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AlUf\( RELATED ISSUES
Bulacan cops await arrest warrant for soldier Bulacan policemen are waiting the issuance of a warrant for the arrest of an Army Scout Ranger tagged as key suspect in a massacre in San Jose del Monte City last week. (Dine Balabo) P500K for Tarlac City Peso from DOLE CMD-PESO head Marivlc Espinosa, together with Nida Ducu of the provincial PESO, Arlyn Tolentino of Tarlac DOLE and 3rd Mechanized Infantry Battalion commander Ltc Ernesto Torres pose during the awarding of DOLE's financial assistance to PESO held at the Northern Luzon Command recently. (Jorge Hubierna) uSummer Olympics: Huling Hiritsa Tag-init 2012" Quezon police director Senior Supt. Valeriano de Leon signals the start of the Tug of war during the opening of the summer sportsfest. AFP Leads Human Rights Campaign The 7th Infantry Division (7ID) of the Philippine Army (PA) based here has launched its massive campaign against human rights violations. Brigadier General Alan Luga, Army 710 Commander, said he wants soldiers and civilian paramilitary units to lead in the promotion of human rights. (Anthony Manuel) Akbayan is civilian arm of AFP· CPP The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) yesterday scored pro-Aquino Akbayan Party for its alleged role in massive military abuses and human rights violations in the Bondoc Peninsula and in southern Quezon Province during the past months. (Mario Mallari) Red tackles Pink: Communists say Akbayan sleeps with enemy The CPP is accusing the party list group Akbayan of conspiring with the military in committing human rights violations in Quezon province and Bondoc Peninsula. (Victor Reyes) Phil Star p. A-28

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6 CHR hits hasty clearance of raps vs soldiers Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairperson Loretta Rosales has scored the chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Human Rights Office (AFPHRO) for saying that the 84 cases of abuse filed against military personnel since 2010 did not have a leg to stand on. (Leila Salaverria) Malaysia too wants peace in Panatag Malaysia supports the Philippines' call for a "peaceful resolution" of its dispute with China over the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) in accordance with international law. (Jerry Esplanada) POI p. A-9

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China asks PHL to avoid provocative statements THE Chinese Defense Ministry urged its Philippine counterpart on Tuesday to refrain from issuing statements that could further inflame the territorial dispute between Beijing and Manila, and to keep their communication lines open as both countries worked to defuse the tension brought about by the standoff at Panatag Shoal. Malaysia supports RP call for Unclos resolution to Panatag standoff Malaysia has voiced out support for the Philippine position that the resolution of the Panatag Shoal dispute with China should be based on the United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), Vice President Jejomar Binay revealed yesterday. (Mario Manari) China open to a dialogue, says Gazmin ., Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on Tuesday said China was open to dialogue and communications. In a statement released by the Philippines' Department of National Defense, Gazmin said he had met with his Chinese counterpart Liang Guanglie during the Asean Defense Ministers Meeting and took the time to discuss their territorial row over Scarborough Shoal. (Florante Solmerin) Gazmin, Sino official agree to dialogue Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin met yesterday with his Chinese counterpart, Defense Minister Liang GuangHe, for the first time since the standoff in the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal began on April 10. (Dona Pazzibugan) PH, China defense chiefs discuss shoal row The Defense chiefs of the Philippines and China held bilateral talks on Tuesday to discuss, among the others, the territorIal dispute over the Panatag (Scarborough Shoal) Photo: Goodwill Visit Photo: Two Japanese training ships are docked at Pier 13 of Manila's South Harbor for a four-dayvisit. Photo: Chit-chat with children

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16 canoe-kayak competitions, dinagsa Winasak ng mga aspirante sa dragonboat at canoe-kayak competitions ang 700 mark, ang pinakamalaking turnout sa 38 national sports associations na nagpartisipa sa second POC-PSC National Games Dragon boat races draw 700 Aspirants in the dragonboat and canoe-kayak competitions have breached the 700 mark, easily the biggest turnout among 38 national sports associations participating in the ongoing second POC-PSC National Games. Dragonboat,

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Govt, MILF panels craft new autonomous area in Mindanao Negotiators from the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have resumed peace talks in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to craft an "autonomous and democratic" replacement for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). www.manilatimes.net

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MALOLOS CITY - Bulacan policemen are awaiting the issuance of " a warrant for the arrest of an Army Scout Ranger tagged as key suspect in a massacre in San Jose del Monte City last week. " This developed as Pfc, Maximo Pasking gave himself up to the Scout Ranger commandant in Manila. " Superintendent Marcos Rivero, San Jose del Monte City police chief, said he was informed by the Army " . Scout Ranger that -the,yhave Pasking

under their custody. "We are just waiting for the issuance of the warrant for his arrest and we are ready to pick him up," Rivero said. " Earlier, the San Jose del Monte City police filed double murder charges and two counts of frustrated murder against Pasking, a member of the 12th Scout Ranger Company based in Basilan . "Pasking allegedly shot dead

Vicente and Morena Sinugbuan, and wounded 17-year-old Jennifer Horario and Morena's 67-year-old mother Melania Cuevas. Two others survived the attack. Police said Pasking was drunk when he ran amuck and shot the victims last Tuesday. The shooting stemmed from the soldier's insistence to get payment for the".45-caliber handgun he had sold to Morena's brother-in-law identified only as RB.

P500K FOR TARLAC PESO FROM DOLE ~ Tarlac City CMD-PESO head Marivic Espinosa, together wl:th Nlda ,?ucu of the provincial PESO, Arlyn Tolentino of TarlacDOLE and 3rd Mechanized Infantry Division Battalion commander Lt. Col. Ernesto Torres pose during the awarding of DOLE's financial assistance to PESO held at the Northern Luzon Command recently.

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(left) signals the start of the tug of war during the opening of the summer sportsfest themed "Summer OlympIcs! Huling Hlrlt sa Tag· Init 2012" held at Graceland Estate and Country Club In Tayabas City over the weekend. The activity was participated 111 by Quezon policemen, troopS from the Armed For9es' southern Luzon Command and Calabarzon-based newsmen. The sportsfest was organized bY journalists Michelle Zoleta and Madel IngleS and was facilitated by the Army's 1st Special Forces Battalion under Its commander Lt. Col. Monico Abang. Photo by GEMf FORMARAN

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AFPL,eads HUDlan Rights Campaign
By MARK ANTHONY N. MANUEL

FORT MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija - The 7th Infantry Division (7ID) of the Philippine Army (PA) based here has ,launched its massive campaign against human rights violations. , Brigadier General Alan Luga, 'Army 7ID Commander, said he wants . soldiers and civilian 'paramilitary units to lead in the promotion of human rights. He said that the program encourages the use ofindigenons languages in target communities for easy un-

derstanding and eventually bonding among and between civilians and soldiers. Luga added that implementing the program will empower communities to settle differences peacefully in the light of human rights and the, prevailing law thus creating an environment fit for children and families to live in. "We will invest extensively in human rights education and values formation. Military and para-military personnel should be guided with the right values and advocacy on this (human rights)," Luga said.

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:.,' .:The Communist party ofthe Philippines '(CPP)yesterdayscoredtro-AquinoAkba¥M ; Party forits alleged role in. massive military abuses and human rlghtsviolations in the Bondoc Peninsula and in southern Quezon Province dUringthe past months. " In a statement, the CPP blamed Akbayan, which is a close ally of President Aquino, for allegedly acting as the civilian' ""ahn of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in its anti-insurgency campaign in the Southern Luzon areas. , "The peasant masses and people of ., So.uth Quezon and In.the Bondoc Peninsula "are suffering from grave military abuses

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and itsOplan Bayanihan, n the CPP said. "Members of Akbayan-affiljated organizations are being recruited and ' trained by the AFP as Cafgu (Civilian Armed Force Geographical Unit) 'elements and employed-in the AFP's campaigns of suppression under its Oplan , Bayanihan plan. It complements and completes the US-designed Oplan Bayanihan war of suppression of the AFP as the so-called civil' society component to cover-up the brutalities of the military operations directed against civilians," it added. Among 'the Akbayan leaders now .' workingwith the Aquino administration are controversial Presip_entialPolitical.Adviser

as a result ofthe intensified militarY ' Ronald Llamas and Commlsslon on Human operations of the AFP," the CPP said. Rights (ORR) Chatnnan Etta Rosales. The party claimed that the Aquino . "Rosales' serving as head of the ORR government has deployed at least eight is a grave mockery of human rights as battalions of its Armed Forces, theAkbayanPartyhasbeen-yvorkinghand paramilitary troops and police personnel, in glovewith the AFP in waging the Oplan in the 22 towns of southern Quezqn, the Baya:n:ihan war of suppression against the equivalent of around 200 armed men in people," the CPP said. every town. ,"The Akbayan Party is a petty"State armed forces are wreaking bourgeois 'reformist group that is in ' havoc on the lives of the people of South coalition with the Aquino regime. Its Quezon/' the CPP said. officials have been appointed by Aquino "Armed troops make use of people's invarious top-level positions of the houses for months on end, terrorizing reactionary government. It serves as an people, committing grave abuses" apologist of the key anti-people programs traumatizing the youth and children, of the Aquino government-such. as the causing grave social hardships and Conditional Cash Transfer," it added. economic dislocations, encouraging gambling, drinking, drUg abuse and other antisocial activities and disrupting school classes and community peace and order," it added. Incidentally, the Army's 2nd Infantry Division (ID) had revealed the continuing dwindling of the communist ranks in Quezon province. The CPP accused the Akbayan Party of conspiring with the AFP in its counterinsurgency operations, serving as the principal Civilian arm in the psy-war campaign even before the Aquino administration. , =====, "Akbayan's collaboration with'the AFP has intensified under the Aquino regime

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BY VICTOR REYES THE Communist Party of the Philippines is accusing the partylist group Akbayan of conspiring w1th the military in committing human rights violations in Quezon province and Bondoc Peninsula. Akbayan has among its officials Loretta Ann Rosales, chair of the Commission on Human Rights. A number of Akbavan officials, including Rosales, .are former members of the Communist Partv of the Philippines-New People's Army. They severed ties with the CPP~NPA 'due to ideological differences. The CPP said members of Akbayan's affiliated organizations

"are being recruited and trained by the AFP as Cafgu elements and employed in the AFP's campaigns of suppression under its Oplan Bayanihan plan." It said Akbavan has been conspiring with the military in its counter-insurgency operations in the past but this intensified during the time of President Aquino whose administration is implementing the internal peace and security plan "Bayanihan" against insurgents. The Cf'P said the "peasant masses" and the people of South Quezon and Bondoc Peninsula "are suffering from grave military abuses" as a result of the operations of the AFP which has eight battalions in the areas. "State armed forces are wreaking

havoc on the lives of the people of been working hand in glove with South Quezon .... Armed troops the AFP in waging the Oplan Baymake use of people's houses for anihan war of suppression against months on end, terrorizing peothe people," the CPP said. ple, committing grave . abuses, . "The Akbayan Party is a petty traumatizing the youth and dillbourgeois reformist group that dren, causing grave social hard- is in coalition with the Aquino ships and economic dislocations, regime. Its officials have been encouraging gambling, drinking, appointed by Aquino in various drug abuse and other antisocial top-level positions of the reacactivities and disrupting school tionary government," the CPP classes and community peace and said. order," it said. "It serves as an apologist of The Cpp chided Rosales for the key anti-people programs of working 'With the Army's 74th the Aquino government such as Infantry Battalion in a "publicity the Conditional Cash Transfer. stunt" involving the distribution It dresses itself as 'Left' and 'soof land titles to Quezon residents cialist' in a vain attempt to draw recently. the people away from the path "Ros;Xes' serving as head of the of militant-resistance and revoCHR is a grave mockery of human lutionary struggle," the CPP also said. .rights as the Akbayan party has

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was no' sufficient evidence against the soldiers. "I find that unrealistic," Rosales said. COMMISSION on HUman Rights (CHR) Chair Loretta Rosales has scored the chief "How can the Board of Inquiry in two to of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Hu- three days or even a week validate and ac~an Rights Office (AFPHRO) for saying, tually come up with a conclusion against84 that the 84 cases of abuse filed agamst mili- complaints from 15 regional offices and tary personnel since 2010 did not have a leg five more sub-offices of the CHR and say these are nothing?" . to stand on. According to her, the AFPHRO's claim Rosales, in a recent briefing, said she WaS "utterly dismayed" by the AFP's state- was "an insult to the integrity of the work mentthat essentially dismissed the 84 being done by the CHR." Rosales said the task of validating and cases filed in the eHR against Af'P personverifying the legitimacy of the comnel. AFPHRO chief Col: Domingo Tataan had plaints takes time and entails a lot of said that the findings of its Board of In- work. So dismissing them just like that was unfair. . quiry showed that the cases of human "It takes .more than just the wink of an rights violations implicating military pereye to come up with the legitimacy of these . sonnel were just accusations and there

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complaints," she said. She made the statements in a recent briefing before she left for Geneva to attend the United Nations Human RightS Council's' second periodic review of the Philippines' human rights record. Carlos Conde of the New York-based Human Rights Watch said Thtaan's claim was "misleading and obviously an outright lie," 'as well as "self-serving." "The AFPHRO is not the final arbiter of human rights cases," Conde said. He said thatiftheAFPwanted to help improve the country's human rights situation, it must cooperate with civilian authorities investigating extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and incidents of torture.

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MALAYSIAsupports the Philippines' call for a "peaceful i \ national sea lanes," Binay said. resolution" of its dispute with China over the Pamitag \,,,dalmant to the Spratlys, has alsobeen '~MalaYSia, although a • ..•.. not (Scarborough) Shoal m the West Philippine Sea (South, drawn actively into any maritime inChina Sea) in accordance , with international law. ci~ent, and to the other parties," its, WIsecounselcould probably l~nd he'
. Malaysian Prime Minister NajibPhilippine Sea, said Salgado, who is said. his country's position on part of the Vice President's delegation ~" -Binay referred to the We§t Philipthe issuerduring a meeting yesterday on his official trip to Malaysia. pine Sea issues and the MuS'lim.insurwith VicePresident Jejomar Binay;acIn a text message to the INQUlRER,gencyin Mindanao as amongthe "imcoiding to Joey Salgado, Binay's me-Salgado quoted the Malaysian prime portant hurdles" that the Philippines dia officer and spokesperson. . minister as expressing support for a . and Malaysia need to overcome. "The two leaders only talked about "multilateral sdhition" to the conflict. "They are critical not only to our thePanatag Shoal issue," and not the The Philippines and Malaysia are two countries but to the region as six-nation conflict over the Spradys among the 10 members of the Associ- well," he said, ' group of islands, also in the West ation of Southeast Asian Nations' Binay pointed out that Malaysia " .. )' hi halso zn I' 'd', 'I had been active as the third-country ean , w ena so groups n one-... . -, , -. , . (As sia, Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, .... facilitator in the peace negonatlOnS beVietnam, Burma (Myanmar), Laos tween the Philippine governmen~ and the and Cambodia. secessionist Moro Islamic Liberanon Front Four of, them-the Philippines, (MILF).. .. .,. Malaysia Brunei and Vietnam-are In his remarks, Binay also invited claiming' ownership of the Spratlys Malaysian investors to "enterinto jointvengroup of islands,along with China tures with their Filipino counterpa~s ~n and Taiwan. ,housing developql.ent and mass housmg., In an address yesterday before the He appealed 'to.' Filipino and MalaYSIan Philippines-Malaysia Investment businessmen to continue talking, .a?ou~ Partnership Forum in Kuala Lumpur, ' Joint ventures, "guided by the, Flhpmos Binayurged Malaysia to "lend its wise . bayanihan spirit and the MalaYSiangotong counsel to the other parties" involved royong of working together." , in the West Philippine Sea disputes. "It makes more sense for our economles "In the South China Sea, a broad to'tryto grow simultaneously~ogether. ~beregional approach to the. problem Iieve we are already headed m that direeawaits the wisdom and creativity of tion," he was also scheduled to.'call yesterSinay said.

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HE Chinese Defense Ministry urged its Philippine counterpart on Tuesday to refrain from issuing statements. that could further inflame the territorial spute between Beijing and Manila, and to keep eir communication lines open as both countries orked to.defuse the tension brought about by the andoff at Panatag Shoal. The call was made by Chinese Defense Minister' ang Guanglie during his meeting with Defense -cretary Voltaire Gazmin at the Association of iutheast Asian Nations (Asean) Defense Minisrs' Meeting in Cambodia. A statement issued by the Department of Namal Defense said Liang encouraged the two fense departments to playa positive role in reIving the situation by staying calm and issuing udent remarks in order"toavoid overstatements d misinterpretations:' It also called on both departments to observe straint in their actions and, "most important, eping the lines of communications open"

GAZMIN emphasized that BRP Gregorio del Pilar was en route to Northern Luzon when it r~ceived reports of. the presence of unidentified vessels in the Panatag Shoal.

The standoff at the Scarborough Shoal con" tinues as neither country refuses to leave the area, with China even doubling the number of ships in the territory. The shoal is located 124 nautical miles from Zarnbales and more than 500 nautical miles from China's closest province of Haman. The standoff began on April 10, when BRP Gregorio del Pilar accosted eight Chinese fishing boats at the shoal and was prevented from arresting the poachers by Chinese government ships. According to the statement, Liang noted that
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Malaysia voiced out support for the Philippine position that the resolution of the.Panatag Shoal dispute with China should be based on the UnitedNations Conventionon Law ofthe Sea (UNCLOS), Vice President Jejomar Binay revealed yesterday. In a related development, Department of National

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Einay"expressed optimism that The DND added that "Secretary . the forum will bring in more Gazminwas likewiseofthe viewthat The Spl'atlys,located in the West investments in key industries of the channels of communicationhouldkept s Philippine Sea or South China Sea, Philippines and boost interest in between the two defense ministers." is being claimed by four Asean Mindanao as an investment Liang's statements that "stability countries, along with China and destination. in the West philippine Sea would Taiwan. In a statement the DND said certainlycontribute to the prosperity "Iconveyedto the PrimeMinister Gazmin who was ht Cambodia for of the two countries and their our government's position on the theA;ean Defense Ministers neighbors,~the DNDsaid. dispute with China over, Panasag Meeting,and Liang, who was on an Since April9,the Philippines and Shoal and he supports our poslnon official visit there took time out to Chinahave been locked ill a standoff that it should be resolved based on hold a bilateral di~ogue. . .. in PsnatagShcal after the Philippine international law," Binaysaid. The DND said that while Liang Navy's flagship BRP Gregorio del "BoththePhilippinesandMahzysia admitted that China and .the Pilar was sent to check on the agreed that there needs to be a legal _ reported presence of eight Chinese commitmentto enter into a peaceful Philippines were facing difficulties fishing vessels in the Philippineresolutionof the dispute,' he added. apparently due to the ongoing claimed territory. TheVicePresident's meetingwith , standoff on PanatagShoal, "positive However,tWoChinese maritime the Malaysian Prime Minister was remarks are notable in regards to surveillanceships arrived in the area the first high level, bilateral, the two countries' defenserelations." andpreventedBRPGregoriodel Pilar discussion in five years between the The DND said "(Liang)likewise from accosting the Chinese twocountries. acknowledged that the two defense fillhermen. Since then, both sides Earlier, Binay served as keynote ministers having a dialogue would have maintained their presence on speaker at the Philippines.Malaysia defInitely contribute in the search Panatag Shoal. However, the Investment Partnership Forum for a solution to the current Philippines had accused China of where he expressed confidence that situation." increased assertiveness in the area the two countries "will continue to The Chinese otficia) also with the increasing number of work together until the issues are expressedbelief that the twodefense governmentships. JVlario Mallari satisfactorily resolved in favor of departments should playa positive peace and economic cooperation." role specifically by "staying calm JoinIng him were 35 business making prudent remarks as to th~ leaders belonging to the Philippine situationto avoidoverstatementsand Chamber of Commerce andIndustrY, miSinterpretations by other and the Employers' Confederationof parties, observing restraint in their the Philippines. actions and most importantlykeeping .
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By Florante S. Solmerln
DEFENSE Secretary Voltaire Oumin on Tuesday said China was open to dialogue and communications. In a statement released by the Philippines' Department of National Defense, Gazmin said he had met with his Chinese counterpart Liang Guanglie during the Asean Defense Ministers Meeting and took the time to discuss their territorial row over Scarborough Shoal. According to Liang, . the two defense departments should playa positive role by staying calm, making prudent remarks on the situation to avoiding overstatements and misinterpretations by the parties, observing restraint in 'their actions and most importantly keeping the lines of communications open. The shoal was within .the 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone of the Philippines, but China sy.ked a claim on the area and called it Huanyan Island, more than. 800 nautical miles from the . mainland China. Liang noted that while the Philippines and China were ·currently facing difficulties, "positive remarks are notable in regard to the two countries' defense relations." He likewise acknowledged that the two defense. ministers ..having .a . dialogue would definitely contribute'to the search fora solution to the .COMet, the statement said. .'Gazmin countered the point raised by Liang that it was the Philippines action to have a Philippine Navy vessel' arrest the Chinese fishermen. He emphasized that the Navy vessel. was t en route to the northern Philippines to assist Filipinos who fel threatened by Gazmfn North Koreasrocket,

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According to the DND statement, Liang said they should "stay calm (and) make prudent remarks ... to avoid overstatements and misinterpretations by other parties." He also said both sides should "observe restraint" in their actions. According to the DND, Gazmin defended the Philippine Navy's move on April 1 to in0 tercept the eight Chinese fishing vessels ,that were found to have illegally harvested a big quantity of endangered corals, giant clams DEFENSE Secretary Voltaire Gazmin met and live sharks in Panatag ShoaL He defendyesterday with his Chinese counterpart, ed the Philippine Navy after Liang protested Defense Minister Liang Guanglie, for the the attempt to arrest the Chinese fishermen. first time since the standoffin the Panatag Gazmin said the Philippine Navy ship, (Scarborough) Shoal began on April 1 O. the BRP Gregorio del Pilar, was en route to The two' defense chiefs met on Friday on the sidelines of the Association of South-': northern Luzon to track the North Korean missile launch when it received reports of east Asian Nations (Asean) Defense Minisunidentified vessels in Panatag Shoal. . ters Meeting in Cambodia. Gazrnin said the Navy verified that the China is one of the dialogue partners of eight vessels were illegally collecting enthe 10 member-nations of Asean which is , 9Omposed of the philippines, T~ailal.1d,.Ip.:." dangered marine species. . Chinese maritime surveillance ships, donesia, Mahiysia, Singapore, Btunei,Vi~t~i however, prevented the Navy; and later the nam, .• .Carabedia, Burma (Myanmai)anll, Laos.' .:..... ' Coast Guard, from arresting the Chinese . The Philippines, China, Taiwan and rhree: poachers ,Philippine officials point out that other Asean members, namely; Vietnam, Panatag Shoal is 124 nautical miles (230 Malaysia and Brunei are locked in a territokilometers) from the nearest basepoint in rial dispute over the Spratlys group of isZambales province, well within the Philiplands in the West Philippine (South China) pines' 200 nautical mile exclusive economSea. ' ic zone. In a statement issued Friday, the DepartBut China invokes a historical claim on ment of NationalDefense said Gazmin'and the shoal, which is 472 nautical miles (875 his Chinese counterpart agreed to keep the kilometers) from its coast. Dona Z. pazzcommunication lines open while the two ibugan countries were facing "difficulties." "Secretary Gazmin was of the view that channels of communication should be kept (open) between the two defense ministers," read the statement. "

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HE defense chiefs of the Philippines and China held bilateral talks on Tuesday to discuss; among others, the territorial dispute over the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal.
In a statement, the Department of National Defense (DND) said VIal . the negotiations were aimed at reaching a diplomatic, peaceful and lasting solution to the months-old standoffin the disputed area. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gaz . min and China's Defense Minis.

ter Lian Guanglie met at the sideline of the 6th ASSOciation of Southeast Asian Nations [Asean) Defense MinistersMeet. ing in Cambodia.' The Defense department said that Gazmin and Liang agreed that they play crucial roles in set" ding the dispute and should keep their line of communications open at all times. During the meeting, the two officials Clarified their respective positions on how the dispute started.

Liang claimed that it was sparked by the actions taken by the Philippines' BRP Gregorio del Pilar, which at. tempted to arrest Chinese fishermen for allegedpoaching on Philippine territorial waters. Gazmin explained that the Philippine Navy vessel was en route to the northern part of the Philippines when it received reports about the presence of unidentified vessels at Panatag Shoal. Gazmin told Liang that it had been verified that the Chinese fish-

.errnen were illegally collecting cor. als and endangered species. Liang noted that while the two countries are. at odds, positive de. . velopments were observed with regard to their defense relations. "He [Liang) likewise acknowl. edged that the two defense minis. ters having a dialogue would deftnitely contribute in the search for a solution to the current situation, the statement said. "According to Minister Liang, the two defense departments
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A government soldier engages in banter with curious children who are plying him questions

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Dragonboat, canoe-kayak competitions, dinagsa
National Team. Winasak ng mga aspirante Magkakaroon ng tsansa ang top sa dragonboat at canoe-kayak competitions ang 700 mark, ang performers sa laro na mapahanay sa national pools ngdragonboat at canoepinakamalaking turnout sa 38national sports. associations na nagpartisipa sa kayak, ayon kay PCKFpresident Sim Chi Tat. secondPhilippine Olympic Committee Napasakamay ng Navy teams (POq-Philippine Sports Commission ang men's at mixed team gold (PSC) National Games. medals, habang hinablot ng Boracay Sinabi ni Lenlen Escolante, ang Bombshell ang women's title sa national coach ng Philippine Canoe Kayak Federation Inc. (pCKF), na ilan well-attended Boracay International . sa competitive dragonboat teams at top Dragonboat Festival noong nakaraang buwan, canoe-kayak paddlers ang lumagda Ang outstanding participants sa na para sa kompetisyon na nakatakda event na suportado ng PSC at POC bukas hanggang Linggo sa Lake ang mapapahanay sa national team Caliraya sa Laguna. Han sa dragonboat teams na na sasabak sa Third Asian Beach lumagda na ay ang Manila Dragons, ang Games sa Haiyang, China sa Hunyo Laguna Rapids Paddlers na may tatlong 16-22. Ang kayak events ay koponan, Manila Wave, Philippine Navy.Boracay Bombshell, University of kinapapalooban ng 200 at 500 meters the Philippines, Manila Paddlers, 1925 sa men's at women's sprint single, touring Single at touring double; Team, Spitfire Dragons, PDRT, Aqua Fortis, Pyres, Dragon Pilipinas. Lake habang ang canoe events ay 200 at Buhi of Camsur, Ac-eoture at ang PCKF SOO meters sa men's at women's sprint

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scheduled this Friday up to SunAspirants in the dragonboat day at Lake Caliraya in Laguna. and can<~e-kayak competitions Among the dragonboat teams have breached the 700 mark, that have signed up are theMaeasily the biggest turnout among . nila Dragons, the Laguna Rapids 38 national sports associations Paddlers with three teams, Mapartidpatlng in the ongoing secnila Wave, Philippine Navy, Boond Philippine Olympic Commitracay Bombshell, University of tee (POC)-Philippjne Sports Comthe Philippines, Manila Paddlers, mission (PSC) National Games. 1925 Team, Spitfire Dragons, Lenlen Escolante, national PORT,Aqua FortiS, Pyres, Dragon coach of the Philippine Canoe Pilipinas, Lake Buhi of Camsur, Kayak Federation Inc, (PCKF), Accenture and the PCKF National said the most competitive dragTeam. on boat teams and the topcaTop performers tn the games noe-kayak paddlers have signed will have a chance to be recruited up for the competitions that are to. the national pools of dragonboat and canoe-kayak, according to PCKF president Slm Chi Tat. The Navy teams won the men's and mixed team gold medals, while !:he Boracay Bombshell clinched the women's title in the well-attended Boracay International Dragonboat Festival last month .. Outstanding participants in the event supported by the PSC and the POC could be included on the national team to the Third Asian Beach Games in Hi3iyang, China, scheduled June 16 to 22.

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Govt, MILF panels craft new autonomous area in Mindanao

NEGOTIATORS from the Philippine government and the Mora Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have resumed peace talks in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,to craft an "autonomous and democratic" replacement for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). According to Marvic Leonen, the government's chief peace negotiator, Manila and the MILF are striving to attain a "meaningful autonomy" for Muslims in Mindanao. "Meaningful autonomy is and has always been a collective effort of all [Muslims], with the various other identities represented by the national government complementing their roles," he said at the talks' resumption. Members of both panels and the five governors of the provinces of ARMM-Jum Akbar of Basilan, Mamintal Adiong 'Of Lanao del Sur, Esmael ''Toto'' Manqudadatu of Maguindanao, Abdusakur Tan of Sulu and Sadikul Sahali of Tawi-Tawi-were present at the latest round of talks, which started on Monday when an executive session was held with Malaysian facilitator Tengku Data' Ab Ghafar Tengku Mohamed. Leonen said that both panels were expected to discuss substantive issues like wealth and power sharing between the government and the New Autonomous Political Entity. Members of both panels last month signed a so-called Decision Points on Principles document, wherein they agreed to tackle issues that they could both agree on. "Negotiated political settlements with armed insurgencies therefore should be careful that we do not supplant, devalue or marginalize the efforts of the good souls who ... worked valiantly to achieve the laudable aspirations of those who took arms," Leonen said. He stressed that economic viability is necessary for political autonomy to succeed. "There will always be a failure of political autonomy if the conditions for economic viability of the autonomous area are not given as much priority. Provision of social services and economic development therefore plants the seed for good governance," the government negotiator said. Leonen added that along with good governance, "economic development should enable the autonomous government to be less dependent on national fund transfers." "Less dependency on national fund transfers matters in the continuing negotiations for competence between the national and autonomous government," he said. According to him, the government has been implementing various sodo-economic projects that have been neglected in the past. "I am certain that this will complement the political and legal adjustments that we can agree to in this negotiating table," the government negotiator said. "When we sign a comprehensive peace agreement, the two components will then be in place to ensure that this time around we will have a meaningful and democratic autonomous government in place," he added. Leonen expressed hopes that both parties will come up with a peace deal soon. "We remain optimistic that the sincerity of both sides will pull us through what we expect would be difficult conversations ahead," he said. Teresita Deles, presidential adviser on the peace progress, also expressed hope that the talks would yield positive results. "We pray for the two panels to be able to bridge the gaps between the parties' positions and expand common grounds toward the peace our people have long desired and which our country badly needs to achieve lasting progress," she said.

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