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Army chief eyes improvement in internal peace, security plan The military's internal security plan has gained headway since it was implemented at the start of the Aquino administration but it still needs continuing improvement, military officials and groups admitted on Wednesday. ARMY CHIEF: Cafgus will have to go Army Lt Gen Emmanuel Bautista yesterday said the military might start dissolving Cafgu or militia in the next few years. Four civilian wounded in NPA raid in Agusan del Sur Four civilians were wounded in an attack early Wednesday by communist rebels in Agusan del Sur province, officials said. 3 kampo ng CAFGU inatake ng NPA Magkakalapit na detachment ng Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Units ng Philippine Army ang sinasabing na overrun kahapon ng sumalakay na mga rebeldeng New People's Army (NPA) kung saan tatlong sibilyan na hindi pinangalanan ang nasugatan.

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2 bets in Negros special poll sign peace pact The two candidates in the June 2 special poll in the fifth district of Negros Occidental, who are incidentally relatives, have signed a covenant for an "honest, orderly, and peaceful election. Senior Superintendent Allan Guisihan, provincial police director, and Col Oscar Lactao, commander of the Army's 303rd Infantry Brigade, for their part, promised to be non-partisan and to ensure the peaceful conduct of the special election. Militia units may be demobilized by 2016, says Army Militia units might be demobilized by 2016 as the country would have achieved peace at the end of the Aquino administration, the Philippine Army said yesterday. Maj Gen Gregorio Macapagal, AFP deputy chief of staff; Lt Gen Emmanuel Bautista, Army commander and Father Jose Cruz SJ, vice president for university and global relations of Ateneo de Manila University talk during the conference sponsored by the Ateneo Department of Political ScienceMworking Group on Security Sector Reform and the Armed Forces' Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (J-3) dubbed as "Addressing Armed Conflicts through Collaborative Efforts: Focus on the Armed Forces' Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) bayanlhan" held at school's campus in Quezon City (photo) Soldier'S wife, militiaman's son wounded in NPA attack A soldiers wife and a militiaman's child were wounded in an attack staged by NPA on Wednesday against CAFGU detachment in Agusan del Sur.

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Paramilitary force out in 4 years The Philippine Army will disband its paramilitary force in four years, when the military foresees the significant weakening of the armed insurgencies. 7 units dismantled by 2016 The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) sees the dismantling of some 60,000 members of the CAFGU by 2016 within the time frame of the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) Bayanihan, the new anti-insurgency strategy of the government. Militia

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Military: Bayanihan gains overshadowed by lapses The military yesterday admitted that the accomplishments of its troops have been overshadowed by some lapses in the planning of combat operations. In its assessment of the first year of the Bayanihan security plan, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said the lapses have led to blunders, some of which have claimed the lives of soldiers. OPPosition tags newly acquired US warship 'junk' ~ Some opposition members in the House of Representatives on Wednesday belittled the Armed Forces' decision to acquire from the United States a World War II warship that has been stripped of its cannons, close-in weapons, air-searched radars and fire control system. CHR chief baffled by Armed Forces' human-rights report The chairman of the CHR on Wednesday said she was not convinced about the report of the military's Human Rights Office (HRO) of "zero human-rights case" in the first four months of the year. Human Rights head doubts claim of 'zero' violation cases An official said Wednesday she was not convinced about a military report claiming zero cases of human rights violations in the first four months of the year. Arrest rights abusers, other nations urge PH Several nations pressed the Philippines to step up efforts to arrest the perpetrators of human rights abuses in the country, including retire Army Gen Jovita Palparan Jr, during a session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on Tuesday. Murky waters hamper search for PAF plane The murky waters of Manila Bay have been hampering the continuing search and retrieval operations for a missing Philippine Air Force (PAF) trainer plane that crashed into the sea an hour after taking off from Cavite City last May 25. Peacekeepers honored Twenty-two Filipino military, police and civilian personnel who died while helping the UN keep the peace in conflict areas as near as Cambodia and East Timor to as far as the Sudan and Haiti were honored yesterday during the commemoration of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers. Abaya cited by peers at West Point Former Armed Forces chief Narciso Abaya was recently conferred the Distinguished Graduate Award by the West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG) for his feats In military and government service. Bad weather hampers search for PAF plane The Air Force yesterday said the search for the wreckage and Phil Star p. A-26

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3 kampo ng Cafgu, magkasabay na inatake n9 NPA sa Agusan del Sur Kinumpirma ni Maj. Eugene Oslas, tagapagsalita ng 4th Infantry "Diamond" Division, Philippine Army na na-overran ng mga rebeldeng New People's Army (NPA) ang tatlong Cafgu detachments ng 23rd Infantry Battalion kaninang alas-4:20 ng madal1ng araw na nasa Km. 41 Sitio Tambo, Brgy. Binikalan, bayan ng San Luis, Agusan de! Sur.
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Palparan battalion turns Davao communities into ghost towns "Some are very afraid to leave their houses and go to their farms. Residents sleep under their beds. Many community leaders were forced to leave because of the soldiers of the 28th and 67th IB who harass household members and subject them to interrogation." 2 civilians hurt in NPA attack in Agusan Sur Two villagers were hurt as New People's Army (NPA) guerillas attack a CAFGU detachment in San Luis, Agusan del Sur before dawn Wednesday. Maj. Eugenio Osias IV, spokesperson of the Philippine Army's 4th Infantry Division, said the CAFGU detachment in Barangay San Luis was attacked by the rebels at arounf 3 a.m. 'GMA general' honored at West Point A retired senior military officer who once served as among the top generals of ex-President and now detained Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo has been named as among this year's distinguished graduate of the United States (US) premier military school, West Point. 31 AFP officials, lusot na sa CA Lusot na sa Commission on Appointments (CA) ang ad interim appointment ng 31 senior officials ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Ito'y sa pangunguna ni General Jessie Oollosa bilang fourth star general at pang-43 heneral ng AFP.

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Army chief eyes improvement in internatpeace, security plan
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and the MILF by 11 percent and 56 percent respectively, 'compared to 2010. .ThemilitarywasalsO able to neutralize more of IPSP. ASG members and recovered more firearms during the implementation "However,tMrewasa!soa19-percentincrease 'in ASG·jilitiated violence last 2011. "Clearly, violence will persist as long. as law enforcement is ineffective and the socioeconomic and political conditions in Sulu and . Basilan do not improve; it also said. Bautista said the effort to clear the country from internal threats should involve everybody. through IPSP Bayanihan. He said the country must achieve peace betore 2016, when it is expected that there would .no longer be a need to deploy soldiers in the provinces. During the forum.

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mander, said the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) Bayanihan needs continuing refinements as it implemented. to achieve its objective of dearing the country of internal treats until 2?16 so that the Armed Forces may focus on territorial duties .. "We must not rest on our laurel. We must continue to identiiyissues and gaps and continuously address these issues and fill the gaps for . the successfulimplementation of our campaign. Our objective is to win the peace;' Bautista said during the stakeholders' reassessment ofIPSP Bayanihan at the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City. During the forum, Bautista admitted thatone of the issues that the operational plan needs to address is the issue of human-rights violations, whichffomtimetotimearebeingthrownagainst the troops and other agents of the government. "There are still [human-rights] violations being reported, and they are being investigated whether they are really violations or mere harassments.Butbyandlarge,there)samarkedimprovement in the human-rights record of the military. as the Commission on Human Rights can attest, and as shown by the periodic report undertaken

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Security Sector Reform through its convenor, JenniferOreta, said themilltaryshouldbetaken out of the internal security operations focus missions like territorial defense . . Oretasaiditis"problematic'whentheArmed Forces handles internal security concerns, as it had done for the past 40 years, as this creates "institutional confusion" "The very same people they are trained to protect and defend is now labeledthe enemy:' Oreta said. She said Involvlng the military in internal • security- operations .human-rights reframed the organization and had politicized its officers, resulted in violations, gave way to civilian· casualties and profiling of groups and degenerated the capabilities of the military to defend the country's borders. "The ISO is the biggestblockthat prevents the military from improving on its other mission areas;' Oreta said, adding "it traps the military . institution to the antiquated cold war doctrine of communism versus democracy." "It is, thus, crucial for the military to take a back seat and for civilian units to take lead role in ISO;' she added: (ISO) so that it could focus and succeed on its other

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IPSP Bayanihan, which its implementors -dubbed as a "people centered" and "whole of nation approach" in dealing with the country's internal threats, was crafted against the New People's Army (NPA), the Mow Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the Abu Sayyaf (ASG) and other threat groups. A handout provided on the operational

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BY VICTOR REYES ARMY chief Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista yesterday said the military might start dissolving catgu or militia WIits in the next few years. "In the future, as we downsize the Anned Forces, the first to go are the paramilitary forces, " Bautista said at a forum of civil society groups at the Ateneo de Manila University where he talked about. the "Bayanihan," the military's internal peace and security plan .. Bautista said the military hopes to achieve the objective of Bayanihan, the military's blueprint in winning :he peace, on or before 2016. Bayanihan was implemented in ianuary 2011 and will last up :0 the end of the term of Prest-

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Bautista said after peace is dent Aquino in 2016. Bautista said the Cafguforces . achieved under Bayanihan, the would be dissolved "as the se- military would start transitionlog towards the perfonnance curity condition permits. " There are some 60,000 Cafgu of its traditional role, which is territorial defense. men and each' receives anal"I am very confident we lowance of about P3,000 a should be able to win the month. "We cannot forever be peace within that timeframe. having paramilitary forc- I am very positive already that es, When the situation im- we should be able to achieve proves, when we are able peace and' eventually .allow to win the peace, there will the Armed Forces to transition to its traditional role," be no need for paramilitary said Bautista. forces," said Bautista. The Cafgus, who are su- . Bautista said. that it year after pervised by Army officers the .implementation of lPSP and men, are usually recruit- Bayanihan, there are improvements that should be impleed from the communities where they live. Armed and mented. UWe must, not rest on our equipped by the military, these Cafgus are tasked to laurels. We must continuously identify issues and gaps and protect their own areas from continuously address these isvarious threat groups.

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Four civilians wounded in NPA raid in Agusan del Sur
UMB8AMGA OTY: Four civilians were wounded in an attack early Wednesday by communist rebels in Agusan del Sur province,offidalssaid. Officials said New People's Army rebels opened fife on a military post in Binikalan village in San Luis town, wounding the wife of a soldier and a child of a pro-government militia. The two were visiting their kin and asleep when rebels attacked the post, said Major Eugene Osias, a spokesman for the 4th Infantry Division. "The two civilians were rushed to a hospital by soldiers," he said. But Army Lieutenant Colonel Juny DJ Castro, a spokesman for ..,. ..., ....,..., ...,.....,..,.""""'h' .. ...,·. ...,..•. . •.. 1, -'. . ..,. "l"t ry's Eastern Mindanao t •. ~l.la...:: e ::>'=" '..' Command, said four people were wounded in the attack by some 80 NPA rebels. The attack, he said, sparked a 3D-minute running >' firefight. . "The attack by the NPAs resulted in the wounding of four civilians, one of whom is a child who is now in critical condition at the Butuan City Hospital," he said, De Castro said rebels also carted several weapons after government militias abandoned the detachment. "Since the enemy had no regard to the presence of civil ians including children in the area, the CAFGUs (militias) manning the base withdrew in order to draw away enemy gunfire from the civilians: he said. p.)fTALJACINTOi•.•.•...•
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TATLONG magkakalal?it na detachment .Jig citizen armed forces geographical units ng Philippine Army ang sinasabing na-overrun kahapon ng sumalakay na mga rebeldeng New People's Army (NPA), kung saan tatlong sioilyan na hindi pinangalanan angnasugatan. Ang insidente ay kinumpirma ni army 4th Infantry "Diamond" Division (4ID) spokesman Maj. Eugene Osias, sa report na nakara- , ring sa Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) general headquarters. Nabatid sa ulat na nangyari ang umano'y ginawang raids ng ~ga rebelde sa tatlong Cafgu detachment ng army 23rd Infantry Battalion . (23lB) sa Km, 41, Sitio Tarnbo, Brgy. Binikalan, sa bayan ng San Luis, Agusan del Sur dakong 4:20 ng madailng-araw. Ayon kay OS1as natanggap nila aug imponnasyon na napasok nga ng mga rebelde ang naturang rnga detachment ng Cafgu sa nabanggit na lugar kung saan kaagad sila nagpadala ng reinforcement troops. Sa ka'nyang pahayag sinabi ni Osias, inuna muna nila ang pagrescue sa mga sugatang sibilyan sa nangJ:arlng kaguluhan.. . Hindi pa naibigay ni Osias aug pagkaldl_anlan ng mga sugatan ~ahIl nagpapatuloy pa ang validation sa mga biktima, (Debra Belloslllo)

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2 bets in Negros special poll sign peace pact
BACOLOD CITY - The two candidates in the June 2 special poll in the fifth district of Negros Occidental, who are incidentally relatives, have signed a covenant for an "honest, orderly, and peaceful election." Binalbagan Mayor Alejandro Mirasol of the Liberal Party (LP) and his nephew, Board Member Emilio Yule III of the Nacionalista Party, signed the peace covenant at the provincial police headquarters here last Monday. Both candidates promised to "conduct ourselves in a gentlemanly manner in all our dealings with our fellow candidates and will only discuss legitimate political issues and lay down our platform of government through free and friendly manner." They also vowed to "renounce the use of threats, violence, force, intimidation, partisans/private armed groups and such other illegal means in furtherance of our political interests." Provincial election supervisor Jessie Suarez, who witnessed the signing, said he expects emotions to run high in the run-up to the. By DANNY DANGCALAN special poll, thus he advised both candidates to advise their supporters not to resort to violence, "gutter language" or personal attacks. . "The winner should be magnanimousin his Victory and the loser should have the fortitude to accept defeat," Suarez told both candidates, Senior Superintendent Allan Guisihan, provincial police director, and Col. Oscar Lactao, commander of the Army's 303rd Infantry Brigade, for their part, promised to be non-partisan and to ensure the peaceful conduct of the special election. The special poll will seek the replacement of the late congressman Ignacio "Iggy" Arroyo who died in London last January after a long battle with cirrhosis of the liver. Meanwhile, the Yulo clan in the fifth district is divided on who to support in the June 2 special election as both candidates are their relatives. .Yulo's father. is Mirasol's first cousin. But former board member Francis Yulo Tuvilla said the "majority of the . Yulos are supporting Mirasol." He said most members of the Yulo . dan are inclined to support Mirasol because being an LP bet, he would have more access to Malacaiiang, and thus could bring more projects to the fifth district. Po A~'"

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Militia units may be demobilized by 2016, says Army
Militia units might be demobilized by 2016 as the country would have achieved peace at the end of the Aquino administration, the Philippine Army said yesterday. Speaking during a security forum at Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City,Army commander Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista said the Armed Forces would no longer have to maintain paramilitary forces once the country's peace and order situation improves. "In the future, as we downsize the Armed Forces, the first to go are the paramilitary forces," he said. "We cannot forever be having paramilitary forces...When the situation improves (and) we are able to win the peace there . will be no need for paramilitary forces." Bautista said militia units would be demobilized when security plan Bayanihan is implemented toward 2016. "The objective of Bayanihan is to win the peace," he said. . "Wewould have achieved the peace by the end of Bayanihan. Therefore, there will be no need anymore for the deployment of CAFGUs and even our regular forces for internal security," he said, referring to the Citizens Armed Forces Geographic Units. TakingeffectinJanuary 2011,Bayanihan seeks to end rebellionthrough focused military operations and development projects. Bautista said militia units are tapped because budgetary constraints bar them from expanding their regular force. "We see the militias being disbanded. That is the future we envision," he said. The military oversees about 50,000 militiamen. . The government seeks to address internaI security threats before focusing on territorial defense . Defending the country's territorial integrity and sovereignty "poses the foremost security challenge," the Department of National Defense said. It calls fora restructuringplan to deactivate some combat battalions. The aim is to allot more resourcesto sb val and aerial forces securingthe country'sborders.- Alexis Romero

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A SOLDIER'S wife and a militiaman's child were wounded in an attack staged by New People'sArmy (NPA) on Weclnesdayagairtst . a Citizens Armed Forces Geographic Unit (Cafgu) detachment in Agusan del Sur. Thewouri.ded, whose identities were not revealed, were visiting their relatives when the NPA rebels attacked. A Cafgu detachment is headed by an Army enlisted man. Maj. Eugenio Julio Osias IV; spokesman for the Army's 4th Infantry "Diamond" Division said the attack happened at the .. detachment at Kilometer 41, Barangay . Binicalan, San Luis at around 3 a.m. i'We still don't have complete details about the attack, butwe know that the two wounded civilians have been extricated;' Osias said. Be said the rebels fired at the adjacent houses before raiding the detachment. Osias said the Army's 23rd Infantry Battalion has launched pursuit operations against the undetermined numberofrebels whose leader is has yet been identified. lie said the attackwas carried outbythe guerrillas who wanted to re-establish their foothold in the area after it was freed by the . 'military from rebel influence, R.ACQ5fII

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'Paramilitary force out in 4 years'
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THE PHILIPPINE Army will disband its paramilitary force in four years, when the military foresees the significant weakening of the armed insurgencies. . . "In the future as we downsize the armed forces, the first to go will be Dismantling of Cafgu units the paramilitary forces," said Lt. . He said their target is to disrnan- Win peace Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, the Army tle Cafgu units ."within the time "The objective of Bayanihan is' to commanding general. frame of the Bayanihan," referring Win the peace. We would have "We cannot forever. be having to the AFP's counterinsurgency achieved the peace when Bayanihan ' paramilitary forces the future. strategy under the Aquino adminis- is finished. 'Therefore there will be When the situation improves." tni.tion until 2016. . no need anymore for the deploywhen our campaign plan is· finTheAFP under the Aquino admin- ment of Cafgus and even our regular ished, there will be no need for istrationhasshifted from the tradi- forces for internal security," he said. ; paramilitary forces," he said.tionalmainly combat approach to Bautista placed the number of The goal is to let go of more than defeating insurgenciesimplemented Cafgu troops at between 50,000 50,000 Citizen Armed FOrces Geo- byOplan Bantay l.aya under the pre- and 60,000. Cafgu members re- , graphical Unit (Cafgu) and Special. viotisArroyoadrninisrration. ceive a P90 daily allowance for I Citizens Active Auxiliaries (SCAA) . Under Bayaniban, the AFP recog- part-time duty. .. 1JF, troops once the military has transi- nize~the equal importance of a bonAs for the reported abuses c01ti:-· tioned to external defense by 2016; combat approach and is focusing on . mitted by Cafgu troops, Bautista: -Bautista said. involving other stakeholders and admitted that "the level of disciBut for now, the Army still has to upholding human rights and peace pline is very different" between rely on Cafgu units since there are talks to end the armed conflict, paramilitary troops and regular not enough ground troops to cover The AFP hopes the new strategy Annysoldiers.

remote areas, he said. will substantially reduce the armed "We cannot expand our regular threat from the communist New Peoforce due to budgetary constraints ... ple's Army and the secessionist Moro (But) we see the militias being dis- Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) so banded. That is the future we envi- the military can concentrate on dealsion," Bautista told a forum at Ate- ing with external threats and leave neo de Manila University yesterday. , internal security to the police and localgovenunentunits.

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MILITIA UNITS DISMANTlED BY 2016
THEArmed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)sees the dismantling of some 60,000 rnembersefthe CivilianArmed ForceGeographical Unit (Cafgu) by 2016 within the time frame of the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) Bayanihan, the new antiinsurgency strategy of the government.lt. Gen, Emmanuel Bautista, commanding general of the Pililippine Army,said Wednesday that through IPSPthey were confident to end the insurgency and achieve peace by 2016 that would see no need even for the deployment of military forces lnthe provinces."Within the timeframe of the . Bayanlhan we should be able to achieve peace that there will be no need anymore for the deployment of military forces inour prOVinces,in our region where security situation has improvedalready.That is our vlsion," Bautista said at the sidelines of the forum dubbed "Addressing Armed ConflictsThrough Collaborative Efforts Focuson the AFP's IPSP Bayanihan"held In Ateneo de Manila University In Quezon City."Wecannot forever be liaving paramilitary forces in the future when the situation Improves.That we are able to win the peace, there will be no need for paramilitary forces when our campaign plan has ended," he said. p . .4.3 WILLIAM B.OEPASUPIL
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Military:" Bayanihan, gains overshadowed by lapses
By ALEXIS ROMERO

The military yesterday admitted that the accomplishments of its troops have been overshadowed by some lapses in the planning of combat operations. In its assessment of the first year of the Bayanihan security plan, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said the lapses have led to blunders, some of which have claimed the lives of soldiers. "It is unfortunate that such gains were. overshadowed by lapses in joint planning of . combat operations, resulting (in) blunders like (the attacks) in Taganito Mining in Surigao (del Norte), Patikul, Sulu: Al-Barka (in Basilan) and in Zamboanga City," the AFP's assessment paper read. Communist rebels destroyed at least Pl.2 billion . worth of property when they . attacked three mining firms

in Surigao del Norte last October. On the other hand, the attack in Patikul, Sulu by Abu Sayyaf terrorists left seven Marines dead in July last year. Another military setback during the. first year of Bayanihan was the killing of 19 soldiers by members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Al-Barka, Basilan last Oct.18. The Zamboanga Sibugay attack staged by lawless elements, meanwhile, left eight soldiers dead. "The AFP is a big organization and mistakes still happen," the assessment paper read. The AFP said it has made "headway" in its fight against the Abu Sayyaf but a "clear methodology" on how to isolate it from its traditional allies and mass base "is still

wanting." The military also noted that . the New People's Army, the armed wing of the communist rebels, continues to launch violent attacks against civilians. "We call on the government peace panel and civilian groups to continue to exert social pressure to bring the National Democratic Front to the negotiating table," the AFP said. Another challenge being confronted in the implementation of Bayanihan is the supposed lack of focus of some civil-military operations or development projects. "Our timeframe is until 2016. I am very confident we should be able to win the peace within that timeframe. We can resolve the issues and our problems through a peaceful manner rather than fighting each other," said Army chief Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista. A. . .}.4.

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Opposition tags newly acquired US warship' 'junk'.

SOME opposition members in the HoUSe of Representatives ori Wednesday belittled the Armed Forces' decision to acquire from the United States a World War II warship that has been stripped of its cannons, close-in weapons, air-search radars and fire control system .. '
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CHR·~hiefbaffledby Armed Forces' human-rights report
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Correspondent HE chairman of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) . on Wed~esday said she was. . not convinced about the reportofthe military's HumanRights Office (HRO) of "zero human-rights case" in the first four months of the year. "1 find the Armed Forces- Human Rights Office Board ofInquiry report unrealistic. How can the Board ofInquiry in two to three days or even a week validate and actually come up witha conclusion against 84 complaints from 15 regional offices and five more sub offices of the CHR and say these are nothing?" CHR Chairman Loreta Ann Rosales said. Rosales is the chairman emeritus former representativeoftheAkbayan partylist group, an organization com:posedof former members of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). Rosales's statement came after the CPP . castigated the pro-Aquino Akbayan "for its culpability for the spate of military abuses and violations of human rights and the rights of children being perpetrated . by the Armed Forces" in Southern Quezon and Bondoc Peninsula. The CPP claimed there were "grave military abuses" against innocent civilians in the said areas in thepastseveralmonths as the military intensified its operations by deploying atleast eight battalions including paramilitary troops and police personnel in the 22 towns of Southern Quezon, an equivalent of around 200 armed men in every town.
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. "Even prior to the Aquino administration, the Akbayan Party has conspired .with the Armed Forces in its counterinsurgency operations, serving as the principal civilian arm in the psywar campaign to inveigle the people into submitting to the reactionary government's fake land . reform program and pave the way for the military to bury deep its fasdstfangs into the people's necks; the C"ppsaid. . "Akbayan's collaboration with the Armed Forces has intensified under the Aquino admnistration and its Oplan [sic] Bayanihan.M;embersofAkbayan-af. filiated organizations are being recruited and trained by the Armed Forces as Cafe gu [Citizens Armed Forces Geographic ,Unit] elements arid employed in the military's campaigns of suppression under its Oplan Bayanihan plan. It comple-' ments 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 clvlllans,' the CPP added. "Akbayan official Etta Rosales herself, who was appointed by President Aquino as chairman of the Commission on Human Rights, even worked with the commander of the 74th Infantry Battalion in a publicity stunt to distribute so-called land titles in Quezon. Rosales's serving as head of the CHR is a grave mockery ofhuman'rightsas theAkbayan Party has been working hand in glove with the Armed Forces in waging the Oplan BayanihaI). war of suppression against the people:' it added.

. -hl";;ddition to Rosales, Akbayan stalwart Ronald Llamas is the political adviser of Aquino and just recently the latter announced that he wants former Akbayan . Rep. Anna Theresia Hontiveros- Baraquel to be on the senatorial slate of the Liberal Party in the 2013 elections. Baraquel ran under LP in 2010, but lost. "The Akbayan Party is a petty- bourgeois reformist group that is in coalition i with the Aquino regime. Its officlalshave . been appointed by Aquino in various toplevel positions of the reactionary gov- 1 eminent. It serves as an apologist of the key anti-people programs of the Aquino government such as the ConditionalCash Transfer. It dresses itself as 'Left' and 'socialist' ·in a vain attempt to draw the people away from the path ofmilitant resistance andrevolutlonarvstruggle,' the CPP said. In his recent report •. he Armed Forcest HRO chief, Col. Domingo Tutaan, said the military has zerohuman-rtghts violation in the first four months of 2012. Tutaansaid based on verification made by his office through a Board of Inquiry to all reported cases of violations to the battalion level that were reported or referred to the CHR, the "findings revealed that all of the referred HRV cases tagging military personnel were only accusation and did not produce sufficient evidence against soldiers:' The HRO had at least verified 84complaints covering the period from July 2010 to March 2012. . "Of this number, 15 were dismissed, while the rest are for filing of cases, further evaluation and/or investigation:' he said.

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Human Rights head doubts . .cia im of 'zero' violation cases
AN OFFICIAL said Wednesday she was not convinced about a military report claimingzero cases of human rights violations in the first four months of the year. "I find the [Armed Forces of the Philippines-Human Rights Office] Board of Inquiry report unrealistic," Commission on Human Rights Chairman LoretaAnn Rosales said. "Bow can the Board of Inquiry .. Next page .

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nations pressed the Ph~lippines to step up efforts to ,ar~est the perpetrators ofhum~n rights abuses in the count~ including retired Army Gen. JoYito Palparan, during a session of the United Nations Hu-. man Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on Tuesday During the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the UNHRC, various countries acknowledged the Philippines' ratifica, f' ' non 0 treanes.. campaigns against human trafficking and trailling of security forces to impr<i\rehuman rights in the country'Bt:heNew York-based watchdo~'Human Rights Watch said. But they also pointed to the, government's "dismal record" in prosecuting cases of extrajudicial killings, torture and enforced disappearances, HRW said from Geneva. "Several countries called on the government to redouble its efforts ~o arrest alleged perpetrators like retired Major Genetal Palparan, who faces an arrest warrant in connection with the , kidnapping of two activists in' 2006," it added, UPR Watch Philippines said t~e Australian mission, in partlcular; urged the Philippine government to arrest the fugirive Palparan.'
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and enlisting Human Rights Watch and the Commission on Hum~Rights "in collectively working out the process of implementing the recommendsfor the enhancement of human rights on the ground." ' The United States said that "impunity in human rights viola~ons" con~nued, citing institutional bamers to the attainent of justice for victims of nghts abuse. '

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The UPR is a mechanism established by the Human Rights Council to address human rights violations and improve the human rights situation on the ground in each of the UN member states. The second cyde ~f the UPR began this year and will be completed by 2016.;' The Philippines' Commission on HUman Rights Chair Loretta Rosales, who attended the session as an independent observer, confirmed the comments made by the other countries. ''There was a dear pattern of questions regarding impunity the failure as yet to eradicate ex_pines trajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and torture, especially by the military and police forces; the failure of the military to control paramilitary forces like the Cafgu (Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit), the sorry state of detainees in detention, and the delay of the judicial process in addressing concerns within the' jail system," Rosales said in an e-mail, She said the Philippine delegation "cornmirted" itself to studying the recommendations,

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Palparan has eluded authorities since a local court issued·a . warrant for his arrest over the disappearance and illegal detentionof University of' the Philippines students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empef\.o. The United Kingdom, Spain and the Holy See, on the other hand, called on the Philippines to "completely eradicate extrajudicial killings," UPR 'Watch

Ireland called for "decisive measures" to address the probterns. Germany urged the strengthening of accountability mechanisms and the conduct of . impartial Investigations in cases involving state forces UPR Watch said,' , The Netherlands asked that the issue of impunity be addressed and called for the prosecution, trial and conviction of perpetrators, while Denmark' called for the full implementa- ' tion of the antitorture law, say- : ing that state forces were still ", involved in abuses. ' ,f Spain and Canada called for" the dismantling of all paramilitary groups and militias, a posi-" don that gained support after the' Maguindanao massacre of 2009.' v, Belgium asked the Philip-< about measures to record', cases of extrajudicial killings,'; calling for the ratification of the ~ convention against enforced _i disappearances. Austria ex-' pressed concerns over attacks" on journalists an.d cases of tor- " ture, UPR Watch said, ' , France said it was "alarmed by , the extrajudicial killings and en~:~forced disappearances and can" tinuing violations against ists and human rights defenders. Japan echoed this, saying , "extrajudicial killings continue as. a significant political issue."
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The murky waters of Manila Bay have been hampering the continuing search and retrieval operations for a missing Philippine Air Force (PAF) trainer plane that crashed into the sea an hour after taking off from Cavite City last May 25, . , Combined Air Force and Navy search teams have been using a.. remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to scan the seabed in the mouth of Manila Bay for the missing SF260 trainer plane and its two pilots. .

Murky waters hamper search for PAF plane
By JAIME LAUDE

"The ROV was able to conduct five seabed scanning operations, but unfortunately, it was not able to provide good visibility due to the murky and muddy waters," . CoL Ernesto Okol, PAF spokesman, said. The missing PAF trainer plane, piloted by Maj. Niel Tumaneng and LLt, Michael Arugay, took off from the Sangley Point airfield in Cavite at around 7 a.m.rast May 25 for a

routine proficiency flight. An hour later, fishermen near Corregidor Island saw the plane crashing into the sea near an islet in . Mariveles, Bataan. Aside from a Philippine Navy vessel, the PAF has also utilized a fishing boat in its continuing retrieval operations. Okol said ROV and sonar seabed scanning operations were conducted yesterday, but failed to produce positive results. P,Ad,t;.

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Abaya cited by peers at West Point
FORMER. Armed Forces chief Narciso Abaya was recently conferred the Distinguished Graduate Award by the. West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG) for his feats in military and government service. Abaya is the second Filipino graduate of the US Military A<;ad. emy at West Point to receive the award. The first is former President Fidel Ramos (USMA <:lass 1950), who also served as defense secretary andAFP chief, and.who
received the award in 2000.

turned to the Philippines, his native land, and eventually became commandant of cadets at the
Philippine Military Academy in the early 1990s, overseeing integration of the firstfemale cadets," WPAOG said in its website. "He ended his Army career as alief of staff of the Philippine Anny and then as Chief of Staff of the Philippine AnnedForces. After retirement, the President of the Philippines appointed him President and CEO (chief executive officei:-) of a government

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Command in Zamboanga City, AFP deputy chief of staff, and commander of the 1st Infantry Division, among others. After: he retired from the military service in 2004, Ahaya was appointed by then President now Pampanga Rep. GloriaArroyo as. chief executive officer at the Bases Conversion and

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Apart Abaya, other West Point alumoi who aOO rea:ived Distinguished Graduate Awatd tim year are LID. Henry James Hatch (Class 1957), Gen. Crosbie ~ (Class 1958).Maj. William WiIoughboy(CIas<; 1968) ,and LID. William Lennox]r. (CIas<; 1971). Award is given to USMA gradu-

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THE Air Force yesterday said an area off La Monja island in the search for the wreckage Mariveles town "based on the and the pilots of the SF-260 location given by the fishertrainer plane that crashed in man-witness. " the waters off Bataan province Okol said the ROV and sonar last May 18 is being stalled by equipment will continue scanpoor sea conditions. ning, augmented by a Navy Air Force spokesman I1. Col. ship and a civilian fishing boat. Miguel Fmesto OkoI said a remotely The families of the missing pioperated vehicle (ROy) which was lots - Maj. Neil Tumaneng and . ILt. Michael Arugay - are given contracted and deployed Thursday updates on the status of the oplast week is encmmtering difficulty in the search, which entered 1he erations, Okol said, The plane took off from an . 12th dayyesterday. "The ROV was able to conAir Force facility in Sangley in duct seabed scanning but un- Cavite for a proficiency flight fortunately, it was not able to when it lost communication provide good visibility of the and subsequently crashed off seabed due to murky, muddy Bataan for still unknown reawaters at 55 meters of depth, son. Authorities later recovOkol said, ered debris from the aircraft The search operation last near La Monja island. - Victor Tuesday was concentrated in Reyes
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3 kampo ng Cafgu, magkasabay na inatake ng NPA sa Agusan del Sur
BUTUAN CITY - Kinumpirma ni Maj. Eugene Osias, tagapagsalita ng 4th Infantry "Diamond" Division, Philippine Army na na-overran ng mga rebeldeng New People's Army (NPA) ang tatlong Cafgu detachments ng 23rd Infantry Battalion kaninang alas-4:20 ng madaling araw na nasa Km. 41, Sitio Tambo, Brgy. Binikalan, bayan ng San Luis, Agusan del Sur. Sa interview ng Bomba Radyo Butuan sa opisyal, inimin nita na nakarating impormasyon na napasok nga ng rebelde ang naturang mga kampo. OahU dito, nagpadala na sila ng reinforcements na sa kanila ang

upang tumulong sa paghabol sa mga rebelde. sibilyan.

Ani Oslas, inuna muna nila ang pag-rescue sa mga sugatan nilang miyembro atmga Hindi pa niya maibigay ang bilang ng mga casualties dahil nagpapatuloy dito.

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Ayon kay Maj. Osias, may mga babae at mga bata na nasa loob ng detachments na mga asawa at anak ng kanilang mga tauhan na nagkataong bumibisita nang mangyari ang pagsalakay ng mga NPA. Source: www.bulatlat.com

Palparan battalion turns Davao communities into ghost towns
"Some are very afraid to leave their houses and go to their farms. Residents sleep under their beds. Many community leaders were forced to leave because of the soldiers of the 28th and 67th IB who harass household members and subject them to interrogation."
By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO Bulat/st.eam

An independent solidarity and fact finding mission Ouyog sa Panaw said farmers' communities in Lupon, Davao Oriental have been turned into ghost towns because of the intense military operations. The 701st Brigade, notoriously known as the "Palparan Battalion," because it was once headed by retired major general Jovito Palparan who is now the subject of a widespread manhunt for countless human rights violations. Duyog sa Panaw conducted a fact-finding mission in Sitio Kalasagan and Logdeck from May 24 to 25. When the members of the mission arrived, military forces were highly visible in the communities. Currently deployed in the areas are the 28th IB under Lt Col Leopolde Imbang, Jr.; and the 67th 18 under Lt. Col. Ruben Basic. The soldiers have established camp right in the heart of the communities, with some taking temporary residence in the barangay halls, while others right in the houses of some residents. Secretary general of Hustisya - Southern Mindanao Bayan, Intise said one can be easily led to be believe that Palparan still headed the 71 st IB from the way its troops conduct themselves.

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"It's as if Maj. Gen. Palparan himself is here through the 701st Brigade, the operational command of the 28th and 67th lB. Sitios Logdeck, Brgy. San Isidro and Sitio Kalasagan Brgy. Maragatas are like ghost towns, where the quiet of cemeteries is so prevalent amidst the military encampment and abuses committed against the people," said Intise said. Hustisya SMR is one of the lead organizers of Duyog Sa Panaw. A journalist, Nestor Libaton of dxHM~Mati, was killed in the region recently, while media groups have been denouncing impunity in the area. Intise said in the areas they visited, the movement of residents is severely restricted. "Some are very afraid to leave their houses and go to their farms. Residents sleep under their beds. Many community leaders were forced to leave because of the soldiers of the 28th and 67th IB who harass household members and subject them to interrogation. The interrogation sessions run from three to six hours, and they take place twice a week," Intise said. The mission's findings also confirmed previous reports of other human rights violations perpetrated by the military. Soldiers were said to have subjected various residents to physical abuse and injury including torture. Houses were also searched without warrants .
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The military, for their part, has tried to justify their presence and activities in the civilian communities by saying that they are there to hold their own investigations on the activities of the New People's Army (NPA) In a previous news report, the military claimed that they exhumed three bodies, supposedly of military intelligence operatives in Sitio Logdeck who were alJegedly executed by the NPA in 2009. ''Whether it is true or not that such an exhumation of military intelligence members had been conducted, it does not give the military any right to abuse the residents. Civilians are protected from military attacks by a number of human rights laws and covenants," Intise argued. The human rights advocate said the military's exhumation excuse was only a screen for its true goal to hamlet and militarize civilian communities. "This is part of Oplan Bayanihan. Communities where residents are active in campaigning for social justice are targeted. As things stand, human rights abuses against the farmers of subvillage Logdeck and surrounding barangays are piling up. Residents are living in constant fear and terror for their families especially their children," he said. Based on the records of the Karapatan-SMR, since January this year the towns of Mati, San Isidro, Lupon, and Banay-banay , called gulf town areas, have been the center of the 701st's operations and they continue to bear the heaviest blows of human rights abuses. Some 1,000 military forces have been deployed in the said areas. "It is alarming that military encampment in civilian communities is being condoned and is not even considered as a violation. Local government units have done and said nothing to put a stop to the abuses and violations against international humanitarian law and even ordinary criminal laws being perpetrated by the military. Their constituents are suffering from these abuses, but the LGUs are silent," said Intise. He pointed out that when Palparan was still in active service, the military abused its authority in areas where Palparan was deployed such as in Mindoro and the provinces of Southern Luzon.

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He said that even as Palparan is now a wanted criminal, his dubious legacy continues as military officers he trained now lead the 701st lB. "Palparan's own protege, Major Jake Obligado, is the commanding officer of the 10th ID - Eastern Mindanao Command," he said. In the meantime, Lt Christy Achanzar of the 4th Information & Communication Company, 10 CMO BN, 101D, Philippine Army in Mati, Davao Oriental has already written letters to local newspapers in Davao in an attempt to clear the military's record. She claimed that there was no truth to accusations that the military makes a practice of arresting civilians and keeping them detained without formal charges. "I have personal contacts with the commanders of the units here in Davao Oriental. You may personally see them and realize that people who visit the headquarters are free to go anywhere and not a single person is detained. Also, no government t troops belong to the private army of any mining companies. The government troops are at the barangays on their Peace and Development outreach program. legal attacks against 13 farmer leaders In the meantime, the Alyansa sa mga Mag-uuma sa Sidlakang Dabaw (ALMASID), the provincial organization of farmers in Davao Oriental, recently filed complaints at the Commission on Human Rights Region XI, recently about the legal cases and warrants of arrest hurled against 13 farmer leaders. Almasid also participated in the Duyog sa Panaw FFM. The group's chairman, Lito Lao, said the military continues to harass leaders of the local people's organizations. This, he said, also upon the orders of local landlords. "Under Oplan Bayanihan, the military and land lords have connived to file trumped-up charges against 13 farmer leaders, including myself. All of us have been actively fighting for the rights of farmers and denouncing mititarization. Now they want us in jail or wanted by law hiding, so as to paralyze the peoples' movement in Davao Oriental," Lao said. According to reports, the farmers have been charged with qualified theft before the Regional Trial Court in Mati City for harvesting coconuts worth P50,OOO ($1,163 ). Those charged besides Lao were Angeline Diones, Wilfredo Diones, Antonieta Diones, Jocelyn Dagcuta, Jesus Dagcuta, Artemia Olivar, Manuel Olivar, Eustacquio Tero, Danilo Rosalita, Leopoldo Diones, Naldo Diones, and Armando Diones. The main charges were directed against Wilfredo Dienes. A landlord named Vivienne Jubac filed the non-bailable charges, but Diones said it was the. landowner who should pay him for services rendered and for the crops he planted since 2003. In a report by Lorie A. Cascaro in Edge Davao, Lao was quoted as saying that Jubac failed to pay a total of P887,OOO($20,629) worth of the appraised crops which were surveyed by Almasid. Jubac in a verbal agreement with the farmers allowed Diones to hire farmers and harvest the crops, so that the income would be paid to him through his savings account until the . total amount is fully paid. Last year, Diones, together with 12 other farmers harvested the crops. After two harvests, Jubac filed a case against the farmers for supposed theft and said that the total amount of harvested crops amounted to P52,OOO($1,209) but Diones allegedly did not surrender the money for the crops he planted and harvested with the other Almasid farmers.

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KMP Southern Mindanao is now protecting the farmers and helping them with the legal processes. KMP SMR chairman Pedro Arnado said they are seeking the assistance of the Department of Social Welfare and Development to provide aid to the families 'of the accused farmers. Because of the legal cases, the children may not be able to attend school thisJune. Jubac is Mati town's clerk of court. Arnado said she clearly has the support of the 28th 18 because the soldiers of the unit were the ones who previously destroyed Diones' house and put a fence around the contested land which Diones had planted with coconuts, rice and vegetables.

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2 civilians hurt in NPA attack in Agusan Sur
MANILA, Philippines ~Two villagers were hurt as New People's Army (NPA) guerillas attack a CAFGU detachment in San Luis, Agusan del Sur before dawn Wednesday. Maj. Eugenio Osias IV, spokesperson of the Philippine Army's 4th Infantry Division, said the CAFGU detachment in Barangay San Luis was attacked by the rebels at arounf 3 a.m. Osias said that the rebels also fired at the houses near the detachment, injuring a minor and a woman. The military spokesperson said that at least 50 rebels carried out the attack. He said the five CAFGU members manning the detachment were able to repel the attack. He said the CAFGU member stood their ground, giving other military units more time to send reinforcements. The rebels retreated and are now being pursued by the military.
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'GMA general' honored at West Point
MANILA, Philippines - A retired senior military officer who once served as among the top generals of ex-President and now detained Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo has been named as among this year's distinguished graduate of the United States (US) premier military school, West Point. Former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief, retired Gen. Narciso Abaya, joined four other graduates in receiving the Distinguished Graduate Award given by the West Point Alumni Association. A product of West Point Class of 1971, Abaya was among the 12 military generals who served as chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) under the so-called revolving door policy that was implemented by the Arroyo regime.

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The revolving door policy was largely perceived as a way of then President Arroyo to reward military gen~rals for prote~ing her from the series of destabilization plots. It was also during Abaya's term as AFP chief that massive corruption in the military was uncovered through the undoing of the two sons of now convicted military comptroller Carlos Garcia. Garcia's sons were intercepted by American customs and immigration authorities white trying to smuggle $100,000 cash in US airport. Garcia is now serving his prison sentence at the National Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in Muntinlupa City.

It was also during Abaya's time that young military officers calling themselves launched what is now commonly known as the Oakwood Mutiny by occupying central business district in Makati City in July of 2003.

as Magdalo, the country's

The group led by then Navy Lieutenant Senior Grade and now Sen. Antonio Tril1anes IV were protesting the massive corruption in the military. Following his retirement, Abaya, also an engineer was designated by Arroyo as chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA). The BCOA is a government-owned and -controlled corporation with the mandate to transform former military bases to civilian use for much-needed funds to modernize the military. - Jaime Laude

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31 AFP officials, lusot na sa CA
Lusot na sa Commission on Appomtrnents (CA) ang ad interim appointment officials ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Ito'y sa pangunguna AFP. ng 31 senior

ni General Jessie Dollosa bHang fourth star general at pang-43 heneral ng

Bukod kay Oollosa, lusot na rin sa CA ang nominasyon nina Lieutenant General Lauro Catalino Dela Cruz at Ireneo Espino. Kabilang din ang nominasyon ng 10 major general, 14 na brigadier general, dalawang colonel at isang commadore.Reporl from Ruby Tayag, Radyo Patrol 16

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