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Military still optimistic NPAs wiped out by 2016 Phil Star p. A-21 - Despite recent losses it suffered in the hands of communist rebels, the military yesterday said its security plan "Bayanihan" is effective and it remains optimistic that insurgency would be wiped out by 2016. AFP still pins peace hopes with rebs on 'Bayanihan' Malaya p. B-2 - THE Armed Forces still believes its internal peace and security plan "Bayanihan" is an effective tool against insurgency, despite major blows it recently received from the New People's Army. AFP peace and security plan 'intact' despite NPA killings of soldiers Daily Tribune p. 3 - Despite recent setbacks against communist New People's Army (NPA) leading to the killing of 11 soldiers, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) yesterday maintained that its internal peace and security plan (IPSP) "Bayanihan" remains effective in addressing the decades-long insurgency problem. 2 soldiers nabbed for illegal gun Pfcs. Salvador Decena and Ramon Paderes, both assigned with Peoples Journal p. 12 the Army's 901st Brigade, are facing illegal possession of firearms and ammunition charges, said Senior Supt. William Macavinta, Albay police director. Kasong criminal ikakasa ng Morong 43 vs CGMA Ngayan p. 3 - Kakasuhan ng kriminal ng Morong 43 Sl dating Pangulo at nqayc'y Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo. Tulong pinansyal ni Gov. Tallado sa pamilya ng 4-sundalong napatay Ngayan p. 7 - Nagpaabot ng pakikiramay at tulong pinansyal si Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo "Egay" Tallado sa pamilya ng apat na sundalong napatay ng mga rebel.deng New People's Army sa Barangay Maot sa bayan ng Labo. Abante p. 6 P20M marijuana nadiskubre sa Benguet - Umaabot sa P260,972,800 halaga ng marijuana plants ang binunot at sinira ng pinagsanib na pwersa ng pamahalaan matapas na makubkub ang 2.56 hectares na plantasyon sa bulubundukin at masukal na bahagi sa bayan ng Bakun, sa lalawigang ito.
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'Human rights violators in AFP have been punished' - Soldiers accused of human rights violations have been prosecuted and those found guilty have been punished, the military said yesterday. Military already addressing human rights violations- AFP - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) yesterday said it is doing its share in addressing human rights violations amid criticism from the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) that the Aquino administration's vow to improve human rights in

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the country is mostly talk and not much of action. We're going after erring soldiers on rights, says AFP - AFP spokesman Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos said some found to have committed human rights violations "have already been sanctioned or placed behind bars." Two more Ligot properties found - TWO more real estate properties of Lt. Gen. (ret.) Jacinto Ligot, estimated to be worth close to P3 million, has been discovered by the Sandiganbayan Sheriff and Security Services Office. AFP aims to end insurgency by 2016 - Despite successive beatings from the communist New People's Army (NPA) that left 15 soldiers dead, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) remains confident that it would be able to crush out the insurgency before President Aquino steps down from office in 2016. Police need to match rebel guns - Alarmed with the recent attack by the communist rebels in the countryside the Philippine National Police pointed up the need to strengthen police stations and to issue high-powered firearms men in far flung areas to match the firepower of rebels. Accounting sought on sale of AFP properties - A former police officer who is now a lawmaker yesterday sought an inquiry into the proceeds of the sale of the properties of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Probe military camps sale -A FORMER top cop turned lawmaker yesterday urged President Benigno C. Aquino III to create a special body tasked to conduct a full-blown investigation of the funds generated from the sale of military camps since the time of former PRESIDENT Fidel Ramos for the modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and charge officials who could be behind the poor state of the country's defense system. Chinese boats crowding shoal - Fourteen Chinese vessels and fishing boats were monitored in Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal on Tuesday night, the military said yesterday. 14 Sino vessels now at shoal, says AFP - There are now 14 Chinese ships in Panatag Shoal-four big maritime ships and 10 fishing boats, the Armed Forces of the Philippines said Wednesday. China sends more ships to Scarborough - CHINA has sent more ships to the Scarborough Shoal in a move seen to further heighten the tension in the area. New military agreement with US assailed - CIVIL-society groups and local politicians in Washington are reacting with anger to a new agreement by the United States that would increase its military engagement with the Philippines. PH sa China:"Wewili stand our ground!" - Sa gitna ng mga bagong patutsada at pambu-bully ng China, pagiging neutral ng Amerlka at pakikisawsaw na rin ng Taiwan sa usapin sa Panatag Shoal at iba pang teritoryo sa West Philippine Sea, muling iginlit kahapon ng Pilipinas na hindi isusuko ang karapatan sa pinag-aagawang teritoryo.

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Peoples Tonight p. 7

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Despite recent losses it suffered in the hands of communist rebels, the military yesterday said its security plan "Bayanihan" is effective and it remains optimistic that insurgency would be wiped out by 2016. Armed Forces spokesman CoL Arnulfo Burgos Jr.even said the recent violent incidents constitute an embarrassment to the New People's Army (NPA). . "We do not think of the recent incidents as a setback to the Armed Forc~s of the Philippines (AFP) but. rather an embarrassment on the part of NPArebels who continuously and grossly violate the rule of law and totally disregard human rights and international humanitarian law," he said in a text message. .Burgos said the NPA's atrocities violated exist; ing laws and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International L~. . He said Bayanihan, which focuses on projects

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aimed at curbing the roots of the insurgency is the "ultimate tool" in solving the problem. . . "We are very much confident and highly optimistic that we would be' able to win peace by 2016," Burgos added. The NPA managed to launch deadly attacks against soldiers in the past .two weeks despite the military's claim that the group's strength is already waning. .. Eleven soldiers, including an Army captain, and a civilian were killed, and three others were wounded in an ambuscade staged by rebels. in Barangay Gumhong in Tinoc town, Ifugao . last week. '. Members of the Army's 86th Infantry Battalion were on a three-vehicle convoy on their way back to their headquarters in Kiangan town when they were waylaid by the rebels. . , A few days after the incident, the NPA claimed that six soldiers were killed in separate attacks it staged in Lacub, Abr~ .. The NPA said three soldiers were killed after its fighters raided an Army detachment last Thursday. In another attack on Mt. Inuman the following day, three more soldiers were slain it added. . A young boy was also killed in an NPA offensive in Las N~vas, Northern Samar last Thursday. Last Sunday four soldiers and a civilian were slain ~fterabout20 Nl-Arebels attacked an Army team m Labo, Camarines Norte. The Army vowed to 'continue implementing development projects despite the rebels' atrociI

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THEArmed Forces still believes its internal peace and security plan "Bayanihan"is an effective tool against insurgency, despite major blows it recently received from the New People's Army. Lastweek, 11 soldiers died in an ambush staged by the NPA in Ifugao. Last Sunday, four soldiers were killed by NPA rebels in an attack in Camarines Norte. Bayanihan was implemented in January last year. The campaign plan puts emphasis on development work over combat operations. It replaced the previous administration's Oplan Bantay Laya which was heavy on combat operations and had blamed by some quarters for the 'rash of extra-judicial killings, victimizing mostly leftist personalities, Burgos said based on the AFP's latest assessment, Bayanihan "is very effective and has made significant headways as far as ending insurgency is concerned. " "Bayanihanis stillthe ultimate tool in addressing and solving insurgency in the country. We are very much confident and highly optimistic that we would be able to win the. peace by 2016," added Burgos. Burgos said the military would continue working to achieve peace under Bayanihan, a brainchild of now Army chief' Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista who prepared the campaign plan when he was still the AFP chief of staff for operations. 01.1 the Ifugao and Camarines Norte incidents, Burgos said, "We do not think of the recent incidents as a setback to the Armed Forces but rather an embarrassment on the part of the NPAs who continuously and grossly violate the rule of law and totally disregard human rights and international humanitarian law," said Burgos. "Their barbaric and murderous acts are clear violations of RepublicAct 9851 and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law to which they are signatories," he added. - Victor Reyes

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.AFP peace and security plan 'intact' despite NPA killings of soldiers
Despite recent setbacks against communist New People's Army (NPA) leading to the killing of 11 soldiers, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) yesterday maintained that its internal peace and security plan (IPSP) "Bayanihan» remains effective in addressing the decades-long insurgency problem. AFP spokesman Col.Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr. said the military will continuously implement its IPSP "Bayanihan"whlch is designed to defeat insurgency posed by the communist armed group by , 2016. "Based on our latest assessment of the IPSP 'Bayanihan' which is only on its second year of implementation, it is very effective and has made significant headway as far as ending insurgency is concerned in the country. IPSP 'Bayanihan' is still the ultimate tool in addressing and solving insurgency in the country," said Burgos. Last Wednesday, 11soldiers of the Army's 86th IB, one of them, a captain, were killed . when NPA rebels ambushed a military convoy in Tinoc town, Ifugao, The soldiers had just attended a change of command ceremony when they were waylaid. The incident also resulted in the killing of one civilian. Five days later on Sunday, four members of the Army's 49th IB were killed while conducting house to house dialogue with local residents of Barangay Maot in Labo town, Camarines Norte. Another civilian was slain during the Camarines Norte ambush. "We are very much confident and highly optimistic that we would be able to win peace by 2016. Despite of these incidents, your AFP will remain committed and steadfast to our sworn duty and continue to fight for peace no matter what the cost is. The safety and security of the people remains to be the primodial concern of your AFP in any undertaking," added Burgos. The Army leadership has already ordered the creation of boards of inquiry (BoIs) to separately probe the NPA atr ooities in Ifugao and' Camarines Norte. Lt. Col. Epimaco Macalisang, erstwhile commander of the 49th IB, had already been relieved pending the outcome of the investigation. Mario J. Mallari

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AUTIIORITIES arrested · twomembersofthePhil-' · ippine Army fortrying to sell an unlicensed gun 'to an undercover police agents in Bicol Sunday, PFe Salvador .Decena and Ramon Paderes, both assigned with the Army's 90lst Brigade, aie facing criminal charges for illegal possession of firearm and ammunition, Bicol PO" lice chief Senior Supt.. ·William Macavinta said. The official said the two soldier were arrested in an entrapment operation conducted by undercover officers of the Legazpi City Police Station on Dapdap Bridge, Barangay Dapdap. Seized from the suspects were a loaded caliber .45 pistol, a Susuki motorcycle andthe markedmoney used in the operation. Alfred Dallzon

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Kasong kriminal Ikakasa ng Morong 43 vs CGMA
Kakasuhanng kriminal .ng Morong 43 sl dating .Pangulo at ngayo'y Pampanga Rep..GloriaArroyo. Ayon kay Atty. Edre Olalia ng National Union People's Lawyer, ihahain nila ngayong Huwebes ng umaga sa Department of .lustice ang kaso kasama .na ang 10 mga opisyal at tauhan ng rnllitar at pullsya dahil sa paglabag sa rights Gf arrestedpersons, robbery at torture. Ipinaliwanag Iii Olalia na kakasuhan ng kriminal si CGMA dahil sa cornmand responsibility sa umano'y illegal na pagaresto sa mga ito noong Pebrero 2010 dahil sa hinalang mga NPA ang mga Ito. .Bukod pa anya ito sa naihain ng kasong sibil ng Morong 43 laban kay CGMA sa QC court-at may reklamo din sa Cornmission on Human Rights (CHR) hinggil dito. Sa Morang 43, isa na lamang ang nakakulonq sa Mindoro dahil sa ibang . . kaso habang ang lima sa mga Ito ay nasa custody ng militar rnatapos urnanonq bumaligtad.
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CAf!4-!'tRINES NORTE. - Nagpa.abot ng paklkirarnay at tulong pinansyal Sl Ca~allflndesNorte ~overnor Edgardo "Egay" ra a 0 sa parnilya ng apat na sundalong napatay ng mga rebeldeng New People's ~rmy sa Baranqay ,M!'Iotsa bayan ng Labo. Ka:,abay nito, slnlbak naman ang Army battalion con:mander rnatapos ang pagatake ng mga rebelde. kung saan napatay ~ng apat na sundalo at rsanq slbllyan noong Iinggo '. ., ._ C)" ~¥on sa hape. ng A~my s 9th Infantry .1~lslon ~a Sl Major Gen: Josue Gaverza, ~lf1lbak_ mya sa puwesto Sl Lt. Col. Epimaco Macasllanq, ~ommander ng .Army's 49th Infa~ry Batta".o~ .. augnay ng isvu ng comk man responsibility. . . . Base sa tala ng PhIL Army, nag-house-tohouse dialogue ang 9 man team ng Peace and Development Team ng 49th Intantr Battalion nang ratratln ngmga rebeldenryg NPA. Nabatid na nagpapahinga na an m a sundalo sa loob ng barangay haflg na~ paqbabarihn ng mga rebelde.. 9 . Kabilang sa mga napatay na sundalo ay sina Corporal Armado Parellio 30"· Pfe Teodoro Ojeda, 26; Pfc Paolo Ortisci~· 27: Pf· SeneslO Potian, 22, kung saan napatay _ . .. " e din ang slbilyang si Francisco Ruales 49 may-art ngtindahan.· , , Bunga ng insidente ay agad ding ipinagutos ni Gaverza ang pagbuo n Board f Inquiry .sa pamumuno ni Army's ~th Infant~ Divl.sion Provost Marshal Chief Col. Andrelmo Colina. Francis Elev;ido

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Soldiers accused of human rights violations have been prosecuted and those found guilty have been punished, the military said yesterday. . Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman Col. Arnulfo Burgos Jr. said the military is investigating human rights violations reported to the A;FPHuman Rights Office. "In fact, some military personnel involved 'and proven to have been nvolved in incidents of human rights violations have already been sane.ioned or placed behind bars," he said. . Burgos said disciplinary actions include dismissal from the service and removal of certain privileges. "We go by our military justice system but this is not a pros-

ecutory body;" he said. .. . "We can only go as far as undertaking disciplinary actions. C?nce an involved soldier goes outside military bounds, the final say will come from the higher civilian court." . . . The AFP Human Rights Office has documented a total of 59 cotnplamts against soldiers last year. . . .. .. . The military has been accused of resorting to killings to silence activists critical of the government. . .. However, human rights abuses and illegal executions.are not part of Its policy, the military said.

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) yesterday said it is doing its share in addressing human rights violations amid criticism from the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) that the Aquino administration's vow to improve human rights in the country is. mostly talk and not much of action. AFP spokesman Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr. stressed that some military personnel are now facing punishments while some 'are behind bars after being proven to have been system but the AFP is not a involved into human rights prosecutor body. We can only go violations. . as far as undertaking . "The AFP is doing everything disciplinary actions," said to investigate reports on human 'Burgos. rights violati'on which are Burgos explained that once reported or referred to the AFP an involved soldier goes outside Human Rights Office. In fact, some military personnel involved military bounds, the final say or proved to have been involved , will come from the higher civilian court. in incidents of HR violations are "It is embodied in our IPSP already been sanctioned or Bayanihan that as protectors of placed behind b ars," said the people, we must. at all times Burgos. uphold the Rule of Law, promote However, Burgos maintained and protect Human Rights and that the military can only strictly adhere to the impose disciplinary actions, International Humanitarian Law. within the AFP rules, against This . is why we have erring personnel. strengthened our AFPHRO "Wego by our military justice

which has been replicated down . results, in particular, theto our battalion level to prosecution of soldiers an-a" address human rights issues and officers ' "~ eoneerns," said Burgos. implicated in abuses." '" Last Monday, the HRWurged HRW's statement is one of Washington to send a strong the strongest rebukes to date' message to President Aquino, by an international group~ through his senior officials against Aquino nearly twd currently in the US for a years since he was installed meeting, to take urgent steps power. to improve human rights The 'US said it will releas:~ situation in the Philippines. the $3-million defens:~ "The Philippine government's assistance which it suspendel! pronouncements on improving three years ago due to Manila's, human rights have been mostly failure to account for th'~ talk, and not much action," said unexplained deaths on condition Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia that. the Philippines produces director at Human Rights Watch. more extra-judicial kllllng "Progress will be measured by convictions.

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BY VICTOR REYES THE Armed Forces yesterday said it is. addressing human rights violations committed by its personnel. AFP spokesman Col. Amulfo Marcelo Burgos said some found to have committed human rights violations "have already been sanctioned or placed behind bars." "We go by our military justice system but the AFP is not a prosecutory body," he said. Burgos issued the statement following an appeal of Human Rights Watch to the United States to pressure the Philippines to prosecute erring soldiers. HRW deputy Asia director Elain Pearson has said the Philippine government's pronouncements on improving human rights have been mostly talk and that no action had been taken against the violators. Pearson also said the US should withhold assistance to the AFP until significant progress has been made. "Progress will be measured by results, in particular the prosecution of soldiers and officers implicated in abuses," Pearson said. Burgos said the AFP "is doing everything to investigate reports on human rights viola. tions which are reported or referred to the AFP Human Rights Office." "We can only go as far as undertaking disciplinary actions. Once an involved soldier goes outside military bounds, the final say will come from the higher civilian court, " he said. Burgos said the Internal Peace and Security Plan Bayanihan, the military's blueprint in winning the peace, compels soldiers to uphold. human rights and the rule of law. "It is embodied in Our IPSP Bayanihan that as protectors of the people, we must at all times uphold the Rule of Law, promote and protect human rights and strictly adhere to the International Humanitarian Law," said Burgos. Burgos noted the military establishment has already strengthened the AFP's Human Rights Office which he said had been ,"replicated down to our battalion level to address human rights issues and concerns."

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TWO more real estate properties of it. Gen. (ret.) Jacinto Ugot, estimated to be worth close to P3 million, has been discovered by the Sandiganbayan Sheriff and Security Services Office. Sheriff Romulo Barraza said the properties are a residential [at in Batangas with a concrete structure valued at around P2 million, and a farm lot in Nueva Edja that could fetch up to PI million. "Based on copies of tax declarations we obtained on both properties, they were registered in the name of Gen. Ligot," Barrozo said. Ligot and his relatives have been named respondents in a 2005 forfeiture case on allegations that he used his former position as comptroUer of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to amass at least P 13 5 million. In a resolution issued on April 2011, the Sandiganbayan Fourth Division ordered the writs of attachment slapped against Ligot's properties and those of his co-defendants including his wife Brlinda, children Paulo, Riza and Miguel, brother-in-law Edgardo Yambao, and sister Miguela Ligor-Paragas, Deputy special prosecutors respectively. Robert E. Kallas and Cornelio Barrozo lamented that his reSomido earlier submitted a list quests for operating funds sent of'Ligot's assets they wanted froto the Office of the Ombudsman zen including four vehicles, four has received no action .. condominium units, farmlands, . "We cannot move for now buildings and residential lots. because we are still waiting for Also being eyed for forfeiture a reply to our request for a car is an investments account at and expenses to attach those the Armed Forces and Police new properties. We need to Savings and Loans Association get in touch with the Registry Inc. (AFPSLAI) reportedly worth of Deeds in Batangasand Nueva P8 million, and P5 million in a Ecija as soon as possible. We separate account in the name of hope the Ombudsman will his wife that were already withmove fast before the lots can drawn, leaving balances of only be sold or transferred," he said. P168,988.36 and PS5,193.75, - Peter Tabingo

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DESPITE successive beatings from the communist New People's Anny (NPA) that left 15 soldiers dead, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) remains confident tharv H would be able to-crush out the insurgency before President Aquino steps down from office in 2016. AFP spokesman Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos, If. said Wednesday that the military's new anti-insurgency strategy, the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) Bayanihan, has been very effective and has made significant headways as far as endingthe insurgency is concerned. The IPSP Bayanihan was implemented two years ago. The strategy centers on a "whole of nation" and "people-centered" approach and less on armed confrontation in winning back the hearts and minds of the people. Burgos explained that the recent NPA ambuscades in lfugao and Camarines provinces were not considered setbacks by the military leadership but rather an advantage in the government's pursuit of peace and stability. Eleven soldiers were killed in Ifugao and four in Camarines .. On the other hand, he pointed out, these inddents were "shameful" because the insurgents showed their complete disregard of the law and more importantly of the security of innocent civilians. . . ( . ,"We'ao not think of the recent in-' ridents as setback to the Armed Forces of the Philippines but rather an embarrassment on the part of the NPAs who continuously and grossly violat-e the rule oflaw and totally disregard human rights and international humanitarian law. Their barbaric and murderous acts are dear violations of RepublIc Act 9158 and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law to which they are signatories, • Burgos stressed. According to Burgos, .the fPSP is just on its second year of implementation but it has already gained tremendous success that resulted in the declaration of at least 24 provinces as "insurgency free. • HIPSP Bayanihan is still the ultimate tool in addressing and solving insurgency in the country, We are very much confident and highly optimistic that w~ would be able to win the peace by 2016," he added. Despite the indden 18, Burgos said that the AFP would remain committed and steadfast in its sworn duty

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CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO: Alarmed with the recent attack by the communist rebels inthe countryside, the Philippine National Police pointed . up the need to strengthen police stations and to issue high-powered firearms to their men iii farflung areas to match the firepower of rebels. So said Police Deputy Director General Emelita lSarmiento, the DeputyChieffo.r Operations ofthe Phllippine National Police,in his visitto the Region 1 police. He graced the Monday flag-raising ceremony held at the Police Regional Office 1 grandstand. General Sarmiento congratulated PROl for having no incident of communist atrocities in its jurisdiction in recent times. He nonetheless pointed out the need to OFFICE intensify the defense of police stations against . communist terrorists, ~~.,. THOM F. PICANA

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. Under Executive Order SOg, :Aco~saidtheAFPgets.50percent of net proceeds from non-sale transactions. . ·We are terribly sorry for this ,~Iunder. We only have ourselves ;'t9blame for it. Weshould use this "ye,ry sorry state of the ,~ol,mtry'sarmed forces to punish . :those who may have abused the ..disbursement of funds, n Acop pointed out. "If there will be another :.inquiry to be conducted by the . government, we should ensure that .former and present responsible" . officials will be charged to proper courts over this defense security disaster,' Acop added. . The state run Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) has generated a total of ':P52.816 billion from the '~di8positionofMetroManilacamps I)rom the period May 1993 to I November 2011 and has remitted a total of P33.306 billion to the National Treasury covering the . ."tiroceeds·from bothsale and non.sale transactions. '. Of the remitted amount, ~.p:~1.555 billion went to the AFP, ,b~okendown to P12;059billion for .:.t~e:AFP Modernization. Program and P 9.4 96 b illi 0 n fo r th e replication of military facilities.
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could be behind the poor run after public officials state of the country's who may have a hand defense system. behind the continued poor A FORMER top cop Antipolo City Rep. state of the country's, turned lawmaker yes- Romeo Acop, a former armed· forces despite terday urged President police deputy director for billions of funds <-for its ,Benigno C. Aquino ill comptrollership during modernization. We should to create a special body' the time of Sen. Panfilo account for the funds and tasked to conduct a full-· "Ping" Lacson as director punish those who may blown investigation of general of the Philippine have shortchanged the the funds ganer-ated ·NationalPolice(PNP),said government," Acop from the sale of mili- President Aquino should stressed in an interview tary camps since the look into the bottom of the following the virtual timeofformerPresident controversies involving invasion by China of Fidel Ramos for the the seeming failure to Panatag (Scarborough) modernization of the modernize the AFP. Shoal in the West PhilipArmed Forces of the "I believe in President pineSea, Philippines (AFP) and Aquino's good governance Acop recalled that the charge officials who and his leadership should share of AFP Moderniza--:::__-----------,-------...,.----------

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tion Fund came from. the net proceeds of non-sale transactions such as lease and joint-venture' agreements of former Metro Manila military camps. The biggest two of which are the' former Fort Bonifacio and a portion of theVillamorAirBasenow developed into Bonifacio Global City. and Newport City, respectively. Under Executive Order309,AcopsaidtheAFP gets 50 percent of" net proceeds from non-sale transactions. "We are terribly sorry for this blunder. We·only have ourselves to blame for it. We should use this' very sorry state of the country's armed, forces to punish those who may have abused the disburse"ments of funds," Acop pointed out. "Ifthere willbe another

inquiry to be conducted by the government, we should ensure that former and present responsible officials will be. charged before proper courts over this defense security disaster," Acop added. The state run Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) has generated a total of P52.816 billion from the disposition of. Metro Manila camps from the period May 1993 to November 2011 and has remitted a total ofP33.306 billion to the National Treasury covering the proceeds from both sale and non-sale transactions. Of the remitted amount, P21.555 billion went to the AFP, broken downtoP12·.059bil1ionfor the AFP Modernization ProgramandP9.496billion for the replication of . military facilities. .

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Fourteen Chinese vesselsand fishingboats were monitored in Panatag (Scarborough)Shoal on Tuesday night, the

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by the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) ... is meant to protect (the country's) territorial integrity," he said. Kigis said Chinese Maritime Surveillance (CMS) vessel 71 was located 13.6 nautical miles away from Philippine Coast Guard ship BRP Edsa 2. "eMS 75 is 3.3 nautical miles away from Edsa 2, while the distance between CMS 81 and the Philippine ship is 11.9 nautical miles, he added. Kigis could not tell whether Filipino fishing boats have remained in the area. Last Sunday, Armed Forces Northern Luzon Command chiefLt. Gen. Anthony Alcantara said six localflshing boats had" entered the shoal. "Our Coast Guard is ready to protectthe interestofourfishermen in thatarea,"hesaid. Edsa 2 and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources vessel MCS 3008 are continuously monitoring the situation. Panatag Shoal is 124 nautical miles

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THERE .are now 14 . Chinese ships in Panatag' Shoal~four qig maritime ships and 10 fishing boats, the Armed Forces of the Philippines said yesterday. . Only a Bureau of Pisheries .and Aquatic Resources vessel MCS.3008 and the BRP Edsa II, a Coast Guard search and rescue vessel (SARV) 002, represent Philippine sovereignty over the area, known internationally as Scarborough Shoal, according to the AFP., . . As of Monday night, the two ships had monitored 14 C~inese vessels In the area, according to the AFP's Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom). They were the Chinese' Maritime Surveillance (CMS) vessels 71, 75 and 81 and the Fish14SI~OI AIS From page AI

eries .Law Enforcement Command (FLEC) 310, touted to be China's most modern and most powerful maritime ship. . . . Seven Chinese fishing vessels and three smaller boats were "still sightedinside the Scarborough Shoal as of 8 p.m. May 1," according to Nolcom, .. Nolcom reported that the Edsa II was 1.4 nautical miles (2.52 kilometers) northeast off . the shoal's South Rock. The CMS 71 was 13.6 nautical miles (24.4 km) away from EdsaII; the CMS Bl, 11.9 nautical miles, (21.42 km) away; and the CMS 75, only 3.3 nautical miles (5.94km) away. , China's FLEC 310 was just 8.3 nautical miles (14.94 km) away from Edsa II. Nolcom did not report any Filipino fishing vessels in the area. Lt. Gen. Anthony Alcantara, Nolcom chief, has ordered continuous monitoring of the situation. He said his command was determined to "protect (the country's) territorial integrity,"

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By RENE ACOSTA Reporter HINA lias sent more ships to the Scarborough Shoal in a move seen to fur ther heighten the tension in the area. ' An update provided by the Armed Forces Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) showed that Beijing's vessels in and around the shoal has already reached 14, four of them owned by the Chinese government. "Seven Chinese fishing vessels and three fishing boats were still inside the Scarborough Shoal as of 8 p,.m., May L 2012;' the report said. Aside from the boats manned by Chinese fishermen, the report said that Beijing also increased its ships in the areaChina 1'y1arine Surveillance vessel CMS 71,75 and 81. It also has its Fishery Law Enforcement Co~mand 310 in the are~ ~d it is positioned 83 nautical miles from the Coast Guard's search-and-rescue vessel 002. The search-and-rescue vessel is an-, chored 1.4 nautical miles northeast of the lagoon's entrance. Aside from the Coast Guard vessel, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources fishery ship MCS 3008 is also in the area. , Lt. Gen. Anthony Alcantara, Armed Forces Northern Luzon Command chief, has ordered the continuous monitoring of the area and the Chinese activities as part of the government assertion of its sovereign rights over the territory. "The continuing monitoring being undertaken by the Armed Forces within the Scarborough Shoal is still within the directives of Lt. Gen. Anthony J.Alcan'tara, commander of Nolcorn, to watch over the area ... that the Armed Forces meant to protect the country's'territorial integrity;' the Nolcom said. '

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SELF- EXILED IoseMaria Sison, founder of the. Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), said although China has the biggest army in the world with equally sophisticated military equipment at par with some Western powers, it will not go to war despite its assertiveness over the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal and the Spratly Islands (South China Sea), both . located in the West Philippine Sea. _ "China has shown a preference for economic and diplomatic action' rather than military action in international af-, fairs;' Sison said in an e-mailed copy of his lecture at the Regular Class 47 of the masters program in National SecurityAdministration sent by the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). He said China will not choose "outright military act of aggression" that will , 'ruin its commitment to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos) and the Declaration on Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea. Otherwise, China will have to face all ' other claimant countries and their allies if it goes to war to assert its claims over the dis"

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puted maritime areas. But even then, China appears not ready for a military- to-military war against the international community. "In my debates with foreign revolutionaries who claim that China is already an imperialist power, -I have maintained that indeed China has become capitalist an~ does export a significant amount . of surplus capital but it has not yet deployed combat troops to promote and protect its foreign investments. Even in the UN peacekeeping operations which it has joined, it has avoided committing Chinese combat troops;' Sison said. Last year and early this year, China has revived its intrusions in the Spratlys that caused tension and security instability in the :region. On April 10 Chinese fishing -vessels were caught poaching endangered marine species at the Panatag Shoal by the Navy'S BRP Gregorio del Pilar, that started the standoffaftertwo China Maritime Ships 71 and 84 intervened in the supposed arrest of the Chinese poachers. The Philippine governmentcondemned China's bullying as the latter rejected a challenge by the former to face each other before an international court of j ustice to legally and peacefully resolvethe dispute. The shoal is well within the 200-nautical- mile' exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Philippines, and historically it is _ called Bajo de Masinloc, a maritime local.

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ON Saturday Chinas FLEC 310, ariother maritime surveillance ship deployed in the shoal, figured in another bullying against the ship of the Coast Guard (PCG) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, the SA_RY003 and 3001. ' Philippine authorities remained coolheaded and branded as war-mongering the harsh opinion from a Chinese general urging his leaders for a "decisive action" against the Philippines. "It is in our sovereign interest not to involve the country and people in any selfdamaging act, like an unnecessary war or even unnecessary shows of military force or provocations;' Sison said, reacting to the issue. ' Sison also.stressed that the.revival of China's aggressive actions in the disputed, areas in the West Philippine Sea has something to do with the renewed United States aggressiveness to fortify its military presence in the Asia-Pacific region. " He said the defense treaty between the Philippines and US will not stop China from bullying. "We should not be carried awayby the illusion that the US is out to protect us. We mustkeepinmindthatthe UShasfarlarger interests in China than in the Philippines and that the US-RP Mutual Defense Treaty, which carries no automatic retaliation clause, allows the US to avoid siding with , the Philippines against China, What the US is bent on doing is to manage and manipulate the Philippine-China contradictions in order to further entrench itself mllitarilyin the Phlltppines, continue to violate our national sovereignty and territorial integrity, serve as the bantay s(J.lakay, and intensify its efforts to strengthen US hegemony over the Asia-Pacific region:' he said.

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CIVIL-SOClETY groups and local politicians in Washington axe reacting with anger to a new agreement by the United States that would increase its military engagement with the Philippines. On Monday US and Filipino delegations met for a first-ever high-level strategic dialogue. "It is terribly discouraging that the Philippine government cannot figure out a truly healthy relationship with the USthat is, a relationship that allows the Philippines to forge meaningful-relationships with America as well as with its neighbors, including China;' Gina Apostol, the author ,of a novel on the Philippine elite's' relationship with the US' military, said. "We are too stuck on our historical" relationship withAmerica, even though it has been patently 'disgraceful and traumatic:' On Monday US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense ' Leon Panetta met with their Philippine counterparts, Albert del Rosario and Voltaire Gazmin, for a highly anticipated summit, dubbed as "2+2:' ' The meeting was the first of its kind between the two longtime allies. It w~s also the most high-level talks yet in a months-long-some would say decade',long attempt by the US to reforge strong relations with the Philippines .. The umbrella group Bagong Alyan-' sang Makabayan (Bayari) is warning that the moves would dangerously increase the Philippines's dependence on the ·US. "This is the kind of mendicant foreign policy which has prevented our country from developing its own credible defense . posture, because it is sod ep endent on US military aid;' Bayan Secretary-General Renato Reyes Jr. said in a' statement on .Tuesday, "The US certainly got more out of this meeting than the Philippines. It's part of the bigger US agenda in the Pacific:' .

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While the country is a former US colony and remains one 'of the United States's most important Asian allies, bi. lateral relations soured-in the early 1990s. At that time, the Manila government refused to authorize an extension of the agreement that had for decades allowed for the presence of two US military bases in Philippine territory. US attempts to get back into the country began almost immediately, however, and picked up steam ih the-aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001. Indeed, the lack of any specific treaty notwithstanding, the US has had troops stationed in the Philippines since 2000, and, the two countries have engaged in significant annual joint military training throughout that period. The most recent such actions took place in late April, just days before the recent summit: -Importantly, the 2+ 2 talks took place as a territorial dispute is escalating between' . China and the Philippines over islands in the South China Sea=what Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently referred to as the West Philippine Sea, enraging Chinese sentiment. For nearly four weeks", both countries have had naval vessels stationed near the Scarborough Shoal. . Yet at the talks here, the Philippine delegation told US officials that the Philippines's military was ill-equipped to deal with any significant action. Del Rosario also noted that this deficiency could pose a threat to future US interests. "For the Philippines to be minimally relied upon as a US regional partner;' he said during the meetings, "it behooves us to resort to all possible means to build at the very least a most minimal credible defense posture:' Apostol suggests that such attempts to appeal to US military strategy could backfire.

"We hope to use the American mili, tary as leverage, but whose ploy is that, really?" she asked. "We're simply falling into the hands of a military-industrial complex that is ultimately rapacious and thoughtless of its consequences on the people who mistakenly believe it will be for their protection:' ''Any engagementwith Americas rnilltary aims is a threat to our sovereignty;' she continues. "But worse than that, it is a threat to our peace:' It is little wonder that the Philippine' delegation's request did not fallon deaf ears in Washington. Following on President Barack Obama's November 2011 announcementthat the United States would be shifting its strategic focus toward Asia, sp eculation has been widespread over the future role.to be played by the Philippines in this changed context-and of China's reaction to increased US interest in its back yard . Since 'the beginning of this year, the US has moved to strengthen the Philippines's naval forces, while also raising the P ossibility of rotating US military person- ' nel throughPhilippine bases: At the 2+2 talks, the United States agreed to give the. Philippines a new navalvessel, the second one this year . Reyes 'warned that the results of the 2+ 2 talks do not seem to suggest that any new agreement is in the offing on the US military's formal role in the Philippines. "The US will maintain its 600 Special Forces [troops) in Mindanao, even without a basing treaty;' he said. "These tro ops . have been in the country for the last 10 years and are believed to be engaged in combat roles:" . Long-simmering public discontent over the US engagement in the Philippines could now crystallize into political implications, including for President Aquino, .

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Sa gitna ng mga bagong patutsada at pambu-buUy ng China,' pagiging neutral ng Amerika at pakikisawsaw na rin ng Taiwan sa usapin sa Panatag Shoal at iba pang teritoryo sa West Philippine Sea, muling iginiitkahaponngPiIipinas na hindi isusuko ang karapatan sa pinag-aagawang teritoryo. "Atin ito, and we will stand on our ground. We will continue to be there and we will stand for our rights and sovereignty," pahayag kahapon ni Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman at assistant secretary Raul Hernandez. Kaakibat nita ay patuloy na nanawagan aug Pilipinas sa China at iba pang bansa na 'wag gagawa ng marahas na hakbang dahil mahalagang maresolba ang isyu sa diplomatikong paraan. Hindi umano tantanan ng Pilipinas ang paggiit sa karapatan at soberenya nita para sa inaangking .

teritoryo, ayon pa sa tagapagsalita ng DFA. Samantala, inihayag din kahapon ni Asec, Hernandez na wala naman silang name-monitor na tensyon 0 anurnang kakaibang insidente 0 pagkilos ng magkabilang-panig sa Panatag Shoal. Sangayon aymayroong dalawanggovemmentvessel at tatlong fishing boat ang Pilipinas sa Panatag Shoal habang sa panig ng China ay nakapuwesto ang apatnagovernmentvessel, . walong fishing boat at 11 service boats. Sa pinakahuling pahayag naman ng isang Chinese general, binalaan nita ang Pilipinas sa umano'y pambu-bully sa kanila kasabay ng mungkahi na markahan na ng Chinese troops ang kanilang so. berenya sa Scarborough Shoal at rnagtaas doon ng Chinese flag para ipaalam . sa lahat na ito'y teritoryo ----------------------------, ng kanilang bansa, ani Dacpa_hpa@yahoo.comPeople's Liberation Army (PLA)Maj.Gen ..LuoYuan

himpil doon. basesaulatngChinaD~ily. . "Watch the bullying, Ang pinaghihirnasuPhilippines. China is giving kang shoal ng China ay bapeace its last chance. If hagi ng karagatang sakop Philippines dares provoke ng Masinloc, Zambales us again, the navy will atat nasa layo lamang na tack with both fists," de ret124 nautical miles at nasa . sahang babala ng heneral. loob ng 200-nautical-mile . Ayaw naman ng patulan . exclusive economic zone ng gobyerno ng Pilipinas (EEZ) ng Pilipinas. ang maanghang na banat "Burnalik uli doon ang ng heneral at pinaniniwaFLEC -31 0 ng China at laang wala namang subsmay kasama pang isa pang tansiya ang agresibong barko na may tatak na pananaw nito dahil wala CMS (China Maritime namang direktang com" Surveillance Ship) No. 75. mand si Luo sa' Chinese ryan ang update natin as military. of 8 p.m. Saturday. May 4 Sa pinakahuling ulat, na barko at 3 fishing boat kinumplrma ni Lt. Gen. ng China sa area," ani Anthony Alcantara, NorthAlcantara . ern Luzon Command . Aniya, angSARV-002 (N 0 ICom) commander (Sarangani) ng Philippine" ang pananatili ng dalaCoast Guard (PCG) at ang wang barko ng Pilipinas MCS 3008 ng Bureau of sa Panatag/Scarborough Fisheries and Aquatic re. Shoal para tapatan ang sources (BFAR) ay patuloy mas malaking bilang ng na minarnanmanan ang aktiChinese vessels na nakabidad ngmga balko ngIntsik.

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Undeniably, the ongoing inciFilipinos to rally behind the nadent in the Panatag Shoal has put tional leadership's stand. Likewise, the country orr the verge of a crisis. he pressed for bringing up the matPanatag (Scarborough) Shoal re· It is unfortunate though that amid ter before the international tribunal mains as it was since day one. It is thestand-off many Filipinos are still even downplaying China's refusal fortunate though that up to this to do so, and further stressing that . unaware, orworst in apathy to what point, each party chooses to engage is happening. The action by China .only by bringing the case 'internaeach other in a war of words with in Panaiag shoal has been the most tionally can we demonstrate that we respect to each other's territorial aggressive form ofbullying that she believe in the legality of our claim. claim. With the way things are shapcommitted ever since she laid claim When asked about the joint rnili- , lngup.itseems that the Philippines on the whole area of the West Philtary exercise by China with Russia is gaining ground in the battle of : dication that indeed she would ippine Sea. Never was our country's amid the standoff, Enrile spoke arguments. With a huge stockpile want nothing less than to negotirelationship with an Asian neighbor . words of encouragement for the ofintemationallaw principles in its . ate in accordance with her terms since the last World War been at sepeople not to be afraid, since if we arsenal, which has served as basis and later on to make us capitulate rious odds until now, In no way has become afraid, then it is already as for our position, the Philippines by force of arms. the country's territorial sovereignty, good as surrender. had China groping for valid argu. China's aversion in bringing the . Senator Honasan for his part ever since Wegained independence, rnents to support its claim. Latest Scarborough issue before the interbeen gravely violated by an alien raised a very strong point when developments and pronouncenational community is not only an aggressor until this instant. In the he encouraged our fishermen to merits coming from high ranking indication of the lack of any legitimidst oftbis critical situation in our continue. fishing within thevicinChinese officials have shownhow mate-basis for her claims but likecountry's history, it would be heartflimsy are their grounds for their wise a manifestation that she is apity of the shoal so as to assert our. warming to see Filipinos setting territorial claim. Dissuading our claim on the shoal. prehensive of how the community aside their differences and apathy Chinese authorities have called of nations will define her recent renative fisher folks from going.to to activelyput a stand against a comthe area is tantamount to an abon the Philippines not to internacalcitrant behavior. Being touted mon external aggressor. Let us rally dication of our territorial claims. tionalize the issue, stating that it is lately as an emerging world power, behind our leaders to send a strong' · best settled bilaterally by the two China is very much concerned At this point, all sectors of our message to China that we may not society need to demonstrate a more countries. This would seem a raabout her international.reputation. yet have the military mightto counactive collective. stand in showing tional proposal if both parties are The aforementioned circumter-act itSbullying tactics but she still China and the international comcommitted to abide with the ', stance consequently 'is "an.oppor~ has to face the fortitude and strength . munity that we are serious in deprotocols of international law, but· tune time for us to push through in of character of the Filipino ·people. fending our territory from any form !rnowing China's reputation to use bringing the matter to the bar of And thai we will not be cowed to of external encroachment. · force whenever it runs out of valid international opinion. What we lack submission despite the odds. What has been written in this arguments, as in the case of Tibet in military might, we canoffsetwith In the course of the diplomatic . piece is not meant to provoke for instance, which remains under our arsenal of legal arguments. If ruckus with China, two of our armed hostilities with China but · her occupation, internationalizing China would not hear and heed the senators who are authorities in the the issue is the' best recourse we soundness of our position, let the ratherto fire up the .sense of nafield of national security and' tionalism of our people so as we .have so far. Further, the recent pro-' inteinational community hear our defense, Senators Juan Ponce Enrile can have a united stand against nouncements by her military cause and in so doingshow to the its unwarranted behavior. It is through the official party newspawhole world China's waywardness . and Crego rio Honasan, gave senhigh time to show a bully tha t we per. "People's Daily" that China in establishing relationships with . sible insights onthe issue. Senator Enrile has called on all as a people are no pushovers, vows to defend her claim is an inher neighbors ..

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national support tor Its claims at possession are not very good. We might better be able to rally regional By ALEX MAGNO support by falling back to a mutual use and mutual benefit formula instead of a full territorial claim. If we cannot own the territory, no one else should. ~ T~e proposal for the Philippine Navy to rebuild an old lighthouse on Scarborough Shoal will be interpreted by Beijing as a serious escalation of the conThose who somehow .expected ~rontation. Doing so will expose us to possible humilithe US to do our saber-rattling for ation if Beijing decides to send in commandos to deus must have been terribly disapmolish the structure, . painted by the outcome of the 2 i· Rebuilding the lighthouse will be like putting a chip Plus 2 meeting in Washington ear~n our shoulder and daring the bully to knock it off, . lier this week. The bully will. · The 2 Plus 2 meeting is a high. We need to adjust our expectations to fit the realilevel conference on shared con~iesof this time. The Mutual Defense Treaty isa relic. ferns between the foreign and deof the Co~d War. T~ere will be no enthusiasm among lense secretaries of the US and the the Americanpublic to support a war with China bePhilippines. It is the first such conference held between cause Beijing decided to knock down a useless Fili~lUrtwo countries and happened under the large pino lighthouse, shadow of escalating tensions in the contested South ' That recent op~nion piece by a high-ranking ChiChina Sea islets, ~ese general carried by the People's Daily complain. Our panel obviously expected to extract from this h:-~~bout why Beijing had not slapped down puny meeting a clear gesture of support for our territorial Filipino forces challenging China's claims is not an claims from Washington. That was not forthcoming: ,. ~~leone. Chin,ese mil~tary officers do not write op-ed , "Iobegin with, the US never signed the UN Con~)leceso~ foreign policy only to while away idle time yention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) - the basis ;- especially on a semi-official paper. His voice is part of our claims, under international law, over of a well-orchestrated chorus, Scarborough Shoal and the Spratlys. Washington sees .j Remember that the Chinese have a two-thousand keeping the sea lanes open a cardinal element in its year history of diplomatic practice, Every minor fornational interest There is no way the US will support eign policy question is approached with a comprehenany territorial claim based on the UNCLOS - neisive strategy. ther ours nor China's: .; .Understand that Beijin.g has not been very pleased , From Washington's point of view, the uninhabitWIth the way we have handled our bilateral relations able islets are better left unclaimed, Thev straddle vilately, The tourist bus fiasco still hurts. The fact that tal sea lanes. The competing claims could choke those ~anila has been trying to put a seriously tmder-qualilanes. . fied person as our ambassador to Beijing is taken as · Washington's view of its interests, therefore, is h05an offense by the other side. The long and painful con~le to all the claimant countries, Washington gains firmation process of one Domingo Lee, a close Aquino nothing by endorsing our claim and by playing along family friend, has left us without 'an ambassador to rith our game of confrontation with China. the Chinese capital for twqyears now. Beijing expects · The real story, however, is that nothing much was to be ranked rather high up our diplomatic priorities. ~aid about our Mutual Defense Treaty :- save, of The Northrail project is the centerpiece of China's· course, for the announcement that the US will hand ar~ay of !?oodwill assistance to the country. This ad1:1s nother ancient Hamilton-class cutter to beef up a ~rlIl1lstrqtlO~l condemned that project to purgatory, It liIurmaritime defense capabilities. J,S now the Icon of so many other Chinese investment - A second cutter, never mind that it is obsolete, bapackages left in the backburner. . sically doubles the combat strength of the Philippine .~he confrontatio~ at Scarborough Shoal presents Navy. Before the first cutter was given us, and immeBeIJIng.an opport~mty toput us in our proper place diately pressed into service as our Navy's proud flag.according to her ~lew o! the world, Expect Beijing to ship, we only had a clutter of small patrol vessels usedeal us a flurry of intentionally understated economic ful only for reconnaissance and rescue missions ~ not m~asures to deli_V,er. ~eir message, Already, several at all for any major scale combat. shipments of PhIlIpP me bananas worth several mil.: A second cutter by no means brings us up to par lion dollars were turned back by China. The pain is with China's maritime force - now including a refelt all over southern Mindanao. . ;urbished aircraft carrier acquired from Russia. There In the near. term, Beijing will be seriously unenthuts no way the Philippine Navy can shoo away Chisiastic in supporting large-scale Chinese investments nese forces from the contested shoals. in th.e Philippines, Th.ey are waiting for us to signal Without any saber-rattling by Washington, we are readiness to grant China most favored nation status basically left to Beijing's tender mercies ..The rest of in all our policies. . the As~an. is reluct.ant to join .. n ~ti-China ;c~orus. ---a ~hile Chir:a is dealing with us in a most compre- ~ There IS SImply too much econonucs at stake 111 ap- add: oac~henslve way, It seems no one is masterrnindinz our )5 peasing Beijing and nothing to gain from backing foreig~ policy strategy. Our response.is disenta;gled, Manila's tough-talking on the contested islets, shortsighted and trapped in tokenism. . - The nrosoects for thp Philirrrrines' -winninz intpr-19-

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Dear Editor: Hindi natin masisisi ang pamahalaang Aquino na humingi ng tulong sa US hinggil sa Scarborough Shoal

isyu. Alam naman nating lahar ~a wala tayong sapat na kakaYahangbuman~a sa m~I~lganting China, Ngayon na1?ag-al~an na nann na hindi papanig sa atin ang US kung sakaling lII:agkaro?n ng digmaan laban sa China. Kaya kung sakaling mul~ tayong i-harass ng China alam na l!atm ang a~mg gagawln. Maaaring tanggapin na lang natm ~ng kanilang pagbu-bully 0 handa tayong ibuwis ang atmg buhay.sa pagt~ggol ng ating mga kahanggan. . Kasalanan din ng atmg mga lider kung bakit hindi pmaghandaan ~g lahat ng ito. Disin sana'y walang problem.an& gamto. Kung noon pa ay ipinatupad na ang Moderru:o;atlon saAFP hindi tayo kakaba-kaba ng ganito.· Kung ka~l~ lang ka.sl may b~nta sa seguridad saka lamang kikilosang atm!? mga lider, Hindi na-anticipate ang ~ga kaganapan ~a hinaharap. Wala silang foresight. Gan.~ n pa m~n, ~ulJ man daw magaling ay maihahaboI pa fll!' Sana hlndi pa huli ang lahat, . Sinong bans a ang kakampi sa atin laban sa China? Tingin ko ~a[a.,Wala sllang makukuha sa Pilipinas, bukod sa mahlt. n~ y mahlrap pang bansa. Pero sa pakiramdam ko, mak~ll~la ng buong mund~ kung ano ang rneron sa bansang~lhpmas -- ang pagkakalSa ng sambayanan at ang .pananah~ sa ~aykapal. Ang Diyos ang Ialaban para sa an n upang Ipakl !ala ng Diyos ang kanyang kapangyarihan a~ ~a!1.!walhatlan sa buong rnundo, Gagamitin niya a_ngPilipinas at ang sambayanang Pilipino upang mull siyang parangalan ng buong lahi ng sanlibutan. FelixbertoA. Macalalad Tui, Batangas

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paano tayoilalagay Sa gan-. .' Habang mas mahal . Ang WPS ang malaitong sitwasyon.··Kung ang mga kagamitan wakna karagatang naghindi natin susuriin ang AFP wish list, mas mala- sisilbing buffer region sa • •. ki ang' potensyal: para sa mga naging pegknkulang kickbackS!.ltorin aug da- pagitan ng Pilipinas at ng ng ating civilian at miliSa ganang akin, dala- hilan kun bakit hindi si- China.eDahil may ~apat na taiy leaders sa loob ng na-' wa ang naging hadlang sa . . . g . distansya sa pagitan ng k alipas na dal awang de- mo dart . ng AFP dal awang bansa, kahit iilan ernisasyon ng AFP' . nusupurtahan ... ang 'mga Iocal manufaclUUll . ~ kada, baka ganito na lang Una, ang sobrang pamm. . lamang ang rnga barko ng lagi ang kahahantungan! wala ng II)gB. militarypoli- . turers ng armas, '. Philippine Navy at PhilipBakit nga ba hindiCY'lIlllkerl na tutulorig aug AIlg China, itinatagu- : pine Coast Guard, nagagamatuluy-tuloy ang mod-. Estados Unidos sakaling . yod ang pansariling inter- .wa pa ring i-monitor at 1ernization program ng' magkaroon ng' invasion. es kaya nito sinasakop .. intercept ang mga suspectA.FP'! . Bukambibig na ng. Pangalawa,. ang hindi ang Spratlys para rna- . ed smuggling vessels. mgaopisyales ng Depart- , mamatay-matay.na .cormina ang malaking res-' Kapag wala na ang ment of Nati6!tal Defense I ruption saprocurement ng erba rig langis sa ilalim ng buffer region na ito, NiSEC.ANTONIO· atAFP.na walang sapat ' military equipment. karagatan. Ang U.S .... y kaunti na lamang ang a ~BEBOT" A. VILLARJR. na ipondo ang pamaha- .', ., . itinataguyod din ang pan- travel distanceng mga Chairman, Dangerous laen. Lumalabaa na ang Sakit na ng mga Pili- sariling interes nita kaya drug smugglers bago mag.' Drugs Board 1 .1 t1 ·1' dI Sandatahang Lakas ay pino ang co oma . men a - pilit itong nananati mg landing sa ating a anirAGKUKUMAHOG 1 ity. Halos 70 taon nang neutral. Kailan naman pasigan. Mawawala na gayon ang gobyerno· pang-anti-insurgency ang nagwakas ang Second kaya tayo mQtutut~ng ang reaction time ng ating a ituloy ang matagal . at walang magagawa "sa World War subalit hang- itaguyod din ang atmg mga Naval assets kaya ang nakabinbin na mga external threats. gang ngayon, nakasandal pansariling interes? .' tiyak makakalusot na ang ioderntsasvon ng 00 nga at .maliit ang pa rin tayo sa u.s.! . Aantayin pa ba' natin kontrabando .• rmed Forces of the. budget ng gobyerno .para Bagama't ang U.S. ay : na masakop tayo muli ng·. N.ahabahala ako na (AFP) bi sa defense. Wala talaga ib 'hilippines 1atlng ally, ~apa~ 1. aon na- .mga dayuhan bago tayo \ kapag ganap na nawala mg reaksyon sa ginatayong pambili ng mga tin sa ating rsipan na magising? . . ., sa ating gobyerno ang awang pagsakop ng eroplano at ~arko na ka- prayoridad pa rin nila ang *"'*** kontrol sa ating maritime 'sina sa ating mga sukat ng ginagamit ng kanilang sariling interes.! i . Kap ag ganap nang: bounderies, posibleng b.u. _ . U.S. Armed Forces. Sub-. k araga t an. , At sa totoo lang; anumnakontrol ng Tsina ang·. . . _.. .. Maihahambing ito sa . I alit t~ur:-~on ay mayroon i han sa mga consumer' ating territorial boundermaha ng iligal na droga agkumpuni ng butas na pa nn inilalaang pondo; goods na ibinebenta sa ies sa West Philippine Sea sa lokal na merkado! ubong habang nananalaang Kongreso. para sa! U.S. market sa kasaluk\1- (WPS), wala nang makaMagiging napakada.1i a na ang mala.k as mi. m~~ pangangailangan ng; yan ay man~actured sa kapigil sa pagpasok sa na kasing magpuslit .ng agyo! Masakit man ami- rnihtar. . .. Mainland China] ! bansa ng drogal drugs papasok sa atmg in, subalit.kailangan nat~~na.kahit paunti-unti. Ang pan.galawang Alam ng buong· munbansa. Hindi na kailangan 19 harapin ang katoto-ay itinuloy ng AFP·ang problema natin ay ang do nanagmula ~ loob ng pa na magtayo ng locallyan an na baka huli na _ acquisition program para kurapsyon, sa loob ng Tsina ling malaking bulto based drug laboratones ng lahat, .. ; sa n;tas moder~ong ka- AFP. Hindi ata aaprubah- : ngopium at shabu·n~ ineang Chinese. drug cartel Nakapweste nB sa ; gamltan., Mahna~. na , an ng mga heIl:eral ang export sa internatIonal dahil baka mas cos:-effiIga hangganan ng ating . nagkaroon ng mrsmaprocurement ng anumarket, Sa kabila ng pagcient na para sa kanila na ansa aug ·ruga tropa ng .~n.agementa~ lack of f~re- mang gamit kung walang -maeralinis rig Chinese i-transport. na lang ito. ntsik. Walang .~agawa Slg~t sa panig ng AFP. "for the boys." goyernment; alam din Hindi ko layun~n na ng AFP habang itanatayo nila ito! ,. - magprisinta ng rsang Ch' g kanilang '. d·o Ngu~ga p~~~~:nte11:g. him- ~RMY CHIEF PUBLIC AFFAIRS - Email add:oacpa_hpa@yahoo.com - Tel no. (C ~~~7~:~rt~~~a~.a· mauilan sa West Philippine nawaan ng pu.bhko ang ea dahil halos wala simga praktikal :n~ aspeto mg kagamitan para i-21ng national secUl'lty. . aglaban ang ating soberI

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