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TITLE/SUMMARY' !WaITER ARMY' llELA TED ISSUES

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Kidnappers free Zambo fishpond operator's son Kidnappers with links to a "lost command" of Moro rebels freed a son of a fishpond operator following the payment of ransom in Payao, Zamboanga Sibugay before dawn last Saturday, police said. Troops capture regional NPA camp in Capiz Government troops have overrun a regional camp of the NPA in Capiz last Friday, a military official said over the weekend.

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Old grudge eyed in Cotabato cockpit attack Police investigators were looking at the possibility that an old grudge may have led to Saturday's deadly grenade attack on a makeshift cockpit in Aleosan, North Cotabato that killed three and wounded 33 others. 2 NPA rebels killed in clash; another held in Laguna Two communist rebels were killed and a policeman was wounded in an encounter in Cabanglasan town, Bukidnon, on Saturday, the military said on Sunday. Cash assistance Former rebels who had returned to the folds of the law recently received cash assistance from the provincial government. Youth seminar The 4th Civil-Military operations "Kasaligan" Battalion of the Army's Northeastern and Northern Mindanao 4th Infantry Division (410) in partnership with the Sanguniang Kabataan of Balingaon, opened a threeday live-in Youth Leadership Seminar (YLS) last Saturday at Balingaon Central School, Balingaon town, Misamis Oriental. Konduktor tinodas ng holdaper Napatay ang konduktor ng Ween Bus Co. matapos barilin sa isa sa apat na kalalakihang holdaper sa highway ng Pikit, North Cotabato kahapon ng umaga.

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POI p. A-22

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Manila Bulletin p. 15

Ngayon p..8

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Tribal leader itinumba Abante p. 3 Tigok ang isang tribal leader na kilalalang anti-communist advocate matapos na tambangan ng mga rebeldeng NPA salalawigan ng Bukidnon. 3 patay, 33 sugatan Sabungan hinagisan ng Granada Abante p. 3 Pumalo na sa 3 ang nasawi habang 33 katao pa ang nananatiling nasa ospital makaraang hagisan ng granada ang isang sabungan sa bayan ng Aleosan, North Cotabato nocno Sabado no hapon.

AFP aE,LATED ISSUES
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'Balikatan' kicks off today The annual large-scale military exercises between the Philippines and the United States will kick off today amid standoff between the Philippines and China in Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal west of Luzon. POI p. A-i. 8

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'Balikatan' unfolds today This year's edition of the Balikatan exercises unfolds today with at least 4,500 American and 2,300 Filipino soldiers taking part in the humanitarian assistance and disaster response. Balikatan not meant to provoke China, says Palace The war games that Filipino and US military personnel are starting today near the disputed Spratlys are not meant to provoke China, which lays claim to the entire islands, a Malacaiiang official said yesterday. Green groups to hold protest caravan vs Balikatan Hippies wearing peace symbols will launch a multi-sectoral caravan protesting the latest Balikatan military exercises between the US and the Philippines today. Balikatan not meant as a provocation The joint Philippine-United States war games that start in Palawan today are not a show of force against China, whose ships were involved in a standoff with Philippine naval vessels in the Scarborough Shoal last week. War games not response to naval standoff - AFP The Philippine military yesterday downplayed fears that the Balikatan joint exercises could further add to the Scarborough tension. US, Pinoy soldiers to hold 'war' games in Spratlys Filipino and American soldiers will start holding new war games as the Philippine-United States Balikatan exercises formally opens today. Tawi-Tawi attracts tourist, cautiously Tawi-Tawi has white sandy beaches and stunning views, but selling it as a tourist destination has proved challenging for Philippine officials. Tawi-Tawi woos tourists - cautiously Tawi-Tawi, a remote island province, has white sandy beaches and stunning views, but selling it as a tourist destination has proved challenging for Philippine officials. US Strengthens PH position in stalemate with China A Washington DC-based conservative think tank declared yesterday that the Philippines can best negotiate its territorial dispute with China over Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal through "compromise" and from a "position of strength, not weakness." 'Diplomatic offensive' pushed Sen Joker Arroyo yesterday called on President Aquino to launch a "diplomatic offensive" in the region by tapping the support of the US and its allies in the ASEAN in the latest conflict with China. Despite need, Palace won't drop envoy-nominee Amid the escalating diplomatic tension with China, Malacanang is sticking with Domingo Lee as its nominee as ambassador to China even if he has been repeatedly bypassed by the Commission on Appointments (CA). Tension flares up anew at Scarborough Tension flared up again following last week's naval standoff between China and the Philippines in the West Philippine Sea after the Chinese deployed a second ship and an aircraft that hovered over the area, Filipino officials said Sunday. Military ship ng China muli ibinalik sa Scarborough Matapos mag pull-out ang mga Chinese fishing vessel na unang namataan sa karagatan ng Scarborough Shoal, isang surveillance

Malaya p. B-2

Phil Star p. 16

9-10 Phil Star p. 11

Manila Bulletin p. 1

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Daily Tribune p. 1

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Manila Times p. A-1

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Phil Star p. 1

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POI p. A-1

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Manila Bulletin p. 1

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Phil Star p. 1

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POI p. A-4

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Standard Today p.1

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Police Files p. 2

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ship and ibinalik ng China sa naturanglugar.
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protest vs Balikatan exercises simula ngayon Aarangkada ng ngayong araw ang nationwide protest ng iba't ibang grupo ng mga militante laban sa Balikatan exercises sa pagitan ng mga sundalong Pilipino at Amerikano na magsisimula na rin ngayon. Balikatan di gagamitin vs China Itinanggi ng Palasyo ng gagamitin ng pamahalaan ang RPUS Balikatan joint military exercises na magsisimula ngayon araw na ito para ipakita ang pagsasanih-pwersa ng dalawang bansa kontra China bilang tugon sa bagong hidwaan ng Pillplnas at China dahil sa Scarborough Shoal.

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RHB man nabbed in Bataan An officer of the Rebolusyonaryong Hukbong Bayan (RHB), a breakaway group of the NPA was arrested Sunday afternoon by police and troopers from the 7th Military Intelligence Group (MIB) in barangay Puskoan, Orani, Bataan, 2012 Balikatan under way today The 28th Philippines-U nited States "Balikatan" (shoulder-toshoulder) military exercises this year starts today. PNP 'GIS' works in CAR The PNP has cited several innovations implemented by the Cordillera Police Region Office to better serve residents and visitors of the Cordillera region which remains as one of the country's top tourist attractions. NDF accuses govt of violating pact The NDF has accused the government of violating a joint immunity pact with the recent arrest of military party-list Bayan Muna campaigner Reynante Gamara. For first interview workshop, Inquirer sends in a Marine The almost 100 kids who attended the Art of the Interview workshop given by Inquirer in Education (lIE) last week found out a real action hero could very well be their dream interviewee. At the invitation of workshop speaker Fe Zamora, a senior Inquirer reporter, Col Ariel Querubin graciously agreed to be the afternoon's interview "lab rat."

Tempo p. 5

Tempo p. 4

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People's Journal p. 2

Standard Today p. A-4

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PDI p, H-1

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29-30 31 32-33 34 Araw ng Kagitingan The bottom line China out to grab Zambales shoal Scarborough Shoal aagawin ng Tsina Bilisan ang AFP modernization The uphill battle PDI p, A-15 Phil Star p. 15 Phil Star p. 15 Ngayon p. 6 Ngayon p. 6 People's Tonight p. 4

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By ROEL PARENO ZAMBOAN<;;A CITY - Kidnappers with links to a "lost command" of Moro rebels freed a son of a fishpond operator following the payment of ransom in Payao, Zamboanga Sibugay before dawn lastSaturday, police said. The victim, 20-year-old Meljohn Auditor, son of a fishpond owner and barangay councilman, was released by his captors at around 3 a.m, Saturday in Bulawan village, Payao town, said Chief Superintendent Napoleon Estilles, Region 9 police director. Estilles said authorities learned about the release when Auditor's parents sought the help of special forces to fetch rum in a bamboo area in Bulawan. He said Auditor was able to contact his parents as his kidnappers gave him a cell pho~e" Elements of the 16th Special Forces responded and immediately recovered " Auditor. Estilles cited information that Auditor's parents paid an amount for " "board and lodging" in exchange for the freedom of their son who was seized last March 11 in Sitio Palid, Barangay Magdaup, Ipil town. Auditor was brought to the headquarters of the Army's 102nd Infantry Brigade and later presented to the police which subjected him to a medical check-up.

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Troops capture regional NPA· .camp in Capiz ..
Government troops ha ve overrun . a regional camp of the New People's Army (NPA) in Capiz last Friday, a military official said over the weekend. Maj. Gen. Jose Mabanta [r., commander of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, said the capture of the NPA regional camp in the mountainous area of Tapaz town in Capiz came after days ! of sustained Army operations against : the Panay-bassd insurgents. Before the capture of the main rebel . camp, patrolling Army troops found .an NPA,~atellite camp within the . general area of Barangays Nayawan and Lahug, both in Tapaz town, also last Friday. Maj. Enrico Gil Ileto, spokesman of the 3rd Infantry Division, said the captured rebel camps belonged to the NPA's Komiteng Rehiyon Panay. . .: The discovery of the NPA lairs, according to Ileto, came on the heels of heavy fighting between patrolling Army troops and the insurgents in the area early last week - Jaime Laude

Old-grudge eyed in Cotabatocockpit attack
COTABATO CITY':' Police investigators were looking at the possibility that an old grudge may have led to Saturday'S deadly grenade attack on a makeshift cockpit in Aleosan, North Cotabato that killed three and wounded 33 others. Senior Superintendent Cornelio Salinas, North Cotabato police director, said Fermin Caloquin and Vicente Sabando .were both killed on the spot from multiple shrapnel wounds, while farmer Jose Mario de la Pefia died late Saturday while being treated forinjuries. Salinas, citing initial reports from thE' Aleosan police, said the grenade was tossed at the center of a small pitting arena in the middle ofa cockfight, where more
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than a hundred people were gathered. The makeshift cockpit is located in an open field surrounded by rice farms in Barangay Lawili, a secluded fanning district in Aleosan: Some of those injured in the blast were residents of nearby Barangay Tonganon, also in Aleosan, where several families are locked in violent clan wars, called rido in the Maguindanaon vernacular. Salinas said investigators were looking into reports that the grenade attack could have something to do with the clan wars in Tonganon. Text messages have also been circulating purporting that the bombing

could have been perpetrated by jihadists preaching against gambling, drinking of liquor, prostitution, and usury. • Barangay Lawili is not far from known enclaves of the Mora Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). There has also been a long history of local forces of the MILF and Moro National Liberation Front squabbling for control of strategic patches of arable lands in Barangay Tonganon and in communities near the vast 220,OOO-hectare Liguasari Delta. Lt. Col. Roy Calido, commanding officer of the Army's 40th Infantry Battalion, said their intelligence agents are helping Aleosan policemen identify the people behind the grenade attack.

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killed in clash; another held in Laguna
TAGUMCITY-Two communist rebels were killed and a policeman was wounded in an encounter in Cabanglasan town, Bukidnon, on Saturday; the military said on Sunday. A seven-man team from the Cabanglasan police was responding to a shooting incident allegedly carried out by New People's Army (NPA) rebels against a civilian when they caught up with the assailants in Iba village around 9:30 a.m., .sparking a brief firefight, said Col. Leopolda Galan, spokesperson of the military'S Eastern Mindanao Command. Melody Delamansi, a civilian, was gunned down while driving his motorcycle in Sitio Lagonglong and residents immediately reported the incident to the police, said Galan. Fearing a possible ambush and Iandmine attack, the policemen split up, with five going to the crime site on foot and the two remaining on patrol.

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In Laguna, another suspected NPAmember was arrested in Sta. Cruz town, four days after an alleged official of the Communist Party of Philippines was nabbed inside a mall in Las Pinas City for the same charges. .. A belated report from the Philippine Army's 202nd Infantry Brigade on Wednesday said Alexander Arias, alias Ka Adan or Ka Doray; was arrested at a police and military checkpoint in Barangay Bubucal on April 7. . . Arias was aboard a motorcycle driven by a certain Armando Dabe when arrested at around 11:30 a.m, The military suspected Dabe as a local "contact" of the communist rebels but was not arrested since he was not included in the arrest warrant.

Kidnapping
Brigade information officer Capt. Gene Orense said Arias was charged with the kidnapping and murder of Private First Class Eriberto Eclavea and rebel returnee Richard Cortizano, alias Ka Troy; on May 27,2007, in Mauban, Quezon .: . Judge Rodolfo Obnarnia Jr. of the Regional Trial Court Branch 64 in Mauban issued the arrest warrant that named Arias and 42 others, including former NPA commander in Southern Tagalog Tirso Alcantara, Rosemarie Do. manais and Reynante Gamara, alias Ka Mike, as respondents: "(Arias) was part of that platoon that used to operate in Southern Tagalog and which carried out the attack in Quezon," said brigade commander Col. Ivan Samarita in a phone interview. Arias is detained at the Quezon provincial police office. Frinston L. Lim, Inquirer Mindanao; Mari.car Cinco, Inquirer S. Luzon

Wounded
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DUMAGUETECITY, Negros Oriental (PIA) - Former rebels who has returned to the folds of the law recently received cash assistance from the provincial government. Governor Roel Degamo, along with the Phili'ppine Army's 302nd Brigade commander Col. Francisco Patrlrnonfo, gave P50,OOOcash assistance each to five said former New People's Army rebels -- Rymel Macatiguib and Manuel Lagrama, both from Mantiquil, Slaton; Alfie Gadiane of Apoloy, Siaton; Gerardo Guillermo and Bobby Slnda, both from Sta. Catatsalina town - at Degamo's office last Friday.

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. BALINGOAN, Misamis Oriental - The 4th Civil-Military Operations "Kasaligan" Battalion of the Army's Northeastern and Northern Mindanao 4th Infantry "Diamond" Division (4th ID),in partnership with the Sangguniang Kabataan of Balingoan, opened a three-day live-in youth Leadership Seminar (YLS) last Saturday at Balingoan Central School, Bal.ingoan town! this province. The objective of this activity is to provide an avenue for our youth to enhance their leadership, technical and interpersonal skills through a series of lectures, group dynamics, group sharing, team build ingactivities and presentations designed to make them more responsible, productive members and well-informed members of our society. (Mike U. Crismundo)

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pasahero ang nagdeklara ng PIKIT, North Cotabato Napatay angkonduktor ng holdap pagsapit sa may 8itio .Weena Bus Co. matapos bari- Mahad, Barangay Fort Pikit kung saan nilirnas ang mga lin ng isa sa apat na kalalakihang hodaper sa highway ng gamit at cash ng mga pas aPikit, North Cotabato kahapon .hero, maging' ang koleksyon niDima.· ng umaga. Pinababa pa ng mga susKinilala ni Pllnsp. Elias Dandan, hepe ng Pikit PNP, pect ang konduktor saka niratrat kung saan napuruhan sa ang nasawi na si Nasser Dima, dibdib. konduktor ng Eric Bus na may Ayon sa kaanak ng biktibody number XXV na may ma, matagal na raw may banta rutang Cotabato-Davao. Nabatid na apat na kala- sa buhay na natatanggap ang lakihan na nagpanggap na

konduktor. Napag-alamang nakita pa umana ng sundalo ang pagbaril ng mga suspek sa biktima pero 'di-raw nakapagresponde dahil nag-iisalangito . Ayon kay SP02 Teng Dirnapalao, ang nasablnq lugar na pinangyarihan ng krimen ay may 400-metro lamang anglayo sa detachment ng composite team ng Army at CAFGU ng 71h Infantry Battalion. Matu Cadelina Manar

ng Cabanglasan nitong ZAMBOANGA Sabado ng umaga. CITY --- Tigok ang isang Naabutan naman ng tribal leader na kilalang mga rumespondeng tropa anti-communist advocate matapos na tarnbangan ng at parak ang gropo ng tumakas na NPA at napatay rnga rebeldeng New People's Army (NPA) sa lala- ang dalawang rebelde at nabawi rin ng militar ang wigan ng Bukidnon. Kinilala ni Major Eu- . kanilang mga arrnas. Nabatid na matagal genio Osias, tagapagsalita nang target ng NPA si ng 4th Infantry Division, Delamansi dahil sa pagiang napatay na si Melody Delamansi. Sugatan din ging anti-communist ad.ang isa sa apat na parak - vocate nita at dalawa sa mga kapatid nita ang na kasama ni Delamansi sa ambush na riaganap sa .napatay na rin ng' mga rebelde: (AI Jacinto) East Poblacion sa bayan

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Makaraan naman ang ilang oras ay nasawi· rin si Jose Mario deja Pefia, 40-anyos, residente sa lugar. Ayon kay Col. Leopoldo Galon, spokesman ng AFP Eastern Mindanao Command, inihagis ngSa hindi pa malamang grupo ang isang granada sa

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'Balikatan' kicks off today
By Dona Z. Pazzibugan, '
THE ANNUAL large-scale military exercises' between the Philippines 'and the United States will kick off today amid a standoff between the Philippines and China in Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal west of Luzon. Dubbed Balikatan (shoulder to shoulder), the 28th such bilateral exercises between the two allies, will see about 2,300 Filipino troops and 4,500 American troops in action from April 16 to 27. , This year's Balikatan includes field training exercises in Palawan on counterterrorism and maritime security, in Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija, and in Clark, Pampanga, for combat medical aid and jungle survival, and humanitarian assistance and disaster response command exercises in the military general head-' quarters in Camp Aguinaldo. "The Balikatan exercises are in As in recent years, the two forces no way related to any event like will conduct civic projects such as ' that. This was planned long ago for classroom-building and medical our national security," Balikatan and dental missions for the commu- spokesperson for the Philippines, nines hosting the exercises. Maj. Emmanuel Garcia, said. In a statement, the AFP said BaShoal standoff likatan was "designed to enhance Col. Arnulfo Burgos Jr., a' both military forces' interoperabilispokesperson of the Armed Forces ty not only in traditional military ofthe Philippines, said the exercises training but also in reaching out to would not impact on the 'ongoing communities in need of urgent as-' shoal standoff. "The incident in sistance." Defense Secretary Voltaire' Panatag will not affect the exerGazmin, AFP' Chief of Staff Gen. cise," Burgos said. He said that while the exercises Jessie Dellosa and US Ambassador would formally start on Monday, to the Philippines Harry Thomas Jr. the, civil-military operations in will keynote, today's opening ceremony in Camp Aguinaldo, Palawan began on March 12. Rear Adm. Victor Emmanuel "Informally, it is already in progress and there are no signs that Martir is the Philippine exercise dithe Panatag standoff has affected rector while his US counterpart is Lt. Gen. Duane Thiessen. the exercise," Burgos said.

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THISvear's edition of the Balikatan exercises unfolds today'with at least 4,500 American and 2,300 Pilipino soldiers taking part in humanitarian assistance and disaster response, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Armed Forces chief Gen. Jessie Dellosa and US Ambassador Harry Thomas will formally open the exercises in ceremonies at Camp Aguinaldo. The joint PH-US military exercises runs until April 27, Maj. Emmanuel Garcia, BaUkatan public affairs officer, said this Year's Balikatan "is designed to enhance both military forces' inter-operability in the conduct of not only traditi.onal military training but also on non-traditional aspects that reach out to communities in need of urgent assistance. " . The drills Include the conduct of a command post exercises in Camp Aguinaldo where soldiers from .the Philippines, United States with the participation of Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Australia will simulate a response to a strong quake, Garcia said participants in the command post exercises have to level up their capacirv to respond

to disasters so that "we will have a quick response muIti-lateraUy. " He said the focus of this year's BaIikatan is timely citing the massive quake and tsunami that hit Japan last year leaving thousan~s dead The humanitarian assistance phase of the training actually started as early as March 12 in Palawan where American and Filipino soldiers butlt school buildings and provided medical assistance to residents. The venue of the actual training exercises includes the West Philippine Sea or South China Sea off Palawan where both forces will be pursuing amphibious exercises; and gas and oil platform defense .and retake. Filipino and American soldiers will also hold live fire exercises in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija and casualty evacuation in Clark Air Base, Pampanga. . Garcia said the exercises are not meant against any country andnor related to the ongoing standoff at . the Scarborough Shoal which is about 124 nautical miles off Zambales. . "This (Balikatan) was planned long before for the securltyof our country - maritime security, counter-terrorism and humanitarian and disaster response." he said.

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Balikatan notmeant to provoke China, says Palace
. The war gaines that Filipino and US military personnel are shirting today near the disputed Spratlys are not meant to provoke China, which lays. claim to the entire islands, a Malacafiang official said yesterday.
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"This will not ;esult in provocation. As we have said, . the (Balikatan) exercises have .long been scheduled and these have nothing to do with the incident," deputy presidential 'spokesperson A?~Qa.il Valte

said over state-run radio dzRB.· Valte was referring to the recent standoff between Philippine and Chinese vessels in Scarborough Shoal, which the Philippines calls Panatag and the ClI,ip,e$e H~ap'~Jl Qao, . ..

where Philippine Navy personnel tried to stop Chinese fishing vessels from harvesting corals.' "It has nothing to do with the incident at Panatag because the exercises are always schedule4 II). <.Id::::~nce," alte said, V

addressing speculation that the Philippines-US Balikatan, which will be held through Apri127, is meant as a show of force amid tension.with China. In a related .development, Malacafiang said President
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Aquino does not intend to nominate another ambassador to Beijing amid increased tensions in the West Philippine Sea, even if the Commission on Appointments had bypassed presidential appointee Domingo Lee several times. "There are still issues that Mr. Lee has to answer before the Commission on Appointments. But be that as it may, (Foreign) Secretary Albert del Rosario has been heading the diplomatic efforts to address the issue, the incident at Panatag Shoal," Valte said. With regard to the prosecution of

the Chinese poachers, the Palace official said they are leaving the mat-ter to the discretion of the Department of Foreign Affairs. ~'We wilI defer to the DFA, I hope that you understand. Given the sensitive nature of the incident, we will l~ave it to. the DFA to answer questions of this nature," she said. VaIte. clarified, however, that this does not mean the Aquino administration is abandoning its claim over the islands, which is well within the country's 2DD-mile exclusive economic zone, but that the issue must be settled first amicably among claimant-nations'. She said the government's posi-

tion has alwa .. s been to maintain "our claim over, our jurisdiction, our authority over Panatag Shoal, but we must always resort to the diplomatic solution." . "We must always avail ourselves of the diplomatic process to settle incidents like this one which is why we have always deferred to the DFA when it comes to situations like these to be the lead in facilitating that diplomatic prace s," she ct'dded.

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ance amid concerns over China's risingpower. The Balikatan (shoulder-to-shoulder) exercises are an annual event but this year are expected to attract a greater focus with some of the drills set to be held close to sensitive South China Sea waters claimed by the Chinese. The Philippines insists the exercises, involving 4,50Q US personnel and 2,300 Filipino troops, should not be seen by China a a provocation. "Our aim is not against any country, our aim is to protect maritime security and to protect the interests of our country," said Maj. Emmanuel Garcia, Philippine military spokes. man for Balikatan.

Nevertheless, Garcia confirmed that US and Philippine ships will stage drills in waters facing the SouthChina Sea, while Filipino leaders have repeatedly said that China is one of the country's main "maritime security" concerns. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said today's Balikatan will focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster response training. "The first event is humanitarian and civic assistance projects in Palawan, designed to improve the Philippine and US military civic action cooperation, and train civil-military personnel to work together," the AFP said - With Alexis Romero

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Hippies wearing peace symbols will By MICHAEL PUNONGBAYAN ~aunch a multi-sectoral caravan protestbe held in Palawan and Mindanao enmg the latest Balikatanmilitary exercises viron~ent~l groups warned of pote~tial between the United States and the Philip- ecologlcallmpacts and increased militapines todav. rization of mining-affected areas. Members of different organizations Kalik~san, in an announcement yesled by Kalikasan People's Network for te:day, c:ted the Philippines' experience the Environment are scheduled to hold with tOXlCwastes left by troops after the an early morning activity outside the National Housing Authority (NHA) in Quezo.n. City .t? declare their opposition to the joint military e ercise. Noting that .the Balikatan will largely

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Balikatan Not Meant As A Provocation
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The joint Philippine-United States war games that start in Palawan today are not a show of force against China, whose ships were involved in a standoff with Philippine naval vessels

in the Scarborough Shoal last week . Deputy Presidential Spokeswoman Abigail Valte made that clear yesterday, saying the govermnentis commit- . ted to seeking a diplomatic solution to the impasse with China without necessarily involving the US.
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Interviewed on government radio, Valte said the Balikatan exercises were scheduled long before the incident in the shoal. . "This has nothing to do with the incident in Panatag Shoal because the exercises are always scheduled in advance," she said in Filipino. Panatag is the Filipinoname for the Scarborough Shoal. Valte said she hopes that the military exercises will not provoke China. Asked.if the government-will ask Washington to state its position on the territorial dispute between the Philippines and China, Valte said: "The concentration is how to solve the incident through diplomatic means." "We have maintained bur claim, our jurisdiction over Panatag Shoal, but having said that, we must always resort to diplomatic solution to settle the incident," she said. The standoff started after the Philippine Navy tried to arrest Chinese fishermen caught poaching in the shoal. Two Chinese marine vessels stopped the Philippine Navy from arresting the fishermen. .. Tension eased after the fishermen were allowed to leave the area with their harvest of clams, live sharks arid corals.

laj~ Emmanuel Garcia, Armed Forjs the Philippines <AFP) spokesmafor the Balikatan, said the Scarbor gh incident will not affect the joi ilateral exercises. s far as the AFP. is concerned, thi cident will not hinder us from co ucting our joint military unde king between the US Armed. .Fo s," Garcia said. . e also said the Balikatan should no~econstrued as a provocation to ay nation because it is purely an execise designed to improve the interperability between the Philippine adJS forces. We hope that the Balikatan will nofuel any misunderstanding as thUoint military interoperability exrcise was planned a long time agand the conduct of the exercise is noln any way related to the issue on Serborough shoal nor on the Spratly rrrilmderstanding," Garcia said. . ~alikatan 12 formally opens today in ceremony that will be attended by Dense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, U~AmbassadorHarrY K. Thomas, JrArmed Forces Chief of Staff Generl Jessie D. Dellosa, Col. Kevin D. CIfk, head of the Joint US Military A~istance Group (JUSMAG),and sseral top security officials and acjisers.

The exercises will run until April 27 and will also involve Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HA/DR) Training. The opening ceremony to be held at the Armed Forces of the Philip. pines Commissioned Officers' Club (AFPCOC) will feature the unfurling of the Balikatan flag and messages from US Exercise DirectorLt. Gen. Duane D. Thiessen and Rear Admi. ral Victor Emmanuel C. Martir from theAFP. Invited-to the ceremony. are SenatorPanfilo Lacson, chairman of . the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security; Rep. Rodolfo Biazon, chairman of the House Com. mittee on National Defense and Security; Rep. AI Francis DC Bichara, chairman ofthe House Committee on Foreign Affairs; and Undersecretary Edilberto Adan, Executive Director of the Presidential Commission on the Visiting Forces Agreement Commission. Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo is also expected to . attend, along with Uundersecretary Jose Brillantes of the Office of Special Concerns; Assistant Secretary Patricia Ann Paez of the Office for American Affairs; Undersecretary Benito Ramos of National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC); and Francis Tolentino, chairman of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

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War games not response to naval standoff - AFP
The Philippine military yesterday downplayed. fears that the Balikatanjoint exercises could further add to the. Scarborough tension. Top government officials, particularly from the defense and military establishments, both from the Philippines and the United States will formally open the Balikatan 2012 war games in Camp Aguinaldo amid the ongoing tension between the Philippines and China over a disputed territory in -the West Philippine Sea. The Armed Forces ofthe Philippines CAFP) maintained that the EP-USmilitary exercises are not in anyway connected to the ongoing standoff in Scarborough Shoal off thewaters of Zambales province. "Balikatan exercises is in no way related to any event like the Scarborough Shoal (standoff). This has been planned long before for the security of our.country, Our focus-here is marttime. security, counter-terrorism, humanitarian and disaster response," M&i. mmanuel Garcia, E spokesman of the Balikatan exercises for the AFP,sa~d. Incidentally, part of this year's Balikatan joint training are .law enforcement and counter-terrorism .exercises between , ' Filipino and American troops in Palawan, where the disputed West Philippine Seals also located. "More on protection ofproperties and lives is our focus there. The Philippine Coast Guard and local government units in Palawan will be participating in the humanitarian and assistance projects," Garcia said. . Actually, civil military operations and other humanitarian assistance under Balikatan 2012 had started last March 12 with the building of school buildings in . Palawan province.
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Battle positions us Marines assume position during a amphibious landing srnulafion on the shores of San Antonio town, Zambales province, during the recent RP-US Amphibious Landing Exercise. Military officials down played fears that the Balikatan joint exercises scheduled to starttoday could further add the Scarborough tension. AFP

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during the ceremonies. "• This year's Balikatan exercise Malacafiang, for its part, said it directors are Rear Admiral Victor hoped China would not be alarmed Emmanuel Martir, for the~, Lt. by the exercises.' . Gen. Duane Thiessen for the US "Weare hoping that this will not Armed Forces. result in provocation," deputy fiwitedto attend the ceremony are presidential spokesman AbigailValte Sen. Panfilo Lacson, chairman' of the said in a statement. Senate Committee on NationalDefense She added while Manila and Security; Rep. Rodolfo Biazon, maintained jurisdiction overthe shoal, chairman of the House Committee on it remained committed to resolving NationalDefense and Security; Rep. AI the issue in a diplomatic manner, Francis DC Bichara, chairman..of the "Our position has always been House Committee on Foreign Mfairs; that first we have maintained our and Undersecretary Edilberto Adan, claim over, our jurisdiction, our Executive Director ofthe Presidential authority over Panatag Shoal. But, Commission on the Visiting Forces having said that, we must always Agreement Commission. . resort to the diplomatic solution. We Science and Technology must always avail of the diplomatic . Secretary Mario Montejo is also .process to settle incidents like this expected 'to' attend, along with one which is we have always deferred Undersecretary Jos Brillantes 'ofthe to the Department of Foreign Affairs Office of Special Concerns; Assistant when it comes to situations like Secretary Patricia Ann Paez 'Of the these," Valte stressed, Office for American Affairs; Defense Secretary Voltaire Undersecretary Benito Ramos of Gazmin and US Ambassador Harry National Disaster Risk Reduction Thomas will lead other top RP and Management Council; and Chairman US officials in formally opening the Francis Tolentino of the Metro Balikatan 2012. AFP Chief of Staff Manila Development Authority, Gen. Jessie Dellosa will lead the AFP Mario J. Mallari, PNAand AFP
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FILIPINOand American soldiers will start holding new war games as the Philippine-United States Balikatan Exercisesformally opens today. Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)spokesman Col. Arnulfo Burgos

Jr. said that the joint military exercises' would be conducted simultaneouslyin various parts of the country, induding the West Philippine Sea, where the disputed oil-rich Spratly group of islands is located. . About 5,.000 Pilipino and American soldiers are expected to join. in the 12-day exercise, which includes humanitarian assistance and disaster

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response training. Filipino and American troops are also scheduled to take part in the conduct of "gasand oil platform defense exercises" theWestPhilippineSea, near the firsteverin the historyof Balikatan. . Western Mindanao Command chiefLt. Gen. Iuancho Sabban clarified that the gas and oil platform defense exerciseshave nothing to do with the Philippine-China dispute on the Spratlys and that this is just a counter-measure against possible terrorists attack. "Itspurpose lis] to later on protect or retake any platform that is under attack by terrorist," Sabban said. TheUS govemment earliersaidthat it is increasingits military presencein the Philippines and in other parts of the Asia-Pacific region to ensure peace and stability in the region in view of China's increasemilitarybuild-up that alarmed Asiancountries. China has increased its military budget for 2012 by 11.2 percent to 670.3 billion yuan, Of $1l0 billion. Burgos said that the Balikatan opening ceremony, which would be held at the AFP Commissioned Offleers' Club, would be attended by Defense SecretaryVoltaire Gasmain, US Ambassador to Mdllila Ilarry K. Thomas lr., AFP chief Gen. Jessie Dellosa, and several other top secuofficialsand advisers.

Balikatan exercise is done annually pursuant to the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty; which bounds the Philippines and the US to support each other in times of war. Lawmakers said the government should engage in more joint military exercises and take advantage of the military aid offered by its allies. especially the United States. Rep. Carol Jayne Lopez of You Against Corruption and Poverty (YACAP)party-list said that the new war games should not be seen as a provocation but rather as a boost to the country's military capability, Meanwhile, various groups led by the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan and the International Leagueof Peopies Struggles (ILPS) would hold' nationwide actions to protest the' Balikatan exercises. . Umbrella group Bayan has warned the Philippine government against inviting US involvement in the Spratly dispute, saying that the US will intervene only to advance' its own agenda of trying to maintain a dominant presence in the reo gion. The move will certainly complicate the dispute, the group said. Protestersfrom Manila aretraveling from Quezon Cityto ClarkAirbaseand BasaAirbase for a one-day caravan.In Mindanao, an island-widecaravanwill kick-offtoday and would convergein Zamboanga Cityon Friday,wherethe 600 USSpecialForceshave been based since 2002.

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'Tawi- Ta'wi attracts tourists, cautiously
Tawi-Tawi has white sandy beaches and stunning views, but selling it as a tourist destination has proved challenging for Philippine officials. The island's pristine waters, prehistoric caves and mountain lookouts, it turns out, lie in the vicinity of fierce battles between rebel groups and the military. ' Kidnappings are a recurring problem in Tawi-Tawi, and clan warfare, beheadings and roadside bombs are all too common on the ,surrounding island's in. Mindanao. Nonetheless, Gov. Sadikul
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The United States, Britain and many other countries have had similar travel warnings for more than a decade. It js no surprise, given the recent histOJj)/of the area 'around Tawi-Tawi, that viS'l.tors are urged to arrange security along with their tour packages. On nearby Sulu Island in February, Philippine Air Force jets dropped two bombs that killed more than a dozen rebels, including top leaders of a regional terrorist network with links to al-Qaeda, military officials said. A nearby island" Basilan, is a stronghold for the top terrorist organiza tion in the Philippines, Abu Sayyaf. In late February, the authorities announced that they had captured a rebel leader there who had been involved in the beheading of 10 Philippine Marines in 2007. Just beyond Basilan, in Zamboanga Sibugay province, Warren Richard Rodwell, a 53-year-old Australian, has been held captive since his abduction on Dec.

5. In July, a vcicationingAmerican, Gerfa Yeatts Lunsmann, her 14-year-old son and her 19-year-old Filipino nephew were kidnapped in a coastal area of Zamboanga City. All three are now free, and Lunsmann and her son have returned to the United States. Noone has confirmed or denied rumors that ransoms were paid. . Despite the warnings, two European birdwatchers decided to visit Tawi-Tawi in hopes of seeing the extremely rare Sulu hornbill. They were kidnapped Feb. 1and remain in captivity. The violence and kidnap pings in the south pose a significant problem for Philippine tourism officials. "The Philippines remains an ideal destination, with foreign individuals and groups continuing to arrive," the Departr_hent of Tourism said in a statement "Shortly after the birdwatchers were kidnapped. "So far, no cancellations have been made." ' , The depa~tmentreported that 3.9 million visitors carne to the Philippines in, 2?11, a 4.6 percent increase over the preVIOUS year. The government's goal is to attract 4.2 million visitors in 2012. , In Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, the desk.clerk at the Beachside Inn, Nur Uddin, said by telephone that foreigners continued to arrive, although not very often. "If you come here, you should hire a security guard to make sure you are safe," he said. ' , Salvacion Pescadera, a provincial tourism officer, sa~d the kidnapping of the

Sahali and local tourism officials are laying out the welcome mat, with a new promotional campaign aimed at trumpeting the charms of Tawi- Tawi and other nearby isles. , National tourism officials are opposed to foreigners visiting the area because of the dangers. A national tourism campaign, with the slogan "It's More Fun in the Philippines," has been something of it sensation on the Internet, though, and birdwatchers was an isolated case that, she said, occurred beusers have appropriated the slogan in cause they had not sought security clearance from the tourpostings on social media sites to celebrate ism department before isiting a remote area. She said that - and mock - what constitutes "fun" in her office coordinated with the local police to provide securisome areas.' One such image under the ty for visitors. "You'll be in good hands," she said. '. heading "Vacation. It's More Fun in the , - New York Times; Philippines" shows a kidnapped couple flanked by masked, armed men in Min,danao, the easternmost island in the Philippines. "If you are in central and western Mindanao, you should leave immediately," states a recent travel advisory from the Australian government to its citizens. "If, despite our very strong advice against travel, you decide to visit central or western Mindanao," it added, "you should put in place robust measures to ensureyourpe~on~securit~seekpro-~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~fessional security advice and take out AFFAIRS - Emailadd:oacpa_hpa@yahoo.com - Tel no. (02) 892-1693, Local: 5287, 5295 kidnapping insurance."

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Tawi-Tawi WOOS tourists .-'.cautiously
TAWI-TAWI, a remote island province, has white sandy beaches and stunning views, but selling it as a tourist destination has proved challenging for Philippine officials. . . The island's. pristine waters, prehistoric caves and mountain lookouts, it turns out, lie in the vicinity of fierce battles between rebel groups and the Philippine military. . Kidnappings are a 'recurring problem on Tawi-Tawi, and clan warfare beheadings and roadside bombs are all too common on the

"If, despite our very strong advice against travel, you decide to visit central or western Mindanao," it added, "you should put in place robust measures to ensure your personal security, seek professional security advice and take out kidnapping insurance." The United States, Britain and many

other countries have had similar travel warnings for more than a decade. It is no surprise, given the recent history of the area around Tawi-Tawi, that visitors are urged to arrange security along with their tour packages: On nearby Jolo Island in February, Philippine Air Force jets dropped two bombs that killed more than a dozen rebels, including top leaders of a re- . gional terrorist network with links to al-Qaida, military officialssaid. A nearby island, Basilan, is a stronghold for the top terrorist organization in. the Philippines, the Abu Sayyaf. In late February, the auTAWI-TAWI/AI9 thorities announced that they bad surrounding islands in the southern captured a rebel leader there who Philippines. Nonetheless, GoY. had been involved in the beheading Sadikul Sahali and local tourism offi- of 10 Philippine Marines in 2007. cials are laying out the welcome mat, . Just beyond Basilan,. in Zamwith a new promotional campaign boanga ,.Sibugay province, Warren aimed at trumpeting the charms of Richard Rodwell, a 53-year-·oLd· Tawi-Tawiand other nearby isles. Australian, has been held. captive National tourism officials are op- since his abduction on Dec. 5. posed to foreigners visiting the area In July, a vacationing American, because of the dangers.' Gerfa Yeatts Lunsrnann, her 14Anational tourism campaign, with year-old son and her 19-year-old the slogan "It's More' Fun in the Filipino nephew were kidnapped in Philippines," has been something of a a coastal area of Zamboanga City. sensation on the Internet, though, All three are now free, and Lunand users have appropriated the slo- smann and her son have returned to gan in postings on social media sites the United States. No one has conto celebrate-and mock-what con- firmed or denied rumors that ranstitutes "fun" in some areas, soms were paid. One such image under the headDespite the warnings, two Euroing ''Vacation. It's More FUn in the pean bird watchers decided to visit Philippines" . shows a kidnapped Tawi-Tawi in hopes of seeing the excouple flanked by masked, armed trernely rare Sulu hornbill, They men in Mindanao. were kidnapped on Feb. 1 and re"If you are in central and western main in captivity Mindanao, Vall should leave imme.The violence and kidnappings in diately," stites. a recent travel advithe south pose a significant probsory from the Australian governiem for Philippine tourism officials. : .....----mentto its citizens. -----------------------------IDFFICe OF lHE ARMY: CHlEF PUBLlC AFFAIRS - Email add: oaepa hpa@yahoo.<lom-Tel

"The Philippines remains an ideal destination, with foreign individuals and groups continuing to arrive," the Department of Tourism (DOn said in a statement shortly after the bird watchers were kidnapped. "So far, no cancellations have been made." The department reported that 3.9 million visitors came to the 'Philippines in 2011, a 4.6 percent increase over the previous year. The · government's goal is to attract 4.2 million visitors in 2012. In Bongao, on Tawi-Tawi, the desk clerk at Beachside Inn, Nur · Uddin, said by telephone that for· eigners continued to arrive, although not very often. "If you come here, you should hire a security guard to make sure you are safe," he said. .Salvacion Pescadera, a provincial tourism officer, said the kidnapping of.the bird watchers was an isolated case that, she said, occurred because they had not sought security clearance from the tourism depart.ment before visiting a remote area. She said her office coordinated with the local police to provide security for visitors. ''You'llbe in good hands," she said. New York Times News Service

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Contrary to Bello's view You Currently, the Philippines he said . peace and prevent Chinese advenAgainst Corruption and Po~erty . is in a situation where it seemed it is turism. CYACAP)party-list Rep. Carol Jayne "orphaned" by its allies. . After all, 'as pointed out by WarLopez called for the strengthening "That is the situation we-are in .shaw, the cutter that the US provided of the country's military capability to right now. The United States is tired to the Philippines last year is in the thwart off possible intrusion into the of war but it would not. give up its thick of this standoff. Philippine territory. role in Asia. They are the only miliWithout it, he said, Filipinos would "We can learn and train from these tary power nowadays but we cannot never have known of illegal Chinese fishing in the area.. . always influence their policies," Ar- . exercises so that we can strengthen our military capability and possibly royo said. Warshaw was referring to the prevent another intrusion into areas "The sea lanes straddling the Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas we consider as within our exclusive contested territories are also vital to (B RP) Gregorio del Pilar, a refur. economic zone and thus protect our theUS, but they are playing deaf," bished former US Coast Guard cutter territorial integrity on our own," noted Arroyo. .. transferred to the Philippines last Lopez said. He said the executive. officials year, which figured in a standoff last Bayan Munaparty-list Rep. Teddy should "start talking to the US and week with two Chinese surveillance Casino said China's incursion into the ask them "what their intentions are vessels in the Scarborough Shoal, country's territory should be stopped just to get an idea of what type of which is located in art area just 137 following reports that it sent backa response they will have to China's miles off the coast of the Philippines surveillance vessel to the shoal and bullying in the region." . and hundreds of miles from China. a Chinese aircraft flew over a Philip- . Akbayan party-list Rep. Walden While both countries claim sov_ pine Coast Guard vessel facing off a' Bello, who called on the United ereignty over the shoal, Warshaw Chinese ship in the area. Nations (UN) to mediate in the said: "Negotiating from a position Western Samar Rep. Mel Senen Manila-Beijing stalemate, said the of strength, not weakness, will allow .Sarmiento, for his part, said it would Phllippines should refrain from doing the Philippines the best opportunity be at the advantage of the governactions that would furtherfuel up the to reach an agreeable compromise ment if it continues to "negotiate dispute, including its joint military with the Chinese," he said. diplomatically" with China. exercises with the US. . Senator Joker Arroyo said the "The more reason for us to work "We should be firm in asserting government should push the US to closely with our allies, not only with at least come up with a categorical our rights, butavoid.provocative acthe ys but the ASEAN (Association statement indicating its support for tions like the upcoming Balikatan war of Southeast Asian Nations), most the Philippines. games," he said. 'especially, possibly joint patrols. but Until now, the US government has then again we have to equip the AFP not yet given any indication it is ready to. support the Philippine government -~,_,,,,,,,,,,.~:--, --.. """""'-:-: . ,........,..,. _,. ... '-',- .,-. ,.,....,., _'""''''_''''''_ __".. . (Armed Forces of the Philippines) _._. first for us to be able to do that," he [ when~ver it is ~acing marl time dis- ~FfAleS''''l Email actd:;pacf!a",~PA ~yalioQ.colT said .. putes III the region. . .' .

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Warshaw pointed out that, while Likewise, a Chinese aircraft with the US takes no stance on territoa blue stripe was also sighted con- : rial claims, the 1951 Mutual Defense ducting fly-bys near where the peG, Treaty is explicitly clear that any ship was anchored in the vicinity of the shoal. , ' attack on Philippine "armed forces, public vessels or aircraft in the PaDel Rosario revealed that a Chicific" will be deemed "dangerous to nese white ship was reported to have [America's] own peace and safety", harassed a Philippine- registered vesand obliges the US to "act to meet sel with nine French nationals which the common danger," a position reafhad been conducting archeological firmed in 1999 by then-Ambassador. urveys. , Thomas Hubbard.. , "It appears that there is an eleShould shots be fired between nent that is lacking in Our negothe two disputing countries, the US lations," DelBosario said. "I seek is treaty-obligated to begin formal I deeper element of trust from our consultations with the Philippines on Chinese friends." how best to support it. The Philippine Navy (PN) chief "But it won't come to that so long aid the BRP Gregorio del Pilar's the US remains resolute in its eaving.Panatag Shoal should not be treaty commitments. Most likely, t~s een as a sign of retreat. current Philippine-China standoffwill "We will not leave the Panatag not end in conflict," said Warshaw. Scarborough) shoal and we will . Bolstering the Philippines' flagontinue to protect What is ours;" said ging ability to defend its ter~i.torial lice Admiral Alexander Pama, pointsovereignty, at least to a position of ng out that the cutter was replaced self-s1.1stainability, is essential. Iy a PCG vessel. "But it is up to the US to guar"Hindi natin iniwan 'yan... Yun antee stability in the region, until a , lagrelyebo natin dun should not diplomatic solution cart be reached," , re misconstrued as pag-atras ng he said. !ilipinas (We're not abandoning it this is best done through strong Panatagl ... the relief [of the warsupport by the US to its treaty ally the ~ipJ should not be misconstrued as Philippines, Warshaw said. ~retreat by the Philippines)," said Philippine Department of Forlama. eign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Albert He said that as the impasse condel Rosario submitted "there is an tnues among the PCG' and Chinese element that is lacking" in his negoilssels' observing one other in the tiations with Chinese Ambassador the navy remains on guard. to Manila Ma Keqing regarding the' I "We are prepared for any concurrent standoff between the Philtingency ... 'but we hope naman na ippines and China in the disputed ljindi na kami ipatawag dun' kasi Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal in the i~ang usapan na yun," said Pama, West Philippine Sea. ~ho expressed hope the issue will be In a statement issued following resolved in a diplomatic way. ' his third meeting with Ambassador ; Pama said one of the navy's PeaMa Friday night, Del Rosario said dick class patrol vessels is on stand the Chinese envoy asked if the Philipbr near the vicinity of the Scarbor'pines could commit to "no surprises" <ugh shoal. until the next meeting to which he . Earlier, Del Rosario and Ma agreed. " ~reed that the. Philippines and However, the DFA chief said they laterreceivedrepQrts from the Philippine Coast Guard (peG) that China sent back one of its warships, bringing the number of Chinese ships in the area back to two. China shall refrain from doing anything to escalate the standoff in the disputed area during their second meeting which ended in another "stalemate." . The confrontation comes as high ranking US and Philippine government officials prepare to sit down for a scheduled dialogue in Washington DC this month. Del Rosario, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and their US counterparts Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Edward Panetta are expected to ink an agreement for the procurement of jets and additional patrol boats: Del Rosario, who is scheduled to leave for the US over the weekend, already confirmed that the Philippines will requesttwo more Hamilton class cutters with the first one delivered mid this year and a' squadron or 12 units of fighterjets to be deployed on the disputed islands that are believed to be rich in natural gas and marine . . resources. And this request, said Warshaw, should be provided by the US on a program that will best equip and train them. in their usage. The US and the Philippines are in discussions on more cooperation, , from potentially operating reconnaissance flights from Philippine airfields to rotating US Marines through. Philippine facilities for training, like they are now doing in Australia. (With reports from Elena L. Aben, Charissa M. Luci and Hannah L. 'Iorregoza)

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liAng nakakalungkot diio (What is lamentable), is this: ang laban (the battle is) Spratlys and Scarborough. In both instances, at the moment, we are Sen. Joker Arroyo yesleft:on our own. Once upon a time, we had a claim terday called on President in Sabah ... but that was it, we lost it What if the Aquino to launch a "diplosituation happens again to China? What would matic offensive" in the rewe do?" he said. gion by tapping the support Because of this, Arroyo said Aquino should of the United States and its, 'discuss the matter with the US, government to allies in the Association of enable the Philippines to get a commitment of Southeast Asian Nations support over the Spratlys and Scarborough Shoal. (ASEAN) in, the latest conHe said the US Seventh Fleet is still operating in flict with China. the region, and the Philippines can possibly ask the US for help about securing its economic sea lanes. Arroyo said he wants a "The Philippines should start talk" Turn to Page ,12 collective stand against the, ing with the Americans. This is the apparent intrusion of China by the US to the Philippine government without' , problem. That is the solution," said into Philippine shores through Arroyo, noting further the US' silence its high-tech equipment. Scarborough Shoal. ' Arroyo added that Malacaftang should start on the security problem in the region. "We are one of the found-, coordinating with.other agencies of the governArroyo lamented the US failed to . ers of the ASEAN. We were ment, including the Senate and the House of even give a statement of support for even the first chairman of the Representatives, to be able to provide a holistic the Philippines in the middle of the ASEAN. Now what is the use approach to resolving the issue after consensus is standoff over the shoal. of the ASEAN?" he said. "Wti. reached among all stakeholders. "America will not go to war over should have a diplomatic of"We don't know information that may only be ' Scarborough Shoal and Spratlys. They fensive, They have been meetexclusive to Palace... we should work together are withdrawing from Iraq, even in ing. (But now) when one of the on this .. : perhaps they are doing something, but Pakistan. Even in Syria" they don't members are threatened, 'they want to be involved," he said. have not even issued a stand." Arroyo also called for a stop in Arroyo said ASEAN failed we cannot second-guess on the information that politicking among enemies and allies to issue even a "resolution of Malacanang has," he said. of the Aquino administration, sayconcern or sympathy" during Losing both ing the more pressing problems on the standoff with China over Scarborough, which the PhilipArroyo expressed concern that the Philippines power rates and the territorial standoff between the Philippines and China' pines calls Panatag Shoal., might eventually lose the Spratlys and even Scarshould be given top priority. , He noted that the PhilipboroughtoChina,inthesamemanner~abahwas pines did not even get any cornacquired by Malaysia with British backing several Other lawmakers also called on the ASEAN to intervene in the standoff. mitment from other ~SHAN decades ago. "We are also calling on the ASEAN states during the recentsurrtmit Arroyo lamented that the counhy was una?le to actively monitor and intervene in in Cambodia when President to get any sho,,",:, ~up~ort f~~m the US, hi?, _of Actuino pushed for a common has been the Phihppmes tradltIonal ally amid Its stand on maritime disputes in .- implementation of the so-called Mutual Defense .----------------the region. ' PUI Treaty (MDT). • . _'r- _ ,_....v.v".n- Tel no. (02) 892-1693, local: 5287,5295
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In the Caseof the US, Arroyo said it should at least come' out with a categorical statement on the dispute "even if we know that they will not likely go to ' war with China for tis." ' He said the Scarborough i;'_cident "showed we don't have reliable allies at all." Arroyo described as "embarrassing" the country's deployment of the BRP Gregorio del Pilar; a retired ship donated

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the dispute based on the 2002 Declarationon the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea," Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Teddy Casino said. He said President Aquino should not ask the US for help as this could only exacerbate the conflict over the Scarborough Shoal. Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone also urged the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to seek the help of the United Nations (UN) in resolving the standoff. "The UN should step in because what is being violated by the Chinese is the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea or UNCLOS. The UN should assert that intemationallaws should be respected and obeyed by the international community," he said. Evardone said under UNCLOS, countries that are archipelagoes like the Philippines could claim waters 200 miles from their shorelines as their exclusive economic zone. "Scarborough Shoal isjust 124 miles from Zambales and is clearly within our country's 200-mile exclusive economic zone. It is thrice that distance from China," he said. Evardone said even just in terms of distance, the Philippines has more right to claim Scarborough Shoal than China. . Evardone, however, said he is not surprised that the Chinese are declaring ownership of this ¥Oup of rock formations off Zambales since they are also claiming the Spratly group of islets, which are farther away off Palawan.

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The Department of National Defense (DND) rrged China to limit actions that would not conribute to the peaceful resolution of the standoff. n Scarborough. pND spokesman Peter Galvez said the incident underscores the need for Southeast Asian countries to cooperate IDseeking a solution to territorial disputes. "We are always for the multilateral approach in resolving the issue," Galvez said. "The Panatag incident highlights our call for a multilateral approach and cooperation between our regional partners and allies." Galvez said territorial disputes are multilateral as these involve the conglomeration of different claims. China has rejected a multilateral approach to resolve the issue, saying non-claimant countries should not meddle in the dispute. Galvez said the recent actions of China might not help resolve peacefully the standoff now on its sixth day.

"(Our appeal is for China) to limit their! "What the Chinese did was a blatant actions that may not be helpful for the peace- infringement of our territory. China is obviful resolution (of the matter)," Galvez said. ously targeting our rich marine, mineral and yvhen asked if the DND is disturbed by .energy deposits and if they are serious in not c;runa's. move to send another vessel and I escalating this standoff, they should return aircraft ill the area, Galvez said; '''This will their illegal catch. to Philippine authorities notbe helpful in coming up with a peaceful as a sign of goodwill," he said. resolution. We view it as actions that may not . "B.ut this incursion must stop and this be helpful in the current situation." should be the last. We call on China to re. The DN?, nevertheless, remains optimis- spect the Philippines' territorial integrity tic that the Issue would be settled peacefully. and to settle our conflicting claims over the "We don't wish it to escalate further. We .area diplomatically and not through force are still hoping for a peaceful resolution (of or intimidation," he said. . the standoff)," Galvezsaid. . -: With Alexis Romero, Jess Diaz On April 8 the Navy monitored eight Chinese fishing vessels anchored inside the shoal while conducting a security patroL The Gregorio del Pilar; the Navy's largest warship, was deployed on the same day to protect the country's sovereignty. Scarborough, which the Philippines calls Panatag Shoal, is 124nautical miles from the nearest base point in Zambales. It is within the Philippines' 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone based on the UNCLOS, to which China is a signatory.· The Gregorio del Pilar sent a boarding team on April 10 to inspect the fishing vessels and collect evidence of their catch. The team found illegally collected corals, giant clams and live sharks inside the vessels. However, two Chinese surveillance ships placed themselves between the Del Pilar and the fishing vessels, preventing the arrest of the erring fishermen. The Del Pilar was "relieved" by Coast Guard ship BRPPampanga onApril12reportedly to allow the warship to load supplies. . On the same day, China sent a third vessel, which the military said is from the Chinese ministry of agriculture. . On Saturday China boosted its presence by redeploying a ship into the shoal that had been thought to have already left the area. An aircraft believed to be Chinese was also reported to have buzzed over BRP Pampanga, the only asset that the Philippines used to assert-its claim ill the area. The DFA said a white or civilian Chinese ship - presumably the one that returned harassed a Philippine-registered vessel with nine French nationals conducting archaeological surveys. It was also reported on Saturday that all but one of the Chinese vessels involved in the standoff had left Panatag Shoal. Casino, for his part, said the Chinese fishermen caught poaching in Scarborough Shoal should turn over their illegal catch.
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AMID THE escalating diplomatic. tension with China, Malacafiang is sticking with Domingo Lee as its nominee as ambassador to China even if he has been repeatedly bypassed by the Commission on Appointments (CA.), , There has been 'no Philippine ambassador to Beijing for over a year. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte did not give a direct answer to questions on whether the Palace was considering appointing someone else in order to speed up the appointment of an ambassador to Beijing. Valte said "there has been a hold up in the confirmation of Mr. Lee," noting that "he has to answer some questions asked of him by members of the CA." Valte said Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario himself has been on top of negotiations in connection with the recent standoff between the Philippine and Chinese navies off Scarborough Shoal or Panatag Shoal. The standoff occurred when Chinese Navy ships stopped Philippine authorities from arresting Chinese fishermen caught poaching in the country's waters, "The situation now is being ably handled of course by Secretary Del Rosario," Valte said over government radio dzRB. Tensions between the Philippines and China eased the other day when the Chinese vessels left the shoal. But the fisher-: men were able to elude arrest, taking with them .their loot consisting· endangered corals and dams. Valte did not comment on the Scarborough episode, saying that all responses would be best left to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) given "the sensitive nature of the incident." She stressed, however; that the government , was maintaining its claim over the shoal, which is off Zambales and within the country's exclusive economic zone, but "also recognizes the need to resort to diplomacy here," "We must always avail of the diplomatic process to settle incidents like this one, which is why we have always deferred to the DFA when it comes to situations like this," she said, Asked to assess the Philippine Navy's capability to police local waters following the incident, she replied: "The capability of the Navy is not based on one single incident but on a confluence of factors." She said the government continued to upgrade its Navy and the Armed Forces of the Philippines in general because it was its duty to do so and, "not because of one incident in mind," On suggestions that the country seek help from fellow members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to stop the Chinese incursions, she .again declined to comment, saying that the DFA would be in the best position to give an opinion on this. . Asked if the country would ask the United States for assistance, she said this was a diplomatic issue involving the Philippines and China, OD. 'asking the USto speak up on the issue as suggested by Sen, Panfilo Lacson, Valte said this was not even being discussed "because the concentration really is on how to resolve the incident through diplomatic means." "The focus is on keeping die lines open to ensure a diplomatic solution," she said. Valte also dismissed comments that the scheduled PH-US Balikatan exercises this week were meant to be a show. of force to the Chinese, Valte said the military exercises had been scheduled a long time ago and had "nothing to do with the incident in the shoal." .

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TENSION flared up again following last week's' naval standoff between China and the Philippines in the West Philippine Sea after the Chinese deployed a second ship and an aircraft that hovered over the area, Filipino officials said Sunday. 'The new incident came on the' eve of the joint military exercises involving 6,800 Filipino and American soldiers near the disputed area of the South China Sea, several Chinesefishermen who were accused of illegally entering and collecting endangered coral, giant clams and live sharks Tuesday at the disputed Scarborough Shoal off the northwestern Philippines. Two Chinese government ships arrived and prevented any arrests, sparking the standoff. ,Chinese officials said 'their fishermen sought refuge at the shoal, which 'they said was part of Chinese territory, due to bad weather, but they were harassedby the Philippine Navy ship. The Hamilton-class cutter later sailed away and was replaced by a Coast Guard vessel. AU Chinese fishermen later slipped away from the shoal, diffusing the standoff. But tensions flared again on Saturday after China deployed a second surveillance ship, along with a Chinese aircraft
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MATAPOS magpullpa aniyang isang Chinese outang mga Chinesefishing . aircraft. vessel na unang namataan May Isa ring barkong sa karagatan ng Scarbornakarehistro sa .Pilipinas ough Shoal, isang surveilna may lulang siyam na .lance ship ang ibinalik ng Pransesnanagsasagawang . China sa naturang lugar. archeological survey sa Ayon kay Department Scarborough Shoal aug of Foreign Affairs'(DFA) . .hinarassrm aniya-ug isang Secretary Albeit del RoChinese surveillance ship. sario, dalawa na ulit ang NaniniwalaangDFAna surveillance vessel ng ang kakulangan ng tiwala · China sa Scarborough ng Chinaang dahilan kaya . \ Shoal habang nag-iisa naparuloy na nagkakaprob· man ang patrol boar doon lema s-a·negosasyos sa · ng Philippine Coast Guard tensyon sa Scarborongh (PCG) na may umaaligid Shoal. (Alex Agne)
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sisimulan din aug islandcaraAARANGKADA na ngayong araw ang nationvan patungong Zamboanga .wide protest ng iba't ibang city kung saan may 600 US special forces ang nakabase grupo ng mga militante laban sa Balikatan Exercimula pa noong 2002. .NagbabalaangBAYAN ses sa pagitan ng mga sunsa pamahalaan na dalong Pilipino at Arnerimakakadagdag lang ang kano na magsisimulana rin ngayon. presensya ng mga sundalongAmerikano sa bansa Sa pangunguna ng Bagong Alyansang Makasa tensyon sapagitan ng China at ng Pilipinas dahil . bayan (BAYAN), Internaposible umanong makitional League of Peoples Struggles (ILPS) maglualam aug mga ito sa isyu lnnsad ng caravan ang grusa Scarborough Shoal. Pinangangambahan rin po mula Quezon City, patungong Maynila hangng mga militante na bahagi gang sa rnakarating sila sa ang Balikatan war games Clark Airbase at Basa Airng posibleng plano umano base kung saan gaganapin . ng Amerika na muling magkaroon ng perman enang Balikatan war games. teng base militar sa bansa. Sa Mindanao naman,

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,ITINANGGI ng Palasyo na naglalayong itaguyod ang kaang Balikatan exercises ka- , gagamltin .ng pamahalaan payapaan at seguridad sa reya pinabalik ng surveillance ang RP·US Ballkatan lolnt hiyon at ayusin an9 tinatawag ship n9 C~inasa Scarborough military exercises na mag· na "interoperability and con,Shoal. KRIS J at VERLIN R slslmula sa araw na ito patingency planning" og -cala- . ra Ipaklta Ing pagsasanlbwang puwersa na naaayon puwersa 09 dalawang bansa Mut~al Defense Treaty, sa kontra 'China bilang Tinalayang 6,800 !ropa tugon sa bagon9 hldwaan 09 sundalo 809 mula sa Pilipi· n9 Pilipinas at China dahl! nas habang naasahan naman sa Scarboroug II Shoal. na rnaqpapartlsipa ang mga Slnabl ni Deputy Presisundaiong Kano sa taunang dential spokesperson Abigail military exercise na ito. Valte na ang paqsasanay ng Samantaia, 'di nagpaduro , ,mga sundalo ng PIIipina5 at . ang malii! na bansang Pilip iAmertka ay may ilang buwan nas sa isang s,uper power na ' nan~ naka-lskedyul'bago 'pa gaya ng China dahil na rin sa nangyari ang Philippine-Chikaalyado nitong 5i Uncle Sam na standoff sa Panatag (ScarOS sinasabing handang lumue borough) Shoal. long sa bansa sa ilalim ng traAng ,',~aJikatan' ang itinu- , tadong RP-US Mutual Defense i turing na pinakamalaking pag- Board at umilral na Visiting· sasamang military exercise Forces Agreement. sa pagitan 09 AFP at United Ayon sa isang political States Pacific Command na analyst, isa sa mga dahilan

R~iB,man nabbed in Bataan
,RANI, Bataan _ An officer of the Rebolusyunaryong Hukbong Bayan (RHB), a breakaway group of the New People's Ar'my (NPA), was arrested Sunday atternoon by police and troopers from the 7th Military Intelligence Group (MIB) in Barangay Puskoan, this town. Senior Supt. Ricardo Zapata Jr., Bataan police director, said that teams of the Provincial Public Safety Company, Intelligence and Investigation Branch and the military intelligence operatives collared Joven Cunanan, alias Ka Jack, who has been wanted for the crime of double murder. Cunanan was apprehended in Baranqay Puksuan after a warrant of arrest was issued by Judge Manuel Tan and Judge Remigio Escalada of Regional Trial Courts Branches 2 and 3, respectively. 'Zapata said Cunanan is a hiqhranking officer of theRHB operating in the town of Orani and other parts of the province of Bataan, He said the movement has been involved in extortion activities and gun-for-hire syndicates. He was, tagged in the assassination of Jose Levimar Rieza and Romualdo Flores sometime in 2005. (Mar T. Supnad)

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or the Spratlys issue. The 28th Philippines-United . Major Emmanuel Garcia,AFP States "Balikatan" (shoulderBal1katan spokesman, said that to-shoulder) military exercises the impasse in Panatag will not this year starts today . affect the conduct of the joint .Col. Arnulfo Burgos Jr., Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) bilateral military exercises. participated in by 4,500 US and spokesperson, said that the . 2,300 Filipino soldiers. opening ceremonies, including "It (Scarborough issue) is registration of media members ail isolated case which has no covering its events, will be held implications at all towards the at the Tejeros Hall, AFP Comjoint military exercises. As far missioned Officers Club, Camp as the AFP 'is concerned, this Aguinaldo,Quezon City, will incident will not hinder us from start at 9 a. m. conducting our joint military The' Armed Forces said that undertaking between the US Balikatan is not directed towards China or any other na- Armed Forces," said Garcia. Garcia said Balikatan shou'd tion and. is not in any way relatnot be.construed as a provocaed to the current tension in the Panatag or Scarborough Shoal tion to any nation because it is pyrely an exercise designed to enhance both the Philippines and United States forces' in. teroperability in the conduct of not only traditional military training but also on non-traditional aspects that reach out to communities in need of urgent assistance. ""We hope that' the Balikatan will not fuel any misunderstanding as this joint military interoperablfltv exercise was planned a long time ago and the conduct of the exercise is not in any way related to the issue on Scarborough shoal nor on the Spratly misunderstanding," Garcia stated. (PNA and Elena L.Aben)

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THE National Democratic Front has accused the government of violating a joint immunity pact with the recent arrest of militant party-list .'. Bayan Muna campaigner Reynante Gamara.
"Not read his Miranda rights nor shown any warrant of arrest, he and . ed Gamara's immediate release from his companion, Santiago Balleta, were· detention .. handcuffed and brought to the Camp Jalandoni insisted that the April 3 Crame Custodial Center," Jalandoni arrest in Rizal was "illegal." said. "

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Gamara was arrested for a murder case in Quezon province in 2007. He is reportedly the secretary of. the Metro Manila regional party com. mittee of the Communist Party of the Philippines. . But Jalandoni insisted that Gamara, at the time time he was arrested, had with himhis NDF Document of Identification number ND 9~8236 proving he' was a consultant of the NDF with an assumed mime of Siting Perez. . "Gamara's illegal arrest and continued detention is a gross viola-

tionof theGRP-NDF Joint Agreement on Safety and Iinmunity Guarantees. The NDF demands his' immediate release in compliance with the JASIG and the return of all items confiscated from him," Jalandoni added. Peace talks between the government and communist rebels .have , been deadlocked for over a year now. ' The government has refused to recognize the Jasig because the original list could no longer be retrieved in The Netherlands.

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With the.honesty and candor of innocent young minds, the participants, who prepared for the "encounter" by writing HE ALMOST 100 kids who down well-thought-out questions, attended the Art of the : challenged the battle-scarred officer to Interview workshop given explain what he thought he could have by INQUIRER Education (lIE) last done for the country had he won as a in week found out a real action hero , senator in the last elections. Another asked if, after everything he had could very well be their dream done, he felt he had lived up to his, interviewee. Conducted at the INQmRER building, the , principles, Yet another asked how he felt about killing people. jam-packed afternoon workshop was Even his personal life did not escape designed to compliment the global My scrutiny, with one girl wanting to know if Dream Interview competition that could 'he succumbed to the charms of Australian take them to Madrid, Spain. women while studying Down Under. The kids, aged 11-16, came from the National Capital Region and neighboring (Querubin smilingly assured her he was a Southern Tagalog provinces. They were "one-woman man,"who remained faithful homeschoolers and students of public and to his wife.) private schools brought together by a The retired Marineofficer, who had been desire to spend a few hours of their , given up for dead when he and his men summer vacation learning a new skill. " )Vere fired upon by troops loyal to Cory Participants listened to guidelines on .' '~Aquino as they tried to storm Camp how to prepare for an , . -, Aguinaldo at the height of interview, what to do during , the military uprising against an interview and how to ,her government, boldly draw out what would be fac~a the barrage of most useful for the story fran questions from the eager ' the large amount of material .inquisitors. generated by the interview. His young audience was At the invitation of 'obviously moved when he workshop speaker Fe , 'said plainly and firmly that Zamora, a senior INQmRER 'hls love for country . reporter, CoL Ariel Querubin ! remained undiminished and graciously agreed to be the hs willingness to die for it afternoon's interview "lab 'unwavering. rat." !' The interview could have Querubin is one of the (gone on and on, with most decorated Filipino iQuerubin gamely parrying soldiers in history and a ithe questions, had time member of that elite corps ol [permitted. recipients of the Medal of COL. ARIEL Querubin ,: The free lIE interview ,Valor, the highest award workshop will be held today given by the Armed Forces of the in Cebu City at the Cebu Daily News Philippines for "heroism, gallantry in building for students of the Visayas. It was action and sacrifice beyond the call of brought to Baguio City over the weekend .------duty." .. for the northern Luzon students. OFFICE SF lHE ARMY CHIEF PUBLIC AFFAIRS - Email add:oacpa_npalSlyanoo.com -lei no. (02) 892-1693, bocal: 5287" 5295 By Linda B. Bolido

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SEVENTY YEARS ago in 1942, Maj, Gen. Edward King Jr, surrendered an army of 76,000 Filipinos and Americans to a Japanese force of 54,000 under Gen. Masaharu Homma. Of those 76,000, 12,000 .were Americans. It was the single largest capitulation of a US-led military force in American history, culminating in the Bataan Death March, Last Monday, the nation marked the 70th -_··_-:_:cc - -" the Fall of Bataan. Now known as ''Araw ng KagitinREVEILLE gan," so as to put emphasis on valor rather than on defeat' and surrender, we remembered the Faro/an courage and the bravery of our soldiers who fought a war not of their own making. _ 'r::; , My memories of:this period were those of a young boy' growing up under unusual circumstances. There was not m,:_~food to go around but we were never hungry or starving, n.~r~ was a sense of fear, a sense of having to minimize if not avoid contact with strange-looking soldiers who appeared from, QW: of nowhere, They wore dun-colored uniforms and rub]jet;~Qled canvass boots, split-toed with the big toe separated from the rest of the toes, They had funny-looking headgear wiili,~tbth flaps at the back hanging 'over their necks. At school; We:'*ere taught new songs never before heard; we were introduced ,to a new alphabet made up of peculiar characters.:, s''','~ , All throughout the Japanese occupation, I never heard of Bataan and Corregidor or what happened in those places during the early months of 1942, After the returr{of 'Gen, Douglas MacArthur, we were told of the fighting that 'took place in the Bataan peninsula and the valiant stan<li;pfiFilipinos and Americans and their subsequent surrender We heard stories of the brutal and inhuman treatment" by Japanese soldiers; of prisoners of war and the suffe~~¢g~ inflicted upon our people by the new conquerors. _' Atrocities are part of the nature of any conflict, The perpetrators are the strong and the powerful, the victims-;liI'fthe weak and the defenseless, 'j" In the Philippine-American War that lasted mqr~,~han three years (1899-1902), an estimated 300,000' civilians were killed by American forces. Long before the term "waterboarding" became part of the CIA vocabulary, the US Army routinely carried out the ''water cure" on captured Filipino rebels or suspected enemy civilians. In a pacification campaign carried out in the province of Samar in September 1901, US Army Gen. Jacob Smith gave the following orders to a Marine major: "I want no prisoners, I wish you to and burn; the more you kill and bum the better you will-please me," Anyone 10 years and older were included in the kill-or- . der, Smith's handwritten instructions were, "the in~~riPf of Samar must be made a howling wilderness," Perhaps. one

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might say that after more than a century; Samar never fully recovered from the scorched-earth policy conducted,.flX,General Smith. Today it remains one of the most impoverished provinces in the country. Of course, ,the ryphoons.frorriche Pacific just add to the woes of the region, ;. ,,1:. Let us put things-in proper perspective, " ~): In 1940, we were a Commonwealth of the, Unit~;S!?>~es, We had no quarrel with Japan or the Japanese people ..Unfortunately there were US Armed Fo~ces' statione? .lJ;,;the Philippines and when, the United S~ates and Japa~ W~te :unable to resolve their-differences over a number of lssue$i-Wflr became inevitable, Filipinos werertaken.jn em setv.,i'iA!J;-;the Armed Forces of the United States and we fough~ alongside , US soldiers with loyalty and A~te.q:nipJ\tiR."~':'lifit ~~l'.,'.'Legally as citizens of ~ Co~onwealth, of the, U,l}~ed States, Filipinos were American nationals entitled to all frenefits afforded those serving in the United States Armed Fcrces. However when the war ended, the US Congress passed a taw, the "Rescission Act of 1,946," declaring that "the service of Filipinos shall not be deemed to be or to have been ~ed in the military or national forces of the United States b~ :any component thereof," This effectively stripped Filipinos of their recognition as US veterans, and blew away wha~ever benefits they may have been entitled to, -,~~';, More than 60 years later, a new law was passed gran~ng certain payments to eligible persons ~ho serv~~ ~n J~~, S U Armed Forces during World War II to include Filipino veterans. If the eligible person was not a citizen of the Ul!-ited States, he was granted $9,000. For a citizen of the-Un~ted States, the amount was $15,000, " In February and March 1942, after the attack on; ~arl, ,Harbor some 117,000 Japanese-Americans (Niseis) .living along the West Coast of the United States were herdedinto internment camps where they were kept under diffiS,_ultivl ing conditions, In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signe4, the "Civil Liberties Act," providing each of the surviving 60,000 Japanese-American internists with $20,000 a1ong:'o/i~h an apology for a grave injustice. .~:, So much for our steadfast devotion to Uncle Sam ~I),q.:the red, white, and blue. By the way, the United States doefnot observe Bataan Day asa national holiday. Rightly so because it was a day of defeat, Seventy years after, very few.Americans know what Bataan and Corregidor was all a:bo.uf; or where these places are located. Let us continue to honor the valor and the brav~ifof,the Filipino soldier. But perhaps, what is needed is to refo,ct;!sour attention on battlefield victories, on our achievementS'~s a: nation, rather than dwelling on the tragedies of the past'! , My choice would be the Battle of Bessang Pass in ~~~rn Luzon from February to April 1945- Dr. Cesar Pobre.iaretired APP colonel and one of our leading historians, came o~t:oith a book "The Freedom Fighters of Northern Luzon," The'B~ttle 0rt of BeS;ang Pass forms part of his story. The after-battle reads: "[F}ew men realize how significant and far-reaching were the results of the Battle tor Bessang Pass. Higl1,:.aoove these scraggy mountains, 6,000 feet of desolate terrain, the

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sturdy Ilocano and Igorot were making history. Tirad Pass, looming in the northern horizon, watched the World War II version of valor and heroism. This time the great grandsons of the handful of insurrectos under Gen. Gregorio Del Pilar, were writing a new page of military history at another Pass. On that road, and on those high promontories, the day of decision and judgment was to be wrought." Let me close by giving credit where credit is due. One of the steady pillars of strength in the Department of National Defense, under Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, is Veterans Administrator retired Lt. Gen. Ernesto Carolina, a member of PMA class 1970, who has a reputation for getting things .done. Through the years he has slowly been able to clean up the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO), making it more responsive to the needs of our veterans and continuing the efforts to increase their meager benefits in the face of rising medical costs and expenses. The Filipino veteran is fortunate to have General Carolina at the helm of this vital agency.

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.re be sure, it cannot .also be said that the Chinese government knew or even sanctioned from the start; the fishing expedition of its fishermen on board the' (KeepS Trouble Awav) By JOSE c. SISON eight (8) fishing vessels caught within the Philippines' EEZ poaching all sorts of fishes even including endangered species. But its actions of sending three civilian maritime vessels to protect those fishermen after they were accosted by our Philippine Navy undoubtedly show that it is sanctioning their illegal acts of intrud. It is only a shallow portion of ing and exploiting the marine resources in an area the sea or body of water where designated by International Law as within our exclusand bars are formed and all sive jurisdiction. From that moment on, we have more kinds of fishes are usually found than enough reasons to protect the area and to protest swimming in groups. But many the Chinese government moves preventing our govsay that it may also be rich in oil, ernment from asserting its rights. International law is gas and other natural resources. on our side, Whatever it is the bigger stake in Unfortunately, the Chinese government thinks oththe current, standoff between erwise. Instead of immediately apologizing for the ilPhilippines and China over the """ '" .' legal acts of its citizens and asking our government to Scarborough shoal, locally knowna~ the Panatag~hoal release them into its custody after their loots are conis the supremacy of the law of nations and the nghts fiscated, the Chinese government tried to protect them of a sovereign State duly recognized in a universally by sending three maritime vessels which are allegedaccepted Convention. ' ly civilian ships. In fact three of the eight Chinese fishThe Convention or Agreement involved here is the ing boats have reportedly left the shoal last Friday. This United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNindeed made the confrontation more tension filled. CLOS) which recognizes the jurisdiction of the coastIn this confrontation, the law is definitely on our al State over all the resources - fish or oil, gas or othside. Our problem however is on how to enforce that er minerals like sulphur or gravel found in the walaw and assert our rights as a sovereign State espeters, on the ocean floor and in the subsoil of an area dally when we are obviously not a super power naextending 200 nautical miles from its shore (Art,icle 58), tion, But even if we are a super power country or even This area is known as the Exclusive Economic Zone if we have brave people willing to fight to the very (EEZ) where the coastal State is given the exclusive end to protect our sovereignty, the use of force is still right to exploit, develop, manage and conserve all the out of the question. As a member of the international resources therein found. . , community we should exhaust all peaceful means to . It has already been 1011,gstablished and universale end this unfortunate impasse. Hence we should conly accepted that the Scarborough or Panatag Shoals tinue the on-going negotiations through diplomatic involved in the raging controversy is located at a dischannels. As they say, discretion is the better part of tance of 200 kilometers or 124 nautical miles from the valor. Hopefully China also thinks so. coasts of Luzon Islartd particularly of the Zarnbales In this negotiation, there is one aspect where we Province. This is a geographic reality that no country, should be firm and uncompromising even if we are specifically China, can deny. Hence it is definitely.an confronting a country supposedly more superior to economic zone exclusively pertaining to the Philipus militarily, politically or economically. We should not pines as provided by the above mentioned Convertcompromise the law that is on our side. So we should tion, convince the Chinese government to be the first one Indeed China's only basis in claiming jurisdiction to leave the shoals.lt should order the withdrawal of over the area is that it is allegedly located in the sea. the three maritime vessels and the eight fishing boats that has been identified in the world map as the South, to surrender the illegally harvested giant clams, coral China Sea. But that is only a name given to those parts and baby sharks and then likewise leave the zone. of the sea that are not included in the EEZ, in the terri-. The latest developments however are still confustorial sea or in the internal waters of a State, or in the ing. Both sides seem to have made some progress by archipelagic waters of an archipelagic State. These temporarily setting aside their. protests and exploring portions of the sea are called the "High Seas" and they all avenues to arrive at a win-win solution. But after are open to all States, whether coastal or land-locked last Friday evening talks between DFA Secretary Del (Article 87), Indeed, pursuant to Article 89 of the sa.me Rosario and ChineseAmbassador Ma Keqing, the eight Convention, "No State may validly purport to subject fishing vessels left without surrendering their loot. any part of the high seas to its sovereignty". And the worst part is that two Chinese maritime ves, So China's clatrn over the Srarborough or Panatag . sels remain in the area and a Chinese plane even conshoals, even if it is located in South China Sea, is clearducted a "fly-by" operation, One Chinese vessel even Iy without legal basis, Firstly because it is already inharassed a Philippine registered vessel conducting eluded within the EEZ of the Philippines, and-seco1'lcilyscientific study in the zone . because even if it is notincluded in the EEZ, it is con- _ And so the tension-filled stalemate continues. __ traryto above cit~~A~tt<;lf ?? ,oJ tP?. Y/;{!i=J..9? Bin~~ . Hop~fully talks will not collapse. The bottom line how- ) OFFIC it is alread art of the high seas. " cpa. ever IS that we should not be the first one to leave the ' place. If the Chinese remain adamant, the matter per- -haps can be brought to the International Court of Justice. '

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China out to grab Zambales shoal
.. During the 1994 monsoons when the Philippine Navy couldn't patrol, China put up seemingly innocuous fishers'!tuts on Mis~hiefReef. Soon followed concrete structures, artillery, helipads. '. . ,' Stay alert. It wasn't mere fish poaching that sparked the ~~ar ?ash ~ern:een armed Chinese and Philippine ships ~n Scarbo~ough Shoal last week. Two Chinese mantime surveillance vessels popped up on scene to shield the poaching lancha juS! as a Philippine Navy tter was. acc~stIng them. This showed they were Just In the vicinity of the shoal, trespassing Philippine waters like their fish-rustling compatriots. A third Chinese fisheries enforcement craft arrived to reinforce the two. It was not bent on enforcing international bans on harvesting live shark, giant clams, and cor~ls found on the poaching boats. Then, while diplomatic talks were ong?ing to ?iffuse the tension, one of the Chinese ShIP~ ~~rassed and a patrol plane buzz~d a.FIlIpIno research craft with French scientists onboard. China's aim is apparent. Its patrols were acting as advance scouts for its People's LiberationA.rn~y-Navy: Ur:der p,retext of innocent fishing, China IS out to grab Scarborough Shoal, just like it did to Mischief Reef in 1995. Manila cannot ignore the disq~ieti:,g pattern. Scarborough Shoal and Mischief .Reef are not part of the Spratly Islan~s .dispur.ted by. the two countr~es. Both .he within the Philippines' 200-mile .ex~lusrve economic zone, far beyond China s, un. der the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. For decades Mischief had been a rest stop of Filipino fishing craft from Malabon-Navotas and Zamboanga. It is 130
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miles off Palawan, and more than 900 miles from China's close~t island-p:ov fa . ince a f H' . mnan. Allowed ITI the spirit II .. . it Chinese fishers occasrcna y ami '/, h D" the monsougnl shelter there, . unng . 1 . f 1994 when' Philippine nava soons1 0 ff' , Chin' a put up sever.a1stilt PatIO s were, a these were innocent storm CI'aiming huts. .

shelters for fishermen of both sides, Chiment craft, but the latter were as ready for na ignored Manila's protests. The followsea battle. Beijing cried that the fishing ing year China erected concrete struc-: craft had merely sought shelter from a tures, followed by communications towstorm in the shoal. Smartly Manila with·ers, satellite dishes, helipads, and candrew the delPilar from the standoff to keep nons. From then on, Philippine military a" grey to grey, white to white" stance, Disand civilian craft were forbidden from appatched to the area was the Philippine proaching. Soon after grabbing Misch~ef, Coast Guard's BRP Pampanga to treat the China dropped buoys around Sabina poaching as a police matter. Still, in light Shoal, closer to Palawan, (70 miles). The of China's past and continuing aggresPhilippines confiscated these, . sions, Manila should keep the Navy on China then trained its eyes on Scarborstandby against any overt Chinese effort ough, 120 miles west of Luzon, but nearly to ~ccupy Scarboroug~. Inrecent months, 800 miles from Hong Kong, China's closChina has harassed seismic research and est point. Recorded in the S?~1is~ t~mes . fishing craft in the oil-rich Reed Bank 80 as. Masinloc Baja, after the Juns~lctional miles off Palawan. It planted markers in Zambales town, Scarborough too ISa fishnearby Boxall Reef, Jackson Atoll, and ermen's rest stop. Secured by warships, again Sabina Shoal. Chinese sailors attempted to build bunkChina claims ownership of Scarborhouses and plant markers ar~~nd. the ough, Mischief, Sabina, Reed, Boxall, and I5,000-hectare lagoon. The Philippines Jackson by virtue of having' Chinese ·beached a gunboat on the sandbar to signames in unverified" ancient maps." But · nal readiness.for protracted siege .. The there are also Filipino names respectivesquatters from across the South China Sea ly for the six areas explored by' the Britretreated. . ish Admiralty in the 1700s-1800s. These On routine patrol last Holy Week the are Panatag Shoal, Panganiban Reef, EsPhilippine Navy flagship BRP Gregorio del coda Shoal, Recto Bank, Rajah Soliman Pilar spotted eight Hainan-type launches Reef, and Quirino Atoll, Seismological inside the lagoon. Boarding from ~otormaps of the University of London show ized rubber boats, Filipino Seals videoed these - and the Spratlys - to be within the poached contrabar~d. Then same three the Philippine continental shelf. Chinese interloping ships from ItSbureaus * * -;: of maritime surveillance and fisheries enAfter a decade-long delay, the NEDA forcement. With three other "civilian" board has approved the P61.5-bitlion exagencies - coast guard, Customs'"a?d tension of the Light Rail Transit from Mamaritime safety - the vessels of the five nila to Cavite. The government ballyhoos dragons stirring up the seas" are well armed. Its coast guard alone has 86 patrol craft, all equipped with medium-ra_r:ge · anti-ship cruise missiles. The grey P~lhp· pine naval vessel may. have l?~ked inapt · confronting white Chinese CIVIl govem-

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thel l.P-krn rail line from Baclaran to Batransit for the urban populace. The private-public; partnership project will be this year's biggest by the Department ofTransportation and Communications. .. Plans are for the DOTC to hold a straight public bidding for the cons~ruction of the maintenance depots, stations, guide ways, tracks, signal systems, and control center. A b!'l,~<!-Wa.t;\,f~p:n filed h..a.9 an unsolicited proposal in 2000 under the Build-Operate-Transfer Law, but anomalies under the Arroyo admin marred the required Swiss challenge. The government had to buyout the original proponent for an astounding $10 million. . Old habits die hard, though. Sources say that NEDA and DOTC insiders are lobbying for a G-to-G deal, in which the foreign goverrunent will choose t~~ contractor. This was what happened 111 the Chinafunded NBN-ZTE and Northrail scams, Also being pushed is a negotiated joint venture a baseless NEDA variation of the B-O-T Law during the waning. years of the Arroyo tenure. The PPP approach may be a bit more expensive for the goverr:rner~t, due to feasibility study costs. But It WIll bring in the best domestic builders with ties toreutable foreign conglomerates.
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mangingisdang Tsino. Gay'un din ang Scarborough Shoal,' na nakaulat nu'ng panahon ng Kastila bilang Baja Masinloc, Zambales, pahingahan ng mga mangangawil mula flocos. Nu'ng habagat ng taong 1994, nang hindi ito mapatrolya ng Philippine Navy, nagtayo ang Tsina ng mga kubo na.naka-stilts sa Mischief Reef. Nang mapansin ito ng Pilipinas nu'ng amihan, nagkunwari ang Tsina na silungan lang ito ng mga mangingisda sa bagyo. Pero nang muling malingat ang Pilipinas, nagtayo na ang Tslna ng mga konkrstonq daungan at gusali, helipad, communications antenna at satellite dish. Minaliit ang protesta ng Pilipinas at babalang umalis. Hanggang ngayon, naroon ang milita:r ng Tsina, at pinagbabawalang lumapit ang mga barkong militar a pangisda ng Pilipinas. Inaangkin ng Tsina ang Scarborough Shoal at Mischief Reef bilanq kanlla kuno, batay sa mga sinaunang mapa at pangalangTsino. Pero may pangalang Pilipino rin ito, Panatag Shoal at Panganiban Reef. Mas importante, sakop ito ng 200-mile exclusive economic zone ng Pilipinas sa ilalim ng United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.. '.
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MAGING alerto tayo. Hindi mali it ang ugat n9 panqasan sa Scarborough Shoal nu'ng nakaraang linggo rig militar natin at ng Tsina. Tinatangka ng Tsina agawin ang 15,000 ektaryang lagoon sa West Philippine Sea, 120 miles lang mula Zarnbales.pero 700 miles mula sa pinaka-malapit na isla ng Tsina .na Hong Kong, Walang pinagkaiba ito sa paq-aqaw.nq Tsina sa Pilipinas ng Mischief Reef, na 130 miles mula Palawanpero 800 miles mula sa pinakamalapit na islang probinsiya ng Tsina na Hainan. Deka-dekada nang hawak ng Pilipinas ang Mischief Reef. Pahingahan ito ng mga barkong pangisda mula Malabon-Navotasat Zamboanga. Nakikigamit lang ang mga

Makinig sa SapOi, Sabado; 8-10 ng umaga, DWIZ (882-AM). E-mail: jariusbondoc@gmail.com lang. Tapos na ang ganyang maliligayang araw ng mga tiwaling opisyal ng AFP kaya wala nang dahilan para maudlot pa ang programa. Kahit si Senate President Pro Tempore Jose "Jinggoy"'Estrada ay naniniwala na ang talamak na graft and corruption ang nangungunang rason kung bakit napagiiwanan ang ating militar ng ibang mga bansa sa Asya gaya ng China. . Patunay divan ang standoff ng puersa ng Pilipinas at China sa Scarborough Shoal nang hinuli ng Philippine Navy ang mga mangingisdang Tsino na nangingisda sa . ' ating teritoryo. Iginigiit ng China na sakop nila ang natu- . rang lugar bagamat ito'y napakalapit sa Pilipinas .. Malaking halaga ang inilalaarr ng batas sa AFP rnodernlzatlon program. Matagal-tagal na rin ang programang . ito pero wala tayong nakikitang pagbuti ng ating militar. Ayon kay Estrada, hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa sapat at makabago ang kagamitan ng militar.lto'y bagay na sasangayunan ng lahat. Baklt hindi ba obyus? Huwag na sana nating hintayin na lalakas ang puwersa ng ating hukbo dahil nasakop na tayo ng Tsina at bahagi na ang lahat ng parte ng Pilipinas nito. (Sundan sa pahina 7)

Bilisan ang AFP modernization
DAHIL sa kahinaan ng depensa militar ng Plllplnas kung kava halus pinagtutulak-tulakan og Tsina ang ating bansa lalu na sa usapin ng Spratly Group of Islands. Ngunit bakit nananatiling mahina ang ating Hukbong Sandatahang Lakas ng Pillpinas sa kabila ng modernization program nito? Sagot, kulang sa pera. Bakit kulang sa pera? Sagot, katiwalian. Katiwaliang nalantad sa atin nang mabisto na ang mga AFP Chief of Staff ay tumatanggap ng milyones na pasalubong at pabaon sa kaniiang pag-upo at pagreretiro. At umaasa tayo na sa llallm ng "matuwid na daan" ni Presidente Noynoy ay hindi na mauulit ito. Sana. Sana

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DESPITE its limited manpower and financial resources, the revitalized Philippine .Drug EnfO'rcement Agency (PDEA).CODtinues to keep tke snpplyof dangerous drugs inaccessible to consumers from Baianes in the North down to aU the determi~ation oftpe to, lea~ership of PDEA, headed by vetfr~d p0l!-<!eqen. J~s~ S. (tutierrezJr. of Class 1978 of the elite Phibppme M:J!.btary Academy CPMAl, to transform the PhiJ;jppines into a drug-free COlUltry. As part of its mandate to eradicate drug abuse IlOt ou.ly in the m,etropolis hut "el, sewhere"p, D, A,,last Thursday E destroyed at least 261 kilogram!'! of dangerous dt-ugJ;l worth P808.,niillionat its Integrated Waste Management Incorporated (lWMI) facility in Trece Martirez City, Cavite. Incinerated were 22 kilograms of powdered/crYstal shabu, 206 liters of liquid shabu, 95 liters of liquid ephedrine, 186 kil<?grams dried ~ariiuana ~ea"es, ~d other :iJl~gal drugs like coeame, herolD and vabum. EX:Pll"e,dmedictnes were also destroyed. Gutierrez said that extremely high temperatur-e burned the substances into ashes, making them practically impossible to reconstruct their original chemical compoaltton, The destruction of seized illegal drugs is ill compliance
to Bulu ill MiDdan,ao. Various groups said this "demonstro.tes

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otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of ~002 •.and supportedhy Dangerous Drugs Board Be2'Ulatlons No_1 Senes af 2002 and 2007. •«Wedestroyed -these angerous drug~, tod.,' ay_,sothat they will no !ongel" be used t& dest ...)y more lives ... W~ have kept ( our g:id~ of our ~ocial ,contract to keep the suppl)1 efi!1e,aI drug~ Iaaeeessible to c;onsumers," said 'he bar.d-hlttmg
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ilie$: in 2011. Despite the uphill battle against illegal drugs, W:hi-eh 'is being waged even in far-flung communities thrOughout the

ed drugs are, destroyed und Dot recycled. said GutieRez, a mistah of eJl:~Philippine National Pf>lice (PNP) chief Oscar Calderon. The amount eseeeded by 32 perC6'nt the P59! million worth. of drug evidence incinerated by the author-

PDEA chairman. "~".," Tb.is is POI'...A's waY'<9f ensuring the public"tbat

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We have no choice but to hit hard at drug lords, m.anu~ facturers, :pushers and t~eir powerful and i~fluential protectors if we are to WID the total war agamst drug trafficking and addiction.

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country, the g'avernment, through eeneeened offices and agencies, is still hopeful of finally slaying the "drug mon-

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Binabati natin si Major General Pedro Soria ng PMA Matapat. C_lass '79 na nagretiro noong Abril 11, matapos ang mahigit tatlong dekada sa serbisyo. ' Saisangsimpleng seremonya ay pinarangalan ni AFP Chief of Staff Jessie Dellosa si Soria, hepe ng Resource ManagementOfficeng Philippine Army, dahil sa kanyang sinseridad at dedikasyon sa trabaho, , , Kapuri-puri ang nagingcareer ni Gen. Soria" na tuhong Manaoag, Pangasinan, at pinsan ng kasama nating Jim. my Salgado, dahilsamahahangpanahonniyasaserbisyo

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,. ' , ay hindi man lang ang kanyang b agkus ay tumanggapnadungisan maraming awardpangalan siya ng dahil sa katapangan at katapatan sa serbisyo. Malapit din sa puso ni Soria ang I'residential'Securlty Group dahil mat • . agal-tagal din siyang nanungkulan dito.' ' Mull, mabuhay ka Gen. Soria!, '

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