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NPA frees 3 Agusan hostages New People's Army have freed unharmed three officials of a gold mining company, including the owner's son, thay earlier had snatched in Barangay Bayugan, Rosario town. NPA frees 3 mining execs Communist New People's Army (NPA) rebels released late Saturday the three mining executives they abducted during a raid In Rosario, Agusan del Sur two days ago, military and local officials said. NPA gets cash, firearms, frees Agusan hostages Communist NPA on Saturday night freed the three hostages taken from a mining company they raided in Agusan del Sur last Thursday, in exchange for firearms and cash.

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Dally Tribune p. 2

OND sets 138 projects for AFP modernization Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin has highlighted the need for the Philippine Air Force (PAF) to acquire potent and reliable air assets to replace its present fleet of "old and unreliable" aircraft to properly perform its mandate of protecting the country's territorial sovereignty, PMA cadet expelled for hazing At least one hazing case has been recorded in the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) this year despite its so-called "zero tolerance" for such activities. PMA superintendent Mal Geo, Nonato Peralta Jr. admitted that one case of hazing was reported to his office this year. While he described the case as "very !1ght," it led to a cadet's discharge from the PMA.



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Hazing is all but gone in the PMA ONL Y one hazing incident was recorded in the Philippine Military Academy this year, and this shows a "culture change" and "social PMA superintendent Mal- Gen. Nonato Alfredo Peralta said change," yesterday.There were 25 cases last year, said Peralta. Mga pandak pwede na sa PMA Binabaan na ng Philippine Military Academy and heigt requirements sa mga aplikante nlto. Bansot, pwede na sa PMA .. Hindi magiging sagabal ang pagtglng bansot sa mga nagnanais na makapasok sa Philippine Military Academy (PMA), matapos ibaba ang hinihinging height requirements sa mga aptikante nito.;


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Police Files p. 2


Banta p. 2

8agon9 warplanes. Idedeliver sa bansa ang mga bagong warplane ng PAF sa susunod na da!awang taon, ayon Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin.


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Report: US staged drone strike in PhI The US military conducted a drone strike in the Philippines in an attempt to kill Indonesian terrorist Umar Patek in 2006, according to an article yesterday in the Sunday magazine of The New York Times. NY paper says US forces used drones in Mindanao The leftist Bagong Alyansang Makabayan on Sunday pressed the government to confirm or deny a report published in The New York Times claiming that American forces stationed in the Philippines had used drones in a military strike in 2006 against terrorist groups in Mindanao. Sneakey drone. (photo) 2 dead, 2 hurt in Shaw-EDSA tunnel collision Just two days after the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) had EDSA's accident-prone areas blessed by a Catholic priest, two people were killed and two others hurt in a three-vehicle smashup at the Shaw Boulevard tunnel as it crossed EDSA In Mandaluyong City yesterday. Dugo umagos uti sa Edsa Kapwa walang buhay na hinugot mula sa loob ng nagkayupiyuping pampasaherong Tamaraw FX ang isang myembro n9 Philippine Army at ang mismonq driver ng nassbinq sasakyan, rnatapos na masangkot ang kanilang sasakyan sa isang karambola na kinabibHangan n9 isang SUV at isang pampasaherong bus sa naganap na aksidente sa kahabaan ng Edsa, particular sa tunnel ng Mandaluyong City kahapon ng umaga.

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Jordanian journalist still interviewing Sayyaf leaders' The safety of Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani and his two Filipino cameraman has not been threatened while they are in Abu Sayyaf hands I n the mountains of Sulu, the Sulu Crisis Management Committee (CMC) said yesterday. 3 Chinese ship in Panatag Chinese Fishermen appears to have left Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, although at least three Chinese government ships have remained as of Friday. Cornalec witness accepted bribes from miJitary The main witness against former cornmlsston on Elections Chairman Benjamin Abalos, who was accused by the Administration of electoral sabotage, received at least P2 million from the military intelligence service, Abalos' lawyer Abaraham Espejo said on Sunday. Poll fraud witness says ISAFP gave her P2M FORMER North Cotabato election officer Yoqie Martirizar admitted over the weekend that she continued to receive financial assistance totaling P2 million from the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (lSAFP), even after President Benigno Aquino 3rd assumed office in 2010. MILF 'young bloods' eye rebellion if peace talks faU The joint assemble participated in by the MILF and MNLF and other Muslim leaders ends today a t Camp Oarapanan, Simuay in Sultan Kudarat in Maguindanao province. Breakthrough seen in PH-MllF peace talks Another breakthrough in ongoing peace negotiations between govemment and the M1LF is in the offing, the Malaysian facilitator of the talks revealed.

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,NPA frees IIsan hostages

BUNAWAN, Agusan'deI S~r - New . .of the three hostages. . . People's Army (NPA) rebels have freed Osias urged local businessmen to work unharmed three officials of a gold mining closely with authorities to-avoid similar incicompany, including the owner's son, they dents. . earlier had snatched in Barangay Bayugan, "There should be close coordination with Rosario town. the military and the police. We do not enter . Municipal police chief Elizer Pido said the offices of private companies without prior Christopher Ocite, operations manager of notice," he said. Vivencio P. Odte Mining Enterprise and ' .. Meanwhile, NPAspokesman forMindthe owner's son; Isagani Altaya, assistant anao Jorge Madlos said they freed the three ) operations manager; and security chief Joel hostages for hu~anitarian reason and thatho Jayuma were released by their captors at ransom was paid, . .. . around 8 p.m. Saturday after two days of But Madlos w~ mumonreports that~. e captivity. mining company gav~fiv;sh~t~ns,;:>.; Maj. EugenioIulio OS1as,spokesmarr of -nine caliber.45 handguns, an M~14Armalite the Army's 4th Infantry Division, said about ., rifle, Ii grenade launcher and ammunition 30 communist rebels led by a certain Renata in:exchange for the safe release of its three Sayasat attacked the mining firm's office last officials.' . Thursday and seized the three executives: He also denied the military's claim that it The guerrillas, reportedly disguised as was a certain Bajade and Fr. Lito Clase who soldiers, disarmed the firm's security guards facilitated the release of the three. before ransacking its offices. .. ~ . Madlos said they suspected the mining . Osias said the military is now running firm had a stOCKpile weapons. The rebels of after the rebels who raided the mining firm. 'have asked mining companies not to keep The NPA reportedly demanded P25 mil- 1 weapons that they say could be used by their lion, guns and termination of military opera- security men to harass villagers. , tions against them in exchange for the release - With Alexis Romero, AP


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Agusan del Sur . at around 8 p.m. on rnunist New People's Vice Gov. Santiago Saturday. Maj. Eugenio Anny (NPA) rebels reo Cane Jr. said Osias Iv, leased late Sa~day christopher Ocite, Julio the three mining ex- Gani Altaya and spokesperson of the . ecutiV'es they abduct- JoeL Jayuma were Army's 4th Infantry ed during a !aidin turned over by their Division based in Rosario, .AguSan del NPAcaptorsto local Cagayan de Oro Sur two . days ago, negotiators at an City, said the rebels ~andloca1()ffifUhdisclosed loca- released their three ctalsshld. .' ..'. tion in the province hostages to provincial security officer Josefina Bajade, head of the munici-. pal crisis management committee andPr. Carlito Ciase of the Butuan Diocese, somewhere in .Agusan del Sur. TAGUM CfIY,_Com-

"The three (vicOsias could not . rims)' are now at the say if the NPA deOcire family resi- mandswere met. dence," said Osias, Jorge Madlos, The release came alias· Ka Oris, the a day after local and ' NPA 'spokesperson military officials in Mindanao, said in said the NPA. al- a radio interview, legedly demanded early Saturday that weapons or money Thursday's raid on ' in exchange for the VTO Mining Entervictims' freedom. prises in Bayugan 3 During a meeting village was a punon Friday, negotiators ishment for the firm asked the police and for having many military to suspend weapons. pursuit operations Disguised as sol- ' against the abductors dlers, the NPA rebels ! to give way to further were able to disarm .negotiadons, the firm's security, force and carted ' away 17 firearms. '

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Communist NewPeople's Army (NPA) rebels on Saturday night freed the three hostages taken from a mining company thf'y raided in Agusan del Sur last Thursday, in exchange fo~ firearms and cash. : Released were Christopher Ocite,son ofVivencio Ocite,owner of the VPO Mining Co.; Ganny Alutaya, operations officer ofVPO Miningand JoelJayuma.. Supt. Martin Gamba, Caraga Regional Police spokesman, after raiding VPO Mining Co. reported that the three captives also in Barangay Bayugan 3. The were freed at around 7:45 p.m, communist rebels took turns in to Josefina Bajade, provincial security officer of Agusan del ransacking the compound of valuables and personal Sur, and one Reverend Father Glase, members of the local belongings. . Initially carted away were five crisis committee. The reports were fetched along . shotguns, nine caliber .45 pistols, the vlcinittes of Road 151, an M14rifle, an AK2000 and one Junction 1K in Barangay Bayugan homemade M203. Reliable sources said that the 3 in Rosario town by Vivencio Oeite and Concordio Oeite. They release of the three victims came were later brought to the Oclte after payment of unspecified ransom and firearms .. residence. However, military and local The three were kidnapped by officials declined to say If the NPA rebels last Thursday

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ransom was given during the i release. Initially, the rebel group reportedly demanded P25 million and several firearms for the release of the victims. , The NPAs demanded K3 sub-i maehineguns and MI6 rifles. The military, for its part, vowed .to conduct pursuit operations against the NPAband of Renato Sayasat, alias· commander Friday, who Was tagged as theleader6f.\tjHl~ communist groupth~t Jl;l,unched j the raid. . ·,Wilh PNA I



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DND sets 138 projects for AFP modernization
Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin has highlighted the need for the Philippine Air Force (PAF) to acquire potent and reliable air assets to replace its present fleet of "old and unreliable" aircraft to properly perform its mandate of protecting the country's territorial sovereignty. ".,During the 65th founding anniversary celebration of the Air 'Force, Gazmin acknowledged that ;wl1i1e the PAF personnel's ,COmmitmentto their duties was unquestionable, the need to upgrade the Air Force's capability was crucial to its performance of itS constitutional mandate. "The job ofthe Philippine Air Force cannot be done by the determination and enthusiasm of our air force personnel alone. We need to have potent and reliable air platforms for our air .skippers and crew to operate 'arid fly,» he said. . "As ever, we. have been relentless in our goal of acquiring new and potent replacements for our old and unreliable air assets. And we are now very determined to modernize," Gazmin added. The DND chief cited the seriousness of the Aquino administration to achieve that :vital and expeditious goal of ·,.inodernizingtheArmed Forces of jtbe Philippines (AFP) to realize ~tb&various operational plans and endeavors for internal peace and security and stability. . "Our extreme necessity to ,modernize is also meant to address tlmprimordial constitutionalduty of 'OUf armed forces) to secure the sovereignty 'of the state and the integrity of the national territory, • -btl'said. ' resources that our governmentcan afford to allocate," Gazmin added. The Air Force last yeara.cquired 16 brand new SF260FHsand eight Sokol combat utility helicoptersfour of which are now operational while four others are scheduled to be delivered within the year. ThePAF is also aiming to get two additional C130cargo airplane' before the year ends to have three operational C130s. The two aircraft are presently undergoing , routine maintenance. The defense secretary said that under the ongoing AFP capability , upgrade and modernization program, the Air Force, hopefully within two years, wouldhave surface attack aircraft lead-in fighter trainers, attack helicopters, light. transport aircraft and medium transport aircraft. The AFP started its capability : upgrade last year with the acquisition of the Navy'sfirst ever. Hamilton class cutter - BRP Gregorio del Pilar - from the ' United States Coast Guard (USCG) for more or less P400million,amid . the tension with China over the disputed WestPhilippine Sea. Another Hamilton class cutter was acquired last May from the USCG and it is expected to be : commissioned to the Navybefore the year ends. At present, the DND,under its defense system of management is set to approve 138 projects before the end of July for the five-year mediumterm AFP modernization . program worth some P70 billion. , For his part, Air Force chief Lt. Gr;lfl. Lauro Catalino dela Cruz welcomed the programmed capability upgrade ofthe PAF as a step toward setting "things right ...•......... ' fo~ our _organization. set D,89~-1~t~:.~,~:·:;;·.j..... things fight, we need to pnmarily·, .... ' "'.'. ......',' _, show that we are not expandingto become a ground of force rather we are powering up to project airpower in service to our country
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PMA cadet expelled for
thePMA. advocacy of the Armed Forces of Peralta, however, did not reveal the Philippines," Peralta affirmed. the identities of those involved in According to him, the lone the lone hazing case, He said the hazing case recorded this year last case was reported sometime involvedhitting a cadet's hand that in April or May this year, made swell. "Tobe honest, wehave only one "Weare very stern, very strict. case that happened this year and The last case was very light but a we are antlclpatlng, we are strongly . cadet was discharged, the parents confident that in the corningyears, (of the victim) were told to file it (hazing) will be gone," he said, criminal charges, ~Peralta said, "ThePMAhas zero tolerance for Other cadets were also hazing pursuant to the human rights sanctioned in connection with the case under the principle of command responsibility. . But Peralta said there has been much change in the culture of the cadet corps in the PMA. "This is very far (from the previous years) ... we can say that there (has been) big change, radical change, " he said. Last year, Peralta said, 25 hazing cases were reported in the PMA, which is the primary source of officers of the AFP,

At least one hazing case has been recorded in the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) this year despite its so-called "zero tolerance» for such activities. PMAsuperintendent Maj. Gen. Nonato Peralta Jr, admitted that one case of hazing was reported to his office this year. While he described the case as "very light,~ it led to a cadet's discharge from

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ONLY one hazing incident was . incident, acco~dingt; intelligenc~ recorded in the Philippine Military information, but the identities of i. Academythis year, and this shows the perpetrator and the victim a "culture change" and "social: have not been established. change," PMA superintendent: Peralta saidwith aggressivesteps Maj. Gen. Nonato Alfredo Peralta taken to stop hazing, the military said yesterday. expects the number of enrollees There were 25 cases last year, to the PMA to rise. saidPeralta. He said hazing is one factor that In the lone case this year, the makes the youth hesitant to enter aggressor has been discharged the PMA, and for parents not to for hitting the hand of another allow their children to enter the cadet. academy. . .'. He said other cadets who were. "{\~tupl¥,,:t:J::is is a_.~~t:"t.lre 1 with the perpetrator were meted ,'-~ange, somewhat a very effective "heavy punishment" as they. ha~. ~ social change here at the PMA. the opportunity to stop the 1OC1- The fact that. there's only one dent. Also given the :'heavy pU':(hazing) case confirmed this y:ar, ishment;" which he did not detail, .it's a big improvement, a radical for command responsibility was improvement," he saidin an interthe company commander. . view "With dzBB. He said there was another hazing .

Peralta also justified a decision to lower the height requirement to just five feet for both male and . female entrants. The previous height requirement was 5'4" for males and 5'2" for females. Peralta said the new policy would give those not gifted ~t~ height the chance to become rnili- . tary officers. . "The perception that tall (soldiers)are the ones who are stron~ and brave in combat is not true, it does not necessarily fol1ow We ... are expanding the field of choice of those who are going to defend our country," he said. "During the past years, many wanted to take exams but they are lacking in height. You can notice that they have good school ere- , dentials and their chance of pass- . ing were high, thus the change," he said. He. noted that at the United States Military Academy at West Point, the height requirement for male and female entrants is also five feet - V~Q~ ~~~~~~~. ;: ,-. .

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Ni Fer Taboy Hindi na magiging sagabal ang pagiging bansot sa mga nagnanais na makapasok sa Philippine Military Academy (PMA), matapos ibaba ang hinihinging height requirement sa mga aplikante nito. Iklnatuwa naman ng mga indigenous people sa Cordillera region ang pagbaba ng height requirement para sa mga interesadong pumasok sa PMAsaBaguio City. . Ibinaba ng PMA sa five feet ang height requirement para sa mga babae o lalaki na nais pumasok sa nasabing akademya, mula sa dating 5'4" sa lalaki at 5'2" naman sa babae. Ayon kay PMASuperintendent Maj. Gen. Nonato Peralta [r., hangad Inihayagpa ng grupo na ang ngPMAnaroabigyanngpagkakataong talino, abilidad at kakayahan ng pumasok sa PMA ang kabataang isang tao ay hindi nakadepende hindi katangkaran pero maliliksi at roatatalino. kung gaano ito ka~gka.d" .. Sinabi nito na sa pamamagitanng A:yon kay Peralta, laybn niOO nasabing bagong hakbang, mas marami na mabigyanng P!igkakataon ang na silang mapagpipilianna roatalino at . mas ntjkararami na makapasok sa institUSyoI\, ". responsableng !ider ng bansa. Marami umano kasi ang hindi Bunga nito, Inaasahan ng PMA . nakakapasa sa entrance exam dahil na maranii ang kukuha ng entrance examlnationsa Agosto 26,2012,sa iba't Sa hindi makuha-kuha aug 5 feet 4 inches na height limit sa lalaki at 5 ibang bahagi ng bansa. feet 2 inches naman sa mga babae, Inihayagnamannggrupo ngmga Dahil sa pagbabago sa height katutubo na labis silang nasisiyahan limit;naniniwala ang pamunuanng sa pabor na ibinigay sa kanila daM maraming kuwalipikado sakanila para PMA na mas dadami ang papasok sa PMA, pero kulang sila sa tangkad. saPMA

Bagong warplanes
Ide-dellver sa bansa ang mga bagong warplaneng Philippine Air Force (PAF) sa susunod na dalawang taon, ayon kay' Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin. Sa kanyang pagdalo sa ika-65 anlbersaryo ng PAF,slnabl nj Gazmin na inaasahang ide4:'lellversa Plllpinas hanggang 2014'~ng lsang attack aircraft, nang leaa4n fighter-trainer, mga attack helicopter at rnge light at medium transport aircraft. . AFP


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1 The US miHtrikaty.cohn,; ducted a drone 8t . e In t e '.Philippines in an attempt '.' o kill Indonesian terrorist t Umar Patek: in 2006"accordingtoanarticleyesterdayin the Sunday magazine of The

"SpeCialOperatfons Both maintain separate lists of people targeted for killing,the article said. ha "Over the years, details ve trickled out about lethal drone operations in Pakistan,Somalia and Yemen-and elsewhere.But New vork Times. ~I the drone war has been even' "The Drone Zone," written moreextensive,"the articlesaid. by Mark Mazzetti, reported The New York Times revealed that a Predator drone fired a ! Turnto Page 14 "," "barrage ofHellfiremissiles"in ~ the "jungles of the Philippines" to kill Patek. . " FromPage 1: The same article said the the Pentagon is increasing its fleet of drone strike was reported as a "Philippine military opera" drones by 30 percent and USmilitary. leaders estimate that within a year,the' Han." Thestrike failed to killPatek unmanned planes could outnumber but killed others in the area. actual pilots. ' Patek was recently convicted The report cited Holloman Air Force Base at New Mexico's White by an Indonesian court and, Sands Missile Range, 200miles south sentenced to 20 years for his role in the nightclub bombings ofAlbuquerque.

instead of first undergoing traditional pilot training as they did in the past. The Air Forcecan now produce certified Predator and Reaper pilots in less titan two years," the article said. Pilots during the training are having difficultyin landing theunmanned "1' th A ch th mrp ane m e runway. smu as e : US military has tried to make drone ;, pilots feel as if they are sitting in a cockpit,one veteran pilot said itis "not just playing a video game." The "pilots" are stationed in the US but they fly their combat drone missions abroad.The program apparently saved the US AI'r Force money and their pilots safely out of harm's way. , Luther (Trey ) Turner r'II ,a retired colonel who flew combat missions during the Gulf War before he ; switched to flying Predators in 2003, . b said that he doesn't view his com at "I experience flying drones as va orous."


i~i~~~pn::p~ll'J~~~~~~~f*~!'"' ne~~';lt ~~t~heP~~~:~.~~~o:: ' th~~My~u~~ef~~:~~~ 1a~;e~~~~ Defense officials in Manila has been converted into the US Air when I am sitting in a ground-contro1 said last week that the US has Force's primary training center for station thousands of miles away from offered to provide drones, or drone operators, where pilots spend ' the battlefield, th at'sjust not th" case, e unmanned aerial vehicles, to the article quoted him as saying. help the Philippines monitor their days in sand-coloredtrailersnear ""I firmlybelieve ittakes bravery to its territorial waters amid a a runway from which theirplanes take fly a UAV. , maritimedispute with China in off without them. Inside each trailer, Asmorethan onepilot at Holloman ' the WestPhilippine Sea. a pilot flies his plane from a padded told me, a bit defensively,'We're not, The New York Times reported chair, using a joystick and throttle, just playing video games here;'" the that the US has three different : as his partner, the 'sensor operator,' article said. drone programs. One is run by .focuses on the grainy images moving President Aquino earlier' declared the Pentagon operating in Iraq across a video screen, directing misthe;Philippinegovernmentis allowing and Afghanistan. The other' siles to their targets with a laser," the: dW't)S drones to conduct reconnaistwo are classified programs article said. 'sfu1ce flights but not to drop bombs, run separately by the Central , !he US military has increasingly Aquino said drone strikes would Intelligence Agency (CIA) reh~d on the use of unmanned aerial definitely violate a ban on US troops and the US military's Joint vehld: (UA~)that.p:ompted them to from participating in combat operare-engmeer Its training program for tions. drone pilots. . Hundred."ofAmericantroops have _------.-----, _, "Traineesarenow sent toHolloman -. been helpingthe Philippinemilitaryto __ --, Justmonths af~er~ey join themilitary, ~~ contain .theAbu Sayyaf for a decade. Aquino stressed the US troops ."_,.:.-.; are acting as trainers and military advisers, not to participate in combat

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to, in 2006 a barrageof Hellfire misTHE leftist Bagong Alyansang siles from a Predator hit a suspected Makabayan oJ? Sunday pressed militant camp in the jungles of the the government to confirm or : Philippines in an attempt to kill the deny a report published in The Indonesian terrorist uniar Patek," New York Times claiming that Mazzetti wrote. American forces stationed in the "The strike; which was re-' Philippines had used drones in ported at the time as a 'Philippine . a military strike in 2006 against military operation,' missed Patek terroristgroups in Mindanao. but killed others at the camp," . . The article, The Drone Zone. In a statement released Sunby Mark Mazzetti, was pub- day, Bayan. secretary-general lished July 6 and comes in the. Renata Reyes. urged the gov- . wake of the recent statements by emment to disclose "the whole President Benigno Aquino" about-the drone strike, ; that the Philippines might ask . "Is the Philippine government the United States to. deploy spy allowing US drone strikes to be planes to monitor the incursions conducted in the Philippinesin via- : in the West Philippine Sea. lation of our Constitutionand sov"According to three current-and ereignty?" Reyes said Next page ,

By Flora nte S. Sol mer-in . former intelligenceofficialsI spoke

."Is the US unilaterally conducting these drone strikes in violation of our laws and of the VFA [Visiting Forces Agreement] itself? From the looks of it; the Claim that the US in not engaged in direct combat in the Philippines is a patent lie being perpetuated by both the US and Philippine governments. "While the government must deal decisively with suspected terrorists, it is unacceptable to allow a. foreign power to conduct combat operations in our country." The US was said to have

launched another drone strike in Sulu in February that killed suspected terrorist leaders. US and Philippine governments later said the strike was caused by a "smart bomb" from the US that was dropped by Philippine



The military denied the report and said the bombingsorties were launched by the Philippine Air Force using PVID surveillance planes equipped with bombs. Citing the New York Times article, Reyes said the US Joint Special Operations Command ran part of the US drone program, and had its own target list. .

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2 dead, 2 hurt in Sha~-EDSA tunnel collision!
Just two days after the Metropolitan Ma- <, nila Development Authority (MMDA) had EDSA's accident-prone areas blessed by a: ~atholic priest, two people were killed and ; tWo others hurt in a three-vehicle smashup ! at the Shaw Boulevard tunnel as it crossed EDSA in Mandaluyong City yesterday. • Emmanuel Tolentino, an employee of the .: Safecon Enterprise; and Jose Porlaje [r, a • member of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, were killed in the accident. Police Officer 2 Gregorio Acbay said Tolentino was driving a silver Toyota FX (EVP789) and was about to enter the underpass at about 6 a.m. when it was rear-ended by a Hyundai Tucson driven by Daniel Joseph' Pineda, 21. Because of the impact, Tolentino lost control of the FX, which swerved to the other side and was rammed by a Bataan Transit Bus (PJQ 911) driven byRudy Tibayan. The FX was dragged for several meters before it came to a complete stop, witnesses said. Tolentino and Porlaje, his passenger, sustained head and body injuries and were declared dead on arrival by attending doctors at the Mandaluyong City Medical Center. Tibayan and Pineda 'suffered slightinjuries and were brought to the Mandaluyong City police traffic division after treatment at a hospital. Tibayan told Acbay he was running between 40 to 50 kilometers per hour and was on his way to their terminal in Pasig City when the accident occurred. . Senior Superintendent Armando Bolalin, Mandaluyong City police chief, ordered the filing of reckless imprudence resulting in double homicide charges against Tibayan ' and Pineda, who are detained at the local jail. , Meanwhile, MMDA Chairman Francis; Tolentino said yesterday thatbuses will be banned from flyovers and underpasses along .' EDSA. "What happened is proof that (bus drivers) should not ply through the tunnels," he said. Tolentino noted that there were about 10 passengers in the Bataan Transit bus when the accident happened. '. . He also insisted that the govemment should cancel the license of reckless drivers, saying there is nothing in the Constitution that prevenNts thAe glov~rnmeAn~frBomdotingsso. 'R$ .' - on qurtran, le., ag as ee al

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ZAMBOANGA CITY - The . of Atyani and the Filipinos. safety of Jordanian journalThe police and military ist Baker Atyani and his two : have not issued a statement ii>. h t due to directives both from the ,Filipino cameramen. as no Department of the Interior and . been threatened whIle, they VocalGovernment and the De·a"€ 'inAbu Sayyaf hands...m the, partment of National Defense. , · ~._...___ mountains of SuIu, the Sulu However, troops have been Crisis Management Commit- placed on standby for possible tee (CMC) said yesterday, rescue operations once given Jain;b Majid,SulU: CMC the go-si~nal..· ,. ...". spokesperson, said nothing . Atyham and t~e ~w_o~~l.' h han ed as of yesterday pmos ave remame in u .as c._;__g; , . ., Sayyaf hands since June 13 in the situanon of Atyam and . when they went to interview Filipinos Rolando Letrero and the bandits. - Roel Pareiio Ramelito Vela, . "The monitoring we have received disclosed that he (Atyani) is still interviewing different leaders of the Abu Sayyaf group," she said. "There is nothing new, but we hope he will comeout soon so that ·this issue will be over for them" the Sulu CMC's statement continues to differ from the pronouncement of Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo that negotiation is ongoing for the release

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By ALEXIS ROMERO And with the announcement of patrols, Chinese fishermen appeared to have left they appear to be taking their preparations' Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, although at nese maritime surveillance ships stopped least three Chinese government ships have the Philippine Navy from arresting Chinese to support those claims to the next logical remained as of Friday. fishermen who had engaged in illegal fish- level: that of defending them." On June 23, the China National Offshore However, some officials monitoring the ing and harvesting of endangered species. Oil Corp. invited bids for oil exploration situation are not discounting the possibility Chinese bombshell , in blocs, well within 200 nautical miles of that the Chinese fishing boats would return. China has dropped a bombshell with the Vietnam's coast. Latest surveillance reports showed that On WednesdaYt the DFA summoned two Chinese maritime surveillance vessels decision to begin "regular, combat-ready patrols" in the West Philippine Sea (South China's ambassador and presented her a and one Fisheries and Law Enforcement Command ship were still in the shoal. The China Sea), according toAmerican think diplomatic note in which the Philippines protested Beijng's establishment of a new, three Chinese ships were reportedly located tank The Heritage Foundation. . Chinese Ministry of Defense spokesman "prefectural-level" City of Sansha to adtwo nautical miles east of Panatag. Senior Col. Geng Yansheng announced last minister three disputed islands in the West "No new strudureshave been observed," the report said. However, no more Chinese June 28 that the People's Liberation Army Philippine Sea (South China Sea) and future development of the islands.' , fishing vessels are inside the shoal or its had begun.regular, combat-ready patrols vicinity. in what he claims as waters under Chinese, Ambassador Ma Keqing was handed the 10th diplomatic note since the beginning Sources said an aerial surveillance was jurisdiction. Dean Cheng, The Heritage Foundation's of the standoff in April in Panatag Shoal made last Friday, but the agency was not research fellow on Chinese political and between the Philippines and China. identified. The DFA said the extent of Sansha City's A security official who requested ano- security affairs, said the implication is clear nymity said the Chinese fishing vessels and that the Chinese Navy is now regularly pa- jurisdiction violates Philippine territorial trolling the waters around the Spratlys and sovereignty over the Kalayaan Island Group dinghies might return. possibly elsewhere in the South China Sea. (Spratlys) and Baja de Masinloc (Panatag "It is possible that the higher authorities "With the decision to begin regular naval Shoal or Scarborough Shoal) and infringes of the two countries are already talking," the official told The STAR. ''But it is also patrols, however - and especially 'combat- on Philippine sovereign rights over the ready (zhanbei)' ones - the potential for waters and continental shelf of the West possible that Chinese fishing vessels would return." escalation is far greater," he said. Philippine Sea ' , "This is an alarming escalation of The establishment of Sansha City contraChina did not honor an agreement with the Philippines to pullout vessels from the China's efforts to assert sovereignty over diets the spirit of the Declaration of Conduct of the South China Sea region. Until now, the Parties in the South China Sea, the DFAadded. lagoon in Panatag Shoal. various confrontations and incidents in the A China Daily report said the Chinese Last June 25, the Department of Foreign area - whether with the Philippines over Defense Ministry spokesman told a' news Affairs (DFA) announced that the Philippines and China had reached a verbal agree- Scarborough Shoal; the Vietnamese over oil conference that the military is studying the ment to pull out from the lagoon but not the exploration efforts; or the United States in setting up of a military body in Sansha. the separate incidents involving the USNS Zhang Haiwen, China Institute for wider vicinity of the shoal. The following day, the Philippine Navy. Impeccable, USNS Victorious, and the USS Marine Affairs deputy director. said some reported that 23 Chinese boats and ships John S. McCain III - have had only civilian countries claiming sovereignty over the West were inside the lagoon. participants." ", , , Philippine Sea might target Sansha, Prior to la",t Fridays aerial surveillance, Cheng said i'tis bewildering that an array of"Th~~:porJ:.$.ai4 ~e ot{icialsl),elieved that . at least 25 Chinese fishing vessels and boats Chinese bureaucracies each assumes respon- the, military's .presence is' needed to safewere spotted in Panatag Shoal. '. sibility for only a portion of China's maritime guard' Chinese interestsincluding fishing Lastjuly aNavy aircraft saw two Chinese interests, including fisheries, agriculture, and rights, scientific research and the developmaritime surveillance vessels, a Fisheries the State Oceanic Administration, , -rnent of maritime resources. and Law Enforcement Command vessel, six "Even more disturbing is that this meaAfter Sansha City is established, the fishing boats and 16 dinghies. sure seems to be part of a larger Chinese Chinese government will launch a series of The Philippines used to have two vessels effort to exercise full sovereignty over the .development plans with protection from the facing off with Chinese ships but these have area," he said. military, Zhang said. left upon the orders of President Aquino. A statement from the Ministry of Civil Geng said China will "resolutely oppose any military provocation" following the Despite the continued presence of Chi- Affairs said the State Councilor China's nese ships in the shoal, Malacafiang has yet Cabinet approved last June 21 the establish- reported Vietnamese overflights in the skies to decide whether to send back Philippine ment of the prefectural-level City of Sansha above Sangha recently. ships to the shoal. . (City of Three Sands)toadministerthe three "Chinese military has already set up a Filipino fishermen will be allowed to island groups of Xisha (Paracels), Zhongsha normal, combat-ready patrol system in seas return to the area starting July 15. '(Macclesfield bank) islands and Nansha under our control to protect national soverPanatag Shoal is 124 nautical miles from (Spratlys) and their surrounding waters and eignty and our security and development the nearest basepoint in Zambales. the government seat will be stationed on interests," he said. It is within the Philippines' 200~nautical Yongxing Island, part of the Xisha Islands. China's armed forces have the resolution mile exclusive economic zone as provided "The Chinese are evidently establishing and wiU to safeguard China's territorial by intemationallaws. the legal and political framework to solidify sovereignty; sea rights and interests, Ger,g, '" Astandoff ensued on April 10 after Chi- their claims of sovereignty" he said. said. ' - With Pia Lee-Braga II
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TIffi main witness against former tion returns. Commission on Elections Chair1n 2011, Martirizarwas admitman Benjamin Abalos; who. was ted under the Witness Protection accused by the Administration Program of the govememnt and of electoral sabotage, received implicated Abalos to the electoral at least P2 million from the mili- 'sabotage case filed against her ' tary intelligence service, Abalos' and Reyes, who is still at large .: lawyer Abaraham Espejo said on Abalos has been. under detention Sunday. . and has filed a petition for bail. Espejo said former election During Abalos' peititon for .officer Yogie Martirizar admitted bail hearing last July 4, Marin court last July 4 she received tirizar turned back on her allegathe money totaling P2 million tions against the former Comelec from 2007 to 2011 from Intelli- chairman and denied she rigged genceService oftheAnned Fore- the election-results and tampered , es of the Philippines Capt. Peter election documents. Reyes. "In one stroke, Martirizar dis- : "Martirizar is not a credible qualifed state witness . witness. She admitted in court when. she contradicted what was that she was paid by the ISAFP stated in the infonnation filed to testify against Chairman Aba- against Abalos," Espejo said. . los;" Espejo said. '. ' "Martirizar claimed she was In her previous testimony, intimidated to .do things againMartirizar pointed to Reyes as sst her will, and yet she admitthe mastermind of the production ted receiving P2 million from the and distribution of fake election ISAFP," Espejo said. returns in North Cotabato dur- , The court has given the prosing the 2010 senatorial elections. ecution five days to submit their' She said unidentified anned men evidence and after the defense under orders of· Reyes seized files their comment the case win the original election returns and be submittedfor resolution. forced her to sign tampered elecGigi Mufioz-Dilvid

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ORMER'NorthC6tabato,dtCtion officer Yogie Martirizar admitted overthe weekend that she, continuedto ,receive financial. assistance totaling P2 million from, th~JnteWg~I1fe,Service of the Armed Forces of thePhilippi~es~JISAff):ieyeJ)after President Benigno Aquino' 3rdassuJn,etlofflcein 201,0 •
Martirizar said she still received money HidhWrandsurfacing Disqualified state witness from the lSAFPuntil June 2011. She admit. Meanwhile,acrorditlgtoAbalos,~went However, Espejo said Martidzar has effec- . ted this when questioned by lawyer Abraham into hiding after theComclec en bane, whim .tively disqualified herself as state witness Espejo during a bail hearing in connection he used to head;beglmaniri.~estigation on the when she admitted in open court that she with the electoral sabotage case lodged discrepancies ofvotesiIi~citthCo~ato. did not conspire with Abalos to commit against former Commission on Elections .. But in October last year;M3lii~andRilelectoral sabotage offenses during the May [Cornelec] Chairman Benjamin Abalos dam, provindalmairpers(:mofdi~SoIlW,<:Ota~ 2007 midterm elections. Martirizar is also facing electoral sabotage bato board of election, surfaced atttn~Wepart-" "I Believed that [Martirizar] de" charges filed against her and another elecrnent oflustice (DOJ) and were admitted to the: molished herself as state witness, tion officer, Lilian Radam, at the Pasay City Witness Protection Prograrnof the GoveJ;lllIlent., when she admitted that her testiRegional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 114. Radam and Abalos are also facing 11 mony as state witness will be used , She lamented, however, that despite the counts. of electoral sabotage in the Sala of by the prosecutors to probe allegafiling of two counts of electoral sabotage JudgeEugenio De La Cruz ofPasay RTC tion of conspiracy to commit elecagainst her and Capt. Peter Reyes of the branch 117. toral sabotage as stated in the inISAPP, the military has yet to initiate court De La Cruz has already granted Abalos bail formation, but denied she was part martial proceedings 'against other military because of the failure of Radam to testify. of the conspiracy,• the lawyer said. officers allegedly involved in thd007 elecMartlrizar alleged in her earlier testimony .The credibility of the witness was tion fraud in North Cotabato. that a certain "Capt, Peter" of ISAFPdirected further damaged wh¢nshe claimed Martirizar admitted that she was never inthe production and the distribution of the .thatshe'did not alter andfalsify the vited by the Armed Forces of the Philippines fake election returns ill the province. questioned election r~. to shed light on the alleged involvement of She said unidentified armed men be.... In otie str(l~e, Mirdriiar dis" military men in the tampering of election .. lievedto be henchmen of Reyes seized the <li..talifiecl ers~lfas state witness) h documents to ensure 12-0 victory for the original election. returns and forced her to as she contradicted herselfonr then Arroyo administration-backed Team sign filled Certificate of Election Retumsfor what M~:ated in tli~iflfotmatibn ,l Unity senatorial slate. national candidates.' filed by the Comelec" Espejo said. . Martirizar and Reyes are the co-accused She claimed that the armed men handed her' He said with the recantation of of Abalos in two counts of electoral Saboa cell phone. through which a man, claiming Mart:iriza1theprosecution COj.lIe! no tage case before the sala of Judge Jesus to be Abalos, ordered her to sign the prepared longer prcwetneconSpiricy the9l)'· Mupas of Pasay Branch .112. .election documents. , "Martirizar also claimed that Espejo in an interview admitted that he But in the re-cross examination, Martirizar that she was being intimidated ....... was surprised that Martirizarcontinued to ,__ denied that she conspired with t\balos to rig . from 2004 to 2007 to do things . against her will and yet she admitreceive financial support until June 20U and lAC! the election results in the province. Martirizar also denied she tampered elec- ~ ted to receiving P2 million in fi- 1..5_295 ......i __ that no investigation was conducted by the tion documents to ensure the victory of, nancial assistance from ISAFP military against ISAPPofficers implicated in . the alleged poll fraud. . Team Unity candidates. ' whim benefit her,• Espejo"said ..





In 2007'Martiriiar was the sub- ' jed of~ninvestigation when the Comelec en bane then headed by Abalos discovered discrepancies in the votes of the senatorial can- ' didates in the province. . However, she went Into hid-'I mg and surfaced October last' year to implicate Abalos-becoming the basis of the two' counts of electoral sabotage filed by the Come lee against her,'

Abalos, and ISAFPcaptain Peter Reyes who remained at large. Her Lawyer, NenaSantos,and the DOJ has filed a motion to discharge her as accused but the defense strongly opposed the move sincethey alleged that she is the most guilty among the accused.

Martirizar was the last witness presented by the Comelec in the bail petition of Abalos being deliberated by Mupas. . The court has given the prosecution five days to submit their evidence and after the defense files their comment the case will be .submitted for resolution.

MILE/young bloods/eye rebellion if peace talks faU
TIlE joint assemb Iy participated in by the Mora Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Mora National liberation Front (MNLF) and other Muslim leaders ends today at Camp Darapanan, Simuay in Sultan Kudarat in Maguindanao province. .. yv'hile partidpants g~thered for three days to discuss how the region can finally attain peace, sources said that MILP"young'bloods" are planning to join forces with young MNLF members and mount a "rebellion" if the 'peace negotiationsbetWeerithe government and the MILFJails The assembly today will discuss the progress report on the peace talks. A source said that participants will also tackle the governments failure to fully implement the September 1, 1996 peace agreement signed by the administration offormer president Fi- . del V. Ramos. . Reliable sources from the MNLF revealed that highly-trained young
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MILF rebels proposed to join forces with the MNLF ·young bloods" if nothing comes out of the ongoing peace talks. Sources said that young combatants of the MILF and MNLF have the "fallback" position to rebel "if the government would not show sincenty in dea1ingwiththe B~ngsamoro people in Mindanao." . .: The sources said that the Muslim people may have their differences but they expect the government to be sincere in its efforts to bring peace to the region., Ilstadz Pendi Colano, chairmaIi .of the.Selatan Kutawato ReVolution.arycommhteeof the MNLF, said • that the group's Ieaders have no con~. trol ovef the mindsohheir young members. He said thatlhqdo.Iiot know if these. "ycmngbloljid,s'will trust the le.adershipof10(esident

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CAMP DARAPANAN, aguind~ao-.:-An~thM 'The 10 Dedsi~n Points outlined the ere- ! er .breakthrough in ongoing peace negotia- ation of a new autonomous political entity tions between government and the Moro Is- to replace the current Autonomous Region lamic Liberation Front (MILF) is in the offing in Muslim Mindanao. theMalaYSianfacilitatorofthetalksrevealed~ . Iqbal said the envisioned transitional· Thisdeveloped as the MILF spearheaded process is "ticklish because this has bearing broad consultations with Moro leaders in on the goal of real empowerment." preparation for an upcoming peace settleThe other substantive issues like wealthment with the government. . sharing and power-sharing may not be as Speaking during the opening rites of the. ticklish "because there are models throughMILF-facilltated Bangsamoro Leaders Assem- out the world that can be studied in order blyon Saturday, Tengku Data' Ab Ghafar Bin to help our discussions." Tengku Mohamed, also a member of the Na"There is a momentum of peace;" Iqbal said. tional Security Council of Malaysia, likened _Chief government negotiator Marvic Leothe peace negotiations between the govern- nen, who also graced the assembly, said an ment and the MILFto reading a book.. agreement "should be signed within this "Before, they were not only reading different year" so that the parties would have the "op-' chapters, were reading different books,", . portunity to adjust" their agreed peace forTengku said, "Today, hey are reading the same mula based on lessons in its implementation, t chapter, By the end of July, theywould be readBut Leonen stressed that any pact should ing the same paragraph," he added. be' simple and clear ~'so that those cynical; The upcoming breakthrough comes and skeptical cannot take advantage again barely three months after the highly lauded of its.ambiguity" . . 1,0 Decision Points that the peace panels' '~e ti:ne'for ~ea~e has 'come," declared SIgned last April. The decision points laiq ' . Presl~entlal,AdVlse,r on the Peace Process the basic principles for a future negotiated t,Tereslta Quintos-Deles, who spoke after settlement to end over four decades of Mo~ ,Tengku. ro rebellion in Mindanao.' ,,''The government is ready to reach an The panels, which were not able tome~t ! agreement withthe MILF" on the issues of last month, are set to meet on July 16 to 18 wealth-sharing, power-sharing, extent of . in Kuala Lumpur. . . territory and normalization, Deles pointed Asked what Tengku's hints meant MILF out. Ryan D. Rosauro, Inquirer Mindanao chief neg,otiator Mohagher Iqbal t~ld the .-'L",, __ INQIDRER it could be the Malaysian diplomat's "best impression from his shuttling , between the parties." . " "Well, that is his view. (But) he is in a posinon to assess it that way," Iqbal.said. '1\5 the facilitator, he has some inkling of how the two sides think, " Iqbal explained. He added thatrro a certain extent" the upcoming 'breakthrough relates with the . mode- of transition from the' current political setup in the Moro region to one envisioned bv the negotiations.

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ABUNYAG New YOrkna nagsasagawa rin ng DRONE ATIACKS sa aug Pentagon maging sa pusod ng Ragubatan ng.Mindanao. . Nabisto ang pag..atake ng US drone sa Mindanao noons 2006 . upang tepokln ang Islam terrorists na sinasabing: nagtatago sa naturans terltoryo, . Hindi naman 'yan lihim. Garapal talagang gin~wa iyan ng US sa PaRistan. Afghanistan, Iraq at Libya. Iyan ang dahiIan Raya no choice ang PiIipinas kundi aug kumapit sa PUNDIYA nt Uncle Sam. . Kapag kasi PUMAIAG at ang China ang kinampihan, isang STRIKE lang ng DRONE sa gate ng Malacafiang at Kongreso ay tiyak na manginginig sa taRot ang rnga NAGTATAPANG-TAPANGAN. . Kumbaga, sakaIing magdesisyon angMalacafiang .na direlltang hingin . na aog twong ng US kaugnay sa away sa. Spratlys at Scarborough Shoal ay talagang iyon. lang ang tangi niIang matdedestsyon. Magagawa bang sabihin nt P-Noy na Rakatnpi na lang Rami sa CHINA at ieetsapuwera namin ang PAMUMUWERSAng US na mapanghimasok sa Spradys? ' Ibig sabihin. kapag inihayagni P-Noy na pinahihintulutan nila ang US troops na sumali sa pagbibigay tlg seguridadsa Spradys ay dapat natinq , UNAWAINJmsi ay wala siyang ibang OPSIYON. . Kumbaga, iniharap siya sa pader nang nasataas ang KAMAY at tlnutuzan fig US Beet Kayo ~ mag-isip, may lba pa ba siyang puwedeng idesisyon? Kahit pumaIag ang SENADO. wala rin 'yan, isa pang nagpapadikta ang mayorya'ng mga SENADOR. partizular ang mga kaRandidato sa 2013 senatorial elections. . '..Wala ,ng dapatiIihim ang Malacafiang, bistadung-bistado na ang desisyong ISALI ang US troops sa gulo sa Spratlys.

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to provide screaming headlines , , to the newspapers. ' PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino By instructing the members III's decision to vstop talking of his Cabinet not to telegraph to China through the mass the government's moves on I media appears to be the first China,he has spared them the sane decision to come out of t bl f Malacanang in its troublesome " rou e 0 telling him to be , discreet himself. His spokeshandling of the prolonged mar- ~en ha~e. all been uniformly it!me standoff between Philip- dlsapPollltmg,but until now pine and Chinese vessels in the President's spontaneity has Scarborough Shoal.' "been the real problem. The decision comes a little The President has provided too late, but it could be an in- the most surprising quotes on, dication that the President has' matters where his best contrifinally realized that the Scarbor- bution would have h~en 'hisabough problem cannot be handled solute silence, He has led the the way he had so far tried to completely avoidable word war handle it, It is important forhim with unnamed spokesmen of the to, r~member that, his job is' not' Chinese government, Turn to AS That is neither statecraft nordiplo- . Although very few will agree that-the macy, and it has left so-many men and, South China Sea is an internal Chinese; women of longer experience red in the, lake, fewer still will deny China's legiti- ; face. It has riot enhanced Mr. Aquino's mate desire that the area faU within its, prestige as a head of state eithec Nor own, rather than America's, sphere .of; has it(e~d:,any verifiable-national ininfluence" '. terest. ." On the other hand, the US, having ' Many are hoping the President's been a Western Pacific power for so : moratorium on his own public statelong; has no desire to be dislodged from I ments would give him the time to study that position. China sees all this, and at greater depth some of the more imfor good or not so good reason sees the , portant issues relative to the conflict, Aquino government as one that is eager 1 which seem so far to have remained un-: to support and defend the US position, -noticed, ' China showed no sign of alarm when i Many are hoping he would see that, Aquino ran to the US State Department; the present tension is driven not just by and the Pentagon to ask for a hand-me- ' conflict on the ownership of the elusdown coast guard cutter to beef up the , ter of islets, reefs rocks and waters Philippines'naval patrol units within its . known as the Spratlys or Scarborough archipelagic waters. Or when the US anShoal, and claimed by Malaysia, Brunei, nounced a grant of $30 million in "enVietnam, Taiwan, China and the Philhanced" military assistance to the' Philippines. 'The territorial dispute seems ippine government. merelyto provide the cover, but there' But Beijing was visibly pissed when : seems so much more underneath, ,a Malacafiangspokesman revealed that At bottom, the real conflict appears ~ Aquino was considering asking the,{]S to be primarily geopolitical. It has to do 'to send in a spy plane to conduct surveilwith China's rise as a world economic lance of Scarborough and the Spratlys and eventually political and military for the Philippines., power, and the apparent effort of the No more, irresponsible statement United States, the world's lone supercould have been made by a government power, to manage or slow it down. ,official, and the President was compelled _ Where the Philippines stands in that JC< to publicly deny it. But whether or not interplay of two powerful forces is what .;...;_China believes the denial, the image of ~ seems to rile Beijing., a spy plane has already entered the pic, ,. " . ture, and this can only poison further the relations between, the two neighbors.

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-The spy plane first came into existence during the Cold War. It was developed by the US as a high-altitude plane, beyond the reach of Soviet radar and: anti-aircraft fire, to collect intelligence on military installations within the Soviet Union. .It is safe to assume that its technology is even more advanced now, and that it continues to fiy regular missions for the US. , China must suspect that these planes continue to' collect intelligence on its military sites even now. That. would be a' fact of international political life beyond its power to prevent or controL But for a third country to talk casually about using, a US spy plane to conduct surveillance over the South China Sea is obviously unacceptable. One can have no illusion that such a plane would be taking videos of Chinese fishermen taking out giant clams and en- ' , dangered sharks from the' disputed wa-; ters, and using the same video to support the environmentalist lobby that China stop serving shark fin's soup in restaurants and private homes. It was the height of folly that a gov- : ernment spokesman should mention it, : even in levity, in any on-the-record or; off-the-record conversation with' the press, But together with all the bellicose statements from the President and his." spokesmen, this unverified image of a . spy plane scouring the South China Sea and beyond may have convinced Beij ing ..... .. .


elsewherechas joined those who sup- : port the idea of building a "ring around ! . China," and some euro-American politi- I
cians who are eagerly pushing for war. ; The spy plane story may have alarmed \ the Americans themselves. It is not far- ' fetched to suggest that an important American source may have suggested to Mr. Aquino to stop talking about Scarborough, and tomaintain a Sphinx-like ; silence instead. " Some Western analysts have suggested that the trans-Atlantic powers need a big war to 'solve, among other things, the global economic recession. The analysts suggest that if they cannot . create one in the Middle East, they will probably try to do so in Asia, and that it would be a global war against China and Russia . .' ThiS is' perhaps just one more con,.spiracy tlteory, Butit may have acquired a life of its own, and the Aquino government cannot afford to be seen as being part of it.· . Because' the Philippines renounces war as an instrument of national policy, it cannot legally go to war. Except in self-defense. But even in self-defense, it may not have the wherewithal to wage one. AU of its closest neighbors are better armed, from the smallest, which is . either Singapore or Brunei, to the biggest, which is undoubtedly China. To be able" to stand on its own, the country needs to develop somepalpabJe defense capability, It will have to come up with a well-defined and coherent defense policy, and then some military capability. For starters, it will have' to' acquire at least a radar surveillance capability to detect any intrusion into its air space arid territorial waters. Then an air force, and a navy, capable of deterring such intrusionand dealing with it if and when it occurs. On land it will need an army with a capability and morale equal to its constitutional duties and responsibilities. For the state to go to war, for whatever reason,assuming the constitutional bar could be overcome, it needs so much' more muscle than it has got. It has virtually nothing now. '

mat Mr. Aquino, as previously reported:


Under a.previous administration, several billions of pesos meant for military modernization simply disappeared and has remained unaccounted for until now, And while the government is eager to participate in the eurozone bailout ~d : be called a creditor nation by lending $1 billion to the IMF, it cannot seem to add so much more to the $30 million in . "enhanced" military assistance from the : ; US-which is not quite half of Congressman-boxer Manny Pacquiao's earnings, from the ring-for its defense program, That is' a grave handicap, indeed, but the graver problem is political. The . government" seems to be run by political charismatics who seem to have no sense at all of when to shoot and when to keep their powder dry..