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TABLE OF CONTENTS 08 March 2012
Page Nr 1 TITLE/SUMMARYIWRITER Weather Forecast Newspaper Phil Star p. A-22

Army Related Issues
Priests commend honest military Church leaders lavished praise on Cpl Fernando Samperoy for returning the bag containing P50,OOOcash which a priest lost on his way home after Sunday mass at the Cathedral in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. Standard Today p, B4

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Lider ng NPA patay sa engkwentro sa Laguna Todas sa pakikipag-engkwentro sa element ng !st Infantry battalion (1IB) Philippine Army and isa sa mahigit na sampung bilang ng pinahihinalaang miyembro ng NPA sa masukal na lugar ng Brgy Ibabang Butnong, bayan ng Magdalena, kahapon ng umaga. Soldier returns P50,OOOto priest A soldier has returned P50,OOOin cash lost by a priest kin Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. Army officer die in ambush An Army lieutenant was killed when suspected members of NPA ambushed them in a remote area in Cauayan, Negros Occidental. Priests cite soldier who found, returned P50k Church leaders expressed admiration to Cpl Fernando Samperoy who found and returned to the owner a bag containing P50,OOO cash while on his way home after attending Sunday mass at the Kabankalan City cathedral in Negros Occidental. Troops overrun NPA land-mine factory ARMY soldiers attacked and seized a heavily guarded land-mine factory of the New People's Army (NPA) in a remote village in Samar on Monday. Lt. Col. Niceforo Diaz Jr., spokesman for the 8th Infantry "Storm Trooper" Division, reported on Wednesday that the seized land-mine factory was located at the boundary of Barangays Santo Nino and Pagsanjan in Paranas (formerly Wright), Samar. NPA leader slain in clash The platoon leader of the10-member NPA rebel group was killed in an encounter with elements of the Army's

Police Files p. 3

Malaya p. B3

People's Journal p. 12

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Business Mirror p. B22

Business Mirror p. B24

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11B in the vicinity of Brgy Butnong, Magdalena, laguna, early yesterday morning. Fil-Swiss waylaid A Filipino-Swiss said to be helping a rebel returnee was shot dead by suspected NPA guerillas yesterday morning in Kidapawan City Soldier hurt in NPA clash in Samar A soldier was wounded in an encounter between suspected members of the NPA that also led to the discovery of an explosive factory the other day in Samar province. People's tonight p. 3

People's Tonight p. 7

AFP Related Issues
6 PH, US to hold war games near Spratlys POI p. A5 The Philippines will hold large-scale military exercises with the US next month near where it is locked in a tense sea territorial row with China. Balikatan Exercises set to return Manila Bulletin p. 6 The US Embassy in Manila announced yesterday the return of the Balikatan combined military exercise to the Philippines which will run April 16-27. Fil-Swedish aggie trader shot dead in Kidapawan Phil Star p. A22 Suspected NPA rebels gunned down a FilipinoSwedish agricultural entrepreneur in Kidapawan City yesterday morning, authority said. China will not go to war over Spratly's Business Mirror p. B24 As China unveiled its huge defense spending for this year, jitters reverberated across South Asia that the massive budget may be used to reinforce its long-standing claim over the Spratlys Island that are also being claimed by the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei. Noy's security non-negotiable, mar says Phil Star p. 4 The Chief Executive's safety is non-negotiable, DOTC Secretary Mar Roxas said yesterday as he joined calls for a new car for President Aquino. Balikatan 2012 set next month near Palawan The Philippines yesterday said it would hold large-scale military exercises with the US next month near an area where it is locked in a tense sea territorial row with China. RP, US step up balikatan venture with Asean, 2 nations For the first time the joint military exercises between the Phil and US this year will include the participation of South East Asian Nations and other states like Japan, and Phil Star p. A22

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Australia, but america's top diplomat noted that the multilateral activity's key focus would be on disaster management, not on thedisputes on the South China Sea. This year's Balikatanexercises will focus on disaster response Nearly 7,000 American and Filipino soldiers will take part in this year's Balikatan exercises on humanitarian assistance and disaster response or HADR. Palace allies, military clam up on coup The political allies of the Aquino Administration lost their voices on Wednesday on the alleged plot overthrow Prsident Benigno Aquino III, nut military officers warned the public against the efforts to connect missing bombs from naval arsenal to the reported coup. Fil-Swiss plantation owner killed by NPAs A Filipino-Swiss rubber plantation owner was shot dead by suspected communist rebels in North Cotabato, yesterday morning. Loyalista ni GMA, nasa likod nf coup plot vs PNoy? Posible umanong mga loyalist ni dating Pangulong Gloria Macapagal Arroyo sa military and nasa likod ng sinasabing plano na destabilisasyon labankay pangulong banigno Aquino III. Lumilikas mula sa gulo, ppoproteksyunan lnaprubahan ng Kamara sa pangatlo at pinal na papgbasa ang House Bill 5627 (internally Displacement Act of 2011), na magbigay ng proteksyon sa mamamayan laban sa mga hidwaan sa lupa, gaya ng land conversion, pagsira sa kalikasan, sapilitang pagpapatupad ng mga proyekto, atiba pang trahedyang gawa ng tao.

Malaya p. B2

Standard today p. 1

Malaya p., B3

Balita p. 4

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Editorial/Opi nion
15 16 17 Mirrors 'A figment of theimagination?' What if? Phil Star p. 8 Malaya p. A5 Malaya p. A5

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TempE!llature forecasts: Metro Manila, 2$-33 degrees Celsius; Bagnio City, 15·26; Tagayta, City, 22-30.; Su;b.kand Clark zone, 25-32.; Meno Cebu, 24-31; Metro Davao, 23-3@;and Cagayan de OIOr 21-31. nila Bay; high tide at 1{):50 a.m, at 0.47 meter; low tide at 3:2:6 p.ra, at 0.19 meter. . Sunrise is at &08 a.m.: sunset at 6:05 p.m.
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Priests commend honestmilitary
By Florante S. Solmerin
CHURCH leaders lavished praise on Corporal . Fernando Samperoy forreturning the bag containing P50,OOO cash which priest lost on his way home at_ter Sunday ma.c:sat the Cathedral. in Kabankalan . City, Negros OCCidental. . .. , Father Recon Dagunan, parochial vicar, blessed the soldier foi-keeping-true to his Christian values. The owner, Father Leopoldo Cahilig, parish priest also retWned· P90,OOO which they found in the of Isabel a, thanked Samperoy, of the Army's 3rd . laridslide during retrieval operations in Barangay '. InfantryDivision'under the 47th Infantry Battalion, Solonggon, La Libertad, Negros Oriental .. .'who never missed church services while in the city. Privates Danny ·Paigne. and Marlon Vera "I was driving my 'motorcycle aftei: attending belonged to .the rescue team following the 6.9 . the Sunday mass when I noticed the bag at the "magnitude earthquake last Feb. 6 that killed more. " roadside. I picked it up and checked what's inside . than 50 people and scores missing, ' .' . the bag and I was surprised to' see bundles of Faigne and Vera at once informed 1 st Lt. Gerald . money. I searched. inside the bag hoping to of De1es, commanding officer 32DRC, that they find any identification that will lead me to the found cash in the rubbles. name and address of whoever owns it but I fOlUld' "Knowingthat said money is' badly needed nothing," Samperoy said, I especially. during this- time of '.calamity, we Army chief Lt. !Jell, Eniri:Ianw~lBauti~~, too,' .immedi~4:1y 100.1« for the owner of the house. commendedihe act honesty, : .,' . where we foundtlie money," said Deles. Last month, two soldiers from the 32ndDivision· . Verannia Callora thanked the soldiers for' Reconnaissance Company of.the same Division ,returning her money.

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Soldier returnsP50,OO:O to priest
A SOLDIERhas returned P50,OOO in cash lost by a priest in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.' The act of Cpl. Fernando Samperoy of the 47th Infantry Battalion tame almost a month after two soldiers also returned money they found in landslide rubble in N egros , Oriental. Capt. Reyland Java, spokesman' of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, He 'said Samperoysearched for 'said Samperoy found the cash inside any identification paper so he could ' a bag he saw at the parking lot of the Kabankalan Cathedral last Sunday , return the money to the owner, Finding none, Samperoy went back to the after attending a mass, church and handed over the bag and , , «According' toSamperoy, he was the money to Fr. Recon Dagunan, the' driving his motorcycle after attendcity's parochialvicar, ing the Sunday mass when he saw It was later established the bag, the bag, As curiosity got the better ' belongs to Isabela, Negros Oriental' of him, Samperoy checked what's, parish, priestleopoldo Cahilig. :.... inside the bag was surprised to Victor Reyes see, bundles of money," said Java.

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AN Army lieutenant was ,killed when suspected, members ofNew People's Army ambushed them in : a remote area in Cauay'<in, Negros Occidental. : ' Plulipplne Army 3rd Infantry Division spokes-: man Captain Reylan Java identified the fatality as,2/ Lt. Jose Angelo Esguerra. , Reports 'said the a.m. bush took place at 11:40 am in Barangay Tuyom; .Cauayan town: . ' Initial ,iIlvestigation showed 't:hl!t members of the 47th InfantryDiVision led by Esguerta wentto Barangsy Basakfota pe~Ce and development project when they were waylaid by .the rebels. ' Esguerra, was pronounced dead-on~arrival .at the Doctors Hospital, , zalda RilY."
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"I was driving my motorcycle after attending Sunday Mass when Inoticed the bagat the roadside. I picked-it up and checked what'sinside the bagand I was surprised tosee bundles -of money. I search~ of find inside the bag hoping to that

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Meanwhile, military implicated the NPA in the tnurde~ of a Filipino-Swiss banana plantation owner based in Makilala, North Cotab;to, ~ho was shot dead by fo~r motorcycle-riding· men on Wednesday morning in Kidapawan City. Col. Leopoldo Galen, spokesman forthe Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincorn), identlfledthe victim as Patrick Kon Weneger, 47, a resident ofbarangay Sagu-ing in Makilala. "He was shot several times in the head and different parts of the body. He died-on the spot of gunshot wounds from a caliber _45 pistol;' Galan said. "The killing happened at around 7:40 a.m, in front of the _publ\c market on Vllamarso Street: "Weneger is our partner in our peace campaign in the p;ovince.-S?me of his employees in the banana plantation were former rebels, which is possibly the motive in killing him;' Galon said. He added the assailantsescaped

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'!NPAle.ader slain· in clasjJBGY; Antipolo, Laguna ., The platoon lead~r of the 1.O·member New People's Army rebel group w~ killed in an 'ellcounter with elements of the Army's Ist- Infantry Batlalion__in the vicinity of Bgy. Butnong, . A FILIPINO.SWISS '~aid Magdafena, Laguna, early yesterday morning •. ,' : to be helping a. rebeire. Capt. Gene Orense,' 202nd CMO officer 2nd ID,' said the . . turnee, was shot dead by slain rebel was identified as Menesis- Tena, alias Onad, platoon suspected .New People's ,leader of Magnum. Sub-Regional Military Area:Guerilla,Unit . Army (NPA)- guerrillas operating in Southern Tagalog Region.· ,. , yesterday morning' in Recovered at the scene were a live hand grenade and' Kidapawan City. subversive documents .. Armed Forces of the Phil- , Tena bas standing warrant for several serious crimes like ippines (AFP)·.Eastem Min.' murder. ' .danao Command spokesman. .,The encounter was the result of'.succosslve ~i1itary Col., Leopoldo Galon identi- . operations initiated by the Army's l st Infantry Baitalion fied the. victim as Patrick . under Lt. Col. Jose Villareal based on numerousreports .of the Wineger,owner of a rubber presence of armed' group securing a meeting of NPA leaders plantation and active; in peace. at the tri-boundary of Liliw, Majayjay and Magdalena towns campaign in North Cotaba·as early as' mid-February. to,·She is a resident of SaguIt can be recalled that last February .16, an unfortunate, . ing, Makilala. accident occurred in the wee-hours which left !he rebel dead Reports reaching Camp and, several civi1iaru; wounde·d. '. Crame showed the incident Villareal said that the residents 'and local officials reported occurred at around 7·:40 . the presence 'of the .armed group. Nasataya believed that· a.m. on Villamarso St., kiila·· several.other rebels were woundedas indicated by •drips of pawan City, blood along the trails, He then urged his men to pursue the . Investigator'S said the vic- fleeing rebels. . tim was' doing his chores at . In his statement, Col. Ivan F Samarita, 'commander of' ' the talipapa 'when the sus- 202nd Infantry Brigade, thanked the residents for having . peers on board a, motorcycle' faith in the military' and law enforcers, and, congratulated" arrived and shot him several them for· their vigilance' in reporting.' , times, killing him' on the. spot. "This way" all of us are strengthening our partnership 'in TPe suspects quickly fled.. our' fight against the threat to our democracy," Samarita said, The -report said ihe victim . adding, ~'the military ~II continue its effort in neutralizing hires former rebels plantathe remnants Of, the terrorist group NP A in the region," tion workers. ,Zaida delos adhering to human rights, international humanitarian law, Reyes-Palanca rule of lawand AFP's. rules.

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THE PHILIPPINES Will hold to sit atop vast deposits of gas. Maj.. Emmanuel Garcia, large-scale military exercises and oil, has for decades been re- spokesperson for the Philippine with the United States next garded as one of Asia's potential contingent of the joint exercismonth near an area where it ismilitaryflashpoints. es, refusing to name specific 10lockedin a tense sea territorial Tensionsrose last year after the . cations. row with China. .Philippines and Vietnam accused China claims waters close to The' maneuvers, an annual China of becoming increasingly' the western edge of Palawan, event which this year will in- aggressive in staking its claims. However, waters to the eastern volve nearly' 7,000 troops, will The Philippine government side of Palawan are uncontestreinforce. the close military ties alleged last year that Chinese ed by China. , between the longtime allies, vessels fired on Filipino fisherThe Philippine government has Armed Forces Chief Lt. Gen. men and harassed an oil explo- vital natural gas platforms and oil Jessie Dellosa said yesterday. ration vessel in its waters.' exploration projects inPalawan. "The cooperation between The Philippines responded by The US embassy in Manila the two armed forces manifests calling for stepped-up military said in a statement the exercises the unswerving dedication and ties with the US, triggering an would include computer-simucommitment of our security angry response from China lated command post drills, rnulforces toward a more stable and .' which does not want US in- ti~le field exer~i~~ as well 'as .secure Asia-Pacific region," Del- volvement in the· medical, engineering, humani. losa said in a statement. dispute. tarian and civic activities. About 4,500 US troops wil_l The APP declined Twenty participants from other, join 2,300 Filipino counterparts to say exactly where .-., .__ . in various exercises-called Ba- in Palawan, or( Southeast Asian countries are also likatan, meaning shoulder-towhich waters off the expected to take.part in the drills, shoulder-in .Luzon 'and in island, next month's the US embassy statement said. Palawan, on the country's military exercises AFJ? l-vith Dona Pazzibugan southwest coast facing the West would take place. Philippine Sea (or the. South "There are differ- . ChinaSea),fromApril16to27. ent places of enChina and Taiwan claim all of gagements (in the Spratlysislands in the South Palawan),'" said China. Sea, while the Philip- . pines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei have overlapping. claims to parts of it. , The territorial dispute over the waters, which are believed

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CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao - Suspected New' People's Army (NPA) rebels gunned down a FilipinoSwedish agricultural entrepreneur in Kidapawan City yesterday morning, authorities said. The victim,Patrick Weneger, died on the spot from bullet wounds in the head. ' Senior Inspector Sunny, ' Leoncito, intelligence chief of , the Kidapawan City police, ' said Weneger was at the public market along with a companion when two motorcycle-riding men pulled over near him and shot him with 'a .45-caliber pistol. Weneger's family owns a large rubber, plantation at the hinterland border' of Kidapawan City and Makilala, North Cotabato wli.ioc~.tpe patria-rc!L~ Kurt" •. ; \'Vei)eg'er;a full-blooded': " Swedish, established in the late 19708. Police and military intelligence sources Said they received initial feedback from informants that Weneger's killers belong to a ' specialoperations;group of ' the NPA. Weneger had reportedly , ignored NPA demands for him to shell out "protection money" on a regular basis. NPA rebels have attacked project sites of construction firms in Makilala and KidapawanCiry in recent weeks, setting costly roadbuilding equipment on fire apparently to force owners Tel no to give in to their extortion demands. - With Edith Regalado, Alexis Romero

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'China will not go to war oyer Spratlys'
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unveiled its huge defense spending for this year, ' ji tters 'reverberated across ' , Southeast Asia that the mas- , ' sive budget may be used to, reinforce its long-standing claim over the Spratly Is- ' , lands that are also being claimed by the ' Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia arid Brunei. ' , , But how far ~an Beijing really go just , to enforce its so-called sovereign rights? WJ.!1 it go into war just to occupy the oil and mineral resources-rich islands on the South China Sea? It will not, 'said Maj. Gen. Francisco Cruz, Armed Forces deputy chief of staff for intelligencef] -2), who came out with a " paper orihowthe government can contain the so-called China threat and resolve the , ownership dispute through pressure and, peaceful dialogues. ' In his paper, "Strategy of Indirect Pressure: A National Security Strategy on the West Philippine Sea [Spratlys]," the military's top.intelligence officer said the Chinese cannot risk losing their economic andpolitical clout in using actual force just to enforce its claim. ' "Economically, its [China) growing ,e~P9rts 'to Southeast Asia would suffer. Politically, China would face a concerted Asean which could otherwise serve as its partner Inresistance to the human-rights pressure by the West:' "Worse still, a possible containment against China might come into being:' Cruz' said. Citing also the analysis of other political and military scholars in the region. ' . in fact, the containment is already workingwith Asean members pushing for regional talks in resolving thedis-pute, which is against China's position, of directly talking, to the' individual claimants, and with, the US building its.greater presencein the j\si~-Pacifi~ region. Cruz is one of the military's brightest minds. As a colonel, he came out with an , analysis on how the military can defeat the New People's Army by incorporating civil-mllitary operations in its campaign

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and, where he also coined the term' CNN (Communist Party of the Philippines-' New People's Army- National Democratic Front), which more than seven years later, was used by the Armed Forces: , Last year he conceptualized the first' meeting ofthe AseanMilitary Intelligence Exchangewhose inaugural gatheringwas held in 'the country. and became the blueprint for such meeting that will be held annually. :While emphasizing that his paper was n:otthe government's official policy on the South China Sea, Cruz said China's going into war against, its claimant neighbors would damage the environment that it has developed or is stilt developing for' , its.full economic takeoff. ' ' ,. He said militarily, China will not achieve anything from an armedconfrontation because it would have to deal with two fronts-across the Taiwan Strait arid .' across the' South China Sea. As such, China is usingthe "gunboat .diplomacyfas evidenced by its QCCUpation of the Mischief Reef in 1995, which 'is well within the Philippine's exclusive economic Zone, and last year's incidentat " the Reed:Bank neat Palawan, as its Strategyin pursuing its stake in theSpratlys.

nation, is one of the few countries without an inter-agency maritime enforce-' ment organization. Agencies tasked for maritime lawenforcernent and protection, of exclusive economic zone [EEZ} work independently of each other, thus are less effective;' he sa{d. 'The'maritime agency should integrate all efforts of agencies involved in the enforcement of rnaritirne laws and in safeguarding the. country's EEZ. It should be headed by a 'senior officer from the Navy which has the prepon", derance of assets. "The West Philippine Sea conflict is a legal, political dispute.that needs a lot of calculations and out-of-the box solutions;' Cruz said, adding, "weakness in the military does not necessarily mean' weakness in strategy:'

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OTHER than asserting its rights and sov- , .ereignry over its claimedIslands in the Soutli. China Sea, Cruz said oil is major lure for the country in maintalningIts presence in the disputed territory. , He said the Philippines has the fifth lowest gross domestic product per capita, in Southeast Asia and had been 97.5percent dependent on imported oil. , Oil, which is necessary for the future ,welfare ofthe Chinese, is'a!sothe same rea" son that attracts China into the Spratlys. "Itwillprovide an economic lebensraum for millions' of Chinese citizens;' he said, , noting that from 667.1 million 1960, , China:s population has grown to i:norethan double, or.1,341 billion, in 2010. ' "China has 19.43 percent of the world's total population, which means that 'one personin every five people in the world is a resident of China,' Cruz said . Aside from oil, the Spratlys straddles a major shipping route, "Much ofthe Philippine trade with region Is shipped through these waters" Safety of shipping, not only from natural hazards but from piracy and illegal sei'zures, is thus of great importance to th~ Philippines. "Effective control over the Spratlys will 'enable a country to exert political influence on others using the sea lanes in the South China Sea as commercial routes;' ' Cruz said.

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CRUZ said the country can counter China's aggressive acts, enforce its claim and, push for the resolution of the ownership dispute' through the use of indirect pressure, which negates the use ofmllitary force, but employs psychological pressure, mainly, through information and diplomatic maneuvers that are backed by intelligence support. "The strategy persuade, not to co, erce; internationalize the dispute; leverage alliances; create a domestic and world opinion favorable to Philippine position; inform the world that the Philippines has the superlor claim and pressure China and other claimants to accept a settlement;' he said. " The strategy should also co-opt China and the other claimants into working with the country: , As part of the strategy, Cruz said there , must also b'e an inter-agency cooperation, and as such; a N~tional Maritime 'Enforcement Agency must be put up: "The Philippines, a coastal, maritime

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The Chief Executive's safety is non-negotiable, Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Mar Roxas said yesterday as he joined calls for a new car for President Aquino. . Roxas lauded the House of Representatives for issuing a resolution urging the Department at Budget and Management (DBM) to allocate funds to acquire a new bulletproof and bombproof presidential vehicle. "Safety is a primordial concern of the government. At DOTC, much of our resourc- , es are dedicated to ensuring the safety of the riding public. r also attach the same significance to the security of the President and it is only right

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that if we think ofthe security of our people, weshould also prioritize the safety of the President," he said. Roxas chided the critics of Aquino for claiming there is.no urgency to buy a new state car. "There nothing frivolous about the proposal. The safety and security of the President is non-negotiable, Security is an issue of anticipation, not hindsight or even knee-. jerk opposition," he added. ' At least 200 lawmakers endorsed House Resolution 2191, urgingtheDBMtoboostAqujnds· securityby acquiring abombproof vehideforhim arnid the rising incidents of terrorist attacks. .. The resolution cited the

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matanda"(for seniors) .. "1 would like a straight trade-in or donate my new armored, bulletproof and bombproof black SUV, a (Toyota)' Land Cruiser, to the President. It has less than a thousand kilometers on it and has no scratches," he said. "I'd be willing to have a historical piece and I know the President is not fond of riding limos," he said, referring to the black Mercedes presidentialliinousine that officials said was damaged by flooding and frequently breaks down during sorties. "I'm offering this openly so that there will be no HI motive or tsismis (gossip) that may be . ascribed to this," he added. -With Paolo Romero

Balikatan 2012 set next .month near Palawan
The Philippines yesterday said it would hold large-scale military exer- . :ises with the United States next month lear an area where it is locked in a tense ;ea territorial row with China. Balikatan, an annual event which this lear will involve nearly 7,000 troops, vill reinforce the close military ties xitween the long-time allies, Armed :;orces chief Lt. Gen. Jessie Dellosa said. "The cooperation between the two rrmed forces .manifests the unswerling dedication and commitment of our .ecurity forces toward a more stable and ;ecure Asia-Pacific region," Dellosa said n a statement. . About 4,500 US troops will join 2,300 'ilipino counterparts in various exer~ ises on the main island of Luzon and in 'alawan from April 16 to 27. .. Palawan is:aJ} island on the Philipiines' southwest coastfacing the South :hina Sea. ".:, . Chin:a andTaiwandai~ all of the South China Sea, while the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei have overlapping claims to partsofit, The territorial dispute over the waters, which are believed to sit atop vast deposits of gas arid oil, has for decades been regarded as one of Asia's potential military flashpoints, .. Tensions rose last year after the Philippines and Vietnam accused China of becoming increasingly aggressive in staking its claims. . .. The Philippines alleged last year that Chinese .vessels fired on Filipino fishermen and harassed an oil exploration .vessel in its waters. The Philippines responded by calling for stepped-up military ties with the United States, triggering an angry resporise from China which does not want American involvement in the dispute, . The Philippine military declined to say exactly where in Palawan, or which waters off the island, that Balikatan20l2 would take place. . "There are ·different places. of engagements (in Palawan)," Maj. Emmanuel Garda, spokesman for the Philippine contingent, said, refusing to name specific locations . China claims waters close to the western edge of Palawan. However, waters to the eastern side ofPalawan are uncontested by China .: The US embassy in Manila said in a statement the exercises would include computer simulated command post drills, multiple field exercises, as well as . medical, engineering, humanitarian and civic activities, Twenty participants from other Southeast Asian countries are also expected to take part in the drills, the US embassy said. ~ AFP, Pia Lee-Brago, Alexis Romero

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For the first time, the joint .military exercises between the Philippines and the United States this year will include the participation of Southeast Asian nations and other states likeJapan and Australia.but America's top . diplomatnotedthat the multilateral .activity's key focus 'would be on . disaster management, not on the disputes in the South China Sea. Some 4,500USpersonnel and 2,300participants from the Armed Forcesci!thePhilippines{AFP)will' participate in the exercises and humanitarian activities from April 16. to 27. Joining them are . representatives from some Asean nations,Japan, Australiaand South Korea, it was learned. Turn .fo page 6

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. . . .:'.' engagements (i~ "',M~, - Morel'ecently, Beijtnghas been infrastructure, treat patients, and ~, ". . . Emmanuel Gareia sIfukeslfrii;rt fol'!;; accused b'y Manila and other vaccinate livestock and pets USAmba$~ador'H~rryThomas. the Philippine co.ndngen~; fiLid.c~ .Asean Claimants. ,'to the South' against disease" Thomas said. l said the. exercise i~ "unique".as, . China claims. wat~Js ·cW.s~t~, China Sea, a groll.p·of islands, "This exerclse will build "it.is the.'f~r~t.time~batB:)1ikatan;' the western ~dgeofPIi1A:wa'fi.. 41ut.:. shoals, reefs' and .coral outcrops meaningful relationships not only will include'· multllateral waters: to the east-ern··&ide.of ~t~emilTg:witk:Ti'chil and'mineral . between our militaries, but also o engagement" but he was.quick to Palawan are .unconteBted&Y{)hina. reseeves, of being too aggressive among communities and first . point out th~ttheif;pllcrticipation Thomas s~d addition~lzli.· in' pushing' its claims; Other responders," he added. . 'wouldbe limited toCilmmandPost',· partlctpants front :Asean'and' 16' nations like the and Japan have The military leadership, for its' . Exercises.(CPX), colleagues frompartner:,nationll' .also .expressed concern over the part, also maintained that Philippine officialssaid·CPX will contribute tot~ CP~" .'. 'iricreasing disputes in the area . exercises are not in any way a comtniteF-simlihite,dclassroom· . "As our mHitarY'.fol.cest~lin . and JiaHed,for unimpeded access connected with the Spratlys set-up .whercLplirticiP3Pts share together, our Civil ail& nUjtazy} (j).t~e.waters, which is.among the dispute. their experiences In-dealing with leadership will practice planning .wQrld'sbusiest sealanes. AFP Chief of Staff Lt.' Gen. .natural dis-astersand:; draw and decision making during a :. Balikatan 2012is the 2Bthjoint jessie Dellosa branded the strategies .on-how t<1; address it. ·natural. disaste'r .. scen,ario," :defense activity in a continuing Balikatan' exercises as Foreign troops eaIinoteng_age Thomas said;·'·'" ,~"·seriE!'8'· ei'ercises held annually. .manifestation of the AFP and US' of ~rnground ':militarsdrillswith Training will ·alsp <ionsl!l~ ~f .~ promot~ regional peace and commitment to maintainlng ~fhilip~ine ,fbJ;cesWitfu.iut legal a multiple 'field trai~tilg~exerci,ses; ~ecu'fity' and, ensure stability in the Asia-Pacific :rnechanism like t status of forces and medical, .veterin~r~- and Interoperability and readiness of . Region. agreement similar t~tbe Vis~ting .eng!neeringhumilnitariatlljJndclvic-·· hilippine and USforces. P The relationship between the _Forces AgreE{lmeJlb (VFA) that assistance projec~s:~J;~, i :.~ '. In',additloiltomiHtary troops, US Armed Forces and the AFP. Manila has with~WasMngton that·. The PhUippiites .1t~. a' 'lobgc .. :~86:·loc&1 ealth professionals and continues to be healthy and h :will cover ths4;;-'pr#senee in the standing territorial'row~~C~~a ~engin:e'ers . will support the vibrant. The cooperation between country. . ": ~,_ '.' over the resoUrce-ricniioul!)'·OFtina; iumIUiitarian·component. of the the two Armed Forces manifests l . But the- Ph1lippPle military Sea and the UShad~ anrt'fmnced .: Balikatan. the unswerving dedication and refused t~ 'disclose speJl'ific plans to expancHW'~~e~¢~!o\hr "I'm especially proud that US commitmentof our security forces locations of th~)oint drills.' '. . the region, includingin·the:c.d:tmtry·'ltild.l>hilippille· engineersand ' towards a more stable and secure "There' are. different places of to contain a.risirtgCmna: . .._ medical professionals will improve Asia-Pacificregion, he said. AFP
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pects that reach out. to commu- . nities in need of urgent assistance," he said. NEARLY 7,000 American and The exercises will be held April Filipino soldiers will take part in 16 to 27. this year's Balikatan exercises on Burgos said the exercises will humanitarian assistance and disbe divided in three phases -huaster response· or HADR. manitarian arid civic assistance, A US embassy statement said cross training and field training there would be' 4,500· American exercises and the command post and 2,300 Filipino soldiers. "This rear's Balikatan exercises exercises. Humanitarian and civ·ie assistis the 28th of its series that calls ance involves the construction fora· more responsive partnerof fiye classrooms, conduct of ship with the community, focusmedical, dental, veterinary civic ing on humanitarian and disasprograms in Palawan, : ter response training," military Cross training and field training spokesman CoL .Arnulfo Marceexercises will be conducted at lo Burgos said. the \\I'est Philippine Sea or South Burgos said the Balikatan exerChina Sea. . . cises in 2008 and 2010 were also The field training exercises infocused on HADR. "This ex~rcise is designed t~· clude gas and oil platform de. enhance the Armed Forces of . fense and retake; and amphibi-. the Philippines- and the United ous exe.rClses. . Burgos said the command States .Armed Forces inreroperpost exercise will test the curability in the conduct of not only rentHADR concept plans of the on traditional military training AFP and other concerned govbut also on. non-traditional as-

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ernment agencies. "The activity seeks to identify gaps and solutions from previous disaster situations that Occurred recentlv in the Philippines and anticipated future calamities." Burgos . said the command post exercise will involve the National Disaster .Risk Reduc.tion and Management Council, Office of Civil Defense, Metro Manila Disaster Coo~dinating· Council, United States Agency for International Development, United States Pacific Command, United Nations Countrv 'Team, United Nations Office' of the Co';rdinatibn of Humanitarian Affairs, World Food Program,. International Federation of the Red Cross and the Philippine Red Cross. . . Ufi.ambassador Harry Thomas Jr said: "This exercise will build meaningful . relationships nat only between our militaries, but also among communities and ;first responders." .

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Arroyoaodreeasedfnenprison, . It w~ Mr. Aquino himself who first announced the coup plot thathe said was aimed at stopping his campaign against graft and corruption. On Thesday, another Aquino ally, former Armed .Rorces chief and. now Muntinlupa City. Rep .' Rodolfo Biazon; confirmed the coup plot. and said the recruitment of soldiers . started threemonths ago. .. .: Tlie bombs were reported missing .last year and Naval authorities conducted a discreet investigation that was never made . public, said a Navy officer who talked to the Manila Standard on condition of anon.ymity. . .He said the vintage bombs had a total net explosive weight" of 364,348 pounds, and couldpulverize the whole island. On March'S last year Mr. Aquino was present when the Navy conducted what it called a Joint. Explosive Ordnance Disposal Exercise and, detonated several charges using a Radio Firing Device, the officer said. . .: . ... .. .. He said the detonation was part ofprogram to dispose of World War II ordnance on Caballo Island as agreed byMr.Aquino and US President Barack Obama duringMr, Aquino's visit to the. White House in September 2()10. .. . ..' ... More tha:n4,OOO pieces of various types 9f leftover World . War II ordnance stored on Caballo Island were detonated at Crow . Valley Range in Pampanga, the officer said. . Navy spokesman Lt. Col. Omar Tonsaydeclined.to comment on the missing bombs. He said he was not aware of those bombs or the, alleged investigation being conducted to locate them.

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A FILIPINO-SWISSrubber plantation owner was shot dead by suspected communist rebels in North Cotabato yesterday morning. CoL Leopolda Gaton, spokesman of the military's Eastern Minpanao Command, said the victim, Patrick WiReger, 47, was at a flea market in Vilamarso street, Kidapawan City around 7:40 a.m. when shot with a cal. 45 pistol by suspects ridlng-in-tandem. Other reports said there were two other riding-intandem suspects. "The victim was active in peace campaigns in North Cota'bato and prioritized former rebels as plantation workers," said Galon. According to witnesses, one suspect wore a dirty white T-shirt and a black cap while the other was wearing a black calico vest. Galan said, "This is really extortionrelated." Supt. Renante Cabico, Kidapawan city police chief, said Wineger freq~ents .tl~e Kidap-awan City public market smce 1t 18 onlv a I5-minute drive from his house ID Makilala town, Cabieo said Wineger was bora in the C'OUOllY His father was Swiss and his mother 1 was from Basilan, He could speak Cebuano. He said the victim could have been mis.\ taken for an American as he was tall, fairI skinned. - Vic/o,:Reyli'S and RaymondAfrica

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Loyalista ni GMA, nasa Ukod ng coup·plotvs PNoy?
Hi Mary Ann Santiago . Posible umanong mga loyalista ni .dating Pangulong Gloria MacapagalArroyo sa militar ang nasa likod ng sinasabing plano na destabilisasyon laban kay Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino. III. Ito angpaniwala ni Solidarity lead convenor Rev. Fr. Joe Dizon. Gayunman, naniniwala S1 Dizon na wala pang sapat na kakayahan ang grupong ito parapabagsakin ang pamahalaang Aquino. Kaugnay nita, .pinaalalahanan ng pari ang Pangulo na maging maingat sa mga ginagawa nita, Ialo at maraming problema sa bansa na hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa nito natutugunan. "May forces in the society today at ang iba sa kanila ay ruga former military people at loyalista ni dating Pangtilong Gloria Arroyo, na siguro ay may mga koneksiyon pa dito sa ruga active na associated sa Aquino government, na ang interesfay talagang mapabagsak ang gobyerno ni PNoy dahil nais nilang maibalik muli sa kapangyarihan. Pero I don't think na sapat ang kanilang kakayahan para pabagsakin sa ngayon si PNoy," sinabi ni Dizon sa panayam . ngRadyo Veritas. . Hindi lin naniniwala ang pari na ang pangungUmbinsi umano ng Malacafiang kay Jose Maria Sison, founding chainnan ng Communist Party of the Philippines-National Democratic Front (CPP-NDF), na magtrabaho sa administrasyong Aquino ang dahilan ng destabilization plot "Black propaganda lamang ang sinasabing kinausap sf [oma para umuwi ng bansa at magkaroon ng . cabinet position.Palabas lang ito . ngmga avid anti-communist para gawing dahilan ngisang kudeta," sabi pa ni Dizon.

Lumilikas mula sa gulo, poprofeksiyunan
Inaprubahan ng Kamara sa pangatlo at pinal na pagbasa ang House Bill 5627 (Internally Displacement Act of 2011), na magblblgay ng protekslyon sa mamamayan laban samga hidwaan sa lupa, gaya ng land conversion, pagstra sa kallkasan, saplIItang pagpapatupad ng mga proyekto, at Iba pang trahedyanggawa ngtao. . Sa Mindanao, patuloy ang [abanan ng mllitar at rnga rebelde, kablfang angAbu Sayyaf. . .' Sinabini cagayandeOro City 2ndDrstnct Rep. RlJfus Rodriguez na ltataguyod at panganga.18. gaan ng.panukalaangmga karapatan ngmga lumillkas makaraang maapektuhan sa mga armadonglabananat karahasan. Bert de Guzman

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We are quickly rushing headlong into a hall of mirrors with all _ this talk about coup conspiracies afoot. . . . In "that hall of mirrors, We quickly-lose perspective as well as . the ability to distinguish between fact and fear. In that hall, every ~ild hypothesis becomes allega. bon, every drunken puridit becomes a credible source, Soon after, every man in uniform becomes a suspect. .-. . '. Just last week, believe it or not, there was absolutely no talk of any coup conspiracy afoot. There. was not a rustle in the leaves foretelling a gust of ill wind. The matter was simply unthinkable and the political ground for it infertile, .. . . TI:e. ~hoir we now see,' freely speculating on the possibility ofa coup attempt, was quiet. It was simply n<;>tash~onable to dwell on the topic. Only those f who ingratiated themselves with the wielders of pow~r br whisp~ring scenarios of insidious plots onto the king S ear tried to make a sustainable cottage in?-ustry out of forcibly imagining conspiracies into existence, Tperewas personal political profitto bemade out of domg that. . .. .. . . .. . The silence of this choir was broken last week when the President, speaking before his guards, ever.so ca- .. sually spoke of threats to his life. In a matter of hours, . . especially after an outspoken retired archbishop gave his own unique spin on the matter, panderers began . v?lunteeririg their respective conspira:cy theories to gtve meat to the President's anxiety. .. . •Retire? Archbishop <?scar Cruz got things rolling by l~ug~mg off the President's words, saying that as:' sassination plots are normally hatched against competent - not incompetentleaders. In a word, he . was saying that nobody shoots the village idiot. . T~at w,as provocative to be sure: Soon enough, the President s supporters rallied around their leader, not by arguing his cornpetencebut by offering proof of plots. . Among the first of the choir to arrive was Sen. Antonio Trillanss. Heclaims to have furnlshedthePresident confidential information about recruitment going in the ~rme? forces for some sort of- coup effort. Th:- eff~rt IS animated by the anticommunist bogey -:- In this case, the proposition that this. administration has fallen under the influence of the Left, Trillanes, however, offers nothing in terms of hard . facts. Radi? ,co~mentator6 quickly jumped on the ~enatorf~r iniecting something akin to a showbiz blind 1CpI_h Item. The community of retired generals, the usual s?spects w,henever talk of coup conspiracies break out like. an epidemic of sununer measles, protested the freshman senator's insinuation of their involvement.' They now ask the senator to.name names. To be fair, the former s?ldier now _p~liticiaf.1must

have more than the usual access to mrorrnation .regarding movements in the military. He gained prorninenceafter two messy military maneuvers at the . · Oakwood and then at the Peninsula. He may not be an authority on mounting successful coup strategies . but no one doubts his credentials for military maneu- . vers in venues that assure access to fine dining . .Trillanes' claims about recruitmerit in the ranks were subsequently seconded by retired general, now congressman, Rodolfo Biazon, The former Marine commander played a key role ill suppressing coup attempts · mounted against the presidency of Corazon Aquino. Like Trillanes, Biazon claims the coup conspiracy is centered around a group of retired generals. I am . nearly sure the congn:!ssman draws his information from conversations held in a place aptly called The Last Watering Hole, where. old soldiers go to revive - their" glory days. The historical record, however, shows none of the · coups 'that matured. began from this watering' hole where retired. soldiers talk-bravely -but walk feebly. · They were all hatched by middle ranking officers who had actual control of the best fighting units. Anything launched from The Last Watering Hole cannot be too serious. Subsequently, there is now talk that a vitalm~eting . between reti~ed and; active military officers happened somewhere In Batangas. The choice of that province . reeks of much political intrigue. Itis not just the home province of the besieged Chief Justice, It is also the home province of the current Vice President - the. . direct constitutional beneficiary of any .pre-termination. of Aquino's term in office; . .. ... .. . Should there be any insinuation the imagined coup conspiracy is led by the Chief Justice, this will surely be a.first, Never, anywhere in the world, was there a coup mounted from the highesttribunal. it is truly mQr€ fun in the Philippines, .' ., On the other hand, should. there be any insinuation that the Vice President has a hand inthis imagined. coup conspiracy, thi.·'s will?e an ?pe~invitati.~to.a premature outbreak In factional fighting. Itwill IDVItespecu- . lation of every sort, intrigue of every variety, unsettling . the precarious political configuration in place. . , It is nearly sure-Vice President Binay will soon an- . nounce a powerful senatorial ticket to challenge the: Liberal Party line-up. It is also nearly sure-there are . enough powerbrokers at the Palace keen on contain- ; . ing Binay early enough. If Binay is implicated the brewing c~nspiracy theories now being peddled, that could precipitate premature political hostilities no one is ready to indulge in. . Palace spokesmen professed no interest in looking more deeply at Trillanes' allegations, They are, in every corner, trying to snuff out further speculation '. about coup conspiracies - even if the. initial trigger fox speculation of this sort emanated from the President's mouth. It is going to the awkward for the Palace to be fanning public speculation about a coup conspiracy in play. There are. enough people earnestly hoping for pre-termination_.. : The greater likelihood, however, is that this sort of idle scenario-building could trip off unwanted factional struggles from within the tenuous coalition in .. power.

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. 'p' :. ~SIDENT~~~'ri()y .AqtJ1no ¢ad~agreaq:i~int of s~)'ing'last .'. ',,~~k :t!la~therc:;s; a-,!i?iot'~.tooust.h1in ' fromoffice before-his • '.' :terq(ends 2016~~i.lt he.didn't revealthe names of the foment. ers, making political obs.eI\~ersthio.k that maybe it wasn't true at all, Quitepilzzlipgly;:.AqUinotalked about it-during the 2pth. anniver:~saiy celebration of'the Presidential Securiry Grotlp (pSG, an elite corps of troopers assigned to protect him atall times. It was held at. thePSG'sheadquartersin the same premises of his officialresidence "BahiyPa!1gilrap" (Dream House), right across the Malacafiang Palace along rhe Pflsig River.. '. .' . '. . :\ot onlv this, thesen-.next·da,::-':0"00'" told a different storv in Calapan Cit}'in Orientai~Iindo~b, \\;h~te 11einaugurated an decttifi.: InCide~t~lly, "fee .President 13inay, whose speech ~~me.a dar a~~er cation prognim ..for.therowns of .tl:);iu:pro\;irice, This time 'he claimed -,the. Presidenttalkedabout rornenrers arid putsches, did not f~r One th~t hi:5.deu·at:t6~s ;ire ~:'d\"iirtdliflg" ·.and then took a swipe a.ehis crit:rl1Qm:~t m~nrion ~ilyon~ .in particular, bu,t, .as an old Tagalog saying ics, and again he didn't say whether they were political or media' crit- . go:s, Bato-baro ',sa langir ;tng·~ataman huag magalit"! '. ics.·'TheJ;,earepeople ... 'the~e are groups in bur society who are· ... \'\'hoe,-er.~et:s hitby a stone trom theskyshouldn't get mad! called .conrrariari' \\nai:eyet p~5ition vou take, expect a contrary .' '~>.'. :.... '.' .~... , '::.'**.*. .. •.... , .... . one to emerge." '. . .... '. .' . . · ·Quqt¢.Dftre.E>ay:"'S~OP ii.ld&rtg~aridyoti\rill not' be ·judged. Stop Surprise of surprises, the tolkndrig day the public was informed by ~ondem~ng and you will not be :ondemned. F orgive and ~'Oliwill be a spokesperson of the Armed Forces of the Philippines rharwas no torgJ\'en! -: From the Gospel at St. Luke . Such.rep<;>'nof"i bte\dng ouster ploc"or of a coup d'etat or 'even a .Th,?ughtohhe..Da~-:."Nemini iniuriarn lex rninimi operarur inqumilitaryuprising. And even. the blabbering palace mouthpieces didn't urn. ' (The.la\,- .doesinjury to no one, the law works injustice to utter a single wordaboutit ... ' .,... . .' .. " .: .' '. one.) _ Latin pr<:>,"erb. . .. So,o~'e can onlv \,'onderwbere,iri'hea\-en's'name, did :-\omoy hear about such an "ouster plot" ro depose him from the presidencr even before his six-vear- term comes toan end- W'as it a figment of the imagination: .\0 illusion in his mind, 01', was 'he experiencing what's called in Latin "Hallucinata"? . . . ... '. . .' .. The trouble-as I. once wrote in this column, is that rhePresident is surrounde.d ~~~sycopharirs, servile flatterers who have become 'slan-' defers arid squealers, andhave beenmisguiding him since Dav One ofhis presidency, one ~~e~, eight months. arid eight days ago!

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• .?h)'es •. it's fr()ba!:lle th~~that the so-called "ou~ter plot" could' ha~-e.bee~c.Oi1Jur~d 9r,\~ulh()~S band .of black propagandists to' regam pubhc:su~port to~ h.1S progr~m of-reforms in 'govemment, and ren~\:- .the waru~g public. Jnte~est In the impeachment complaint that he initiated against Chiet Justlce Renate Corona.. .': . . . Thevpariicked when _the most recent poll survev showed th~t · rherc'siess.and less anendoaro i:h~ on-going Corona 'trial befo~e·the Senate impeachment court-One reason for this', as noted.b~- former Senate Presi~e~t Ernesto :'1. :\Iaceda, who has been keenly ~\-atching · the proceedings, could have been caused .bv the President's almost dailv "oyerkiU" verbal salvos against Corona which made him ;'~n .unclenlog"in.the: people's minds .. : Certainlyrelated to' this issueover the conduct ot' Corona's trial ire · the thoughrs of no less than Vice President [ejomar Binav. famed ·defe.ndel<ofhuman\igbts and adherent .to the -Constitution 'a~d laws , of the land during the :'~arcos·\-ears·. . ."':: ~~ir a~d impartial tr},al"~~- nd .on:y a fai~ and il11parti;1 trial--- ·of ~ Chief ]ust1c,e Coro~~ .... ~ Binavsaid In a speech during the 34th annl\~ersary at.the Philippine .Trial Lawyers Association (p1L -\) at the' '. :\lanila Botellas{·Fri9~y~'\Ujd6uded bysuspicions or accusations of ·.misconduct, and improper de~lingon the. pair' of the participants in the proceedin,gs, or the part o~ those whose legitimate right and duty ~re simply to observe the pro~eedings without seeking to intervene ..In the outcome, would be a greatboonto the nation." .. . The most: telling statement of Binay, as dearly urtdeistood not onlv -, by his P~L\'1i?teners, ~Ut.e\-en by non-Iswvers.was that they shouici be .prepared to prorect .d\e·c ountry's .constitutional democmcr' and' its'iilstitiitiOns· . ~":. .;. . '. ... " '.' ·:,;\y.e~~tipb_t .d~pa-rt from-due process in~ th~ ~uleof ia\,~,.. ," he em, phasized, relertmg' to the :Cbrona impeachment proces s. "It should ·.never b~ used _as,a way to bend the law or assert false supremacy of one g~anch"ot .go\~ernment oyer .another, or put one in conflict of ·another!" .. . '., . .

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Senator" [uan Ponce Enrile proposing a morning and after-' noon schedule for the impeachrnent trial, it seems we mav-have a decision by ~Iarch 23 afte~ all. .This pronouncement has me looking at several angles, First, will the gmdingschedule sit well with rhe older [udges like octogenarians' Ponce-Enrile and Taker. Arrovof In fact, almost ;t11of the' other .senators are senior. citizens except nine who arein their.40s: Senator l.Iiriam Defensor-Santiago .herself comrrienred that this rnav take a roll oil. her health: Second, . what happens next? This broad spectrum of a'question . bas me figudng out scenarios on .. what happens "if Chief Justice. Renato Corona is either found guilt~or acquitted_' . In a' beer-busting 'activity with some' old friends from' wav back when I could still run like the wind,·. I was surprised at 'some of the theories that arose fromdrrnking se,eral'bonles of the golden brew, . A retired colonel said [hat' if :::orona. is ousted, there might Je grumblings. But p~o)~ might

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Okay, so' what happens if Corona is acquitted? '. '. .' A friend raised a howl. and 'said, "Hell hath no furylike a Cojuangco scorned,". . Citing several instances in the administration of President Cory . .-\quino_and PNoy's past dealings with his perceived enemies, my friend says it is not bevond P:NOY to be a s~(e.losei.· He .believes Cdroria'saCquittal .. . will be apersonal affront to PNoy . and woe to . the senator-judges. who make this possible .. Double woe to those who wili . run-in 2013. ~Iany a politician knows tha~~\-ilen . the CU11:ent administration, especial- . lv a Tel"Ypopular one, is unfriendly . to you it is quite a feat to win a mid- .'. term senatorial race.' I can count a number of senator-judges \"ho :are '. up forte-election in2013an~ a fu- .. take Co. rious PNo)" isn't going . . rona's acquittal sitting down. \,-ell we wrapped up at rwo in;' the morning and while I am never .: one to' take the conversation .of . lushes ,ery seriously, I w6~nd'up ,,-riting about it today, 'Go figure ".

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·persu~d~. tile' gullible andlor the disgruntled that this is paJ:! of . lJNoy's machinations to. cake total 'and '"~bsOlute control of the' govetnment.· Thus they rnav under. take to convince some sectors like the military to stage an:~prising.· A couple of my reallv rowdv and loudfriends even came to the conelusion that this development may' ·petff tip PNo\->sseIf-importance . and confidence so much so that . he may actuallv .slowlv bur surelv impinge.on the- powers ~f the oth.. er tWO branches of go\"ernment ..

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