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1 Weather Forecast

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NEWSPAPER Phil Star p. A-30

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Army Trainees - More than 100 civilians will be joining the military force to help in the attainment of the government's thrust to have lasting peace and development in the countryside. Military service Local residents and dependents of soldiers received free medical Station Hospital services during the Camp Evangelista anniversary celebration early this week. (Mike Crismundo)

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3 Trainer jet crashes in Bataan waters PAF SF-260, a turbo prop Warrior Cessna trainer plane, crashed off Lamonja island in Cavite near Mariveles, Bataan yesterday morning, officials said. (Mike Frialde) Air Force plane crashes off Mariveles - A Philippine Air Force plane crashed off the waters of Mariveles, Bataan, on Friday morning but the fate of its two pilots remains unknown, reports from the PAF and the police said. (Robert Gonzaga) PAF Plane Crashes - An Air Force trainer plane crashed off Bataan yesterday morning, triggering a massive search and rescue operations in the area to locate the two pilots who remain missing. (Aaron Recuenco) 2 missing after Air Force plane crashes in Bataan - An Air Force trainer plane crashed along waters off Bataan province yesterday, leaving two officers missing and are now the subject of search and rescue operations. (Mario Mallari) 2 pilots killed in plane crash along shoreline of Sataan - A PAF trainer with two pilots aboard crashed along the shoreline of Bataan province. (William Depasupll) PAF plane crash: 2 piloto missing Hindi na matagpuan ang dalawang piloto nang aksidenteng bumagsak ang Aermacchi SF 260 trainer plane ng PAF sa bahagi ng Lamonja Island sa pagitan ng Mariveles, Bataan at Cavite. (Joy Cantos) Trainer plane ng PAF bumagsak, 2 piloto nawawala - Dalawang piloto ang nawawala matapos na aksidenteng bumagsak ang Aermacchi SF 260 trainer plane ng PAF sa bahagi ng Lamonja Island sa pagitan ng Mariveles, Bataan at Cavite, ayon sa mga opisyal kahapon. (Joy Cantos) DND to buy 2 squadrons of military planes - One big dream of Filipinos will be fulfilled. The DND will buy two squadrons of military planes and it is already negotiating with governments manufacturing military aircraft, the department's spokesman said on Friday. (Sammy Martin)

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Malacanang confirmed yesterday that PresidentAquino called up former Marine Capt Nicanor Faeldon to dissuade him from going to Panatag shoal. (Delon Porcalla) 'Patriotic' trip deferred as Noy phones Faeldon Former Marine Capt Nicanor Faeldon yesterday called off his group's planned voyage to the disputed Panatag Shoal in the West Philippine Sea upon the prodding of President Aquino. (Mario Mallari) Aquino stops Panatag protest - President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Friday stopped former Marine Capt. Nicanor Faeldon and his group from holding protest atthe Panatag Shoal. (Jaime Pilapil) PNoy Stops Faeldon's Scarborough Trip - In order not to compromise an ongoing diplomatic effort to end the month-long standoff between the Philippines and China over the Panatag Shoal, former Marine Cat Nicanor Faeldon opted yesterday to defer a "patriotic voyage" to the disputed area that he had planned with the affected fishermen. (Elison Quismondo) Photo: A buoy with a tattered Philippine Flag marks the area where a search and rescue operation is being conducted to locate the two pilots who remain missing after the Air Force trainer plane they were flying crashed off Bataan yesterday morning. (Ali Vicoy) Govt wants early signing of peace pact with MILF The government on Friday expressed optimism that it would soon sign a peace agreement with the MILF. (AI Jacinto) No release of funds yet to ABB - OPAPP Peace talks between the government and a splinter rebel group is quietly gaining headway with the profiling of its members and an inventory of their firearms in preparations for disarmament. (PNA)

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ARMY TRAINEES
ROXAS CITY, Capiz (PIA) More than 100 civilians will be joining the military force to help in the attainment of the governmenes thrust to have lasting peace and development in the countryside. Pubflc Affairs Office Chief Enrico Gil Ileto of the Philippines Army's 3rd ; Infantry Division disclosed that some 143 civilians have earlier applied to join the Philippine Army, IJeto said the male candidates are now undergoing a six-month rigid training for the Candidate Soldier Course (CSC) and Jungle Warfare Mountain Operation Course (JWMOC) Class 295-2012 and the 3IO's Training Unit, while the female candidate soldiers are also currently undergoing the same selection process at 3ID and will be sent to Camp O'Donel in Tarlac province for their training.

MILITARY SERVICE
CAMPEDtLBERTO EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City ~Local residents and dependents of soldiers received freemedical services during the Camp Evangelista Station Hospital anniversary celebration here early this week, The villag;.. erslivlnq around this camp, and dependents of the Army's 4th Infantry Division received . 'health services such as circum- .. ctslon.JmrnunlzatlonforJnfants; feeding program for children with 3rd degree rnalnutrttton, Digital Rectal Examination for .men, laboratory examlnatrons, .antl-rables Vaccination for dogs, bodymassllidexdetehtitha~ ., •.lon,mlnorsurgery,andtooth t '. extraction. (Mike.C::rlsrnundo) .J,,_

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Trainer jet crashes in Bataan waters
By ALEXIS ROMERO

A Philippine Air Force (PAF) SF-260, a turbo prop Warrior Cessna trainer plane, crashed off Lamonja island in Cavite near Mariveles, Bataan yesterday morning, officialssaid. Armed Forces South-

ern Luzon Command Co1. Generoso Bolina said the trainer aircraft wi th two PAF officers took off from Sangley Point, Cavite at 6:S2a.m, and was eventually reported missing. PAF spokesman Lt.
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Migu~lbkol confirmed that the trainer crashed within Mariveles and that <searchand rescue operations have been conducted. Bolina said a fisherman found aircraft wreckage at Larnonja island in Cavite at about 11:45a.m. Police reports said a fuel tank, a helmet and a plane seat had been recovered from the sea. The two Air Force officers who were on board the ill-fated aircraft were identified as Maj. Neil Tumaneng and lLt. Michael Arugay, They are still missing as of yesterday afternoon and are feared dead. Authorities are still probing the cause of the incident. Okol said the SF-260 TP Warrior number 176 was acquired in 1994. The Air Force has been trying to modernize its assets but has suffered numerous accidents that had claimed

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the lives of some of its A 2010 report by the on Audit (COA)saidthe PAF has "virtually a non-existent air deterrent capability" due to aging air assets. COA said as of 2010, only 91 of the 339 aircraft in the PAF inventory are full, mission-capable, 81 are inactive arid the rest are for disposal. Last March, the PAF inaugurated its four brand-new combat utility helicopters acquired from Polish company PZL Swidnik SA. Four more combat utility helicopters are scheduled to arrive in November. The PAF started conducting search and rescue. operations somewhere in Bataan yesterday, hoping to find their missing men. The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) also sent their divers to help in the search and rescue . .peG's personnel stationed in Bataan arid Mariveles, along with two divers from the Special Operations Group (SOG), proceeded to the crash site on board rubber boats and a motorized boat. PCG commandant Vice Admiral . Edmund Tan said that based on initial information relayed by their detachment in Bataan, fishermen in the area discovered and reported seeing parts of an airplane floating on water. - Mike Frialde, Rudy Santos, Evelyn Macairan

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at 6:52 a.m. for a training flight fuel tank, a helmer and a plane seat. Corregidor. According to Chief Petty Officer When the plane was declared Efren Dichoso, chief of the MariveBALANGA CrlY--A Philippine Air missing after it failed to return at lesCoast Guard detachment, some Force training plane crashed off the 7:30 a.m. as scheduled, the PAF im- fishermen reportedly seeing the waters ofMariveles, Bataan, on Fri- mediately alerted search-and-resplane suddenly crash. day morning but the fate of its two cue teams. "Basta bigla na lang daw bumagsak pilots remains unknown, reports Okol did no! identify the pilots . (It just suddenly crashed)," he said. from the PAP and the police said. until the search is completed and He estimated 'the plane crash at Lt. CoL Miguel Okal, PAP their relatives are informed. around 7:15 a.rn., and the. debris spokesperson, said rescue teams The Bataan police, however, started to be recovered by 7:30 a.m. were still searching for the pilot and .identified the missing pilots, but the According to Okol, the SF260 TP copilot of the SF-260 TP Warrior INQUIRER is withholding their names Warrior is an Italian-built aircraft plane as of press time. on PAP's request. that has been reconfigured ·from ''TheP~ i$cur~~?:1iY.W)1gUcti;t1g\d At 7: 15 a.m. the Philippine Coast what was originally the PAP's trainsearch"and~~cueoPerationsfor rhe-« Guard discovered» Wreckage be- er plane into a light attack combat missing aircraft and its pilots," he ...ieved t9b~ part of the plane near l utility aircraft. With reports from

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By AARON B.RECUENCO and lENNY F. MANONGDO

An Air Force trainer plane crashed off Bataan yesterday morning, triggering a massive search and rescue "operations in the area to locate the two pilots who remain missing. ·Lt.,. Col. Miguel Okol, spokesman ofthe Philippine Air Force (PAF) , said the wreckage of Italian-made SF,. 60 was spotted near La Monja 2 Island, five kilometers west of Corregidor and between Cavite and Bataan. "A passing fishing boat bound

Jr., director of the Bataan Provincial Police Office, had the bad news as the information he received from the chief of police of Mariveles revealed that a helmet was already recovered in the crash site. "Recovered from the sea were one fuel tank, a helmet, and a plane seat," said Zapata. With only two hours flight endurance, he said they immediately sent ,. search and rescue teams after the plane did not come back by 8 a.m. "There was no distress call or . mayday call," said Okol, Okol explained that the plane was among those acquired by the Air Foree in-the mid-1990s, stressing that it is not among those which were acquired a few years ago.
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for Mariveles reported a two-seater plane that crashed approximately one nautical mile off La Monja Island," Philippine Coast Guard commandant Vice Admiral Edmund Tan said. Okol said the plane, carrying Maj. Neil Tumaneng and lLt. Michael Arugay, took off from Sangley Point inCavite at around 6 a.m. for a proficiency test. ,. "We confirm that SF266 TP Warrior Number 716 has crashed in the vicinity of Mariveles," said Okol, as _ he revealed that theY,have yet to hear about the fate of the two officers. But Senior Supt. Ricardo Z:.pata,

,. he SF260 TP Warrior is an ItalianT built aircraft that has been reconfigured from what was originally the PAF's trainer plane into a light attack combat utility aircraft. The aircraft is highly maneuverable and fully acrobatic making it a very competent aircraft to conduct close air support, battlefield air interdiction, reconnaissance, combat air patrol and escort, and forward air control missions. Okol said all the remaining SF260 ~_~~~~~

the standard operating procedures. The Air Force has been hounded with accidents involving decades-old planes in the past years that resulted in several deaths and injuries in some of its pilots. Recently, President Benigno S. Aquino III expressed interest to include Air Force in the priority of military modernization, the recent pronouncement was the planned procurement of fighter jets. (With reports from Anjo Perez and Kristina ,.
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An Air Force trainer plane crashed along the waters off Bataan province yesterday, leaving two officers misstng and are now the subject of search and rescue operations. Philippine Air Force (PAF) spokesman Lt. Col. Miguel Emesto Okol said the ill-fated SF260trainer plane took off from Sangley Point in Cavite around 6:52 a.m. and was expected to return around 7 :30 a.m. but failed to return. Number 716has crashed in the viclnity of Mariveles, Bataan. Search and rescue
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The ill-fated SF260 plane was among those acquired in 1994. . According to Okol, the pilots, whose names he temporarily withheld, were on a regular training flight when the unfortunate incident happened. . . "4';' ~Apparently, it was overdue and failed to return as scheduled that's why we are now

conducting search and rescue operations n he said. .' "Theywere on a regular proficiency flight" Okol added. . ) As of press time, Okol said the PAF has no details about the fate of the two pilots. "I don't have any confirmation or details about the pilots as of now, n he added. For his part, Southern Luzon Command

spokesman. Col. Generoso Bolina said the military learne d of the crash after a fisherman reported a wreckage in Lamonha Island in Corregidor around 11:45 a.m. Rescuers retrieved a fuel tank, helmet and plane seat from the water but the two officers on board, a major and a lieutenant, remained missing, said provincial police spokesman Insp. Dennis Orbista, Mario J. Mallari and Conrado Ching

2 pilots killed i~ plane crash t along shoreline of Bataan
BY WILLIAM B. D£PASU PIL REPORTER

. PHILIPPINE Air Force (PAF) trainer plane with two pilots aboard crashed along the shoreline of.Bataan province.
PAF spokesman Lt. Col.' Miguel Ernesto Miguel, on Friday said the SF260 TP with body number 716 was on a proficiency flight when it was reported missing. "The plane was already overdue so we alerted our search and rescue teams thereafter and dispatched them. By around 11 a.rn., with the Navy, we were able "to confirm some debris of the crash," Okol said. Okol did not identify the pilots of the ill-fated plane until their families

were informed of the incident But the Philippine Coast Guard identified them as Maj. Neil Tumanengand lstLt. Michael Arugay. Col. Cenerosa Bolina, spokesman for AFP Southern Luzon Command, said the plane took off from Sangley Point in Cavite at . around 6 a.m. for a training flight to Corregidor Island off Bataan when it was reported missing. At around 11:45 a.m., he added, they received reports that fishermen saw a plane wreckage in the vicinity

of Lamonia Island, near Mariveles town in Bataan. In April last year, an Air Force S211 trainer plane also crashed in Bataan moments after it took off from Clark Air Base I-n July 2010, an S-211 plane likewise crashed while in a training exercise in Concepcion, Tarlac but the two pilots survived -. On February 25, 2010, an OV10 Bronco plane also crashed in Capas, Tarlac.killing the two pilots on the spot.

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Hindi na matagpuan ang dalawang piloto nang aksidenteng bumagsak ang Aermacchi SF 260 trainer plane ng Philippine Air Force (PAP) sa bahagi fig Lamonja Island sa pagitan ng Mariveles, Bataan at Cavite. Ayon kay PAF Spokesman Lt. Col. Miguel Ernesto Okol Jr., bandang alas-6:00 ng umaga nang magtake-off sa Sangley Point, Cavite ang nasabing . trainer aircraft ng PAF na may body number716. Sinabi ni Okol na nasa routine training flight ang nasabing aircraft ng mangyari ang sakuna bandang alas-7:00 ng umaga kung saan wala umanong distress call mula sa dalawang piloto na klnilalang sina Maj. Niel Tumaneng at I Lt. Michael Arugay. -Joy

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The Department of National Defense (DND) will buy two squadrons of military planes and it is already negotiating wit~ ?OVernments manufacturing military, aircraft, the department's spokesman said on Friday. "We cannot divulge yet who are the manufacturers. Weare focusing on buying at.least two squadrons of military planes/ DND spokesman Dr, Peter Paul Galvez told reporters at the weekly forum Balitaan sa Hotel Rembrandt in Quezon City. One squadron consists of 15 to 18 planes. The size depends on ernments manufacturing military, aircraft, the department's spokesman said on Friday. , "We cannot divulge yet who are the manufacturers. Weare focusing on buying at.least two squadrons of military planes, n DND spokesman Dr.Peter Paul Galvez told reporters at the weekly forum Balitaan sa Hotel Rembrandt in Quezon City. One squadron consists of 15 to 18 planes. The size depends on

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the interpretation of the defense' department,' , Galvez said that the DND also plans to buy training !~ts ~or st~dent pilots of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) and that DND wants to have "government-to-government" negotiations. "Weare not entertaining middlemen because we want to maximize the meager budget allotted to us, n Galvez added. "This is now the fulfillment of dreams of Filipinos," The government has tasked the DND to shop for military jets after it decided not to 'buy secondhand planes from the United.States, because it would be more expensive. "You must always consider the maintenance expenses. If you b,uy brand new military jets, the rnamtenance cost is much, much le~sand should alwayscount on the life cycle, Now if you can buy~heaper planes of tile same quality and firepower, that's another plus factor, n Galvez explained. ' When asked if the government is also considering buying multi-role , aircraft, Galvez said that the DND is dreaming of purchasing modem military jets if their budget allows, "Weneed to wait at least one and half to two years when we ordered the aircraft because manufacturers are not assembling aircraft without

orders,"he said, Mdi~g that the PAF already has four brand new Sokol helicopters equipped with the latest gadgets and is now h;ing used in anti-insurgency operations. , He also disclosed that an additional. cutter vessel from us is expected to arrive in Novem?e;, The second cutter is more sophlSticat~ than the first one, the BRP Gregorio del PIlar, the country's biggest war ship so far. '

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Noy stops protest trip to shoal
Malacanang con- Faeldonand had asked firmed yesterday that him to reconsider his President Aquino called plan of going to Panatag up former Marine Capt. Shoal because primarily Nicanor Faeldon to dis- .it might be construed in suade him from going to a negative way," deputy Panatag (Scarborough) presidential spokespershoal. son Abigail Valte said. "The President did Faeldon heeded the indeed speak to Mr. Turnto Page 8
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. h~s rejected an invitation by the Philip pines to brmg the standoff before an internationa body. Fael.don's group Was supposed to leave for the shoal at about 10 a.m. Guerrero said the President .called Faeldon at about 11 a.m. to ask him to defer his visit. ' "The conversation lasted for not less than 10 minutes," Guerrero said. ,,"He (FaeIdon) explained that we are notagainst th~ ~overnrnent ..We do not intend to hold a flag' raismg. There will be no placards, no agitation," he added. . \ Guerrero said the Pre~ident asked for ):l'postponement and not a cancellation &f a visit. , "It is just a postponement. He (Aquino) made a request. He did not impose Guerrero said. ' "(The President said) there is already a backdoor negotiation in mainland China," he added. Faeldon'~ g:-oup originaUy planned to conduct fishmg activities in the shoal fOfone week The plan, however, was set aSl.de.after the government had declared a fishmg ban the area. Faeldon was one of the junior officers who staged a failed mutiny in the then Oakwood Hotel (now Ascott Makati) in 2003. The rebel soldiers condemned alleged corruption in the government and .demanded the resignanon of then Presidsnr Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The former Marine captain was slapped with charges of rebellion and coup before the civilian court and conduct unb:coming of an officer, escape fron: confinement and disrespect to the president before the military tribunal. . Faeldon surrendered to the Navy in July 2010 and availed of the governfI

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President's advice. "We were informed that he had reconsidered' his decision, his plan. He is no longer pushing through with his planned trip to Panatag," she added. .faeldon said Thursday they plan to sail to Panatag, amid efforts by rival claimants China and the Philippines toresolve a tense maritime standoff. His spokesman Kit Guerrero said the former military rebel wjll lead two fishing vessels and were expected to arrive at the shoal later on Friday, adding plans to plant a Philippine flag on the rock as a show of protest against Chinese incursion. Guerrero, however, clarified that they are just postponing the visit and that a similar action may be held in the future. He said the visit was supposed to stress that the Philippines has jurisdiction over Panatag Shoal, which is also being claimed by China. "We know this (shoal) is ours. Just by being there, we are making a statement," Guerrero told reporters. " "For now, we abide by the President's request," he added. The Panatag Shoal standoff started on April 10 after two Chinese maritime surveillance ~ vessels barred the Philippine Navy from arresting Chinese fishermen who had poached endangered marine species from the area. Known internationally as Scarborough Shoal, Panatag Shoal is 124 nautical miles from the nearest base point in Zambales. The area is within the Philippines' 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone based on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), to which China is a signatory. The Philippines has been calling for a rulesbased multilateral approach the territorial row Jut China said this would only complicate the .ssue.

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ment's amnesty last year. Meanwhile, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported yesterday that China remained open,to the hiring of Filipino workers despite the ongoing dispute with the Philippines. Contrary to reports, the political dispute has so far not affected employment of Filipinos in China, Labor Secretary . Rosalinda Baldoz said. "I met recently with China's vice minister of the Ministry of Human Resources and he expressed interest on social protection for foreign workers and have not discussed political issues," Baldoz disclosed. "China is also trying to exert more. efforts to enhance their management of foreign workers and they are open to (hiring) of skills that their local workers do not have," she added. Baldoz said she has also not received information or complaints on the alleged maltreatment being committed against Filipinos currently employed.in C:hina. At this time, however, China IS not a major market for Filipino workers. Delon Porcalla, Alexis Romero, Mayen Jaymalin
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\s91.die_}'.t~~"Kal .. rirth'e wa&.oS., ~or S~.: .•.. r(j.. e.ttl'llepfi ..... northern co~~taltown of Masinloc along'.With around 20 persons,including television crews. '.. "I received a ca II from the President requesting the post p onem e nt Of this voyage." I consulted the group and we agreed to concur with the wisdom of the government to postpone lt." h 1, e added. ,FoeJ"",nsaid the President

vessels incl d' t th e Philippines, 1° U l~g ,OOO-tonatrol craft. p During a seperate lntervisw nj Camp Agu inald 0 reporters pee' commandant Vice Admiral Edrrrtm: Tan said Japan offered to loan l~; . Ph'!' . ne w vessels to the brand tnpprnes, . According to Tan, the PCG is eyeing 40-meter patrol ships from Japan. ran stressed the acquisition is through a loan package from' Japan. ' sail':" is not.free but loan, " he

told hlm the government he stressed. . ...... , __ ~ China claims the shoal along m Chima to negotiate the with mostofthe South China Sea, marltimedispute. even up to the coasts of its Asian .'1Ie said that he believes nelghbors, while the Philippines the po .stponement of th is says the shoal is well within its actlvill' rna;- do better forthe 200. nautical-mile exclusive resolution of this dispute" economic zone. he added 'Cranking up tensions, both Kit 'Guerrero,spokesman eountries have had ships posted of Faeldon, said the President around the shoal since April 10, called around 11 a.m. and asked after Chinese vessels prevented for the postponement of the a Philippine Navy ship from voyage. arresting Chinese fishermen. "Nic (Faeldon' s nickname) China and the Philippines have explained that we are not against imposed separate fishing bans ~he government, we just want around the disputed are. that mternational .attention, n he came into effect on Wednesday, stressed. I moves that were seen by some According to Guerrero : observers as a face-saving way for Aquino's call lasted not less than both claimants to back away from minutes. the row. aHe (President Aquino) appealed and did not impose," he said, .

"I was concerned on their safety and the media people who Tan, however, maintained that were with them because they there.IS nothing definite yet were within my area o'f regardmg the Japan assistance responsibiltty.clt is my duty to • 'I'h or cis no. p pro v a J keep them safe," Samson stressed, yeL. we h ave to go through the Faeldon was imprisoned for proc e., of ap pr ov al bY the taking part in the 2003 short-lived government." ' mutiny at the posh Oakwood d As of now, Tan said the Apartments in Makati City by the N~;:';'~ for the Joan are in Magdalo Group. However, he Authori! conomtc Development managed to escape at least twice' nty for approval. from detention. ,~ Fernan J. Angeles and AFr He was granted amnesty by

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RESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd on Friday topped former Marine .apt, Nicanor Faeldon nd his group from olding a protest at

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Paeldon and 20 adventurous followers ere set to sail to the disputed shoal yesterIY, but a phone call from President Aquino nvinced them to' abort their plan. HIreceived a call from the President retesting the postponement of this voyage. onsulted the group and we agreed to conr with the wisdom of the government to .stpone it," the outspoken former military flcial said. Malacafiang officia:ls confirmed that the esident did convince Paeldon to abandon I plan of holding a rally at the disputed oal, which the Philippines also call Baja Masinloc and which China named rangyan Island. "Yes, I can confirm that. The President Ieed did speak to Mr. Faddon and asked rn to reconsider his plan of going to natag Shoal because it might be construed . a negative way," Palace deputy spokesmAbigail Valte told a pres~~rit'J!!l&"... ..._. . FaeIdon had said that the tripaimed to . lvanize global supportfor the Philippine vernment's efforts to bring a peaceful soion to the maritime stand-off with China. Ihe foreign department on Thursday said did not want the trip to go ahead but eldon initially ignored the call, dismiss;fears China would see it as provocative. But as the group started loading their uipment onto two fishing boats for a mned mid-morning launch yesterday, -ldon received a series of telephone calls,

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onl::from the coastguard and the last of them from Mr. Aquino. He said that the President told him that Philippine government representatives were currently in China to negotiate over the maritime dispute. "He said that he believed the postponement of this activity may do better.for the resolution of this dispute, Faeldon said. , China .claims the shoal along with most of the. West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), even up to the coasts of its Asian neighbors, while the Philippines says the shoal is well within its 200·nautical-mile exclusive economic zone. Both countries have had ships posted around the shoal since April 10, after Chinese vessels prevented a Philippine Navy ship from arresting Chinese fishermen. China and the Philippines have imposed separate fishing bans around the disputed area that came into effect on Wednesday, moves that were seen by some observers as a face-saving wily for both claimants to back away from the row.
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Panatag Shoal sits about 230 kilometers from the Philippines' main island of Luzon. The nearest major Chinese landmass is 1,200 kilometers northwest Of the shoal, according to Philippine navy maps. Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan on Thursday said that he expected "modest" economic fallout from the territorial dispute. China had imposed stricter quarantine restrictions on key Filipino fruit exports, the Philippine government said, and cwar· . ned its citizens about travel safety in the Philippines. .Philippine resorts were hit with Chinese tourist cancellations, while a Chinese airline cut flight frequencies to Manila. Faeldon has served time in prison and was discharged from the Philippine Marines for a 2003 coup attempt, but was granted amnesty last year. He has in the past called for civil disobedience and greater accountability in the Philippine military.

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the coast is this province and is within the Philippin.es' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), IS "clearly ours". Last Wednesday, China imposed a fishing ban in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) that included Scarborough Shoal - the latest salvo in the impasse that began on April 10 when Philippine Navy flagship BRP Gregorio del Pilar unsuccessfully tried to arrest occupants of eight Chinese fishing boats conducting illegal fishing activities in the area. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources later issued the Philippines own fishing ban at Panatag, Samson, on the other hand, reluctantly to talk to media but said that it was part of his duty as battalion commander ofthe province to lookafter the safety of fisher folk,particularly those who go to what the Chinese refer to as Huangyan Island (Panatag). "We came here to clarify issues (with Faeldom, We're not here to prevent him, it's his right, Wejust clarified the purpose and intent of the trip," Samson said, adding that Faeldon had talked to "another person" (President Aquino) with whom he had agreed to postpone the demonstration, Back To Square One Withthe Panatagtrip heldoffat the last minute, the fishermen who helped. in the preparation were seemingly back from where they started: the absence oflivelihood. "The original plan was for them to fish so they may have something to seil,"Guerrero said."The intention was to keep on fishing in order to keep our presence there in Panatag,'' John, a Batanes fisherman who pledged to accompany Faeldon, in his voyage, said they have not been able to fish lately because of the. ongoing standoff "Kapag hindi kami makapangisda, nakatunganga lang kami, . Gutom na kami (Whenwe're not able to fish, we can't do anything else. We are starving) ." Asked how many fishers like him are affected by the dispute, John answered, "Marami (A. 100." (With a _

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MASINLOC, Zambales - In order not to compromise an ongoing diplomatic effort to end-the month-long standoff between the Philippines and China over the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, former Marine Captain Nieanor Faeldon opted yesterday to defer a "patriotic voyage" to the disputed area that he had planned with

dent requesting a postponement 9f this voyage, for one reason. Right now,representatives of the Philippine government are in China having serious negotiations on the resolution of . the Scarborough issue," Faeldon told local and foreign reporters here. "He (President Benigno "Noynoy" S. Aquino III) believes that a post(Turn to page 4)

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The two avoided the press during their discussion, wherein Faeldon was seen talking to another person on a mobile phone a couple of times. The caller later turned out to be President Aquino. "1 consulted the group and we agreed to concurwith the wisdomofthe government to postpone this event," the ex-rebel soldier said after engaging his own crew ill a closed-door meeting followinghis chat with the President. He gave no time table for when the "patriotic voyage" to Panatag would push through. "Let's look at the development of the talks and we'll take it from there." KitGuerrero,Faeldon'sspokesperson, earlier bared that a total of 11fishermen would accompany the former Marine captain on his trip. "Six of the fishermen are from Masinloc whilefive are from Batanes, his (Faeldon) native province." At least four other crew members were said to be "private volunteers" who sympathize with Faeldon's cause. Guerrero stressed that Panatag Shoal, which lies 124nautical miles off _

ponement of this activity would do better for the resolution of this dispute." Malaeanang confirmed that President Aquinoasked Faeldon not to push through with his planned protest trip to the Panatag Shoal. "The President indeed, did speak to Mr. Faeldon and had asked him to consider his plan of going to Panatag Shoal because primarily, it might be construed in a negative way," Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said. Faeldon - known for his mutinous exploits during the past administration - announced the postponement at past 11am. or an hour after delivering what should have been his send-off statement before sailing offto Panatag from the pier in South Poblacion in this municipality. . JustasFaeldon'screwwasloading their rented boat with provisions, Lt. Col. Michael Samson, battalion commander in Zambales (24th Infantry Battalion, 7th Infantry Division,Armed Forces of the Philippines) arrived, shook Faeldon's hand, and draped an arm over hiEj shoulders.

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: The government on Friday expressed optimism that it would soon sign a peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Arriving in Zamboanga City with Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Odes, the government's chief peace negotiator Marvie Leonen told reporters that he hopes that a deal. would be signed "this year." . The two are in the city to brief local politicians and peace advocates on the progress of the peace talks between Manila and the Mus. lim insurgent group. . According to Leonen, President Benigno Aquino 3rd wants a peace accord to be signed early so that the government can focus more intently on its peace and development efforts in Mindanao. "It is better to sign the peace accord sooner than later. We don't

want to sign it at the last minute of the President's term [in 2016] and then let the next administration . fulfill this [accord]," he said. For her part, Deles said that the government is committed to the peace process. "The President is committed to resolving the problems in Mindanao and we want to sign a peace agreement with the MILF soon so, that we may achieve true and last-' ing peace and purse development in the region," she added. Last month, government and MILF peace negotiators signed in Kuala Lumpur; Malaysia a document titled "10 Decision Points on Principle", in which they agree to create a new autonomous political entity to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. (ARMM), which comprises the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del SUf, Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

The replacing entity is actually a . wealth between Manila and the pro.Muslim sub-stateaccordlng to the posed ARMM replacement. insurgent group, but the matter on Leonen, however, said that the how to govern it is yet to be discussed, peace panels. only agreed on an au"[Just like] the 'Bengsamorc Iutonomous region, not a Muslim ridical Entity', [the] sub-state {or] . sub-state. . "We can only sign what we can 'New Autonomous Political entity' [as termed by Philippine governdeliver and that is the instruction ment]; are descriptions, not specific of. the President, he added. names," said Mohagher Iqbal, the "Whatever agreement we shall sign MILF's chief peace negotiator. . should not be an appeasement, "In the end, the two parties (govbut rather to address the problems ernment and MILF negotiators] will of Mindanao. " have to agree on what, .. they [will] Asked if Manila would ask Concall the new entity. Personally, these gress to amend the Constitution and are the choices-Moro state, Moro change from a presidential to parsub-state, Moreland, Mom country liamentary form of government, or or simply Bangsamoro," he added. amend or pass a law similar to Re'The Muslim sub-state in essence public Act No. 6734-the act that is a form of federal state, the Mus- created the ARMM in 1989-the government peace negotiator reo lim negotiator said. According to him, peace talks will plied that "a plebiscite is likely to resume in Malaysia this month and be held in areas covered by the new among the issues to be discussed autonomous region: . include the sharing of power and ALJACltm
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Peace talks between {he investigation to their attention. ~ government and a splinter rebel He urged the victims, the KM:P . group is quietly gaining headway witl). and NFSW to file the necessary the profiling of its members and an charges fot proper action, stre~~lng inventory of their firearms in that the agency will coordinate,;Wlth preparation for disarmament. the Department of Justice, ''the Undersecretary Luisito Montalbo Department of Agrarian Reform of the Offlce of the Presidential and the Commission on HUman Adviser on the Peace Process Rights to help the aggrieved paJj;ies (OPAPP) on Friday assured the seek justice as soon as it reeeives Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng copies of affidavits and other Manggagawa..Pllipinas/Revolutioruuy pertinent documents from' "the .. , Proletarian Army/Alex Boncayao complainants. ''TheGPH-RPM-P /RPA/ABBpeace Brigade CRPM-P /RPA/ ABB)that the closure of the peace process pursued track will need all the feedbaf?~1we by the government was intended to can get from the ground. Wew~ to bind the rebel group to commit to put a proper closure to this pesce peace and ensure their track," Montalbo said. ::1 accountability to the rule of law. He said the rebel group; was The RPM-P /RPA/ ABB is a aware of this and has been working splinter of the New People's Army, with the government in the profIling the armed component of the of its members and aninvento1f of Communist Party of the Philippines firearms in prep ar ation-for and National Democratic Front dlsarrnament. (CPP-NDF) which is negotiating a "This closure track does not-deal separate peace agreement with the with nameless nor bogus members. Philippine government. The splinter- Wehave done member profiling and rebel group has about 700 armed have undergone an inventory oftheir firearms. We can cross-check tf.the ' members nationwide. At the same time, Montalbo said alleged perpetrators of vlolenosand yesterday that thp,AWAPP would other atrocities are indeed on-the study the fmd~ of the fact-finding list of RPM-P /RPA/ ABB memb'frs.· mission undettlken by peasant Montalbo said. ' groups on~tM,atrocities allegedly Meanwhile,Montalboshed light on perpetrated by members' of the , a news report that the government has released funds to the RPM-P/ RPM-P /RPA/ABB~ '" The allege<l atrocities involved RPA;' ABB. abductions, ''grave threats, strafing; ., "The funds are Intended 'for projects iIi;"the shooting and other abuses. Montalbo development assured the"aggrI6ved partie~ that . communities and will be coursed justice would be pursued. through appropriate government agencies that will implement the In a dialogue with representatives of the Kllusang projects, ~he said; Magbubukid ngPilipinas (KMP) and Montalbosaid the OPAPPh~only the National Federation qf Sugar signed a memorandum of agreement Workers (NFSW) as well as victims with the provincial local government at the OPAPPheadquarters in Pasig units but no release of funds was City, Montalbo thanked the groups made yet pending the signing of a {.for 'L._c~~~~iT!.g tr...: results of th~~r closure ~<frf>P.ment. PNA

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policy is. We were from the start. ' This episode begins with the involvement of a recently acquired Philippine Navy warship in an effort r MAGNO to arrest Chinese fishermen "poaching" in waters we v claim. That inadvertently militarized the confrontsByAL LA :';'.\\ii ... \/.p·.;/ ·.·i.i··..ii' \\ ·i'i.;.i}:i ./ •.... )'i ?>;,·.:··i".·.,..'\·.····.." tion. · :.... This was followed by loud pronouncements from our leaders that we are prepared to defend our territory. That was unnecessary bravado serving only to In my mind's eye, I imagine aescalate tensions and foreclose dialogue. special room deep in the innards . Then there was this incredibly stupid statement of the Forbidden City where top- . made by the DFA and the Palace that we are prepared level bureaucrats representing all to unilaterally bring the case to the International TrF possible policy areas orchestrate bunal on the Law of the Sea. That is a stupid statea comprehensive strategy to deal ment on three counts. . with the erratic and recklessutterFirst, every freshman diplomat knows that interances 'emanating from Manila on national arbitration can proceed only if both soverthe South China Sea issues. It eign parties agree to submit to the process and abide might be called a "crisis commitby its outcome, No nation can unilaterally go to arb i~~though B.eijing.w~l hesitate using the word tration, C:1S1S to descnbe this little ruffling initiated by a Second, the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea rrunor power.' (UNCLOS)covers only maritime delineations, It does .They ~ig1:t prefer to describe this episode as some- not cover territorial claims over land, There is a purth~ng ~kin to a small child's tantrum. It will be dealt pose to why Beijingprefers to call the shoal Huangyan With firmnes~ withc::~tsacrificing ascendancy. Island: theirs is a claim over land. Also, both China The last thing Beijing wants at this time is a mili- and the Philippines explicitly excluded territorial distar:yskirmish over a worthless shoal. That will cause putes in their respective subscriptions to the UNCLOS. China to los.ethe public relations war, vulnerable as Third, as every freshman law student knows, one that economic superpower is to caricature as a regional goes to court only if one is sure of winning the case, ~)Ully despite the presence of the Philippine Navy 'We are not. ~nthe co~tested area and the endless stream of jingoThe stupidity of that announcement about going Ism commg out of Manila. to arbitration is exceeded only by the stupidity of the It is easy to anticipate that Beijing would rather Palace-orchestrated "people power" protests against deploy "s~ftJtpower, causing just enough pain to calm several Chinese embassies. The worst way to handle ~he~ystena. The experts in that little room, well stud- a delicate diplomatic question is to submit it to a mob. le~ m our vulnerabilities, probably decided to start As the heat began to build up, Palace spokesmen WIthbananas and then follow through with a curtail- announced that talks were underway between Beijing merit of tourist flow. ' and Manila. There is no indication this is true. The , Beijin~ts deployment of "soft" power appears to normal diplomatic channels are frozen and only Track have achieved its desired effects. After weeks of sa- 2 (backdoor)diplomacy seems feasible at this time. ber-~attling, the last word on the Scarborough affair As we stumbled along, making every error in the c?m~ng ou~ of P::sident Aquino's mouth is that Ma- diplomatic book, the last thing heard from our Fornila ISseekmg a win-win solution." eign Secretary is a call for Filipinos to prepare to en~he idea 0'£ a little room filled with experts orchesdure sacrifices as' the standoff at Scarborough drags tratmg a comprehensive strategy, I now remember, on. That signals to rhsother party that we are digging ~ra~s from.a.room at Moscow's Institute for Oriental in and preparing for a war of attrition, thereby poiStu.dIes ~ VISItedmany years ago, when the Soviet soning the climate for negotiation. Union still existed. ' Just as quickly; the President turns around, this time I,;:aUed on a section of the Institute that covered talking about a "win-win" solution - even as he canthe Philippines. In that room were people who spoke tradicts himself in the same speech by saying someIn T~galog, r~ad everything coming from Manila, inthing useless about not being elected to officeto cede eludmg. komiks and magazines like Liwayway. The Philippine territory. people In that room bantered in slightly stilted TagaThere is no other conceivable "win-win" solution ~og.- even.if none of them had ever been to the.Philthan returning the respective territorial claims to the Ippmes. TIllS was an almost surreal experience.' backburner, keeping the door open to a joint-use, What that visit impressed on me was the extent to mutual-benefit formula. That, exactly, was the status which all policy utterances by leaders of what was quoante before the President opened his confront ather: ~e .othe~superpower was always guided by deep banal mout~. ...,. .., . familiarity with thes';l~ject country's culture and dis- '77:' Th~prevlOu~administration w.asvlhft~d for lettmg course. I am sure Beijing has an equivalent pool of sleeping dogs he on the South China Sea Issues - but expertise .i~uencing the shape of its policy actionsm~ that i~ exactly the point we are returning to, going a OR the Philippines, .' '. '.. '.. . .. full circle, after all the fracas and needless costs. . -~OW-l w~sn.ou.r'every for-elg!,polic)7'utterance Continental Europeans often ~eride t~e British as ~lmllarly disciplined by depth of expertise. TAe a people who eventually do the nght thmg after try~carborough Shoal episode demonstrates how sorely ing evervthing else. The same applies to us. -18 -,' .

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