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ARMY' *lELA TED ISSUES
2 Senior AFP Special Forces vow to face case against them Two of the four senior officers of the Army's elite Special Forces, who were charged before a general court martial (GCM) for the bungled operation in Basilan last year that led to the killing of 19 SF personnel, yesterday vowed to face the case filed against them head-on.(Mario J Mallari) Officers in Basilan ambush cry lack of due process - The Army officers being held responsible in the AI Barka, Basilan ambush have accused the general court martial tasked to try their cases of denying them their rights to due process.{Wiliiam B. Depasupil) Arraignment set for 4 Army officers in Basilan bloodbath The four Army officers involved in the October 2011 gun battle against combined Moro rebels and bandits that killed 19 Army Special Forces troops and injured 14 others are expected to enter a not guilty plea in their arraignment on May 22 before a General Court Martial (GCM).(ZAFF SOLMERIN) Four officers go on trial next week for AI Barka fiasco - FOUR military officers blamed for a bungled operation in Basilan last October are set to face court martial proceedings next week.(VICTOR REYES) Police manhunt for Reyeses continues The National Police said on Thursday that the manhunt against former Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes and his brother, Caron Mayor Mario Reyes Jr., will continue despite their inclusion on the list of Police Organization wanted persons by the International (Interpol).(RENE ACOSTA) Daily Tribune p. 3

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6-8 Phi seeks win-win situation in shoal row with China The country will pursue a win-win situation with China amid (Scarborough) countries Panatag of both on claims Shoal, President Aquino said.(Louella Desiderio and Pia LeeBraga) Noy okay sharing disputed waters, resources with China - Finally realizing a grave mismatch and even finding it extremely difficult for the Philippines to defend the West Philippine Sea from poachers, along with the "unofficial sanctions" China has imposed on tourism and trade against the Philippines, President Aquino now appears to be giving in to China, virtually offering at least half on what Aquino has been long claiming as ours.(Fernan J Angeles and Mario J Mallari) Ex-AFP comptroller was once a farmer Most Filipinos know him as the retired lieutenant general who is facing charges before the Sandiganbayan for allegedly amassing Phil Star p. 1

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at least P135 million while serving as comptroller of the Armed Forces.( PETER TABINGO) Ex-rebel soldier to make 'patriotic' voyage to Scarborough Shoal - . A year since he swore alleg.iance to the Flag after being granted amnesty, former Marine Capt. Nicanor Faeldon is back.( TESSA JAMANDRE I VERA FILES) Ex-rebel soldier to make 'patriotic' voyage to Scarborough Shoal - A year after being granted amnesty for joining the Oakwood mutiny in 2003, former Marine Capt. Nicanor Faeldon will lead today an armada of fishermen to make a stand in Scarborough Shoal where a tense standoff between Chinese maritime ships and the Philippine Coast Guard continues.( TESSA JAMANORE) Japan eyes maritime aid for PH defense - Japan is planning to provide maritime vessels, including 1,000ton patrol ships, to the Philippines to "support the island country in its territorial dispute against China," a Japanese newspaper reported in March, weeks before tensions erupted over the Shoal.(OJ Yap, Inquirer Southern Panatag (Scarborough) Luzon, Redempto O. Anda) 'All air, all sea command' now military's top priority for territorial defense - The Puerto Princesa City-based Armed Forces Western Command (Wescom), which has the monicker "all air, all sea command," is now the top priority of the military in terms of equipage of modern material for territorial defense, the command's chief, Lt. Gen. Juancho Sabban, disclosed on Thursday.(ZAFF SOLMERIN) Kidnapped Malaysian gecko trader freed in Sulu village - Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday confirmed the release of a Malaysian gecko trader who was abducted by suspected Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits in a remote village in Sulu more than a year ago. (Anthony Vargas) Photo: For the Red Cross

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claim of zero rights abuses belied Human rights advocates and environmentalists condemned the recent murder of two activists in a rally in front of Camp Aguinaldo, headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), this morning (17 May 2012).

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The Yankees are back - The docking of the USS North Carolina (SSN77) at Subic Bay, May 13, appears to be a sign that the issue of US military bases 19-24 and the concomitant presence of US military troops has gone full circle. The submarine is being touted as "one of the stealthiest, most technologically advanced submarines in the world. It brings to the region the capability to conduct the full spectrum of potential submarine missions including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, naval special warfare involving special operations forces, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, and mine warfare." lIWestern command officials, pinulong ng AFP chief re: Scarborough

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Minamadali ngayon ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ang deployment ng surveillance ship upang maka-tandem ng bagong barko at helicopter sa West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) na siyang pinag-aagawan ng bansang China at Pilipinas. Pagdinig sa kaso vs ex-AFP Comptroller Ligot, iplnagpaHban - Muling ipinagpaliban sa Hunyo 13 ang pagdinig sa kasong tax evasion laban kay dating Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Comptroller Jacinto Ligot at asawang si Erlinda sa Court of Tax Appeal.
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2 senior AFP .Special Forces vow , to facecase against them
sometimes we just see or hear it from the media.:. we feel that the outcome is not good ... it's bad to say but it's like a more-mora but I don't want my two clients to be in bad position because their 'career would go into waste and these are promising g officers," said Train. The arraignment is scheduled on . May 22. . Train said that his two clients will surely enter a plea of not guilty during the arraignment But he stressed they will also check on the . composition ofthe GCMfor possible

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Two of the four senior officers of the Army's elite Special Forces, . who were charged before a general court IUartial (GCM) for the bungled operation in Basilan last year that led to the killing of 19 SF personnel, yesterday vowed to face the case rued against them head-on. Through. their lawyer, Elmer Train, Lt. Cols. LecPefia and Orlando Edralin vowed to face head.on the charges against them before. the GCM instead of filing a temporary restraining order (TRO) challenges, for alleged lack of due process Aside from Pena and Edralin, afforded them. . . former head of the 4th .SF Battalion "Wedecided to face it head on. and SF Training School,respectively, Myclients are saying and I also see also charged before the GCMwere former Special Operations Task they are not at fault," said Train. . He said they initially plarmed to' Force-Basilan chief Col. Alexander fIle for a TRO on the ground oflack Macario and erstwhile SF chief Col. of due process as they have not Amikandra Undug. training. .. ..:,. received any reply or documents '.. The four were charged With Last month, AFP Chief of Staf~: coming from the prosecution. Train ; violations of the Articles of War Gen. Jessie Dellosa apPointedArmi,: said they have asked for documents '. 84 or willful or negligent loss; Brig. Gen. Teodoro CiriloTorralba'" damage wrongful disposition; . III as president of the GCM tha.h. from the court of inquiry which AW96 or conduct unbecoming an will hear. the cases ofthe fourseriior.., conducted probe of the case. . :::; "They have not replied to us ... officer and gentleman, and AW97 SF officers.

or disorders and neglects to the. prejudice of good order and military discipline.' , The court martial proeeedings . stemmed from the Oct. 18, 201(: bungled operation in al-Barka town, Basilan that led to the killing of 19..' SF soldiers, including four junior. officers. The SF troops were sent.. to ai-Barka to serve warrants o~. arrest against Mora Islamic;' Liberation Front (MILF) commandez-: Laksaw A$nawi and Abu Sayyafi;.. bandit Long MaIat. :;" . Pefia 'was the lmmedtats superior of the operating units of: the SF that clashed with the'. combined MILF and Abu Sayyaffor 10 hours. On the other hand, Edraliit'~ . was dragged into the issue after ~ some of the SF personnel involved ", in the operation turned out-to be'~ students und~rgoing scuba diving,

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)fficersin Basilan ambush cry lack of due process
-IE Army officers being held spo nsible in the Al Barka.: isilan ambush have accused the' neral court martial tasked to try eir cases of denying them their ;hts due process. Lawyer Elmer Train, counsel for L1. ,I. Leonardo Pefia and Lt. Col. lando Edralin, two of the four fleers held responsible for the tched operation, disclosed Wedsday that they were not provided . th the necessary documents raining to the case .nor they were

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informed of the .scheduled arraignment set by the military court. "It appears there is lack of due process because we sent a lot of letters asking for documents during the court inquiry ... we got no reply from them" Train said. Sometimes, he added, they only. got their information after they read it in newspapers and through . text messages. The general court martial has set the arraignment of the four accused Army officers on May 21..

Train said that no formal notice The said officers were held reshas been sent' to them about the . ponsible in the said ambush incident scheduled arraignment. that left 19 troopers and officers.ofthe Pefia was former commanding Army'selite Special Action Force dead officer of the 4th Special Force and 14 others wounded. Battalion, while Edralin was former The ambush happened on commandent of Special Porces School. October 20, 2011 in AI Barka, Their two other co-accused were Basilan, The ambushers was ledby Col. Alexander Macario, former Commander Dan Laksaw Aswan of mander ofSpecial Operations Task the Mora Islamic Liberation Front. Force in Basilan province and Col. Aswani is wanted for various Amikandra Undug, former regiment crimes, Hewas also involved in the commander of Special Forces Regi- 2007 beheading of 14 Marines" also ment, Special Operations Command. in AI Barka. WILLIAM B. D£PASUPIL ~ .- ~ .~_ ,_.It_",."V.1I - I el no. \U~JO:;""fUv°.." ~v .... .•• ~If.U'" 1.J.i;lv a

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Army officers·invoivedinthe. October 201~ gun battle against combined Moro rebels and bandits that killed i9 Army Special Forces troops and injured 140thers are expected to enter a not guilty: . plea in their arraignment onMay22before a General Court Martial (GeM). "For sure, my clients will entera not guilty plea. We will also see the composition of the GCM and if there's a need to challenge it we will do it if we deem the panel is grossly biased against my clients;' lawyer Elmer Train said. . . Train is the lead counsel for Lt. Col. Leonardo Pefia, former commander of the 4th Special Forces Battalion, and Lt. Col.

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Orlando Edralin, former commandant of Special Forces SchooL The two other accused are Col. Alexander Macario, formercommandercfSpecial . Operations Task Force- Basilan, and Col. . Aminkandra Undug,formercommander6f tile Special Forces Regiment (Airborne). All the officers were accused of violat- . ing Article' 84- (Willful or.N egllgentLoss, : Damage or w'rongfulDispositiort);Article 96 (ConductUnbecoming an Officer and Gentleman); and Article 97 (Disorders and Neglects to the Prejudice of Good Order and Military ,Discipline). of ·llie Arti~1E!5of War ... Their case stemmedfrom the October 18 day long firefight when more thaIl300 members of the 114th Base Command of the Mora 'Islamic Liberation Front .

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(MILF) and the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) attacked a company of soldiers who were supposed to serve arrestwarrants'agaiIisf seve~al wanted personalities in Barangay Cambug, al-Barkatown. The rebels and bandits were led by commander Long Malat Sulayman, who was killed recently in an ambush staged by a groupof Mora National Liberation Front (MNtF) fighters, also in Basilan: his deputy, Dan Laksaw Asnawi and ASG sub-leader Furuji Indama. ·"Wewill face the chargeshead-on.Tram said, who criticized t'he the committee that formedtheGCMfordenyingthemofperti~ nent answers to queries and documents. "Actually, you guys in the media are the ones informing us about schedules set by the GCM. They are not communicating

with us especially that May 22 arraignment. Thankyou for informing.us. Ifever wf} receive about schedules set by them it was through text messaging, bastusan talaga. Kahit ni formal request na letter, wala, hindi nita sinasagot," Train said. He said he contemplated to file a petition for a temporary restraining order before a regular civilian court be~a\.W~pf . "lack 'Of due process" but his clients told . him they want to face the GCM to prove their innocence. "So we decided to face the GCM kahit .

na may pangamba na parang'formality na lamang {tong GCM na ito laban sa kanila.
I'ITfquitesuretheyareinnocen~.Lo'ok,these officers are promising men in me military and now their careers are at stake because' of unfounded charges;' Train said.
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BY VICTOR REYES FOVRmilitan' officers blamed for a bungled operation in Basilan last October are set to face court martial proceedings next week The operation in Al Barka town left 19 Special Forces soldiers dead. . Arraignment will be held on Tuesday in Camp Aguinaldo, Accused are Col. Alexander Macario, former commander of the Special .Operations Task Force-Basilan; CoL Amikandra Undog, fanner commander of the Special Forces Regiment; Lt. Col. Leonardo Pefia, former com- . mander of the 4th Special Forces Battalion; and Lt. CoL Orlando Edralin, head of the Special ForeesSchool, The four are facing charges of violation of the Articles of\'{'ar 84 (willful or negligent loss, 'damage or wrongful disposirion) , 96'(conduct unbecoming of an officer and gentleman) and 97 (conduct. prejudicial to good order and mili·tary discipline). . The four were relieved from their posts for what top military officials described as "serious lapses;' committed during the Oct. 18, 2011 operation against rogue ;'Ioro Islamic Liberation Front.rebels and Abu Sayyaf .terrorists, Elmer Train, lawyer for Pe.ii.a and Edralin, said his clients would enter a not guilty plea before the general court martial chaired by Brig. Gen. Teodoro Cirilo Torralba. Train said they were supposed to seek a temporary restraining order before a civilian court for "lack of due process" arising from the military'S refusal to furnish them cop.ies of documents related to the initial investigations conducted.

',\,'e were planning to seek ~ TRO but some people may bt antagonized so we decided rhai head on, we'll face it. :\{" client! said, and I believe it, that' thev are innocent," Train said in a phone mtervrew. He also said, ''\'re intend to look into the composition of the GeM (general court martial) and chal· lenge them if needed." . Under the military justice systern, an accused 'has the tight tc a peremptory challenge and chal. lenge for cause. Both challenges result in the inhibition of the trio bunal members.

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A Pl-million reward has been offered for any information thatwouldlead to the arrest of the Reyes brothers. "The hunt for: the two is still ongoing. Also thehuntfor retired Maj. Gen. Jovita Palparan and fotrner Dinagat Island Rep Rubert Ecleo Jr.:' Cerbo said. :.. He said the ongoing operations against the Reyes brothers.Ecleo, Palparanandoth-. . er persons who are being sought by the law for their alleged crimes is partoftheongoing campaign to account for wanted persons as ordered by the National Police chief; Director General Nieanor Bartolome. As of Thursday, Cerbo said the National' Police has already arrested 300 . wanted persons since the campaign was initiated in January. C~rbo believes that the Reyes brothers are still in the country . .'and it will not be too long before they will be arrested by policemen. He said had the two already fled th~ country, stillthere is no assurance that they could run away from their case since other countries will now be also looking for them because of the issuance of the . I:· Interpol's red notice,

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In the same token that we respeet their rights?" he asked. ':. Aquino also said that he is not going to give up areas that' belong to the country. "I am not empowered to . give up' any of our territory," he said. . .

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'·Economic pressure. suspending tour packages to the Philippines as tensions Lawmakers warned the . over the disputed islands in country's economy would be : "We benefit from our relathe West Philippine Sea (South in danger if China continues to .. tions with China just as China China Sea) escalated.' exert economic pressure on the . benefits from its relationships . China also impounded Phil- • Phi1ipp~es, such as blocking. with us," Del Rosario told the 'ippine fruit exports suspected' banana Imports.andcanceling : Makati Business Club and the of carrying pests amid a tense : tour packages. .... Management Association of standoff between the two' . Ang .Kasangga party-list the Philippines on Wednesday. countri~s'over Panatag ShoaL Rep, Teodorico Haresco and· DelRosario said China, "I don't think that we , Iloilo Rep. Jerry Trefias said: the Philippines' third largest . should be discouraging our the suspension of tour pack- . trading partner, signed an businessmen from investing ~ ages and the controls on fruit' agreement during President in China. It's a good thing if . importations is "China's subtle Aquino's state visit last year they see how we do it here. . ~arning versus Philippine on '. that both countries 'would but what we're trying to do is . Its vast economic arsenal." work towards achieving $60 at least equalize the amount . They also urged Depart- . billion in two-way trade within. . of investments that. go out ment ofForeign Affairs (DFA) . a five-year period and 2 mil-. .and we're hoping that more; to step up efforts to pave the . lion inward visitors within Chinese investors will take an, way for the creation of a joint five years. . .. interest in the Philippines," Del . Philippine-Chtna study com. "It was also agreed 'upon Rosario said. mission, which would 'focus that the bilateral agenda would When asked if the suspenon finding mutuallv acceptable be moved forward in the most sion of tour packages to the solutions to end the dispute in positive way, while the ar-·· Philippines, the reduction in the Spratlys. eas of contention such as the . flights, and the impounding of . "The decision of Chinese West Philippine Sea would Philippine bananas .are forms travel agencies to suspend be abstracted and dealt with'· ' of pressure by China amid the ' travel to the Philippines could separately, II he added,' maritime dispute, Del Rosario' be China's subtle warning. With Chinese investments replied, "We'd like to believe that it does not even need its in the country only half of : it's not." : .. .. military to bring widespread Philippine inv~stm:nts ~~~hi- : PUBLIC AFFA "~e' d .like to belie:re it's a t.com - Tel no. (02)892-1693,Local: 5287, 52!:!0 na, Del Rosano said Filipino technical issue," he said. businessmen will not be discouraged from investingtheie despite recent actions taken

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The Communist-Party of the which We believe nations should be campaign to remind the PhilPhilippines (C~P) ~aid th~ vi.sit . has no basis, has: concerned' over the ippines and even the U~ that of a US submarine in SUblC VIObeen protested in the' potential threats to . its economic arsenal is as devlated the country s sovereignty. UN by Indonesia; . freedom of navi-: astating as its three-million In a statement, the C?P Malaysia, Vietnam gabon and unim-' strong People's Liberation said the US is using the entire and the Philippines. . peded lawful comArmy." : ". . . . . . Philippines as a vast m.i1ita!y Additionally, Sinmerce," he stressed . . He said the effect of the base where it could dock its gaporehas publicly Japan, Austratravel suspension would a,l- ships land its fighter jets, fly asked that China exlia, South Korea, ready deny the economy rnilits dr~nes, conduct repairs and plain and clarify its European Union lions of dollars in potential ~ rep1enisl} supplies. '. nine-dash position," . (EU) and the Unittourism revenues and warned: Filipino protesters l~d by he said. . ed . St ate s have that Beijing might even go former military rebel Nlcar:o~ The -d i s p u te taken the position further by imposing a ban on Paeldon satd they al'eplannmg has' shifted from that China and the Filipino overseas ~or~ers, into sail to Panatag as a show of the north of Re'cto ; Philippines should rluding those working ill Hong support. Bank to Panatag validate their reKong and Macau.. . .. "They want to protest Shoal, whichis 124 spective claims in . 'Haresco said. the only way· .against the aggre~sion be.ing nautical miles from accordance with ina solve the problem in the . committed by China agamst Zambales and over' ternational law, in;pratlys is through direct biourcountry,Faeldon'sspokes450 nautical miles cluding UNCLOS. ateral dialogue with China man Kit Guerrero said. from the nearest "The' stand-off vithout discounting the pos. . He said at least two fishcoastline of China.' . which ensued re. ·"Chinese fisherdbility of entering into a joi~t, ing vessels carrying faeldo~'s mains until this ·m~n had been 1>1a-. .xplorati on arrangernentm group wereexpected,t? arnve time. It is our behe areas claimed b~ the Philat the shoal later on Friday, 'tantly. destroying. lief that through . ppines.,. . . . Turn to Page 15 ·bio-diversity there continuing ·consulWhile the US will always. ·by harvesting large . tatioris, the crisis emaina valuable ally to the '. volumes of endanthere' could be de- . 'hilippines, dragging Wash- . gered species. This fused peacefully," 19ton into the Spratlys disFrom Page 4 is a: gross violation . Del Rosario said. .ute "will do more harm than . of OUI fisheries code . ood" as this is being viewed . '. "Th~y are intendi~g t~ stay~here' at and ·of the internas an indirect provocation by . least three days and fish, If they are ~ot tional convention • eijing. ...., .' . prevented from doing so,".,?u~rrero said, governing the tradadding that planting a p~rihppme flag on ing of endangered Tactical support· . the rock was also an optlOn.· . species," Del Rosa- .. . Fishermen from Batanes,' Faeldon' s . said. . ' . . Malacafiang, on' the. other home province, along with fishermen . Chinese mariand, reiterated the presence from Masinloc. Zambales would be time surveillance f a US submarine in Subic had' othing to do with the Philipjoining Faeldon to ~sh. in Panatag ~hat vessels prevented China has included in its declared fishthe Philippines ines' rift with China over the isputed Panatag shoal. '. '. ing holiday. , .' . from enforcing its .. The Philippines has re~mded China laws and had dePresidential spokesman that the West Philippine Seals not the sum manded that the dwin Lacierda said the us total of their bilateral relations. . Philippines exit .ivernment made a request. . The Philippines remains a "safe" '.and . from its' EEZ~ . st April 3 _ way before the. a "welcoming" country even as tensions . "Your governpril 10 standoff - that they .o\_.er the disputed islandsescalate~.·. . ment had no choice ~allowed to dock their subLast year, the' Philippines e~perle~ced except to ·.take a arine in the area. . And so it (US request) several intimidating 'Chinese mcurslons. .stand 'to protect our in the Recto Bank, an integral part of the sovereignty and. as addressed to the Departcountrj, which is 84 nautical mi~es and sovereign rights. At ent of National Defense and within the 200 Exclusive Economic Zone the same time, since e DND gave its approval (EEZ) and continental shelf of Palawan, theWestPhilippine l Apri124. 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Finally realizing a grave mismatch and even flnding it extremely difficult for the Philippines to defendthe west Philippine Seafrompoaehers, along Withthe "unofficial sanctions" China has imposed on tourism' and trade against the Philippines, PresidentAquino !lOW appears to be giving in to China, virtually offering at least half of what Aquinohas long been claiming as . up a proposal for a joint exploitation of . ours, . . resources in the disputed areas within the West At the forum organized by the alumni-of . Philippine Sea (South China Sea) notjustwith . Wharton School of the University ·of··. China but with the other neighboring countries -. Pennsylvania in Makati City Wednesday night, '. ~hich haveelaims over the disputed waters,' .: Aquino himself admitted the urgent need to "We have not stopped having communications . find a win-win solution with China if only-to ,with them (China) intryiilg to look for the win- . end thilstandoff ln.Scarborough Shoal, . win situation, I'm not saying that let us ali As such, the President hinted at the consume this or let us be the sole.winnerof possibilityof the Philippine governmentopening . . Turn to page 2 .

g"eStThe Navy ~~acksubmarine ·uss No'rlhCar~lin~'isdockedatthe former USnaval'base in SiJbic Bay,'Za~bales' close to the disputed shoal where PhiIJpp!ne and Chinese ships are locked in a standoff.

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"I am not empowered give' At the same time.the Palace j'up'fu aterritorlal row'With china up any of ourterritory ...I am still yeste rday shrugged off lover the Scarborough Shoal. exploitati~n of resources there. bound by anoath that. 1 took to: apprehension over what has been' The' arrival of USS :Notth From the very beginning, 1think' defend .and . uphold the' widely regarded-as a display of ( Carolina "ha~ nothing to do with aUof us should be focused on how Constitution and enforce all of how powerful, an ally the· thePanatag Shoal to improve our people's lives and: our laws," he said, "If it's clear: .Philippines has in the United incident, "Laeierda said. ' the only way to do that is from'! . that we have a 200-mile economic States even as Aquino warded off : . Describing apprehensions as stability," the President was :' zone, exclusive economic zone, . speculations. of an American unfourided, Laelerda also told quoted as saying. .; designated by the United Nations . intervention in the government's ; newsmen that the US The Malacaiiang chief. Convention of the Law of the Seas, : budding conflict with China over . gov-ernmentmadearequestto executive took note of the and both of us (Manila and, a territorial row, . . the Philippine government to Philippines .betng a "good Beijing) are parties to it, is it too In . a press', briefing, '; allow its submarine to dock in neighbor" even to countries with' much to ask that our rights are presidential spokesman Edwin' Suhil' RllY, !Jlllp.h earlier than whom RP has conflict, apparently respected. by our'neighbors in the .. Lacierda disclosed to Palace I April ru, when the tension referring on' tensions at the same token that we respect their . reporters that the presence of a . disputed Panatag, Reed Bank and rights?" , nuclear-powered submarine at the . in the Spratlys.· The President reiterated that· Subic 'Bay does not necessarily He however clarified that the' . the Philippines is not out' to translate to an American act of opening up for a possible' escalate tensions with China, "We, intervention in the government's. ' joint exploration at the West' keep on re-emphaslzing that we . brewing tension with China." , Philippine Sea should neither be . are not forcontllct. We do not; : Lacierda likewise warded off construed as' giving up on OUr -' want to present a threat to them allegations that the visit of the ~errit,ory nor abandoning Ef in any shape, manner or form, a US attac. k su~marin? in the2.) 892·1693, local: 5287, 5295 assertions of sovereignty in an - 0 r whatsoever in terms Of country' constitute, display of~.---_ area that is well within RP's military action," he said: support by the US to the; exclusive economic zone, Philippines which is now locked' -9.

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'W: Both countries have had shi"s started to escalate at the: posted around the shoal since APCil . Panatag Shoal. ' 10, 'when Chinese vessets "For the record, there waS a prevented a Philippine ship from 'equest made to our government: arresting Chinese fishermen. 'n AprilS, - that was before VIle Both sides later imposed )anatag meident, and they request separate fishing: bans around;.the hat they be allowed to dock Ml'e .disputed area that came into eff1,tf,i or the purpose of SUPtl1y on Wednesday. ":~l,{.p,~1 eplenlshment and maintenanctliof. 'The bans are seen by s~WJ hipboardsystems," Lacierdasliid. observers in M~nHa as;'lln Interestingly, the Department opportunity for a fac~saving,~~ I f! National Defense (DNEI) by both claimants to back avr~x:, BY PETER TABINGO But at the time the land grant pproved the request on April'24 from the row. was approved in 1996, Ligot r after the shoal incidertt. As part of the, eff~rts to MEET farmer Jacinto Ligot. was not a farmer but a ranking owever Lacierda stressedbAat protect the country's maritime Most Filipinos know him as military officer and was in fact te submarine's presence should sovereignty, the Armed Forces 1Jf.. the retired lieutenant general serving as Army comptroller. )t aggravate the situation inibe the Philippines (AFP,) is. who is facing charges before Barrozo slapped a' freeze ioal nor anger China."· i·.-:! prioritizing its Western Command. the Sandiganbayan for allegedly order on the property on the authority of the Sandiganbayan -The US submarine docke<tln' (Wescom) in' Palawan, which, . amassing at least P135 million while serving as comptroller of Fourth Division. ibie Bay on Suildayand will s~y' covers most of the West Phillpp.in~ . the Armed Forces. The court officer revealed ere until May 19. Immedi~t~ly l Sea, including the disput!\\% . Documents uncovered by that a second more valuable ter the US attack submarine j Kalayaan Islands Group (KIG~),p'~~ Sandiganbayan Sheriff V Ro- real estate asset of the former aves, another American : the Spratlys, in its ongojng mulo Barrozo showed Ligot AFP general consisting of a vernment-owned war submar~ne capabiliw upgrade. . i.~ 101 was awarded a government land 2,87-he'ctare. residential exscheduled to. dock on whath'as; Wescom commander Lt. (lEffiI.1 grant on April 12, 1996 under panse With a current fair mar. en claimed by the DND ae;a Juancho Sabban said no less.~l);an ket value :ular stop to replenish supplies. . AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Je~.s!Eii . the administration of President million has of more than P 1.4 Fidel V. Ramos. also been levied for Meanwhile,FiIipino protes~rs ' 'Dellosa emphasized this d~'Jlis the grant covered 1,96 hect- .. possible forfeiture. This was d Thursday they plan to saitto: visit to the command yesterd~ ni . ares of agricultural land in found in San]ose, Batangas isputed shoal in the SouthCltfua . Sabban welcomed the' Barangay San Mariano, San An- and registered in Ligot's name 1, amid efforts by ri~al . prioritizing Qf\VescomiIrtheAFP • tonio town in Nueva Ecija. on April 19, 1997. imants China. and l,he capability upgrade prograde. AFP . It was awarded under DepartBarrozo said he was able to Iippines to. resolve a te'ftse ment of Agrarian Reform Eman- move to secure Ligot's assets itime stand-{)ff. .: cipation Patent No, 00703501 after Ombudsman Conchita I!.edby Nicanor Faeldon,an . signed by former Agrarian Re- Carpio Morales and Special spoken former captain in'the form Secretary Emesto Garilao Prosecutor Wendell Barreras SuIpplnes Marines, the group' is . by virtue of Presidential Decree lit facilitated the release of funds. lunch out toward Scarborough No. 27 issued on Oct, 21, 1972 for processing docurnents at the lI.·o.nFrlday, is spokesman'Kit h by then President Ferdinand E. Provincial Registry of Deeds of rrero said Thursday. ' Marcos.' Nueva Eci]a and Batangas, Under PD 27, land grants Ligot and his wife Erlinda, ; They want to protest against were intended for "tenant farm- their children Paulo, Riza and: Iggression being committel'l'by ers of private agricultural lands Miguel, and Ligot's brother-: ta against our country," primarily devoted to rice and in-law Edgardo Yambao, and rrero told AFP. . . cornunder a system of share- Ligot's sisterMiguela Ligot-Para- . (e said at least two fishing crop or lease-tenancy .. ." .' . gas are respondents in a 200.5 els carrying Faeldon's grlfup ..'the emancipation patent re- forfeiture case on allegations, , expected to arrive at'the . quired thatLigot, as land grant In a resolution issued in April. Ilater on Friday. 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~ year after being granted amnesty for joining the Oakwood mutiny in 2003, former Marine ::::apt.Nicanor FaeIdon will lead :oday an armada of fishermen :0 make a stand in Scarborough ;hoa! where a tense standoff beween Chinese maritime ships ind the Philippine Coast Guard :ontinues. Faeldon and former Annapolis

retary Albert del Rosario called cadet Manny Albuera will set sail miles off the coast of Zambales. Faeldon's voyage initially 'on Filiptnosto unite and make for Bajo de Masinloc or Panatag will bring fishermen as close: a patriotic stand to defend what Shoal, as the Philippines calls the shoal, along with fishermen . to Panatag Shoal as possible to belongs to the Philippinesexercise their tight to fish, but even if.it would entail sacrifice. from his hometown in Batanes the duration of their stay will'.' ~We need to stand up even as to symbolically protest China's depend on the situation on the we "look for ways to solve the . claim over the shoal. They also called on fisherground, Kit Guerrero, spokesdisputes peacefully .. : We need man for Faeldon, said. to take a position of patriotism men from Masinloc town in He said Faeldon is also considthat what is ours is ours," Del Zarnbales to join them to show China that the Filipinos are not ering raising the Phillppine flag Rosario said at the joint memafraid, especially "when we on the shoal. . bership meeting of the Makati The former rebel soldier's know it (the shoal) is ours." ""'~""""""""""""'H"'"'''''''''''''''''''''''' .... initiative came as Foreign SecPanatag Shoal is 124 nautical . See n::'REBEL:>- PageB4

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It quotedtheJapanese paper assaying "this is a rno~~:o r~e the Philippin~s'. maritime safety. .capabilitles ill the South China Sea, where it is clashing with China over sovereignty rights." , "The United States and members of the As· sociation of Southeast Asian Nations are said to be keeping China in check as pan of their efforts to maintain maritime security which Japan also supports," KBS World Radio said,

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.Navy spokesperson Lt. Col.' Omar Tonsay . Said. the Navy would appreciate the added; boost to its capability,' considering recent circumstances, but he said he could not confirm whether such plans were really ill place. Armed Forces public' aff8irs· chief, Col. Amulfo MarceloBurgos said the military was. not .part of the discussions, but that information reaching himindicated that the .; ships in discussion would be smaller thanthe reported 1,000-ton vessels. . Meanwhile, Armed Forces Chief Lt .Gen.. Jessie Dellosa yesterday said the process of' building "a credible defense" for the Philippines was moving fast, with:a new warship arriving on May 22, as well as eight new combat helicopters and radar facilities. . During a visit to Puerto Princesa Cityin Palawan yesterday, Dellosa said the purchase of new hardware would help the armed forces build a "modest deterrent capability." '. The AFP chief met with WestemCommand Commander Juancho Sabban and key officers to assess the situation at the disputed Panatag Shoal just 200 kilometers off Masinloc in . Zarnbales province: On April 10, tensions rose between China' and the Philippines over disputed fishing' ~ounds. in Panatag, known. ~ Scarborough . internationally and as Huangyan island to the . Chinese, .

JAPAN is planning to provide maritime vessels, including I,OOO-ton patrol ships, to the. Philippines to "support the island country in ,its territorial dispute against China," a Japanese . newspaper reported in' March, weeks before tensions erupted over' the ' Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal. . The Philippine Navy said it welcomed any .form of assistance from any nation but could not' confirm whether Japan. had made such a commitment to the Philippine government. . In a March 22 report carried by KBS World Radio, a Korean English-language news website, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, a Japaneselanguage newspaper, was quoted as saying. that Japan "has decided to provide the . Philippines with patrol ships" by year's end. .. 'The newspaper said that Japan has decided to provide vessels, including 1,OOO·tonpatrol ships, to the Philippines by the end of the · year," KBS World Radio said.

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KBS World Radio said the move to. supply the Philippines with patrol vessels came after the government last year eased· the "Three . Principles of Arms Export," a law which pro· scribes Japanese export of arms.

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, , By ZAFF SOLMERIN Correspondent THE Puerto Princesa City-based Armed Forces Western Command (Wescom), which has the monicker "all air, all sea 'command; is now the top priority of the military interms of equipage of modem materiel for territorial defense, the cornmand's chief. Lt. Gen. Iuancho Sabban, disclosed ali Thursday, "Because of [security concerns] in the, West Philippine Sea we're: now the top priority in terms of modernization of military equipage and upgrade of facilities;' Sabban said. . , , The command's area of jurisdiction is the whole West Philippine Sea, where the oil-rich disputed Spratly Islands and . the Malampaya gas project are located ..

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At least nine islands and reefs 'called of Kalayaan Island Group (KIG) in the Spratlys are being claimed by the Philippines. Th'e other claimants are China, Vietnam, 'Iaiwan, Brunei and Malaysia. China is the most aggressive claimant. . Another part of the West Philippine Sea that is being claimed by China is the Panatag Shoal, a fishing ground which is ' just i24 nautical miles froin Masinloc, Zambales, The area is well within the 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Philippines. The Philippines and Chlnahave beenin . a standoff over the shoal since April On 'Thursday the Armed Forces chief of staff, Gen. Jessie Dellosa, visited Wescom to assess the status and readiness of the command for territorial defense,

"We showed him [Dellosa] all our militaryinstallations across Palawan. Heempha, sized that Wescomis nowthe main concern , of the Ar'meq Forces;' Sabban s~d, He said the command would beprovided withfrigates,reconnaissance planes and ' radars for marrtime security operations: " He added that the acquisition of mod - ' , ern equipment for the command "is in consonance with the national policy" of ' President Aquino in preparing the country to have .a credible defense in order to "be able to protect 6lU sovereignty and ' territory:' ,, "We have to modernize our equipment , as we hasten ourmaritime domai~ awareness. We have to strive to modernize our military until we have credible defense equipment which can be compared to other claimant countries," Sabban said.

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Afierhisrelease Saidinirnmediately captive by the bandits is.retired' .boarded a Hjungkong" in going to Australian army man, Warren Kuala Lumpur, Malaysiato be reunited Richard Rodwell, who was snatched .HILIPPINENational Police (PNP) 011 . with his family after a year being held in Zamboanga Sibugay December Thursday confirmed the release of a . captive by bandits, reports said,. last year and was taken to Basilan, Saidin was snatched by armed Also in Februarythis year, two Malaysian gecko trader who was abducted men on May 8, 2011 while he was . Europeans were snatched by five y suspected Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits . hunting for gecko (tuko] in the . gunmen, believed to be members of r a remote village Sulu more a year ago .. vicinity of Sltio Bootan. Brgy. . the ASG in a remote village in a Kajatian in Indanan, Sulu, a known . remote village in Panglima Sugala PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Saidin was freed sometime in the bailiwick of ASG bandits, town in Tawi-Tawi province. afternoon last Saturday in the vicinity uimero Cruz Ir., quoting reports The Malaysian is among the Two Europeans, Lorenzo Vin- . im the field said that Mohammad . of Subah Timaho in Sulu province. numerous foreigners being held dguerra, 47, a Swiss and Ewold'Horn, The release of the foreigner was isaruddin Bin Saidin was released captive by ASG in Sulu and the . 52, a Dutch, were on·a bird-watching his captors last Saturday. confirmed to the PNP by their nearby island province of Basilan. . trip when abducted and taken by their The PNP spokesman said that Malaysian counterpart, reports said .. Among ofthe foreigners still held captors to Sulu province.

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Photos by JHUN DANTES Text by RONAL YN V. OLEA Bulatlat. com MANILA - Human rights advocates and environmentalists condemned the recent murder of two activists in a rally in front of Camp Aguinaldo, headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), this morning. On May 6, Frederick Trangria was gunned down by two unidentified riding in tandem at purok 2B Cabidianan, Nabunturan, Compostela Valley. Three days later, on May 9, Margarita Cabal, 47, was shot inside his rented house in purok 4-8 8arangay Palma, Kibawe, Bukidnon. "The extrajudicial killings of environmental activists Fred Trangria and Margarita Cabal prove that AFP's claim of zero human rights violations in the first four months of 2012 is one fat lie!" Cristina Palabay, Karapatan spokeswoman said. Col. Domingo Tutaan of AFP's Human Rights

Office announced that the AFP has zero human rights violation cases a few days after the killing of Cabal and Trangria. Palabay noted that the military's statement came two weeks before the Philippine government goes through the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review under the auspices of United Nations Human Rights Council. 'The AFP statement is simply a psy-war addressed to the international community and is meant to prop up its war monger image that could no longer be masked by their deceptive schemes," Palabay said. Both victims were vocal against "destructive projects of the government and private companies."

According to Karapatan, Cabal was known for his firm resistance to the establishment of HydroElectric Mega Dam project of First Bukidnon Electric Cooperative (FIBECO) that will affect 22 barangays of Bukidnon and North Cotabato. "Dams are being built to facilitate development but development has been defined from the perspective of foreign investors and the government and it is the Filipino masses who are damned to pay the price," Piya Macliing Mafayao, spokeswoman of Kalipunan ng Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (Kamp), said.

Meanwhile, Trangria, strongly opposed the Mineral Processing Zone. Kallkasan People's Network for the Environment described him as a staunch protector of the Mainit National Park's biodiversity and natural resources from large-scale mining. "Mainit National Park is home to various flora and fauna, notably including the Philippine civet, the endemic Philippine turtle dove and the endangered Green-winged ground dove. It is also home to the popular Mainit Hot Springs ..Trangia sought to protect these natural. wonders from the attempted expansion of the Mineral Processing Zone in Mainit," Clemente Bautista, national coordinator of the Kalikasan-PNE, said. According to the environmentalist group, Trangia is the 14th environmental activist noted to be killed under the Aquino administration, and 10th in the Mindanao region. "The unabated killings and other human rights violations exacted on ecologists speaks of the Aquino government's path pursuing dirty and destructive projects paved with the deaths of those in opposition," Bautista said.

Bautista said Aquino's counterinsurgency program Oplan Bayanihan continues to human rights abuses as mining investments and other so-called developmental projects continue to be protected by military and paramilitary forces.L ..

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The Yankees are back By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulat/at. earn The docking of the USS North Carolina (SSN77) at Subic Bay, May 13, appears to be a sign that the issue of US military bases and the concomitant presence of US military troops has gone full circle. The submarine is being touted as "one of the stealthiest, most technologically advanced submarines in the world. It brings to the region the capability to conduct the full spectrum of potential submarine missions including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, naval special warfare involving special operations forces, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, and mine warfare," The article today May 15 published by Interaksyon described the submarine as "nuclearpowered." What it failed to mention is that being one of the newest class of submarines of the US Navy and with its described capabilities, it is, without doubt, nuclear-armed. This is a clear violation of the Philippine Constitution, which declares a policy of "freedom from nuclear weapons in its territory." However, the Aquino government is silent about it. Also the declared purpose why the US submarine docked here, which is for "routine ship replenishment," coupled with the rest and recreation of US Navy personnel in the country, is reminiscent of the time when the US Subic Naval Base was still in existence. And this is not an isolated incident. While the docking of US Navy warships, carriers, and submarines come far in-between before such as the USS Georgia in 2009, the USS Essex, USS Denver, and USS Harpers in 2010, the USS Carl Vinson in 2011, and recently, the USS North Carolina, the same might not be true in the near future as the US declared its intent to refocus its military presence toward the AsiaPacific region and with Pres. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III begging the US to increase its military presence in the country. The US may not reestablish permanent military bases in the country. But it has already come up with a cheaper arrangement. It has access to all ports, facilities, and military camps that it needs through the Mutual Logistics Support Agreement that it entered into with the Philippine government in 2002; it can station troops on a "semi-permanent" basis through the US-RP Visiting Forces Agreement of 1999 and through more frequent (actually non-stop) US-RP Balikatan joint military exercises, training and combat support.

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Minamadali ngayon ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ang deployment ng surveillance ship upang maka-tandem ng bagong barko at helicopter sa West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) na siyang pinag-aagawan ng bansang China at Pilipinas. Ito ang opisyal na pahayag ni AFP Lt. Gen. Jessie Dellosa sa pinakaunang pagkakataon ng pagbisita nito sa Palawan. Kaugnay nita, pinulong din ni Dellosa si Western Command chief Juancho Sabban at iba pang mga opisyal nito upang pag-usapan ang sitwasyon sa nagpapatuloy na tensyon sa China at Pilipinas sa Scarborough Shoal. Pinuri rin ng opisyal ang pag-upgrade ng military capability na siyang prayoridad ng AFP at ang nakatakdang pagdating ng pangalawang Hamilton-class naval vessel mula sa United States sa Mayo 22 .. Samantala, balak naman ng sandatahang lakas na maglagay ng bagong radar facilities sa Palawan area para sa surveillance capability sa West Philippine Sea. Pagdinig sa kaso vs ex-AFP Comptroller Ligot, ipinagpaJiban

Muling ipinagpaliban sa Hunyo 13 ang pagdinig sa kasong tax evasion laban kay dating Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Comptroller Jacinto Ligot at asawang si Erlinda sa Court of Tax Appeal. Ito'y matapos maghain ng urgent motion to postpone the hearing sa 3rd Division ang abogado ng mag-asawa na si Atty. Emiliano Bantog. Ayon kay Atty. Bantog, hindi siya makakadalo imbestigasyon sa pagpatay sa biyenan niya sa Iloilo. sa pagdinig dahil sa isinasagawang

Pinagbigyan naman ng korte ang hiling ni Bantog at hindi na itinuloy ang cross examination sa unang witness ng prosekusyon na si Arnel Magbag na siyang miyembro ng National Investigation Division ng Bureau of Internal Revenue.