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ARMY'RELATED ISSUES
Militants demand release of missing peasant leader The militant peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipirias (KMP) and the Katipunan ng mga Samahang Magbubukid sa Timog Katagalugan (Kasama-TK) yesterday condemned the abduction of Pagkakaisa't Ugnayan ng mga Magsasaka sa Laguna (Pumalag - KMP) chairman Alex Arias, who was abducted by suspected state security forces last April 7, and demanded the Aquino government and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to immediately produce him. (Charlie Manalo) 9 illegal loggers arestado sa Laguna Tinatayang aabot sa mahigit na 100 libong board feet ng lumber kabilang ang maraming chainsaw at tistisan ang nakumpiska, samantalang siyam na katao ang naaresto sa illegal logging operation ng pinagsanib na element ng Laguna PNP, 210 Philippine Army, OILG,OENR sa Cavinti at Kalayaan, Lacuna. Summer Activity Soldiers of 410, PA, the largest Army Division of the AFP in Mindanao, opened the Annual Summer Sportsfest and Sports Clinic at the Division Grandstand at Camp Edilberto Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro Thursday, in an objective of helping the soldiers learn the discipline in each sport they will participate. Appointment of Morong 43 tormentor hit The Lawyers of "Morong 43" yesterday branded as a virtual promotion President Aquino's appointment of Maj. Jorge Segovia as commander of the Eastern Mindanao Command based in Davao City. (Tj Burgonio) 3 soldiers nabbed for molesting coed Three soldiers were locked up after being arrested by a team of Baras, Rizal policemen in mountainous Bgy. Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal. Tribune p. 3

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Phi, China set aside protests; 3 Chinese boats get away MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines and China agreed yesterday to "set aside" their diplomatic protests to ease tensions over Scarborough Shoal Where ships from the two countries have been in a standoff since Tuesday. This developed as one of the three Chinese "surveillance" vessels yesterday pulled out of the area, only 120 nautical miles from Zambales and is locally called Panatag Shoal. It is within the Philippines' 200-nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and Continental Shelf. Also reported to have left the area were three of the eight Chinese fishing vessels found carrying illegally harvested corals, giant clams, and even live sharks. It was not clear if the ships were able to escape or were allowed to leave. (Pia Brago) Friends, kin remember 2 disappeared Iloilo activists The Families and friends of two rnissinq Iloilo activists on Thursday marked the fifth year of their disappearance by demanding that the two be surfaced and returned to their families. Around 50 relatives and friends of Maria Luisa Posa-Dominado and Nilo Arado joined a protest rally

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at the Plazoletagay, the main intersection in the city, calling on the Aquino administration to resolve cases of enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings. (Nestor Burgos) PH, China refuse to pull out ships The standoff at the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal continues as the Philippines and China refused to pull out their ships from the disputed area and diplomatic efforts to end the impasse seem to fail, officials said on Friday. After the Philippines pulled out its warship from the shoal, China recalled its third ship which sailed to the area on Thursday. However, two Chinese ships remain and are being observed by the Philippine Coast Guard's BRP Pampanga, which was sent to replace the country's biggest warship, BRP Gregorio del Pilar, according to the Department of National Defense (DNDt(Wiliiam Depasupil) PH, China set aside protests to ease tensions The Philippines and China agreed on Friday to set aside their diplomatic protests in order to ease tensions over a naval standoff at the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). China also pulled back one of three surveillance ships at the Scarborough Shoal off the northwestern Philippines, Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario told reporters. But the impasse remained with two other Chinese ships facing off a Philippine Coast Guard vessel. (Tina Santos) PH, China Agree On Scarborough Ceasefire MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines and China Friday agreed to refrain from doing anything to escalate the standoff in the disputed Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal. Both sides also agreed to set aside their diplomatic protests.Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario revealed this Friday shortly after his third meeting with Chinese Ambassador to Manila Ma Keqing. "We both want this resolved as soon as possible," Del Rosario told reporters in an ambush interview. (Roy Mabasa) Standoff gives talks with US added urgency WASHINGTON - A naval incident between the Philippines and China has given added urgency to high-level talks between Manila and Washington on Filipino's requests for modern military hardware including an extra warship and a squadron of F-16 jets for its maritime defense, US analysts said. The meeting here on April 30 between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin follows a Philippine-China standoff over alleged poaching at Scarborough Shoal off Zambales bringing tensions in the South China Sea a notch higher. (Jose Katigbak) NoKor rocket blows up North Korea's heralded long-range rocket test ended in failure yesterday, soon after blastoff and plunging into the sea in a major embarrassment for the reclusive state. (AFP) Rocket alert lifted in Phi The government has lifted the rocket alert following the failed North Korean rocket launch yesterday. The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) ended yesterday the ban on the movement of all merchant marine and fishing vessels within the rocket's falling area. Transportation Secretary Manuel Roxas II said the ban was lifted following the reported unsuccessful launch of the North Korean rocket. (Alexis Romero)

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Rocket fails North Korea's much-anticipated rocket launch ended quickly in an embarrassing failure Friday, splintering into pieces over the Yellow Sea soon after takeoff. Within minutes of the early morning launch, the US and South Korea declared it a failure. North Korea acknowledged that hours later in an announcement broadcast on state TV, saying its satellite hadn't entered into orbit.

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EDITOlllAL/COMMENTAftY'/OPINION
17-18 19 20 21 22 23 Palpak naman pal a (Korina Sanchez) Silence is Golden (Nelson Flores) 24 Alyansa at United Nations Rocket. .. at mga raket (Nats Taboy) 25 North Korea na Friday The 13th (Joel Egco) Remate p. 5 Police Files p. 4 Police Files p, 4 l\!9_C!_ion 5 p. Remate p. 5 Phi Navy not prepared for combat duty? (Bobit Avila) .Defense capability Subic and US Seventh Fleet Gen. Gregorio del Pilar is rolling in his grave (Mario Fetalino Jr) Dagdagan pa angbarkong pangg~era Palpak (AI Pedroche) Phil Star p. 13 People's Journal p. 4 Standard Today p. A4 People's Toniqht p. 6 Ngayon p, 4 Ngayon p. 4

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men, believed to be elements of the in the village last month, "Ka Alex is an active peasant leader 1st Infantry Battalion of the Philippine ., .The militant peasant group Kilusang Army were on a van escorted by a in the region. Being the chairman of Pumalag ,.he is also a member of the ~:Magbubukid ng Plliplnas (KMP) and the number of motorcycles. regional council of Kasama-TK and the Kat ipunan ng mga Samahang "We,vehemently condemn this latest Magbllbukid sa Ttmog Katagalugan attack by the Aquino government and national council of KMP," said Axel (Kao;ama-TK) esterday condemned the state secur.ity forces against peasant y Pinpin, secretary general of Kasama·TK. Pinpin, a former political detainee abduction ofPagkakaisa't Ugnayan ng leaders. We demand Aquino and the AFP ruga Magsasaka sa Laguna (Pumalag to immedi ately surface Ka Alex," KMP himself, noted that illegal arrest and deputy secretary general Randall' detention is still continuing in the ,. -.- KMP) chairman Alex Arias, who . was abducted by suspected state country under the Oplan Baya:n:ihan of Echanis said in a statement. theAFP, . security forces last April 7, and Echa nis said "the enforced , demanded the Aquino government and dlsappe aranee of Ka Alex clearly "There is no reason for us to doubt the Armed Forces of the Philippines demonst rates the Aquino government's ' that state elements are involved in the illegal arrest and disappearance of Ka (AFP) to immediately produce him. continuing attacks against farmers demanding their rights to the lands. n Alex. We will not be surprised if later Reports reaching the KMPnational Local residents in BarangayTuy on they will be presenting Ka Alex to office said Arias, 56, was driving a motorcycle.on his way home to Liliw, . Baanar 1in Liliw,Laguna where Arias is ttie media as another top-ranking Laguna last Saturday when his way was residin.g testified that the military has official of the New People's Army carrying guns and explosives," Pinpin. blocked by armed men in Barangay been looking for him since the added. Bubukal in Sta. Cruz town. The armed Philip'pineArmy put up a detachment

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CAMP PACIANO RIZAL ". Tinatayang aabot sa mahigit na 100 libong' board feet ng lumber kabilang ang maraming chainsaw at tistisan ang . nakumpfske, samantalangsiyamna katao ang' naaresto sa illegal logging operation ng pinagsanib na elemento ng Laguna PNP, 2nd ID Phillipine Army (PA), Departmentof the Interior and Local Government(DILG), Department of Environment ang Natural Reso.ur: .."'·--.·.I ces (DENR) sa Cavmtl at Kalayaan, Laguna, kahapon ng madaling araw. . Ayon sa ini.syal na report ni Laguna PNP provinciaI director SSupt. Gilbert Cruz, siyam sa hinihtnalang mga operator ng nasabing illegal logging operation sa naturang Iugar ang nakatakdang sampahan ng kaukulang kaso sa. piskalyasamantalang hindi pa muna ipinalabas ang pangalan ng mga ito na pawang naninirahan sa iugar. AngQperasyon ay isinagawa kaugnay ng ."OplanBerde~ sa lalawigan kung saan naitala .ang lima: sa mga nakumpiskang sasakyan na naglalaman ng maraming boardfeetn!:'kahoy, isang Isuzu Elfna may plakang RAX·195,Kia. Besta van (DSP-I08), Iausu Elf (UID-341), AUV Fuso jitney(WNZ-406),atisang AUV Fu.ao closed van (WLA-453), Kabrl ang' sa mga nakumpiska aY,441;1aako s ng uling (charcoal) na na.katakdang i-deliver ng mga suspek sa Metro Manila, . Lumilitaw pa sa ulat ni 'Cruz na naging matagumpayangkanilangkampaIlya batay na rin sapakikipagtulungan ng DENR sa ..._ pamumuno nina Reynulfo .. .. .; ..... Juan, regional executive 2·1693, Local: director; at. PENRO Chief ---.'----------Isidro Mercado,

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CAMP EDILBERTO EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City - Soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division (4th 10), the largest Army division of the Armed Forces of the Philfp. pines (AFP) in Mindanao, opened the Annual Summer Sportsfest and Sports Clinic at the Division Grandstand here Thursday, in an objective of helping the soldiers learn the discipline in each sport " they will participate. "Always remember that more than having fun, we are promoting oneness. Let us make the most out of this activity by actively participating in every game," said 4th ID chief Major General Victor A. Felix in his opening speech. tf\:'ll.~eCrismundo)

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.still fresh wounds of that seized the 43 the victims who were health workers in TIffi LAWYERS of illegally arrested, de" February 2010 from "Morang 43" yester- tained and systemata resort in Morang, day branded as a viI- icallytortured under . Rizal on suspicion tual promotion Presi - Segovia's corn- they were commudent Aquino's ap- mand," said Edre nist rebels, and had pointment of Maj. Olalia, secretary gen- "boastfully" defendGen. Jorge Segovia eral of the National ed the .actions of his ascommander of the Union of People's men, Eastern Mindanao' Lawyers that repre-, ,The health workCommand based in sented the Morong ers wereeventually 'Davao City. 43. freed after. Mr. . "P-Noy's, cavalier Olalia. said Aquinoassumed ofmove indubitably in- . Segovia headed the fice. sults and spits on the 2nd Infantry Division Segovia's designa-

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According to SP01 Ramil . biktima at diumarlo'y pinainom ng alak at nang malasing Maungca, officer on. case, and saka pinagsamantalahan ng . P02 Lady Lyn Liquigan, mga suspek.-pegketapos ay Women and Children Desk inibarid pa sa kanllang ba- . officer, the suspects allegedly molested a 17-year-coed hay," Maungca said. "Nakakaawa nga ang bikin OCt. 2011 when the victim .

tion as Eastmincom commander would lead to his promotion to lieutenant general. Segovia is a member of the 'Philippine Military Academy's Mapitagan Class of 1980, which has adopted Mr.Aquino's four sisters, Pinky, Viel, Balsy anclKris, Olalla said. "The utter insensitivity of the administration to the grievances, of the Morong 43 victims speaks a whole heap . about the attitude of P-Noywith respect to . upholding human . rights-indifferent, benighted and complacent," he said. Olalla said Segovia's promotion only showed that an officer responsible for rights violations was "not only left to wander at will but rewarded with unde- . served professional advancement." "Practically nothing has changed and the system that> bred 'impunity during the Arroyo regimeis still in place. Years from now, when another Palparan would rear its ugly head and become almost uncontrollable, we will not relish saying, 'we told you so,''' Olalia said of' fugitive retired Gen. Jovito Palparan who has dodged arrest in connection with the 2006 disappearahce of two state university students.' :
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The Philippines and china agreed yest~rday to "set aside" their diplomatic protests to ease tensions over Scarborough Shoal where ships from the t~o countries have been in a .. standoff since Tuesday. . This developed as one of the three Chinese "surveillance" vessels yesterday :pulled out of the area, only 120 nautical miles from Zambales and is .lo~ally calledPanatag Shoal. It is w~thtn the Philippines' 200-nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and Continental Shelf. Also reported to have left the area were three of the eight Chinese fishing vessels found carrying illegally harvested corals giant clams, and even live sharks. was not clear if the ships were able to escape or were allowed to leave. "We're setting aside those protests. That's for the record and I think the immediate task is to be able to come to a peaceful solution on the basis of c~rrent circumstance," Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario

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referring to his meeting with Chinese By PIA LEE·BRAGO told reporters yesterday. "I didn't say Ambassador Ma Kequing yesterday. "That I cannot answer," Del Rowewere withdrawing those protests. What 1meant was we would not give sario said when asked if the Chinese primacy to them because we had fishermen would be arrested. He resomething more significant to ad- jected China's claim that its fishermen dress which is to break the standoff were just seeking shelter from bad . by diplomatic means and that's what weather, saying corals, live sharks and other endangered species were Iwas working on," he clarified. He declined to discuss details, found in their possession. "No, if you read the law, my unparticularly on what prompted the .two governments to arrive at the deci- derstanding is innocent passage is' , sion. As I've said please be patient allowed but if you're caught there . with me I can't be talking with a fish and in accordance with the fishing code, the burden of proof 'about the considerations that we're looking at and is on you. It's not us who has to prove, it, it's the fishermen who are going to that are being negotiated at this particular time," he prove it/' he said. Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Comsaid, Del Rosario said he em- mander Algier Ricafrente said that phasizeddur:ing the meet- despite the tension, there is no ban on ing that the United Nations Filipino fishermen in the area. "Fishing boats continue to go to Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) supports the Scarborough Shoal. Since there is the Philippines' sovereignty nofishing ban, they are free to fish in . o.verthe Scarborough Shoal. the area. It's ours so why should we China is claiming the entire prevent them from fishing?" he said. , West Philippine Sea, which it Tightlipped calls South China Sea. Del Rosario also reported telling The standoff began on Tuesday when two Chinese Ma that a Philippine Navy ship was vessels prevented the crew in the area to enforce Philippine of Philippine Navy warship laws and "in doing so, they followed BRP Gregorio del Pilar from established rules of engagement inarresting Chinese fishermen cluding strict observance of human in the area. The Gregorio del rights." He declined to further discuss Pilar left the area Thursday forPoro Point in La Union .details of his meeting with Ma, Anto replenish provisions and other meeting was scheduled last was relieved by a lightly night. "I can't discuss. I'm sorry armed coast guard vessel we're still in the process of negoBRP Pampanga. The Philip- .tiations. I would like to appeal for pines and China traded dip- your patience and understanding lomatic protests on Wednes- that I won't be able to discuss this publicly," he said. day over the issue. Del Rosario also said a third Chi"I think. that we were able to succeed in moving nese vessel arrived in the area last forward by a few steps. But Thursday to relieve one of the two there are other matters that that had dropped anchor there and ~ ARMVCHIEF PUBUCAFFAIRS -Em~ remain outstanding. So we not as reinforcement. He said one of the ships had to hope to continue to discuss leave for an undisclosed mission, this. And so it's moving forward," Del Rosario said He added the newly arrived vessel
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was a fisheries ship tasked to look into alleged violations of the Chinese fishermen. . The withdrawal of one Chinese vessel from Scarborough Shoal was a good development," said Department of Defense spokesman Dr. Peter Paul Reuben Galvez. . "We believe that is one of the elements for the diplomatic solution the current situation," he said. But even as Philippine authorities tried to downplay the military character of the issue with the deployment of a coast guard vessel, Galvez said the standoff isnow.a concern of the entire military establishment and not just of the Navy. "The Armed Forces of the Philippines together with the DND is coordinating the DFA. We are cooperating," he said. .
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For Del Rosario, the three Chinese ships simply managed to slip away. "I guess they were able to get away because of the positioning (of the ships). In the mouth of thelagoon there are two Chinese ships here and our ship is behind .this way so throughout the day ships are going in and out of that lagoon including Philippine fishing boats," Del Rosario said in a chance interview. "So I think no one is preventing any~ one from leaving and entering so I think there may be a diminution in the number of Chinese fishing boats there now," Del Rosario added.

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. Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Gen. Jesse Dellosa, meanwhile, confirmed the departure of the three fishing. vessels from the area but could not say if they were allowed to leave under a diplomatic arrangement. "We were not able to monitor what was happening inside (lagoon) because we're far from the lagoon," Dellosa said. He also admitted that the PCG personnel in the area hive yet to take possession of the Chinese fishermen's illegal harvest. . Dellosa said the Gregorio del Pilads on standby for possible redeployment in the area together with a Peacock Class navy vessel. . "We (Navy vessels) are not going to Panatag Shoal but we are just . 14 kilometers away from that area. Actually we have two navy ships. The Peacock class is near the area," Dellosa said. "Our current directive to our personnel is that we are not leaving the area. They (Chinese) are ones who must-leave."

Meanwhile, Bayan Muna party-list ReF Ned Colmenares assailed China for .its latest intrusion into Philippine territory and urged the gov~mm~ntto invoke t!'te 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea in easing tensions with Beijing. .' -, "We support the 2002 Declaration of all parties in disputes and calls on all parties to the controversy to address the resolution of the current tensions within the framework of the Declaration, without US meddling, and to move forward by establishing mechanisms to implement the intent of the declaration," the lawmaker said. "The militant Left firmly stands for Philippine sovereignty and territorial integrity," he pointed out. . "Philippine territorial waters and the 200 miles exclusiveeconomiczones belongs tothe Filipino people-and no foreign country be it China or the United States,shouId be allowed to use andexploitit for their economic, military or hegemonic interest," he said.

He said the Supreme Court must immediately act on the petition of Bayan Muna to annul the Joint Maritime Seismic Un- "' dertaking (JMSU) between the Philippines/ China and Vietnam that allow the three countries to conduct joint exploration in the disputed areas for oil. The JMSU was .forged in 2005 and lapsed three years later. Though it was an undertaking be~ tween private companies of the three nations, the governments endorsed the JMSU agreement as a way of promoting peace in the area. "The SC must act . now on our petition to annul the JMSU agreement to avoid 'grave and irreparable injury' to the

. country' s economy and patrimony, national sovereignty, territorial . integrity ~d national interest. We~ust also be wary of the proposal of the Chinese government for a [oint Venture Agreement (JVA)in the said area," Colmenares said. "By entering into the JMSUagreement, the state' sold out' to the other parties the country's potential petroleum resource within the agreement area, the country's' clear and ur;disputed' territories, archipelagic waters, territorial sea, and exclusive economic zone." - With Jaime Laude, Evelyn Macairan, Paolo Romero, J1m Elias

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THE PHILIPPINES and China agreed yesterday to set aside their diplomatic protests in order to ease tensions over a naval standoff the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

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China also pulled back one of three surveillance ships at. the Scarborough Shoal off the northwestern Philippines, Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario told reporters.: But the impasse remained with two other Chinese ships facing off a Philippine Coast Guard vessel.

Setting aside the protests, ,Chinese Ambassador Ma Ke· however, did not mean with- qing. yesterday morning, said drawing them. Del Rosario said the. Philippines and China the protests would still be com- agreed to maintain the "status ing.but the two sides wouldnot quo" and not take arty further give primary attention to them, provocative actions at the shoal as both wanted to break the as they sought to negotiate a standoff by diplomatic means. resolution. Del Rosario, who met with PH, CHINA! AS DelRosario confirmed the with-

Del Rosario told reporters seeking confirmation of the reports that he believed three of the fishing boats were able. to leave, as ters that remain outstanding," 'the nearest Philippine coast. by a third Chinese vessel that ar- "no one is preventing anyone Del Rosario said, adding that the i The four-day-old standoff has rived at the shoal on Thursday. from leaving [or] entering," talks.in Manila would continue. I reignited concern for potential The departure of the Chinese . From the point of view of the "We both want this resolved 'conflict in the West Philippine vessel, he said, could be seen as defense department, the Philipas .soon as' possible. We've . Sea, which China calls South China's own step to ease ten- pines did not blink when the agreed that both sides will not .China Sea,one. of the world's sions at the shoal. Gregorio del Pilar left Scarbordo anything to escalate the situbusiest lanes that is also home to ' ''The new vessel that entered ough Shoal on Thursday. ation there any further;" he said. a myriad of competing territorial the area is actually a fisheries Reports on Thursday said the Among the unresolved matters claims, most notably the Spratly vessel, whtch I .understand Navy cutter left the shoal to rewas whether the Chinese fisherIslands south of the shoal. would look into the alleged vio- stock and refuel. The vessel was men would be arrested, which, Del The disputes have settled into i lations of the Chinese fishing believed heading toward Poro Rosario said, was not discussed an uneasy standoff since the last boats," Del Rosario said. Point, in La Union. during his meeting with Ma major clash, which involved China. He said there were just three Galvez said the Philippine deThe Philippines accused the and Vietnam and killed more than vessels at the shoal, the two cision to remove the Gregorio fishermen of being thereillegally . 70 Vietnamese sailors in 1988. Chinese vessels and the Philip- del Pilar followed its assessasserting the area.was Philippine The barren islands, reefs and pine Coast Guard's search-andment that the impasse could be territory because it was within " resolved through diplomacy. the country's 200-nautical-mile coral outcrops are claimed by rescue vessel. .He noted that the Chinese deexclusive economic zone, as recChina, the Philippines, VietThe Philippine Department of cision to withdraw one of its ognized by international law nam, Brunei, Malaysia and Tai- National Defense CDND) saw the vessels came at the same time .. But China, insisting' that the wan. They are rich fishing departure of the Chinese vessel as as the departure from the shoal shoal was Chinese territory, sent grounds and are believed to ! "positive sign" that China wanted of the Gregorio del Pilar. three civilian maritime surveilcontain oil and gas reserves. • to resolve the impasse peacefully. ''We can now proceed with eflance ships to prevent the PhilipApart from the Philippines, ! fecting whatever maritime rules pine Navy's largest vessel, the Vietnam has recently figured ip' . Welcome move and laws we have," Galvez said. BRP Gregorio del Pilat; from arterritorial spats with China, DND spokesperson Peter Paul resting the Chinese fishermen, while the United States has an- Galvez told. reporters that the No US help The Philippines withdrew its gered Beijing when it declared it ; Chinese vessel's departure was At no point since Sunday did the warship on Thursday, replacing.' was in its national interest to en- a welcome move by Beijing, but Philippines consider seeking help it with a Coast Guard searchsure the area remained stable. he stopped short of saying the from the United States. DelRosario and-rescue: vessel in what was Department of Foreign Ai- standoff was ending. said US intervention "was never widely seen as an effort to lower fairs spokesperson Raul Her''They are still observing each part of the discussion." At the DND, tensions by taking away the imnandez told reporters yesterday other," Galvez said, Galvez said the impasse was not a mediate threat of military force. that the Chinese Embassy had' There were reports last night situation that called for US inter, Del Rosario said Ma presented informed the Philippines that that three of eight Chinese fishing vention. He said he believed the her own proposal to end the one of the three Chinese vessels boats at the center of the 'standoff Philippines and China could settle standoff, which began on Sunday had also been withdrawn. had left Scarborough Shoal. the matter by themselves. 'We are when Chinese ships, prevented ver:yhopeful this situation will be ..thePhilippine Navy from detain-resolved very soon," he said. With ing Chinese fishermen :who were . reports from DJ Yap, Jocelyn ~ allegedly caught poaching. ; > .: ·.. :'.. i<>i«· ··.··.· ·.·· , JeromeAning,APandAlP ..··· .. Ul"l"lt;t:.UJ- ..H1t:AtlIVIl .': nu:::rPUBLICAFFAIRS-Emali add:oacpa..:.hpa@yahoo.com-Tel no. .(02'°:1£-111:101,.. " ,

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,The Philippines and China yesterday agreed to refrain from do~g anything to escalate the standoff In . the disputed Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal. Both sides also agreed to set aside their diplomatic prQt~~s. Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario revealed this yesterday shortly .after his third meeting with Chinese Ambassador to Manila Ma
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"We both want this resolved as soon as possible," Del Rosano told reporters in an ambush interview. "We've agreed that both sides not do anything co escalate the situation "But then, we worked forward there any further." on that basis and we've been able to Del Rosario said the protests arrive at some agreements and as lodged by both parties in relation I've said, there are areas that we've to the dispute will be set aside for moved forward and there are also the time being. areas that remained a challenge "We're setting aside those protests, that's for the record and 'I . which still has to be dealt with." Del Rosario said that at one think the immediate task is to be . point they thought that the Chinese able to come to a peaceful solution had three vessels in the disputed ' on the basis of current circumarea but it turns out that the third ; stanc.e," he stated. vessel had come to replace one of "I think you can rely on the fact the two vessels that were already that the status quo will remain," Del there because the departing vesRosario acWed, "Conditions will not sel was supposed to be assigned to change. b that area." another mission. . But as both s!d::;s agree on a I -, "The new vessel that entered the status quo, the !:;c2:nedForces of area was actually a fisheries vessel the Philippinss ~AFP)reported late which I understand would look into yesterday af,i;e.tnooll that three of the alleged violations of the Chinese fishing boats," he explained. Del Rosario and Ambassador Ma already conducted a meeting twice on Wednesday. '

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Meanwhile, Department of National Defense (DND) said that despite the pullout of BRP Gregorio Del Pilar and one of three Chinese ships from the Scarboroughshoal, the naval standoff between Philippines and China continues. "They are still observing each other," said Peter Paul Galvez, the DND spokesman. Nonetheless, Galvez expressed optimism the impasse would b~ peacefully resolved soon as he welcomed the move of one of three , Chinese ships to leave the shoal. "We believe the situation, as we said earlier, can be handled by our DFA and the Chinese foreign affairs also, this situation that we have always been into ... weare very hopeful that this can be resolved very soon," Galvez also stated. Asked why the Philippines can't enforce right, away its maritime laws in the area, Galvez said, "We • are just simply of course respecting the current diplomatic situation that we have there." Last Sunday, a Navy aircraft spotted eight fishing vessels off the Scarborough Shoal, prompting the deployment of the country's biggest warship, BRP Gregorio Del Pilar. Philippine Navy (PN) personnel boarded the ship and conducted Visit Board Search and Seizure <VBSS) on the Chinese fishing vessels and found large amounts of corals, a big quantity of giant clams, and live sharks inside its compartments. Shortly after, two Chinese maritime surveillance ships - the .Zhongguo Haijan 75 and Zhongguo Haijan 84, appeared and positioned themselves between the Navy ship and the eight fishing vessels, thus, Chinese fishermen."

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Informed military sources said items likely to be considered :include a Philippine request for a third US Coast Guard cutter, asquadron of F-16s, communications and electronics equipment as well as modem weapons systems for its two newly acquired cutters. "I think it would be a travesty if the third cutter does not go to the Philippines especially since th~ Philippin~s is a 'major non-NATO ally of the United States," said, Walter Lohman, director of Asian Studies the Heritage, Foundation. By JOSE KATIGBAK WASHINGTON - A naval incident betw~en the Philippines and China has giVen added urgency to high-level , talks be~e~n ,Manila and Washingto?on Filipino s requests formodern mihtruy hardware including an extra :varship.and a squadron ofF-16 jets for Its mantime defense, US analysts said. The meeting here on April 30 between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Foreign Secretary Albert Del Ro-' sario ~nd Defense Secretary Voltaire Cazmin follows a Philippine-China standoff over alleged poaching at Scarborough Shoal off Zambales bringing tensions in the South China Sea a notch higher. ' . The Scarborough incident is the latest in the South China Sea .. . Six ~~ti~s - including China and th~ Phihppll~es - have overlapping claims Over disputed territories in the area rich in marine life, oil and gas. At the so-called 2+2 talks, it is expected the P~ppines will submit a list of military hardware it needs for a credible maritime defense while the United States ~ill s~e~ bilateral arrangements t~ help It remain engaged and forward deployed in Southeast Asia to counter China's rising military.

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By ALEXIS ROMERO Ramos told reporters at The government has around 8:25 a.m., the ban on lifted the rocket alertfolNokor (North Korea) missile preparedness measures in the • flights, sailing and fishing in lowing the failed North was launched on or about 6:50 event that North Korea decided Northern Luzon had been canKorean rocket launch celed. . a.m. but crashed into the Yellow' to launch another rocket. yesterday.. /",1' S.ea after about five minutes "We do not need to worry The Department in flight. We are getting other Ramos: I'm vindicated anymore." he said. ''We.c'-:l:no:;v of Transporta ti o n details," read the text message Ramos said he feels vindiresume our normal activities. and Communications • .• , Ramos said they would coof Gazmin. . cated that the North Korean (DOTC) ended yesAt 8:28 a.m., Ramos read, a' rocket launch had failed. ordinate with the Coast Guard, . terday the ban on the press statement of Gazmin con"The human error that I was the Civil Aviation Authority of firming that the rocket .launch . concerned about has become a movement of all merthe Philippines and local govhad failed. reality," he said: chant marine and fishernments to inform the public "We confirm that the North "We have seen that human ing vessels within the about the lifting of the ban. Korean-launch has failed to error can occur anytime so we rocket's falling area. They would leave it to .complete its intended flight and have to be prepared always." Transportation SecCAAP to adjust the flight fallen off the sea west of South Ramos, a forrn.erchief of retary Manuel Roxas II schedules or to follow the plan Korea, meaning Yellow Sea and the Army's Special Operations said the ban was lifted prepared for the rocket launch, West Sea of South Korea," read Command, said he had lost a. he added. .' following the reported Gazmin's statement. total of nine soldiers due to variThe no-fly zone, no sailing unsuccessful launch of "This location is far from the ous cases of human error .' zone and no fishing zone were the North Korean rocket. Philippines. We reiterate our In the 1970s, some of'his men supposed to. take effect from Nicasio Conti, DOTe call (for) the North Koreans to had been hit by "friendly fire" April 12 to 16 froin 5 a.m. to 1 spokesman, said they are abideby the UN (United Na- or artillery fire from fellow sol. p.m. lifting the no-sail onler~_ tions) resolution, turn away diers, he added. . Police and the Coast Guard designated areas effective imfrom exploring further ballistic Ramos said he first experihave been deployed to various mediately to allow the maritime missile experimentation and enced losing soldiers because · parts of Luzon to prevent ships community to resume .normal fully cooperate with the rest of of "friendly fire" in a clash with and fishing vessels from sailing operations. . the world." . the Mora National Liberation • during that period; "This puts to end all our Ramos said the Philippines' Front in J010. The no-fly, no-sail and no anxieties On the possible damagis too far to be affected by the . "I was a lieutenant then," fishing zone were lifted tempoing effects of the rocket debris disintegration of the rocket. . he said. within the Philippine territory;" . rarily last Thursday after bad "I feel relieved," he said. "If s "l was the leader of the 10th weather forced North Korea to he said ... good that the rocket fell on the Special Forces Alpha Team. The postp. one the rocket launch. However, executive direcsea, not on soil or on Philippine military's artillery misfired and · The ban resumed at 5 a.m. tor Benito Ramos said the Naterritory. This is a lesson learned hitmy soldiers. It was caused by yesterday but was lifted after tional Disaster Risk Reducfor us. Human error can occur. human error, tion and Management Council . three hours. The margin of error is always to. "We requested for fire supRamos received a text mes(NDRRMC) would still be on be considered." . port but instead of hitting the sage from Defense Secretary blue alert to assist the public, Ramos said the NDRRMC enemy, it landed on my solVoltaire Gazmin stating that the especially fishermen affected by would implement the same diers." . the no-fishing zone. . missile was launched at about 6:50 a.m, but disintegrated after "We can now downgrade the five minutes. . red alert to blue," he said. "Information from the US "Half of our forces are still Naval Attache (states that) the there to further assist our countrymen, especially the fishermen." . The blue alert would be lifted on April 17, a day after the time span of the rocket launch, he added.

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Philippine Airlines (PAL) will revert to normal flightpaths following the failed North Korean rocket launch, Cielo Villaluna, PALspokesperson, said flights airborne before 9:30 a.m. yesterday took the contingency routes. PAL's return to normal flight paths is a result of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippir:es resci~ding. the N?t~m (Notice to Airmen) contammg the alternative flight paths, as well as the no-fly zone, she added. The no-fly zone was originally slated from April 12 -16, from 5 a.m, to 1 p.m. Among the rerouted flights were PRI0S San Francis€Ovia Guam to Manila, PRI03 LosAngeles via Guam-Manila, PRl07 Vancouver via Los Angeles to Manila, PR431 Narita, Japan to Manila, PR407Kansai to Manila, PR437Nagoya, Japan to Manila, PR467 Incheon, South-Korea to Manila, PR434 Cebu to Narita, PRIll Guam to" Manila and PR 426 Manila to Fukuoka, Japan.

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. rocket launch. Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said North Korea should cease anyfuture provocative acts. like launching another rocket. "We believe that and we'd like to reiterate the fact that the Philippines is ready to continue working with the international partners to be able to ensure peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula," he said. In a statement the Department of Foreign Affairs said the Philippines deplores the . rocket launch, notwithstanding its failure. "(North Korea) should abide .'by the relevant UN 'Security Council Resolutions and abandon all existing weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner," the DFAsaid. The United Kingdom expressed deep concern about North Korea's rocket launch. "Such a launch uses ballistic missile technology and, as such, is a clear violation of UNSeR 1874," UK Foteign Secretary William Hague said in a statement released by the British embassy in Manila. With Rainier Allan Ronda, Rudy Santos, Pia Lee-Brago, Evelyn Macairan

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North Korea had staked its pride on the satellite, seeing it as a show of strength amid persistent. economic hardship while Kim n Sung's young grandson, Kim Jong Un, solidifies power following the death of his fa.ther, longtime leader Kim Jong 11, our f months ago. In the Philippines, disaster management officials lifted yesterday the no-fly mid no-sail ban in parts of Eastern Luzon minutes after confirming that the rocket crashed in the waters west of the Korean peninsula. Benito Ramos, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council CNDRRMC), announced the lifting of the ban after receiving a text message from Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin confirming that the rocket had crashed. The message came from the US Naval Attache. ''We confirm that the North Korea rocket launch has failed to complete its intended flight and fallen off the West Korea. This location is far from the Philippines,": Ramos told reporters in press briefing at the NDRRMC headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City. Quoting US military intelligence

criticisms that he overreacted in the . preparing for the rocket's launch. Malacanang yesterday expressed relief over the failed rocket. "We are happy that no harm came out of the failed launch," Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said She urged North Korea to be one with the international community in : protecting the environment and to be a considerate neighbor. "We remind North Korea that we all share this planet, and urge it to be a better neighbor," she said. In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA,)said Pyongyang should "reconsider its current path of isolation from the international community." "The Philippines strongly urges the DPRK (Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea) to desist from acts of provocation and to end its use or testirig of ballistic missile technology," the DFAsaid~ ASEAN Secretary-General Dr SuM Pitsuwan encouraged North Korea to heed the concerns of International Community about the planned satellite launch. Catholic Church leaders rejoiced yesterday following the report that North Korea's rocket was destroyed minutes after it was launched. "I am happy.. Our prayers to the Lord are heard!" SorsogonBishop Ar· turn Bastes said in an interview. . "I pity the NoKor people because their leaders wasted millions of dollars for a failed project while millions are hungry," said Bastes. ''Money should be spent to feed the people," Marbel (South Cotabato) Bishop DinuaIdo Gutierrez said. Fbr children in Sta, Ana, a coastal village in Cagayan, the rocket is the subject oClively debate. They agree that it is that something is about to fall from the sk;y,maybe straight into the water. The television told them so. "The missile is going to fall into the Pacific Ocean, so I'm not afraid," a boy about 10years old volunteered,' '~apan will shoot it down," said another lad confidently. Maryo. Pagod, who was slightly older than the rest at age 12,interjected: "It will fall to place far away from . 1---,,--,,--here. So there is no need to be afraid." (Additional reports from Aaron Recuenco, .Roy Mabasa, Leslie Ann G. Aquino And Elison Quismorio)

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There's no question in the minds of dits .. , why the hasty.retreat? the Filipino people that Scarborough For many decades the Philippine Shoal just 120 miles off Zambales be- Navy was in a sorry state ... and became. longs to the Philippines, which China the butt of jokes that we have a Navy. and some other ASEAN nations are also that doesn't float! Last year, amidst claiming. This is why after so many de- pomp and splendor, this former US cades, thanks to an inutile United.Na- Hamilton Class Coast Guard Cutter was tions (UN) that cannot even resolve transferred to the Philippine Navy that these simple border disputes, every no less than President Aquino and Navy now and then this area becomes a flash Chief Vice-Admiral Alexander Pam a point and that's exactly what happened accepted it with pride, despite it being last Tuesday. 47years old. It was newer thanthe other But China was never as belligerent similar sized vessels in our Navy's inas it is today, thanks to the reality that ventory.. : due to its great phenomenal economic So why was the BRPGregorio del Pigrowth, it has increased its military larpulled out of a potentiaifirefightwith strength to the point that ChineseNathe smaller Chinese Navy vessels? From val vessels now regularlyply these dis- an ANC news report, I heard Vice-Adputed isles... seeking some kind of con-. miral Pama say that the vessel was frontation just to show off their military pulled out because the crew needed might.. and that's exactly what the food and refueling. Iwould like to bePhilippine Navy got last week . lieve that the Navy would have adopted . From 'the reports we gathered, the the Boy Scouts motto .."Be Prepared!" Philippine Navy troopsboarded a Chi- But I suspect there's more to this statenese fishing vessel that was leaded withment coming from the Navy chief. He endangered. clam shells and corals, in- . might be hiding some realities that the eluding baby sharks in what I would Navy's flagship wasn't really ready for like to.believe W3$ a legitimate appre- combat. hension and I salute the Philippine Few people know that when this vesi Navy for boarding that Chinese vessel. selwas given to the Philippine Navy, the However a Chinese Naval "Surveil- US Coast Guard removed the ship's lance" vessel blocked the Philippine Phalanx Close-in-Weapons System Navy successfully and to .our dismay, (CIWS)and its 2 Mk.38 M242Bushmasthe country's newest and largest Naval . ter 25 mm chain guns. These two weapvessel the BRP Gregorio del Pilar was ons alone would have made mince meat pulled out of the scene. This sent ques- out of the small Chinese Navy vessels. tions reeling in the minds of many pun. Turn to Page 14

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This was one time that the Philippine Navy had a superior ship against the Chinese Navy ... unless of course they didn't tell us that there was another and bigger Chinese Naval vessel.lurking in the neighborhood. Please don't get me wrong, I'm no war freak and I fully concur with the view of P-Noy that this :problem should have a diplomatic solution. However, I would like to believe that since the Philippine Navy has a new vessel, it should never ran away from a fight for any reason ... especially when it comes to :protecting our sovereignty. Food can be airlifted, while fuel can be shipped to the Navy ship. Clearly from our point of view, the Philippine Navy is not ready for combat duty even with their newly-acquired vessels! In my book Vice-Admiral Pama has a lot of explaining to do for pulling out the BRP Gregorio del Pilar because tills is not going tobe the last time that the Chinese Navy will drop the gauntlet on the Philippine Navy ana challenge them to a figfit, If Vice-Admiral Pama doesn't have the guts to put up and fight anyone sniffing in Philippine territorial waters, then 1 sugge~t !hat. he should qt;tit now while the quitting IS good. Sendmg the Search and Rescue vessel BRP Pampanga was not . a good replacement for the BRP Gregorio del Pilar. In my book, it was a wrong or a potenti~tal move! .

While we're having a possible naval skirmish near Philippine territory, we are also having another problem with that rocket that was launched early morning yesterday, While many appreciate the fact that the National DisasterRisk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) has busied themselves in preparing the nation just in case that rocket would crash into Philippine territory, however the NDRRMC went overboard in making those preparations. Good thing that rocket failed in Its launch! But having a "no-fly" zone is the height Of paranoia: The chance of getting hit by rocket debris, which IS the SIze of a small airliner, is a million to one chance. You have a better chance of winning two grand lotto draws than getting hit by that North Korean rocket. TIle Coast Guard too went overboard in enforcing alina-fishing" policy by preventing fishermen from doing tneir lIvelihood. This has now caused an artificial increase in seafood market prices ... something that our people do not need in these difficult times. Icall this stupid! How I wish. they, prepared this way for storm "Sendong '! .
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How do youconfrontaneighborhood bully?, You show himwhet you've got and hold your ground until the other guy blinks Orthe neighborhood onlookers cry foul. But since the Constitutiondeclares it a state policy to.renounce war as an instrument of national policy, the state can only pursue an arm build-up for-defensive purposes_ , ' Of course, you should also be willing to back away when the opportunity presents itself. " , Thus, we <rgreewith and support the Department of National Defense'spush forthe upgrade of militaryequipment and other capabilities as part ofits responsibility "to protect' our country" _ in the light of North Korea's failed rocket and other provocative acts of regional bullies in Asia.' .' _, "Norfh.Koreawill not stop in its experiments until a successfulIaunch.is achieved despite protests from the international ,'(;!ommunity;" Dr Peter Paul Ruben Galvez, OND spokesman.was quoted as saying1:&' a major broadsheet in a press conference, ,_f(:nw."of oUI.vi~;~t i~ is imperative ~~t our government ~rlJ) consIder upgrading and modemizing our forces, parti~ ~pUI aird.efense capabilities so that. we are not solely .: 4~pendent on our allies and other friends to protect our country ~d{)f.tourse all ofus," Galvez said.. . ;'tr;'No~fKorea launched its rocket at about 6:!,O a.m. (Manila thne), acC{)tding to National Disaster Risk Reduction and Man-. ageroent Council executive director Benito Ramos. _ The rockt1t.fiew foi a few mintltes·pefOre breaking into several piecesa.nd. cra~gintothe Yello\V-~ajust west of the Korean .'Penins~, SottthI(Ol'ea~~ i#',lin separate statements.' . Defense SecretaiyVoltaite..Gaimiriiconfirmed ill a statement that "the North Korean rOCket launchhas failed to complete its intended: flight and fallen (into] the seawest of Korea. This locationis far from the Philippines" ". '.' . . 'We reiterate our.call to the North Koreans to abide by the United Nationsresolutiens, turn away from exploring furtherballistic mrssileexperimentetion, and fully cooperate with the restof the worid,"Gazmin said. '. . . .. Galvez said that they wo~ld proceed with the modernization in a "buildingblock approach" -. ._,... .' . . "Whatwe.wishto happen is (to) fast. track this and initially gain certain capabilities (even if) 'litl1ited but get there as soon as possible," he said. . .' : _., '" .The Defensechiefeaidthat they were studyingmanypossibilities for air-defense upgrade" "there could be surface-to-air . [missile and] air-to-air [missile 1 capability. We'll consider all those ..' available in the market," Galvez said. . He believes that North Korea may continue with further rocket launches. "That's why we continuously call on the North Koreans to abide by and cooperate with the community of nations' and abide by United Nations'. resolutions."

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, 'Ofthe Chlnese 'Embassy in Manila. a 'diplomatic Filipino hospitality was reciprocated solution. He w~th Chinese. recidivism. They has summoned misconstrue our soft stand as a ALEJANDRO .C h i n ·e s e DEL ROSARIO. welcome mat for repeat offenders. Ambassador But in this latest incident, two Ma Keqing but Chinese surveillance vessels came . the Chinese. ASIDE from the bar girls· of to the rescue of its nationals and seem adamant Olongapo who pine for the return . challenged the BRP Gregorio del in their position of American sailors, there are many . Pilar and its crew which had boarded . and insists' that anxious souls who also wish the US the Chinese fishing boats and found the West Philippine Sea is part of ·.Seventh.Fleet were back inSubic in' giant clams, endangerea corals, and their territorial waters. One hundred light of the Chinese bullying in the a huge fish catch. ' . fifty miles off the Philippine coast, ·.West Philippine 'Sea. . We now have a dangerous :Zambales in this case,and the US' naval power though is still standoff in the Scarborough Shoal. .Chinese claim it's theirs. What gall! veZY'llluchpresent in its forward The Chinese ships won't budge and Iknow Iwill come under fire from deployment strategy with its bases the BRP Gregorio del Pilar, recently the militants and the flag wavers in Yokosuka, Japan and in Guam. I acquired :from the US Navy and for wishing the US Seventh Fleet .The Chinese claim the whole of I. :efitte~ ~s a warship, is also holding were still in Subic, Zambales act · the South China . its position. As of yesterday, though, as deterrent to Chinese expansion · Sea as theirs in the region. But. alas, we have· : on the basis of become vulnerable when we booted : its historical 'out the Americans fromSubic and records. But its Clark Air Base. ' " We became historical claims So, no" matter how sanguine '1 vulnerable when were written by the Department of Foreign Affairs Chinese so it is for a diplomatic solution, I could well be a doubt whether Beijing will' back ~.work of fiction, Americans. off as it would be a loss of face. T .h e To the Chinese;' loss of face in Philippine the international community. is claim is based something akin to a slap in the face on the 200the Del Pilar had to leave for fuel that they would never countenance .. , mile exclusive economic zone of a and supplies replenishment and was The only problem in the standoff : country under the United Nations 'replaced by a smaller Philippine . at Scarborough Shoal. is that it . Convention on the Laws of the Sea~ Coast Guard vessel while another would also mean a loss of face for The People's Republic of China is Chinese ship joined the two others Filipinos, not to mention a surrender a member of the United Nations that had challenged the Del Pilar. of our sovereignty. but brazenly it does not subscribe President Aquino. in a statement, I hope Secretary Del Rosario's to UNCLOS as it Is inimical to its said the Philippines would assert its optimistic view of the grave situation interest and its sweeping' South sovereignty. He has spoken and any is right. Otherwise the world might China Sea claim, Oil and other rich change in our position, .unless it is, ., see a potential powder keg explode ·minerals lie beneath the disputed . matched by a Chinese compromise that could see US involvement. The body of water. The West Philippine and a meeting of minds to avoid an prospect of oil, gas and minerals in Sea is also a vast fishing area. The . international incident, cannot. be the disputed waters is immense. The apprehension of eight Chinese altered without the President looking US also will not allow the Chinese fishing boats, just 150 nautical bad. Mr. Aquino's stance, could to control vital sea lanes in the .miles off Zambales, was just the make or break his presidency, Let's South China Sea if its outlook is to . latest incursion into Philippine all hope for a peaceful denouement remain a Pacific power, a presence waters. They had gotten bold to tFhis ~angerous impasse'lb d 1 ~'_ needed for the region'S stability andi' ••. ~.'." because the Philippines, in trying oreign Secretary A ert· e ~ continued prosperity, ~ to. maintain good neighbor relations Rosario is with Beijing, would just release hopeful the tense poaching fishermen into the custody. situation would i be easedthrough

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shut. GOBYERNO NATIN! The Palace statement *** that it wants diplomatic solutions to address the delicate situation is also baloney. It shows the government's weak position in critical areas of foreign relations. It was a standoff and EMBARASSING! -nobody was going to war How else can you de- yet. Malacaiiang could _ sciibethe-latest blunder have taken that an opof the Aquino adminisportunity to show its firmtration?ness in its territorialc1aim Sources say- it was in the Spratly Islands by MaIacanang that ordered simply allowing Gregorio the warship BRP Grego- Del Pilar to stay put. rio Del Pilar to retreat Had the Gregorio Del . from the supposed standPilar held its ground; it off between the Philip. could have been almost pine Navy' suspected _ reminiscent of the 1962 Chinese forces atthe Scar- October Missile Crisis in borough Shoal in the Cuba- 'which was one. of West Philippine Sea. America's finest moNobody is buying the ments inhistory. scapegoat of the Philip-. But BRP Gregorio Del pine Navy that the newly- Pilar retreated (a cause acquired warship simply . for our hero Gen._Gregorefueled. That's a .stupid rio Del Pilar to roll in his excuse. It couldhave been grave) and clearly showed

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ABUTI na atmayroon BRP GreMgorio del salang ang Pilipinas nangPaano kung .Pilar bago naganap ang standoff Scarborough Shoal.

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Kaso ang NoKor na Isangkomunistang bansa. Mahilig ltong gumawa ng mga lihim na nuclear test kahit iplnagbabawal ng komunidad ng mga bansa na kung tawaqln ay United Nations. Kahit namatay na kamakailanang datin_g leaderng NoKor na si King Jon!;! II fila mas agresibo anq kanyang batambatanq anakna sl Kim Jong Un na sa murang gulang ay binigyan ng ranggong heneral at ngayo'y pumafit sa kariya sa pagpapalakad ng naturangbansa. ' .• Inilagay sa red-alert status ang Pilipinas at ipinagANG pinangangambahang rocket launch ng Northbawal ang pangingisda sa karagatang posiblenq baqKorea ay pumalpak. Sumempiang atbumagsak sa sakan ng debris na NoKor R.ocket. Kawawa yi.mgmga Yellow Sea ang rocket at di nakuhang makapasok sa mangingisdang naapektuhan ang kabuhayan. Pero kalawakan. Walang ana mang pinsala kanino man 0 saan ngayon ay blue alert nalang ang nakataas at puwede mang bagay. Salamat sa Dios! Ngayon ay mapapanatag nang rnanqlsda uti sa karagatan. ' na ang mga bansang na-praninq, . Kinondena ng international community ang nabigong Bakit nataranta ang buongdaigdig sa rocket launch rocket launch. Paglabag urnano ito sa UN Security na ito ng NoKor gayung ginawa na iyan ng ibang bansa CouncilrasolUtions 1695, 1874 at 1718 nanagbabawal tulad ng China, Japan at iba pa para ma~~p'aglunsad ng sa Pyongyang na maglunsad ng missile 0 nuclear test. satellite sa kalawakan. At magmg ang Pillpmas ay mayIbig sabihin,hlndi kumbinsldo ang mgakamunidad roan na ring aall-aligld na satellite sa space, ang "Agila"ng bansa na isan!1_roc~et launch ~ang_!to kundi isang na importante sa episyenteng communications system. . sikret~ng ballistic mi_ssile'test B~nga nita, maghaharap ang Estados Unidos ng protests sa United Nation~ upan~ disiplinahin ang Nokor dahl! sa glnawang probokasyon at pagsuway sa UN Security, . .. 'Hindi ako magtataka kung daratmq ang araw na matutulad sa Iraq ang North Korea na talagan9 pinulous ng Arnerika at mga kaalyadong bansa dahl! fahg sa hinalanq nag"iingat ng weapons of mass destruction.

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SINAlUBONG ang Biyernes ng urnaqanqdalawanq magkasunod na banta. Una, tinuloy na ng North Korea· ang paglunsad ng kanilang pinaka~bagong rocket na ayon Wara pang opisyal na pahayag mula sa North Korea sa kanlla ay gagamitin para. sa mapayapang parnama-: sapagsusulat nito. Hindi ko maisip kung anong nagaraan, Tumutol ang halos buang mundo sa paglunsad, ganap ngayon sa mlsteryosong bansa. Tila f\aririnig ko dahillabag daw ito sa kasunduan na hindi slla gagawa 1 naanq mga sigaw ni Kim Jong Un, na naghahanap ng ngganyang klaseng mga paqsubok. Pero wala ngang masisisi sa malaking kahihiyan nahinaharapng kan. pakialam kava tinuloy na nga. Matapos ang ilang minuto,· yang bansa.. Paano na yung selebrasyon n9 sentenaryo .kumalat sa mga balita na butnagsak na raw ang rocket n9 pagsilang n9 kanilang pangulo't diyos na sl Kim II samay karagatan ng Japan. Ang unang pumasok salslp . Sung? Tulay pa ba, 0 may malawakang pagkukulong ko, pinabagsak ba ng Japan dahil pumasok sa kanilang at paghuhuli ngayon sa lahat n9 kasama sa programa teritoryo? Pinabagsak ba ng South Korea na mortal na n9 rocket ngayon? Tiyak sa kanlla bumabagsak ang kaaway n9 North Korea? 0 pinabaqsak ba ng Amerika? ,sisi, habang tila pinagtatawanan ng buong mundoang Ano naang magiging reaksyonng bansang ito, na kilalang naganap na kapalpakan. palaaway at handang makipagdigmaan kahit kanino? Pero may babala na rin mula sa isang eksperto sa Pero kusang bumagsak pala yung rocket, na hindi North Korea, na hindi sila dapat pinagtatawanan, dahil nga man lang umabot sa labas n9 atmosphere ilg planstal : sa sila ay pikon. Bakakunq ano anggawin para ipakita na Sa madaling santa, pumalpak nang soora-sobral Kaya sila'y isang bansa na dapat pa ringkatakutan atpanqammatapos ang lanat ng pangamba, lahat n9 batikos, lahat bahan, at hindi dapat pinagtatawanan! Na malakas ang 09 kritisismo sa North Korea at pan na rin matapos lahat kanilang mititar at may kapabilidad pa ring gumawa ng ng pagyayabang ng North Korea, bumagsak lang sa dagat nuclear bomb. Ito ang babala. Pera mahirap pigilan ang ang rocket matapos ang ilang minutoJ Ano ngayon ang buong mundo, dahl! na rin sa pagrglng pas away atwalang sasabihin n9 NorthKorea? Para sa kaniJa, napakalaking pakialam ng North Korea sa mundo. Binabawian lang sna, kahihiyan itong pagbagsak ng,rocket, na tlnapat nlla sa Ganun talaga kapag hindi kanakikisama. . selebrasyon ng 100 taon mula nang isinllang ang kani lang Mukhang sila ang nnamaan ng matas sa Friday the 13th. unang pinuno na si Kim 11 Sung. TIla magandang parna_ hiin din sana para sa kanilang bagong pinuno na si Kin1 ~~~~~~_~""""'"':""""~~~"':""""~~~~~~__"'~~__"'_ Jong Un, na umaangat na sa kapangyarihan. Pera s~liladd'oacpa hpa@yaho();Com ...Telnof02)892-1693I.Ocal'52875295 pagbagsak, ana na pala? • • •, ,. 1

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malayong-malayo ritogaya ng Tsina. Magk~gayunman. katotohanan na maypag~ angkin sa lugar hindi lang ng Pilipinas kundi ng ibang mga bansa gaya n9 Tslna . At angiSa pang katotohanan dito ayang paggamlt ng iba't ibang bansa ng buo nilang kapangyari~an, kasama na ang pUwersa militar, upang· maigiit nila ang kanilang karapatan na ituring na bahagl ng kani-kanilang mga terltoryo ang searboroUgh Shoal. Sa gitna nito, dapat ria humanap ang PlIlpinas ng mgaparaan upang maigiit ang sarili nitoog karapatan na umangkin sa lugar bilangteritoryo nito., Tila walang maaasahan ang Pilipinas sa Estados Unidos sakabila n9 pagkakaroon ngdalawang. bansa ng mga tratado 0 kasunduang pangmilitari para sa depensa nila saisa't isa sa digmaan dahll .sa nakablbingi nitong katahimikan sa Isyu. Kaya naman, mainam na dumulog ang Pilipinas sa United Nations para sa ligal na resolusyon 0 makipag-alyansa kava ito sa mga kalapit na bansa na may "claim" din salugar 0 mapayapang rnakipag-ayos mismo sa Tslna. Ang puwersa militat ng Pilipinas 8y wala ni isang magag~ laban sa Tslna sa lantarang·digmaan .

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Rocket...atmua ·rakal
pad na rocket ng North Korea. Pero heto ang masamang balita at malinaw na naraket na namarr tayo mga kababayan. Sa darating na pasukan saklase ay may bagong kalbaryo ang mga estudyante at magulang dahil pinayagan ng Commission on Higher Education . GINISING tayokahapon rig umaga ng mga (CHED) ang petisyon ng maraming eskwelahan balita tungkol sa pagpapalipad ng North Korea ng na magtaas ng tuition fee. kanilang kauna-unahang' rocket patungo sa kalaGinawa ito ng CHEO sa kabila ng mga panawawakan. gankay Pangulong Aquino na magpatupad ng Kung anu-anong mga nakagigimbal na posibimoratorium sa tuition fee hikes. lidad ang lumutang sa nasabing aktibidad ng North Ginagawa nang raket ng mga eskuwelahan lalo Korea pero lumabas .na "supot" pala. ng mga pribado na taun-taon magtaas ng matrikula Ang sabi ng North Korea, nais lamang nitong ngunit nagmimisrula pang mga kasabwat ang mga maglagay ng weather satellite sa orbit, ngunit baray kinauukulang dapat ay nagpoprotekra sa taongsa paniwala ng mga praning na Amerikano, tinabayan. Tsk! Tsk! Tsk!-' tangka ng Pyongyang ita magdisenyo ng nuclear Ito 'yung raket na kahit kitang-kita na ng warhead na may kakayahang gumupo sa Estados pamahalaan e, pinababayaan lang mapahirapan Unidos. ang rnga mag-aaral at magulang.·' Ang pagkapraning ng Amerika sa aktibidad ng Heto pa ang malinaw na rake! ruga suki, NgaNK . ay humawa .sa mga taga-Malacanang. yang Abril ay mulingtataas ang singil sa kutyente Pinaghanda ang mga kasundaluhan, navy, coast ng Meralco ng 33 sentimo kada kilowatt hour guard at binawalan ang mga mangingisda na mag(kWh) 0 P5.66 per kWh:' Iayag sa karagatan sa kung anomang mangyaItinayming ito ng Meraleo sa kasalukuyang yari, mainit na panahon, Pati mga eroplanong may biyahe ay iniba ang Hindi nga naman mahahalata na mataas na rota. '. kuryente ang babayaran ng consumers dahl! amiPerri batay sa ginawang kumpirmasyon ng nado tayong malakas ang paggamit ng karamiDefense Ministry ng Seoul, sablay ang rocket ng han Sa electric fan at aircondition para labanan kalabang North Korea. ang slimmer heat. Hindi malaman kung saan bumagsak ang mga " May tatalo pa ba sa raket ng mga kompanya labi ng rocket nit siyang kinatatakutau ng 'Pinas ng langis? _ na baka raw sa kalupaan a karagatan natin turnaHarap-harapan tayong niloloko sa pamamamao gitan ng sunud-sunod nil oil price hike pero walang Dahil .diyan, maraming napraning kahapon at ginagawang hakbang aug gobyerno para balugbugin kasama na tayo ruon. Salamat sa Diyos at walang ang mga suwapang na kompanyang ito. anumang naging masamang balita ukol sa pinaliBuwakanabits!!! -.

Monhlorea .oa Frldav The 131hil
na Koreano sa Sokor kapalit ng pag-abandona ng

gobyemo ni Kim Jong Un sa 'rocket program nila.
TULAD ng inaasahan ko, napatunayang supot ! nga ang ipinagmamalakmg rocket ng North Korea. Tinalo pa ng rnga kwiton, kwitis at baby rocket ng Pinas, He-he-he. Hang minuto at Hang kilometre matapos itong lumipad kahapon, namataang nagkahiwa-hiwalay ang rocket sa himpapawid at burnagsak sa karagatan ng South Korea. Kundangan naman kasi, wala bang nagsabi sa mga Koreana na malas ang Friday the .13th? Hik-hik-hik, Hindi ko rna-imagine ang ngiti sa Iabi ng mga opisyal ng bansang kaIaban ng Nokor gaya ng Sokor, Japan a! Amerika, Dito sa tin siyempre masaya rin ang Palasyo dahil paIpak nga ang launching ng UNHA-3 rocket. Ang nakapagtataka, mayroong report na nagpapabrwatig na tila ibang rocket ang nasira. Ayon samga opisyal ng US, isang Taepodong-2 missile . rawang bumagsak, Teka, eh nasaan ang UNHA·3? Mahiwaga pa sa ngayon dahil kilala ang Nokor Sa pagiging rnapaglihim nito, Baka naman nalansi tayo. Well, malalaman natin 'yan. Maraming nilabag ang Nokor at maraming sinayang. Unacipinagbabawal ng UN Security Council ang pagpapalipad ng rocket sa panahon ito. Kung SARANGGOLA puwede pa. Pangalawa, may offer ang ibang bansana magpapadala ng tone-toneladang pagkain para sa mga nagugutom . . Dahil sa pinalipad ang rocket, kasama na rin nitong bumagsak ang iniaalok sanang pantawid gutom. Sa aklng pananaw, malapit nang rnagdisintegrate a mabuwag ang sistema sa Nokor, Unang senyales kasi diyan ang. rnalawak na taggutom .. Kapag wala ng makain ang mga tao, hindi malayong sumiklab ang pag-aalsa, Isang gaposporong apoy lang ang kailangan para lumiyab ang pag-aaklas, Hindi malayong magyakap ang Nokor at Sokor sa mga derating na panahon kagaya ng nangyari sa Berlin nang wasakin ng mga lao ang Berlin Wall nailang dekadang nagpahiwalay sa East at West Ana ang aral na mapupulot natin sa Nokor? Simple. Na walang diktadurya a iisangmakapang., yarihang tao ang maaring gumuhit ng kinabukasan ng mamamayan ng isang bansa, Kung hanggang .kailan tatagal sa kapangyarihan 81 Kim Jong Un, sila lang ang nakakaalam, , Nakakahiya nga lamang at ang Friday the 13th failure ng UNHA-3 rocket ay nataon sa ikB-lOO taon ni Kim Il Sung. Sa hallp na intemational __ .,......,......,..... _ pride eh humiliation 0 kahihiyan aug nairegalo sa namayapang Nokor dictator. . 3J LOcal: 5287,5295 . Bata pa kasi itong si Kim Jong Un. Parang nag- ... ·"'"'-''''"'-''''"'-' ............ '''"'-' ............ _ lalaro lang. Mag playstation ka nalang,
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