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Draw inspiration from Basilan deaths, Army Chief urges ARMY chief Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista yesterday said the deaths of 10 soldiers in last Thursday's fighting with Abu Sayyaf bandits in BasUan province will inspire the troops "to perform better in accomplishing our mission." Military deploys additional Anny battalion in Basilan The military has reinforced its troops in Basilan by deploying an additional Army battalion to the island province where 10 Scout Rangers were killed and 17 others wounded in clashes with Abu Sayyaf militants last Thursday. Abu leader falls in Tawi-Tawi One of the founding members of the Abu Sayyaf in Tawi-Tawi was arrested by government forces last Saturday. Abu Sayyaf 'founder' held in Tawi-Tawi The Crimina! Investigation and Detection Group {ClOG} on Sunday said joint police and military troops on Saturday arrested a supposed founding member of the Abu Sayyaf Group in TawiTawi. Suspected Abu Sayyaf bagman arrested Joint police and military inteHigence have arrested over the weekend in Tawi-Tawi a suspected member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) believed to be one of the founding members of the said organization in the province. Aby Sayyaf bagman fans in Tawi- Tawi An alleged bagman of the Abu Sayyaf group was arrested in Tawi-Tawi Saturday by joint govemment forces. Abu Sayyaf founding member caught

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Abu founder arrested in Tawi-Tawi Military's Peace campaign yields gains Forty-four members of the leftist group, New People's Army (NPA) in Panay and Negros chose to end their armed struggle and join mainstream society. NPAs surrender Photo: Rescue Practice

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Army says zambales' peace signals time for full-blast development Manila Bulletin p. 15 This was the assurance given by It. Col. Michael G. Samson of the 24th lB, 710, Philippine Army, in his report on the present insurgency situation in the province. Military honor sa 10 sundalo Ngayon p. 2 Binigyan ng military honor ng Philippine Army ang 10 sundalong nasawi sa madugong engkwentro sa pagitan ng bandidong Abu

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Sumisip, Remate p. 2 Peoples Tonight p. 6

Hero's welcome para sa 5 nasawing sundalo GINAWARAN ng 'hero's welcome' ang lima sa 10 sundalong nagbuwis ng buhay laban sa mga bandidong Abu Sayyaf makaraang makipagbakbakan ang mga ito sa isang kagubatan sa Sumisip, Basilan, kamakailan.

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12 Military names first woman judge advocate general For the first time, a woman has been named judge advocate general of the Anned Forces of the Philippines. First woman AFP judge advocate general is names - A woman has been named the Armed Forces' judge advocate general, the military's top lawyer in charge of the organization's legal affairs. Military gets first female chief lawyer PRESIDENT Aquino has approved the appointment of the firstever female officer as the chief of the Office of The Judge Advocate General (OT JAG), whose task is to prosecute cases involving officers and soldiers in the military organization as well as act as legal adviser of the chief of staff and secretary of national defense. Military has first ever female JAGS head ~ For the first time, the military's top lawyer will be a female after Col. Marian Aleido was named the new Judge Advocate General, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said on Sunday. Aquino appoints new female head of military tribunal President Aquino has chosen a female officer as the new chief of the Office of The Judge Advocate General (OT JAG), breaking tradition in the male-dominated military organization, officials said on Sunday. House seeks AFP law extension Anthony probes AFP training - Anthony Taberna (photo) investigates a group in Quezon City allegedly offering unauthorized trainings to become part of the Armed Forces of the PhUippines (AFP) tonight on ASS-CaN's

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Photo: Soldiers salute to the caskets of nine soldiers ••• Photo: Fallen heroes UN can bring peace-Loong A former Moro rebel leader turned legislator of the province of Sulu on Sunday joined a legislator from Muntinlupa in urging the national government to seek the deployment of a "peacekeeping force" from the United Nations (UN) to reduce the tension between the Philippines and China in the disputed Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) in the West Philippine Sea.

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Since the maritime standoff at Scarborough Shoal in April, when the Philippines accused Chinese fishennen of poaching in its exclusive economic zone, not a week has passed without an ever-expanding incursion by Chinese boats in disputed waters in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Palace mum on pullout of Chinese vessels fonn Panatag ~ Malacanang kept mum yesterday on the reported pullout of a majority of Chinese vessels that dropped anchor last week near the Phitippine-occupied Pag-asa Island in the Spratlys r~ion.

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BY VICTOR REYES ARMY chief Lt, Gen. Emmanuel Bautista yesterday said the deaths of 10 soldiers in last Thursday's fighting with Abu Sayyaf bandits in Basilan province will inspire the troops "to perform better in accomplishing our mission." "It will not deter us or it will not demoralize us but instead, it will inspire us," said Bautista who led military honors for five of the 10 slain soldiers, held around 3:30 a.m. at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio. The Army's 1st Infantry Division initially reported that 12 soldiers died in the series of clashes in Sumisip town but later said there had·been double counting. Of the 10 killed, eight were from the First Scout Ranger Regiment. Seventeen other soldiers were also wounded in the fighting. . After paying tribute to the soldiers, Bautista extended his condolences to the families of the "heroes" for their services to the country, and handed them financial assistance from the Army. "After that, they were sent off to their respective provinces," Bautista said. The Anny has set aside P7.2 millionin assistance to the 10 fatalities, Only five of the 10 slain soldiers were airlifted to Manila and subsequently given military honors by Bautista. The five were privates first class Arnold Coresis, Cleto Al.__--gayan, Jose Marvin Talarnante OFF _ Jr., Mark Ocampo and Arwin Martinez. They were all Scout Rangers who lived in Luzon, The five other fatalities are Rangers Pfc. Segundiano Tamayo Jr. Pfc. Rey Evangelista, and Pfc. Kenneth John Maribao, and CpL Jerry Areglado and Pfc. Erwin Alerta of the 32nd Infantry Battalion. Their bodies were flown to their homes in Mindanao and the Visayas. Of the five fatalities airlifted to Manila, only Talamante will be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. The families of the four others have decided to bury their loved ones in their hornetowns, said Army spokesman' Maj. Harold Cabunoc. Capt. Albert Caber, 1st Infantry Division spokesman, said the Abu Sayyaf elements encountered by the soldiers last Thursday have splintered' and fled to various areas including Al Barka town. Officials have placed the number of encountered terrorists at about 60, with nine of them killed in the clashes. It was in Al Barkah town that 19 officers and men of the Army's Special Forces were massacred in October last year by joint forces of the Abu Sayyaf and members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Caber said government forces continue to conduct pursuit operations, "focusing on ASG targets." . He said government troops are "careful" in the conduct of pursuit operations so as not to engage other groups in the

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province. More troops have been deployed to Basilan. "They (additional troops) are to support the troops (already in Basilan) to facilitate develop. ment in the province. They are also expected to be involved in pursuit operations against the bandits, those who are sowing violence," Caber said. Caber .said the bulk of the Army's 64th Infantry Battalion arrived in Basilan from Lanao del Sur on Saturday night. Another battalion is set to be shifted to Basilan from Zamboanga Sibugay next month. Caber said 80 percent of the personnel and equipment of the 64th IB arrived in Basilar;aboard a C-130 plane and Navy assets while the other 20 percent are arriving in the coming days. A battalion has about 500 officers and men.

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The military has reinforced its troopsm Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental, and Basilan by deploying an additional Army Cagayan de Oro City, while the body of battalion to the island province where 10 another casualty was turned over to his Scout Rangers were killed and 17 others family in Basilan, wounded in dashes with Abu Sayyaf Lt. Col. Randolf Cabangbang, spokesmilitants last Thursday. man of the Armed Forces' Western MindCol. Arnul£o Marcelo Burgos Ir, Armed anao Command, said the additional forces Forces spokes~an, said the Army's 64th would help ensure security in populated Infantry Battalion has been pulled out -rareas in Basilan and protect those observfrom Lanao del Norte and transferred to ing the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Basilan. . The Army led by Lt. Gen. Emmanuel "The 64th IS is being redeployed to Bautista honored five of the 10 fallen solBasilan to sustain our ongoing efforts to diers yesterday at the Libingan ng mga nail down the lawless groups and. their Bayani (heroes' cemetery). Abu Sayyaf cohorts whom our troops Army spokesman Maj. Harold Cabu-' have encountered," Burgos said. noc said the families of the slain soldiers Burgos said elements of the 64th IB have received special family assistance' have linked up with the 32nd Infantry ranging P636, 000 to more than P767,000 Battalion based in Basilan to support from the Army headquarters and P20,OOO ongoing operations being spearheaded from the Scout Regiment. by the Joint Military TaskForce Basilan The beneficiaries are also entitled to headed by Col. Ramon Yogyog, to bring receive support from the president's social ! justice to th:: fallen soldiers. .' . fund, the house and lot remuneration pro. The remains of four of the slam soldiers gram, the Alay sa Kawal Foundation and were flown Saturday afternoon to Gen- the Armed Forces and Police Mutual Benefit era! Santos City, Tacloban City in Leyte, Association Inc. .- With Alexis Romero
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One of the founding members of the AbuSayya£ in Tawi-Tawi was arrested by government forces last Saturday. The arrest of Ahmadsali Asmad Badron, alias Ammad, came as government troops and the Abu Sayyaf figured in clashes in nearby Basilan island which left 10 soldiers dead. Criminal Investigation and Detection Group chief DirectorSamuel Pagdilao Jr. said Badron, a cousin of the late Abu Sayyaf leader Nadzme Sabtula, alias Commander Global, had standing warrants of arrest for six counts of kidnapping with serious illegal detention. - Non Alquitrai

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THE· CRIMINAL Investigation Group (CIDG) .~rday said joint 'police and "tary troops on Saturday ar..d a supposed·. founding hber vof the Abu Sayyaf 9uP in Tawi-Tawi.

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alias Commander Global. He said the suspect also acted as "bagman" and "facilitator" of the regional terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI). "Badron is one of the original members of the Abu Sayyaf ... [He] was formerly under the command of the late Abu Sayyaf head, Galib Andang, alias Commander Robot," Pagdilao said in a statement. "He was involved in the kidnapping of I tourists and resort staff in Sipadan, I Malaysia, and. members of the religious I group Jehovah's Witness in Jolo in 2000 and 2003," he added. Pagdilao said the arrest was carried out by the CIDGregional agents, the Philippine Center on Transnational Crimes, the 84th Special Action Force unit, Marine Battalion Landing Team 5, Naval Intelligence Service Group for Western Mindanao, Tawi-Tawi provincial police office and the police Regional Intelligence Unit IS, Senior Supt. Edgar Danao, CIDG-Region9 chief,described Badron as "among the trusted members" of the bandit group who was assigned to keep "millions of pesos in ransom

money they collected from their operations." Danao said the suspect was believed to be a 'jernaah Islamiyah facilitator" to the foreign members of the Abu Sayyaf identified as Maweyah, Qaem, Dulmatin and a Palestinian named Yusef. He said Badron was also the contact of Ibni Akosta and Than Muktar; the : purported local operatives of JI.in Mindanao. "They are the contact persons of Hata Haipe or Ustadz Tuan Awliayah in Malaysia, [who was arrested] in 2008 in Kuala Lumpur, and other Palestinian nationals belonging to the radical group Hamas under Yusef, who is a supporter of al-Qaida in southern Philippines," Danao said.

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In Zamboanga City, suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits burned the two-room kindergarten building of Tipo-tipo Central . Elementary School. in Basilan on Sunday dawn. ~ Maj. Gen. Rainier Cruz, chief of the Army'sFirst Division, said the burning of the school was meant to ease the military's pressure against the bandit group in the neigh. boring town of Sumisip, site of recent clashes that left 10 soldiers killed, Tipo-Tipotown is about 5 kilometers away from Sumisip. Cruz said no one was reported hurt and that villagers helped extinguish the fire.. Col.Arthur Ang, commander of the 104th Brigade, also said the burning of the school was meant "to divert our troops who are pursuing the lawless elements in Sumisip."

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Estarul that there would be classes today as only two rooms were affected by the fire. c Col. Ramon Yogyog, chief of the Joint Special Operations Task Force Basilan, said they could not "easily identify" those behind the burning of the school due to the "absence of law enforcersin the area." Operations againstthe bandit group continue in Sumisip, Ang said. "We believe they are just there, hiding in the mountainous areas of Sumisip," Ang said. But Yogyog said "there was a lull" in the fighting. ''We pulled out our troops to secure back the perimeters of the cooperative plantations, especially those cooperatives that received regular threats from the Abu Sayyaf Group," he said. He said the government troops were on a "resupply mode." But their intelligence gathering in the area has been intensified with help from

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the villagers, he said. On Thursday last week, 10 soldiers were killed and 17 others were wounded in a clash with armed men who were harassing rub, ber plantation workers in Sumisip town. A wire report said the military Was deploying 600 Anny soldiers to hoot down the gunmen who killed the soldiers. Col. Randolph Cabangbang, spokesperson of the Western Mindanao, Command ' said some members of the Moro Islamic Lib~ eration Front (MILF), acting on their own " might retaliate after the reported death of three members of the Asnawi family. Dan Laksaw Asnawi, a commander of the MILF in Basilan, is a brother of Hassan and ,~urha~ Asnawi, who were reportedly killed In the clashes. Jumaidi Asnawi, ason of Hassan, was also reported killed in last week's clashes. , Cabangbang said 13 bandits were killed in the Sumisip clash. But Jerry Aklamin, a member of the BasilaI_1-based human rights group Kahapan, said only three bandits, none of them members of the Asnawi clan, were killed. But he said some members of the Asnawi clan were wounded. ~a Katoh, manager' of Thmahubong Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Integrated Development Cooperative Inc., told the INQUIRER that only four bandits, including fanner cooperative workers Wims Wakil and Juhair Bottong, were killed in the clashes. . Cabangbang, in defending his figures, said It coul4;be that Katoh "only recognized four of those killed, not necessarily claiming that only four were killed." With areportfrom.Ap

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Suspected Abu Sayyaf bagman arrested
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Director Samuel Pagdilao Ir., Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) chief, identified the suspect as Ustadz Ahmadsali Asmad Badron alias Ammad Hamad Ustadz Idris. Pagdilao said that Badron was arrested by agents of the CIDG, Tawi-Tawi Police, military intelligence agents, and troops of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 5 at about 8:50 a.m. on Saturday in Barangay Lamion, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi. . The CrDG chief said that Badron was arrested based on a standing warrant of arrest issued by the court for six kidnapping with serious illegal detention charges. Pagdilao reported that Badron is one of the original founding members of the ASG and a cousin of one of the group's former leaders, the late Nadzme Sabtula alias Commander GlobaL The suspect is believed to be involved in the kidnapping of tourists and resort staff in Sipadan, Malaysia and members of the religious group, Jehovah's Witnesses, in Iolo in 2000 and 2003 respectively, the police offidalsaid. Senior Supt. Edgar Cabrera Danae, CIDG Region 9 chief, said that Badron was

formerly under the command of the late ASG head, Galib Andang alias Commander Robot. Danao added that Badron was among the trusted members of the ASG who was tasked to keep millions of pesos in ransom money the group collected from their operations. Hadron is also allegedly the Iemaah Islamiah's liaison to the ASe's foreign members namely Maweyah, Qaern, Dulmatin, Palestinian Yusef and local members identified as Ibni Akosta and Tuan Muktar. The Iernaah -Islamiah is listed as an international terrorist organization. "They were contacts persons of Hata Haipe or Ustadz Tuan Awliayah in Malaysia until his arrest in 2008 in Kuala Lumpur and other Palestinian nationals belonging to the radical group . Hamas." Danao said. The ClOG region 9 chief added that Yusef is a supporter of another terrorist organization, the alQaeda, in Mindanao.

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AN alleged bagman of the Abu of the group's leaders, the late Sayyaf group was arrested in Nadzme Sabtula alias "Commander Global," Pagdilao said. Tawi-Tawi Saturday by joint He had an arrest warrant for government forces. AhmadsaH Asmad Badron six counts of kidnapping with serious illegal detention, he. alias Ammad/Hammad U stadz also said. Idris was collared in Barangay Badron was involved in the Lamion at about 8:50 a.m., said CIDG chief Samuel PagdUaoJr. kidnapping of tourists and resort staff in Sipadan, Malaysia Badron is one of the founding members of the Abu Sayyaf in and members of the religious Tawl-Tawi and a cousin of one . group Jehovah's Witness in Jo10
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A joint police and military team arrested on Saturday one of the founding members of the Abu Sayyaf in a raid in Tawi-Tawi, Director Samuel Pagdilao, chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), said Ustadz Ahmadsali Badron served as the caretaker of the ransom being paid for Abu Sayyaf's hostages. Badron is a cousin of one of the group's leaders, the late Nadzme

Sabtula, alias Commander Globe, Pagdilao said. He also helped Dulmatin and Palestenian Yusef,prominent members of the regional terror group Jemaah Islamiyah, hide in the Philippines. (AARON RECUENCO)

Authorities have arrested a founding member of the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf Group blamed for some of the worst terror attads in the rountry. , Ustadz Ahmadsali Asmad Badron, also known as ''Ammad'' or "HamacLUstadz Idris," was arrested last Saturday in Tawi-TawL Philippine National PoHce (PNP)Criminal Investigation and Detection Group regional chief Senior Superintendent Edgar Danao said Badron was one of the founding members of the Abu Sayyaf, founded in the 1990s using seed money from alQaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Along with a cousin, Badron worked alongside Galib Andang, the notorious Abu Sayyaf leader well known as "Commander Robot," under whom the group carried out a daring cross-border raid on a Malaysian resort in April 2000 and kidnapped dozens of foreign tourists. The kidnapping gained Abu Sayyaf. international notoriety even as the hostages were freed in batches after millions were paid following ransom negotiations brokered by Libya. (AFP)

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Military's Peace Campaign Yields Gains
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ILOILO CITY,Iloilo - Forty-four members of the leftist group, New People's Army <NPA) in Panay and Negros chose to end their armed struggle and join mainstream society. In its assessment of its midyear Internal Peace and Security Operations (IPSO), the Philippine Army's (PA) 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) disclosed that nine rebel returnees were from Panay and the remaining 35 from Negros island.

Major General Jose Mabanta Jr., 3ID commanding general, attributed the surrender of rebels to a strong public-private partnership CPPP) in calling for peace and development. Mabanta disclosed that local government officials, the clergy and civil society worked closely with the 3ID. "The success in our IPSO is the success of our people who longed for lasting peace in this part of the country," Mabanta said. Aklan, Guimaras and Siquijor provinces have been declared by the Army as insurgency free and "continuing consultation with stakehold-

ers will soon make Antique province insurgency-free." Meanwhile, Mabanta also lauded the Philippine National Police (PNP) through the Joint Peace and Security Coordination Center (JPSCC). The joint effort aims to focus on the hotspot areas to counter the remaining trength of the NPA, Cornmunist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the National Democratic Front (NDF). Last June 2012,Mabanta initiated peace talks with the CPP·NPA-NDF at the regionallevel, but the call was rejected.

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RESCUEPRACTICE - Soldiers participate in a re-training activity for emergency and disaster response in 8aguio City recently. Twenty-two years after the 1990 earthquake that devastated the city, rescuers regularly test their capabilities in responding to emergency situations. (Toots Soberano)

Army Says Zambales' Peace Signals TilDe For Full-Blast· Development
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This was the assurance given by Lt. Col. Michael G. Samson of the 24th lB, 7ID, Philippine Army, in his report on the present insurgency situation in the province. Samson's asssuranee was made a declaration by the Zambales Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC)

through Resolution No. 04-2012 prepared by DILG Zambales Provincial . Director and PPOC Secretariat Head Armi V. Bactad, The declaration was signed and approved by Gov. Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr., as council Chairman. Lt. Col. Samson said the overall assessment on the peace and order situation in the entire province remains normal and manageable and is now "ready for economic development." He further stated that this can be
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'attributed to the intensified effort of uniformed personnel in crime prevention supported by other law enforcement agencies, the local government unit and the people in the community. "The threats posed by the insurgents in the past have been sue- cessfully addressed, thus threats to stability, peace and order have signifi- r·· cantly been reduced paving way for development projects to prosper and eventually succeed," it added.

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BINIGYAN ng hero's welcome ng Philippine Army ang mga nasawinQ sundalo sa Sumisip, Basilan na dumating kahapon sa PA Headqua.rters sa Fort Bo· nifacio, Tagllig City. Masasama na sa listahanng mga bayaningsundalong Armed Forces ot the Philippinesina Corpora!Jerry Aregla· do, Privates First Class Segundiano G. Tamayo Jr., Rey C. Evangelista,Arnold D.Coresis, Clelo A. Algayan, KennHhJohn D. Maribao, Jose Marvin V. Talamante,Mark 8. Ocampo,Arwin C. Martinez at ElWin E Alerta. Inlhayag kahapon ni Army spokesman Major Harold Cabunoc na inilipad ang labi nina Coresis, Algayan, Ialamente, Ocampo at Martinez sa Maynila sakay ng C130 cargo plane. Kasunod nilo, dadalhin naman ang mga bangkay sa kani·kanilangmga lalawigan bago ihalid sa kanilanghuling hantunganhabang isa sa mga ito ang napiling ihimlay sa Ubingan ng mga Bayan! sa Fort Bonifacio,Taguig,·Metro Manila, NabaUdna pinagkalooban din ng sabay na pag!<Uala ang mga napalay na sundalong inuwi sa General Santos, Dumaguele atTacloban.. .. ... Nagpahatid naman ng paklkiramay sa mga.nauhla ~I Army chief Lieutenant General Emmanuel Bautista na 91·· yang nanguna sa paggagawad ng parangal sa mga bayaning sundalo. . Kaugnaynlto,plnagkalooban Bautistang SpecialFamily ni Assistanceang mga·naulflang mga sundalo mula sa Phifippine Army bukod pa sa P20,OOO mula sa Scout Ranger ! Regiment. .. BEN REYESat VERUN RUIZ

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(ASG) sa Barangay UpperCabenbeng, Sumisip, Basilan nltong Huwebes. Ang pagbibigay pugay ay ginawa alas-a ng madaling araw sa Ubi· ngan og mga Bayanl sa Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. Nasawi sa encounter sina Pfcs. Segundiano G. Tamayo, Jr.; Rey C. Evangellsta; Arnold D. Coresis: Cleto A. Algayan; Kennith John D. Maribao; Jose Marvio V. Tal amante; Mark B. Ocampo; AlWin C. Martinez; Erwin E. Alerta at Cpt. Jerry N. Areglado. Ayon kay PA chief Lt. Gen. Emmanuel T. Bautista, sa 10 sundalo, lima dito ay dadalhin sa pamamagltan ng C-130 sa Libingan ng mga Bayani. Ito ay sina Pfcs. Talamante, Ooresls, Ocarnpo, Aigayan at Martires, habang ang natitfra ay dadalhin sa kani-kanilang

probinsya, Sa kasalukuyan, tanglng ang pamilya Talamante ang hagpahayag ng kagustuhan na maill. bing ang kanilang kaanak sa nasabing sernenteryo. Habang ang lima pa ay pinili na dalhtn ang bang kay ng kaanak sa probinsya na karamihan ay sa Mindanao at Visayas. Kahapon, ang kanilang dependentslbeneficiaries ay nakatanggap ng Special Family Assistance mula sa PA at P20,OOO naman mula sa Scout Ranger Regiment. Nauna rito, nagpala. bas ng P7.2 million ang PA para sa mga nasawing sundalo, kung saan ang bawat pamilya ay rnakakatanggap ng halagang P630,OOO at P720,OOO depende sa kanilang ranggo at haba ng ser. bisyo. (Ricky Tulfpat)

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AyonkayJoseSr.,hindi nila pinagsisihan· ang sa 10 BUndalong nagbupiniling trabaho ng; kanwis ng buhay laban sa yang anak, Si Talamante mga bandidong Abu Jr. ay pang-apat sa limang : Sayyaf makaraang rna. magkakapatid. kipagbakbakan ang Nakaburol ngayon mga ito sa isang kagu- ang labi ng sundalo sa kabatan sa Sumisip, Basi. nHang bahay sa Taguig Ian, kamakailan. City, .. . Isa sa naging emos. Nakatakdang ilibing si yonal sa pagsalubong sa Talamante sa Huwebes sa mga labi ng limang sun- Libingan ng mga Bayani. dalo ay ang naiwang Dumating noong Sapamilya ni Private First bado sa Fort Bonifacio sa Class Jose Talamante, 24, Taguig City ang labi ni i kung saan ay ipinagmaTalamantekasrunaanglabi Iaki nil a ito dahil sa ng apat pang mga sundalo karangalan na ginawa nito na kasama nitong nasawi sa paglilingkod sa bayan. sa bakbakan laban sa Abu Sob~ang pagdadaSayyaf sa Bgy. Upper Cabengbeng, Sumisip, Basilan, noong Huwebes. Sinalubong ni Army isang retiradong sundalo. chief Lt. Gen Emmanuel

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For the first time, a woman has been named judge advocate general of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Col. Marian Aleido is the new chief legal adviser to the AFP and the Department of National Defense. Commissioned in. 1984, Aleido is the first woman to be called to active duty asa military lawyer. Aleido succeeds Brig. Gen.

Gilberto Roa, who has been JAGS (has been} and still is a named chairman of the gov- male-dominated unit in the AFP," she said. emment's ceasefire panel. She has been handling Aleido said the recruitlegal assignments for almost ment of military lawyers three decades. must be intensified through In a statement, Aleido said advertisements in law schools she is overwhelmed and over- and military camps. joyed with her appointment. "We need to put lawyers in "Not in my wildest imagi- the position where they can nation did I ever think that I best utilize their experience would be able to achieve this and skills," she said. . Turn to Page 6 position, especially that the deputy Naval Judge Advocate, and Marine Corps Staff Judge Advocate. She was designated chief of the legal branch at the AFP Office of the Inspector General and deputy chief of the AFP Office of Ethical Standards and Public Accountability in 1993. Her most notable cases include the 2006 Marine standoff in Fort Bonifacio where she was a law member, and the 2003 Oakwood mutiny in Makati where she was part of the defense panel. Aleido received her law degree from the University of the East in 1979. She had a short practice at her father's law office in jaro, Leyte before entering the military in 1984. Aleido also shared her ex-

Prior to her appointment, Aleido served as Army judgeAdvocate, officer-in-charge of the AFP Office of the Provost Marshall General, deputy Judge Advocate General,

periences as the first female JAGS officer in the AFP. "My name would often be spelled with an '0' (Mariano) because there was no female JAGS officer until I came in 1984," she said. "I was well-treated and pampered by my colleagues,' who were all males. I didn't feel any discrimination at ail," she added. Some of the high-ranking public officials had come from the Judge Ad vocate General Service. They include Fred Ruiz Castro, the first JAGS officer who became Chief Justice; Aniano Desierto who served as Ombudsman from 1995 to 2002, and Apolinario Bruselas Jr.,currently an associate justice of the Court of Appeals.

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A WOMAN has been named the Armed Forces' judge advocate general, the military's top lawyer in charge of the organization's legal affairs. The. AFP yesterday said Col. Marian Aleido is not only the first woman to head the military's Judge Advocate General's Office but was also the first female lawyer to be COmmissionedby the military establishment, in 1984. Aleido replaced Brig. Gen. Gilberto Roa who has been named head of the government's coordinating committee on the cessation of hostilities, a cease-fire mechanism with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front which is negotiating a peace accord with the government. "Her service to the military embodied by her outstanding roster of works as military lawyer is me! with great expectations from our part in terms of further improving the administration of justice in the AFP,If said AFPchief Gen. Jessie Dellosa of Aleido who assumed the post last week. Aleido said, "I am thankful, overwhelmed and overjoyed. Not in my wildest imaginations did I ever think that I would be able to achieve this positron, especially that the JAGS used to

be, and still is, a male-dominated unit in the AFP." Aleido said luck, determination, perseverance, and her devotion to the military service played important roles in the milestone in her career. Before her latest post, Aleido was the Army's judge advocate for nearly three years. She also previously served as officer in charge of the AFP'sProvost Marshal General, deputy judge advocate general of the AFP, deputy naval judge advocate, and Marine Corps' staff judge advocate. Aleido was part of the military defense panel that defended at least 300 officers and men belonging to the "Magdalo Group" that staged the short-lived Oakwood mutiny in July 2003 when the mutineers faced charges before a military tribunal. Aleido also served as member oia military court~t tried dozens of Army and M'ruineofficers who figured in the failed plot to oust Gloria Arroyo as president in February 2006. Aleido finished law at the University of the East in 1979. She practiced law in her father's law office in]aro, Leyte for twoand-a-halfyears before entering the military in 1984. On her experiences' as first female lawyer to be commissioned by the military, Aleido said: "My

name would often be spelled with an '0' (Mariano) because there was no female JAGSofficer until I came in 1984. I was well treated and pampered by my colleagues who were all males." "1didn't feel any discrimination at all in this 'man's world' organization. Our male counterparts are indeed officers and gentlemen," she added. ~ to herprograms as new judge advocate general, Aleidosaid,"We need to put lawyers in the position where they can best utilize their experience and skills. " Also,Aleido said there is a need to improve the quality of'legalservice that militarylawyers provide. She said she wants to strengthen her office's Professionaland Legal Service Division which handles amparo and habeas corpus cases and suits filed against military personnel. Also,Aleido is aiming to expedite the adjudication of claims, contracts, particularly inprocurement and matters on personnel, real estate, and disposition of militaryjustice issues. "We can only assure that in resolving cases, we will be guided first by our conscience, the law and the evidence. We will keep a blind eye on the personalities involved, but the primacy of the best interest of the service as consideration," she said.

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PRESIDENT Aquino has approved the appointment of the first-ever female officer as the chief of the Office of The Judge Advocate General (OTJAG), whose task is to prosecute cases involving officers and soldiers in the military organization as well as act as legal adviser of the chief of staff and secretary of national defense. New military legal chief, Col. Marian C. Aleido, replaced Brig. Gen. Gilberta Jose Roa, who retired. Aleido was the first female to be commissioned and called to active duty as a military lawyer. She joined the military service in 1984. "I am grateful, overwhelmed and overjoyed. Notin mywildestimagination did I ever think that I would be able to achieve this position.especially

that the JAGS used to be, and still is, a male-dominated unit.in the Armed Forces," Aleido said. She intends to institute some changes in her office to make it more responsive and effective. "We need to put lawyers in the position where they can best utilize their experience and skills," she said. "The Armed Forces needs more lawyers and, therefore, our priority is to recruit more lawyers by placing advertisements in different law schools and military camps," she added. Aleido, who was the Army Judge Advocate for almost three years, had served as officer in charge of the Office of the Provost Marshall General; Deputy JAG; Deputy Naval Judge Advocate; and Marine Corps Staff Judge Advocate. She was also the Chief of the Legal Branch at the Office of the Inspector

General concurrent with her designation as Deputy Chief, Office of Ethical Standards andPublicAccountabilityof the General Headquarters and Armed Forces-Wide Service Support Units in 1993. She was among military lawyers who prosecuted the 2006 Marine standoff in Fort Bonifacio and was involved in the 2003 Oakwood Mutiny case, where she was part of the defense panel. She also assisted in the procurement of major equipments as a legal officer in the different Bids and Awards Committee in the early days of the Armed Forces Modernization Program in the 1990s. Aleido earned her law degree at the University of the East in 1979. She had a shortpractice at her father' slaw office in .Iaro, Leyte, fortwo-and-a-halfyears before joining the military in 1984.

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PRESDIENT Aquino has chosen a female officer as the new chief of , the Office of The Judge Advocate General (OTJAG), breaking tradition in the male-dominated military organization, officials said on Sunday. . They said Col. Marian Alediohas assumed the position as the military top lawyer, replacing' Brig. Gen. Glberto Jose Roa. "1 am thankful, overwhelmed and overjoyed. Not in my wildest imaginations did I ever think that I would be able to achieve this position, especially that the Judge Advocate General is a male-dominated unit in the armed forces," Aleido said. Aleido was former Army Judge Advocate for almost three years and has served in various' positions as Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the Provost Marshall General, Deputy Judge Advocate General, Deputy Naval' Judge Advocate, and Mrine Corps Staff Judge Advocate. Aleido was the first female to be commissiondand called to active duty as military lawyer. She was part .of the prosecution in the 2006 Marine rebellion in 2006 and was in the defense panel in the 2003 Oakwood Mutiny in Makati. Aleido said she planned to institute changes in her office to make it responsive and effective by "putting lawyers. in positions where they can best utilize their experience and skills." , "The AFP needs more lawyers and therefore OUf priority is to recruit . more lawyers through advertisements in differenct law schools and military camps," she said. Aleido graduated law at the" Univeristy of the East in 1970. She had short practice at her father's law office in Jaro, Leyte for two and a half years before entering the military inc
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The 284-man House of-Representatives has approved on second reading a bill extending the "revised" and "more responsive" Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program for another 15 years. .J Authored by Muntinlupa Rep, Rodolfo Blazon, House Bill 6410 seeks to amend Republic Act 7898 or the AFP Modernization Act to make its provisions more attuned and responsive to the changing international and regional security environment. HB 6410, a consolidation of three measures and four resolutions, was approved on second reading by the 234-man chamber last July 25, a day after the House committee on national defense and security, chaired by Biazon, recommended its plenary approval. Biazon said the measure would develop and transform the AFP into a "multi-mission-oriented force capable of effectively addressing internal and external security threats." "It provides for the revision ofthe AFP Modernization Program that shall be substantially focused and directed towards addressing the internal and external security threats to the country and develop the AFP towards an organization with a shifting capability to meet internal and external security threats," he said. HB 6410 also mandates the submission to Congress of the revised AFP Modernization Program within ... 60days from the approval ofthe proposed Act.
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displaced since I clashes between two factions of the fragmented Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) broke out last Wednesday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Coundl (NDRRMC) said. i In its report, the NDRRMC said evacuated to the Kulambog Elemen· In Barangay Suled, 577 families '
some 2,344 families or about 9,388 people in six villages of SUltan Sa Barongis town were affected as "rido" or dan war erupted between the 105th and 106th base commands of the MILE Fighting between the two MILF groups reportedly started July 25. The NDRRMC identified the affected villages as Papakant Gadungan, Kulambo9, Tukanakudan, Bulod, and MasuJot. Most of the affected residents come from Barangay Kulambo9, where 634 families of 2,538 have tary School. In Barangay Papakan, 295 families or 1,280 people were displaced and are now temporarily housed at the Papakan Elementary School, while 269 families or 1,076 people from Barangay Gadungan were also forced to flee their homes and temporarily seek shelter at the Gadungan Elementary School. About 224 famifies or 896 people were also displaced in Barangay Iukanakudon and are now temporarily staying in Tukanakudon Bementary School. or 2,308 people were affected by the dan war;. but the residents have chosen to stay in their homes. Same in the case in Barangay Masulot where 345 families or 1,290 people were affected but have remained in their homes. The NDRRMC reported that a cetain Diana Kanapia, 14, was hit by a stray bullet. The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Coundl (MDRRMq of Sultan Sa Sarongis is aJrrently extending assistance to the affected families. (Elena L. Aben)

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Muntinlupa Representative RodoIfo Biazon, chairman of the House committee on national defense, also JOLO, Sulu - A former Moro suggested that the Philippine governrebel leader turned legislator of the ment should ask the UN for a peaceprovince of Sulu yesterday joined a . keeping force to ease the tension in legislator from Muntinlupa in urgthe disputed area. ing the national government to seek \ This measure is also one way the deployment of a "peacekeeping to stop China from further building force" from the United Nations (UN) up its military and naval forces and to reduce the tension between the continues intrusion into our terriPhilippines and China in the disputed tory to exploit our coral and mineral Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) resources,Loong said. in the West Philippine Sea. He added that the government Representatiye Habib Tupay should exhaust all peaceful means' Loong (1st District, Sulu) said that as by bringing the dispute to the intera "peace loving and civilized nation, national tribunal for resolution in we must exhaust all peaceful means accordance with the United Nations to end our dispute with,China, one of Convention on the Law of the Sea them is asking the UN to send a peace(UNCLOS) of which the Philippines keeping force in the Panatag Shoal." and China are both Signatories. We must live in peace with all naBiazon said the request could be tions, especially with our neighbor included in the case to be brought by countries like China and the other . the Department of Foreign Affairs Asian nations, big or small, the Mus-, (DFA) to the International Tribunal lim legislator here said. for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) for
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the settlement of the Philippines' dispute with China over Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) according to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. On this note, Loong said "we must redouble our diplomatic efforts to invite the attention of other UN member-nations to our dispute with China, not to beg for anything but to mediate for the sake of world peace. Hopefully, China will listen to the" voice of the World." But Loong could not hide his dismay with China. He said that while the Philippine government opted to solve the problem peacefully by bringing the issue to international arbitration, China chose to "ignore our proposal." On Wednesday, the Philippine military reported sighting of 20 Chinese fishing vessels to have moved close to Pag-asa Island on the Philippine side of the Spratlys where it is home .to 150 Filipinos.

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SINCE the maritime standoff at Scarborough Shoal in April, when the Philippines accused Chinese fishermen of poaching in its exclusive economic zone, not a week has passed without an ever-expanding incursion by Chinese boats in disputed waters in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Oceangoing vessels passing through the strategic .trade routes into East Asia are not surprised to encounter flotillas escorted by Chinese gunboats ruling the waves, as BeijingraisEFFECfIVE/ AlO

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es the profile of its mannme presence in the disputed sea. On Saturday, in the latest of these predatory incursions, a fleet of 20 large fishing boats sailed back to mainland China, their cargo holds filled with corals and marine turtles they had plundered from waters near Pag-asa Island, 480 kilometers off southwestern Palawan. Pag-asa is the largest of five islands and islets in the Spratlys being claimed by the Philippines. Declared in 1978 asa barangay of the municipality of Kalayaan, the island has a 1.3-km airstrip used by the Philippine military to transport troops and supply. A- military source said the Armed Forces of the Philippines believed the Chinese-occupied Panganiban Reef (MischiefReet) was being used as a staging ground for the expanding presence inside Philippine territory. China occupied Panganiban

Reef in 1995 over protests from the Philippines and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). China claimed it was constructing a shelter for its fishermen.

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Nothing galls local officials and frustrates Philippine military officers more than the helplessness of the Philippine government to stop this pillage of patrimonial resources in broad daylight and within striking distance. Philippine military sources reported that Chinese fishing vessels escorted by at least two frigates of the People's Liberation Army had been deployed around Pag-asa, .They said the fishing vessels had anchored only 9 km from Pag-asa, close enough for employees to say they could see the Chinese using booms and winches to haul corals from the seabed onto wooden "sampans," According to municipal officials; Philippine troops on the

merit-sponsored fishing expedition backed by several frigates and armed China fisheries department.vessels. From operational terms, China is using its fishing fleets as Surveillance pictures the marauding shock troops of An official at the military's W"est its creeping predatory incurCommand confirmed the Chinese sions for resources in the dispresence near Pag-asa but said puted territories. the Department of Foreign Affairs Vietnamese cannons would address the matter. A source at the' Naval Forces According to Mayor Eugenio West Command, on the other Bito-onon of Kalayaan, Chinese hand, said at least four Philipships were dredging the reefs to make room for more fishing pine Navy and Coast· Guard ships were patrolling Philipfleets to enter the lagoons. pine-claimed territories, but it He said the fishermen were not was not clear how the Navy only poaching fish but also "cotal . would respond to the Chinese mining," which destroys the presence. The fishing fleet ar- breeding ground of fish. Corals rived on Tuesday. .are used by the Chinese as a base . Departmerit of National De- ingredient for some type of marine glue used in shipbuilding, fense surveillance photographs Bito-onon .claimed that the showed at least 30 fishing boats were in Subi Reef, just south of Chinese vessels were congregating near Pag-asa "because Pag-asa. Kalayaan municipal officials on the opposite side are the believe the fleet came from the Vietnamese in Southwest Cay· and they have gun emplaceParacels and is part of govern-

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ments there. They prefer to anchor near Pag-asa because they are not safe on "the Vietnamese side of the passage, where there are large cannons pointed toward the sea," he said. The mayor may have given tis a pointer on an effective deterrent to Chinese incursions riding roughshod in our territories to carryout their plunder of resources.

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Malacanang kept mum yesterday on the reported pullout of a majority of Chinese vessels that dropped anchor last week near the Philippine-occu pied Pag-asa Island in the Spratlys region. Some security officials, however, are skeptical about the alleged pullout of vessels and believe that the Chinese poachers may still return to the area. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said they are still awaiting the official report of the Philippine Navy on the matter. "We have consulted with. the Department of Foreign Affairs and they say that we have not gotten (the official report). Sofar, it only appeared in news reports," Valte told state-run radio dzRB. "We have not gotten any official report from the Philippine Navy so we will not comment on it. 111atis our under.standing with the Department of Foreign Affairs," she added. . Malacafiang remained tightlipped despite reports about Chinese fishermen bringing live corals and marine turtles without being stopped by Philippine authorities. "We will defer comment
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until we have received an official report from the Philippine Navy nO.tjust <?I~ t~e reported pullout in the vicinity of Pag-asa Island but as well as reports that they have taken away our corals and other marine life," Valte ~aid. However, security sources told The STARthat the Chinese might still return to the w~ters near Pag-asa Island to continue their fishin&expedition. . At; .officlal, who s}?oke ,:n cOl;.dltlonof anonymity, s~ld China had not been hononng earlier commitments to pull out ships t.o,ea~e tension in the West Philippine Sea (South Ch~na ~ea). The sourc~ sai? China IS capable of domg it again to assert its claim in the area. "I don't believe they (Chinese vessels) have left the area for good. It may be temporary. They may return," the official said, Another S?:lIce said the lack of capability has barred authorities from enforcing the country' s mariti~e laws. . The source said the lack~f deterr:nts has enabled ~hlnese ~lsherm~n to c?ntmue poaching manne species from Philippine territory.

Valte declinedto react to reports that China had launched its largest and most advanced patrol vessels in the West Philippine Sea. . Last Saturday, the Armed Forces .Western Command (Wescorn) reported that only two of the 20 Chinese fishing vessels that dropped anchor last Friday near Pag-asa island remain in the area. "Except for the two remaining Chinese ships which we also monitored to be leaving the area, the rest of the Chinese fishing boats are gone," Wescom spokesman Lt. CoL Niel Estrella said .. On Friday, the Chinese fleet composed of 20 ships was spotted to be only around five kilometers from Pag-asa, where bigger Chinese ships were previously seen harvesting corals. The Philippines is claiming several islets, shoals, reefs and sandbars in. the Spratly Group of Islands in the West Philippine Sea. China claims virtually all of the West Philippine Sea while Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have overlapping territorial claims. China has been beefing up

its presence in the West Philippine Sea recently in a move seen by observers as an effort to assert its claim on the area. Early this month, a huge fleet of Chinese fishing vessels arrived at the contested parts of the West Philippine Sea. The fleet reportedly includes a 3,000 ton supply ship and a patrol vessel. China's defense ministry also bared plans to establish a military garrison on a group of .disputed islands. The troops will operate from Sansha in the Paracel Islands, which is being claimed by both China and Vietnam. China is also eyeing the construction of an airstrip adjacent to Pag-asa Island, a Philippine-held territory in the Spratlys. Thecountryhas also installed a powerful radar in Subi Reef, just 12 nautical miles from Kalayaan. China also maintained its presence in Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, 124 nautical miles from the nearest base point in Zambales. The Philippines' ownership of the shoal is backed by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, to which China is a signatory.

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WE JOIN the Armed Forces of the Philippines in mourning the deaths of army troopers w:hoperished on the ~~tt1e.field<~ of Basilan last week. They paid the supreme sacrifice in thr service of the nation. '" When tragedy strikes, as it did.in Basilan, there are no airmen, no sailors or Marines, no Special Forces or Scout. Rangers. We are all soldiers of the Philippine When' any of us suffer, we . all suffer; when anyone dies, all of us lose a part of ourselves. When Mother Nature strikes, the en- Ramon tire nation responds Faro/an with an outpouring . of assistance and support for the affected communities. , When our soldiers die, we only ask that you remember' them in moments of prayer. They fight our wars. Not their wars but our wars. Attimes, they make mistakes; but always, their lives are on the linefor I people and for country. .

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What is happening in Basilan? ':"" Last October at Al-Barka, we lost 19 Army troopers tQT. criminal elements aided by MILF forces. Some of the menhad their heads cut off, their bodies mutilated. ." .:.' Last week, at Sumisip, also in Basilan, Abu Sayyaf.''bi'Ul~ dits" killed 17 Army Scout Rangers, wounding 17 other~" (There is some confusion as to the casualty numbers. Eaciier,0 seven Scout Rangers were reported killed. This was foHowed· by another report that 10 died in continuing battles with the bandits. No clarification was issued by Army or Western Mint, danao Command headquarters.) . The Al-Barka incident and the court martial of senios; Army officers for lapses in the deployment of forces have af< fected the mindset of unit commanders in Basilan. They have become gun-shy, preferring not to mount any kind of opere-' tion that may be interpreted as running counter to the wish.' es of the national leadership, including actions that mayaf:); feet the ongoing peace talks. In this environment, commanders would rather play safe and await orders from higher headquarters rather than un·", dertake initiatives and risk reprimand or court martial. This' has dulled their fighting instincts even as drive anddy-' namisrn are reduced to the bare minimum. .:··tn The gung-ho spirit that is the mark of elite fighting units¥, down and when clashes occur, it is often a struggle for sur- ~ vival and not for victory: The Special Forces and ScotiC' Rangers represent the Cream of AFP combat elements. In" stead of being proactive, they have taken up a defensive pas:" .: ture, thus ceding initiative and momentum to the enemy:~' That is why so-called bandits have been able to inflict disproportionate casualties on our troops. J'J. ldd:oacpa_hpa In one of my earlier columns, I suggested that the lack of. action from Camp Aguinaldo on the Al-Barkarnassacre is cause for doubt and demoralization among our troops; b When they see that nothing is being done to bring to justice' those that have committed atrocities on their fellow soldiers, ' they begin to raise questions about the leadership.. ,,~
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be addressed immediately and forcefully.: ~art with a swift resolution of couit marti~ Rl0&'1r'tt; ings against our officers andconcentrate our energies lJi.~;;~. sources on the capture of Asnawi and company. As Gen."Rena· to de 'villapointed outrecently AI.Barkahas becbril'e' a !syttibdl:" . of MILFstrength and determination to defend what iCl!te.nsi'fiYl ers its territory. The other side of the same coin is that AI-Barka now stands OUtas a symbol of our weakness and lack of re, f solve. It is important that we reassert government authority with clear and continuing control over a place that has beeri drenched with the blood of our soldiers. 'IS, A few days ago, a friend asked me if defense or senior AFP officialswould be able to visit Al-Barka, My reply was thatpenn, haps our peace panel would first have to seek permission frorth the MILFand even with permission granted, it would be Pru'1 dent to bring along a decisive force for any eventuality. :. . The present situation cannot be allowed to continue itrJ definitely.~'~ If you ask senior officers at AFPor Army headquarters, mQ~l) will probably deny that there is a problem of demoralization in; Basilan. They would highligb,t the fact that this administratio,lfJt has made available for the troops more funding in terms. 9~, equipment and support than at any time during the IS·year lire of the AFPModernization Law,And that is correct. But just as important as arms and equipment is the qua1iW~ ofleadership particularly at the highest levels. We need lead- , ers who will inspire and rally the troops just as Ramon;,.. Magsaysay did in leading a listless, apathetic AFP organiza- . tion to victory over an enemy that at One time was already knocking at the gates of Manila. His energy, vitality, sense of, justice and executive qualities made the soldiers feel thathe' Was with them all the way. He could be harsh on incompe-' tents but he also knew how to praise and reward those who performed well. : ,; There is nothing wrong with our soldiers. The answer lies with the leadership.
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A related issue dealing with troop morale has to do with)] the role.of the soldier in our society. We want him not just to; fight our battles, we also expect him to go after .illegallog-» .gers and smugglers, protect ballot boxes, participate in di~~; aster relief operations, and other similar civic action under-, takings. . ~r; Because of his numerous responsibilities, .he becomes a pawn often manipulated by politicians who see him as one' who could support their ambitions. The soldier is draggedinto politics and at times, he begins to see himself as the dispenser of favors rather than as the defender of people. In his farewell address to the corps of cadets of the US Military Academy at Westpoint, Gen. Douglas MacArthur outlined what he believed was the role of the soldier. The following are excerpts: "You now face a new world, a world of change ... through all these welter of change and develop. ment, your mission remains fixed, determined, inviolable. It is to win our wars. Everything else in your professional ca-.; reer is but corollary to this vital dedication. All other public purposes, all other public projects, all other public needs, great 'or small, will find others for their accomplishments; but you are the ones who are trained to fight. "Yours is the profession of arms, the wilt to win, the sure knowledge that in war there is no substitute for victory, that if you lose, the nation will be destroyed ... " Erratum: In my last column that dwelt on the "Decision Points" agreed upon by government negotiators and the MILE one of the acronyms mentioned, CCCH,stands for Coordinating Committees on the Cessation of Hostilities.
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Invincible
Twice dismissed from the serReports said Pascua appealed the vice" way back in 2001 and 2002, second case, and he was reinstated Ricardo Pascua continued working without back wages in December in the Philippine National Police 2008by the Department of the Inte.and receiving a paycheck from rior and Local Government" which Juan de la Cruz. And he could have has jurisdiction over the PNP. But continued doing so for the next 10 his dismissal in the first case was more years if he had not blocked affirmed way back in 2004, and there last July 17 a convoy of vehicles, are no reports so far that the dismisswhich happened to be transporting al has been reversed. Is anyone in , the President of the Philippines. the PNP keeping .track of these disProbably believing - with good missal orders? How Pascua manreasort-thathe was invincible, Pas- aged to remain in the service raises cua refused to give way to the pres- concern over how well the PNP idential convoy,telling the lead po- keeps' track of its members. lice escorts that he was a cop. When The problem is worrisome partiePascua, who holds the rank of spe- ularly because many crimes have. cial police officer 2,was finally tak- been perpetrated by members of the / en in for questioning by his PNP police and military who have been /J colleagues, he was found to be driv- dismissed or listed as AWOL, or by / ing without a license and keeping gangs led by such individuals. An' a siren in his Asian utility vehicle, efficient tracking system for all PNP whose license plates were improp- . and Armed Forces members, includerly displayed. Worser police found ing firearms issued or personally that Pascua was dismissed from the owned by them, could help deter service on June 30,2001 on charges crime. The case of Pascua should of robbery-extortion, and again on lead to the identification of loopDec. 10, 2002,on a separate charge holes in the system that need to be of grave misconduct. plugged at once.

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HE Philippine response to China's crea.......tion ·• '. · of a city that administratively gath....•...••. .ers together the disputed territories in the · . South China Sea has been sober and relatively . muted. Manila, along with Hanoi, has described the Chinese action as objectionable, but has not taken any overt steps (probably because there are no viable ones available to it) to signal its displeasure. . . Even an announced plan to garrison an island in the Spratlys (Kalayaan Group) was let pass without comment. For come to think of it, China has the least significant military presence in that group of islands. This is on the assumption that it is useful to continue making a distinction between China and Taiwan. The latter controls the largest island in the group and its airstrip there can accommodate much bigger aircraft than the .:one maintained by the Philippines on Pagasa island. . Vietnam also maintains a garrison on a neighboring island and the three forces there have coexisting peacefully for along time. China's planned militarybuild upcouldbea game. changer, but what can Vietnam and the Philippines do to prevent the Chinese from garrisoning theirisland?Goto\'var?Overthe last. few months, .there has been a perceptible shift in thePhilippineviewpointover the disputed South China Sea territories, There has not been a repeat, for example, of the juvenile boast that the Recto (Reed) Bank is as much ours as Recto Avenueanduponwhbsedefensewe must be prepared to shed our blood. . Thisfotffiulation of the Philippine claims is cockeyed, Recto-is within the Philippine 200mile exclusive economic zone where it exercises sovereign rights for the purpose of exploring, .exploiting,consenringand managing natural resources,

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But the UNCLOS definitely does not grant the holder of an EEZ title over the piece of territory. Lately, military and foreign affairs officials (the latter obviously ought to know better) appear to be making a conscious effort to maintain the distinction between territorial waters and EEZ. Wben a Chinese frigate ran aground at the Hasa Hasa Shoal much farther south of the Spratlys, some government officials were mumbling about "intrusions" into the Philippine EEZ. What intrusions were they talking about? The warship might have been inside the EEZ, but it was way, .. way beyond the 12-mile territorial waters of the Philippines. Interdicting and driving away that warship could have been a cause of war. Resolution of the dispute may lie far off into the future. It is in the nature of such conflicting sovereign claims. So let's not act like a brat "With not even a slingshot to back our braggadocio,

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