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Army troops kill 3 NPA rebels, overrun Red camp Business Mirror p. A-S - THREE New People's Army (NPA) rebels were killed when Army soldiers overran their camp on Tuesday morning in Barangay Pinaminaan, Donsol, Sorsogon. (Zaff Solmerin) Piston Sicol former spokesman, 2 more NPA rebels killed in Sorsogon Daily Tribune p. 3 - Three New People's Army (NPA) rebels were killed yesterday morning in a clash with Army troops in Sorsogon that also resulted in the capture of a rebel encampment. (Mario J Mallari) 3 Reds dead in gunfight Tempo p. 5 - Three New People's Army (NPA) fighters were killed in a fresh firefight with Army soldiers early yesterday in Donsol, Sorsogon. (Elena L Aben) Militiamen shoot colleague in Isabel a Tempo p. 5 - A member of a paramilitary group was shot and killed last Saturday night by his colleague while sleeping in his quarters in their detachment in San Guillermo, Isabela province.(Freddie G Lazaro) 1 die in Zamboanga City blast Manila Times p. A-7 - One person was killed and two others wounded in an explosion at a house on a seaside village here, officials said. Officials said the blast killed a man identified only as Fahad and wounded his companions Benhar and Alji in the village called Baliwasan. (AI Jacinto) 4 soldiers wounded in Agusan clash Peoples Tonight p. 12 - FOUR soldiers were wounded in an encounter between suspected members of New People's Army(NPA) the other day in Trento, Agusan del Sur. (Zaida Delos Reyes-Palanca) P500,OOOhot logs seized in Zambales Peoples Tonight p. 12 - The campaign against illegal logging is gaining ground here with the seizure of P.S million worth of contraband forest products by joint operatives of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Army at the boundary of Zambales and Pangasinan. (Mamer Banez)

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Generals Take Oath before President - Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Jessie Oellosa yesterday led 29 newly promoted military generals and flag officers in an oath-taking ceremony before President Benigno S. Aquino III. (Elena Aben) 20 military generals take oath - Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Jessie Oellosa on Tuesday led 29 newly promoted military generals and flag officers in an oath-taking ceremony before President Benigno S. Aquino III. (Elena L Aben) Manila Bulletin p. 6

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Photo: Fourth Star Photo: Newly Appointed Military Officers Photo: New Commander Sino ships bar Pinoys from shoal - Chinese maritime ships are denying Filipino fishermen access to their traditional fishing grounds in the lagoon of Panatag Shoal, a chain of reefs and rocks off Zambales province whose ownership is being disputed by China and the Philippines even as Chinese vessels were seen continuing to mass in Panatag, also known as Bajo de Masinloc and its international name, Scarborough Shoal-which China claims to own even if the shoal is 472 nautical miles from the nearest Chinese coast.(Dona Z. Pazzibugan) Chinese boats barring Pinoys from fishing shoal - Chinese maritime vessels have started imposing fishing restrictions on Filipino fishermen returning to Panatag Shoal by denying them entry inside the lagoon.(Jaime Laude) Scarborough standoff hurting livelihood, say Pinoy fishers - THE standoff between the Philippines and China at the Scarborough Shoal is affecting the livelihood of fishermen in the area.{VICTOR REYES) NDF seeks release of 63-year-old consultant - The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) on Monday condemned the arrest of Jaime Soledad, a consultant in peace negotiations with the government, and called for his release. (Elvie Roman Roa) NDF consultant arestado uli - Muling inaresto ng mga awtoridad ang isang consultant ng peace panel ng National Democratic Front (NDF) kamakailan dahil umano sa kasong pagpatay sa Inopacan, Leyte. (JB Salarzon) Photo: Government soldiers ... (Richel V Umel)

Malaya p. 8-1 Manila Bulletin p. 6 Standard Today p. A-1 PDI p. A-1

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NDFP condemns rearreast of Consultant Jaime Soledad
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) condemns in the strongest terms the rearrest of NDFP Consultant Jaime Soledad on 2 May 2012. By this blatant and gross violation of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG), the Aquino government is again showing its contempt for a basic peace agreement.

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Correspondent HREE New People's Army (NPA) rebels were killed when Army soldiers overran their camp on Tuesday morning in Barangay Pinaminaan, Donsol, Sorsogon. . Maj. Harold Cab u n o c , Army spokesman, said the troops recovered the bodies of the rebel fatalities and recovered an M-16 rifle, a 9mm pistol. and documents. "Pursuit operations against the rebels are still ongoing;' Cabunoc said, In a follow-up report, the commander of the 31st Infantry Battalion, Lt. Co!. Teody Toribio, said the gun battle lasted, for more than 30 minutes. "The firefight started at around 5:41 a.m. today' [Tuesday]. Yes, we have three bodies recovered, and we have turned them over to the police and local govern-

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ment for identification' as we continue the pursuit operations against the fleeing rebels:' Toribio. He sent a platoon of soldiers from the Bravo Company after receiving information about the arrival of armed men and women believed to be rebels, who started to set up a camp. in the place. As the soldiers were approaching the place, Toribio said they stumble d into th e , rebels' perimeter defense, and that triggered the gun battle. "Some of the soldiers maneuvered and were able to break another defensive line of the rebels until they finally flushed the rebels out of their camp. Their clearing operations resulted in the recovery of three dead rebels, two guns and documents;' Toribio. Col: ,Felix Castro Jr., 903rd Infantry Brigade commander, directed Toribio to deploy more soldiers to track down the rebels. In the last two weeks, at least J6

soldiers were killed in three ambushes staged by NPA rebels in the 'provinces of Ifugao, Camarines Norte and Compostela Valley. . A civilian was also killed and two others were seriously wounded in those ambushes. Two Army battalion commanders had been relieved.from their posts for their alleged operational lapses. Meanwhile, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) condemned therearreston May 2 of] aime Soledad, an alleged , consultant of the National Democratic Front (NDF) in the peace negotiations. Soledad, 63, was arrested in his house in Inopacan, Leyte, on the basis of a warrant of arrestthat the CPP said was based , on the "trumped-up charges of murder:' "NDF consultant Jaime Soledad's rearrest less than a year since he was released under the auspices of the peace negotiations smacks' of tile highest level of treachery by the Aquino regime;' the

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NDF said in a statement. Soledad was first arrested in March 2008 in Cavite and detained for three years before being released in July 2011 as part of the Aquino administration's compliance with its obligations under the J oint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (Iasig). "In re-arresting Soledad, the Aquino regime has violated his rights stipulated in the Iasig against the arrest and detention of [NDFJ document holders;' the CPP said.

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"The Aquino, regime continues to make the resumption of peace negotia'tions difficult as it persists in violating the Iasig," it added. More than a month ago, government security forces arrested community organizer Reynante Gamara in Las Pifias City, who, the cpr claimed, is' also an NDF consultant in the peace talks. , Peace negotiations between the government and the CPP-NPA-NDF have been stalled for more than a year.

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Piston Bicol former spokesman, 2 more NPA :'.,':,febelskilled in Sorsogon
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identified as Joel Astucia, a former .~ . , spokesman of the transport group , " Three NewPeople's Army (NPA) Pinagkaisang Samahan ng Tsuper rebels were killedyesterday morning at Opereytor Nationwide (Piston) in a clash with Army troops in in Bicol. Toribio said the soldiers overran Sorsogon that also resulted in the the campwhichis strategically located eapture of a rebel encampment. in the boundary ofAlbayprovince, They :;"U. CoL Teody Toribio, the ~oiriinander of the Army's 31st also seized an M-16 rifle' and' a .9lli1'antry Battalion (IB), said the millimeterpistol as well as subversive ~efight erupted after he deployeda documents fromthe bandits. Col. Felix Castro Jr., the Vl~n of his troops in the hinterland commander of the Army's 903rd or,B!U'angay inaminaan, Donsol P Brigade, has directed Toribio to ," 'town at around 5:40 a.m., following reports of NPA rebels coordinate with the local officials on the decent burial of the rebels. ~~gorizing residents in the area. "We are not rejoicing over the :',:~ rebels, numberingaround 15, ~e 'tlfe4 at my soldiersastheyapproached. deaths of these misguided people. fbe encampment, triggeringthe heavy We enjoin the public to help in ~cl).ange of fire whichlasted about convincing the rebels to lay down their arms and cooperate with the ~ minutes, n Toribiosaid. government," Castro said. "The soldiers out maneuvered Castro also said that more i the rebels, forcing them to run for soldiers were sent to track down . 'their lives, leaving behind three the remnants of the bandit group dead comrades," he added: , One of the slain rebels was by following the blood traces,

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rebels, forcing them to run for t. heir lives, leaving behind three dead comrades," said the Army official. ribio added the troops also seized an NPA encampment strategically located at the boundary of Albay province. They also recovered an M16 rifle -and a 9mm cal. pistol, as well as, subversive documents from the bandits. (Elena L. Aben)
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Toribio said prior to the firefight, Three New People's Army (NPA) fighters were killed in a fresh . he sent a platoon of soldiers after receiving a report about the NPA's firefight with Army soldiers early extortion activities in the area. yesterday in Donsol, Sorsogon, the As the soldiers arrived at the military said, village, they were met with gunfire Lt. Col. Teody T. Toribio, the by the Insurqents numbering commanding officer of the 31st around 15. The exchange of Infantry Battalion, said the dash fires lasted for about 30 minutes, erupted around 5:40 a.rn, at the according to Toribio. remote village of Pinaminaan in "The soldiers outmaneuvered the Donsol town. '

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Gamu, Isabela _ A member of a paramilitary group was shot and killed last Saturday night by his colleague while sleeping in his quarters in their detachment in San GuHlermo, Isabela province. Police identified the victim as Reynaldo Castaneda, 24, a member of the Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu) under the command of Army's 77th Infantry Battalion, 5th Infantry Division, and resident of Barangay Dipacamu, San Guillermo, lsabela. The suspect, Wilfreda Mendejarr 42, of Barangay Colorado; San GuiHermo, Isabela, admitted that he shot the victim out of anger. Investigation showed that the victim was sleeping Inside his

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quarters at about 8:30 p.rn, when the suspect entered and shot him with an M-14 rifle several times. The victim died on the spot from six bullet wounds. Police said that the suspect was surrendered by his detachment commander, Staff Sergeant Ernesto Bayon, to the police station in San Gullermo, Isabela.

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1 die in Zamboanga City blast
ZAMBOANGA CITY: One person was killed and two others wounded in an explosion at a house on a seaside village here, officials said. Officials said the blast killed a man identified only as Fahad and wounded his companions Benhar and Alii in the village called Baliwasan . . ."Authorities are still investigating the blast thatkilled one man and wounded two more," said Colonel Buenaventura Pascual, commander of an army anti-terror task force. He said the blast ocrurred at around 5.3~ p.m. on Monday. The house, he said, is owned by a policeman Nurul Samali, who is stationed' in the province of Sulu. At JACINTO

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FOUR soldiers were wounded in an encounter between suspected members of New People's Army (NPA)the other day in Trento, Agusan del Sur. This was confirmed by Army 10th Infantry Division (ID) spokesman Lt. CoL Lyndon Paniza.
Paniza, however, did not identify the wounded soldiers -whowere rushed to Camp Panacan Station Hospital for treatment.. . He-said the encounter occurred at around 12:30 p.m, in Bgy. Salvacion, Trento. In~~~tigators said troops from the Army's 25th Infantry Battalion and members of Peace and Development Team (PDT)went to the area in response to the report that NPA rebels were harassing the community. The troops were greeted with gunfires which triggered a brief firefight, wounding four soldiers. Paniza said the troops recovered three landmines, a grenade and several personal belongings at the encounter site. Authorities are now conducting hot pursuit operation against the fleeing rebels.

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IBA, Zambales .• The campaign against illegal log. ging is gaining ground here with the seizure of P.5 million worth of contraband forest products by joint operatives of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Army at the houndary of Zambales and Pangasinan, DENR Secretary Ramon Paje ordered a special team of forest protection officers and Army operatives to stop illegal logging operations inside the 13,800-hectare forests of Sta. Cruz-Mangatarem border towns. Regional Executive Director (RED) Ricardo Calderon said the joint DENR-Arrny team swooped down on identified logging sites and retrieved over 9,000 board feet of assorted lumber worth about P500,OOO. Calderon said illegal loggers left the contraband at the jungle upon seeing the advancing team. More than 100 forest protection personnel and enlisted meufrom the Army's 24th Infantry Batallion based in Palauig took part in the week-long anti-illegal logging' operation, in coordination with local officials and the local police. Calderon are contemplating filing illegal logging charges against a contractor of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for deviating from the approved 'road plan, building a nine-kilometer road that cuts through the forests instead. .,-go. IIV. \UIi.J. oa~" I U·¥I ....., .
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Generals Take Oath Before President

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Jessie DeIlosa yesterday led 29 newly promoted military generals and flag officers in an oath-taking ceremony before President Benigno S. Aquino III . other newIypromotedAFP officials who joined Dellosa in the oath-taking at the Rizal Hall of Malacarian Palace were Lt. Gen. Lauro Catalino G. Dela Cruz, Philippine Air Force (PAF) Comi man ding General; Lt. Gen. Irineo C. Espino, the AFP Inspector General; and Lt. Gen. Jorge V. Segovia, Commander of the Eastern Mindanao Command (Easmincom). Also present were Maj. Joel P. Ibanez, Commander of Iraining and Doctrine Command of Philippine Army; Maj. Gen. Romulo M. Cabantac Jr.,

the AFP Chief Engineer; Maj. Gen. Edgardo Rene C. Samonte, Commander Of the Air Education and Training Command, PAF; Maj. Gen. Rolando B. Tenefrancia, AFP Civil Relations Service Commander; Maj. Gen. Maximo G. Caro, Chief of Staff, PA; Maj. Gen. Romeo V. Calizo, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, J3; and Maj. Gen. Caesar Ronnie F Ordoyo, Chief of the' Intelligence Service, AFP .Other officials who took their oath were Brig. Gen. Oscar P. Lopez, Brig. Gen. Noel B. Miano, Brig. Gen. Felicito Virgilio M. Trinidad, Jr.; Brig. Gen. Aurelio B. Baladad, Brig. Gen. Rolando G. Jungco, Brig. Gen. Carlos F Quita, Brig. Gen. Julius M. Guillermo, Brig. . Gen. Salvador Melchor B. Mison, Jr.; Brig. Gen. Paulita B. Cruz, Brig. Gen. Arnulfo J. Marcos, Brig. Gen. Virgilio A. Hernandez, Brig. Gen. Eamon C. Cabal, Brig. Gen. Ramon Mateo U. .Dizon, Brig. Gen. Danilo M. Servando, Commodore Manuel Natalio A. Abinuman, Brig. Gen. Crisologo M. Nayve, Brig. Gen. Hernando DCA. Iriberri, and Brig. Gen. Remigio C. Valdez. (Elena Aben)

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Slnoships bar Pinoys from shoal
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CHINESE maritime ships are denying Filipino fishermen access to their tradi-. tional fishing grounds in the lagoon of Panatag Shoal, a chain of reefs and rocks off Zambales province whose ownership is being disputed by. China
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miles from Panatag, the town's fishermen have' reported that Rich fishing grounds Chinese government vessels had The vast lagoon constitutes blocked their entry to the lagoon. . rich fishing grounds for Filipino The military reported that the fishermen who before the standnumber of Chinese vessels in the with China usually stayed to Panatag Shoal has increased to fish in the area for days. 33, from 14 last week. "They are still prevented from The Philippines has only two going in (the lagoon). They can vessels in the area. These are the fish outside. But they are barred BRP Edsa II, a Coast Guard inside," Bautista told defense research-and-rescue vessel (SARV porters in a phone interview. 002) and the MCS 3001, a vessel "We were told they were prebelonging to the Bureau of Fish- vented by the (Chinese) Navy eries and Aquatic Resources. or Coast Guard. Our fishermen China currently has three big are okay with Chinese fisherships in the area. These are the men. The problem is they have Chinese Fisheries Law Enforcegunboats there," he said. ment Command (FLEC) 310 Bautista said the Chinese which is said to be its most pow- ships were positioned at the enerful maritime ship, and the trance to the lagoon. Chinese Maritime Surveillance "Those who want to go in are (CMS) ships 75 and 81. shooed away. Since they cannot According to the military's understand each other, our fishNorthern Luzon Command (Nol- ermen are' afraid," he said, com), seven other Chinese fishing adding that the Chinese ships vessels and 23 utility boats have would train powerful floodbeen seen inside the lagoon. lights on Filipino fishing boats. RJ Bautista, secretary to Bautista said the fishermen Masinloc Mayor Desiree Edora, were only recently allowed to said the Chinese maritime ships return to the shoal, which the

locals refer to as Karburo (after the international name Scarborough Shoal) since the standoffbegan last April 10. "That's why their catch is not as much, unlike before," he said.

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vessels and discovered on board illegally obtained endangered turtles, baby sharks, giant clams and a large amount of corals. The Navy dispatched its only warship, the BRP Gregorio del Pilar, to the area on April 10 but beCoast Guard helpless fore the ship could tow the poachThe Coast Guard ship is re- ers to the nearest police station, two Chinese maritime ships arportedly aware of the fish ennen's plight but was not of'any help.' rived and blocked their arrest. The stand-off at Panatag has "I think our Coast Guard was so far been accompanied only also barred from going near (the lagoon)," Bautista said, re- by a war of words. laying reports from fishermen. The Philippines maintains that. a "Our fishermen are simply Baja de Masinloc, described told not to be afraid. But at the ring-shaped coral reef, which has same time they are told not to several rocks encircling a lagoon in provoke so there won't be any the West Philippine Sea, is about confrontation," he said. . 124 nautical mile (220 Ian) from Nolcom spokesperson Capt. the nearest coast of Luzon and well Aurelio Kigis said they have no within the Philippines' 20D-nautiinformation that Filipino fisher- calmile exclusive' economic zone men were being barred from the (EEl) and continental shelf under the United Nations Convention on lagoon, and could not comment. the Law of the Sea (Unclos). War of words so far It said the shoal is an integral The Panatag Shoal incident part of Philippine territory, a of started last AprilS when the Philip- part of the municipality pine Navy on a routine sovereignty Masinloc, Zambales. It said the patrol spotted eight Chinese fish- shoal is also not part of the ing vessels moored inside. the Spratlys, the chain of islets and shoal. Navy personnel boarded the atolls to its south that is claimed

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OFFICE OF THE ARMY CHIEF PUBLIC AFFAIRS - Email add:oacpa_hpa@yahoo.com - Tel no. (02) 892-1693, Local: 5287, 5295 in whole or in part by China, Taiwan, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines. The goverrunent said the actions of the Chinese fishing vessels were a serious violation of the Philippine sovereignty and maritime jurisdiction. The. poaching of endangered marine resources violoated the Fish'eries Code and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES),it said. northeast from BRPEdsa II.. The CMS 81 is l.04 nautical miles southeast off North Rock and a distance of 8.1 nautical milesnortheast from BRPEdsa n. The FLEe 310 is 8.4 nautical miles southeast off North Rock and a distance of 7.5 nautical miles from BRPEdsa II. Vice Adm. Alexander Pama, Philippine Navy Flag Officer in Command', said a second US Coast Guard cutter that the Navy has acquired, will be arriving in the country in November. The Hamilton-class cutter will be officially turned over to the Navy on May 23, following which the training of Filipino crew and adjustments to the vessel will follow,Pama said. He said the government win be spending about the same amount it spent for the first us Coast Guard cutter that it acquired, which has been renamed the BRPGregorio del Pilar. ' Pama said last year that P40U million was spent for the train .. ingand refurbishment of the BRPGregorio del Pilar.

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The Nolcom said that as of ' Sunday; May 6, the BRP Edsa II was 7.1 nautical miles southeast offPanatag Shoal. The Coast Guard vessel has movedfarther by S.7nauticalmiles southeast from its previous positionlastweek whichwas 1.4nautical milesnortheast offSouth Rock, a rockfeature ofPanatagShoal. The'MCS 3001 is l.6 nautical miles northeast off South Rock. Meanwhile, the Chinese eMS 75 is 3.5 nautical miles southeast off North Rock,another Panatag rockfeature, and a distance of 8.1 nautical miles

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'Chinese boats barring Pinoys from fishing In shoal
"Our fishermen who returned to the area were barred from entering the lagoon to fish bi:' Chinese :n:taritime vessels using their , floodhghts to dnve them away," Masinloc Mayor Desiree Edora in Zambales province By JAIME .aid yesterday. Speaking on the mayor's behalf, Edora's entry inside the lagoon. '. Located 120 nautical miles from mainland sec~etaryRJ Bautista also complained that Zambales, Panatag Shoal uS,ed while the Chinese maritime vessels were , to be the target and practice doing this to Filipinos, they allowed their own fishing vessels and fishermen inside LAUDE the lagoon. irea of US jetfighters during air drills when Fearing for their safety, Filipino fisherhey had military bases here. , men are now simply fishing outside the lagoon., , It ISnow in the crosshairs of a festering ter.itorial standoff between the Philippines and ' "They are fishing outside because China, they've been prevented by the Chinese from entering the lagoon," Bautista said. After decades of fishing in the area Filipinos last cast nets inside the rich fishing ground on April 15; about a week after the standoff began. Bautista-said the local fishermen returned t? the area to fish last Sunday after getting clearance from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), who assured them of protection. But "powerful floodlights from Chinese vessels at the mouth of the lagoon," according to Bautista, have driven away the fishermen. ' As of Sunday, military monitoring of the area showed that there are already seven Chinese fishing vessels and 23 util, Maintaining a non-confrontational ity boats conducting destructive fishing stance, the military leadership in Northactivities inside the lagoon. ' ern Luzon (No1com) said it could not , Outside, two Chinese Maritime Surcomment on the issue because they don't' veillance ships CMS 75 and CMS 81 are have any information yet on the matter. guarding the mouth of the lagoon with Nolcom, under the command of Lt. their FLEC 310 (Fisheries Law EnforceGen. Anthony Alcantara, has operational ment Command) ship not far away. jurisdiction over Panatag Shoal. The P~PI:'i.'1~s;ho~ev~, rn~tau:s that "As to that report, we have no information the area IS WIthin the ~ s territorial on that, so we cannot comment on it," Capt. domain and has deployed two vessels, the Aurelio Kigis, Nolcom spokesman, said. BRP EDSA 2 of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Maritime Control Ship 3001 -------------, (MCS-3001)of the Bureau of Fisheries and 2) 892·1693, Local: 5287, 5295 Aquatic Resources (BFAR). Chinese maritime vessels have started imposin~ fishing restrictions on Filipino fishermen returnmg to Panatag Shoal by denying them

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Scarborough standoff hurting livelihood, say Pinoy fishers
BY VICTOR REYES

THE standoff between the Philippines and China at the Scarborough Shoal is affecting the livelihood of fishermen in the area. An official of Masinloc town in Zambales said fishermen have told the local government that Chinese vessels are preventing them from fishing inside the lagoon of the Scarborough Shoal off Masinloc town. "They can fish outside (the lagoon) but they are prevented from going inside," said RJ Bautista, secretary to Masinloc Mayor Desiree Edora, on complaints being aired bv fishermen from the town . .On who are preventing the Filipino fishermen from going to the rich fishing ground,

Bautista said: "They told us Chinese vessels. Probably, it's the if (Chinese) navy or coast guard." "Om-fishermen are okay with the Chinese fishermen. The real problem is their (Chinese) gunboats there ... right at the entrance of the lagoon. They are positioned there and they are shooing away those (Filipino fishermen) who want to enter," said Bautista. "They are scared because floodlights are trained on them," added Bautista, referring to the Filipino fishermen, who he said are left with less catch because they are forced to fish outside the lagoon. Chinese and Filipino ships have been at a standoff at the shoal, locally known as Panatag Shoal and Bajo de Masinloc, since

April 10 when a Navy ship accosted eight Chinese fishing vessels that gathered live sharks, corals and giant clams. China is claiming ownership of the shoal based on its ancient history. Panatag is some 124 nautical miles from Zambales and 500 nautical miles from China. A Coast Guard ship and a Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources are at the shoal. On the other hand, China has two surveillance ships and a fisheries law enforcement vessel at the disputed area. The AFP Northern Luzon Command spokesman, Capt. Aurelio Kigis, said that as of Sunday, there were seven Chinese fishing vessels and 23 utility boats inside the shoal.

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In an earlier interview, Soledad admitted he was arrested on . March 25, 2008, to answer a case related to the discovery of a mass . grave in Inopacan town, about 50 kilometers from Onnoc City. But Soledad said he was reo leased on July 25,2011, together. with 16 others, as a result of peace. talks between the NDF and the. government, .' A community organizer, Rey- . nante Gamara, who is also an By Elvie Roman Roa .~NDF consultant in the .peace Inquirer Visayas talks, was arrested a 'month ago, . the CPP said in its statement. ORMOC CITY-The Commu"The Aquino regime c?ntinGOVERNMENT soldiers patrol power transmission linesln Lanao del nist Party of the Philippines ues to make the resumption of Norte province being maintained by the National Grid Corp. of the (CPP) on Monday condemned . RICHEl V. UMEUlNQUIRER MINDANAC the. arrest of Jaime Soledad, a .peace negotiations difficult as it ~ Philippines. persists in violating the Jasig,' . consultant in peace negotiathe CPP added. tions with the government.rand The murder charges were called for his release. filed by the families of Udtohan ' Soledad was arrested on . and Dagami while the frustratApril 2 in his house in Inopacan, . ed murder case was filed by Leyte province, to face murder Botana himself. '. and frustrated murder charges for allegedly killing two policemen and wounding. another in 2004. Soledad and three others were accused of killing SP02 Mario Udtohan and POI Michael Dagami on March 26, 2004, in Sitio . Cambantog, Barangay Lake Danae, Ormoc City. Muling inarestong ruga They were also tagged in the awtoridad ang isang confailed attempt on the life of POl sultant ng peace panel ng Andres Olvida Botana. National DemocraticFront In a press release dated May 7, (NDF) kamakailan dahil umano sa kasongpagpatay CPP confirmed that Soledad, 63, sa Inopacan, Leyte. is a consultant of the National Kinilala ngCommunist Democratic Front of the PhilipParty of the Philippines pines (NDF) in peace negotia _ (CPP) ang inarestong kasapi nito na si Jaime Soledad, tions with the government. 63. Sinabi nito na gawa-ga'The CPP maintained that wa lamang umano ng mga Soledad's -second arrest for militaryat pulisyaangkaso "trumped up charges of murng pagpatay na isinampa d " . 1 d h J' laban kay Soledad. er vic ate t e oint AgreeAng muling pagkament on Safety and Immunity kaarestoni Soledadsa kanGuarantees (Jasig). yang bahay rioong Mayo "In rearresting Soledad, the 2 ay kinondena ng CPP Aquino regime has violated his atNDF. .h .1 "Isa siya sa amingNDFng ts snpu ared in' the Jasig Philippinesconsultant.Ang. against the arrest and detention muli niyang pagkakaaresto, of document holders," said the wala pang isang taon nang CPP in' a statement. siya ay lumaya mula sa ~ . bisa ng usapang pangkapaOFFICE OF THE ARMY CHIEF PUBLIC AFFAIRS - Email add:oacpa_hpa@yahoo.com . yapaan,ay isang sampal sa d:5287,5295 "---rehimeng Aquino,"ayon sa CPP.(JB Salarzon)

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3 NPA na napatay sa engkuwentro

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LEGAZPI CITY - Kinumpirma ng New People's Army (NPA) na kanilang kasamahan ang tatlong napaslang sa nangyaring bakbakan kanina sa lalawigan ng Sorsogon. Kinilala ang mga ito na sina Joel "Ka Peping" Ascutia, dating regional President ng CONDORPISTON Bicol noong 2009; Christian "Ka Richard" Liagas, 19; at Leopoldo "Ka Jig" Nebres, 43. Sa impormasyong ipinaabot sa Bombo Radyo Legazpi ng nagpakilalang isang Ka Greg Banares, umano'y tagapagsalita ngCPP-NPA-NDF SICOI, ipinaabot nito ang pagpupugay para sa matapang na pagdipensa ng kanilang mga kasamahan. Una rito, bandang al~s-5A1 kaninang madaling nang makaengkwentro ng tropa nl Lt Randel Wandag ng 31st IB Philippine Army ang tinatayang 10-15 mga fully armed na rebelde sa Barangay Pinamana-an bayan ng Donsol kung saan agad na binawian ang tatlo.

NDFP condemns

rearreast of Consultant

Jaime Soledad

LUIS G. JALANDONI Chairperson, NDFP Neg.otiating Panel

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) condemns in the strongest terms the rearrest of NDFP Consultant Jaime Soledad on 2 May 2012 ..By this blatant and gross violation of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG), the Aquino government is again showing its contempt for a basic peace agreement. NDFP Consultant Jaime Soledad was released on 25 July 2011 after more than three years in prison on trumped up criminal charges flied against him in March 2008. His arrest and detention then was a gross violation of the JASIG. His release was among those which the NDFP had demanded in the peace talks held in January and February 2011. Soledad's rearrest and the arrest of another NDFP Consultant, Renante Gamara, on 3 April 2012 are additional obstacles placed by the Arroyo regime to the resumption of formal peace talks. The NDFP continues to flrmly demand the release of over 350 polltical prisoners who are unjustly imprisoned in violation of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) and the NDFP Consultants still detained in violation of the JASIG. The NDFP likewise demands the independent investigation of the killing