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Army: Freed leader rejoins NPA After posting a bail for his temporary liberty, an NPA leader accused of various crimes has rejoined the underground communist organization, the military reported Wednesday. Road accident hurts 8 soldiers Eight members of the Philippine Army were injured Tuesday in a vehicular accident along a national highway in Barangay Tarinsing, Cordon,lsabela. NPA reb jumps bail, rejoins group A top leader of the NPA in Negro's island rejoined the communist group following his release on bail provided by the local human rights group Karapatan, the military said yesterday. NPA leader returns to his pals --- general A ranking general said on Wednesday that communist leaser Romeo Nanta, who was based in the Visayas region, returned to his lair in the hills after posting bail through the help of militant group Karapatan. Cpp blames NOYgov't for slay of Dutch militant CPP yesterday blamed the Aquino administration for the killings of Dutch environmentalist Willem Geertman in Pampanga on Tuesday, as it condemned the government for the unabated extrajudicial killings of activists in the country. Military denies role in Dutchman's slay The military yesterday told those alleging that soldiers are behind the killing of a Dutch in Pampanga Tuesday to come up with evidence so the culprits can be prosecuted. Slay not related to Luisita - Palace The killing of Dutch missionary and environmentalist Willem Geertman on Tuesday had nothing to do with the victim's advocacy in assisting the farmers of Hacienda Luisita, Malacanang said yesterday. SITG binuo vs gunman ng Dutch missionary Bumuo na kahapon ng specat Investigating Task Group (SITG) upang imbestigahan ang pagpatay sa 67-anyos na Dutch missionary na tumutulong sa mga manggagawa ng hacienda Luisita sa Tarlac na sinasabing niratrat sa San Fernando City, Pampanga kamakalawa ng tanghali. Nakapagpiyansang NPA kumander namundok mull Namundok muli ang nakalayang kumander ng NPA na akusado sa mga kasong kriminal matapos na magpiyansa mula sa kulungan sa Negros occidental, ayon sa opisyal ng militar kahapon. Manila Bulletin p. 2

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8 sundalo swak sa bangin Ngayon p. 7 Kaalukuyang nakikipaglaban kay kamatayan ang walong sundalo ng Philippine Army matapos mag-dive ang sinasakyang military truck sa bangin ng barangay Tarinsing sa baying ng Cordon, Isabela kahapon. Ecotourism Manila Bulletin p. 8 The Philippine Army's 3rd Infantry Division 931D) based in II -

sprawling Macario Peralta covering Jamindan and Tapaz towns is being eyes as an ecotourism site. Orderly Registration The Army's 51S\ IB has launched a series of municipal dialogs in its jurisdiction to help ensure a peaceful conduct of the upcoming July 9 to 18 general voters' registration in the ARMM. Manila Bulletin p. 9

11 After 271 surgery in Samar, Mercy rests Docking here is a much deserved break for the crew members of the American Hospital ship USNS Mercy, whose last stop was Samar where its crew members conducted 271 surgeries and treated at least 16,000 patients. Thousands displaced by rains More than 4,000 persons have been displaced by heavy rains and floods. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) yesterday said a majority of the affected residents are from Bicol. Floods hit about 4,000 people or 800 families in seven barangays in Bombon, Camarines Sur, the NDRRMC added. Abu Sayyaf frees Indian hostage The police is validating reports that Ab~ Sayyaf Group (ASG) has released one of its foreign captives - an Indian wha was kidnapped in Sulu. Battle-ready Chinese ships patrol disputed sea A Combat-ready Chinese patrol reached reefs and islands in the center of the Spratly archipelago on Tuesday and immediately began to assert China's sovereignty over the disputed area in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). China told: Be more careful in statements Malacanang on Wednesday warned the mouthpiece of China's Communist Party to be "a little more careful" in issuing statements after it said Manila was plotting to deliberately escalate its conflict with Beijing over the West Philippine Sea that both countries are claiming. NCR Command Deactivation (photo) PAF Celebration PAF Commanding General Lt Gen Lauro Catalino Dela Cruz presided over the Special Flag Raisinq Ceremony and 65th Foundation Anniversary celebration last July 2, 2012 at Villamor Air base in Pasay City. War games (photo) Hotchkiss new CAAP Director General The Board Directors of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has elected LtGen William Hotchkiss III (Ret) as director general of CAAP during a recent meeting at the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTe). Fugitive ex-military general finds support from list solon A party-list lawmaker who belongs to the rights bloc, yesterday urged fugitive ex-general Jovito Palparan to keep on hiding until he could get a fair treatment from the government. Co-accused krinos-examine ni Abalos Inamin ni Atty Yogi Martinizar na binigyan siva ng Php2 milyon ng ISAFP mula Hulyo 2007 hangang 2011 na aniya'y galling sa Malakanyan_g. Don't surface, Palaparan advised "Just continue hiding". Ths was the advise of Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD) party-list Rep Pastor Alcoveros to his PDI p. A-6

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close friend former general Jovita Palparan. NPA itutulak si Casino sa LP aktibo sa pag-atake and NPA para mapilitan 51 Pangulong Aquino na kunin sa senatorial ticket ng administrasyon si bayan Muna Rep Teddy Casino. Ngayon p. 2



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Feuding clans sa ARMM mahigpit na tinututukan ng AFP~PNP re gun ban Mahigpit na mino-monltor ngayon ng mga otoridad sa Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) ang mga pamilya na may mga mortal na kaaway sa rehiyon na posibleng pagmulan ng mga kaguluhan ito'y kasanod sa mahigpit na pagpapatupad ng Comelec gun ban para sa nakatakdang regionwide registration of voters na mag-uumpisa sa darating na linggo July 8 ng kasalukuyang taon. 7 kampo na n9 NPA nakubkob ng militar sa Bukidnon - 8th 18 Umaabot na sa pitong kampo ng rebeldeng New People's Army (NPA) ang sunod-sunod na nakubkob ng militar sa bayan ng San Fernando,Bukidnon. China's patrol ships in West Phi Sea OK - AFP chief Armed Forces chief Gen. Jessie Dellosa does not see any problem with China's sending of patrol ships to the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) as long as it does not jeopardize freedom of navigation.

AFP's anti-coup command 'downgraded' by July 12 A joint task force composed of soldiers from various units will replace the Armed Forces National Capital Region Command (NCRCOM), the military's primary anti-coup unit to be deactivated this month. Army extends help for Bangsamoro event Army units in Central Mindanao will provide members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front protection, vehicles and other services as they travel to the MILF's Camp Darapanan in Maguindanao to attend the July 6-7 Bangsamoro Leaders' Congress. Top rebel freed on bail rejoins NPA in Negros A top New People's Army (NPA) commander freed on bail has rejoined his comrades in Negros Island, the military reported on Wednesday.



Military denies soldiers behind Dutch missionary's killing wwwphf/ The military on Wednesday belied allegations that soldiers were behind the assassination of a 67-year-old Dutch missionary in Pampanga yesterday. Maj. Harold Cabunoc, Army spokesman said that soldiers are not engage in extrajudicial killing but are actively engage, in coordination with various human right groups, in stopping these criminal activities. Continue evading arrest, party-Iist solon advises Palparan In hiding since late last year, former Army general Jovlto Palparan has received an unsolicited advice from a colleague: continue hiding from authorities.


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Major General Jose Z. Mabanta Bea) the opportunity to rejoin their By ELENA L. ABEN Jr.,. the 3ID commander, earlier said comrades. We hope that CM&, facl1i.tatthat it may be legal for Fred Cafia of ing the ball; has eonslderedthis," said After posting bail for his tempoKarapatan-Negros to support arrested Mabanta _ _ . __ 'j .. rary .liberty, a New People's Army NPAmembersintheirpostingofbailbut On Wednesday, the 3ID said they (NPA) leader accused of various thenhe (Cafta) should have also thought have monitored that Nanta has rejoined crimes has rejoined the underground of the repercussions of such actions. the NPA movement communist organization, the military Mabanta said itwas Cafta who faciliMllitat'yand police records show .reported Wednesday. tated the bail of Nanta. Nan ':"as~Sponsible for the ambush The Anny's 31'4 Infantry Division Aside from Nanta, two other NPA ofa$-oyernment-ownedVehicle in. (3ID) said Romeo Nanta, the head of personalities - Hernando Llorente B~gay§lili:trnanca in1?posotowq, the NPAregiopal operations command . alias "Adoy", the commander of the NegroSOt::cldentallastJWY13;~009' -.. in Negros Island, was released fromNPA Northern Negros Front and his.l\sidefi'0ll1thecrimesNartta~acprison on February 21,2012 after post- wife, Faith Roseen Basergo "Bea," an eused of,. he is a1so believed respt>nsible ing a bail for his provisional liberty. NPA political instructor, were also for the alleged raid and disarming ofthe Nanta, who goes by the aliases "Juan- released on bail April 27. lstProvincial Mobile Group detachment . ito Magbanua", "Jack:Nanta", "JUarting", "The Secretary General of'Karap- ·at Batar'lgay Malasibog, Escalanteon "!slao",and "Kulas."was arrestedbyjoint atan-Negros, Fred Cafta, rendered the March 19, 2006;harassment of Villegas pollceandmilitaryelementsNovember P1IO,OOO ballbond for the temporary Detachment at BarangayVillegas, 7,2011atBarangayZone2,-CadizCityby liberty of Adoy and Bea,".S"a!d·Lt.Col. Guihulngan, Negros OtientaJpn April virtue of arrest warrants for rebellion, EfrenMorados,commandefofthe62nd. 2006; arson incident at the Vlclonas robbery-in-band, attempted and frusInfantry Battalion, whose troops-supMilling Company and Central Lopez trated murder issued by three different ported by the Philippine National Police transloading station at Barangay San courts in Negros Occidental. <PNP), were responsible for the arrest. Jose,'lbboso on March·2008; and burnHowevena human rights group of the NPA couple on April 20. iI)g of Globe Telecom cell site illPurok facilitated his posting of bail that even"Having jumped bail, we knowthat Mabuhay, BarangayI70blacion, 'lbboso, tually allowed him to be free. this will give them ( Nanta, Adoy and Negros Oeeidental.v"
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been monitored recently to have Infantry Division. . A TOP leader of the New People's rejoined his comrades in the NP A Last February, Nanta posted Army in Negros island rejoined movement." bail which the military said was the communist group following He said the information came his release on bail provided by the . provided by Fred Can;, secretary from "various sources, friends of local human tights groupKarapageneral of Karapatan-Negros. It the 3rd ID, brigade in the area." was not known how much the bail tan, the military said yesterday. Maj. Gen. Jose Mabanta jr., 3rd Romeo Nanta who uses the ali- was. Cana, last April, also provided .. ID chief, said it may be legal for ases juanito Magbanua,Jack NanCana to facilitate the release of bail of P80,OOO for two other ta, Juaning, Islao, and Kulas was NPA rebels, Hernando Llorente, ( Nanta and the other rebels but he arrested in Cadiz City in Novemcommander of the NPA's Northshould have thought of the reperber 2011 for rebellion, .robberyI' • CUSSlOns. in-band, attempted arid frustrated . ern N egros Front, and wife Faith "Having jumped ball, we know Roseen, a political instructor of murder. . the NPAI1eto said the military that this will give them (Nanta and Nanta is the head of the NPA's has no information on whether the couple) the opportunity to reRegional Operations Command join their comrades. We hope that the two have rejoined the NPA. in Negros island, said Maj. Enrico Cana facilitating the bail had conOn Nanta, Ileto said, "(H)e has Gil Ilero, spokesman of the 3rd sidered this," said Mabanta, Nevertheless, Mabanta said the decision to allow bail "lies with the court and we will always uphold the rule of law." Nanta was implicated in the killing of three civilians in Toboso town, Negros Occidental in 2009, and raids on military and police. outposts in Escalante and Toboso, CoL Oscar Lactao, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said at least P2 million has been spent by the NPA and its supporters to bail out arrested leaders in NegrCf. Victor Reyes and Gilbel1 Bayora«



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ARANKlNG general said on Wednesday that communist leader Romeo Nanta who was" based in the Visayas region: returned to his lair in the hills after . posting bail through the help of militant group Karapatan. Major Gen. Jose Mabanta Jr., commander of the 3rd Infantry Division, said Nanta has been monitored to have rejoined his comrades in the NPA. Mabanta said Nanta is the head of the NPA's Regional Operations Command in Negros Island.. Nanta was released from prison on Feb. 21, 2012 after posting bail for his provisional liberty, Joint police and military. elements arrested Nanta,' alias Juanito Magbanua/ Jack Nanta/Juaning/Islao/ Kulas on November 7, 2011 at Barangay Zone 2, Cadiz City on the strength of an arrest warrant for rebellion,robbery-in-band, attempted and frustrated murder issued by three different courts, in Negros Occidental. Florante S. Solmerin
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The Communist Party of the Philippines (CFF) yesterday blamed the Aquino administration for the killing of Dutch environmentalist Willem Geertman inPampenga on Tuesday, as it condemned the government for. the unabated extrajudiclal killings of activists in the country. The CFF, in a statement,· blamed that the killing of Geertman and that of Romualdo Palispis in Aurora province, with only a few days interval, to the Aquino administration and its military death squads. "The successive killings of Palispls and Geertman highl~ght the continuing campaign of tenor and extrajudicial killings being carried out by the reactionary armed forces through its death squads under the. Aquino regime's Oplan Bo,yanihan campaign of suppression, * said theCPP. "The murders of Geettman and Palispis call our attention to the fact that extra-judicial killings by death squads of the '. AFP continue unabated under the Aquino regime,~said the CPP. Human rights monitors have documented at least 80 cases of extrajudicial killings of progressive activists, many of whom are peasant and antimlningacttvists .. The cpp claimed that on the average, at least one activist opposed to the antipeople, undemocratic and pro-imperialist 'policies of the Aquino regime was killed by armed agents of the reactionary state every 10 days over the past two years. . The Army le;uiership, however, branded such accusation as

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Maj. Harold Cabunoc, Army spokesman, maintained the Army will not hesitate to throw the book and filed charges against any personnel found involved in the kllling of Geertman, executive director of the Alay Bayan Inc., a non-government organization affiliated with farmers groups at the Hacienda Luisita. . On the other hand, Palispis, , who is an. active member of : Bayan MumLin Aurora province, was gunned down Saturday in front of his residence in Maria Aurora town. Immediately after Geertman's killing in front of ABI office in Barangay Telabastagan in San Fernando, . Pampanga, Fernando Hlcap of . the militant groups Pamalakaya ~ and Anakpawis, tagged the Armed ' Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for the killing. . For his part, ABI chairman Joseph Canlas, while admitting he has no idea who could have killed Geertman, noted that, military personnel had supposedly been actlng as postmen, delivering letters-to the ABI office, "That is an irresponsible accusation which not based on evidence. If they have proofs that our soldiers are behind this killing, we will not hesitate to letthe accused soldiers answer the charges in a court oflaw," said Cabunoc .. ~ExtraJudicial killing is not practiced by our soldiers. Wejoin the efforts of all human rights advocates to stop all these extra legal killings, including those .summary executions owned uP. by the NPA' s death squad the

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"Human rights protection is .one ofthe primary advocacies of the Army soldiers as we carry out 'Bayanihan' activities) n said Cabunoc. Clemente Bautista, national coordinator of the Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment (Kalikasan-PNE), called for investigation of the military for the killing of Geertman as he denounced the latest extrajudicial killing. , . "We strongly denounce the murder of Geertman, who was a very active advocate against large-scale mining in Pampanga and Zambales provinces. The military forces in the area should .. e immediately investigated as b there are several complaints and records of them ·involved in human rights violations against anti-mining activists like Geertman, n said , '. Geertman, 67, is the second European missionary killed under the two-year administration of President Aquino. In 2011 Fr. Fausto Tentoriowas also killed in' Arakan, North Ootabato for allegedly opposing hydropower project in PulanguiRiver. Marlo J. Mallari

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AND RAYMOND AFRICA military yesterday told those alleging that soldiers are behind the killing of a Dutch in Pampanga Tuesday to come up with evidence so the culprits can be prosecuted . . Among the groups blaming the Anny for the death of Willem Geertman are the Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment, Bayan. Pamalakaya and Anakpawis. Police are eyeing robbery. Geertman, 67, a social development worker and executive director of the NGO Second home. Photo provided by Alay Sayan Inc. shows 67-year-old former Alay Bayan Inc. (ABI), was . missionary and Dutch national Wilhelm Geertman, left, w1th a Roman Catholic priest and supporters during a blessing at an Alay Bayan office in Gabaldon, shot by motorcycle-riding men in front of the ABI of- Nueva Ecija. Geertman, an anti-mining and anti-logging activist. was killed in AP PHOTO fice in l&S subdivision in San what police suspect to be plain robbery. Fernando just after he had dons showed robbery is the The suspects fled on board returned from a bank: where strongest motive in the killing a plateless motorcycle, he said. he reportedly withdrew some because the victim had with Geertman has been in the P1.2 million. him a brown shoulder bag Philippines for decades. The Supt. Luisito Magnaye, the which contained the money. AMGL said he studied at the chief of police of San Fer- The bag was taken by the sus. nando, said initial investiga- . pects after he was shot, See MILITARY':>- PageB4


University of the PhilippinesDillman and Ateneo de "Manila during the 19705, and has since considered the Philippines his . second home. Kalikasan-PNE said Geertman came to the Philippines . as.a Dutch missionary and later devoted his life to community development and NGO work in Central Luzon. . Geertman's group, ABI, is said to be an affiliate of the Aryansang Magbubukid ng Gitnang Luzon (AMGL), mother unit of the Alyansa ng Manggagawang Bukid ng Asyenda Luisita (Am-

bala) whose workers include farmers of Hacienda Luisita. Leon Dulce, Kalikasan-PNE campaign coordinator, said Geertman was very active in ef- . forts against illegal logging and large-scale mining in Pampanga • and Zambales. ,_ The group said Geertman is the sixth environmental activist killed this year ;md the 17th under the Aquino administration. He is also the second European community worker killed under the Aquino government, after Fr. Fausto "Pops" Tentorio in Mindanao last year. - With JocelYn Montemayor and Angela Lopez de Leon


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Secretary Jesse Robredo. Villareal said that days before . The Philippine National Police' the killing of Geertman, they talked (PNP) said they would look into all about Palispis, He said Geertrnan and possible angles. . Palispis shared an advocacy on the • Geertman, executive director. of protection and conservation of the Alay Bayan Inc. (ABI), was shot' by environment two unidentified men a few meters Geertman reportedlyaited his from his office in. Barangay]'ele-concern over the killing of Palispis, bastagan, San Fernando, Pan:lpanga. "He asked me whether I had heard at noon Tuesday. The 67,year-old" about the killing. He said he/had Dutch missionary was reportedly worked closely with Palispisi,rtthe ; assisting farm workers-in-Hacienda campaign against mining and illegal. . Luisita in his cap,adfy ,as an official logging in Aurora province," Villareal .•• of ABI, whicliisanaffiliateof the said. "Lhope I am wrong, but there ; Alyansang Magbubuldd'ngGitmmg '.'seem to be a pattern in all of these," , Luzon (AMGL),the mother unit of the Villareal said lie was dtsappointed. i Alyansa ng Manggagawang Bukid ng ..~lritlJ the initial pqlice report that said. Asyenda Luislta(Ambala). .r.-...... G€ertman'swasacaseofrqbberywith! The hacienda is ownedby.Presi- . homicide. .•...• . dent Aquino's family. . Villareal said he wasat'theterrace Police initially described the killing of the ABItrying to email a story from of Geertman as a robbery as gunmen his computer when he' heard men took a bag of cash he was carrying. shouting below. . .' ....Militant groups, however, rejected "I thought they wete just kids jok-, the police theories, saying the military ing with each other but when I looked, .• . 'could be behind the murder. .there was a man holding a gun while ~I;. PNP. spokesman Senior SuperinWillem was on his knees," he said, "tci:ldent·.Generoso Cerbo said police After seeing Geertman fatally shot, ~W()tlI9catefuI1yexaminealievidence, Villareal said he tried to follow the. '.even asthemilitary denied allegations ., suspects but was stopped when one it was responsible, '. . .... of therripointed a gun at rum. . "Indue time, we Will discover the. Villareal said the suspects could By DELONPORCALLA1:ru.etnotiveandiater, we will see who have followed Geertman from the •. The killing of Dutch mis-' are the perpetrators," Cerbo said, bank before he was shot dead. He sionary andenvironmentalist Ajqtlrnalist who reportedlywitcould not recall, however, seeing the Willem Geertman on Tuesday nessed.the killing. cited a seeming gunman flee with any bag or envehad nothing to do with the vic- I pattern in the elimination of environ- lope that could have been taken from tim's advocacy in assisting the mental advocates in Central Luzon. Geerbnan. farmers of Hacienda Luisita, Fred VIllareal,vice chairman of the "He was about to enter the offi~e .Malacanang said yesterday. National Union of Journalists of the when the two suspects arrived and "It doesn't appear to be P~ppines(~)Pampangachapter, immediately pointed their gun at presidential spokesman EdWIn ,~claimed the killing of Geertman co~d him. If the bag (of Ceertman] was the Lacierda said. . ~be related to the murderofWaIdo Palis- target, they could have carted it off Laderda .said police au - :fpis, a former Commission on Elections easily without resistance because he thorities in Pampanga are (Comelec) officer and member of the . immediately raised both his hands in investigating the incident, fol-i militant Bayan Muna party-list group, . surrender," Villareal said. lowing the directive of Interior .~in Aurora over the weekend. Despite this, Villareal said one of




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work for the Environment (Kalikasan the suspects forced Geertman to kneel Lacierdasaid, Lacierda expressed optimism. the PNE)claimed a total:of 58 environmenand then shot him in the back "in the crime would be solved, saying eCTV tal advocates in the country have fallen manner of execution." had caught footage of the suspects' victim to various human rights violaRobbery getaway car" tions from 2001to '2012.They cited the San Fernando City police chief S~The CCTV footage reportedly murder of Palawan environmentalist nior Superintendent Chito Magnaye showed several men in a red Mit- Gerry Ortega and botanist Leonard Co. said the initial investigation showed subishi Galant car and a motorcycle The group said Ceertman isthe 17th Geertman was a victim of robbery. following Ceertman's Isuzupic!<tll? environmentaladvocate killed during Magnaye said Geertman's bag, re- on the way to the bank wherethe'thetwo-y~<lfAqulno administration. portedly containing P1.2 million, was. victim withdrew cash. '. . •..... Kalikasan;-PNE national coordinataken by the gunmen: ' The'CCTV also apparently record- tor Clemente Bautista said Geertman Magnaye thaughstressed the real ed the escape of thetwo suspects on wi!sa_,yel'yactive advocate against motive of the killing has yet to be board a motorcycle.. latge--sc~le~ininginPampangaahd established. . "Men 'Whosai4.they werep()l~ceZrunl:\illt3sprdvip.ces. . .•... ..... PNP spokesman Cerbo said a task investigatorsbprrowe~.:th€'taE€, •. ·'~:fne-lllililaryJorces in the •area force was/treated to investigate the soon after the shobting and said they should be immediately investigated murderofGeertman.' '. .would return it in the evening;" one asth7!e-are~ver~Cljgtplaiqtsandrec ....... Weat~ hoping tosdlVe' the case .residents aid" .........................•....••.... H / .' ..'.,'col'dsoftheiri.q?()lvement inhuman. as soon as possible. The SITG (special Rom#-~g(,lIintai1ldliHrn1anof.the.. .rightsvi9~ations,'against anti-mining investigation task group) will be in BayanMgM in Central.Luzon; saidactiyistslike Geerbman/'he said . . ddition to the regular police unit the tape ~adnot been 'returned even as a Resaid arrived irtthe in coordination with the Criminal Magmiye denied police investigators Philippines 46 years ago as a Dutch Investigation and Detection Group already had custody of the footage. missionary and eventually dedi. and the Intelligence Group to be able "I really would like to see that tape cated himself to l[and 'rightsand .5th orchestrate a systematic police in- as it would help in the investigation," environmental protection issue-sand vestigation," Cerbo said. .••.. .... ....Magnaye said. concerns in Luzon, lparticulatly forest . Cerbo, however" said investigators The usuals.usp· ects... protection in Aurora.Pampangaand are still clueless on the motive but Zambalesagainstloggingandmining. there was indication that Geertman PolintanclaimedGeertmanhadbeen The mHitary; on, the otherhat:ld, was a victim of robbery, at odds with the military over his €Ilvi-described as irresponsible the al"Reports had it that the victim has rohmentaladvocaciesin variousparts of legations that they .were.behindthe just withdrawn the money from a Luzon,particularlyin Aurora province. murder of Geerilnam; .8 bank, so it could he robbery. Another "ABI is involved in pro-poor projArmy-spokesman Maj,lfarold information indicated that the attack ects, including environmental, disas- .Cabunoc saidsoldiers are not engaged could have something to do with his ter relief and rehabilitation concerns in extrajudicialkilling but aieactiy~ly work We will look into all possible all over Luzon," he said. coordi.q~ting.:with various~un:\~rt angles," Cerbo said.', Polintan quoted witnesses as say-'ping these'cI1rril'With the SITGcreated by the Pam- ing that during a recent meeting in nal activitiei;;;< .... ......'i. pangapolice, in due time we will be Ma. Aurora town, Aurora,. a military . ..''Thatisanirref,p(insiblea.cq.lSa~9n able to establish themotive and the officer accused Geertman and hisstaffwmch isnot based o.nevidenc~.:tfffi.ey, people behind the attack," Cerbo said. of being fronts for the communist have proof that our soldiers are beLacierda, on the other hand, took New People's Army (NPA).. hind this killing, we will not hesitate note that a closed circuit TV was in the "He demanded the military officer to let the accused soldiers answer the area, which some residents confirmed (to) takeback the allegation," he said. charges in a court of law," Cabunoc had been installed by homeowners. Environment advocates expressed said.- With Dine Balabo, Ding Cer"There's a recorded vehicle, there's outrage over the killing of Geertman. vantes, Cecille Suede Felipe, Mayen a CCTV and they have footage. 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SITG binuo vs gunman ng Dutch missionary
Bumuo nakahapon og Special Investigating Task Group (SITG) upang lmbestigahan ang pagpatay sa 67canyos na Dutch missionary na tumutulong sa mga manggagawa ng Hacienda Luisi,a sa Tarlac na sinasabing niratrat sa San Fernando City, Parripanga. kamakalawa ng tangha!i. ..... Base sa record ngcpulisya, noong MartesJlg tan9hali ay pinagbabarilng riding-in-tandem ang sl WiUem r.... i>.rl",,,,,, ",,,,""ULlVI> director ngAlay bayan Inc. liang metro - community worker na napatay lamang ang layo sa kaniyang sa ilalim ng administrasyon ni opisinaSaL&SSubdivislonsa Pangulong Benigno Aquino Barangay Telebastagan. III kung saan ang una ay si • Nabatid na ang AB ay Italian Fr. Fausto Tentorio kasamahan ng Alyansang na pinagbabaril sa bayan Magbubukld n9 Gltnang t.u-: ng Arakan I Cotabato noong zon (AMGL), mother uhit ng Oktubre 2011. Aly~nsa ng Manggagawang Hindi kami ang killer -: Phil. BiJkid ng Asyenda Luisita (AM- Army BALA) na non-government Hinamon naman ni Army organization (NGO's). Spokesman Major Harold . Lumilitaw naman sa Inisi.- Cabunoc ang rnilltanteng yal naimbestigasyon na grupona maglabas ng ebipagnanakaw ang motibo rig densya at huwag basta na mga suspek dahil nawawala lamang mag-akusa.laban sa umano ang bag na bitbit og mga sundalo. biktima na sinasabing nag-"That is an irresponsible lalarnan ng P1.2 milyon na accusation which is not based winidraw nito banko.. on evidence. If they have Sa pahayag ng mga tes- proofs that our soldiers are' tlgo, nakita pa umanong na- behind this killing, we will not kaluhod at nagmamakaawa hesitate to let the accused para sa kaniyarig buhay ang soldiers answer the charges biktima bago ito binaril ng mga in a court of law. Extrajudicial suspek. killing is not practiced by our Sa tala ng pulisya, si Geert- soldiers,"dagdag pa ni Cabumanang ikalawang.E!lropean noc, JayCantos


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. Namundokmuli angnaEnrico Gil lIeto, na-rnonttor kalayang kumander ng NeW ng mga intelligence operative .,..people's Army na akusado saang muling pamumundok mgakasong kriminal matapos nl- Romeo Nanta, pinuno ng na magpiyansa mula sa ku- NPA's regional operations lungan sa Negros Occidental, command sa Negros Island. ayon sa oplsyal ng mltltar . Si Nanta ay pansamankahapon. talang pinalaya noong PebSinabi nj Army's 3rd lo1an- rero 2j I 2012 matapos na •..tN Division spokesman Major maglagak ng P80,OOO piyansa sa korte sa tulong ng mga kaalyado nitong human rights advocate group at militanteng .• grupo. . I Base sa tala, 51 Nanta na gurriagamlt n9 mga alyas Juanita Magbanua, Jack Nanta, Juaning, Islao at Kulasay nasakote sa bisa ng warrant of arrest sa mga kasong kriminal sa Brgy, Zone 2, Cadiz City noong Nobyembre 7, 2011. Nabatid din na si Nania ang responsable sa pananambang sa sasakyan ng loka! na pamahalaan sa. Barangay Salamanca sa bayan ng Taboso, Negros Occidental noong Hulyo 13, 2009.· Maging ang pagsalakay at pagdisarma sa mga tauhan ng 1st Provincial Mobile Group







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ROXASCITY, Capiz (PIA6)The PhiUppine Army {PA)'s 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) based at sprawling Macario Peralta covering Jamihdan and Tapaz towns this provlce is being eyed as an ecotourlsm site. At least five waterfalls have been discovered in the,cantonment area, and there are more waiting to be discovered within the reservation. The camp isthe country's third largest military camp spanning over 33,310 hectares. The camp also offers a two-hourhlke:ln a nature trek treating hlkers tea.glimpse of a 100-meterwateifalFand three basin falls where visitors can take a dip. The place also has a vacation and picnic area dubbed "Kalikasan Nature Park:' with amenities, a swimming pool and· viewing tower.

Orderly Registration
~ANG, Lanao del Sur-The Army's 51st Infantry Battalion (51st IE) has launched a series of municipal dialogs in its 1urisdiction to help ensure a peaceful conduct of the upcoming July 9 to 18general voters' registration in the Autonomous Begion in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Lt. Col. Cesar Marlon Yadao, head ofthe 51st IE based here, sald his command started Monday the dialog for peaceful and clean voters' registration in Lumbayanague, one of the few towns in Lanao del Sur that local authorities perceived to be potential "hotspots" during political exercises. Yadao said the initial dialog was "very successful" because stakeholders in Lumbayangue, including elected officials, academicians, and civil society groups had forged a covenant pledging their adherence to violence-free processes in the lO-day voters' registration, and in the 2013 synchronized elections. ' He said similar dialogs are set in four other towns wit~ previous records of election-related violence, adding that his command is facilitating the process but the host towns provide the financial requirements. (Ali G. Macabalang)


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Thousands displaced by rains

More than 4,000 persons have been displaced by heavy rains and floods. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) yesterday. said a majority of the affected residents are from Bicol, Floods hit about 4,000 people or 800 families in seven barangays in Bombon, Camarines Sur, the NDRRMC added. . Heavy rains affected 200



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peopl~ or 40 families in therriti.nicipality .;.area was spotted 250 kilomet~rs northof Camaligan. .' .. . '. west of Iba, Zambales. .The local govetru:tl.entdid not order.~... The Philippine' Atmospheric, Geoevacuation as the floodwaters were' only ·physical·and Astronomical Services Adknee deep. ..' . ','Ir).inistration CPAGASA) continued to Flashfloods also displaced 12 families warn the public of possible £lashfloods orSO people in Alabat, Quezon. and landslides as the low-pressure area The affected residents were evacuated wouldbring rains today. . tothe barangay hall of Poblacion Lanci "The whole country will experience allowed to returnhome yesterday after- mostly cloudyskieswith scattered.rainnoon. . .; .'. ..'. showers arid thunderstorms, becoming • ': ..•...•... In Antipolo, a landslide affected three cloudy with widespread rains over the families in barangays Mayamot and ,..westem$ectionofLuz(llfiwhichmaytrigBagong N ayon at 2:30 a.rn, Monday. The ..••. flashfloods and landslides," PAGASA ger affected residents chose to seek refuge in said. .'..'. .. :, the houses of relatives. ..'"..PAGASAadrriinistrator NathanielSerIn La Trinidad, Benguet, a rockslide vando said cloudy skies with light rains occurre~at 3:45p.m. last Tuesday. will prevail over Metro Manila today. .'. Two Junkshopworkers were rescued The weather system was not expected after they were buried in mud by heavy .,to intensify into a tropical storm while rain. . . '" moving away from the country, he addIn Davao Oriental, dose to 100people ed, .,. were evacuated to safer ground after Servando said no other disturbance flashfloods hit four barangays in Banay- will affect the country in the next five banay at around 6 a.m. yesterday. . '.'days. .. !. . CoL Leopolda Imbang, Jr., Army 28th . "Residents living in low-lying areas Infantry Battalion commander, said the . and along mountain slopes are advised affected areas were Purok San Isidro in be on alert for possible occurrence of Barangay Panikian, Sitio Pongotan in .'flashfloods and landslides," he said. Barangay Kanipaan, Sitio Niyogan in At La Mesa Dam in Quezon City, the Barangay Piso, and Purok Uno in Baran- water level remained under red alert at gay Cabangcalan. .. .' ' . 79.74 meters yesterday. . Joint r~scue tean'lsfrom the police and '. Teddy Angeles, La Mesa Dam managvolunteergroupslmmediatelyextend~d .er;said continuous' monitoring showed .aSsistani:etbresidehtsas floodwatersihthewater level at 79.76 meters since 6 a.m, undatedlW"l.r.hbtries; he added. .. . .•At 3:30 p.m., the level went.down to Imbangsaid the residents were taken 79;74 meters, he added. " tovariousevacuation centers in Banay~'Weimmediately recommend for banay, nearby residents to evacuate their homes The floods were due to incessant rains, though the local officials, specifically he added. , barangay officials, would be the better Troops from the,Army's 10th di,,:,i~ion ones to as~ss the ~ituation in their respecrescued 31 peoplein Barangay Pamkian; tive areas, he said. . . fourin.13arangayPisb;,.and 10p~ople .ii1-WithHelen Flores,Rhodina VillanBarangayCabangcalan.•. .......« '. ueva, Chartie-Lagasca, Edith Regalado, . As of 2 p.m. yesterday, a low-pressure Cecile Suerte Felipe


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HE.POlice is validating reports that . the Abu SayyafGroup (ASG) has released one of its foreign captives=an Indian who was kidnapped in 'Sulu,
"We are stilI trying to verify and have a confirmation on this report , ,. that they have released the Indian national," said a police source who did not want to be identified because he was not allowed to· speak on the matter. , According to the police source; •they received raw information that VijuVeetel, 36, was freed by the bandit group sometime last week somewhere in Sulu province.. 'Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesman Senior Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr~, however, said they have not received any reports on Veetel's release, but added that the provincial Crisis Management Committee is on top of the situation in Sulu. . _ The source also said that they have information that the ASG is planning to release another foreign hostage. "This information was relayed by our assets who said that the group .is going to release one of their foreign hostages,' he said. . Abu Sayyaf bandits are holding several foreign hostages in SuluJordanian journalist Baker Atyani, . two Chinese, a Japanese, an Indian, a retired Australian military man, a Swiss and a Norwegian. Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo on Wednes"day confirmed that negotiations are . ongoing the release of Atyani and his two Filipino companions, The government had earlier claimed that Atyani Was not kidnapped by the group since he went to the ASG camp on his own freewill, However, Robredo's confirmation that negotiations are ongoing to secure the Jordanian's freedom would 'categorize the journalist as a hostage. Atyani, bureau chief of Al Arabiya network, and his crew=Ramelito Vela arid Rolando Letrero-went to Sulu on June 12 to conduct interviews and shoot a documentary on the terror group. . Reports said that Atyani was set to be released last week but he refused . to leave his two companions behind.




would arrest Atyani once he leaves the Abu Sayyaf camp. . CoL Jose Iohriel Cenabre, the deputy commander of naval forces in southern Philippines and head of Task Force Sulu, was transferred to the main Marine headquarters in Makati City. It was not immediately .known whether his transfer was connected to' his statement that they would arrest Atyani. . "We will arrest him as soon as he gets out of the Abu Sayya~ -for espi~. nage-and interrogate him about hIS mission," Cenabre said, adding that . the military is investigating the true intention of Atyani's clandestine interview with terror leaders. "Atyani is freely moving in the. hinterlands with Abu Sayyaf terror-: . ists and we are monitoring the situation," he said . Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda . said that thernilitary has denied Ce-

nabre making that statement. "I spoke to [Defense] Secretary [Voltaire] Gazmin and [Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff} Genera1llessie] DeHosa and I got a response from the spokesperson, Let me read the response of the spokesperson, AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines 1spokesperson, and . this is Colonel [Arnulfo] Boyet Burgos: Colonel Jose Cena?re denies giving' a statement ,wlt.h ,t?e Mindanao Examiner regarding miua.tives in arresting Jordanian journalist [Baker] Atyani and charging him with espionage. .I The Mindanao Examiner, however, Relieved maintained that Cenabre did give a Meanwhile, a senior Philippine statement to the press about arrest. military commander was relieved ing Atyani for espionage. . OFFICEOFTHEARMYCHIEFPUE from his duty a day after he said they ~ "The Mindanao Examiner mainL__ '::~='::":=::':'=:"':":':'::=-~':::=;;;;;;;;;;;;;==========i.. tains its highest journalistic standard and integrity to provide its readers the truth in all its articles," the newspaper said in a statement.



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Battle-ready Chinese ships patrol disputed sea
By Tina G. Santos
A COMBAT-RfiADyChinese patrol reached reefs and islands in the center of, the' Sprady archipelago on Tuesday and immediately began to assert China's sovereignty over the disputed area in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). China sent the patrol to provide muscle to its demand in late June that Vietnam correct a new law that put the Paracel Islands and Spratly Islands under Vietnamese sovereignty. The dispute' between China and Vietnam over the new maritime law, which had been in the works for years,is the latest example of Beijing's determination to tell its Asian neighbors that the strategic waterway is China's preserve. . The_Chill_ese patrol arrived two days before the Philippine government was to decide when to send back maritime vessels to Scarborough Shoal, a resource-rich reef north. of the Spratlys that both .countries claim. In an interview with Reuters on Monday, President Aquino said the Cabinet, which was scheduled to meettodag would discuss the redeployment to Scarborough Shoal that the Department of National Defense had recommended to assert' ~fs~~!i~~~~;:.reignty in the

That recommendation drew a response from Beijing that suggested a philippine return to Scarborough Shoal after a two-month standoff ended in mid-June would complicate the two countries' search for a peaceful 50111. tion of their territorial dispute. ''We hope the philippines Will no longer issue information thatptO'Vokes public opinion' and avoid complicating the situation," Liu Weiinin, spokesperson ofthe, .Chinese Ministry,of Foreign Affairs, told reporters in .Beijing on Monday, responding to statements from PhilippineI defense officials. that government vessels were ready togo. back to Scarborough Shoal. C ina also took as "stirring up tensions" President Aquino's statement that the Philippines may ask the United States for help in surveillance in the West, Philippine Sea. through the de- , ployment of spy planes to'.the . disputed area. . Malacaiiang officials said yesterday. that the President's statements should not be taken as provocative (See story .on Page AS). .


Redeployment urged
Also yesterday, Rep. Rodolfo Biazon of' Muntinl11paCity, chair of the House defense committee, urged the government to redeploy ships to scarborough Shoal as soon as possible. Speaking to reporters after a committee hearing held at the military headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Blazon said the ab-: sence of Philippine vessels at Scarborough was giving the world the impJ.;~;W"'ti;tPe, country had given up its claim' to the shoal. .... ','".,.;.o,'''>t',~, PhTt~;Pi::e~bd1s~~~ilf~*r~~~&i'j

and Aquatic Resources (SFAR) survey ship home on June .15 because of stormy weather; temporarily.ending a standoff with China at the shoal that began in early April. According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, China had committed to withdraw its ves- , sels. China never did. "[We should] send hack as • soon .as possible the Coast Guard vessel and the BFARves. sel and if need be-evenrthe Philippine Navy;" said Biazon; a former military chief of staff "The impression is w~ are giving up our claim;" he said. ''We need to show flag there;" Biazon also urged the government to encourage Pilipino fishermen to return to Scarborough Shoal,'a traditional fishing ground, and assure them of safety through a Coast Guard escort. He said the Navy could back up the Coast Guard. Biazon said China had never previously contested the Philippine chum to Scarborough Shoal. Herecalled that as a young naval officeril:(tlfeearly:x!Q,~,qs;'I:!~.t9Pk: .,! partin'jointexerciseswith US . rroops'arthe shoal.' "• ·'N~b()qy."Y'as.rnpla,~nil1g about it,'" Bia:z6 d~<'1tC1ffi1ll traces its ownership of the shoal to as far back as history; why were they not complaining when we used it as target and planted our flags there in the early 1960s?" .

Spy plane backed
Also yesterday, House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez and Parafiaque Rep. Roilo' Golez supported Mr. Aquino's plan to ask the United States for help in surveillance in the West Philip, pine Sea. Suarez told a- news briefing that while the United States was not a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Uncles), US assistance in surveillance would bewe1come.

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Golez said US assistance in surveillance would be well within the two countries' cooperation agreement. ''That's what you call sharing of intelligence information, [which is] . very normal between allies," Golezsaid.

Paracel rivals
~4Chim.iandViemamarepursuing energy exploration projects in the Paracels. Last week, China called for tenders from foreign companiest6r. exploration projects in areas of the Paracels where Vietnam already had joint-exploration. deals with foreign companies. Vietnam ignored China's assertions of sovereignty in the Paracels and called China's calls for tenders illegal. In response, China .sent a "combat-ready' patrol to the Paracels. . According to a report posted on the Chinese government's Web portal, the patrol, consistingof four marine surveillance ships, reached the Spradys on Tuesday morning and detected the presence of a foreign fishing vessel nearby. "Chinese patrol staff immediately broadcast a statement in Chinese, English and Vietnamese to proclaim sovereignty of the Xisha Islands and Nansha Islands," the report said. China refers to Sprady Islands as Nansha Islands and to Paracei Islands as Xisha Islands. The report did not specify the nationality of the fishing vessel.

part did not do so, due to adverse weather," the report said. It added that the ships reached Huayang Reef, a coral reef in Nansha Islands, on Sunday and anchored northeast of Yongshu Reef on Sunday night. Since leaving China's coastal city of Sansha on June 26, the team had traveled more than 3,700 kilometers, the report said.

Gov't level raised
China earlier announced that it had elevated the government on the Spratlys, Paracels and Macclesfied Bank from county to prefectural level under Sansha. The Philippines claims MaC~ clesfield Bank, which China calls Zhongsha Islands. Besides the Philippines arid Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan claim' parts of the Spratlys. China claims all of the archipelago and the entire South China Sea. . China and South Vietrtam fought over the Paracels and the Spratlys in 1974, and a unified Vietnam. fought briefly with China in 1988 over the isfands> With reportsjrom Dona Z. PlwZibugan, Cynthia Balanct vice

Formation practice
The report said that on Monday, the patrol conducted a formation practice near Yongshu Reef. "The two-hour practice session was fulfilled smoothly but a helicopter scheduled to take

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.·.·• ..i~AL~C~JXNGoti"·ednesdaywamed . . .JheIIlou1:hpi¢ .·be"alitt:letl1orecareful'~in issuing statements after it said Manilavias.plOttingto deliberately escalate its conflict with Beijing over the West Philippine Seathatbothco1ltltriesare claiming;

."Can I say to the Chinese, Xiao xin .i tien? Be a Iittlecarefu1~ab6ut)'Oill' stlltettlents,"preside~tial spokesman Edwii:lLacietda smd; ...• ..; He said President BenignoAquino III was not bcirig provocative when he said that the Philippines might consider asking the United States to deploy its Orion spy plane to monitor theWest Philippine Sea. ~. "By no stretch ofthe imagination can you consider the Philippines an aggressor," Laeierda said . "The transcript would $how IDe conteitbywhichthestatementwas made by the President,.sothere'sno issue to We do not view it as II provocative statement," , .' ciiliia:sPeople's Daily had accused the Philippines Of escalating tensions .. and Warned that Beijing's patience should not be i1Iistaken forllleakriess. "The Philippinesissparingnoeffort to stir up .the South China·sea issue through all sorts of means, and we


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the Philippine Navy," he said. He rejected accepting a Chi. stability. . nese partner in the oil explorashould be ·on. guard against. its 'We hope the relevant party tion Ventures in the Recto (Reed) plots," the newspaper said will do more things that are con- .. ank, a reef that forms part of B . The US Department of State ducive to regional peace and sta-the Kalayaan .Island Group in did not say whether the USwOuIdbility," Liu Weimin told a news Palawan. respond to Mr. Aquinas request. conference. "Why are we going to invite A spokeswoman, Victoria NuThe chairman of the House into our house an entity that is land, would only say: "As part of committee on national. defense, . claiming ownership of OUT house? OUT Iong-standmg cooperation, Muntinlupa City Rep .... odolfo That is crazy," Blazon said. '. R the t1S supports the Philippines Biazon, said he saw no problem" In the House, Minority Leadin enhancing its maritime aware- in having US spy planes patrol er Danilo Suarez supported Mr. ness." . the West Philippine Sea in search Aquino's plan to seek US help In The Ertglish-language Cbi- of intruders. patrolling the West Philippine' nese newspaper Global TImes Blazon, a former Armed Fore- Sea. . on Tuesday said the Philippines es chief of staff, said the PresiSuarez said he saw .nothing and Vietnam "deserve to be pun-'dent was right in asking the US wrong with using US spy planes ished" for their territorial claims, for help. if that could prevent Chinese agadding· that lin imperial times "This decision has a basis. gression. Securing the territory "they would have been handled [There 15·an existing] protocol "has no tag price and is non-neill a much easier way." among allies and friendly nations gotiable," he said. "China may have many ways on exchanges of information to Alliance for Nationalism to teach the Philippines a lesson, include intelligence reports," Bi- and Democracy party-list Rep. but we must not easily use them," azon said. . . Pastor Alcover, Jr. agreed, say~ the paper said. . "On top of that, we can invoke ing it was high time the United ."The Philippines and Viet- the provisions of the" Mutual De- States got involved in helping nam are obviously disturbing fense Treaty [with the US]." . the country secure its coastChina. They are not part of Blazon also shrugged Chi- line. Chinas . international political nas threats of armed confronta-· "I am supportive also because ambitions, but China must not tion. He supported calls to send we need to balance the power in let their. disturbance go un- back government ships to the ~iskind of controversy, we areS-287-····-·-5-··295-·-···-·,....,.,··checked." Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal to Just a small country and we netd ,.1 .. Shortly· after M~ Aquino's .resume Patrols: allies," Alcover said. statement on the US spy planes, "Send back as soon as possible '1 think it is okay to ask for China's Foreign Ministryspokesthe Coast Guard and Bureau of help when they [the Chinese govman, Liu Weimin, said the Phil-' Fisheries vessels, and if need be, emment] keep bullying Us."

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N.C,R. COMMAND DEACTIVATION - A soldier walks in front of the gate of the National Capital Region (NCR) Command headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City. Armed Forces chief Gen.lessie Dellosa said the planned deactivation of the NCR .command will push throllgh on luly 12 upon the retirement of its commander, Maj. Gen. Tristan Kison. The command will be replaced by a joint task fprce composed of personnel from the Army, Air Force and Navy. The new unit will be pursuing the same duties and responsibilities of the NCR command •.(Mark Balmores)

Philippine Air Force (PAF) Commanding General Lt. Gen. Lauro Catalino Dela Cruz presided over the Special Flag RaiSjing Ceremony and 65th Foundation Anniversary celebration last July 2, 2012 at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City. Adding significance to this celebration was a military. ceremony highlighted by the presentation of awards to the outstanding military and clvilian personnel during the Special Flag Raising held at the VAB. (Anjo
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WAf{ GAMES American and Filipino Marines oil rubber boats conduct a hostage rescue drill off Maasim in Sarangani on Tuesday. Some 450 members from the P~i~jppine ,Navy and Philippine Coast'G~ard and 500 servicemen from the US Navy and Coast Guard participated In the 20 12 Carat naval exercises.

'Hotchkiss New CAAPDlrector General

The board of directors of the Civil Aviation Authority 'Ofthe Philippines (CAAP)has elected Lt. Gen William Hotchkiss III(Ret) as director general of CAAP during a recent meeting at the Department of'fi'ansportation and Communications (DOTC). Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas said Hotchkiss IIlbrings to CAAPhis comprehensive air operations experience and proven peoplemanagement skills. "A staunch advocate ofdiscipline,good work ethic, and prioritizes safety in air flights, he fits the billin overseeing the operations of CAAP." Hotchk;iss III is expected to use : his air operations skills in assessing

and finding solutions, in consultation mary mission ofsecuring the national with DOTC andother air transport air defense. .organlzations.oncurrenrandpressmg . OtherPAF missions that HotchCAAP issues. These include the Ninoy kiss III efficiently supervised include Aquino International Airport. (NAlA) . search and rescue, transportation, runway congestionproblem, and more and communications for all services, ' importantly, in bringing the airport's as well as securing the nations aircategory status to higher level ports. "Good governance will be part of He led the Special Aircraft Acmy agenda. "Air security operations cident Investigation Committee that are not new to me, but I'need some investigated the tragie Air Philippines time to fully understand the pressing crash in Davao City in 2001 during the ' issues facing CAAPbefore I can make .. previous administration. . the right decision to institute reforms," . A recipient of numerous military said Hotchkiss, medals including the 'TopGun' award Hotchkiss I1Iwas the former com- In both F-86 and F-5 Combat Crew manding general ofthe Philippine Air ,'li'aining, Hotchkiss illis a dedicated Force, responsible in managing more military officer and countryside. dethan 15,()(}(} military andcivilianvelopfuent PAF worker for over 'half a . personnel to carry out the Force's pri- century


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ex-military general finds support from rightist solon,
Palparan, who was also a funner member of Congress representing Bantay partylist during the 14th Congress, is facing two counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention in connection with the disappearance of UniversttY'bf the Pbi1ippines studentsSherilyn Cadapan andKarenEmpenoin2006.Palpa.ran wasacommanderofamilitaryunit in Bulaean when the incident happened.l.eftistgrolipshavewgged him as the "butcher" for his alleged involvement in various killings and other lurman rights violations. SherJyn and Karen were abducted by armed men on June '26, 2006 in Hagonoy; Bulacan.Accordingto funner Bayan Muna Rep, Satur Ocampo, witnesses have identified their abductors as soldiers of the Army's 56th Infantry Battalion (IS) in Norzagaray, Bulacan. He said that Sherlyit andKaren were detained and tortured in a camp in Iimay, Bataan· w:'!derthe24thlli,The56tharui24th IBswerebothunderthe7thInfantty, Division, then headed by Palparan. . From September 2005 until'his retirement in September 2006, Palparan was the Commanding General of the 7tnInfantry Division in Central. LuZon. Lawmakers have been calling for. police authorities to intensify their hunt:lbrPaIparanardtbreeotherJ:Ugh profile fugitiVes of the law including fonnerPalawangovemorJoeIReyes, i CoronMayorMarioReyesandtbnner Rep. Ruben EcleoJr, ofDinagatlsland. Militant groups claimed that Palparan is hiding in a rriilitary camp or in some safe houses owned by those who share his ideology.'He· retired inthe Arroywith the rank of' ml\jorgeneral in 2009. ',J The :MeloCommission in 2007 has reeommerded Palparnn's inve!tigati.on fur extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, and other human rights violations,

lb~ lawmaker, whO belongs totberightistbloc,yesterdayurged Ngtt.treex.generalJovitoPalparanto k~p' on hiding untll he eould get a ftlii'treatmentfrom the government. ,_,~rdingto Rep. Pastor AlCQVel' 'of.pie partyUst Alliance for ~~andDemocracy(ANAD) ~ should igi:lore calJs fur him t9~er. '!~ "~cOmnuehidin&" saidAloover ~.J1, ~ed about the' controversy ~PaIpanm. "WihI.eiladelima there(atthe Department of Jwtice), I~1Ie can expectafairtriaL"

MULING isinalang sa ero'ss exaurln:ation ng depensa sa kasong electQralsabotfge ang dating election supervisor ng North Cotabato at kapwa-akusado ni dating Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Benjamin Abalos. . Mismong siAbalos ang nag-abegadc sa sarili at!Ulg" cross examine kay Atty. Yogi Martirizar sa sala ni Pasay City Regional TrialCourl (RTC) Branch ~12 . Judge Jesus Mupas, '. , Inamin ni Martiiizar na binigyan siya ng Php2 milyon ng Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) mula Hulyo 2007 hanggang 2011 na aniya'y galing sa Malakanyang, ' Pinilit ng depensa na tibagin ang kredibilidad ni Martirizar nang paaminin itong pinapirma lamang siya ng prosekusyon sa reklamo laban kay ~os. . Itinanggi naman ni Martirizar na kasabwat Blya ru Abalos para dayain ang resulta ng halalan . .Binigyan ng korte ang prosekusyon ng Pltong araw para sa kanilang formal offer of evidence at limang araw naman sa depensa para magkomento. .. ". . Jojo Sadiwa at Edd Reyes


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Don't surface, Palparan adoised
"JUST continue hiding."thinkwecanexpectafairtrial,1I Alcoversaidinanintervi.ew, This was the advice of Alliance for Nationalism and adding t:hly it was De Lima who ordered the release of the ! Democracy(ANAD)party-listRep.PastorAlcovertohis· so-caPedMorong6,theallegedmern\1ersoftheNewPeoples close friend former generalJovito Palparan; Army (NP A) arrested by the men ofPalparan. " ....... Palparan's whereabouts are still unknown since he Alcover added that the military and the police were went into hiding last year after an arrest Warrant was sympathetic to Palparan because he was doing well for issued against him for the kidnapping and illegal deten-the peace and order campaign. . tionoftwo'female University of the Philippines students .. "Ana ang kasalanan ni Palparan? He was just doing in Bulacan in 2006. The victims remain missing. his job. and I think sa lahatngmga generals nanakita ko ; AccordingtoAlcover,itisbetterforPalparantoevade·· . siPalparanlangyungtalaganghandsonnageneralHe arrest because he willnot get a fair trialunderthe present is not general. This government is being administration. _ influenced by the communists," he added. "WithLeilade Limathere(DepartmentofJmtice)Idon't JeRer P. Manalaatas


NPA itutulak si Casino sa LP
Aktibo sa pag-E;ltake ang New People's Army. . 'para mapilitan si Pa-' ngulong Aquino na kunin , sa senatorial ticket ng , administrasyon sl Bayan , Muna Rep. Teddy Casino, Sinab! nl ANAD Rep. Pastor A1cover Jr., dating kasapl sa NPA, na maramIng krimen na ginagawa ang komunistang grupo sa rnga probinsya gaya ng pagsusunog og mga construction equipment upan'g mapasunod ang Pangulo. "The order of the Commuoist Party chief is to slrike at least per week they have to attack, in order for the president to bow down because they have demands," sabt nl Alcover. _ Ang gusto· umanoog mangyari ng. CPP ay rnakapasok sa gobyerno upang masira nlla ito mula sa loob. "In fact they are demanding for Teddy casmo representing the Makabayan party. which is a MaO'ist communist party front, to be part of the team of the senatorial tlckstot the liberal Party




yun ang banal nito ngayon susugan yung atake para sl PNoy mag-bow down kunin sila in the name of peace:' Bahagi umano ng plano n9 CCP ailg pagpasok sa gobyernO', 'you join the govemment to' destroy the government. You use democracyto destroy democracy. I know that because I came from them, mga kasama ko slla noon eh," . SI Casino ay nasa ikatlo at huling termmo na bilang kongresistang Bayan MUM partylist. (Butch Quejada) .


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Who's in charge?
omething is not right somewhere between the Department ofInterior and Local Government and local government units, so much so that it has been noted that neither the LGUs.nor the local police force heed the chief of the DILG, Jesse Robredo, and appear to ignore him completely. , But aren't local governments under the control and supervisionof the Interior Secretary? If one goes by the what Sulu Gov. Sakur Tan has been saying on the issue of the Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani, it does appear that he refuses to heed Robredo to the point of refusing to launch a search and todate, there has been no communloation between Atyani and his network or family; rescue operations to free the kidnapped and no communication between the two journalist and his two Filipino crew from the Filipinos and their families. Neither has there Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG). Robredo has' already confirmed - after . been anynegotations going on, Tan continues. weeks of taking the Tan linethat Atyani and to state, What really is going on, considering the his crew have not been kidnapped and that tliElYhavebeen freely traveling from camp to fact that Robredo, in a TV interview TuesdaY, rebel camp while claiming Atyani is an al- finally admitted that Atyani and his crew have Queda conduit set to face criminal raps arid been kidnapped; that one 'Filipino crew member had already spoken to his wife,telling jail- that Atyani and the two Filipinos are her about their being held by the ASG and captives oftheASG, that negotations are ongoing, yet the Sulu Despite his confirmation .: arid the eonflrmatlon of the Jordanian foreign ministry governor not only contradicts Robredo but over a week ago that Atyani has been also refuses to budge from his position of kidnapped by the ASG, Sakur Tan and his not launching any rescue, since, as he claimed, Sulu's peace and order situation would be police and military have rejected these compromised. confinnations of a kidnap, insisting that the How then can Robredo move to rescue three continue to be moving freely; that they know where Atyani is at, and that Tan will Atyani when not only the Sulu govemor but also the SuIu police and military won't move not launch any search and rescue operations for the Jordaniai1.journalist, insisting too that . a finger to rescue the kidnapped victims,


despite their DILG chief already conflI'Ilitng' , that not only are Atyani' and his crtiwt • kidnapped but also that negotl¢ions fortheir' freedom are already ongoing?; ." In other countries,when the Subalterndoes . not foUowthe orders of his chief,that's called." insubordination and Robredo can certai,nly, move to charge Tan administra,tively, ,~~d So why is Robredo not moving? ., J 01 By not giving Tan the order to toej;h,e . line, BobredoIs merely telegraphingtlle"; message to all local government units that • they can ignore him and his orders, wh(ch' makes Robredo a very ineffective and useleS1' DILGchief. ~4 ,-!iii' It can be argued of course that the reason . . Robredo isn't ordering SakUI' Tan to do, anything is j;hat Robredo has a different team» , of negotiators, and is Working, or C{)ordinatiNgJ with the,Jordanian government authoriti.e!lliN' free Atyairl and his Fiipino crew, which me,anS ransom is ready to be paid, ;, "J At the same time, however, there mU/it . . also be something very wrong with Sak"iirri' Tan and the pollee and militazy,for thefuTh keep on insisting that Atyani!has not l)e~ni kidnapped by the ASG and that there'h'as been no indication they haveboon kidnapped, , since RObredo says they' ark being lield' forcibly by their captors, i :.' What it looks like is that $e hand does' not know whatthe other is doing, or both • . are keeping each other in th:e dark on thtH Atyani kidnap. Why is the big!question that, .should be answered by both, : ~';


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ang anumang' rebeldeng , im.plementasion ng Bio ang Muslim· aeeessioniet, grupo ay kuroi.kilOSDaJ1g Fuels .Act na nag-aatas movement at angalter. labag sabataal " .', sa mga oil firma na gu, native fuels, Subalitkung Iss. pa, mahigit ~ ,~or- , mamit ng mga pe~le~ ating ~ag-ii8ipan mabuti, . siyento ng mga Pihpmo . substitutes. Subalit kaimalaki pala ang ugnayan ~ay h~ndi mga M~slimf Iangan pang i-follow up ng dalawang isyuT ' Hindi po ba sa ls~ng para ganap. na magSikapin po natin umundemokrasya, ang Ill~r-, tagumpay ang programal lad IIilg ating energy secity ang nasusunod at hinSa ngayon, hanggang tor, lalo na ang ating kadi ang minority? '. 10% biodiesel mixture pa 'paatdad na lumikha at Dahil ang mga forlang ang ginagamit na.tumuklas rig alternative . eign observerS na ito ay tin. Mas kaunti pa ang sources 'of energy. Huwag mga Muslim, tiyak na suinihehaloug ethanol sa po tayo patumpik.tumpik: . musuporta sila sa isang ating binibiling unleaded dahil lamang sa bahag, hiwaIay na Muslim state. gasoline. Ngunit kung yang pagbaba ngayon !l~ Maraming naghihinala pipilitin natin na tumaas gala,!, n~ world oil marna ang mga ito pa ang , ang ating consumption Ket< Tiyak na hindi magnag-uudyok sa inga re- . ng alternative fuels, untitatagaI ay tataas mull ang belde na pag-Ibayuhin unting bababa ang ating presyo ng petrolyo! ang pakiklPaglaban. sa pagsalaIay sa petn,lleun),!, mgit sa Iahat, ang en-ONI ating pamahalaan! Arur isa pa, aug mga HI SEe. Ani' 0 .' Sa katunayan, Hang bio f'ui1s ay pawang nag" . ergy self"sufficiency ay w "BEBOT A. VILLAR JR •. , ma1a1Aking arms 'pment mula sa lng'a halaman na susi sa ating ganap na Chairman, Dangerous na napigil ng AFP noong tumutubo sa -.ating bansa pagkalas mula sa pambaliraso ng mgadayuhan! Orugs .Board kasagsagan ng sa katuIad ng Diyog at tuba! K~ kaya natin· gawin, DUMATING na pals. sa Mindanao noong 70 Sa halip na pakii;tabangan gawm na natin NGAban8a aug mga "peace ay nagmnla .umano sa mga ng 'mga Arabo aug ating YONJ Magkaisa po tamoniton" mula sa.Indo-. bansang sumusuporta sa foreign exchange reYQDg Iahat para. sa itanesia at iba:wt mga banMNLF! Ang mga foreign serves, "ibalik na lang nauunladng bayanr sa pa:nl bantayan ang intruders este observers ay . tin sa ating magsasaka jPara sa illyong im,__,-' Dg aee kadalasang nagmula sa angginagasta.para sa fuel! ....Dasagawa l rilga' bansarig ito (na hindi • Alam Diyo ba na ~bupormasyon, .sulzestiyon, a . reklamo, mag-text liunang ~ M~~ na natin papangalanan), 'magsak ang presyo\\ng po kc.yoditto .sa number beration Front (MILF). Malinaw na ps:rnpagu. niyog at copra dahllsa 'ko: 0915-950-9746 0 'di -Mga dayuhanna na10 Iamang ang mga foro. mababang demand? :kaya.aym~ man ba ang nasusunod eign obs_E!rvep"~a !,eace ; Kung fhayong' uunladang __ .~1a __ dito sa ating bansa? Ma~_ process! Ngumt hindina- ' . atingbiofuelsproql,¢ti.,.,.:pn, : niniwala ba tayo. na totin siJabasta maitataOOy tiyak mabubuhaY,:muli toong .walang kinikilidabil may basbas sila.,ng ang coconut indUIJtry.~ .ngan ang mga ito !lt~g Organization .of Petrohil magkakaroon ng Pam~ tanging pakay nllaay leunr ~ Countries . bagong deman.~. _para" sa tumulong sa usapang (OPEC) naBiyang nagsuating "tree' Ito'y pangkapayapaan? supply sa atin ng Iangis, kapwa paklklnabangan ' Batay sa kasayaayan, Natatakot ang ating ng m~. imbestor at mga ang paghihimasok ng gobyerno na bakabigmagmruY0jr. _ . mga dayuhan sa mga lang maputolang ating Dahil din sa ating pa_ panloob na problema ng~~cc!y ng petrolyo. Ma~saenerhiya l>ilipinas ny nagpapalala . to angmga lokal na kung. baki.'t natin dapat lamang at nagpapatagal industriya, mga saeakipagiaban ating claim . sa problema. Kadalasan' yan at maging ang genesa Spratlys~apatunaylm , ang mga nagpupuntang ration ng enerhiya kung . Man' .P!~~angsaWi~ fbreign obserVers. ay mga ang supply ay ipagkakait d gas .~ .~~ "'". nanggating sa' Muslim ' nila sa atin! Philippines Sea! Aug ener.countries at sa simula pa Kaya hindi tayo makamya na nakahaon sa ila1im lanianj!, ay_mayroon na palag kasi halos totally_ ng ating karagatan ang , silang kinikilingan! Noong dependent pa rin tayo sa tunay na motibo ng mga , 1970s namagitan Illig Lil}. enerhiya mula sa fossil Intsik kaya nils. pilit itQng . ya kaya't nagkaroon ng . fuels! f..~-kaya ta- 'sinasakop! ,. . Tripoli Agreement, Nayo~ i-b ng OPEC Kumi marmmm9 natin hinto ba ang gUlo sa Mindahil alam nila aa titigil img kanit na maliit na danao? . ang ating bansa kung baliagi ng natural gas sa Ang Jaging iginigUt ng , wala tayong Iangial .,Spratlys,tapos na ang mga pakialamerong. mga Mula sausapmg pang- , ating. problema sa supply dayuhan ay dapat daw kapayapaan ditotaro Ii~ e!ektrisidad! Tingrian magharap sa negotiating lipat sa isang UsaplO na mnyo. ang- Malampaya table ang PhilippiIle ,_goymay, ka~gna:yan .sa. eko- . Natural Gas Facility! ilsang emInent at MILF bilang nonnya. Bakithindi na- , power plant lang Ito. BUmga equals magkapan-.. tin tutukan ang devel?p- t---. balit ~. ka1;'asidad na -.--.. _._-.. __ .-.-. ._. ._ .._.""'7_ .._ tay. ~ moot ng mga alternative I. . ...' mag-su ng lroryente sa "I' , i'02} -2.1IZMlo""!' 52875295 Hindi ,maaaring ha- lYe. HI!. sources, of energy? . liladd:l malaking . ngLuzon! Ie no.\. QOIIR~ .. _. '.' .• ". '. rapin ng gobyerno ang ~ Naslmulan nllnatm ~ Sa unang tingin, pa. isang rebeldeng grllpo ito sa· pamamagttan ng rang walang, ugnayan . bUang' magkapantay cIa, . hi! an,,; gObyemo ay likha 'ng SaligangBatas habang







Feuding clans sa ARMM mahigpit na tinututukan ng AFP-PNP re gun ban
Mahigpit na mino-monitor ngayon ng mga otoridad sa Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) ang mga pamilya na may mga mortal na kaaway sa rehiyon na posibteng pagmulan ng mga kagufuhan ito'y kasanod sa mahigpit na pagpapatupad ng Cornelec gun ban para sa nakatakdang regionwide registration of voters na mag-uumpisa sa darating na Hnggo July 8 ng kasalukuyang taon. Sa pag-umpisa ng pagpapatupad ng month-long gunban sa limang probinsya ng ARMM wala pang naitalang pag-suway sa nasabing implementasyon, itoy batay sa ulat ng militar at pulisia. Mahigpit na ipinagbabawal ang mga sibilyao na magdala ng mga annas at sinuspinde na rln og PNP ang lahat ng mga permit sa pagdadala ng mga armas sa tabas ng kanilang mga bahay.


pa kay ARMM police regional director C/Supt. Mario Avenido mahigpit nHang binabantayan ang mga feuding clans sa rehiyon kung saan mataas pa rin ang kaso na patuloy sa pagdanak ng mga dugo at mga inosenteng sibilyan ang direktang naapektuhan sa away pamilya.

Nabatid na ang mga naka-unipormeng sundalo at pulis lamang ang siyang otorisado na magdadala ng armas partikular sa mga problnsya ng Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, kabilang ang Marawi ang mga ciudad ng Lamitan at Isabela. At bilang parte sa pagpapatupad roadblocks ang pnp at rnilitar, ng total gunban nag-established na rin ng mga checkpoints at

1 kampo na ng NPA nakubkob ng militar sa Bukidnon - 8th IB
CAGA YAN DE ORO CITY - Umaabot na sa pitong kampo ng rebeldeng New People's Army (NPA) ang suned-sunod na nakubkob ng militar sa bayan n9 San Fernando,Bukidnon. Ito'y matapos maglunsad ng combat operation ang tropa ng 8th Infantry Battalion ng Philippine Armay laban sa Committee Front 6 Og NPA na nakabase sa nasabing lugar. Ayen kay Lt Col Jose Maria Cuerpo, commanding officer ng 8th 18, ang mga kampo ay kayang maka-accommodate ng tig-50 miyembro n9 NPA. Sinabi pa ni Cuerpo, mga kuta ay nagsilbi umanong guerilla advancement camp upang madaHng makapagbantay ang mga rebelde kung sakaling may paparating na mga sundalo sa lugar. Dagdag pa nito, agad nilang sinira ang nasabing mga kampo upang hindi na balikan pa ng mga rebelde. Inihayag pa nita na maliban sa Committee Front 6 ay madalas din umano ang pagpunta ng mga NPA rebels mula sa Davao region.


Napag-alaman na nagrng agresibo ang kampanya n9 militar sa mga lugar sa Bukidnon na pinaniniwa!aang malaki ang presensiya ng mga kaaway n9 estado.

China's patrol ships in West Phi Sea OK - AFP chief
MANILA, Philippines - Armed Forces chief Gen. Jessie Dellosa does not see any problem with China's sending of patrol ships to the West Phifippine Sea (South China Sea) as long as it does not jeopardize freedom of navigation. "As long as they (Chinese ships) are within the freedom of navigation area, there is no problem with that," Dellosa told reporters in Camp Aguinaldo on Tuesday. When reminded that China had sent ships that are combat-ready, navigate that area. There is no problem with that" Dellosa said: "Ships usuaUy

Oellosa said it would be up to the national govemment whether to redeploy Philippine vessels to the hotly-contested Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal. "They (national government) will decide regarding this matter. They said last time that they will study this so let us walt," the military chief said. Dellosa said there is no need to involve the Philippine Navy in the dispute for now as the Coast Guard is already monitoring the situation. "We will just wait for the instructions. situation," Dellosa said. As of now, there is none. We don't want to escalate the

"It's been the Coast Guard (that is monitoring the area). We have no Navy (ships) there so I do not have control," he added. Ships from the Coast Guard and the Bureau of Fisheries symbolize the Philippines' ownership of the Panatag Shoal. and Aquatic Resources used to

President Aquino, however ordered the pullout of the two ships on June 15 allegedly due to bad weather. In contrast, Chinese vessels and boats never left the area, which is rich in marine resources. Aerial surveillance by the Philippine Navy conducted Chinese vessels and boats in the area. on June 26 revealed that there are 28

White some sectors have questioned the pullout of Philippine vessels from the shoal, Dellosa said the move has helped ease the tension in the disputed territory. "The pullout of our vessel actually helped deescalate the situation," he added. Oellosa declined to describe the situation in the shoal, saying the Department of Foreign Affairs (DF A) is the one authorized to talk about the matter. On Sunday, China announced that it had deployed four patrol ships to a contested West Philippine Sea. area in the


State-owned news agency Xinhua said the surveillance vessels left Hainan Island on June 26 and reached Huayang reef in the Spratly islands on Sunday. The vessels are under the supervision agency. of China's State Oceanic Administration,

a civilian

Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng has said the setting up of combat-ready patrol system seeks to protect their national sovereignty and development interests. He said China's resolve to protect its territorial sovereignty is ''firm and unshakeable." The already tense territorial row in the West Philippine Sea escalated in April 10 after Chinese surveillance vessels barred the Philippine Navy from arresting Chinese fishermen who had poached endangered marine species in the Panatag Shoal. The Philippines has protested sovereignty over the area. the Chinese ships' action but China insisted that it has

While the Philippines claim to the area is backed by international have been bullied by bigger and more advanced Chinese ships.

law, its fishermen and vessels

The first Philippine ship to face off with Chinese vessels was the Navy's BRP Gregorio del Pifar, which was then succeeded by Coast Guard maritime assets. Panatag shoal is located 124 nautical miles from the nearest base point in Zarnbales. It is within the Philippines' 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone as provided by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to which China is a signatory.

AFP's anti-coup command 'downgraded' by July 12
MANILA, Philippines - A joint task force composed of soldiers from various units will replace the Armed Forces National Capital Region Command (NCRCOM), the military's primary anti-coup unit to be deactivated this month. Armed Forces chief Gen. Jessie Oel1osa said the NCRCOM would be downgraded to a joint task force upon the retirement of its incumbent commander Maj. Gen. Tristan Kison on July 12. "It's not actually abolition but it is downgrading. It's final and actually, we are discussing now the structure (of the task force) once we downgrade the NCRCOM." he said. Dellosa said the head of the joint task force would be a one-star general, a rank lower than that of the current commander of NCRCOM. "That means the headquarters NCRCOM)," he said. (of the joint task force) would be smaller (than that of

The joint task force would be similar to an Army brigade, which has about 1,500 troops.


May, The STAR reported that the NCRCOM would be deactivated Kison.

upon the retirement of


The downgrading of NCRCOM is in line with the Defense issued by the Defense department last year.

Planning Guidance

2013 - 2018

The planning guidance aims to incorporate "hard but necessary" force restructuring ensure the efficient use of military resources.

measures to

Under the plan, a copy of which was obtained by The STAR, troops under NCRCOM would be placed under a new unit called Northern Command (Northcom). The Defense department wants Northcom activated by 2013. The new area command is expected to handle all military forces in Luzon except those in Palawan, which will still be under the Western Command. NCRCOM has been tasked to curb uprisings in Metro Manila and to support disaster response and civil disturbance management efforts. It covers 16 cities, one municipality, and 1,695 barangays with a total population of around 12 million. The unit is based in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City and is tasked to secure the seat of the government Last May, the military abolished the National Development Support Command, a unit that forged partnerships with private groups to implement development projects in far-flung areas. The scrapping of NADESCOM came as the military is implementing which was supposed to focus on development projects. security ptan Bayanihan,

Army extends help for Bangsamoro


COTABATO CITY, Philippines - Army units in Central Mindanao will provide members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front protection, vehicles and other services as they travel to the MILF's Camp Darapanan in Maguindanao to attend the July 6-7 Bangsamoro Leaders' Congress. The M1LF's central committee is expecting some 500, 000 guerillas and civilian supporters to participate in the congress, where the rebel group's chief negotiator, Muhaquer Iqbal, is set to update participants on the gains of their now 14-year peace overture with the national government The commander of the Army's 6th Infantry Division, Major Gen. Rey Ardo, said an of the 6th IO's component brigades and battalions will help shuttle the participants to the venue of the two-day activity. "The shuttling of participants already started. MtLF rebels have been coming out of their camps without firearms to proceed to Camp Daparapan. Army trucks will bring them there," Ardo told The Star. Camp Darapanan, the M1LF's main camp where it has an office and reception area for foreign and local visitors, is located near Barangay Srmuay in Maguindanao's Sultan Kudarat town. The Army's respectively, 40th and 7th Infantry Battalions, led by eels. Roy Galido and Senjie Hao, have been coordinating with MILF commanders in North Cotabato to enable Army


trucks to freely Darapanan.




and transport






Col. Rudelio Santos, commanding officer of the 603rd Brigade, said movements of vehicles canying MllF members are also closely monitored by the government-MILF joint ceasefire committee. "The coordination is working. Everything is going on smoothly," Santos said. Von AI-Haq, spokesman of the MILF, said the assembly IS meant to generate discussions and build consensus on peace and security concerns besetting Mora communities and the initial dividends of on-going peace talks. Thegovemment-M1LF of disruptions. peace negotiations started January 7, 1997, but had suffered a number

A team of sotdiers and police officers from Malaysia, Libya, Brunei, Indonesia, and civilian human rights and conflict resolution experts from Norway, the European Union and Japan, have been helping enforce the accord since late 2003. Iqbal said they have invited the government's chief negotiator, Marvic leonen and Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Qulntos-Deles to attend the two-day congress, Col. Carlos Sol Jr., a senior member of the government's ceasefire committee, said they have been informed by their counterparts in the MtLF that the secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Ekmeleddin lshanuglo and his special envoy to the Philippines, Sayeed Kassem EI-Masry, are set to attend the gathering too, The OIC, a block of more than 50 Muslim states, including wealthy petroleum-exporting states in the Middle East and North Africa, helped broker the Sept 2, 1996 final peace pact between the government and the Moro National Liberation Front and is also an observer to the GPH-M1LF talks. Representatives of the Malaysian govemment, which has been helping facilitate the GPH-MILF talks, have also been invited to attend the congress, according to Sol. Ardo said he was also invited by the rebel group.

"I. will attend the event because I want to show to the MILF that we have a military in Mindanao that wants the government-MILF peace talks to succeed and to show to the MllF too that we in the 6th 10 are always for the peaceful resolution of conflicts in areas under its jurisdiction," Ardo said.
Top rebel freed on ball rejoins NPA in Negros MANILA, Philippines - A top New People's Army (NPA) commander his comrades in Negros Island, the military reported on Wednesday. freed on bail has rejoined

Maj, Enrico Gil Ileto, spokesperson of the Army's cepz-oesed 3rd Infantry Division, said that Romeo Nanta, the NPA's regional operations commander in Negros Island, is now back in the hills after he was released on bail last Feb. 21,2012.


JOint police and military elements arrested Nanta, who also goes by the names of Juanito Magbanua, Jack Nanta, Juaning, Is lao and Kulas, on Nov. 7 2011, at Brgy. Zone 2, Cadiz City by virtue of arrest warrants fur rebellion, robbery-in-band, attempted and frustrated murder issued by three different courts in Negros Occidental. Nanta's release was facilitated by Fred Cana of the human rights group Karapatan Negros Island. based in

"It may be legal for Fred Caria of Karapatan-Negros to support arrested New People's Anny members in their posting of bail but cana should have thought of the repercussions of such actions," Maj. Gen. Jose Mabanta Jr.,commanderofthe 3rd Infantry Division, said.
Hernando Llorente (alias Adoy), the Commander of the NPA's Northern Negros Front and his wife Faith Roseen 8asergo (alias Bea), an NPA political instructor, were also ordered released on bail last April 27. "The Secretary General of Karapatan-Negros, Fred Cafia, rendered the P80,OOO bail bond for the temporary liberty of Adoy and Bea", said Lieutenant Colonel Efren Morados, Commander of the 62nd Infantry Battalion, whose troops supported were responsible for the arrest of the two NPA rebels on April 20. "Having jumped bail, we know that this will give them (Nanta, Adoy and Bea) the opportunity to rejoin their comrades. We hope that cana, facilitating the bait, has considered this", Mabanta said. Based on military and police records, Nanta was responsible for the ambush of a governmentowned vehicle in Barangay Salamanca in Toboso town, Negros Occidental tast July 13,2009. Eryl Baynosa, 42, one of the survivor and son of Eriberto Baynosa, former barangay Chaiman of Salamanca in Toboso, Negros Occidental, pointed to Nanta as the leader of armed men who carried out the ambush. The said incidents claimed the lives of Edmar Sultan, 14, a student of the Tobaso National High School, Rodolfo SaJipod, 56, driver of the barangay service vehicle, and Ena Pata, 50. Earlier, families of the survivors claimed to be anxious about Nanta's release. believe then that Nanta will rejoin his group and get back at them. They firmly

Aside from the crimes Nama was accused of, reports claimed that Nanta was allegedly responsible for the raid and disarming of the 1st Provincial Mobile Group detachment at Barangay Malasibog, Escalante on March 19, 2006; harassment of Villegas Detachment at Barangay Villegas, Guihulngan, Negros Orienta! on April 2006; arson incident at the Victorias Milling Company and Central Lopez transloading station at Barangay San Jose, Toboso on March 2008; and the burning of the Globe Telecom cell site in Purok Mabuhay, Barangay Poblacion; Toboso, Negros Occidental. The list also includes the attack of La Libertad Police Station in Negros Oriental in 2008; raid of ECJ farm at Barangay Suay, Hlmamaylan on February 2009; raid of Polopangyan detachment located in Barangay Bug-ang, Toboso on 28 August 2010, for disarming and sabotage of VMC pump station in Barangay 20, Victorias City last October 2010 and the harassment of the


Polopangyan detachment in Toboso on March 29, 2011, in an attempt to celebrate the NPA founding anniversary, which led to the death of an 11 year old girl named Ami 'baby' Amion, Meanwhile, the military cited more cases where Can a intervened for the release of suspected NPA rebels. One of them was Marilyn 8adayos alyas Eunice/Jonna, top NPA commander operating in Southern Negros, who was arrested last June 18, 2011 in Bacolod City. She rejoined her group after her release last Nov. 9,2011. Sometime in 2005, Hermina Com poe alyas Pilay, an NPA member, was apprehended She is now operating with her group in Southern Negros. in Bohol,

On the other hand, Emma Calderon, another NPA member operating in Central Negros, was apprehended in Canlaon City sometime 2003 and later rejoined her group after being released. She eventually surrendered to the authorities last 2009. - Jaime laude

Military denies soldiers behind Dutch missionary's killing MANILA, Philippines - The military on Wednesday belied allegations that soldiers were behind the assassination of a 67-year-old Dutch missionary in Pampanga yesterday. Maj. Harold Cabunoc, Army spokesman said that soldiers are not engage in extrajudicial but are actively engage, in coordination with various human right groups, in stopping crimina! activities. "That is an irresponsible accusation which is not based on evidence," Cabunoc said. killing these

The statement was in reply to to the allegations by Fernando Hicap, Pamalakaya chairman and Anak-Pawis party-list vice chairman, that the gunmen of Willem Geertman, executive director of Alay Bayan Inc. (AS!) are members of the military. Two unidentified motorcycle-riding from his office at L&S subdivision, men shot Geertman at the back as he knelt just a few feet Sarangay Telebastagan at about 12:45 p.m. yesterday.

Geertman's killing, according to Hicap was a latest result of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)'s Oplan Bayanihan operation. "If they have proof that our soldiers are behind this killing, we will not hesitate to let the accused soldiers answer the charges in a court of Jaw," Cabunoc said. Soldiers, according to Cabunoc, are now even working to the stop all summary including those perpetrated by the NPA's Special Partisan Unit (SPARU). "Human rights protection is one of the primary advocacies our Bayanihan activities," Gabunoc stressed. executions,

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Continue evading arrest, party-list solon advises Palparan In hiding since late last year, former Army general Jovito Palparan has received an unsolicited advice from a coHeague: continue hiding from authorities. On Wednesday, Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy Rep. Pastor Alcover Jr. said Palparan could not expect a fair trial under the Aquino administration. Supporting Palparan's choice of evading arrest, Alcover said: "Hindi maganda ang sitwasyon. advise him kung puwede, continue his pian." Palparan, who once served as representative of Bantay party-list in the House of Representatives, has been in hiding since late last year after a court ordered his arrest over kidnapping charges filed against him in connection to the involuntary disappearance of University of the Philippines (UP) students Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan in 2006. The government has put up Same advocacy Arcover said he and Palparan share "the same advocacy for peace and order" in the country. "VVhat is Palparan's fault? He was just doing his job; and I think out of all the generals I've seen, only Palparan was hands-on," the lawmaker said, Alcover likewise said Palparan could not get justice with Secretary Leila Department of Justice. "With De lima there, ! don't think we can expect a fair trial," he said.


a P1-million bounty for Palparan's arrest.

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however, denied having a way to contact the elusive