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ARMY'RELATED ISSUES
2 Erap detention camp in Tanay now open for tourists POI p. A-1 Camp Mateo Capinpin in the mountains of Tanay - more popularly known as deposed President Joseph Estrada's former detention place - is the latest military camp to become a tourist destination.

AFP RELATED ISSUES
3 AFP pledges protection of workers Keeping up its commitment to uphold human rights. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has joined labor groups in protecting workers' rights. US submarine surfaces in Subic One of the most modern submarines in the United States Navy surfaced last Sunday in Subic Bay in Zambales where it is currently deployed to ensure freedom of navigation in the Western Pacific. Guidelines out to promote workers' rights Guidelines limiting the involvement of the AFP and the Police have been signed by several government agencies as part of the promotion of workers' rights throughout the country. US submarine bumisita sa Subic Bay Bumisita sa Subic Bay Zambales ang Virginia Class fast attack submarine ng USS North Carolina (SSN 777) ng Estados Unidos bilang bahagi ng deployment sa Western Pacific. Military's most modern warship under maintenance The country's most modern warship the 46-year old BRP Gregorio del Pilar, has been temporarily sidelined for maintenance according to Philippine Navy. Manila Bulletin p. 4

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Civilian decry abuses as military steps up operations in Quezon Eight combat battalions of the Philippine Army, the Philippine National Police and Citizens Armed Force Geographical Unit (Cafgu) are concentrated in the first and second districts of Quezon, harassing civilians, and wreaking havoc on the lives of the rural folk. 7-11 Sundalo sugatan sa engkwentro sa NPA sa Misamis Oriental Isang sundalo ang sugatan sa nangyaring engkuwentro sa pagitan ng militar at rebeldeng NPA sa Brgy Tinagaan, Salay, Misamis Oriental. Bomba Radyo bulatlat.com

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TOURISTS will-have more fun in the PhilippineS-if they care visit military camps. .' . Camp Mateo Capinpin in the mountains of Tanay=rnore popularly known as deposed President Joseph Estrada's former detention place--is the latest military camp to become a ',' , tourist destlnation. . .' The headquarters of the Philippine Army's 2nd InfantrY Division (210), , dubbed the "Jungle Fighter; dlvlslon, . CAMP CAPINPIN in lanay, Rizal province. is now a tourist destination, featuring ,has been included among Rizal former President Joseph Estrada's temporary detention house when he was then '!~fAI7being~~edforplu~~er. _: INQUIRER PHOTO

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set of activities. ."We want the public especially province's tourist destinations due. students to be exposed to the life to the success of the program. of our soldiers, to our activities, Schools, youth groups like 'to what we do," Lavadia said. the Girl Scouts of the Philippines ,"We want them to know that and civic groups like the Rotary our soldiers are not here just for Club regularly visit the sprawling war, but we work during disas- . camp. They get an opportunity ters and concuctclvlc-mtlltarv , to interact with soldiers who act operations," he said. , as the tour guides. The Army's Camp Elias Ange"This is a much better way to les in Pili, Camarines Sur, the inform them. Because they think headquarters of the 9th Infantry our soldiers are tlqers. Now they Division, had earlier been deget to be informed," said Col. clarsd a tourist destination by Rodolfo Lavadia Jr., commander the provincial government. at the 2nd Civil-Milltaly OperaThe military unit has lined up tions (CMO) Battalion of the 210. activities for their "tourists," i His soldiers play big brother starting with a welcoming perterand big sister to the stumance from its marching band. dents-from elementary to colThen the students get to see lege-during the tour. soldiers "in action" as a nineHe said their tours began in member Army squad in full bat2007 as "Lakbay Kalikasan (entie gear and camouflage demonvironmental tour)." strate their combat formations ' Since then it has been reand explain their roles, weapons launched as "Lakbay Aral (eduand equipment. , cational tour)" with a daylong In a static display,the soldiers

fire off their high-poweredfirearms brought with them their guests but with blank ammunition. from their New Zealand chapter. To cap off the demo,the soldiers The Girl Scouts otthe Philip- ' allow students to take photos with pines regularly hold camping them and evencarry the firearms, there. which are unloaded of course. In March, the 21D'played host A tour of the 21Dmuseum to t01 ,200 Girl Scouts from all seethe display of weapons,explo-overRizal tor a three-day campsives and vehicles, and a video, • ing stay on March 15-18. presentation aboutthe 21Dfollows. Among the schools that have For lunch, the visitors getto have held field trips in Camp Capinpin a "boodle fight" with thesoldiers. are Colegio de San Agustin, AteThe guests providetheir own food. neo de Manila University and To get a taste of the soldiers' Don Bosco College. ' training regimen,studentscanget t.avadasalc a tour group has' on a "mini-obstacle course" (it'sfor about 100 participants. He said kids, says Lavadia)that would still that during the "peak season" in havethem crawling on the ground. summer, tour groups arrive atThey are also treated to zimost every week. pline, rock wall climbing and They host only one group at a rappeling. , time but during summer someLavadia said their guests have times they accommodate two enjoyed themselves because groups at a time. they keep coming back. The 2iD charges P100 per '''We get good feedback. tour participant and P150 each They're very happy about it," he forthose camping. Lavadia said said. the funds go to the maintenance He said the Rotarians even of facilities and use of utilities. '

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AFP Pledges Protection ·OfWorkers
This, as the armed forces representatives signed last week the "Guidelines on the Conduct of the DeKeeping up with its commitment . partment 'of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of the Interior to uphold human rights; the Armed and Local Government (DILG), DeForces of the Philippines (AFP) has partmentofNationalDefense (DND), joined labor groups protecting Department of Justice (DOJ); AFp, workers' rights.
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effectively do its mandate of protectand Philippine National Police (PNP) ing the state and the people from all Relative to the Exercise of Workers' threats. Rights and Activities." "Bayanihan is very well alive in According to Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr., the AFP spokesman, the , our midst this morning because these guidelines are put up together with "Guidelines" will uphold and respect our concerted efforts. We 'welcome the workers' right to association and this as a guide that can aid us with the peaceful protests and other activiright code of conduct, Furthermore, ties. this will make our personnel more The Guidelines also state that the aware on the other discourses on f. DOLE will have primary and sole juworker's human rights thus dissuad, risdiction over all labor disputes and ing them to commit possible related that the AFP and the PNP can only violations," Dellosa said. , participate upon request of DOLE or The AFP chief further said that when a criminal act has been orwillbe a rights-based approach is what the committed relative to the dispute. AFP Inspector General, Lt. Gen. , military is now popularizing to ail its Ireneo Espino represented the AFP units. , "At the center of our security opChief of Staff, Gen. Jessie Dellosa in erations are three constants: Human the signing of the "G~delines" held in rights, international humanitarian Intramuros, Manila. law, and rule of law," he said, adding: .In a speech delivered by Espino on "Werecognize that the worst forms of behalf of Deilosa, he emphasized that' the AFP has changed its approach to 'violence are not committed with the shedding of blood along battlefields. become all-encompassing and peopleIt is the deprivation or Violation of the centered with the implementation basic human rights that should otherof the Internal Peace and Security wise be enjoyed by an individualjeopPlan (IPSP) Bayanihan in order

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ardizing the interests of the state," Dellosa added. Among the signatories to the Guidlines were Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapills-Baldoz, DND Undersecretary Eduardo G. Batac who represented Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan who represented Secretary Leila de Lima, -Chief Supt. Lina Sarmiento who represented' PNP Chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome, and Espino. , The signing was witnessed by Lawrence Jeffrey Johnson, Director of the Manila Office of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and Karen Curtis, Deputy Director of ll.O .Geneva. Col. Domingo Tutaan, Chief of the AFP Human Rights Office (AFPHRO) also attended the signing. They were alsojoined by various labor and workers' rights organizations in thePhilippines, including the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines and Federation of Free Workers, among others.

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One of the most modern submarines in the United States Navy surfaced last Sunday in Subic Bay in Zambales where it is currently deployed to ensure freedom of navigation in the Western Pacific. The arrival of the Virginia-class fast attack

Carolina (SSN-777) came'
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country's commitment to maintaining freedom of navigation, peace and stability dri the region," said Richard Rhinehart, North Carolina's commanding officer, in a press statement released by the United States-Pacific Command· (USPACOM). USS Carolina is the fourth .submarine in the Virginia class, the Navy's newest class of submarine and the first ship designed for the post-Cold War environment. The submarine is :designed to operate with stealth, agility and endurance in the world's littoral

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regions, as well as the deep oceans. ..' Unlike the visits of other US vessels in the country, the docking of USS Carolina at Subic bolstered earlier speculations that the US government, while openly. declaring that it will not interfere in any territorial dispu te in the region, is also closelywatching the prevailing standoff between the Philippines and China over ownership of Bajo de Masinloc or "Karburo " to local fishermen. The Philippines and the US have a Mutual Defense Treaty

(MDT), which requires both parties to come to defend the other in the event of armed aggression. While Philippine Navy. (PN) officials appeared not : to be fully aware of the USS Carolina's presence in Subic, . high-level sources s-aid the submarine would be staying at the former US Naval base for re-provisioning and will leave on May 19. I' . USS Carolina,'whose homeportis Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, . is 350 'feet long and weighs more than 7,800 tons when submerged. The vessel is one of the stealthiest, most technologically advanced submarines in the world. .

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','-Guidelines limiting' the "'I'heguidelineswill uphold and killedwhen violenceerupteddurlng Involvement of the Armed Forces respect the workers' rights to a: demonstration in Hacienda ofthe Philippines (AFP) and the association and peaceful protests Luisita between the rallyists and pellce have been signed by several and other activities," said Burgos. the police and military, , government agencies as part ofthe It will be recalled that various Under the new guidelines, the promotion of workers' rights l5roUPS have been demanding the AFPand the PNP cannot intervene throughout the country. .pullout of the military from the in a labor dispute unless called in . .Aslde from the AFP, other Hacienda Luisita, which is owned by the DoLE. si}watories of the guidelines are by the familyof President Aquino, "The DoLE will have primary the Department of Labor and 'amId the dispute between the and solejurisdiction over all labor I{IIlployment (DoLE), the owner and the workers of the' vast disputes and that the AFP and the Qjwartment of Interior and Local land. However,the SUpremeCourt PNP can only participate upon G.q.,vernment (DILG); .the has. already ruled for the request of DoLEor when a criminal Department of National Defense distribution of the estate to the act has been or will be committed (DND),the Department of Justice workers. relative to the dispute,' said (DoJ) and the Philippine National Burgos, however,stressed that Burgos. P2Uce(pNP). the military's presence in the . PND Undersecretary Eduardo :::,AFP spokesman Col. Arnulfo vicinities of hacienda Lulsita in Batao signed in behalf on Defense ~ Marcelo Burgos Jr. said the- Tarlac.Clty is part of the AFP's Secretary Voltaire Gazmin while guidelines specifically stated the internal peace and security plan Maj, Gen, Ireneo Espino, AFP conductof the governmentagencies (IPSP) "Baya:n:ihann and not meant Inspector General, represented relative to the exercise of workers to meddle with the dispute. AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Jessie ~ts and activities. "Our deployment there is part . Dellosa,Labor Secretary Rosalinda >,According to Burgos,this is the of IPSP Bayanihan. We are not Baldoz signed for the DoLEwhile' ~ time that the AFP signed such meddlingin the labor dispute,' said . Undersecretary Francisco g,uldelines dealing with labor Burgos. Baraan signed for the DoJ. &')lIlPS. In 2004, (our protesters were' Mario J. Mallari

Bumisita sa Subic Bay, . Zambales anq Virginia Class fast attack submarine. n9 USS North Caro. lina (SSN 777) ng Estados . Unidos bilang bahagi ng deployment sa Western Pacific.' . Ayon kay Lt. Lara Bollinger ng US Submarine Group 7 Public Affairs, nltong Lunes dumating sa Subic Bay ang US sub. marine na may 133 crew para magsagawa ng serye ng misyon showcasing sa kapabilidad n9 nasabing

intelligence, mine warfare, submarine force. survsldance at reconnaisAng USS North Carosance. . lina ay ikaapatna submaAng USS North Carorine na Virginia Class, ang lina.ay nakabase sa Pearl' pinakabagong submarine ng US na idinisenyo sa Harbor at na-commission para sa 'cold-war enviro- . naman nobng 2008, Sinabi naman ni Navy ment'. spokesman Lt. Col. Omar Sumusukat ng 350 Tonsay na walang klnalatalampakan ang USS man sa sigalot ng Pilipinas North Carolina at tumiat China sa Scarborough· timbang ng 7,800 tonelacia na may kapabilidad sa Shoal ang pagbisita ng : USS Carolina sa Subic . anti-submarine warfare, Bay. . .anti-surface ship warfare, "It's part of the freestrike, naval special warfare na kinabibilangan ng dom of navigation," ayon sa opisyal. (Joy Cantos) special operations forces,

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has been temporarily sidelined for maintenance, according to the Philippine Navy. '

Tonsay on Tuesday said that the ship
is not undergoing repair because of some glitches in its 76mm gun. He explained that a maintenance check is done yearly on all ships and airplanes of the Armed Forces to ensure that

they are in tip-top shape. "She underwent preventive maintenance schedule, called P MS, last week. All ships undergo this process so that they won't deteriorate-even airplanes are also subj eeted to.,PMS," Tonsay said. "It's a regular procedure to prevent

the ship f;rom derangements, It is done to all navy assets to. prevent derange- , rnents from occurring, r» it is very strict in the Navy," he added. The vessel, he stressed, has no. de, feet and is operationallyready,

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Eight combat battalions of the Philippine Army, the Philippine National Police and Citizens Armed Force Geographical Unit (Cafgu) are concentrated in the first and second districts of Quezon, harassing civilians, and wreaking havoc on the lives of the rural folk. By RONALYNV. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA - At around 1 a.m. of May 9, while farmer Christopher Prieto and his family were sleeping soundly, about nine soldiers came to their house in sitio Pilsen, barangay Cambuga, Mulanay, Quezon. Armed with high-powered rifles, the soldiers, most of them in civilian clothes and wearing combat boots, accused Prieto of being a New People's Army (NPA) guerrilla. "1 told them I am not. I am just a farmer," Prieto told Bulatlat.com in an interview. The soldiers searched his house and the vicinity, looking for guns. "1 told them if they find even just one, they could kill me." His wife, carrying their four-month-old child, and their four other children gathered around him, crying aloud. Finding no firearms, the soldiers left. Prieto is only one of the many farmers and civilians who had been victims of abuses as the military has intensified its counterinsurgency operations in of Manila.
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On the same day, Prieto left their place. "If I would not be missing, 1would get killed," he said. He said that elements of the 74th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army (IBPA) have been terrorizing the civilians in their village. Meanwhile, Genelyn Dichoso, a resident ofbarangay Poblacion, Catanauan, said her 17-year29.

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aunt when soldiers and NPA fighters exchanged fire. She had six bullet wounds, one in the chest,

The family retrieved the body and during the wake, soldiers on board two six-by-six Army trucks stood by the place. Dichoso said the soldiers knew her niece was not a member of the NPA because they recovered from the scene her school identification card. "They never left us until we buried her," Dichoso said .

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During the burial, while they were away, two soldiers went inside the house. "Our neighbor, a ten-year-old girl, was sleeping in the room when the two soldiers, armed with high-powered rifles, went inside and searched the house. When we returned, she was shaking involuntarily and she could not speak. It was only at around 7 p.m. that she was able to tell us what happened," Dichoso said.

"We do not need the soldiers here in Quezon. They are the ones who ruin our peace. They beat up civilians, not the NPA," Dichoso said. Eight combat battalions of the Philippine Army, the Philippine National Police and Citizens Armed Force Geographical Unit (Cafgu) are concentrated in the first and second districts of Quezon, according to Karapatan-Southern 74th, 59thlnfantry Tagalog. These include Philippine Army's sstb, 76th, Battalions, ist Special Forces of the Philippine Army, 201st Brigade, znd

Infantry Division, and 416th Provincial Police Mobile Group .. "We are alarmed at the real intention of this large scale militarization. While the AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines] is saying that this is part of their efforts to crush NPA rebels, it is the civilians in rural areas who become victims to human rights abuse by soldiers," Glendhyl Malabanan, secretary general of Karapatan-Southern Tagalog, said.

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Karapatan -Southern Tagalog documented torture, others. Mirasol Laher,
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One farmer was forcibly abducted and remains missing to this day. There are four cases of of illegal arrest and detention, five cases of illegal search and seizure, among

a resident ofbarangay Calaan, Macalelon, Quezon has been searching for her

husband, Felix Balaston, for more than a year now. On March said.
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Balaston set out to gather banana bud to sell in the local market. "He said he

would sell them for rice but he never came home that day and the days that went by," Mirasol

After three days, Mirasol went to Camp San Miguel Dao in Lopez, Quezon. "His [Balaston's] cousins told me they saw him being taken inside the camp. They live near the camp. The military denied having him in custody," she said.

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Their son, only seven months at the time Balaston was taken, is now more than a year old. "Sometimes, he would ask for his father. I don't know what to say. I just tell him his father is not here," Mirasol said. Meanwhile, on May 29, Roel Pejos, 24, along with his wife and six others, were working on

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The next day, Joel came on board a different boat. "He told us that soldiers took our boat at gunpoint. They also took our rice, insisting that it would be given to NPAguerrillas," RoeI said. Later that day, elements of the 74th IBPA, led by a certain Vitalico Sacoso, went to Joel's house in Talisay, San Andres, Quezon. "Again, they were insisting we would feed the NPA that's why they took the rice. They never returned neither the boat nor the rice." Roel said they had been using the boat for only three months before it was taken. "We borrowed money to have that boat. We are still paying for it," he said.

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Karapatan's Malabanan attributed the human rights violations to the Aquino administration's counterinsurgency program Oplan Bayanihan.

"Like its predecessor, Arroyo's Oplan Bantay Laya, President Aquino's 'Bayanihan' is targeting farmers and rural folk who struggle for land reform and are critical of government anti-people policies," Malabanan said. According to Karapatan-Southern Tagalog, soldiers are stationed in houses and barangay

(village) centers. Detachments are mounted in about 50 barangays in the rural areas of South Quezon. "Several local farmers' groups in South Quezon consistent in their struggle for genuine land reform against big landlords and businesses are now targeted by the military in their operations," the group said. "We call on the Aquino administration to immediately pull out the military and police troops deployed in South Quezon. While the government proudly banners its counter insurgency program Oplan Bayanihan in the name of 'peace and development' and continues to echo its mantra for 'respect for human rights,' farmers, workers, and other members of the basic sectors fighting for their democratic rights experience the most inhumane treatment from state forces," the group said.

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Sundalo sugatan sa engkwentro sa NPA sa Misamis Oriental
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Isang sundalo ang sugatan sa nangyaring engkuwentro sa pagitan ng militar at rebeldeng NPA sa Brgy Tinagaan, Salay, Misamis Oriental. Ayon kay S/Supt Graciano Mejares ng Misamis Oriental PNP, nagsagawa n9 combat operation ang tropa ng 58th Infantry Battalion Philippine Army ng kanilang makasalubong ang limang kasapi umano ng Front Committee 4-8 ng NPA dahilan upang umabot sa limang minuto ang palitan ng putok. Dagdag pa ni Mejares isang private first class ang sugatan sa tropa ng pamahalaan. Nabatid din na mayroong sugatan sa mga tumakas na mga rebelde dahil sa mga dugong nakita sa encounter site. Kaugnay nita, sinabi ni 4th ID spokesman Maj. Eugene Osias, patu!oy nilang tinutugis ang nasabing mga rebelde. Aniya, magdamag silang nagsagawa ng clearing operations sa bukiring bahagi ng lalawigan upang matunton ang mga kaaway ng estado.

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