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2 Security Escorts Survive Ambush Armed men believed to be members of the New People's Army (NPA) fired at security escorts of President benign Aquino III at Pio Duran town in Albay Friday afternoon, the Army said. NPAs fire weapons as P-Noys guards pass by Communist NPA guerillas fired their weapons while security escorts of president Aquino were returning to their base after the latter's visit to Bicol on Friday, a military spokesperson said yesterday. Convoy ni PNOy pinaputukan ng NPA Pinaulanan ng bala ng apat na pinahihinalaang myembro ng mga rebeldeng NPA ang convoy ng security escorts ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III habang bumabagtas ang mga ito sa highway ng Brgy Palaspas, Ligao City, Albay nltong Byernes ng hapon, ayon sa opisyal kahapon. Presidential

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4 Concoy ni P-Noy niratrat n9 NPA rebels Pinagbabaril ng apat na pinaghihinalaang myembro ng mga rebeldeng NPA ang convoy ng security escorts nl Pangulong Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino 111habang bumabagtas sa highway ng Brgy Palaspas, Ligao City, Alby kamakalawa ng hapon, Sayyaf strategy to entrap soldiers Abu Sayyaf terrorist and other armed groups have employed a pernicious strategy called "pintakasi" by enticing soldiers to a firefight and the soldiers finding out too late they have been lured into a situation where armed civilians join the fray. 810 marks 24tn Anniversary The Philippine Army's 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division (810), Philippine Army, based in barangay Maulong, Catbalogan City, Samar, celebrated its 24th founding anniversary last August 3, with the theme: "Team 810: Kabalikat ng mamamayan sa bayanihan tungo sa Mapayapa na Bayan. (810 partnership with the Citizenry Towards a Peaceful Nation). PM p, 2

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killed in military encounter The NPA insurgents were killed following a clash with soldiers in Misamis Oriental, according to a Philippine Army official. Army's 310 has new Inspector General Col Francisco Delfin has been named head of the Office of the Inspector General of the 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division (310) last Monday,

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2 reds killed in clash Two NPA insurgents were killed in a clash with soldiers in Misamis Oriental, an Army official said.

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AFP RELATED ISSUES
8 'Chief, Vice, help us keep our homes' Where is that line that supposedly separates the Jusmag POI p. A26

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property and the Consular Area in Fort Bonifacio, TAguig City? Perhaps the two highest officials of the country can help settle the matter for the anxious residents composed mostly of military men and their families. PNoy mourns fallen soldier President Benigno Aquino on Friday visited the wake of one of the soldiers who died last week in an encounter with the Abu Sayyaf Group in Basilan, US slams China garrison in disputed Spratlys China's behavior in the West Philippine Sea - particularly its establishment of a military garrison in the Spratlys - is not helping ease tensions in the region, according to the US state Department US na-igh blood sa military garrison ng China Kinastigo ng US State Department ang China sa hakbang nitong magtayo ng military garrison sa West Philippine Sea sa gitna ng territorial dispute nita sa Pilipinas at sa iba pang bansa sa South East. Tsina naglagay ng garrison sa Sansha City Inaprubahan ng makapangyarihang Central Military Commission ng People's Republic of China ang parma! na paglalagay ng military garrison sa teritoryo sa pinag-aawayang South China Sea, ayon sa state media, Pinangunahan ng mga sundalo ng Armed Forces of the Philippines 9AFP) ang paglilinis ng tambak na basura sa manila bay na tinangay n9 bagyong 'Gener'. (photo)

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Phil Star p. 2

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13-14 15 16 17 Good and bad news Yes for peace - Bayanihan para sa kapayapaan Seguridad pandagat: Responsibilidad ng lahat A general's sons' heart-warming letter Phil Star p. 19 Police Files p. 4 Remate p. 4 People's Journal p, 4

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Presidential Security Escorts Survive Ambush
By ELENA L. ABEN

Armed men believed to be membersoftheNewPeople'sArmy <NPA.) fired at security escorts of President Benigno S. Aquino III at Pio Duran town in Albay Friday afternoon, the Army said. No one was hurt in the incident. According to a report by the Army's 9th Infantry Division (9ID), the incident took place"around 1:45 p.m, on August 3 as a convoy of the Presidential Security Group (PSG), the Philippine National Police (PNP), , and the Army passed by Barangay , Palaspas, Pio Duran town, in Albay: Four men armed with MI6 arrifles reportedly fired at the government forces who had just provided security to President Aquino during his visit to the wake of Private First Class Erwin Martinez, one of the Army troopers killed in a clash with Abu Sayyaf bandits in Basilan.
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The suspects are said to be members of the "Militia ng Bayan" of the "They (the NPAs) indiscriminately fired without considering the harm it may bring to the students in a nearby elementary school," according to the Army report. "The action was not intended to

inflict casualty but a propaganda tactic to project- and make the rebels' presence felt in the area and to embarrass the security forces. Fortunately no one was hurt by the rebels' indiscriminate firing," the report further stated. The Army has launched a pursuit operation against the insurgents.

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NPAs fire weapons as P-Noy'sguards pass bY[
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COMMUNIST New People's Army (NPA) guerillas fired their weapons while security escorts of President Aquino were returning to their base after the latter's visit to Bicol on Friday, a military spokesperson said yesterday. Maj. Angelo Guzman, spokesperson of the Army's 9th Infantry Division, said four guerrillas on the NPXs so-called territorial force, fired four rounds as the convoy of the Presidential Security Group (PSG), police and Army soldiers was passing through Barangay Palaspas in Ligao City. Guzman said the President was already in Legazpi City at • the time of the incident. The . presidential guards were going to Legazpi to take a flight back .. toManila and the soldiers were returning to Ligao, he said. Guzman said there was an elementary school near the place where the rebels fired their, weapons. He criticized them for .• firing indiscriminately where there were children present who might have been hurt. The . shooting happened at around 1:,45 p.m, after Mr. Aquino's visit to Pia Duran, Albay, Guzman said; Mr. Aquino attended the wake of one of the 10 soldiers killed in a clash with Abu Sayyaf
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terrorists in Basilan on July 26. Guzman said the four rebels, . two of them armed with M-16 rifles, fired four shots as the se.

-curity convoy passed. . ''The action was not intended to inflict casualties, but was a .. propaganda tactic to project and make the rebels' presence felt in the area and to embarrass the security forces," Guzman said. . "Fortunately, no one was' re.ported hurt by the rebels' indiss-r criminate firing.' -Police and» Army units in the area are pur-.' .. suing the perpetrators," he s~dl~

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Pinaulanan ng bala Sinabi ni Guzman na, ng apat na pinaghihlna- taliwas sa lnaasenan ng laang miyembro ng mga mga nananalakay na rebeldeng New People's mga rebelde, wala sa Army (NPA) ang con- nasabing convoy ang voy ng' security escorts Pangulo dahilan nauna ni Pangulong Benigno. na ito kasama ng mga Simeon "Noynoy" A. opisyalng militar at puAquino III habang bu- lisya sa Legazpi City. mabagta.sangmgaitosa Ang mga rebelde, highway ng Brgy. Palas- ayon sa opisyal, ay papas, Ligao City, Albay nl- wang armada' ng .M 16 _ tong Bfyemes ng hapon, rifles oa matapos na ayon sa opisyal kahapon. magpaulan ng bala ay Sinabj ngtagapagnagpanakbuhan na pasalta ng 9th Infantry balik sa pinagkukutaan Division {ID} ng Philip- ngmgaitosakagubatan.· pine Army na si Major Wala namang naiulat Angelo Guzman na na- na nasuga.tan sa panig ganap ang insidente sa ng mga security escorts , nasabing 'Iugar qakong na lulan ng nasaoing alas-t :45 ng hapon. convoy. Nabatid na ang SinabiniGuzmanna Pangulo ay bumisita hindi tayuoing makasakit sa bayan og Pio Duran . ng mga rebeldeng NPA kaya nagtungo sa Bicol na nagpaulart ng bala. .Region. Nais at bahagi lamang Ayon kay Guzman, ng taktika ng mga ito na . durnaraan .ang convoy maramdaman ng parna- ' ng mga security escorts halaan ang kanilang pre: ng PanguJo na-kinabiblsensya sa Bicol Region. langan ng Presidential Nagpapatutoy na- . Security Group (PSG), man ang antHnsurgenPNP at Philippine Army cy campaign sa Bicol nang magpautan ng Region kaugnay ng rni- •. sunud-sunod na putok syon ng AFP na maid- . ang mga rebeldeng na- eklarang insurgency kaposisyon sa masukal free ang mga balwarna bahagi ng nasabing teng teritoryo ng Comlugar. rnunist rebels.

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Pinagbabaril ng apat na pinaghihinalaang.miyembro ng mgarebeldengNew People's Army (NPA) ang convoy ng security escorts ni Pangulong Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III habangbumabagtas sa highway ng Brgy. Palaspas, Ligao City, Albay kamakalawa ng hapon, Ayi:in kay Army's 9th

Infantry Division (ID) Spokesman Major Ange10 Guzman, 'dakong alas-I :45 ng hapon ay kasalukuyang dumaraau>: ang convoy ng mga security escorts ng Pangulo na kinabibilangan ng Presidential Security Group (PSG), PNP at Philippine Army nang rnagpaulan ng sunud-sunod illt~tokng

baril ang mga rebeldeng nakaposisyon Sa masukal na bahagi ng nasabing , lugar. Sinabl ni Guzman na • taliwas sa inaasahan ng mga nangha-harass na rebelde ay wala sa nasabing convoy si P-Noy dahil nauna na ito kasama ng mga opisyal ng militar at pullsya sa Legazpl City.

Ang mga rebelde ay pawang armado ng MI6 rifles na matapos magpaulan ng bala ay nagpanakbuhan sapinagkukutaan ng mga ito sa kagubatan. Wala namang naiulat na nasugatan sa panig ng mga security escorts na lulan ng nasabing convoy. . Ayon pa kay Guzman,

walang layunirtg makasakit ang mga rebeldeng NPA na nagpauian bala kundi bahagi lamang ng taktika ng mga ito na mararndaman ng pamahalaanang kanilang presensya sa Bicol Region. Nabatid na ang Pangulo aybumisita sa bayan ng Pio Duran bago nagtungo sa Bicol Region. - Joy Cfi;1.ttos ~ .

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since the area was teeming with civilians, including women and children. MANILA (PNA) - Abu Sayyaf M<\i. Harold Cabunoc, Army terrorists and other armed groups spokesman, said they have come up have employed a pernicious strategy with a strategy to councalled "pintakasi' by enticing soldiers ter this new menace adto a firefight and the soldiers finding opted by the Abu Sayyaf out too late they have been lured into and other bandit groups a situation where armed civiliansjoin in Bastian. the tray. . Meanwhile,Cabunoc The strategy was evident in Basi- said the families of the Ian last week ina battle that claimed 10 slain Scout Rangthe lives of 10Army troopers, accord- ers have received their Talamante, Mark B. Ocampo, Arwin ing to the military. monetary benefits, . C. Martinez and Erwin E. Alerta and , Pintakasi is a local parlance for ranging' from P'630,OOO Cpl.Jerry N. Areglado. . cockfighting derby where cockfight- toP'760,OOOdepending 'IWoof the wounded Scout Ranging aficionados Witness a cockfight . on their rank and their .ers were Capt. Rodrigo Babatan between two trained. roosters, each length of military serarmed with a razor-sharp edge put vice. and Lt Arcel Soco who refused '. . on the cocks'feet.. "The Army will nevto be evacuated and remained Soldiers who were assigned in er forget the benefits at the scene of the encounter to Basilan and Sulu to go after. Abu due to our modern h~be with their troops. Cabunoc Sayyaf confirmed to thjswriteron. roes. We owe them for said. the useof"pintakasi"byAbuSayyaftheirsaCrifices while and other outlaws during gun battles, '.preserving the peace In including the encounter between '.the countryside," added .' Army Scout Rangers and the terror" .' Cabunoc. ist group in Batangay Cabengbeng, The' 40-man Scout Sumisip, last July 26 that killed 10 Ranger Company had a troopers,and the infamous AIBarka runninggunbattle .with incident also in Basilan where 19sol- some 150 armed men diers were killed during a fierce gun believed to be rebels battle on October 18,2011...........•.. ' in Upper Cabengbeng, They said that in both instances; Sumisip, the soldiers pursuing the Abu Sayyaf . Seventeen soldiers found '.'hemselves ·.··,;Surrounded' Y; .:were also'.wounded ..in ." t .b civilians who came 'out from theif;\the seriesoffirefights housesandjoined th~terrorist .w-hich;raged:rror117:30 .: in in fighting the government forces.. >the morning uritillate in' • This strategy is known in Basilan the afternoon. and Stihias "pintakasi" where the Five rebels were Abu Sayyaf initially fight the soldiers killed and several oth'and lured the latter to pursue them, ers wounded"but were onlytobecorifronted by a bigger carried away by their combined force of· Abu Sayyaf and comrades. . Civilians who are armed to the teeth, The slain soldiers the.nillitary said. were identified as Pri.' 'Many civilians in these areas are vates First Class Segunknown to keep high-powered rifles in dianoG. TamayoJr.,Rey their homes, the military said. C. Evangelista,· Arnold , Helicopter gunships of the Phil- D. Coresis,.Cleto A. AIippine Air Force (PAF) sent to the gayan, Kennith John D. area could not just fire their rockets Maribao, Jose Marvin V.

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SID Marks 24th Anniversary
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foundlnganniversary last August 3, withthe theme: "Team 8ID; Kabalikat
n~M:amatriayan sa Bayanihan tungo saMapayapa na Bayan. (SID Partnership with the Citizenry Towards A Peaceful Nation)." 8ID commanding general Major

CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar The Philippine Army's 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division (8ID), Philippine Army, based in barangay Maulong, this city celebrated its 24th

General GerardoLayug tol&reporters stakeholders in the region expressed that the guest of honor and speaker continued suppo. rt of the PA division's during the anniversary ceremonies efforts in establishing internal peace was Lt. GenRalph Villamfuva of the and s:ecilrltyin its area ofeommand. AFP central command ba~ed in Cebu . "The 24th anniversary of the divi.City. ..•.. j. ' ... sion marks the numerous accomplish' ..... ments'of thecommand both in terms . Layug disclosed tha~." e highlight ofthis year'sanruversa. celebration of internal peace and security operawas the conferring of aards to the tions in Region 8 andits "bayanihan deserving officer, enlistf)d' personnel (cortununity)" activities"in collaboraand CAA and units for their combat .:.tion with differentstakeholders," said efficiency. Layug. "We Will continue to pursue Also in attendance during the our peace and development efforts in ceremony were provincial governors, order to have lasting peace and help congressmen, mayors and other attain development in the region."

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Two New People's Army (NPA) insurgents were killed following a clash With soldiers in Misamis Oriental, according to a Philippine Army (PA) official. The FA's 4th Infantry Division (4ID) spokesman, Lt. Col, Eugenio Julio Osias said the firefight took place at Barangay Ampianga, in Sugbongcogon town, Misamis Oriental at around 5:30 p.m, last Thursday

between troops belonging to the 58th Infantry Battalion and suspected members of the NPA's Sandatahang Platun Pangpropaganda 3, Guerilla .Front 4B, Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee. ' The PA official said around 30 insurgents were engaged by the troops in a brief firefight thatleft two NPA . members dead.' The soldiers seized one garand rifle, one carbine rifle, and

30 backpacks from the insurgents.
"In the route of the NPA elements' withdrawal, spills of blood were found which indicate that there are more casualties from the rebel group," said Osias. _. He said the insurgents have been engaged in extortion activities victimizing poor residents from the remote village of Ampianga. (Elena L, Aben)

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Delfin, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Sandiwa Class of 1985 with a masters degree in defense and strategic studies from the University of Madras, Indla, succeeded Col. Alex Capina, who ~ slated to occupy a command position in Luzon at the next higher level.~ , A native of Capiz province, Delfin said he looked forw d to his

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,',' e started as company commander of the 56th Infantry Battalion in H Mirdanao and was made commander of the 1st Infantry Battalion in Iazon, Delfln is a recipient of several medals Including the Military Merit Medal and the Distiriguished Service Star. ,'The 3ID inspector general, assigned by the board of senior officers of the Philippine Army, is tasked to inquire into and report oh matters pertaining to the perlbrmanoo' of mission, state of discipline, ~ficiency ancleOOnomy of the command.' : .,; '.~ welcome you, COl.Delfin, to this headquarters and I am giving all mywrifidence in you as you provide this Division With the necessary timely and relevant oversight that promotes effiCiency, integrity and aOOnIptability, ~ said.Mru6rGen.Jose MabantaJr., 3ID cmnmaJier, at the ~tirnover ceremony; :Efren B. Chivez

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Two New People's Army (NPA) insurgents were killed in a dash with soldiers in Misamis Oriental, an Army official said. Lt. Col. Eugenio Julio Oslas, the 4th Infantry Division (4ID) spokesman, said the firefight took place at Barangay Amplanga, Sugbongcogon, Misamis Oriental, around 5:30 p.m•. on Thursday between troops from the 58th Infantry Battalion and suspected members of the NPA'sSandatahang Platun Pangpropaganda 3, Guerilla Front 4B, Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee. The official said around 30 insurgents were engaged by the troops " in a brief firefight that left two NPA members dead. The soldiers also : seized one Garand rifle, one carbine rifle, and 30 backpacks from the enemy. (Elena L. Aben)

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'Chief, Vice, help us keep our homes'
By Jaymee T. Gamil
WHERE is that line that supposedly separates the Jusmag property and the Con...su1ar Area in Fort Bonifacio, Thguig Uty? Perhaps the two highest officials of the. country can help settle the matter for the anxious residents composed mostly of militarymen and their families. The Consular Area Residents Association Inc. (Carai) in Fort Bonifacio . has written to President Aquino and Vice President Jejomar Binay; appealing for their intervention as they claim that the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) is mistakenly evicting them from their homes .. The BCDA is set to demolish structures -on a lO-hectare area straddling the Jusmagproperty; which the agency owns, and the neighboring Diplomatic and Consular Area, over which the BCDA has administrative control. The Carai is composed mostly of veteran and active soldiers and led by retired Col. Benjamin Zabat and lawyer Howard Calleja. Last week, the group disclosed that on July 20 it received eviction and demolirion warnings from the BCDA even though its members reside on the consular area and not on the Jusmag property. But the BCDA countered that it had obtained clearances for the demolition from concerned government offices, and maintained that Carai members were informal settlers occupying a part of the Jusmag property. The agency said Carai's membership was just down to 21 families and that 277 other families=-or 93 percent of the settlers-s-had already agreed to BCDA's relocation program, Still, Carai wrote to the President=ceferring to him as the "Commander in Chief of all the Armed Forces in the Philippines"-to insist that BCDA was overstepping its jurisdiction. '}\ccording to Proclamation No. 423, which established the Fort Andres Bonifacio Military Reservation, [the Diplomatic and Consular Area] is not part of the properties of BCDA," they argued. . They also alleged that they were being "harassed, intimidated and threatened by BCDA representatives." . "These soldiers, retired veterans and their families put their lives at risk in the service of their fellow . Filipinos," they added. ''Clearly, this is not the way to treat the soldiers and retired veterans who have chosen to serve and defend our country." Turning to Binay; who also chairs . the Housing and Development Coor- . dinating Council, the group said the eviction contradicted the purpose of the BCDA and the Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992. Carai, which earlier threatened BC~ DA with legal action, said it was still "willing to negotiate and talk with the proper authorities to settle this matter in a more humane manner." Earlier this week, smA president Arnel Paciano Gasanovamaintained that the area up for demolition was within Jusmag. "It is very clear thatthe government owns the property," he said, citing a 2006 Supreme Court ruling. . He also cited a certificate of compliance on demolition issued by Taguig's Local. Housing Boardon July 18. DeanSantiago,BmA vice president for business development, insisted that while ''there are no streets or roads" or clear markers dividing Jusmag and the consular area, BCDAknows very well . where the division lies. . "Based OR our boundary survey which the Department Environment and Natural Resources'approved, we know what is within Jusmag," he said.

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China's behavior in the West PhilipBy JAIME LAUDE ' pine Sea (South China Sea) - particularly ritorial ambitions in the West Philippine its establishment of a military garrison in Sea.It is in its interest as a Pacificnation to the Spratlys - is not helping ease tensions help keep stability in the area and ensure in the region, according to the US State freedom of 'navigation and unimpeded Department. ",' commerce, '. "We are concerned by the increase in He said the US is urging all parties to tensions inthe South China Sea and are take steps to lower tensions in keeping monitoring the situation closely;"USState with the 1992 Association of Southeast Department deputy spokesman Patrick Asian Nations (ASEAN) Declaration on . Ventrellsaid in a statement. the SouthChina Sea and the 2002 ASEAN"InparticWar,China'supgrf:ldingofthe ChinaDec1arationontheConductofPar~ administrative level of Sansha City and ' ties in the South China Sea. establishment of anew military garrison "Westrongly su.pportASEAN's efforts there covering disputed areas of theSouth to build consensus on a principles-based China Sea tun counter to collaborative mechanism for managing and preventdiplomatic effort to ing disputes. We encourage ASEAN resolve differences and China to make meaningful progress and risk further es- toward finalizing a comprehensive code calating tensions in of conduct in order to establish rules and the region," he said. ' clearproceduresforpeacefuUyaddressing VentreIl,without disagreements," Ventrellsaid; directly referring "Wealso encourage relevaht parties to' to China, cited "in- . explorenew cooperativearrangements for cr~ased confr?n,~ managing the responsible exploitation of rational rhetoric, resourcesin the SouthChina Sea,"he said. disagreementso_ver China has repeatedly claimed it is r:source e:pIOlta- "working for apeaceful resolution of the hon,. coer~lve eco- territorial disputes, but only through nomIC.act~on~,and bilateral negotiations and not through troublmg incidents multi-party dialogues. around Panatag The US has rallied behind Southeast Shoal (Scarborough Asian nations, expanding military ties Shoal). with the Philippines and Vietnam.' Defense SecrePresident Barack Obama has decided tary Voltaire Caz- to send Marines to Australia in a further min, citing latest show of US power in Asia.' monitoring reports, Restraint pushed, said that aside from . keeping its two The US Senate approved a resolution vessels in Panatag late Thursday that "strongly urges" all Shoal - a rock for- regional nations to exercise self-restraint rna tion only 124 and to refrain from permanently inhabitnautical miles from ing points in the South China Sea until a Zambales province code of conduct is reached. ' in Central Luzon The resolution, sponsored by sena- China has also tors from both parties, declared that the placed buoys and, USwas committed "to assist the nations rope barriers at of Southeast Asia to remain strong and the entrance of the independent." shoal's lagoon, At the US House of Representatives, He sa i d that Rep. Eni Faleomavaega has introduced while the US is not a bill calling for peaceful and co)lab, taking any position orative resolution of maritime territorial ob the dispute and disputes in the West Philippine Sea and :tl\<lt,jt. has no ter- South China Sea and its environs and

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Asian mainland, a press statement frorr his office said. Democrat Faleomavaegahas beenrep· resenting theterritory ofAmericanSamoa in the US Congress since 1989and is the ranking member of the Subcommitteeon Asia and the Pacific. Earlier, this year, Florida Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced a resolution also calling for a peaceful resolution ofthe South China Seadispute; "We re-introduced this legislation as a bill, rather than a resolution, to show how sedous this matter is to us," said Faleomavaega, original co-sponsor of Ros-Lehtinen's resolution. He said the bill 'was in response to protracted tension in the region. "China continues to coerce and intimid ate its neighbors, and I have grave concerns about China's expansive territorial claims, which have no basis in international law;" he said in a statement on Friday. ' He said China's establishment of a prefecture-levelgovernment in the dtyof Sansha to overseeareas claimedby Beijing was a provocative action. "J call upon China to work collaboratively and diplomatically to resolve these disputes without coercion, threat, or intimidation and, above all, without the use of force,"he said. China also has separate disputes with US ally Japan in the East China Sea, an issue discussedby Japanese DefenseMinister Satoshi Morimoto on a visit Friday to Washington. .; US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, addressing a joint news conferencewith Morimoto, voiced hope for further progress in a code of conduct on the South China Sea. > "The last thing we want is to have direct confrontation in the South China Seawith regards to jurisdictional issues," Panetta said. , "Those should be resolved peacefully, and they should be resolved pursuant to a code of conduct. And the United States will' do whatever we can to work With Japan and others to ensure that that isthe approach we take," he said. - With Lito Katigbak, Pia Lee-Brago, AFP

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Kinastigo ng us State "We are concerned by Department aug China the increase in tensions in sa hakbang nitong magthe South China Sea and tayo ng military garrison are monitoring the situasa West Philippine Sea sa tion closely," ani Ventrell .. , ty, respect for international gitna ng territorial dispute Ang military garrison law, freedom of navigation. nita sa Pilipinas at iba pang ay balak itayo sa Woody and unimpeded lawful combansa sa Southeast Asia. Reef na bahagi ng Pammerce" sa rehiyon. Sa isang press stateeel Islands habang ang ni"The United States urgment, binigyang-diin ni likhang SanshaCity ang es all parties to take steps State Department actsiyang mangangasiwa sa to lower tensions in keeping ing Deputy. Spokesman Paracel at Spmtly Islands. with the, spirit of the 1992 Patrick Ventrell'na ang Nilinaw naman ng ASEAN Declaration on the military garrison at ang ,ripisyalnabagama'twalang South China Sea and the nilikhang 'Sensha City ng posisyon ang US sa 'com2002 ASEAN-China DecChina sa pinag-aagawang peting territorial claims' laration on the Conduct of teritoryo "run counter to at waIang territorial amParties in the South Chicollaborative diplomatic bitions sa West Philippine na Sea" ayon pa sa opisya]. efforts to resolve differenSea, may national interest Binalaan na ng Defense ces and risk further escalanaman sila sa pagmamanMinistry ng China nitong ting rensionsintheregion.' tine ng "peace and stabiliMiyerkulesangibangbansa

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isang senador. Binigyang-diin ni Sen. Panfilo Lacson, chairman ng Senate Committee on National Defense and Security; na hindi makakatulong sa sitwasyon ang ginawang pagpuna ng US State Department sa China kaugnay ng baJakin nitong magtayo ng military gamson sa Woody Reef na bahagi ng Paracel Islands. "Hindi makakatulong ang mga Saber rattling sa isang tense situation.. Mas mabuti at epektibo ang back channeling tactic sa ganitong sitwasyon," ani Lacson .' ldinagdag pa ng senador na hindi dapat ikatuwa ng Pilipinas ang ginawang pazyuna ng US sa China

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INAPRUBAHAN ng makapangyarihang Military Commission ng People's Republic of China aug pormal ua paglalagay ng military garrison sa terttorye sa pinag-aawayang South China Sea, ayon sa state media. Ang Tsina ay mayroong substansyal na military presence sa South China Sea at ang sinabing aksyon ay maituturing na mahalaga pang 'assertion', 0 pagpapatunay, ng kanilang administrative status ng karagatan sa lebel ng isang Iungsod, na kung tawagin nila ay garrison ay magiging responsable
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Ang Sansha City ·ay base sa Ingles na Woody Island, . na bahagi ng Paracel Islands na kim-claim din ng Vietnam at Taiwan, Sinakop ng buo ng Tsina ang

Taliwas naman ito sa paniniwala nina Sen. Gregorio 'Gringo' Honasan at Sen. Loren Legarda na kapwa natuwa sa ginawang pagkastigo ng US State Department. sa China. .• '. Naniniwala ang dala""'~~-"'~"":""""1='Ii"""'""", , • '\Valig senadbrna malaking tulong aug nagawa ng US sa Pilipinas dahil sa paninita sa China . "Definitely makakatulong! 'Yan langnamanang hinihingi at inaantay natin mula'tsapul padahil matagal na natin sila kaalyado kuno batay sa Mutual Defense Treaty at VFA," gilt niHonasan.
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Good and bad news
.If we didn;tf~·;;w·;;it;i'~~g·i~th;-;;;P~t;;ti~;;'·~i·th;A;·;ri;;;;: pIfe, we woul~n't even have US support in our conflict with China. If ·~verthe US will come to our defense, it will be to promote its national IJJ_terest not because they love us like their brown brothers. and
In the July 19, 2012 World Failed State Index that was released by Foreign Poli~ the good news is that the Philippines IS far from becoming a failed state. The bad news is that our country continues to be listed as a potential failed state, albeit one of the least likely. . The top 5 countries that are considered as failed states or are very likely to become failed states were Somalia with 114.9 index points, Congo (D: R.) with 111.2 index pon:ts, Sudan with 109.4 index points, Chad with 107.6 index points, and Zimbabwe with .106.3 index points. Of the 59 countries that were listed as potential failed states, the Philippineswas ranked as number 56 with 83.2 index points. The 5 most telling indicators that placed the Philippines as a potential failed state were as follows: 1.Security Apparatus - 8.4 index points 2. Factionalized Elites - 8.0 index points 3. De-legitimization of the State - 7.9 .index points . . 4. Group Grievance - 7.6 index points, and. . 5. Demographic Pressure - 7.3 index points .. The security apparatus indicator refers to a state's capability to repel external and < internal threats as well as enforce the law. De-legitimization of the state is characterized by "Massive and endemic corruption or profiteering by ruling elite" or "Resistance. of ruling elites to transparency, accountability and political representation" or IFW~despread loss of popular confiden~e ~ state institutions and processes, , e.g., WIdely boycotted or contested elections, mass public demonstrations sustained civil disobedience, inability ;f the state t~ c~llect ~axes, resistance to military conscnption, nse of armed insurgencies." According to former United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Boutrous Boutrous Ghali, a failed state is characterized by the "...collapse of state institutions especially the police and judiciary, with resulting paralysis of governance, a breakdO\NIl of law and order, and general banditry and chaos. Not only are the functions. of govenunent suspended, but also its assetsare<~estroyed.or looted and experienced officials are killed 61' flee the country." . .. . After security apparatus, which thanks to China is now being upgraded, the next . source of perceived instability is factionalized elites. The two factors would likely ride in tandem. A country plagued by factionalized elites would tend to have a we~security apparatus. Inthe Philippine setting, the Ampatuans of Maguindanao, . the Singsons ofllocos Sur, Marcoses of Ilocos Norte, Osmenas and Garcias of Cebu would constitute our factionalized elites. The Ampatuans and Singsons are known to possess private armies, . It's not surprising that China chose the Philippines to be the demonstration model for its new muscle flexing policy. Compared to China's other rival claimants in the Spratly Islands, among them Taiwan, Vietnam and Malaysia, we're the only country that's listed as a potential failed state. Few Filipinos realized that if the Gloria (GMA) regime continued through an anointed successor - we would have likely deteriorated to a failed state status. No matter how good and sincerea GMAsuccessor would have been, the cynicism and distrust would not be overcome and will likely lead to a worsening public order situation. . GMA was the nucleus that propagated the ingredients of a perfect storm. Mote people goinghungry, prices escalating sans any control, worsening peace and order, investors as well as capital on a continuous flight out of the country;. wide scale public distrust of the institutions -all these : could have easily welded together and • found expression during the reign of GMA. Many autocrats met violent ends because of,their nation' scollective outrage that combined to make the perfect political storm. . President Noynoy Aquino (P-Noy) ·brought us farther away from the precipice where GMA had pushed us. H~ re· stored people's faith in their government and democratic processes. He has imme- . diately a~ended to the poverty problem by launching the ccr (Conditional Cash Transfers) and K to 12 (Expanded Basic Education to 12 years) programs. However, P-Noy has not yet won a total victory because many of the group grievances as well as other pressures continue to re- ; bound and threaten to bring US into the vortex of the dreaded perfect storm. If we cI:art the sad plight of our people, we will note how we shift from seyere problems to slight relief, depending If we have a good or bad president. The Cory Aquino and Fidel Ramos eras from 1986 to 1.998ushered hope and improved econorruc performance. This was subsequently derailed by the eras of the Ioseph "Erap" Estrada and GMA regimes from ,1998 to 2010. This is the reason why p- ..

Noy is focused on it'lStitutionalizing ~ys- ' tern reform. tie aspires to effect meanI99ful and irre~ersible r~forms that even a bad successor cannot undo. Our being in the failed stat~ synd~me ; makes it easier for a country like China to grab any part of ourtenitory. China co~~ easily inject provocateurs to set o~e Phil_ ' ippine faction to attack the other rival fa~ tion, They could promote the ris: of therr own elite just like what the US ~ld. , Note how China respects VIetnam, a country that gave them a shameful drubbing over three decades ago. In February 1979 China invaded the northern province~ of Vietnam and more than 30,000 Chinese and Vietnamese perished in th~t war. 'The Chinese retreated'back to the~ national boundary and licked ~t~elr wounds. It wasn't so much the mihtary hardware that made the difference - but Vietnamese patriotism and valor. ' If we didn't form a vital cog in t?e perpetrationof'the American empl:e, we wouldn't even have us support m o~r conflict with China. If ever the US will come to our defense, it will be to promote its national interest and not becaus~ they love us like their brown brothers, Without . operating sites in the Philipp~:s, the.US will lose their offensive capability agamst China and will have to resort to a defensive posfure-l.ll1l:hinkiIDle for a superpowedike the US. .. Our mutual defense treaty. IS oted ~s the US entry point in the loonung conflict with China. It'sonlytheoffi~excuse but, the real reason why the US ~.,v~ry much involved in our row with China I_S ~ause they cannot protect their ~rnplre m the Pacific if they're not opera~g from strategic philippine sites. The gIves an added . centive to China to bear down hard on , us in the hope that they might ge::o neutralize a vital US offensive capability. Shakespeare: "Madness in great ones'

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Ang ganitong grupo ay mahalaga sa pagsusulong

LASt week ay nagkaroon ako ng pagkakataon na makilala ang grupong Yes. for Peace na dekadang umaandarna. Ang YES FOR PEACE ay naglalayon na ang gobyerno at lahat ng armadong grupo na magkaroon ng kumprehensibong kasunduan para sa kapayapaan. at Jtuluyan ng wakasan ang karahasan sa lalong medaIingpanahon . . : Ito.ay ginagawa nila sa pamamagitan ng pagli! likom ng. ruga respondent galling sa sektor ng. mag-aaral na may edad 10 taon pataas sa .kooperasyon ng Department of Education '(DepEd) at Philippine Postal Corporation (PhiIPost) humigit kumulangpitong (7) mit yon na mula noong taong 1997 hanggang sa kasalukuyan ang nakiisa sa Yes For Peace Movement. Ang kasunduan ng nasyunal na implementasyon ng kampanya sa YES FOR PEACE ay pinasinayaan ng walong ahensya ng gobyemo kabilang ang: Office of the Presidential Adviser .on the Peace Process (OPPAP), Department of Education (DepEd), Philippine Postal Corporation, Office of the Press Secretary- Philippine Information Agency, Office' of the Press baasa . Secretary- National Printing Office, The Girl . Kaya lahat po kayo ay awing inaanyayahan Scouts and Boy Scouts of the Philippines, Alpha . na makilahok at magbigay ng suporta sa Phi Omega International Philippines, Incorkampanya ng YES FOR PEACE sa pamamaporated at Yes for Peace- Bayanihan para sa gitan ng ating mga kabataang mag-aaral upang Kapayapaan. mahikayat ang kanilang mga magulang na ituro Kaya ang inyong Anned Forces ay natntuwa sakanilangrugaanakangmgaparaanohakbangin na may ganitong k1aseng movement na napaka- . sa pagakakaroon ngpundasyon sa panghabamorganisado at halos malawak na ang network. panahon na kapayapaan,

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Sapamamagitan YES FOR PEACE angatii:ig mga kababayan ay mai-empower nil pakinggan ang saloobin ukol sa mga kaganapan sa ating . kapaligiran. Katulad ng mga sibilyang nadamay at namatay, nawalan ng hanap buhay gayun din ang mga kabataan na inagawan ng . kinabukasan sa murang edad at" namu!at sa karahasan na dulot ng mga NPA at iba pang' bandidong grupo. . Dahil ang tanginghangad ng ating mga kababayan ay matapos na ang armadong . pakikibaka, ang paghihirap ng mga inosenteng mamamayan at pagkasira ng buhay ng ating mga kabataan. Naisnilang huwag natin sayangin ang ating enerhlya sa madugong pakikipaglaban . bagkus gamitin natin ito sa mga problemang kinakaharap ng ating bansang sinilangan, na maayos natin ang tunay na suliranin ng ating bansa kasama na dyan ang problema sa West Philippine Sea na napakayaman taglay nito. Dapat tayo ay nagkakaisang ipakita sa mga karatig bansa na tayong mga Pilipino at ang inyongArme4Forcesaynagkakaisasahangarin ng kapayapaan at maprotektahan ang kalayaan ng Pilipinas bilang isang mademokrasyang

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HINDI kaila sa ating lahar na at kredableng Hukbong. Daga! ay' napakarami ang kasaJukuyang malaki al mahalaga pa ang pagbanta sa karagatan ng Plnas. kakaisa ng huang sambayananpara Bukod sa bantangpang·teritorya, magtulong·lUlong at sumuporta sa kulin at bagkus ay baka hindi pa sektorngJipunan nalin. AngMCD meron ding banta sa ating kaJi- - isa'l isaIUngosa seguridactpandagat nga magtagumpay ito Upang isulong naman ay isang konseptong kasan at kapaligiran tulad ng iligaJ nalin. ang inleresa! kapakanan natin para pang-operasyon kung saan nabina pangingisda, mga smuggler, Kahil saan mang gawain, ang sa ating karagatan kung wala ang bigyan ang ating Navy ng isang humanlralfickeratpirata. Kasama sama-samang pagtutulungan ang pakikiisa ng sambayanan. katayuang pigUan (hindi sugpuin rin higit sa rahat ang pinakamala- pinaka-epektibon 9 peraan upang OahUdito, waJanghumpay ang o durugin) ang laha! ng banta sa king banta na kumikilil ng pinaka- matamo ang isang layunin. Para sa _ Navy sa kanyang adbbkasiya na pamamagltan.ng pinaka-minimal marami sa ating mga kababayan mga Pinay, Bayanihan ang tawag , isulong ang kambaJ na siratehlya na pamamaraan at kagamitan. - ang kaJamidad mula sa e'aga!a dito. niya para sa pagtatanggol ng aling Kaya't bukod sa paqkamga bagyo. Sa pagpapaJaganap at panga· karagatan - ang maritime domain karoon fig isang "strong and Bunsod ng mga sufiraningila, ngalaga ng ating mga lnleres at awareness (MDA) at ang minimum credible Navy", lniportanteng hindi fin kaila sa ating mga kabakapakanan ng mga mamamayan, credible deterrence (MDC). magkaroon din n9. suporta at bayan na sadyang hindi matata- napakahalaga ng Bayanihan ng Ang MDA ay isang konseptong tlwala ang taumbayan upang wal'8I1 ang kahalagahan ng isang bawat sektor upang matamo ang pang-kaalam8O kung saan layunin makapagbigay n9 tuiong at. malakas at kredableng Navy . layuning lto, Totoong malaki 0 baka nitong ipamahagi sa lahat ng lnspirasyon para sa bawat upang mapangalagaan ang ka- pa nga pinakamalaki 80g papel na mamamayan ang kalagayan ng - Mandaragat (Sailors) aJ Manseguridad Sa ating karagatan mula pakanan at Inleresng ating bayan gagampanan ng Navy para rita, dirigma (Marines). subalil hindi lubtisang magagamsa iba'l ibang perspektibang pangsa ating maJawak na;karagatan. Kaya'ltaya na mga kababayan ko! ~aya natin yan Pin~y! Subalitsa harap ng isang malakas panan ng Navy ang kanyang tung- kaisipan 0 kaalaman ng bawat

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A general's son's heart-warming letter
BET any father would like to receive a letter like this, and I am one of Leading his menin the fight against car theft (they actuitlly have reduced it by more than 50 percent over the past two-years, earning them a congratulation from a proud but thankful President Aquino in his recent State-ofthe-Nation-Address), Chief Supt. Leonardo "Dindo' Espina, Natioria1 Police Highway Patrol Group director, recently marked his 53<d birthday and got this letter as a stiff: from his eldest sonjeo, I am publishmg the letter with consent from the General himself.

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through word and. example that no matter what, your best. is your goal. You (1.1'e distinguished Filipino man, a a role model, a precious commodity, and a powerful farce. If I were merely your . countryman, I would feel pride. To be part of your staff would be a great opportunity; to be part of your family is to}'eel safe and secure. But to be your son is an honor unmatched, . Thallk you, my father, my master, my papa,
[eo The Philippine Military Academy Class 1981 member was beaming with pride when he showed me the letter a day after he marked-his birthday with his dose friends, some fellow officers and dear subordinates, and of course, his family -- actually his treasures led by wife Maridee, sons Ieo, Mica and David, David, the youngest among the Espina Siblings remarked that his father would see to it that everything is A-OK, everything is. normal when he comes home even if it's like hell outside, Jhe usually quiet Mica definitely shares the same views about his busy father when he and his brothers offered a toast not only for the birthday celebrator but also for their loyal and trusted house companions that wonderiulevening. . - But for me, the-general was like a young boy shOwing his best toy to a playmate or a man who has found diamonds and gold thefollowingrnoming. . . I was with my wife Candy during the Espina celebration the night before, and I told mr.self I, too, would like to receive a similar letter from my daughters someday, Really would bet that all Fathers in the 14Q,OOO-strong police forcewouldcherishsuchaheart-wanning, tender letter from ason or a daughter. 'That would really be a treasure.

Dear Papa, . Instinct drives us to protect our young, but only human fatherhood comes from "To you, a happy birt~y!" is how 1M scientific Ul1dersfanding that e,g. I am Yods would say. it. The Jedi Yoda is a your offspring_ Your blood runs through memorable character in the Star Wars epic me because T am part of you, What this as he seroed as father fi~re for both the biological truth can mean for you, I can hero and the uilIizin_ He offered them both only guess and think fa the future when I wise advice and critical tutelage; and what might know for myse1f~' one chose to disobey, the ather chose to Now, whO is thi master! In almost all follow,. This concept IS a/so prevalent in our concepts based on apprenticeS1jjpi the master favOrite kung-fu films where the teachis superior ill every aspect to the students, ings of the master are key to' the story and but has taken it upon himself to teach his {lie heroic triumph. A connection beitoeen. subordinates what they must comprehend father and master appears. in order to succeed, The master is wise and First, who is a father? Before the just. He is neter distracted and instead-is Neolithic age, human. beings had no concept of true fatherhood. As man learned to driven to seeminety no limit. At his craft, lead a sederltary lifestyle thraugh crops . he has honed htmself to a sharp point, precise and u1lStappab/e, The master acand cattle, he began to oaseroe the world complisnes incomprehensible feats witharound him, as we. do today. They began out appearing to beburdenea.· . to see patterns in nature that mirrored The Italians call this sprezzatura: the - down their ,own situations. During this ability to make the diffi"ult seem easy. But time, women were thought to have the ill truth, 'the master s work is never done; natural ability to produce babies and that coitus was merely an intimate act used for· great· labor and time go into what he does, social cohesion. In fact, it is dubious to . The master is who the student wants to be, and 0111'1through his tutelage can the assume that allimals are atoare of the full student accompfish this_ truth of beillg a father. Papa, you are truly an admirable man. As humanity slowly gained knowlt» me, you are accom.plished' in every edge of the truth behind 7umum reproduction, a great social uphetroal swept the aspect oJ life, You ma1lQge to keep f!Very-thing in check without breaking stride. our world and- changed different places at pace_ Never falterirtg, you taught us different times in. different ways.

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