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TI TLE! SUMMARY/WRI 1 Weather Forecast More troops sent to Samar 'hot spots' - The military in Eastern Visayas are on full alert as they expect the New People's Army (NPA) rebels to launch offensives to celebrate their founding anniversary on March 29. Army takes over 2 NPA camps in Northern Samar - Two encampments of the communist New People's Army (NPA) were captured by government forces during continuing antiinsurgency operations in Northern Samar province launched on Thursday, Soldier overrun two rebel liars in Samar - TWO New People's Army's (NPA) camps have fallen into the hands of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) following sustained combat operations in separate places in Northern Samar province. Troops attack Sayyaf group Basilan hideout - Troops stormed a mountain hideout of the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group holding a kidnapped Australian man in the province of Basilan and clashed with militants, officials said. 4 Sayyaf members, soldier dead in Basilan - At least four Abu Sayyaf bandits and a soldier were killed in a series of clashes in Basilan that started March 15, the military reported on Friday. 4 rebelde, sundalo todas sa engkwentro sa Basilan JI leader survived Sulu raid - KL police - A Malaysian militant with a $5-million bounty on his head survived a recent air strike in a remote area in Sulu province, a Malaysian counter-terror official yesterday said, despite Philippine military's claims to the contrary, 'Dead' terrorists still alive, says KL security exec Last month the Philippine military said three of Southeast Asia's most-wanted terror suspects were killed in the raid on Jolo, which was backed by US intelligence. Army vs Abu: 5 bulagta, 3 sugatan Nalagasan ng apat na bandido ang grupo ng Abu Sayyaf matapos makasaqupa ang tropa ng militar kung saan isa sa mga sundalo ang nasawi sa naganap na muling bakbakan sa kagubatan ng Sumisip, Basilan noong Huwebes. Soldier killed in ASG clash Kuta ng ASG nilusob, 4 dedo, sugatan Isang. sundalo ng 10th Scout Ranger Company ang namatay at tatlong iba pa ang nasugatan sa laban kontra Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) kamakalawa sa Barangay Baiwas, Sumisip, Basilan, ayon kay Maj. Harold Cabunoc, tagapagsalita ng Philippine Army kahapon. Photo: 'Wag ka umalis, Mommy! TER NEWSPAPER Phil Star Q. A-26 POI

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Air Force general bHang No.3 sa AFP Itinalaga ni Pangulong Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III ang isang heneral ng Philippine Air Force (PAF) bilang bagong Deputy Chief of Staff, ang No. ~ na posisyon sa Armed Forces, ayon kay Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr., tagapagsalita ng militar kahapon. Air Force general named military's third highest official - After failing to bag the top Philippine Air Force (PAF) post, a senior Air Force officer was named number three man in the leadership of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Noynoy reshuffle AFP; Air Force general named deputy chief of staff - President Aquino has promoted a Philippine Air Force (PAF) general Maj. Gen. Gregorio Macapagal, a member of the Philippine Military Academy "Mapitagan" Class of 1980, was named new AFP deputy chief of staff, the third highest position in the military hierarchy.

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WEATHER FORECAST
The ridge of a high pressure area extends across Luzon. The entire country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. Coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough. Temperature forecasts: Metro Manila, 23-33 degrees Celsius; Baguio City, 13-22; Tagaytay City. 2]-30; Subic and Clark zone, 24-32; Metro Cebu, 24-32; Metro Davao, 24-33; and Cagayan de Oro, 22-33. Tidal predictions .in Manila Bay: high tide at 5:26 p.m. at 0.94 meter; low tide at 1:49 a.m, at 0.09 meter. Sunrise is at 6:02 a.m.; sunset at 6:07 p.m.

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Military officials in the region have been saying that the Samar provinces-Samar, Eastern Samar and Northern Samar-have considerable presence of rebels. A series of firefights between the rebels and government troops earlier took place in Northern Samar on March .10" 11, 13 and 14, resulting in the death of one soldier and the wounding of 15 others. The first encounter took place between a group of 20 suspected rebels and soldiers on foot patrol in Barangay San'

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TACLOBAN CITY-The military in Eastern Visayas are on full alert as they expect the New People's Army (NPA) rebels to launch offensives to celebrate their founding anniversary on March 29.
"The tebel group marks their anniversary by staging (attacks) to show that they are still strong and existing," said Lt. Col. Niceforo Diaz, spokesperson of the 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army based in Catbalogan City, in an interview over radio station dyDW Diaz said additional troops were deployed to hotspot areas in Samar provinces to neutralize any attempt of the NPA to stage attacks. He did not specify the areas considered "hot spots."

Miguel of Las Navas town on March 10, said Lt. Col. William Pefiafiel, commanding officer of the 34th Infantry Battalion based 'in Palapag town, also in Northern Samar. During this fight, Private First Class Ryan Florende was wounded. The following day, suspected communist rebels and the Army soldiers clashed also in Barangay San Miguel. The firefiglit'resulted in the death of an NPA rebel and the recovery of an M-16 Armalite rifle, Pefiafiel said .

On March 13, another encounter ensued in Barangay Nagoocan in Catubig town, which resulted to the death of Sgt. Aurelio Bucatcat, who was hit by an improvised landmine planted by the rebels. , The wounded soldiers during the March 13 firefight are Lt. Karl Vincent Collado, leader of the troop; Corp. Renata Whang, Private First Class (PFC) Edcyl Papel, PFC Eddie Baccol, Private Bernie Francisco, Private Marjun Fabriag, Private Albor Adonis, Private Robert Liad, Private Marlon Urbano and Private

Melvin Siervo. Four more soldiers, PFC Allan Vertudaso, Rafael Moldes, Pablo Loreto Camacho and Redentor de Guia, were wounded in another firefight 'that took place on March 14. In an e-mailed statement, the leadership of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army has called on their supporters and "revolutionary forces" to undertakeactivities in relation to the 42nd founding anniversary of the armed wing of the communist group on March 29.

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Army takes over 2 NPA camps in Northern Samar
By Mario J. Mallari
Two encampments of the communist New People's Army (NPA)were captured by government forces during continuing antiinsurgency operations in Northern Samar province launched on U. Col.NoelVestuir,commander of the Army's 20th Infantry Battalion (lB), said his troops from the Charlie Company,headed by U. Florencio TayoIIl, seized the newly abandoned NPAcamp in Barangay Gebunawan in Lope de Vegatown at around 8:45 a.m. Friday. "The encampment has several makeshift bunkers that were intentionally destroyed by the communist terrorists before they left the area, perhaps to evade
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armed confrontation with our operating troops, n said Vestuir. "The camp can accommodate more or less 20 communist terrorists and may have been abandoned fortwo days. The troops are still searching the area for possiblealternate camps,' he added. Earlier that day, elements of the Army's 20th IB also seized a major encampment ofthe NPAin Barangay Gebunawan, prompting Vestuir to order intensified operations in the area. Vestuir described the first captured camp as having 40 bunkers that can accommodate more or less 60 communist terrorists, three guard posts, one mess hail, two comfort rooms and two kitchens. "Thecamp was seized after 20IB had launched sustained combat

operations in the area of Lope de Vegain response to the information given by some residents in the nearby barangays of the presence of armed men roaming in the area extorting money and food stuffs from the peace-loving people early this week," he said. "Throughthe timely and accurate information tipped by the residents, our troops were able to discover the NPA encampment, a staging place of their terroristic activities in the area,' added Vestuir. Vestuir branded the seizure of the NPAencampments as a big blow to the communist armed wing, considering that "we have denied them of their safe haven and sanctuary and once again proventhat the people are with us in our pursuit for peace in this part ofthe country."

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hinterlands of Gebunawan, Lope de Vega, Northern Samar, while the second one was 'only 300 meters away from the first camp. The first camp, Vestuir said, has 40 bunkers that can accommodate more or less 60 communist terrorists, three guard posts, one mess hall, two comfort rooms, two kitchens. Vestuir said the insurgents were forced to abandon their camp to evade armed engagement with the operating troops

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New People's Army's (NPA) ~amps have fallen into the hands pf the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) following sustained combat operations in separate places in Northern Samar province. ; Lt. Col. Noel A. Vestuir, spokesPlan of the 8th Infantry Division tID) and concurrent commanding pfficer of the 20th Infantry Battal;on (IE), disclosed Friday that the first camp was discovered by government security forces in the

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under l Lts, Plorencio Tayo 3rd and Rabbi Irvin Cruz. "The camp was seized after 20lhIB has launched sustained combat operations in the area of Lope de Vega in response to the information tipped in by some residents in the nearby barangays of the presence of .armed men roaming in the area extorting money and foodstuffs from the peace-loving people early this . week: he said. The' second camp was discovered by operating troops of Charlie Company, 20th IB led by lLt, Florencio Tayo 3rd and 2Lt. Al Pter Galula while conducting continued search and manhunt operations in the area. . The encampment has several makeshifts bunkers that were intentionally destroyed by the evading communist rebels before they left area and can accommodate more or less 20 people, Vestuir added .: WILLIAM B.DEPASUPIL

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AMBOANGACITY:Troops stormed a . mountain hideout of the al-Qaeda-linked , Abu Sayyaf group holding a kidnapped Australian man in the province of Basilan and dashed with militants, officials said. .
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targeted terrorist leaders Puruji Indarna and Khair Mundos. Indamais believed to be. holding . Warren Rodwell, 52, who was kidnapped in December by gunmen from his seaside town in Ipil town in Zamboanga Sibugay province, about 100 kms east of here. "Rodwell was not thr '1' (in the hideout) and Indama and Mundos were able to escape bringing along their. casualties. Our operation against the terrorists are going on," Army Colonel Ricardo Visaya, commander of military forces in Basilan, littered with improvised bombs. He said the wounded soldiers were airlifted by helicopters. to a military hospital in Zamboanga City late on Thursday. The fate of Rodwell, a former soldier in the Australian army, remains unknown. The· Australian adventurerhas married a Filipina, Miraflor Gutang, 27, in Ipil town last year. The Abu Sayyaf demanded $2 milIion ransoms for Rodwell's safe release, but his wife said they cannot afford to pay and appealed to the terrorists to free the foreigner.

. told The Manila Times. He said troops have captured the Abu Sayyaf hideout and recovered landmines and improvised explosives left behind by terrorists. Both Indama and M undos are wanted by authorities for the spate of bombings and kidnappings in the restive region of Mindanao. Army Liuererrant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang, a spokesman for the Western Mindanao Command, said security forces mounted the operation following intelligence reports that Indama and

Mundos were hiding in the village of Baiwas. : .' "Government forces launched the operations .based on information that the village is the lair of In dam a .. and Mundos, who are all wanted for a series of crimes ranging from murder to kidnapping. The place is also . being used by the Abu Sayyaf in manufacturing improvised explosives. The operation Was also initiated to effect the arrest warrants of Indama and Mundos," he said in a separate interview. Cabangbang said the hideout was

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4 Sayyaf members, soldier dead in Basilan
By JulieAlipala Inquirer Mindanao
ZAMBOANGA CITY-At least four Abu Sayyaf bandits and a soldier were killed in a series of clashes in Basilan that started March 15, the military reported on Friday. Col. Ricardo Visaya, commander of the Army's l04th Infantry Brigade based in the province, said Scout Ranger soldiers had hit one of the major camps of the Abu Sayyaf in Sumisip, Basilan, He said the camp belongs to Puruji Indama. Visaya said the clashes raged on until late Thursday. He said the clashes started when Scout Ranger soldiers, who were verifying information that kidnapped Australian War" ren Richard Rodwell was being kept in Baiwas, encountered Abu Sayyaf gunmen in Sitio Bohe Mabali on March 15. "Our soldiers pursued them until they reached the northeastern part of Barangay Bai-' was," he said, Task Force Basilan cornman- . der Col. Ramon Yogyog said it .was only during the latest dash that the military suffered fatalities. One of them later died at a military hospital, he said. 'Yogyogsaid the pursuing soldiers came under fire from a blocking force the Abu Sayyaf had established in Sitio Pansol, also in Baiwas,
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"This was where four of our rangers were hit," Yogyog said. Basilan Vice Gov. Al Rasheed' Sakalahul said no civilian was displaced in the clashes because residents had left the area five years ago, when the military intensified its operations against the Abu Sayyaf in the province. "That village has been abandoned by civilians so there's no reported displacements," he said.

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TIGOK ang apat na rniyernbro ng bandidong Abu Sayyaf Group habang isa naman sundalo ang nasawi at tatlo pa sugatan sa hanay ng mga tropang gobyerno sa nangyaring bakbakan sa kagubatan ng bayan ng Sumisip, sa Basilan island province kamakalawa ng hapon, Isang Pfc. ang nasawi sa kanilang hanay, habang ang mga sugatan a,' kanyang kinilala lamang sa mga apelyidong sina Pfe. Resultan, Pfc. Subito at Pfe. Sagaysay, pawang miyernbro ng 4th SeOUl Ranger Battalion (4SRB) sa ilalim ng liderato ni Ltc, Armand Arevalo. Ang apat na nasawing mga·ASG ay kabilang sa pangkat ng kilabot na bandidong lider na si Furugi Indama, Bandang 11:00 ng umaga nang magsimuJa ang engkwentro sa pagitan ng. mga tropang gobyemo at may 40 Abu Sayyaf sa kasukalan ng • bundok sa Brgy.Baiwas ng nasabing bayan, (Debra BelJosilJo)
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A Malaysian militant with a $5-million bounty on his head survived a recent air strike in a remote area In Sulu province, a Malaysian counter-terror official yesterday said, despite Philippine military's claims to the contrary. ·We believe Zulkifli bin Abdul Hir, alias Marwan, is still alive," Ayah Khan Myelin PitChay, deputy head of the Malaysian police force's counter-terrorism unit, told Agence France said. He cited Malaysian intelligence but declined to give further details. Last month the Philippine military said three of Southeast Asia's most-wanted terror suspects were killed in the raid on Jolo island, which was hacked by US intelligence. It said the dead included Zulkifli, who was trained as an engineer in the United States and who is suspected of providing bomb-making knowhow to Southeast Asian terror groups. The United States posted the bounty. Turn to page 7

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in Basilan province last Thursday. He added Zulkifli masterminded the Col. Ricardo Visaya, commander of the bombing of a Hindu temple in 2000 In the capital Kuala Lumpur and the fatal shooting Army's 104th Brigade and concurrent chief of the Joint Task Force Basilan, yesterday that year of a ruling party politician. said combined elements of the Army's elite Zulkifli "remains a security threat" because of his explosives knowledge, Ayob Special Forces and Scout Rangers were sent to the outskirts of Barangay Baiwas said. The Philippine government has inSumisip town after receiving reports of Indarna's presence in the area. previously declared extremist leaders "Our trusted informants told us that dead, only for them to turn up alive. In 2001, then-President Gloria Arroyo . at least 40 rebels led by Furuji Indama announced that Khadaffy Janjalani, a and Khair Mundus were encamped in the forests with their recruits. They are leader of the Abu Sayyaf militant group, allegedly training the recruits on bombhad been killed. making Which they normally used in He subsequently appeared on terrorizing people in the area," he added. television, but Was confirmed killed in 2007 But while scouring the thickly forested in a clash with soldiers, Meanwhile, an Army soldier was killed area, soldiers belonging to the 12th Scout Ranger Company led by Capt. Gerald and three others were wounded after Penzona encountered the main group of government troops caught up with the the rebels at 11 a.m. group of Abu Sayyaf leader Futl~i lndama

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.>KUALALUMPUR-A Malaysian ~xtremist with a $5-million . pounry on his head survived a .' ~fecent Philippine air strike, a Malaysian counterterror official said on Friday, despite Manila's .clairns to the contrary. . "We believe Zulkifli bin Abdul Hir, alias Marwan, is still . 'alive," Ayob Khan Mydin :Pitchay, deputy head of the Malaysian police force's counterterrorism unit, told Agence France-Presse. Zulkifli is "badly, badly wounded" and in hiding on the southern Philippine island of Jolo, he said. He cited Malaysian intelligence but declined to give further details .

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Last month the Philippine military said three of Southeast Asia's most-wanted terror suspects were killed in the raid on Jolo, which was backed by US intelligence. It said the dead included Zulkifli, who was trained as an engineer in the United States and who is suspected of providing bomb-making know-how to Southeast Asian terror groups.

The United States posted the bounty. However, the Philippine military has yet to release proof of the kill, with authorities saying bodies were taken away by fellow guerrillas and quickly buried in line· with Muslim custom . Philippine military spokesperson CoL Arnuflo Burgos told APP the armed forces were awaiting results of DNA tests on tissue samples from the scene. But Burgos added: "We still maintain that, based on reliable

ing party politician. . Zulkifli "remains a security threat" because of his explosives knowledge, Ayob said . . Security threat The Philippine government Ayob said the 46-year-old ZuIkifIi was a senior member of has previously declared extremist leaders dead, only for them the Kumpulan Militant to turn up alive. Malaysia, which at one time . In 2001, then-President Gloharbored plans to overthrow ria Macapagal-Arroyo anthe government of Muslim-manounced that Khadaffi Janjority Malaysia and form an Isjalani, a leader of the. Abu lamic state. . Sayyaf group, had been killed. He added that Zulkifli masterminded the bombing of a He subsequently appeared on Hindu temple in 2000 in the television, but was confirmed capital Kuala Lumpur and the killed in 2007 in a clash with soldiers. iLFP fatal shooting that year of a rulsources on the ground, (Zulkifli)" and the others were killed.

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NaJagasan ng apat na bandido ang grupo ng Abu Sayyat matapos rnakasagupa ang tropa ng mifrtar kung saan isa sa rJl9Cl sundalo ang nasawi sa naganap na muling bakbakan sa kagubatan ng Sumisip, Basilan noong Sa phone intervlew, sinat; .ni Col. Ricardo Visaya, oomnandElr ng Army's 104th ntanIJy Brigade, isang Private1st Class ang inlulat na napatay habang ang rnga nasugatan ay tinukoy .Iamang sa mga apelyidong PIc Resultan, Pte Subito at PIc Sagaysay na pawang nakatalaga sa 4th Scout Ranger Battalion sa ilalim iii U_ Col Armand Arevalo. . Ang apat n~ nasawing

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MANILA, Philippines _ The Philippine military says one soldier was killed and three wounded following an army attack on a militant bomb-making camp in a southern island province. . Basilan province army commander Col. Ricardo Visaya says the elite. Scout Rangers assaulted the camp of the al-Qaeda linked Abu Sayyaf group Thursday but that two terrorist leaders were able to escape. The wanted militants, Khair Mundos and Puriji Indama, were among about 40 rebels who trained in bomb-making. The U.S. has offered a $500,000 reward for Mundos, a suspected militant financier. Indama is accused of beheading hostages. Visaya said Friday the rebels carried away four of their comrades who were killed or wounded. .He says troops recovered explosives but no complete bombs.

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. Isa ang tagpong ito sa nakatawag-pansin sa send-off ceremony kahapon sa ViUamor Air Base. Mabigpit ang yakap ng biltang ito sa kanyang Mommy na miyembro ng Philippine Navy at kasama sa Philippine contingent ng Peacekeeping Force ng United Nations (UN) na tumulak pa-Haiti. (Jonas Sulit) .

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Itinalaga ni Pangulong Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III ang isang heneral ng Philippine Air Force (PAF) bi lang bagong Deputy Chief of Staff, ang No. 3 na posisyon sa Armed Forces, ayon kay CoL Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr., tagapagsalita ng militar kahapon. Aniya, si Maj. Gen. Gregorio MacapagaJ, miyembro ng Philippine Military Academy (PMA) "Mapitagan" Class of 1980 ay kasalukuyang Commander ng PAF Education and Training Command (AETC), ay pormal na uupo sa bago nitong posisyon sa darating na Lunes . Ang PMAClass '80 ang siyang nag-adopt bilang honorary member 0 "rnistah" sa apat na kapatid na babae ng Pangulo na sina Ballsy, Pinky, Viel at Kris ..

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After failing to bag the top Philippine Air / . . Force (PAF) post, a senior Air Force officer 'was MacapagaL named number three man in the leadership of. With his designation as AFP-DeS, Macathe Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). pagal is leaving his post as commander of the The designation of Air Force Maj. Gen. Gre- PAF's Education and Training Command, with gorio Macapagal as deputy chief of staff (DCS), Brig. Gen. Edgardo Samonte replacing him. the number three post in the AFp,finally fills Samonte, currently the chief of Air Staff, will a key military post left vacant by Lt. Gen. An- be replaced by Brig. Gen. Raul Dimatatac, the thony Alcantara following his designation as current 506th Air Base Wing. commander of the Northern Luzon Command As an Air Force officer, Macapagal com(Nolcom) early last month. manded the PAF 410th Maintenance Wing A member of Philippine Military Academy .and was also deputy commander of the 3rd (PMA) Mapitagan Class of 1980,Macapagal was .Air Division. a strong contender to replace Air Force chief Lt. "The deputy chief of staff,the AFP's third highGen. Oscar Rabena, who retired last January. est post, following the vice chief of staff at second The top Air Force post, however, went to . and the chief of staff at first, requires outstanding Maj. Gen. Catalino de la Cruz, also a mistah of management and administrative acumen;" AFP

spokesman Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos said. Burgos said Macapagal, who finished various military and civilian schoolings, including a Masters in-Business Administration from the Colegio de San Juan de Letran and Masters in Defense Studies from King's College in London, fits the job as the number three marl irrthe military leadership. MacapagaI's new assignment has triggered a major revamp in the PAF leadership as well as in other key military units. Col. Rene Santos; the incumbent deputy commander of the National Capital Region Command (NCRC9M), will be taking over Dimatatac' s post as 506th Air Base Wing commander. Burgos said Santos is passing his post as NCRCOM deputy commander to Col. Manuel Ramiro, the current deputy commander of the National Development Support Command. Col. Bobby Calleja, the current Inspector General of the 2nd Infantry Division.is also assuming command of the 203rd Infantry Brigade

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based in Southern Tagalog. : . ". NCRCOM's chief of staff CoL Vic Castro will then assume as commander oi'702nd Infantry Brigade based inCentral.Luzon, while Col. Rolando Malinao will now command the Sam arbased 803rd infantry brigade, after serving as its deputy under CoL Oscar Lopez..· .' Lopez, on the other hand, was reassigned as chief of the AFP Management and Fiscal Office at Camp Aguinaldo., Col. Ernesto Cimatuwill assume as chiefof the AFP Chaplain Service following his stint as chief air force chaplain. Cimatu replaces Brig. Gen. Rosalindo Acacia JI, who recently retired. "In line with your new positions, make use of your experiences arid remain dedicated in building a more professional, effective and accountable military organization. Filipinos deserve and expect an outstanding service from each one of us. Let us give them what they expect with full determination and commitment for excellence,". . AFP chief of staff Lt. Gen. Jessie Dellosa reminded the newly designated senior officers.
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President Aquino has promoted a Philippine Air Force (PAF) general Maj. Gen. Gregorio Macapagal, a .member of the Philippine Military Academy "Mapitagan" Class of 1980, was named new AFP deputy chief of staff, the third highest position in the military hierarchy. The post was vacated by the appointment of Lt. Gen. Anthony Alcantara as commanding general of the Northern Luzon Command earlier this year. Macapagal will be relinquishing his post as commander of the PAF Air Education and Training

Command based in Lipa City, Batangas to Brig. Gen. Edgardo Samonte, the outgoing chief of air staff. Samonte, on the other hand, will ' be replaced by Brig. Gen. Raul' Dimatatac as incoming chief of the air staff. Dimatatac is currently the commander of the PAF 506th Air Base Wing (ABW). AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Jessie Dellosa.reminded the newly designated generals to focus on the military'S internal peace and security plan Bayanihan. "In line with your new positions, make use of your experiences and remain dedicated to building a more professional, effective and

accountable military organization. The Filipinos deserve and expect outstanding service from each one of us. Let us give them what they expect Withfull determination and commitment to excellence," said Dellosa. Other AFP officers affected by the reassignments were Col. Rene Santos, who will replace Dimatatac as the 506th ABW commander. His post as deputy commander of the National Capital Regional Command (NCRCom)was givento CoLManuel Ramiro, the current number two man of the National Development Support Command, Col. Bobby Calleja, the current inspector General of the Army's

2nd Infantry Division, will assume command of the Army's 203rd Infantry Brigade. NCRCom's chief of staff Col. Vic Castro was named commander of the Army's 702nd Infantry Brigade. Further, Col. Rolando Malinao will now command the B03rd Infantry Brigade after serving as its deputy under Col. Oscar Lopez who recently assumed as chief of the AFP Management and Fiscal Office. Lastly, Col. Ernesto Cimatu will assume as chief of the AFP Chaplain Service following his stint as chief PAF chaplain. He will replace Brig. Gen. Rosalinda Acacio Jr. who recently retired from the service.

~lqfemale soldiers join 15th peacekeeping contingent to Haiti
AFP Chief of. Staff Lt. Gen. Jessie Dellosa expressed confidence that the 15th PCR will A 155-strong peace-keeping perform well during its peacecontingent will flew to Haiti yesterday from the Villamor Air keeping mission to the troubled Base as part of the Armed Forces . nation. "Being a UN peacekeeper has of .the Philippines' (AFP) conunitment to the United Nations its own perks and will provide you for self(UN) Stabilization Mission in Haiti with. opportunities fulfillment but the expectations on (Minustah). you as representatives of your The all-Navy 15th Philippine Contingent to Haiti (PCR), led by organization and your country will Marine Col. Arthur Biyo, is weigh heavilyupon your shoulders," composed of 12 officers and 143 Dellosa told the soldiers. "1 hope that you will be mindful enlisted personnel, including 10 of your experiences as soldiers female-soldiers.

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adherent to the Internal Peace and Security Plan Bayanihan to get you through the challenges of peacekeeping in a foreign land," he added. _ The 15th PCH, which will be deployed for six to nine months, will replace the also all-Navy 14th PCH that will arrive on March 18. The 14th contingent was the first all-Navy contingent to be deployed in Haiti. The send-off ceremonies for members of the 15th PCR will coincide with their completion of the UN Core Pre-deployment

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The contingent was also oriented on the political, security and economic conditions in Haiti that suffered political unrest over the past decades and a deadly eart h quake that claimed 220,000 lives and further decimated the Haitian economy and infrastructure. It will recalled that in January 2010, the lOth PCR, led by Army Lt. Col. Lope Dagoy, figured prominently in massive rescue operations when an magnitude 7 earthquake struck the Carribbean nation.

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- PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III , has appointed another member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1980, and to the Armed , Forces' third highest pos.ition of : deputy chief of staff, military spokesman Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr. announced on Friday. Air Force Maj. Gen. Gregorio Macapagal, the head of the Lipa : City-based Philippine Air Force : Air Education and Training Command, will officially assume his new position on Monday. The PMA Class of 1980 is becoming the ruling class in the Armed Forces following the appointment of a good number of them to key positions in the military and the National Police led by Gen. Nicanor Bartolome.
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THROUGH the Manila Times, I would like to congratulate #1 PMA Cadet Tom Puertollano, for topping the Philippine Military Academy Class of2012 .. Being a Batangueno myself, I am doubly proud for he is the pride of not only our province but of the whole country as well. He will be joining the Philippine Army and I am sure that he will be an asset once he starts his

Send commentsTo iipinion@manilatimes.netor write to the Opinion Editor, The Manila Times, 2/F Sitio lira nde, 409 A.Soriano Avenue,lntramuros, Manila 1002· sti nt as part of the ground troops. Also, l know that he will apply all the values and the strict discipline he has learned from the Academy once he gets on with the task of being a professional soldier. Definitely, he will be mission-on-: .ented, just like all soldiers. lIBa parent, I feel the happiness and elation Cadet Puertollano has . brought to his family. His Success proves that being not well-off will never be a hindrance to a good education. This of course depends on the extreme sacrifices of one's parents, and the support of relatives and friends. This is the example lived by this cadet

and his family. Being a soldier has its dangers and risks. But time and again we have seen pur soldiers, whether .in war or in peace, prove their worth. Cadet Puertollano and ' I the rest of the top 10 and all ca- : dets continue to bring honor I and glory to our nation. Ihope i that these young men and I women inspire the youth to follow in their footsteps. . JOE B.. EUSEBIO Calamba, Laguna eusebio joe@yahoo.com

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JNE MENTOR in my life who probably most inIuenced my decisions in taking roads less travelled is Ed Garcia, Ed has always championed reace and human rights not only in the PhilipJines but across the globe, having worked extenively with Amnesty International and having ieen a part of International Alert for many years lOW. Though based in London, Ed manages to reo urn to the Philippines regularly to help push our .eace process forward even just one little step at time; He never tires· of the effort, always reunding me that peace is everyone's business. During his last visit to the Philippines, Ed :ayed for over three months to meet various .akeholders in the peace.process, help organize ie Waging Peace in the Philippines Conference 011, and even get a small group that included ext-generation youth peace leaders to dialogue a Skype technology with a leader of one of the arties in our decades-old conflict. That was Ed's :her consistent message to those who would lisn: Keep the dialogue always going and make tre the youth are always part of that dialogue. e, of course, made sure to seek me as the reprentative of the constructive voice of business on uional issues, the Makati Business Club (MBC). ~ understandably wanted MBC to make the ace process its business, too, and subsequently Ip get more of the private sector involved. I most certainly agree with Ed that business )UPS need to become part of the peace process. e private sector has been both bane' and boon the peace process.' In line with the continuing olution of corporate social responsibility, how~r,it must become part of the solution and not = of the roots of the conflict. The private sector rst become genuine nation-builders and, sub[uently, effective peace-builders. .n a 2011 National Caucus on conflict-sensitive .iness practice, International Alert CIA) ex-· ined that "the entry of extractive, energy, and ibusiness companies in rural areas across the lippines creates both opportunities and risks

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for improving the living standards of.the poor and excluded in our society and the ability oflocal authorities to govern local economies." Some of the opportunities 'highlighted were new' jobs, new skills and new livelihoods, as well as enhanced revenue sources for local government units. IA further explained that "there are liability risks that resonate in the eruption of violence and conflict in the areas where companies operate; the increased incidence of illegal ejection or displacement of communities; the inducement of graft and corruption; and the use of abusive security forces and the provision of the means to kill." The private sector must work to enhance the opportunities and aggressively act to mitigate the risks. To link arms with the various peace advocates, business can support the following Easter Proposals to Wage Peace that can serve as the first steps leading to the resumption of peace negotiations between the government and the National Democratic Front (NDF): 1. Easter Talks: Convene facilitated direct talks (or "nontalks") between the respective chairs of the negotiating panels in the period of Easter (or before) to ensure that conditions are established for the resumption of formal peace negotiations. 2. Easter Releases: Release at least four or five people relevant to the peace process who will somehow be "a collective force for good" in assisting in the discussions on the substantive issues on the agenda of the peace talks. Accept the offer of the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform and other civic and religious leaders to receive those released either in cognizance or to provide safe

conduct for a temporary stay abroad. 3. Easter Pause: In the spirit of Easter anc the spirit of magnanimity and reciprocity, de. from armed offensives during the period of talks. The duration and terms of reference of t initial Easter Pause may be negotiated as the ta progress. Establish' independent capacities more effectively verify violations both of hum rights and of the provisional truce that has aris from this Easter opportunity. The Waging Peace Convenors led by the m of Ed Garcia, Karen Tafiada and Gus Miclat rna these proposals last Feb. 27 during the cornmei oration of the late Sen. Jose W Diokno's death a niversary. They called on the government and t NDF to "negotiate a political settlement and p tribute to the late Ka Pepe Diokno who lived at worked to build a nation worthy of our children The business sector may not be ready to ful support the above calls, but r am certain that just and lasting peace makes good business sen: to all in the sector. Last Jan. 20, the Eisenhower Fellows Associ: tion of the Philippines sponsored a forum on bus ness opportunities in the Autonomous Region i Muslim Mindanao. Amidst the conflict, busine: opportunities were highlighted and the cha lenges discussed. While conflict seems to nc have prevented private investments in Mir danae, the continuing security and land acces problems have been key constraints to urgentl needed investments. Companies like La Frutera Dole Philippines Fruits, ArDex Corp., Sumitomc Mega Sardines, Shernberg, Agumil, Filipinas, B Coco Mill, Granexport and NorMin Veggies an successfully operating in conflict areas in Min danao. More will most certainly venture into tht region if the peace process would just reach a fi nal political settlement. But that will only happer if we all make peace our business.

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of the passing away Manunggal in Cebu. President Magsaysay, called "The Guy," was well-loved for his simplicity and humility, and his passion for fairness and justice, particularly for the poor and downtrodden. He said: "He who has less in life should have more in law." Born in Iba, Zambales on August 31, 1907, to Exequiel Magsaysay, a blacksmith, and Perfecta del Fierro, a schoolteacher, President Magsaysay studied pre-law, but shifted to engineering at the University of the Philippines in 1927. He transferred to Jose Rizal College where he finished his Bachelor of Arts in Commerce in 1930, while working as mechanic in a transportation company. He was working in the motor pool of the Philippine Army when World War II broke. out. He joined the guerilla movemen.t as intell.igence officer, codenamed "Captain Chow," and organized the Western Guerilla Forces. He helped clear the Zambales coast for the landing of American forces and Philippine Commonwealth troops on January 29/ 1945. After the proclamation of Philippine independence in 1946, he won as Zambales Congressman and was reelected in 1949. In 1950, he was appointed Secretary of National Defense. He resigned to ran for the Presidency, and won under the Nacionalista Party. He took his oath of office as 7th Philippine President on December 3D, 1953 . .His Presidency accomplished the following: Approval of Laurel-Langley trade agreement .between the Philippines and United States, War Damage Commission payments to the I Philippines, creation of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization for Collective Defense, i enactment of Republic Act 1400/ the Land Reform Act of 1955, approval of the Treaty . for the Collective Defense of Southeast Asia or the Pacific Pact, surrender of leaders of the Hukbong Bayan Laban Sa Hapon, passage of CongreSSional Act No. 1292 creating a special fund for Filipil"!o traders, creation of the National Marketing Corporation to assist Filipino retailers, and cooperatives for marginalized sectors. The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation was established in May 1957 by the government and trustees of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, to honor President Magsaysay's memory and perpetual his legacy of honesty, idealism, and dedicated public service. The first Award for Government Service was presented to Jiang Menglin of Taiwan on August 31, 1958. The Foundation has since implemented the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award, the Asian equivalent of Nobel Prize, to "honor greatness of spirit in selfless service 1 r to the peoples of Asia." Magsaysay married Luz Banzon of Balanga, Bataan, and they had. three children - the late Teresita, Ramon Jr., his ]lamesake who became Senator of the Philippines, and Milagros. , May President Ramon F. Magsaysay's integrity, advocacy for good governance, simple life, and his heart for the less fortunate continue to guide and inspire present and future generations of Filipinos.

THE nation is observing on March 17, 2012 the 55th Anniversary I of former President Ramon F. Magsaysay in a plane crash on Mt.

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