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1 Weather Forecast Three Army Soldiers Receive Award
Three Army soldiers who survived recent enemy attacks in Mindanao were bestowed an award similar to the US Army's "Purple Heart" award. Brig. Gen. Ricardo Rainier Cruz, 110 Commanding General, pinned the "Wounded Personnel Medal" to 2Lt. Mark Joseph A. Facaltan, Private First Class Boy Sarab, and Private First Class Robert Concepcion during his visit at their ward in Camp Navarro General Hospital in Zamboanga City. (Elena Aben)

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2 soldiers killed, 6 wounded in NPA attacks
Two soldiers were killed while six others were wounded in separate attacks by suspected communist rebels in Compostela Valley and Eastern Samar last Monday. Army spokesman Maj. Harold Cabunoc said members of the 25th Infantry Battalion (IB) were patrolllnq San Vicente Village at around 5:30 p.m. when a landmine exploded. "As soldiers rushed for cover, at least 15 rebels opened fire, triggering an intense firefight that lasted several minutes," Cabunoc said in a statement. (Alexis Romero)

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NPAs burn cargo trucks in Agusan
Suspected NPA rebels burned two cargo trucks in Purok 3, Brgy Katipunan City in Agusan del Sur. The communist rebels then poured gasoline on the hoods of the vehicles and lighted them. The suspects fled after the inctdent, (Ben Serrano) p. A-24

4 troops dead, 6 hurt in NPA attacks
Two soldiers died Monday while six others were injured in two attacks mounted by the New People's Army in Compostela Valley and Eastern Samar. The NPA rebels detonated landmines in both attacks, the military said. The first incident occurred around 5:30 a.m. Monday in San Vicente village, Montevista town in Compostela Valley, involving forces of the Army's 25th Infantry Battalion. (Victor Reyes and Raymond Africa)

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2 soldiers killed, several others wounded in separate NPA attacks against troops
Two Army soldiers were killed while several others were wounded during separate landmine attacks launched by communist New People's Army (NPA) rebels in the provinces of Compostela Valley and Eastern Samar on Monday, reports reaching Camp Aguinaldo said yesterday. Army spokesman Maj. Harold Cabunoc said the elements of the 25th Infantry Battalion (IB) were conducting routine security patrols along Barangay San Vicente in Montevista, Compostela Valley around 5:30 p.m. when they hit a landmine. (Mario Manari)

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NPA landmine kills soldier, hurts 3 other in Compostela Valley
5 An improvised bomb planted by NPA insurgents went off as soldiers were passing by at a remote village in Compostela Valley province, killing one Army trooper and wounding three others. (Elena Aben)

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Military ready to face probe for deaths of 2 kids in clash The military yesterday was ready to face any investigation in connection with the killing of two minors and the wounding of another during a clash with communist New People's Army (NPA) rebels in Camarines Norte province on Saturday. Army 9th Infantry Division (10) chief Maj. Gen. Josue Gaverza said that at present the police Scene of the Crime Operatives (Soco) is conducting probe of the firefight in Barangay Malaya in Labo town that also resulted in the killing of two NPA rebels, one of them a ranking commander. (Mario Mallari) Numbers dwindle but rebels more aggressive Despite Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) claims that the communist New People's Army (NPA) is dwindling in numbers, the military again found itself taking fire after rebels struck anew in two separate occasions that left one soldier dead and three others injured. Army spokesman Maj. Harold Cabunoc on Tuesday disclosed that an improvised explosive device caused the death and injury of the soldiers while they were on a security patrol in San Vicente Village, Montevista, Compostela Valley province. He said an intense firefight ensued when some 15 rebels opened fire on soldiers belonging to the Bravo Company of the 25th Infantry Battalion, 10th Infantry Division. (William Depasupil) Sundalo oatay, 3 pa sugatan sa bomba Binawian ng buhay sa ospital ang isang sundalo habang nakaligtas ang tatlong iba pa matapos silang pasabugan ng claymore ng mga kasapi ng NPA kamakalawa sa Brgy San Vicente, Montevista, Compostela Valley. Ayon sa taga pagsalita ng Army na Sl Maj Harold Cabunoc. (JB Salarzon) LTO tinangkang pasabugin Isang kambal na bomba ang pumalyang sumabog makaraang ihagis ng talong hindi pa nakikilalang kalalakihan sa lobby ng tanggapang ng LTC Office Region VI sa Iloilo City. (JB Salrzon) NPA men torch equipment, trucks Suspected NPA rebels torched five heavy equipment owned by a construction firm contracted by the government to undertake the initial phase of the P19-billion expressway project in Tarlac City. (Mark Anthony Manuel)

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Mia. Times p. A7

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Ex-army tslnap-tsap sa isabela Halos mahiwalay ang ilang bahagi ng kataean ng isang daing sundalo na natagpuan sa Brgy. Santa, Tumauni, Isabela. {Rey Velasco} Lasing na Ex-Army tsinap-tsap Halos magkawatak-watak ang katawan ng tindi ng mga sinapait na sugat ng pinaniniwalaang bunga sa hindi pa nakikilalang salarin na nag-a bang sa kanyang makipag-inuman sa Brgy. Santa, Tumuini. (Felix Medrano dating sundalo sa ng pananaga mula pag-uwi matapos Jr.)

Police files p. 3 Remate p. 10

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Siruma special polls set Pres Auino ordered the deputization of AFP and the PNP to assist the Comelec in the holding of a special election in the coastal town of Siruma, Camarines Sur on March 10. (Sonny Sales) Soldier slain in Samar attack A soldier was killed while three others were wounded when government forces were ambushed by suspected NPA in Eastern Samar. Ltc Niceforo Diaz, spokesman of 810 said the ambush occurred at around 8:00 p.m. in Brgy Antipolo, Llorente, Eastern Samar. (Zaida delos ReyesPalanca)

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Military Encouraged To Practice Carpooling In the face of increasing world oil prices, AFP chief of Staff LTGEN DELLOSA, has ordered the military to exercise prudence and adopt austerity measures in the consumption of petroleum, oil, and lubricant (POL) roducts, which are amon the critical items of suppl in AFP. Elena Aben Armed Forces adopts austerity measures The AFP has adopted austerity measures in the utilization of its petroleum, oil and lubricant (POL) supplies amid continuing increases in current world oil rices. William De asu il DND urges government to expedite military upgrade to protect Spratlys The Department of National Defense (DND) yesterday maintained that the Department of Energy's (DoE) oil exploration programs in the disputed West Philippine Sea has no security implication, stressing the projects are within the country's territorial waters. DND spokesman Peter Paul Galvez, however, stressed the need to expedite the ongoing capability upgrade of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to enhance the countr 's maritime securit . Mario Mallari

Mia. Bulletin p. 2

Mia. Times p. A2

Daily Tribune p. 3

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Three Army soldiers who survived recent enemy attacks in Mindanao were bestowed an award similar to the US Army's "Purple Heart" award.' _ Brig. Gen. Ricardo Rainier Cruz, lID Commanding General, pinned the ''Wounded Personnel. Medal" to 2Lt. Mark Joseph A. Facaltan, Private First Class Boy Sarab, and Private First Class Robert Concepcion during his visit at their ward in Camp Navarro General Hospital in Zamboanga City.

Facaltan and Sarab sustained shrapnel wounds when an improvised bomb exploded while they were responding to another bomb blast that killed Rey Collamat, farmer, in Usokan village, Labason town, Zamboanga Del Norte last Feb. 17.Army spokesman Maj. Harold Cabunoc said that the shrapnels pierced through the left leg of the two soldiers after Sarab tripped on a landmine. . . "Soldiers and policemen are the first responders during bombexplosions that sometimes occur in some rebel infested areas," said Cabunoc. Concepcion was ambushedbyagroup of elements in Barangay Langon, Upper Tungawan in Zarnboanga Sibugay Feb. 18, 2012 at 6:30 p.m, Named Wounded Personnel Medal (WPM),the award is equivalent to the' U.S. Army's popular award known as Purple Heart which is given to wounded soldiers. Soldiers receive the WPM award for "wounds sustained while in actual conflict with the enemy." Cabunoc said that the WPM is a dream award. "Yes,we don't dream to have one. But we are proud to-wear it. It is an honor to have served in the field and the unseen battle scars are represented by this medal that we proudly wear on our chest!'

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2 soldiers killed, 6 wounded in NPA attacks
By ALEXIS ROMERO

Two soldiers were killed Army (NPA) rebels in Llorwhile six others were wound- ente, Eastern Samar. ed in separate attacks by Lt. CoLNiceforo Diaz, suspected communist rebels spokesman for the Army's in Compostela Valley and 8th Infantry Division, said the Eastern Samar last Monday. attack happened ataround 8 Armyspokesman Maj. Har- p.m. in Barangay Antipolo. old Cabunoc said members of· He said the soldiers from the 25th Infantry Battalion (IB) . the 43rd IB were in the area were patrolling San Vicente to conduct community devel- . Village at around 5:30p.rn. opment projects. when a landmine exploded. Diaz said it is possible As soldiers rushed for that the communist rebels cover, at least 15 rebels were securing illegal mining opened fire, triggering an operations in the area. . intense firefight that lasted liThe livelihood sources of several minutes," Cabunoc rebels are also the livelihood said in a statement. sources of residents. The NPA The attack left one soldier rebels are earning money dead and three others infrom those who are earning jured. The-wounded soldiers from the mining activities, were brought to the Compos- legal or illegal," Diaz said. tela Valley RegionalHospital. "The message they (NPA) In another incident, a want to convey is they do not soldier was killed while three want their livelihood source others were wounded in an disturbed," he added. ambush by New People's - With Edith Regalado
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NPAs burn cargo trucks in Agusan
BUTUAN CITY- Suspected New People's Army (NPA) rebels burned two cargo trucks in Purok 3, Barangay Katipunan, Bayugan City in Agusan del Sur Monday noon. A report of the Bayugan Gty police to Caraga policeregional information officestated that the vehicles were traveling from Barangay Anislagan to Bayugan City, when their drivers were forced -topull over by the NPArebels at Barangay Marcelina. The communist rebels then poured gasoline on the hoods of the vehicles and lighted them. The suspects fled after the incident. - Ben Serrano

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4 troops dead, 6 hurt in NPAattacks
1WO soldiers died Monday while six others were injured in two attacks mounted by the New People's Army in Compostela Valley and Eastern Samar, The NPA rebels detonated landmines in both attacks, the military said, The first incident occurred around 5:30 a.m. Monday InSan Vicente village, Montevista town in Compostela Valley, involving forces of the Anny's 25th Infantry -Battalion. The soldiers were conducting a security patrol inthe area when the NPArebels detonated a landmme. "As soldiers rushed for cover, at least 15 rebels opened fire, triggering an intensive firefight that lasted several minutes," saidAnny spokesman Maj. Harold Cabunoc. The attack left one soldier dead and three injured. Compostela Valley poltce director Senior Supt. Timoteo Pacleb identified the fatality as Cpl. Rey Arroyo, and the injured as _ CpJ. Edwin Linda, Pfc. Mark Ballaran, and Pfc, Emerson Baranco. The milita1y deplored anew the NPA's use of landmines. Cabunoc said it is against intemationallaws and the ComprehensiveAgreernent on Respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law forged by the government with the communist group in 1998. In Eastern Samar, a soldier from the Army's 43rd Infantry Battalion died while three others were injured in an NPA ambush in Antipolo village, Llorente town around 8 p.m, The soldiers were aboard a truck on the way to secure evidence on an illegal mining case - on orders of a court - when they were attacked by the insurgents, said Maj. Niceforo Diaz, spokesman of the Army's 8th Infantry Division. Diaz said the rebels, numbering about 30, also exploded a landmine before unleashing a volley of fire on the soldiers. - Victor Reyes and Raymond Africa

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"2 soldiers killed, several others wounded in separate NPA attacks against troops
Two Army soldiers were killed while several others were wounded during separate landmine attacks launched by communist New People's Army (NPA) rebels in the provinces of Compostela Valleyand Eastern Samar on Monday, reports - reaching Camp Aguinaldo said yesterday. Army spokesman M~. Harold Cabunoc said the elements of the 25th Infantry Battalion (IB) were conducting routine security patrols along Barangay San Vicente in Montevista, Compostela Valley around 1):30p.rn.when they hit a landmine. Cabunoc said the explosion was immediately followed by heavy gun fires coming from the NPA rebels, _OFACEOFT numbering about 15. ,_, An Army man was ldUed during the attack while three others were
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In Eastern Samar, soldiers from the Army's 43rd 1B were on their way to secure court evidence when they hit a landrnine along Barangay Antipolo in llorente town around 8 p.m. _ Army 8th ID spokesman Lt. CoL Niceforo Diaz said that the troops were deployed after a local court asked for assistance from the military in securing pieces of evidence from a mining site undergoing litigation. soldiers, numbering about 20 aboard KM420 military truck, initially hit a landmine before being fired upon by ambushing NPA rebels; They hit a landmine, the vehicle stopped after being damaged and

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the fireflght ensued for one hour, Diaz said. According to Diaz, one soldier killed during the attack wlille others sustained minor iitiuries. Cabunoc said the Army leadership deplored the rampant - use ofthe banned landmmes by the NPArebels, which is a violation to the laws of anned conflict. The use of ·landmines - also violates the agreement signed by both the GRP and the NDF panel, as contained inthe Comprehensive Agreement on the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law. Civiliandeaths had. been recorded as a result to the continuous employmentofimprovised1a:OO.mines by the NPA.in:Region1aOO CARAGA --1 region, Cabunoc said. 5295 MarioJ. Mallari ---

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NPAlandmine kills soldier, huns · 3 others in Compostela Vallev
By ELENA L. ABEN

An improvised bomb planted by New People's Army (NPA) insurgents went off as soldiers were passing by at a remote village in Compostela Valley province, killing one Army trooper and wounding three others Monday afternoon.
Maj. Harold Cabunoc, Army spokesman, said the Army's peace and development teams from the Bravo Company of 25I8, .10 Infantry Division (10ID) were conducting security patrol at San Vicente village, Montevista town in Compostela Valley when the landmine explosion occured. He said as soldiers rushed for covet at least 15 rebels opened fire triggering an intense firefight that lasted several minutes. Cabunoc said the rebels eventually fled with' their casualties after they were met by overwhelming fires from the soldiers. . The four soldiers wounded in the laridmine blast shrapnel and gunshot wounds were immediately evacuated to a local hospital but one of them died due to a fatal wound in his head, while the three others were declared out of danger: The Army has deplored the rampant use of the banned landmines by the NPA, which is a violation to the laws of armed conflict Civilian deaths had been recorded as a result to the continuous I employment of improvised land- I mines by the NPA in Region 111 and CARAGA region, according to .

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M;ilitary ready to face probe for deaths of 2 I kids in clash

The milit.aIy yesterday was ready to face any investigation in connedion , with the killing of two minors and ' the wounding of another during a clash with communist NewPeople's Army (NPA) rebels in Camarines Norte province on Saturday. . Army 9th Infantry Division (ID) chlefM~. Gen. Josue Gaverza said that at present the police Scene of the Crime Operatives (Soco) is conducting probe of the fuefight in Barangay Malaya in Labo town that also resulted in the killing of two NPArebels, one of them a ranking eommander, It is now under investigation by' the police Soeo, It has not released any report yet. We sent the Soco precisely to keep it transparent and have the police to report the matter} Gaverza said. Eventually, maybe we will also fonu a board of inquiry, especially if there are really doubts about the incident. The involved troops are willing to face any investigation, if there would be any, Gaverza added.

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On Saturday, elements of the Army's49th Infantry Battalion (IB) dashed with a band ofNPA rebels, led by Rafael IJanto alias Gopi and tagged as the number two man of the NPNs Regional Guerrilla Unit . operating in Camarines provinces. The Army troops were sent to Barangay Malaya after .reeelving reports of an ongoing extortion activity in the area, Llanto, along with Benjamin Manzera also tagged as an NPA rebel, was killed during the clash. However, Manzera's children -10year -old Michael and seven-year<{lld Richard - were caught in the cross fire and died. . Manzera's daughter, Leoneza, 14, was also wounded during the encounter, Also recovered from the encounter site were an M16 Annalite rifle and a caliber 5.56mm M4 COIQIIlando rifle, . Gaverza said that the military is I now checking if the elder Manzera is one and the same person as the front secretary of the NPA's Southern Tagalog Regional Party Committee, If the investigation by the Soco : will reveal that there were lapses, they (troops) have not followedthe rules of engagement., it will warrant further investigation, Gaverza said. Mario J. Manari

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Numbers dwindle but rebels turn more aggressive
BVWILLIAM B. DEPASUPIL REPORTER

ESPITEArmed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) claims that the communist New People's Army (NPA) is dwindling in numbers, the military again found itself taking fire after rebels struck anew in two separate occasions that left one soldier dead and three others injured.
Army spokesman Maj. Harold Cabunoc on Tuesday disclosed that an improvised explosive device caused the death and injury

of the soldiers while they were on a security patrol in San Vicente Village, Montevista, Compostela Valley province. He said an intense firefight ensued when some 15 rebels opened fire on soldiers belonging to the Bravo Company of the 25th Infantry Battalion, 10th Infantry Division. On Sunday, rebels also torched several construction equipment of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) at Brgy. San Manuel, Tarlac, Maj. Enrico Gil C. Ileto. public affairs chief, 7th Infantry Division, said that.despite the burning of the

equipments, the rebels failed to disrupt ongoing construction and immediate security adjustments were implemented to secure the area and prevent a repetition of that incident. The 7th ID is based at Fort Ramon Magsaysay, Palayan City, Nueva Edja, one of the 25 provinces that had been declared as NPA-free. Early this month, rebels also engaged elements of the 48th Battal· ion, 7th ID while the government forces was conducting security operations in nearby Sitio Sibbagan. Barangay Landingan, Nagtipunan, Quirino, which, incidentally, is also one of the provinces declared as in-

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The encounter left two rebels dead. casualty was reported on the government side. Prior to the encounter, government forces discovered an abandoned camp of the same NPA group, indicating that the rebels, though small in number, continue to roam the so-called insurgency- free areas. Earlier declared as NPA-free were the provinces of Aklan. Apayao, Ifugao, Kalinga, Nueva Viscaya, Quirino. Nueva Eci]a, Aurora, Biliran. Cebu, Bohol, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, South Cotabato, LaUnion, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Cavite,

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Marinduque, Romblon, Guimaras, Siquijor, Northern and Southern Leyte and soon IIocos Norte. The AFP claims that NPA's strength went down further to 4,043 or 7.8 percent in 2011, lower than the previous year's 4,384 from a peak of 24,430. . But the CPP had disputed the claim of the AFP, saying that the NPA and revolutionary forces were steadily growing in strength poised for a leap in the coming years, AFP records showed that NPA has generated an estimated Pl.5 billion in "extortion" money over a)2-year period from 1998 to 2010.

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Binawian ng buhay sa ospital aug isang s~ndalo habang nakaligtas ang tatlong iba pa ~atapos silang pas~bugan ng claymore ng mga kasapi ng ~ew People s Army (NPA) kamakalawa sa Bgy. San V1Ce?te, Montevista, Compostela Valley, ayon sa tagapagsahta ng Army na si Maj. Harold Cabunoc kahapon. . . . Ngunit ayon sa report ng puiisya, kimlal~ ang nasawl~g si Corporal Rey Arroyo habang nasugatan sma CpL Edwm Linda, Pfc, Mark BaUaran at Pfc, Emerson Baranco, Ang tropa ay pinamunuan nina 1stLt. Cabagnot at 2nd,Lt.Aguila. Sa follow-up interview sa kanyang n:oblle phone, sinabi ni Col. Leopoldo Galen, tag~pagsallta ng Eastern. Mindanao Command (Eastmincbm), na ang mgasundalong nadale ng pagsabog ng claymore mine ng N"PA ay mula sa Scout Platoon at Bravo Company ng 25th " Infantry Battalion. (JB Salarzon)

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NPA men torch equipment, trucks
CAMPOUVAS, Pampanga +Suspected New People's Army (NPA) rebels torched Sunday night five heavy equipment owned by a . construction firm contracted by . the government to undertake the initial phase of the t>'19-billion expressway project in Tarlac City, police reported yesterday. Senior Supt. Alfredo Corpus, Tarlac provincia! director, said the armed men, clad in military uniform, arrived at around 11 p.rn, Sunday atthe construction site of the R.D. Policarpio & Co. Inc. in BarangaySan Miguel and set on fire the three backhoes, a crane and a grader. . The said construction firm is undertaking the initial phase of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Tol! Expressway (TPLEX) in Tarlac. Security guard Silvestre told police investigators that the armed men poured gasoline on the equipment and set them on fire. Silvestre claimed that one of the armed men told him that many of the farmers, who owned the lots that were acquired for the TPLEX project, have not yet been paid. He added that the armed men fired three successive shots before fleeing toward Barangay Villa Sacolor in this dty. Over in Bayugan City, some 10 heavily armed men believed to be NPArebels swooped down on a village and bumed twa hauling trucks Monday morning, police reported yesterday, Supt. Martin M. Gamba, Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13) spokesperson, said a la-wheeler cargo truck (RBZ-1S7) and one Fuso Wing Van truck (RKK-97).) were burned after the drivers were forced to get off their vehicles at about 11:30 a.m, Monday, at Purok 3, Barangay Katlpunan, Bayugan City. .Gamba said the perpetrators are members of guerilla-Front Committee 8 of the CPP-NPANortheastern Mindanao Regional Party Committee (NEMRC) under certain "Aka Malic". The burned trucks were registered to Rodolfo Saday Bornez, 54, barangay chairman of Anislagan in San lauis town, Agusan del Sur province, according to Gamba. (Mark Anthony N. Manuel & Mike U. Crismundo)

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ISABELA-Halo$ magkawatak-watak ang katawan ng datiog sundalo sa tindi ng mga sinapit na sugat na plnaoiniwalaang bunga ng pananaga mula sa hindi pa nakikllalang salarin na nag-abang sa kanyang pag-uwi matapos makipag.inuman sa Brgy. Santa, bayan ng Tumaulni. Sa ipinarating na ulat ni PCI Roberto Conado, PCRI PIO ng Isabala Police Provincial Office, kinilala ang biktlma na sl Onofre Sison y Reyes, dating kagawad ng Phil. Army at tubong Delo Pilar, Alicia, lsabela. Nabatkl na Iadlad ng suqat ang biktima mula sa mukha hanggang sa buong katawan

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karahasan na halos nagkakaya posibleng mati ndi ang gaM dito I1ghindi pa nakikila- gutay-gutay ang katawan. Nagsasagawa pa ng imlang· salarin. Lumitaw sa ulat na unaog naklta ang biktima na nakikipag-inuman sa bahay ng barangay kagawad na si Carmen Dumayas kasama ang ilang mga kalbiqan. Nang makarami ng nainom ay nag· paalarn si Sison upang umuwi sa pansamantala oitong . tioutuluyang bahay sa Brgy. santa. Hang oras matapos mag· paalam na uuwi ang biktima ay nabalitaao na lamang og mga kainumao nito ang naqanap na pamamaslang. Sa pagtatanong ay nalaman n9 mga ito na sl Sison ang sinasabing biklima ng bestigasyon ang mga awtoridadupang matokoy ang salarin at kung ana ang rnotibo

nito sa pamamaslang. FELIX YORO MEDRANO, JR.

A SOLDIER was killed while three others were wounded when government forces were ambushed by suspected New People's Army rebels the othernigbt in Eastern Sa-

PRESIDENT Benigno S. Aquino ill ordered the deputization .IIf the Armed Forces of .the Pbilippin~ (AFP) and thel'hilippine National Police (PNP) to assist the Com . on on Elections (Come lee) in the holding of a spec election in the coastal town of Siruma, Camari s Sur, on March 10_ .
The melee provincial. office said that by virtue. of Memorandum Order' No. 32 signed by Executive Secretary

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the said~W enforcement agencies "to be on watch and '. perform .their· dutie~ .during' the political exercise to elect a new mayor for Siruma town." The holding of the special election is based onSPC No. 10002 dated May 19, 2011, which annuls the proclamation of Mayor Sandy Ondis and ordering the holding of special election in Bgy. Butawanan of the said municipality. , The special election will be a contest between Ondis, an ally of Gov. Luis Raymund Villafuerte, and Nonito Vier, a former Siruma mayor identified with Rep. NoH Fuentebella. Reportedly, the special election will decide on the charges that some 247 ballots were not counted and discovered to have mysteriously disappeared. . Sonny Sales

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rebels. A landmine planted by the rebels also exploded when hit by the military vehicle. It was learned that soldiers
were assigned to secure evidence of illegal mining activities in the area when they Were ambushed. Despite. of the surprised attack, soldiers were' able to fight back that resulted in a brief firefight, killing one soldier and wounding' three others. Authorities are conducting follow-up investigation into the incident Zaida delos Reyes-Palanea

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.scheme to save on fuel requirements expenses. Burgos said the directive also In the face of increasing world states that periodic preventive oil prices, Armed Forces of the maintenance schedule ofall vehicles Philippines (AFP) chief of staff, Lt. shouldbe strictly observed to ensure Gen. Jessie' Dellosa, has ordered their roadworthiness; and whenever the military to exercise prudence possible, all units' and offices must and adopt austerity measures in the- avoid or minimize the use of POL consumption of petroleum, oil, and high consuming vehicles. lubricant (POL) products, whichare _"But even before this directive, among the critical items of the armed forces has been doing ,supply in the AFP. "conservation measures in the utiliDellosa, through t.!x€. zation of POL," said Burgos, noting Office of-the Deputy Ch±ef':thatuni-ts and offices of the AFP of Staff for Logistics,iS':'~-have~en submitting a monthly oil 'sued the.dlrective toiill.EconS,ulUption report to make sure commanders of the AjiP:'-:POLtr:imsactions are transparent Major Services, Unified and monitored, ' Commands, General Head- _ ..He said implementation of "no quarters and AFP Wide decal, no POL issuance policy" is , Service Support Units (AF. also being practiced as well as the PWSSUs). _..' use of coconut methyl ester (CME) Dellosa's directive is blended-diesel fuel, aimed to minimize, the Burgos said there is also a meaimpact of steep oil price sure that excludes vehicles prohibincreases to the accom- ited to travel based on the Metropollplishment of the AFP's tan Manila Development Authority mission. (MMDA.) olor coding scheme from . c Military spokesman, issuance of POL. Col. Arnulfo Marcelo BurIn issuing the directive, Dellosa gos Jr., said all AFP units said: "There's no denying of the and offices were ordered continuous increase' of oil price in to strictly observe the fol- the global perspective, so for AFP's lowing procedures: priority part, I have directed all personnel, of POL issuance will be in units and .offices to strictly adhere . the implementation of the to the austerity measures rooted Internal Peace and Security out from the utilization and usage Plan (IPSP) Bayanihan; of POL." non-essential movement "This is our way ofexpressing our' of vehicles will be avoid- oneness with the nation indoing all ed; and units and offices' possible means in saving and conmust observe the "carpool" serving our resources," he said. OFFICE OF THE ARMY CHIEFPUBUC AFFAIRS - Email add: oacpa_hpa@yahoo.camIei no. (vZJ·892·1693.locaJ: 5287. 5295
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Armed Forces adopts austerity measures
BY WILLIAM B. DEPASUPIL REPORTER

HE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has adopted austerity measures in the utilization of its petroleum, oil and lubricant (POL) supplies amid continuing increases in current world oil prices.
Its chief, Lt. Gen. Iessie Dellosa. recently issued an order through the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics or J4, directing all commanding generals of the three majar services, unified commands, general headquarters and AFP wide service support units to observe strict measures in the consumption of POL supplies, a critical item in

the military. In the same order, Delllosa said, that priority would be given to implementation ofInternal Peace and Security Plan Bayanihan. the government's new anti-insurgency strategy. All commands, he added, were also under strict orders to avoid non-essential movements of vehicles and for all units and offices to observe the 'car pool" scheme to save on fuel and expenses. Periodic preventive' maintenance schedules of all vehicles will be

strictly observed to ensure roadworthiness of the cars and, whenever possible, all units and offices must avoid or minimize the use of vehicles that consume a big quantity of POL supplies. For this year alone, a total of five increases in the prices of oil products' were implemented by oil companies, Another increase is expected in the next few days because of high prices in the world market brought about by tensions between Iran and the West.

The military spends some PIS0 million every quarter or P600 million a year for petroleum, oil and lubricants. Last year, former AFPchief of staff and now Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David and the former deputy chief oflogistics, now retired Commodore Teddy Pan, were linked to allegedly anomalous distribution and consumption of some P400million worth of POL supplies, But the two were eventually exonerated by a three-man investigating committee created by then-Chief

of Staff Gen. Eduardo Oban Jr. for the purpose. Dellosa said that even before he issued the directive, the AFP had adopted conservation measures in the utilization of POL supplies, Units and offices of the AFP, he added, have been submitting a monthly oil consumption report to make sure POL trans-actions are transparent and monitored. Dellosa said that the "no decal, no POL issuance policy" and the use of Coconut Methyl Esther blended-diesel fuel are being implemented.

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,By Mario J. Manari
The Department of National Demnse (DND)yesterdaymaintained tl$. the Department of Energy's (DoE) oil exploration programs in ·;.the disputed west Philippine Sea has "no,5ecurity implication, stressing the prqjects are within the country's "tePIitorial waters. ~,,'·nND spokesman Peter Paul ,.Ghlvez,however, stressed the need , to expedite the ongoing capability ;.'Upgradeofthe Armed Forces of the : Ph1lippines (AFP) to enhance the ~cQUlltry'smaritime security. :~'_":rhere is none (security
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implication). All those service contracts are within the jurisdiction of the Philippines, Galvez said. The Defense department continues to develop our capabilities for maritime security so we can monitor all these projects, Galvez added. Galvez, however, said there is no need to beef up security patrols in the West Philippine Sea but only continuous maritime patrol. That is why we are expediting our procurement of various items so that we can try to attain readiness rating. Wejust continue to develop our readiness in the

area, Galvez said. On Monday,the DoE announced the possible awarding of service contracts to winning bidders next month for two exploration areas in the West Philippine Sea despite opposition from China, which claimed the entire disputed area as its own South China Sea. . sovereignty- and historical rights over the Spratlys or locally known as Kalayaan Islands Group (KIGs). Aside from the Philippines and China, the Spratlys are also being claimed in whole or in part by Brunei) Malaysia) Taiwan and
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September when President AqUino Galvez stressed that the DoE had his state visit to Beijing. Amid the tension, the Aquino JR"ojects hould not cause anyalarm s government started upgrading from China, saying the service the capability of the AFP with contracts are within thejurisdiction of Philippine territory ... really the acquisition of the Navy's first ever Hamilton class cutter, now uncontested. Last year, tension between the named BRP Gregorio del Pilar, Philippines and China went high from the United States Coast Guard last August. after the AFP reported alarming Another Hamilton cutter is number of Chinese intrusions into Phillppin&elaiIlled territories in the expected to be turned over by the WestPhilippine Sea. There was even US government to the AFP before an harassment of DoE exploration the year ends. vessel in The Reed Bank by Chinese , , Aside from these naval capability upgrade, the DND is also scouting vessels. The tension subsided in for air assets, incIudingjet fighters.
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Once again, the Philippine National Police must be asked: what has it done to curb the nationwide incidence of killings by hired guns riding motorcycles in tandem? Has the brass developed an operation plan? Have they studied any pattern in the assassinations? Have they kept records of the numberof victi:ns, and the vicinities and times of the hits? .Have they laid down a policy on ~hich unit has jurisdiction over such cnmes? Have they taken fingerprints of g~nrunners and illegal possessors of firearms? Have they verified reports that many of the murderers-for-hire come from Abra? Have they studied how Cabanatuan and San Jose cities in Nueva Ecija discouraged riding in tandem by putting up police checkpoints where motorcyclists and passengers are stopped too often?
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Visiting this week, two former Chinese envoys to Manila seemed to say the right things. Like: "China.wishes ~o forge good neighborly rela.tIOns. It ~s willing to work out something beneficial and acceptable to both sides in its dispute with the Philippines over the Spratly Islands. But China ~eems unacceptable dragging the Um.ted States into the fray. China sees not~lI:g wrong with the Philippines acqumng warships from the US; any c?untry ~ust beef up its defense. B~! C~ma ~ertamly would react if the Philippines involves the US in its claim. China is pushing f?r the 'Deng Xiaoping solu~ion'. That IS, for all the six counterclairnants t? ~et aside territorial spats in favor of joint exploration and development of the troubled area." "

But ambassadors Wang Yingfan ~nd Wang Chungui are so used to tal~g out of both sides of the mouth. That IS their special role as retired diplomats yet active Chinese squawk box ,s~n the, Spratly issue. When they say· disputed waters," they actually refer n_ot nly o to the Spratly archipelago. They include the entire South China Sea (also.called West Philippine Sea ar:d East Vletna-r;n Sea, depending on which shore .one IS standing). And that. includes htto~al waters of Taiwan, VIetnam, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines. It's particularly b?thersome for Manila. For, China's claim over all the waters encompasses inte~national1y recognized Philippine tern tory. Covered by China's unilateral assertion, fo: one, IS the Philippines' Recto Bank (international ~ame: Reed Bank). Part of t~e Philippine archipelagic shelf, thus WIth shallower waters, the bank is a?out 80 km from Palawan'and ou ts'ide the Spratly chain. Philippine contractors had searched for oil and gas, and co~firmed such deposits in Recto B~nk l~ the '80s. Recently it gave extra~tlOn ~lcenses to British and US consortiums In the bank's Sampaguita Field. ~rom o~t of the blue invoking good neighborliness China wants jointly to explore and develop the disputed area." .. And yet the Philippines' Re~to B~nk was never disputed - n~t un~11 China suddenly came out with Its Nme~Dash

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partially submerged around Rajah Soliman (Boxall) Reef, even closer to Palawan than Amy Douglas and Recto Banks. • June 8, 2011, another Philippine vessel chanced upon a steel cylindrical buoy at the western edge of Recto Bank. • July 11, 2011, an aircraft, presumably Chinese, flew low over Filipino fishermen off Rajah Soliman Reef. • July 12, 2011, the Philippine Navy discovered a steel mooring buoy at the vicinity of Escoda (Sabina) Shoal, also long recognized Philippine-owned, . close to Palawan and outside the Spratly chain. • Oct. 18,2011, a Chinese fishing vessel nearly collided by crossing the path of a disabled Philippine Navy patrol in Recto Bank. • Dec. 11, 2012, two Chinese warships from Panganiban(Mischief) Reef trespassed Philippine waters and circled Escoda Shoal twice before sailing home to Haman island-province. • Dec. 12, 2012, a third Chinese ship did the same. Indirectly admitting the intrusion, Beijing dismissed Manila's diplomatic protest as baseless because the sandbar supposedly has a Chinese name and so is within its maritime jurisdiction. . By China's estimates, the Spratlys alone contain 225 billion barrels of oil, plus other minerals and food. In claiming the entire South China Sea, including the Para eel archipelago off Vietnam, it aims to grabs at least six times more territory and undersea wealth. At the same time, it is depriving smaller neighbors of their littoral resources. (In 1988 Chinese gunboats massacred Viet·namese sailors in the Paracels, and in 1995 occupied Mischief Shoal.) China's actuations are disrupting Philippine economic activity. Filipino fishermen are being chased away from their traditional catching grounds. Beijing is questioning Manila's ongoing bid-out of 15 petroleum exploration blocks off northwest Palawan, on the pretext that two are within its claimed seas. A military clash looms within Philippine wa ters. . Last year ASEAN proposed to China the drafting of detailed guidelines for the 2002 Code of Conduct of par~ ties in the Spratly dispute. The neighborhood bully rejected the idea. .
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