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Abante p. 3



Sibilyan na.gbofuntaryo kontra ASG! Nag-iinit na umano ang maraming mga sibilyan sa Basilan at nagboluntaryo na sa mHitar na sumabak sa pakikipaggyera sa rebeldeng Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) na siyang nasa likod ng maraming pagpaslang, kidnappings at extortion sa lalawigan. Wounded soldier (photo)

Manila Bulletin p. 8 POI p. A-i5

After clashes, fearstUl grips Basilan villagers Fear still grips villagers and rubber plantations workers days after clashes between government soldiers and Abu Sayyaf bandits broke out in Sumisip town in Basilan. AFP, partners promote 'seeds for peace' The AFP yesterday partnered with local and international non-government groups engaged in the distribution and promotion of the socalled "seeds for peace" in conflict-stricken areas of the country. AFP at Puregold partner MuJi nanaman nalagay sa alaoganin at naging talk of the town sa Philippines my Philippines ang AFP at Puregold Junior Supennarket Inc., ng ibu~gar ng Commission on Audit ang pagbili ng AFP sa huli ng suppfies nito worth P149_6 million. AFP reassigns 3 oficers A minor reshuffle of key positions in the general headquarters of the AFP took effect yesterday with three senior officers taking new posts. Navy to receive two new multi-purpose attacke craft The Navy is expecting delivery this week of two brand new multi-purpose attack craft manufactured by a Filipino company in line with efforts to upgrade its capability. Military personnel resist eviction from Fort Bonifacio Retired and active military personnel residing at a portion of the Diplomatic and Consular area in Bonifacio South, Taguig City, on Monday assailed the order of an official of the bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) to evict them from their homes although they are not staying in the area that is scheduled for demolition. War vets, troops protest eviction from BCDA War veterans and active military personnel living in a portion of the Diplomanc and Consular area in Bonifacio South, Taguig City have denounced BCDA president Arnel Casanova after he ordered their eviction even when the land in question was not part of the BCDA's jusrisdicition. Chinese fishing boats leave Pampanga The last of the Chinese flotilla of some 20 fishing boats have left the disputed waters off Pagasa Island in the West Philippine Sea, the AFP said yesterday.

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Ngayon p. 6

Daily Tribune p. 3


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Daily Tribune p. 4


POI p. A-2


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personnel and a faster resolution of claims, procurement contracts and matters involving real estate in the armed forces, vowed the newly appointed head of the AFP Judge Advocate General's Office (JAGO)_ Chinese Fishing Boats leave SpraUys A mHitary spokesman yesterday said all Chinese fishing vessels that were spotted off Pag-asa Island in the Spratlys last week have already left the area. A Sa.ute to my dad (photo)

Manila Bulletin p. 3

Manila Bulletin p. 12 Phil Star p. 17 Manila Times p. A-4 Police Files p. 3 POI p, A-12

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ZAMBOANGA CITY - Nag-ilnit na umano aug maraming mga sibilyan sa Basilan at nagboluntaryo na sa militar na sumabak sa pakikipaggiyera sa rebeldeng Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) na siyang nasa liked ng maraming pagpaslang, kidnappings at extortion sa lalawigan. . Ito'y kasabay ng pagdating sa Basilan ng daan'daang mga sundalo mula sa 64th Infantry Battalion sa Lanao del Sur upang lumaban sa Abu Sayyaf. "The arrival of the soldiers in Basilan boost morale of the engage troops, local officials and the community aspiring for lasting peace," aniCapt, Albert Caber, spokesman ng 1st Infantry Division. Noong nakaraanglinggo ay mahigit sa isangdosenang sundalo ang nasawi sa daJawang sagupaan sa bayan ng Sumisip na kung saan ay ilang ulit inatake ng mgarebelde ang mga rubber farm workers doon. ""Mixed civilians in the area are volunteering to join the government troops in the pursuit operation against the Abu Sayyaf," ani Caber sa Abante.

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Ngunit hindi naman sinabi ni Caber kung papayagan ng militar ang mga sihilyan na lurnaban· katuwang aug rnga sundalo sa Abu Sayyaf at

kung aarmahan ba ito ng pamahalaan. KutangAbu Sayyafang Basilan, isa sa limang lalawiganngrnagulong Muslim autonomous region.



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WOUNDED SOLDIER (AP) - ArmedForce~ Chief of Staff Gen. Jesse Oellosa (right) talks to a wounded Army Ranger in a military hospital in zamboanga City following clashes last week between Mora militants and Philippine troops that killed 10 Army soldiers and nine rebels, the military said. .


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After clashes, fear still grips Basilan villagers
ZAMBOANGA CITY-Fear still grips villagers and rubber plantations workers days after clashes between government soldiers and Abu Sayyafbandits broke out in Sumisip town in Basilan. At least 10 soldiers and nine bandits were killed, while 17 other soldiers were wounded in Thursday's fighting. "Our children are afraid to go to school. The rubber tappers refuse to report to'work for fear of being ambushed," said Leniebel Cesniros, board secretary of Thmahubong Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Integrated Development Cooperative Inc. (Tarbidci) . . Tarbidci has 587 memberbeneficiaries. The number does not include dependents' and workers. '1\11of us, especially the children, are traumatized," Cesniros said, citing 105 howitzer firings on Wednesday and Thursday last week. Herculano Dalumbar, Tarbidci vice chair, said the plantation workers and residents had taken shelter at the church and cooperative office inside the plantation. "Only a few decided to work and harvest rubber sap because of tremendous fear," he said. "We cannot go out of the plantation. We can't even harvest rubber. We are just thankful that people send food," Dalumbar said. The Provincial Social Welfare Development Office has distributed rice and dry goods to the residents. Cesniros and Dalumbar called on the provincial national governments to solve their problem with an armed group harassing .the cooperative, The fighting erupted a day after' Abu Sayyaf bandits harassed Tarbidci workers. A'spokesperson of Moro 15lamic Liberation Front (MILF) yesterday said its forces in Basilan would hot cany out any retaliatoty attack following the reported death of two brothers of a field commander, Daan Laksaw Asnawi, in the clashes. In a phone interview, Von AI


Haq said the MILF would not ruin its peace talks with the governmenr. "It's personal. I assure the public and military we are not going to retaliate. We are in control of Asnawi's group," he said. .",~'Iftheincident was organiza,tional, then we Will carry out an offensive. But we cannot ruin . the good outcome of our ongoing peace talks with the govern" merit," he added. Earlier; Col Randolph Cabanghang, spokesperson of the Western Mindanao Command, said some Mll.Frnembers might retaliate for the reported deaths of three members of the Asnawi family. Julie S. AlipaIa WldJeoifrey

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AFP, partner_s promote 'seeds for peace'

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) yesterday partnered with local and international non-government groups engaged in the distribution and promotion of the so-called seeds for peace" in conflict-stricken areas of the <;ountry. "We have tied up with AAI's "Seedfor Peace' in line with our 'Food for Peace' initiatives. This project is aimed at alleviating the economic plight of the people affected by the nagging insurgency problem and conflicts," said Lt. Col. Samuel Sagun, commander of the 7th Civil Relations Group (CGR) of the AFP-Civil Military Relations Service (AFP-CRS). Sagun said that by partnering with various non-government groups under the supervision of the Asia American Initiative (AAI), the AFP will be actively involved in the distribution of three million seeds to conflict-stricken and depressed areas. AAI along with Joy Foundation and the Norwegian embassy have been promoting peace in conflict areas by bringing food to the tables as well as fostering unity among

affected residents through their own efforts. Also dubbed as "Garden for Peace," the program is expected to benefit thousands of Muslims, indigenous people and soldiers. The program intends to heal the wounds of communities affected by severe poverty and armed conflict by actively involving the people in livelihood projects. . Aside from distributing seeds, the soldiers would also train members of the recipient communities on modern methods and techniques in gardening. For instance, the seedscouid even be planted in backyards orin empty plastic bottles. In a simple ceremony held at Camp Aguinaldo yesterday, AAI president Albert Santoli turned over the seeds for distribution to AFP chief Gen. Jessie Dellosa, Father Rocky Evangelista of Tuloy Foundation and other nongovernment groups. . Sagun added that some three million seeds composed of flowering plants and highyielding varieties of vegetables will be distributed Mindanao, the Visayas and Luzon.





Pamna. AFP at Puregold partner
MUll na naman nalagay sa alanganin at naging talk of the town sa Philippines my Phi!ippine~ ang AFP at Puregold Junior Supermarket lno., ng ibulgar ng Commission on Audit ang pagbili ngAFP sa huH ng supplies nitoworth P149.6 million. Sab! ng mga asset ng mga kuwago ng ORA MI$MO, naqagala!!i raw sa 'madness' ang COA, dahll possible na mas rnalakl pa ang worth nang ibinayad ng AFP sa pagbill n9 mqa supply dahl! ang nakuha ng nasabing agencyay ang recordlamang ng AFP Commissary from January to June las12011. • Ayon sa mga asset ng mga kuwago ng ORA MISMO, malamang mas malaki pa ang nagugol ng AFP kung bubusisiin pa ito ng COA? Sabi nga, malamang? . Sa mga birada ng COA, the AFP should explain bakit sa Puregold slla bumili n9 mga locally-made products tulad n9 noodles, vinegar, soy sauce, catsup, fruits JUIce powder, at pati soap gayung maaart naman silang bum iii ng direkta sa supplier. sa mas murang haJaga: . Tama nga naman ang COA dilo! Sakit nga ba? Sabi ng COA sa kanilang ulat doble 'bukol' ang inabot ng government of the Republic of the Phitppines my Philippines sa AFP dahU bukod sa 'pagbili sa mas mahal na presyo, ang pamahalaan din daw ang nag-bayad ng Vatue Added Tax na naka-karga sa mga product na pinamHi. Naku,ano ba iyan? Banat ng COA, 'since a-VAT is shifted or passed on 10 the' buyer, the AFPCES gets the burden of paying the additional tax passed on to Puregold from the manufacturers but recovers the full amount of e.vAT from the AFPCES through the issuance of a TSAC (Tal:' Subsidy Availment Certificate) which the latter can use as tax credit to the disadvantage of the government.' Nabuko rin ng COA kahit na matagal na ilong nangyayari sa AFP, ang m~a hindi 'autorisadong' na madlang public outsideAFP ay nakakablil ng mga products sa murang price sa kampo dahil ang puwede lanl1 pala bumiii sa Commissary ng AFP ang mga active soldier, ciVilian personnel nila, tired este mali retired soldiers pala, balo ng mga sundalo, belerano at kanilang mga family. Tlrada ng COA, kaiiangan may tatak na sputnik aste mali ''Tax Subsidized by the Philippine Government, Not for Resale" pala ang mga produkto na ibinebenta ng commissary ay hindi mapagsamantalahan ng mga tiwaling negosyante oras na lplnasa o ibinenta ito sa pribadong mamimiU. .' 'Nasa hot water na naman pala ang AFP?' tanong n9 kuwagong nabukulan. . . '00 nga kasi nabuko sila ng GOA ng bulatlatin ng mga ito' .ang kanilang records' sagot ng kuwagong C02-tO sa Aguinaldo, . 'Paano ngayon tiyak maghihtgpit Sa Commissary n9 AFP at baka hindi na nn pagbilhan ang mga 'outsider' dito?' tanong ng kuwagong SPO-10 saCrame. 'Kasi nauubos daw ang mga supply dito dahl! iyong mga taga. -AFP na kaunti lang ang pera ay nawawalan kaya ang nakakadaleay iyong mga outsider na maraming peradahll sangkaterba sila kung bumili?' Naku hal Totoo kaya ito? Abangan.

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minor reshuffle of key 'po'sitions in 'the genel'~l 'p~adquar~ers,of the Arm~d "Forces of the Philippines (A~r) -took effect yesterday with thltie 1 senior officers taking newpoa£s. 'Maj. Gen. Romeo Calizo, a' member of the Philippine , ja&tary Academy (PMA) Class of . ''!{)79, relinquished his post as 1~M,puty chtef of staff for, ',9P~rations (J3) to Brig. Gen. . ',JNe,;tor Anonuevo, of PMA Class Calizo's new position was not announced but reliable :«tlurces said he was being


i' AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Jessie -Dellosa expressed optimism tliat ::;~hethree senior officers would ."'be'tform well in their new ;'~signments. . ,.'MThe trust vested in your :'C'a;pabilities lso ,comes with high a ~.~pectatiofis, particularly on :.¥O.urintegrity, dedication and .initiative to make things 'happen ~{oi AFP, Dellosa said. the , i ' MWe surely have come a long . "way in bringing about signifiyant ~:changesfor a more professional Nandcompetent organization, I .:hope that you witl follow the example of the previous holders oryour new offices and continue We tradition of excellence in ~~IlreVery undertaking," Dellesa



l~t~omed to become the. sJ:!ljjitmaitdihg general of the, f!!Kl:iny~$ 9th Infantry Division fI.{tn) based in Camarines Sur. r priQrto his appointment as J?;.Anonuevo served as assistant i.f.lJ~ision commander of the :;t\,fmy's 2nd ID based in Tanay, ~~jzal; chief of staff of the . ,,$quthern Luzon Command ,;{SGleom) and operations chief of the Army's Special Operations




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that latest appointments did not I 'lnclude the commander the . -.S()lcom,which was vacated July ; "j,I},dueto the forced retirement 5:O!Lt. Gen. Roland Detabali; the ' .top post at the ..'. Army's 9th ID which was last (,held by MaJ. Gen. Josue Gaverz3; arid the commandant of the. 1!'Command and General Staff i:eolleges vacated by the retirement of. Rear Admiral 'VIctor Emmanuel Martir. ' .Martir and Gaversa retired' i . fr9m the active service last JUlY" .~,ao, 'ahead of their ~6th birthday, 'which is the mandatory I <1e,tirement age in t':le AFP, to ! avoid attrition, .I

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The Navy ~lso expects the arrival of/a warship acquired from the United States Coast Guard in January. The warship, 3 weather endurance cutter, will benamed .. .after Ramon Alcaraz, a patro(boat commander during World War II.. '",". For the Army, the government plans to ' acquire new assault rifles, armor assets, tanks, armored personnel carriers, £o~ce protection equipment like helmets,. and . bulletproof vests, night-fighting equip~ ment and radios. Meanwhile, the Air Force is expected to acquire surface attack aircraft, air defense radars, long-range patrol aircraft and closed air support aircraft.



The Navy is expecting delivery this week of two brand new multi-purpose attack craft manufactured by a Filipino company in line with efforts to upgrade its capability. .' '.. , Navy spokesman Col. OmarTonsay said the vessels have been acquired from ' local firm Propmech Corp. and were expected to be delivered in August. . . "These are Filipino-made vessels. These make us proud," Tonsay told The STAR yesterday. Commander Kenneth Tingabngab, director of the Navy's modernization office, said they have acquired three multipurpose attack craft from Propmechij . The first one was delivered during the first half of the year and was blessed during the Navy' s114th anniversary last May, The three vessels cost about P269.milliOh. "The boats will be used for interdiction, patrolling andfor maritime and border security," Tingabngab said.'> Each boat is 16.5 meters long~4.76 meters wide and can Carry as many 16 soldiers or about two tons of cargo," .•.... Tonsay said there are four multi-purpose attack craft in their inventory.,', He said sailors would test the boats . once the vessels were delivered . .The Aquino administration has vowed to support the military's modernization efforts to enable it to perform its mandate. The Navy would be given strategic sealift vessels with amphibious capability, offshore patrol vessels, three naval helicopters, coast watch stationsand weather-heavy endurance cutters. .





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Military personnel resist eviction ... from Fort Bonifacio
as mandated by RepublicAct 7227, or the law creating the BCDA_ Inopposingthe planneddemoUtion,Zabatalso RETIRED active military personnel, residing pointed out that the threat of forced demolition and at a portion ofthe Diplomatic and Consular Area of the structures belonging to the soldiers, retired veterans and their famifles residing at the in Bonifacio South, Tagul9 City, on Monday assailed the' order of an official of the Bases Diplomatic and Consular Area is contrary to the and Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) purposes sought to be served by the BCDA RA to evict them fro m the Ir homes although they 7279,otherwiseknownasthe"UrbanDevelopment and Housing Act of 1992:' are not staying In the area that Is scheduled for demolition. In a separateletter,lawyer Howard M. Calleja, In a letter, retired Col. Benjamin' Zabat counsel for the residents of the Diplomatic and also warned 8CDAPresident Arnel Casanova Consular Area, warned Casanova that they that he will be sued should he proceed with will take legal action against him if the latter the demetttlon of their homes and other ,proceeded with the demolition. structures for it is not part of the BCOA's "This letter. , .serves as warning from taking jurisdiction. further action in relation to your proposed The Consular Area Residents Association Inc. demolition,Yheareayou are intendlngto demolish . led by Zabat said that the portion where the is outside the property oftheBCDA and you are under no legal authority to acHor and on behalf structures are to bttdetnolished ,is' nbt'palt'of" ,the so-called Jusmag (Joint USMilitary Advlsory , of BCDA,~Callejaaid In his letter. s Relocation Group) property, but is at the ,Diplomatic and THE BCOA, meanwhile, said 277 families Consular Area. occupying the BCOAproperty in Jusmag have Anglupa ponqinyong no/sollsan ngistrukturo applied to voluntarily vacate the area and avail ay liindi kabilang sa lupang sokop ng Jusmag. themselves of the relocation program being Ang lupa pong ito ay bahagi ng Diplomatic and offered by the agency. , ConsularArea,naayonnarlnsainyongwebsiteay -Casanova said the 277 families represent 93 hindibahaginangBCDA,Nangdahildoon,onginyo percent of the 299 squatter who are occupying pong patalastas ay hindi ukol at hindi maaaring some 10 hectares of the 35.S-hectare Jusmag fpatupadlaban sa amln:'Zabat stressed, referring Area owned by the smA. ' to a notice sent by the BCDAdated July 20, 2012, He said that out of 277 families who titled" Sapilltang Pagbabaklas ng Istruktura at applied, 198 families have already voluntarily Huling Abiso 'fig Paglikas" that th reatened the vacated the area with a total of 107 families Immediate demolition of the structures lnthe opting for outright cash, while 69 families area. chose to relocate in the National Housing Aside from being outside the BCOAarea, Authority (NHA) relocation site In Rodriguez, Zabat said the order for the demolition Is also Rlzal. Twenty' familles were disqualified defective since Casanova has no authority to but opted to voluntarily dismantle theIr do so as he questioned Casanova's authority -:to exercise the powers and duties of the BCOA structures whlla"two ,families are still '" --, ~ 'president which, according to him, should be :resolving Issues, Twenty-one ofthe 277 fa mllles, representing concurrently exercised by the BCDAchairman By MOCON


7 percent, did not apply for tile relocation program. In a dialogue with the residents on July 26, the BWA,led by Business Development Vice President Dean Santiago, appea led to .the residents to avail themselves of the relocation program being offered. However, the dialogue abruptly ended following the un ruly behavior from representatives ofthe 7 percent minority who refused to avail themselves of the.relecatton program. .'The Su premeto~rt In 2006 had denied with tina Ilty a -fflmion for reconsi deration by the Southside Homeowners Association Inc. (SHAllof the Court's previous declslonallowlng the gQvernment to take possession of the 35.5hectare Jusmag property in Fort Bonifado. "It is very clear that the government owns the property;'Casanovasaid, TheSHAIwas(omposed ':of -wIves ufl1'tlr~::mmtary ()fficers mostty-generals,



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War vets, troops protest
":~enjamin B. Pulla.
, War veterans and active military ~:VSo,nnelliving in a portion of the DiPlomatic and Consular Area in BOhifa,cio South, Taguig City have ' d~nounccd Bases Conversion and ~ev~lopment Authority (BCDA) presIdent Arnel Casanova after he drdered their eviction even when the land in question was not part of the BCDA's Jurisdiction. '''In a separate letter, lawyer Howard Calleja, counsel for the residents of the ConsUJ~t-A;ea, warned Casanova that theymuldtrure appropriate legal actions agrurist him if' he proceeded with the demolition. In a July 25 letter to Casanova,' the Consular Area Residents Association Inc. led by retired Col. Bel\jamin Zabatwamed the BCDA .' chief of legal consequences should he proceed withthe demolition and stressed thatthe land which the doomed structure~stand was not a ' · portion of the Joint u.s. ,Military · AsSistance Group propel'l); but of · the DiplomatlCand C9nsular"Area.; AnoticeJurnished by BCDA. . dated July 20 entitled "Sapilitang Pagbabaklas no Istruktura at Huling Abiw ng Paglikas" had threat.ened the immediate demolition of the structures in the area. Aside :frombeing. outside the coverage area of the BCDA, Zabat. ' said, the order for the demolition Was also defective since Casanova had no authorityto issue one. " Zabat ""~oned Casanova's authority." ········"cisehe powers t a,M duties of a BCDA prv,ide~, *~ich, according to him, sh6'till:l be concurrently exercised by the BCQA chairman as mandated by Republic Ad 7227 or the law creating the BCDA. , The retired military official·' noted that Section 9 of RA 7227, which provides for the composition . .of the Board of BCDA,provides that the full-time chairman shall . also be its president. In opposing the planned demolition, the retired colonel also, pointed out that the threat of forced den\6lition of the Structures belonging to the soldiers, retired veterans and their families residing at the Diplomatic and Consular Area was contrary .to the purposes .sought to be served by BCDA and RA 72m, otherwise known as the "Urban Development and Housing Act ofl992." Zabat expressed willingness to discuss the issue with someone who has legal authority to exercise the duties al!dpo'YCfS ofa BCDApresident. . "This letter .•. serves as . warning from taking further action. in relation to your proposed demolition, The area you are intending to demolish is outside th.~ . property of the BCDAand you are under no legal authority to act for. andonbehaifofBCDA,"CaIIflia:saiH; in his July 25, 2~121etter;. . . ", "A.riy further step on your .,a,t'I: shallbe met by our clients with th~, legal options available to proteCt their Interests," the lawyerwamed,l '. ". ."


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1st woman JAG 0 vows speedy justice
By Marlon Ramos
EXPECf a speedier disposition of cases filed against military person. nel and a faster resolution of claims, - procurement contracts and matters involving real estate in the armed forces, vowed the newly 'appointed head .of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Judge Advocate General's Office (JAGO). Col. Marian Aleido,who became the first woman to head the military's high. est legal office,stressed the need to improve the quality of legal services in the AWs Professional and Legal Service Division which handles cases filed against military officers. 'We (lIlly cases, we will be gUided fuSt by our conscience, the law and the evidence. We will keep a blind eye to the personalities involved, but the prima"I am thankful, overwhelmed cy of the best interest of the service and overjoyed. Not in my Wildest (becomes our main) consideration," imagination did I ever think that I Aleido said, adding that she would .would be able to (reach) this posiimmediately institute organizational tion," Aleido said. and structural reforms in the JAGO. Aleido earned the distinction of The newJAGOchief also under- being the first female lawyer in the scored the importance of recruiting military when. she joined the unimore military lawyers to speed up formed service in 1984. She joined the adjudication of claims, procurethe military a few years after obtainment contracts and other matters ing a law degree from the University involving personnel, real estate' and of the East in 1979, and serving as the disposition of military justice.' the Army's Judge Advocate for three 'We need to put lawyers in a posi- years before being appointed officer tion where they can best utilize their .in charge of the Office of the Provost experience and skills," she said. MarshallGeneral. Last week; Aleido was officially In 1993, Aleido was named chief designated to head JAGO by AFP legal officer in the Office' of the InChief of Staff. Gen. Jessie Dellosa, . spector General while concurrently replacing Brig. Gen. Gilberta Roasetving as deputy chief of the AFP's who was assigned to the AFP peace Office of Ethical Standards and -..-.....• . -.-.-..panel. Pu~l~cAccountability. . Ei(





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Chinese Fishing Boats Leave Spratlys

A military spokesman yesterday said all Chinese fishing vessels that were spotted off Pag-asa Island in the Spratlys last week have already left the area. Lt. Col. Neil Estrella, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western' Command (Wescom) spokesman, said that based on their latest surveillance, all 20 Chinese ships that dropped anchor very near the Pag-asa Island middle of last week are now gone. ~_,_~'11,U1aP$..J!ip~:l~~~S.!"El!_fu.1 ',_ ngayon, wala na sila run, yung last (ship) lumabas, wala na, wala na," said Estrella.

Estrella said the last two of the Chinese flotilla were monitored moving out of the area on Saturday. "Sa ngayon wala na tayong nakikita dun sa Pag-asa, wala na tayong sighted (na ship) dun sa vicinity," he added. According to the official, the Chinese ships voluntarily left the area. He added, however, that they could not confirm jf the vesselshrought with them marine species caught in the Philippine-claimed Pag-asa Island. The Philippines and China are among six claimants to the hotly-

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10 more dead soldiers
The AFP suffered a terrible blow when another clash with Abu Sayyaf rebels headed by Wyms Wakil alias Kumander Bacol last Thurs~a:y in SUf!lisip,. Basilan.resulted ill 10 soldiers killed and 17 wounded. This il? the 2nd time this year when AFP troops suffered double digit casual ties. As usual.. the re"" . sponse ofPNPSec. Voltaire Gazmin, is to send 2 additional battalions to Basilan. . There have also been 2 ambushes of rubber plantatibn workers conducted by rebels of Kumander Bacol killing 16 workers and 34 wounded. Basilan is now the prime example of rebels and bandits inflicting casualties at government troops and , civilians with impunity. .. The same situation prevails in Sulu where another band ofAbu Sayyaf rebels have been operating without being stopped by the government. Meanwhile, 3 security guards died in UCPB robbery in Lucena, Quezon: Laguna Police have arrested the 4 suspects in the robbery killing of exPTA head Nixon Kua. * 1< * . GOOD REPORT .. Journalist Margaux Salcedo has written an in depth analysis of the 3-day interview of . 20 nominees for the position of Chief Justice published in the Inquirer last Sunday. Salcedo concluded that Justice Antonio Carpio, Ius.tice Arturo Brion, DOJ Sec. Leila de Lima, deans Amado Valdez, Cesar Villanueva, Jose Manuel Diokno and Raul Pangalangan and former Congo Ronnie Zamora had good interviews. The composition of the Judicial and Bar Council (]Be) is tilted ill favor of an insider. The JBC is chaired by a Justice of the Supreme Court, a retired justice is a member, the rel?resentative of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines IS the daughter of a former Chief Justice and the representative of the Private Sector is a retired Court of Afpeals Justice. The rules of the JBe require the vote 0 a majority of 4 to get nominated. With the Congressional representatives notparticipating, the JBC is down to 6 voting members. It is difficult for Sec. de Lima or any outsider to get 4 votes. . Good job Margaux. * .. *





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China arming fishermen?'
BSOLllTE proof may be lacking, but there are ' ndications that the Chinese "fishing boats" ntruding in Philippinewaters.are armed and ready to confront theCoast Guard or the Navy when worse comes to worst. . It's bad enough that China has been sending military vessels to Panatag Shoal to harass Filipino fishermen, But bringing in large commercial fishing fleets sends a message to the Republic of the Philippines: we can come and go as we please and . there's little that you can do about it. The Chinese are able to bully the Philippines on two fronts. As a military superpower, they know that the country has no capability to engage them, or anybody for that matter; in a conventional war. And as an economic superpower; they can cripple the Philippines with the simple act of putting a halt to all bilateral trade. " China continues to insist that theconflicting claims' over Panatag Shoal in the West Philippine Sea be settled via bilaeral talks. Yetat the same time, China has already stated its irrevocable stand of absolute ownership of the disputed area based on ancient maps. This being the case, what would the use of bilateral talks be? The bully has already dictated how the talks will end.

The bounty provided by the sea has always been taken for granted. After all, there is no reason why any country would enter Philippine territory-as defined by current , geo-political realities-and steal the fish that is the livelihood for countless marginalized fishermen. " , . Only China has dared to invade the country's-territory with their commercial fishing vessels, thereby depriving Filipino fishermen of the catch that is rightfully theirs. Not only are the Chinese fishing vessels larger than what the Filipinos have, there is also the likelihood that China will not allow a small and powerless country like the Philippines to deprive it of the income earned from the regular catch. To repeat, there may be no proof yet ofthe Chinese fishermen being armed, but the attitude of the Chinese speaks volumes. They act as if they are gearing for a fight, and,have the firepower in their commercial fishing boats to silence the Filipinos completely. The manner by which China has been treating the Philippines ever since the Panatag Shoal issue erupted a few months' ago is best described as belligerent. ':' It is as if they were a neighborhood bully threatening to beat up a kid who refuses to surrender what he knows is rightfully his. None of China's daims make any sense to the typical Filipino fisherman. All he knows is that he can sail home in a few hours because Panatag Shoal is well within Philippine territory, He also knows that China is many, many kilometers away. ' The Philippine government has no choice but to , defend its stake because there is no answer to the typical Filipino fisherman's question, "Bakit nilulusob ang dagat natin ng mga Intsik!" (Why are the Chinese invading our territorial waterst) , They are afraid of not only losing their livelihood with the Chinese intrusion on Philippine waters, but more importantly they may fear for their lives because at the back of their minds, the commercial fishing boats flying the Chinese flag may be fully armed and ready to strike, for no other reason than because they can. The worst part is, they will not care if they are facing , down the Philippine Navy, the Philippine Coast Guard,or , a group of humble fishermen whose only wish is to catch . some fish so that they can feed their families and earn a few pesos in order to survive.

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Belligerent attitude

For the past few decades, it has been believed that China is laying claim to much of the .seas in this part of the " world for a good reason. There is either oil or natural gas in,huge quantities that can be extracted by drilling on the ocean floor. With its economy in overdrive, China's needs for power' grows at a tremendous pace. Controlling the potential power sources available in this part of the world is necessary for China to be guaranteed that it will have all the oil and gas that it needs for the short to medium-term. But there is another resource that China desperately . needs: food to feed its teeming population. The areas that China claims are teeming with fish and other edible sea life. And here is where the true conflict lies. The Philippines is a much smaller nation than China, but it also needs to feed its people. Fish , remains one of the most important staple foods of the 1__ -.....-.....-.....-.....-..... ........ -..... ................ Filipino family. It is also one of the cheapest. As a ~~ •• republic of many islands, the Philippines has no shared I~ ........... .......... ~~ ~~.,;.;;.,;;;~= boundaries with adjoining neighbors. , ",

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Secret: 'The Drane Zone"
ang mga bagay na 'to? Wala na ba talagang ka- . pangyarihan.ang Pilipinas pagbawalan ang anumang bansa na makialam sa ating teritoryo? Sa isang simpleng police operations, nagkakaNA published ang istoryang ito sa New York . roan muna ng close coordination aug pulisya 1 noongJuly 6, 2012. Nagkaroon pala ng bago purnasok sa teritoryo pam hulihin ang isang secret US military operations. noong taong 2006 wanted na tao. Kung wanted man sa US military na isinagawa sa teritoryo ng Pilipinas, At least ' ang !intek na Indonesian terrorist, e di dapat fhree drone programs which utilizes unmanned nakipag-coordinate sila sa ating military! aerial vehicles armed with lethal capabilities in its Kunsabagay, kaya nga SECRET e! military operations overseas. *** The same NY times' story said that "in 2006, a barrage of Hellfire missiles from a predator hit a suspected militant camp in the jungles of the Philippines, in an attempt to kill the Indonesian terrorist Umar Patek" and in the process, "missed Patek but killed others at the camp." "One program is run by the Pentagon which used it in Iraq and Afghanistan, while the other two are classified programs operated separately by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the military's Joint Special Operations Command (1S0C)," ayon kay Akbayan Party-list Congress- . man Walden Bello. Hiniling ni Congressman Bello sa House Committee on Foreign Affairs sa pamamagitan ng House Resolution No. 2576, na magsagawa ng imbestigasyon tungkol sa isyu at ang posibleng involvement at liability ni former President Gloria Macagapal-Arroyo at dating mgaadminiatrative officials na di-umano'y nakakaalam 0 nagauthorize ng illegal military operations. Umiinit ang usapin sa Kongreso at nais ng mga kongresista na magkaroon ng imbestigasyon sa Ialong madaling panahon. Illegal man a hindi, bakit kailangang palusutin