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Albay attack shows Reds' lack of sincerity- Palace - The communist rebels' latest attack in Legazpi City where P70 million worth of construction equipment have been destroyed only negates further the chance to reach a peace settlement, a Palace official said yesterday. Civic Action Despite NPA attack, firm to continue airport work - Despite the huge damages it suffered, Sunwest Construction and Development Corp. (SCDC) on Sunday announced it would finish the construction of the Southern Luzon International Airport (SUA) in Barangay Alobo, Daraga, and Albay.

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No discrimination vs aspiring soldiers-AFP - The military will not discriminate against gays who seek to enter the service as long as they comply with the necessary requirements imposed on all applicants. DepEd kicks off 'Brigada Eswela' - The Department of Education (OepEd)'s National Schools Maintenance Week, also known as Brigada Eskwela Week, kicks off today with several government agencies and private corporations expected to help public schools prepare for the opening of classes next month. Noy orders AFP to step up intet efforts President Aquino yesterday ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines to intensify intelligence activities across the country after members of the communist New People's Army (NPA) on Friday torched some P100 million worth of heavy-duty construction equipment in Albay. PMA to train graduates to win peace - The superintendent of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) has announced that the armed forces' top training institution is and conflicteducating its personnel in peace-building transformation to better guarantee that its graduates are equipped with the tools to win peace. PAF to use sonar tracking device to locate 2 missing pilots The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has tapped a Navy vessel to find the missing pilots who were on board the SF-260 trainer aircraft that crashed in Mariveles, Bataan last Friday. PAF pilots still missing, planes grounded The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has grounded its seven remaining SF-260 aircraft after one of the trainer planes crashed off Bataan last Friday. Air Force planes grounded after crash - The Philippine Air Force (PAF) on Sunday ordered the grounding Phil Star p, 13


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of its remaining seven SF-260 planes as the PAF and other rescue teams continue the search for the ill-fated aircraft that crashed last Friday in the waters of Mariveles, Bataan. Air Force grounds SF~260 squadron - The Philippine Air Force (PAF) leadership has ordered the immediate grounding of the SF-260 squadron pending results of investigation on the crash of Aeramacchi training plane off the waters of Bataan last Friday. Photo: Nagpamalas ng kahusayan... Photo: Futile search

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2 missing pilots are alive? Tempo p. 2 Taiwan president hopes for peaceful end shoal row Phil Star p. 1 Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou expressed optimism yesterday that conflicting territorial claims of the Philippines, China and Taiwan in the South China Sea will be resolved peacefully. Manila Times p. A-1 Malacanang bans travel to Panatag - Although the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal is not a tourist destination and only fishermen have ventured into the area, Malacanang on Sunday imposed a travel ban to "preserve the ecosystem." POI p. A-2 US, others helping PH defense - DFA - FOREIGN Secretary Albert del Rosario on Saturday said Japan, South Korea and Australia] along with the United States, were helping the Philippines establish a minimum credible defense posture to complement its diplomatic initiative in dealing with its territorial disputes with China. OND: China warships not cause for concern Phil Star p. 4 - The reported deployment of five Chinese warships near the Philippines' maritime domain should not be a source of serious concern as long as these remain in international waters, the Department of National Defense (DND) said yesterday. Asean, US talk security amid China standoff Daily Tribune p. 1 - The United States and Southeast Asian nations yesterday embarked on three days of talks that would include security cooperation shortly after a Pentagon report raised concerns about China's military buildup. On Navy Day, read-along held in 8 provinces POI p. A-1 - Gathered in separate groups in various locations around the country, the youngsters-for a few hours, at least-turned into environmental warriors battling to save the "pawikan" (sea turtle) from extinction or fighting fishermen engaged in dynamite fishing.

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Thecommunist rebels' latest attack in Legazpi City where P70 million worth of construction equipment have been destroyed only negates further the chance to reach a peace settlement, a Palace official said yesterday. "It certainly does not do well that while we speak with them, they do other actions which would indicate their lack of sincerity to pursue peace," presidential spokesman Ed win Lacierda said. Peace talks between the Communist Party of the Philippines and its umbrella organization, the National Democratic Front, have been stalled primarily because of the rebels' refusal to provide the government with a list of its members who should enjoy immunity. No less than President Aquino himself, the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, had sensed that the CPP-NDF and its armed wing, the New Peeple's Army, does not seem to be sincere in dealing with the government in talking peace.


Albay Gov. Joey Salceda has ordered the Army's 901st Infantry Brigade and the police to secure the Southern Luzon International Airport (SLIA) in Daraga town after NPA rebelsraided the construction site Friday night. The incident left two Army enlisted personnel wounded . when the NPA rebels torched: 12 construction equipment.


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PILAR, Bataan - The Philippine Army's "7th CMO Gwapo" Battalion here has launched a civic action program in a bid to foster peace in areas here formerly considered the stronghold of communist rebels. "This is a different war we're waging," said Lt. Col. Benito Doniego Jr., battalion commander; as he supervised his men he described as "fully armed with medical equipment, a box full of assorted medicines, and scissors." The battalion conducted a medica! mission at the Lighthouse Bible Baptist Church in Barangay Sta. Rosa, here and thanked Pastor Norberto "Jun" o3epa..:.hpa@yaho Sombiluna in gathering local resi-1287,5295 dents. (Mar T. Supnad) _. _ .._-,--...J _ -2-

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Despite NPA attack, firm to continue airport work
By Mar S. Arguelles Inquirer Southern Luzon
LEGAZPI CITY-Despite the huge damages it suffered, Sunwest Construction and Development Corp. (SCDC) on Sunday announced it would finish the construction of the Southern Luzon International Airport (SLIA) in Barangay Alobo, Daraga, Albay. Elizaldy Co, SCDC president, on Sunday said they were deeply saddened by the loss of over PIOO million worth of equipment torched on Friday night by suspected New People's Army (NPA) rebels but said it would not deter them from carrying our the multibillion peso private-public partnership project. "When we accepted the contract to do the construction work of the airport, we did the same not only as a business venture but importantly, we want to contribute our share in uplifting the lives of our fellow Bicolanos by giving livelihood and pump priming the local economy;" Co said in a statement. The burning of the company's equipment was major loss to SCDC,not counting the trauma it caused to workers who were pre-. sent when armed men barged on the SLIA site and burned down 18 heavy equipment at around 10 p.rn, on Friday, Co said. The rebels also attacked a nearby Army detachment and wounded two soldiers, identified as Pfc. Kristian Cornal and Pfc. Ryan Gapayao, in the exchange of gunfire. Army Col. Arthur Ang, commanding officer of the 901st Infantry Brigade, in a phone interview on Sunday said the motive of the burning was the failure of the construction firm to give in . . to the NPA's demands for the so- SUSPECTED New People's Army rebels burned over P I00 million called "revolutionary tax." worth of heavy equipment in a construction site of the Southern . "This is a desperate move by Luzon International Airport, Barangay Alobo, Daraga, Albay, on the NPA. rebels because Sun- Friday night. . NlNOJESUSORBETA west will never concede to their jeer funded by the national govextortion' demands," Ang sAid. With Legazpi being served by 11 flights, the Daraga airport is Co, however, declined to ernmenr located at a 400chectare land in Alobo, Daraga town, comment on the issue. critical to avoid the 22cpercent But Co also bared that so far; some 10 kilometers' from Legazpi 'cancellation rate in 2011 due to . bad weather while the existing Sunwest has lost P200 million in City. Albay Gov. Joey Salceda said airport cannot be fitted with an investment due to NPA atrocities at its circumferential road project P600 million was released this instrument landing system due year to start the construction of to its proximity to Mt. Mayon and in Catanduanes (PSO million), roads leading to the airport site. the city proper while sundown Bula-Rinconada road project He said that the SLIA is criti- restriction curtails flight options. (pSO million), Camalig (Albay) road project (P10 million) and cal in achieving the 650,000 "This incident Will. not move tourist target for Albay, Sorso- back the completion target date of the SUA project (PIOO million). end:2014 for the airport," he said. The SLIA is a P3.4-billion pro- gon and Masbate by 20 16.

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For aspiring enlisted personnel, they should have earned 72 units in coUege or possess a certified skill needed in the militaryservice for high school graduates; 1823 years old during the start of traini~g; at least five feet tall and with no pendmg case in any court. . . Earlier, the PNP said it would not dIScriminate against anyone wanting to join the police service. . The military will not discriminate The possibility of hiring gay policemen against gays who seek to enter the sercame after Sen. Gregorio Honasan called vice as long as they comply with the neefor the scrapping of the height requirement for police applicants. . essaty requirements imposed on all applicants. . "We (in the PNP) do not discriminate Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) against any group or any gender. As long spokesman Col. Arnulfo Burgos [r., howas they follow the rules laid out, we will ever, said all applicants should brace for accept them," said Chief Supt. Agrimero "rigid" trainings and should strictly fol-' Cruz jr; chief of the Police Community - Alex Romero low the soldiers' .. .....•...... ....•........ Relations Group. ... ..• ".;;. nTheAFP~6ef'uh!na fappli.c cants in terms of sexzreligion and ethnicity so long as he or she passed all the requirements and is qualified for training," Burgos said in a text message. "Soldier applicants (who want to become) members of the AFP have to meet The Department of Education the prescribed physical, mental and med(DepEd)'s National Schools Mainteicalstandards required for a rigid milinance Week, also known as Brigada Estary training," he said. . kwela Week, kicks off today with several Burgos was asked whether gays can be government agencies and private accepted as soldiers after the Philippine turn to Page 10 National Police (PNP) had expressed openness to the idea of recruiting gays into the police force. .Burgos said aspiring soldiers should FromPage1 also be ready to keep the "highest standards of soldiery." corporations expected to help the Armed Forces. of the Phil"Once inside the organization, he or public schools prepare for ippines, Amspec, US Aid for she must strictly abide by well-estabthe opening of classes next International Development lished norms, procedures and code of month. (USAID), Chamber of Mines, conduct which is in keeping with the traBrigada Eskwela enjoins ABS-CBN E-Media, Bangko dttion and highest standards of soldiery," the community to help in Sentral ng Pilipinas, Globe t13.e AFP spokesman said. repairing and cleaning public Telecom, Kabisig ng Kaiahi, ; "Governed by the Articles of War and schools nationwide. Perron Corp., Philarn Life, Code of Ethics, all members must follow Education Secretary Armin Philippine Business for Social and obey all rules and regulations reLuistro said the activitv aims Progress, and the Philippine quired and demanded by the organizato revive the bayanihari spirit National Bank. tion.rhe added. ;:unong Filipinos by engaging The activity starts with a The military recruits about 6,000 new the participation of education motorcade from the DepEd soldiers every year. stakeholders in the comrnucentral office In Pasig City at 6 Qualifications for aspiring officers innitv, a.m. going to the Justo Lukban clude height of at least five feet, single, Among the government Elementary School in Paco, 21 to 25 years old during the start of the and private organizations Manila where the cleanup training and with no pending case in which signified participation drive will officially kick off. court. in the Brigada Eskwela are - Rainier Allan Ronda

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Noyorders AFP to step up intel
ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines to intensify intelligence · activities across the country after members of the communist New ·People's Army (NPA) on Friday torched some PIOOmillion worth I • of'. heavy-duty construction ~ in Albay. .' · In a radio press brteflng, :i'presidential spokesperson Edwin ; 1.acierda reported that authorities ·'Were already in close coordination , with the field personnel, but ,.:intelligence operations needed to '.be intensified across the country. .. Two soldiers were wounded ~after communist rebels made a "sUTprise attack on government ',military men at an army "detachment in Barangay Alobo, .~.where an international airport is being constructed by private contractor Sunwest Construction and Development Corp. The rebels allegedly tried but failed to collect revolutionary taxes from the construction firm. The commander of the 901st Infantry Brigade, Col. Arthur Aug, .'said around eight members of the NPAharassed an Army detachment . p~?vidi~g ~ecurity at the. constructlOn Site. il;l:: "Without our soldiers, all :~6uipment and facilities could have ·.been burned," Ang said. '" .: ,·Two dump trucks, one backhoe, 'ott".;o articulated trucks, two -.payloaders, two road rollers and one grader were burned by another group of rebels. Farnan J. Angeles
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......... The superintendent of the r.:~eMllitary Acaderny(PMA) has . '.3nnouncedthatthe armed forces' top '; <' 'training institution is educating its , ..personnel in peace-building and collflict-transformation to better guarantee that its graduates are ...equippedwtththetoolstowinpeace. ,,'~':'. Major Gen, N:mato AlfredoPeralta ~gratefulnesstothe peace . Jlnd development efforts of nongovernment organization Balay ,Mindanaw Foundation Inc. (BMFI) ',:whichhastakenheadon the challenge ..of equipping soldiers, soldier.edueators and military officials with .,·.the basic tools to help the Aquino "' administration win "elusive" peace



• -"Allstakeholders Play'bigroles in achieving lasting peace. It is really everybody workingtogether,"he said. Op Kors! Is the brainchild of funner Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) chief Lt. Gen. f:~ymundo Ferrer andfonner BMFI i .executive director Ariel Hernandez) , who both came up with the program to reform the security sector while at the Asian Institute of Management (AlM) during its Bridging Leadership Program. . Peralta equipping the military with the tools for peace-building and conflicttransformation is more pronounced now because "the Aquino administration has given us a window of opportunity."

.Mter training senior and junior officers of the Armed Forces ofthe Philippines, soldiers and local government officials, BMFI'speace unit - the International Center for Peace in Mindanaw (Ie Peace in long Operation Peace Course (Op KorsO training-workshop for the core '.ofprofessors and tactical officers of ;;<!the PMAhere. ":., "We are educating ourselves so , that we can guarantee that new officerscoming out ofPMAare armed with the tools to achieve peace, not just lI'otect the people,' Peralta said . The PMA superintendent once served as the commanding officer of , the 403rd Infantry "Peacemaker" Brigade,based in Camp Osito Bahian .., in Malaybalay City covering the provinces of Misamis Oriental, :,,'Camiguin and two municipalities of ;'Lanao del Sur. , ;1" It was during IDs term at, the ; "403rd Brigade that Peralta first ('arne t td know BMFI and its Op Kors! program, which reinforced his belief , 'that winning the peace is not just the .;~'responsibility of the AFP.
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P F to use sonar tracking device to I cate 2 missing -piiots


The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has tapped a Navy vessel to find the missing pilots who were on board the SF-260 trainer aircraft that crashed in'Mariveles, Bataan last Friday. tpAP spokesman Lt. CoL Miguel Okol said t~ey have contracted the services of a seabed mapping ship with sonar tracking device to eWectively map the waters identified as the pilssible wreck site. . . "The PAF, in coordination with the pjilippine Navy and the Philippine Coast duard (PCG), has narrowed the search to a~ x 1.2-nauti~al mile search area southwest of La Monja Island near Corregidor," . Okol said in a text message. Okbl said the sonar detects large objects in the possible crash site of the aircraft. The search team is also using a fath- ' ometer, which checks the depth of the water. "To date there has been no confirmation of the actual wreck site and the aircraft save for a few debris found last Friday," Okol said, adding that the PAF and other rescue teams will continue with the operations until the aircraft has been located. He said they remain hopeful that the. pilots of the ill-fated aircraft survived. . The PCG said it has already alerted its personnel in Central Luzon and they are ready to dispatch another Coast Guard Special Operations Group and a medical team to the area. . The PAF SF-260 TP Warrior number 176crashed in Mariveles last Friday while conducting a proficiency flight. The aircraft, which was acquired in


1994, took off from Sangley Point, Cavite at 6:52 a.m. and was reported missing minutes past 7 a.m, Fishermen found debris believed to be that of the aircraft around La Monja island in Cavite at about 11:45 a.m. on the same day. Police reports said a fuel tank, a helmet and a plane seat had been recovered from the sea . An Air Force major and lieutenant were on

board the trainer. Military reports released to the media said the possibility of survival is "very slim." The crash prompted the PAF to ground all seven remaining SF-260 trainers in its inventory. "We are reviewing the records of all SF-260s until we see something conclusive. We don't want to presume," Okol said. The Air Force also urged the public to avoid

spreading information that would mislead the families of the missing pilots. He said all official reports would come from the public affairs office of the Air Force. Okol also branded as "unfair" notions thar the PAF's assets are "flying coffins." "That is unfair. We are doing everything we can. We are making sure they are flying machines," he told radio dzBB. - With Helen Flores, Ric Sapnu


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By DonaZ. Pazzibugan THE PlliUPPINE Air Force (PAP)has grounded its seven remaining SF-260 aircraft after one of the trainer planes crashed off Bataan last'Friday The PAF is working. with the , Philippine Navy and Coast Guard on a sea search, for the two missing pilots and the plane's wreckage. "Yes,we grounded the SF-260 for precautionary measures. (They are) grounded pencting an investigationof the accident,"said Air Forcespokesper_ son Lt. Col.MiguelOkol. He said assumptions on the cause of the crash were all speculation at this time since the plane had no contact with the control tower after taking off from Sangley Point, Cavite, early Friday on a training flight. A little debris had been found off Cavite, Okol said; and there were "very few corroborated eyewitness" accounts. "It's all speculation. Some people are just guessing (about the crash). Maybe they just want to land in the papers or on 1\1," Okol said. . He said the search had been narrowed to an area one nautical mile by 1;2 nautical miles southwest of La Monja island near Corregidor. He said the Air Force had contracted the services of a seabed mapping ship that uses side sonar to map the suspected wreck site. "Todate there has been no confirmation of the actual wreck site save for a few pieces of debris found last Friday;" said Okol, who denied that remains had been recovered. The SF-260 two-seater. aircraft

does not ha. e ejection seats, according to v the Air Force spokesperson . . This means that in case of emergency,the pilots have to get out of the aircraft manually. "That's a possibility, that they manually bailed out," said Okol, who added that the pilots were wearing parachutes that could be opened at low altitude.

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Air Force planes grounded after crash

HE Philippine Air Force (PAF) on Sunday ordered the grounding of its remaining seven SF-260 planes as the PAFand other rescue teams continue the search for the illfated aircraft that crashed last Friday in the waters of Mariveles, Bataan,
PAF spokesperson Col. Miguel Ernesto Okol said the training planes were temporarily removed from the flight line pending results of the investigation on the crash. Okol said the plane remained missing and the rescue teams from, the PAF, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and Philippine Navy were still looking for the two crewmen. The PAP spokesperson, however, said they remain confident that the pilot and co-pilot of the plane were able to extricate themselves on time and couldstill be alive, The PCG earlier identified the pilots as Maj. Neil Tumaneng and 1st L1.Michael Amgay.

Okol explained that while the trainer plane has no automatic ejection seats it has, on the other hand, a manual bailout capability. The pilots were also equipped with parachutes that can open even at low altitude, he added. "We are pinning our hopes that [they bailed out before the crash]. That's a possibility that they manually bailed out, " Okol said. In a text message, Okol reported that the PAPhas contracted the services of a sea-bed mapping ship that uses side sonar to map the waters seen as the possible wreck site. In coordination with the Philippine Navyand the Coast Guard, the PAFhad narrowed the search to a 1 x 1,2 nautical mile search area south-south west of La Mania Island near Corregidor.

"To date there have been no confirmation of the actual wreck site and the "aircraft save for a few debris found last Friday, " Okol added, He belied earlier reports from other agencies that remains or body parts have been recovered, saying an official reports will emanate from PAP-PIO office to prevent any misleading and unverified reports from other agencies or entities. The PAF spokesman said the air force and other rescue teams will continue searching until the aircraft and its crew are located. Records show that the SF-260 plane took off at Sangley Point in Cavite at around 6 a.m. Friday'for a mission training flight to Corregidor Island in Bataan and was reported missing hours later.

At around 11:45 a.m. the Northern Luzon Command receivedreports that fishermen saw plane wreckage in the vicinity of Lamonia Island near the municipality of Mariveles,Bataan. SP02 Fernando Fernandez, chief of the Maritime Police Station in Sisiman, Mariveles, said fishermen were plying the waters when the plane smashed almost in the middle of the fishing boats. Sumalimbukay daw ang wbig ng 15 feet pataas at gulat na gulat ang mga mangingisda [water splashed 15 feet up the air and the fishermen were really surprised]," Fernandez quoted the boat captains as saying. 111e police maritime chief said the waters where the plane crashed is about 160 feet deep. WITH REPORTS FROM ERNIE B.ESCONDE

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. The Philippine Air Force (PAF) leadership and materiel, " he said. has ordered the immediate grounding ofthe The Air Force has also contracted a private SF-260squadron pending results of investigation survey ship to help in the continuing search on the crash of Aerarnacchi training plane off . and rescue operationsfor the two missing pilots the waters of Bataan last Friday. of the lllfated 8-260 trainer plane.' PAFspokesman U, CoL Miguel Ernesto Okol Okolsaid the military and Philippine Coast yesterday said the seven SF-260 now in Guard (PC G) search and rescue squadron service were personnel have narrowed porarilyfrtm down to four sites along the flight line La Monha Island and . pending official Oorregidor the findings. possible place "We grounded where the SF-260 for precauSF260 TP Warrior tionary measures rUm to pIRge 2

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716 could have crashed. "The PAF, in coordination with the Navy and the PCG, has narrowed the ~t·\ search to a lxL2 nautical miles area , south southwest of La Monha island near 1 Corregidor," he added. Okol. As of press time yesterday, there has . Coast Guard personnel have reported been no word yet as to the fate of the the recovery of a plane seat, fuel tank two pilots aboard the ill-fated aircraft. and a helmet along the waters off "They have also contracted the Mariveles, Bataan last Friday.



services of a sea bed mapping ship that uses side sonar to effectively map the waters identified as the possible wreck site. To date, the has been no confirmation of the actual wreck site and the aircraft save for a few debris found last Friday," added

Okol also clarified reports that human body parts were recovered from the sea. "This also belies earlier reports from other agencies that remains have been recovered. The PAFand the other rescue teams will continue with the operations until the aircraft has been located," Okal said. He urged the public, j)H!U( l'lilrly the media, to coordinate only widl his oi'ne\; with regard to tilt) 1;1,,8h.

"All official reports will emanate from this office to prevent any misleading and unverified reports from other agencies or entities," Okol said. The Air Force spokesman admitted that the ill-fated SF260 has no ejection seats that could been used by the pilots before the actual crash. He explained that the plane !lnly has manual bailout pn.,erdurcs. "'tV,, J.!''2 ;)L'l';l'~ our hopes that they did it.i.that's a pOt>sibility that they

manually bailed out," said Okol'!but explained that manual bailout entails certain altitude. ' The ill-fated SF260 TIV·716 took off around 6:52 a.m. from Sangley Point in Cavite last Friday and was expected to return from a proficiency flight of the two pilots - a major and a lieutenant when it failed 10 cume back as scheduled, prompting the alert and search and rescue 'operations .

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Taiwanpresi ent hopes for eacefulend toshoalrow
TAIPEI - Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou expressed optimism" yesterday that conflicting territorial claims of the Philippines, China and Taiwan in the South China Sea will be resolved peacefully. Ma said they are committed "to addressing the dispute in a "rational and peaceful way," "In the Sou th China Sea, we

have implemented a cohesive conflict in a rational and peacepolicy that we safeguard the ful way," he said. With other government of-, sovereignty dispute, pursue peace and prosperity and pro~ ficials by his side, Ma held a mote joint exploration," Ma 40-minute press conference at said yesterday about two hours the President's Office attended after he was sworninto office by journalists from different countries, for his second term. "We will solve the dispu te in "We are a peace-loving country and we will solve the a peaceful manner, but we will "Under President Ma, we w~reable to increase labor arrivals here from the Philippines," Perez told reporters from the Philippines during Ma's inauguration. "For his second term, I hope we could further improve our relations between the Philippines and Taiwan," Perez added.

still continue to uphold sovereign claims over the South China Sea," the Taiwanese president said. The claim on Panatag or Scarborough Shoal heated up after Chinese vessels started preventing Filipino fishermen from entering the shoal lagoon. The standoff at Panatag began on April 10 when two Chinese fishery ships were depl~~ed ~ the area to prevent the Philippine Navy from arresting and detaining Chiness poachers who had been apprehended in the area for illegally harvesting endangered marine species. China has also suspended the importation of produce
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from the Philippines, including bananas, which has hurt local producers in the country. Aside from the conflict in Panatag, journalists from different countries also asked Ma about his dipping popular.ity over some policies implemented by his administration, which include the pricing structures of electricity and the possible lifting of a ban on US beef, among others. "(In my second term) our goal is to. promote and uphold ideas, work together and create well-being for Taiwan," Ma said. "The real second term starts after the election, so" after the election we reshuffled the Cabinet and proposed some new policies ... which gained some negative opinions from the public and (thus we will) make necessary adjustments," Ma said. Local newspapers here reported thousands of people marched in the streets of Taipei protesting some of the government's recent controversial moves. Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim also attended the reception on Saturday night hosted by Taiwan's Ministry or Foreign Affairs. Earlier, the Philippine government expressed hope that there will be more work opportunities for Filipinos during Ma's second term. Amadeo Perez, chairman of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO)in~ipe~saidsince2010more - Filipinos have managed to find employment in Taiwan.

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ALTHOUGHthe Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal is not a tourist destination and only fishermen have ventured into the area, Malacafiangon Sunday imposed a travel ban to "preserve the ecosystem," ' "The government has decided to prohibit fishing in Baja de Masinloc and within one nautical mile of Baja de Masinloc for the sole purpose of making sure that we preserve the ecosystem. Let's allow the ecosystem to flourish first. It will do us no good if we will go there and, again, to disturb the ecosystem in Bajade Masinloc," Palacespokesman Edwin Lacierda told a radio interview over state-owned dzRB. The decision to ban fishing at the disputed shoal came after China reportedly ordered Chinese fishermen not to.go to the area in a bid to defuse the tension there. On Thursday, President Benigno Aquino 3rd stopped former Marine Capt Nicanor Faeldon and his group from sailing to the Panatag Shoal. Faeldon had planned to stage a protest rally there. "I think we can show our patriotism by supporting the position of our government and that would be a sufficient expression of support," Iaderda said, The Palace official denied reports that China would be sending a modern warship to Subic after the United States sent its submarine to the country last week.

"Wehave no information on that I have confirmed that with the AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines] and they don't have that kind of information," he said. i Meanwhile, former National Se- '/ curity Adviser Jose Almonte said that the Philippines should do what is right and continue to find ways to resolve the dispute in a peaceful manner. "What China is trying to do is might is right, so we do the opposite," he told a television program. He said that doing what is right is the only way for the Philippines to gain the respect of other countries. Almonte said that President Aquino is treading the right path in insisting that the issue be resolved in a civilized way through diplomatic channels and international court of justice. "Nobody can build this nation except ourselves, nobody can protect this nation except ourselves. As we do it today, we have to be patient and we should not be intirni- ' dated by anybody," he said, TIledispute over Panatag Shoal is now on its sixth week but Manila and Beijingare still trying to resolve the impasse, The Philippines has urged China to bring the issue before the United National Convention on the Laws of the Seas, but the Chinese government is against the proposal,



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rising tensions with China over said the country was .deterthe Spratlys islands. . mined to "improve our national Lee's response was 'not dis- defense by building a minimum closed he Seoul He FOREIGN Secretary Albert del Rosario on Satur- wanted but help said that resolve credible defense posture." this to Manila said that the Philippines day said Japan) South Korea and Australia) along its maritime problems. year would receive $144.66 million (about P6,2S billion) in with the United States, were helping the Philip- Australian vessels defense assistance from the pines 'establish a minimum credible defense posFrom Australia, Del. Rosario United States. He also said he had secured US ture to complement its diplomatic initiative in said the country could expect to get "a number of vessels for funding for a $53-million (about dealing with its territorial disputes' with China. search and rescue, as well as P2.3 billion) radar system {orthe In a text message to the In- gistics agreement. "I under- significant training here and Philippine Coast Guard. quirer, Del Rosario said Japan stand our defense department abroad for large numbers of our would likely provide the coun- is looking to possibly purchase military" when the status of the S Chinese warships Del Rosario also wants to try with 10 40-meter patrol aircraft from there," according visiting forces agreement between the two countries is rati- bring the territorial disputes to boats under its official develop- to Del Rosario. In November, President fied this week. an international court for arbiment aid and two larger ones as Earlier, the military an- tration, but China has opposed Aquino asked visiting South Kogrants. He said South Korea had pro- rean President Lee Myung-bak nounced it would be getting a this, insisting on bilateral negovided the Armed Forces of the for aircraft, patrol boats and' second Hamilton-class cutter tiations. Also yesterday, the DepartPhilippines equipment, such as other hardware to help boost from the United States. Del Rosario has repeatedly ment of' National Defense vests and helmets, under a 10- the country's military amid then

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. The report about the deployment of Chinese warships close to the Philippines' maritime territory' came in the wake of the docking of a US submarine, the USS North Carolina, in Subre Bay last week. In international waters The DNDhas also denied that DND spokesperson Peter the port call of the North CaroliGalvez said the Chinese war- na was connected to the ongoships were in international wa- ing territorial dispute between ters where they had freedom of the Philippines and China. Galvez has said the port call navigation. "As long as they are in inter- was arranged days before the national waters, this should not standoff in Panatag Shoal on be of serious concern. They are April 10, when two Chinese in international waters, then' maritime ships prevented a that's part of freedom of naviga- Philippine Navy ship from artion," said Galvez. resting Chinese poachers. "It's hard to connect these; "There are also ships of other : .......•..... ..... .:..:::...::..:.::.:: :...:::.::.... countries that also go to the It's not for us to speculate on the ~~~~~~~..,---. :::.:.::: .. : ... . :: ....... .. :.:. : >QFFICEOFTHEARM'(CHIEF area. The West Philippine Sea is actions of other countries," he 89.2-1693,tocal:S281,5295 . .. '.. . .'. a heavy maritime transit area." said. . played down the reported presence of five Chinese warships in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) amid a prolonged territorial stand-off in the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal.


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deployment of the five Chinese warships was a response to the recent visit of a US submarine in Subic Bay, Zambales. "It's not for us to speculate on the actions of other countries," he said . The DND official, however, said other countries can ply the route and can do port calls when needed subject to prior approval. . Cal vez said they would continue to monitor developments in the West Philippine report said. Talk about the supposed deployment of the five Chinese warships came after the US submarine USS North Carolina surfaced in Subic Bay last week. There have been speculations that the five ships may be used to support the Chinese vessels around Panatag Shoal if the standoff over the disputed area worsens. Known internationally as Scarborough Shoal, Panatag 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 Panatag Shoal standoff started on April 10 after two Chinese maritime surveillance vessels barren the Philippine

Sea, which is the subject of a territorial row in the region. . Earlier, Duotoie Neux, a news outlet operated by overseas Chinese in Taiwan, reported that five Chinese warships have been sent on a training mission in a yet unspecified location near the Philippines. The ships deployed for the mission were two Type-052B destroyers, two Type-054A frigates and a Type-071 amphibious transport vessel, the

Navy from arresting Chinese fishermen who had poached endangered maritime species . from the area. The Philippines has been. calling for a rules-based mul- . tilateral approach to the terri-· torial row but China said this would only complicate the issue. China has rejected an; invitation by the Philippines. to bring the standoff before an international body. The US has declined to take sides on the territorial row but . has promised to help the Philippines improve its maritime security capabilities. Th'esubmarine USS Carolina surfaced last Sunday but officials claimed that the port call was not related to the standoff. Philippine security officials said the visit of the submarine was a routine port call scheduled on April 3, a week before the standoff started.

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Asean, US talk security amid China standoff
The United States and Southeast Asian nations yesterday embarked on three days oftalks that would include security cooperation shortly after a P~ntagon report raised concerns about China's military buildup. The· Philippines, host of the discussions and an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asearr) member, is engaged in a month-long maritime standoff with China over a disputed shoal in the South China Sea. "Eminent persons" and senior officials from the United States and Asean would meet from May 20 to 22 in Manila,USEmbassy and Department of Foreign Mfairs statements said. Deepening security cooperation, climate change and trade and investment will all be onjhe table over the three days of talks. ~hey will also "review key elements of the US-Asean partnership," the embassy said. The meeting will also prepare for US-A,seanleaders' talks in November: The poorly armed Philippines has
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been stressing its defense ties with close ally Washington· to help bolster its position against China. A Pentagon report said China was carrying out aggressive cyber espionage as part of a steady buildup of its military power. Beijing expressed its "firm opposition" to the findings ofthe annual assessment. Malacafiang, meanwhile, yesterday said it is ready to deal with potential cyber-attacks At the radio press briefing, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda claimed that Filipino IT expsrts are considered the best in the world, thus making the Philippine a power to reckon with insofar as cyber warfare is concerned. "Our technical people are very c ompetenL, we have been coordinating with the Department of Science and Technology. As to whether (the) Chinese have been involved or investing in that, we are in no position to comment," he stressed. "Suffice it to say that as soon as we detect on our servers (an incident) that would point to a (denial of service attack), our IT people are on top of it and they are competent in dealing with it, » Lacierda added. The Palace official was referring to recent cyber-attacks . on government Websites, including I that on the Official, Gazette I (, where there were signs the attacks originated from --China. OFFI~ Other recent attacks had . . targeted th e sites of the Department of Budget and Management (,

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Relate dIy, in the absence of military capability, former National Security Adviser Jose Almonte said the country can use his 11th principle of war - "right is might" - in addressing the standoff with China over the disputed Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea. In a broadcast interview, Almonte said while China is seemingly advocating "might is right~principle, the Philippines can do the opposite to gain the respect ofthe world. "Doingright, gaining the respect of the world, world opinion then we can say right is might...well, what China is trying to do is might is right, so we do the opposite," said Almonte, who serves as National Security Adviser during the time of former President Ramos. "Especially for a nation like us which has no capacity to physically protect our territorial integrity, for instance, by doing things which are right what derives from there is respect of the world and that respect is mighty," he added. Almonte stressed that weapons alone do not win war. He cited the war led by the United States against Iraq which the "world disagreed and was not allowed" and the Nato-led toppling of former Libyan strongman Moammar Kadhafi which was "acceptable" to the world "so they won." "Of course, they L17.~ the


weapons but having weapons only without being right will not make you win," he added. Atthe same time, Almonte said the Aquino administration is doing the right move in trying to resolve the more than month standoff with China in Panatag Shoal. "The President is along this line ...Ithink the President, given the state of our nation's security, is doing well in the task," he

Almonte also stressed that every Filipino citizen must do his own share of protecting the nation. "Nobody can build this nation except ourselves, nobody can protect this nation except ourselves, and today that we are in this situation ...wejust have to be patience and we should not he intimidated by anybody ...oul' people should know that we as a people should live only when it's right to live and we die only when it is right to die," said Almonte. The former NSA said the present administration can reform some sectors, like communications and port operations, by introducing competitions to generate additional funds to upgrade the military capability. "The competition that is introduced will generate the activitythat willproduce the wealth necessary to buy our airplanes and our boats," AImonte said. Aquino has given priority in upgrading the capability of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) since last year following --,--.,...-the tension with China over the Kalayaan Islands Group (KIGs) or the Spratlys also in the. West --,;,-~~__"';'-'---"Philippine Sea. Fernan J. Angeles, Mario J. Mallari and AFP

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Qn Navy Day, read-along held in 8 provinces
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FOR 500 CHILDREN, it was a day for makebelieve. Gathered in separate groups in 'various locations around the country, the young sters-for a few hours, at least-turned into environmental warriors battling to save the "pawikan" (sea turtle) from extinction or fighting fishermen engaged in dynamite fishing. They also rode a whale as it swam toward a ship it had fallen in love with. These were the highlights of Saturday's special INQUIRER Read-Along sessions held in Manila and eight provinces to mark the

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114th anniversary of the Philippine Navy this month. A separate read-along session was also held on Siargao Island, Surigao Del Norte, where at least 100 children listened to a story about taking care of the seas read by Climate Change Commission Vice Chair Mary Ann Lucille.Sering. The simultaneous storytelling sessions, using the Philippine Navy's video teleconferencing system (\ITS), featured returning storyteller Cheryl Cosim, Alitaptap readers Rich Rodriguez and Posh Develos, and Lt. Doris Dizon. Children from eight other naval bases around the country joined the read -along sessions held at the Philippine Navy head; quarters on Roxas Boulevard in Manila and broadcast simultaneously to the

eight bases with the help of the vrs. the dangers of dynamite fishing. This was the second time the Navy and the "1 was amazed at the technology. It was INQUIRER had used the vrs technology for si· interesting to see children from different multaneous read-along sessions nationwide. parts of the country react to the story"Since the first time was such a success, telling," Cosim said. we decided to do it again this year," said the Importance of reading Navy chief, Vice Adm. Alexander P. Parna. 'We made some improvements and the A recent recipient of the military's children from the other naval bases were more "Bayanihan" Award, Cosim also works with receptive and participative. I think we were the Navy during medical missions featured able to achieve our purpose, which is to en- in her program 'Alagang Kapatid," especialcourage children to read. We are really thank- ly during typhoons and other emergencies. ful to the INQUIRER for pushing the advocacy. I Her show airs on TVS. hope this can be a yearly thing," he added. A child right'S advocate, Cosim said she The VIS is usually used by the Navy for always made time for programs like the meetings with staff and commanders from read-along, "which help children in so . other naval forces, reducing the need to many ways." travel, according to Parna, "The read-along is engaging and it keeps The participating bases were the Naval Sta- children entertained. More than anything, tion Felix Apolinario in Panacan, Davao City; it is also an avenue to help children realize Naval Base Rafael Ramos in Lapu-Lapu City, the importance of education. I feel happy Cebu; Naval Station San Miguel in San Anto- that I am able to contribute to the cause of nio, Zambales; Naval Station Romulo 11.Es- the INQUIRER and the Navy," she said. paldon in Lower. Calarian, Zamboanga City; Dizon, of the naval management and fisNaval Station Julhasan A Arasain in Rawis, cal office, read "Domino and the Whale" by Legazpi City; Naval Station Heracleo Alano in Lina B. Diaz de Rivera, a story about a, Sangley Point, Cavite City; Naval Station whale which fell in love with a ship. . Emesto R. Ogbinar in Rodriguez and Develos did a tandem Paro Point, San Fer- reading of Adarna's "Si Pilandok sa Pulo ng . nando City, La Union; Pawikan," by Victoria Afionuevo, a story and Naval Station about how the tiny warrior Pilandok saved ApolinarioJalandoon the endangered species. in Puerto Princesa Through the vrs, the readers interacted City,Palawan. . with the kids, who were either children or Cosim, a television dependents of Navy personnel, during the news personality,' question and answer session that followed read "Si Carancal La- each reading. ban sa mga BongIn Cebu, POI Merly Mendoza beamed bongeros (Carancal with pride when her daughter; Dorothy.' against the Dyna- Anne, correctly answered a question. "This mite Pirates)," by is a good sign, it means Dorothy Anne is' , Rene Villanueva and . paying attention and that she likes to read," published by Lam- Mendoza said. para. It deals with


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In Zamboanga, Rear Adrn. Armando ~ Guzman, commander of Naval Forces West- :ern Mindanao, said the children were very . attentive during the session. "When the, book was flashed on screen, they read every . word on it," he said. Guzman said read-along made reading . books fun and exciting to the children. In Davao City, children of soldiers sat side by' side with those from Padre Pio'si Home for Children, a Catholic institution). for orphaned and abandoned children. In Palawan, John Rafael Ambag, 12, a son of an enlisted personnel, said it was "refreshing" to be part of the session. 'We were made aware of how to take care of mother nature and how to avoid its destruction," he said In Legazpi City, Comma. Abraham Celzo, commander of Naval Forces Southern Luzon, and his staff led by Lt ..Darwin Nieva, added a repertoire of songs and dances to the stories.

Henry Simpas, 10, of Cavite, said he enjoyed most the story of Pilandok and the pawikan. "It teaches people to take care of animals, especially (the) endangered species," Simpas said. He said the story reminded him of a TV report about protecting endangered animals. "I also remembered my dog Nestor and our pet fish at home." In Manila, 13-year-old Paula Ghie Laxa said she felt "very thankful" to be in the session. Laxa is one of 20 street children brought by social welfare officials to the reading. About 35 children of enlisted men trooped to San Antonio in Zambales to join the simulcast. In La Union, 5-year-cild LJ Jarata sat enthralled as she listened to the stories of sea creatures. Like-the nearly 30 other children gathered at Para Point in San Fernando City, she is a child of aNavy personnel. "Storytelling .and reading should really be instilled in children so they should not get trampled on by technology," said CS3 Rosalinda Borja, president of the Naval Forces Women's League, referring to computer games and social networking sites that have become popular among children. CoL Elizabeth A. Vingson, president of Philippine Navy Officers Wives Association, said the program aimed to stress the importance of reading and reach out to children in need. "Reading is very important in the children's learning process." she said. With




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Salute to AFP . , dedicated soldiers
I WISH to give a salute to the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Despite the efforts of some who want (0 destroy the image of the AFr, they have set a record of zero Human' Rights violation in the first four months of 2012. This is a positive indication that the military command is doing better in educating and training its

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Here is another reason to speed try shut down the US bases in up efforts to develop the coun- Clark Field and Subic Bay in 1992. try's credible defense capability: The modernization program for preventing further loss of lives the Armed Forces of the Philipamong those who are tasked to pines, belatedly started in 1996,has keep the nation safe. Last Friday fallen woefully short of expectamorning, another trainer plane of tions. Compounding the lack of inthe Philippine Air Force crashed vestments in new PAF aircraft, off La Monja Island in Cavite. many of the old ones have crashed, The Warrior Cessna had taken off with a high incidence of mishaps from Sangley Point in Cavitebe- involving trainer planes. fore 7 a.m. before witnesses saw The ongoing standoff with Chiit plunge into the sea. As of yes- ita in Panatag or Scarborough terday, the two PAF pilots, Maj. Shoal has brought home the realiNeil Tumaneng and Ll.t, Michael·· ty of how weak the Philippine milArugay,had not yet been found. itary has become, and has given' PAF aircraft are needed not just urgency to AFP modernization ef-' for fighting enemies of the state forts. With AFP prionities shifting but also for relief and rescue op- from internal security to territorierations. Patrol aircraft are also al defense, the government has anneeded as much as patrol boats to nounced plans to acquire additionkeep out intruders and uphold al PAF aircraft. This should move Philippine sovereignty over its quickly beyond the planning stage territory. and political rhetoric. In the past Yet investment in credible de- years a standing joke about the fense has received low priority, PAF is: thatit is all air and no force. with the national leadership see- The joke would be hilarious if it ing no need to fill the security didn't have such tragic co nsevacuum created when the coun- quences,



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