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Soldier overrun NPA camp in Capiz Government forces overrun a camp of New People's Army in Tapaz town in Caplz yesterday morning following a clash with insurgents who are said to be training a bomb-making, the miHtarysaid. Palace lauds resumption of peace talks The Aquino administration yesterday lauded the decision of the Communist Party of the Philippines-National Democratic Front (CPPNDF) and government negotiators to resume peace negotiations that have been stalled from the past 15 months. Kidnap gang leader kiUed in Zamboanga Security forces killed a notorious kidnap leader in a clash in Zamboanga City. Official said Monday. Soldier Training Some 100 young, able-bodied and skilled mate Filipinos are now undergoing the candidate soldier (CS) course at the 7th Infantry Division Training Units (7DTU) in Fort Ramon Magsaysay, Palayan City.

Business Mirror p. 8-2

PhHStar p. 6


Manila Times p. A-7

Manila Bulletin p, 8






AFP RELATED ISSUES Filipino nurse joins biggest mercy mission The world's largest joint humanitarian mission in the Pacific kicks off on Tuesday at the Calbayog Port in Northern Samar. US may use Subic again -DFA USee The United States may return to Subic for logistics and maintenance services to the visiting forces vessels and equipment, according to Undersecretary Edilberto P Adan, executive director of the Presidential commission of the Visiting Forces Agreement. China puns out boats Following a similar move by the PhHlppines,China pulled out Its fishing boats from Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal last Sunday due to "inclemenf' weather. China ships stay in shoal China has no immediate plans of pulling out its vessels at Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), the Chinese embassy said yesterday. Did Jordanian link up with Abu? After first denying that Jordanian TV journalist Baker Abdulla Atyani and his two Filipino crew were missing, then admitting that the three were in the custody of the Abu Sayyaf. Government officials said the AI Arabiya newsman could be a conduit to the AI-Qaeda international terrorist

Standard Today p. A-3

People's Journal p. 5

Phil Star p. 1


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Palace: Sayyaf has Jordanian A Jordanian journalist reported missIng In Sulu is in the hands of the Abu Sayyaf, Malacanang said yesterday. Thieves plague Camp Aguinaldo Even the country's main military headquarters is not safe -

Phil Star p. 1

from thieves. AFP Spokesman Col Amulfo Burgos Jr. said a total of 15 incidents of theft that have been recorded in the camp since January. Among the items stolen by the burglars were laptops, cash, wallets, camera, and a deskto computer. bug Camp Aguinaldo residents The military yesterday said that at least 15 burglaries have been occurred inside General headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo9 since January, including last Saturday's robbery and carnapping at the quarters of an officer. Burglaries Business Mirror p. 33


tt's stifl no go for AFP transformer
An Attempt to restore its power at the Grandstand in Camp Aguinaldo last Saturday hit a snag., prolonging the agony of several units and personnel holding office at the building which has been experiencing power outage for over a month now. 16 AFP rejects demand to free NPA big-wigs The Armed Forces yesterday opposed a renewed demand by the National Democratic Front for the release of its consultants, who are detained on criminal charges, for the resumption of the formal peace ne otiations with the overnment Cops kiUed suspected MlLF kidnap leader A secessionist rebel said to be involved in a series of kidnappings, was killed in a gun fight with Zamboanga policemen in Sacol Island Sunday.

Business Mirror p. 8-2

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at CPP-NDF babalik sa negotiating table !naasahang mamgbabalik na ang parmal pangkapayapaan sa pagitan n9 gobyemo at Communist Phili jnes-National Democratic Front CPP-NDF. Gobyerno Ngayon p. 2 na usa pang party of the POI p.i


SPORTS Araneta lift PAF past Nomads Azkals standouts Chieffy Caligdong and Ian Araneta stepped up as they powered Air Force Phoenix to a heart-stopping 3-2 victory over a gritty Nomads Auction Manila side in the First Division of the United Football Lea ue at the Universit of Makati field in Makat] over the weekend. Caligdong, ASG commander, Patuloy na beneberipfka ngayon ng otoridad sa prob1nsya ng Sulu ang natanggap nHang panibagong impormasyon na hawak umano ngayon ng !sang unit ng Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) ang nawawalang Jordanian journalist at dalawang crew sa lugar. Ex-MiLF spokesman Kabalu, pinabulaanang kasapi na ng AFP Mahigpit na pinabulaanan ni dating Moro islamic Liberation Front {MILF) spokesman Eid Kabalu na naging kasapi na siya ng hukbong sandatahan ng Pilipinas. Militar vs NPA nagkasagupa sa Northern Samar; ilang landmines Phil Star p, 14


ON UN£. NEWS inaming hawak ang 3 TV crew sa Sulu




~ Nagka-engkwentro ang grupo ng sundalo sa humigit kumulang sa 30 mga miyembro ng New People's Army (NPA) sa Brgy. Geparayan, Silvino lobos, Northern Samar.

Bahagi ng AFP Central Command sa Cebu nasunog kagabi - Nasunog ang isang palapag ng Central Command (Centcom) Camp Lapu-Lapu, lung sod ng Cebu kagabi.

Army rejects release of leftist rebels - 'The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) today rejected the demand of the political arm of the New People's Army (r.~PA)to release its consultants as a precondition to resume formal peace negotiations with the govemment. 25-26 Gov't welcomes resumption of peace talks with leftist rebels - The government welcomed today the recent Informal meeting between the communist National Democratic Front (NDF) and the government peace panels in Norway after 15 months of not talking to each other.





11 June 2012



Soldiers overrun NPA camp in Capiz
GOVERNMENT forces overran a camp of New People's Army in Tapaz town in Capiz yesterday morning following a cJash with insurgentswho are said to be training on bomb-making, the militruysaid. "They were caught by surprise in their temporary camp while in the process of training to rnanufacture landmines," said 3rd Infantry. Division spokesman Maj. Enrico Gil lleto of the encounteredrebe1s. nero said forces of the 61st Infunny Battalion began the assault on the rebel camp at Burl village around 9:35 a.m., triggering a firefight with undetermined number fightingl3sted for one hour, until the rebels withdrew. No one was reported killed on injured on the military side. On

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The fall of the rebel camp
brought to 19 the numberofrebeI lairs seized by government troops in the Panay is.Iand this year. Last June 7, govemmenttroops overran an NPA camp also in Tapaz.

the other hand, there was unde"There is no stopping our termined number of casualties on soldiers from going against them the enemy side. and preventing them from mainRecovered from the camp were a laptop with printer, a generator taining a foothold ... They will be set, four improvised explosive .always on the run and the engagedevices, wires used in the manufuc- ment today is a major victory for the people of Tapaz," said 3rd ture of bombs, four rifle grenades, two hand grenades, a 12-gauge Infantry Division chief Maj. Gen. shotgun, an improvised garand Jose Mabanta.Ir. In Samar, troops from the Army's rifle and documents of high intel63rd Infantry Division recovered ligence value.

fourlandmines follovvinga.firefight with NPA rebels at the viI.l.age f o Geparayaniu Silvino Lobostown at 1:57 p.m, Sunday, said 8th Infantry Division spokesman Lt. Col. Arvin iagamon. Iagamon said the troops were on a combat operation when they caught with about 30 rebels. There were no reported casualties in the brief fighting that fOllowed. Recovered at the scene were six backpack bags, six rolls of electrical wires, an ICOM radio, a binocular and assorted magazine with live ammunition, said Lagamon.- Victor Reyes





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Palace lauds resumption of peace talks
The Aquino administration By'DELOI':! yesterday lauded the decision presidential spokesman Edwin of the Communist Party of the Lacierda said. Philippines-National DemoHe said the resumption of cratic Front (CPP-NDF) and talks between the communist govenunent negotiators to re- rebels and government panel, sume peace negotiations that represented by chief.negotia-have been stalled for the past , tor Alex Padilla, is a "step in 15 months. the' right direction." "We certainly welcome the The NDF announced over decision of both parties, the the weekend the resumption decision (of the NDF) to resume of formal peace negotiations talks with the government," after meeting with govenunent negotiators in Oslo, Norway last June 14 and 15.' The government was represented by chief negotiator Padilla, panel me m b e r s E f r e n Moncupa and [urgette Honculada, consultant Paulyn Sicarn and secretar-' PORCAlLA iat head Maria Carla Villarta. The NDE on the other hand,. was represented by chairman Luis Jalandoni, CPP founder Jose Ma, Sison, panel members Fidel Agcaoili and Julieta de Lima, and Rachel Pastores, legal consultant. Representing the Norwe.gian government, the third party facilitator" were Ambassador Ture N.L. Lundh, Knut Solem, and Sverre Iohan Kvale. Former senator Wigberto Tafiada attended the meeting as;. an observer. man of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, said fighting erupted between soldiers led by lLt. Roberto Escalona and rebels in Tapaz town at 9:35 a.m. Ileto said the firefight resulted in the recovery of four improvised explosives used as landmines,' Four more landmines and live ammunition were recovered after, government troops clashed with about 30 NPArebels in Silvino Lobos, Northern Samar on Sunday. There were no reported casualties on both sides. InBulan,Sorsogon,acivilian Fresh encounters was killed while a soldier was Meanwhile, Army troops wounded in an encounter also yesterday raided an NPA lair in on Sunday Capiz,disruptingthebomband Killed was Cesar Habla while demolition training of its new wounded was Pic. Gilbert Gayo. members. - With Alexis Romero, Jaime Maj. Enrico Ileto, spokesLaude, Celso Amo


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Filipino nurse joins blggest mercy mission
Centre Pacific, where I work as the Operations and Training Officer to TIIE world's largest joint nominate me for this opportunity, humanitarian mission in the " she said. Pacific kicks off on Tuesday at . She is now a ~taff nurse working the Calbayog Port in Northemin the medical-urgical ward of the Samar. Military Sealift Command hospital . ;>. The Pacific Partnership 2012, ship USNS Mercy, providing now on its 7th year of serving care to the host-nation's patients. Navy, will be joined by She has just completed her first partner-nations such as Thailand, mission over the weekend in Australia, Malaysia, Canada, the Indonesian ports of North France, Japan, New Zealand, Sulawesi, Manado and the three Sjngapore, Korea, Chile, Peru, and . islands' of Sangihe, 'Ialaud,: and Netherlands. . Siau . . 'PP12's goal is to take part in a The USNS Mercy, the premier . humanitarian and civic assistance hospital ship of the US Navy with mission that brings together U.S. a capacity of 1,000 beds and can militiiY . and civilian personnel, accommodate 200 patients per .. hOStanil parlnernations'; non- day, will be joined by 24 Japanese government organizations ' and medical personnel on .:board . international agencies engaged in . Japanese ship Oosumi and ·Cl . relief and disaster control, aircraft on June 18 for sealift arid Unknown to many, a Canadianairlift operations. Filipina nurse, Lt. Iphigenia On Tuesday, US Ambassador to Morales working as Operations ~e Philippines. Harry K. Thomas and Training Officer of the and Northern Samar Governor Canadian Forces Health Service Paul Daza together with local and Centre Pacificjoined the PP12 as . military officials will hold sendone of the hundreds of volunteers. off rites for the mission that will Morales, born in Bagac, deliver the much-needed services Bataan, migrated- with her family through the Oplan Bayanihan i11' Canada at the age of six. in the cities of Calbayog and "My parents demonstrated the Catbalogan and in the towns of importance of hard work and Gandar, San Jorge, in Samar and perseverance," Morales said. in .San Isidro, Northern Samar . "When I heard that I' Was from June 19 to July 1. scheduled to go to the Philippines, Philippine engineering troops and learned that the mission was will also take part in the US Pacific about helping people,' I knew it 30th Naval Construction Regiment was meant for me. I felt compelled for rehabilitation and construction t9 ask my Commanding Officer at of school buildings, health clinics, Canadian Forces Health Service roads and bridges. .

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US military's tt, Iphigenia Morales joins the world's largest humanitarian mission. ERIC APOLONIO

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US may use Subic again ~. DF~.Usec·
Subic for lOgistics and maintenance services. to the visiting forces vessels and equipment, according to Undersecretary Edilberto P. Adan, executive director ofthe Presidential Commission on the Visiting Forces Agreement. Adan, however, ruled out the setting up of a permanent base in the former American military facility. "As our leaders take a hard look into~enseposture,theyarelook·ing·atnewmGdels of cooperative de-

mE United States may return to

fensearrangements thatdonotrequire the setting up of permanent bases," said Adan who was in Olongapo and Subicrecently .. He explained thatnationalsecurity planners are fully aware of the po tentialoftheSubicp0rl,andintheinventory .of airports and seaports, Subic stands out. . Adanrefused totalk on the details oithe arrangement being worked out by the USandPhilippinegovemments. "Suffice it to say that talks are going on" and the bottomline is our .

national Interest," he said. With the current rift between the Philippines andChinaovertheScarborou$hShoalandthetensionoverconflict.. ing claims to the Spratlys, the US has beefed up its military support to the Aquinoadministratioriand intensified the joint RP-US military exercises. Earlier on, top ranking US senators Thad Cohranand Dan Inouye toured the Freeport facilities and talked with officialsof theSubic Bay Metropolitan Authority,a visit which was kept from the media. .


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Chinas In shoal. to No Beijing commitment

By Jerry E. Esplanada


I Bad weather
' .. . But on Friday night, President ~qu~oh citing, or ~re dome Ipp:e oast .f uF~rhv~sse adnA a ~reau 0 IS enes an . quanc Resources survey ShIP from sc~boro~gh S~oal. Typh te time, . oon Butchoy" was approaching the Philippines from the Pacific Ocean anda low-pressure s~s:em o~~ P~law~n ;as cornbinmg;1 d ItS WIll S to h ~re?te ~quha ~AT anpghe:1?us. SS ippmg to III t. e west 1 ippme ea.


CHINA has no immediate plans of pulling out its v~ssels at Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), the Chinese Embassy said yesterday. .'
In a 'text message. to the Zhang Hua, , spokesperson and deputy chief of the political section of the Chinese Embassy, said Beijing had not expressed any intention of withdrawing its service ships from Scarborough Shoal, which both China and the Philippines claim. Contrary to Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario's statement to reporters on Friday, China did not commit to withdraw its seven vessels from the shoal. "There is no such a commitINQUIRER,

ment" from China, Zhang said. In Beijing, Hong Mei, spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry .of Foreign Affairs, wondered "where the so-called commitment the Philippine side mentioned on China's withdrawal of vessels came from, Hong said China hoped "the. Philippine side can restrain their words and behavior and do workings conducive to the development of the bilateral relations" between the two counIt

fisher~en poachini·sharks and collecting rare clams and corals in the area. ; Both asserting sovereignty ~over the shoal, two coungtries had refused to budge. The fshoaI is within the exclusive economic zone of the Philipines, which has proposed to ring the dispute to the Interna-" ional Tribunal on the L f the Sea for settlement. aw 0 China, which claims the entire West Philippine.Sea, has relfused and tried to apply ecoInOInk squeeze to force the :Philippines to yield. It has susipended Chinese tours to the ~hiliPPines and tightened inpection rules for fruit imports from the Philippines.



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.Asked by reporters on Friday if China was withdrawing its vessels, Del Rosario said, ''We , are waiting for them to comply with their commitment," It was understood that China and. the Philippines had agreed to break a two-month standoff I at Scarborough Shoal to save the crew of their vessels from unnecessary exposure to danger in stormy seas. . As of Friday, China had seven goverrunent ships outside the lagoon and 20-26 fishing boats .



.~. Raui Hernandez, spokesper... . on for the Department of ForChina, Hong said, "will con- ...ign Affairs (DFA); said last lhinue to maintain aclministra-·!night that China's announceJion and vigilance" over Scar- ~'mentof the pullout was "consisII> !:borough Sh" oal, which BeiJmg & ent with our agreement with lSrefers to as Huangyan Island. ~he Chinese government on the ~anila calls it Panatag Shoal or ~withdrawal of all vessels from ~ajo de Masinloc, the shoal's lagoon to defuse ten." But more than 20 Chinese .sions" in the area. fishing boats stationed at the : Two Philippine vessels had

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in the lagoon, according to the DFA. ~ On Sunday, Malacafiang, through deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte, said, citing DelRosario's statement about a Chinese commitment, the Philippines was waiting for China to recall its vessels from the shoal.

Eighth vessel '
But instead of pulling out its ships from the area, the Chinese government is sending another vessel; the "Nanhaijiu 115," to the shoal, ostensibly to assist the Chinese fishing boats in making a run for shelter amid stormy weather. In its advisory, the Chinese transport ministry cited "inclement weather and strong

tides" at Scarborough Shoal as the reason for withdrawing the fishing boats. The agency also said it was deploying the Nanhaijiu 115 to the shoal to "help Chinese fishermen and fishing boats pull out safely for shelter" in undisclosed locations. The deployment of the Nanhaiju US brought to eight the number of Chinese government vessels stationed at the shoal.

PH move welcomed
On Sunday, China welcomed President Aquino's order pulling out the 'two Philippine vessels. from the shoal and expressed hope it would calm tensions in the area. A statement on the .Chinese Embassy's' website yesterday

said ''theChi~ese public service right direction," ships have continued to keep Weakened PH claim close watch over Scarborough But Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Shoal waters to provide administrative and other services to Colmenares is worried that the Chinese fishing boats in accor- premature departure of the dance with China's laws, so as Philippine vessels may have to ensure Chinese fishermen a weakened the country's claim of sovereignty over that part of good environment for operations intheir traditional fishing the West Philippine Sea. Colmen ares said yesterday grounds." The continued presence of that China had shown no sign of the Chinese ships in the area reciprocating. "The President was also meant to "prevent fur- should immediately replace the ther provocation by the Philip- two boats that left the [shoal]," Colmenares said. "The governpines," it also said. Zhang told the INQUIRER on ment .only weakened its claim Sunday that "the Chinese side of effective control and jurisdiction if we have no naval pres'has been urging the Philippine ' side to take measures to deesca- ence in our waters." The Department of National late the situation" at the shoal. That meant China wanted , Defense said on Sunday that the the Philippines to withdraw its withdrawal of the two Philipvessels from the area. The ves- pine vessels would not affect sels were ordered home on Fri- weaken the country's claim.· day but Del Rosario said, "VVhen There are many other ways of the weather improves, a reeval- monitoring the area, according . to the department's spokesperuation will be made." Last week, both the Philip- son Peter Galvez. Del Rosario had told the INQUIRpines and China repositioned . their ships posted at the shoal, ER that despite an easing of tensions between Manila and Beieasing tensions that had been building up since the standoff ~ing, the P~ppines :",ould press began in April. its plan to bnng the dispute to the "".;-"-.':.' -.',- , -.•·-"'-,:' -····-""-', :,,'-, . .· i '.. International Tribunal on the Law ;taih~~ ... Presidential spokesperson of the Sea, With reports from Gil· .. .. .. .. Edwin Lacierda called the coordinated pullback a "step in the , C. Cabacungan andAFP

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declined,' and at 5 a.m. on June 12, I think he was seen riding a vehicle voluntarily. Up to that time after that, we have no information anymore as to his whereabouts until today." A crisis committee has been formed to handle the situation, he added, However, the Philippine National' Police (PNP) considers Atyani and his two Filipino crew members as merely missing, not kidnapped. Speaking to reporters, Senior Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr.,PNP spokesman, said the "missing" status remains in the absenceof any ransom demand. At this point, we consider him missing as there are no reports or information that suggests the contrary," he said. " . "What we know is Atyani is a Jordanian journalist; connected with an Arabian network." . .. Lacierda said Tan hadhlken the lead in handling the case of Atyani. . Tan had offered to provide security for the televi. sion crew but this was refused, he added. Lacierda said the goverrunent's no-ransom policy remains whatever the outcome of talks Tan would

have with the Abu Sayyaf. . "But, again, the lines of communication are between Gov. Sakur Tan and ASG," he said. "We have not identified personnel who's doing the discussions . with the ASG./f . The government is getting updates from Tan, who is coordinating with Interior Secretary Jesse.Robredo, he added. . Lacierda said the Jordanian went voluntarily to interview the Abu Sayyaf. "This is primarily an interview that the jordanian journalist decided to do," he said. .' "So as to what the intentions' of the ASG when they agreed to be interviewed, that's beyond our comprehension." Lacierda said journalists must always coordinate with the government in doing their jobs that entail' security risks. .. .. . "We will give our fullest effort to advise find to provide security," he said. "But,again_ it is up to the journalists if they will accept the help or advice of the government." .' Lacierda said when the Jordanian journalist came over,the understanding was he was going to interview Tan. - Aurea Calica, Cecille Suerte Felipe, Evelyn Macairan . .'


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, Thieves plague Camp Aguinaldo

Even the country's main military headquarters is not safe from thieves. ,"Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman Col. Arnulfo Burgos Jr. said total of 15 incidents-of theft have been recorded in the camp since January. Among the items stolen by the burglars were laptops, cash, wallets, camera, and a desktop , computer.. " , , Among the latest items. stolen is a Mazda 323 owned by a colonel assigned to the AFP Dental Service, The incident happened last Saturday and has been reported to the Quezon CityPolice District The green Mazda car owned by CoL Nelson Chedrome was last seen on Capinpin Avenue. Initial police reports said the car was driven out of Camp Aguinaldo through Gate 2, which faces EDSA. Military insiders said they are alarmed by the successive thefts in the camp, which was supposed to implement stringent security measures. Burgos, however, said that measures are being undertaken to address the problem, noting that in at least four ' cases, the burglars were caught. "The suspects are outsiders. Some, of them are children and had been turned over to, the DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development)," ,he said in a phone interview. Burgos said some burglars climbed over the fences of the victims' houses. He said the victims of burglary were military officers and enlisted per-



As for'the car theft that happened over the week. end, Burgos s_aidit was only an "isolated incident." Despite the stricter security measures, Burgos reminded residents in Camp Aguinaldo to remain vigilant. "While we rely on the security measures of the camp commander, we have to maintain our security contingencies in our own homes. Weshould not be too complacent," he said.



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THE military yesterday said at least 15 burglaries have occurred inside its general headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo since January, including last Saturday's robbery and camapping at the quarters of an officer. AFPspokesman Col. Amulfo Marcelo Burgos said the figure is not alarming although security measures in the camp were further enhanced following the latest incident. He said the 15 cases targeted quarters of military officers and

Burglaries bug Camp Aguinaldo residents .
enlisted personnel. "Among the items usually taken are laptops, cameras, desktops, and watches," he said. A; military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said among those taken by the thieves this year were pedigreed dogs and puppies and top-of-the-line bicycles. He said he suspects the thieves are camp residents. Burgos said the military set up checkpoints in strategic areas in, side camp about three months ago, while military policemen .were ordered to conduct bicvcle patrols. . On last Saturday's incident, Burgos said at least three suspects broke into the quarters of the Col. Nelson Chedrome of the AFP Dental Service, along Capinpin avenue, Saturday night Chedrome and his wife were out celebrating their wedding anniversary. Burgos said a child of the Chedromes and a house help were left in the house but were unaware of the incident. The burglars escaped with two

cellphones and a Mazda 323 car. The suspects also opened a newer Nissan X-Trail vehicle but did not take it, Burgos said inside job is among angles being looked into. "If not a resident, he may be familiar with the inside of camp," he said, Burglaries have been occurring inside the camp over the past several years. In 2007, thieves also broke into the office of the Defense Press Corps and took several desktop computers. - Vidor




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It's still no go for AFP transformer
naldo last Satu.rdayhit a snag, . prolonging the agony of several units and personnel holding office at the building which has been experiencing power outage for over a month now. "Power was back for about an hour until an explosion that cut the power again," said a soldier. The grandstand lost power supply on May 4 when lightning hit four of its transformers during a heavy downpour. AFP spokesman Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Butgos said authorities installed three transformers at an electric post near the grandstand last Saturday but one of them later conked out. "There was test run (last Saturday) but one of the trans. formers encountered a problem," said Burgos, without saying if the transformers
AN attempt to restore power at its grandstand in camp Agui-

were brand new. The AFP grandstand is the venue of important events in the military, including turnover ceremonies and testimonial parade and review for retiring officers. It houses the offices of the AFP public affairs office (PAO), PAO barracks, and the AFP Women Auxiliary Corps. . It is also the home of.the Defense Press Corps, a group of journalists covering the defense and military beats. They are temporarily staying at the Office of the Public and Legislative Affairs of the Department of National Defense, . also in Camp Aguinaldo. The PAO has been spending P3,000 a day to fuel a generator to sustain its operations, according to military sources. The power outage also forced some personnel ofPAOto sleep outside their barracks during the night. - Wdvr Reyes

AFP rejects demand to free NPA big-wigs
THE Armed Forces yesterday opposed a renewed demand by the National Democratic Front for the release of its consultants, who are detained on criminal charges, for the resumption of the formal peace negotiations with the government, AFP spokesman Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos maintained that said these consultants have committed "crimes against the people" and should face trial for their offenses. During informal talks held last June 14 and 15 in Oslo, the NDF made a number of demands for' the resumption of the formal peace negotiations, including the release of 14 NDF consultants and personalities covered by the Joint Agreement on Security and Immunity Guarantees, "Our position is that if they have cases, they should be held answerable for it, n said Burgos. On the demand of NDF negotiators to investigate the killing of NDF consultant Sotero Llamas years ago, Burgos said, "As in the past cases, we are open to investigation. We have been cooperative to legitimate investigating bodies. " llamas was slain bya group of armed men in May 2006 in Tabaco City, Al bay. Leftist organizations are blaming the military for the death of Damas, an NPA leader before becoming an NDF consultant.-

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MILF kidnap leader
A secessionist rebel said to be involved in a series of kidnappings, was killed in a gun fight with Zamboanga policemen in Sacol Island Sunday. The fatality was Ustadz Wahid Piogli alias Guru, of landang Gua, SacolIsIand, believed to be a memberofthe 114thBase Command of the Moro Islamic liberation Front based in Tipo-tipo, BasiJan. Reports said poHcemen chanced upon Ustadz' group andexchanged forahout

Cops kill suspected

Ustadz' companions fled. Police said Ustadz was involved in the kidnapping of three elementary school teachers in Sacol Island on Jan. 23, 2009, kidnapping of an Eliseo Hablo, and a Mr. Bautista, snatching of three teachers from Naga on March 13, 2009, and kidnapping of Gerfa Yeatts Lunsman, son Kevin Eric, and nephew RomnickJakaria on July 21,201 L - RaymondAfrica

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lnaasahang magbabalik na ang pormal na usapang pangkapayapaan sa pagitan ng gobyerno at Communist Party of the Philippines-National Democratic Front (CPP-NDF). . 110. y matapos na magkasundo ang magkabilang a panig na ituloy ang dayalogo sa riakallpas na pag-uusap sa Oslo,Norway nitong nakaraang Hunyo 14 at 15 na nagsilbing third party facilitator dito ang Royal Norwegian .govemment. Sa pahayag ng CPP-NOF, Igin!g!!t nita sa govemment peace pane! ang pagpapalaya sa 356 political prisoners al14lia tauhan at consultants ng NOF. Gayundin, ang pagrespeto sa mga dati ng bilateral agreements ng dalawang panel at pagsunod sa joint agreement on safety and Immunity guarantees (JASIG). HiniJing din ng NDF na allsln"ang terrorist tag sa New People'sArmyat kay Jose Maria Sison at magkaroon ng independent investigation sa pagpatay Sf.I NDFconsultan! na si Sotero Uamas at iba pa nUang consultants. Kung masusunod umano ang mga demands na ito ng CPP-NDF, maaaring mabuKsan muli ang pinto sa negosasyon sa pagitan nita at gobyerno.· (Angie Dela Cruz)


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RAISING THE FLAG A meMber of China's ocean expedition team raises the ChineSe flag while another holds a survey rod on Scarborough Shoal which China refers to as Huangyan Island. The Philippines calls the shoal some 370 kilometers west orZarnbales as Panatag.



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Like the Del Pilar, the other recalled Philippine vessels aren't expected to return to the disputed waters anytime soon, even If the weather improves. .The latest pullouts, which have b~en hailed in Beijing, were ordered III a belated realization that the militarization of the' Scarborough conflict initiated by Manila was simply wrong, Not that anyone will get President Noynoy Aquino to publicly admit that his policy of escalating tensions in the South China Sea was erroneous, even if that is plain for all except the most deluded Yellow .fanatic to see. Aquino has made his share of mistakes in the past two years that he has been in office-s-even if no one can recall him admitting to making even· one.· . . But the simple truth, 1S, this administration made a huge mistake in escalating tensions in the dis~uted " territory by deploying a warshIP. to back up its tough talk of "defending Recto Bank like it was Recto Avenue." When Aquino sent the Del Pilar to supposedly arrest Chinese poachers at Scarborough Shoal and then sought Washington's intervention in the Philippines' favor, it only took tensions to the next higher level-a level from which it has now decided to back away from. No Philippine . president has ceded the South China Sea territory to China: .or any of the other claimant-countries, and .no one expected Aquino to do so. But the· sad fact is that no President except for this one has actually acted like he wanted to go to war with Chinaand then run away when Beijing did not beat a hasty retreat

Irs heartening to. note the spontaneous applause and overall warm response that follow Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago wherever she goes. these days. I ~m sure that even Santiago herself IS pleasantly sur p ri s e d : whenever .she· encounters .the grateful citizenry at venues as diverse as the Greenhills flea market and a Ballet Manila performance. More than any expensive popularity survey, t< the . reports of the favorable ! attention that Miriam receives from . the people is a manifestation of the . verdict she asked them to hand down when she asked: "Bayan, kayo ang humusga" during the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona. 'It seems that the people have already decided. - and the.y ha,:e ruled that Miriam was right vin calling for Corona's acquittal. Since the verdict, by way of contrast, no .one has reported that any of the, 20 senators who convicted Corona has been applauded when he or she appears in public.


the world record for the longest,. refueling trip in naval history, the Aquino administration is going for . the title of the most weather-avc::rse fleet that ever set sail. And aU· because this President thought he'd : reinvent the diplomatic wheel in the South China Sea 'and play a little war game with our giant neighbor to the northwest.

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The Aquino administratio~ ~as decided to pull out the remaining govermnel}t vessels deployed around the disputed Scarborough Shoal, ostensibly because of inclement weather. If you believe that, you probably also thought the government in ~anila remov~d the Gregorio del PIlar, the strippeddown ex-Coast Guard cutter that passes for the Navy's flagship, from the area because it needed to refuel and take in supplies.

The fiasco that took place at Scarborough Shoal was, of course, simply the third and most severe the . perfect diplomatic storm spawned by an administration that never seemed to do anything right as far as relations with the Chinese are concerned ..The official incornpetencs and inaction that led to the bloody hostagetaking at the Rizal Park a couple of months into Aquino's term and the .: unwitting and long-running insult he committed by failing to appoint a proper ambassador to Beijing for nearly two years both set the stage for the epic failure in the sea, The confluence of all these missteps is a serious rift in our relations with the Chinese, a situation that may not improve as long as Aquino is in Malacafiang. And because the .Chinese know that their relationship with their neighbors should outlast any leader, they will probably be willing to wait until a more enlightened Philippine president assumes office. It's just sad that Aquino never . sought the counsel of people who understood our long and sometimestenuous relationship with the Middle Kingdom until it was almost too late. Or that he was so caught up in implementing his own agenda (like forcing the appointment of an old family friend to the ambassadorship in Beijing) to think about the ramifications of his actions. The retreat in Scarborough may never be adaiowledged byAquino as a major failure in his administration's judgment in the field of diplomacyan arcane science where a "student government" certainly needed all the wise counsel it could get. .But the Chinese (and every Filipino who has an inkling of what's really going on) know what really went down.

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PhlIosing territory .bit by painful bit?
it DEPENDS: The defense department says that the pullout of Philippine ships from the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoals would not weaken the country's claim over the disputed area 124 nautical miles off Zambales. .' · That isan "it depends" scenario that the defense people are gambling on. That the pullout.ioccasioned by stormy weather in the area, would not jeopardize the Philippine claim depends on: • If China would also pull out its more than 20 ships in the area in a pre-arranged.rest6ration of the status quo ante while a diplomatic solution is being worked out .. .• If Philippine vessels and fishing boats would eturn promptly, in the normal course, when the bad weather clears up. By the time you read this, typhoon "Butchoy" may nave left the country. . {And, btw, is it now the defense establishment SPeak· ing for the Philippine government on this conflict with Cruna?} .' * * * PHYSICAL POSSESSI0N~ It was President Noynoy Aquino himself who ordered the pullout of. the two Philippine vessels left in the area, raising in our mind the possibility that such a stepping back had been prearranged with Beijing. It cannot be that the President was not aware that physical absence from the shoals would boost China's. hold on Panatag, Actual possession in territorial disputes is a plus-point for the occupier. Running a country crawling with squatters; land~abbers and deprived tenants, the President - even In the absence of sound legal advice - must know the risks of abandoning an area to a claimant already in place. . . We hor.e fervently our President has hammered out a deal WIth Beijing on the pacific resolution of the ·Scarborough and related conflicts; .
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PATTERN: We can only watch now if China would also withdraw its vessels. H it does not, we would have lost ; to a bullying neighbor another crucial marine outpost within our 200-mile exclusive economic zone. Still fresh in our mind is the government'ssimilarly weak handling of the feud, also with China, over Panganiban reef close to Palawan. The Chinese interlopers kept intruding, and we kept retreating, until they were able to build structures on the reef, thereby cementing their claim by actual occu-

BALKANIZATION: Aside from losing bit by painful bit some of our islets and reefs, we may also lose soon ,a bi~ chunk of Mindanao-Sulu-Palawan to the seces.. sionist MOIOIslamic Liberation Front. · . . Manila negotiators set to journey shortly to Kuala Lumpur (what is so alluring with Malaysia?) to resume the talks leading to the breaking up of what is supposed to be a stable, solid Philippine Republ. ic, The irony here is that the United States, which claims to be on our side as a mutual defense partner, has been facilitating what appears to be the coming Balkanization of strategic areas in Southern Philippines. . Has the President noticed also that while the US invokesdntemational.Iaw in pressing Manila to resolve · territorial dis?utes peacefully, it has not bothered to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea? . . It is the President's patriotic duty to level with the people and discuss the demands being made on him In exchange for whatever. Who knows, the simple Fili·pino might be able to help him sort out his dilemma. * * * IT'S CEBU!: The Philippines, specificallyCebu City, will host the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in 2016. The selection of Cebu, where Catholicism got a foothold on the islands in the 15008, was announced Sunday in Dublin, Ireland, by Pope Benedict XVI at the closing of the 50th congress held there. From Dublin, the Vatican-based Zenit news network reported: ' "Thunderous applause erupted at Croke Park Stadium as Pope Benedict XVI .appeared on the video screens to address the closing Mass of the 50th Interna· tional Eucharistic Congress. * * " · COMMUNION: "The Holy Father greeted the partici- . l'ants on reflections on the congress theme 'Commun- . tOn with Christ and With One Another.' . , ". "He said that the notion of koinonia (communion) • has been central to the understanding of the Church, . its relationship with Christ, and in the sacraments, . particularly, the Eucharist. . 'liThe Pope also spoke of the congress coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Coun- . en: 'Based upon a deepening afpreciation of the sources of the liturgy, the Counci •promoted the full and active participation of the faithful in the Eucharistic sacrifice. . 111 At our' distance today from the Council Fathers' · expr:ssed desires r7garding liturgical renewal, ~nd in the Iight of the universal Church's expenence In the .intervening period, it is dear that a great deal has been achieved; but it is equally clear that there have been many misunderstandings and irregularities.' .. * .. JOYOUS NEWS:"Towards the end ofhisstatement, the Pope announced that the 51stInternational Eucharistic Congress in 2016would be held in Cebu City, the Philippines. .' . "As the announcement was made, thousands of par-. .ticipants from the future host nation waved their flags' and applauded with joy. . .. ., _" .. " ' ..•..•...... ' ' ' .' ..•............'. .. ..'




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ASG commander, fnaming hawak ang 3 TV crew sa Sulu ZAMBOANGA CITY- Patuloy na beneberipika ngayon ng otoridad sa probinsya ng Sulu ang natanggap nilang panibagong impormasyon na hawak umano ngayon ng isang unit ng Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) ang nawawalang Jordanian journalist at dalawang crew sa lugar. Ito ay taliwas naman sa nauna nang lumabas na report na posiblenq hawak din ng ibang grupo ng ASG ang tatlong TV crew na sina Baker Abdulla Atyani ang beteranong Jordanian Journalist n9 Al-Arabiya TV network at ang dalawang Pinoy na sina Rolando Letrero at RamiHtoVela na dumat!ng sa Sulu noong nakaraang tunes. Base sa nafanggap na military intelligence report ng otoridad, pinangungunahan umano nj
ASG Commander Taun Nadzmer Ali ang nasabing grupo na siyang dumukot sa tatlong TV

crew. Personal umanong nakipag-ugnayan sl Commander Alih sa isang opisyal ng Sulu sa pamamagitan ng cellphone kung saan tinukoy daw nito na sabihin sa media na tigilan na eng paghahanap sa nawawalang mga TV crew dahl! nasa kanila na ang mga ito, Maliban sa mensa he nl Commander Alih, wala pang hinihinging ransom demand ang nasabinq grupo,
Dinala ng mga bandido sa bulubunduking bahagi ng Mount Bongah sa Patikul, Sulu ang tatlong TV crew para siguraduhing hindi masusundan ng tropa ng military at pulisya sa probinsya. Napaq-alaman na Sf Commander Alih ay lumaki sa pamilya ng namatay na SI ASG founder Ustadz Abdurajak Janjalani sa lalawigan ng Bastian,

Sa edad na 36~anyos, nakapagtapos ng mga kUfSOSI Alih sa mga prestlhiyosong paaralan dito at sa iba pang mga bansa sa Middle East gaya na lamang ng kursong Mass Communication sa University of the Philippines (UP), commerce sa Ateneo De Cebu, Islamic studies sa bansang Libya at napakag~aral din sa Pakistan. Expert din SI Commander Alih sa paggawa ng mga bomba at siya ang pumalit sa puwesto ni ASG commander lsnilon Hapilon na namatay sa engkuwentro ilang taon ang nakakaraan. Antonio Freyra, ang police provincial director ng Sulu, na ngayon ang pulisya at miHtar sa iba pang mga opisyal ng probinsya para matukoy kung sino ba talaga ang may hawak sa tatlong TV crew kung totoong dinukot ang mga ito. (MRDS)

Samata!a, ayon kay S/Supt

Ex·MtLF spokesman

Kabalu, pinabulaanang

kasapt na n9 AFP

KORONADAL CITY - Mahigpit na pinabulaanan ni dating Moro Islamic Liberation Front (M1LF) spokesman Eid Kabalu na na9ing kasapi na siya ng hukbong sandatahan ng Piiipinas Ayon kay Kabalu, malaking karangalan na maging kasapi ng Armed Forces of the Philippines at maibahagi sana ang kanyang kakayahan sa AFP ngunit hind! umano tatoo
ang lumabas na balita.

Wala rin umanong katotohanan na ttinalaga siya bHang tagapagsalita ng AFP.


Dagdag pa ni Kabalu, maaari anlyang maging partner siya ng mHitar sa paqnahatid ng basic services sa mga mama mayan sa Mindanao ngunit hindi kailan man bHang tagapagsalita ng hukbong sandatahan ng bansa.

Sa kabila nita, ipinangako nt Kabalu na handa siyang ibahagi ang kanyang sa pagbibigay ng serbisyo sa publiko.
Samantala, itlnanggi rin nl Kabalu na hindi na siya kasapi ng M!LF.

mga kaataman


NPA nagkasagupa

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Hang landmlnes


TACLOBAN CITY ~ Nagka-engkwentro ang grupo ng sundalo sa humigit kumulang sa 30 mga miyembro ng New People's Army (NPA) sa Brgy. Geparayan, Silvino Lobos, Northern Samar. Ayookay '..Pfe Rolly S. Lapitan, og Geparayan Cafgu Active Auxiliary Patrol Base, sa nangyaring sagupaan ay nasabat ng mga sundalo ang apat na landmines, anim na backpacks, anim na rolyo ng electrical wires, i$ang [COM binocular at sari-sarlnq klase ng mga magazine kasama na ang iJang mga live ammunitions.


na mayroong mga nasugatan sa karnpo ng mga NPA, samantalang wa!a

naman naiulat na sugatan sa panig ng mga sundalo. Inihayag ng 8th Infantry Division na sa ngayon ay nagpapatu!oy pa rin ang ginagawang operasyon sa Samar upang mapanati!i ang Peace and Development (PDA) sa naturang probinsya. kanilang Activites


ng AFP Central


sa Cebu nasunog


CEBU CITY - Nasunog ang isang palapag ng Central Command Lapu, lungsod ng Cebu kagabL Natanggap ang alarma pasada alas-10:00 ng gabL Ordnance

(Centcorn) sa Camp Lapu-

Sinasabing nagsimula ang sunog sa Explosive transient headquarters.

Division (EOD) ng Philippine Army

Tinatayang sabot sa P75,OOOang iniwang pinsala ng sunoq.
Nakontral naman kaagad ng Cebu City Fire Station ang sunog sa loob ng Hang minute.

Sa ngayon, patuloy pa rin ang ginagawang ano ang pinagmulan ng sunog.


ng Cebu City Fire Station kung


Army rejects release of leftist rebels
MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) today rejected the demand of the political arm of the New People's Army (NPA) to release its consultants as a precondition to resume formal peace negotiations with the government AFP spokesman Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos said the consultants of Democratic Front (NDF) should face tria! for their "crimes against the people." the National

"Those who have pending cases should face the charges against them. If they committed a crime against the people, they should be held answerable," said Burgos in a press briefing. He cited the case of detained NDF consultant Tirso Alcantara, an NPA leader who was arrested by government troops in January 2011 on murder charges. During informal talks held resumption of formal peace is the release of 14 NDF Agreement on Security and in Oslo,Norway, the NDF made a number a demands for the negotiations with the Philippine government One of its demands consultants and personalities covered by the so-called Joint Immunity Guarantees.

Gov't welcomes resumption

of peace talks with leftist rebels

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) - The government welcomed today the recent informal meeting between the communist National Democratic Front (NDF) and the government peace panels in Norway after 15 months of not talking to each other. Presidential Spokesman EdWin Lacierda said the Aquino Norweqian government, t'1e thIrd party facilltator, fer reviving informal, on June 14 to 15. administration thanked the the talks, even if it \NaS just

"We certainly welcome ... the decision of NDF to resume talks with the government," in a press briefing.

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(GPH) and NDF peace panels led by Alexander Padilla agreed to hold again informal talks, \/vith the schedule yet to

During the recent rneeting in Oslo, Padilla on behalf of the GPH expressed issues and
concerns, including a ceasefire or at least the lowering of the levels of violence, especially against civilian and other non-combatants such as business establishments. He also raised the GPH's continuing objection to the NPA's use of landrnines in violation of the Comprehensive Agreement on Resped for Human Rights and fnternational Humanitarian taw (CARHR1HL). On the other hand, the NOF, ted by Jalandoni and Jose Maria Sison, its chief political consultant, pressed for the release of most if not all 14 political detainees who it claims to be consultants in the peace process, It also raised, among others, the issue of reconstructing its list of JASIG (Joint Agreement on Security and Immunity Guarantees)-protected members after the failure of the verification process in July last year rendered their original list of 85 alias-bearers inoperative. The NDF also put on the table for further discussion alliance" which it has been floating since 2011. a possible arrangement for "truce and


Lacierda said it would be up to the two panels to further discuss on the concerns raised to each other. The NDF, the political wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New has been waging war against the government for over four decades already.

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