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ARM" RELATED ISSUES
AFP on Holy Week watch in Mindanao - Soldiers are on standby for any eventuality this week even though authorities have not raised the status to red alert, the Army's 4th Infantry Division (ID) spokesperson Maj. Eugenio JulioOsias IV said yesterday.(By Jigger Jerusalem) Attack planes used vs NPAs in Bukidnon clash - The military was forced to use its SF-260 attack planes against suspected New People's Army (NPA) rebels who attacked the Army's 4th Infantry Division (10) in Barangay Sampaguita in Kibawe town yesterday.( John Unson and Jaime Laude) NPA camp binomba ng PAF - Philippines - Nagpakawala ng 14-missile ang turbo-prop strike planes ng Philippine Air Force sa natukoy na pinagkukutaan ng mga rebeldeng New People's Army sa kagubatan ng Sitio Nabuntoran, Barangay Sampaguita sa bayan ng Kibawe, Bukidnon kamakalawa.(Joy Cantos) Air strike vs NPA rebs misses targets - AN air strike against New People's Army guerrillas on Thursday missed the target, suggesting that military pilots need to further hone their skills.(R. ACOSTA AND Z. SOLMERIN) PAF plane bombs NPA lair, reaps 2 backpacks of papers - An Air Force fighter plane pounded a New People's Army (NPA) lair in Bukidnon province with high-explosive rocket missiles on Sunday, but only reaped two backpacks of documents left behind by the communists for their pains.(Mario J Mallari) Phil Star p. A-17

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SI.im pickings on rocket attack on NPA
AN Air Force fighter plane fired 14 rockets at a lair of the communist New People's Army in Kibawe town in Bukidnon on Sunday but the air strike apparently accomplished very little.

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Court martial for 4 officers in AI Barkah bloodbath okayed
MILITARY investigators have recommended the convening of a general court martial to try four senior Army officers in connection with the bungled operation in Basilan in October last year, which left 19 Special Forces soldiers dead and 14 others wounded. Court-martial approved for 4 Army officers in deadly Basilan clash - Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Jessie Dellosa has approved full blown general court martial proceedings against four senior officers of the Army's elite Special Forces in connection with last year's bungled operation in Basilan that resulted in the killing of 19 SF soldiers, including four junior officers. MILF commander in Basilan bloodbath killed in ambush - A commander of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) who -

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was among those who led more than 300 separatist rebels and Abu Sayyaf bandits that ambushed and killed 19 Army Special Forces troops in October 2011 was killed in an ambush by guerrillas of the defunct Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) before noon on Sunday in Barangay Kuhon Lennuh, al-Barka, Basilan. Army captain held for alleged seduction - AN Army captain has been placed on camp arrest pending investigation for allegedly seducing a 16-year-old high- school student.( ZAFF SOLMERIN) PNP failure to arrest Palparan, Reyes scored Lawmakers on Monday said President Benigno Aquino III was taking a "big hit" from the failure of the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines to capture prominent fugitives like retired Major General Jovito Palparan and former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes.(Gil C. Cabacungan) Palparan nasa Pinas pa-DOJ

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AFP a£LATED ISSUES
Two soldiers sacked for illegal drug use - The dismissal is part of the military's continuing campaign to rid the establishment of personnel using illegal substances, said AFP spokesman Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos who added that some 300 soldiers and personnel underwent surprise random drug testing in Camp Aguinaldo yesterday. 11 AFP conducts 'surprise' drug test on soldiers - Some 300 personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) were subjected to random drug testing yesterday in Camp Aguinaldo as part of a campaign against Illegal drugs in the 125,000-strong military organization that already led to two soldiers' discharge from the service. Photo: Surprise Inspection 300 sundalo isinalang sa drug test - Umaabot sa 300 sundalo ang isinalang kahapon ng Armed Forces of the Philippines sa sorpresang mandatory drug testing sa AFP Well ness Center sa Camp Agulnaldo.(Joy Cantos) Photo: Sumaludo ang mga US veteran sa re burial... After 100 years, Pinoy hero reburied with military honors Jose Ballton Nisperos was awarded the US Congressional Medal of Honor almost 100 years ago on Nov. 25,1912 for single-handedly repelling Islamic rebels in Basilan on Sept. 24, 1911.(Jun Elias) Airstrike unleashed on rebel positions in Bukidnon - THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has launched an air strike against the communist New People's Army (NPA) following a fierce encounter with government troops in a remote village in Bukidnon province.(Wiliiam B. Oepasupil) Address MILF complaints, Palace urged - THE government should listen to the resentment of Mora Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) whose leaders are not too optimistic that a peace agreement will ever be signed, Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel 3rd said.(Ritchie A. Horario and Jaime Pilapil, Daily Tribune p. 11 Malaya p. B2

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Manila Times p. A-3

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Reporters) Group urges AFP to stop using schools as barracks The Human Rights Watch (HRW) had sought banning of the use of functioning schools as military detachments. In a letter addressed to Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Jessie Oellosa, the group asked to address human rights violations in the country as it monitored seven cases in the Cordillera Autonomous Region and Mindanao in which the military, "in violation of Philippine and international law, had used parts of functioning schools as barracks or bases for military detachments since 2009,"

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WEATHER FORECAST
The ridge of high pressure area · extending aCro:s northern Luzon. The whole country will experience : partly cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the · afternoon or evening. · Light to moderate winds blowing from the east to southeast will prevail over northern Luzon and coming from the east to northeast over the fest of · the country. Coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be light to moderate. · Temperature forecasts: Metro Manila, 23-34 degrees CelSiUS;Bagnio City, 15-2.3; Tagaytay City: 22-30; Subie and Clark zone, 24-34; Metro Cebu, 25.31; Metro Da ao, 24-33; and Cagayan · de Oro, 23-32. Tidal predictions in Manila Say: •high tide at 5:44 p.m. at 0.86 meter; ·low tide at 1:42 a.m. at 0.04 meter. Sun" ; rise is at 5:50 a.m., sunset at 6:08 p.m.

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CAGAYAN DE ORO _ Soldiers are on standby for any eventuality this week even though authorities have not raised the status to red alert, the Army's 4th Infantry Divi- . sian (ID) spokesperson Maj. Eugenio Julio Osias IV said yesterday. . , Osias said that aside from troops conducting routine defensive patrols, quick response teams would also be stationed' inArmy camps. .' Osias said the 4th ID is also

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Attack planes used vs NPAs in Bukidnon clash .
COTABATO CITY- The military was forced to use its SF-260 attack planes against suspected New People's Army (NPA) rebels wh? attacked the Army's 4th Infantry Division (ID) ill Barangay Sampaguita in Kibaw.e town yesterday. Maj. Eugenio Julio OS1as, spokesman for the 4th 1D said the Air Force bomber was deployed after three hours of ground fig~ting. Osias said at least 15 rockets were fired by the SF-260 planes. . "The SF-260 aircrafts were called 111. at around 9:20 a.m, to provide air cover for the troops," Osias said. .. , The rebels fled, leaving behind bags containing subversive document~, assorted. gun: parts and ammunitions, includmg landmines. Several hours later, members of the Armys 75th IB engaged in a firefig~t wit~ NPA rebels in Barangay Anomar in Sungao City yesterday. Pfc. Victor Damaso was wounded 111. the encounter. The NPAs retreated to another barangay . when additional Army units were deployed 111. 1 the area. . _ John Unson, Jaime Laude
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coordinating with the joint peace and security committee of the Philippine National Police to ensure the peaceful observance of the Lentenseason, He said the military is ready for any incident even though the government has not declared any ceasefue during the Holy Week. He said the troops would be on alert specifically against the Wew People's Army in the Caraga region. _ Jigger Jerusalem

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Nagpakawala ng .14~missile ang turbo-prop strike planes ng .Phtlipplne Air Force sa natukoy na pinagkukutaan ng n'Iga reb:eldeng New People's Army sa kagubatan ng Sitio Nabuntoran, Barangay Sampaguita sabayan ng Kibawe, Bukidnon kamakalawa. Ayon sa Army's regional spokesman na 5i Col. l.eopoloo Galan, hindi

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pa madeterminang bilang ng mga rebelde ang nasawi dahil patuloy paang clearing operation ng Philippine Army. Sinabi ni Galan na umaabot sa 14 high explosive rocket missile ang ibinagsak ng SF 260 Marchetti strike aircraft ng PAF's Marchetti strike aircraft ng PAF's Tactical Operation Group-11 sa lugar dakong alas -5:20 ng umaga. •! Ang pagpapaulan ng i rocket ay rnatapos namang makasagupa ng Army's 8thlnfantry Battalion ang grupo 'ng mga rebelde. Narekober sa inabandomrng kuta ng mga nagpulasang rebelde bitbit ang sugatan nilang kasamahan ay dalawang backpack na naglalaman ng mga dokurnentong high intelligence value; sako ng big as, mga damit, nawasak na M16 rifle at iba pa .. Magugunita na nauna nang inihayag ng Palasyo 1-----------------------------, ng na hindi magpapatupad lail add: oacpa_hpa@yahoo.com - Tel.no. (02) 892-1693, Local: 5287, 5295 ng Lenten ceasefire ang tropa ng pamahalaan laban sa mga rebelde. Joy Cantos -2-

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. AERMACHI SF.260 AN air strike against New People's Army guerrillas on Thursday missed the target, suggesting that military pilots need to further hone their skills. The failed strike paled in comparison to the accurate bombing that was carried out by two OV-10 "Bronco" armed observation planes in February this year in Sulu that killed Iema'ahIslamiyah leaders Marwan and Mauiyah and Abu Sayyaf leader Abu Gumdail alias Dr. Abu. In the Bukidnon air strike an Aerrnacchi SF.260 armed trainer plane fired 14 rockets against an NPA guerrilla formation but apparently missed. AIl that the ground troops recovered were two back packs allegedly containing "documents of high intelligence value" arid gun parts. Another operation against communist guerrillas in Surigao del Sur, meanwhile, resulted in the forced evacuation of several families of Lumads. However, Col. Leopoldo Galan, spokesman for the Armed Forces Eastern Mindanao Command, said bloodstains were seen in the rebels' withdrawal routes. A soldier was slightly wounded in the ground operations. Galon said troops from Charlie Company of the Army's 8th Infantry Battalion clashed with guerrillas, prompting them to call for an air strike and an SF.260 armed trainer was sent by the Air Force. The SF.260 reportedly delivered 14 rockets. The clash occurred at around 5:20 a.m. at Barangay Sampaguita, Kibawe, Bukidnon, and-raged until 9:20 a.m. Amid the firefight, the Air Force Tactic·alOperations Group 11 sent the armed trainer to provide support. Galon explained that the rebels, who were positioned in an elevated portion, have pinned down the soldiers who could not extricate themselves. ·He said the military could not use artillery for fear that it might hit the soldiers. After the firefight, the clearing operation by the soldiers resulted in the recovery of two backpacks containing documents, assorted clothing and a half ' sack of rice. The soldiers also recovered assorted empty shells and damaged M-16 rifle parts. At noon on Thursday, members of the 75th IB, who were on security patrol, clashed with five rebels at Sitio Sangay, Barangay Anornar, Surigao City. The firefight lasted for 10 minutes. Pfc. Victor Damaso was wounded. Following the' fire fight, the soldiers recovered an improvised land mine, blasting caps and personal belongings. However, the brief clash also resulted in the evacuation of 84 families ofLumad at Ba~angays Tarnbis and Barobo. R.Acosta
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PAF plane bombs NPA lair, reaps 2 backpacks of papers
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.. An Air Force fighter plane . ·pounded a New People's Army fNPA) lair in Bukidnon province 'with high-explosive rocket missiles en Sunday, but only reaped two :backpacks of documents left . :b~hind by the communists for their pains. :":'Armed Forces Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) 'spokesman Col. Leopoldo Galon said an SF-260 from the Air Force's Tactical Operations

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Group-Il (TOG-H) conducted the air strike in support of the ground operations of the Army's Sth Infantry Battalion (IB) in Kibawe

Galon said the air strike was launched after an initial clash between elements of the 8th IB and a band' of NPA rebels at around 5:20 a.m. in the outskirts of Barangay Sampaguita. "Combat air support was provided by an SF-260 aircraft from the TOG-11which delivered 14high-explosive rocket missiles

against the enemy positions at the vicinities of Sitio Nabuntoran, Barangay Sampaguita," said Galon. Galon said the firefight ended at around 9:20 a.m. with no casualty on the government side. During clearing operations, Galon said the ground .'troops recovered two backpacks containing documents with high Intelltgenes value,' assorted clothing, half sack of repacked rice, assorted empty shells and damaged Parts for MI6 rifle.

"Bomb damage assessment is being conducted to determine the result of the air strike," said Galon. In Surigao del Sur province, government troops dashed with another band of N'PArebels in Surigao City, leaving one Army man wounded while displacing 84 families ftom the affected. areas. Gaion said that elements of the Army's 75th IB were conducting security patrol along the hinterlands of Sitio Upper Sangay .

in Barangay Anomar at around 12 ' noon Sunday, when they chanced upon a five-man NPAband. "Firefight lasted for 10minutes which slightly Injured one soldier, Pfc Victor Damaso, who ~ightaway received first aid treatment from unit paramedic," said Galon. . Recovered from the scene were an expedient anti-personnel mine, 10 blasting caps and other personal belongings. "Bloodstains were present in the vicinity indicating casualties on . the enemy side,' said Galon.

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Court martial for 4 officers in AI Barkah bloodbath okayed
BY VICTOR REYES
MILITARY investigators have recommended the convening of a general court martial to try four senior Army officers in connection with the bungled operation in Basilan in October last year, which left 19 Special Forces soldiers dead and 14 others wounded. The recommendation is subject to the approval of the AFP chief, Lt. Gen. Jessie Dellosa. A source said Dellosa has already approved the recommendation and is now in the process of selecting members of the court. Army chief Lt. Gen. Emmanuel . Bautista said the Army's pre-trial investigation found probable cause to proceed with the court martial of the officers, led by erstwhile Special Operations Task Force Basilan chief Col. Alexander Macario. Also recommended to face court martial were former Special Forces chief Col. Aminkadra Unclog, former 4th Special Forces Battalion chief Lt. Leo Pena, and former Special Forces Training School commandant Lt. Col. Orlando Edralin. The four were relieved last year for what the military leadership said were "serious lapses" in the conduct of the operations against Former Armed Forces chief a few Abu Sayyaf bandits and Gen. Eduardo Oban ordered the rogue members of the Mora Isconduct of pre-trial investigation lamic Liberation Front rebels on . against the four officers last DeOctober 18 last year in Al Barkah cember to determine if there is town. probable cause to proceed with The troops were about to serve the court martial. arrest warrants against the anted The pre-trial investigation was Abu Sayyaf and MILF commandordered by Oban on the recomers when they engaged in a firemendatio~ of the Court of Inquiry fight with the Abu Sayyaf which which initially looked into the dewas later reinforced by MILF bacle. It looked into. the culpabilelements, The enemy number ity of the officers for violation of swelled to about 400, as against Article of War 97 in conjunction the 100 operating troops. with Article 365 of the Revised Some of the 19 slain soldiers Penal. Code for acts for negligence· were captured and later killed by that prejudiced good order and the Abu Sayyaf and MILF. military discipline.

Slim pickings on rocket attack on NPA
BY VICTOR REYES
AN Air Force fighter plane fired 14 rockets at a lair of the communist New People's Amry in Kibawe town in Bukiclnon on Sunday but the air strike apparently accomplished very little. A search on the enernv lair after the offensive yielded two backpacks contammg documents which the military said was "of high intelligence value," assorted clothing, half a sack of repacked rice, assorted empty shells, and damaged parts of M16 rifle. No enemy body was fDund in the encampment. Col. Leopolda Galon, spokesman of the AFP's Eastern Mindanao. Command, said skirmishes occurred after troops from the Army's 8th Infantry Division swooped down at the rebel encampment at Sitio Nabuntoran, Sampaguita village at around 5:20 a.m. Sunday. An SF-260 trainer aircraft., which had been converted into a fighter plane, responded about an hour later to provide air firepower to the troops. The aircraft which came from the Air Force Tactical Operations Group 11 headquarters in Davao City fired 14 high-explosive rockets at the enemy lair. He said the fighting between the ground troops and the rebels lasted up to 9:20 a.m. Galan said a "bomb damage assessment .is being conducted to determine the result of the air strike." The operation came three days after the NP A's 43rd foundation anniversary. The rebels staged a series of number of offensives against government targets a few weeks leading to the anniversary. Meanwhile, troops from the 75th Infantry Battalion clashed with five NP A rebels in Sitio Upper Sangay in Anornar village, in Surigao City also on Sunday. Galon said the fighting wounded Pfc. Victor Damaso. "Bloodstains were present in the vicinity, indicating casualties on the enemy side," said Galon. The soldiers recovered from. the scene an anti-personnel mine, 10 blasting caps and personal belongings. The fighting also displaced 83 families or 316 individuals, Galan said.

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Court-martial approved for 4 Army officers in deadly BasiIan clash
approved full blown general court mkUal proceedings against four s~ni6r officers of the Army's elite Special Forces in eonnection with last year's bungled operation in Basilan that resulted !n the killlHg of If! SF soldiers, including four Armed Forces of'the Philippines Ci}.FP) junior officers. At a press briefing yesterday, Chief of Staff Lt, Gen, Jessie Dellosa has AFP spokesman Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr. announced that Dellosa approved the recommendations ofMP JudgeA£lvocate General Brig. Gen. Gilberte Boa and the pre·trial investigathm (PTI) conducted hy the Ar~. Turn to page 3

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-He said Roa viewed the charges a~a~nst former SF commander Col. A,l;uinkadra Undog, relieved Special p'p.~ptions Task Force chief Col. A~exander Macario, former SF l'rli.u.rlng School head Lt. Col. Orlando Edralin and erstwhile 4th SF Battalion commander Lt. Col. Leo P~na should be referred toa fullblown trial. -

of staff," Burgos stressed. Rna, Burgos said, noted that the He branded the GeM as an charges and specifications against the also for the four four must. be referred for trial by opportunity the general court martial where all respondents to air their defense. Burgos, however, said the fourtheir respective defenses could be officers have not yet been formally properly ventilated in a full-blown informed ofthe approval of the court triaL martial proceedings against them. "This has been the According to him, the subpoena recommendation of Brigadier will only be issued against the General Roa in his capacity as the respondents after the GCM is judge advocate general which subsequently approved by the chief formed,

'" Abu Sayyaf leader Long Malat Dellosa, Roa, Burgos said, has already Sulayman. The four officers were charged submitted the names of probable But the SF soldiers were met by with violating Articles of War 97 or officers to form the general court conduct prejudicial to good order and more than 200 combined MILF and martial that will try the case, subject Abu Sayyaf fighters, leading to a Io. to the approval of the chief of staff. military discipline as recommended hour clash resulting in the killing df by the initial PTI. A GCM is composed of not less than Last Oct. 18, elements of the 4th 19 government troops, four of them five regular members, corresponding SF Battalion were sent to Barangay junior officers. alternate members and a president The incident prompted no less -Cambug in AI Barka town to serve as a presiding officer. Burgos said announcement will - warrants of arrest against Moro than President Aquino to declare all "all-outjustlce" against the MlLF and Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) be made regarding the composition of the GCM upon the approval of commander Dan Laksaw Asnawiand _ ASG perpetrators, Mario J. Mallari

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MILFcommander in Basilan bloodbath killed in ambush'
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A COMMANDER of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) who was among those who led more than 300 separatist rebels and Abu Sayyaf bandits that ambushed and killed 19 Army Spedal Forces troops in October 2011 was killed in an ambush by guerrillas of the defunct Mom National Liberation Front (MNLF) before noon on Sunday in Barangay Kuhon Lennuh, al-Barka, Lasilan. Col. Ricardo Visaya, commander. of the Army's '104th Infantry Brigade, identified the Moro rebel leader and 'l\.SG sub-leader operating in al-Barka' as Long Malat Sulayman, of the MILF's 114th Base Command.' "Long Malat Sulayman was reported to have been critically wounded during the firefight and he died later at about 3 p.m. on Sunday owing to loss of blood;' Visaya said. ' He said the ambushers were led by a certain Ibnie Mallapin, the sonofa certain . Commander Ombong of the MNLF. "This group is considered lawless group of the MNLF...As we have gathered, the motive of the ambush was rido or clan-family feud;' Visaya said.

Last year Malat and his deputy, Dan Laksaw Asnawi, andASG sub-leader Furuji Indama led their men in ambushing a group oflessthan 100 soldiers in BarangayCambug in aI-Barka that resulted in the death of 19 soldiers and the wounding of 14 others. Some of the soldiers were captured alive but killed and mutilated later by the Mom rebels, The soldiers were supposed to serve warrants of arrest against the three commanders for a string of crimes when ambushed. In December'2009 Malat and lndama led their men in raiding the Basilan Provinci al Jail and rescued Asnawi and some three dozens of high-profile inmates'. The military said that Asnawi and Indarna were among those who beheaded 10 of the Marines ambushed and killed by Mora rebels in July 2007, also in al-Barka. Meanwhile, a shooting incident at a wedding party seriously injured 13 persons in Barangay Tung Sengal, Sumisip, also in Bastian. Visaya said the incident happened at around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday night. "The real target of the suspectswhofired their M-16riflesand M-203 grenade launchers was a certain Muhammad Balal(at who was in the party. He is a residentofBarangay Etob-Etob, Sumisip,' he said. Visaya identified the injured victims as Loy [unjam, Nasri Saluan, Muamar Majang, Jamiro Amigos, Hassad Kunahi, Anasani Told, [aari Daia, Nuraifa [aari, Aning -Talaniv Sahang Kambang, Bahia , Bulansang. Mamang Bulansang and certain Ibno.

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Army captain held for alleged seduction
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AN Army captain has been placed on camp arrest pending investigation ·for allegedly seducing a 16-year-old highschool student. Capt. Danilo Lalin, a rebel returnee from the defunct Cordillera People's Liberation Army (ePLA) who was integrated into the Army and currently assigned at the 86th Infantry Battalionbased in Mankayan, Benguet, was relieved from his post and was restricted to the headquarters ofthe Army's 5th Infantry "Star" Division in Camp Melchor F. de la Cruz at Gamu, lsabela. "Captain Lalin isbeing held for pre-trial investigation. He is a CPLAmember who was integrated into the military;' the Army spokesman, Maj. Harold Cabunoc, said. Cabunoc said the Provost Marshal of the 5th ID is looking into the complaint of the victim for alleged violation of the law protecting the rights of children and seduction, both criminal and administrative offenses. ."We will wait for the results. The officer could also be liable for adultery because he is married. The Army will never tolerate such conduct and our investigating committee will fully cooperate with the victim and her family;' Cabunoc said. According to the Innabuyog-Gabriela, an activist women's organization based in the Cordillera region, the victim and her parents approached them for help. It said the victim was an honor student of her senior high-school class. The group's head, Mila Lingbawan, said they had already gathered details of the incident through interviews with the victim, her parents and witnesses, including medical records allegedly showing

The relationship of Lalin and the girl' went sour after the officer allegedly . shifted his attention to another girl who 'is the friend of the first victim.
that the victim had engaged intercourse with Lalin. in sexual

Lingbawan claimed that the victim was not the only one allegedly seduced by Lalin but also another 16- year-old girl, who is a friend of the complainant. According to Lingbawan, Lalin courted, gave money, seduced and promised to marry the first victim in October last year. On December 17 Lalin brought her to a military camp to attend a Christmas party in Tinoc, Ifugao . The relationship of Lalin and the girl . went sour after the officer allegedlyshifted his attention to another girl who is. the friend of the first victim. . Cabunoc said the alleged incident with the second victim was also the subject of . investigation, The forbidden relationships caught the attention of the "first victim's parents because birth-control pills, a Pl,OOO bill, a military poncho and two domestic tourist entrance tickets to the Armed Forces Museum in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, were found in her bag. Discovery of the items prompted the parents to seek help from the women's organization.

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PNP failure to arrest Palparan, 'Reyes scored
By Gil C. Cabacungan LAWMAKERS yesterday said President Aquinowas taking a "big hit" from the failure of the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines to capture prominent fugitives like retired Maj. Jovita Pal~ paran and former Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes.« "The PNP's failure to arrest and jail high-profile fugitives like Palpar an thoroughly undermines
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the Aquino administration's claims that it is committed to reforming the justice system and ending impunity," said ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio. Bayan Muna Rep. Teodoro Casino said that while the blame should rightfully fall on the police and military, the President was also seen as liable for not demanding more from his men or fOFtolerating incompetence. "For such high profile, wellconnected suspects or criminals like Reyes or Palparan, the President is expected to weigh in to ensure that police and military operatives are able to overcome their own limitations and resist

the corrupt "padrino" system that protects such fugitives. In this way, the PNP's failures reflect on the President as well," Casino said. Akbayan Rep, Walden Bello said Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo should also get the "onus of responsibility." "There is no excuse for Palparan remaining' loose after over six months," Bello said, adding that these people were able to evade arrest because authorities were protecting them. He said the AFP was part of the problem. "P-Noy should discipline AFPpeople who are suspected of shielding Palparan. He should also carry out a reshuffle of the PNP command

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and raise the bounty for Palparan's capture to PIO million," said the Akbayan representative. The Bulacan Regional Trial Court issued an arrest warrant

against Palparan last Dec. 20 after he was charged in connection with the disappearance of two activists six years ago. Reyes has been the subject of

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be charged with obstruction of justice. The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW).said in a press statement it had asked Gen. Jessie Dellosa, APP chief of staff, to cooperate with civilian authorities in the investigation of Palparan .. "Every day that Palparan avoids arrest further damages the military's reputation," said HRW deputy director for Asia Elaine Pearson. "The Armed Forces leadership needs to send a message that they, and not abjusive officers, are in control," she added. With reports front
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NANANATILI pa ring nasa bansa ang nagtatagong sl Retired Major General Jovlto Palparan na akusado . sa pagdukot sa dalawang nawawalang .estudyante n9 .Universlty of the Philippines. Ito ang impormasyong nakalap ng Department of Justice. Ayon kay Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, mahihi· rapanq makalabas ng bansa si Palparan dahil mahig· pit na nakabanlay sa mga paliparan at pantalan ang mga otoridad. _ Una nang nagpalabas ·naong· Disyembre ng hold departure order anq Malo· los, Bulacan Regional Trial

. ng National Union of Peopies Lawyers ang qobyerno na huwag gawing nino gas·kugon ang pagtugis I<ay Palparan. Nabatid na eng pagdinig sa kasong kidnapping at se· rious illegal detention laban kay Palparan at sa tationg iba pa ay isang buwang rnatitigil dahil sa official leave ng hukorn na may nawak ng kaso sa Malolos RTe. Ayon kay Atty. Edre Olalia, secretary general ng NUPL, tanggap nila ang gao nitong realdad sa karte pero hindi ang kabagalan ng mga awtoridad sa oac-aresto kay Palparan. PALPARAN Hiniling ng NUPL kay Panqulonq Aquino na gao Court Branch. 14 laban kay mitin ang makinarya ng gobPalparan para matiyak na mao yerno laban kayPalparan haHarap nita ang kasong kidpara patunayan na '!'Iala si· napping at serious illegal delang sinislno sa mga nasatention kaugnayng pagdukot sanqkot sa high profile ca· kina Karen Empeiio at ·Sher· ses. TERESA TAVARES Iyn Cadapan. at ALEX CHING Samantala, pinakiusapan

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Two soldiers sacked for illegal drug use
TWO Armv soldiers have been dishonorably discharged from the service for illegaldrug use. , The .dismissalis part of the military's continuing campaign to rid the establishment of personnel using illegal substances, said AFP spokesman CoL Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos who added that some 300", soldiers and personnel underwent surprise random drug testing in Camp Aguinaldo yesterday. The conduct of the test was announced after the flag ceremony. The anti-narcotics campaign is being supervisedby the Task Force Moses headed by Col. VirgilioHernandez, deputy chief of the Intelligence Serviceof the AFP. The task force was created several months ago to intensify the military's campaign against natcotics use within the AFP. He said the intention "isto have a'100 percent drug-free Armed Forces of the Philippines," He said it is important for the Armed Forces to cleanse its ranks of drug users "because we are enforcing the law and we want to be role models," Burgos said any personnel found positive for drug abuse in the military test would be subjected to confirmatory tests at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, If the result is affirmed by PDEA the military personnel will be subjeeted to dismissal proceedings. Victor Reyes '

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after the flag-raising ceremony in Camp AgUinaldo. Burgos saidthey tested the officers, enlisted personnel and even civilian employees working-in the AFP general headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo. The results were not immediately available. "There are two personnel from the Philippine Army that were diseharged from the service because they tested positive," he added, without identifyingthem as the drug test results were confidentiaL As part of the procedure, any APP personnel found positive of prohibited drug use during the initial testing, which takes three minutes, will be brought to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for confirmatory testing which would take up to three days, . Those found positive in the PDEA test, Burgos said, are subjected to an, investigation as
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::. '§.ome 300 personnel of the ed Foroes of the Philippines ) were subjected to random • ,. testing yesterday in Camp -~ lnaldoas part of a campaign st illegal drugs in the 125,000strong military organization that already led to two soldiers' discharge from the service. " At a press briefing, AFP spokesman Col.Arnulfo Burgos Jr. said the surprise mandatory drug testing was announced minutes

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SURPRISE INSPECTION Soldiers line up for their turn during a surprise drug test conducted at Camp Aguinaldo yesterday. Dubbed Task Force Moses, the test is part of the Armed Forces of the Philippines leadership's push to rid the military of drug users "one hundred percent," according to Col. Arnulfo Burgos Jr. Military person nel who test positive will be taken to the Phi Iippin e Drug Enforcement Agency for confirmatory drug testing. Two Army soldiers have been dismissed since last year after being found to be using illegal drugs in surprise drug tests in major military camps. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

300 Sundalo isinalang sa drug test

Umaabot sa 300 sundalo ang isinalang kahapon n9 Armed Forces of the Philippines' sa sorpresang mandatory drug testing sa AFP Wellness Center sa Camp Aguinaldo. Sinabi ni AFP-Public Affairs Office (AFP- PAO) Chief Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr. na isinagawa ang drug testing matapos ang flag raising ceremony nitong Lunes na pinangunahan ni Brig. Gen. Remegio de Vera, Camp Commander. Ang hakbang ay alinsunod sa direktiba ni AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Lt. Gen. Jessie Dellosa na tiyaking 'drug free' ang nasa 125,000 malakas na puwersa ng sandatahang lakas ng bansa. Noong Hulyo 2011 ay binuo ng AFP ang Anti -Drug Task Force Moses at lahat ng AFP units n9 AFP ay ipinasasalang sa drug test kung saan nasa 387 miyembro a~ opisyal ng ISAFP ang unang sinampulan ng mandatory drug testing. Sinabi pa ni Burgos na sinubaybayan ng Intelligence. i of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (18AFP)bUang , namumuno sa Task Force Moses ang drug test habang ang mga sample ng mga ihi ng mga isinalang sa pagsusuri ay pinangasiwaan naman ng mga kinatawan ,IRS ng Department of Health (DOH). Nabatid na sakaling mapatunayang positibo sa paggamit ng droga ay isasalang sa imbestigasyon ng Provost Marshaling AFP at maaaring tanggalin sa serbisyo. (Joy Cantos)

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Sumaludoang mga US veteran sa re-burial at pag-alala sa namayapang si Corporal Jose Baliton-Nisperos na kaunaunahang Pinoy at Asyano na nakatanggap fig Medal of Valor at pinakamataas na pagpupugay na ibinigay ng US Congress na ginanap sa Lingsat Cemetery sa San Fernando, La Union.

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AfterItu) years.Pinoy hero reburied with military honors
SAN FERNANDO CITY,La Union - Jose Baliton Nisperos for single-handedly repelling was awarded the US Congres- Islamic rebels in Basilan on sional Medal of Honor almost Sept. 24, 1911.. The Philippine Scouts CO~100 years ago on Nov, 25, 1912

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Turzar called on the buyer to return the med- . al because the name of Nisperos is engraved '}t the back, .. h.' 'The believed to' t5e'already 'abroad, she added," . '. Arelative took the medal with a promise to From Page 1 hel p them process documents and evidence to~, claim benefits from the US government, Turzar .. . of $55 per month. said. . He died in 1922 after a long illness at the, Phillip Garcia, Philippine Scouts Heritage age of 34. He was buried in an ordinary grave Society 2nd vice president, said Nisperos' dein the Lingsat public cemetery, ." scendants badly.needed the medal to prove Last Friday, Nisperos' remains were extheir claim because his wife and three daughhumed from the ordinary grave and placed in ters, who are all dead, were not given benefits .. an area at the same public cemetery where the On Sept. 24, 1911, a large group of Mora "great sons and daughters" of La Union are rebels armed with bolos and spears ambushed '. buried, He was given full military honors. , Nisperos and his unit, the 34th Company in . Commander Frank Hilliard led the US Vet-. Lapurap, Basilan. . ~ erans Multi-organizational Honor Guard. : "The unit of Nisperos suffered a handful of t The La Union police gave him a 2J-gun sacasualties. ", lute. However, Nisperos fought the rebels usin& Speaking at the burial, San Fernando City only one hand since his .left hand was badly Mayor Pablo Ortega said he only learned of wounded and he receive d several spear. Nisperos' heroism in an article in The STAR wounds on his body, quoting an official from the Philippine Scouts The rebels retreated to the hills, and the 34th Heritage SOCiety. . Company Philippine Scouts was spared from "Today, we recognize and atone for lack of total annihilation, . awareness and knowledge of a very significant For his gallant action, bravery, and valor in fact of local history ~ that the first Filipino and the battlefield, Nisperos was awarded the US also the first Asian recipient of US CongresCongressional Medal of Honor on Nov. 25, sional Medal of Honor for Valor was an Ilo1912, cano from au)."place," he said. Nisperos was born in Barangay Tariqui in Maria Delilah Viduya Turzar, great grand-. San Fernando City, La Union on Dec. 30 188~, daughter of Nisperos, said they are sad because Present at the burial of Nisperos were DIthe us Congressional Medal of Honor of her rector Jonathan. Skelly, who represented US Lola Jose is missing," ... Ambassador Harry Thomas [r., La Union Gov. "I've been tracing his award and medal for d: oacpa hp Manuel Ortega and other local officials, Amerabout 32 years," she said.' ,~ ican and Filipino war veterans, police officials It was allegedly auctioned off in Manila last and personnel, and Nisperos' relatives. " year at a price of $1!110, she added,
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Air strike unleashed on rebel positions in Bukidnon
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(AFPj has launched an air strike against the communist New People's Army {NPA) following a 'fierce encounter with government troops in a remote village in Bukidnon province. 'CoL Leopoldo Galon,spokesman of the Eastern Min,danao Command (Eastmincom), disclosed Monday that the combat air support was provided by an SF26 aircraft which delivered 14 high explosive rocket missiles against enemy positions at the vicinity of So Nabuntora, Barangay

Sampaguita, Kibawe, Bukidnon. According to Galan, the firefight lasted for about four hourswith no casualty on .govemrnent troops and still undetermined number of dead ,on the rebel side, Recovered from the encounter site were two backpacks containing documents of high intelligence value, assorted clothing. one-half sack of repacked rice, assorted empty shells and damaged parts of Ml G rifles, "Bomb damage assessment is still being conducted to determine the result of the air strike," Galan said.

Meanwhile, AFP spokesman Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos said that all military units in Mindanao were also in a heightened state of alert in anticipation of possible attacks by terror groups that might take advantage , of the energy crisis in' the area. ' "Even without the energy crisis, in anticipation of the Lenten holidays, the AFP will continue to coordinate with other law enforcement agencies in implementing the law and in the pursuit of law enforcement operations," he added.

"We have already been intensifying or intelligence monitoring and . collection effort, not only unilaterally but also with our partner agencies," Burgos further said. ' ' It ishighly possible, Burgossaid, that the enemies of the state would create chaos because of the ongoing energy crisis and observance of the Holy Week. The AFP has placed its entire force on heightened alert a week ago following an intelligence assessment-on possible terror attacks during the Lenten holidays.

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The Human Rights Watch (HRW) had sought banning of the use offunctioning . schools as military detachments. In a letter addressed to Armed Forces ofthe Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Jessie Dellosa, the group asked to address human rights vlolatlons in the country as it monitored seven cases in the Cordillera Autonomous Region and Mindanao in whichthe military, "in violation of Philippine and international law, had used parts of functioning schools as barracks or bases for, military detachments since 2009." HRW,which monitors human rights . ' '. developments in more than 90 countries around the world, said the use of the schools lasts for periods from three months to rnere'than a year. NEIL A;ALCOBER
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THE government should listen to the re.sentmen t of Mora Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) whose leaders are not too optimistic that a peace agreement will, ever be signed, Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel 3rd said, , Pimentel said that Malacariang should not ignore the MILF's expression of discontent. "The government should listen and react carefully if MILF is indeed saying those things," Pi rnentel told The Manila Times, . MfLF's chief peace negotiator Mohagher Iqbal earlier said that it is unlikely to sign any peace deal under the Aquino administration to put an end to the bloody fighting in Mindanao, Iqbal lamented that the government seem not committed in forging an agreement that would lead to a long and lasting peace in Mimdanao. But Pimentel was hopeful that the grievances of the MILF will be addressed by the government ito end conflicts in the South-

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