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9 NPA rebels killed in Quezon, Bukidnon encounters A militiaman and four suspected NPA rebels were killed in a clash in the outskirts of Malaybalay, Bukidnon yesterday morning. At least five NPA guerillas, including a jail escapee, were also slain in an encounter with the military in Barangay Pefiafrancia in Lopez Quezon Friday morning. Militiaman killed in Bukidnon clash A militiaman was killed when government security forces clashed with around 50 heavily armed members of the NPA in Sitio Damitan, Barangay Dalwangan, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon yesterday. CAFGU, 4 reds killed in Bukidnon encounter A member of CAFGU Active Auxiliary (CAA) and four suspected members of NPA were killed in an encounter yesterday morning in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. CAFGU, patay sa engkwentro sa Bukidnon Patay ang isang myembro ng Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) sa engkwentro ng military at may 50 myembero ng NPA sa Sitio Damitan, barangay Dalwangan sa Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. Kinilala ng militar ang nasawing CAFGU member na si Ryan Veluz. 4 myembro ng NPA na napatay sa engkwentro sa Quezon,kinilala na Apat na myembro ng NPA ang patay sa engkwentro sa Lopez, Quezon. Kinilala ang mga nasawi na sina Rogelio Monterde, Jun Billansio Talavera, Rogelio Monteverde at isang takas mula sa Quezon City jail. Joint PNP-AFP conference (photo) Phil Star p. A-24


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Men and women from PDEA, PNP, NBI, Philippine Army and the PAF Tactical Operations Group-1 (TOG-1) who seized the P60 million worth of marijuana in Benguet. (photo) 7 P60-M marijuana plants uprooted Operatives from the PDEA, Police Regional Office-Cordillera (PRO-Cor), NBI, Philippine Army, Philippine Air Force Tactical Operations Group-1 (PAF TOG-1) raided a huge marijuana plantation in a tri-boundary of Iloccos, La-Union and Benguet.

People's Tonight p. 13

8-9 being tapped for anti-insurgency bid The CPP called President Aquino a liar as the leftist group bared the true intention of Balikatan, the joint military exercises between US and the AFP.

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Daily Tribune p. 1

· China deploys big ship A Chinese fishery and maritime law enforcement ship considered the most advanced in its class - has arrived in Panatag 10-11 (Scarborough) Shoal of Zambales and linked up with another Chinese vessel involved in a standoff with a Philippine Coast Guard search and rescue vessel. Sino military paper warns of armed confrontation China's top military newspaper warned the United States 12 yesterday that the US-Philippine military exercises called Balikatan have fanned risks of armed confrontation over the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Four AFP officers named brigadier generals President Aquino has approved the promotion of three 13 ranking military officers, the current commander of the PSG and two senior officers, to the rank of brigadier general, the AFP announced. PSG commander, 2 others get first stars Three senior military officers, including the commander of the 14 PSG, got their first stars from President Aquino who approved their promotions to the next higher rank the AFP announced yesterday. PSG head promoted to general The name of Mateo Dizon was included in the short list of 15 senior military officers whose promotion to Brigadier General was approved by the Chief Executive, who is also the commander-in-chief of the AFP. PNP can find Palparan if it wants to The mother of missing University of the Philippines student Karen Ernpefio said yesterday she could not believe that PNP Director 16 General Nicanor Bartolome could say that it was hard to find retired Maj Gen Jovita Palparan because the fugitive had received the same training as his hunters. Pagtugis kay Palparan tuloy kahit may Balikatan Tuloy-tuloy ang gagawing pagtugis ng mga awtoridad sa retiradong si Maj Gen Jovita Palparan Jr kahit may nagaganap na Balikatan exercises sa bansa. 17 Pagtugis kay Palparan di titigHan - Palasyo Aminado and Malacafianq na totoong mahirap hanapin si dating Maj Gen Jovita Palparan. Ayon kay Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte, tama ang obserbasyon ng PNP Chief na maraming pahirap sa ginagawang pagtugis kay Palparan. GRP-MILF peace talks to resume on April 23 in KL The long-stalled negotiations between peace the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will resume in Malaysia next week in a bid to find a just and lasting solution to the decades-old Mindanao conflict, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) under Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles yesterday confirmed. US and Filipino soldiers hold live fire drills during the ongoing joint military exercises at Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija yesterday. (photo) US Army soldiers take part in a joint Philippine-US military exercise at the military camp of Fort Magsaysay. Nueva ECija. (photo)

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9 NPA rebels kiUedin Quezon, Bukidnon" encounters
A militiaman and four suspected New People' 5 Arm y (NPA) rebels were killed in a clash in the outskirts of Malaybalay City in Bukidnon yesterday morning At least five NPAguerrillas, including a jail escapee, were also slain in an encounter with the military in Barangay ..Penafrancia in Lopez, Quezon Friday morning. Maj. Eugene Julio Osias IV, spokesman for the 4th Infantry Divisionsaid the clash was ongoing as of press time, but pursuing troops have already recovered four assault rifles. . The gunfight broke out in Sitio Damitan, Barangay Balwangan at around 9:10 a.m. when soldiers from the 23rd Infantry Battalion (IB) chanced upon a group of about 50 NPA rebels. Militiaman Ryan Veluz died when hit by a sniper fire, Osias said . . "Scores (of rebels) were either injured or killed on the insurgents' side," he said. . Col. Eduardo Afio, commander of the Army's 20Ist IB, said the encounter in Quezon involved elements of the 85th Infantry Battalion under Lt. Col. Oliver Maquiling at around 12:30 p.m, .. . He said soldiers were deployed to the area after receiving information on the presence of NPA guerrillas. Afio identified two of the fatalities as Rogelio Tatay Monteverde, alias Bibit, 42, of Masbate, one of the escapees in the jailbreak in Lucena in 2008i and Iun Villancio, 28, a resident of Lopez, Quezon. ... Three other slain rebels, including two women, have yet to be identified. They were declared dead on arrival at a nearby hospital. The troops seized two M-16 armalite rifles, a baby 'Armalite rifle, ammunitions and personal belongings of the slain rebels. - Jaime Laude, Arnell Ozaeta, Ed Amoroso

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Militiaman killed inBukidnon clash'
A militiaman was killed when government security forces clashed with around 50 heavily armed members of the New People's Army (NPA) in Sitio Damitan, Barangay Dalwangan, Malaybalay City, Bulddnon yesterday. Maj. Eugenio Osias, spokesman for the Philippine Army's 4th Infantry Division, .said the encounter took place at 9: 10 a.m. as troops from the 4th Infantry Division's 403rd Infantry Brigade and Foxtrot Company of the 23rd Infantry Battalion were on combat patrol operations in the area, A militiaman identified as Ryan Veluz was killed in the exchange of gunfire. . The rebels quickly made their escape after the encounter. Oslas said government troops were
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able to recover an M-14 and M-16 automatic rifles along with a carbine from the encounter scene. Meanwhile, five suspected NPA rebels, including a leader, were arrested by elements of the Philippine Army and Philippine National Police during separate operations in Barangay Pubao, San Carlos City, and Barangay Refugio, CaIatrava in Negros Occidental on Friday. . Maj. Enrico Ileto Gil, chief public affairs office of the Brd . Infantry Division, said the arrested ranking NPA rebel was identified as Hernando Llorente, alias Adoy,

the commander of the NegfM-'Northern Front. Gil said one of the four other rebels arrested was Llorente's wife, Bea. The remaining threeatB'" still undergoing interrogation artd-i identification. Found in their possession during the arrest were documents with high intelligence value, Gil said. Appropriate charges are IWW being prepared for filing against them by the 62nd Infant:r;~lj~ Battalion and the PNP. ; .."..,_ ; Authorities said Llore~~:~ , already has a standing warrant,of~.~ arrest issued last Jan. 20, 2012 hy,"; " the Cadiz City Regional Trial CQIDt :~: for robbery in band. PNA' "
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CAFGU,4 Reds k- ed in Bukidnon encounter
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A MEMBER of CAFGU Active Auxili~ry (CAA) and four suspected members of New People's Army ,<NP~) were. killed in 'an encounter yesterday morning In 'Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. : This was confirmed by Pbilippil1~ Arm_y's 4~h Infantry Division (ID) spokesman Maj. Eugenio Julio OSla5.IV ... The encounter occurred at around 9: 1.0 a.m. in Sitio . Damitan, Bgy. Dalwangan. Malaybalay CIty. . '1nvestigators said elements of 403rd Infantry Brigade and 23rd Infantry Battalion were on combat operation when they encountered some 5~ fully.armed NPA rebels .. . A one-hour fire fight immedi ately occurred. leaving a CAFGU member and four NPA rebels dead.. Recovered at the scene were a 7.62nun, an M-14 rifle, an M-16 rifle and a Carbine rifle. _ .' . Authoritie~ are now conducting follow-up mvcsugatlon into the incident.

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CAFGU, patay sa engkwentro sa Bukidnon
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Patayang isang miyembro ng Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) sa engkwentro ng militar at may 50 miyembro ng New People's Army (NPA) sa Sitio Darnitan, Barangay Dalwangan sa Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. Kinilala ng militar ang nasawing CAFGU member na si Ryan Veluz.

Bandang alas-9:00 ng umaga pa nang magsagupa ang foxtrot company at 403rd Brigade ng militar laban sa section committee 89 North Central Mindanao Revolutionary Command ng NPA. Hindi pa matukoy kung ilan ang sugatan mula sa mga rebelde. ng

Samantala, tatlong matataas na kalibre ng baril mula sa NPA ang narekober militar. Report from Dexter Ganibe, Radyo Patrol

4 na miyembro ng NPA na napatay sa engkwentro sa Quezon, kinilala na
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(UPDATE) Apat na miyembro ng New People's Army (NPA) ang patay sa engkwentro sa Lopez, Quezon. Kinilala ang mga nasawi na sina Rogelio Monterde, 42-anyos, tubong-Masbate, Jun Billansio Talavera, tubong-San Rafael, Quezon at ang platoon leader ng mga rebelde na si Rogelio "Ka Bibit" Monteverde lsa umanong takas mula sa Quezon Provincial Jail noong 2008. Hindi naman tinukoy ang pagkakakilanlan ng isa pang rebelde na napatay rin sa bakbakan. Nilusob ng pwersa ng Philippine Army 85th Infrantry Battalion, ang barangay Periafrancla matapos matanggap ang impormasyon na may isang grupo ng mga rebelde na pwersahang pinasok ang bahay ng isang sibilyan, na kinilalang si Zenaida Guzo. Ayon kay Lt. Col. Oliver Maquiling, nagsimulang paputukan ng may anim na rebelde ang mga rumespondeng sundalo bandang alas-12:10 ng tanghali habang papalapit ang mga ito sa bahay ni Guzo. Nagkaroon ng may higit 10 minutong palitan ng

Wala namang napatay sa mga sundalo. Narekober sa crime scene ang dalawang M16 rifle, M653 rifle 0 baby armalite at mga dokumentong may "high intelligence value," Patuloy naman ang pagtugis ng awtoridad sa dalawang nakatakas na rebelde. Namataan ang mga tulo ng dugo sa dinaanan ng mga ito, na senyales na sugatan din ang mga rebelde dahil sa engkwentro. Matatandaang tatlong miyembro ng NPA ang napatay din ng mga sundalo sa engkwentro sa San Francisco, Quezon.Report from Johnny Glorioso, DZMM Correspondent







- Quezon poUce director Se.nlor Supt. Valeriano de Leon (center) leads the "1st Queor:on Province Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Center Quarterly Conference (JPSCC)" held the other day at the SOLCOM OffIcers Ciub House In Camp Guillermo Nakar In Lucena City. The quarterfy Joint PNP"AFP conference was atteiKled by C.ol. Eduardo M. Ano (right), commander of the Army's 2015t Infantry Brigade, town pollee chiefs of Qua2;on,Supt. Allan Co {commander of Quezon Provincial Publica Safety Company (QPPSC)}, PNP quad staff, triad staff of the 201st IB, and battalion commanders of the Army's 74th, 85th and 76th .lnfantry Battalions and their triad staffs. A1:w In IIhoto Is Supt. Alex Ortanel (left), Quewn pollce'deputy director for administration. Photo by GEMI FORMA RAN

marijuana plants uprooted
OPERATIVES from .the Philippine Drug , En. forceme'nt Agency-" ,Cordillera : (PDEA. CAR), Police Regional ! Otl'ice-Cor~llera (PRO-I COR), NatIOnal Bureau ,of Investigation (NBI) I CordilleJit, Phil~ppi~u, , 'Al'"my ,(PA) and the I Philippme Air Force i Tactical OP.eratio.ris! (}roup·l (PAF TOG-I) ,raided a huge marij~a' plan~tion in a "tri-boundary of Ilocos, ' La-UDion and Benguet. , A total cost of PM , million worth of marijlla, na was seized" during the ' four-day Marijuana eradication operation from, April 16 to April 20, 2012 the remote town of Kibungan, Bakun and Sitio "lCaYlipa. l'DEA·CAR Regional Director Gil Castor said, ,"Mahirap talagang puntahan 'yllng lugar dahil masyadong matitirik at ,masukal ahg daanan kaya "bagomakllratingangtropa sa lugaray nakatakas na lang mga nagbabantay." , Some of uprooted marijuana plants were 'destroyed at the PROCOR Basketball Court, . Camp Dangwa, La Trini, dad, Benguet, on Friday afternoon. Cesar Reyes

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Left photo shows the men and women 'rom the Philippine Drug· Enforcement Agency, PNP, Ner, Philippine Army and the PAF Tactical Operations Group-1 (TOa·1) who seized the PSG million worth of marijuana in Benguet. Some of the marijuana were unloaded by POEA members (right photo) at the Loacan alport In Bagulo City Friday. Photo by CESAR REYES



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USiforces being tapped for ami-insurgency bid

The Communist Party of the military spokesmen are lying Phtltppthes (CCP) called 'when they claim that the Presidenf Aquino a liar as the Balikatan exercises are only leftist group bared the true meant to boost the external intention pf Balikatan, the joint defense capabilities of the military exercisee between the Philippines," said the CPP, US milit4ry and the Armed Taken by Reuters photographer Romeo Ranoco, the Forces Ofrhe Philippines. Citing pictures taken by pictures show American soldiers. Reuters S, owing the exercises engaged in mock ambushes geared towards US involvement . against NPAfighters. One of the in localj counter-guerrilla captions for a photo even read: operations in the Philippines, the "US soldiers inspect a Filipino CPP said the President and his soldier portraying a communist military I$aders concealed the rebel killed inan ambush during real objective ofBaJikatan. a Philippine-Us troops joint ·"Clearly, .Aquino and his military exercise ...."
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'!'he pictures were taken on A]Jl'ii19in Ternate, Cavite where acontingentofAmericansoidiers engaged in war games with Filipino troops are shown portraying situations of armed engagement against the NPA. Acco rding to the CCP, the pictures explicitly show American troops engaged in counterguerrilla war games to situate themselves more squarely in the fascist war of suppression against the local communist movement. "It is plain to see that the Ballkatan war exercises are meant to increase the Inter-

operations capalnlity of the. US military and AFP to engage in, internal domestic counterguerrilla combat operations in the Philippines," the CPP said. The group condemned what it called US military intervention in the Philippines and involvement in the internal affairs ot the country, saying that US military intervention in the Philippines involves the arming, planning and training of the reactionary AFP . to suppress the armed resistance. "The Filipino people will not
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forget the long history of US armed For a decade now, the party said lbon has mapped the locations of Kadamay, a national organization intervention of the Philippines, US soldiers have been embedded in US military exercises and other ofthe urban poor,saidtbis deployment includingthewarofaggressionand AFP units engaged in combat arrangements, called by differel)t is being disgui.s(>d as part ofthe Aquino occupation of the Philippines at the operations, serving as field advisers names, but essentially designed to government's disaster riskturn of the century which saw the and stationing themselves in AFP ensure US military presence management and other socioctvlc massacre of close to half a million tactical command posts, providing throughout the ~ decade of 2000s. pngrarns. Filipinos by American soldiers,' said logistical support as well as satellite: "The US military has made But according to the urban poor the CPP, and drohefud intelligenceinfurrnation. extensive use of the VISitingForces group, the deployment of more local It said. heightened US military It said there have been numerous Agreement (VFA)to station some 600 and foreign troops to urban poor intervention find the outrightpuppetry sightings ofAmerican soldiers in AFP to 700 special forces troops in the communities only aims to quell the of the Aquino regime compel the: countergaemlla field operations. Ml>t . country and to bring in as much as support being earned by progressive Filipinopeople to raisehighthe banner recently, the CPP said, the US was 7,000 additional soldiers at a time organizations which theAFP accuses . ofpatriotism aruiintensiIYtheir armed involved in combat operations in under so-calledjoint exercises, civil- as fronts of the CCP. struggle for national and social Basilan where American military milit:azyactionsandreliefoperations," "TheUS soldiers will not oniy aid liberation. advisers guided AFP soldiers who lbon said, . inspeedlng up the demolition of our The CCP narrated that US military dropped US-made 'smart bombs' on According to lbon, the US military homes to give way to projects that and security establishments have a supposed terrorist lair, . .also used the Mutual Logistics and would salvage the dying USeconorny. long been engaged in counterMeawhile,.ana1ystsrsaidtheuSnow Support Agreement (MLSA) to The mere presence of thousands of guerrilla operations in the regards Asia as the new MiddieEast, establishmilitaryoutposts,haveacre;s them in Philippine soil signllies the Philippines. Infact, it said, the in the light ofits recent foreignpolicy to facilities,andconslructwarehouses continued rape of our sovereignty Counter-insurgency Guide of 2009 shift toward Asia involving greater for il1;war materiel. which Aquino has welcomed in his issued by the US Department of economic, political and military This month's war exercises will be ; desireto save his own administration," Defense served as the blueprint and engagement in.the region. the biggest ever in Balikatan history.: the group said. ' framewor k fo r Aquino's Oplan However,independent thinktank This will be the first time the war Environmentalists also scoffed at Bayanihan war ofsuppression which lbon Philippines, said the shift started games would be held simultaneously the excuses provided by the Aquino underscores the need to .step up as early -as 2001 when the US in different parts of the country. government for deploying US troops psychological warfare and publicity Quadrennial Defense Review Aside from Central Luzon, there here, citinghowthe US itselfhas been stunts to cover up the brutalities of proclaimed a shift to Asia and a would also be combined US-Filipino the biggest contributor to the AFP's military operations. corresponding increase in US military troops' activities in Palawan, eavite, enviromnentai degradation which, In . "The 700-strong Joint Special presence through fixed bases, Bieol, Mindanao, and even in the turn,resuitsindi.sasj;ers. Operations Task Force (JSOTF- rotational deployments, training National Capital Region. . &elatedly, mnnerousdeceptions, Philippines) based inside Camp exercises and klgistical ammgemel'Its. Reports said that nearly 5,000 US misnomers, and euphemisms Navarro in Zamboanga Cityhas since As early as 2002, the US called troops would participate, plus apparently surround the arrival, stay 2002 served as the US mainstay in the Philippines its "second front [In thousands of Filipino soldiers, Some and conduct of US troops in the ; the Philippines engaged in various :- the war onterrorism I" andsincethen,- UStroops are also to be deployed in - Philippines, as have been noted and . furrnsof cOl!llter-guerrilla, sywar and :F it has dramatically built up its military :I(lurban centers, even inMetro Manpa... E criticized by many progressive and p civilroili:taJ: operations,"the CPP said. - presence all over the countly, patriotiCgroups.


These include the very legal [ustifleatton for the US troops' presence in the Philippines- the continuous rotation of aroulld 600 to 1,000 US troops in the county is .still classified as "visiting." Said groups cited the denial that the US has military bases in the Philippines - even if they have exclusive use of and access to certain areas and structures within AFP eamps, . It was said that there are also discrepancies between the name and actual meaning of, say; the type of operations they engage in while here -they engage in intelligence operations, condmt exercises in areas suspected to be influenced by armed groups opposed to the government, and provide combat support to AFP troops during military operations .' Still, the US military say they do not participate in local combat operations. Another misleading name in the US militazy expansion dictionary is the term Balikatari itself, or shoulder-toshoulder, supposedly connoting the joining of forces of Filipino and American soldiers. "It is nothing more than an excuse to keep a permanent U.S military . presence in the Philippines without a return to the much-hated era of U.S bases in our country," said Charisse Bafiez of Anakbayan. The youth leader explained that this is "part of the Aquino regime's propaganda offensive to make such a blatant violation of our sovereignty acceptable, or at the least, seemingly' normal and harmless." . Reports said the us government and the Aquino government are also making much of the United States' big brother policing of the world, as the excuse for going after "rogue states" in the borderJess war on terror. But in the Philippine experience, it was said that the things they have been found to go after are securing the US economic ampolitical intenSs at the expense of ordinary Filipinos.

Former Air Force Capt. Joenel Pogoy,a military whistle-blower who, while still in the military had been with US servicemen at some activities, revealed in an interview that the US milita,ry preferred to locate its camp in Mindanao because that island is nearer the neighboring countries in Asia that it wants to guard most. "Why would the US keep .abase in the North when countries near it are already its allies?" asked Pogoy. Second, he revealed that when the US flies its fighter planes over the Philippines especially in Mindanao, they are also scouring for oil am other natural resources available there. Perhaps, he said the worst of all these deceptive mislabeling is the supposed friendship or partnership between US and Philippine governments and armed forces. This is a kind of friendship that calls for using force against Filiplnos, such as arresting, maulingthem, even shoOOng at them, if they question or protest the US military intervention. "Ihe Aquino administration is on full alert and is quelling any and all forms ofII'Otest which would destroy their carefully-manufa.ctured lie that Fillpinos want 'GJ Joe' back in our shores again," said Banez, national secretary.general of Anakbayan. At least four anti-Balikatan youth protesters in Pampanga were arrested by the police this week Other youth activi&s were reportedly mauled by attackers believed to be members of the military in Maguindanao. The Aquino government is suppeessing the Filipinos' freedom of speech and right to peacefulassernbly, Banez said, citing as yet another example the. Philippine National Police's unspoken policy of violently dispersing any and all protests near the US Embassy in Manila. Youth activists only managed to get near the US embassy in Manila when they conducted it at dawrt, while the police were still sleeping.


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From Page 1 . "We have always conducted our actions ship - considered the most knowing that our goal, one of our immediate advanced in its class - has Chinese vessel upon her arrival in the area at goals, is really to de-escalate tensions. This will arrived inPanatag (Scarborabout 6 a.m. yesterday," Alcantara said, be to the benefit of all parties if tension is really ough) Shoal off .Zambales' Earlier, it was reported in Chinese media that lowered and we hope that it will help in the and linked up with anothen FLEC 310 departed Guangzhou last Thursday negotiation," deputy presidential spokesperson Chinese vessel involved in for an undisclosed mission in the South China Abigail Valte said over radio station dzRB. ' . Sea. . Valte alsosaid it would be up to Department a standoff with a PhilippiIi.ephilippine officials ha:v~ called the defloyof Foreign Affairs (DFA) to determine whether Coast Guard search and ment of FLEC 310 a more mtense form 0 bul- the Philippines should ask Beijing to replace its rescue vessel, lying by China because one of the tasks of the current ambassador Ma Keqing, who was reThe newly arrived ship is': vessel is to protect Chinese fishermen. . portedly becoming impolite and impatient in the biggest so far among the Four large Chinese vessels and five smaller talking to Philippine officials. ships .deployed by China to ones operated in the shoal unmolested last Fri"We will let the DFA take the lead on that h day.. '. one," Valte said. h oal, assert its claim to t e s No fishing activity was reported yesterday; V1 id.i t th Phili . th t which is 124 nautical miles . a te sal It was no e llppmes a was according to Alcantara, . aggravating tensions in Panatag Shoal. from the Zambales town of "We are only monitoring the presence of two "That is a matter of perspective and maybe Masinloc and is well within the Chinese vessels in Panatag Shoal, the FLEC.310 from our side our com mitment was to de-escaPhilippines' 2.00-mileexclusive and CMS 71. We don't really know if there are late tensions and we are doing just that. We economic zone. other Chinese vessels lurking around because have been consistently reiterating that the dipLt. Gen. Anthony Alcantara, .our search and rescue ship has no radar-tracklomatic track is the track that we have chosen Northern Luzon Command ing capabilities," Alcantara said, . to take and that everything that we do is in fur(Nolcom) chief, said the ship The Department of National Defense, on the therance of taking that track," Valte said. arrived at around 6 a.m. yesother hand, wants China to explain the latest ·Valte added the security of government terday and joined a Chinese 'deployment amid ongoing diplomatic initia- , web sites wouldbe strengthened after the UP ·maritime surveillance vessel tives. .' . hacking incident. .' .. with bow No. 71. "We wish to know the intention and we conShe also said it would be up to the Philip"The two other Chinese tinuously call on our Chinese friends to work pine Coast Guard to protect Filipino fishermen ·maritime surveillance ships jointly with us to find a peaceful settlement of sailing to Panatag, originally called Baja de with bow No. 75 and No. 84, this matter," defense spokesman Peter Paul Masinloc during the Spanish period. . which we earlier monitored to Galvez said, . She said it 'would be advisable for Filipino be also in the area, are no longer "We call on their actions to be geared toward fishermen to avoid the area for the time being. around. These reports are all the peaceful resolution of the matter and not Take a stand based. on visuals because pur derail the diplomatic initiative that we have," Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Coast Guard vessel there has he added. del Rosario said other ASEAN members should noradar-tracking capabilities," Sobriety make a stand on the issue if they want to preAlcantara said. Despite reports of China's latest incursion, serve freedom of navigation in the region. . Only the BRP EDSA II, a Malacafiang reiterated its appeal for sobriety "Ithink since the freedom of navigation and Coast Guard search and resas Filipino fishermen have joined the chorus of unimpeded commerce in the West Philippine cue ship, remains in Panatag condemnation of China.. Sea are of grea_timportance to .many natio.ns, Shoal to serve as a symbol of The University of the Philippines, mean- all should consider what China IS endeavoring Philippine defiance of China's r PUBLIC AFFAIRS - Email -"I el nO.lUl, 69Z~1693, Local: 5287,5295 ·incursion, "BRP EDSA II immediately reported visual of the huge
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to do in the Panatag Shoal in order to pursue the Law of the Sea (IThOS) "unilaterally" to its so-called full sovereign rights over the en- resolve the territorial dispute if China would tire West Philippine Sea on the basis of their 9- not join Manila in defending its own position dash claim using a historicalrecord that is before the United Nations-backed tribunal. clearly baseless," Del Rosario said. Hernandez said, China, violated the agree"All, not just the Philippines, will ultimately ment with the Philippines not to undertake any , be negatively affected if we do not take a stand," action that would aggravate the situation in Del Rosario added. Panatag Shoal with its deployment of more Del Rosario arrived last Friday from the US vessels in the area, ' , where he led in campaigning for the candidacy . No basis of Supreme Court Justice Florentino Feliciano Meanwhile, a diplomatic cable released by fora seat in the International Court of Justice whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks said China (ICJ). The ICJ elections will be held on April 27. could not specify a his torical document to sup"We limited our focus on these two initiatives, preferring to discuss the overall topic in- port its claims to disputed islands in the West Philippine Sea. volving the West Philippine Sea during our '2 In diplomatic cable 08BEIJING3499 sent to plus 2' meeting scheduled a little over a week Washington by the US embassy in Beijing on from now," Del Rosario said, referring to his Sept 9, 2008, a "Chinese Ministry of Foreign coming meeting with US officials on April 30. Affairs (MFA) official and a local scholar could "I think what's happening is they (countries) respect the process that this issue is being dis- not identify specific historical records to justify cussed by both sides and therefore they are ... China's "Nine Dashes" claim that covers the whole Spratlys and areas-within other counholding their horses to weigh in on this issue," tries' exclusive economic zones. DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez said in a press MFA Department of Treaty and Law briefing, referring to ASEAN's silence. Oceans and Law of the Sea Division Deputy "We have not heard anything from ASEAN because maybe they respect that Director Yin Wenqiang told a US embassy, political officer onAug. 30, 2008 that "China there is a discussion involving the Philippines and China and they would ask us if has indisputable sovereignty over the islands they want to weigh in on {this issue) at this in the South China Sea and the adjacent waters." time," Hernandez said. ' "Yin admitted he is not aware of the his tori- . "It has 'to be resolved soon. We're a small 'nation dealing with a big nation and we're do- cal basis for the 'Nine Dashes' and only mening our best to assert our sovereignty and our tioned unspecified 'Chinese historical docu-, sovereign rights in this area. We're happy we merits' that indicate the basis for China's Claims on territory west of the Philippines," the US have the support of our people," he said. . "I understand the fishermen are a little bit embassy official said. According to Wikileaks, Yang said China's worried about their safety, as they have been 'hearing that the Chinese would like them to claims" date back to ancient times, prior to the leave the place, so I think they prefer not to go development of the modern nation-state." "Neither MFA's Yin nor Beijing University's there this time," Hernandez said, reacting to reports that Filipino fishermen were now avoid- Yang could specify a historical document that indicated the basis for the demarcation of the ing the Panatag Shoal area. The Philippines declared on Friday that it 'Nine Dashes'," the cable added. - With Pia would proceed to the International Tribunal on Lee- Brago, Perseus Echeminada, Aurea Calica


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Sino military paper warns of . armed confrontation


BEI)1NG - China's top.military newspaper warned the United States. yesterday.that the US-Philippine military exercises called Balikatan have fanned risks of armed confron-

ration over the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). The commentary in China's. Liberation Army Daily falls short of a formal government state-

ment, but marks the harshest high-level warning yet from Beijing about tensions with the Philippines over disputed seas where both countries have. recently' sent ships to assert ..

.their claims. . This week American and Filipino troops launched a fortnight of annual naval drills amid the standoff between Beijing and Manila, which have

accused each other of encroaching on sovereign seas near the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, west of a former US navy base at Subic Bay. .
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. The joint exercises are held in different seas around the Philippines; the leg that takes place in the West Philippine Sea area starts tomorrow. Anyone with clear eyes saw long ago that behind these drills is reflected a mentality that will lead the South China Sea issue down a fork in the road toward military 'confrontation and resolution through armed force," said the commentary in the Chinese paper, which is the chief mouthpiece of the People's Liberation Army. "Through this kind of meddling and intervention, the United States will only stir up the entire South China Sea situation toward increasing chaos, and this will inevitably have a m.a~si,;~ impact on ,regional peace and stability, It added. ,. ":'< . ·.HI. Up to now, China has chided the Philippines over the dispute about the uninhabited shoal which China calls Huangyan, about 124 nautical miles from Zambales province. China has territorial disputes with .the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan in the West Philippine Sea, which could be rich in oil and gas and is spanned by busy .shipping lanes.

Regional tension
Beijing has sought to resolve the disputes one-on-one but there is worry. among its neighbors over what some see as growing Chinese assertiveness in staking claims over the seas and various islands, reefs and shoals. In past patches of regional tension over disputed seas, hawkish Chinese military voices have also emerged, only to be later reined in


by the government; and the same could be true this time. . '" . Since late 2010, China has sought to cool' tensions with the US over regional disputes, trade and currency policies, human rights and other contentious issues, Especially with the ruling Chinese Party preoccupied with a leadership succession late in 2012, Beijing has stressed its hopes for steady relations throughout this year. . Nonetheless, experts have said that China remains wary of US military intentions across the Asia-Pacific, especially in the wake of the .Obama administration's.vows to "pivot" to the region, reinvigorating diplomatic and security ties with allies. The Liberation Army Daily commentary echoed that wariness, .. " . , "The US strp_tegy of returning to the Asia- . Pacific 'carries the irnp licat ion of a shift in military focus, and there is no better strategic opening than China's sovereignty disputes with the Philippines and other countries in the South China Sea," said the newspaper. "The United States' intention of trying to draw mote countries into stirring up the. situation in the South China Sea is being brandished to the full," it said . In reaction, the US embassy in Manila said the Balikatan "is a regularly conducted exercise and not tied to any current situation." . "It is not being conducted in any ~ispu~ed . areas," US embassy's press attache Bettina Malone told The STAR. Malone said the focus of the exercise is to improve tactic.a~-le".el militaryproficier:cy a~d !87.5295 enhance Phili ppine-U'S cooperation In _~ humanitarian and civic assistance. activities.



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FourAFP officers' named brigadier generals
-Prestdent Aquino has. apJ:li'oved promotion of three , the ranking military officers, the' current commander of the, Presldential Security Group (PS~) and two senior officers, to 1 thiT~nk of brigadier general, the Arih)d Forces of the Philippines (~) announced, :l>romoted were new Brigadier; Generals Mateo Dizon, Danilo' Servando and Natalia Abinuman. 'Dizon had served former PresidentCorazon Aquino for . almost six years. He has been with the PSG for about two years now. , He got his first star last April 17;Servando got his on April 19 and Abinu~an was promoted to commodore also on April 19. .Previously, Dizon 'served as the commander of the AEP Joint Special Operations Group based in Camp Aguinaldo. Servando is the current deputy commander of the ijhiIippine Army's (PA) Support Command and was a member of the Pbjlippine Military Academy . (PMA) Class of 1981: ';He had served as a AFP spokesman and as director of the PftbUc Affairs Office of the Depiirtment of National Defense
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lice unit tasked with securing Three senior military offi- Col. Danilo Servando,· both of the Philippine Army (PA). the Palace and the President as cers, including the commander Capt. Manuel Natalia Abinuwell as his immediate family of the Presidential Security Group (PSG), got their first stars man of the Philippine Navy' members, His promotion to brigadier from President Aquino who ap- (PN) has been promoted to commodore, the navy equivageneral took effect last April proved their promotions to lent of brigadier general in the ·17, AFP spokesman Col. higher rank, the Armed nulfo Marcelo Burgos said. ' Forces of.the Philippines (AFP) ,Army. Dizon, of the Philippine Prior to his stint .with the announced yesterday. Academy (PMA) PSG, Dizon was commander Promoted to brigadier gen- Military . Class of 1983, commands the of the AFP's anti-terror unit eral were PSG Commander CoL Ramon Mateo Dizon and PSG, an elite military and po- joint Special Operations Group


The promotion of Abinubased at Camp Aguinaldo. Servando, on the other hand, man, commander of the Philis the commander of the Army' s ippine Fleet's Patrol Force, Ordnance and Chemical Service. ,takes effect on A pril29. He is a member of PMA Class of 1982. and is also the current deputy All these promotions were , commander of the Army's Supduly approved by the AFP port Command. His promotion t@ brigadier general took effect commander-in-chief and President, Benigno Aquino III," AFP 'last April 19. Servando, of PMA Class of chief Gen. Jesse Dellosa said. ,"The star on your shoulders 1981, is a military logistician and comes with greater challenges , a former military spokesman.

and rising expectations in the performance of your duties and responsibilities in the military organization. This promotion will give you an opportunity to inspire the Filipino people more, following the fundamental standards of honor, nationalism, patriotism and selfless 'service to our country," Dellosa said. . - Jaime Laude


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PSG Head'
Promoted To General

The top security !11aJ01 of President Benigno S. Aquino III is now a general. The name .of Mateo Dizon was included in the short list of senior military officers whose promotion to Brigadier General was approved by the Chief Executive, who is also, the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Dizon, member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 1983, is currently the commander of the Presidential Security Group <PSG) which supervises the security of the President and his irrnnediate family. Incidentally, Dizon was also in the PSG at the time of PNoy's mother, the late President Corazon Aquino, for six years. : Gen. Jesse Dellosa, AFP chief of staff, challenged them to be more devoted and committed to their tasks and responsibilities as leaders of the AFP. . "The star on your shoulders comes with greater challenges and rising expectations in the performance of your duties and responsibilities in the military organization. This promotion will give youan opportunity to inspire more the Filipino people the fundamental standards of honor, nationalism, patriotism and selfless service to our country," he said. Aside from Dizon, also promoted to one-star general rank was Manuel Natalio Abinuman, currently the commander of the Patrol Force of the Philippine Fleet based in Sangley Point. His rank is Commodore, which is Navy's equivalent to Brigadier General. ~m ';'T'el no. Abinuman is a member of the PMA '. Class of 1982 and was also the former deputy commander of the N avaI Forces Eastern Mindanao.

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Concepcion Empefio said the and End Impunity convenor PNP appeared to have lost its Cristina Palabay said. "This isa healthy excuse to enthusiasm for capturing Palpar an, who went into hiding in evade the question, which. December after a Bulacan court should be looked at by the au-' ordered him and three other thorities if they really want to soldiers arrested for the kidnap" arrest Palparan: Are influential people, including those in the .ping of Empefio and Cadapan. "They don't want to move any- [Armed Forces of the Philipmore," Concepcion Empefio said. pines], harboring or coddling Two of Palparan's coaccused, Palparan who they said is one of Lt. Col. Felipe Anotado Jr. and their own?" Palabay said. "With the prevalent state of M/Sgt. Edgardo Osorio, have impunity in the country, where surrendered. They are detained . at Army headquarters in Fort the moneyed and powerful are insu.Bonifacio. The other accused soldier, lated from accountM/Sgt. Rizal Hilario, has also ability, it comes as no surprise [that] gone into hiding. . To pressure Palparan and Hi- the protectors and lario into surfacing, Concepcion coddlers of Palparan Ernpefio suggested that the mil- come from the [military] itself," she itary stop paying their pensions, added. salaries and benefits. Palabay said Mal''The government should do that until such time that the case olosJudge Teodora order is resolved. That will put pressure Gonzales' denying the motion on them to surface," she said. Now that he has admitted dif- . of Palparan and his coaccused for a new ficulty in capturing Palparan, Bartolome should next find out investigation should President who's coddling the fugitive gen- prod Aquino and the milieral, Karapatan spokesperson

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WHERE there's a will, there's a way.
The mother of missing University of the Philippines student Karen Empefio said yester day she could not believe that Philippine National Police Director General Nicanor .Bartolorne could say that it was hard to find retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan because the fugitive had received the same training as his hunters. "That's baloney," Concepcion Empefio said in a text message. ''As we say, if they're serious about it, there's a way. Otherwise, they can think of many reasons not to do it." Palparan, former military commander in northern Luzon, is wanted for the kidnapping and illegal detention of Karen Empefio and Sherlyn Cadapan, also a UP student, ill Bulacan in 2006. ,The government is offering a reward ofPSOO,OOO his capture. for The two student activists remain missing.

tary into bringing Palparan out of hiding. . The motion sought a new pre. liminary investigation, the quashing of the arrest warrants and hold-departure cirders against the accused, and the suspension of court proceedings. Judge Gonzales said the accused were accorded due process and their rights were respected by the Department of Justice; . which investigated and brought the charges against them. Gonzales set the arraignment of . Anotado and Osoriofor April 23. Palabay said the burden of going after human rights violat?rs and criminals lay on Mr. Aquino . and the military. They should arrest Palparan and Hilario "lest they be accused of coddling . . . fugitives," she said. "While it is so easy for the government to promote tortur - : .ers of the 43 health workers: [like] Col. Cristobal Zaragosa, , .Lt. Gen. Jorge Segovia and Brig. Gen. Aurelio Baladad, we wonder what is taking the government so long [to arrest] and [prosecute] these. rabid rights violators?" Palabay said. She was referring to the 43 health workers who. were arrested by the military in Morong, Rizal, in February 2010 on suspicion of being com.munist cadres. They were detained for months, until Mr. Aquino ordered .them freed just before Christmas in 2010.

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Pagtugis kay Palparan tuloykahit lIIay lalikatanTULOY-tuloy ang gagawlng pagtugls ng mga awloridad sa retiradong sl Maj. Gen. JovHo Palparan Jr. ka- .. hit may nagaganap na Balikatan exercises sa bansa.

5inabi ni Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valle na hindi excuse ang nasabtnqpaqaasanay para huminto ang kapulisan sa pang~nguna ni Philippine Nation-

al Police chief Ok. Gen. Nicanor Bartolome sa paghahanap kay Palparan na tinaguriang "Paios' bunsod ng napakadu-' las nitong pagtalago sa batas. KasaIukuyang tlnutugis ng PNP sl Palpiuan, dating Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes at ang kapaUd nfto, Caron Mayor Ma-. rio Reyes Jr. at Dinagat lsland Rep. Ruben Eclao· Jr. . Nadawit si Palparan sa pagkawala ng dalawang es-tudyanteng aktlbista noong . Nadawil din siya· summary execution n9 mga aklibisla sa mga lugar kung saan siya naunang itinalaga subalit agad naman niyang plnasinungalingan ang usaping ito. . Ang Reyes brothers ay nadawil namsn sa pagpaslang. sa isang environmentalist at . broadcaster na si Gerry Orte· ga noong nakaraang laon. 5i Ecleo ay pinaghahanap dahil : sa pagpatay sa kanyang asa2006. .


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maiharap sa batas si Palparan..· Hindi umano. sapat ang galing ni Palparan para '. tantanan na siya ng mga . otoridad . . Si Palparan aypinaghahanap sir kasong Kidnapping sa dalawang mag-aaral at sa ngayon ay sa isang milyong piso ang patong nitosa ri~~ ...

na humahabol sa kanya. AMINADO ang Mala.. Ayon kay Deputy Precafiang na totoong masidential Spokesperson hirap hanapin si dating Abigail Valte, tama ang Major Gen. Jovito Palpaobserbasyon ng PNP ran. Magugunitang inihayag Chief na maraming pa. hirap Sa ginagawang pag-. ni PNf Chief Nicanor tugis kay Palparan. Bartolome na hindi mada.Pero naniniwala naman ling habulin si Palparan si Valte na sa kabila nito, dahil sumailalim din sa hindi titigil ang PNP sa pagsasanay tulad ng pinagdaanan ng mga pulis kanilang trabahohanggang


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facilitator. The long-stalled peace negotiations President Aquino is committed to ajust between the Government of the Republic of and lasting peace in Mindanao while Malaysian the Philippines CGRP) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will resume in Prime Minister Dato' Sri Mohd Na,iib Bin Tun Malaysia next week in a bid to find ajust and Haji Abdul Razak has continued his support lasting solutton to the decades-old Mindanao . to the facilitation of the QRP-MILF peace talks. . conflict, the Office of the Presidential Adviser . on the Peace Process (OPAPP) under During the 26th exploratory talks, the two Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles yesterday parties approved the request of the Office confirmed, of the Secretary-General of the Organization ofIslamic Conference (Ole) to sit as observer . In the Kuala Lumpur talks scheduled April 23-27, the two parties are expected to in the GRP-MILF peace talks. continue their discussions on-substantive The two sides issued a joint statement issues, particularly governance and wealth- . signed by Marvie Leonen, GPH peace panel' sharing. . chairman; Mohagher Iqbal, head ofthe MILF The last time the peace panels of the peace panel, and Tengku Dato' AB Ghafar Philippine govenunent and the MILF met was Tengku Mohamed, the Malaysian facilitator. I Turn 10 page 2 last month, also in Malaysia, the third party But the MILF opposed the peace pad and continued the WlIl', II'OmptIDg.


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the government to open newpeaee talks with the MILF in 1997. " ,' , Butthe taJkc; boggOO.down anl~', PresidentJoseph Estrada orderedan delegations. alloutwar against the MILF in 20fJ0,. During the exploratory talks, Peace talks were revived byihell Leonen cited the need for both the Philippine government and the MILF .President Gloria Macapagal-Arroio'in 2001but dragged on until she stepPEjd to be patient in understanding the " ',i': possibilities that lie ahead to find a down on June 30, 2010. President Aquino has pursuedthe genuine and la.sti.rtg solution to resolve talks with high optimism that a peace peacefully the longdrawn Mindanao agreement would be wrapped spop. _ ·conflilt. He said "the welfare of the people but no substantive agreement 11a&tbeen signed by both the government' is atthe core" of these negotiations. and MILF for almost two year now "Let us stay focused, be patient since he assumed the presidency. . " so that we can have greater The MILF has earlier scored the. UIXlerstandingof the possibilities that amendments and annotations made still lie ahead of us," Leonen said by the government peace panel to the duringthe 26th exploratory talks. Il-point basic pinciplllS whichthet\\u He also said all the issues in the panels lengthily deliberated upon ongoing negotiations are being addressed by government with some during the last talks in Malaysia. .' ,. "Sensing bad faith and the, leaders within the current annotation destroyed the letter and Autonomous Region in Muslim spirit of the document, the MILF Mirdanao (ARMM). The Mindanao armed conflict did not sign it,' MILF Peace Negotiating Panel Chairman erupted in 1974 between the Armed ~rces of the Philippines (AFP) and Mohagher Iqbal said in a speech during the Annual Conference Ofthj'l the then Moro National Liberation Front(MNLF)amkiUedsomel5O,OOO Philippine Political Science duringthe Ramos administration on Sept. 2, 1996.






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us Army soldiers take part in -a Joint Philippines-US military exercise at the . military camp of Fort .Magsl!lysay, l'eJueva Ecija. The Philippines hailed the start . of ·maJor war games with the US on Aprll.1.6 as a timely boost to the two nations' ~mtary alliance aml~~_rowlng regional security challe,nges. .: . AFP


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oynoy and his foreign office, along with his defense and military chiefs, are at pains to portray themselves before the Filipinos at least, that they will not take the bullying of China sitting down. The trouble is, Noynoyand his boys are no different from the mouse that roared but that ended up being swallowed by the huge lion. The Noynoy administrationcertainlyknows it is no match for China even in that claimed stand-off.The truth is, the Philippinesblinked some time ago during the first few days of the stand-off when, after sending its antiquated American warship that gave the Philippines the early edge in that the Philippine soldiers were able to get into the Chinese fishing boats with their illegal marine catch, blinked by quickly pulling out of Scarborough Shoal, with the lame excuse of its having to return to port to refuel. A warship has to return for food and fuel in the middle of a standoff? Whose leg are the Noynoyofficials trying to pull? From any angle, it was the Philippines that blinked, because the warship was pulled out when the Chinese sent their ships, later - followed by Chinese planes flying overhead. As things stand, only one Coast Guard vessel is in that shoal, while reports say there are now some five Chinese vessels in the same shoal. It is evident that the lone Coast Guard vessel is just there for face saving, but the Noynoy government is really looking ridiculous as its officials continue with their "acoustics" war with the Chinese, knowing that there is no way at all for this mouse of a country to scare the Chinese out of the


The mouse that roars
NinezCachoinsisted ownership of the disputed shoals and islands, there was never any real friction between the two countries. Quiet diplomacy was always at work all these decades. ' It is only now, with Noynoy in the presidential saddle, that the dispute has blown into a crisis situation, mainly due to the confrontational stance of Noynoywho 'had earlier believed that his great god America will come running to his aid once the Chinese try to muscle in on the disputed islands. What is even worse is that the RP-US military exercises are being held in many parts of the disputed seas, which was certain to irk China. ' Naturally, both America and the Philippines will be quickto deny that the joint military exercises have anything to do with the RP-China dispute, but recent history does show that the joint military exercises are always held in critical problem areas facing the Philippines at certain times and certain stages. , As the Chinese paper said, "Anyonewith clear eyes saw long ago that behind these, drills is reflected a mentality that will lead the South China Sea issue down a fork in , .the road toward military confrontation and resolution through armed force. "Through this kind of meddling and intervention, the United States will onlystir up the entire South China Sea situation toward increasing chaos, and this will inevitablyhave a massive impact on regional peace and stability_" Indeed. Only those playing blind refuse to see it this way.

shoal. Already,China top military paper warned the United States of confrontation over South China Sea over the US-Philippine military exercises, saying these are fanning risks of armed confrontation over the disputed area. A report said that "the commentary in China's LiberationArmy Daily falls short of a formal government statement, but marks the harshest high-level warning yet from Beijing about tensions with the Philippines overdisputed seas where both countries have recently sent ships to assert their claims." Noyn~y keeps on saying that it is the diplomatic approachthe governmentis taking as the Constitution renounces war as a state policy. Fine. Whythen continue to keep up with that acoustics war with China, knowing that such war ofwords does nothing to bring downtensions between the two countries? If the Noynoy government wants the problem resolvedthrough the United Nations, then it should do so, without the need to keep on exchanging barbs with China. The way it looks, given the past, where both China and the Philippines always

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