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Former MILF spokesperson now AFP peace consultant


After serving as spokesperson of Mora rebels, Eid Kabalu made a 180degree turn to become a "peace consultant" of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. (Charlie C Senase) Manila Bulletin p. 13 The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) panel led by Mohagher Iqbal will discuss today, Friday the 10 Decision Points Principles signed with the government in April 2012 during a dialogue with Manila basedjournalists.(Edd K Usman) Manila Bulletin p. 13 Three companies of the New People's Army (NPA) raided two mining sites and a milling plant in Compostela Valley on June 8, wounding five soldiers and carting away 25 firearms.(Marvyn N Benaning) Abante p. 3 Isang landmine ang sumabog kahapon na malubhang ikinasugat ng isang sibilyan sa lalawigan ng Basilan kung saan patuloy ang operasyon ng military kontra Abu Sayyaf.(AI Jacinto) Police Files p. 12 Sa mas pinaigting na kampanya ng pamahalaan kontra illegal logging, naglabas ng resolusyon ang Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force Council na kumikilala sa mga sundalo, pulls, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Marine Industry Authority (MARINA) at PAOCC.

MILF Dialogue


NPA launches raids in ComVal



Basilan explosion, sibilyan nadale



Pulis, sundalo, coast guard at iba pa aprub manghuli ng illegal loggers


US coastal watch to enhance Phi territorial defense


Phil Star p. 16

The plan of the US government to assist the Philippines in monitoring its vast coastline will enhance ongoing efforts of the military to shift from internal to territorial defense, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said yesterday. (Jaime Laude) Manila Bulletin p. 22

A.F.P. Caravan
The Armed Forces of the Philippines Finance Center (AFPFC) will hold a six-day information caravan next month for pensioners. 7


'No aircraft intrusion' over shoal
The Civil Aviation Authority Philippines (CAAP) yesterday denied reports a Chinese jetfighter flew over the Scarborough Shoal last Monday, June 11. (Anio Perez)

Manila Bulletin p. 7

AFP welcomes US radar; militants call it a spy base 8


POI p. A-a

The Philippine military on Thursday expressed elation over the plan of the United States to provide the country with a powerful radar system to help deter intrusions in the West Philippine (South China) Sea.(DJ Yap) Phil Star p. 1


Unidentified aircraft seen near Panatag


A radar system commissioned by the government has detected an unidentified aircraft over the disputed Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal. (Alexis Romero) Standard Today p. A-1 The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines on Thursday denied reports that a Chinese jet fighter intruded into Philippine airspace above the disputed Scarborough Shoal on June 11. (Vito Barcelo and Florante Solmerin)

Aviation agency denies jet intrusion



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Arroyo denies hand in murder, torture of Church people during her reign



Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo urged a local court in Quezon City to dismiss the civil suit filed against her and several of her military officials for human fights violations committed against church workers.

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Former- MILF

spokesperson _ now AFP peace consultant
Inquirer Mindanao

By Charlie C. Senase

COTABATO CITY-After serving asspokesperson of Moro rebels, Eid Kabalu made a lBO-degree turn to become a "peace consultant' of the Armed Forces of the Philippines; 1<"'·.· , Kabalu was the mouthpiece of the

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Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MllLF) .for over IO years and was the most accessible rebel official ~henever major skirmishes between the rebel group and the military occurred, ineluding the "all-out war" declared in 2000 by then Presi- . dent Joseph Estrada. . "My joining the AFP was a personal volition," Kabalu, 57, who hails from Datu Piang, Maguindanao, said on Wednesday. "I'm here with a mission 6f peace, and r believe working to KABALU attain that elusive peace in Mindanao is an individual re- political exercises. sponsibility." . Kabalu resigned from the MILF last year before its top ..:rq~,mWtary had hunted do,Wn Kabaluand other top leaders could expel him for talkMIt..F leaders in the aftermath to local politicians to pursue of .... rebel attacks 'on civiH'n .his desire to be among the nomcommunities in- Lanao del -inees for acting chair of the AuRegion in Muslim Norte and Maguindanao in tonomous Mindanao. . President Aquino 2008 after the SupremeCourt appointed Mujiv ruled unconstitutional a pro- eventually Hataman to the post, posed Bangsarnoro .homeland Maj. Gen,· Rey Ardo, corndeal to end the MILF rebellion. mander of the Army's 6th In« .•. Political plans' . .fantry Division, said Kabalu vol··..:'.·;."Q~f .' The MILF Central Committee unteered to help the military in '.' .../ suspended Kabalu for alleged its peace efforts. The former rebel spokesperinvolvement in the 2010 general. elections. The group claims son "can be an effective reconto maintain a neutral policy on ciliatory asset for the AFP," said -2~

Col. Roy Galido, commander of the Army's 40th Infantry Battalion based in North Corabato.

fRido' mediator
"He could be an effective helping hand in' resolving rido (feud) among Moro clans, some of whom happen to be MILF members involved in political and land ownership squabbles," Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu said when sought for comment. While Kabalu's act reaped' praises from the government side, the MILF downplayed his decisionto work with the militaiy. . . It did "not augur well with his personality," said Ghadzrui Jaafar, MILF political affairs chief. But then, Jaafar. said he hoped Kabalu could . indeed help bring peace to Mindanao . Kabalu said he did not turn his back on the Mora struggle and that his concern would remain for "genuine peace and progress for the entire Bangsamoro. " , "Now,' working as a mainstream peace missionary rny; -."""(."'""·.:"'""i.,....·/.""":·"'""·""" :.-.-·.,- ...-.. -•... .. position would be no armed ~~1:52~7,5295 ....• confrontation or violence. I am for peaceful resolution -of the decades-old Mindanao conflict," he said,


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'MILF Dialogue

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) panel led by Mohagher Iqbal will discuss today; Friday, the 10 Decision Points Principles signed with the government in April 2012 during a dialogue with Manilabased journalists. Iqbal . and Dean Mario Vietor F. .Leonen, head of the government panel, signed the accord in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,last month, giving fresh hope to the 15-year-Iong Mind~ anao peace process. Among the principles are that the two parties will discuss the creation of a new entity to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM); they will agree on the continuity of the talks based on agreed documents; . they also agreed on the need for transition period to implement the agreement's provisions. . Civil society organizations .... }CSOs) and other peace advocates led by the Mindanao Peace Caucus (MPC), as well as in Luzon, organized the dialogue, to be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m, at the Max's Restaurant in Quezon Memorial Circle. Many sticking points re.main, with the 28th Explor-

atory Talks last month ending with no breakthrough. One of the issues involved the MILF's desire for a transition period for it toput together a new governance structure. The group has proposed in its Comprehensive .Compact for Peace a sub-State political arrangement with the national government. . Eid Kabalu, former chief of the MILFs Civil-Military Affairs Unit and spokesman for military affairs, has denied being the spokesman of the ATmy's 6 Infantry Division (lID). Major General Rey Ardo, .6ID commanding general, . was quoted in news reports as saying Kabalu is now spokesman for civilian component of the6ID. ' . Kabalu confirmed. having spoken with Ardo during Tuesdays Independence Day celebration, "I told General Ardo that I am ready to work with anyone for the benefit of the Bangsamoro and all Mindanaoans. There was no final decision made about this, everything is. exploratory," Kabalu said. He said there are many developments not reaching the people on the ground. "I am ready to share in any kind of work and be partner with anyone," he-said.


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NPALaunches .Raids In Comval
The NPAalso held captive . Three companies of the for four hours SPOl Charlito communist New People's Alcuezar, who was later. :eArmy (NPA)raided two min-' leas~~ to a barangay official , . it d millin'g plant' at SltJO Inupuan, Barangay mg SI es an aM' it i N b t in Compos!~laValley,onJune aim in . a un uran. , 8, wounding five soldiers and A day a~ter the raid, t~e carting away 25 firearms. NPA said It thwarted rel~NPAguerrillas also. took forcements from th~ AFP s With them a policeman but 71st. Infantry Battalion, re. released him to a barangay lea~tnga comm~d-?etonated officialthe followingday. anti-tank exp~oslveill Mawab Rigoberto Sanchez, town, ?amagmg a truck and . d wounding five troopers. spokesman of the Merar 0 "Th J 8 NPA ff .. Arce Command (MAC),said , e une 0 enslve. the guerrillas launched the In Compost~la':alley was part coordinated attacks in the of ~e contInuIng, campaign larget owns 0f Mara,gusan; Nabun- against destructive ., I' . turan and NewBataan to pun- sea e ~~g In ish mining companies that the,~egIOn, Sanchez said, damage the environment. The NPA upholds the "Mining firms in the rec CPP (Communist Party ofthe gion and their uniformed' Philippines) standing policy coddlers in the 10th Infantry against foreign big mining Division-Eastern Mindanao I firms, the operations ofwhich Command of the AFP can ex-: have damaged the environpect more escalated and co- 'i merit and dislocated peasants ordinated raids and ambus-I and indigenous peoples," he cades by the NPA to defend said. . the interest of the people and In the first attack on the the national patrimony;" San- night of June 8, the guerrillas chez said. targeted Philco Mining in BaThe attackers damaged rangay Camanlangan, New four heavy equipment and 10' Bataan and burned a bulldozgenerator sets. er; a boom truck, a backhoe, Security guards and other a generator truck drill and 10 personnel were disarmed of generator sets. three high-powered rifles! 22 ' Canadian-owned. Phi~~<t,; short firearms and two shot- Mining has an explorat1(m'~' guns, permit for gold and copper

mining covering 2,139.44 hectares in New Bataan. The guerrillas also raided the milling plant owned by the Uys in Barangay Pamintaran,Maragusan, covering the 'mining claim of Milagrosa-Oz Minerals in Barangay Saranga and Pamintaran gold areas, Confiscated from Uy's private army were. 10 short firearms, one shotgun and six VHFhandheld radios. In Barangay Mainit, Nabunturan, another NPA group hit the milling plant owned by theUys. Taken from the plant's guards were two baby armalite (M-16)rifles, one M-14 rifle, 10 .45 caliber pistol, one KG machine pistol, one Ingram machine pistol and one shotgun, Early the' following morning, the NPA ambushed a three-truck military convoy of the 71st Infantry' Battalion in Barangay Nueva, Mawab. The troops later manned a road blockade for three hours. "Destructive large-scale mining operations in Compostela Valley hinterlands have resulted in grave landslides and other calamities in the recent years. Accompanying . these operations is a spate of human rights violations'as a result of military operations under the Oplan Bantay Laya (OBL),"Sanchez said.



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Basilan eXPlOSiOn,sibilyan nadale
ZAMB,OANGA CITY -Isang landmine ang sumabog kahapon na malubhang ikinasugat ng isang sibilyan sa Jalawigan ng Basilan kung saan patuloy ang operasyon ng militar kontra Abu Sayyaf. Naganap angpagsabog dakong alas-otso ngmnagasaBgy_CanassabayanngMaluso. "The victim, who was working on his farm. apparently tripped on the Iandmine," ani Lt. CoL Randolph Cabangbang, ang spokesmanng WestemMindanaoCommand. Sinabi nito sa Abante na kritikal ang biktimang si Prince Sanson, 25, na siyang nakatisod sa Jandmine na natatakpan umano ng bao ngniyog. Malapit sa-isang . rubber plantation ang naturang pagsabog,

Matindi umano ang tama sa katawan ni Sanson dahil sa mgatinamong shrapnel at maging ang kanang hita nito ay nadale rin. Walangumako sa pagsabog, ngunit saAbu Sayyaf naman malimit ibintang ang mga pambobomba sa Basilan na kung saanay bihag ng mga ito ang dating Australian soldier na si Warren Rodwell, 52. Dinukot si Rodwell sa kanyang bahay sa bayan ng lpit. sa Zamboanga Sibugay noong Disyembre at dinala sa Basilan ng mga kidnappers. Hindi naman agad makunan ng pahayag ang hepe ng pulisya sa Basilan na si Sr. Supt. Alex Linesis at hindi nito sinasagot ang tawag ng mga mamamahayag. (AI Jacinto)

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'No Aircraft Intrusion '_ . Over S.hoal
BY ANJO PEREZ The Civil Aviation Authority of the any intrusion and we had jet fighters Philippines (CAAP)yesterday denied that we can scramble to intercept, reports a Chinese jetfighter flew over identify and if needed, encounter the the Scarborough Shoal last Monday, bogie." J4Ile Ii., "We don't have those now," he CAAP Director General Ramon said. Gutierrez said that if and such ariy According to the PAF pilot, the . intrusion'was made, it would be 1m-" country's air defense system is suppossible for the CAAP civilian radar to posed to alert the PAF whenever all identify the aircraft because "it didn't . unidentified aircraft flies into a.'milihave a transponder." ' tary zone" such as the Scarborough A transponder is an electronic Shoal. ' device in an aircraft that givesit an ''Wheneveranintrusion is reported identifying signal. ~ous, ,,:,eimmediately launch fighter "Walangtransponderyungaircraft Jets to intercept the bogie for proper kaya hindi madedetectng civilian type! identification. Our pilots have to make radar." Gutierrez said ;~suafidentification of the bogie and . When asked to confirm however determine whether the aircraft is hosif there was indeed an unauthorized tile or friendly," the source said. intrusion into Philippine airspace last "And even if the aircraft is identi-. MO'nday,Gutierrez refused to make fled as hostile) we don't just shoot it any further comments. down, There are rules of engagement Philippine Air Force (PAF) spokes- that have to' be observed, We have to person Colonel Miguel OIrolalso down- determine is the aircraft is in distress. played reports of an Intrusion. "We If it is, we will assist the aircraft but .. .,.' if it is not, we will escort it out O'fthe ~celv~d no ~ports from the CAAP restricted airspace." regardinganyIll~Usion. Whyare they : "However, this remains as a see(repo.ners) getting their statement nario as of now. Hopefully, with the fromJust on~ perso~~l. efore you can , government's aggressive thr~~~in B confirm. a~mt~uslO.n, you have t? upgrading our military capa~lhties, confirm Its ldentificatlOn from several, we should be able to re-establish our person~, not just one flight controller," air defense capabilities in three to' five Oko}said, . ars years, " the PAF official said M eanw hi] e, a ranking Air Force o(ficial who requested anonymity admitted that the country had lost its capability to' detect, encounter and identify any unauthorized flyby of air3raft because it lacks the eqUipment.

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ZAMBOANGA CITY (PNA) - The Armed Forces of the Phlllpplnas Finance Center (AFPFC) will hold, a six-day information caravan ' next month for pensioners in three major areas here in . Zamboanga Peninsula, a l'!1i1itary official announced. Lt. Col. Erwin Alea, commander of the 4th CiVil Relations Group (CRG)., said , the information caravan will be conducted by two teams from the AFPFCfrom July 16 to 21 in ZamboangaCity and in the provinces of Zarnboanqa del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte. Alea said the information caravan is in support of the efforts of the AFP Pension and Gratuity Management Center (AFPGMC), which aims to monitor the status of the AFP pensioners and to determine whether the AFPFC has been paying the pensioners with the correct amount of pension and also to determine who are qualified to receive the pension.


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AFP welcomes US radar;
8yDjYap THE PHILIPPINE military on Thursday expressed elation over the plan of the United States to provide the country with a powerful radar system to help deter intrusions in, the West Philippine (South China) Sea, The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in a statement said that such.a sysrem would help the country form a "minimum credible defense posture" in the midst of a territorial dispute with. China over Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal and other islands .. ''This significant development comes at a very opportune time as we try to beef up our defenses, particularly our maritime surveillance capabilities," said AFP public affairs chief Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos . Jr. .

militants call it a spy base
The Philippines has been seeking military assistance from the United States, its closest ally, 'to boost its position in its longrunning quarrel with China over Panatag Shoal and other islands.

Panatag standoff
InApril, tensions rose after Philippine authorities tried to arrest Chinese fishermen atPanatag who were ripping up the coral and catching banned fish species, The standoff continued well into May. while the Department of Foreign Affairs and its Chinese counterpart sought a diplomatic resolution. The leftist group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), meanwhile, said the US had long been pushing for a surveillance system in the Philippines "to allow it to have control over vital sea lanes such as the South China Sea," "If the plan pushes through, the US will have set up its own spy base on Philippine territory disguised as a coast watch center and in clear violation of Philippine sovereignty," said Bayan secretary general Renata Reyes Jr. in a statement. .

Transnational crime
Burgos said "this effort will not only help us prevent foreign intrusions but will also aid .us in addressing transnational crimes like poaching, human trafficking, .piracy . and drug trafficking." ( . On TUesday, a Pentagon spokesperson announced plans' by the' United States to provide the Philippines with a ,powerful land-based radar system that would form part of a Coast Watch Center that would track ship movements off the archipelago's coastline. "This centerwill improve Philippine maritime domain awareness on a breadth of security issues, including- countering the proliferation of WMD (weapons of mass' destruction) and illegal smuggling," US· Maj, Catherine Wilkinson had earlier told . Agence France- Presse. .

Surveillance system .
He said a maritime surveillance system had been proposed since the administrarionof Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo when Kristie Kenney was the US ambassador. Reyes cited a diplomatic cable dated Aug. 27, 2007-qne of the thousands of US memos leaked by cyber whistleblower WikiLeaks-that showed the US embassy in Manila proposing an elaborate regional surveillance network to further advance US maritime security



"Our proposal emphasizes the installation of land-based and sea-based maritime radar and other types of surveillance and .Identification equipment in the tri-border area of Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, and other key poihts between Sri Lanka and the Philippines, to monitor vessels suspected of carrying terrorists, weapons or drugs, as well as those engaged inhuman trafficking and other illegal activities," the unverified cable read '.in part. ·S' areport from Jerry E, Esplanada

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Unidentified aircraft seen near
A radar system cornmisioned by the government has letected an unidentified airraft over the disputed Panatag 3carborough) Shoal. An ABS-CBN news report

up on the radar at 1:35 a.m, and was flying at a speed of 670 knots. The jet reportedly disappeared in less than minute. ' Turn to Page 12

said the aircraft,believed to the Philippines (CAAP). be a fighter jet, was detected' Alan Ortencio of the New at dawn last Monday by the Manila Air Control Center told radar system commissioned by AB S~CBN anchor Anthony Tabthe Civil Aviation Authority of erna that the aircraft popped


fishermen who had poached endangered marine species from the area, .... From Page 1 Panatag Shoal is within the Philippines' The ABS-CBN report quoted Ortencio as say" 200~nautical mile exclusive economic zone as ing that the aircraft had opened its transponder to provided by the United Nations Convention on identify itself to the ships below it. " . the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), to which China is . "He turned on his transponder right on top of a Signatory, . There are no indications so far that the aircraft (Panatag) island, which is probably-the mother detected by the radar came from China. ship," Ortencio said. . Sought for comment, the Philippine Air Force The report came amid tensions between the Philippines and China over Panatag Shoal, an area (PAF) said it would coordinate with the CAAP about the matter. rich in marine resources. .'. "We are looking into it," PAP spokesman CoL Panatag Shoal is 124 nautical miles from the Miguel Okol told 111eSTAR in a phone interview nearest base point in Zambales. The standoff in the shoal started on April 10 yesterday. "There are no warning signs yet that will alarm after two Chinese maritime surveillance ships us," he added. barred the Philippine Navy from arresting Chinese


Okol noted that the tension in Panatag Shoal is continuously being addressed diplornatically. ABS-CBN said the Chinese embassy in Manila had claimed not knowing anything about the unidentified aircraft. ' Ortencio said a Chinese jet does not usually fly alone and is often accompanied by other jets.' . A security official who requested anonymity said it is hard to draw conclusions on the origin of the aircraft, since "it is just a bleep in the radar." The ABS-(BN report quoted Foreign Affairs department spokesman Raul Hernandez as say~ ing that the flight of the aircraft is allowed by the'

flight in an exclusive economic zone for "continuous and expeditious transit," he added. .

(Agreeing to disagree'
Meanwhile, President Aquino commended late Wednesday the 37th anniversary. of the establishment of diplomatic ties with China and the 11th Philippines-China friendship day, saying that while there have been territorial issues over the West Philippine Sea, both countries can live peacefully by agreeing to disagree. ' "What we must do right now is to continue strengthening cooperation in the several areas that are proven to be mutually beneficial. And to continue working tirelessly to find the peaceful, diplomatic solution in the area in which we . disagree," he said. - With Delon Porcella

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airspace above the disputed , .Scarborough Shoal on June 1L and Florante S. SoImerrn The agency's directorgenTHE Civil Aviation Authority eral, Ramon Gutierrez, said of the Philippines on Thursday the radars would have idendenied reports that a Chinesejet titied any intruder, and Air tighter intruded into Philippine Force spokesman Col. Miguel Okol said they had received no rep~rts from the CAM. !helr. assurances amid claims th~t the Ph~l~p~ pines had lost Its c.apablhty to d~tect.and ~eal with uhaUthonzed intrusions, Next p~~e

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A ranking Air Force official said the country's radars were old and needed upgrading to from proliferating," detect any kind of intrusion. ~wjVlliIlllngton earlier this The' military on'. Thursday weeK:'1If!rS~tor John McCain r" said upgrading the country's I reiterated the US commitment to coastal watch system was the '. stand by the Philippines through most effective way to deter their Mutual Defense Treaty. foreign intrusions especially in On Thursday, Mr. Aquino the West Philippine Sea, where discussed the territorial disputes the disputed Spratly Islands and in the West Philippine Sea in a Scarborough Shoal are located. j meeting with visiting Myan. Military spokesman Col. .mar Foreign Minister U Wunna , Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr. Maung Lwin. . 'said the commitment by the US i "The meeting covered a government to help the-·Anned . wide range of topics involving Forces monitor its coastal waareas of mutual interest, such teis was most welcome. as political .cooperation, trade "This .significant developand investment, human rights, ment cornes in a very opportune education, agriculture, tourism,. time as we try to beef up our deand air services, among others.' . fense capability, particularly in They also discussed the West. bolstering our maritime surveilPhilippine Sea," deputy presilance and monitoring capabilidential spokeswoman Abigail ties," Burgos said. VaIte said. In his recent working visit The Association of Southto the US, President Benigno east Asian Nations is now Aquino III secured a commitdrafting a Code of Conduct on ment from US President Barthe South China Sea, which rack Obamato set up a National Manila calls the West PhilipCoast Watch Center to conduct pine Sea. naval intelligence, especially in The code will be a bindthe South China Sea. ing agreement among the "The assistance being ofAsean member-states, which fered by the US government includes the Philippines and will contribute in the enhanceMyanmar. for the demilitarizamentand strengthening of our. tion of the disputed areas in the 'capa~iIities in monitoring and region as well as for the ~e~eprotecting our abundant natuful resolution of conflicting ral and marine resources from claims. . . exploitation and in safeguardThe Philippines has pushed ing and preserving our environfor the exclusion of China,

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With Joyce Pangeo Panares and Eric B. Apolonio.


June 2012


Arroyo denies hand in murder, torture of Church people during
her reign
By RONALYNv. OLEA MANILA - Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo urged a local court in Quezon City to dismiss the civil suit filed against her and several of her military officials for human rights violations committed against church workers. In June 2011, the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UeCP) sued Arroyo for damages for the killing of 18 of its pastors and lay leaders, torture and detention of four of its members, among other human rights abuses. Arroyo, through her lead counsel Jose Flaminiano, filed a motion to dismiss the case, citing several grounds. In a decision dated January 16, 2012, Judge Tita Marilyn Payoyo- Villordon of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 224 junked Arroyo's petition, saying that "a judicious scrutiny of the entire complaint as well as the annexes only reveals that there appears to have been a violation of the complainants's constitutional rights which mayor may not sustain Arroyo's civil liability after

the proper determination of the veracity of said defendant's acts or omission in this regard." Arroyo filed a motion for reconsideration to the court's decision. On June 13, the court held its first hearing on the case as it heard the oral arguments of both parties. Arroyo's camp insisted that their allegations are vague and not factual. Flaminiano argued that the UCCP allegations are "mere conclusions and should therefore be ignored and dismissed." In an interview with, Emilio Capulong Jr., lawyer of the DeCp, said: "Their allegations are baseless. What we said in our complaint was very factual. Nobody can dispute that Arroyo, as then commander-inchief, was in charge of the AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines] and that she had personal knowledge of the Oplan Bantay Laya." Capulong said that under Oplan Bantay Laya, human rights violations were committed against the perceived enemies of the state. The uecp was among the many organizations publicly branded by the AFP as fronts of the

Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). Karapatan has documented 1,206 cases of extrajudicial killings, 206 victims of enforced disappearances, and 2,059 cases of illegal arrests and detention during the nine-year rule of Arroyo. In her motion to dismiss, Arroyo said that the complaint "is a suit against the state because the said complaint is a protest against the government's implementation of its national security plan and that any act or omission on the part of the defendant [Arroyo] in the performance of her official duties as president and commander-in-chief is an official duty." Citing Article 32 of the Civil Code of the Philippines, Capulong said Arroyo should be held liable for violating the right and civil liberties of the Church workers. The same provision states that "whether or not the defendant's act or omission constitutes a criminal offense, the aggrieved party has a right to commence an entirely separate and distinct civil action for damages, and for other relief. Such civil action shan proceed independently of any criminal prosecution (if the latter be instituted), and mat be proved by a preponderance of evidence."

Capulong's brother, Noel, was among the ucep lay leaders killed during the Arroyo administration. Shortly after the hearing, Capulong told UCCP leaders and members: "It is clear that we have the upper hand because we are fighting for justice. We stand by the principle that Arroyo, as commander-inchief of the AFP, must be held liable." UCCP members from Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog joined the relatives of the complainants in a prayer action outside the Quezon City Hall of Justice. "Arroyo's lawyer said that if the court would not dismiss the case, what would happen to the succeeding presidents. All the more we should win this case so that the succeeding presidents would not violate human rights," UCCP Bishop Arthur Asi said. Asi said that leaders have extrajudicial and Rabenio under Aquino, two UCCP already been victims of killings - Jimmy Liguyon Sungit.

"Our faith compels us to speak out and denounce the climate of impunity that prevails in our nation ...The courts must dare to hold perpetrators of human rights violations accountable and stop these heinous crimes. We are speaking out to do our part and we pray that the courts will render justice in response to our efforts:' Asi said.


Fifteen days were given for each party to file their respective memorandum before the court will issue it resolution on Arroyo's motion for reconsideration. Asi said they are hoping that Judge Villordon would be firm in her decision. Jopet Domingo, son of slain VCCP pastor Raul Domingo, thanked all the supporters. "We know that this battle is difficult but I know we will triumph with the help of those like you who yearn for justice," Jopet said. Arroyo, now representative of Pampanga's second district, is under hospital arrest for charges of electoral sabotage. The Aquino administration has not initiated any case against Arroyo for human right violations. 3 patay, ilan nagsilikas, sa pag-atake n9 armadong grupo sa Cotabato
KORONADAL CITY • Sinalakay ng hindi nakilalang armadong grupo ang Brgy. Popoyun, Tulunan, Cotabato. Kaagad namang lumikas ang mga apektadong pamllya matapos maipit sa nasabing kaguluhan. Base sa report ng 602nd Brigade Philippine Army, gumanti ang mga CVOs sa nasabing pagsalakay na nagresulta sa palitan ng putok ng dalawang kampo. Turnagal ng 15 minuto ang bakbakan kung saan unang umatras ang armadong grupo. Matapos ang nasabing engkuwentro, agad nagsagawa ng pursuit operation ang Tulunan·PNP

kasama ang CVOs kung saan narekober ang tatlong bangkay na pinaniniwalaang ginawang human shields ng mga grupo ng armado.