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AFP gets P4.7B from camps conversion the sale of military camps has injected some P4.7 bilHon into the AFP modernization program, resulting in the completion of 43 projects. : ROTC Centennial Challenge (photo} AFP RELAT£D ISSUES

Manila Bulletin p. 6 Business Mirror p. A-4


MiHtary modernization on tracts as funds pour in The Armed Forces partly pursued its modernization program with the funds that it received from the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (8CDA). BCDA remittances to military reach over P15 B the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) has remitted to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) more than P15 billion from the proceeds of the sale of former military camps as of last year. DND forms body to review contracts with attached agencies The Department of National Defense (DND) has formed a committee that would review and terminate the contracts entered into by its attached aqencies and the military. DND body will look into deals with problems Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin has formed a Contract Termination Review Committee (CTRC) that would look into acquisition contracts, worth P50 million and up, that are stalled by some issues.

Philippine Star p. A~28


Phil Star p. 7


Malaya p. B-2

7 Ex-PC chief says GMA forces want Aquino ousted A group of politicians has connections with the Armed Forces is reportedly planning to oust President Aquino, said Maj Gen Ramon Montano, former PC Chief. No alarm beUs over China's defensive drive -ONO The DND is not alarmed by the reported increase in China's defense expenditures for 2012 amid tension over the disputed Kalayaan Islands Group (KIGs) West Philippine Sea, or the South China Sea, stressinq such move is a prerogative of any sovereign country. Gov't won't tackle new issues bugging pact with MNLF - Deles The government is committed to "find solutions to issues" bugging full implementation Jof the Final Peace Agreement (FPA) it inked with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNlF) in 1996, but not to tackle new ones akin to negotiations. Albay hosts US humanitarian mission The first US Air force humanitarian mission in albay dubbed as pacific Angel 12-1 is all set as hospital tents are set at the Tactical Operations Group 5-Philippine Air Force (PAF) compound by US Soldier~. Malaya p. 8-4

Daily Tribune p. 1


PDI p. A-20


Manila Times p. A-7

widow seeks govt action The widow of slain botanist leonard Co on Sunday appealed to the government to give due action on the complaint she filed with the Department of Justice for the death of her husband more than a year ago. Slain botanist's


Manila Time p. A-7

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(and in Albay At least6 99 troops from the US Air Force based in Guam arrived last week on board two C-17 transport aircraft craft to join the Pacific

Standard Today p. 8-6

~ngel Humanitarian Mission tomorrow here and in the towns of Guinobatan nd Sto. Domingo, a Navy officer said. Sison: I will come home if peace talks prosper Jose Maria Sison, the founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), who has been in self-exile in Utrecht, the Netherlands, said he wHl return to the country only lf peace negotiations prosper under President Aquino. PNoy 'hallucinating1 over .Joma's return A leftist leader accused President Aquino III on Sunday of "hallucinating" on the whereabouts, tdeoloqy land political plans of Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison and said the "double-talk" would damag.e the peace process. 4 kllled, 8 hurt in Jolo bombing At least four persons were killed and eight were wounded when an improvised explosive device went off in downtown .Iolo Sulu province at 6:55 p.m. Saturday, the military's Western Mindanao Command said. Business Mirror p. A-4


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POI p. A-10

Abu Sayyaf tagged in Jolo bombing Police have tagged the Abu Sayyaf as behind Saturday's bombing that killed two civilians and wounded 14 others in downtown Jolo, Sulu. 15

Phil Star p. 10

Two dead, 14 hurt in Jolo blast At least two civilians were killed and 14 were injured when an improvised bomb exploded outside a commercial complex in Jolo, Sulu at past 7 p.m. Saturday. .Jolo blast kills 2 16 explosion believed carried out by members of the AI Oaeda - linked Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) rocked a commercial area in Jolo, Sulu Saturday night, leaving two people dead and 14 others wounded, the military and police said yesterday. 2 Killed, 14 wounded in Jolo explosion Two persons were killed while 14 others, including four minors, were wounded when a homemade bomb was placed beside a generator set by still unidentified assailants went off Saturday evening in front of a store on Serantes Street, Brangay Walled City, Jolo Sulu.

Malaya p. B-2


Manila Bulletin p. 1




Business Mirror p. A-4


ARMM attacks called 'acts of cowardice' ~ Acting Regiona! Governor Mujiv Hataman of the ARMM on Sunday labeled as "acts of cowardice" the spate of bombings that injured one in this city and two in Jolo, Sulu which also injured 13 others. DND. PBF support greening program The Department of Nation Defense has entered into a partnership with the Philippine Bamboo Foundation for projects in support of and livelihood the National Greening Program of the government opportunities for communities wlthin and near military reservations. .Jolo, sapul ng bomba: 15 nadale Dalawang katao ang nasawi at 13 iba pa ang sugatan sa pagsabog ng bomba na ltinanim sa downtown Jolo sa lalawigan ng Sulu. Downtown

Manila Times p. A-3

Peoples Journal p. 6


Abante p. 3

P~Noy seeing 30's PhH Star p. 17


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A wind convergenceafwhile the ,ridge of a high pressure area . 'extends across Luzon. Southern Luzon, the Vi:sayas and Mindanao will be •mostly cloudy with scattered ; rainshowers and isolated i thunderstorms. · The rest of the country will :be partly cloudy to cloudy ;with isolated ramshowers or i thunderstorms, mostly in the ·afternoon or evening. " Coastal waters in southi fects Mindanao,


ern Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao will be moderate. to rough. Elsewhere, seas will be slight to moderate. T-em.perature forecasts: Metro Manila, 22-34 degrees Celsius, Baguio City; 12-27; Tagaytay City, 21-31;Subk and Clark zone, 25-34; Metro Cebu, 24-30;Metro Davao, 24-30;and Cagayan de Oro, 22-32. Tidal predictions in Manila Bay: low tide at 3~36a.m. at 0.10 meter. Sunrise is at 6:10 a.rn.: sunset at 6:05 p.m.


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AFP gets r4.7B from camps' conversion
THE SALE of military camps has injected some P4.7 billion into the Armed Forces of the Phi!ippines' modernization program, resulting in the completion of 43 projects. The P4.7 billion remitted by the Bases Conversion and De.velopment Authority represented the APP's share in the proceeds of the conversion of former military bases to commercial use. Of the 43 projects completed, 19 are already being used by military units. As a result, 1,621 night fighting system units and six armored personnel carriers M-l13 have been delivered to the Philippine Army; 18 basic trainer aircraft and. one aerial camera to the. Philippine Air Force; and two multipurpose attack craft, four landing craft utility and 76-mm ammunition to the Philippine Navy. ' A total of 402 .squad automatic weapon units have also been delivered to the Army; Navy and Air Force as well as 8,100 force protection equipment for the Army and Navy. The AFP general headquarters also now has an integrated radio tracking system, a base communication network project, mobile communication network and special operations communication equipment.
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R.O.T.C. CENTENNIAL CHALLENGE - Members of the Philippine Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) unit march during the opel:1in'g ceremony of the Armed Forces of the Philippihes ROTC Centennial Challenge at the General Headquarters Grandstand, Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City yesterday, March 4, 2012. The event kicked off the year-long series of activities to mark the centennial celebration of the ROTC in the country. pacqueline Hernandez) .


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Military 'modernization on tract as funds pour in



THE Armed Forces partly pursued Its modernization 'program with the funds that it received from the Bases Conversion and Development , Authority (BCDA). Col, Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos, Armed Forces spokesman, said the military completed 43 modernization and capability upgrade projects valued atP4,7 billion from the money that was turned over by the BCDA. Burgos said the BCDA had previously remitted a total of P12.7 billion. He said that of the 43 projects, 19 have been delivered to the Armed Forces and have already been issued to the troops. These include the 1,621 pieces of night fighting system for the Army; 18 basic trainer aircraft and one aerial camera for' the Air Force; two multi purpose attack craft, four landing utility craft and 76mm ammunition for the Navy and integrated radio tracking system, base communication network project, mobile communication network and special operations communication equipment for the General Headquarters. The funds were also used to improve four operating rooms of the ,Armed Forces Medical Center in Quezon City and the military hospital in Busbus, Sulu. A total of 62 units of audio-visual equipment, were acquired for the Armed Forces Public Affairs Office. Likewise, Burgos said that the military acquired 402 squad automatic :weapons for the three major services and 8,100 pieces of force protection , ,equipmen~ for the Army and the Navy. For the lasttranche of remittance for 2011, the BCDA also turned over P2.64 billion to the national government, for its shar~ in the sale of former military bases. '. Aside from the share that it had received from the sale of military lands, :the Armed Forces also received its share from the lease of its properties by 'corporations through the BCDA.
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BCDA relllittancesto military reach over PIS B
The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BeDA) has remitted to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) more than PIS billion from the proceeds of the sale of former military camps as of last year. The military uses its share , of proceeds from the disposition of its former bases to buy new defense equipment or improve its facilities. AFP spokesman CoL Arnulfo Burgos Jr. said for 2011 alone, the BeDA turned over P2.64 billion; P2..37billion of which went to the military. He said the BCDA had remitted a total of P12.7 billion from 2000 to 2010. Burgos said the funds they received would be used to support their modernization efforts. "These (funds) will further equip the AFP with the necessary requirements of

its capability upgrade and modernization projects which does not only benefit the men and women in uniform but ultimately the whole Filipino nation as well," he said, Burgos said a total of 43 military capability upgrade projects worth P4.7 billion have been completed using the BCDA remittances. Of the 43 completed proj-

ects, 19 were already delivered to the AFP and are now being used by troops. Among the projects deIivered are the 1,621 Night Fighting System for the Army; 18 basic trainer aircraft and aerial camera for the Air Force; two multi-purpose attack craft, four landing craft utility and 76-mm ammunition for the Navy; an integrated radio tracking system and base communication

network fo~ the APP General Headquarters; 402 squad automatic weapons, and 8,100 force protection equipment. . The AFP Medical Center also benefited from the BCDA remittances, which were used to improve four operating rooms. The military is also entitled to shares from non-sale transactions like lease agreements from various companies.


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DND forms body to"review contracts with attached agencies
The Department of National Defense (DND) has formed a committee that would review and terminate the contracts . entered into by its attached agencies and the military. .. The creation of the Contract Termination Review Committee (CTRC) is contained in DND Department Circular No. 2 issued last Jan. 26. The committee will be tasked to. deliberate on contracts for termination amount- . ing to at least P50 million then make recommendations to the head of the unit that seeks to buy equipment or 'avail of the services covered by the contract. A DND official who requested anonymity admitted that some projects have been delayed and that the CTRC was intended to address the problems. "The CTRC will help prevent possible abuses by contractors. This will prevent them from shortchangingthe government;" the source said. The same source said that the committee would also prevent suppliers from seeking to amend contracts after they have been signed. DND Undersecretary for Finance, Munitions, Installations and Materiel Fernando Manalo will serve as chairman of the committee. Assistant Secrefary for Acquisition, Installations and Logistics Patrick Velez will be the committee's vice chairman. .Other members of the CTRC are DND Assist~mt' Secretary for Comptrollership Emesto Boac and DND Legal Service chief Cherrie Belmonte-Lim. _ Alexis Romero

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DND body will look into deals with problems
DEFENSE Secretary Voltaire Gazmin has formed a Contract Termination Review Committee (CTRC) that would look into acquisition contracts, worth P50 million and up, that are stalled by some issues. . Gazmin designated Fernando Manalo,DND's .Undersecretary for Finance, Munitions, Installations and Materiel, who is playing a key role in the military modernization program, as the concurrent chairperson of the new body. The vice chair will be Patrick Velez, DND assistant secretary for Acquisition, Installation and Logistics. Its members are DND Assistant Secretary for Comptrollership Ernesto Boac, and DND Legal Affairs Office chief Cherne Belmonte-Lim. Its provisional members include the AFP deputy, the Office of Civil Defense administrator, Philippine Veterans Affairs Office administrator, Government Arsenal director, Veterans Memorial Medical Center director, and the president of the National Defense College of the Philippines. ~ Gazmin said the committee has the power to recommend the termination of contracts to the head of the procurement entity. He said the committee will perform its function in accordance with guidelines set by the Government Procurement and Policy Board. "The DND CfRC is authorized to call upon other officials, personnel and offices of the DND, AFP and civilian agencies /bureaus under the DND in the performance of their duties," said Gazmin in a recent circular. DND Spokesman Peter Paul Galvez said the committee will only review contracts that are facing some delaysor issues, including the delayed implementation of the contract or deliveries. Galvez assured that any contracts that may be terminated will be re-bidded. "We are just trying to protect, of course, the government against those (problems)." Asked if there are current problematic contracts in the department, Galvez said: "There are a few." Asked whether these contracts were entered into during the Arroyo administration, Galvez said; "1am not sure. That I have to check on which contract that will pass throu!t~,~h:lt (committee)." - VUior Reyes

Ex-PC chief savs GMA lorces want AquinO ousted
of losing its power because ' Aquino is not favoring anyone. He said the President is hitting A GROUP of politicians and businessmen which has con- ' even those associated with his nections with the Armed Forces family. President Aquino disclosed is reportedly planning to oust President Aquino, said Maj. the plot last week. The military and police have said they have Gen. Ramon Montano" former not monitored any threat to PC chief. overthrow the President but the Montafio did not name names Chief Executive may have other but' said some members of the group are associated with for- sources of information. Montano said, "In our view mer President and now Pampan'ga Rep. Gloria Arroyo, who is those Pnoy ouster reports are detained for electoral sabotage .. orchestrated by political/eco"They are connected to Glo- nomic aggrupations who are extremely unhappy with the ria ... It's a political, powerful unwavering, straight narrow group that has been controlpath Pnoy is pursuing to lift all ling our country for a long, Filipinos from the deep pits that long time. They became more the Filipino elite (caused) with powerful during Gloria because OFFICE the administration of Gloria is their culture of 'palakasan' and corruption. " corrupt," he added. He said these "Filipino elite , He said the group is afraid



have "buried the common tao (to the pits) since the birth of our democracy." Montano served as PC chief during the term of President Corazon Aquino, and helped quell a number of coups perpetrated by military personnel during her administration. He said the group's allies in the military, the criminal justice system, the Courts, civic organizations, media and society are reacting vigorously against Aquino. Montano said he got his information' from soldiers. He said the soldiers of the past generation will join the Filipino people in defending Aquino from the "powerful and ....------moneyed forces of evil who are !l: 5287, 5295 using their massive resources to perpetuate themselves in power and wealth."







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No alarm bells over China's defense drive - DND
fostering. world peace or maybe disaster assistance or even increasing salaries of their personnel. "It's their prerogative's the prerogative of any sovereign The Department of National Defense (OND) is not alarmed country to do so as they deem it appropriate, tit for their security. by the reported increase in China's defense expenditures for And we don't knew the specifics of the expenditures," he added, 2012 amid tension over the disputed Kalayaan Islands Group Galvez stressed the Philippines does not look at China as an (KIGs) West Philippine Sea, or the South China Sea, stressing enemy. such move is a prerogative of any sovereign country. "Why should we be disturbed when we don't see them as an DND spokesman Peter Paul Galvez yesterday said China's enemy, we see them as our good neighbor ...we have long history reported $liO-biliion defense expenditures should not. cause with China, n the Defense official added. any alarm for the Philippines as these may only be aimed at Galvez also downplayed fears that China's huge defense budget could be aimed at strengthening its claims over the RIGs or the SpraUys in the West Amid the tension, Aquino Philippine Sea. started upgrading the capability of "China has other lssuesthat they also face ....issue the AFP with PIO-billion allotment, that they contend with ...they have their own other most of which came from the borders, they also have other internal security . Malampaya fund. The Navyacquired issues," he added. its first ever Hamilton class cutter . Galvez said while the Philippines and China are from the United States Coast tangled into a dispute over the Spratlys such issue Guard. only needs to be clarified. . In Beijing, Li Zhaoxing, a Earlier, China had expressed protest over the spokesman for China's national I Turn tD page Z parliament described the budget as "relatively low" as a percentage of ~ From page 1 gross domestic product compared ~h othe~ countries. and said it was Phmppinegovernment's planned oil ease concerns in the United States .armed at safeguarding sovereignty, exploration in the West Philippine and the region about its growing national and territorial Sea where the Spratlys are located: military might. . integrity.· '. Aside from the Philippines and "It is doubtful whether the. "We have a large territory and China, theSpratlys are being message will get across because . a long 'coastline but our defense claimed in part by Brunei, Malaw;i:>, most countries know that the real. spending is relatively low compared Taiwan and Vietnam. budget is at least double the with other m!\ior countries,' Agerwe The Department of Energy has published one," said Willy Lam, a France Presse quoted Li as saying. already opened two areas in the leading China expert at the Chinese "It will not in the least pose a West Philippine Sea for bidding to University of Hong Kong. threat to other countries," he private companies. The DoE is Lam said funding for added. expected to award the exploration modernizing the country's military China has been increasing its projects to the winning bidders was not included in the published , military spending by' double digits within the month, .budget, which mostly covered i for most of the past decade, during The Philippine government salaries for defense personnel and . which time. its economy, now the stressed the areas opened for maintenance of existing equipment. world's second largest, has grown . explorations are well within the fd:oney for research and at a blistering pace. country's 209 nautical miles derelopment of modern weaponry The People's Liberation Army exclusive economic zone as "comes from elsewhere," he said. CPLA) - the world's largest with provided for under the United '1aiwan-based PLA expert an estimated 2.3 million troopsNations Convention on Law of the ArtItur Ding' said the still ~ is hugely secretive about its Sea. consiqerable growth in this year's' defense programs, but insists its Tension between the budget would push "regional modernization is purely defensive Philippines and China also went '1 in nature. countries to try to build closer ties high last year after the DND, with the United States. » The rapid military build-up has through the Armed Forces of the "I think the regional countries nevertheless set alarm bells ringing Philippmes, reported alarming will be really concerned about across Asia and in Washington, increase in the number of intrusion that," Ding told AFP. which announced in January a'l "China has to explain and try -, of Chinese vessels into Philippinedefense strategy focused on . claimed territories in the KIGs. to convlnoe the regiona~ countries 92.1693 local: 5287 5295 countering China's rising power. [ The tension only subsided after why they need such a high growth ' .. ' Analysts said the smaller-thanPresident Aquino made his state rate." AFP expected increase in spending this visit to Beijing in September. year was an attempt by Beijing to

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Gov't won't tackle new issues bugging pact with MNLF-Deles
CAGAYAN ORO CITI -The government DE is committed to "find solutions to issues" bugging full implementation of the Final Peace Agreement (FPA) it inked with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in 1996, but not to tackle new ones akin to negotiations. Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles stressed this point during the high-level meeting from March 1 to 2 in Bandung, Indonesia, between the government and the MNLF under the auspices of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (0Ie). The meeting sought to thresh out issues related to the parties' respective compliance of the FPA. In her opening address, a copy of which was given the INQUIRER, Deles cited that the OlC's Council of Foreign Ministers itself recognized that the tripartite process' aim "is not to renegotiate the agreement but rather to review its implementation ... " Earlier, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) criticized the bringing up of the issues of power-sharing, wealth-sharing and territory inthe review. Apart from being "outside the competence of the FPA,"these are already in the official agenda of the MILF'speace negotiations with the government, the rebel group said. "While we support the full implementation of the FPA, we cannot understand the wisdom of inputting new issues" into the review process, said an MlLF statement. The negotiation between the government and the MNLF officially ended on Sept. 2, 1996, "which means that no new agenda will be discussed except those related to the implementation," the MlLF furthernoted. Starting as a breakaway faction of the MNLF, the MILF is currently engaged in Malaysian-facilitated talks that is into its final phase. ' The MILF has been saying that its peace formula seeks to deepen and widen the gains ' so far-achieved for Moro self-governance. , According to a news release from the Office of the Presidential Advis er on the Peace Process; the governors of five provinces in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) joined the government contingent in the Bandung meeting. Also in the delegation were Representatives Jesus Sacdalan of North Cotabato and Sandra Serna of Maguindanao. Sacdalan and Serna are chair and vice chair, respectively, of the House committee on peace, unity and reconciliation. Deles said their presence was aimed "to demonstrate' the seriousness in government's intent .. , to bring proper completion and closure to a process that has gone on for far too long." 'Deles explained that the current efforts to do institutional overhaul of the ARMM overseen by an interim leadership appointed by President Aquino is in keeping with, "an understanding" reached rnid-2011 "to forge partnership between government and ' the MNLF in pursuit of governance reform.'" ' A former MNLF fighter and woman leader, Bainon Karon, was appointed ARMM re· gional vice governor. Ryan D. Rosauro, Inquirer,Mindanao


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Albay hosts UShumanitarian mission
us Air Force humanitarian mission in Albay dubbed as Pacific Angel 12-1 is all set ashospital tents are set at the Tactical Operations Group 5- Philippine Air Force (PAF) compound by US soldiers The troops are. aiming to cater to tens of thousands Albayanos free medical assistance. Air Force Col. Augusto Gaile, commander ofIactical Operations Group 5-PAFand head of the Humanitarian. Assistance Task Group here said his command (TOG 5 headquarters) would serve as venue for various services during the five-day humanitarian assistance program. US medics and engineers arrived in the dty last week on boarda US Air Force C-17 Globemaster cargo aircraft The USAF Pacific Angel 12-1 is headed by Lt, Col Michael R Black. Two US Air Force C-17 Globemaster cargo aircraft from Honolulu Hawaii and Alaska arrived in Legazpi City DoLEGAZPI CITY: The first

mesticAirpon bringing ill USAirforre's on Pacific Angel 2.012-1 said the main body along with the necessary medical mission is targeting at least materials for the USPacificCommand's 1,500 patients per day starting monday until March 10 in Legazpi ·humanitarian mission in Albay. USAirForceFirstLt RobenHoward, city including the towns of Daraga, Camalig. Guinobatan, Santo Domingo, designated public affairs spokesman Rapu-Rapu and Manito. forUS contingent, said the aircrafts NavyLt.Junior Grade Darwin Nieva, will station at Clark Air Base for the duration of the humanitarian misNavforsol public affairs chief and dession in Albay province. ignated spokesman for ArmedForc~s of the Phlippines' Inter-Agency Task Albay was chosen for the second salvo of US airforce's Pacific ComFOKe on PacificAngel 2012-1 said that the Pacific Angel "Bayanihan" highmand (second after Laoag in 2010) due to its world-renowned practices. lights the collaboration oflocal governin disaster risk reduction and climent units, RP-US Armed Forces, Phil" ipplne National Policeand non-governmate change adaptation. ment organizations. . The mission is prindpally designed Nieva said that aside from mediasanexerdsein "interoperabilitymechacalmission, the US troops ~ill connisms during disaster conditions and humanitarian situations" among duct engineering civic action promilitary-nonmilitary organizations, grams and other programs related to disaster preparedness and other perlocal and national government agencies and foreign-domestic institutions. . tinent matters that would respond to . , Gov. Joey Salceda of Albay, chairthe needs of the communities. man of the Inter-Agency Task Force RHAYDZBARCIA

Slain botanist's widow seeks govt action
ORANI, Bataan: The widow of slain botanist leonard (0 on Saturday appealed to the government to give due action on the complaint she filed with the Department of Justice for the death of her husband more than a year ago. "Ang kahililigan kosa government, sana bigyan ng pansin ang koso ng asiJwQko [My wish is for the attend to my husband's case)," Glenda (0 said. The SHear-old botanist died in I crossfire between soldiers and I suspected members of the Communist New People's Army in a forest in Leyte . on November 15, 2010,· I Co said that the Justice department conducted a preliminary investigation I on July last year but the result has not yet been released. "Hanggang ngayon nandiyan pa tin allg pag~a5ako na mabibigyall ng hU5tisyoasawa ko [Up to now I still I hope that my husband. will have I justice," Co said, gasoline tim; PH Co made the appeal during a tribute held for her husband in Drani, Bataan. "We named the event to Leonard Co because he stayed at Mount Natib o·f "Natutuwa aka at nagpapasalamat kay Chairman Felicito 'Tong' Payumo for the Bataan National Park for three the honor given to my husband, sana weeks hunting, looking for flora in the ipagpatuloy natin ang kanyang dream [I very rich bio-diverse park and am happy and thankful to Chairman , catalogued the plants," the former Felicito 'Tong' Payumo for the honor SBMAchairman said. given to my husband, I hope we can Payumo, also former Bataan continue his dream," the widow said, representative, said Co named Payumo is chairman of the . _.~t. about 200 plants. Bases Conversion Development. JosephSalonga, one of two Aetas Authority (BCDA). who accompanied and served as Co's The BCDAand the Manila North guide, said the botanist taught the Tollways Corp. will sponsor a two-day natives how to properly care for the "leonard Co Flora Adventure HUlit" forest and the environment. scheduled on March 31 to April 1. Salonga said that he was so proud Participants in the event will that he and another Aeta became (0spend 11 hours to look and author with (0 in"Pictorial Guide to the Plants of the Bataan National Park," He photograph different flora inside the said that they provided the local names 18,OOO-hectare Mount Natib in the Sataan National Park. of the plants while (0 gave the The two agencies are supported by scientific names. the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Co was also author of the book (SBMA), Bataan Technology Park, Ciark "Common Medicinal Plants of the Development corporation and (ordlllera Region': ERNIE B. ESCONDE







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Tagas, Daraga. According to Nieva, 20 medical and dental doctors from the military, 16 from the police and staff from . the. capitol together with city and municipal health offices will also join the mission. He said the US engineering team will repair two elementary schools and a public utility in Sto, Domingo, Binitayan and Bigaa elementary schools in Daraga and Legaspi, respectively. Nieva said the medical and dental . teams would serve beneficiaries from Legazpi, Daraga, Camalig, Manito and Rapu-rapu; Sto. Domingo for the towns of Bacacay;: Malilipot, Tabaco City, Malinao, and Tiwi; Guinobatan for the towns. of Jovellar, Pioduran, Ligao City, Oas, Libon and Polangui. "We will learn from the US Air Force and they will also learn from us how Albay has been globally known as champion of Disaster. Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation," Nieva said.

LEGAZPI CITY-At least 99 troops from the US Air Force based in Guam arrived last week on board two C-17 transport aircraft craft to join the Pacific Angel Humanitarian Mission . tomorrow here and in the towns of Guinobatan and Sto. Domingo, a Navy officer said.· Lt. Sr. Grade Darwin Nieva, task force spokesman, said members ofthe armed forces, National Police, local government . units" nongovernment organizations and national line agencies are joining the Pacific Angel Bayanihan headed by Governor Joey Sarte Salceda .with co-chairman Col. Arthur Ang, 90lst Infantry Brigade commander. "The US Pacific Angel mission is entirely humanitarian as there will be no military exercises," Nieva said. . Led by Lt. Col. Michael Black, the American are encamped at the headquarters of the Tactical Operation Group of the Philippine Air Force in



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NO. ~I will certainly go home if and when the·peace negotiations are successful or the revolutionary forces shall have won victory byover· throwing the ruling system:'

OSE MARIA SISON, the founder of the Communist Party ofthe Philippines (CPP), who has been in selfexile in Utrecht, the Netherlands, .said he will return to the country only if peace negotiations prosper under President Aquino. "1 have no immediate plans of return. ing to the Philippines;' Sison,· also the chief political consultant of the National Democratic Front (NDF) told the BUSINESsMIRROR in an e-mail interview. "1 will certainly go home if and when the peace negotiations are successful or the revolutionary force~ shall have won victory by overthrowing the ruling system:' Sison also clarified issues that he won't be running in the 2013·elections. "I am not running for any position in the reactionary elections of 2013. It was only Noynoy [President Aquino] who floated [ideal that recently in an interview in Calapan City;' Sison said. Asked on his assessment ofthe present administration, Sison said "the policies and ruling style of the Aquino administrationare fundamentally similar to those
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of the Arroyo administration:' "The Philippine Development Plan of [Mr.]Aquino is actually aimed at perpetuatingunderdeveloprrrent and poverty. It allows the US and other multinational banks and companies and the local exploiting classes of big compradors and landlords to exploit the people and plunder the natural resources of the country;' Sison said, He lamented that "like the Arroyo administration, the Aquino administration is corrupt:' Sison said the infrastructure projects and all kinds of business privileges, .ineluding jueteng, are being cornered by Mr. Aquino, his relatives and friends. "[Mr.] Aquino has failed to run after Arroyo for plunder and human -rights vioH ••••

lations. Instead, the Aquino administration is now reeking with its own corruption and human-rights violations,"he said. On the peace negotiations, Sison said that the Aquino administration "is still blocking the resumption of formal peace' talks" because it continues to imprison more 350 political prisoners in violation ofthe Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and'International Humanitarian Law [CARHRIHL] and the Hernandez political offense doctrine:' In contrast, he said.. Aquino released more than 400 military prisoners soon after he came to power. . . " lnviolation of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees [Iasig], the Aquino administration has failed to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the murder, torture and illegal detention ofNDF consultants and staffers who are entitled to Iaslg protection;' he said. Sison, howe~er, said the Norwegian government and the Philippine Ecumeni- . cal Peace Platform (PEPP) are working hard to help pave the way for the resumption of formal talks. Sison also assailed Secretary Teresita Deles of the Office of the Presidential


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government in seizing and desu:oying ~he . Adviser on the Peace Process. (Opapp) keys to the computer discs b~armgthe inand Chairman Alex Padilla of the govformation regarding the Jaslg-protected ernment's negotiating panel, calling them consultants, security officers and staffers:' . "stubborn and unreasonable:' .. Sison, however, said that he still hopes "Their main thrust is to nullify The that the Aquino administration or the Hague Joint Declaration, which they call next administration "will engage in.seria document of perpetual division, instead ous peace negotiations with the NDE' . of being the document that opened the ~I have gotten used to waiting for the way to peace negotiations;' Sison said. next administration when a current reo "They also want to nullify the jasig and actionary administration proves to be terminate the. peace negotiations by reagainst serious peace negotiations; I am fusing to release even the publicly known also used to waiting for further a<\vances [aslg-protected prisoners and by taking in ·the armed revolution of the Filipino advantage of the fact that the Arroyo. administration connived with the.Dutch iP~ people:' Sison added.
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"Never had Joma indicated any interest governments," said Satur Ocampo, Bayan Muna president and a co-founder of.the National Democratic Front, the umbrella group of communist organizations. . "He might well be hallucinating," Ocampo said of Mr. Aquino, who had said Friday that Sison; who is in selfimposed exile in The Netherlands, could run in the 2013 elections. "I wonder where he got such an idea." Ocampo also slammed President Aquino for engaging in peace talks

while launching his own counterinPeople's Army. .. "The peace talks have stalled since June 2011 but he hasn't lifted a finger to . prod it," Ocampo said. "Instead, he pursues the counterinsurgency drive ... with the questionablegoal to reduce the NPA to irrelevanceby 2013." . House Deputy Minority Leader and Zambales Rep. Milagros Magsaysay; : meanwhile, twitted Mr. Aquino for acting like a spokesman for the.communists. She
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to join any government after Marcos, or· surgency program, Oplan Bayanihan.: to ron in any electoral exercise aftersuch aimed at thinning the ranks of the New

A LEFTIST leader accused President Benigno Aquino Ill on Sunday of "hallucinating" on the whereabouts, ideology and political plans of Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison and said the "double-talk" would damage the peace process.

off-the-cuff speculation," Baguilat said. Military officials said it "also said it was premature for would be better for Sison' to him to talk about the elections join the elections than continue when his administration had waging an armed struggle that not done anything substantial to had already lasted for 43 years, address the country's pressing the longest communist insurency problems. in Asia. But an administration any, Deputy Chief of Staff for Ifugao Rep. Teddy Brawner Civil-Military Operations Rear Baguilat Jr., defended Mr. Admiral Miguel Jose Rodriguez Aquino, saying his statement said Sison's return would be "a was a way of luring Sison to good sign" and could end the return and give up the armed armed struggle. struggle to join the political "Their entry into politics is process. democracy in action and people ."It was actually a harmless, can judge them by their votes


~ther by fear of being liquidated by hit squads," Rodriguez said .of the communists. Brig. Gen. Rolando Tenefrancia, head of the Armed Forces' Civil Relations Service, said he also saw nothing wrong if Sison ran in 2013. "Under our democratic processes anybody can run in any elective position for !1,S long as they are qualified under our existing laws," he said. "If he [Sison] is qualified under our laws, it is better for him to be aboveground and go through the legal process than be underground and pursue

armed struggle,", .. . Tenefrancia also said the '. . NPA, although still a force to reckon with, had seen its numbers decline over the years from a peak of 24,000 combatants ·in the 19808 to about4,000 now. Anti-communist leader Rep.· Pastor Alcover, who claimed last week that Sison was already in the country, said his running in 2013 was preparation for the dropping of all criminal charges against him or some form of Executive clemency. The Palace denied his claims .


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downtown lola in Sulu province at . ing out in a nearby park. . year- old Brando Esmael," he said. , The bomb went off in the same 6:55 p.m. Saturday, the military's On Thursday night, a bomb explodWestern Mindanao Command said . commercial area where the Abu' ed near the Baiter Trade Center, a few . 'Col. Randolph Cabangbang said Sayyaf member was shot dead after meters from the ARMM compound, the bomb was placed in an electric police caught him extorting money leaving three people wounded. power generator just outside the from shop owners, Freyra said. Reyes said it was not clear who , door of the Cleopatra Commercia! Also on Saturday, two bombs ex- were behind the bombings arid what Store on Serantes Street. ploded outside the compound of the their motive could be. ''We are still Two died while being treated in a Autonomous Region in Muslim Min- investigating the incidents," he said. hospital. danao (ARMM) in Cotabato City. Acting ARMM Gov: Mujiv HataThe identity of the perpetrators and Supt. Danny Reyes, city police di- man blamed the bombings in Cotatheir motive could not yet be ascer- rector, said the first explosion oc- bato City on "saboteurs" of the retained' Cabangbang said late Saturday. curred at around 6:30 a.m. some form agenda that his administraButSu!u provincial police chief 100 meters from the gates of the tion has been putting in place. compound.. . "These are probably the handiSenior Supt. Antonio Freyra said A.RM:M Sunday the Abu Sayyaf group likely Responding bomb experts, he work of those who are opposed to planted the bomb. said, recovered an improvised reforms that we are implementing in the region," Hataman said. ' "Our initial report is the Abu bomb fashioned from an 8l-milSayyafwas behind the bombing. It is limeter mortar shell and a grenade Security has been tightened on possible this was in retaliation for near the explosion site. heavily forested Joloisland to prethe killing by police of an Abu Sayyaf "While we were investigating at vent future attacks from the Abu member last week," Freyra said. the site, another explosive went off Sayyaf, which has long used kidJolo Police Chief Glenn Roy Ga- outside the office of the Regional nappings for ransom and extortion pot said the store was a favorite of Ports Management Authority in the to raise funds, Freyra said. With re'Philippine Marines, It was closed ARMM compound, leaving one per- ports from AFp, AP and Jeoffrey and most of the victims were hang- son wounded, identified as 18- Maitem, Inquirer Mindanao



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ZAMBOANGA CITY _ Police Sulu police director Senior Su. have tagged the Abu Sayyaf as perintendent Antonio Freyra said behind Saturday'S bombing that . police have gathered information killed two civilians and wounded linking the Abu Sayyaf to the. 14 others in downtown Iolo, Suhi. bombing in front of the Cleopatra Commercial Store along Serantes Street in [olo, An improvised explosive device concealed in a plastic bag was abandoned near a generator set in front of the store, he added. Investigation has yet to be completed to determine 'the type of bomb, he said. Freyra said based on their information, the attack could be in retaliation for the killing of a holdup suspect 10 days ago in [olo during a police security operation. The suspect's brother, an Abu Sayyaf member, has vowed to avenge his death, he added. Freyra said the Abu Sayyaf could have also targeted businessmen who have not heeded extortion demands. . "But we are validating this information to determine the motive of the attacks," he said. Troops have been placed on standby to assist police af" ter investigation painted to the Abu Sayy af, Lt. Col. Randolf Cabangbang, Armed Forces Western Mindanao Command spokesman said. _ Roel Parefio

Two dead, 14 hurt in Jolo blast
AT least two civilianswere killed and 14 were injured when an improvised bomb exploded outside a commercial complex in jolo, Sulu at past 7 p.m. Saturday. A grocery frequented by Marines is in the complex. The fatalities were Sindao Mangilala, 47, a vendor, of Takut-takut, jolo; and Deonila Undug Asiii, 43, a teacher, from Buotan, Indanan, Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang, spokesman of the military's Western Mindanao Command, said they are stilliooking into the identities of the people responsible for the attack. A number of threat groups are known to operate in the province, indudng the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf, which has linkages with the AI Qaeda terrorist network. Suh.ipolice chief, Senior Supt. Antonio Freyra said the lED, made from ammonium nitrate and fuel oil, was placed near the generator set outside the Cleopatra Commercial Store located along Servantes street. Freyra said the Abu Sayyaf under Radullan Sahiron is the only group in province which tM\89 is capable of such bombing.- ;,>46, 2-1893. RaymondAfrica and VictorRtyes'

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nel Randolph Cabangbang, Western Mindanao Command CWesmincorn) spokesman. Cabangbang said the blast oc" curred at 6:55 p.m, outside the Cleopatra store on Serantes Street in Jolo, Sulu, '. The fatalities were identified in a report reaching the Philippine Na-, tional Police (PNP) Headquarters in ' , QuezonCity as Deonila Undug Asiri, 43, teacher, of Buotan, Indanan, Sulu; and Sindao MangIla1a 47, 'vendor, of Takut-Takut, J 010, Sulu. .' ' Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz Jt, PNP spokesman, also identified the wounded as Abdul Aziz. " Tutuh, 5, of Martirez St., Jolo, SuIu; Haji Sapiya Amnan, 46ivendor, of Buotan.Indanan, Sulu; FerziaAradji, 19,student, ofMartirez St., JoIo, Sulu; . Jumadil AjUljan, 40;,ofBus- Bus, J 010, Sulu; Sali Asiri, 51, of Buotan, Jolo, Sulu; Virginia Sumail Kissae, 41, of . Upper San Raymundo, Jolo, Sulti; Arhamin Aplak;25, of Zone 3, Tu, lay, Jolo, Sulu; Karmina Abdukahil, 18, ~f Mat, Jolo, Sulu;Alvares Isiradi OFFICE OF THE ARM[ ahpa, 49, of BUS-B~~, JoIo,Sulu;

, Faujia Angkaya, 39, of Kafunayahan Village, Latih, Patikul, Sulu; Rufaida Thtud,9, of Martirez St., Jolo, Sulu; Nabil Tutuh, 17, of Martirez St., Jolo, Sulu; and Nilsan Julmani, 17, of Port Area Walled City,Jolo, Sulu; and Jumadil Jaujali, 60, of Bus-Bus, Jolo, Sulu, . Quoting the initial investiga- , , tion, Director Felicisimo Khu of the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations (DIPO) in Western Mindanao said the explosion was from an improvised bomb made of ammonium nitrate fuel ofl (ANFO) and placed atop a.generator located outside the store, The PNPoffidal also said the blast occurred about two hours after the police provincial director of SuJu pulled out police personnel conductfig checkpoints and patrol operations in the area., , For his part, Senior Supt. Antonio Freyra, Sulu Police Provincial Office (PPO) director, said it is possible that the ASG perpetrated the attack in retaliation for last week's killing by the authorities of orieofits members. 693, Local:


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TWO persons were killed while 14 others, including four minors, were wounded when a homemade bomb thatwas placed besideagenerator unidentified in front of a store on Serantes Walled City. Iolo, Sulu. ' set bystill assailants went off Saturday evening Street, Batangay .

Rushed to the hospital for treatment Rufaida Tutud, 9, all of Martirez


dul Azlz Tutuh, 5"and his relative Nabll, 17 and Street, Barangay Walled City; and Nilsan Iulmanl, 17, of Port Area, Barangay Walled City; TumadliJaujali, 60, of Baran gay Bus-B us, Iolo: Hji Sapiya Amman, 46, vendor, of Baran gay Boutan, Indanaru FerziaAradji, 19, student, ofMartirez 51. ofbarangay Street; Jumadil Ajuljan, 40, of Baran gay Bus-Bus; SaliAsiri, . Boutan; Virginia Sumail Kissae, 41, of Zone 3, Barangay Tulay, of Barangay Upper San Raymundo, Iolo, ArhaminAplak,25,

.Director Felitisimo Khu, head of the Directorate for Integrated PollceOperations-WesternMfudanao, reported on ~unday that the explosion happened at around 7:20 p.m,

in front

of the Cleopatra Store. set. owner for electricity from the oil]

"The bomb was planted on the generator used by the establishment's installed Explosives Ordnan~e in front the store. Personnel

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Alvares Isiradi halipa, 49, of Barangay Bus-Bus; and Faujia Angkaya, 39, of Kalimayahan. Barangay Latih, Patikul, Sulu,

Division said the bombthat nitrate-fuel

exploded is an Anfo [ammonium type;' Khu said. metal mining and civil enineerlng tionswhere the benefitsofwater balance, high detonation in small diameters, velodtyand

. Khu said investigators were still. determining the' identities of the perpetrators, . Sulu is one of the traditional SayyafGroup alities from theal Qaeda-Iinked Islamiyah, On February lairs of the Abu terror cell I ema'ah (ASG) where they harbored person-

Anfo is widely used in ~oai mining, quarrying,
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trial explosives is not outweighed bytheacivantages of Anfo's low cost and ease of use. :. Khu said the explosion hours who conducted in the area. year-old resident a checkpoint came less than' two after the 5 p.m, pulled out of policemen

Air Force (PAF) bombed the encampment than 30 ASG men and II personalities Sulu, killing at least IS,bandits , Arnongthose ASGseniodeader his head and

and terrorists

killed, the military claimed, were GUI)'lbahaliJumdaiJ alfas Dr. Abu terrorists Malaysian Zulkipli Bin Singaporean Mauiyah

ana securfty


who carried a reward ofP7,4 million ($l40,OOOj' on

Dead on the, spot after the explosion female Sindao Mangilala, ofBarangay Takut-Takut,



a v~dorand ,010 and ~3-

Hir alias Marwan, who is the subject of a $5 million reward by the US governbment; Muhammad Ali BinAbdAJ- Rahmanalias

year-old teacher Deonila Undug Asir], of Baran gay Buotan, Indanan, Sulu. '

with $50,000 reward, and a Malaysian named only as Iumong.


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ARMMattacks called 'acts of cowardice'
putting in place.likeputting artend to government spending on payment of ernor Mujiv !-lataman of the Aughost teachers' salaries or for operatonomous Region in Muslim tions of non-existingpublic schools. Mindanao (ARMM) on Sunday It may be recalled that a bomb, .labeled as "acts of cowardice the went offon Wednesday night, minspate of bombings that injured one utes after ARMM officials and emin this city and two in [olo, Sulu ployees had passed by a corner near which also injured 13 others, a local office of the Government The series of bombings have reService Insurance System (GSIS) sulted in another "atmosphere of where the explosion took place. fear" that abruptly changed from the No one wasInjured in this "atmosphere of peace" that the GSIS bombing. ARMMconstituents have already enThen on Saturday morning, the joyed for several months in the past. The police in lolo said two . police ran' to the scene of another explosion, which like the previous women were killed in the T 010 one was also near the gates of the bombing where one of them was ARMM Regional Government identified as Leonila Undug Asiri Center, along Gutierrez Avenuehere. and the other one was said to be a Onewas injured but remained uniMaranao lady but whose name was dentified accordingto Nash Maulana, not available as of press time, ' executive director of the Bureau of Hataman was quick to blame what Public Information of ARMM. he said were saboteurs of the reform In a separate incident in Iolo, Sulu agenda that his administration is
COTABATO (ITY: Acting Regional Gov-

on Saturday evening, another improvised explosive device that the police describedas a "heavybomb" exploded insidethe capital town of )010. "These are probably the handiwork of those who are opposed to reforms that were·implementing in the region," Hatarnan.said, adding that he had called for a thorough investigation of the bombing incidents. "With the help of our police and other authorities in the security sector, we are confident that we are on .top of the situation," the OlC regional governor said. However, lawyer Cynthia GuianiSayadi. city administrator, and at the same lime the younger sister of Cotabato City Mayor )ojo Guiani had claimed that she could be the target oflastWednesday's bombing, because it was her usual route from office to her residence nearby. JUlMUNIR I. JANNARAl


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DNO, 'PIF support greening program
THE Department of National Defense has entered into a partnership with the .Philippine Bamboo Foundation forproj ects in support of the N ational Gx:eening Program of the government and livelihood opportunities for communities within and near military reservations. . Defense Undersecretary Fernando Manalo and Foundation president Edgardo Manda have agreed to include projects on climate change adaptation through bamboo in the partnership. . .~he DND initi.alIy:.committed ~~OOD hectares of land in the. Fort Magsalsay Military ~eservation m Nueva BClJafor the bamboo propagation phase 0 the partnership. . .' . . TNs fallowed seminars by the Foundation for the DND's military and civilian personnel on rehabilitation of bamboo stands and modern propagation methods and techniques. '. . The resource persoIll? included trained foresters and one of the country's leading experts on bamboo Dr. Felizardo Virtucio.· . The Foundation, with technical assistance from the Ecosystems Research and. Development Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, is also set to conduct a three-day training.on Bamboo Charcoal Making /Briqetting in Fort Magsaysay .' .' . The Foundation has been actively promotin~ bamboo as an alternative planting material for reforestation of denuded mountains since 2007. The pilot area for its projects is Benguet province. . . . . . To find out ~0r.e .abo}l~ the PBF'& a.c~viti,es.and the hardlykr\.o"Y~ values, qf bamboo:c!tll'Mike-Gomez at tfiQ FBP~OCl'e1aIiat',.81.7~i~19+·,·_r.r "'·"a".j> _. J

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are still unknown. There is an investigation going on," ani Army Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang, 'ang spokesman ng Western Mindanao Command. Ngunit sinabi naman kahapon ng pulisya na umabot na sa 13 ang sugatan at marami pang iba . ang hindi na rin nagtungo . sa pagamutan dahil minor injuries lamang ang

ing (money) sa downtown kanilang tinamo. Jolo," ayon naman kay "'Yung initial report Sr. Supt. -Antonio Freyra, natin eh Abu Sayyaf was ang Sulu Provincial Pobehind the bombing dahil lice chief, sa panayam ng lumalabas sa initial invesAbante. tigation natin na posibleng Sinabr rin nito na amretaliatory ito dahi! napamonium nitrate fuel oil tay ng pulis natin 'yung (ANFO) ang ginamit sa isangAbu Sayyaf member last week that was extort- . atake. (AI Jacinto) :

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hours later, P-Noy had a change of tune. When he flew the next day to Calapan, Mindoro, the President told a different story altogether, saying he now has fewer detractors to worry about. This is' because, the Chief Executive noted, the reforms he has initiated under his administration begin to take root slowly but steadily. "I've been told my detractors are dwindling, including those holding protest rallies," the President told reporters who covered him at the ceremonial switch-on of an electrification program for the 45 towns in the province. However, P-Noy failed to say who fed him that in. formation or what gave him that impression, Since P-Noy specifically used the term "protest" rallies, then he may not be alluding to the marrunoth gathering in Luneta last Feb. 28 that was organized by the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC). Billed as a "grand evangelical mission" to spread the teachings of the Bible, the INC event, however, was seen differently by astute politicians despite claims to the contrary. . Aside from the fact the Luneta gathering caused daylong traffic, the INC-led event was as a show of force against the perceived excesses of the Aquino administration in its campaign to go after and vilify former. administration officials accused of corruption. . P-Noy's f1u:blicdisclosure of these purported ouster plots against him brought to mind public revelations made by former President Joseph Estrada during his impeachment trial. At the height of protest rallies calling for his resignation in office, Mr. Estrada bared an alleged "3 D's" plot against him as uncovered by military intelligence operatives loyal to him. It stood for the threestage plot that starts with a campaign of Dis-information, Dis-affection/and Destabilization. As later events turned out, Mr. Estrada was not at all the boy who cried wolf. The "3 D's" plot removed from office the most popularly elected President of the Philippines. The rest is history when EDSA-2 took place and installed into office his former Vice President, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.who was backed by the AFp, the 'police, certain members of Congress, and civil society groups. What we now hear from P-Noy are the same things we have heard bef5re from Mr. Estrada. Shortly after his own overwhelming election victory in May 2010, P-Noy said the intelligence corrununity immediately warned him about people who did not want him proclaimed .. These detractors, he recalled, disseminated "libelous and slanderous statements" againsthim. Although he did not mention it, it would be safe to assume he was referring to the "psychiatric" issue thrown at him during the presidential campaign. The same issue was recently revived by embattled Chief.justice Renato Corona in retaliation to P-Noy's leading the impeachment campaign against him. . Amid alleged plans by the Aquino administration's political enemies to orchestrate his ouster, the AFP, of course, reiterated the assurance that the military establishment is "solidly behind" P"Noy as its Commanderin-Chief, Irtcidentally, the National Geographic Channel has featured a special documentary on Malacariang and the PSG. The global airing of this documentary, showing the nooks . and crannies of our country's seat of power, will also be ____ aired on local cable TV by the middle of this month. . acpa_bpaC Some choice film clips were already being aired show____ ing the marksmanship and precision shooting skills of the PSG. A gun enthusiast himself, P-Noy enjoys the shooting range at the PSG grounds. Since he got shot, PNoy has decided to hone his gun skills. But seeing a threat . like the "3 D's" plot requires a different kind of skill that P-Noy's precision shooting ,would not solve.

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There is purportedly an ouster .plot against President Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III by the socalled "enemies of reforms" who want him out of office before his term ends in June 2016. The supposed plotters, though unnamed, are described as those trying to regain their political power and continue with their corrupt ways. . With that kind of generic description, many would qualify as the usual suspects for this alleged ouster plot against P-Noy. . No less than P-Noy revealed this alleged ouster plot against him during the program last Thursday that marked the 26th founding anniversary of the Presidential Security Group (PSG). P-Noy led the program at the '. PSG headquarters located across the Malaca:ii.ang Palace by the Pasig River. His also where P-Noy stays at the Bahay Pangarap that was converted into a bachelor's pad for him. It .is a highly secured area where media and visitors have no access to at all, unless invited and thoroughly pre-screened at the PSG main gate in Otis, Manila. So, it would be inconceivable for P-Noy to be having any sleep" less nights if indeed there is sum a sinister plot to oust him from the Palace. The PSG celebrated this special occasion with its founder, then Army colonel Voltaire Cazmin. When PNoy took office, he pulled Cazmin out of retirement and appointed him as his Defense Secretary who is the immediate head of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The elite corps of pres iWith that kind of gedential troopers was neric description, formed a few days after the many would qualify as February 1986 EDSA Peo- h I f pIe Power Revolution that t e usua suspects. or swept into office P-Noy's this. alleged ouster plot late mother, former Presi- against P-Noy. dentCorazon "Cory" Aquino. Army Col. Ramon Mateo Dizon, who was one of the young officers during Gazmin's six-year command of the PSG, is P-Noy incumbent PSG commander. During those tumultuous six years, Cazmin, Dizon and the rest of the PSG officers and men successfully repelled and quashed nine coup attempts, some of which were bloody and violent. The August 1987 coup attempt, in particular, nearly cost the life of the presidential son. Rebel mutineers who stormed the Palace in the wee hours of thatfateful day ambushed N oy' s convoy a few meters away hom the presidential residence in Arlegui. Three oENoy's PSG close-in security escorts were killed. Up to now, P-Noy carries in his body some of the fragments of those bullets that could not be removed because it may cause more harm than good. So I don't think PNay is worried about supposed ouster plots against him Lho.t may cost his life. He is a veteran in terms of threats to his life with scars to show for it. I would like to think P-Noy has taken lfluch from his late mother's fatalist viewin life.