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22 soldiers hurt in blast near captured Abu camp ISABELA, Philippines - A powerful booby trap bomb wounded 22 Army Scout Rangers, seven of them critically, as they patrolled a former stronghold of al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf militants in Basilan yesterday, the military said. The soldiers belonging to the 13th Scout Ranger Company were patrolling the outskirts of a remote camp captured last month from Abu Sayyaf extremists in Barangay Baiwas, Sumisip town when the device went off, said Col. Ricardo Visaya, commanding officer of the Army's 104th Infantry Brigade and commander of Joint Task Force Basilan. (Roel Pareno)

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Presinto nl-raid ng NPA, parak binitbit Zamboanga City - Nilusob ng mga rebeldeng NPA ang isang Abante p. 6 police headquarters sa sentro mismo ng bayan n9 Tigbao sa Zamboanga del Sur province at saka nilimas ang mga armas doon .(AI Jacitno) Sayyaf explosives down 27 soldiers in Basllan Mia Times p. A-7 Zamboanga City : The Philippine Military said one soldiers was killed while 27 members of the elite Scout Ranger Company (SRC) of the Philippine Army were wounded, five of them in critical condition after tripping on improvised explosives in a mountain encampment of the AI Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group seized by security forces in the province of Basilan. (AI Jacinto) Booby trap in abandoned Abu camp wounds 22 soldiers Tribune p. 1 A powerful booby trap wounded yesterday 22 soldiers, seven of them critically, as they patrolled a former stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf in Basilan province, the military said. The soldiers were patrolling the outskirts of a remote camp captured last month from Abu Sayyaf extremists when the device went off, Col. Ricardo Visaya, commander of the Army's 104th Brigade and concurrent chief of the Joint Task Force Basilan, said. Visaya said elements of the Army's 13th Scout Ranger Company were conducting combat operation along the vicinities of Abong Abong Peak in Sumisip at around 8 a.m. when the explosion occurred. (Mario Mallari) Landmine Explosion Wounds 22 Soldiers Mia. Bulletin p. 6 Twenty-two soldiers were hurt, five of them in critical condition, following a landmine explosion near the main camp of the ALOaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Basilan early Monday Morning. (Elena Aben) 22 Scout Rangers hurt by bombs planted by Abu Sayyaf in Basilan Malaya p. B2 TWENTY-TWO soldiers on security patrol in Surnlsip, Basilan were wounded when they ran into improvised bombs laid by Abu Sayyaf terrorists. Five of the injured soldiers from the 13th Scout Ranger Company are in critical condition, said Col. Ricardo Visaya, concurrent commander of the Joint Task Force Basilan and of the 104th Brigade. Visaya said the soldiers were conducting "combat reconnaissance patrol" in Abong Abong Peak Hill 850 in Sitio Pansol, Bayway village at around 8 a.rn. when the_y_ it an improvised trip wire, setting off the Improvised explosive h

devices (IEDs). NPA rebs raid station, take cop NPA rebels raided the Tigbao police station in Zamboanga del Sur on Monday night, snatched a policeman, and fled with three firearms, a military spokesman said. (Victor Reyes) 22 soldiers wounded in Basilan blasts TWENTY-TWO members of the Army's 13th Scout Ranger Company were wounded in a series of bomb explosions after the soldiers' guide on foot patrol stepped on the bombs' tripwire on Tuesday morning in Sitio Abong-Abong Peak, Barangay Mahatalang, Sumisip, Basilan. Maj. Harold Cabunoc, Army spokesman, said the incident happened at around 8 a.m. while the soldiers were conducting assault preparation against a suspected lair of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) led by sub-leaders Furuji Indama and Khair Mundos. (Z. Solmerin) NPA rebs abduct cop, seize weapons in Zambo raid SOME 40 New People's Army (NPA) guerrillas raided a police station in Zamboanga del Sur on Monday night and kidnapped a policeman and seized weapons without a fight. The raid happened in Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur. Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang, spokesman for the Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom), the raid happened at about 7 p.m. at the Tigbao police station. (Zaff Solmerin) Himpilan n9 pulisya ni-raid ng NPA Sinalakay ng mga rebeldeng NPA ang himpilan ng pulisya at dinukot ang isang pulis sa kanilang pagtakas sa bayan ng Tigbao, Zambo del Sur. (Joy Cantos). 22 sundalo sugatan sa landmine ng Abu Umaabot sa 22 sundalo ang iniulat na nasugatan kabilang ang pito na nasa kritikal na kalagayan makaraang masabugan ng landmine na itinanim ng mga bandidong Abu Sayyaf Group sa kagubatan ng Sumisip, Basilan kahapon ng umaga. (Joy Cantos) Landmine sumabog: 5 sundalo grabe, 17 sugatan Dalawampu't dalawang sundalo ang nasugatan lima rito ang nasa kritikal na kondisyon sa naganap na pagsabog ang landmine sa Sitio Pansol Brgy. Bagwis, sa bayan ng Sumisip, sa Basilan. (Debra Bellosillo) NPAs raid police station in Zambo Sur town ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines - Communist guerrillas swooped down on a police station in Tigbao town in Zamboanga del Sur Monday night, disarmed the law enforcers and took one of them hostage, authorities said. The rebels, numbering about 40, carted away several firearms during the raid on the municipal police station in the Tigbao town proper at around 7 p.m. Monday, said Lt. Col. Randolf Cabangbang, spokesman of the Armed Forces' Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom). Cabangbang said the policemen manning the station were outnumbered, as the insurgents, believed belonging to various New People's Army (NPA) forces in the Zamboanga Peninsula, accosted them. (Roel Pareno) ArmyOfficer, Japanese spy charged A High-ranking officer of the Philippine Army is facing charges of espionage for the Japanese military police in Manila. Leyte's acting governor accused of tyranny, terrorism, immorality Malaya p. B2

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Militar at NPA, muling nagkasagupa sa Butuan BUTUAN CITY - Muling nagkasagupa ang grupo ng mga sundalo at miyembro ng New People's Army (NPA) pasado alas-11 :30 kagabi sa Brgy. Planing sa lungsod. Ayon kay Col. Ferdinand Napule, commanding officer ng 3rd Special Force sa 4th Infantry Diamond Division, Philippine Army, naganap ang engkuwentro nang tinambangan ng mga rebelde ang dating Cafgu detachment sa naturang lugar kung saan naroon ang mga sundalo.

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AFP RELA.TED ISSUES
Don't Panic - Gringo Bagama't wala daw kapabilidad ang Pilipinas na rna-detect ang posibleng pagbagsakan ng debris ng rocket missile ng North Korea, hindi daw dapat mag-panic ang mga Pinoy hinggil dito. (Dindo Matining) 6agong barko ng Navy na gawang pinoy ibinida Ibinida kahapon ng isang opisyal ng Philippine Navy Fleet ang pinakabago at pinakamalaking gawang-Pinoy na barko na kayang dumaong mismo sa dalampasigan bilang bahagi ng pagpapalakas sa seguridad n9 bansa sa administrasyong Aquino. Team leader ng ISAFP sa Bulacan itinumba Tatlong tama ng bala ang tumapos sa buhay ng isang kagawad ng Philippine Navy na nakatalaga bHang team leader ng ISAFP sa lalawigan n9 San Rafael, Bulacan. (Jun Acot) North Korea: All prep done for launch PYONGYANG, North Korea. - North Korean space officials said Tuesday that all assembly and preparations for this week's planned satellite launch have been completed, and denied it is a cover for a missile test. Space officials told reporters at a news conference in Pyongyang that the launch of the three-stage rocket is on target to take place sometime between April 12-16 as part of centennial birthday commemorations for late President Kim II Sunq, the country's founder. (AP) Photo: Just making sure ... Abante p. 2

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Photo: Clark Field Tree-Planting Air Defense Wing personnel led by their commander, Col Raul del Rosario, plant trees at Clark Field in Angeles City, Pampanga. Manila, Hanoi try football diplomacy in Spratlys The Philippine and Vietnamese navies have agreed to let their sailors play football and basketball on disputed South China Sea island to ease tension and build trust.

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Heroes' Shrines (Ana Marie Pamintuan) US military atrocities abroad (Ambeth Ocampo) Phil Star p. 16 POI p. A17 Mia. Times p. 11 Mia. Bulletin p. 11 Mia Times p. A4

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Asean's Human Rights Declaration In case of Human Error (Fred Lobo) A firmly pro-HR Asean Human Rights Declaration?

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Helicopters were deployed to airlift the wounded to a ISABELA ~ A powerful military hospital, Visaya said. booby trap bomb wounded 22 Seven f?reign~rs ~ a DutchArmy Scout Rangers, seven. ma:r:,a SWlSS nahona~,an Ausof them critically as they pa- ! tralian, two Malaysian tradtrolled a former stronghold of ers, an Indian .and a J~panese al-Qaeda-Iinked Abu Sayyaf man ~ are believed still held militants in Basilan yesterday, by the Abu Sayy~f and other the military said. outlawed groups In the south. The soldiers belonging to . U~ troops have been based the 13th Scout Ranger Com- In MIn~anao f?r a.decade. to pany were patrolling the out- . help tram soldiers In huntmg skirts of a remote camp cap- the Abu ~ayyaf. . tured last month from Abu - WIth AFP,jaime Laude Sayyaf extremists in Barangay Baiwas, Sumisip town when the device went off, said Col. Ricardo Visaya, commanding officer of the Army's l04th Infantry Brigade and commander of Joint Task Force
By ROEl PARENO Basilan.

The Abu Sayyaf formerly used the camp to hide many of their kidnap victims unti! a large military assault dislodged the militants last March, Vrsaya said. "The camp had a lot of improvised explosive devices planted around it.; to strength'en {the .extremists) defensive ", osition. They are. w~ry. .diffip cult to detect," he said. . He described the device as an old booby trap left behind by the Abu Sayyaf before they abandoned the camp and was set off when soldiers tripped on it. Theblasttook place some 800 meters away from the former Abu Sayyaf lair. Visaya said government troops who overran the camp earlier had recovered nine irnprovisect.bombs and detonated three others.

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ZAMBOANGACITY --- Nilusob ng mga rebeldeng New People's Army ang isang police headquarters sa sentro mismo ng bayan ng Tigbao sa Zamboanga del Sur province at saka nilimas ang mga armas doon.

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ganap ang raid nitong gabi ng Lunes at binihag din ng mga rebelde ang isang parak at ginamit itong "human shield" sakanilangpagtakas. Tinatayang nasa 40 ang bilang ng mga NPA na lumusob sa Tigbao, ayon kay Army Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang, ang spokes-

Faisal," ani Cabangbang. Agad namang minaliit ni Western Mindanao military chief Maj. Gen. Noel Coballes ang naturang raid ng NPA. (AI Jacinto)

man ng Western Mindanao Command. "Nasa mga 40 'yung mga rebelde at binihag nila si P02 Juhali .

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tripped on planted lEDs inside the jungle leading to the terrorist camp. The wounded were evacuated to AMBONGA CI1Y: The Philippine military a military hospital in Zamboanga said one soldier was killed while 27 City. There were no reports of Abu members of the elite Scout Ranger Company. Sayyaf casualties, but troops had killed 3 militants in a clash on (SRC) of the Philippine Army were wounded, five . Thursday in the area. Western Mindanao military chief of them in critical condition after tripping on Maj. Gen. Noel Coballes said the improvised explosives in a mountain encampment operation against the Abu Sayyaf viof the al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group seized . will continue. "The immediate had dnity of Abong-Abong Peak security forces in the province of Basilan. been an Abu Sayyaf stronghold be-

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fore it was overrun by the troops of Col. Ricardo Visaya, commander of the l04th Brigade and the 4th Scout Ranger Battalion. The Abu Sayyaf desgned the area to be Ioint Task Force Basilan. disclosed Tuesday that the explosion hap- impenetrable. • ... "While our current pnonty IS to pened at around 8 a.m, at Abong- . evacuate our wounded soldiers, efAbong Peak Hill, Sitio Pansol, Brgy. Mahatalang, in the town of forts to clear the area of Abu Sayyaf along with their landmines and Sumislp while members of the IEDs will continue in order to 13th SRC were conducting clearemsur€ that civilians who want acing operations. in the area. some cess to Abong·Abong for farming 800 meters away from an overran are assured of their safety," he said. Ase camp. WITH A REPORT FROM The ASG camp, Visaya added, WILlIAM B. OEPASUPlt was overran by government troops March 16 after a day of firefight that resulted in the death of two and wounding of four terrorists, and one dead and three wounded on the side of the military. According to Visaya, about nine lEDs were recovered and three more were intentionally made to explode before the Scout Rangers were able to seize the camp. He narrated that prior to the as. sault, they monitored a number of explosions, believed to have been caused by wild boarsthat accidentally

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Booby trap inabandoned Abu eampwounds 22 soldiers·
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A powerful booby trap wounded yesterday 22 soldiers, seven ofthem critically, as they patrolled a former stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf in Basilan province, the military said. The soldiers were patrolling the outskirts of a remote camp captured last month from Abu Sayyaf extremists when the device went off, CoL RiCardo Visaya, commander of the Army's l04th Brigade and concurrent chief of the. Joint Task Force Basilan, said. VlSayasaid elements of the Army's lSth Scout Ranger Company were conducting combat operation along the vicinities of Abong Abong Peak in Snmisip at around 8 a.m. when the explosion occurred. The Abu Sayyaf had formerly used

the camp on Basilan to hide many of their kidnap victims until a large military assault dislodged the rebels in March, Visaya said. "The camp had a lot of . improvised explosive devices planted around it ... to strengthen (the extremists') defensive position. They are very difficult to detect," he said. He described the device as an old booby trap left behind by the Abu Sayyaf before they abandoned the camp and was set off when soldiers tripped on it. Helicopters were deployed to airlift the wounded to a military hospital, Visaya said. The heavily-forested island of Basilan is a known stronghold of the Abu SIzyyll.f, group founded a with seed money from Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in the 1990s, The group has been blamed for the worst terror attacks in Philippine history and has frequently resorted to kidnapping to raise funds, often targeting foreigners. Seven .foreigners a Dutchman, a Swiss national, an Australian, two Malaysian traders, an Indian and a Japanese man are believed to still be held by the Abu Sayyaf and other outlawed . groups in the south. US troops have been based in I I Mindanao for a decade to help train I local soldiers in hunting the Abu
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Vmaya said that 22soldierswere wounded when the improvised explosive devices (IED) exploded. Five of the iIUured troops were declared in critical Condition. . "This is believed to be the handiwork of ASG (Abu Sayyaf

group) as it is near their former pollee and military operatives camp," said Visaya, referring to conducting pursuit. the Abu Sayyaf camp seized by According to Bartolome, government troops last March 16 special tracking police teams in Abong Abong Peak in Sitio have already been deployed to Pansol, Barangay Baywas. rescue Juhaili and apprehend the Visaya noted that the .rebels responsible for the explosion happened only 800 assault. meters from the captured Abu Based on investigations, one of Sayyaf camp which was heavilY the suspects even identified fortified with'IEDs. himself as a communist official. Visaya described the seized .Bartolome claimed that they camp as the main hideout of the are also verifying report that the Abu Sayyafgroup in Basilan where . group involved in the attack has they usually bring their kidnap numerous numbers of members victims or hostages. He said that noting the assault despite the full at least nine IEDs were recovered alert status placed by the PNP. during initial clearing Githe seized More or less 40 fully-armed camp. .. New People's Army (NPA) rebels Government troops, Visaya raided a police station in said, were actually clearing the Zamboanga del Sur province last withlandmine detectors when. Monday, kidnapping a police station the explosion erupted. and cartillg away three firearms Philippine National Police without firing a single shot. (PNP) chief, director general Reports from the military's Nicanor Bartolome, meanwhile, Western Mindanao Command sacked two top officials in the (Wesmincom) showed that some 40 Zamboanga PNP detachment members of the NPA stormed the following the assault staged by a 'police station in Poblacion, Tigbao group ofheavilyrumed communist at around 7 p.m., disarming duty guerrillas last Monday. policemen. Bartolome relieved from the Quoting reports from the field, post Senior Supt. Jose Bayani Wesmincom spokesman Lt. Col. GuceIa, Zamboanga del Sur Randolph Cabangbang said that the provincial director and Senior NPA rebels even set up a Inspector Heins Legaspi, Tigbao' checkpoint not far from the police chief of police. station while the raid was ongoing. . The order was implemented by One policeman, identified as the PNP chief after some 70 P02 Faisal Juhaili, was also armed New People's Army (NPA) abducted by the communist rebels. rebels attacked the police station The NPA rebels carted away in Tigbao town.· three firearms - an M16 rifle and Policereport disclosed that the two .9mm pistols, NPAguerrillas, all wearing military .There was no mention of any uniform barged inside the police resistance from the police. station and held hostage a It was gathered that Ilgbao policeman, P02 FaizalJuhaili. policestationisthesecondsmalle8t Juhaili was forcibly taken by . police post in Zamboanga del Sur the rebels and his whereabouts province with only 23 personnel. .. re still.being determined .by . a ...AFPfGinaPeraltaEiorde

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Landmine Explosion Wounds 22 Soldiers
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Twenty-two soldiers were hurt, five of them in critical condition, following a landmine explosion near the main camp ofthe Al-Qaeda-linkeqAbu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Basilan early Monday morning. Col. Ricardo Visaya, Commander of the Army l04th Brigade and Joint Task Force Basilan, said the blast occurred at around 8 a.m. while troops from the 13th Scout Ranger Company (SRC) were conducting reconnaissance patrol in the vicinity of Abong-Abong Peak Hill 850in Sitio Pansol, Barangay Baywas, Sumisip town, Bastian. Visaya said the explosion occurred about 800meters from an ASG camp overrun by government forces last March 16following a clash with members of the bandit group that resulted in the death oftwo enemy combatants and.onegovernment trooper and reo
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covery of several improvised bombs. Visaya said two Huey helicopters were dispatched to airlift the wounded soldiers yesterday. Philippine Army spokesman Maj. Harold Cabunoc said elements from the, Special Operations Task Force led by Col. Ramon Yogyog are now conducting pursuit operations. The military believes that Monday's explosion was the work of the ASG. Visaya said the ASGcamp is located on a ridge line going to Mt. AbongAbong. He said it took soldiers one day before successfully occupying the camp in March as it was surrounded by landmines. Visaya said the camp was also the place where the bandits brought their hostages, which was the reason why they had to fortify and build a strong defense using improvised explosive devices (IEDs). However, Visaya said the area at the back of the camp has yet to be

cleared and that soldiers were sent to conduct security patrol there. "Kaya lang kasi ...yung trip wire na ginagamit yung sinulid mismo, yung pantahi ng rnga damit, so imagine na kulay itim, hindi mo makita yun sa masukal na daan lalo na kung nagliliwanag pa, hindi mo rnakikita kulay itim kaya mahirap," the official said. The official recalled that six soldiers were also wounded in another landmine blast in the area last December. Meanwhile, more than 70communist rebels stormed a town police station in a remote area of Zamboanga del Sur on Monday night, carting away several firearms and even taking a policeman with them on their way to escape. Senior Supt. Jose Bayani Gucela, director of the Zamboanga del Sur Police, said the rebels gained entry inside the Tigbao Police station by posing as soldiers at around 7 p.m. Monday.

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22 Scout Rangers hurt bl bombs planted bv Abu Sanal in Basilao
BY VICTOR REYES r'W'ENIT-T\X'O soldiers on security patrol in Sumisip, Basilan were wounded when they ran into improvised bombs laid' by Abu Savvaf terrorists. Fi~'eof the injured soldiers from the 13th Scout Ranger Company are in critical condition, said Col. Ricardo Visara, concurrent commander of the Joint Task Force Basilanand of the 104th Brigade. Visava said the soldiers were conducting "combat reconnaissance patrol" in Abong Abong Peak Hill 850 ill Sitio Pansol, Bayway village at around 8 a.m. when they hit an improvised trip wire, setting off the improvised explosive devices (rEDs): The incident occurred about 800 meters from a camp of the Abu Sayyaf which the Scout Rangers assaulted last March 15 and captured the fol1owing day. The assault left 1:\\'0 Abu Savvaf members dead. Troops recovered from the camp nine rEDs, excluding three others that detonated. Visava said it was the "main camp," of the Abll Sayyaf in BasiIan. "It took the Scout Rangers one day to occupy, to seize that because of the IEDs in the camp ... they bring their hostages there so they have to forufv that, the,' have to build strong d~fense wi~h the use of IEDs," he said. He also said the soldiers ",rho v were injured yesterday were sent to the back of the camp which has yet to be cleared of bombs. He said the soldiers are well aware of the possible presence of landmines in the area before the patrol. Visava said the terrorists used a black 'thread as trip wire. "so it's hard to detect that in a vegetated area." "The bombs were laid even before we occupied (the camp). Be
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fore we conducted the assault, before we planned the assault, we've been hearing explosions in the area because there are man" wild boars who could be trippi~g the rEDs," said Visaya, Visava said the wounded soldiers were ~\'acuated by helicopters. Maj. Gen. Noel Coballes, chief of the AFP Western Mindanao Command, said, "The ASG designed the area to be impenetrable... efforts to clear the area of ASG along with their landmines and rEDs ",1.11 continue in order to ensure that civilians who would want 'access to Abong Abong for farming are assured of their safety."

NPA rebs raid station, take cop
NE\X' People's Army rebels raided the Tigbao police station in Zamboanga del Sur on Monday night, snatched a policeman, and fled with three firearms, a militarv spokesman said yesterday. ' The raid prompted PNP chief Nicanor Bartolome to relieve the provincial police chief Senior Supt. Jose Bavani Gucela, and the Tigbao police chief, Senior Insp. Heines Lepaspi, pending investigation. Chief Supt. Napoleon Esrilles, Zamboanga Peninsula regional police director, said only three policemen were at the station when disarmed the policemen inside. it was raided. Four others on duty "A checkpoint was also conductwere out responding to a traffic ed not far from the PNP station, accident, he said. Estilles said the policemen were along the national highway, while not able to resist. "There was no 'the disarming was taking place," said Cabangbang. firefight. They were surprised. He said the rebels rook an M16 Among them (rebels) were womrifle and 1:\VO 9 mrn pistols from en and men who posed as comthe police station. plainants who later pointed their The rebels also took P02 juhali glU1S at the policemen." Faisal before withdrawing towards Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang, spokesman of the military's \'Vest- Lakewood town, also in Zamern Mindanao Command (\X'e- boanga del Sur, Cabangbang said. Maj. Gen. Noel Coballes, \'{"esrnincom), said at least 40 rebels swooped down at the police sta- smincorn chief, said the NP As tion at around 7 p.m. 'Monday and used Faisal as "human shield to cover their withdrawal." He downplayed the raid which he said was "a case of simple robbery with kidnapping." Gucela, before his relief, said thev had information that the reb~ls had just held a plenum at the boundary of Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte. He said the rebels belonged to various rebel guerrilla fronts. "Thev were in full rnilitarv uniform. One of them even posed as an officer but they immediatelv disarmed the policemen and held hostage (Faisal),"he said.- Vtdor &yes

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TWENTY-TW~O members of the. Army's 13thScout Ranger Company were wounded in a series of bomb explosions after the soldiers' guide on foot patrol stepped on the bombs' tripwire on Tuesday morning in Sitio Abong- Abong Peak, Barangay Mahatalang, Surnislp, Basilan. . Maj. Harold Cabunoc, Army spokesman, said the incident happened at around 8 a.m, while the soldiers were conducting assault preparation against a suspected . lair of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) led by sub-leaders Furuji lndama and Khair' Mundos, He said the [and mines were part of the homemade bombs made' of mortar shells that served as perimeter defense of the bandits. Col. Ricardo Visaya, l04th Infantry Brigade commander, said seven ofthe wounded Rangers sustained serious shrapnel wounds in the different parts of the body. "The seven soldiers had to be carried on . stretchers away from the blast site, while the others only sustained minor injuries from bomb shrapnel and flying objects caused by the impact of the explosions. The evacuation of the injured personnel by our Air Force pi-

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lots was completed and the injured personnel are already operated on at the military hospital in Zamboanga City;' Visaya said .' He said at least three land mines exploded. ·"These homemade bombs were interconnected with a tripwire, 'yung sinultd. Mahirap sipatin ang sinulid sa iyong madadaanan, lalo na kung gabi; Visaya said. Last month Visaya ordered the commander of the Special Operations Task Force-Basilan, Col. Ramon Yogyog, to conduct continuous operations againstthe bandits after the capture of one of their camps in the sarrie area. "In March the troops overran an ASG camp in the area where they were able to kill 15 bandits and recovered more than 20 homemade bombs;' Yogyog said. The incident, however, was not reported to the media and if the military had a body count after the flreftght, The ASG has links with the al-Qaeda. The group is notorious for its high-profile kidnap-for-ransom and bombing activities. The group also harbors wanted personalities from the Asian terrorist cell, the Ierna'ah lslamiyah. Z.So/mer;n, B. Garcia Jr. imd R. Acosta

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penetrate that town despite the alertstatus," Bartolome said. In their escape, Cabangbang said rebels took with them Police Officer 2 (PO) Iuhalt Faisal, who is assigned at the raided station. "Faisal was taken by the armed men during their withdrawal toward Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur;' he said. Cabangbangsaid the Tigbao policestation has only 23 personnel.It is the second smallest police station in Zamboanga del Sur. The Lakewood police station is the smallest-with only 20 personnel. In a statement, Maj. Gen. Noel Coballes, Armed Forces Wesmincom chief, condemned the NPA atrocity even as he ordered additional troop deployment to conduct pursuit operations. "The NP A raidofthe Tigbao police station is not a cause for alarm. It is a case of simple robbery with kidnapping. There is nothingdaringwith whatthsy [rebels] have accomplished. We shall pursue them like common criminals and support the police operations to ensure the safe release of P02 Faisal who was used as human shield to cover their withdrawal:' he said. Gucela said Faisal was among the four policemen who were at the police station when the communist guerrillas arrived. Gucela said the other policemen on duty were responding to a traffic accident

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hepe ng pulisya na si PI Sirialakay ng mga re- Ian kung saan natangay ang isang M16 rifle at Senior Inspector Heins beldeng New People's Army ang himpilan ng 'dalawang cal. 9mm pistol Legaspi at Zamboanga del puJisyaat dinukot aog isang habang binihag naman sa Sur PNP director P/Senior kanilang pagtakas si P02 Supt. Jose Bayani Gucela pulls .sa kanilailgpagtaJuhali FaisaL kaugnay ng posibleng pagkas sa bayan ngTigbao, Ang nasabing presinto kukulang sa seguridad Zamboanga del Sur noong sa bayan ng Tlqbao ang kaya naqanap ang pagtunes ng gabi. ikalawang pinakamaliit na atake ng mga rebelde. . Sa ulat na tinanggap ng, pulisya sa ,Tutungo si Bartolome kahapon ni PNP Chief Di- himpilan Zamboanga del Sur ita ngayong Miyerkules sa rector General Nicanor binubuo ng 23-pulis. Zamboanga del Sur upang Bartolome, dakong alas-? Sa Camp Crame, lni- personal na i-assess ang ng gabi nang salakayin ng anunsyo naman ni Barsitwasyon sa naganap na mga rebelde ang Tlgbao Cantos, Municipal Police Station sa tolome aog pagsibak sa insidente.Joy Barangay Poblacion. Dinlsarrnahan ng mga rebelde ang mga pulis na ,nagbabantay sa himpiUmaabot sa 22-sundalo 80giniulat na nasugatan kabil80g ang pito na nasa kritikal na kalagayawmakaraang masabug80 ng landmine na itinanim n9 mga bandidoog Abu , Sayyaf Group sa kagubatan ng'Sumisip, Basilan kahapon ngumaga. Sa phone interview, sinabi ni Col. Ricardo Visaya, commanderng'Army's 104th Infanby Brigade at JointTask Force ". .~.:" " -\~ Basil8O, nag80ap 80g pagsabog dakong alas-a ng umaga ~. , saAbong -abong Peak sa Sma Pansol, 8arangay Baywas, Nabatid na sinusuyoo ng combat reconnaissance patrol ng 13th Scout Ranger Company nf Lt. Guerrero ang nasa- ' bing kagubatan nang matapakan ng isa sa mga sundalo ang manipis na tali na nakalagay sa patibong na landmine. Dito na sumabog 80g landmine na ikinasugat ng 22 sa mga sundalo kung saan pita sa mga ito 80g nagtamo ng grabeng sugat Paosamantalang hindi tinukoy ang pagkakakilanlan og pitong sundalo na malubhang nasugatan hangga't hindi naipapaabot ang insidente sa kani-kanilang pamilya. Ang pinangyarihan ng insidente ay malapit sa isa sa pa, ngunahing kampo ng Abu Sayyaf na nakubkob ng militar na DALAW~.PU'T dalawang su~dalo ang sugatan habang lima rito ikinasawi og lima sa mga bandido atisang sundalo habang ang !1~sa kritikal na kondisyon sa naganap na pagsabog ng landmine 20-improvised fandmine oaman ang nasamsam noong sa SI.tiOl'danso! Brgy, Baywas, sa bayan ng Sumisip, sa Basilan island' provlllce, akong 8:00 ng umaga. ' Marso, Joy Cantos C rabatld kay Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman

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least seven high-p0:-ver~d firearms and took P02 Juhali Faisal as human shield as they fled. .The rebels manning the checkpoints flagged down a private vehicle and disarmed a security man of his M-16 rifle. Pursuit operations were ongoing to recover the captive policeman. The rebels fled toward Lakewood, an uphill town known to be an NPA stronghold, said Estilles who went to Tigbao to assess the situation. Estilles said they would look into possible security lapses, adding that police forces in the region have been directed to be on alert. The military, however, downplayed the NPA raid. "There is no cause for alarm; it is a simple case of robbery and kidnapping," said Maj. Gen. Noel Coballes, Westmincom chief. "We will pursue them (NPA rebels) like common criminals and we will support police operations to ensure the safe release of P02 Faisal who was used as human shield to cover their withdrawal," Coballes added. - Roel Parefio

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ZAMBOANGA CITY - Communist guerrillas swooped down on a police station in Tigbao town in Zamboanga del Sur Monday night, disarmed the law enforcers and took one of them hostage, authorities said. The rebels, numbering about 40, carted away several firearms during the raid on the municipal police station in the Tigbao town proper at around 7 p.m. Monday, sa,id L.t.Col. Randolf C,abangbang, spokesman of the Armed Forces' Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom). Cabangbang said the policemen manning the station were outnum-' bered, as the insurgents, believed belonging to various New People's Army (NPA) forces in the Zamboanga Peninsula, accosted them. He said the rebels also set up checkpoints along the highway, a few meters away from the police station, to block responding government forces. Chief Superintendent Napoleon Estilles, Region 9 police director, said the guerrillas carted away at

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BUTUAN CITY - Muling nagkasagupa ang grupo ng mga sundalo at miyembro ng New People's Army (NPA) pasado alas-11 :30 kagabi sa Brgy. Pianing sa lungsod. Ayon kay Col. Ferdinand naganap ang engkuwentro Napule, commanding nang tinambangan officer ng 3rd Special Force sa 4th Infantry Diamond ng mga rebelde ang dating Cafgu detachment Division, Philippine Army,

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We just rely on our alliances for information about the actual trajectory at kung saan babagsak ang debris," sabi pa ni Honasan. Aniya, hindi rin daw tayo dapat matakot dahil hindi lang naman daw "localize" na problema .an g "rocket missile launch" ng NoKor kundi isang internasyunal na problema din. "Dapat 'wag tayong matakot. Hindi ito localize na problema, international ito. Nagkataon lang na merong pangamba dahil dadaan sa atin ang trajectory sa atin (bansa)," ayon pa kay Hcnasan.

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North Korea: All prep done for launch
PYONGYANG, North Korea. - North Korean space officials said Tuesday that aU assembly and preparations for this week's planned satellite launch have been completed, and denied it is a cover for a missile test. Space officials told reporters at a news conference in Pyongyang that the launch of the three-stage rocket is on target to take place sometime between Apri112-16 as part of centennial birthday commemorations for late President Kim II Sung, the country's founder. The Kwangmyongsong-3 communications' satellite, equipped with a video camera designed to capture images of North Korea's terrain and send back data about weather conditions, was being mounted on the rocket Tuesday, said Ryu KUm Chol, deputy director of the Space Development Departmentof'the Korean Committee for Space Technology. "All the assembly and preparations of the satellite launch are done," he said. The United States, Britain, Japan and others have urged North Korea to cancel the launch, saying it would be considered a violation of UN resolutions prohibiting the country from nuclear and ballistic missile activity. Experts say the Unha-3 carrier is the same type of rocket that would be used to launch a long-range missile aimed at the US and other targets. North Korea has tested two atomic devices but is not believed to have mastered the technology needed to mount a warhead on a long-range missile. Ryu acknowledged similarities between the rockets used for launching a satellite and a f

ballistic missile. However, he noted that solid fuel is used to launch ballistic missiles, while the Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite will be sent using liquid fuel. Also, in order to be a success, a ballistic missile would require a large payload, he said. "Our satellite weighs 100 kilo-

grams. For a weapon, a 10D-kilogram payload wouldn't be very effective: he said, dismissing assertions that the launch is a cover for developing missile technology as "nonsense." Ryu said he could not answer any questions about a possible nuclear test in the future. On Sunday, North Korean space officials took a group of

foreign reporters on a tour of the west coast launch site northwest of Pyongyang. AlI three stages of the Unha-S rocket were visibly in position at the launch pad. The United States says the launch would jeopardize a us. North Korean agreement where Washington would provide Pyongyang with much-needed food aid in exchange for a freeze

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. The. Phil.ippine and Vietnamese navies have agreed to . let their sailors play football and basketball on disputed South China Sea islands to ease tension and build trust China is likely to protest such a show of military alliance in the contested region. . Philippine Navy chief ViceAdmiral Alexander Pama said Tuesday ~atthe ".fun ,!?am.es" were part of a broader agree- . ment he signed WIth hIS VIetnamese counterpart last October..The accord calls for their navies to undertake confidence-building steps and intensify information-sharing to allow them to better respond to maritime accidents in the disputed SpratIy Islands. The Philippines and Vietnam separately accused Chinese vessels of intruding into their territorial waters and disrupting oil explorations last year.. - AP

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A bamboo gate across a dirt road leads to the shrine built in Cavite in honor of Andres Bonifacio. It isa primitive gate - the type where you have to pull out one by one the bamboo stems laid horizontally so the gate will swing open. The gate is a .short drive from a grassy dearing that I thought was the end of the road. There a man outside a hut told us to make sure we keep the gate dosed' or else the grazing cows might wander out. At least the man seemed aware of the existence of the shrine at the end of the road, on Mount Nagpatong near Mount Buntis, Last Maundy Thursday, we drove ~round Cavite'~ scenic Maragondontown, ending up In Puerto Azul in Ternate before deciding to retrace our route after cops in two "Lakbay Lansangan" stations seemed clueless about the way to the Bonifacio Shrine. A grizzled tricycle driver finally gave the accurate directions. At the end of a narrow road in Barangay UIOng a small sign attached to an electric post announced, "Bonifacio Shrine, this way." The road became paved several hundred meters beyond the bamboo gate. At the end of the short paved stretch a metal gate welcomed visitors to the Bonifacio Shrine and Eco-Tourism Park: . For a fee of P20, one can see the giant figures of the brothers Andres and Procopio Bonifacio, their hands and feet bound, shortly before they were executed somewhere around that spot on May 10, 1897 "by order of the military tribunal of the revolutionary government" of Emilio Aguinaldo, according to a plaque. It is an impressive shrine, with metalwork depicting ~e bro~hers' revolutionarJ:' struggles. But a separate section, WIth the scenes fashioned it seems out of papierrnache, is deteriorating. . . Across the shrine is a pavilion, with a small shop sellmg souvenirs from Maragondon: lamps and knickknacks made of bamboo. Nothing about the revolution. There was no running water in the restrooms, T~e court martial was headed by Brig. Gen. Mariano None}, who according to several accounts was also Andres Bonifacio's executioner. Norielis not mentioned at the shrine, but his name is in the markers at the house in Maragondon where the Bonifacio brothers were tried after a leadership fight with Aguinaldo, a Cavite native. The "Trial House," owned by Teodorico Reyes, is well maintained by the National Historical Institute. It's a long, tortuous way by horse ride from the Trial House to the execution site, $0 our founding fathers must have taken pains to conceal the killing of the Bonifacio brothers. Perhaps this ugly chapter in our nation's history led to amnesia in Cavite about things' related to BonifadoJ!lclud.inghis ~hril!E!' ... ... ..... ~ . As one travel blogger wrote, nobody in Cavite seems to know whe~e the shrine is. From his blog I learned to :-'7 ~oo~for the dirt road and the bamboo gate, which would ko indicate that I was on the right track. One detail was _ _ .. supplied by the elderly caretaker at the eco-tourism p~rk: the sign to the shrine is primitive and installed high up on the post, he said, because previous signs were

There was only one group of visitors when we arrived, Leaving the shrine we had to avoid the cows that roamed freely, I liked the rustic charm, but we need to treat these monuments to our heroes with more respect This is Andres Bonifacio, after all, not just some little known Kaiipunero. We have an annual day to honor the valor of our war heroes, Surely Bonifacio's courage in taking up arms against a superior enemy - Jose Rizal might have regarded it as foolhardiness - deserves better treatment.
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. The Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, where the Declaration of Independence was read by Aguinaldo (the declaration refers to him as "the dictator") from the balcony of his house, gets that respect It is wen maintained, and all the cops at the "Lakbay Lansangan" stations knew where it is, The Maragondon Church, built in 1618 by the Jesuits (with the stone structure built in 1714)is also well maintained. In May 1897, it served as headquarters of the Aguinaldo government. Kawit is now easily accessible from Metro Manila. From the southern tip of the Coastal Road in Las Pifias, Kawit is just a four-minute leisurely drive across the "Cavitex" - the new road built across Manila Bay, with a great view of the bay and the fishing villages and beach resorts of Cavite. Too bad the road will be a luxury for those who cannot afford the one-way toll of P64 imposed by the Public Estates Authority Toll Corp. Why do Filipinoawho are charged a Road User's Tax, have to keep paying steep tolls (with VAT)for this basic service that the government is supposed to provide? Toll rates can be so high they constitute highway robbery, Perhaps Aguinaldo's descendant, Cavite Rep. Joseph Emilio AguinaldO Abaya, manager of the House prosecution team in the impeachment trial and chairman of the Hause appropriations committee, can do something about this. The toll was the other ugly part of my trip, aside from the neglect of historical sites. . Bonifacio's shrine isn't the only one that can use improvement. We also had difficulty finding signs pointing to the site of the Tejeros Convention, at "Casa Hacienda" in Rosario, despite the fact that its 115th anniversary together with that of the Philippine Army was celebrated just last March 22, The convention was when theAgu-. inaldo and Bonifacio factions met and elected -the president and vice president of the revolutionary government (and where the idea of eliminating Bonifacio germinated); Casa Hacienda was burned down during World War II and its original architecture was not restored. A renovated version was opened to the public, fronted by a giant statue of Aguinaldo, in 1997. The riverside dock (and escape route) of Aguinaldo's forces plus an underground drain to the river are intact, although facing the garbage of Tanza on the other side. A tunnel leading all the way to the Aguinaldo Shrine, unfortunately, has been sealed. The actual site of the convention, in the cellar, is in bad shape and closed to the public, according to a caretaker who was friendly and helpful but clearly lacking in training as a tourist guide. With tlie Cavitex, the province could enjoy a boost in so-called Heritage Tours. But first someone must make sure Cavite cops, tasked to assist tourists, are aware of i29.5.·.·.··.··· •.··• .1 the integral components of such tours, particularly the.· . Bonifacio Shrine.
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.N INSIGHTFULarticle in the March 26, 2012, ssue of Newsweek reminded worldwide readers f theMy Lai massacre in Vietnam on March 16, 968, when American soldiers entered the village f My Lai and left it a few hours later with beveen 300 and 500 Vietnamese dead, most of rernunarmed women, children and seniors. The rticle was illustrated with a black-and-white hotograph of Lt. William Calley (the only soldier onvkted of this crime, who was given a 20-year rison sentence, but was actually released after iree and a half years of house arrestl) and a horendcus color photograph of the- bodies of slain 'omen and four toddlers sprawled on a dirt iad. . Thearticle was written in the context of atrocies committed by US soldiers abroad, like the buse of prisoners in Abu Ghraib in Iraq and a lore recent incident in Afghanistan where one ildier killed 16 people. Memory is helped by colr photos from 1968, more so with video in 2012, . ut Iwondered why there was no reference to the mduct of US soldiers in a mud} earlier conflict len known as the "Philippine Insurrection" (a re)It by Filipinos against the established US gov'nment in the Philippines), later revised into the 'hilipplne-American War" (meaning a conflict etween two nations, this change in name finally cognizing the Malolos Government or First tilippine Republic), When the soldiers who participated in the My ri massacre were interviewed, they said that eutenant Calley ordered them to rid the village .the enemy, and that the order included the ex rmination of children. During his trial Calley aimed that children had to be included in the derofbattle because they threw hand grenades the soldiers! This little detail should have been nnected to US Brig. Gen. Jacob H. Smith 840-1918), who was tried in a court martial for dering his men to "take no prisoners" and lay sste to the Philippine province of Samar, mak- . g it a "howling wilderness:' Smith is quoted to
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have said, "the more you. kill, the more it will please me," His order of battle included women, children and the elderly, who were unarmed and noncombatants but who were apparently just as bad because they provided food and shelter to the enemy. When one soldier asked what was the cut-off age for the children to be killed, Smith replied that the soldiers should kill all Filipino children 10 years or older because they were big enough to brandish bolos! We have archival photographs in sepia of dead Filipino "insurrectos," making the horror very remote from our times. We have transcripts of interviews with US soldiers at the tum of the 20th century who witnessed or participated in atrocities in the Philippines, but since these are textheavy documents in archival records rather than color photos or streaming video, again the horrors of the Philippine-American War are so far from living memory that they are, at best, described as "panahon pa ni Mahorna." Can we date this "panahon ni Mahoma" to pre-Spanish times when advanced settlements were Muslim? Is "panahon ni Mahoma" a reference to the introduction ofIslam in Tawi- Tawi in the 14th century or to the 16th-century attack on the Spanish Philippines by the Chinese pirate Lin Feng, better known as Limahong? From the New York Times of Apri115, 1902, we have an eyewitness account of the so-called "water cure" that was used to extract information or confessions from Filipino prisoners, This incident occurred in Igbaras, Iloilo, on Nov. 27, 1900, and the victim was the town

presidente who was not named: "This [town] official was about 40 years, age. When he (the witness) first saw him he Wi standing in the corridor of the convent, strippe to the waist and his hands tied behind him, wn officers and soldiers about. The man, he sail was then thrown under a water tank that hel about 100 gallons of water, and his mout placed directly under the faucet and held ope so as to compel him to swallow the water whic .was allowed to escape from the tank. Over hh stood an interpreter repeating one word, whic the witness said he did' not understand, bi which he believed to be the native equivalent ( 'confess.' The presidenteagreed to tell what h knew, was released, and allowed to start awa He was not, however, permitted to escape, W, ter was brought in a five-gallon can, one end ( a syringe was placed in it and the other in th man's mouth. As he still refused, a second s} ringe was brought and one end of it placed i the prostrate man's nose, He still refused, and handful of salt was thrown into the water. Thi had the desired effect, and the presidente agree to answer questions:' The use of torture in the Philippines was ofte explained away as "harmless" because nobodyi supposed to have died from it, In some instance a medical doctor was on hand to supervise an ensure maximum pain with no fatalities. Som€ times the excuse given by US military officer was that the "water cure" was something the learned from Filipinos, or that this was actuall administered by Macabebe Scouts, It seems it is not only Filipinos who have shot memories-l:n;lt;Americansas wettlhu~henw are remindedof US military misconduct in Viet narn, Iraq and Afghanistan, we should not forge to remember the beginning of it all. Wemust g' back t9 the early 20th century, to the Philippine American War. . 'Comments are welcome in my Facebook Fa: Page,

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TWENTY-TWO Scout Rangers were wounded in a rand mine explosion in Sumisip town here yesterday. Col, Ricardo Visaya, head ofthe Army's 104th Brigade, said members ofthe 13th Scout Ranger .Company were in patrol in Sitio Pansol in the village otBaiwas, when the land mine exploded; . . Of the 22 wounded soldiers, seven are in critical condition, Visaya said. , Julie $. Allpa/a,lnqulrer Mindanao

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"The darkness that poses a real threat to mankind, after all, is the fact that he can see and investigate tangible material things. but cannot see where the world is going»." the Pope says in his Easter message. , Man has eyes that see but has yet to find his way.He-he! The US and UN-member countries also warn North Korea against a .rocket/satelllte launch this week. An excuse for a ballistic missile test, they claim. Tsk, tsk .. , - The possibility of "human error" is present in the planned launch by North Korea of a rocket/missile between April 12 and April 16 towards Japan, Taiwan, and the Philippines, claims the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). Careful,careful! Error is possible.

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What kind of Human Rights Declaration will be released at the end of the meeting of the Asean Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights today? , We hope it is not one of those documents that-true to Asean s tradition-will state lofty goals but will leave member governments the option of acting or not acting on the matter. There is a valid reason to entertain this fear of a watered down HR declaration. Last February Mizzima News, an avid human-rights advocate publication that specializes on Myanmar/Burma affairs, reported that a leaked draft of the Asean Human Rights Declaration showed that it is not strict enough and waters down the usual language of laws protective of citizens' human rights found in the Asean Secretariat's draft. . The Mizzima report said: "A working draft, written in January .at the time of the first meeting of Asean Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights on the Asean Human Rights Declaration held in Siern Reap, Cambodia, includes detailed commen~s by officials from Laos, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia. the Philippines and Singapore. . "The draft revealed a number of the Asean-member states - most notably Laos - are seeking to water down the d~d~ation by propo~. ing wording that would limit its scope and appliration, while officials from Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines, provi.ding comment as a block of nations, proposed more progressive word mg. . "Laos has arguably taken the most hardline stance, pl~cmg conditions on a number of sections in the draft declaration. "Commenting on the duties and responsibil!ties of the Asean member States, Laos said the 'realization of universal huma.n . rights' must be in the context of 'regional and nati?nal.partlculanties' such as political, economic, social, cultural. historical and religious backgrounds. ., "Laos' position is contrary to the more expansive wording drafted by the Asean Secretariat that" .. .it is .the duty of member states, regardless of their political, economic and cultural systems, to " promote and protect all human rights and funda~ental freed~ms, "Laos is also proposing the inclusion of a 'national security' and 'public morality' trigger to override claims to u?iversal h~man rights and freedoms, perhaps fearful of an erOSIOn of national security and moral principles.

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" The exclusive insistence on rights can result in conflict, division, and endless dispute and can lead to lawlessness and chaos, ' " Laos said. "While the secretariat's original wording acknowledges rights shall be exercised with 'due regard' to national security and contains no mention of 'public morality: "Laos' rewording would extend the reach of limitations, potentially enabling a member state to claim exemption from the Declaration where national security, public morality and other: issues enacted in national laws permit. "The exercise of human rights and fundamental freedoms shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose ... to meet the just requirements of national security, public order, public health and public morality and the general welfare of the peoples in a democratic society," Laos said. The Mizzima report also said Laos also wishes to limit "the right to practice one's religion or belief' and wants these to be subject to the country's national laws. The report also mentions Vietnam's reservations" about the right to freedom of opinion and expression and to freely receive information." Fears ofa watered-down Asean HR Declaration made over 100 civil society organizations and networks across the Asean region call for the release of the draft Human Rights Declaration and the initiation of meaningful public consultations on its content. We join in their lament that civil society has been largely excluded from the drafting process. Only the AICHR representatives of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand have solicited input from civil society. But the AICHR did not give the civil society organizations that submitted recommendations any response.

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