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ARM.'\( RELATED ISSUES
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- "They stuck. together and refused to leave each other." That.and not operational lapses, according to the military, was the reason why many soldiers were killed or wounded in a clash with Abu Sayyaf bandits in Basilan province on Thursday. Death totl in Bashn clashes rises to 19 - Hostilities in Basilan have already left 19 casualties, including 10 soldiers and nine Abu Sayyaf militants, as government troops continued to pursue the al-Qaeda-Ifnked bandits in the jungles of Sumisip town, the military said. Abu Sayyaf hunt on; Army reinforcing troops in Basilan - The military will pour more troops In Basilan province after Thursday's sporadic clashes between Army forces and the Abu Sayyaf Group on the outskirts of Sumisip town, resulting in the killing of at Jeast 10 soldiers and claimed nine milttants, four of them yet to be recovered were killed white 17 other troops were wounded, including an officer. POI p. A-1

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Death toll in Basilan clash: 19
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The death toll in the fighting between government troops and Abu Sayyaf bandits in Sumisip, Basilan, had risen to 19 as their sporadic gun battles continued until rate afternoon on Thursday, a military spokesman said Friday. Manita Times p. A-2

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Death toll in Basilan clash now 29 - At least 29 Army troopers and Abu Sayyaf gunmen were killed in fierce clashes that began on Thursday in the restive province of Basilan, a military spokesman said on Friday. Army vs Sayyaf: 19 death toll, 26 sugatan Umaabot nasa 19 ang death toU kabilang aog sampung sundalo habang 26 naman ang nasugatan sa dalawang magkakahiwalay na umaatikabong bakbakan sa pagitan ng tropa ng mmtar at n9 mga bandidong Abu Sayyaf sa Sumisip, Basitan kamakaJawa_

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PA-Sayyaf clash:19 killed
The death toU from the day-long clashes government forces and members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Sumisip, Basilan has increased to 19-including 10 Scout Rangers and nine lawless elements. Bakbakan sa Basilan: 19 todas, 26 sugatan Nasa 19 na ang patay kabilang ang sampung sundalo habang 26 namana ang nasugatan sa dalawang magkakahiwa1ay na umaaktibong bakbakan sa pagitan ng tropa ng military at ng mga bandidong Abu Sayyaf sa Sumisip, Basilan kamakalawa. P7"M benefits for fallen soldiers - The Philippine Army give more than P7 million in benefits to the families of the 10 soldiers killed in the series of bloody encounters with Abu Sayyaf bandits (ASG). 19 Patay sa engkwentro! -

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Umaakyat na sa 19 ang nasawi na kinabibilngan ng 10 sundalo at 9 na Abu Sayyaf Group ang nasawi habang 17 sundalo ang suaetan sa naqanap na engkwentro sa Basilan. Death toll on Basitan encounter climbs to 19 - The number of fatalities in the bloody encounter between government forces and Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) yesterday already climbed to 21, 12 of them were soldiers while nine others were from the bandits. Get soldiers' killers-Aquino - President Benigno Aquino has issued marching orders to the military to hunt down the dreaded Abu Sayyaf even as it remains confident that the morale of the troops will remain strong despite the killing of 10 soldiers by the terrorist group. Lider ng Lurnad ftinumba - Nasawi noon din ang isang Jicier ng mga katutubong Lumad matapos itong brutal na paslangin ng mga reheldeng New People's Army (NPA) sa bayan ng Arakan, North Cotabato kahapon ng urnaga. Sunda10 kulong sa panggagahasa sa 2 dalaginding Kalaboso ang rsang miyembro ng army Special Forces sa lamitan City, sa BasiJan isJand province matapos itong ireklamong nanggahasa ng dafawang menor de edad ng kababaihan.

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Peoples Journal p. 2

Ngayon p. 6

Police Files

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AFP RELATED ISSUES
AFP nasa hot water sa P149-M purchase - Kinondena ng Commission on Audit (COA) ang pagbili ng Armed Forces of the Philippines n9 suplay nito sa Puregold Junior Supermarket tnc., na nagkakahalaga ng P149.6 mUyon. DENR asks military to lead fight vs illegal loggers Environment Secretary Ramon Paje wants to militarize the campaign against illegal loggers in the countryside, noting their increasing danger to forest rangers, some 20 of whom have been killed in the line of duty since 2010. Peacekeepers send-off US raps Sino ganison plan - The United States has criticized Chinese plans for a military garrison on an island in the contested West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) and said aU claimants should resolve their disputes through diplomacy. No need for UN force in Spratlys - There is no need for a United Nations peacekeeping force to prevent maritime territorial disputes between China and its neighbors from escalating into armed confJict, Malacafiang said yesterday. Ngayon p. 2

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PhH Star p. 1

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Malacafiang said on Friday that it sees no need to call in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping forces amid the country's tension with China, which announced Thursday the appointment of military chiefs of its newly established garrison near the west Philippine Sea islands daimed by the Philipoines.

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The Philippines' ratification of a bilateral defense agreement with Australia reinforces the strong ties between the two countries, Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell said Fridav.

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Jordanian free, but won't leave Foreign negotiators have secured the safe release of Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani who, however, has refused to leave without his two Filipino cameramen.

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21 Staying Alive NDFPt government urged to retum to negotiating table Political prisoners, OFWs cry for justice Invest in youth for defense Bizarre Phil Star p. 14 POI p. A-14 Phil Star p. 15 PDlp. A-14 Phil Star p. 14

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Tribal chieftain pinatay, ilang sibilyan hinostage ng NPA sa North www.bomboradyo.com Cotabato Pinasok n9 tinatayang 60 mga mtyembro ng New People's Army (NPA) ang Sitio Kiapat, Barangay Ganatan, Arakan, North Cotabato dakong alas-2:00 ng madaling araw kanina.

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tary; was the reason why many killed and 17 others were soldiers were killed or wounded wounded in daylong clashes in a clash with Abu Sayyaf ban- with the bandits in Sumisip ZAMBOANGA CITY-"They dits in Basilan onThursday. town in Basilan. stuck together and refused to· Col. Randolph Cabangbang, It was the largest military loss leave each other." spokesperson for the military's since 19 soldiers were killed in That and not operational Western Mindanao. Command, clashes with Moro Islamic Liblapses, according to the mili- said 10 Scout Rangers were eration Front guerrillas in AI;. Inquirer Mindanao

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men in that clash. Cabangbang said nine bandits were killed and more than a dozen others were injured in the clashes on Thursday. Col. Ramon Yogyog, Task Force Basilan commander, said villagers provided the information about the Abu Sayyaf casualties. "We got all the information from village and cooperative workers," Yogyog said. Cabanghang said embattled soldiers running after the Abu Sayyaf gunmen who were harassing rubber plantation w.wkers in two villages in Surnisip town may have wanted to fall back after realizing they were surrounded by so many enemies. "There will cornea point that you should withdraw but you'll realize that it's not anymore feasible because of all . the maneuvering that is happening," he said.

win Alerta and Cpl. Jerry Areglado, The clashes in Tumahubang and Cabengbeng came .after the Abu Sayyaf harassed rubber plantation workers two weeks ago. The bandits killed six rubber tappers in that attack. Yogyog said on Wednesday morning that armed men fired at a detachment inside the Tumahubong Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Integrated Development Cooperative Inc. (Tarbidci) in Tumahubong village. "During the first hour of engagement (which started at 7:30 a.m.), we suffered two wounded Rangers," Yogyog . said by phone.

tong, joined the Abu Sayyaf, Yogyog said. "Bottong is a former assistant manager of Tarbidci," Cabangbang said.

Booming business
"The rubber business is booming in this province and it's considered white gold so armed men, especially the Abu Sayyaf Group and other lawless elements, are taking advantage not just by sending extortion letters but by stealing the rubber saps," Yogyog said. Yogyog said the series of attacks on Tarbidci workers were not isolated. Cooperatives or familyowned rubber plantations in the towns of Maluso, Sumisip, Ungkaya Plikan and Tipo-Tipo reported continuing harassment from armed groups, he said. Rubber tappers in the village of Calang Canas in Maluso town and in Tumahubong were the latest victims of harassment, according to Tarbidci manager Taha Katoh. ''Armed men are making it difficult for our workers to go to the field-either our workers are ambushed or killed because we refused to give in to their .extortion demands," he said.

Bandit reinforcement
He said the fighting continued when at .least 40 armed men came as reinforcement for the bandit group initially numbering around 20. "We matched their strength and augmented our troops and it has turned into a running gun battle,"Yogyog said. Cabangbang said government troops were pursuing the Abu Sayyaf bandits in the hinterlands of Sumisip, "Our concentration now is to secure the area so that the workers cat). go about their daily activities," Cabangbang said. Reinforcement troops and mobile forces have been deployed to help scour the forested areas of Sumisip where the bandits have retreated, he said. Former workers of the Tarbidci, including former cooperative official Aleman Bot-

Fought together
For most of the soldiers involved in Oplan Water Dragon 2 in Thmahubong and Cabengbeng villages, Cabangbang said, withdrawing meant about half of their companions would be left behind. "So they stuck together, engaged the enemy until the firing ceased," Cabangbang said. The Army said the slain soldiers were Privates First Class Segundiano Tamayo Jr., Rey Evangelista, Arnold Cores is, Cleta Algayan, Kennith John Maribao, Jose Marvin Talamante, Mark Ocampo, Arwin Martinez and Er-

rubber in the island province of Basilan, Cabangbang said the number of slain Abu Sayyafbandits remained nine as of yesterday. He identified eight of the slain bandits as Ustadz Hassan Asnawi, Jumaidi Asnawi (son of Hassan), Nurham Asnawi, Juhair Aliman, Kaobut Mastul, Hudjata Marain, MeloyPatpi and a Balong. The ninth dead bandit remained unidentified, he said. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Armed Forces Chief General Jessie Dellosa yesterday visited the wounded soldiers at the military hospital here. .' Both officials declined to issue statements. Cabangbang said Gazmin was also to visit ground troops in Basilan, "He always makes a point to visit there and the soldiers, too, especially the Special Operations Command," he said. Yogyog said six of the 17 wounded soldiers remained in critical condition yesterday:

Aid for families
The bodies of the slain Rangers will soon be sent to their . families, Cabangbang said. Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, Army chief, yesterday ordered the release ofP7.2 million in cash assistance to the families of the slain Rangers. Maj. Harold Cabunoc, Army spokesperson, said each family would receive at least P630,000 depending on the slain soldier's rank and length of service. With a reportfrom Marlon Ramos

Bandit strategy
Yogyog said the armed groups would sow fear in a certain area while the real bandits tapped rubber sap. Arnold Yap of the Department of Trade and Industry in Basilan said a kilogram of rubber sap went for PlIO. There are some 21,700 hectares of land planted to

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ZAMBOANGA CITY - Hostilitiesin Basilan have already left 19 casualties.induding 10 801diers and nine Abu Sayyaf-militarits, as government troops continued to pursue the al-Qaedalinked bandits in the jungles of Sumisip town, the military said. '. .• . ...... Lt. Col. Randolf Cabangbang, spokesman of the Armed Forces' Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), said 16 other soldiers and eight militants were wounded.in the series of encounters. Cabangbang, however, said thepursuitoperation has been .hampered by bad weather due to the low pressure area over northern and western Mindanao. He added though that the pursuit operation "will continue to flush them out." The hostilities erupted in Barangay Cabengbeng at around 7:30a.m. Thursday, and continued in Barangay Mebak, also in Sumisip town, nearly eight hours later. In the first encounter, Cabangbang said the government troops clashed with at least 50 followers of Wyms Wakil, alias Bacoy, which left eight soldiers dead and six others wounded. Among. the slain militants, the military said, By ROEl PARENO were sub-leader Hassan Asnawi and his son [umaidi, Nurham Asnawi, [uhairAliman, Kaobut Mastul, Hudjata Marain, Meloy Patpi, and a' certain Balong. . .' Cabangbang said Wakilhimself was wounded, . along with [arad Marain and [az Umangkat, among others. Wakil's group was responsible for the spate of attacks on rubber plantation workers and soldiers since January, already killing 16 people and wounding 34 others. Armed Forces of the Philippines (APP) chief Gen. JessieDellosa and Defense SecretaryVoltaire Gazmin yesterday went to Basilan to assess the situation. AFP spokesman CoL Arnulfo Burgos Jr. said Dellosa and Gazmin visited the wounded soldiers at the Camp Navarro Hospital here and were given security briefings by officials on the ground. Despite the death of 10 soldiers, the military does not view the Basilan incident as a setback. "Incurring casualties is part and parcel of the discharge of our duties and responsibilities to protect the people. (Wewill do it) even at the cost of our precious lives," Burgos said.

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Latest reports said that 10 Army troops were killed while 17 others were wounded, four of them chose to continue pursuing the Abu Sayyaf. . ' On the other hand, at least nine Abu Sayyaf bandits were killed, five· of them were recovered, while eight others were wounded. Army spokesman Maj. Harold Cabunoc said three rounds af. artillery fires blasted the enen\y position in Barangay Upper Cabengbeng. Cabunoc said that Army chief Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista ordered the release of P7 IhilllUit for the casualties. He s!l.id the families of those killed wiU received the amouttt of, f630,OOO to P760,OOO depending on their rank and length of service. MId. J. Mallari and Fel'nsn J. Angel..

\bu Sayyafhunt OR; 'Ar~y ~einforcingtroops In Basilan
The military will 'pour more troops in asilan province after Thursday's poradic clashes between Ar;my forces and te Abu Sayyaf Group on the outskirts f Sumisip town) resulting in the killing f at least 10 soldiers and claimed nine ulitants, four of them.yet to be recovered rerekilled while 17 other troops were wounded, including an officer.. The incident, which may be considered as another combat setback on the part of the military, prompted Defense Secretary. Voltaire Gazmin and Armed. Forces ofthe Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Gen. Jessie· Dellosa to fly yesterday
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Cruz, commanding general of the· .Army's Ist Infantry Division (ID) which has jurisdiction over Basilan, said two Army battalions are scheduled for deployment in Basilan in the coming weeks. One would come from Lanao del Sur while the other from Zamboanga Sibugay. .

Malacaiiang also condemned Cruz said one battalion will be the attack.even as it stressed that arriving in Basilan within the week (,0 Basilan to personally assess the there are continuing pursuit while the second within a month. situation. . operations against the attackers. The Army general said the At a press briefing, AFP! "When things like this happen, deployment of new troops in spokesman Col. Arnulfo Marcelo I it's really hard on us, Of course, Basilan was meant to "counteract Burgos Jr. said Gazmin and.Deltona ~ we condemn the attack. Secondly, the activities of the Abu Sayyaf." also visited the 17 wounded assistance is already on the way He maintained that the planned soldiers at the Camp Navarro to the families of the fallen. The deployment of fresh soldiers had . Station Hospital in Zamboanga City President has dire cted the been laid out prior to Thursday's and later flew to Basilan, secretary of National Defense to sporadic firefight in Sumisip. . "The purpose of the chief of go to Basilan and to make sure Elements of the 11th Scout staff, together with the SND that things on the ground, Ranger Company (SRC) were ~secretary of National Defense), assistance is being given and also dispatched on Thursday track IS to assess overall situation on other details that I cannot divulge down the Abu Sayyaf band the ground and visit the wounded at the moment," deputy responsible in harassing a militarY in action," Burgos said. presidential spokesman Abigail detachment in Barangay Burgos maintained that the Valte said. 'l'umahubong, Sumisip on latest incident in Barangay Upper Pressed to comment on how Wednesday. Cabengbeng, Sumisip town is not the incident would affect the , The Army troops caught up with considered as a setback. fighting chances of the soldiers in the Abu Sayyaf band in Barangay "This is not a setback ...there Mindanao, the Palace official said Upper Cabengbeng, sparking an are still ongoing operations ...this they are confident the morale of intense running gunbattle, More is part of the operations, this is the troops will remain, troops -coming from the 10th SRC how it is in combat, it's not "While getting to be among the I and 32nd Infantry Battalion (18) negotiable, we have to pursue," he casualties of war seemed normal - were sent to reinforced the stressed. to the brave Filipino soldiers, we engaged troops from 11th SRC. "Wehave departed from using are accepting their fall Wit.h a Burgos said the encountered body coun~ as parameter. Our . heavy hea-rt. Yet we laud them Abu Sayyaf band could be parameter IS more on community I because even after an incident .1lUmbering around 100 fighters, ~n~ peace activities and all other 1 like this happened, their comrades noting there were at least four indicators, As far as the area is I have been maintaining composure series of gun battles on Thursda.y. con~erne~, op er at ions are i with a triggered adrenalin to do Burgos noted that the Abu contmu?us, he added. . "':'1 what they have sworn to do." ~ Sayyaf harassments against .':.<'~eEf)F''lHE;AR¥Y.e! Maj. Gen. Ricardo Rainier; civilians happened during the Holy -.~:"'!"".,~." ~.,." - <- : : :•.,...:.. =: ... ..-.-:-.: .. .. . . month of Ramadan. \2)892 69l;~St87.,.:f295.;~\

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Battalion, clashed with Wakil's group in the hinterlands of Upper Cabengbeng in Sumisip town. Eight Rangers and four bandits were killed in the ensuing firefight. As troops from the 32nd Infantry Battalion rushed to help their outmunbered comrades, another band of Abu Sayyaf terrorists ambushed them in Barangay Mebak, resulting in the death of two more soldiers, The fighting ceased on. Friday, but more government troops had been deployed in the area, Army spokesman Maj. Harold Cabunoc said . Military. officials said Kumander Bacol was a former manager of the Tumahubong Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Integrated Development Cooperative, a rubber plantation in BasiIan, before he joined the Abu Sayyaf. He had been tagged in the series of attacks on the . workers of the rubber plantation that left at least 16 people dead and 34 others wounded. Abu Sayyaf is an Islamist terrorist group based in Jolo and Basilan and is believed to have ties with Al Qaeda. It has carried out bombings, kidnappings, assassinations and extortions since its creation in the early 1990s.

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TIffideath toll futh~ fighting between govemmenttroops and Abu Sayyaf bandits in Sumisip, Basilan, had risen to 19 as their sporadic gun battles .continued until late. afternoon . . on Thursday,'amilitaty spokesman said Friday. Two more soldiers and five bandits were killed in the daylong clashes as reinforcement troops were sent to help an Anny Scout Ranger team that was locked in a running battle With the rebels earlier in the moming, Western Mindanao Command spokesman Lt, Col. Randolph Cabangbang said The latest tally showed that 10 soldiers had been killed and' 16 had been wounded, while .'nine. terrorists had been killed and at least eight had been wounded, including the bandit group's leader Wyms· Wakil alias Kumander Bacol, .". arly Thursday, troops from. E the Anny:s 11th Scout Ranger' Company, 4th, Scout Ranger .
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AMBOANGACITY:.At least 29 Army troopers and Abu Sayyaf gunmen were killed in fierce clashes that began
bang told The Manila Times. Capt Albert Caber, a spokesman for the 1st Infantry Division, reported that the fighting was trig. gered by Abu Sayyafattacks on an army detachment and on a convoy of soldiers.sent to reinforce troops pursuing the terrorist group. Military reports identified the slain Abu Sayyaf combatants as Ustadz Hassan Asnawi and his son lumaidi Asnawi, Nurham Asnawi, Iuhair AUman, Kaobut Mastul, Hudjata Marain, Meloy Patpi, and Balong. The wounded Abu Sayyaf fighters were Wyms Wakil, larad Marain, Iaz Umangkat and another man whose identity remains unknown. 'The authorities could not say if the Asnawis were related to Dan Laksaw Asnawi, who was alleged to be behind the massacre of 19 eliteArmy soldiers in Al-Barka town in October. Cabangbang said that these Abu Sayyaf fighters were responsible for the deadly attacks on civilians and soldiers in the town of Sumisip these past weeks. He said that Wakil, a former official of a rubber plantation cooperative, was among those who led the Abu Sayyaf in the fighting in Upper Cabengbeng. Wakil, who was fired last year from his job as a supervisor, had been linked to the killing of 16 people, most of them rubber plantation workers, in the last nine months. "Wakil, who joined the Abu Sayyaf after being fired from his job, led attacks against these innocent

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_ Army U. Col. Randolph Cabang-bang said that eight soldiers and 10 "Abu Sayyaf fighters were killed during pursuit operations at about 3 'p.m. on Thursday in the village of Mebak in Sumisip town. He said that 16 soldiers and four Abu Sayyaf gun·men were also wounded in the clash. '. Those killed were in addition to the 11who died during an earlier en·counter in the remote village ofUpper Cabengbeng. · . "The fighting was fierce and the operations {against the Abu Sayyaf} ·still continue in the area, CabangN

farm workers and 16 of them were killed and about three more dozens are wounded in attacks in the past nine months," Cabangbang said, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Armed Forces Chief of Staff Jessie Dellosa went yesterday to Basilan to assess the overall situation and extended assistance to the families of the dead and wounded soldiers. Meanwhile, Col. Amulfo Burgos [r., Armed Forces spokesman, Was quick to deny allegations that there were operational lapses on the side of the military as evidenced by the number of dead and wounded soldiers. "Casualties are part and parcel in our discharge of duties and responsibilities to protect the people even at the cost of our precious lives, » he said. President Benigno Aquino 3rd ordered Gazmin to proceed to Basilan and make sure neverything is on the ground." , Palace deputy spokesman Ac

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pag-uumpisa ng Ramadan ng mga Muslim nnong Hutyo 19 ng taong ito na tatagal ng isang buwan. Sa unang bakbakan dakong alas-8:30 ng umaga sa Brgy. Upper Cabengbeng sa Sumisip sa pagitan ng Army Scout Ranger at ng mga bandidong Abu Sayyaf Group ay agad na nalagasan ng 8 sundalo at pita naman ang sugatan. Sa ikalawang engkuwentro matapos tambangan ng mga bandido ang relntorcement troops dakong alas-3 ng hapon sa Brgy. Mebak, Sumisip, Basilan ay datawa namang sundalo ang namatay at sampu ang nasugatan.

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Umaabot na sa 19 ang death toll kabilang ang sampung sundalo habang 26 naman ang nasugatan sa dalawang magkakahiwalay na umaatikabong bakbakan sa pagitan ng tropa ng militar at ng mga bandidong Abu Sayyaf sa Sumisip, Basilan kamakalawa. Ayon kay Army's 1st Infantry Division (10) Commander Major Gen. Ricardo Rainier Cruz, 10 ang kabuuang nasawing sundalo at 17 naman ang nasugatan sa kanilangpanig. Ang engkuwentro ay pinakamadugo kaugnay ng Ang mga nasawing sundalo ay kinHalang sina Pfe Segundiano Tamayo Jr, Pfe Rey Evangelista, Pfc Arnold Coresis, Pfc Cleto Algayan, Ptc Kennith John Maribao Pfc Jose Marvin Talamante: Pfc Mark Ocampo, PfcArwin Martinez, Cpt Jerry Areglado at Pfe Erwin Alerta. Ayon narnan kay AFP Western Mindanao Command Spokesman Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang, slyam ang bang kay ng mga bandidong narekober sa encounter site habang siyam rin ang napaulat na nasugatan sa nasabing grupo. Kabilang sa mga nasaJumaidi Asnawt (anak ni Has~ san), Nurham Asnawi, Juhair Aliman, Kaobut Mastul Hudjata Marain, Meloy Patpi, Aka Balong at isang hindi natukoy ang pagkakakilanlan. Ang mga. nasugatang kalaban ay s!~a Wyms Wakil, Jarad Maram, Jaz Umangkat at anim pang hindi natukoy ang pagkakakilanlan. Samantala, ipinag-utos na ni Army Chief Lt Gen. Emmanuel Bautista ang pagpapalabas ng P7.2 M bilanq tulon_gpinansyat sa naulilang parnilya ng _mga nasawing sundalo.

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The death toll from the day-long dashes government forces and members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Sumisip, Basilan has increased to 19 - including 10 Scout Rangers and nine lawless elements, military offldals said Friday. At least 24 others, including 17 soldiers and seven ASG men, were also wounded in what the Army described gls "one of the bloodiest days in recent weeks in the volatile south." p.s this developed, the government has poured in more forces to pursue the bandit group. The military has yet to release the identities of the slain soldiers, while Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang, the Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) spokesman, gave the names of eight of the dead bandits as Ustadz Hassan Asnawi, Jumaidi Asnawi (son of Hassan), Nurham

Asnawi, Juhair Aliman, Kaobut Mas- the heavily forested area occupied tul, Hudjata Marain, Meloy Patpi, by the bandits. one alias "Balong". Two attack helicopters were then Some of the wounded ASG mern- sent to conduct close air support bers were likewise identified as for the engaged soldiers while two Wyms Wakil, Jarad Marain, and more Huey choppers transported Jaz Umangkat. the wounded soldiers to Camp The violence started atabout7:30 Navarro General Hospital by 11:00 a.m. on Thursday when members a.m. of the elite 11th Scout Ranger ComMaj. Harold Cabunoc; the Army pany led by Capt. Rhone Vitlaluna spokesman, said at around 1:30 attacked an enemy encampment at p.m. on the same day, another Upper Cabengbeng, SumisipJ Basi- group of bandits attacked a military Ian where they were met by about outpost manned by the 20th Special 50 lawless elements led by a certain Forces (SF) Company together with Wims Wakil alias "Bakoy'~ mititiamen at Sitio CandiiS, Upper Intense fighting raged for hours Cabengbeng also in Sumisip town. -..-.... -"....-0'-.'.-: "-., ..-:. :-•....-.. -..'. -•. ~::.-•.:.-:- •.•. .•.•.. . -.'. . :..which immediately resulted to seven A platoon from the 32nd Infantry 892.1693,local:5287 t5295 soldiers and four ASG men killed. Battalion rushed to the scene to This prompted the Special Opera- reinforce the small detachment tions Task Force (SOTF) to send the but met with intense firing by 13th Scout Ranger Company to rein- another group of bandits occupying force the heaVily-engaged troops. vantage positions near the detachA running gun battle ensued il"' ment. (Elena 1. Aben) _.. -8_

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Bakbakan sa Basilan: 19 todas, 26 sugatan
kabilang ang sarnpung . sundalo habsng 26 naman ang nasugatan sa dala-

Nasa' 19 na ang patay

ng Army Scout Ranger at ng mga .bandidong Abu
Sayyaf Group ay agad nalagasan ng 8 sundalo at pitonaman ang sugatan. Sa ikalawang engkuwentro matapos tarnbangan ng mga bandido ang reinforcement troops dakong alas~3:00 ng hapon

Kabilang sa mga nasawingbandidoaytinukoy na sina Ustadz Hassan
Asnawi, Jurnaidi Asnawi (anak ni Hassan), Nurham Asnawi, Juhair Allman, Kaobut Mastul, Hudjata Marain , Meloy Patpi , Aka Balong at isang hindi

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P'7... BENEFITS FOR M FALLEN SOLDIERS
The Philippine Army give more than f"7 million in benefits to the families of the 10 soldiers killed in the series of bloody encounters with Abu Sayyaf bandits (ASG) Thursday in Basilan, Meanwhile, the Army has identified the fallen soldiers as PFCSegundiano G. Tamayo Jr.; PFC Rey C. Evangelista, PFCArnold D. Coresls.: PFC Cleto A. Algayan, PFC Kennith John D. Maribao, PFCJose Marvin V. Talamante, PFC Mark B. Ocampo, PFCArwin C. Martinez, Cpl. Jerry N. Areglado, and PFC Erwin E. Alerta.The ten soldiers perished in the series of clashes on Thursday (July 26), when a 40~man patrol engaged some 150 lawless elements in Upper Cabengbeng, Sumisip, town,Basilan. An Army spokesman said the familles of the slain troopers will receive an amount ranging from P630,OOO to '1"760,000 depending on the rank and length of military service. (Elena L Aben)

karnakalawa. Ayon kay Army's Ist Infantry Division (ID)

pag-uumpisa ng Ramadan .ng mga Muslim nitong , tatagal ng isang buwan.

Commander Major Gen. Ricardo Rainier Cruz, na angengkuwentro ay pinakamadugo kaugnay ilg Hulyo 19 ng taong ito na

sa Brgy. Mebak, Sumisip Basilan ay dalawa namang sundalo ang namatay at sampu ang nasugatan. Ayon naman kay AFP

natukoyangpagkakakilanIan. Ang mga nasugatang kalaban ay sina Wyms Wakil, Jarad Marain, Jaz Umangkat at anim pang hindi natukoy ang pagka-

Western Mindanao Command Spokesman Lt. Col.

kong alas-8:30 ng umaga sa Brgy. Upper Cabengbeng sa Sumisip sa pagitan

Sa unang bakbakan da-

Randolph Cabangbang, bandido.ayon kay Captain siyam ang bangkay ng Alberto Caber. Spokesman mga bandidong.aarekober . ngAnny's 1st Infantry.Disa encounter site habang vision (ID) ang kabuuang slyam rin ang napaulat bilang ng mga bandido na nasugatan sa nasabing na nakasagupa ng mga grupo. (I. sundalo,-JoyCamos-

kakilanlaa, Aabot naman sa 100

Buong araw fla .bakbakan sa Basi/an

19NA PATAYSA .ENGKWENTIOI
U'MAKYAT na sa 19 aug nasawi na kinabibilangan ng 10 sundalo at 9 na Abu Sayyaf Group ang nasawi habang .n sundalo ang sugatan sa . naganap na engkwentro sa Basilan, kamakalawa. . Ayon kay Lt. Col. Randoph Cabangbang,· Spokesman ng Western Mindanao Command, dalawang sundalo ang nasawi habang 10 sundalo ang nasugatan sa pagtugis sa bandido. . Bagama't tumangi naman ito pangalanan ang mga nasawing sundalo habang ipinababatid ito sa kanilang mga kamag-anak, ang mga sugatan naman ay agad dinala sa pagamutan upang malapatan ng lunas. Nakilala naman ang mga nasawi sa panig ng mga bandido na sina Ustadz Hassan Asnawi; Jumaidi Asnawi (anak ni Hassan); Nurham Asnawi: Juhair Aliman; Kaobut Mastul; Hudjata Marain; Meloy Patpi; Aka Balong at isang 'di pa batid pagkakakilanlan na Wyms Wakil; Jarad Marain; Jaz Umangkat at apat na 'di pa batid ang mga pangalan. Sinabi ni Cabangbang na dakong alas 3:00 ng hapon ng muting maka-engkwentro ng rnga elemento ng 10th scout ranger at 32nd Infantry Battalion ang 'di nabatid na hitang mga bandido sa Brgy. Mebak, Sumisip Basilan, . , Aniya, tinambangan ng mga bandido ang mga magre-reinforce na sundalo kaya nagkaroon ng gunrunning battle na ikinasawi ng mga ito . .Patuloy pa rin ang pagtugis ng militar laban sa mga bandido, Samantala, nagtungo kahspon si Defense Secretary Votaire Gazmin . sa Basilan upang magsagawa ng assessment at briefing.kaugnay ng naganap na engkwentro, (Mark Obleada)

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This was confirmed yesterday by Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang, spokesman of AFPWestern Mindanao ,Command, adding that wounded soldiers were ascended' ! to 17 and nine others from the enemy side, i Cabangbang identified the fatalities from the Abu SayYafGroup as UstadzHassanAsnawi, JumaidiAsnawi, son of Hassan, Nurham Asnawi, Juhair Aliman, Kaobut MastuI, Hudjata Marain, Meloy Patpi, one alias Balong and one unidentified from Tumahuhong Lawless Group. Some of the wounded persons from the bandits were identified as WymsWakilm,J aradMarainandJaz Umangkat, On the government side, Cabangbang said 10 fatalities while 17 were wounded. ._. It can be recalled that elements of 11th Scout Ranger Company and 4th Scout Ranger Battalion encountered armedbandlts ataround 7:30a.m, inBgy. UpperCabengbeng, Sumisip, Basilan. Za~da delos Reyes-Palanca

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- in the Paracels violated intern ationallaw. Tuesdays protest included strong objection to the arrival of 30 Chinese fishing vessels in the. Spratlys. The fleet is reportedly escorted by two People's Liberation Army missile frigate. Twenty of the fishing vessels had moved to within 9 kilometers of Philippine-occupied Pag-asa Island, seat of government of the Kalayaan municipality in ,Palawan province, by Tuesday, but de-: spite confirmation by the military's West Command (WescomJ and by the Philippine Navy, the DFA remained unprepared to make a statement yesterday.

Palace says no
In Malacafiang, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said Biazon's suggestion was premised on the deterioration of tensions between the Philippines and China into conflict, exactly what the government was trying to prevent. She said the government was focused on a diplomatic, political and legal search for a resolution of the territorial dispute with China. Valte said the Navy was still confirming the presence of Chinese fishing vessels near Pagasa. She said it was up to the DFA and the Navy what action to take. The Navy confirmed the approach of the Chinese fishing vessels on Thursday. Commodore Rustom Pen a, comrnan.der of the military's Naval Forces West, said the Navy had vessels ready to deploy should the Chinese cross into Philip. pine territory. ''We will assert our sovereign.!y_ in _that area because that's . our territory," Pefia said. .

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DFA spokesperson Raul Hersaid the department still had yet to receive an official ·report on the presence' of Chinese fishing vessels near PagasaIsland .. Hernandez said, however, that the DFA had received a report from the Navy that three Chinese vessels were spotted on Wednesday at Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal), a rock· and coral formation within the ·Philippine exclusive economic zone that China claims is part of ·its territory. Hernandez said asking the United Nations for a peacekeeping force, as suggested by Blazon, was not an option for the Philippines at this time. "Maybe at this point in time, what we should be doing is concentrate on the three tracks that we have been undertaking," Hernandez told reporters, referring to the diplomatic, political and legal strategy that the DFA had chosen to find a solution to the country's territorial dispute with China. Hernandez said the situation had not reached the extent that ·-.····~·:-.·.·-·:-'·required asking for UN intervention.
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Sen. Gregorio Honasan said . yesterday that he agreed with Blazon that the Philippines should ask the United Nations to help find a solution to disputes in the West Philippine Sea. Honasan said the Philippines should also ask the United States to play "policeman of the world" to maintain freedom of navigation in the West Philippine Sea. "Only the us can watch China for global peace and security," Honasan said. Freedom of navigation in the West Philippine Sea is in the interest of many countries and not only the Philippines, Honasan said. "There should be a deterrent that provides a buffer zone, including an aerial component to d prevent a direct conflict among the: claimants," Honasan said. "It's only the US with that militarypower." Reportsfrom TJ

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may tend to escalate the situation." The Palace was reacting to a proposal from Muntinlupa Rep. Rodolfo Biazon that the Philippines invite UN peacekeepers to prevent forces stationed or deployed in the region from attacking eachother. . .China's continued military buildup in the West Philippine Sea has sparked an arms race among countries with claims in the region, which is believed to be rich in mineral and oil reserves. Valte said Biazon's proposalwas based on "supposition" that there would be armed confro'ntation between Philippine and Chinese fore~S,"which we know we are not for, obviously." "She said President Aquino's declaration that the country would not give up Panatag Shoal was not a provocation. ; ~'And,at the moment, the government is focused on, again, pursuing the three tracks that we mentioned =Iegaldiplomatic as well asthe political track - the three tracks that we have chosen," Valte said. . She said the Department of Foreign Affairs and its counterpart in China are working out a peaceful resolution to the dispute. "And, again, allow us to reiterate that Baja de Masinloc (Panatag Shoal) is within the exclusive economic zone of the Philippines," Valte said. . 'Chinese presence in the West Philippine Sea ha~ considerably gone up since April's standoff in Panatag Shoal off Zambales, • 'The face-off began when 'Chinese vessels
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Blazon's proposal for the deployment of UN peacekeeping force in West Philippine Sea also drew flak from an alliance of militant fishermen which called it "a sick idea." "While we rebuke China's arrogance and -bullying on the issue of West Philippine Sea, we don't see any moral and political correctness on the proposal of Biazon to bring in UN

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peacekeeping forces to Spratlys, as if this ideal/China's actions are becoming more and could prevent the eventuality of a shooting more deplorable and it should be stopped. war between Beijing and Manila," said Salva- They can assert their claim however erronedor France of Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang ous, but they should not destroy the environMamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Parnalakaya). ment. They are really going too far," Casino "The proposal will further. complicate the said. political-territorial dispute with the entry of ."We want this issue to be settled diplomatically troublemakers from Washington DC and other and we are urging the Aquino administration to junior partners of the US involved in the Phl- fast-track its actions. President Aquino must act . China dispute," he said. . now and submit the issue to either the Intemation"Blazon, being the chair of the House al Court of Justice (10) or the despite the committee on national defense, should think refusal of China to go to court," he said. of other rational and workablesolutions to "But as things stand, China is moving faster the West Philippine Sea conflict instead of and we need to help our countrymen in Pag-asa fueling distrust. and aggravating the situ- Island who are being placed in a very difficult ation according to the game plan of ,US 'in, situation," Casino said, Spratlys and in Asia and the Pacific region," He said he had talks with: Pag-asa Mayor he noted. . Eugenio Bito-onon on improving the power France urged the Aquino goveminent "to ex- situation in the island "so that they can be more plore all available diplomatic venues and chan- prepared and vigilant in defending our sovernels to end the long running conflict with Bei- eignty." jing." "Initially we are planning to install more 50"The government should assert the country's lar panels in the island to .provide. them with national sovereignty and territorial integrity free dean and additional electricity sources so that of US impositions and Washington dictates, We the people could live more. comfortably in the cannot negotiate effectively if we are negotiating disputed land," Casillo said. not on the .strength of people's sovereignty but And as more Chinese fishing vessels aron the whims and caprices of the United States," rive in the West Philippine Sea, particularly in he pointed out, . the vicinity of Panatag Shoal, Panganiban Reef Pamalakaya,said France, favors the filing of a and Spratlys, the Palawan-based Armed Forces formal complaint before the International Tribu- Western Command vows to "act appropriately nal on the Law of the Sea (I11.,OS)as one way of on the intrusions," resolving the territorial dispute. . It declined to say whether Chinese fishermen Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Teodoro Casino, found engaged in illegal fishing would be arfor his part, called on China to stop destroying rested.'- With Paolo Romero, Alexis Romero, coral reefs in the West Philippine Sea. . Pia Lee-Brago, Jaime Laude, AFP

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Philippines. military officers at a newly-established Deputy Presidential Spokesperson garrison in the South China Sea, the Abigail Valte said that despite these , country's latest step to bolster claims developments, Malacanang continues '.to disputed islands in the area. to Iookforways to de-escalate tensions China's Defense Ministry anWith China without the help of UN nounced the appointments on Thurspeacekeepers. day, two days after China announced "We assure our friends from the theestablishmentoftheCityofSansha Chinese side ... that we are not for the on an island in the area, along with the dispute. The government is focused military garrison. on three tracks: diplomatic, legal and The City of Sansha lies on the political," Valte said. island of Yongxing in the disputed Earlier, Muntinlupa City Rep, RoParacel Islands, north of the Spratly dolfo Blazon, a former Chief of Staff of Islands, are subject to rival claims with the Armed Forces of the Philippines the Philippines. (AFP), proposed that UN peacekeep-: Appointed were Senior ColonelCat ing forces be called to de-escalate tenXihong as the garrison's commander sions in the Panatag (or Scarborough) and Senior Colonel Liao Chaoyi as Shoal where China has sent its ships, its political commissar, China Daily But Valte made it clear that therepoI'ted; quoting ministry spokesman Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Yang Ylljun. is attending to the situation, keeping Yang said that the garrison has communication lines open with their responsibilltyfor defense mobilization, Chinese counterparts in search for a guarding the city and disaster relief, peaceful resolution to the territorial among other functions. dispute. However, he added that a separate "That is our focus for now," said maritime garrison under the Chinese Valte. "Our commitment is not to un- navy was responsible for maritime dedertake provocative action." fence and military combat, appearing However, she reiterated that Pa- to suggest that the Sansha garrison natag Shoal "is part of the Philippines' would not have such responsibilities. exclusive economic zone (EEZ)." "Whether a military establishment Asked whether or not Chinese veshas combat forces or not depends on sels in area were considered poaching; its military tasks," he said, according Valte said there has been no verifiesto China Daily. tion of that report. Vietnam and the Philippines con"There is no official word from the demned China's decision earlier this Philippine Navy on the reported sightweek to set up the garrison, with Haing:ip. the Panatag Shoal," she said noi on 'IUesday filing a formal protest In,13eijing, the China Daily newsand Manila lodging a complaint with paper"said China has appointed China's ambassador.

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a1 d€y.clopment courses in both countries. Philippine military and Coast Guard personnel also take up master's studies in Australia THE PHILIPPINES'ratification of a bilateral deA tanking Philippine Army officer likened fense agreement with Australia reinforces the the Savfa to the VlSiting Forces Agreement strong ties between the two countries, Aus- (VFA)between the Philippines and the United tralian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill States, noting the "continuous engagement" Tweddell said yesterday. between members of the Philippine armed Welcoming the Philippine Senate's ratifica- forces and its Australian counterpart. . tion of the Philippines-Australia Status of VisitArmy vice commander Maj. Gen. Renato ing Forces Agreement (Sovfa) on Monday, David said the Sovfa will help them learn how Twaddell cited the shared mutual defense his- to deal with Australian troops who will train tory of the two nations. Filipino soldiers. "I am very pleased that the Philippi.ies has "The AFP has been sending officers to Ausratified the agreement. Ratification underlines tralia to study while the Australian armed forces the strength of the bilateral defense relation- also sends people to train here," said David. ship," Tweddell said in a statement. Filipino senators voted 17-1 to ratify the '~ustralia has a proud history of defense co- Sovfa between the Philippines and Australia on operation with the Philippines. It is an impor- the third and final reading on July 24. tam part of the strong and expanding bilateral A statement from the Department of Foreign relationship which our two countries share," he Affairs said the Savfa paved the way for enadded. hanced cooperation in the "capacity-building The Philippine Senate on Monday ratified and training" of the armed forces and interopSovfa, paving the way for its enforcement five erability" in the conduct of humanitarian and years since it first signed an agreement with Australia. Australia said the Sovfa will caver issues concerning the exchange of troops between the two countries, including immigration and customs procedures, criminal and civil jurisdiction over visiting troops and arrangements for visitfig forces to wear uniforms while in the partner country. "Once in force, the agreement will provide a more comprehensive legal framework for the presence of one country's forces in the other It is reciprocal in nature, with the same obligations being assumed by both parties," the Australian Embassy said. . The Philippines and Australia have a standing Defense Cooperation Program where troops from both countries train together in profession-

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Foreign negotiators have secured the safe release of Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani who, however, has refused to leave without his two Filipino cameramen .• Sources revealed that foreign negotiators delivered a huge amount to Sulu for Atyani's freedom. .' Actually, he was already allowed to go, but he declined to leave because his Filipino cr~wmembers are still being held by their kidnappers," one of the sources, who asked not to be named, said yesterday. Atyani and cameramen Rolando Letrero and Ramelito Vela were reported missing last June 12 after they failed to return to their hostel in Sulu.
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The three were in Sulu supposedly to do a documentary on the Abu Sayyaf for the Dubai-based Al Arabiya 'television network. ' They were Supposed to cover the release of one of six foreign hostages being held by the bandit group. It was learned earlier that while Atyani was allowed to roam around in captivity, his captors placed his crew under heavy guard. .' "Based on information we have gathered so far, he (Atyani) refused to leave without his two Filipino crewmembsrs," the source said. The source, said everything had been arranged for Atyani's transfer to Malaysia. Security officials also reported Atyani was monitored to be freely moving

around along with armed groups, interviewing the foreign hostages and their Abu Sayyaf captors. . The source also confirmed the foreign negotiators made a counter demand with Atyani's abductors that he be allowed to film and interview the Abu Sayyaf leaders in exchange for the huge amount of ransom money they were demanding. It was learned that the kidnappers demanded P50 million for Atyani's release. For more than a month now, at least two armed groups under the direct control of Tahil Sali have been holding Atyani and his crew captive in the jungles of Patikul. ' Sali, a close relative of Abu Sayyaf commander Radullan Sahiron, also has links with political warlords as well as the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). - Jaime Laude

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South.east Asian .terror cell J emaah Islamiyah or JI, Joined forces with the Abu Sayyaf. Unconfirmed reports linked the bandits with local government officials in Mindanao. Over the years commander after Abu. Sayyaf commander was rep~r~ed killed in encounters with the military, Even the top JI militants want~d fO.r the ~eadly nightclub bombings m 2Q02III Bali, Indonesia have been captured and neutralized. Yet the. Abu Sayyaf has managed to stay alive, rebuilding its forces and staging deadly attacks on governme~t forces. MILF members in Basilan have added to the lawlessness. The latest encounters should prod the government to review its security strategy in Basilan and the other area of operation of the .Abu Sayyaf the Sulu archipelago. The strategy' can only succeed if it has the support of the affected communities and is accompanied by development efforts so that there will be fewer reasons for peoplg to resort to banditry. Local governments must also do more to keep their constituents safe. Outgunned and outnumbered the Abu Sayyaf should have been ~eutralized a long time ago.

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. . ia kidnapping spree.launc~edby.the Ever heard of Wyms Wakll, alias Abu Sayyaf. That victory ill Basilan Bacoy? He is reported to be the leader was accompanied by, development of an estimated 50 Abu Sayya£ mifi- projects, including the con~truchon tants who figured in the latest dash of a circumferential road, Improvewith the military in Basilan. The ment of the airstrip and installation clash erupted Thursday-morning in of artesian wells. A Jollibee branch Sumisip town.,As of yesterday, the was set up in the ~apital- a gesture death toll stood at 19 with 10 soldiers of confidence in the stability of the among the fatalities. Military sources province. . . said members of the Moro Islamic The gains, however, were not conLiberation Front were monitored try- solidated, and the island-province ing to reinforce the Abu Sayyaf. gradually slipped back to lawle~sA decade ago the Abu Sayyaf was ness. Members of the separahst driven' out of its jungle strongholds MILF, reportedly in tandem with the
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NDFP, government urged to return to negotiating table
AFTER THE exploratory talks between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic liberation Front (MILF) on July 17 in Malaysia, which was apparently a success, a news report quoted Prof Marvic Leonen, chief of the government negotiating panel, as saying that the peace "pact with the MILF is near.... Let us persevere now." Now is indeed the time for peace. Mohagher Iqbal,' MILF chief negotiator, was reportedly equally optimistic. We trust that this is true. And we hope that the same thing shall happen with the negotiation between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). The almost four decades of armed conflict between government and .rebel forces have caused so m urn loss of precious lives among our peacelaving people. The Ecumenical Bishops Forum calls on the government and the NDFPnegotiating panels to immediately resume the stalled formal peace talks for the sake of our country and people. Obstacles to the resumption of the peace talks should be resolved soonest. We appreciate the call of the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform for the "release on recognizance" of the detained NDFP consultants, together with its offer to take custody of them in order to pave the way for the resumption of the peace talks. We urge the government to take advantage of this sacrificial offer without requiring impossible demands or imposing unrealistic conditions. The remaining substantial issues of the talks, if and when successfully addressed by both panels, will truly bring to pass that elusive peace the Filipino people have long been craving for. The .design of the Creator of life is that peace based on justice should

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reign in the land, so that the land shall be enjoyed by all. "Then justice will reign through all the land, and out of justice, peace. Quietness and confidence will reign forevermore." (Isaiah 32: 16-17) . Let us all push for the peace talks to resume now. Now is indeed the time for peace. The resolution of armed conflicts and the dawn of peace being among the priorities that President Aquino committed in his inaugural address two years ago, we had wanted to hear him say the

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same sentiment (that "now is .indeed the time for peace") in his third State of the Nation Address last Monday. In line with that, we also wanted to hear him order the government panel to return to the negotiating table within one month if not within one week.

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Tribal chieftain pinatay, ilang. sibilyan hinostage ng NPA sa North Cotabato
K1DAPAWAN CITY • Pinasok ng tinatayang 60 mga mfyembro ng New People's Army (NPA) ang smo Kiapat, Barangay Ganatan, Arakan, North Cotabato dakong alas-2:oo ng madaling araw kanina. Ayon kay 6th Infantry Division Public Affairs chief Col. Prudenclo Asto, iginapos ng mga rebelde sa puna n9 kahoy ang lahat ng mga kaialakihan at pinahiran din ang tribal chieftain na nakilalang sl Libontos Impok Ansabo alyas Datu Ibon. Pagsapit ng alas.s:OO ng umaga, pinatay ng mga NPA si Datu lbon at ilang kabahayan naman ng mga resldente ang sinunog. Sinabi ni Asto, nagalit umana ang mga rebelde dahil urnayaw na ang msa sibllyan na magbigay ng revolutionary tax.
Sa kasaluku~n, patuloy na finutugis ng mga tauhan ng 10th Special Forces Company at 57th Infantry Philippine Army ang mga rebelde na nasa ilalim n9 Front Committee 53 na pinaniniwalaang tumakas patungo sa paanan n9 Mount Apo. (Bombo Garry Fuerzas)