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ARMY HE.LATED ISSUES
NPA blames AFP on skeletal remains - The New People's Army yesterday turned the tables on the military, saying the skeletal remains of at least 30 persons found recently in Quezon belong to victims of military abuses and not of a supposed communist purge in the 1980s. Army officer held for village chief slay - A soldier belonging to the Army 565th Engineering Battalion at Camp Wenee Martiliana, this capital town, is facing murder charges for shooting to death a 28-year-old barangay captain Saturday morning. Crackdown on 'carabao logging' in Luzon - The environment offices of the Cordillera, the Ilocos, Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon have combined their manpower with the police and the military to crack down on "carabao logging" and kaingin (slash-and-burn farming) that have evaded authorities for years. NPA attack on Palace convoy to affect peace talks - The government's peace panel will raise a recent attack of the New People's Army on the presidential convoy with its counterparts from the Communist Party of the PhilippinesNational Democratic when both sides meet again for informal talks in Oslo next month, an official said on Sunday. Malaya p. B-2

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AFP RELATED ISSUES
7 New chief of AFP Medical Center named BRIG. Gen. Normando Sta. Ana, former Surgeon General of the military, has taken over as new commander of the AFP Medical Center, formerlyknown as the V. Luna Hospital.

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AFP·PNP boost tie-up on cases The military and the police have signed a joint letter directive seeking to enhance their cooperation in filing cases against threat groups and individuals engaged in criminal activities.

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EDITORIAL/OPINION
9-11 Nelson Mallari: Hero of the Aetas, champion of people's rights - He was an Aeta who held his head up high while fighting for the rights of Aetas, indigenous peoples, and oppressed sectors of Philippine society. www.bulatlatcom

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THE New People's Army yes" old Cabunoc has said the skelterday turned the tables on etal remains were found by a the military, saying the skel- farmer, Rommel Malinao, last etal remains of at least 30 July 22 in Pagsangahan village, persons found recently in San Francisco town while he Quezon belong to victims of was preparing his farm for the military abuses and not of a planting season. Cabunoc said the remains belong to people supposed communist purge who were executed by the in the 1980s. insurgents under the purge It even said the remains could have been stolen by called "Oplan Missing Link" the military from public cem- carried out in the mid-I 980s as eteries, because reports of part of the communist group's discoveries of mass gravesusuoperations to cleanse its ranks ally coincide with reports of of supposed deep penetration skeletal remains missing from agents. The NPA said it does not recemeteries. In a statement emaiIed to sort to senseless killings, and media, the NPA's Apolonio that it abides byinternational Mendoza Command also said laws and with the Cornprethe "mass grave" issue has hensive Agreement on Relong been used by the mili- spect for Human Rights and Internasional Humanitarian tary as part of its propaganda against the communist move- Law signed by the National Democratic Front and the ment. Army spokesman Maj. Hat- . government. - Victor Reyes

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Armyoffic8r held for village chiefslay
murder charges for allegedly killing a 28-year-old PILI, Camarines Sur- An . village head in Barangay army corporal is/acing New San Roque Satur-

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·day. as the one who shot and Cpl. LeonardoCaprankilled GeraldPatagocRegca.of the 565 Engineering ullano, chairman of BaranBattalion based in Camp gay New San Roque, who Wenee Martillana, was succumbed to 12 gunshot placed under the custody wounds in the head and of the provincial police of- . face. . flee after the incident. Regullanowas declared Capranca was tagged dead on arrival atthe Bicol

Medical Center in Naga City. Report said Regullano, was shot at close range following a quarrel with Ca- . pranca in front of the M.S.: Eatery andVideoke bar on MaharlikaHighwaypastl a.m."

• Sources said Capranca was irked whenRegul.Iano reportedljrinfonned the police about the presence of three army soldiers who were causip:g trouble inside the M.S. videoke bar. After the shooting Ca. pranca fled and hid at the nearby "Red Bamboo" videoke bar prompting

the local police to cordon the area. . .' However, the suspect ~orhXUy~gedtoslip through the police cordon. and surrendered to his superior AnnyCoLBernard Bautista, commander of the Army 565 Engineering Battalion. .

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Crackdown on 'carabao logging' in Luzon
BAGUIO CITY-The environment offices of the Cordillera, the HOCDS, Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon have combined their manpower with .the police and the military to crack down on "carabao logging" and kaingin (slash-and-burn farming) that have evaded authorities for years.
The joint effort was prompted by a series of attacks on foresters, including the murder of a forestry official in Sanchez Mira, Cagayan, in February; said Clarence Baguilat, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) director in the Cordillera. . Melania Dirain, 46, DENR Sanchez Mira forest specialist, was shot and killed by a lone gunman in her office at the DENR compound-in Barangay Centro 2 on Feb. 7. The attack was record- . ed on closed-circuit television in-· stalled in her office. Baguilat said Dirain had been compiling information about illegal logging activities in Cagayan Valley. He said the Cordillera lost forester Kennedy Bayani in Luna, Apayao, who was gunned down in July 2010, and the furniture markets which loggers supply, Baguilat said. "The joint regional operations can be more strategic in addressing logging. Wecanp?ol funds to operate cheekpolnts )liong roads near hidden logging exit points in the forests. We will be secured by the police' Of the closest military detachment," he said. DENR officials in the four regions met in BaguiO last week to discuss the task force's responsibilities, Baguilat said. Members of the task force discussed strategies at the DENR office here, aided by the Departm~nt of the Interior down because President Aquino has is. sued Executive Order No. 23," he said, referring to a directive restoring a log" ging ban and activating the antiillegal logging task force. ". The "carabao loggers," a euphemism j for small-scale poachers, and the better equipped timber poachers supply furniture shops in Cagayan Valley, he said.; Baguilat said the agency had been ; able to keep track of supply because it ~ had a monthly audit of wood supply .i and demand in the regions,;: In the Cordillera last year, DENR .. records showed that 89,888.04 cubic » " met:rs of forest products were used by., furruture shops, construction work and ; households and establishments that re- "; lyon firewood and charcoal; The total demand in 2011 was supplied by licensed timber farms and importers.

and Local Government, the Cordillera police and the SOlst and S03rd Infantry Brigades of the Philippine Army. Baguilat said il1egalloggers were organized and had been known to retaliate against foresters when DENR enforces a crackdown. "We are now under su'ch a crack-

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Fuel wood consumption last' year was recorded at 80,843.4 cubic meters, ~ the DENR said. The highest consumers 2; .were Baguio City; Ifugao and Abra. , Baguilat said Cordillera officials had j seized poached timber worth Pl.S billion. "Some loggers already refine and pol-: ish the trees they cut so they can hide them in SUVs (sport utility vehicles) as they sneak past checkpoints," he said. The Cordillera, Cagayan Valley and the Ilocos are cooperating under an inter-regional Watershed management initiative. The Cordillera has defined. itself as a watershed cradle for northern Philippines.because it is the source of 13 major river basins that flow into lowland provinces. Vincent Cabresa,

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NPA attack on Palace convoy to affect peace talks
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New chief of AFP.

BRIG. Gen. Normando Sta. Ana, former Surgeon General of the military, has taken over as new commander of the AFP Medical Center, formerly known as the V. Luna Hospital. Military spokesman Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos said Sta, Ana took command of the military hospital last August 2. Sta. Ana, who also previously served as the Air Force's chief surgeon and head of the Air Force General Hospital and Fernando Air Base Hospital, swapped posts with Brig. Gen. Joselito Avancena, who headed the AFP Medica! Center for nearly two years. Before assuming command of the AFP Medical Center in October 2010, Avancena was the Navy's chief surgeon. He was also head of the Cavite and Manila naval hospitals. He is a recipient of two Distinguished Service Stars and two Presidential Unit Citation Badges. "This change of command is just one of the many steps we have to take in reforming the health and medical services in the AFP. From this day onwards, we are to embark on various measures that will surely amend our system of catering to our clients' needs," AFP chief Gen. Jessie Dellosa said.

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AFP, PNP boost tie-up on cases
The military and the police have signed a joint letter directive seeking to enhance their cooperation in filing cases against threat groups and individuals engaged in criminal activities. The joint letter directive covers the planning, case build-up, arrest, investigation, filing of cases, getting statements and witnesses, and monitoring the progress of cases. Armed Forces spokesman Col. Amulfo Burgos Jr. said the directive allows the police to assist the military in enhancing its investigative and law enforcement capability. - Alexis Romero

Nelson Manari: Hero of the Aetas, champion of people's rights
He was an Aeta who held his head up high while fighting for the rights of Aetas, indigenous peoples, and oppressed sectors of Philippine society. Ka Nelson was a "treasure of the Aeta people." By RONAL YN V. OLEA Bulat/at. com FLORIDABLANCA, Pampanga - After ten years, Nelson Mallari was finally back in his hometown in Nabuclod mountain. The Aeta leader would have wanted to return alive but circumstances did not allow him to. Yesterday moming, he was laid to rest on the same spot where his grandmother was buried alive in 1991 when Mount Pinatubo erupted. Ka Nelson died July 27 after one week of struggling for his life. On July 20, while riding a bicycle on his way to their temporary home at Madapdap resettlement area in Mabalacat, Pampanga, a motorcycle accidentally bumped him, causing him serious head injuries. He was comatose for one week until he met his death. He was 39. Aetas honor their fallen leader, Nelson Mallari.(Photo by Ronalyn V. Olea / bulat/at. com) Elements of the 3rd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Nearly 300 Aetas, leaders of indigenous peoples from other regions and his colleagues in the movement flocked to Ka Nelson's humble home, August 3, to pay their last respects to someone who dedicated his life for the uplifting of his tribe and other oppressed and marginalized sectors. For the first time in many years, too, Aetas from the three villages in Nabuclod mountain gathered together to welcome home their leader who had been forced to leave their community in 2002. Being a vocal critic of then president Gloria MacapagalArroyo, Ka Nelson's life was Army set up a detachment right at Ka Nelson's village. Edwin Danan, secretary general of the Central Luzon Ayta Association (ClAA) where Ka Nelson also served as spokesman, recalled that soldiers in full battle gear roamed around the village. "Soldiers went to the homes of the leaders and threatened us, accusing us of being members of the NPA [New People's Army]," Danan told Bu/at/at.com in an interview. The NPA is the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). During Arroyo's nine-year reign, more than 1,000 civilians, mostly activists, became victims of extrajudicial killings. Never really away Joseph Canlas, secretary general of the Alyansa ng Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luson (AMGL), told the mourners that Ka Nelson never really left his fellow tribesmen. "Since he left this place, he never did anything else other than defend the rights of the Aetas, the indigenous peoples and the oppressed and

marginalized sectors," Canlas said in FiUpino. Canlas recalled that Ka Nelson and four other Aeta leaders traveled on foot aUthe way to San Marcelino, Zambales where AMGL at that time held its office. Sensing the seriousness of the threats, Can las said, Ka Nelson continued his organizing among the Aetas in other places in Central Luzon. "He went to all provinces in the region where the indigenous peoples live - Zambales, Tarlae, Bataan and as far as Aurora," Canlas said. Roman Polintan, chairman of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan chapter in Central Luzon, testified how hardworking Ka Nelson was. "He would always tell me, 'Dyan lang tayo
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1991 to 1994, they went to places where the Aetas had been relocated and formed the CLAA It was the beginning of his life"rong advocacy. In the 90s, Ka Nelson ran for Sangguniang Kabataan and won. He eventually ran for councilor of their village and won again. "He had the initiative. He was a good leader," Serrano said during the tribute. As a leader of CLAA, Ka Nelson was popular. This made him a target of constant harassment. While in San Marcelino, Zambales, state agents would constantly tail him. Eventually, Ka Nelson deemed it was no longer safe for him to stay in Central Luzon. Inspiring In 2009, he became part of the Kallpunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (Kamp) and eventually became its spokesman. Joan Jaime, Kamp national coordinator, said Ka Nelson was a conscientious leader. "One time, because he was so

They have two sons, Arnel. 14 and Mark Melvin. 13, who enjoyed the company of their father whenever he was home. "He liked joking when he was with the boys," Maria said. Polintan said Ka Nelson was so effective that every time he spoke, the audience would always give him an applause, or sometimes, even a standing ovation. "He spoke from his heart," Polintan said. It is easy to understand why Ka Nelson represented his tribesmen and the other marginalized sectors so well, He knew poverty since childhood. Born to a peasant Aeta family. Ka Nelson is second of five siblings, all boys. Their parents died when Ka Nelson was around six years old. Sonny Serrano, an uncle, said Ka Nelson worked at an early age, as a farmer, a house helper and whatever jobs he could take. This led him to the city and exposed him to

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just there) and we would walk for hours. He was a tireless man." His wife, Maria, whom he married in 1996, said Ka Nelson never stayed at home for long. Maria never resented it "I knew that what he was doing was for the people, not for himself. I have long accepted that," she told Butetiet.com interview. in an

eager to speak with other indigenous peoples, he spoke in Tagalog while speaking to a lumad who spoke Bisaya," Jaime said in Filipino. "Although they have different languages, they understood each other because of the common struggles against development aggression and for their ancestral land." Antonio liongson, national coordinator of the MoreChristian People's Alliance (MCPA), called Ka Nelson as a "treasure of the Aeta people." "Whenever he spoke, he always linked the struggles of the Aetas to the struggles of the other indigenous peoples and to the struggles of the majority of the Filipino people," Liongson said. "Wherever he was, his words lingered in the minds of those who heard him." "He was a small person but his heart was big," Liongson said. Windel Bolinget, chairman of the Cordillera People's Alliance (CPA), expressed appreciation to Ka Nelson's solidarity with the indigenous peoples of the Cordillera. Bofinget said Ka Nelson was extraordinary. He said that despite the discrimination against the Aetas, Ka Nelson stood up, his head held up

high, to defend the Aetas. "He was never ashamed; he did not turn his back to the chaJfenge of the need for the Aeta people to rise up and make others know that the Aetas are humans too," Bolinget said. In 2008, Ka Nelson, along with other leaders of indigenous peoples from all over the country, established the Katribu party list, the only party that truly represents the indigenous peoples. As then spokesman of Katribu, Kakay Tolentino, now spokeswoman of Katribu, said Ka Nelson traveled to many parts of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao to educate and mobilize the indigenous peoples who are victims of larqe-scate, destructive mining and other so-called development projects. It did not matter that Ka Nelson only finished third grade in basic education, he earned the respect of fellow leaders and the indigenous peoples. lito Bais, chairman of United luisita Workers Union (Ulwu), said Ka Nelson inspired the farmers of Hacienda l.uislta. Bais said he met Ka Nelson when they staged their strike at Hacienda Luisita in 2004. "His

words inspired us to continue the struggle," Bais said. "Our aspirations are common: to live decently, to live with hope. Despite the threats to his life, he remained steadfast," Bais said. Continuing his legacy A representative of lpamingwa (literally, Defend), a local group of Aetas, vowed to continue Ka Nelson's legacy. Ipamingwa said Ka Nelson was instrumental in the recent victory of the Aetas against mining project in Mt Abo. Just this March, the proposed project was dismissed due to the opposition of the indigenous peoples. The Aetas have big shoes to fill especially that soldiers are stlll stationed at Ka Nelson's village to protect the ecotourism project of the local government and of businessmen. "The responsibility now lies in our shoulders to continue defending our ancestral domain," Jaime said. The Aetas, old and young, clapped their hands in agreement.

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