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AFP raids fail to rescue kidnapped Zambo mayor A series of raids conducted by combined military and police operatives to rescue kidnapped Salug, Zamboanga del Norte Mayor Jeffrey Lim in some parts of the Zamboanga region have yielded negative results, a ranking military official said yesterday. Army 1st Infantry Division (ID) chief Brig. Gen. Rainier Cruz said at least four operations were launched since Lim was abducted by unidentified armed men last April 2 in Poblacion, Salug. (Mario Mallari) 1.5-meter bomb recovered in Isabel a A World War II vintage bomb was turned over to the Army's 5th Infantry Division in Isabela over the weekend. (Charlie Lagasca) Gov't militiaman slain in Agusan A Civilian Active Auxiliary member was shot dead in Agusan del Sur Sunday night. (Ben Serrano) Daily Tribune p. 3

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P·Noy assures war vets of better health services President Aquino assured Filipino war veterans of subsidized health services and vowed to continue the modernization of the Armed Forces in yesterday's Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) rites that paid tribute to Filipino and American soldiers who fought the Japanese 70 years ago. (Greg Refraction and Tonette Orejas) P-Noy bares more medical benefits for war veterans President Aquino unveiled yesterday more medical benefits for Filipino veterans at the Araw ng Kagitingan rites at Mount Samat in Bataan. Speaking to honor the veterans, Aquino said the Veterans Memorial Medical Center accredited 599 hospitals nationwide as provincial and regional extensions for better access to medical services. (Aurea Calica) More benefits for Filipino war veterans bared To honor those who had risked their lives to protect the country, President Aquino announced more benefits for World War II veterans, including more hospitals where they can avail themselves of health services, and the faster release of their pension. "It is an honor to serve the country as a soldier, it is an even greater honor to have suffered to defend freedom. The state honors our soldiers, and believes that their sacrifices should be repaid by caring for them," Mr .. Aquino said in his speech at the 70th commemoration of "Araw ng Kagitingan" on Mount Samat, Bataan. (Mia M Gonzalez) PNoy: We're Indebted To War Veterans Saying the country is forever indebted to their bravery and sacrifice, President Benigno S. Aquino III Monday assured the surviving PDI p. A-1

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Filipino veterans of World War II of the government's continuing assistance. The President paid tribute to the veterans in ceremonies at the Mt. Samat Shrine in Pilar, Bataan marking the 70th anniversary of the Araw n9 Kagitingan. (Madel R Sa bater) Illinois marks Bataan Day To honor the memory of gallantry of the Filipino and American soldiers who fought in Bataan, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has declared April 9 as Bataan Day in Illinois, Chicago Consul General Leo Herrera-Lim said in a statement. (Fe Zamora) Bataan (photo) Palawan blasts' suspect ex-MNLF member The suspect in last week's twin bombings in Palawan arrested by Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (ClOG) agents on Sunday was a former member of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) that had undergone specialized military training including bomb making, according to military sources and MNLF officials. An MNLF official said the suspect, Hiya Hassan was part of the core group of MNLF commandos, who were originally sent to Palawan at the height of the Mora secessionist rebellion in the 70s, and prior to the forging of a peace agreement with the government in 1976. (Redempto 0 Anda) Suspect in Palawan blasts linked to ex-governor A commander of the MNLF is being held for questioning for the twin blasts in Palawan last Maundy Thursday. In a radio interview, Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn said Hiya Hassan alias Commander Cobra, has links to former Palawan governor Joel Reyes, who is wanted for the murder of broadcaster Gerry Ortega. (Jaime Laude and Cecile Suerte Felipe) Gov't on red alert for rocket debris he National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has placed its personnel on red alert to monitor the controversial satellite launch of North Korea this week. Government officials yesterday also warned the public of possible rocket debris that might fall into Philippine territory. The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has issued a "notice to airmen" or Notam regarding the diversion of flights from the northeast portion of northeastern and eastern Luzon that could be hit by derbis from the North Korean rocket. (Alexis Romero) P-Noy OKs reshuffle of key military officers President Aquino has approved a new wave of reassignments of 12 key military officers in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). AFP chief Gen. Jessie Dellosa said the leadership changes are needed to address the new challenges they are facing."We are always faced with new challenges every day and it is imperative that we put new and outstanding people to face these challenges," Dellosa said in a statement. (Alexis Romero) Aquino claims high morale in AFP then promotes 10 brass President Aquino yesterday made a pitch anew in winning the military to his side saying that the AFP under his watch is steeped in high morale not only because of better housing and higher combat pay but because the military now knows that it has been rid of the "culture of corruption" that besmirched the government's leadership in the past. New Commands for Generals approved President Benigno Aquino III has approved the designation of four generals and six senior officers to key positions in the military, the Armed Forces announced yesterday. (Elena Aben)

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AFP names Eastmincom chief The AFP has a new Eastern Mindanao Command chief who will oversee all military operations against MILF and communist rebels. Maj Gen Jorge Segovia replaces Lt Gen Arthur Tabaquero who is retiring on April 17. (Dona Z Pazzibugan) QC cop, retired Marine slain in Marikina A Quezon City policeman and a retired Marine colonel were killed in a separate ambuscades staged by motorcycle riding in tandem in Marikina City on Easter Sunday. (Non Alquitran)

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Sundalo, parak nilikida Magkasunod na itinumba ang retiradong opisyal ng Philippine Marines at pulis sa magkahiwalay na karahasan na naganap sa Marikina City kasabay ng pagtatapos ng paggunita sa Semana Santa. (Jhie Convocar at Cesar Barquilla)

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,~ A series of raids conducted .. by ..eombined military and police operatives to rescue kidnapped Salug, Zamboanga del ,Norte Mayor Jeffrey Lim in some parts of -the Zamboanga region have yielded 'negative results, a ranking military official . '··said yesterday. Army 1st Infantry Division (10) chief Brig. Gen. Rainier Cruz said at least four . .operations were launched since Lim was . abducted by unidentified armed men last April2 in Poblaeion, Salug. "Negative so far, ~ said Cruz of the results of the sertes of raids staged by government troops. According to Cruz, government troops have raided suspected hideouts of the perpetrators in Salug and Kalawig towns, ' Zamboanga del Norte and in Ipil, Zil.mboanga Sibugay province. He said the latest raid was conducted only on Easter Sunday. "(We have conducted a) series of probing raids, the last of which was (last Sunday)," said Cruz. Cruz said that the raids were launched after some of those involved in the kidnapping .were identified through. photographs. . The military offichil said that authorities have not identified the group affiliation of the kidnappers. . Cruz said that efforts are still ' continuingj» safely rescue Lim, who ran unopposed during the May 2010 elections·. "Our' troops are, sttll there waiting ...there are a lot of places that (the kidnappers) can use as hiding places it said Cruz. r CrUz said that elements ofthe Police Anti-Crime and Emergency Responsa are also. in the area leading the efforts address the kidnapping.· .

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1.5--meter bomb recovered in Isabela.
BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya _ A World War 11 vintage bomb was turned over to the Army's 5th Infantry Division in: Isabela over the weekend. , Reports stated that the l,odO-pound ' bomb/which was 1.5 meters in length and 1.4 centimeters in radius, was dis- ' covered, by residents led by Peregrino Derdil, barangay treasurer of Echague town's Santa Monica village, in a former warehouse. _ Charlie Lagasca

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BUTUAN CITY _ A Civilian Active Auxiliary (CAA) member was shot dead in Agusan del Sur Sunday night. A report from the Agusan del Sur Provincial Police Office identified the victim ' as Zaldy Tapid of theCAA unit of the 23rd Infantry Battalion of the Army based ill Barangay Noli, Bayugan City. Tapid suffered gunshot wounds in the head. Th~ gunman remains unidentified. '_ Ben Serrano

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PILAR, Bataan=-Presfdent Aquino. as.sured Filipino war veterans of subsidized health services. and vowed to continue' the modernization of the Armed Forces in yesterday's Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) rites that paid tribute to Filipino and American '

soldiers who fought the Japanese 70 years ago. Mr. Aquino, who. addressed the elderly soldiers and their relatives gathered at the Dambana ng Kagitingan .. here entirely in Filipino, got thunderous applause when he announced that from March 31, 599 hospitals have beenaccredited by Veterans Memorial , Medical Center (VMMC) as regional :
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DAY OF VALOR President Aquino' leads the 70th commemoration of Araw ng Kagit!ngan at the MQunt Samat Shrine in Pilar, Bataan, on Monday with (from left) Jap~nese Am~assador Toshmao Urab~, former P· 'd t Fidel V. Ramos Foreign Secretary Albert del Rl?sarlo ant;!Leslie V. Bassette, deputy chief of resl en '. . , . GRJG C. MONTEGAAND.E mission of the US Embassy. .

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, According to Mr. Aquino, VMMC has been' subsidizing services for cataract surgery, coronary angiogram procedure 'and cardiac bypass operations. . The President again drew ap-' plause when he cited the direct remittance servicing system of the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO), which is done through the banks or automated teller machines. This has enabled war veterans to receive their pensions faster and in correct amounts, he said. The veterans' list has also been purged, enabling government to generate savings that. are used to support more pen-, sioners, he said. . " Modern miUtary , Ernesto Carolina, the PVAOadThe President told the war ministrator, said the House com- , Veterans that his administration' mittee on veterans affairs had apwas working to fully. upgrade proved an increase in the old-age the capacity of the APE . pension from PS,000 to PI0,000, : "What we want is that should with an increase of Pl;OOOa year the situation turn into a confor the next five years. flier, we are able to give a fight," A bill is also pending in he said in Filipino. Congress seeking to increase i He then enumerated the latthe burial . assistance from est purchases for the AFP: a, PI0,OOOto P20,OOO~ . Hamilton class cutter, renamed. Carolina said the PVAO had ! as BRP Gregorio del Pilar, and: paid P4 billion to eligible pen- I four combat utility helicopters. i sioners, with the funds coming : At least 138 projects under r-------------------from the savings made from the the defense acquisition system ___ OFFICE OF THEARMYCHJEF PUBLICAFFAlFpurgirig of illegal claimants. '. com-Tel are scheduled for completion ~ L ;_ withinfive years, he said. !--,I and provincial extensions, making it easy for the veterans to ac-. cess medical benefits. "The state honors our, veterans and I believe we should repay their sacrifices by caring for them," he said. . Col. Roberto Gacayan, 85, a war veteran from La. Union, . urged Mr. Aquino and legisla.tors not to ignore the plight of . the war veterans .. "It seems that the government has been slowly forgetting what we did during the war. We hope that our benefits will be increased ... We will not live long and we hope that in the remaining years of ~ur lives, we get to feel our true worth," Gacayan, who heads the Confederation of World, War II Veterans' Sons and Daughters Inc.; said in Filipino. "If it had not been for our sacrifice, the youth will not experience the freedom they are enjoying today," he said.

. .He said the hospitalization .benefits in PVAO-accredited hospitals had been doubled to . P800 for a maximum of 45 days. ThePVAO .also pays for the premium of veterans' membership in the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. . . Pensions for old age, disability and death are paid to nearly 250,000 veterans, their spouses and-descendants, he said . Leslie' Bassett, deputy chief of mission of the United States Embassy, said that in the past two years, more than 18,000 Filipino : veterans had received' a total of over $220 million from the US· government's Filipino Veterans ~quity CompensationProgram,

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-diers had fought hard to win. . "Filipino and American sol- . diers relied on one another to survive the Death March and what came after. Today their'. children and grandchildren ... : proudly continue that tradition of friendship and mutual support," she said . "Today we live in an era of technological marvel. But you cannot download freedom from the Internet or buy liberty off the shelf, 'The heroes of Bataan ; remind us riot to take what we ' have for granted bur.to cherish, our freedom," she said, Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Toshinao. Urabe, who spoke in Filipino; extended his country's sincerest apology , and deep sense of remorse for! .the Japanese atrocities during ~ World War II. He said the Japanese of today are. "a. far cry" -from the Japanese during the war. Urabe said the United States, the Philippines and Japan had forged stronger ties and were now allies and friends, 'He stressed the importance of unity among the three countries. . "Sa pagkakaisa tayo ay lalakas; sa . pagkakawatakwatak, tayo ay bobagsak. (In unity, we will be strong; in conflict, we willfall)," he said. , Aside from war veterans and their families; formerPresident' : Fidel Ramos, top military and police officials, Cabinet members, local officials and diplqmats attended the Araw ng Kagitingan ceremonies at Mount . Samar Shrine here. With a re- . port from Christine O. Aven- .
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By AUREA CA.LlCA . President Aquino unveiled yesterday more medical benefits for Filipino veterans at the Araw ng Kagitingan rites at Mount Samat in Bataan, Speaking to honor the veterans, Aquino said the Veterans Memorial Medical Center accredited 599 hospitals nationwide as provincial and regional extensions for better access to medical services. .. . Thelistofmedicalservicesthatthegoverrunent will subsidize has been widened to include cataract operation, coronary angiogram and cardiac bypass, he added. . Direct remittance pension servicing system also expected the release of financial benefits for the veterans, he added. Leading the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Fall of Bataan. Aquino said the list of pensioners had been cleaned up to make sure money would go to rightful beneficiaries. . . "Ghost pensioners" were depriving the veterans and their beneficiaries of their benefits and privileges, he added. The government was continuing with the reforms to uplift the lives of the poor as debt of gratitude to those who sacri, fieed and fought for the country's freedam, Aquino said. Leslie Bassett, deputy chief of mission of the US embassy, said the US Department of Veterans Affairs celebrated 90 years of service to veterans in the Philippines this year. ;"~'.".. "Every month we are honored to distribute over $8 million in benefits to eligible Philippine veterans," she said. . "In the last two years under the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation Program, over18,OOO Filipino veterans have received payments totaling over $220 million. "When you grow up privileged to live in freedom, you must never forget the sacrifice and suffering those heroes endured. . . "We who are here today should search our souls to measure whether we could be as strong, as brave, as selfless and as forgiving as the heroes of Bataan." Bassett said almost 7,000 people in New Mexico participated in a reenactment of the Death March this year. Young people participated and the Bataan commemorations took place across the US at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, at an Armory in Minnesota" and in many homes where veterans and their memories still dwell," and among sailors of the USS Baiaan, she added .. Former President Fidel. Ramos was warmly welcomed at Monday's ceremonies at Mt. Samat. Present were military and government officials. . . Hundreds of people were not able to hike to the Shrine because of.strict security protocol of the Presidential Security Group. . - With· Raffy Viray, Ding Cervantes

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~()r1d War II vererans, including more hospitals where theycan avail themselves, of health services. and the faster release of their pension. . . "It is an honor to serve the country as a sQldier, it is an even greater honor to have suffered to defend freedom. Th~ state h.on,ofS,ouTsoldiel's. nd believes that a delPilar, is already protecting the country's maritime boundaries, and that another such vessel would arrive in May, "to better protect our seas and shores:' He said four of eight combat utility helicopters were turned over to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) last month, with the balance arriving in November, ' and that 138 projects under the Defense Acquisition System will be implemented in the. next five years. , , ''All of that stems from good governance. from acknowledging that integrity and honor would bring forth programs that would benefit the people:' the President added. ' He said he believed that the morale of soldiers is currently high not only because of the housing program for the uniformed services and their higher combat allowance, butalso because ofthe "diminishing culture, of corruption" in the AFP leadership. The President added that the strong bonds forged among both allied and opposing nations since the last war, which have all learned the lesson that ,progress cannot be achieved without cooperation with other countries. ' Leslie Bassett. deputy chief of mission of the Embassy in Manila, said the US, Embassy distributes over $8 million in ' , benefits to eligible Filipino veterans ev~ry month, and that in the last two years. over 18.000 Filipino veterans have received payments totaling over $220 million under the Philippine Veterans Equity Compensation Program. ' "We honor the legacyofBataan through the ever closer partnership with the Philip-

their saerifices shouldlie repaid by caring for them;' Mr. Aquino said h'i£ speech at the 70th commemoration of "Araw,ng Kagitingan" on Mount Samat, Bataan. The President added thll.t the government Implemented measures to improve health care for the veterans beginning March3L He said the VeteransMemorial Medlcal Center (VMMC) has accredited

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provincial extensions, and that VMMC· subsidized services have been expanded' 'to include cataract operation, coronary angiogram and cardiac bypass. " "With the implementation of the Direct Remittance Pension ServiclngSystern. veterans can receive their pensions faster. The rist, of pensioners is also being cleaned up to ensure that the money only reaches the intended beneficiary;' Mr. Aquino said. , The President said his administration has been striving to repay the heroism of . the veterans through its programs designed to improve the lives of the people through , economic growth that is inclusive. "We owe it to the veterans to make sure that their sacrifices would not be in vain. Since we are benefiting from this freedom, , we owe it to them 'to realize our dreamt-~f progress, to ensure that no Filipino is left behind, and. the implementation of true justice;' he added, Mr. Aquino said all of the government's programs-to grow the economyand aIIeviate poverty-stem from this thinking.' The President gave an' update on governmentefforts to strengthen the country's defense capability to fend off any threats. "Our government is working hard to provide our' soldiers with the services.due them. What we want is, if ever fighting becomes inevitable. we can'afford to fight back:' he said. The President added that the country's flrstl-larrulton class cutter, the BRP Gregorio

pines:' Bassett added, She said there have been similar com- , memorative activities all over the United States, one of them in New Mexico where almost 7,000 people participated in the reenactment of the Death March. "trudging through desert sand. some carrying heavy packs to make it harder though not as hard as the cruel calvary that our heroes endured:' . "The heroes of Bataan remind us not to take what we havefor granted butto cherish , our freedoms that have been won at such extraordinary cost. Our thanks to each and everyone of you and be assured that we will keep the torch of memory burning brightly;' Bassett added. Japanese Ambassadorto thePhilippines Toshinao Urabe expressed his governments "heartfelt apologies and deep sense of remorse for the tragedy" that took place in "those cruel days" and paid his "greatest tribute to those who endured hardship and pain" , "We have come ~a long way. I thank . our forebears for having the' wisdom to , overcome the bitterness and instead. nurture the strong alliance we enjoy today;' Urabe said, He added that "it is the responsibility of our, generation and those to follow 'us to continue orr this path by sharing fundamental values such democracy. freedom, respect for human rights and rule of law," I , "We have.and liveby,common grounds. Peace and prosperity for all is ~hat we seek. United we stand. divided we fall, Long live our friendship;' Urabe said.

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US Deputy of Mission Leslie Bas. sett, representing Ambassador Harry "deep apology and a deep sense of reservices to war veterans such as K Thomas Jr., said the US Embassy morse to the tragedy," referring to the cataract operations, coronary anhas provided a total of $220 million to Bataan Death March. giogram, and cardiac bypass operaover 18,000 Filipino war veterans. In 1942,76,000American and Filipitions. "President Aquino said the Philipno prisoners of war who surrendered He also said the government conto the Japanese army were forced to ' pine government continues to modtinues to clean the list of war veterans ernize the armed forces. march 128 kilometers from Mariveles to ensure that they would be able to He said that aside from the Hamilto Sari Fernando in Pampanga, where receive benefits due them. ' ton class cutter BRP Gregorio del Pilar, they were packed into trains and takAraw ng Kagitingan celebrates the US will be donating another cutter en Capas, Tarlac. the Filipino veterans' bravery and love to the Philippine military by May Thousands ofprisoners were killed for country as their sharpest sword Aquino said four utility combat heduring the march. in fighting for freedom 70 years ago, licopters had arrived and four more "We pay tribute to those who enAquino said. will be delivered in November. "We are indebted to our war vet- , dured hardships and pain," 'Inshlnao President Aquino also assured said. "The Japanese today are a far erans in ensuring that their sacrifices that his administration is weeding out cry from the Japanese in those days." would not be put to waste," Aquino the culture of corruption in the mili-' He said the Philippines and the said in Filipino, tary. (Additional report from Mar T, Unites States are now among Japan's Japanese Ambassador to the PhilSupnad) closest allies, noting the assistance ippines Toshinao Urabe expressed

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TO HONOR the memory and gal- the guests that their presence in the lantry-sf the Filipino and American "historic gathering" expressed an soldiers who fought in Bataan, Illi- "enduring bond with the brave and nois Gov. Pat Quinn has declared gallant Filipino and American sol. April 9 as Bataan Day in Illinois, diersinBataan." . Chicago Consul General Leo Her. Madigan said honoring the herorera-Lim said in a statement. ism of the soldiers in Bataan A Bataan Day in Chicago and in . showed that ''we are forever gratethe Village of Skokie were also pro- ful and indebted for their incredible claimed by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel sacrifice tcensureths triumph of of Chicago and Mayor George Van liberty and democracy over tyranny Dusen of Skokie, Illinois; respec- and justice. . tively; Herrera-Lim said. Veterans Sidney Adelson· and Illinois .Secretary of State Jesse Cleopatra Dulay-Pactol were also White arid Illinois Attorney General honored with the Philippine LiberaLisa Madigan presided at the tion Medals (Philippine Indepen. Bataan Day proclamations in the dence Medal, Philippine Defense state, which were attended by some Medal,' Philippine .. Liberation 200 government officials, World Medal, World War II Victory Medal, War II veterans and their relatives, and Philippine Republic Presiden- ' as well as members of the Filipino tial Unit Citation Badge) and Cercommunity in Illinois.· tificates to World War II Veterans.· . In his remarks, Herrera-Lim told The Chicago-born Adelson, 94,
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PUJ;:RTO PRINCESACiTI-The suspect in last week's twin bombings in Palawan arrested by Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) agents on Sunday was a former member , of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) that had undergone specialized military training including bomb making, according to military sources and MNLFofficials.
An MNLF official said the suspect, Hiya Hassan was part of the core group of MNLF commandos, who were originally sent to Palawan at the height of the Mora secessionist rebellion in the 70s, and prior to the forg. ing of a peace agreement with ;.the government in 1976. Insp. Grace Vic Gumba, spokesperson of Task Force Hunter, which was formed by the by the Department of Interior and Local Government to investigate the Palawan bombings; announced Monday afternoon that they have filed four counts of frustrated murder against Hassan and five others. Hassan, 64, was arrested on Sunday night and tagged as a suspect after investigators traced to his daughter, who is a minor, a mobile phone that was used in sending warning and scare text messages to the bus .company

where one of the bombs exploded on April 6. The same mobile number was traced by government agents as the origin of a message warning of more bombings and sent to Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn. Police initially arrested and named Hassan's daughter as the bombing suspect. But the young Hassan was released on Sunday night following the arrest of her father, according to a police source.

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ing commitment to respect Palawan as a zone of peace, even in case of a resumption of hostilities between our forces," Al Babao, an official of the MNLF, told the INQUIRER in a phone interview Monday. Babao, who acts as chair of the so-called MNLF Central Palawan State Committee, said Hassan, who was known as "Commander Cobra" during the MNLF wars, and a group of unidentified Moro leaders are "operating outside the mandate of the MNLE" He urged government investigators to investigate Hassan's alleged links with the fugitive former Palawan Gov. Joel T.Reyes. "We also think these bombings could be politically motivated. They should look at reports that Hassan is or has been employed at the capitol and is . closely identified with the for-. mer governor who is now in . hiding because of the Ortega murder case," Babao said.

The INQUIRER tried to validate a report received by the Task Group Hunter that Hassanwas employed in the office of Palawan Vice Gov. Clara Reyes, the wife of the ex-governor, but has yet to receive a reply. . Reyes, along with his brother and Coron Mayor Mario Reyes. and two former capitol staffers, have been in hiding since warrants of arrests were issued against them last week for the murder in January last year of Palawan broadcaster Dr:Gerry Ortega.

the arrest warrant' against the former governor." .\ West,ern Command chief Maj. Gen. Juancho Sabban, who named the older Hassan the bombing suspect, told reporters in a briefing Monday that Hassan's group broke away from the main MNLF faction and that the recent bombing incidents might have been the handiwork of disgruntled MNLF members. He said the military was still evaluating "all possible angles and motives," including reports that Hassan's group might be involved in "extortion" and was COl'lnection Hagedorn had earlier asked having disagreements with other Task Group Hunter to investi- MNLFgroups over money issue. "Extortion? Yes. Maybe. Begate the connection between Hassan and former governor cause the intention (of the bombing was not to harm but to Reyes. He told the Inquirer that the send a message," he added. Babao said there were about warning text messages sent to 15,000 MNLF members in him by the alleged perpetrators "could be diversionary and in- Palawan "but all of them are noncombatants and d~ not tended tei confuse authorities who are now looking to serve bear arms."

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A commander of the Mom . National Liberation Front. (MNLF) is being held for qu~':' Honing for the twin blasts in, Palawan last Maundy Thursday; . In a radio interview, Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn said Hiya Hassanalias Commander Cobra, ha~, links to former Palawan governor Joel Reyes, who is wanted for the murder of broadcaster,' Gerry Ortega. . . . Hagedorn said the suspect admitted that he was an em-: ployee of Reyes' wife; Palawan Vice Gov. Clara Reyes. ." "He (Hassan) was with his daughter Jheramae along with 17 former MNLF members for their scheduled meeting with' Puerto Princesa City Mayor' Edward Hagedorn when we invited him for questioning,". Maj. Neil Estrella, spokesman and chief intelligence for. the Western Command (Wescom)" said yesterday.' . .. Hassan and 17 other MNLF .memberswere gathered ata table atthe Asturias Hotel h'iPuerto PrincesaCity, when military undercover agents dialed the number used by a texter in sending bomb threats prior to the twin blasts, and the cellular phone in front of Hassan rang. ,,"

"When we asked who ownathe cellular phone, Hassan admitted that it was his. That's the time we moved in and took him (Hassan) in for 'questioning," Estrella said.. . Hassan and his group were .:to discuss their pending request for Hagedorn to give them a permanent place to stay complete with Iivelihood.projects in Puerto Princesa City. ..
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Inspector Grace Vic Gomba, spokesman for the Palawan Provincial .. olice Office, said P two men were also .taken into custody. • However, Gomba refused to identify the two men' pending a background check on them.' "We still have to waitfor the 'outcome of the probe before we could determine whether they should be charged for the. crime or not," he said. A female cook at"the resort .was injured in the explosion in EI Nido town while two civil. ians were injured in the blast at the Royal Express Bus station in Barangay San Jose, Puerto Prince sa. City.

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The National Disaster Risk Reduction 'and Ma na g e m e nt Council (NDRRMC) has. placed. its personnel on red alert to monitor the controversial satellite launch of North Korea this week.
.Government officials yesterday also warned the public of possible rocket debris that might fall into Philippine territory. . The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has issued a "notice to' airmen" or Notam regarding the diversion of flights from the northeast portion of -northeastern and eastern Luzon that could be hit by derbis from the North Korean rocket. . . NDRRMC executive direc: tor Benito Ramos said the areas -that might be affected include Buguey, Gonzaga, Santa Ana in Cagayan; Palanan, Maconacon, Divilacan, Dinapigue; Casiguran, Dilasag, Dinalungan, Baler,and Dingalan in Aurora; Real, Infanta and N akar in Quezon; and Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur in Bieol. Debris may also hit Basco, Batanes, Ramos said.
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Two teams of radioactivity experts from PNRI would monitor the possible falling of rocket debris into Philippine territory from the North Korean satellite launch. . ' , The PNRt an' attached agency of the' Department of Science and Technology, however, maintained that North Korea's launch will have no direct nuclear threat to the country. , The teams would monitor possible debris in Cagayan or Virac, Catanduanes, the PNRlsaid. . The first team. would conduct the monitoring from April 1 to, 15 while the second team will do the assessment from April 16 to 30. . The team members are the same experts who assessed possible threats from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant damaged by a magnitude-9 quake and tsunami last year, the agency said. : PNRI director Alumanda de la Rosa earlier said the satellite has no nuclear element but there might be components of the missile that may contain radioactive particles like the battery. "The debris might not be hazardous but it could damage transport vehicles," she said. ' De la Rosa said the PNRI,is also prepared to activate its National Radiological . Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan (RADPLAN) in case of a nuclear threat against the Philippines. Meanwhile, the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) of Bicol has activated Oplan Bicol Watch as a precautionary measure on the possible falling of debris from the North Korean rocket. The areas under threat of falling debris include Polilio Island in Camarines Norte and Catanduanes. "We are going to opera tionalize this contingency plan when the missile launch starts to ensure the people along the coastal areas are safe," said Raffy Alejandro, Office of Civil Defense (OCD) regional director, during an emergency meeting which was attendedRl'X'C members at the agency's conference room at Camp General Simeon Ola here yesterday morning;

Quick reaction recovery teams on land and sea were deployed to help r,?cover the missile debris., Capt. Abraham Celso, Naval Forces of Southern LUzon (NAVFORSOL) COIDmander, ordered the deployment of two naval ships near Polilio Island where the second stage booster of the rocket is estimated to fall about 190 kilometers east of the island. Celso, who took his General Staff ' Course at a military school in South Korea from 2001 2002, said North Korea is practicing brinkmanship diplomacy to project itself as a military power.in the region to force democratic countries to help solve its food problem. . , Albay Gov. Joey Salceda directed Alejandro to expand the monitoring from Polilio Island to Catanduanes which covers an area about 210 kilometers long. ' '''I can't allow our constituents who will be forced to stay indoors for six days just because of this missile debr~s sca~e," said Salceda who suggested the inclusion of the seven national action plan for "the OCD to provide advice (to) the coastal household and communities in the eastern. seaboard ..." - With Rudy Santos, Evelyn Macairan, Celso Amo

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President Aquino has approved a new wave of reassignments of 12 key military officers in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). '. AFP chief Gen. Jessie Dellosa said the leadership changes are needed to address the new challenges they are facing. "We are always faced with new challenges every day and it is imperative that we put new and outstanding people to face these challenges," Del.Iosa saidin a statement. "I am confident that the senior officers who were designated to new positions will give utmost importance to the accomplishment of their new missions," he added .. . Maj. Cen, Jorge Segovia will assume the chief position of the Da';a~ City-based Eastern Mindanao Command and will succeed Lt. Gen. Arthur 'Iabaque-. ro, who retires on April 17, Segovia is a graduate of Philipfine Military Academy (PMA class '80, which adopted the four sisters of President Aquino. He is also the outgoing commander of the Army's 10th Division based in Davao. Segovia was the chief of the Tanay-based 2nd Division when authorities arrested 43 heath workers, suspected to be communist rebels collectively known as the "Morong 43.': Morong 43 members were nabbed in Rizal in 2010 for allegedly attending a seminar on bomb making and were freed last year after the Justice depa~~ ment claimed that the authori-

ties had obtained the evidence through questionable means. . Succeeding Segovia as 1 Oth Division chief is Brig. Gen. Ariel Bernardo, the current chairman of the government panel in the Coordinating .Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH), The CCCH is a peace mechanism between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Capt. Franco Sebastian, the outgoing deputy chief of the Cavite-based Fleet Marine Ready'Force, has been named deputy commander of the AFP Southern Luzon Command based in Lucena City. Sebastian will replace Commodore Rosauro Gonzales [r., who will bow out of the service on April 29. Brig. Gen. Gerardo Layug, the former deputy chief of the .Western Mindanao Command, has assumed as chief of the Army's 8th Division based in Samar. Layug succeeded Maj. Cen. Mario Chan, who retired last April 8. Commodore Roberto Santos has been named chief of the Naval Forces Central (NAVFORCEN) based in Cebu, Prior to his appointment as NAVFORCEN chief, Santos was the assistant deputy chief of staff for education and training. . Succeeding Santos as assistant deputy chief of staff for education and training is Col. Teodorico Raqueno, the former.

chief of staff for the Army's Communications Electronics. and InformationSystem .. Col. Arnulfo Marcos has assumed as the Assistant Divi~' sion Commander of the Isabela-based 5th Infantry Division . Marcos, the outgOing chief of the S02nd Brigade, has turned over his previous post to Col. Sanny Gadot, who led the 3rd-Philippine Contingent to Colan Heights last year. Col. Eusaquito Manalo, the former assistant deputy chief of staff for operations, has been designated commander of the Air Force's 570th Composite Tactical Wing. Manalo was succeeded by Col. Andre Tanyag as assistant deputy chief of staff for operations. . CoL Danilo Penafiel has been appointed commander of .the Air Force's 355th Air Education and Training Wing. He used to be the deputy commander of the Air Education and Training Command, a post now being held by Col. Conrado Parra.

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He added that last month, four combat utility helicopters have been turnover over to the military with four more corning this November. ' And within the next five years, a total of 138 projects are set to be implemented under the Defense Acquisition System. "It is each soldier's honor to serve his country. And it is a much deeper honor to sacrifice just to' protect our country's freedom," Aquino said., The Chief Executive also announced to the country's war veterans that, starting last March 31, the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) has already accredited 99 hospitals nationwide as regional or provincial extensions so that they need not come to Manila, for their medical needs. • ., Amongthe services which the VMMC will subsidize with these extension hospitals are operations for cataract removal, coronary angiogram and cardiac by-pass. Aquino also noted that the Direct Remittance Pension Service System (DRPSS) has been implemented which has facilitated the faster and accurate remittance of the veterans' pension. "We have also cleansed -the roster of pensioners to make sure that the financial support goes only to the rightful recipient," he said. '

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President Benigno Aquino IIIhas approved the designation of foul' generals and six senior officers to key positions in the military, the Armed Forces announced yesterday . . Among posts covered by the latest movement of officers in the AFP are the Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom), 10th Infantry Division (10ID), sth Infantry Division (8ID) and Naval Forces Central (Navforeen). . .: Following the approval of the . president, Maj. Gen. Jorge V. Segovia will assume command of the Eastmincom, replacing Lt. Gen. Arthur Tabaquero who will bow out of military service on April 17. . Brig. Gen. Ariel Bernardo will replace Segovia as lOID commander. "He is the current chairman of the government panel in the Coordi-

nating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH), a peace mechanism between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). . Capt. Franco Sebastian, the dep.uty commander of the Fleet Marine Ready Force in Sangley Point, Cavite, will assume as deputy commander' of the' Southern Luzon Command (Solcorn), replacing Commodore Rosariro Arnel Q. Gonzales, Jr. who will retire on April 29. Brig. Gen. GerardoT. Layug, the former deputy commander of . the Western 'Mindanao 'Command (Wesmincom), has' assumed as commander of the 810, replacing Maj. Gen. Mario Chan whoretired April 8.. Commodore Roberto V. Santos assumes command of the Navdorcen. '. Santos was the Assistant Deputy Chief Of Staff for Education and .Training, AJ8. He was also the deputy

commander of the Naval Sea System Command; Naval Forces Western Mindanao; and Naval Forces West. He replaced Commodore Zyril D. Carlos who recently' assumed, as the Chief of the AFP Procurement Center. CoL Teodorico D. Raqueno replaced Santos as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Education and 'Iraining, AJS. He was the former' Chief of Staff for Communications Electronics and Information System of the Philippine Army .. Also, Col. Arnulfo J. Marcos, former 502nd Infantry Brigade commander, assumed, as the Assistant Division Commander of the 5th In-' fan try Division. He was replaced by Col. Sanny L, Gadot in the 502nd IE command. Gadot was the ASsistant Chief of the Office of Strategic and Special Studies and led the 3rd Philippine Contingent to Golan Heights in 2011.

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lliEARMED Forces of thePhilippines (AFP) has a new Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom)' chief who will oversee all military operations against Mora Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and communist rebels. . Maj. Gen. Jorge Segovia replaces Lt. Gen. Arthur Tabaquero who is retiring on April 17. . Segovia, a member of Philip. '. pine Military Academy Class 1980, will be replaced as Army 10th Infantry Division cornmander by Brig. Gen. Ariel Bernardo, current chair of thegovemment panel in the Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) with the MILE Prior to his stint as lOID head, Segovia was 2ID commander when the military and police arrested 43 suspected New Peaple's Army rebels in a resort in Morang, Rizal, on Feb. 6,2010.
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QC'coP, retired Marine slain "in Marlkina
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One of the :three men' approached Matic and shot him in head neck and chest with a , .45 calib~r pistol. The polieeman died white being rushed to the Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center (ARMMC), " , Around six hours later, Na'val was shot dead by motorcy, c1e-xidingmen who went into ' By NON ALQUITRAN their family compound along; A Quezon City policeman , ! Palaris street, also in Barangay and a retired Marine colonel 'Parang. Police'said the back were killed in separate ambusrider approached Naval and cades staged by motorcycleshot~ in the facer chin, chest riding men in Marikina City aild!%ht hand with a ,45 calion Easter Sunday,', ' , bel' pi~oL Be, too, died while SP03 Rocco Mafic, 42, and " being rushed to the ARMMC. retired colonel Jaime Naval,56, . Naval was with Intelligence died while being rushed to the Service of the Armed Forces of hospitaL, ". the Philippines (ISAFP) before Matic; assigned at the Que, his recent retireh:tent. ,, zon City police District Station Investigators are trying.,to 9 was seated behind the wheel determine the motives behind ~f his Mitsubishi Adventure (NQG-302) in front of the NGI , the killing of Matic and Naval, as their attackers were seen market in B'arangay Parang wearing masks,' apparently to ' when three men on a motor'hide their identities., ' cycle stopped beside him ~t around 3:45 p,m. He was wa:ting for his wife and two children ,to return from shopping. -

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MAGKASUNOD na itlnumba ang retiradong opisyal ng Philippine Marines at pulls sa magkahiwalay n'iI karahasan na naganap sa Marikina Clty kasabay 'og pagtatapos ng paggunila sa Seman a Santa. Unang pinagbabaril sa loob ng !<anyang sasakyan 5i SP03 Rocco Malic, 42·anyas, nakatalaca sa Quezon Cily Police Station 9 at resldenie ng Blk 29 Loi ll-A Barbara St., Brgy,Silangan, San Mateo, Rizal. Si SP03 Ma,tic pinagbabanl ng tationg lalaki na sakay ng isang motorsiklo sa NGI Parang Public Market da-

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Nabatid na nakahiga 5i Matic sa driver's seat ng kanilang Mitsubish!i~dventur.e, na may plakang IOG·302 habang hinihinlay ang asawil 5i Faiza at dalawang nang maganap ang parnarnaslanq. Tinamaan ng mga bala ng kalibre .45 sa ula, Iseg at katawan sl Maiic na agaran niyang tkinarnatav. .: Dakong alas-9:15 naman nang ralralin si retired marine Col, Jaime Naval, 56 anyas, dating nakalalaga sa lntellige nee Service of the Armed Forces 01 the Philippines at residente ng 11 Palaris St., 8rgy, Parang, Marikina City, Nabatid na nakaupo sa . lumba-tumba ang retiradong

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opisyal at kausao ang kapilbahay na si Ariel Bautista nang dumaling ang dalawang suspek na molorcycle "riding in tandem," " Mabil is n a bumaba ang backride nito at nilapilan ang biklima saka pinagbabaril ito ng kalibre .45 sa mukha, baba ' at dibdib, Nang masigu ro ng napu- ' ruhan ang kanilang target ay agad bumalik sa motorsiklo ang gunman saka humaru rot , 'ang mga ito palayo. Agad namang naisugod fig mga kaanak ang biktirna sa Aman 9 Rod rig uez Medical Center subalil hindi na ito umaoot nang buhay, JHIE CONVOCAR ,at CESflR,BARQUILLA '2·1693,

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GINUNITAkahapon ng buong bansa ang pagpapakita "g kagitingan, lalo na ng mga Filipino, noong ikalawang Digmaang Pimdaigdig laban sa mga rnapanakop na Hapon .. , Sinasabing noong Abril 9, 1942 sumuko , ang ltbo-Ilbonq sundalong Filipino, kasama 1 ang mga Amerikano, sa mga Hapon sa:kanllang kampo sa Bataan at sa araw ding ito nagsimula ang tinatawag na Death March patungong Tarlac. Mula sa Abril 9 hanggang.Mayo 1, 1942 na Death March, sinasabing nasa 10,000mula sa 67,000 Filipino ang narnatay at pinatay habang nasa 600 mula sa nasa 12,0.00. Aroerikano' : at ilan sa nasa 1,000 Tslnoy ang narnatay 0 , plnatayrln, ' ., Ayon sa kasaysayan, sa pagsuko ng rnga.: puwersanqIto, riagsimulang ganap.·nasaku- I . pin ng mga Hapon ng Pilipina5.. ' Ngunit bago naganap ito, turnagal ang digmaan ng nasa tatlong buwan at ginamn ang panahorig ito ng mga Amerikano para labanan ang mqa puwersa ng Hapon sa Coral Sea at Midway 'upang pigilin ang pananakop ng Hapon sa buo,ngAsya. . . Umano, laban para sa demokrasya at pagkamakabayan ang pagbagsak ng- Bataan ,at BaUlan.Death march.•.. I Para sa mamamayan ngayon, paano ba i pinahahalagahan ang araw' na Ito? lumalabas na tanging ang mga lider ng bansa ang nagpapasimuno at nagpapatuloy i n9 'pag9unita sa,makasaysayang araw, ngunit tila may mga puwang na dapatpynuan.· Sa kasaluku.yan, kinakikitaan ang mga lidar ng bansa ng pagsuko at pagkakaroon' ng martsa ng kamatayan sa problema sa petrolyo, kuryente, kagutuman, korapsyon at iba pa na naqpapadltim na rin .saklnabukasan ng bansa. Paano nga ba biblgyan ng kahulugan ang araw na ito ngayon?

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'WAITING'FOR NEW PEACE M.O.A.
By AnY. ROMEO V. PEFIANCO

(Editor's note: The proposed merger of MILF and.MNLF will not change the cause of a standojJin the negotiation of a peace.MOA as noted by the author.) . . HERE's.a plan in progress to merge MILF andMNLF to prevent demands for the same goal. This is one effort or measure which the peace panels _ government and MILF - have not foreseen. At first the MNLF wanted a ,"parallel government" without specifying its fine structures. It does not mention any political goal in contrast with MILF's demands for inclusion: New recognition MNLFaspires for recognition ofits identity again without stating its political side.The government panel has predicted a standoff, which means no peace agreement of any kind can be signed now or in the immediate future if acceptable compromise is ignored. The MILF-MNLFmerger does not mean it's a stronger combination that can force the government to sign an entirely new but complicated agreement. The main obstruction to the current negotiation is the provision for sharing government control with MILF, making it akind of mandatory treaty obligation. No date for signing We don't foresee the signing of a MOA that will"not contradict any provision of the Constitution, The unsigned agreement in Kuala Lumpur was quickly declared unconsti-_

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not give it the appearance of a valid 2007,many senatorial candidates of exercise. the opposition received votes by the Mindanao has a visibly lopsided tens of thousands, but the counting Christian population in five regions, ofwinners depended on the whims of exceptARMM. The govern~.ent clan leaders. When the decision was panel cannot ignore the political handed down, the favored party or strength/clout of-the more than 18-M faction won a score of 12_ O. Christian population in Mindanao. First dag-dag bawas in 1949 Any provision that denies the social, In the 1949presidential election, political, and economic i~terest ?f Cotabato and Lanao were vote-rich the dominant population WIllremam provinces. NP's Recto lost in the just a proposal and nothi~g more. counting but he won his protest with Land of promise? the Senate Electoral Tribunal. LauIn the 1930s,both the US colonial : rel's votes as Np· standard bearer government and the ne~ Comm~nwere probably the same as Recto's, wealth administration viewed Min- . but there was no office/agency that danao as a "Land of Promise" and could decide presidential protest. In encouraged the Visayans, Tagalogs, these two provinces the, LP slate for, Ilocanos, and J3icolanosto finda new senator made clean sweep, but in "life of abundance" in Mindanao. It the recount, Rectolanded near the was like the command of "Go West" top of the eight winning candidates. in the US that created an exodus of In Luzon andVlsayan provinces, Americans from the east and midgetting a 12_ 0against the opposition ' west to the west and southwest, has not beeri recorded yet between notably California, Colorado and 1987and 2010. Clan politics has not Texas. been established outside Mindanao. Migration ... 'The government panel refused The mass migration created an to accept control as defined by the instant population and economic MILF for the peace MOA,fearing an imbalance. thl!! subsists _lo_thisday. authoritarian type or a kind.of marMost migrants from Luzon andthe tial law There's no clear target date Visayan islands prospered beyond for a breakthrough that can lead to their "wildest dreams." Many of the signing of a lasting peace agreethose who engaged in agriculture ment. (Comments are welcome at and lumber business became tyroming@pefi,anco.com), -coons and popular politicians _ vice president, senators, and Cabinet members. The prosperity created by migrants cannot be called buenas (or good luck). Hard work was their o~ly keyto prosperity in agriculture, ship- . ping, industry, etc., and success was a just return for their efforts. Clan politics .Popular election in some provinces in Mindanao is considered as a collection of clan politics, in which voters' choice is not reflected in the counting of votes on election day. In one province, the head of a clan defines what a majority vote means - not 200,000against 150,000 but 350,000 against zero. In May,

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