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2 Car stolen from Army colonel in Camp Aguinaldo found in Bulacan Authorities have recovered the car of an Army colonel which was stolen in front of his quarters at the AFP headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City before dawn Saturday. Soldier returns wallet with P4,500 check An Army soldier based in Visayas has earned praises after returning a wallet containing a check for P4,500 to its owner. Ex-PAF chief heads CAAP ... for 17 days President Aquino appointed yesterday former Philippine Air Force chief William Hotchkiss to head the Civil Aviation Authority in the Philippines (CAAP), replacing Ramon Gutierrez. Honest soldier makes Army proud An Army soldier has brought honor to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) with his display of honesty and concern by returning a wallet he found at the airport. POI p. A-22

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6 Air Force to acquire 18 aircraft within 2 years The Air Force will acquire 12 fighter jets and six other fixed-wing aircraft by next year. Defense Assistant Secretary Patrick Velez said that the six fixed-wing aircraft will be used to boost military's counter insurgency operations. AFP tightens security inside its headquarters following robbery cases The Armed Forces of the Philippines has imposed restrictions inside its general headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo as part of the enhanced security measures following robbery incidents within the military installations in Quezon City. Aguinaldo not safe from burglars Following a series of burglaries in the quarters of officers and enlisted personnel, nightly checkpoints are now the rule inside Camp Aguinaldo, the general headquarters of the AFP. Govt ships to return to Panatag said the Presiden Benigno Aquino III Ion Wednesday government would redeploy its vessel to the Panatag or Scarborough Shoal if Chinese vessels were still in the area. No clashes for 6 months: All quiet on the MllF front Six months into 2012 and there remains no recorded clashes between government forces and the separatist MILF, the chair of the government peace panel claimed yesterday. Jordanian under probe President Aquino is inclined to support the blacklisting of Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani if authorities can prove that he had misled them into believinq that the Abu Sayyaf had kidnapped him, Phil Star p. 5

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should explain - Pnoy President Aquino yesterday said a Jordanian journalist would be asked to explain why he should not be banned from the country for interviewing Abu Sayyaf bandits without informing authorities. PH ships to go back if Sinos don't leave shoal President Aquino yesterday said he would order government vessels back to Scarborough Shoal once stormy weather clears, if ships from China have not left the area by then. Phi ships ready to return to shoal The Philippines will send ships back to Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal kif Chinese vessels remain in the area, President Aquino said yesterday. Sayyaf in Basilan has 2 seized Sinos Two kidnapped Chinese businessmen are now reportedly under the custody of the Abu Sayyaf in Basilan, a police official said.



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Sundalo, patay sa ambush sa Negros Occidental Patay ang isang sundalo na kasapi ng 47th infantry Battalion matapos tinambangan ng mga kasapi ng New People's Army (NPA) sa Negros Occidental. Kinilala ang biktima na si Pfc John !lisan ng Dingle, Iloilo. 18 Fighter jets sa 2013, magpapalakas sa depensa ng teritoryo n9 bansa PAF Kumpiyansa ang Philippine Air Force (PAF) na lalo pang mapalakas ang depensa ng bansa sa nasasakupang teritoryo ang bibilhing bagong fighter jets n9 Pilipinas. Honest soldier returns wallet An Army soldier based in Visayas earned praises after returning a wallet containing a cheque to its owner. Sergeant Wenceslao Pabito Jr., a member of the Army's 301st Infantry Brigade, turned in a wallet he found at the Iloilo Airport last June 13. Army official's 19-22 stolen car recovered in Bulacan The stolen vehicle of an Army colonel was recovered by authorities in Bulacan province, a military spokesman said Wednesday. www.bomborad't,




Court junks motion to dismiss filed by Arroyo, military officials in suit for rights abuses A local court in Quezon City denied the motion to dismiss filed by former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her military officials in the damage suit filed by six health workers who were arrested and detained during the Arroyo administration.

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Car stolen from' Armv co onel ill' Camp Aguinaldo found in Bulacan
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vulge the identities of the sus- targets. were the quarters of peets as of this moment as this both officers and enlisted perAUTHORITIES have reeovered may-affect the ongoing investi- sonnel. the car of an Army 'Colonel gation," he said. At the same time, he stressed which was stolen iIt front of his .. "Allangles are being looked that security within the camp quarters at the Armed Forcesof into," Burgos told reporters as has been enhanced, especially the Philippines (AFP) head- he added that the vehicle may at night. quarters in Camp A~inaldo, have been used as a getawayveAside from the setting up of Quezon City, before dawn on hide in the cornmission of a nightly checkpoints, soldiers Saturday. (crime. . have been assigned to go On The green Mazda' Familia ..The Mazda FamiUawas taken footand bike patrol. . (uPJ . 652) of Col. ··Nelson by burglars who also broke into Burgos said the military poChedrome was found '_aban- the quarters of Chedrome, the lice now require AFPpersonnel doned but intact at Barangay chief of the APPDentalService. living in the camp to personally Sta. Cruz in Angat, Bulacan ' However, they took only the fetch their dependents at tlie province at 7:50 a.m, on Tues- keys to the vehicle and two cell gate should they arrive after day. . .-, •phones. Investigators later de- midnight. According to AFPspokesper- termined that the thieves also . "However, we are advising son Col. Amulfo Burgos Jr., in- broke into two vehicles owned our people that the security-of vestigators were "pursuing by the officialalthough they did their own homes is still an inleads" although he declined to not take anything. dividual responsibility and give additional details. . Saturdays incident was the must be considered . at ~U "The PiFP 'in coordination latest of 15 burglaries reported times to prevent any untowith the PhilippineNational Po- at the APP headquarters since ward incidents," Burgos said. lice is currently looking at sev- I the start of the year. With Frances Mangosing, In. era] suspects. We can not diBurgos said that the rol)bers' quirer; net ~





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Soldier returns wallet with P4,500 check
AnArmy soldier based in the VlBy ALEXIS ROMERO The following month, Cpl.Fernan$aya~has earned praises aft~rreturn-. wallet was (found) by a kind-hearted do Samperoyof the 47lliJ!1iai'}tryBat-.. . ingawallet containing a check for person, otherwise it would no longer talion returned a bag left attheparking F4,SOO toitsowner, .. . . ..beretumed to him," said Maj. Enrico area of a cathedral in Kabankalan City, SgLVVenceslaoPabito Jr.,amember Ileto, spokesman of the Army's 3rd Negros Occidental. ... of the Army's 30Ist Infantry Brigade, Infantry Division. The bag containingPSO,OOOcash be.returned-the wallet he found at the . In a statement released by the. longed to Ft. Leopoldo Cahilig, parish IloiloAirport last June 13. . .. Anny, Pabito said he decided to return priest of Isabela, Negros Occidental, .Pabito was providing security for the wallet after the needs of its owner "These stories which tell of our the arrival of Vice President jejomar crossed his mind. . soIdiers/honestY~bnt.inue JOIDspire Bin<lY when he found the wallet near He said he could not afford to keep the entire Army and portray how we the garbage area ofthe airport. . or use the wallet's contents since he value honesty in the organization," Pabito immediately turned over the does not own them. said MajiGen, Jose Mabanta./r,,3rd wallet to a local radio reporter coverLast February, Privates Danny ill commander, . .. ing Binay's arrival. Faigane and Marlon Vera of the 32nd Ccl.Amold Quiapo, chief of the The wallet's owner is a certain An- Infantry Division's Reconnaissance Army' s301st IB,s.aidPa~ito' s honesty. thony Cartel, an employee of Hotel ..Company returned to its owner the was worthemtilating~··adding that Del Rio in Iloilo City. P90,OOO they found in a retrieval Pabito had given honor and pride to cash "Mr. Cortel was so happy that his site in La ~~~_e~t~~_Negros rie~~al._~_::_e~!~e_~rmy. O _._ ...


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President Aquino appointed yesterday former PhilippineAir Force chief WilliamHotchkiss to head the Civil AviationAuthority of the Philippines. (CAAP),~eplacihgRamon ~utierrez. Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. informed Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas of Hatchkiss' appointment "for a term ending on 30June 2012" or exactly 17 days. Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valteconfirmed that Hotchkiss will only be serving as CAAP chieffor more than two weeks but is "subject to reappointment for another term." It was not clear,however, whether Gutierrez resigned from his post or was fired. But sources said Gutierrez was replaced for his alleged failure to place CAAP to category 1 status during his nearly two years in office. According to the website of the Presidential Communications Operations Office,which was posted in January 2011, Gutierrez should be enjoying a "fixed four-year term" or until 2015.

Ex-PAF chiefheadsCAAP ... for 17 days
. By DELON PORCALLA He replaced CAAPchiefAlfonsoCUS!, who served during the time of fanner President GloriaMacapagal-Arroyo..

Baguilat, Myrna del Socorro, Ibra Omar, Luis de los Santos, Jr.,Ivy Joy Magabo,: Nanette Que, Erwin Ruiz,and Johnson Cinco. More ape pointments bared Vict?rinc:Manalo was des.ignated executive director of the National ComAquino also appointed Governors mission for Culture and the Arts _NaCasimiro Ynares of Rizaland Miguel tional Archives of the Philippines. . Rene Dominguez of Saranggani as The new School Division Superinten- . chairpersons of the Regional Peace dents from the Department of Educaand Order Councils of Regions 4-A tion are Norma Maalindog, Mercelita and 12, respectively. Pormentilla and Araceli Salmorin, . The duo's appointment papers Sherrie Ann Austria replaced Alfredo. were turned over to Interior and Local Bitangcol who will serve as director IV Government SecretaryJesse Robtedo of the Public Private Partnership Center through SecretaryJulia Abad of the of the Philippines under the N ationaI Presidential Management Staff. Economic Development Authority Other appointess are directors (NEDAt coterminous with President Caridad Abuan and MaximoAljibe, Aquino in2016. Lily Freyda Macabangon, Raul Alvarez,. Claro Ortiz was appointed director Carmina Alonzo and Maria Teresita II of the Bureau of Internal Revenue Semans, all under the Commission on (BIR).Ernesto Aradanas will serve as Higher Education (CHED). . executive vice president of the National Priscilla Ong was appointed direcDefense College of the Philippines. tor III at the Department of Agrarian The new commissionerof the PhilipReform (DAR)while Regional Agrarpine Sports Commissionis Wigberto ian Reform Adjudicators were Victor Clavecilla. _ With Rudy Santos


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A~ soldier has brought honor to the Armed Forcesof the Phlhp~rnes AfP) with his display of hon'esty and concern by .' retummg a wallet he found at the airport.The soJdiet 59t Wence~laOflab!to,Jr.,a member of the 301st Infantry" '. (Bayamhan) BfJgadeiwa~commended by his superiors, Jed by Maj. G:~.!ose Ma~antaJr., commanding general of the 3rd Infantry OIVJ~JOn, ~IS a~ "Thesestories which tells our soldier's honesty .' for (ontmu~s to inspIre the entire Army and it portrays how we value honesty m the organization,"Mabanta said. "It is part and parcel of the ~rmy's transformation effort to develop the character of our soldier to be able to internaliZe the (ore values of Honor,Patriotism and Duty,"Mabanta added. WILLIAM B. DEPASUPIL


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TheAir Force Will acquire 12, fighter jets and six otherJixed-, wing aircraft by next year. Defense Assistant Secretary Patrick Velez told The STAR the jet fighters would be acquiredfrom suppliers based in South Korea, Italy, United Kingdom and Russia. Each jet costs about Pl.2 billion, he added. .. Velez said the six fixedwing aircraft will be used to boost the military's counterinsurgency operations. "These (six air assets) will replace the aging OV~10 Broncos (0£ the 'Air Force)/'he said. . Officials are still finalizing details of the six air assets, which may be acquired from. the United States,SouthKorea and Brazil. . Meanwhile,the Air Force expects the delivery of six surface attack aircraft and lead-in fighter trainers, long-range patrol aircraft, one air defense radar, and a special mission aircraft within the term of the Aquino administration. Earlier, the Air Force said two of its cargo planes undergoing repairs are expected to be ready for operation by' October. Previously, Air Force commander Lt. Gen. Lauro de laoCruz said ·the repair of a C~130 plane would be completedby July, while the other aircraft would be rolled out; in October.

.. The two cargo planes would cOlIlPlelIlentJhe loneC-130 aircraft of lliepiilitary ~ a C-130 Hercules aircraft - which is beingused carry supplies and troops. Four brand-new combat uftlity.helicopters are also expected to arrive inN"0vember. The fourconstittite the secutility helicoptersacquired from Polish companyP'Zl,' .Swidnik SA . The first four Sokol helicoptersarrived last February .. Theacquisitiori.of the eight helicopters cost P2.S billion;' including suppofl equipment, spare parts and training. .l*t 2010 report by the Comn£sion on Audit (COA) said J'he Air Force "virtually has a non-existent air deterrent capa': bility" due to aging air assets. As of 2010, only 91 of the 339 aircraft in the Air Force ..--.,..::....---__:__~-,.,.~ . inventory are fullinissioncapable, 81 are inactive and the test are for disposal, COA added.

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AFP tightens security' Inside its headquarters following robbery cases
By Mario J. Mallarl
The Armed Forces of, the Philippines (AFP) has imposed restrictions inside its general headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo as part of the enhanced security measures following robbery incidents within the military installation in Quezon City. AFP spokesman CoL Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr. said the enhanced security measures now being implemented start at the various entry points and gates of Camp Aguinaldo wherein intensified inspections are being conducted. "Our enhanced security· measures continue as personnel assigned to every point of entry at the camp observe the open trunk policy upon entry and exit . of vehicles," Burgos said. Burgos added foot, ronda and bike patrols are also visible along checkpoints established within the ,camp to augment security measures. , The AFP said the one-peso ride inside its general headquarters has been extended up to midnight to assist residents within the camp's premises. ' "Another development in our enhanced security measures is' the tasking of AFP·Military Police to inform and contact the military personnel living inside Camp Aguinaldo to personally fetch their dependents at the gate if they arrive beyond midnight, ~ . Burgos said. "We are assuring the people residing inside the camp that our security measures are being enhanced and implemented in order to keep them safe and secure,' Burgos added. • The strict security measures were implemented by the AFP after some 15 robbery incidents inside Camp Aguinaldo were reported since January. However, reliable sources sald as much as 30 burglar'les happened inside the military installation. Among the targeted items are laptop, desk top computerts, expensive bicycles and even dogs and puppies with breed. The latest heist was committed only last Saturday when still unidentified perpetrators took a Mazda Sedan (UPJ--652) from the quarters of Col. Nelson Chidrome, chief of the AFP Dental Service. Chidrome also lost two cellular phones when the burglars struck his quarters located at 409·B Capiupin Avenue, Camp Aguinaldo. Burgos yesterday announced, that Chidronte'scar was reco'Y'"ered by combined police and military operatives along Barangay Sta. Cruz in Angat, Bulacan at around 7:50 a.m, last Tuesday. The AFP spokesman. said' authorities have already established leads who COUld be responsible for the theft ". "As of now, the AFP, in coordination with the Philippine National Police, is currently looking at several suspects," Burgos said, 'We cannot divulge the identities of the suspects as of the moment as this may affect the ongoing tnvestiganon," Burgos added. v,'

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4\guinaldo not safe from burglars
By Dona Z. Pazzibugan
BURGLARS are striking at the heart of the military. ~. ollowing a series of burglarF ies in the quarters of officers and enlisted personnel, nightly checkpoints are now the rule inside Camp Aguinaldo, the general headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. : According to official reports, at least 15 military quarters, have been robbed since January . thlsyear. . The thieves took cash, laptop computers, cameras and phones, among other things. In the latest case, which occurred before dawn last June 16, the burglars stole a Mazda 323 sedan parked in front of the .residence of a colonel on Capinpin Avenue inside the camp. The thieves were able to get past the checkpoints inside the camp and past the, sentry guards at the gates. AFPspokesperson Col. Arnulfa Burgos Jr. said the nightly checkpoints, ~hich start from 10

p.m. and ends at 5:30 a.m., The suspects got two expenstarted tHree months ago in re- sive cell phones and the keys of the colonel's Mazda 323 and . action to the string ofburglaries. He said the suspects were Nissan X-Trail. But the latter vecaught in four of the cases, and hicle was not taken away. <The . that the burglars turned out t9 Mazda was recovered in Angat, be outsiders. He said some were Bulacan yesterday. (See related . minors. story on Page A22) Even with the securitvprovidThe colonel and his wife dised by the camp, soldiers living in covered the theft on returning military quarters have been told home before dawn last Saturday. to secure their own homes. Police investigators believe Where Camp Aguinaldo was the suspects avoided the checkonce believed to be safe from points by leaving the camp after . burglars, residents have now 5:30a.m. started to put up fences and Meanwhile, the AFP has been window grills. unable to restore power to the "Our camp commander says it APP Grandstand and adjoining is the responsibility of residents offices because of bureaucratic to enforce security measures in red tape, 45 days after lightning their homes while they maintain disabled three transformers. securitY within the perimeter of The APP Public Affairs Office· the camp. We should not be (PAO), the Women's Auxiliary complacent," Burgos said. . . Corps office, the Defense Press i He said based on the police Corps working room, the Del Pi- . investigation, two or three sus- lar Lounge (a holding area. . pects entered the quarters of when ceremonies are held in' Col. Nelson Chedrome of the the grandstand), the personnel APP Dental Service through the barracks and the audio-visual'. kitchen window which only had room have been without power a window screen. since May4.


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fDAVAO . CITY-President 'Benigno Aquino . III on Wednesday said the . government would redeploy its vessels to the Panatag or Scarborough Shoal if Chinese 'vessels were still in the area. He said a mili~plane will make an over~fli"tin the area to monitor the presence of Chinese vessels. "If there are vessels that are not ours, we will redeploy. If there is no presence that. will impinge on our sovere~gnty,. then we will not .. dW1oy anymore," the President said .. "If there are things that we should be guarding, then we will goback," Mr., .Aquino said the overflight, the first since China and the Philippines squared off over the disputed island two months ago, was scheduled on June 19 but the plane was not given clearance to take off because of typhoon "Butchoy," The President· ordered the-pullout of the vessels of the Bureau of Fisheries and' Aquatic Resources and the Coast Guard over the weekend because of the bad weather in the shoal. China has said it will not withdraw its maritime vessels in the disputed area. _ ,Joyce Pangco Paiiares

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All quiet on the MILF front
By Norman Bordadora
SIX months into 2012 and there remains no recorded clashes between government forces and the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the chair of the government peace panel claimed yesterday. . "The ceasefire is holding," said lawyer Marne Leonen, noting that the last armed encounter between the two belligerents was the massacre in Al Barka, Basilan, in October 2011. Nineteen soldiers were killed and 18 others injured when an Army unit was ambushed by MILF rebels led by Laksaw Dan Asnawi in Al Barka. . Instead of abrogating the I ceasefire and ordering the millt, tary to go after the perpetrators, President Aquino launched what he called a campaign for "all-out justice" against the "lawless elements" responsible for the massacre of government i soldiers. Citing a report prepared by the GPH Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities, Leonen said there the MILFand would have creatwere 14 dashes with the MILF ed a Muslim substate in Min-: in 2010 and only eight in danao, was subsequently ruled by the 2011. After the Al-Barka inci- unconstitutional dent, he said "there has been Supreme Court. The Opapp said the improveno more." ments on the ground have been complemented by national and No spillover "There was no spillover of the international studies, It cited the 2012 Global Peace) [Al Barkal incident," Leonen Index-in which the Philippines said. . According to figures released was among the top five nations to have registered "improveby the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, ments in peacefulness." The there were 698 armed encoun- four others were Sri Lanka, Bhutan and ters with the MILFin 2002. Zimbabwe, Guyana. There were only eight in2011 It said the Philippines' high and none in 2012. In between, there were 569 score was a result of improvein 2003,16 in 2004,10 in 2005, ments in the indicators, which are the homicide rate. the num13 in 2006, eight in 2007,218 in 2008, 115 in 2009 and 14 in ber of deaths from internal conflict, the likelihood of violent 2010. demonstrations, and the inciThe Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process dence of terrorist acts. Opapp also said Pulse Asia's (Opapp) attributed the rise in the number of clashes in 2008 Ulat ng Bayan National Surto the foiled Memorandum of 'vey, conducted from May 20 Agreement on Ancestral Do- to 26, indicated that 50 percent of respondents approve main (MOA-AD). The MOA-AD, which was se- of the Aquino administracretly negotiated by the previ- tion's efforts in promoting ous Arroyo administration with peace ..

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Robredo said he was waitingfor.aeignal from Atyani to come outoncehe was' .done .."1 suppose it' 5 justone media man interviewing someone taking .hissweet time," he said. ..: . ....' . . ." '.' • , S~curity .forc~s hayeyettQritake, DAV'AOOTY =PresiMangrobang said they would wait for, slgmfi~ant p:ogr~ss~~~heirs;~arch .for, dent Aquino is inclined. the DILG'sformal request becausethe~.!;~~.• tya~ and his twoFd~PJtl0 .catp.;raTen. A to support the blacklistdecision would also depend Oninfori!\a~)Intelligence· source~ sal~. an Ab":iS~yyaf, ing of Jordanian journaltion from the Philippine NationalPciliitei~oup under a cert~111 ommat;tderApsara' C ist Baker Atyani if au(PNP)',particularlyonthe activities6fl~tercepte.dAtyam ~ndl]i~ cIElWi ... 'Y~le?n.' thorities can prove that AtyaniwhiIe in the country. .... .:....thegway to.meetAbuSayyafc·hie~~ill ' he had misled them into' Mangrobang said the Bldoesnot im-.Yassei'Igasanfot·aninter\l"iew~Ig1\'sah believing that the Abu pose prohibitions on a member of foreign reportedly later corttacte~AtyClni'sel11is-' Sayyaf had kidnapped media. . .' .. .'. ..•••. ' . . ...sary whoarrangad the ii'tt¢rview, Igasan him. '."But if it is beyond the scope of their •.. canceled the interview '\tterAtyarti failed. Speaking to reporters work, then that would have to beas- ••o show up in a pre-designated area.the t here yesterday, Aquino sassedbecause the ground would be' source added... '.' ....• .. . . said Atyani must' an· uridesirability," she said. "If he would. Absara is reportedly one of thehenchswer several questions be declared as an undesirable.'it would men of .~bu Sayyaf commanderTahil Sali,. about his reported dis.bebased on his actions while he. is in of U,smanSali, former Moro National: appearance in Sulu. the country:' ........•' .>. •.....•....... . . Liberation Front commander behind the ''It will lead us there Robredo said he will reco~e~d to 1.977massacre of an entire Army Conand we are just awaiting the BI and the Department of Justice to tingentunder late Army Gen. 'Ieodolfo the result of the investiban Atyani from re-entering the country. Bautista in Busbus, [olo. gation on the case," he "I don't know if you call that persona non The three are now in the jungles within said. "Why are you in grata, but we will recommend that he be the Patikul-Talipao area, a known Abu touch with a terrorist banned from coming here." . Sayyaf enclave. But another source said force in the country and . Robredo said authorities are making this information has yet to be verified. you purposely mislead: the necessary coordination with the fam- . At Malacafiang, deputy presidengovernment authorities ily of Atyani, "They have expressed their hal spokesperson Abigail Valte said Turn to Page 8 concern, but they have been assured ... that freedom of the press and of expression they are in a.goodcondition," .he said.-woukl ~co:neup in banning .journalists. *~(}aretl"yingt6seoitEiy6tit "Even if we say he violated the rules and from VIsiting the.lair.of.terrorists, "We That has tobe addressed:' took the responsibility for himself, we still don't know how to go about it without .SultiG6v~SakurT~l1told have responsibility.(to secure) him." ... being accused of curtailing media free'J'he~!AR.Atyaniha.d been Robredo said based on existing poli_dom," she said. "That is a concern that to Sului.anumberot .fimes cies, journalists covering certain stories has to be balanced as welL" .' . already,' •....•./// -. . that would entail riskwould still be taken Valte said the questionof journalists "I'donot thlnkthevare kidcare of. interviewing terrorists in violation of the napped," he said. "It is some "We provide security ... the problem is Human Security Act of 2007 probably kind of a 'kidnap-me' ~ase":' that the Jordanian journalist was uncoop- needs more discussion.vws would advise . Jhe ~.ur~au of Imm~r,,~~~. . erative," he said. very strongly ag:ainst compromising the (BI) IS awaiting aformal request from RobredosaidAquinohadbeenbriefed safety and security of reporters.whether the Department of the Interior and Local about the incident and that the recom- they be foreign or local," Government (DILG) to blacklist Atyani.· mendation to ban the journalist would. be Valtesaid imposing a ban on journalists <. Ma, Antonette Mangrobang, BI spokes- done once he is back, . also needs discussion. "That will and may person; said as of yesterday afternoonjhey Robredo asked Atyani to come out and have implications on curtailing the freehavenotreceivedanyrequestfromIntenor finish his work so "this will be over and dam of expression." - Edith Regalado; Secretary Jesse Robredo to banAtyani from done with.'~.." ~._ - ". Evelyn Macairan, Delon Porcalla, Jaime -retuming to the country. .. I Robredosaid Atyani would be de- Laude, Aurea Calica , "They have to go through the process. )briefed, Robredo said the Jordanianjom-' .The DILG would have to address the BI's I nalist and his cameramen are safeinthe' ...Boar., Commissioners, who would is- .I.han.d ofthe Abu.Sa...ya£ dOing.a "M i.$ 8 .•.·.iO.··.n·. dof ..s -. y .· .suetheorder for blacklisting.tshe sai<:L ll~possible" type ofdocurhent~ry~ .•••·;

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Jordanian sho dexplain-P-Noy
By Christine O. Avendano
DAVAO CI1Y =-President Aquino yesterday said a Jordanian journalist would be asked to explain why he should not be banned from the country for interviewing Abu Sayyaf bandits without infonning authorities. "I think it will lead toward that but I want due process to be given him, that he be given Filipino crew members in Jolo the chance to explain," Mr. while reportedly attempting to Aquino said when asked by re- interview leaders of the notoriporters if.he supported Interior OUI>' gang of kidnappers for a . Secretary Jesse Robredo's pian documentary. . to ban Baker Abdulla Atyani. "If you imperil yourself and Atyani, the bureau chief for . create problems for us, 1 think Southeast Asia of the .:Saudi- you should not be allowed in the owned AlArabiya·· television country again," said Robredo, network based in Dubai, disapwho was with the President at peared last week with his two JORDANIAN/AI 3 led g;vernment authorities to secure him, Mr. Aquino said. .' Likewise, Atyani should also explain "why he put so many people in danger and put the reputation of the country in danger," according to the President.'




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the convention of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) at the Waterfront Hotel in Davao City. Robredo said that authorities had confirmed that Atyani was "somewhere in Parikul," outside Jolo town, together with his crew and that they were "safe and not threatened." He said the government was taking a "wait-and-see" attitude and hoped that Atyani's group would soon reappear.

No rush to judgment
In Manila, Justice .Secretary Leila de Lima yesterday said the government should err on the . side of caution before making any conclusion about the purported ties of Atyani to terrorist groups. Responding to Robredo's suggestion that Atyani be banned, De Lima said: ''1 don't see any overt acts tending to show that he's in conspiracy, collusion or in cahoots with the Abu Sayyaf. I think we should not rush to prejudgment and jump to conclusion without determining what exactly happened. We should know what exactly is the agenda, if any; of that journalist otherthan his work." De Lima said the department planned to question' the Jorda.nian once he shows up. "Of course, he has a right as a journalist. So it's a sensitive matter. But we 'must balance national security and national terests as against a journalist's right," she said. With a report

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Robredo said his recommendation to ban Atyani was for the journalist's own good, pointing out he had been "uncooperative." He said the government was responsible .for the Jordanian while he was in the country but that the government was more concerned about the Filipinos. Robredo said Atyani's project in Jolo, where foreigners had . been kidnapped for ransom in recent years, was a "mission impossible." The interior secretary said the President was aware of the GOVERNMENT'S IRE Missing Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani of the AIArabiya news network is photographed filming in Jolo, Sulu; on developments in Atyani's case. REUTERS Interviewed by reporters af- June II before he and his crew of two Filipinos disappeared. ter the ARMM convention, the President said that Atyani had made a commitment that he Atyani should explain what "not behaved as a guest of the would not venture outside Jolo, he has done and why he is in country should, " but he left the area without no- ' touch with a terrorist force in the country and purposely mis- from Marlon,Ramos in Manila. He said the journalist .had tifying authorities.




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Government . vessels .from China and the Philippines had, squared off for more than two months at Scarborough Shoal; a rich fishing ground in an area in the West Philippine. Sea (South China Sea) claimed by

Speaking to reporters after na's vessels were still there. "If there isa presence in our attending a convention of the Autonomous Region in Muslim territorial waters then we will PRESIDENT Aquino yesterday redeploy [our vessels]," Mr. said he would order govern- Mindanao at the Waterfront ment vessels back to Scarbor- Hotel in Davao City, Mr. Aquino Aquino said. "If there is no pressaid a military plane would fly ence of other vessels that might ough Shoal once stormy weather clears, if ships from China . to Scarborough Shoal as soon as impinge on our sovereignty, then the weather clears to see if Chi- there is no need to redeploy." have not left the area by then.

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.anonymity, citing a lack of authority to talk to reporters, both countries. The Philippines announced over the weekend it would withdraw its remaining two vessels because of bad weather endangering Filipino crewmen, md China later said it would nill out more than 20 fishing )oats for safety-sparking lopes of an end to the standoff. Indonesian Foreign Miniser Marty Natalegawa wel· :omed the actions by China md the Philippines, saying /esterday that his country has .alled on both sides "to rerain from further escalating ensions and instead promote ieaceful settlement by.diplonatic means." A storm that has-whipped up .-meter waves continued to lash he area yesterday. The Philipdne Atmospheric, Geographical nd Astronomical Services Adninistration (pagasa) said the veather may start to clear by the .eekend. The weather bureau famed ships and fishing boats ) stay away fro~ the rough Mr; Aquino said the military plane was supposed to fly to the shoal on Monday, but did not get clearance due to the bad weather. If the plane cannot see conditions below because of the bad weather, it is pointless to send it there, Mr. Aquino said. "The guidelines are very, very dear," he said. "If there are vessels there that are not ours, we send back our ships," The President defended his decision to order home a Philippine Coast Guard patrol vessel and a' Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources' survey ship on Friday night as ·1YPhoon "Butchoy" roiled the contested waters off western Zambales. Unlike' fishing boats, he said, the two vessels could not take shelter in the shoal's lagoon. The Philippine withdrawal, however, proved premature. China ordered the pullout of its fishing boats from the lagoon, eas, but not its government vessels A Philippine government offi- outside the lagoon. ial told The Associated Press On Monday, the Chinese Emrat six Chinese government bassy in Manila said Beijing had hips and 30 Chinese fishing no plans of withdrawing its vesoats were sighted at Scarbor- sels from Scarborough Shoal, .which it calls Huangyan Island. ugh Shoal on Thesday. The fishing boats, which had een marooned in the shoal's What commitment? Jrawling lagoon, may have Foreign Secretary Albert del een stranded by the passing Rosario told reporters on Friday .orm and may leave once the that China had committed to -eather clears, said the official, call the vessels back. But on 'ho spoke on condition of Monday; the Chinese Ministry

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of Foreign Affairs wondered where the commitment that Del Rosario had announced had come from. In Manila, the' Chinese Embassy said' there was no .such commitment. But the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday that "consultations" with China were going on for the re- , moval of Chinese ships outside the shoal's lagoon, "Consultations are ongoing .on the remaining ships in Bajo de MasinlocCthe Philippines' name for Scarborough Shoal) .with the objective of defusing the tension in the area," DFA spokesperson Raul Hernandez said in a text message to the INQUIRER.

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Verbal agreement

In a interview over Radyo Inquirer. yesterday '.morning, Hernandez said the .verbal agreement betweenClana and the Philippines on the withdrawal of vessels only covered Repair relations those wide the shoal's lagoon, Sen. Francis Escudero opHernandez said China had posed the decision to send back pulled out two of its govern- the Coast Guard ship to j ment vessels, Scarborough Shoal, which the I' Philippine also calls Panatag "On Sunday, they announced that they would pull out the Shoal. fishing vessels from the laWhat Escudero wanted the] goon," Hernandez said in mixed government to do was to "re-] English and Filipino, pair the damaged relations" China's pullout from the la- through "confidence-building goon was expected "as soon as measures (such as) focusing on the things that we agree on, and possible," he said. There will be no vessels in- setting aside our differences for reports side the lagoon after that point, the meantime."With he said, "but the two sides are from Tina G. Santos, Michael still' talking about the vessels Lim Ubac andAP

Sen. Loren Legarda, chair of the Senate foreign relations committee, said the Philippine Coast Guard should maintain die Philippine presence at the shoal. In an interview with the INQUIRER, Legarda said she also wanted the government to quickly redeploy. the BFAR scientific.shlp. Legarda criticized the DFAfor telegraphing its punches. ' "We should not negotiate using a microphone, so to speak," Legarda said. "These are sensitive issues, especially that there will be a changing of leadership • in China, Tact is an important element in diplomacy, so that no miscommunication occurs." Legarda, .however, favored the government's strategy to resolve the dispute through diplomatic means.

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Phi Ships readyto return to· shoal,


DAVAO CITY - The Philippines will send ships back to Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal if Chinese vessels remain in the area, President Aquino said yesterday.
"The guidelines are very. clear. If there are vessels that are not ours, we have to send back our vessels," the President told reporters here after addressing participants in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindartao (ARMM) convention on local governance at the Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao, "I have ordered them back (to port) because of the weather condition," the President said, referring to a patrol boat ofthe Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) as well as a ship of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR). The PCGand BFAR vessels left Panatag Shoal at the height of tropical storm "Butchoy": late last week "If there's a presence in our territorial waters, then we will redeploy," Aquino told reporters. "But if there is no other presence or other vessels that might impinge on our sovereignty, R\I there's no need to deploy." • He also ruled out establishing permanent structures in
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.···The Department of Foreign Affairs' said China would also pullout its .. hips,. but .this .was .later denied by s 'Beijing..' .. .... .The reports of the planned with- : drawal of.Chi~se and Philippine ships from the area rekindled hopes that the standoffwas nearing it'> end, i IndonesiariForeigri Minister ., Marty Natalegawa eyen welcomed ! What. wa~,Jh(),1,1ght.Wbe. the calming of te~sions betw~enChina the Phihppines, saymg yesterday that his country has called on both sides "to refrain from further escalating tenstons and instead promote peaceful settlement by diplomatic means." ·-the··stancloflhegan last"April when Chinese "maritime surveil-s lance" vessels came to the rescue of Chinese poachers on eight fishing boats who were about to be arrested by Philippine Navy sailors, The.


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., qualified vict6i'y on tYle P~atag Shoal issue," Suarez said. "The advent of bad weather forced both our vessels . and the Chinese vessels to vacate the
~ area.".. .. . But fie saidChina' sdeclaration that it has no intention to withdraw its ships from the shoal for good, is a . causeforalam.' . . "Clearly, the battleis not yet.over, We urge the President to begin. to unify our .nation in this continuing, face-off with China, instead of dividing us with continuing persecutiori of his predecessor and the rest of his . imagined enemies," Suarez said. - With Paolo Romero.

said Aquino scored-a" quaUfiedVictory" against Beiji!lg in the. Panatag . Shoal standoff, and thafhis next.step j should be to unite the nation, ... Suarez also warned Aquino n6t to be complacent as China appears to be determined to press harder its claim over the shoaL ..•..... . ...•..... He also said the Presidentshbuld not be preoccupied ~ithpersecuting perceived political enemies and .of- . fidals of the past administrap6ri. "To the President',we note .. 'that the country" re&ll!ly.wqn .. , a • "_._.,._, .. _~ .... , ...._,, _._.:._._ •. ,.,;"~.,,,-.. __·_+'_:, ...,.-,c~

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ZAMBOAN(:;ACITY ~.... Two kidnapp~dChirteSe ... businessmen are hOW reportedly under the custody of the Abu Sayyaf in BasiIan! a police official said. Senior Superintendent Ruben Cariaga, Zamboanga Sibugay police director, cited intelligence reports that Yuankai Lin and Jian Luo, who were seized in Kabasalan town, Zamboanga SibugayIast June 4, were brought by their kidnappers who have links with the Abu Sayyaf, to Basilan. The kidnappers have reportedly demanded $5-million ransom for the safe release of the two Chinese nationals. ~ Roel Pareiio

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" ,UPD~TE .. In-a DZRJ interview, Sen, Koko Pimentel' said he will go to the Visayas and Mindanao' t~ consult PDP partymates, He s~id he will. not lea,:e ,h,lsRl)P~LABA1':J party w~er~ he is the presld~nt. It IS hkely that he WlIIcampallmalone as he continues to By£RNESTO .M. MACEDA 'lli.~1~flle.'~ot.c~R¥iigri~m-ex~5enal6't:tvmtz21u'1blit .'He !:;onfIrm~d heh(ls plans to meet with President ~ .. UI_UII;"i_ Joseph Estrada. Senate President Juan Ponce Emile said he ~ta.Ysin the UNA slate but it is his decision whether to sfar or leave. Pimentel has set a2-weekdeadline to make his decision, . ... * * The ~d~stration is proposing , _.........•............. "...............• GOOD NEWS FOR LUISTRO .. The DepEd'sK + a P45 billion fund for the Condiprogram is supported by 65% of Fili~inos accordtional Cash Transfer (CCT.) program ' ing to a March SWS poll, up from 57% In December for 2013, This plan has ignited ob2011. 'ecttonsfrom .' . DepEd Sec. Armin Luistro said the-result of the sur- . ed byGabriela Women's i vey: will inspire education officials to realize the goals ~ep; Emmie de Jesus who suspect i of the program. He said he will reach out to those ob- . It wiU be used for the 2013 elections , jecting to the program. The Commission on Audit : The parents have spoken ..The program has started. (E::OA) discovered serious irregu- ': Teachers should now accept the program. larities 'ill the lists of beneficiaries .. * ** and double entries. Teachers and relatives of DSWD NEW DISTRICTS '. : Senate President Juan Ponce personnel were listed, ~nrile ~as ,approved the crea?on of additional Legisla.The COA also raised objections to the lopsided allo. tive Districts for Quezon CIty, Aklan, Bacolod City, Catio~ to "ta,:"~:)fed" rovinces 0:ver more, deserving poor p North Cotabato and Palawan which will bring the numprovInces WIth larger population of poor families. ber of Congressmen to 290. Thelists of beneficiaries were prepared by DSWD , Emile said it is provided in the Constitution that one personnelin every town raising howls from governors representative be elected for every 200,000 population., and mayors who were not consulted at all, The mayKasangga Party-list Rep, TedHaresco has anors said they could have cleansed the lists. nounced plans to run for the new district in Aklan . .. ven recipie~ts cornplainedjhat th~Pl,30Q per E * * * ~on~ payment IS too small to e~fect an improvement ANO;fHER BLACK MARK .• -After 'the dismissal' In their lives. Reports have come In that the money was of 11 policemen by the PNP as ordered by the Ombudseven. used for gambling or drinking liquor. man,the Court of Appeals has ordered the arrest of 8 All the7e objections will amo:mt to nothing as PresiPara~aque policemen responsible for the crossfire d~nt Aqumo and DSWD Sec. Dinky Soliman are detershooting of SeamanAIfonso de Vera and his 7-year old' mmed. to pursue the program. But they should at least daug~ter Lea Allana, Another 8 policemen including try to Improve on it. Have the mayors review the lists . Superintendent MaXImO Layu~an have been charged. .to begin with, .. with aP250-million ghost.pension scam, One good indication of CCT's ineffectiveness is the In its June 15 resolution, the Court of Appeals ruled drop of the President's rating from 49% to 42% with that Paraiiaque lITC Judge Jaime Guray committed grave sUrVeys reporting an increase !n the number of selfabuse of discretion when he junked for lack of probable rated poor persons and also the bigger number of 4.8 cause the DOJ resolution recommending the filing of million Filipinos experiencing hunger. multiple murder charges against the policemen. It is suggested that an-in-depth study preferably by Ordered arrested were Chief Inspectors Lawrence UP Professors .be made to review the 2-year ccr. Cajipe~d Joel Mendoza, Inspector Gregorio Balitucan, One suggestion has been made that some priority P03 Juhto Mamanao [r., Fernando Rey Gapuz, P02 should be given to senior citizens. . Eduardo Blanco and Edwin Santos and POI Jessie Rey . * * * Lucena . lNSIDECAMP AGUINALDO .. Another .The shootout happened at United Paraiiaque Sub- , carnapping, this time inside a security protected milidivision 4 on. the night of Dec. OS, 2008. The De Vera . tary camp. .' . car had 80 bullet holes. Colonel Nelson Chedrome of the AFP Dental ser«. ** vice lost his Mazda Familia parked outside his quarCHINA GAINS .. China hailed the pullout of Philters at Capinpin Avenue, CampAguinlado. His quar- . ipF_ine,ships from Scarborough S~o,:l. The pullout left ters were also ransacked by the robbers. China In control of the Shoal as It did not pull out its Boy, this is really scary. Criminals are operating Inships. . . side a military camp.Af'P Spokesperson Col. Amulfo DFA said there were negotiations for China's withMarcelo Burgos, Jr. said security inside the camp will dra"Ya~from the Shoal but as of today, there are no signs be enhanced. ' . the Chinese vessels will also pull out. The Chinese The big question, how were that camappers able to Embassy': spokesman denied any Chinese pullout. take the car out thru guarded gate 3? One thing sure, there will be no armed confronta" "* * tion in: the area. The Philippines does not have the capability to engage in war. * .* *


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TIDBITS ... The Comelechas approved the accredi-• tation of the United Nationalist Alliance as a political coalition. President Aquino finally adm.itted that there is corruption at DENR allowing illegal logging. Greetings to avid readers: Manny Santos Sr.,former Philippine News Service Editor and to Vice Marors Turing Isip of Mariveles, Virgilio Isidro of Orion, Remigio Tayag of Limay,Ed Santos of Pilar,ViceMa¥?r . Francis Vincent de Leon of Talavera, Nueva Ecija, . Mayor HeJ;l1Ml BironofBarotacNuevo, Iloiloand Board Member Caloy Boliliaof B~tangas.


Sundalo, patay sa ambush sa Negros Occidental BACOLOD CITY ~ Patay ang isang sundalo na kasapi ng 47th infantry Battalion matapos tinambangan ng mga kasapi ng New People's Army (NPA) sa Negros Occidental. Kinilala ang biktima na si Pfc John llisan ng Dingle, Iloilo. Ayon kay 303rd Infantry Brigade Commander Col. Oscar Lactao, nangyari ang pananambang dakong aias-s.oo kahapon ng umaga sa Brgy. Camindangan, Sipalay City. Napaq-alarnan na pumunta ang naturang sundalo sa merkado nang ito ay pinaulanan ng bala ng mga rebelde. Aniya, unarmed salarin.

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Itinuturing naman ni Col. Lactao na isang "inhuman act" ang ginawa ng mga rebelde dahil kanilang pinatay ang sundalo na walang kataban-laban, Fighter jets sa 2013, magpapalakas sa depensa ng teritoryo og bansa- PAF Kumpiyansa ang Philippine Air Force (PAF) na lalo pang mapalakas ang depensa ng bansa sa nasasakupang teritoryo ang bibilhing bagong fighter jets ng PiUpinas. Ayon sa PAF, pawang mga TA~50 0 12 surface attack-lead fighter mula sa Korea ang nasabing fighter jet na inaasahang darating sa susunod na taon. Ito ay kasunod na rin ng isyu ng plnaq-aaqawanq teritoryo ng Pilipinas at China na Scarborough Shoal. Una ng inihayag ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) na naglaan ng P75 bilyon ang bansa para sa modernization program ayt asahan na mapunta sa PAF ang malaking porsyento nito. Ayon sa report na sa P1.25 bllyon ang halaga ng ang kada isang fighter jet para sa 12 unit nito na katumbas ng halagang P15 bilyon.


Honest soldier returns wallet MANILA, Philippines - An Army soldier based in Visayas earned praises after returning a wallet containing a cheque to its owner. Sergeant Wenceslao Pabito Jr., a member of the Army's 301st Infantry Brigade, turned in a wallet he found at the Iloilo Airport last June 13. Pabito was providing security for the arrival of Vice President Jejomar Binay when he found a wallet near the garbage area of the airport. The waliet contained a cheque equivalent to P4,500. Pabito immediately turned in the wallet to a local radio reporter covering Binay's arriva1. The owner of the wallet is a certain Anthony Cortel, an employee of Hotel Del Rio in Iloilo City. "Mr. Corte I was so happy that his wallet was (found) by a kind-hearted person otherwise It will no longer be returned to him," said Maj. Enrico lIeto, spokesman of the Army's 3rd division. In a statement released by the Army, Pabito said he had decided to return the wallet after the needs of its owner crossed his mind. He said he could not afford to keep or use the wallet's contents since he does not own them. Last February, Privates Danny Faigane and Marlon Vera of the 32nd Division Reconnaissance Company returned to its owner the P90,OOOcash they found in a retrieval site in La Libertad, Negros Oriental. The following month, Corporal Fernando Samperoy of the 47th battalion returned a bag left at the parking area of a cathedral in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. The bag containing P50,OOOcash is owned by Fr. Leopoldo Cahilig, parish priest of Isabela of the same province. "These stories which tells our soldier's honesty continues to inspire the entire Army and it portrays how we value honesty in the organization," said Maj. Gen. Jose Mabanta Jr, commander of the Army's 3rd division. Col. Arnold Quiapo, chief of the Army's 301st brigade said Pabito's honesty was worth emulating. He said Pabito had given honor and pride to the entire Army. - Alexis Romero

Army official's stolen car recovered in Bulacan By Dennis Carcamo (phllstar.corn) MANILA, Philippines - The stolen vehicle of an Army colonel was recovered by authorities in Bulacan province, a military spokesman said Wednesday.


Army spokesman Lt. Cot ArnulfoBurgos said the the Mazda 323 (UPJ-652) of Col. Nelson Chidrome, Army Dental Service head, was found abandoned in Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Angat, Bulacan Tuesday around 7:50 a.m. Burgos said the vehicle was stolen from the quarters of Chidrome early morning last Saturday. The car was used as a get-away vehicle of still unidentified burglars of the officer's quarters along Capinpin Avenue in Camp Aguinaldo. He said the vehicle is now under local police in Angat, Bulacan. "We cannot divulge the identities of the suspects as of the moment as this may affect the ongoing investigation. Our enhanced security measures continue as personnel assigned at every point of entries in the camp observes the open trunk policy upon entry and exit of vehicles. "We have also positioned foot parol, ronda patrol, and bike patrol to every checkpoint to augment the security measures being implemented by the AFP," Burgos said.

Court junks motion to dismiss filed by Arroyo, military officials in suit for rights abuses "Somehow, we see a ray of light after more than a year since we filed the civil case. We hope this would continue until we find justice." - Gary Liberal, one of the Morang 43 By RONALYN V. OLEA
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MANILA - A local court in Quezon City denied the motion to dismiss filed by former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her military officials in the damage suit filed by six health workers who were arrested and detained during the Arroyo administration. Judge Ma. Luisa Padilla of Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 226 issued the resolution dated May 10, a copy of which was sent toBu/ by the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL). The complainants in the civil suit are members of the so-caUedMorong 43, a group of doctors and health workers who were arrested in Morong, Rizal in February 2010 and detained for ten months for fabricated charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives. In April 2011, six of the Morong 43 filed a P15 million ($348 thousand) damage suit against their captors, the then leadership of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and the former president. The health workers also filed a criminal complaint for torture against the same defendants before the Department of Justice last May. Contrary to Arroyo's assertion that the complaint "fails to state a cause of action and that the complainants have no cause of action against her," Padilla, in her decislon, said the allegations in the complaint are "sufficient to constitute a cause of action for damages." Citing Philippine Bank of Communications v. Trazo, the court defines a cause of action as "an act or omission of one party in violation of the legal right of the other."


The court noted that Arroyo, in seeking to dismiss the suit against her, "does not in any way question the existence of the plaintiffs' right to be free from illegal arrest, detention and torture and that there is a corresponding obligation on her part to respect such right or not to violate such riqnt." Arroyo also told the court that the complaint was one "against the Philippine Government's implementation of its national security plan" and not specifically against her. She claimed that there was no act, duty or omission that could be pinned to her, and that her role in the entire affair was "incidental". The court said it "does not find any merit on Arroyo's argument." "The court notes that the specific acts complained of by the plaintiffs [Morong 43] were alleged to have been performed for purposes of implementing the purported counterinsurgency program. Having said this, the court cannot subscribe to defendant Arroyo's line of reasoning, for to do so would suggest that the allegations in the complaint should be taken separately, instead of evaluating the complaint in its entirety," the decision states. Arroyo's counterinsurgency program Oplan Bantay Laya has been regarded by human rights groups as the bloodiest counterinsurgency program implemented by the Philippine government. In her nine-year rule, Karapatan documented more than victims of extrajudicial killings and more than 200 victims of enforced disappearances. No less than Philip Alston, former United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions blamed Arroyo's counterinsurgency program as being behind the killings. Gary Liberal, one of the six complainants, welcomed the development. "Somehow, we see a ray of Ilght after more than a year since we filed the civil case," Liberal said in an interview withBu/ "We hope this would continue until we find justice." "Arroyo, as commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, must be held accountable for our iUegalarrest. It is impossible that she did not know of our case. She did not even lift a finger to investigate the incident despite appeals from our relatives and supporters," Liberal said. The court also denied the motions filed by former Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Victor Ibrado and Gen. Delfin Bangit. The two generals said they held no specific control over the joint army and police unit that arrested the Morang 43. Both generals called for the dismissal of the case on the ground of violation of the rule of non-forum shopping, citing the pending case filed by the Morang 43 with the Commission on Human Rights a few weeks after the arrest. The court said the nature of the suits is not similar. The findings of the CHR, according to the court, would have no effect on any judgment that may be rendered by the court after trial on the merits. Both generals also argued that the use of command responsibility is "legally inaccurate, if not incorrect" and "cannot be used for impleading them." The court said the arguments raised by Ibrado and Bangit are matters of defenses and are evidentiary in nature. The court "deems it prudent to pass upon these matters only after the presentation of evidence in the instant case." Other defendants are former National Security Adviser Norberta Gonzales, former 2nd Infantry Division chief Maj. Gen. Jorge Segovia, Col. Cristobal Zaragosa, Maj. Manuel

Tabion, Gen. Aurelio Baladad, Lt. Col. Jaime Abawag, Supt. Marion Balolong and Supt. Allan Nubleza. Segovia, Zaragoza and Baladad have since been promoted despite the cases filed against them. Liberal said that Aquino is not at all sincere in curbing impunity. "Instead of punishing the perpetrators of human rights violations, the Aquino administration even promoted them," he said. "All of the defendants have in one way or another, enabled the policy of picking up civilians, sowing terror, threatening dissidents, torturing, abducting and even killing political activists in the guise of 'anti-insurgency'. We are relieved that the Court is finally allowing that this wellknown fact be established judicially, as this is the core of countercharges against statebacked human rights violations," NUPL secretary general Edre U. Olalia, said in a statement. NUPL serves as counsels for the Morong 43 and other victims of human rights violations. "This gives somehow a flicker of hope to all rights victims who have been waiting for justice for the longest time. This ruling should encourage other victims to come forth, present their valid claims and can be a precedent in future cases against state violators," Olalla said. The NUPL said the court's decision is an initial victory in the efforts to stop impunity. "While the Court believes that Arroyo cannot simply escape accountability by desperately citing incongruous arguments, still we are a long way from justice," said Olalla. The Morang 43 civil case will have to proceed to mediation proceedings on July 6. Earlier, a similar motion to dismiss a damage suit filed by members of the United Church of Christ of the Philippines against Arroyo was denied by QC RTC Branch 224 under Judge Tita Marilyn Payoyo-Villardon. Arroyo, now representative of Pampanga's second district, is detained at the Veterans Men:orial Medical Cen~er for charges of elect~ral S~bot~ge. ~he icino administration has not filed any cases against Arroyo for human fights v,olabons.I.D!f!lIr.ltflM