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ARMY Q£LATEJ) ISSUES
2 Army Zambales unit declared 1st 'territorial battalion' - The Army's 24th Infantry Battalion based in Zambales has been declared the military's first "territorial battalion" or a unit that integrates reservists and militiamen with soldiers. Army activates territorial battalion for civil-military operations - THE Army has formed its first territorial battalion composed of reservists and militiamen. AFP launches 1St territorial battalion In an effort to beef up personnel in the field, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has launched its first ever "territorial battalion," which mixes regular troops from the Army's 24th Infantry Battalion (IB), Army reservists and members of the civilian armed auxiliary (CAA) in Zambales. Army provides safe conduct for burial of MILF's Mimbantas - The military has allowed safe passage to members of the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) who paid their last respects to MILF vice chairman for military affairs Aleem Abdul Aziz Mimbantas, who died of stroke last Thursday. Aquino: No letup in hunt for lligan City bombers President Aquino yesterday said law enforcers would not let up in going after those behind the bombing in Iligan City last Saturday that left at least two people dead and 30 others, including four minors, wounded. Military official rules out terrorism in lligan City blast - A military official on Sunday ruled out terrorism as the motive behind an explosion which killed three people and wounded about 20 others in lIigan city. PNoy warns lligan bomb blast suspects - PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino ilion Sunday warned the people responsible for a bomb attack late on Saturday that killed two people and injured 30 others in a crowded bar in Iligan City that the police would get them soon. Blast kills 2; Security Intensified - Police and military forces have further intensified the security in Iligan City and nearby areas following the grenade explosion in a busy street in the city proper that left two people dead and 30 others injured last Saturday night. DispUenct mnas. ~nijtta.ecrusedlgtllbla;t,says<q)dief - A dispute between two groups, which was initially not named, could have triggered Saturday evening's grenade attack that killed two people (not three as earlier reported) and wounded 24 others here, the police said yesterday. MIlitary Protection - A ranking military official aired yesterday an appeal to the public, Phil Star p. A-29

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especially businessman and investors, visiting far-flung areas in this province to always coordinate with government troops to ensure their protection. 3 killed, 20 wounded in Uigan grenade blast - THREE people were killed while at least 20 others were wounded on Saturday night when a grenade exploded in front of a bar in Iligan City, police and military officials said 2 dead, 30 hurt in IJigan blast President Aquino promised yesterday security forces would arrest the culprits behind a grenade attack that left two people dead and 30 others hurt in the troubled south. lligan City blast leaves 2 dead, 30 wounded; terrorism eyed - Police and military forces have further intensified the security in lligan City and nearby areas following the grenade explosion in a busy street in the city proper that left two people dead and 30 others wounded last Saturday night. Military commander in Bicol replaced - A military commander in Bicol region was replaced yesterday following what an Army general described as a debacle when communist rebels killed four soldiers and carted away several firearms in an attack in Camarines Norte last month. Officer in NPA fiasco gets new (better?) post - A 'BATTALION commander relieved in connection with the death of four soldiers in an attack staged recently by the New People's Army in Camarines Norte has been given another post in a higher unit.

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13 AFP to deactivate anti-coup unit - After abolishing its development arm, National Development Support Command (NADESCOM), the military will deactivate next its anti-coup unit National Capital Region Command (NCRCOM), sources revealed yesterday. Enrile says US $30-M military aid an 'insult' - Washington's offer of $30-million foreign military financing (FMF) to the country made during a high-level meeting between the Philippines and United States' Foreign and Defense officials is an insult. Kidnapped Australian alive but frail, weak - Police officials over the weekend reported that a kidnapped Australian is alive, but frail and weak, and that security forces are still searching for the former Sydney resident US as Scarborough go-between? - THE United States has a role to play in the standoff between the Philippines and China at the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal about 124 nautical miles from Zambales, according to former defense secretary Avelino Cruz. Phi needs int'l opinion on shoal The Philippine government should seek an "international opinion" stating that the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal standoff must be settled through an international court, former defense secretary Avelino Cruz Jr. said yesterday. US dapat nang makialam sa West Philippine Standoff - PANAHON na upang makialam ang United States sa nagaganap na iringan 0 standoff sa bahagi ng West Philippine Sea partikular Phil Star p. 4

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18 New warship named after WWII hero - The country's second warship is scheduled to arrive this month, but President Benigno Aquino 3rd has a name for it already. PH beefs up naval force with 2na warship from US - PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III on Sunday announced the expected arrival this month from the United States of another warship that will beef up its military strength as the face-off at the West Philippine Sea continues to stoke tension between China and the Philippines. Photo: The fall remembered Oban not keen on PAF units' transfer Former Armed Forces chief Eduardo Oban Jr., now the chairman of the Clark Development Corp. (CDC), has expressed reluctance in moving out six major units of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) from this freeport. 8agong war ship ng Phi parating - Isa pang makabagong barkong pandigma ng Pilipinas na magmumula sa Europe ang nakatakdang dumating sa bansa. Photo: President Aquino salutes ...

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Army Zambales unit declared 1st 'territoria I battalion'
The Army's 24th Infantry Battalion based inZambales has been declared the military's first "territorial battalion" or a unit that integrates reservists and . militiamen with soldiers. . Armed Forces spokesman Col. Arnulfo Burgos Jr. said the integration aims to provide reservists and CAFGU Active Auxiliaries (CAA) with the opportunity to join the military's antiinsurgency efforts. Burgos clarified though that tapping reservists and militiamen has nothing to do with the ongoing standoff in the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, which is 124 nautical miles from the nearest base point in Zambales. . Burgos said the 24th IE passed the' evaluation conducted by an Army technical working group that assessed its effectiveness. Lt. Col. Michael Samson, 24th IE commander, said reservists and militiamen wil1soon playa more active role in their security plan. _ Alexis Romero

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Army activates territorial baualion . for civil-military operations
THE Army has formed its first territorial battalion composed of reservists and militiamen. The 24th Infantry Battalion is com. posed mostly of members of Citizens Armed Forces Geographic Unit (Cafgu) Active Auxiliary (CAA). It is different from regular Army battalions whose members are enlisted personneL Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos, Armed Forces spokesman, 'said the 2~IB, which is headed by Lt. CoL Michael Samson, successfully passed the evaluation by the military's technical working group. The battalion, based in Palauig, Zambales, is Ullder the operational control of the 7~h Infantry "KaugnayP Divlsion. Burgos said the enlisting of reservists and militiamen irito the 24th IB has enabled the battalion to implement more projects and cover more areas in its civilmilitary operations. , As such, it also allowed regular soldiers to focus and conduct more actual operations against armed groups in their areas of operations. The 24th IB was reclassified into a territorial battalion on May 1 by embedding reservists and CCA units into its regular force and allowing them to .undertake CMO activities and other support missions, It has 16 reservist officers, 121 reservist enlisted personnel and 334 CAA, - "The territorial infantry battalion provides a good opportunity for our reservists to play an active role in the implementation of the Internal Peace and Security Plan Bayanihan. I am proud that it was first implemented and pilottested in the 24th Infantry Battalion before itwill be replicated to other units of the Armed Forces;' Samson said, "We hope that since the first-ever territorial battalion gained positive evaluation from our technical working grou p, this undertaking by the AFP will be expanded to' other peaceful and development-ready areas like Zarnbales,"

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Samson added. Burgos said the military's Idea in coming out with a territorial battalion is to address the problem of low per· sonnelfill-up, enhance mix-up of Army reserve and active force component; increase personnel readiness of units; generate more forces to conduct hold. operations; revitalize CAA manage· ment and administration in order for militiamen to become force multipliers and enhance the role of the reservists in internal security operations. Gen. Jessie Dellosa, Armed Forces chief of staff, lauded the formation of a first territorial battalion under the mill-' tary's "synergy concept;' which he said will enhance the implementation of the IPSP Bayanihan, Earlier, Dellosa ordered a strategic re· view of the Armed Forces Reserve Force development program in order to ensure interoperability between the military's active and reserve forces in their roles in internal security operations and territorial defense. ' He directed the Armed Forces Reserve Command to give priority to the development of the reservists as territorial forces for internal' peace and, security. Dellosa wanted reservists to become' the military's first responders during ca~ . lamities and natural disasters. R. Acosta

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Army provides safe conduct for burial of MILF's Mimbantas
The military has allowed 'safe passage to members of the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) who paid their last respects to MILF vice chairman for military affairs Aleem Abdul Aziz Mimbantas, who died of stroke last Thursday. Army 103rd Brigade commander Col. Daniel Lucero said his troops facilitated the movement of the MILF supporters of Mimbantas within Lanao provinces. Lucero said Mimbantas was buried the same day he died, as Muslim tradition requires, in' Butigtown. "The 103rd Brigade facilitated their unhampered movement from within Lanao del Sur and Norte to Butig, burial ground of Mimbantas," Lucero reported. No untoward Incident was reported between military troops and the MILF. "Weprovided that favor to the MILF as a gesture of goodwill,' said Lucero. MILFvice chairman for political. affairs Ghadzali Jaafar confirmed on Friday the death of Mimbantas who suffered a stroke. Jaafar said

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AFP·launches 1st territorial battalion
infhe field, the Armed Forces of the Pbitippines (AFP) has launched its fus£ ever "territorial battalion," which .mixes regular troops from the Army's 24th Infantry Battalion (IB), Army reservists and members of the civilian armed auxiliary (CAb.) inZambales. AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Jessie

sustainable development in the country," he added, The 24th IB was reclassified into a territorial battalion in May last year, embedding 16 reservist officers, 121 reservist enlisted ,personnel and 334 CAAs, The AFP's territorial battalion was formed to address the problem Dellosabranded the pilottesting of a oflow personnel fill.up;enhance rriix· territorial battalion as a big boost to up of army reserve and active force component; increase personnel the'AFP's internal peace and security :~~ (IrSP) Bayanihafnwith the 2Ath readiness of units; generate more forces to conduct hold operations; ~BI' eaded by Lt. Col. Michael h .Samsom,successfully operating with revitalize CAA management and administration to become an reservists and CAAmembers. . "I hope that this success can be effective force multiplier and replicated in other battalions in enhance the role of the reservists every part of the country. With the in internal security operations (180). Also, reservists and CA.AB were necessary a<ljustments, we can still also successfully utilized on civil further improve what has already been a great implementation of the military operations (CMO) and manning of detachments. Synergized synergy concept, " Dellosa said. i, "I also hope that this will BayaniluLn patrol teams were also successful in their mission as holding -mspire Filipinos to join the reservists and help contrtbute to the forces against the resurgence of lrriaintenance of peace, stability and communist insurgency influence in . In an effort to beef up personnel

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Aquino: No et p in hunt for I igan City bombers
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President Aquino yesterday said law enforcers would not let up in going after those behind the bombing in Iligan City last Saturday that left at least two people dead and 30 others, including four minors, wounded, . Aquino told reporters on Corregidor Island, where he attended the 70th memorial commemoration of the Fall of Corregidor yesterday, that authorities were looking irito two possible motives, which he did not disclose. He said he expects the Philippine National Police to .continue looking deeper into the blast, so the perpetrators could immediately be put behind bars. . the military is not discounting the possibility that terrorists may be behind the explosion, Capt. Albert Caber, spokesman of the Army's 1st Infantry Division, said yesterday. Caber said they were working closely with the police and were continuously monitoring the situation in the area. "This could be a ' handiwork of terrorists in the area.TCaber told radio station dzBB in Filipino yesterday.

Caber noted that civilians are usually the targets of terrorists but he did not . ( provide details about the possible perpetrators of the blast. "We are securing all areas," he said. Col. Daniel Lucero, chief of the Army's l03rd ," Infantry Brigade, though said they were looking at petty . . criminals as the possible perpetrators. "We will not create undue ·alarm to the public. We don't want to speculate, we will see to it that the people will be able to go back to their usual routine," Lucero said. "We will be putting much effort (tobring) these criminals to justice," he added, Military reports said the explosion, said to be from a grenade, occurred at the intersection of Roxas and \ Quezon avenues in front of El Centro Bar and Medical Store in Iligan City at around 8 p.m. Saturday. . The fatalities were identified as junel Dumalagan, 211 who died before receiving medical treatment, and Jay Hangad, 21, who died about two hours after the incident. - With Alexis Romero, Lino de la Cruz, Ben Serrano, Roel Pareiio

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Military official rules out terrorism in IHganCity blast
BY ANTHONY VARGAS AND ALJACfNTO CORRESPONDENTS

MILITARYofficial on Sunday ruled out terrorism as the motive behind an .explosion which killed three people and wounded about 20 others in Iligan city.
"So far the signature is petty criminal , .. that's our maximum assessment, but my troops, our troops is on the alert ... we ate on the alert," said Colonel Daniel Lucero,commander of the Army's 103rd Infantry Brigade. Lucero rioted that the blast was caused by a grenade and not by any type of improvised explosive device which is one of the reasons for ruling out the terrorism angle. . Army L1. Col. Randolph Cabang- . bang, a spokesman for the Western Mindanao Command, reported that the blast occurred at about 8 p.m., but it was not immediately known who were behind the attack. Cabangbang said the bl ast targeted "El Centro," a place popular among locals foritsrestaurantsand liverockbands. Luceroalso douses speculations that some loose elements of the Mora Islamic liberation Front (MILFJ mayhave a hand in the blast since the city iswell within MJLF-controJ]ed territories. "No terror act, there are a lot of

speculating that its terrorism ... in fact we gavethe MILF safepassage for their members who would like to pay their last respect to Mimbatas,"Lucero.said. According to Lucero, the blast not cause them to alter their security plan for the city.and other outlying areas to prevent causing any undue alarm to the public. "We will not create undue alarm to the public and we don't speculate. We'll see to it that people will be able to go back to their usual routine and on our part, hopefully we will bring .. these criminals to justice," he said. Meanwhile, President. Benigno', Aquino ~rd also on Sunday vowed that security forces would arrest the culprits behind the attack.' "If you are listening right now, it's better that you surrender now because

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PNoywarns ' '. lIigan bomb blast suspects:
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PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III on Sunday warned the people responsible for a bomb attack late on Saturday that killed two people and injured 30 otl,lers in a crowded bar in Iligan CIty that the police would get them soon. . "We do not have suspects yet, but we expect our police ~d ~ Pl [ other law enforcement agencies _ . to catch all those behind this incident," Mr. Aquino said. . "If the perpetrators are lis-

tening to us right now, it is better for: you to surrender be· cause there will be no let-up in our operations. We will catch you eventually." Army Col. Daniel Lucero said investigators were trying to identify the attackers who · left or lobbed the grenade that exploded outside the EI Sentro Resto Bar in Iligan city. Police found the pin of the grenade · whose explosion also damaged a number of parked cars and sent people fleeing in panic. . . Lucero said it remained unclear if Muslim rebels, al~Qaida-Iinked militants or extortion
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Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz The MILF and government Jr., head of the Police Comare now engaged in peace munity Relations Group, said talks aimed at ending the the two victims died of mulMora rebellion in Mindanao. tiple shrapnel wounds while "We don't have to create doctors were trying the save undue alarm by speculating them. or trying to link the incident Most of the injured were to terrorism," Lucero said. allowed to go home, while the "Iligan City is a very viothers were confined in two . brant place for local tourhospitals for further treatism. On the 'military side, ment. . we will see ·to it that the. Lucero dismissed reports people will be able to go that the attack was linked back to their usual routine. to the recent death of vice' The incident is a police matchairman of the separatter and our police are on top ist Moro Islamic Liberation of it." \AI~tti lnyte Pdilg~~ Front. . .. Panares and AP . . "Th~t's speculation, cera said . "In fact, we've even given safe conduct passes to MtLF - rebels who wanted to pay !_ their last respect during the !-1693, teoat; 5287,5295 - wake of their leader in Tubig here in Lanao."

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two business' establishments. It in- . the Dr. Uy Hospital and City Hospiflicted injuries to some customers, tal, identified as Fe Mykeil Gonzalez, bystanders and commuters. 19; Sherralyn Refuelo, 23; Maribel He identified the two fatalities as Cabalet, 21; Earl Russel Revego, 21; Police and military forces have Mahali Rose Tantho, 31; Louie Jay further intensified the security in J onel Dumalagang, who was immeIligan City and nearby areas follow- diately declared dead when he was Baliwag, 10;Princess Erich Baliwag, rushed to the hospital; and, DJay ing the grenade explosion in a busy 5; Lalla Lamela Candog, 30; Marilou Aligno, 35; Manuel Maramibel, 42; street in the city proper that left two J angad, who succumbed to serious injuries two hours after the blast. and, Ric Mafiego, 26. people dead and 30 others injured The injured victims taken to the "We still don't know who did last Saturday night. Don Gregorio T. Lluch Memorial Although a grenade was used, it and what is the motive, .but we Capt. Albert Caber, spokesman of Hospital were Arnold Tiongo 46; are assisting in both the investigaJoel Abriol, 34; John Paul Ponce, 25; tion and follow-up operation," said the 1st Infantry Division, said that Caber. Albert Gongob 21; James Dumalathey consider it as an act of terrorSo far, Caber said they have gang, 25; and, Frestelle Cabahug, ism as it was a deliberate attack already set up additional intended to kill and injure people 25. checkpoints and chokeThose who are now confined when the blast occurred at around points as part of the pursuit 8 p.m. in front of the II Centro and . at the Mindanao Sanitarium Hospital were Danilo Gabrinab, 41; operation and' preventive Western Union branch at the corner plan to avert future attacks Eric Salcedo, 38; Aldrin Magsayo, of Roxas and Quezon avenues in in Iligan City and nearby Iligan City. 42; Dianne Gapus, 18; Rey Soong, areas. "In fact, wewill push for the filing 22; Sunny Mendez, 21; Liziel LubIligan City is one of the guban, 34; Dawn Gapus, 19; Jenniof terrorism-related case once any fer Delos Santos, 28; Abdul Gapur security concentrations or all of the suspects are arrested," of the police and military Maruhom, 11; Anipa Makalangkad, said Caber in a phone interview. in northern part of Mind12; and, Elmelita Ibarat, Allah The initial investigation they anao due to the presence conducted revealed that grenade Basani. Ten others were taken either at of ragtag bandits engaged was lobbed in the area fronting the
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Dispute, not terrorism, might have caused .Iligan blast, says cop chief
City police director Chief· Avenues, the police's intelliILIGAN CITY-A dispute between two groups, which was Supt. Celso Regencia told the gence community had received initially not mimed, could have INQUIRER by phone that the find- information about a terror plot triggered Saturday' evening's . ings had boosted initial theories . targeting several areas of the city. grenade attack that killed two that the explosion on El Centro, rendezvous for But he said this was not people (not three as earlier re- a popular Iliganons because of live bands enough to draw conclusions on ported) and wounded 24 others performances especially during the identities of the perpetrators. here, the police said yesterday. Saturdays, was not the work of Regencia said after further The initial number of woundinvestigation, the police had deed was placed at 36 but was terrorists. Regencia had earlier said that termined that orie of the trimmed down after the police double-checked their list prior to the explosion, which hit groups, who felt aggrieved from a section of Roxas and Quezon a still unknown dispute, wanted against hospital admissions.

to exact revenge and staged the grenade attack. A source privy to the investigation said one of the wounded victims was the possible target of the attack. He did not say who the victim was. The dead victims were identified as Junile Durnalagan, 24, of Barangay Del Carmen; and James Hangad of Sta. Elena village. Dumalagan and Hangad, like most blast victims, were ~i:~1\i!~~~

fantry Brigade, said postblast college students on a night-out investigators had recovered in the area. fragments of the grenade .. Shortly after the explosion In July 2010, a. grenade ataround 7:50 p.m., an unidentified man was seen hastily leav- tack in the city was blamed on a ing on an Asian Utility Vehicle . group of car thieves, who were angered by a police crackdown (AUV). Regencia said it was not im- on their activities, Seven people mediately known how many were injured in the said blast people were on the AUV as it that hit the Iligan public market at dawn. Richel Umel with a resped off amid the chaos. port from Julie Alipala, In. Col. Daniel Lucero, commander the Army's 103rd In- quirer Mindanao

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3 killed, 20 wounded

THREE people were killed while at least 20 others were wounded on Saturday night when a grenade exploded in front of a bar in lligan City, police and military offici als said. : The military initially said its experts were still investigating the type of bomb that was used during the 'blast, but the Philippine National Police said it was caused by a hand grenade. Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Ir., National Police spokesman, said based on the report of the Iligan City Police Station, the explosion was caused by a grenade. Lt. CoL Randolph Cabangbang, spokesman for the Armed Forces West· ern Mindanao Command, said the blast occurred at around 7:55 p.m. in front of the EJ Centro Bar on Roxas Avenue. . As a result, three people were killed while at least 20 others were wounded. The wounded were taken to the Iligan City Hospital, Sanitarium Hospital and Dr. Uy Hospital. Two of the fatalities were initially identified as Janjan Dumalagan and Jay Hangad. Cabangbang said policemen are still investigating the incident and are eyeing several angles including terrorism. Iligan City Mayor Lawrence Cruz condemned the blast, saying that it occurred while the city is still recovering from the effects of the flash floods that devastated Iligan last year. He said based on the report of the Ili-

gan City Police Station; the grenade was . planted near a vehicle parked near the bar. Cruz said red alert has been raised . in the city and policemen have sealed off entrance and exit points in order to ensure that no such thing will happen again. President Aquino on Sunday called on the perpetrators of the grenade blast in Iligan City to "surrender now" since authorities are sure to track them down anyway. President Aquino made the call in a' media interview after he keynoted the, commemoration of the Fall of Corregi·' dor in the island-fortress, when asked to comment on the blast. "If they are Iistening to this, i.twould be better if you surrender now because we will be relentless in our pursuit and we will surely catch up with you;' he said. The President said given enough tlrne, the authorities would be able to capture those responsible for the crime. Mr. Aquino said two possible motives were being investigated, but declined to bare them, and that no assailants had been named at the time. ,,- , Asked if additional security would be given to .other places of recreation. similar to the blast site in Iligan City, the President said the intelligence corn-: munity is undertaking a "continuous assessment" of the "security threats around the country:' "[Our] forces are positioned to meet the perceived. threats at any given timer he said. WithM. GonzalezandB.Garciair.

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attack. Aquino sought to allay public fears after the blast in a popular restaurant district in lligan city on Saturday. "If you are listening right now, it's better that you surrender now because we will not stop pursuing you and we will catch you," Aquino told reporters in a message to the attackers. Aquino said a grenade was used in the attack and the man who threw It escaped in a van, but he did not specify a motive, saying police were working on two possibilities. He did not identify any group behind the attack. ;~". Aquino, when asked if there is need to beef up security in Iligaa; City,said the intelligence community, is constantly conducting threat; assessments across the country and was on constant alert. Iligan lies on the north coast of Mindanao island. The region has', ' been mired in a decades-longMusmn' insurgency as well as bombings and' lddnappings by Abu Sayyaf, a group founded with seed money from late al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden ~rt the 19908. With AFf!

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Cabalet, 21; Earl Russel Reveo, 21j Mahall Rose Tantho, 31; Louie Jay Baliwag, '10; Princess Erich Baliwag, 5, and Laila Lamela ,"President Aquino promised' Candog,30. yesterday security forces would The IUgan City Hospital is arrest the culprits behind a grenade treating MarilouAligno,35j Manuel attack that left two people dead Maramibel, 42; Ric Matiego, 26, and and 30 others hurt in the troubled Aliah Basani. soUth. Lucero, however, said only 24 of Killed were Jonel Dumalagang, those wounded were hospitalized, who died on the' spot, and Djay while the others, who suffered only Jangad, who expired while being minor injuries, did not need medical treated at a local hospital. ' . Those wounded were Arnold : assistance. "Our official (count) with the Iiongo, 46; Joel Abriol, 34; John Paul Ponce, 25; Albert Gongob, 21; James i police is 24 (injured), two dead," he stressed. Dumalagang, 25; and Frestelle Lucero also downplayed Cabahug, 25 - all confined at the terrorism as possible motive behind Don Gregorio T. Llueh Memorial the explosion. Hospital.Other victims being treated "So far, our assessment is that at the Mindanao Sanitarium Hospital it is the signature ofpetty criminal," are Danilo .Gabrinab, 41; Eric he revealed, adding that he ordered Salcedo, 38; Aldrin Magsayo, 42; his troops to be on alert. Dianne Gapus, 18; Rey Soong, 22; During a broadcast interview, Sunny Mendez, 21; Liziel Lubguban, lligan City Police chief Senior Supt. 34; Dawn Gapus, 19; Jennifer Delos CeIso Begencia also downplayed the Santos, 28; Abdul Gapur Maruhom, involvement of terrorists in the 11; Anipa Makalangkad, 12; and blast. Elmelita !barat. Begencia disclosed that they are Victims taken to the Dr Uy looking closely on personal grudge Hospital are Fe Mykeil Gonzalez, or "rido" as the motive behind the 19; Sherralyn Refuelo, 23; Maribel

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Iligan Cit· blast lea -es 2 dead, 30 unded:terrorism e .ed
By AARON 6. RECUENCO

Police and military forces have further intensified the security in Iligan City and nearby areas following the grenade explosion in a busy street in the City proper that left two people dead and 30 others wounded on Saturday night.
the 1st Infantry Division, said they consider it as an act of terrorism as itwas a deliberate attack intended to kill and injure people when the blast occurred at around 8 p.m. in front of the rrCentro and Western Union branch at the corner of Roxas and Quezon avenues in Iligan Oty. "In fact, we will push for the filing of terrorism-related case once any or all of the suspects are arrested:' said Caber in a phone interview. The initial investigation they conducted revealed that the grenade was lobbed in the area fronting the two business establishments. It inflicted injuries to some customers, bystanders and commuters.

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He identified the two fatalities as Janel Dumalagang, who was immediately declared dead when he was rushed to the hospital; and, DJay Jangad, who succumbed to serious . injuries two hours after the blast. The injured victims taken to the Don Gregorio T. Lluch Memorial Hospital were Arnold liongo 46; Joel Abrial, 34; John Paul Ponce, 25; Albert Gongob 21; James Dumalagang, 25; and Frestelle Cabahuq, 25. Those who are now confined at the Mindanao Sanitarium Hospital were Danilo Gabrinab, 41; Eric Salcedo, 38; Aldrin Magsayo, 42; Dianne Gapus, 18; Rey Soong, 22; Sunny Mendez, 21; Liziel Lubguban, 34; Dawn Gapus, 19; Jennifer Delos Santos, 28; Abdul Gapur Maruhom,··

11; Anipa Makalangkad, .12; and, ElmeJita Ibarat, Allah Basani. Ten others were taken either to the Dr. Uy Hospital and Oty HospitaL They are Fe Mykeil Gonzalez, 19; Sherralyn Refuelo, 23; Maribel Cabalet 21; Earl Russel Revego,21; Mahali Rose Tantho, 31; Louie Jay BaHwag, 10; Princess Erich BalivoJag,5; alla Lamela candog, L 30; Marilou AJigno, 35; Manuel Maramibel, 42; and, Ric Maf\ego, 26. "We still don't know who did it and what is the motive, but we are asSisting in both the investigation and follow-up operation," said Caber. . So far, Caber said they .have already setup additional chEdq:dnts and choke(Xlints as part of the pursuit operation and preventive plan to avert future attacks in lligan Oty and nearby areas.

a civilian. MacaHsang was named as execuA military commander in Bicol reThe rebels were also able to take tive officer of the 903rd Brigade based gionwas replaced yesterday following wnat an Atmy general described as a in Castilla,Sorsogon, said Maj. Angelo with them six M16 rifles, a K3 sub debadewhen communist rebels killed Guzman, spokesman of the 9th Infcm- machinegun, and a caliber .45 pistol - from the soldiers. four soldiers and carted away several try Division. Meanwhile, an investigation is curThe replacement of MacaHsang firearms in an attack in Camarines came aft:erfour of his men were killed rentJy being conducted to determine Norte last month. possible lapses in connection with the Lt. Col. Epimaco Macalisang was in Barangay Maot, Labo town in what earlier ordered relieved and was re- the investigatlon revealed as rebel at- death of 12 soldiers and a civilian in ; Tinoc, lfugao. ' placed yesterday by Lt. Col. Michael tack. The soldiers had just gone from The attack was also carried out' peace and development mission. Buhat as commander of the 49th The attack by more or less 20 bv communist rebels. (Aaron ReInfantry Battalion based in Labo, . rebels also resulted In the death of cuenco) camarines Norte.

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mand of the 49th IE In Mav last year, was ordered relieved b)' '9th A BATTi\LlON commander ID chief Maj. Gen. Josue Gaverza relieved in connection with the for supposed lapses. death of four soldiers in .an atSoldiers from the 49th IE were tack staged recently by the New , conducting house-to-house visits People's Army in Camarines Norte in Labo town Sunday last week has been given another post in a when thev were attacked bv NPA higher unit. rebels. The soldiers had to 'run to Lt. Col. Epimaco Macalisang, the nearby barangay hall to get their former commander of the Army's weapons when the NPA rebels 49th Infantry Battalion, was d~s- started firing at them. ignated to a' staff position at the An officer speaking on condition Army's 903rd Brigade, pending a of anonymity said Macalisang's military inquiry into the April 29 designation might be a lateral debacle. movement, He noted that the forMacalisang's new position is mer and current posts are for an executive officer of the 903rd officer with the rank of lieutenant Brigade based in Castilla town in colonel. Sorsogon, according to Lt. Col. "They (posts) are almost the Angelo Guzman, spokesman of same in rank but it's different if VOLl the 9th Infantry Division. have a battalion because you have The inquiry into the debacle is an area where you can command being undertaken by the 902nd troops. It might be lateral but if you Brigade which has the operational are goi.ng to ask me, I would rather control over the 49th lB. Macalisang, who assumed comSee OFFICER> Page B4
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The riew commander of the 49th lB is Lt. Col. Michael Buhat, outgoing civil military operations officer of the 9th ID based in Pili, Camarines Sur. The turnover was held Saturdav presided over by Col. Richard L~~ grana, 902nd Brigade commander.

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AFP to deactivate anti-coup unit
After abolishing its development arm, National Development Support Command (NADESCOM), the military will deactivate .next its anti-coup unit National Capital Region Command (NCRCOM), sources revealed yesterday, Military sources said NCR COM might be scrapped upon the retirement of its commander
By ALEXIS ROMERO

Maj. Gen. Tristan Kison. A graduate of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) class '79, Kison will hang up his uniform on July 12. "Talks are rife that the NCR COM would be deactivated after General Kison bows mit of the service," a senior military officer told The STAR. . Another source confirmed plans to deactivate NCRCOM this year

but revealed there is no formal order yet from the higher leadership. As long as there are no orders (calling for the scrapping of NCRCOM), we will continue to do our duties," the official said. The plan to abolish NCRCOM is in line with the Defense Planning Guidance 2013-2018 issued by the Department of National Defense (DND) last year. The planning guidance aims to incorporate "hard but necessary" force restructuring measures to ensure the efficient use of military resources. Under the plan, a copy of which was obtained by The STAR, troops under NCRCOM would be placed under a new unit called Northern Command (Northcom). Northcom will be activated in 2013 and will handle all military forces in Luzon except those in Palawan, which will be under the Western Command. NCR COM covers 16 cities, one municipality, and 1,695 barangays with a total population of around 12 million. The unit based in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City is tasked to secure the seat of goverrunent.
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highlight the fact that the US government opted to stay , neutral in the Philippines' ten ion with China over territorial dispute in the Scarborough Shoal, the reported offer to boost the country's military capabilities came as an "insult." "If I were the Aquino government, Iwould say 'thank you,' I do not need your $30 million. We can provide that $30 million for ourselves."
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it need not be sought by the WashingtoIi's offer of $30government considering that million foreign military such is a commitment made by financing (FMF) to the country the US under the .Mutual made during a high-level Defense Treaty (MDT). meeting between the Malacafiang, Enrile said, Philippines and United States' should not accept such offer. Foreign and Defense officials "They should provide is an insult. That's how Senate military equipment. (They should comply) not only with President Juan Ponce Emile viewed the military aid the MDT. They signed a military assistance agreement with the promised to Foreign Affairs so they shouldSecretary Albert del Rosario ' Philippines, and Defense Secretary comply with it. While Emile would not Voltaire Gazmin, adding that

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The Senate leader noted that the amount was an "insult" "as if the Philippines were begging for alms. What's that? It's as if we were begging for alms. They benefited much frbm our country," he lamented during a radio interview over dzBB. When asked what leverage government can make to demand a higher amount, the Enrile opted to keep mum, saying it's for the government to determine how to address the question. . "I dealt with them (US) for a long time when I was Defense minister and I know they drive a tough bargain," he said. "So it is really up to the Filipinos to fend for themselves. We cannot rely on anyone but ourselves," Enrile added. "I consider my country, something worth fighting for, and America must honor her commitment to us. If indeed and I think America is an honorable country, they must honor their military commitment to us under our treaty arrangement. If they don't, then what's the use of having them as an ally," he stressed. Last Thursday the Department of Foreign Affairs said Washington's defense assistance will see military aid in 2012 to $30 million as well as "real-time information sharing" on the Philippines' maritime territory. The increased aid was confirmed during the recent US visit of Del Rosario and Gazmin for talks with their US counterparts Hillary Clinton and Leon Panetta. They discussed the almost monthlong faceoffwith China over a shoal in the South China Sea that is claimed by both countries. The P,hilippines also asked the US for ships, planes and radars to help modernise its poorly equipped military. DFAspokesman Raul Hernandez said the "foreign-military financing" aid could be used to 'buy new equipment or maintain existing military resources. The US State Department also said "it win explore additional crea:tive funding streams for the Philippines," he, said. "The Philippines and intensify ' OFFICE .OF THE ARMY CHIEF PUBLll I cooperation in real-timethe United Statesw?uldalsoenable the I, ( 02 ) 89 2- 169 3, local. • 5287, information sharing to ,10. philippines to know 'what .is happening in its maritime . 'territory and enforce its laws," Hernandez added. He, however, did n?t 8::14-fy _ho,: t~s ~oul:t wo~~~

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OLICEofficials over the weekend reported that a kidnapped Australian is alive, but frail and weak, and that security forces are still searching forthe former Sydney resident.
Adventurer Warren Rodwell, 52, was seized on December last year by six gunmen, disguised as policemen, from his house in the seaside town of lpilln Zamboanga Sibugay province where he married a Filipina woman Miraflor Gutang, 27. Chief Supt. Napoleon Estilles,the regional police commander for Western 'Mindanao, said Rodwell is believed to be held captive in Basilan, one of five provinces under the Muslim autonomous region. "Policeintelligencereports indicate that Rodwellis in Basilanprovinceand is being transferred from one place to another [to evadedetectionby authoritiesJ," he said during a recentpeaceand order meeting in Zamboanga City, He said ROdwell,a former soldier in the Australian army, was said to be in the towns of Iantawan and Sumisip. "We are doing our best to locate and rescue Rodwell. My office is coordinating with the [police] in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao because Rodwellhas been brought by his captors outside my

jurisdiction, Our troopers are working 24 hours on the ground for the rescue of Rodwell," Estilles said. A local newspaper quoted Zamboanga Sibugay Governor Rommel Ialosios as saying during the same meeting that the kidnappers are now demanding P20 million for the safe release of Rodwell. Ialosjos did not say if he is in contact with the kidnappers or ne-

gotiating for Rodwell's freedom. Police and military have tagged the Abu Sayyaf which has links with international terrorist organizations al-Qaeda and )ernaah Islamiya, as behind the kidnapping of Rodwell. The group originally demanded $2 million in exchange for the release of Rodwell. The Philippine army earlier reported that Rodwell was smuggled

out of Basilanto the ZamboangaPeninsula because of intense military operations against the Abu Sayyaf. "Wehave been receiving a lot of intelligence about Rodwell and his captors and many of these reports are also misinformation. There are reports that Rodwell is in Basilan and Zamboanga Peninsula and our operations are continuing in those areas," L1.CoL Randolph Cabang-

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He saidhe alsosawa policephoto of Rodwell oldinga Philippinenewsh paperbelievedto havebeentaken last month from an unknown location. "There is a photo of Rodwell holding a newspaper. It's another proof of life,but we don't know his condition now," he said.

US as Scarborough go-between?
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to play in the standoff between the Philippines and China at the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal about 124 nautical miles from Zarnbales, according to former defense secretary Aveline Cruz. "One of their biggest roles is to persuade the parties, through diplomatic means, to have a peaceful resolution to this," Cruz told reporters in a recent interview

CLOS. There are manv wavs under UNCLOS, for exa~ple', about reconciliation," said Cruz. Cruz said the issue should be brought to the international tribunal, ;eferring to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, so

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in Camp Aguinaldo where he attended the retirement honors for Maj. Gen. Carlos Holganza. Cruz, a lawyer, held the defense portfolio during the Arroyo administration for about two years before resigning. He is back to practicing law; He said the US has an interest in the matter, specifically in ensuring "freedom of navigation in international waters." "Unimpeded lawful commerce is also important so all countries,

including the United States, have an interest here to enforce the international law, principles on freedom of navigation in the international seas, unimpeded lawful commerce. Thev have an interest here on these g~neral principles," said Cruz. Last week, US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton said the US is not taking sides in the dispute between the Philippines and the China. Nevertheless, she said US will abide by its obligations under the RP-US

Mutual Defense Treaty. Cruz said it is important that government pursue efforts under the United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea which provides a maritime state a 200-mile exclusive economic zone. "Under the UNCLOS, it's clear that Panatag Shoal is within our territory. The general principles should be rules-based and we Have to pursue our rights under the UN-

that it can be settled which countrv clear that this is ours," indeed owns the shoal. . Told that China has been increas~ China is against bringing the mg its presence at the shoal for the - ' ~ ~:!t' _ dispute to an international forum, past days, Cruz said: "That's whv C'.:l:-~~. T~eNa~tNe"SJJi!J!!!_ Cruz said an international deci- it is very important to increase ., ";'~-'"'''''' ... v.... """'""...,,'" " sion has to be issued declaring the our maritime capability so that the shoal as belonging to the PhilipCoast Guard would have capability pines so that in the "civilized to guard, to respond to such actuabehavior in the world, it would be -1=l7ons by China,"
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By· ALEXIS ROMERO

The Philippine gov- its stand that the issue ernment should seek an be addressed through "international opinion" a rules-based approach stating that the Pana- under the United Natag (Scarborough) Shoal tions Convention on the standoff must be settled Law of the Sea (UNthrough an international CLOS). court, former defense Cruz said the Philipsecretary Aveline Cruz pines would no longer Jr. said yesterday. be bullied if it is backed Cruz said the Philip- by the international pines should reiterate Turn to Page 7

The former defense chief said the government should come up with a comprehensive plan to deal with the standoff. Meanwhile, Senate President Juan Ponce Emile said the government has nobody to rely on concerning the issue of maritime disputes but itself, not the United States or any of its neighboring countries in the region. aWe can go to international court, w~ are a peaceful country

and we abide by the law of peaceful nations," he said. Emile said the Philippine government , should stop begging for help from the United States to protect its own territory.

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community. "They cannot just 'bully us if we have something from an international body (which states) that this (area) is ours," he said in Filipino. At the end of the day, we need to create an international opinion that· this (standoff) should be brought be/!

"We should rely on our own selves.in terms of protecting our territory. Nobody come to our aide but our own," he said over dzBB radio. "Let us not rely on others in terms of security."

While the Philippines has economicand diplomatic relations with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Senate President said each country has its own interest to protect.

fore an international tribunal," Cruz told reporters in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. lilt is important that we pursue our game plan under the United Nations' law of the sea. Under the UNCLOS, it is clear that the Panatag Shoal is within our territory. The behavior in the area should be rulesbased," he added. Cruz however cited the need to improve maritime capabilities and patrols in the area. "It is very important to _ ;.increase our maritime capability so . the Coast Guard would have the capability to respond to the actuations of China," he said. ..

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US dapat nang makialam sa West Philippine slandon
PANAHON na upang maklalam ang United States sa nagaganap na iringan 0 standoff sa bahagi ng West Philipine Sea particular na sa Scarborough Shoal dahil may interes din silang pinangangala· gaan dlto. Sinabi ni dating Defense Secretary Avelino Nonong Cruz na lahat ng bansa, kabflang na ang United States, ay may inferes sa nasabing lugar at kailangang pairalin ang interna- . tional law principle na freedom of navigation sa international seas, unimpeded lawful commerce. Ayon kay Cruz, may papel·ang US dito dahil ang West Philippine Sea ay may parang donut sa gitna; isa umana itong Intemational waters at mahalaga rita ang pagpapairal ng freedom of navigation sa international waters. Dapat na.hikayatin ng US ang claimants countries, gaya ng China at Pilipinas na dalhin na ang usapin sa international Tribunal. Kaugnay nita, dapat umanong magkaroon ng comprehensive plan para Igllt ang karapatan ng Pilipinas at dapat ding magkaroon ng domestic awareness nang maipaliwanag sa mga Filipino kung gaano·kahalaga at kaS8IYOSO ang usapin at gaano kalakas ang posisyon ng bansa sa Panatag Shoal. VERLIN RUIZ

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REMEMBERING ·THE·FAlL Accompanied by Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Jessie Dellosa, President Benigno S..Aquino III troops the line at the sta rt of the 70th commemoration .of the Fall of Corregidor yesterday, May 6, 2.012.. The Battle for Corregidor in 1942 highlighted the bravery of Philippine and American soldiers who defended the island fortress. (Richard :Vifias)

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P9·B DAfT, Camarines NorteThe Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) and the provincial government of Camarines Norte recently signed an agreement for the establishment of programs and services for rebel returnees under the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) of the government. The agreement was sealed in line with Executive Order No. 3 series of 2001 that calls for ._' the pursuit of a comprehensive, integrated, and holistic peace process to address the internal armed conflicts through the implementation of programs.to address the lega.l status arid security of former rebels (FRs) and to respond to their economic, social, and psychological rehabilitation needs. (PIA)

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New warship named

THE country's second warship is scheduled to arrive this month, but President Benigno Aquino 3rd has a name for it already, President Aquino on Sunday said that the second warship would be named after World War II hero Commodore Ramon Alcaraz,

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ranks of our military. We· consider it our duty to ensure that their strength of spirit will be matched by boats, by weapons, and by sufficient training," the President said during the 70th commemoration of the Fall of Corregidor. • at least P10 billion to modernize the . military. Another Hamilton-class Cutter from the United States Coast Guard is also scheduled to arrive in the country this month and another --set of four combat utility choppers 295 in November. ---

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modore Alcarazes will rise from the ranks of our military,"he said.. "We consider it our duty to ensure thattheir strengthof spiritwill. be matchedby boats, by weapons, and by sufficienttraining." The Philippines acquired a similar warship from. the .US Coast Guard. last year, which· was named after the revolutionary general Gregorio del Pilar. Both ships are frigate-type -with retractable hangars and flight

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PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III on Sunday announced.the expeeted arrival this month from the United States of-another warshipthat will beefup its military strength as the face-off at the West Philippine Sea continues to stoke tension between China and the Philippines. Mr. Aquino said the Hamilton-class Cutter and four combat helicopters were acquired from the United States in November last year as part of the Armed Forces' modernization program in the next five years. . The new warship will be named after Commodore Ramon Alcaraz, the World War II hero who commanded a Q-112 tor- . pedo boat that shot down three Japanese "Zero" fighters before . he was captured, Mr.Aquino said during the 70th commemoration of the fall of Corregidor. "For certain,many more Comdecks for light helicopters. China and the Philippines, both of which claim territorial rights over the Scarborough Shoals, have sent various vessels in the area. The dispute is considered a flashpoint that might lead to a shooting war. . At the House of Representatives, Isabela Rep. Rodolfo AIbano said the Philippines should not rely on the United States or Next page

the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to resolve its conflict with China. He said the United States and the Asean would act only if it was in .their interest to get involved. "The US owes China tril-: lions of dollars in loans while the Asean countries have trade relations with China," Albano said. "We can win this battle over Scarborough Shoal even without help from other countries because the territory is ours. We. should make China accept that fact through peaceful and diplomatic -sc ""~~ ~ .. means." Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casifio has filed a resolution urging the government to launch an all-out diplomatic offensive to assert its sovereignty over the disputed area. Joyce Pangco Paiiares and Maricel Cruz The fa II remembered.

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CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga Former Armed Forces chief Eduardo Oban [r., now the chairman of the Clark Development Corp. (CDC), has expressed reluctance in moving out six major units of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) from this freeport. The PAF, under an annually renewable contract between the Department of National Defense and the Bases Conversion Development Authority, occupies over 300 hectares of this 4AOO-hectare freeport

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ByOING CERVANTES of Basa Air Base, former President which is reportedly running short of Arroyo asked me to design a plan space for local and foreign investors. to move all Air Force units from In a press briefing here last Thurs- Clark to Basa. Even at that time, day, Oban said transferring the PAF the estimated cost was already P9.9 units from here to Basa Air Base in billion to cover cost of transfer and Floridablanca, Pampanga was estithe replication of facilities at Clark, mated to cost about P9.9 billion in induding housing," he said. 2006 when it was decided upon, Oban, who retired last December But Oban said such a move as Armed Forces chief of staff, was' "should be dictated by the security . appointed by President Aquino last environment." month as CDC chairman and officer"In 2006 when I was commander in-chargs.

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Bagong war ship ng Phi parating
Isa pang rnakabaqonq barkong pandigma ng Pilipinas na magmumula sa Europe ang nakatakdang dumating sa bansa. Dahil sa bagong war ship ay magiging 3 na ang barkong pandigma ng Pilipinas. .. . Aniya, ngayong buwan na ito ay- may daratinq ding barko na mula rin sa US. Magugunita na dumating noong nakaraang t~on ang class-cutter na mula sa US na ngayon ay tinatawag na BRP Gregorio del Pilar. (Rudy Andal) .

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A time for peace
. The government is winning not only the war against the Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islarniyah terrorist elements, it is also winning the hearts and minds of the populace in the island provinces of Sulu and Basilan. . This is what Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista revealed in an interview in Davao. The intelligence report they gathered is that the residents in these islands have gotten tired of these vicious elements which have isolated and deprived them to live normal lives and take advantage of the opportunities that could have alleviated their living conditions. . According to General Bautista they have made an intensified campaign against the terrorist elements encouraged by the information and cooperation that the people in Sulu and Basilan have shown. The government forces, according to the general had accounted several top leaders of the terror group as informers had pinpointed their whereabouts. The numbers of terrorists have dwindled and had dispersed but because they are vicious they are not given any quarters by the military toregroup. Obviously now, both the ASG and the JIs have been isolated. If the support of the civilian populace continue, General Bautista estimated that by 2014 most of their targets and goals to bring normalcy to Sulu and Basilan shall have been achieved. Indeed that target is achievable for as long as the inhabitants of the island will continue to collaborate with the government peace· keeping force. The government forces are not their enemy and they should realized that when thev started to lose the confidence of investors and businessmen and even aid agencies whose main and sale agenda is only to help them cope \ ith the misery brought about by protracted conflict. The return of peace. and normalcy 'however is still in the hands of the island inhabitants. Our soldiers are at their service whenever they think it is about time to live in peace and quiet in their beautiful isJands.- RINA DE JESUS, Rosary Heights, Cotabato City,

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ALEXlS MONTES recalled his ordeal. Upon their arrest, he and his group were "handcuffed . with plastic wires and blindfolded with doth re-: inforced by packing tape, and we remained that way for more than 36 hours." He was forced to admit he was an NPArebel, and when he denied it, "I would be hit in the chest." .. ')\_few moments later, Ifelt someone touching my hair as if trying to attach something. It felt like small alligator clips, which were probably connected to an electric power source and were placed on my head. [It] numbed my hands and . anus, disabled me from walking, made my eyes and face feel heavy, made me sleepy, and made both my thighs twitch. Iwas made to drink water mixed with granules and made to smell something. I had to be lifted from my seat as my whole body was numb and Icould not stand." This barbarity did not happen during the pit of martial law. It happened only a little more than a couple of years ago. Montes was oneof the Morang 43, a group of health workers that was conducting a workshop on health services in Morang, Rizal, when they were raided by police and soldiers.' They were detained without charges and tortured, some physically, most others mentally, but in all cases brutally One might think that it is better to be tortured mentally than physically, but tell that to the mothers among the Morang 43. Their torturers threatened to harm their children if they would not confess to being rebels. That might sound like an idle threat today, but it wasn't so then. 'That was a time when political activists were being massacred=Suo to 700 died during Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's rule, depending on the count engineered in great part by the berdugo, .Ioviro Paiparan. In a poetically ironic tum of events, he has become a fugitive today, thereby confessing to his sins without torture. But when your captors told you then that you and your loved ones would end up in a ditch somewhere with throats slit, you believed them. I'm glad some of the Morang 43 are haling Arroy~ and several military officials to coutr.

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Conrado de Quiros
It's a minor version of the class suit that the victims Of torture and the families of the disappeared and "salvaged" filed, against Ferdinand Marcos after he fled (with American help) to Hawaii. Ihope the other victims of torture and the families of the disappeared and "salvaged" during Arroyo's time will file that class suit against her as well. If only to remind people of what her regime was, which wasn't altogether a second-rate, trying-hard, copycat of martial law. In some ways it improved on it. Not surprisingly, Elena Bautista-Horn says she is surprised by the suit against her boss, raroyo,because she had nothing to do with it. But of course she had, in ways that add whole new meanings to having to do with a crime. It's a grand testament to folly, like Marcos' own, the extent to which a spectacularly power-mad person is willing to go to acquire and ·keep power. In the end futilely, but not without leaving a mountain of bleached bones behind. What made Arroyo's renewed anticommunist war worse even than Marcos' was that it was cynical. through and through. Marcos at least had reason to fear the communists, Arroyo did not. It was no surprise that Arroyo discovered the need to crush the communists while she labored under a state of sieg~not from the communists but from the citizens. This was not long after "Hello Garci" blew up in her face. She unleashed' the military not to quell the insurgency but to quell public protest against her illegitimate rule. But she raised a pile of corpses among the political activists anyway for the verisimilitude. You can't be more cynical than that. Indeed, the lengths to which she would go to

keep power you see in the way she coddled the" Ampatuans, giving them free rein to strike ter- , ror in the heart of Maguindanao so long as they' blanked out her and her friends' opponents in" elections. The more terror they struck in the" hearts of enemies, the better. Unfortunately for' her, they went on to strike terror in the heart of the world as well. But she is responsible for that too, however indirectly Conspiracy in a crime' makes youresponsible for all its consequences. One is tempted to say, particularly when you . see Arroyo in her current state, trying to gener- , ate sympathy, or at least pi _; for her plight, not' unlike Marcos while in miserable exile in" Hawaii, that it's yet another lesson on how the: mighty will fall, and the malevolent mighty poetically hard. We felt that way too afrer the torture victims filed a class suit against the Marcos estate and won. Retribution comes; not always ' swiftly in this COU,,; t, l111tit comes. But we do know too that tyrants raw a way of coming back. The Marro es '1.0',; Iiaure r..ev can even turn Ferdinand ir'tt, a :.e: ), More importantly we do know th 'it t le lack of rt al punishment for tyrants encourage no altogether second-rate, trying-hard, copycats to follow in their wake. Arroyo might never have done what she did if we had done to Marcos as he deserved. That's what gives me new appreciation for what the new government is doing. A suit against Arroyo by the Morong 43 is good, a class suit against Arroyo by the families of the dead and disappeared better. But you need something more, you need s mething that vill prevent tyrants from coming back, you need something, that will p event DeW tj rants from coming to be .. You need to punish them, you need to give justice to the aggrieved. That is what the prosecution of Arroyo will do once Renate Corona is reo moved as the single bi. gest obstacle to it. That is what establishing the uih about the viciousness, quite apart from the venality, of a despotic, regime will do. It will assure not just that tyrants , would fall but that they would remain: Fallen.

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HOT OFF the press is the latest book on Gen. David Petraeus, now director of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Written by Paula Broadwell, an honors graduate from the US Military Academy, with MA degrees from the University of Denver and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, the author provides us with a. close look at a man she describes as "possibly the most well-known general officer in America since' Dwight D. Eisenhower" and "arguably the Armi-{ REvEILLE .' most influential 'general officer since World WartL" I consider it Ramon . "must" reading for officers of the Armed J Farolan Forces of the Philippines, not just for a better understand. ing of counterinsurgency warfare' but also asa lesson on hew military commanders shqul9: .respond 'to civilian authority in the face of their own doubts and reservations about decisions involving national security issues. For many of us with some military background, General. . Petraeus is possibly best 'remembered for commanding the "surge" in Iraq in 2007, when it appeared that the country was on the brink of disintegrating in view of increasing sectarian violence between Sunni and Shia forces. It was the additional troops)ro~~ht in by the United States coupled with, a brilliant counterinsurgency strategy designed by Petraeus that brought down the level of violence and restored some measure of stability in Iraq. The "surge" in Iraq. In February 2007, President George W Bush designated Petraeus to be commander of US forces in Iraq. A last ditch effort would be made to turn around a bleak situation. Five additional combat brigades would "surge" into Baghdad and other parts of the country, aimed at preventing civilwar. After his Senate confirmation hearings, Petraeus reported to Bush in the Oval Office. . "Betting his presidency on the success of the 'surge,' Bush describes the commitment of additional forces as a 'double down strategy.' Petraeus said it was more than that. .. 'This . isn't double down, Mr. President. It's all in.' Petraeus stated, 'And we need the whole US government to go all in, not just the military.'" . ... .' During the first three months of the surge; the violence actually escalated and US senators on both sides of the aisle pronounced the surge a failure, calling for its end. There were 156,000 US forces on the ground with more on the way, but enemy attacks continued to increase. However, by July, positive results began to show, with attacks and combat losses dropping Significantly and violence on the streets declining as well. By the time Petraeus left Iraq after 19 months in command, US forces had regained the initiative providing some degree of stability for the new nation. The "drawdown" in Afghanistan. In June 2010, after his brief stint as head of Central Com- ~pa hpa@yahoo.com-Tel mand=-a Florida-based combat command covering an area __ of responsibiliry that encompasses 20 countries across the Middle East, including Afghanistan and Iraq-Petraeus was
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named commander of the International Security Assistance Force (lSAF) in Afghanistan. One could say it was actually a demotion. After an initial surge of some 33,000 men for Afghanistan, Obama decided to set a timetable for their drawdown. Ten thousand would be withdrawn by the end of 2011 and the remaining 23,000 by September ~012. From the accounts in the book, Petraeus had his own reser- . vations about the drawdown schedule: "I was provided am-, pIe opportunity to contribute and I offered professional military advice that included options for implementing policy, assessment of risk for each option, and recommendations". needless to say, with the decision being announced, all of us will support the decision and strive to execute it effectively. That is our responsibility as military leaders." : On Aug. 31,2011, after 37 years in uniform, Petraeus reo tired from the military service. He asked for "a joint military parade: not an Army-only procession to symbolically mark .his succession of joint commands in combat." . Admiral Mike Mullen, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had this to say about the retiring general: "David, you've run the race well, swifter and surer than the rest, and you now stand among the giants not just in our time but of all time, joining the likes of Grant and Pershing and Marshall and Eisenhower as one of the great battle captains of American history. (Obviously, Mullen is no fan ofDouglas MacArthur.) . "T.E.Lawrence, a man who knew a thing or two about insurgencies' once said, ~ men dream, but not equally.Those who dream by night, in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers qf the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes to make it possible.' David Petraeus has indeed been a dreamer of the day, dangerous to our enemies but no greater friend to those with whom he fought alongside and fought for. He has been a dreamer Witha vision and a plan to get there." In his final address as a soldier, Petraeus quoted his favorite passage from Theodore Roosevelt's "Man in the Are.na" speech: "It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end, the triumph of high achievement and who, at the worst, if he. fails, at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat." A week after retirement, Perraeus was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden as CIAdirector. . Petraeus graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point, finishing No. 40 in the class of 1974.

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We are a peace-loving nation and to go to war is too remote a possibllity. We can always compromise with China and talk it over. Our long term frie'nd~hjp which goes back to history. I am a Filipino, I am an American. I sincerely hope my fellow Americans will change their mind, and that President Obama changes his posture onthis problem. I also urge aU Filipinos here and abroad, immigrants, citizens, OFWs to unite and continue the fight. .
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residing in Castaic, California, I am here on a short vacation to attend the debut of my niece last May 1, I am proud to be Filipino and halfAmerkan but I was so disappointed by the United States hands-off policy on the PhlChinese dispute over the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal. I expected the USto be more reassuring and giving a bold stand in favor of its alleged long-time friend, the Philippines, Ifeel. shortchanged in behalf of fellow Filipinos who had expected more than the declaration of neutrality but rather of support and the confidence that the USand Phi are in this together, We have migrated to the US since I was a child and the United States has always infused in its people and the whole world that it is an exemplar of all good val~es -. equality, democracy, liberty, freedom' and to work for the common good. Sadly, I do not find any of these values working at this time. My heart bleeds for the Philippines in this fight, there is really no e to turn to when the end comes on , and the start begins, I know how much Filipinos regard Americans, sometimes even putting them on a pedestal for all the help they have extended to us many crises that hav~ befallen the Philippines, Filipinos in turn, have welcomed them with open arms, letting them put up US bases here in the past, md continuing with the Mutual iefense Treaty (MDT), and in recent imes, the Visiting Forces Agreement IrV·FA.American troops have been reated well, and with respect for ilipinos value the long-time and
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armed capability maybe wanting but not our fighting spirit - a fighting spirit that will fight for what is right and proper, but in an atmosphere of peace an d brotherhood,
RUFO B. SANTOS III Malabon City

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Filipinos! fighting spirit in peace and brotherhood
NOWthat we are slowly being.able to rally the people and support the Philippine daim on Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal and being able to stir their patriotic spirit, I think we are on the right track A good number of Filipinos have already expressed their sentiments, even our countrymen ove,rseas, .B.ut not to be outdone, the Chmese hVlng abroad have also grouped together to stop the Philippines from laying claim to Panataq S~oal. They have also staged thelr,own p~ot~sts. But that ISonly mCld~ntal and should all the more motivate our b h' people a~d tooutnum er t elr protests, If ~eed be. We all kn~w . that the Chmese have more thinqs In ~ind in ~he region oth,er _than the nch manne and aquatic hfe ~he disputed islands offer,. That ISalso a thouqht .our Asean neighbors should put I~ mind. , . IS,our big fight and t~ be able to Win It, we should be patient. Although we ~eed the h:lp of superpowers. hke t~e Untte~ States and other ASian neighbors, In real time, we only have to depend on ourselves and be ready to face

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Let'sjoin hands, support our govt on Panatag incursion
THEstandoff between Philippines and China on Panatag Shoal continue to escalate tensions on the West Philippine Sea for almost three weeks now. At present, both nations sent vessels to patrol all the shoal. Whose claim weighs more? Our . country diplomatically stand that . the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal is a part of our territory based on the 200 nautical miles exclusive economic zone as stated on the international law (UNCLOS). e al~o W have proof of having exe rcised authority and municipal jurisdiction by Masinloc. . We have called for arbitration to settle or end the dispute through the United Nations but China refused it. They don't want to lose in the international courts. We can't wait for the possible things to happen in the standoff. Although our government is doing all the ways to end the dispute in a legal-rille approach and diplomatic process, we as citizens of this nation should give a great counterpart contribution for this. We can't deny that our country needs minimum 'credible defense to uphold our maritime sovereignty. It is been hurtful and degrading when the international news media lamented the poor state of
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auf Philippine Armed Forces in the international scene but what hurts more is what reality speaks. As foreign secretary Albert del Rosario stated, "we only have ourselves to blame for it." Definitely true! . We may be a small nation compared to China when it comes to economic status and resources and we had no capability to . produce superpower fire for war, but in us Filipino lives the spirit of reliance and unity which could be the best arms for any fight. Now, the question is where are we going tc start? We can start from the simple beginnings but achieve complex pursuits. If we have upgraded armed forces, it may difficult for other nations to invade our territory or even bully us in some situation similar to what is happening now in our Panatag Shoal. The most intangible way we must do is t.o support our government in any actions on . . enhancing the defense capabili· ties of our nation, There is a Iso someth in g good about AFP modernization. This is one way of equipping our armed forces with defense materials and extensive skills with our troops in enhancing their capabilities to engage and uphold our sovereignty and national integrity. We must bear in mind that we may not have the vulnerable ability to dissolve a piece of land of any nations but if we are united as a solid nation and people, we . will likely be difficult to invade, And because of our strong conviction and faith of heart to fight for what is really ours, a will of heart and spirit is our genuine armamement for victory, Let us join hands to support' our government to maintain . peace and pursue a diplomatic process on fighting our legal sovereign territory.

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