said the Chinese plan to administer both 'island groups from Sansha was unacceptable. "The Philippine government has expressed its grave concern and registered its strong protest over the Chinese government decision to establish a military garrison in

to establish a military garrison on the ~uted Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. The DFA said it summoned Ma Keqing to lodge the complaint, and also to object to the arrival of a military-escorted Chinese ~shing fleet near the contested Spratly Islands. . As tension with China was again; seen . escalating, the Senate sealed the pa~ace's
Disputes have flared in recent weeks, with Vietnam and the Philippines criticizing what they call .Chmese encroachment. China and South Vietnam once administered different parts of the Paracels but after a brief conflict . in 1974, Beijing took control of the islands. The DFA said it summoned the Chinese ambassador over the . garrison plans as well as to receive a strong objection to China's dispatch of a military·backed flshing fleet in SpratIy waters. The Filipino coast guard monitored a fleet of 29 fishing vessels, a cargo vessel, and three other ships including one Chinese navy vessel near Fiery Cross Reef -and Subi Reef on July 18, Hernandez

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TUln to page 2 violation of Philippine territory and a violation of obligation of states under international law," Hernandez said, Sen. Joker Arroyo voted down the SOVFA as senators appeared divided as to how the treaty would prove beneficial to the Philippines in the light of the current tension with China OVersome territorial disputes. ' Sen. Teofisto "Tan Guingona III, in explaining his vote, emphasized that the public should be given a erear understanding that the SOVFA "is simply a recognition of a: potentially beneficial and mutual partnership that can be continued between the Philippines and Australia, in the field of military training, education, and exercise, '', and in humanitarian activities. No more, No less." Arroyo, in maintaining his

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Wood~ Reef,", Hernande~ said. . :.<:..:.;;.. c.o.n.d. uct non-fi.Sh~n. _aCti~ities is.~: ~ . g -. :_: stanc~ againstth? s,aid treaty,..:. China claims soverelg~ty over ~AFFAIRS";;;EiMU-add:o~oO~com"'J questioned the. timing of t,he 295)<.,: nearly all of the South China Sea, ~ : «.: : :: : :..................•... Senate's concurrence to Its ::. whichisbelievedtoholdvastamoUIl.t'l ratification, saying that the of oil and gas, while the Philippines, Philippines should not be seen ·Taiwan, Brunei, MalaysiaandVJetnam "grabbing at straws." .each claim portions.

- "Wehavenot ratifiedthe SOVFA between Australia and the "Thisdocument maybe far from Aquino, however, ordered the fortityingdefensecapabilities,Chen Philippines for two years because perfect however it is definitely a pull out ofthe PCGand BFARships' assailed the move as provo'Jatiye we did not see the need for it. But far cry and an improvement from' last June 15 due to bad weather. enough even as they desri(ili~'d because of our problemwith China the VFAthe Philippines entered, During his Sona on Monday, Manila'~decisionto sendPhill'ii.PItJe which claims some islands in the, into with the US. I therefore cast ,... Aquino :eiterated· the country's ~ government ships at the Huiiigyah WestPhilippineSea whichar~ ou~, f)-an affirmative vote," said Sen,··~ .ownership of Pan~tag Shoal as !te 9, Islandas an infringementof ChiriatB we suddenly want to ratify It. ~ Francis "Chiz" Escudero. . - called on the pu~hc to be;one Wl.th - sovereignty. ; ,;>: Why?,n Arroyo.said. . It was Sen. Franklin Drilonwho the government m asserting ~lalIU «Beijing lodged protes4is.i:R "Arewe trying to saythat other took note of the fact that SOVFA overthe area, He,however,did not Manila 'over the move, 'whwh than the US, w~ ~lso have other was introduced duringthe previous or?er redeployment of peG or Infringed on China's sovereiognty, allies like Australia? Asean! our. ad~inistration and which the· BFl\Ra~sets ther~. but the impasse didn't .e.rN.('Il~ regionalfriends and geographica~. Aquino government felt deemed Aquino sa id that his Manila' continued to ..send closeto us, hesitate to lend us th~Ir wise to be supported, adminiBt.ration. is dolng government vessels to 'the tokensupport.Whyshouldwe enlist. Emile underscored historical consultations Wlt~ gover~ment Huangyan Islandlagoon"says.part Australia, which is sofar awayand . records where Australia have leaders and, foreign allies to of.the story. .. . an out and out ally ofthe U.S.to proven to be a more "reliable" ally address the.dlspute peacefully. Although Manila's rival elalm be our all~ too? Although the than the US, even dating back the . Meanw~~le,the Armed Forces overthe islandhas initiated~ Sl;1rlfS , ~greement, IS not a defense pact, , time of the Japanese occupation. . of the Phillpplnes (AFP) vowed of reactions both domestic' and Its .symbolism cannot be lost on In his lengthy explanation of continuing perfo:mance of its from China, Yang said mere Chma. Let us not g~abat ~traws·.vote, the Senate chief recalled the man~at~ of protecting.the country mentionofthe islandannoysChina. Wemust persevere, he Sal?, time when he fought against the terrltorial waters despite no~Aquino's Sima did not insist on . Sen, L~ren Leg~rda, chalr;nan Japanese as a youngsoldier, it was deployment of naval assets m direct confrontationwith China-en of the foreign relations com~TIlttee through the assistance of the Panatag ShoaL the issue. '<"':: and prmc~pal"sponsor, satd the Australian governmentthat led the "W,e do not waver .on o~r Aside from trade embargb, SOVFA Will complement the USto "reconquer" the Philippines. commltmen~ upholdthe integrity Chinese government has Issued,a to needs" of the Armed Forces of the "If not for the presence of state and ,.sovereIg~ty of ~ur national travel advisory on its national . Philippines (AFP). called Australia, perhaps it could territory. W~re gearing for AFP against going to the Philippines, TheSOVFA paves the way for havetaken a long,longtime if ever, m?~ermzatlOn to acquire that which resulted in the signific~t AFPtroops to eonductjoint military for the USto re-conquer the Phils. mmlm~mdefens~ postu!e i?wards drop in the tourist arrivals.o-" , exercises not just with the USbut That's one of the contributions of protecting what 18 ours, said AFP Fernan J.Angeles aridlA» alsowith Australian troops to hone Australia to our welfare," he said. spokesman Col. Arnulfo Marcelo . up the Armed Forces' defense Latest surveillance monitoring Burgos. capabilities. . over Panatag Shoal, located In the online edition of the "Concurrence with the approximately 124 nautical miles China Daily, two top Chinese ratification of the SOVFA not off Masinloc town in Zambales, will diplomatic experts were quoted as onlypavethe way for us to improve showedthat a Chinese fishery and describingthe PhilippinePresident our defense mechanisms,it will also lawenforcement command(FLEC) as non-confrontational but still solidify OUf decades old vessel and two maritime remains stubborn to give up its relationship with Australia.: surveillance ships were spotted in claim over the Spratlys, referred especiallyin the fields of trade and the area. toby the Chinese authorities as Industry," Senate President Juan "As latest aerial surveillance the HuangyanIsland. Yang Baoyun, an expert on Ponce Enrile said, showed, there were three Chi mese Some senators said the treaty vessels monitored in Panatag Southeast Asian studies at Peking University, was also reported by . with Australia is even better t h an Shoal,"said a security official,wh0 the Visiting Forces Agreement· requested anonymity, the Chinese media as urgirictAe" . (VFA) the country has with the However,there was no mention government of China to exira United States. l of the presence of Chinese fishing cautionon the Philippinesamid the Unlike in the VFAwith the US, . vessels in Panatag Shoal but the most recent presidential s~~, the SOVFA states that Philippine official said "they come and go in contained in President Aquino's courts will not be deprivedof having the area." SONAon Monday. .:;":' jurisdiction to try and hear cases Ch in es e vessels - both "Chinashould be fullyprf:)llll$~ such as murder, rape, sexual government controlled and for the latest strategy of Maui!a1f harassment, and the likewhich are commercial ships - have not left Yangsaid, . . ••. • ... filed against members of the the area since the standoffwith the. Another diplomatic s~llWji., Australian Visiting Forces, the Philippines erupted last April 9 Chen Qinghong an exp~<t" B,_;I senator said, adding that the when Filipinosailors accosted eight Southeast Asian studies with the agreement with American Chinese fishing boats caught with China Institutes of Contemp'otary government "continues to assault corals giant clams and livesharks. International Relations expf'esSM the freedom and sovereigntyof this the other hand, the apprehension over what'j·h.e Republic, the SOVFAcures the Philippines has not maintained its described as "hawkish votbes' VFNs critical ills In the areas of .. presence in Panatag Shoalto assert compelling Aquino to ta~ !irfM~ jurisdiction, custody, and .... thecountry'sclaimoverthearea positionoverwhattheyhave~ detention." which is knownto be rich in marine been referringto as the South ChiRa Sen. Edgardo Angara, on the resources. Sea, other hand, admitted that the basis During the initial stages of the Apparently referrin~~ forhisconcurrencetothesaidtreaty standoff, the Philippine Coast congressional efforts p1lsiU~g was that he and many of them Guard (peG) and the Bureau of constitutional changes .~vl~g perceive the "threat posedby a very Fisheries and Aquatic Resources broader power to. 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strong protest over the Chinese government decision to establish a military garrison in Woody Reef," Hernandez told reporters. "The Philippines has earlier protested the establishment of the Sansha City, in so far as its jurisdiction covers the KIG, which is an integral part of ~hilippine national territory falling under the municipality of Kalayaan of the province of Palawan," the DFA said. . "For this reason, the Philippmes does not recognize the Sansha city and the extent of its jurisdiction, and considers recent measures taken by China as unacceptable," it said. China claims sovereignty over nearly all of the West Philippine Sea, which is believed to hold vast amounts of oil and gas, while the Philippines, Taiwan, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam each claim portions. Disputes have flared in recent weeks, with Vietnam and the Philippines criticizing what they call Chinese encroachment. China and Vietnam once administered different parts of the Paracels but after a brief conflict in 1974, Beijing took control of the islands. The Philippine Coast Guard monitored a fleet of 29 fishing vessels, a cargo vessel, and

three other ships, including .one Chinese navy vessel, near Fiery Cross Reef and Subi Reef on July 18, Hernandez said. "The use of armed government vessels to escort fish-

ing vessels .that conduct nonfishing activities is a violation of Philippine territory and a violation of obligation of states under international law," Hernandez said. .

At Malacafiang, deputy Armed Forces of the Philippresidential spokesperson. pines (AFP) spokesman C~L Abigail Valte said they hope Arnulfo Burgos.Ir, said, the people would rally behind. . . "We will do our job. We will President Aquino inhis call for. just implement and execute unity in dealing with the West any directive handed down by Philippine Sea issue. ~ higher authorities," he added. "My understanding is that' "We will not watver in our all attendant acts from thees- comm.it;nent to uphold the tablishment of the prefecture, integrity and sovereignty of if Iam correct, are nOWcovered out national territory," he said, by the diplomatic protest that ', Burgos said the AFP is upwas filed. Because it necesgrading its capability to defend sadly flows from the act of the country's territory .. establishing that pref~cture-l"We need to protect our which is already the subject natural resources, We will lose of the protest that was filed' a lot of resources if we fail to by the Department of Foreign guard them," he said. Affairs," Valte said, The Bureau of Fisheries and . She said what the President' Aquatic. Resources (BFAR),. wants is for the Philippines to for its, part, is considering re"speak with one voice" even imposing' a fishing ban in the as diplomatic dialogue with Panatag Shoal because of bad China continues: weather, "Welt we are talking our ,- A fishing ban was enforced own country. Maybe it is safe in the shoal from May 16 to to assume that we are all for July 15 at the height of the the Philippines," Valte said, sta~doffinvolvingFilipino and Validating reports Ch;,nese v~ss:ls, .', .,. '... ,. . The (fishing) ban (inthe The military, meanwhile, shoal) has-lapsed and we are saidit,vouldc6ntinuetomoninot prohibiting it (fishing in tor developments in the Wes\ the area). But at the same Phi~ippir:e Sea in close coordi- time, we are notencouragfng natlOnwlth the ~FAand other . f~shermen, especially small concernedagenCles. fishermen, to go into the area "That (report about the because of bad weather," BFAR plan to build garrison) has director Asis Perez said vesta be validated., (As for the) terday. "But we are 'studying . resl?onse, we WIll ask the De- the re-enforcement of the ban partment of Foreign Affairs," . Turn to Page 16'

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and Tapaz towns with the National Commission on Indigenous People .[NCIPjas the lead agency,n he added. Mabanta's offer was in response to an earlier statement by Edmund Veneer, spokesman of the National Democratic Front (NDF)-Panay, challenging the military leadership that if they really want peace, the first step should be to return the land of the Tumandoks, the natives of Capiz, and implement a genuine land reform. Mabanta has tasked Col. Arnold Quiapo, commander of the Army's

"Por the sake of peace, the military is more than willing to vacate portions of the military reservation. But of course this will have to pass through what is required by law, n said Maj. Gen. Jose Mabanta Ir., commander of the 3rd Infantry Batallion (3 rn) based in Camp Gen. Macario Peralta Ir, in Iamindan, Capiz province. "That is why what is important now are talks to reach a collective effort to facilitate and resolve the concerns on this matter for the IPs [indigenous peoples] in Iarnindan

301s1 Infantry Brigade, to make the proper coordination with the NCIP and the local government units regard ing the COncerns of the IPs in Panay. "We certainly continue to listen to our IP where in fact since the declaration of the camp as a military reservation, IP communities has since continued to live peacefully with our soldiers within the camp boundaries," Quiapo said . 'The government has to be certain that we are able to identify those legitimate members of IP communities. These communities are frequented by insurgents with their faIse promises of giving land in the pretext of' agrarian revolution'. The so called 'agrarian revolution' is well outside the bounds of our constitution," Quiapo added. Mabanta had earlier pushed for a localized peace dialogue with the

regional groups of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) The 3rd ID has jurisdiction over Western Visayas provinces ofNegros Occidental, Guimaras, Iloilo, Capiz and Antique and the Eastern Visayas provinces of Negros Oriental and Siquijor, all considered hotbeds of communist insurgency. Camp Peralta has a land area of 33,310 hectares, the third largest military camp in the country. It was declared a military reservation through Presidential Proclamation No. 67 and officially proclaimed by , virtue of Sanggunlang Bayan Resolution No. 19 of Iamindan, The sprawling .camp COversthe municipalities oflamindan and Tapaz of Capiz province and Lambunao, Iloilo and is inhabited by various communities of indigenous people.
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'Armed conflict possible in 'West Philippine Sea'
TENSIONS over competing claims in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) could escalate into conflict, with an arms buildup among rival nations raising the temperature, an international think tank warned yesterday. Prospects of solving the disputes "seem to be diminishing" after a recent failure by the 10country Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to hammer out a "code of can.duct" that would govern actions in the sea, the International Crisis Group (ICG)said. "Without a consensus on a resolution mechanism, tensions in the [West Philippine Sea] can easily spill over into ~4.~q[.l~7,>~ flict," warned Paul QuinnJudge, the leG's program director for Asia. "As long as Asean fails to produce a cohesive [West Philippine Sea] policy, abinding set of rules on the handling of disputed claims cannot be enforced." China claims sovereignty over nearly all of the sea, which is believed to hold vast amounts of oil and gas, is one of the region's most important fishing grounds and is home to shipping lanes that are vital to globaltrade. . The philippines and fellow .Asean members Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam, as well as Taiwan, claim parts of the ,Sea. The rival claims have for The Brussels-based leG said decades made the area one of in its report yesterday that Chithe region's potential military na had ''worked actively to exflash points. with Vietnam and ploit'' the divisions in Asean by China engaging in sea conflicts offering preferential treatment in .1974 and 1998 that left to members ofthe bloc that supdozens of military personnel ported its position in the disd~~ ~~. Tensions began to escalate '~ lack of unity among Chiagain last year with Vietnam na's rival claimants, coupled and the Philippinesaccllsing with the weakness' of the reChina of becoming increasingly gional multilateral framework, aggressive in staking its claims I has hampered the search for, a to the sea. solution," the report said. In April, Philippine and CW· 'Y>Jl of the trends are in the nese vessels became engaged in a wrong direction, 'and prospects of tense standoff at Panatag Shoal resolutions are diminishing." (Scarborough Shoal), a horseThe report also noted that, shoe-shaped. formation of rocks China and the rival claimants and corals within the philippines' had continued to expand their exclusive economic zone. .l.4..':Il_~;"".~,: ' Navies and COast Guards amid " ...'.. ...::. .~'-'-"_' __". .........~~, ..'"' ~_' l·:\!:. ..
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And China this week trig- the dispute, due in part todo- . gered further anger from: mestic political pressures and around the region when it an- rising nationalism among its citnounced it was planning to izens, build a military garrison on the This could lead to an "escalaWoody Reef in the Paracel Is- tion" of incidents, including lands. more maritime standoffs, it On the diplomatic front, an said.' . annual meeting of Asean forThe lCG said the best way to eign ministers ended in disarray ease the tensions would be for early this month when it failed the rival claimants to agree on to agree on a joint statement, a ways to share the natural refirst in its 45-year history, be- sources on offer in the West cause of divisions over the West Philippine Sea. Philippine Sea disputes. . But it noted that the last efMeeting host Cambodia was fort to do so-a joint seismic widely seen to have backed Chi- survey by China, Vietnam and l).a,a close ally. This derailed a the Philippines-broke down in campaign by the Philippines for 2008, and the prospects of coa tough Asean position against operation in the future were China. low. AFP

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- ZAMBOANGA CITY - A Navy gunboat rescued at least 107 passengers and crewmen of a wooden-hulled motor launch that capsized off TawiTawi late Sunday, the Philiptrine Navy said yest.erday. The motor launch, MIL Lucky Man, was sailing five nautical miles off Sibutu Island in TawiTaw! when it was battered by giant waves and drifted to the high seas, said Lt. Junior Grade Ian Sage, spokesman of Naval Forces Western Mindanao. Sage said the Navy, through its Naval Task Force 62, received a distress call and one of its patrol gunboats, the BRP. Dioecoro Papa PG 381, promptly rushed to the scene. Sage said the patrol gunboat found the distressed ferry already half-submerged and all its passengers and crewmen were rescued. In a similar incident, nine crewmen were rescued last Sunday when their motorboat encountered bad weather and sank off Pagbilao, Quezon, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said yesterday. PCG spokesman Lt. Commander Armand Balilo said the MIB RojynBleft Talao Talao port in Lucena City, Quezon before dawn Sunday and was on its way to Sibuyan Island in Rombion when it was battered by strong winds and big waves. RoeI Parefio, Evelyn Macairan

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Malacafiang yesterday lauded the Senate's historic ratification of a military agreement between the Philippines and Australia amid an escalation in the territorial dispute with China. Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacireda said the PhilippineAustralia Status of Visiting Forces Agreement (SOVFA),which governs the visit of Australian troops in the country, would help promote national and regional security. The ratification of the agreement was made before President Aquino's scheduled visit to Australia this coming October. "The Senate with an overwhelming 17-1 vote has taken an important step in enhancing our national and. regional security by ratifying the Status of Visiting FOrces Agreement (SOVFA)between Australia and the Philippines," Lacierda said. Only Senator Joker Arroyo voted against the ratification. Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said the Australian military

has proven to be a dependable ally of the Philippines since hiaory that is why he is voting in favor of the SOVFAratification. " "Concurrence with the ratification of the SOVFA will 'not only pave the way for us to improve our defense mechanisms, it will also SOlidifyour decades old relationship with Australia, especially in the fields of trade and iadustry;" Enrile said. : . "Long ratified by the Alstralian Parliament, the SOVFA has been pending in the Senate since 2008. We thank the Senate for this hstorically significant action," he said, The SOVFA,signed in ~007, was ratified by Australia the :fme. year. President Aquino ratifie~the measure last December 201~Jnd: asked fortheconcurrence of tM Senate. 'Meanwhile, the Philippise government has expressed grav~ concern. and registered strong protest over the decision of China to establish a military garrison in WoodyReef in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) it has earlier

protested the establishment of the Sansha City, in so far as its jurisdiction covers the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG), which is an integral part of the Philippine national territory falling under the municipality of Kalayaan of the province of Palawan. "For this reason, the Philippines does not recognize the Sansha City and the extent of its jurisdiction, and considers recent measures taken by China as unacceptable," DFA Spokesperson Raul Hernandez said in a statement. . Hemandezsaid the Philippine government also protested the deployment of 29 fishing vessels, a cargo vessel and 2 maritime ships near Kagitingan Reef and People's Liberation Army (PLA) ship with bow number 934 near Zamora Reef on July 18. "The Philippines urges China to fullyand sincerely abide by the spirit and letter ofthe ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) - China Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC)," the DFAspokesperson said. (With a report from Roy C. Mabasa)

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.AFP spokesperson Col. Arnulfo Burgos Jr. "He is a big loss. He serves as a key communicator of the village. Ariston Mameng only thought of what would improve the lives of the Mangyan," Burgos added. Troops from the 4th Infantry Battalion based in Mansalay, Oriental Mindanao, are providing support to the investigation into Mameng's July 20 murder .. AFP deputy spokesperson Maj. Emmanuel Garcia said Mameng Was a tireless .organizer who went to various agencies for help in implementing his ideas for development projects.

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THE MIUTARYhas vowed to give justice to a Mangyan community leader who was taken from his home and killed by suspected communist rebels in Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro, last Friday. Ariston Mameng was instrumental in bringing development projects to the Hanunuo tribe, the Armed Forces said. "We condemn the murder of this leader who was a partner in the peace and developmentundertakings of theArrned Forces . partner agencies and organizations," said

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LUCENA City - The relatives and families of the missing members of the underground Communist Party of the Philippines.NewPeople's Anny decried the leadership of the leftist organization for the extrajudicial killings of their members. . Southern Luzon Command spokesman CoL Generoso Bolina said the relatives expressed their anger following the discovery of another ."mass grave" containing at least 30 skeletal remains believed belonging to victims of summary execution by the CPPNPA. The mass grave was found July 21 irlSitio Irrigation, Barangay Pagsangahan, San Francisco, Quezon. "Our love ones left us and dedicated their. lives to what they believed was a noble cause. In return theCPP / NP A tortured and killed them in secret NP A camps in the mountains of Sierra Madre," Mrs. Reyes, mother of SeverinoReyes,asurvivoroftheOperationMissing IJnk in Southern Luzon, said. . Local officials believed the victims were buried decades ago in the vECgetated hill after being killed on suspicion that they are military informers. . Villagers wereshockedby the blatant disregard or the victim's right as they saw broken skulls. The mass gravewasaccidentally discovered by Ramel Malinao while tilling his farm. Bolinasaid the SOLCOMleadership under its newly installed: acting commander Maj. Gen. Eduardo del Rosario condemned the inhuman act espoused by the CPP-NP A ideology. Gem1 Formaran

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AFP vows justice for slain Mangyan tribal leader
MANILA, Philippines - The military on Tuesday vowed justice for the slain Mangyan leader who actively pushed for development programs in his community, tribal

Armed Forces spokesman Col. Amulfo Burgos Jr. said they would work closely with authorities probing the death of Ariston Mameng, who was shot to death last July 20 in Oriental Mindoro.

"We will extend all the necessary support in putting the perpetrators behind bars. We will exert all efforts to support the PNP {Philippine National Police)," Burgos said in a press
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"We really condemn the perpetrators [of the killing}. The [victim] was a partner in peace and development undertakings of the armed forces and other organizations," he added.
Burgos said Mameng's death is a huge loss since the latter served as a communicator concerns of Mangyans. "He (Mameng) did not think of anything but the welfare of Mangyans," the projects started by Mameng he said, while running after the of the

Burgos said they would continue armed men behind his death.

"We have increased coordination with them (victim's family) and strengthen intelligence collection so the investigation can prosper," he said. Mameng was shot to death by 10 armed men believed to be members Army (NPA) in Sitio Yunot, Barangay Nasukob in Bulalacao town, The armed men barged into the victim's house and abducted times. Mameng was the head of the Mangyan Community Affairs projects intended to improve the lives of indigenous peoples. These programs include the building of school buildings, programs and the construction of access roads.

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DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Xinhua) - Unidentified assailants shot and killed government militiaman in the southern Philippines yesterday, police said today, a pro-

Edgardo Lina, 40, a member of the Cafgu Active Auxiliary (eAA) , died to multiple gunshot wounds foHowing the attack in Taligaman village, Butuan City in Mindanao's Agusan del Norte province, Superintendent Martin Gamba, police regional spokesperson, said. According to Gamba, the victim was on his way home on a motorcycle at around 4:45 p.m. local time, when the suspects blocked his way and fired at him repeatedly using an automatic pistol,

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"The victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds and died instantly. The suspects fled afterward," Gamba said, adding pursuit operations were now being conducted by police against the suspects. The area where the militiaman was killed is a known lair of the leftist New People's Army guerrillas but police could not yet ascertain jf the killers were indeed NPA rebels. The 4,000~strong NPA, armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, has been known to target unarmed government troops in their 43-year leftist insurgency across 60 Philippine provinces.

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www.bomboradyo.com NPA camp nakubkob sa N. Cotabato GENERAL SANTOS CITY - Nakubkob ng mHitar ang isa na namang kampo ng New People's Army (NPA) kung saan narekober ang umaabot sa 15 kilo ng improvised explosive device (lED) sa kabundukan ng Magpet, North Cotabato. Sinabi ni 1st Lt. Nasrullah Serna, civil military relations officer ng 57h Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army, natagpuan ang lED nang magpatrolya ang mga sundalo sa lugar kasunod ng sagupaan. Sinunog ang mahigit 50 kabahayan ng mga residenteng Manobo bago tumakas ang mga rebelde sa masukal na kagubatan sa paqitan ng North Cotabato at Bukidnon. Dahl! dito lumikas ang ilan sa mga nahintakutanq mga residente. Pinaniniwalaan naman na may namatay at nasugatan sa mga rebelde. Narekober ng mga sundalo sa kampo ng mga rebelde ang mga bala at mga dokumento at listahan ng negosyante na umano'y hinihingan ng pera ng grupe. 6 na NPA na, nanuli sa South Cotabato KORONADAL CtTY - Tinapos na ng tropa ng 27th 18 Philippine Army ang kanilang operasyon laban sa grupo ng New People's Army (NPA) sa dalawang barangay sa bayan ng Surallah, South Cotabato. lnlhayag sa Bombo Radyo Koronadaf ni Lt. Col. Alexies Noel Bravo, commanding officer ng 27th IB, ubos na umano ang mga bala ng mga rebeldeng gropo sa nakalipas na hatos apat na araw kung kaya't [umayo naang mga ito. Aniya, sa naturang sagupaan tatlong miyembro ng NPA ang napatay ayon na rin sa pahayag n9 isa sa mga nahuli. SubaUt walang na-recover na bangkay ang mga sundalo na plnaniniwalaang iniHblng ang mga ito ng kanilang mga kasamahan. Samanta, sinampahan na n9 patung-patong na kaso ang anim na mga nahuling NPA kung saan dalawa sa mga ito ay babas, habang apat naman ang lalaki. Han sa mga ito ay mga kasapi ng Front 18 mula sa Lupon, Davao Oriental at ang iba naman mula sa Front 73 na kumikilos sa naturang area. Ang mga Ito ay kinasuhan ng illegal possession of firearms, explosives at frustrated murder at nasa kostudiya na ngayon ng Surallah PNP.

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