Newspaper 1 Weather Forecast Phil Star p. A-17

Army chief leads Veterans' Week rites at Libingan ng mga Bayani Army commander Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista led the sunrise and wreath-laying ceremonies yesterday at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio to start off the celebration of the Araw ng Kagitingan and Philippine Veterans' Week. The sunrise ceremony allowed veterans to honor their dead comrades with flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. (Alexis Romero)

Phil Star p. 4


Ranking NPA member nabbed in Las Plrias A ranking member of the communist movement was arrested in Las Pinas City. Reynante Gamara, alias Ka Mike, 54, did not resist arrest when cornered by joint elements of the military intelligence and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group at the Star Mall at around 1:30 p.m. yesterday. PA Urges Lenten Season Observance The Philippine Army's 3rd Infantry Division assigned in Iloilo City is urging the NPA rebel elements in the island of Panay and Negros to respect the observance of Holy Week. (Tara Yap)

Phil Star p. 11

Manila Bulletin p. 8


New Commander The Philippine Army's BID based in Catbalogan Samar has a new commanding general. Maj. General Mario Chan who was the Bid's commanding general since August 25, 2010 relinquished his command to his successor on April 3. The new BID commander is BGen Gerardo Layug who was installed in a change of command ceremony. (Restituto Cayubit) Cops to tap Facebook help in unmasking mayor's captors Authorities said they will tap social networking sites such as Facebook to help them identify the suspects in the abduction last Monday of Mayor Jeffrey Lim of Salug, Zamboanga del Norte. (Julie Alipala) 500 sundalo vs dumukot sa mayor Minobilisa na ng AFP ang mahigit sa isang batalyon (500 sundalo) ang bilang upang tugisin ang mga kidnapper na bumihag kay Salug, Zamboanga del Norte Mayor Jeffrey Lim noong Abril 2 ng gabi. (Joy Cantos) NPA leader nabbed in Las Pinas A top official of the CPP-NPA was arrested by joint elements of CIDG and AFP in Las Pinas City. (Zaida Delos Reyes-Palanca)

Manila Bulletin p. B POI p. A-8


Ngayon p. 6


People's Tonight p.3


AFP Chief, 15 other generals promoted Less than four months after his assumption as Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Jessie Dellosa got his fourth star from President Aquino, the commander-in-chief. Dellosa assumed the highest post in the AFP last Dec. 12, 2011. He previously held the position of commander of the North Luzon Command (NOLCOM) before the President designated him as AFP chief, replacing Gen. Eduardo Oban.(Jaime Laude) Dellosa finally gets 4tn star After nearly four months on the job, CSAFP Gen Jessie Dellosa will finally have the rank befitting his position. The AFP announced on Wednesday the Dellosa's promotion to four-star general, the highest rank in the military. (Dona Pazzibugan) Pagtulong kay Ex-Gen. Palparan, pinaiimbistigahan Watch Hiniling ng International Human Rights pagbawalan ang mga sundalo at opisyal ng military sa kay retired Army MGen Jovito Palparan, na hanggang nahuhuli. (Fer Taboy) ng Human Rights Watch sa AFP na umano'y pagtulong ngayon ay hindi pa Phil Star p. 4


POI p. A5


Balita p. 4



Group Says Zamboanga Killings Alarming Christian and Muslim peace and inter-religious harmony advocates in Zamboanga City are urging the local government led by Mayor Celso Lobregat to act on the series of what they called "unresolved killings" in the city. Latest reports indicated that since January, there have been 61 killings in the city, the latest being that of, Arturo F. Eustaquio III, president of Universidad de Zamboanga, on Sunday. The Inter-Religious Solidarity Movement for Peace (IRSMP) made the call to Lobregat through a statement signed by IRSMP convenors Fr. Angel Calvo, Prof. Ali Yacub, Rev. Paulino Ersando and Nulhamdo Cegales, as reported by{Edd Usman)

Manila Bulletin p. 2



Peacekeepers home Tempo p. 3 The AFP on Wednesday welcomed and honored the 155strong Philippine Peacekeeping Contingent to Haiti composed of Navy personnel who served six months in the Caribbean country recovering from years of conflict and a deadly disaster. (MINUSTAH) Phi eyes Spratly summit in Manila The Philippines is renewing its offer to host a meeting among neighboring countries - including China - involved in territorial disputes in Southeast Asia, particularly over the Spratly Islands. President Aquino relayed the message yesterday to his counterparts in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) during the 20th summit of the regional Phil Star p. 1 bloc in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. "I would like to reiterate, however, our earlier proposal for the Philippines to host a meeting among claimant states, including China, under the guidance of ASEAN, in the hope that this will constitute an important step in the peaceful and diplomatic resolution of the disputes in the West Philippine Sea," Aquino said, (Pia Brago) Phi calls for int'l action to stop NoKor rocket launch The Philippines yesterday called for concerted international action to persuade Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to Phil Star p. 2 abandon its plan to launch a long-range ballistic missile between April 12 and 16, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. President Aquino told the Retreat Session of the 20th ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

that North Korea's planned missile launch violates the UN Security Council resolutions and presents risks to all concerned. "It (rocket launch) increases tensions, particularly in the period of uncertainty leading up to the launch - where no one is sure of the trajectory of the missile. In particular, debris from the launch may potentially land in our territory. This is a needless provocation not only in the Korean Peninsula, but in our entire region," Aquino told the ASEAN leaders during the summit. (Pia Braga) Photo: Peacekeepers Home MGen Gregorio Macapagal, AFP deputy chief of staff, welcomes the 155 Filipino soldiers who served as UN peacekeepers in Haiti during ceremonies in Camp Aguinaldo ac, yesterday, April 4, 2012. Photo:


Manila Bulletin p. 3


Claro Daulo Sr., 94, attends a ceremony in honor of Filipino war veterans to kick off Philippine Veterans Week at the Philippine Army grounds in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. (Manny Marcelo)


Phil Star p. 1

First Person (Alex Magno)
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.Army 'commander Lt. Ge~. Emmantiel Bau~;', tista led the sunrise and wreath-laying ceremo- .: nies yesterday at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Libingan ng mga·Bayani in Fort Bonifacio to start off the celebration of-theAraw ng Kagitingan and Philippine Veterans' Week. ' The sunrise ceremony allowed veterans to . honor. their dead comrades with flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. 'Military and defense officials, war veterans and their families participated in the activity thatbeganat6 a,m, ._. . Speaking at the ceremony, Bautista said Filipinoscan look back to the heroism of their. forbearers. "Today's and the following days' activities make us witnesses to history and inspire us as well as our children with the change of history that the-nation obtained the priceless sac:--rific€ of our veterans," he said.. "Some of these veterans have passed on and yet their p~tr1oti.$m and b,;ero1c1eg<1icy liY-eori.'~. Members of the Veterans Federation of the Philippines, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of the Philippines made a floral offering to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. '. Armed Forces Civil Relations Service chief Maj. Gen. Rolando Tenefrancia said retirees and veterans have dedicated years of their lives and strength in noble and selfless service to the country and to the Filipino people. . . "As such, we should not only treat them with honor and respect but also supportthem in their retirement and old age," he said. .. Defense Secretary Voltaire Cazmin led the
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wreath~layingceretnony culminating with a flower drop during which red rose petals were scattered from a hovering helicopter. . : . Speaking at the cer~mony/Ga7:~in said Fi1~ .ipinos enjoy the blessings bfliberty today be.'cause of the bravery of soldiers who had fought invaders. '.' .' .. . "We thank them 'once more for their deep love of the lofty ideals of freedom and democ~· racy," he said; '. .',.' "We therefore join on this yery special day to pay homage to both our living-and falle~ .. heroes - the defenders ofBataan and Corregi-: dor without doubt." ... . Cazmin's father, 'Capt. Segundo Gazmin Sr. survived the Bataan death march. He died two years ago. Gazmin said the government is looking for' . ways to settle the multi-billion-peso pension' backlog for the military retirees. "When President Aquino assumed the pres-idency, he' declared tha~ the g.overrt~ent ~w,t pay the veterans what IS due them, he-said. . .. "We are sourcing out funds in order to pay and . settle these financial obligations to our veterans." . Cazmin said the Philippine V~teransA£fairs> Office (PVAO), headed by retired Lt. Gen.; Ernesto Carolina, is doing everything to pro~ vide efficient service to veterans and their famHies. .- With A~e Balagtas See, Jaime Laude


A ranking member of ·thecommunist movement was arrested vesterdav in Las Pifias City. " Reynante Camara, alias Ka'M{ke, 54, did not resist arrest when cornered by joint elements of the military intelligence and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) at the Star mall at around 1:30 p.m.

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ILOILO CITY, Iloilo - The Philippine Army's 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) assigned here ts urging the. New People's Army (NPA) rebel elements in the islands of Papay and Negros to respect the observance of Holy Week. "In the spirit of peace, we call on them (the NPA) to stop deliber. ateoffensive operations against the people," said Maj. Enrico Ileto, newly appointed 3ID spokesman. . "We call on the NPA to take consider spending time withtheir famithe Holy Week. lies, embrace peace and turn their "The 3ID and the PNP have been backs from violence and aggression," initiating' proactive measures aimed Ileto emphasized. at securing vital economic facilities . Last March 26, leftist rebels attacked two army trucks in the and populated areas," Ileto said. "We aready to provide additional Iloilo town of Tubungan. The incisecurity contingencies to support dent wounded five soldiers and two PNP and other civil authorities," he . civilians. stressed. (Tara Yap) Meanwhile, the army in Weswrn Visays is in close coordination i ----------------, with other law enforcement agencies, particularly the Philippine National Police (PNP), in securing peace and order during .

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CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar -' The Philippine Army's 8th Infantry Division (810) 'based here has a new commanding general. Maj. General'Mario' Chan who was the 8ID's commanding general since August 25, 2010 relinquished his command to his successor yesterday, April 3., Tt~enew 8ID commander is Brig'adler General Gerardo Layug who was Installed in a change of command ceremony presided over by Lt. Gien. Emmanuel Bautista, commanding general of the 'Philippine Army at Camp Lukban (Restituto A.Cayubit) .

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ZAMBOANGA CITY-Authorities said they will tap social networking sites such as Facebook to help them identify the sus.pects in the abduction last Monday of Mayor JeffTey.~lln of . Salug, Zamboanga del Norte, Supt. Kenneth Mission, the spokesperson of Task Force Jeffrey, told the"INQUIRER that police will post the computer-aided. sketches of four of the suspected kidnappers. on social" networking sites as this. could . help uncover their identities. The computer-aided sketches were produced through descriptions given by at least two eyewitnesses. .. 'We will explore all possible social networking sites other than supplying all police stations and military. units with copies of the sketches," Mission. said. Former Salug Mayor Jesus. Lim, the victim's father, said the kidnappers have not made contact with the family since the . abduction on' Monday. "There is still no develop-. ment," he said. . The elder Lim said what was worrying' the family more was that the kidnapped town executive is hypertensive and has to take his medicines. Mission said at least 500 po-: licemen and soldiers were involved in the effort to track down the suspects in the abducticnof the mayor.

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. He said the Army, through 'the Ist Infantry Division, has given its full support to the rescue effort. . Military officers, he said,' committed soldiers belonging to specialforces and equipment ~like-boats and helicopters to help inthe rescue. .' .. .. The mayor was the third kidnap victim in Zamboanga del . Norte but he was the first victim from Salug town; . The elder Lim said the town . is So peaceful that his son was comfortable walking around. without any security escort, Lim had just finished having dinner 7 p.m, on Monday when . he was abducted by 10 armed men. His family said, shortly before being abducted, the town executive played tennis and decided to have his dinner in one of the eateries at the Salug bus . terminal. "He 'likes to eat in an eatery near the bus station, which is just about 200 meters from his office," the elder Lim said. .. He said his son had no known enemies. , "He is a friendly person. He likes to be with the people, gle with them and I don't remember him: having enemies here," the elder Lim said. ~ . Criminality continues to reign ill many parts of the country amid calls for the Aquino admin.istration to put an end to the cul- . ture of impunity 'that festered under the administration of President Aquino's. predecessor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Julie






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, , Minobilisa na ng Armed bago naganap ang insidente. alk~lde. ' Foroes ot the Philippines ang Sa kasalukuyan ay lnt,Magugunita nasi Lim ay mahlgit sa. isang batalyon , latag na ri~ ang checkpointdlnuk~t ng mga nagpanqgap (500 sundalo) ang bilang sa mg,a highway gayunna p~hs habang kurnakain sa upang tugisin ang mga kld- din sa mga bumlbiyaheng terminal ng bus sa Barangay naper na bumihag kay Salug, speedboat at iba pang uri ng Poblacion sa bayan ng Salug Zamboangadel Norte Mayor sasakyang pandagat para noong gabi ng Abril 2. Joy Jeffrey Lim noong Abril 2 ng : sa mabilil>ang pagbawi sa Cantos, gabi. ,_. ' Ayon kay Army's 1st Infantry Division spokesman ' Captain Alberto Caber, datawang platoon ng 10th Infantry Battalion, 1 batalyon ng Army's 44th infantry Battalion (lB) sa pamumuno ni Col, Gerardo Barrientos bukod pa sa puwersa ng pulisya ang humahanting ngayon sa mga kidnaper ni Mayor Lim: - Kasabay nito,sinabi ni Caber na bantay-sarado at mahigpit na ring kliiokordon ng militar ang Triple SB area' o ang mga.bayan ng Sirawai, SIocon at Sibuco na smasabing pinagdalhan sa bihag upang rnalwasanq mailipat ito n9 taquan, .,' '' Ang Triple S8 ay pinamumugaran ng mga rebeldeng Morb Islamic Liberation Front na sang-kat sa illegal na aktibidades sa Zamboanga . Peninsula, Ang alkalde~ ay nabatid na maraming negosyo sa kanilang lugar kabilang ang mineral water-at wala rin urnanonq nllliltanggap na banta sa kcmiyang buhay

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NPAleader nabbed in las Pilas
in Mauban, Quezon. Records showed that Gamara was one of the accused in the killing of Ariny Pfc. Eri: berto Eclavea and Richard . Cortizano, alias Ka Troy, a rebel returnee, on May 27, 2007 in Sitio Bulihan, Bgy. Munting 11og, Cagsiag, : ..Mauban, Quezon. Gamara's co-accused in the killings are Rosemarie "Dornanais and Tirso Alcant- . . ara, alias Ka Bart, the region-· al operation commander of the Southern Tagalog Regional Party Committee (STRPC) of the NPA. . Alcantara was arrested on Jalluary5 last year in Que49 of them facing different, heinous crimes while 32 were listed in the national, regional, provincial and munictpaJ most wanted lists, '

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Army (CPP·NPA)W8S atrested by jOint elements of Criminal Investigation . and Detection G:roup· (CIDG)and Al'JIled Forees (AFP) in Las Piftas City. CIDG'Directm: Samuel D,

PagdilaoJr.identified the suspect as Reynante 'Gamara Ka Mike; 54, secretary of 'Metro 'Manila Regional Party Committee (MMRPC)' of the CPP-NPA. zon., .. . Aside from Ka Mike; the Gamara replaced former team also arrested his companMMRPC secretary Fillman ion. Santiago Baleta, whottied "Ka Popoy" Lagman who to prevent authorities from ar- was killed at the. University . resting the NPA .leader. of the Philippines in 2001. . It was learned that Ka. The arrest of Gamara, ae- . ,Mike is 'wanted for murder in carding "to Pagdilao, was part . Quezon' province.. '. of the ClOG's aggressive efHe was arrested at around fort to account for fugitives' 1:30 ·p.m. by joint elements wanted for heinous crimes' of National Capital Region under the CIDG's thrust proCIDG and AFP at thevicin- gram, Oplan "Pagtngis". ity of Starmall, Las Piilas. Pagdilaosaid .that for' the City, by virtue of warrant month of March;Z012 •. the issued by Branch 64 of the ClOG has accounted for a


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Less than four months after, . '. By JAIME LAUDE his assumption asArmed Forcesgenei:al). of the Philippines (AFP) chiefof ' , Also promoted to the rank of staff, Lt. GeI).;.JessieDellosa got major general were Brig, Gen. his fourth star from President Joel Ibanes, commander of the Aquino, the commander-inPhilippineArmy's(PA)Training chief. . ' .' .: '.' and DoctnnesCommand, and Dellosa assumedthe highest Brig. Gen. Romulo Cabantac, postintheAFPlastDec.12,2011 .. AFP's chief engineer. ' . . He previously held the position The full colonels who, got of commander of the North . their first star from the President Luzon Command (NOLCOM) and are now brigadier generals before the president designated are Oscar Lopez, Noel Miano, him as AFP chief, replacing Gen. Feledto Virgilio Trinidad [r;Au.Ednardo Oban. .' . . , relio Baladad, Rolando Jungco, • ·Aquino also approved the . Carlos Quita, Julius Guillermo, " prbmotipn' of 15 other gener- Salvador Melchor .Mison and alstinduding AFP Inspector Paulita Cruz. . Ge:neratMaj,Gen.IpneoEspino· Cruz is the second active wlqg,gothisthirdstarQieutenant female general in theAFP after
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Bng, 'Gen. Ramona Go. Cruz is the current AFP'~ chief nurse, . "The additional stars on my shoulders come with greater' responsibility on my part. I am truly honored by this promotion, and Ifeel indebted to the people whom Iwill continue to . serve faithfully," Dellosa said. He said that he will expect the same from the rest of the newly promoted officers. "Rest assured that with this· ,promotion, we .will continue .performing our responsibili- .. ties more efficiently and effectively as protector of the people and vanguards 'of our .• nation's territory.v.Dellosa . said. ..



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Dellosa finally gets 4th star
AFTER nearly four months -on the job, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Jessie Dellosa will finally have the rank befitting his position. ' The AFP announced on Wednesday the Dellosa's promotion to four-star general. the highest rank in the military; .. He assumed the AFP leadership on Dec, 12, when President Aquino named him the third AFP chief of staff under his administration .. Prior to that, Dellosa was commanding general of all forces under the AFPNorthern Luzon Command. Since the highest rank of general is re, served only for the chief of staff, the promotion from three-star to four-star rank usuallyfollows immediately. The AFP did not say why it took a while in Dellosa's case. . The AFP,. meanwhile, also announced the promotion of 15 other generals,including another woman-general in the-activeservice. AFP Chief Nurse, now Brig. 'Gen., Paulita Cruz is only the second woman general after . Brig.Gen. Ramona Gowho is the AFP assistant deputy chief of staff for personnel. Two others promoted to three-star rank were Philippine Air Forcechief commanding general Lt. Gen. Lauro Catalino de 1a who assumed the postin January; and AFP' Ihspector General Lt. Gen. Irineo Espino. Those promoted to two-star rank were Maj. Gen. Joel Ibanez, head of the Army Training and Doctrines Command; AFP Chief Engineer Maj. Gen. Romulo Cabantac and Maj. Gen. Edgardo Samonte, commander of the 15th Strike Wing of the Philippine Air Force (pAP). The other new generals are Brig. Gen. Oscar Lopez, Brig. Gen. Noel Miano, Brig. Gen. Felecito Virgilio Trinidad Jr., Brig. Gen. Aurelio Baladad, Brig. Gen. Rolando Jungco, Brig. Gen. Carlos Quita, Brig. Gen. Julius Guillermo and Brig. Gen. Salvador Melchor Mison. Dona Z. Paz~bugan


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PagtuJong kay Ex-Gen.Palparan, pinaiimbestigahan ng Human Rights Watch
Hiniling ng International Human Rights Watcllsa Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)na pagbawaIan ang mga sundalo at opisyal ng milltar sa umano'y pagtulong kay retired Army Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan, na hanggang sa ngayon ay hindi pa nahuhuli, Si Palparan, na dating party-list representative, ay pinaghahanap pa rID ng awtoridad kaugnay ng kasong kidnapping sa dalawang aktibistang estudyante na sina Karen Empeno at Sherlyn Cadapan noong 2006, Sa sulat na ipinadala ng Human Rights Watch, hiniling nila kay AFP ChiefLt Gen. Jessie ihayag sa publiko na pinababawalanniya ang mga sundalo at opisyal ng militar na tumulong kay Palparan para agad itong maarestc at maiharap sa korte. "The military should publicly announce to all soldiers and officers of the AFP that assisting Palparan ITt avoiding arrest or failing to cooperate with civilian authorities is obstructing justice," saad sa Hham na tinanggap ill Dellosa mula sa grupo, . Ayon sa Human Rights Watch, nakatanggap sila ng Impormasyon na ilang tauhan ng militar at negosyante ang tumutulong kay PaIparan sa pagtatago sa batas. Sa inilabas na kakatas, itinanggi ito ni Palparan, fer Taboy

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Christian and Muslim peace and The Inter-Beliglous SOlidarity iter-religious harmony advocates Movement for Peace URSMP) made l Zamboanga 'City are urging the the call to Lobregat through a state.c~lgovernment led by Mayor Celso ment signed by IRSMP convenors obregat to act on the series of what Fr. Angel Calvo, Prof. Ali Yacub, Rev. ley called "unresolved killings" in Paulino Ersando and Nulhamdo ie city. , . Cegales, as reported by Mindanews. Latest reports indicated that since com. anuary, there have been 61 killings in They said the city government ie city,theJatest being thato~ Arturo has been complacent in resolving :Eustaquio III, president ofUniver- -,the killings. . idad de Zamboanga, on Sunday. , The inter-rellgious leaders also appealed to President Benigno S. Aquino III to look into the killings. . They said killing with impunity a prominent citizen like Bustaquto instills fear among the people.



The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday welcomed and honored the 155strong Philippine Peacekeeping , Contingent to Haiti (PCH) composed of Navy personnel who served six months in the , caribbean counby recovering from years Of conflict and a dElCldly disaster. The all-Navy contingent led by Col. George S. Femai'ldez left the country September last year. They returned horne March lB. Hernandez was joined by 12 officers and 143 enlisted personnel, , induding six women, during their deployment to Haiti where their duties indude maintaining perimeter security of'tf1~force headquarters of United,Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti

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.,The mSMP urged Lobregat "to take seriously his job in regard to his, constituents' safety, peace and sense of security, to utilize and properly his office's considerable resources, power and authority for that preeminent concern and need 'of city residents." , , In a related development, a leader of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) also slammed Zamboanga City officials for "doingnothing to stop the murders committed against city 'residents." .:Asking that his name be not men- . tioned, the MILF leader said because ofthe unresolved killings the city may earn a reputation as a "killing field" where citizens would be afraid to venture outside their homes. , The IRSMP statement noted that Bustaquio was no ordinary resident of the city . ., He was a respected education of- ' ficial and a member a prominent family, they noted. "Eustaquio's death is but a climax ' to the long-rising sense of frustration ,mixed with dread of local residents over the series of violent killingsin the city, mostly in public and always with the use of guns, for the past so many months," ffiSMP added.'





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Llamas said it was impor- ing conflicting and overlaptant for the Philippines to get ping claims in the' West phil- . a consensus on the need to ippine Sea," Del Rosario said. resolve the.issue multilaterally. A decade ago, ASEAN and China claims the entire China signed the Declaration South China Sea. Taiwan and on the Conduct of Parties in four ASEAN members' -. the the South China Sea (DOC) in Philippines, Malaysia/ Brunei Phnom Penh. and Vietnam ~ also have overThe DOC also calls for colapping claims to the territory.' operation in environmental "This earlier proposal re- protection, scientific research, mains valid. Both proposals safetyof navigation, search are complementary andcanbe and rescile, .andcombating pursued on 'aparallel. track;" transnational crime. .. i By PIA l.,EE·SRAGO .he said.·.. : ,..... . ..•.. Meanwhile, the Philippines . The President said the coun- . will not return the. dinghies The Philippines is renew- proposal for the Philippines try wants 'a peace;ful,·re_solu'".seized by the Philippine Navy ing its offer to host a meeting to host a meeting among tion of the 'disputes in the .. from Chinese fishermen who ' among neighboring coun- claimant states, including West Philippine Sea through' :strayedinto Philippine wafers tries - including China - in- China, under the guidance relevant .dispute-settlement 'b;t::October 2qlL.. . . . volvedin territorial disputes of AsEAN, in the hope that this will constitute an irnpor- .mechanisms of the United i<: ': Th~ DFA said the Depart-· in Southeast Asia, particuNations Convention on thevment of Justice has upheld the larly over the Spratly Islands. tant step in the peaceful and Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). ;legality of the seizure of the President Aquino relayed diplomatic resolution of the the message yesterday to disputes in the West Philip-. The Philippines, he said, is· dinghies in a Jan. 13 opinion. pleased that the ASEAN is now "The 'OFA sought i{PJ's his counterparts in the As- pine Sea," Aquino said. . "I believe that this multiworking. to make the Code guidance on the mat~r of sociation of Southeast Asian N ations (ASEAN) during the lateral approach will be the . of Conduct a legally binding custody .overfhe dinghies most effective way of ensurinstrument. which were subject of at).in. 20th summit of the regional "We believe that the cac cident on Oct. 13, 2011 when ;i:blocin Phnom Penh, Cam- ing continued stability in the region," Presidential Political I must be a real 'move forward' the' Philippine Navy was ~bodia.· "I would like to reiter- Adviser Ronald Llamas said .. , in terms of substance, that pursuing a Chinese vessel in it should contain not only West Philippine Sea," DFA ~te, however, our earlier provisions on cooperative ac- spokesperson Raul Hernan.tivities but, more importantly, . dez told The STAR.' provisions on dispute settleJustice Secretary- Leila de mentand the clarification and . Lima said the DFA should not segregation of disputed and give in to the demand of the non-disputed areas," he said. Chinese government 'until the He urged A$EAN member-.: National Committee onIllegal states to arrive at a common' Entrants (NCIE) shall have position on the coe before .completed its investigation' discussing the issue with Chic into the incident. .. na, . "The DOJ upheld the sei':It is important that we zure of the dinghies in.its 13 maintain ASEAN centrality," January,20l2 opinion. The Aquino said. "On the cac, it Philippine Navy holds cusis important for ASEAN to first tody over these dinghies and agree among themselves on no private party has' come the drafttext oftheCOCbefore forward to claim them.rHermeeting with China," Foreign nandez said. China wants the Affairs Secretary Albert del dinghies returned "uncondi! Rosario said earlier. tionally." I "We believe that a rulesDe Lima insisted that Reed I b~sed approach under ~he Bank where the incident hap": I' dispute settlement mechanism pened is within Philippine terestablished in UNCLOS is the ritorial waters. - With Aurea < '. . . .... . ..•. ..... .. . .. .... . .. legitimate solution in address- Calica, Edu Punay . .OFFICE ()FTHEARMV CHIEF PUBLIC AFFAIRS-Email add: 0

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The Philippines p~oposed on 'Monday b~fore the ASEAN to dissuade North Korea from proceeding with its satellite launch this month and suspend its ballistic missile program : and activities. ,,' ' .,", Aquino also expressed, the Philippines' commitment to A9,?ino noted one of Asia's regional concerns is the nuclear achieve a nuclear-free Asian region. ' ,ambItion of North Korea. " ' Manila will be hosting next year the ASEAN Regional Forum I ,North Korea said it would launch a "working" satellite to on Inter-Sessional Meeting to allow a nuclear-free region. and mark the centenary of founder Kim Il-Sung's birth this month. effortsto stop nuclear proliferation to reach disarmament. Nort_h Korea will mark the lOath birth anniversary. of its "We can further protect our peoples by working together 'I rev~lutlOnary founder and "eternal president," Kim II-Sung on toward that concrete plan ofaction with the aim of sustaining Apn115. ~orth Korean propaganda touted ~012 as the year'the cooperation on non~proliferation and disarmament," he said. country WIll emerge as a "powerful and prosperous" nuclear "Toward this end, the Philippines will host the inter-sessional state. , meeting on disarmament in Manila next year as co-chair of the. .P:quino told ~anila-pased reporters during the ASEAN sumASEf>-N~egional ~orum on In;,er-Se~siona~ Meeting on non- mit ~n Carn?Odla th~t thePhili~pine. government, through the proliferation-and disarmament, Aquino said. . National DIsaster RIsk ~educ~bn and Management Council ThePhilippines yesterday called for concerted international. (NDRRMC), has b~en discussing ths issue of North Korea's action to persuade Democratic People's Republic of Korea pl~~ne~rocket launch between April 12 to 16. '" ,(DPRK) to abandon its plan to launch a long-range ballistic' A y!e a~e to preparefor the worst and hope for the best," missile between Apri112 and 16, the Department of Foreign qUInOsaid. . Affairs (DFA) said. '. He noted that wh~e ~h~Philippine's eastern seaboard may President Aquino told the Retreat Session of the 20th ASEAN b affecteflby ~ ilisslle s trajectory, it would only be upon summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia that North Korea's planned t il actu~ aun, at experts can analyze where the debris missile launch violates the UN Security Council resolutions and w bPoss~bly fall. . ,' '. .', '. presents risks to all concerned. " n th~ other ~a.nd! NDRRMC executive director Benito "It (rocket launch) increases tensions particularly in the pe- Ramos said the m~htary;.police and local governments would , 'enforce the " no~ 1 " th d " riod of uncertainty leading up to the launch - where no one is "If th fi h sal ~o:r:e ort ,~~e ays. . sure of the trajectory of the missile. In particular, debris from the be towe~ thermen h~t (on sailing at s~a), their boats would launch may potentially land in our territory. This is a needless I R ' ,: ose woo not comply will be apprehended," provocation not only in theKorean Peninsula, but in our entire, a~os s.ald.., . '. ' region," Aquino told the ASEAN lead~rs during the summit. ' . e said the stub?orn fishermen might be broughtto barangay Aql1:in.os~ess:d situatlo~ in the ~?reai1 ~en~nsula ha~~~ ~nsure therrsaf~ty. " . far-reachtng' implications on regional stability, which 1S essential arangay ~aptams should have informed the fishermen to the continuing progress of Asia-Pacific countries.-"-'. about the .(Nort~ Korean) rocket launch. "Stabili~y; peace.and pro.sperity in our region require .all of W~are doing this for their safety," Ramos us to continue to engage with each other,and the larger intersaId.., ' national community in-ways that build confidence," Aquino: The NDRRMC will coordinate with the stressed. ~. , " local governments of Cagayan, Isabela, "The way forward is for the UPRK to abandon the launch, Aur?ra( Quezon, Camarines Norte; Caand return to actions that promote confidence-building among marIne~.sur and Catanduanes to enforce its neighbors. We hope forthe early resumption of the Sixthepohcy.",' , Party Talks and for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to eventually undertake complete, irreversible and verifiable denuclearization," he added.






Getting out of harm's way
The Philippine government will implement a "no-fly zone" over areas along the likely path of North Korea's rocket. The noflyzone would take effect on April 12 to 16 from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m .. About 100 international flights to and from Japan and South Korea would be affected by the no-fly zone declaration .. The. Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) issued a Notice-to-Airmen(Notam) on Tuesday citing the possibility of diverting all air traffic in the area. ' The affected airways are normally used by Korean Air, Japan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, All Nippon, Garuda Indonesia and Philippine Airlines. . ,. The areas bounded by Airways A590 (Gurag-Iomalig), A562 (Btsig-Iomalig), M501 (Limle-Bedip), R587 (Skate-Cabanatuan) .are declared closed to aircraft operations on the expected path of the North Korean rocket launch, the Notam said. .. The Notamwas issued to clarify earlier reports that the Philippines will be a no-fly zone, according to CAAP director. general Ramon Gutierrez. . The. Notam advised pilots to use MEVIN B462 Airway as their alternate route or point of entry during the specified time of closure. MEVINB462,like the areas that are closed to operations, are coded airway familiar to pilots and clearly delineated in aeronautical maps, normally carried aboard by airplanes, the CAAPsaid. . . The North Korean rocket is expected to fly 190 nautical miles northeast of Northern Luzon in Sta. Ana, Cagayan and 150 nautical miles east of Polilio Island in Quezon. .. Ramos urged local governments to provide food to fishermen who would be affected by the directive. . ·"rhe affected fishermen may insist on fishing because this is their main food source. The local government units should support the fishermen from April 12 to 16," he said. . The Social Welfare department has prepared food packs in case local officials would need them, Ramos added. t "They (authorities ) should first appeal to the fishermen before resorting to apprehensions. They should respect the fishermen's . huinan rights," Ramos added. . . Ramos said the national radiological emergency preparedness . and response plan would not be implemented since 'the rocket has no reported radioactive material in its payload. The Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI), however, / advised residents in Ilocos, Cagayan; Central Luzon, Calabarzan, Mimaropa, Metro Manila and Bicol to stay indoors from April 12 to 16. '. .."The Philippine Nuclear Research Radiological Institute submits the 'Stay Indoors' policy for residents of Regions I, 2,' 3 4A,4B, NCR (National Capital Region) and 5 during the12-16 April 2012 period particularly between 6 a.m, to 12 noon," it said. "PNRI will continue to monitor and issue periodic advisories and precautionary measures to the NDRRMC and the general public, in the event of a suspected. radiation report," it added .: '- With Delon Porcalla, Alexis Romero, Helen-Flores, Rudy









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PEACEKEEPERS HOME ... Major General Gregorio Macapagal, Armed Forces deputy chief of staff, welcomes . the 155. Filipin9 soldiers who served as UN peacekeepers in Haiti during ceremonies in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, yesterday, April 4, 2012.

















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Claro DauloSr." 9•• attends it ceremony in honor of Filipino war veterans to kick off Philippine Veterans Week at the Philippine Army grounds in Fort 'Bonifacio,. Tagulg City yesterday. Storyon-9age6. MANNY MARCE~O , .' .



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First Person
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. Ja~an has mobilized its own sophisticated war North Korea is not about to at- ~-~--.-;_.... --, machlI;e ox:the e~e of the missile launch. Tokyo inditack us. We are merely in danger. cated Its intention to shoot down any missile of catching some of the debris: Pyongyang fi~es: Should that happen; the lords of rockets discard as they move out : Pyongyang will likely throw a tantrum. We have seen to space. . : before how crazy they can get when that happens. A The pr6jectedflight path of the : ~ew years back/ North Korea shelled a South Korean missile Pyongyang plans to] ls1~nd after the South conducted live fire military exlaunch will cut across southern ercises close to the common border. J apmlt move east of Taiwan and . This will be .an interesting spectacle. Obviously, then drop its debris in the sea east , North Koreav~Tln r:ot t~ke happily to the shooting of Northern Luzon. Manila declared a no-fly zone in down of.what ~t claims IS a satellite launch. A shootthe area when the launch happen_s.· .. down Will be like a slap on the face of Pyongyang's: The entire region frowns on this missile launch brand new leader. 0 not the least because the poor state of North Korea's . A shoot-down will also demonstrate the superior- . rocket technology basically means this device could tty of J~panese Self-Defense Forces, elevating that go haywire and land anywhere. A nation whose vast C?:lntI');' s sta~re. among nations of the western Pamajority of people is starving is unlikely to produce ?fie -Its dwindling economic prowess notwithstandhigh-end rocket scientists. . mg. One can imagine Tokyo doing a Dirty Harry: '10k Also, while Pyongyang declares they are launchpunk, make my day!" . . ing a satellite into orbit, everyone else thinks they are Unfortunately, the Philippines does not have th~ really testing the capabilities of their intercontinental capability to take the same no-nonsense. stance Japan ballistic missiles. The rated capacity of North Korean has taken towards the North Korean missile tests. We ' missiles is 6,000 miles, enough to hit the western coast c~nnot shoot down their missiles when they cross our of Mainland US. airspace. We can only cover our heads and hope nuts. . There is no indication North Korea has the capacand bolts do not come raining down onus. We have ity to effectively target their: missiles. Their bombs are enoug~ problems with our weather patterns. not smart. The real peril, however, is that North Whlle we cannot possibly threaten to shoot down Korea's leaders are dumber than the bombs they built, str~y North Korean missiles .(we are definitely within This is the reason why there is so much hostility to . their rar;ge), we cat; do relentless diplomacy. If you what Pyongyang is trying to do. Building ballistic: cax:uot.fight fo~ceWIth force, harry the enemy by fremissiles while her people starve is immoral to say the '. netic dlplomatic.shuffle.· . least. The strategic intent of those missiles is to keep R:lentless diplomacy is ~xactly :-vhat we are doing. South Korea and Japan under constant threat. Ma~la has taken the lead ill rallying Asean support Should Pyongyang's missile technology improve b~hindour effor:s t? stop Pyongyang from firing misand their ability to deliver nuclear payloads to selected sIl~s. There.are limits to what diplomacy can accomtargets become more credible, that hermit country will plish, ~owev~~. Prongyang has had a tendency to become a menace to the region. It will escalate ten?arden Its POSl 1011:Inthe face of adverse regional opin~ sions and create a climate of high anxiety, That will be .IOn. The hermitkingdom does not really care about bad for trade and finance in the region. We will all what the rest of the region thinks. ' pay for the regional instability the lords of Pyongyang o create. This Is the reason why leaders of East and Southeast Asia have joined in chorus strongly objecting to the projected missile tests. They are joined by the major powers, specifically the US, whose pop ulcus cities could come within North Korean missile range. Pyongyang's love affair with nuclear weapons is beyond the pale of supervision byinternational regulatory agencies. This is the reason the scheduled missile .t~~t~ S?l}~~.e~~R. .~I.e P;.. v J"l.rrl'lln~ t:mall-a;...d-d:-o--a-c-pa--_--h-p-a--@-Y--ah-o--o-.c--o-m----r-e-I-n-O.--(O-2-)-8~92~.-16-9-3-,L-oc-a-l: -52-8-7-,5-29-·-5---.

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North Korea is like the village fool. It does very . little diplomacy with the region. While it is interested . in food aid, it is not interested in confidence building . measures. This is the reason why Washington chose to cut food aid to North Korea to show its displeasure . over the nuclear tests. That will hurt. .' It is always difficult to plot how Pyongyang will think and behave. The country has been cut off from the mainstream of modern civilization for so long it seems they have begun to think in a separate universe. . It might be easy to ignore North Korea were it not for the fact that they have nuclear weapons. The country has no important export - save for illegal drugs. Their national self-reliance policy, although an abject . failure, meant they import virtually nothing - save . . for the steady stream of food aid mainly from the us and Seoul. . The North Koreans have not encountered the mobile phone. They have no cable television. They are standing outside of the cyber universe, For all intents and purposes, they are a lost civilization, Their POPl.!-. lation is unskilled in the trades that matter in the mod- ' ern world, illiterate as far of contemporary cultural ! literacy is concerned.' . The only way they can avoid being thoroughly ig- . nored by everyone else is to be such a nuisance, the region must be forced to constantly deal with them . .That is the reason the country's leaders always seem. to behave like mad dogs. .